Wisconsin Lutheran High School held an orientation on August 9 and 10 to welcome the new international students and their families to our school community.
Orientation on Thursday, August 9, started with breakfast served for students and their families, followed by welcome messages from the school principal, president, and international program staff. The families continued their day with a school tour and city tour. Meanwhile, the students kept busy with learning the ins and outs of our school culture, taking an English placement test, and enjoying a city tour of their own. Many students quickly became fans of Milwaukee's famous custard!
On Friday, August 10, the students took a school tour and a seminar on international student success in the morning. In the afternoon, the students received their course schedules and then made American friends with their new buddy assigned to them through the American Mentors to New International Students Program. The international and American students shared presentations about themselves, and the American students helped the international students open their new lockers and follow their course schedules to find their classrooms. They participated in a neighborhood scavenger hunt before enjoying dinner together.
This year is the largest group of new international students to date. Twenty-one new international students were present at the orientation, with a few more still arriving before the school year officially begins. Our new students this year come from Brazil, China, Ecuador, Malta, South Korea, and Vietnam. We welcome them all to our WLHS family and wish them God's blessings on their school year and cultural adjustment to life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin!