2021

  • 2021 Academic Top Ten

    Wisconsin Lutheran High School is pleased to announce the Academic Top Ten for the Class of 2021. Please note that this year we have two co-valedictorians: 
    1. Alyssa Ebeling
    1. Qiusu (Emily) Miao
    3. Anh Quang Le
    4. Karah Valerio
    5. Sarah Bitter
    6. Lydia Hahm
    7. Alexandra Miles
    8. Emma Pufahl
    9. Mackenzie Schalk
    10. Ian Wiltsey
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  • First eSports Scholarship

    On Monday, February 22, Ben Haakenson ('21) from St. John's, Wauwatosa, signed an esports scholarship to Bethany Lutheran College, in Mankato, Minn. We congratulate Ben on his skillful effort and his continued success. This is the first esports scholarship awarded to a student at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.
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  • Periodic Table of Black History

    In tribute to African Americans who have made significant contributions to our country in a variety of fields, WLHS math and business teacher, Mrs. Shakirah Cousins, created a highly informative Periodic Table of Black History. On the table, viewers will find descriptions of 118 well-known and lesser known African Americans who made an important mark in art, politics, science, entertainment, entrepreneurship, athletics, and other areas.
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  • Spring Break - March 4 and 5

    Spring Break is next Thursday and Friday, March 4 and 5, which means there will be no school those days. Enjoy the break! Classes will resume on Monday, March 8.
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  • The Art of Poetry

    After studying Lord Byron’s poem, “The Destruction of Sennacherib” based on II Kings 18 and 19, seniors in Mrs. Goede’s British Literature class wrote their own Old Testament inspired poems and then turned them into pieces of visual art.
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  • Vikings Win Regional Championship

    In a game worthy of overtime, Wisco Vikings boys basketball survived an excellent Whitefish Bay team to win the regional title, 67-62, over the Blue Dukes. This was the 20th victory of the season and the first regional title since 2014. The team is two wins away from state and hosts Martin Luther on Thursday night in the sectional semifinal.
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  • WLHS Prom - Saturday, May 1

    "Moonlight Masquerade" is the theme of the WLHS Junior and Senior Prom coming up on Saturday, May 1. Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, April 12. The early price of $60 lasts from April 12-20. April 21-22 tickets can still be purchased for $75. Buy tickets in the business office using cash, check, and credit card. 

    New this year, the venue has moved to Sheraton, Brookfield which provides a larger space and can accommodate social distancing. Guests outside our student body will not be permitted.
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  • Juniors - State ACT Testing

    Juniors need to come to the Student Services Office to pick up your form to register an account on the ACT website. If you do not do this before the test on March 9, you will not be able to select four colleges/universities to send your scores to for free. Please stop by Student Services and pick up your form during your free period. If you don't have a free period, you can come before or after school, during lunch, or during homeroom. If you are 100% virtual, we will email a pdf document to you. 
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  • Alum Featured in New Berlin Magazine

    This month’s publication of New Berlin Neighbors, a local magazine for residents, features the Aufdemberge family. Mark Aufdemberge currently serves as pastor of Jordan Lutheran Church in West Allis, which helps operate Lamb of God Lutheran School. Mark and his wife, Deb, have three children who have all gone to WLHS. Read about how Alex (‘11), Graeme (‘16), Lydia (‘21), and their parents serve Christ and each other in the article written by Cindy Wendland. May God bless all their endeavors!
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  • AZ Spring Training Tailgate Postponed

    The Wisco annual Spring Training tailgate in Arizona has become a fan favorite for our alumni near and far. While we unfortunately are postponing this outing one more year (get ready 2022!), we look forward to baseball in the spring and to safely seeing our alumni once again. Go Brewers!
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  • Share the LOVE this February

    While Valentines Day may be over, WLHS still wants to share the love. Fill out our Wisco alumni wedding anniversary form here, and be entered in a $25 Amazon gift card drawing. Two entries will be chosen on Friday, February 26, 2021.
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  • MPCP Open Enrollment - Closing Monday, February 22

    Open enrollment for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program is going on now and closes Monday, February 22. Enrollment guidelines have changed this year to accommodate our school's mitigation practices in light of COVID-19 and our commitment to maintaining a safe school environment for our students, staff, and guests. Current MPCP families need to re-enroll each year.
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  • Partnerships in the Trades

    The Wisco family extends beyond the physical walls of the school. Partnerships with local businesses are a rich tradition at WLHS. Recently, the vice president of Weather Tight Corp, Mr. Todd Schulz, spoke to a group of woodworking students about careers in the trades. Students especially learned about opportunities in the remodeling industry. These presentations are one more way the Wisco family helps students discover their God-given talents for service to Him and community.
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  • Wrestlers Conclude Season at State Championship

    Two Viking wrestlers, Amos Weide ('21) and David Carson ('21), capped their seasons and careers with an appearance at the WIAA State Individual Championships on Saturday, February 13 at Kaukauna High School. Amos (195) placed 5th. He won his quarterfinal match over Roman Martell of Oshkosh West by fall in 3:45. He then fell in 4:58 to eventual runner-up Rudy Detweiler of Stoughton in the semifinals before bouncing back to defeat Gage Timm of Shawano by fall in 3:53 to claim fifth place.
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  • Celebrating Lunar New Year 2021

    Students and teachers celebrated the Year of the Ox with a Lunar New Year dinner party on Friday, February 12.
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  • Seniors - Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    Seniors, if you have not completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), College Goal WI is offering a few more dates this spring to assist families in the completion of this form. Remember, the FAFSA allows you to access grants and loans from the federal government to help pay for your college tuition. Click the link here to register. If you have questions, see your counselor in the Student Services Office. 
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  • Sophomores and Juniors Scheduling Update

    Counselors will complete meetings with the junior class this week to select courses for next school year. If your junior student has not met with a counselor yet, they should stop in the Student Services Office to set up a time. The Sophomore class has also begun the course selection process. Sophomore students should check their email daily for a meeting invitation to come to the Student Services Office to select their courses for next school year.  You can view your child's requested courses by logging into your onCampus account. From your child's profile, select Course Requests from the menu bar and you will be able to see the courses selected.
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  • Congratulations Coach Plamann

    Prior to the start of the WIAA Sectional Championship at Brookfield East High School on Saturday, February 6, Coach Bill Plamann was honored by the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association and presented with a watch in commemoration of his 30th year of coaching wrestling. Thank you, Coach Plamann, for your commitment to Wisconsin Lutheran High School and the sport of wrestling. To see a full list of the 2020 award recipients, click here.
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  • Feats in Forensics

    Congratulations to the WLHS Forensics Team for their Third Place Small Team win at the virtual Union Grove Tournament this past Saturday! Individual congratulations go out to Mercedes Rzepkowski ('21) (Fourth Place Finalist in Farrago), Luke Wegner ('21) (Third Place in Special Occasion), and Stephanie Noeske ('22) (Second Place in Farrago).

    This follows their accomplishments on January 30 at the Virtual Badger Polar Plunge Festival, where Zhongtian Wang ('23) , Hieu Than ('23), Sofia Chasco ('22), and Luke Wegner ('21) took Third Place, Oliva Hermanson ('24) and Valerie Kane ('22) took Second Place, and Stephanie Noeske ('22), Sam Li ('23), and Mercedes Rzepkowski ('21) took home First Place medals. Congratulations to the Forensics Team on their success!
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  • National Merit Scholarship Finalists

    Congratulations to Hannah Behroozi (’21) and Alexandra Miles ('21) who have advanced to National Merit Finalist standing. Hannah and Alexandra entered the National Merit Scholarship Competition their junior year with over 1.5 million other students.
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  • No School - Monday, February 15

    There is no school on Monday, February 15. Teachers have professional development that day.
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  • SafeSchools Alert

    SafeSchools Alert is Wisconsin Lutheran High School's new tip reporting system. If students or parents have information about a threat to safety, there are four easy ways to report it anonymously. Threats include bullying, intimidation, harassment, weapons, drugs and other. Click here for instructions for using SafeSchools Alert.

    We also encourage students and parents to bring concerns of this nature to our assistant principals, bret.hopf@wlhs.org and cl.whiteside@wlhs.org. Maintaining a safe school environment is among our highest priorities, and alert eyes and ears are critical to maintaining security for all as is the willingness to report behavior and events that run contrary to our Christian school culture.
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  • Virtual Reality Store & ACT for Juniors - March 9

    Our seniors will participate again in the annual Reality Store, an experience designed to give them a glimpse of the future. Each student is assigned an adult profile which includes their occupation, annual income, and family status. Then they move to various stations where life happens: buying a car, purchasing food and clothing, paying unexpected expenses and more. At the end they must give an accounting of how they managed their finances. This year’s event will be virtual. Students will be divided into groups with staggered starting times between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Asynchronous students will receive a special arrangement. Check with Mr. J. Goede for more information.
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  • Festival Court (pictured left to right): Festival Prince Benjamin Brown escorted by Sydney Mueller, Festival King Sam Hartman escorted by Leah Pinnow, and Festival Prince Isaiah Hopf escorted by Kayla Williams

    2021 Winter Festival Highlights

    "Old Hollywood" Winter Festival 2021 was a red-carpet success! The week's activities included dress-up days, lunchtime activities, and on Thursday night, senior Corey Tipton won the prestigious title of Mr. Wisco among a field of five candidates. The week capped off with a socially distanced pep rally. Cheer and dance teams performed, and basketball and wrestling teams were introduced. To end the festivities, senior Sam Hartman was crowned Festival King.
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  • Alum Plays in Hula Bowl

    Congrats to alum Chris Garrett (‘17) who recently was selected to play in the 2021 All-Star Hula Bowl Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. Chris played as an outside linebacker in the game. He currently plays football for Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Chris credits WLHS for surrounding him with a caring support system that wouldn’t give up on him, helping him to be where he is today. An invitation to play in the Hula Bowl is a once in a lifetime opportunity that draws NFL scouts. Click here to read an article from the Milwaukee Journal on his inspiring story.
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  • MCTS NEXT Phase One Starts March 7

    The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) started working on a new approach to improve the rider experience and meet the community's modern needs. Phase One of MCTS NEXT takes effect on Sunday, March 7, 2021 – with improvements and adjustments to Routes 15, 19, 20, 31, 33, 35, 51, 52, 63, and 68. Please check out the newly-updated RideMCTS.com/NEXT, which features an interactive map, or call 414-344-6711 for specific information about what to expect and if the changes will impact your commute. Route 67 (currently on Glenview Ave) will no longer serve Glenview or S. 84th Street. Instead, Route 33 will serve Wisco., connecting the school to downtown Milwaukee and National Avenue in West Allis.
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  • MPCP and WPCP Open Enrollment

    2021 Open Enrollment started on Monday, February 1, and is for all families wishing to utilize the Milwaukee (MPCP) or Wisconsin (WPCP) Parental Choice Program for the 2021-22 school year.

    Enrollment guidelines have changed this year to accommodate our school's mitigation practices in light of COVID-19 and our commitment to maintaining a safe school environment for our students, staff, and guests.
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  • Old School History Project

    Students in World History and US History had the opportunity to hone their artistic abilities and writing skills in the Poster Project. Each student chooses an important historical person or place to highlight. Yes, they do use all of the latest software and apps in some of their other assignments, but this “old school” assignment is still one of their favorites and extremely beneficial!
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  • Dream - Malena Norman (Honorable Mention)

    Artists Find Success in Scholastic Art Competition

    Two WLHS art students will have their artwork displayed at the 45th Scholastic Art Awards. Juniors Elaine Nguyen and Sam Qiu received Silver Key awards and will be represented at the virtual exhibition from February 6 through March 21, 2021 at mam.org.

    Lydia Hahm ('21), Lucy Li ('23), Lucy Lu ('21) and Malena Norman ('24) all received honorable mentions. 
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  • Art Department Welcomes Miss Hannah Leverence

    At the start of second semester, our WLHS art department welcomed art teacher Miss Hannah Leverence. Miss Leverence's new position will help accommodate the department's growing curriculum needs in graphic design and exploratory art. A 2016 graduate from WLHS, Hannah received her Bachelor's degree in art and education from Wisconsin Lutheran College. She's a familiar face around the high school, helping as a teachers aide for Summer Academy these past four years. Hannah says, "I’m humbled to come from a long line of Wisco alumni—every generation back to my great grandparents. I’m proud to follow in my grandpa’s (Kenneth Leverence, former Wisco math teacher) footsteps."
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  • Dream - Malena Norman (Honorable Mention)

    Artists Find Success in Scholastic Art Competition

    Two WLHS art students will have their artwork displayed at the 45th Scholastic Art Awards. Juniors Elaine Nguyen and Sam Qiu received Silver Key awards and will be represented at the virtual exhibition from February 6 through March 21, 2021 at mam.org.

    Lydia Hahm ('21), Lucy Li ('23), Lucy Lu ('21) and Malena Norman ('24) all received honorable mentions. 
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  • Cheerleading Team Takes 1st Place

    Congratulations to the Wisco varsity cheerleading team! The team competed virtually at the iCheer Championship and took home first place out of nine teams! They also had three top finishers for individual routines.
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  • Festival Court

    At the pep rally this Friday, January 29, one of these three senior boys will be crowned as the 2021 Festival King.

    Pictured left to right are: Samuel Hartman, Benjamin Brown, and Isaiah Hopf. They are escorted by Leah Pinnow, Sydney Mueller, and Kayla Williams, respectively.
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  • National School Choice Week - January 24-30

    Taking place annually since 2011, National School Choice Week is America’s largest celebration of educational choice. The not-for-profit effort is celebrated every January and uses a wide variety of media to shine a spotlight on the positive outcomes students achieve when enrolled in choice schools. Wisconsin Lutheran High School has participated in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program for nearly 20 years and more recently joined the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. These choice programs expand the options families have in selecting K-12 schools and have been a great blessing to our students.
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  • Winter Festival Pep Rally - Friday, January 29

    On Friday, January 29, at 2:15 p.m. classes will end to allow for a 45-minute, all-school pep rally. In order to social distance, only seniors will be in the gym and all other students will report to their homerooms for the livestreamed event. Click here for the afternoon assembly schedule.
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  • Wisco Steelpans Light Up the Stage

    On Saturday, January 23, Wisco Steelpans presented their first concert of the season. All three pan groups performed: Chi Ro, Ichthys, and Tragoudi. Junior Nathaniel Frisque was a guest saxophone soloist with the steelpans. The concert created an additional unique mood with special lighting and theatrical fog. Congrats on a concert well done by our student musicians!
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  • Milwaukee Tour for New International Students

    Each year we welcome new international students to our community with not only a school tour, but a Milwaukee city tour as well. A special welcome to our newest WLHS student, Gonzalo ('23) from Spain!

    On the tour, new international students and their American mentors made stops at:
    • Fiserv Forum (home of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team)
    • Miss Katie's Diner (a go-to restaurant for presidents and other national political figures)
    • Milwaukee Public Market and Third Ward (eclectic district for restaurants, boutique shops, and art galleries)
    We wish all our students God's blessings on the start of the spring semester!
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  • 2021 WLHS Dinner Auction - How Can You Help?

    The 2021 WLHS Dinner Auction, the premier fundraising event at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Your participation allows you to have a personal role in supporting the success and spiritual lives of our students.

    The WLHS Mission Advancement office is looking for item donations and sponsorships. Donations can include: tickets to athletic or musical events, professional services, jewelry, handy-man tools, pet accessories, bath products, and more! Or, purchase an ad for the auction booklet to promote your business. For more information click here.
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  • Winter Sports Livestreamed

    Did you know that we livestream our winter sports games? Click here to watch games live, or click here to watch previous games.
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  • Headed to University of St. Thomas

    Senior Isaiah Hopf has officially signed with the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, a Division III school, for track. We appreciate Isaiah’s hard work and dedication during his time at Wisco, and we wish God’s blessings on his future! #beviking
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  • Math Devotions

    This last semester Mr. Marc Shambeau shared a short devotion with his math classes each day. Several of these devotions included students setting goals for the class and writing a short prayer, which they then displayed on his classroom walls. These goals and prayers are a daily reminder that they are striving for more than just A's in math classes, but are looking to keep a daily connection to their Lord and Savior. #SuccessMeansMore #WiscoMathRocks
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  • Second Quarter Report Card

    The second quarter ended last week Thursday, January 14. Report cards are now available and can be accessed by logging into your onCampus account here. The student report card link is on the student Progress page, under Performance.
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  • Thanksgiving for Civil Rights Service

    Today, we held our annual "Thanksgiving for Civil Rights" service to thank God for the civil rights movement and to ask his help in honoring our commitment to live out MLK's legacy. Pastor Carlos Leyrer, President of Divine Savior Ministries in Doral, Florida, gave the address. Vicente Janik (‘21) and Ouray Harper (‘21) read the Scriptural lessons. Pastor Leyrer called on us to listen, acknowledge, and act in ways that are God-pleasing, speaking out against wrongs and promoting racial healing. As a Christian school, we celebrate the unity that we all share in the Body of Christ and aim to be what God created us to be: light in this otherwise dark world. We know that, through Christ, we will overcome. Click here to watch a recording of the service.
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  • Tim Mielke ('95) Family Update

    About one year ago, Tim Mielke's ('95) wife Nicole was diagnosed with an "ultra high risk" variant of Multiple Myeloma. Doctors began aggressive treatments and put her on a list for a transplant, which she received in July. Through it all, God has used this experience to accomplish His purpose in the lives of Tim's family, and the results of recent tests show that Nicole is now in remission. To God be the glory!

    Tim would be honored to have the WLHS family offering prayers of thanks and praise for God's goodness and blessings to his wife and family, as well as prayers for continued healing. Click here to read the touching letter Tim wrote to his WLHS family.
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  • Winter Festival - January 25-29, 2021

    We are proud of our student council for planning a great Old Hollywood themed Festival this year while working within the parameters of our COVID mitigation plan. School spirit will be on display next week! Student council has planned dress-up days, lunch-time activities, Mr. Wisco contest, and a modified, socially-distanced pep rally on Friday, January 29, when a Festival king is crowned.
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  • Student Athlete on the Mend After Collapsing

    On Saturday, January 9, Wisco guard Jordan Glenn ('22) collapsed during the basketball game against Menomonee Falls High School. Praise God that medical professionals in the stands quickly applied life-saving measures to Jordan. While doctors are still trying to find out the cause, Jordan has been recovering and is back at school.
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  • Student Post

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Today, on a day dedicated to reflecting on and celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is especially important that we acknowledge that Wisconsin Lutheran High School opposes racism and seeks to promote racial healing.  

    While we cannot control what each of our students posts to their social media channels, we can control what we model and teach them.  As a Christian school, one of our five core values is "multi-ethnic" -- celebrating the mutual benefit of cross-cultural, integrated relationships in the unity of the Body of Christ. 

    At Wisconsin Lutheran, students learn how to respond to racism in a constructive way through our Civil Rights Tour, and additionally are encouraged to discuss issues in our "Courageous Conversations about Race" groups.  Our faculty has regular professional development in confronting racism. This past summer, the high school developed a four-part video series on racial awareness ending in a one-day workshop addressing our current racial climate.  On Wednesday, we hold our annual "Thanksgiving for Civil Rights Service" for our student body to celebrate our commitment to live out MLK's legacy.

    We became aware earlier today of an incident involving WLHS students who posted inappropriate, unacceptable and racially offensive content on their own personal social media channels, and we began immediately to investigate the situation. While that process is ongoing, the students involved have been suspended indefinitely pending further action.
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  • Civil Rights Assembly - Wednesday, January 20

    On Wednesday, January 20, Wisconsin Lutheran High School will hold its annual worship service to thank God for the civil rights movement. Pastor Carlos Leyrer, President of Divine Savior Ministries, Doral, Florida, will give the address. Mrs. Becky Metzger and Mr. Jeff Krumbein will assist in worship. The service will be livestreamed here at 8:35 a.m. (CST). We will follow the morning assembly schedule that day which can be found here.
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  • Construction Skills Class

    WLHS is offering a Construction Skills class second semester for advanced woods students. Students will learn about building codes, framing walls, attaching siding, building rafters and more. The culminating project is the construction of a shed that will be put together off site. If you are interested in a shed constructed by our students, contact Mr. Joel Radue at joel.radue@wlhs.org for more information.
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  • Food Service Pick Up Offerings

    For students that have chosen virtual learning, or on the day face-to-face students are in virtual learning, families can opt-in for meal pick up for both breakfast and lunch. Click here to register for this food service option for second semester. Pricing for all meals will apply based on free, reduced or paid status.
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  • Health Reminders

    A student who has the following symptoms should stay home:
    • A temperature above 100.4 F,
    • sore throat,
    • a new, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty in breathing,
    • diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain,
    • new onset of severe headache, especially accompanied by a fever,
    • loss of taste and/or smell.
    These symptoms may not be indicative of COVID; however, the student should stay home for at least two days and be fever-free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours and receive clearance from our attendance office to return.
     
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  • January 19: Virtual Students - Orientation, Face-to-Face Students - No School

    Tuesday, January 19 is semester two orientation for 100% virtual learners. Students who have elected 100% virtual learning are asked to come to the school building to meet in person with their teachers, learn about expectations for second semester classes, and pick up texts and other materials. An abbreviated schedule can be found here. The day concludes at 11:30 a.m. Face-to-face learners do not have school this day.
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  • Los Reyes Magos

    We resumed class after Christmas break which happened to land on El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos in 2021. Traditionally, in Spain and much of Latin America, children receive gifts from "the magi" on January 6. Profe Hernandez commemorated the visit of the magi by dressing up and passing out gifts of candy to the jóvenes!
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  • No School January 15 & 18

    Please note the following no school days for all students:
    • Friday, January 15 - Teachers will have a professional day to finish semester one grades and prepare for semester two
    • Monday, January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day observed
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  • Second Semester Begins January 20

    The last day of first semester is Thursday, January 14 and second semester begins Wednesday, January 20. Second semester schedules are available in onCampus. Students should review their schedules for the second semester. Some changes needed to be made due to covid mitigation procedures. These changes primarily affected physical education classes. If you have questions about any changes you see in your schedule, please contact your counselor.
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  • FOCUS on the Future!

    Faith, Opportunity, Character, Unity, and Support

    Each day Wisco is working to prepare young adults for productive, Christ-centered lives as they head into a diverse world. As the high school continues to FOCUS on the future, we know that without your SUPPORT, Wisconsin Lutheran High School would not exist. We pray that you will consider giving a gift of appreciation to our Viking Annual Fund here

    Each gift of $50 or more, given by January 31, will receive the WLHS Christmas CD filled with selections from the 2020 WLHS Fine Arts Advent Calendar in song.
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  • New Year Greeting

    Happy New Year from the faculty and staff of Wisconsin Lutheran High School. We look forward to a prosperous 2021 with you because we have a generous God.
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  • Tuition Assistance Applications Due January 31

    Wisconsin Lutheran High School collaborates with Smart Tuition and Smart Aid to process tuition assistance requests. Click here to apply for tuition assistance. Smart Aid instructions can be downloaded here. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2021.
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  • Wall of Inspiration

    The brand-new Wall of Inspiration is up in our music hall! Check it out to learn more about the performers of Inspiration and about this vocal jazz group. Inspiration is a co-curricular which sings Christian contemporary as well as vocal jazz music. Membership is by audition only, and is determined each spring for the following school year.
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