As we approach the Thanksgiving season, your Wisco family is thankful for YOU! We strive to foster connections among our alumni and supporters, open doors for professional networking, and enable classmates and friends to keep in touch. We want to provide opportunties for you to engage, volunteer, and support your high school. Happy Thanksgiving!
Did you know that your Wisconsin Lutheran High School is home to 40 international students in the 2018-2019 school year? Students from around the world are receiving the high-quality Christian education and care that you received as a student.
One unique opportunity you have to support Wisco is by hosting an international student over a school break. We seek loving Christian families like yours to take in our students. The next opportunity is coming up soon – Christmas break!
Here are the basics of what a Christmas break host family does:
As we approach the Thanksgiving season your WLHS family is thankful for YOU! We strive to foster connections among our alumni and friends, provide opportunities for professional networking, and enable classmates and friends to keep in touch. We are exctied to share fun, new ways for you to engage, volunteer, and support your high school.
Wisco Witnesses in the World is excited to sponsor school supply presents for Martin Luther School in Mwembeshi, Zambia. WLHS has partnered with Martin Luther School on past projects by providing a hydroponics water system and helping expand their outdoor kitchen. Now we would love to provide the most basic supplies needed for a great education. You can help by donating simple school supplies such as pencils, notebooks, pens, erasers, paper, crayons, rulers, etc. or donate money for shipping costs. The deadline for gifts is Friday, December 14, 2018. Click here to read more about this exciting mission outreach project.
(pictured: Wisco students with Zambia students from Martin Luther, during the summer 2018 mission trip)
Students will be dismissed at 12:21 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. There will be no school on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23. All offices at Wisconsin Lutheran also will be closed beginning Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m. through Friday. Enjoy Thanksgiving break!
Classes resume on Monday, November 26, at 7:45 a.m.
WLHS held its annual Veterans Day observance on Monday, November 12, under the theme "Live Well for the Fallen." Nearly 300 veterans from all branches of the military who served in World War II through the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan attended the event. Following a procession of veterans into the WLHS gymnasium, guest speaker, retired Staff Sgt. John Wayne Walding, who served with the Green Berets, delivered an address on his experiences in the United States Army Special Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Watch Sgt. Walding message here. Share or like the video to help us reach more people with his inspiring message out about perseverance among adversity and drug abuse.
Save the date for Wisco's Giving Tuesday challenge which will "LIght the Way" toward a new giving campaign this year. The Young Alumni Leaders Council will also make a special annoucement that day—stay tuned!
Wisconsin Lutheran is hosting it's 13th annual scholarship luncheon on Wednesday, November 14. The luncheon is a chance for our high school to honor and appreciate the donors who generously fund scholarships which allow our students to receive a Christ-centered education. There are more than 20 scholarships that students can apply for. Visit our websiter here to view a list of all available scholarships.
Over $700,000 in tuition assistance and scholarships is awarded annually to make our school affordable to everyone. More than 77% of the current student body receive a form of this assistance. Thank you, donors, for your generous servant-hearted gifts to our students.
WLHS is pleased to welcome Mr. Jim Brandt as our first ever Academic Dean. He served most recently at North Shore Christian Academy as school Developer. Before that he was at Wisconsin Lutheran College from 2009 until 2018 in several roles such as Executive Director of Adult Education, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, and the Vice President for Adult and Graduate Studies.
For over a half century, thousands of young Christian men and women have had the blessing of participating in the WELS Choral Festival. This year Huron Valley Lutheran High School in Westland, Michigan, is hosting the East Regional Choral Festival. The theme is Sing His Strength. The Pops Concert will be held Friday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m., and the Sacred Concert will be held Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m. This year's clinicians are Ms. Natosha Cole and our own Mr. Casey Pufahl. More information about this weekend's concerts can be found by clicking here.
The athletic pocket schedules for winter sports are now available. Pick one up in the Central Office and share with friends and family. For the most up-to-date list of athlietic schedules, click here. God's blessings to our boys and girls basketball and wrestling teams.
Book your next church or work Christmas event with one of our Wisconsin Lutheran musical groups: Jubilation handbell choir, Wisco Kid's show choir, and Inspiration Christian contemporary choir. All are available to perform their Christmas programs.
For more information or to schedule your event, contact Casey Pufahl at 414-453-4567 ext. 2572.
The casts and crews of The Giver, directed by Miss Tanya Tranberg, closed the curtains on successful performances this past weekend. For the first time ever, two casts, the Apple cast and the Snow cast, performed the drama production. The double cast allowed more of our talented students to perform in this award-winning play. Special lighting, sound effects, and make-up brought the entire show together. Thanks to parents, students, and everyone who came out to support the show!
Our Viking Christian Leaders for the month of November are Jared Denk ('19) and Chazidy Carson ('21). A Viking Christian Leader helps us sustain a culture of Christian leadership and the faithful application of God-given gifts in an exemplary way through perseverance, commitment, inspiration, encouragement, knowledge, excellence, generosity, team work, and humility.
Mrs. DeAnn Frey is the newest addition to the Guidance Office at WLHS. Mrs. Frey and her husband, Scott, are members at Christ the Lord in Brookfield and have four children: Bryce ('22), Kenly, Griffin, and Kiara. In her free time, Mrs. Frey enjoys playing sports and reading. Her primary role in the Guidance Office will be working with students in college and career counseling. Mrs. Frey is currently meeting with groups of Freshman students to introduce them to Naviance, the new college and career planning program at WLHS. Please welcome Mrs. Frey!
The fall season of sports has wrapped up for our student athletes. Football qualified for the WIAA playoffs for the 17th time in the past 18 years. Boys Cross Country team captured the D2 Sectional Championship and qualified for the WIAA State Championship for the 10th consecutive year. Girls Volleyball captured the Woodland Conference West Division Championship as well as the WIAA Regional and Sectional Semi-final titles. Boys Soccer finished 9th place in the 14-team Woodland West Conference. Girls Cross Country finished 5th in the Woodland Conference Meet and 5th place at the Sectional Championship.
Several of our athletes were recognized with all conference awards. Click here to read a full recap of WLHS fall sports as well as individual conference honors.
Pictured left to right Volleyball All-Conference Honorees: Morgan Dunn ('19), Grace Beyer ('19), Natalie Tesch ('21), Julie Treichel ('20), and Carissa Sundholm ('19).
Are you interested in opening your home to an international student from WLHS over the Thanksgiving holiday or winter break? We are actively looking for caring families to serve this need. Families receive a stipend to support their efforts with the student. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the International Student Program Director, Mr. Eric Duwe, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday, October 30, Pastor Huebner presented the 2019 international mission trips to our student body after chapel. WLHS students will have the opportunity to travel to China, Thailand, Colombia, Mexico, Grenada, Antigua, and Canada. Students will share the gospel through VBS programs, ministry with the Thai Village, swim camps, teaching English, music camps and more.
All students are able to apply for the limited spots. Please read the trip information and application packet closely. Applications are due Tuesday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m. Questions can be directed to Campus Pastor Phil Huebner by clicking here. Domestic mission trips will be announced at a later date.
Recently our Junior class has been meeting in small groups to learn more about the Naviance website. With help from Guidance staff, juniors have been introduced to career exploration tools, ACT preparation activities and more. If your student missed this small group meeting, please encourage them to meet with Mrs. Frey in the Guidance Office during a free period or after school to get this information.
Sophomore Speech students in Mrs. Becky Huebner's class are engaged in real world situations. In these photos, the students are preparing for job interviews. They identified a career they might want to have, collaborated on interview questions, and then participated in panel interviews.
This weekend the WLHS Drama Club will present The Giver, Eric Coble's stage adaptation of Lois Lowry's Newberry Award-winning novel. Two different casts will perform this play. The Apple Cast, starring Claire Leverance, Carlos Walta, Eden Nass and Jacob Noeske, will perform Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The Snow Cast, starring Abigail Westendorf, Aundre Reid, Alicia Mengel, and Jonas Doerr will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Last Saturday, the 3rd ranked boys cross country team qualified for their 10th straight State Cross Country Championships by winning the Sectional Meet. The team will be racing in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, October 27. Congratulations to Jared Denk, Vicente Janik, Noah Ricke, Adam Kriefall, Garrett Doan, Nathan Weber, Matthew Munson and the coaching staff.
Support WLHS Fine Arts department on Friday, November 2, between 4:30-7:00 p.m. by attending the Choir Associates all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner. Tickets will be sold at the cafeteria door: $10 for adults, $7 for children (children three and under eat free).
The first quarter ended last week Wednesday, October 17. 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.
Parent-teacher consultations are Thursday, November 1, by appointment ONLY through onCampus, between 4:00-9:00 p.m. You can access your onCampus account here. Go to Resources > Pick A Time to create an account and sign up for a time to meet with your child's teachers.
Scheduling is open from Wednesday, October 24, at 8:00 a.m., until Wednesday, October 31, at 5:00 p.m.
Please note: Appointments are necessary to avoid scheduling conflicts.
Winter sports will begin soon, and as a reminder, proper forms must be on file in our athletic office for each participating student. If you and your student have never seen and heard the risk video and code of conduct presentation, you MUST attend the above-mentioned meeting on Tuesday, October 30, at 6:00 p.m. in the library.
Seniors met with guidance counselors last month to access their Naviance account and learn how to request documentation for college applications. The Guidance Office also hosted College Night which walked parents and students through the application process. This is a reminder that the Guidance Office has many resources available to seniors.
A recent activity in Economics class reinforced issues that can affect supply. The class was divided into two teams: the United States and Vietnam. Teams had to produce as many "widgets" (beads threaded onto paper clips) as they could in 30 seconds. As they progress through the activity, the US producers have to face issues that affect their ability to produce: higher wages, higher taxes, and OSHA regulations that negatively affect their ability to match the production rates of Vietnam. Students then write a written reflection on whether they would prefer to buy American or foreign-produced products and how their choices affect the American economy.
Last Friday, individual teachers, departments, and offices made tasty treats like deep-fried oreo cookies, root beer floats, armadillo eggs, baked chicken drumsticks, and many more items to sell to students, faculty and staff. Together, WLHS raised $3,879.26. Thanks to the generosity of one of our teachers who provided a matching gift, we raised a total of $4,879.26. This event marks the beginning of our annual Our Hands For His Service fund raising drive to support mission work. This year's project is Pay It Forward Ethiopia.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School will hold its annual Veterans Day observance on Monday, November 12, 2018. Service men and women are invited to a complimentary plated breakfast served in the WLHS cafeteria at 7:00 a.m. RSVP for the breakfast by Monday, November 5, by registering online at www.wlhs.org/veterans or downloading the form here. For additional questions, contact Heidi Witz, email@example.com or 414-453-4567 ext. 2004.
Everyone is invited to our special Veterans Day service and presentation in the main gymnasium at 8:30 a.m. Staff Sergeant John Wayne Walding, U.S. Army - Green Beret - and Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, will speak about his experiences which include losing his leg in battle. Click here to watch his story. The presentation will also be streamed live online the day of the event. For more information go to www.wlhs.org.
On Tuesday October 9, San Diego Padre's catcher, AJ Ellis, spoke with the girls volleyball team as they started preparation for the conference tournament and the WIAA playoffs. Some of the topics he discussed included servant leadership, preparation for athletic events, mental toughness, teamwork, and work ethic. The Lady Viking volleyball members commented,"it reminded us to be humble even when we have success," "it really helped to put things into perspective," and "it was great to hear these things from someone who has played at the highest level."
Last Saturday, the volleyball team swept Saint Thomas More to win back to back Regional Championships. The Lady Vikes will be back in action Thursday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m. at Wisco facing Catholic Memorial in the sectional semifinals. Come on out and cheer them on!
The featured Wisco Champions for October are Steve and Diane Hoehnke, parents of Wisco alumni.
We are proud to be Wisco Champions because we are passionate about WLHS and Christian education. Our children, Erin (’14) and Joshua (’15) both received a high quality education that prepared them for college and beyond. But more importantly, they learned about their Savior, Jesus. They were in an environment to explore their faith and grow in that faith surrounded by faculty and staff who shared that faith and really cared about them. We continue to support WLHS because this world desperately needs what Wisco graduates have—the love of Jesus to share.
Homecoming is always a special time when alumni come back to the high school, and this year Wisconsin Lutheran High School specially celebrated the 1968 Conference Champion Football team and the 1998 WIAA Little Ten State Championship team. A reception was held before the Homecoming football game for these alumni teams with a presentation for them on the field during half time.
Although the Wisco Viking football team narrowly lost to Pewaukee (16-17) that night, the support in the stands from our alumni was incredible to see. Once a Wisco Viking always a Wisco Viking!
For the sixth straight year, Wisconsin Lutheran High School students from the sophomore and junior classes will have the privilege of going on a Civil Rights tour in the spring of 2019. The trip leaves from school on Wednesday, April 17, and returns in the evening on Monday, April 22.
All seniors will attend an informational meeting regarding the ordering of their graduation caps, gowns, and other items during homeroom (8:31-8:39 a.m.) on Tuesday, October 23. Students will receive a graduation packet with an order form and other information. Parents, please take time to review the packet information with your son or daughter so that he/she will be ready to place an order on Tuesday, October 30, with the Jostens Company during the lunch periods.
The Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science Program will have an information session on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Marquette University Hall Room 100. Students can apply if they are: 9th,10th, or 11th graders who are first-generation college-bound (parents did not graduate from college with a bachelor's degree) and/or income eligible. Students must live in one of these city of Milwaukee zip codes: 53204, -05, -06, -08, -09, -10, -12, -15, -16, -18, -33.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is blessed with many talented musicians and vocalists. Throughout the school year, WLHS choirs and small ensembles participate in our area churches' worship services. Click here for a full schedule or download the schedule here.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is grateful to name our first two Viking Servant Leaders, Abby Emmrich (’20) and Damarius Clay (’20). Each month The Viking Servant Leader Program acknowledges one boy and one girl from our student body who help us sustain a culture of servant leadership and the faithful application of God-given gifts in an exemplary way. Their daily walk gives glory to God whose love inspires their service.
This past Friday, October 12, the Viking Band hosted almost 600 students from our conference grade schools for the annual grade school marching band show. The show featured each part of the marching band—brass, woodwinds, colorguard, pit percussion, auxiliary percussion—and concluded with all 600 visiting students marching to the school song with the band.
Viking Marching Band wrapped up their competitive season this past weekend with a performance at the State Marching Band Championships hosted at UW-Whitewater. WLHS came in 4th place in Class A and performed their best show of the season, improving in every aspect.
We are now in the WIAA Tournament Season for fall sports. Please note that student ID's and passes no longer admit us to athletic contests, home or away. Ticket prices for all WIAA games are approximately $4-$5 depending upon the sport and level of game.
WLHS is pleased to announce their fall drama production, "The Giver," which is Eric Coble's stage adaption of Lois Lowry's Newbery Medal award-winning book. "The Giver" is about a dystopian world, where there is no pain, but no joy either. The people are assigned their roles in society according to their talents, and men and women are paired according to how well they balance. The main character, 12-year-old Jonas, is set aside for a special assignment that drives the plot.
Purchase tickets online here or download the form here for one or more of these performances:
Wednesday, October 17 is the end of the first quarter. Parents, please remind your students to check their onCampus account and be sure that all assignments are entered. Final grades for first quarter will be available the week of October 22.
"New York, New York" Homecoming 2018 was a spirited week at Wisconsin Lutheran! Activities included dress-up days, lunchtime competitions, Garrett Pomeroy winning the title of Mr. Wisco, junior girls defeating the senior girls in the powderpuff football game, Chloe Albrecht crowned homecoming queen at the pep rally, soccer, volleyball and football games and much, much more. Football alumni champions from 1968 and 1998 were invited to a Homecoming Social before the game, and all alumni were given a ticket to the football game. The Viking Marching Band completed the Homecoming festivities with their home show invitational on Sunday afternoon. We appreciate our alumni, students, parents and supporters who make Homecoming such a memorable experience!
WLHS students in Ceramics 1 and Advanced Ceramics made 30 bowls to donate to the Milwaukee Empty Bowls event which will be held on October 14, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at MSOE - Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway, Milwaukee. For $25, participants buy an empty bowl- a reminder that someone's bowl might be empty- and then fill it with soup from local restaurants while enjoying live entertainment. Proceeds go to support area food pantries. For more information about the event, click here.
WLHS has been participating in this event for over 12 years.
The Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation (WELSSA) is pleased to announce the exemplary accreditation of Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School has proven compliance with WELSSA's educational standards and is a member in good standing. "We are pleased to congratulate Wisconsin Lutheran High School for its dedication and efforts during the self-study process, and its commitment to continuous school improvement, "remarked Tom Plitzuweit,WELSSA's executive director.
If your student is a senior and intending to apply to college the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available on Monday October 1. The FAFSA will allow your student to receive financial aid in the form of loans, grants or scholarships from colleges and universities. These are offered on a first come first serve basis. This means by submitting your application early, your child may qualify for the most amount of aid possible from their institution.
If you are interested in free test prep for the PSAT, ACT or SAT click Free Test Prep. This link will also be on the Guidance Office Resource board on the topics tab on the Standardized Testing board, on the top right side.
Take time to login to onCampus here and check out the Guidance Office Resource Board for help with course and career planning, scholarship information, standardized testing help, and much more!
On Tuesday, October 2, Wisco student mentors introduced our new international students to the American tradition of pumpkin decorating. Students got creative with paints as they put their own spin on this favorite fall custom.
Join us for our pep rally in the main gymnasium at school this Friday at 2:15 p.m. We will be following our pep rally schedule as noted on page 9 in the student handbook. Classes end at 2:15 p.m. to allow for an all-school pep rally which concludes at 3:00 p.m. Again, parents are welcome to join us, but be ready for some noise!
For more information regarding Homecoming activities, login to onCampus here and click on Resources > Homecoming.
Math Enrichment Lab is a math elective at Wisco that offers individualized and data driven instruction to students using MAPS testing and IXL. This course has a dual purpose of supporting a student's current math course and then offering differentiated instruction based on specific learning targets. In the first 6 weeks of using IXL, our students have mastered 2,256 math skills and become proficient in an additional 2,691 math skills. Students in math lab have spent a total of 726 hours working on over 117,480 math problems. Math lab instructor, Mrs. Luebke says, "Math lab is a great course for any student who wants to improve his/her math skills. When math instruction and practice is targeted on individual needs students are successful and make significant progress. One student has made 8 months of math growth by using IXL and focusing his practice on his specific weaknesses. I am excited for the changes to math enrichment lab and am looking forward to seeing a whole lot of growth this year!"
Applications for new or transferstudents are available on the WLHS website now. All new or transfer applications must be submitted online using a parent email address. Click here for more information and to begin the application process. Please note that there is no entrance exam required. Current students do not need to reapply at this time.
Within two weeks of submitting an application for admissions 9th grade applicants must submit the following academic records to the WLHS Guidance Office to continue the admissions process:
WLHS Art Department is looking for used legos to use for various projects and learning exercises. The legos do not need to be in a full set or the original box. Classic lego size is prefered. Contact art teacher Mr. Michael Wiechmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-453-4567 ext. 1999 or drop them off at the WLHS Central Office.
Families and students in grades 6-8 are invited to Wisconsin Lutheran High School's Open House on Sunday, October 7. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. with a program at 6:00 p.m. Grade school parents and students, please join us to meet teachers, tour the school, and enjoy faculty presentations. See what a difference academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment can make in your child's life!
On Satruday, October 27, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., UW-Madison will be hosting Badger Bound, a full-day program for low income, first generation, and/or students of color who are seniors interested in attending the university. Students will see why the university is not only a place to receive a world-class education, but a home where you can discover new interests, develop your talents, and find a community of support while you pursue your academic and extracurricular passions.
Those students who are eligible for free or reduced meals but have not completed an application for the current school year, will be reverted to paid meal status on 9/28/18 unless a new application is filled out that qualifies their student to still receive benefits.
If you have not registered your student's account at mymealtime.com, go to this link and click on Register.
Congratulations to WLHS teacher Mr. Mark Moldenhauer who finished 3rd at the Brewers Mini Marathon this past Saturday. On top of his English teaching duties for the high school, Mr. Moldenhauer also coaches the Jr. Viking cross country and Wisco JV baseball team.
Wisconsin Lutheran was pleased to welcome almost 300 grandparents on Wednesday, September 19, for WLHS Grandparents Day. Students in grades 9-11 enjoyed breakfast with their grandparents, while seniors enjoyed a special lunch with their grandparents. Grandparents joined in worship during chapel with their grandkids and then participated in a presentation and tour of the high school. Save the date for Wisco's Grandparents Day on Wednesday, September 18, 2019!
WLHS teachers Mr. Ned Goede and Mr. Kurt Seeger were honored at halftime of the varsity football game last Friday by the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association for their contributions to education based athletics. Both were given service award plaques.
We thank them both for their servant leadership and invaluable talents for Wisconsin Lutheran!
WLHS is pleased to welcome Mr. Joshua Nelson to our Science Department where he is currently teaching Chemistry and AP Chemistry. Most recently Mr. Nelson taught at Christ-St. Peter Lutheran School and among his previous experiences is a year of missionary service in China. He is married to Erika (Koepsell '98), and they have three children — Ben (8), Adeline (4), and Theodore (1). Mr. Nelson enjoys fixing cars, hunting, fishing and tinkering. The Nelsons worship at St. Peter, Milwaukee.
Congratulations to Sydney Nath ('20) who was nominated and attended the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists annual congress of future medical leaders this past June at UMass Lowell in Boston, Massachusetts. The gathering is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.
The featured Wisco Champion for September is Emily (Kleist '00) Jiles, who has transitioned to Director of Guidance at WLHS this past summer.
I truly believe that the education I received at WLHS laid the foundation for many of my successes as a college and graduate student. The Wisco Champion program allows us to continue to support the very important work of the teachers and staff.
More than 2,000 special edition Wisco alumni t-shirts were mailed out to our alumni who sent us updates and confirmation of their contact information. Thank you — we love staying in contact with you!
Now we want to know: how are you wearing your Wisco pride? Is your alumni t-shirt a comfy nighttime shirt, part of your workout attire, something you wear to Wisco events, or the item you showcase in out-of-state photos? Take a picture with your friends, your family, your classmates, or on vacation and tag Wisconsin Lutheran High School on any social media platforms or use #WiscoAlumni. The most popular photo will be selected for printing in the next Contact magazine, so make sure you tell your friends to vote!
Mr. Nelson's AP Chemistry class spent the morning at Wisconsin Lutheran College's Science Laboratory to work on the percentage of copper in brass inquiry lab. Students found the percent of copper in brass by using concentrated nitric acid and colorimeters to determine the absorbency of the solutions through spectrophotometry and the application of Beer's Law. Giving students a chance to use a college laboratory is another way that WLHS prepares our students for a four year university and gives them experiences to explore vocation options.
If you were on the Wisco championship football team in 1968 or 1998, a special football reunion is being held at Mo's Irish Pub (10842 W. Bluemound Road, Wauwatosa, WI) on Friday, October 5, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. before the Homecoming football game. RSVP you and a guest by Friday, September 28, to email@example.com or call 414-453-4567 ext. 2018.
Teams will be announced at half time of the Homecoming football game that evening. Please meet down on the field prior to halftime. Look for the alumni flag.
Everyone is inivted to the WLHS Homecoming football game on Friday, October 5, at 7:00 p.m. vs. Pewaukee High School at the WLC Raabe Field. Wisco alumni who stop by the alumni tent will receive free admission into the game. Let's pack the stands with Wisco pride. Go Vikes!
The theme for this year's Homecoming Dance is New York, New York. The dance will take place at Wisconsin Lutheran High School's gymnasium on Saturday, October 6, from 7:00-11:00 p.m.
All students will need to have a means of transportation from school promptly at the end of the dance. Curfew is 11:00 p.m. in Milwaukee County, so it is important that our students not be allowed to walk home or take the bus after the dance.
The first attempt to put Ms. Tanya Tranberg, Mr. Ned Goede, and President Ken Fisher on the roof as part of our "Raise the Roof" campaign was rained out. Join us and help spread the word that the new day is Wednesday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. Can't make it? Watch for updates on Facebook.
The "Raise the Roof" campaign brought in $361,000 towards our $500,000 goal.
After Monday chapel, WLHS unveiled a new program to the faculty, staff, and student body called Viking Servant Leaders of the Month. The program will celebrate individual achievements of one WLHS boy and girl by sustaining a culture of servant leadership that not only values academic success and Christ-centered living, but elevates awareness of student contributions to the WLHS community at large. It is designed so that any student, regardless of academic ability, can receive the award. Students who are nominated should prove they value their Christian education by exhibiting academic responsibility, servant mindset and leadership skills. A Viking Servant Leader is also expected to demonstrate excellent behavior in and out of the classroom, which includes being respectful to both teachers and classmates.
Mr. Justin Walz joined our ministry as a theology teacher. He and his wife, Laura, have two children — Tyson (9) and Carter (5). Prior to WLHS, Mr. Walz served as a teacher and Athletic Director at St. Paul Muskego where he and his family are members. He is a proud member of the WLHS class of 1996. Mr. Walz is a fan of outdoor activities, sports, and coaching.
Mrs. Cousins is new to our math department this year. She previously taught in Palm Coast, Fla. Mrs. Cousins and her husband, Scott, have two children, Scotty (12) and Aiyden (9). She enjoys hiking, biking, and playing volleyball. The Cousins worship at Grace, Milwaukee.
College Possible is an organization that assists 1st generation college bound students who have economic need and meet other requirements with training and support in working through the college admission process. We are excited that College Possible is back for its second year now serving 40 of our junior and senior students! Eligible students commit to two hours of after school programming twice a week during their junior and senior years—a total of more than 320 hours of training and coaching. The curriculum is interactive, and the whole experience has a proven record of moving high school students into college where the support stays with them until graduation. Last year's junior cohort showed significant progress with over 3 points growth on the ACT by the end of the school year!
College Possible is available to our students through a grant and is provided at no cost to the families. More information is available through our Guidance Office.
Every year the senior athletes on the WLHS varsity volleyball team are asked to nominate one teacher—grade school or high school—who has significantly impacted their lives. Annually, each senior will honor one of their past or present teachers with this award.
The presentation of the Educator Impact Awards will take place in the main gymnasium of WLHS between the Junior Varsity and Varsity matches, Thursday, September 13. We anticipate that time to be approximately 5:15 p.m. All are welcome!
Fifty-three members of the class of 2019 will be inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) on Monday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m., in the school auditorium. A reception will follow in the atrium.
Membership into the WLHS chapter of NHS requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 after six semesters and a demonstrated record of participation in school activities, service to others, and character. Once inducted, students are required to maintain a 3.50 GPA and participate in service activities while serving as role models of Christian behavior. Click here for a list of this year's inductees.
We thank God for the gifts he has given to our students! All are invited to congratulate these students on Monday, September 17, at the reception.
Picture retake day will be on Tuesday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on the stage in the auditorium. Picture packets were sent home Friday, September 7. If you did not have your picture taken on the original picture day, you must have yours taken on Tuesday. If you were not pleased with your picture, bring the original package and $10 for a retake. If there was a photographer's error, there is no charge for the retake.
The due date is fast approaching for seniors to have turned in their yearbook information to the Compass staff. Senior pictures, farewells, and biographies are due Wednesday, October 17. For more details and information, click here.
Wisconsin Lutheran is happy to introduce Mr. Collin Wenzel, our new Latin teacher. Mr. Wenzel (pictured middle) is a recent graduate of Martin Luther College and is currently enrolled at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary working towards his Master of Divinity. He is originally from Appleton, Wisconsin and his home church is Mount Olive. Mr. Wenzel enjoys running, disc golf, and playing the guitar and organ.
Mr. Carter is the new Director of Residential Life. He oversees the international and domestic students who live on campus. He recently served as the Associate Pastor at St. John in Watertown. He and his daughter Julie (11 years) are members at Zion, Harland. Mr. Carter enjoys going to Milwaukee festivals and museums, traveling, hiking, biking and watching movies.
Join the families of the Wisconsin Lutheran High School Conference for a FREE fun night at Raabe Field on Friday, September 21. Wisconsin Lutheran High School is sponsoring a tailgate party before the Vikings play Milwaukee Lutheran High School at 7:00 p.m. Click here to RSVP.
At times a student must leave school before 3:00 PM. Please follow our protocols when this is necessary:
A student must stop at the attendance office before leaving.
A student must have EITHER a note signed by a parent excusing him or her early OR a parent must make a phone contact with our attendance office. Please make every effort to call at least one hour ahead of your student’s departure time.
Please understand that we can’t release a student early without parental permission. Thank you for your cooperation.
For the first time in WLHS history, students from Brazil and Malta are attending our school. During morning chapel, on Wednesday, September 5, Pastor Ken Fisher blessed the new flags that Brazilian student Maria ('19) and Malta student Relja ('20) carried in. Thirty-two flags now hang in our atrium. They represent the countries from which we now have or have had students attending WLHS, and they remind us that we are a Great Commission School.
Mr. Micah Hernandez ('01) was called to serve in our World Languages Department as a Spanish teacher and cross country coach. He previously taught and coached at West Allis Hale High School. He is married to Katlin and has four children—Gabriel (9), Benjamin (8), Simon (4), and Daniel (3). They are members at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Milwaukee.
While a student at WLHS, Mr. Hernandez ran track, even on a gravel track, for a few years, and held a school record for about a year. Mr. Hernandez also was one of four students that posed for a painting done by former teacher Mr. Jerome Harders, which is hanging in Central Office. Come in and see if Mr. Hernandez has aged!
Wisconsin Lutheran is happy to have alum Mrs. Patricia Wenzel (Breitigam'83) as our new fashion techniques teacher. Mrs. Wenzel teaches various levels of fashion technique classes. She is married to Rev. Mark Wenzel and they have three children—Martin, Walter, and Kathryn.
Mrs. Wenzel is a proud member of the class of '83. As a student she was a varsity cheerleader, played clarinet in the band, and is still friends with her closest girlfriends from Wisco. Currently, Mrs. Wenzel serves as class agent for the class of '83 through the Alumni Office. A quote she lives by is her confirmation verse Joshua 1:9, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
Wisconsin Lutheran High School partners with the National Federation of State High Schools (NFHS) Network to provide livestreamed games at the high school. Cameras are installed in the main gym so that now both JV and Varsity teams of volleyball, basketball (boys and girls), and wrestling can be streamed from our house into yours! Livestreaming is limited to sports that are played in the main gym.
Subscriptions for this service can be billed by month, season, or year (all games). For sign up information, click here. Great gift idea for grandparents, alum, and Viking fans who can't always make it to our building for games.
Mr. C.L. Whiteside recently released #ChampTalk, a book that challenges, encourages, and inspires readers through riveting and unforgettable original quotes. This book offers a unique perspective on several topics all people face, and reveals thoughts, feelings, and choices we make subconsciously and consciously no matter our position in life. Paperback and ebook versions can be purchased online through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Dunn's Sporting Goods will be at Wisconsin Lutheran on Wednesday, September 19 and Thursday, September 20, to size students and take orders for letter jackets during lunch hour periods. A $50 deposit is required at the time of the order and balance is due on delivery (approximately 5 weeks). For information, click here.
New this year: The Viking Card, on sale from Campus Pastor Phil Huebner or at the Receptionist Desk, is good for 10% off all orders from Dunn's Sporting Goods, including letter jackets. The Viking Card is only $15 and can also be used at our local Subway, Pizza Hut, Big Deal Burger, Gilles, and McDonald's for discounts during the 2018-2019 school year. All proceeds are used to support our mission trips.
Do you have more fabric than you'll ever use? Would you like to see sewing skills passed on to the next generation? WLHS Fashion Techniques department is in need of extra fabrics, scraps, notions, and patterns for our students to develop their God-given talents. Please contact Patti Wenzel at 414-453-4567 ext 1851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents are encouraged to attend the Parent Nights coming up in September. Our Guidance Department has arranged a great opportunity to meet your student's teachers and walk through their daily schedule. Responses from parents in previous years have been highly positive.
Make our Parent Night activities a priority item on your calendar. Please note the following dates:
Every year millions of dollars are given out in scholarships by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. This is done through the PSAT/NMSQT test that is given to juniors during periods 1-4, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.
If your son/daughter has definite 4-year college plans, it is recommended that he or she take this test. It is possible for your student to become a semi-finalist or finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition, and receive scholarship dollars by taking the PSAT.
All friends of Wisco are invited to attend our annual teacher installation and anniversary celebration service on Sunday, September 9, 3:00 PM at St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Church (1205 S. 8th St. Milwaukee, WI 53204).
The following teachers and staff members will be installed:
Mr. Micah Hernandez – Spanish
Mr. Joshua Nelson – Science
Mr. Mark Moldenhauer – English
Mr. Justin Walz – Theology
Rev. Heath Butler – Theology
Mr. Randy Strutz – Extended Learning Center and Coach
Mr. CL Whiteside – Assistant Principal
Mrs. Shakirah Cousins-Hudson – Math
Mr. Michael Wiechmann – Visual Arts
Mrs. Rebecca Huebner – English
Mrs. Lindsay Knight – Science
Mrs. Emily Jiles – Director of Guidance and Counseling
Wisconsin Lutheran High School welcomes Mr. Randy Strutz to our faculty. Mr. Strutz teaches in our Extended Learning Center and is our new varsity girls' basketball head coach. Mr. Strutz is a graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College and most recently taught at Waterford Union High School.
Mr. Strutz married Wisco alum Christel Frey ('11) in July, 2018. He enjoys playing and watching sports, spending time with family, fishing and camping. The Strutzes attend St. Paul, Cudahy.
Pastor Heath Butler begins his ministry with Wisco this year as a theology teacher and coach. Most recently, Pastor Butler shepherded Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Manasseh, Virginia. Pastor Butler and his wife Sara (WLHS ’93) have four daughters: 16-year-old twins Lauren (a WLHS junior) and Kaitlin, Amelia (13), and Tessa (8).
The Butlers are members at Star of Bethlehem in New Berlin.
ArtWorks invited WLHS junior Ashanti Weeks to lend her artistic talents to a recent community art project—painting murals on storm basins in Milwaukee’s Garden Homes neighborhood. Artworks presented the murals last week with Mayor Tom Barrett present. Watch WTMJ’s coverage and interview with Ashanti here. We are thankful for the way God’s gifts to Ashanti are on display and for her servant leadership.
The Wisconsin Lutheran Children's Choir (WLCC) has a long history of praising our Lord through quality literature. The choir is open to all 3 (mature) -8 grade boys and girls with unchanged voices. For more information, the full schedule, and to register, click here.
Grandparents Day at Wisconsin Lutheran High School will be held on Wednesday, September 19, and is a well-attended highlight of our school year. To help facilitate the growing number of guests attending this day, seniors will have a special lunch with their grandparents while the underclassmen will eat breakfast with grandparents. Registration for this event is now closed.
This summer new LED bulbs were installed in our main gym. In addition to being more energy efficient, the fixtures are also equipped with sensors that shut the lights down after the gym is empty. The improvement will save WLHS between $7,500 and $8,000 a year.
After the football game this Friday, August 24, drop by Wisco to offer some love to Ms. Tanya Tranberg, Mr. Ned Goede, and President Ken Fisher who will be spending the night on the roof as part of our Raise the Roof Campaign. Can't make it? Watch for updates on Facebook.
Thank you to everyone who donated to the "Raise the Roof" campaign. $361,000 was raised toward our $500,000 goal.
Families can make tuition payments online at Smart Tuition's website or via phone. Auto payments can also be set up to draw on the 1st or 15th of the month. Electronic check and credit card payments are both accepted. There is no fee for paying with electronic check; a small transaction fee is added for credit card payments. A link to Smart Tuition's website can be found on the Resources page of OnCampus (loginhere), or call 888-868-8828.
New to the WLHS staff this year is Mr. Mark Moldenhauer, teaching Freshman Engligh and American Literature classes. Mr. Moldenhauer most recently served St. Philips Lutheran School, Milwaukee. Mr. Moldenhauer is married to Hayley and they have three children—Thomas (10), Calahan (7), and Alyana (4).
Mr. Moldenhauer's favorite quote is "Find something you love to do, and do it for the rest of your life." He is an avid Brewers fan and has attended over 600 games.
Wisconsin Lutheran is excited to introduce Mr. Michael Wiechmann, our new visual arts teacher. Most recently Michael served St. Cloud Christian School in Minnesota. He is a self-described Christian, husband, father, artist, painter, photographer, educator, ink wash worker, oil paint mover, and life lover! Married to Kristy, and they have three children—Edison (4), Adeline (2), and Hazel (7 months).
Mr. Wiechmann started this summer and jumped right in by painting our 16 foot-wide school themed banner located in the auditorium. He teaches exploratory art, drawing, ceramics, and graphic communications, and also is the Compass (yearbook) advisor. To see more of his art work, visit his website by clicking here.
WLHS clothing is available at all home athletic contests and daily through the Athletic Office. Much more Wisco Wear is available on-line at the Sideline School Store. We are teaming with Lids, a national company with local reps, to make this store accessible. Each individual order is processed as it is received and shipped directly to the person who orders. As you explore the shop, you will see kids items, alumni items, and parent and grandparent items as well. Other items are clothing for choir, band, AP classes, student council, and on and on. You can access the store by clicking here.
On Thursday, August 9, WLHS held its first ever Wisco Summer Night for alumni and friends. Despite a few showers that day, more than 50 attendees socialized and reconnected in the covered airconditioned space at The Landing's Grand Hall at Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa.
Stay tuned and join us next summer for this annual, location-rotating event!
Don't miss Tanya Tranberg, Ned Goede, and President Ken Fisher on the roof overnight! Join us in person on Friday, August 24, 2018 (after the home football game). Don't worry if you can't be there in person, we will be posting updates, pictures, and videos throughout the night!
Thank you to everyone who donated to the "Raise the Roof" campaign. $361,000 was raised towards our $500,000 goal.
The featured Wisco Champion for August is Seth Fitzsimmons, principal at St. Paul, Muskego.
I support Wisco because it offers Milwaukee-area families an awesome, Christ-centered, multi-cultural high school experience. Wisco's great staff provide a great four years for these high school kids filled with a wide variety of opportunities for all types of interests and talents.
Thank you to the over 2,000 alumni who have sent us confirmation of their contact information! With this positive amount of submissions, please allow a little extra time to get your alumni t-shirt. And note, this special alumni t-shirt offer is only open for a limited time yet. Visit wlhs.org/alumniupdate to confirm your current information. The submission form will be open until Friday, August 31.
Contact Cynthia (Fitzsimmons) Krueger (‘99), assistant director of alumni development, at email@example.com or 414-453-4567 ext. 2018 to take a tour of the school or to connect with WLHS!
During Homecoming this fall on Friday, October 5, there will be a special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ‘68 Football Conference Championship and the 20th anniversary of the ‘98 Football State Championship. Both teams will be announced during the game.
All alumni are invited to stop by the alumni table at the Homecoming football game before entering the WLC football field for a free ticket into the game and for some free Wisco alumni swag. Come on out and cheer on your Wisco Vikings!
Students will begin receiving Chromebooks and chargers this week. Prior to receiving a Chromebook and charger, all students must have a signed TRAUG (Technology Resources Acceptable Use Guideline) form. Students and parents will receive the TRAUG instructions in their onCampus account. The TRAUG document is available in onCampus > Resources > 1:1 Chromebook andmust be digitally signed by the student and at least one parent before they can receive their Chromebook.
Chromebooks and chargers will be distributed to the students in the following order:
Thursday, August 23 for all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors
Friday, August 24 for all seniors, faculty and staff
ALL students must have their pictures taken since these pictures are used for ID’s and the school yearbook. Students will have their pictures taken during their free period, such as study hall or Commons or before school. They may order picture packets for personal use. Order forms will be given to students in their homerooms on Monday, August 20.
The Viking Card is being sold again this year for outstanding savings at local businesses around Wisco. Among many great deals, Subway is offering a buy one, get one free 6” sub deal. This card is good and can be used every single day from now until June 1. New this year, Dunn's Sporting Goods is offering 10% off for all purchases including letter jackets. It’s a great value for only $15. And here’s the best part . . . 100% of Viking Card sales goes toward mission trips. Get a card for your student and for yourself knowing you’ll get some great deals and help a great cause—students sharing their faith around the country and around the world. Viking cards will be available for sale from the receptionist or Pastor Huebner.
WLHS Weekly E-news is for parents and students to bring up-to-date information from our campus, promote upcoming events, and celebrate student/teacher accomplishments. It is delivered to your inbox via E-mail every Wednesday that school is in session. News stories are also availabe on our website here.
The Weekly E-news is an important communication tool for our school. If you have any comments or suggestions on ways we can improve, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The entire Wisconsin Lutheran High School family welcomes all of our parents to the 2018-2019 school year. God has given you a precious trust in your child(ren) and that trust comes with a serious responsibility—to help them grow in the grace and knowledge of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
WLHS is grateful to partner with you in this mission and strives to bring the Word of God into our curriculum and activities so that this kind of growth takes place. We pray for your homes as you teach and model Jesus' love and ask you to pray for us.
After all, we take nothing with us to heaven except our children.
Senobe Blathers ('19) was invited to be a guest artist at the Wisconsin State Fair Young People's Art Exhibit on Friday, August 3. Senobe was also selected to be in Wisconsin State Fair's 2018 Young People's Art Exhibit and was awarded a prize for her ceramic bowl creation earlier this spring.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School does not provide yellow school bus service. Students have to arrange their own way to school via city bus, automobiles, carpooling, etc.
Milwaukee County Transit has a city bus stop directly in front of our high school for our students to use during the school year. Wisconsin Lutheran High School does not provide city bus tickets. For information on purchasing bus tickets or bus passes, please contact the Milwaukee County Transit System at 414-344-4550 or online here.
The Math Department requires all junior and senior level math students, as well as freshman and sophomore students in “A” sections, to have a graphing calculator.
The Wisco School Store operates a calculator rental program. Students can rent a TI-84 calculator for a yearly rental fee of $30. This calculator can also be used for taking ACT and SAT tests. Calculators will be available for rental at the School Store located in the lower lobby at the Monday, August 13 Parent Information Night and during the school year beginning August 15 from the School Store. Questions about the program should be directed to Jason Goede, School Store Coordinator, at email@example.com.
If a student would like to request a change in their course requests or class schedule, they need to fill out the Course Change Request form available in the Guidance Office. This form requires a parent signature and includes a $40 fee for any changes. The deadline to submit this form is August 10. No forms will be accepted and no changes will be made to student schedules after this date.
The faculty is busy this week with in-service. Prof. Earle Treptow from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary led a workshop on "The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel", and presenters from Learning Sciences Marzanno Center, and the South Milwaukee School District are broadening our faculty's understanding of 21st Century Learning Skills. Our staff look forward to greeting their students next week for the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
Freshman Orientation Day on Wednesday, August 15, is considered a school day for freshmen, so attendance is mandatory.
The day’s activities begin promptly at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 12:45 p.m. Students are encouraged to arrive 10–15 minutes before the actual starting time. Lunch (no cost) will be provided for all students.
Among the activities involving our new students will be the following:
Parents, Guardians, Alumni - Please log into your onCampus account here to make sure your contact information is up-to-date. Click on the drop-down arrow by your name, then click on Profile. It is very important that we have your current address, phone number, and E-mail address on file. It is especially important to have your E-mail addresses up-to-date as this is our preferred method of communication. If you have problems logging in to your onCampus account, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the interest of safety and security, WLHS will only have the visitor's entrance and front doors open in the mornings on school days. Doors will be unlocked at 6:30 a.m. and students will not be permitted in the building before then.
Students arriving past the start of school should buzz in at the visitor's entrance or front door and clearly announce their name and grade.
The WLHS Athletic Department provides a variety of ways in which parents may become more actively involved in our support programs. This fall the athletic department needs adults for freshmen and sophomore football games to help with the chains. Also, concession workers and ticket takers are needed for football, volleyball, and soccer games. This is a great way to get involved and meet other parents. If interested, please call WLHS at 414-453-4567.
WLHS has once again signed on with Taher Food Service Management Company for the 2018-2019 school year. Taher offers chef-based meals for breakfast and lunch.
Taher cooks from scratch with fresh, quality ingredients, partnering with local farmers and growers. Their licensed dietitians stay current on advancements in nutritional knowledge, and they continuously weave these into their school breakfast and lunch programs.
Taher’s food service director at WLHS is Sarah Derouin, who also happens to be a WLHS alum and current parent.
The spiritual and academic growth of our students as well as their future success are the chief aims of the WLHS faculty and staff. Thank you for entrusting your sons and daughters to us and for the role you allow us to play.
An E-mail was sent out Tuesday, July 31 relaying instructions for locating important back to school information for the 2018-2019 school year in your onCampus account.
The WLHS 2018-19 school year will open under the theme, “Christ’s love compels me,“ taken from II Corinthians 5:14-15.
Jesus Christ’s own love for us compelled him to leave heaven and endure scorn and death to save us from our sins. Now that love claims us through faith in him. It is a force like no other in the way it compels us to place Jesus at the center of our lives and others ahead of self. Christ’s love makes us new.
Students who were a freshman or sophomore during the 2017-2018 school year took the ACT Aspire test this past April. The results of the test are available by request from the Guidance Office. If you would like a copy of your child's test results, please E-mail Mr. Biesterfeld at Chad.Biesterfeld@wlhs.org or call the school's main line at 414-453-4567 and ask for the Guidance Office.
If you took an AP exam, the results are now available. You are able to access your scores from the information on the card you filled out when you took the test. If for some reason you are unable to access the website or lost your test card, you can contact the Guidance Office and we can assist you in finding out your scores.
On or after August 6, 2018, go to the following link: www.mymealtime.com Step 1: TO CREATE PROFILE If you’ve used Mealtime online and have a parent profile, simply ‘Sign-In’ (the website can be viewed in Spanish by choosing the En español link). Continue to Step 2. If you do not have a Mealtime parent profile, click the ‘Register’ box and enter: Username, Password, Name, and Email Address. Continue to Step 2.
Fourteen members of the boys cross country team recently traveled to Boulder, Colorado with Coach Lueck for a combined mission trip/running camp. The boys helped Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church with a soccer VBS. They had the privilege of working with 72 kids almost half of whom were unchurched. They shared Jesus through their actions and words. The church was so thankful for our help.
In addition, the boys got to enjoy the beautiful creation of Colorado by visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, rafting the Arkansas River, going into Boulder, and attending a Colorado Rockies baseball game.
It was an outstanding mission trip and XC camp, and the boys made some great memories as Christian brothers and teammates.
Two evenings have been set aside for parents to review important school policies and discuss mutual concerns about the new school year on Monday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 14. School administrators and counselors will be present at these meetings, as will members of the WLHS Board of Directors.
Students are not required to attend these meetings.
Parents are invited to join us for the following valuable information:
WLHS has a variety of Jr. Viking sports team opportunities for grade school students. Registration is now open for boys and girls basketball, football, flag football, baseball and more. Visit wlhs.org/jrvikings to view all the Jr. Vikings sports that are offered. Some sports teams require tryouts.
Wisco alumn, Dan Eick ('79) has been battling kidney cancer since 2001. The cancer recently spread to his bones, and Dan is in need of additional surgeries to put rods in his bones so that they won't break. Dan needs prayers, love and care during this difficult time, so please send them his way. For more information about his progress and other ways to send support, visit Dan's GoFundMe page here.
This summer, WLHS is updating alumni contact information. Visit wlhs.org/alumniupdate to confirm your current information, and we’ll send you a FREE alumni t-shirt! We've had a great response from our alumni so far, so please allow a little time to receive your T-shirt. All responses will receive a T-shirt with a valid address.
Contact Cynthia (Fitzsimmons) Krueger (‘99), assistant director of alumni development, at email@example.com or 414-453-4567 ext. 2018 to take a tour of the school or to connect with WLHS!
The featured Wisco Champion for July is Janet (Kanter) Lindemann ('72)
For me, Wisco had a huge effect on my faith, my closest friends are people I met there, and I know it had an effect on how my husband and I raised our family. This high school was a remarkable blessing for my husband, Larry Lindemann ('65) and me and continues to be in the lives of many others. The ability to donate monthly to the school provides more blessings to us.
WLHS' Compass department is looking for a yearbook from 1932 and 1941 (called the Aurora) to complete a full set of yearbooks from the LHS/WLHS era. If you have an Aurora yearbook from one of those years and would like to donate it to Wisconsin Lutheran High School, please contact Cynthia (Fitzsimmons) Krueger (‘99), assistant director of alumni development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-453-4567 ext. 2018.
Parents, guardians, and alumni, please log into your onCampus account here to make sure your contact information is up-to-date. Click on the drop-down arrow by your name, then click on Profile. It is very important that we have your current address, phone number, and E-mail address on file. It is especially important to have your E-mail addresses up-to-date as this is our preferred method of communication.
Fall sports will begin soon, and as a reminder, proper forms must be on file in our athletic office for each participating student. If you and your student have never seen and heard the risk video and code of conduct presentation, you MUST attend the above-mentioned meeting on Tuesday, July 31, at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Parents and their students must attend and then sign forms which will stay on file in the athletic office for those students. Upon completion of the proper forms, a participation card will then be issued to the student, who will then give it to his/her coach. All forms are available on the school's website. You can also register your student on-line by clicking here.
A student may not begin practice or any try-out session until this is completed. If you have any questions regarding this procedure, please contact athletic director Jeff Sitz (email@example.com or 414-453-4567).
Even though school is out for the summer, we have a flurry of activity at the high school with Viking Explorer camps, summer band camp, Summer Academy, strength and conditioning and more. Girls volleyball camp and strengh and conditioning wrap up Friday, July 20. Co-ed soccer camp ends the summer camp season on July 27.
On Monday, July 2, the Wisco cross country family enjoyed a night at the Brewers game. The team started with a 7 mile run, followed by a family cookout at the Wisco track. Over 60 runners and family members then enjoyed Miller Park and a Brewers game. It's events like these that bring our wisco families together and build supportive relationships.
Fall sports will be starting before you know it. All athletes must complete four forms each year in order to pick up their participation card. The participation card needs to be handed to the coach before beginning any tryout session or practice.
Our athletic registration for the participation card can be found online here. Only parents are to fill out the online registration. All necessary forms may also be picked up from the reception desk at the high school or printed from our website and returned when completed.
Participation cards are available from the athletic director or the receptionist after the online registration has been submitted.
Are you interested in learning more about being a host family for a WLHS international student in the next school year? There are opportunities both for short home-stays during break times (like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring break) as well as for the full academic year. Families receive a stipend to support their efforts with the student. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the International Student Program Director, Mr. Eric Duwe, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does your son love to play baseball? Is he looking to take his baseball skills to the next level? Want to make lasting Christian friendships? The Jr. Viking baseball organization could just be what you are looking for! Join us for tryouts and show us your skills. We are looking for boys 8-14 years of age (U8-U14). Tryouts for the 2019 spring/summer season will be at Neumann Family Baseball Field (1401 Swan Boulevard) on Sunday, July 29. Visit wlhs.org/jrvikings and click on "Baseball Information" for more details and to register. Registration deadline is July 22.
The featured Wisco Champions for June are Dennis and Gwen Schaefer. Their son, Ian Schaefer is a 2003 Wisco alumn.
We are Dennis and Gwen Schaefer, members at St. Marcus and we are proud to be Wisco Champions.
We have many fond memories of Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Seeing our son, Ian, playing football (#77) and performing in many school musicals including, “Fiddler on the Roof.”
The opportunity to be involved in Wisco Champions is another way to give back to the organizations responsible for molding students. They will ensure that future generations are brought up in a Christ centered education. Like everything, costs will continue to increase. Being able to support our Christian based organizations is very important to us. This is why we were excited when approached to become Wisco Champions.
Summer is officially here and it’s time to celebrate! Join us for a casual evening of games, music, and merriment. Snacks provided with beverages and additional food available for purchase. Rain or shine—indoor space available.
The Landing at Hoyt Park Grand Hall Room 1800 N Swan Blvd, Wauwatosa Thursday, August 9 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.
On Monday, June 18, the high school held its 28th annual Friends of Wisco Golf Outing at Hawk's View Golf Club in Lake Geneva, Wis. The event hosted over 154 golfers, with numerous volunteers on hand to make the day a success. The weather held out to allow our golfers to enjoy the entire course, and games along the way. The event ended with dinner and awards at the club house. Special thanks to our golf outing committee and sponsors. To see even more photos from the day go to #wiscogolfouting on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram or www.wlhs.org/photos. Save the date for next year's golf outing on Monday, June 17, 2019.
On Saturday night, Coach Eric Lueck hosted the 11th annual WiscoMILE on the Wisconsin Lutheran track. 300 runners from all over the state participated in races for middle school, high school, community, Masters and elite runners. Senior grad Jessika Gray started the night with a beautiful version of the national anthem. The last race of the night saw the possibility of adding to Wisconsin history. Mr. Lueck has been teaching history at Wisco for 25 years. Only 2 runners have ever broken 4:00 for the mile on state soil. Our Super Mile champion ran 4:00.60!
Four WWW mission trips have headed out to help some great ministries this past week including Thai Village, Inc. in Thailand, mission work in Southeast Asia, Fount of Life Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, and Holy Word in Pflugerville,Texas with their Pfindyourhappy project.
Enjoy more photos and follow the rest of our WWW mission trips this summer by liking Wisco's Instagram page here.
In their 13th concert season, Canticum Novum: A WELS Chamber Choir presents "On My Journey Home." This concert will include pieces by F. Mendelssohn, H. Purcell, A. McDermid, and M. Hogan. It is a beautiful collection of music assembled by Artistic Director, Jonathan A. Laabs.
WLHS alumni and faculty can also be heard singing with this group. Visit Canticum Novum's Facebook page here.
Even though school is out for summer, the track and field teams were still working hard at the State Finals on June 1-2, at UW-LaCrosse. Our student atheletes had solid performances in Division 1. Congrats to all our state participants. (Photo: Daniel Marlowe ('19) takes a 21-3.50 leap into the pit during his third attempt at the State meet; from WIAA State Tournament Twitter)
Students took a few swings in the batting cage with baseball bats they made on the Wisco lathe, a machine that shapes wood, metal, or other material by means of a rotating drive that turns the piece being worked on against changeable cutting tools.
The baseball bats were one of the final projects in Woods 3 with teacher Mr. Joel Radue. Batter up!
Graduation took place on Saturday, May 26, at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Rev. James Becker gave the address based on the class verse 1 Corinthians 15:58. Salutatorian Meghan Ludke and Valedictorian Nathan Wranovsky, spoke words of inspiration and encouragement to their classmates. Click here for the 2018 graduation service.
Congratulations to the class of 2018! We wish them God's richest blessings in their future plans. Pictured is the academic top 10 for 2017-18. Click here to see more pictures.
An E-mail containing important information will be sent to each WLHS family the last week of July. If you do not receive an E-mail by the first week of August, please call WLHS at 414-453-4567, to make sure that your E-mail address is up to date.
School hours will be 7:45 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Parents will be expected to make every possible effort to have their children picked up no later than 3:15 p.m. unless they are involved in an after-school activity.
A Participation Card is necessary to try out for a sport at WLHS. A Participation Card is secured by the athlete from the athletic office and presented to the coach of your sport on the first day of try-outs. The Participation Card assures the coach that all of the necessary WIAA mandated paper work is completed and you are eligible for participation in interscholastic athletics. Under no circumstances are you allowed to try out or practice for a sport without your Participation Card.
To get your Participation Card, you need to do the following:
Just one week before graduation, senior Elisha Doerr received good news from one of the nation’s most prestigious colleges. Elisha learned that Harvard University approved his application and offered him a full scholarship of about $300,000 for four years.
We will praise our Lord for the Class of 2018 and their achievements at our graduation worship service on Saturday, May 26, at 10:00 a.m. in the REX Center (gym) on the Wisconsin Lutheran College campus (8800 West Bluemound Road). Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Due to limited seating, tickets are required for admission. Each senior received 15 tickets in their cap and gown packet to distribute to his or her guests.
Senior pictures for the 2019 Compass yearbook must be sent to advisor Kristi Burroughs at WLHS by Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
Seniors may schedule a photo session with any photographer of their choice. If you would like to schedule a photo session with Gerry Milton, our official photographer for the 2018-2019 school year, call Moments & Memories Photography at 262-560-0787 or 414-305-6201.
During the second semester, our Construction Skills class has been studying building codes, learning how to frame walls, installing doors and windows, and learning the proper way to shingle a roof. After a lot of practice, the walls, doors, and roof trusses were constructed for two sheds. This past week, the class went on site to construct two sheds. The students were very willing workers and completeded each shed in about five hours. We are thankful to our Savior for giving our students the gifts to complete these projects.
Milwaukee Public Schools College and Career Centers (CACC) are available to serve all Milwaukee resident high school students. Summer programming and workshops are available to assist students preparing for college admittance. Non-MPS students are encouraged to visit:
South Division High School (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) 1515 W. Lapham Blvd. Room #128 (Enter through College and Career Center door off of 15th Place)
Through tireless efforts, Student Council and NHS surpassed their goal and raised $32,362 for the Lets H2Go to Zambia mission project! These funds will bring running water to a school and updated transportation to local pastors.
Thanks to our partnering grade schools: Loving Shepherd, Good Shepherd, Word of Life, Star of Bethlehem, St. Paul, Muskego, Garden Homes, Mount Lebanon, Mount Calvary, St. Jacobi, St. John, Wauwatosa, St. Paul, Franklin, St. Paul, Cudahy who together gave $5,300 towards this amount!
Prism concerts closed the curtain on four fantastic sold-out performances. Show stopping numbers included The Greatest Show and This is Me from The Greatest Showman, Lion King, Flashlight from Pitch Perfect 2, My Shot from Hamilton, Pirates of the Caribbean, Got to Get You Into my Life, West Side Story medley and many more group acts, solos, and duets. The show ended with an American medley of patriotic songs.
WLHS Prism concerts are a true celebration of the arts at WLHS that feature our musicians and visual artists. If you have never attended one of these concerts, be sure to put it on your schedule for next year, May 17-19.
The featured Wisco Champion for May is Dan Beyer ('87).
I have always supported Wisco since I graduated in '87 through donations at church or other opportunities when they arose. After coaching for a couple of years and getting to know quite a few students it helped me realize how great of an opportunity Wisco was for not only outreach, but also a great education and great environment. I was looking for an opportunity to support Wisco on a more consistent basis. It was at this time I saw the new Champion program and was one of the first to join.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is seeking candidates for the head Varsity and Junior Varsity cheerleading coaches positions. Candidates must be active members of a WELS/ELS church and have a background in cheer. Coaching experience is preferred. Candidates may submit their resumes to Jeff Sitz, Director of Athletics, at email@example.com or to Wisconsin Lutheran High School c/o Jeff Sitz, 330 N Glenview Avenue, Milwaukee 53213 by Monday, June 11.
Reconnect with your high school by joining the new alumni committee of Christ-centered young professionals at WLHS called Young Alumni Leaders Council (YALC). The YALC will assist the Mission Advancement Office developing programs and communications and will also act to shepherd the development of volunteers and future leaders in ways that deepen their commitment to WLHS and prepare them for active alumni leadership roles. Committee members are still needed! Click here to find out more.
On Monday, May 14, seniors were honored for their academic accomplishments at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. The academic top ten were presented and special acknowledgment was given to this year's valedictorian, Nathaniel Wranovsky, and salutatorian, Meghan Ludke. National Honor Society members received their cords and scholarship recipients were recognized.
The Class of 2018 has received over $5.5 million in scholarships offered and has accepted over $2.5 million in scholarships. The following awards and recognitions are among those presented that evening:
Stop in at Chipotle (across from Mayfair Mall) this Saturday, May 19, between 4:00-8:00 p.m. for a delicious way to support WLHS' mission project fundraiser for Zambia. 50% of the proceeds during those hours will be donated to WLHS. Be sure to mention the fundraiser when placing your order! Bon appetit!
Beginning on May 17, students may turn in your chromebook with its matching charger to the library to avoid the lines. Starting on Friday May 18, all freshmen and sophomores are required to turn in their chromebook for summer reconditioning/updating. On May 21, all juniors and seniorsare required to turn in their chromebook and matching charger. All collections will happen before and after school in the library.
The cost to replace an absent charger is $50. The cost to replace an absent chromebook is $250. To ensure accessibility of accounts, please have your payment with you when you check in. Technology Services thanks you for your cooperation in this matter.
Parents and students, please note how the year-end lunch program process works:
Seniors and those students not returning next year, with a balance over $10, must request to be put on the Lunch Refund List in order to get their "Viking Dollars" refunded at the end of the year. Balances can also be transferred to a sibling's account by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. To avoid having to transfer balances in the future, you can e-mail email@example.com with your children's names/id numbers and they will be linked to the same account and share the same balance. This eliminates the need to keep track of individual viking dollar balances. You can make one deposit which is shared between all members on the account. Refunds must be requested at the reception window no later than May 25, 2018. Those on the Viking Dollars Lunch Refund List will have checks mailed to them in June. Those who do not make a request, will forfeit all money in their account.
WLHS Prism concerts will be held Friday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. in the WLHS gymnasium. Enjoy the God-given talents of our student ensembles, solos, duets, choirs and bands. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets will also be available at the door, $8 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are assigned first come, first served in one of four separate sections. Purchase tickets online here or in person at the WLHS front office to reserve a specific table within a section. Tickets are going fast!
The end of the school year brings with it a flurry of activities that especially involve our seniors. Activites include early yearbook distribution, senior breakfast, senior chapel, and more. Please click here for a full schedule of events.
Make special note of graduation practice which will take place Friday, May 25. All seniors MUST be present for the rehearsal. Please remind your students and their employers of this requirement! Seniors should be in the REX complex at Wisconsin Lutheran College by 1:00 p.m. The better the cooperation, the shorter the rehearsal.
Students should return their textbooks to their teacher the last day of school. You will receive a notice if your child's books were not returned or were damaged. If you have questions, please contact Brent Bloomquist at 414-453-4567 ext 1461.
Wisco art students recently entered Wisconsin State Fair's 2018 Young People's Art Exhibit. Advanced Ceramic's student, Senobe Blathers ('19), won a special cash award for her ceramic bowl titled, "It's Something On Your Face." All artwork entered from Wisco will be on display during the Wisconsin State Fair at the Expo Center this summer.
More and more states are recognizing that CPR is not only an extremely valuable skill, but should also be made mandatory for students to learn before they can graduate from high school. Students at Wisco are starting to take CPR and AED training in physical education classes before they graduate.
End of the year chromebook collection is almost here. Beginning on Thursday, May 17, you may turn in your chromebook with matching charger to the library after school and avoid the lines. Starting on Friday May 18, all freshmen and sophomores are required to turn in their chromebook for summer reconditioning/updating. On Monday, May 21, all juniors and seniors are required to turn in their chromebook and matching charger.
On Thursday, May 17, we will follow the half day schedule found on page 10 of the student handbook to accommodate a Prism rehearsal. Dismissal will be at 12:21 p.m. Milwaukee County Transit Authority has been notified of our schedule change and buses will be available at that time for pick-up. The atrium will not be open for students after school that day.
Our Hands For His Service and National Honor Society will be providing a cookout immediately following dismissal. Brats, hot dogs and more will be for sale. Enjoy lunch and support our mission project at the same time!
If your student is not involved in the music rehearsals, please make arrangements to have them picked up.
Everyone is invited to the Hideaway show at WLHS on Friday, May 11, at 7:00 p.m. This one-night only, variety show, organized by Wisco students, features the "hidden" talents of student solo or group music groups, skits, comedy, and more. Table seating is $5 and bleacher seating is $3.
Tickets can be pre-ordered at Wisco's Central Office and also the night of the show.
For the past 17 years, the WLHS math department has had the awesome and blessed opportunity to use Title 2 funds to send a team of teachers to the National Conference of Mathematics Teachers (NCTM) National Convention. This year Marc Shambeau, Katie Luebke and Jennifer Hennen, attended the NCTM National Convention held in Washington D.C. Having the opportunity to go to national conferences, like NCTM, has allowed WLHS teachers to network, learn and grow. These professional opportunities have greatly benefited our teachers, but more importantly the students at WLHS. #WISCOMATHROCKS
A magical time was had by all at this year's Enchanted Garden Junior/Senior Prom. Congratulations to Tanayah Ross and Quincy Minor for being crowned Prom queen and king. Other members of the prom court included Reagan Goede, Alyssa King, Zachary Bush and Douglas Reinhardt. Thank you to all of the wonderful parents for the countless hours spent planning, decorating, and chaperoning.
Your classmates. Your teammates. Your study buddies. Your friends. Your Wisco.
Attention Class of 2018—join us for Reunion Zero 2018 on Wednesday, May 23 during the lunch period! Pizza will be served at the concession stand by the football field. This is your day to celebrate your accomplishments, connect with friends, and say farewell. Enjoy a pizza lunch, photo booth, music, and time to meet young Wisco alumni as we welcome you to the Wisco alumni network. All seniors that attend will receive a graduation gift.
Everyone is invited to the senior art show showcasing the work from art teacher Ms. Marilyn Bond's Advanced Ceramics and Painting classes, on Wednesday, May 16, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the library at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.
Light refreshments will be provided by the students in Hospitality Foods.
The first full week in May has been designated as Teacher Appreciation Week, and in 2018, May 8 is National Teacher Appreciation Day. All teachers are a blessing and we are certainly thankful for the countless hours and Christian love that our teachers pour into the ministry at Wisco.
Here's what our students have to say about their teachers:
"Loving. Family. I'm comfortable talking them." -- Sierra "Mrs. Kren, is fun and energetic." -- Kyle "Awesome and helpful. Mrs. Kren's got a great classroom atmosphere." -- Isabella "They are always there for me." -- Meghan "The teachers are what I am going to miss the most when I graduate." -- Katie
On Friday, May 4, staff and students will take part in a three stage armed intruder drill. Administration has been working with our security company, Elite Protection Specialists, as well as reviewing the A.L.I.C.E. (alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate) response training to better prepare for an armed intruder attack. Students will watch an instructional video after chapel to inform them on the drill procedure. The safety of our students and staff is always at the forefront of our concern. Training will emphasize that the best way to survive an active shooter is to escape. When that is not possible, being mentally prepared and having been given the authority and ability to act will save lives. To see the video students will watch on Friday, click here.
On Tuesday, May 1, eleven students received the blessing of baptism at our morning chapel service. What a joy to see God’s grace richly poured out on these young men and women! Video of the service can be seen here.
Coach Ron Unke ('49) was called to his heavenly home on Thursday, April 26. Beloved by many students and known as "Coach" he led the Wisco baseball team for 36 years and football team for 22 years. After graduating from WLHS, Ron attended UW-Madison where he was baseball MVP in 1953. He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals that same year. When he returned to Milwaukee, Ron also assisted the Milwaukee Brewers.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is honored to host Coach's victory service at the high school on Sunday, May 6. Visitation will be held from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. with service to follow at 3:00 p.m. Christian burial will be held on Monday, May 7, at 11:00 at Arlington Cemetery on South 27th Street, south of Howard Avenue.
Parents of the Class of 2022 are invited to Future Freshman Parent Night on Wednesday, May 2, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the WLHS auditorium. Various administrators and teachers will give presentations about school life, routines, how to make a course request change, and how to make a positive transition to high school. There will also be time for questions and answers.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School's Prom is this Saturday, May 5. Please join the magical Master Horticultural team of Goede and Goede for a captivating evening. Note the following schedule: Doors open at 3:30 p.m. at Wisconsin Lutheran High School Grand March 4:30 p.m.
Doors open at 5:45 p.m. at Oak Creek Community Center (8580 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek)
Save those soda cans or scrap metal! Only for this week, through Friday, May 4, Student Council will be collecting all things metal to turn in for cash for the OHFHS mission project to support Zambia. Bring your copper, brass, aluminum cans, and scrap metal. The drop off area is located on the southeast corner of the school building, just around the corner from the math entrance. Deposit your aluminum cans in the big white trailer, and other signs in that area will show you where the rest of the metals may be dumped. Let's make a huge pile of metal for a worthy cause!
Register now for the Friends of Wisco Annual Charity Golf Outing set for Monday, June 18, at Hawk’s View Golf Club in Lake Geneva, Wis. New this year—choose between two different golf courses. Main course is $150 per person with shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. Optional par 3 course is $90 per person with shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. Price includes: green fees, golf cart, lunch and dinner, and two drink tickets. Sponsorships include a foursome of golf. For registration and sponsorship information visit bidpal.net/wlhsgolf2018. Register by May 25, to ensure the golf outing pullover will fit you. Contact Heidi Witz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-453-4567 ext. 2004 with any questions.
Seniors in Ms. Bond’s Painting and Advanced Ceramics classes are engaged in preparing for their Senior Art Show. They are currently finishing up their last artworks and in the process of choosing their most exceptional and favorite work to display. This Senior Art Show will be held in the WLHS library, May 16, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided by Wisco’s own Hospitality Foods. Please come and support them as they share their hard work.
Congratulations to seniors Hailey Orlowski and Adler Peterson who took home 1st place in their events at the Viking Invitation meet on Monday, April 23. Hailey cleared 12 feet in the pole vault, establishing a new stadium mark. Her effort marked the third time this season she cleared 12 feet or better. At the Woodland West Conference Relays on Tuesday, Hailey set a new individual school pole vault record of 12-4.
Adler set a meet record and established the No. 1 throw in discus with a mark of 161 feet 6 inches. He also won the shot put (51-2), an event he ranks fourth in the Division 1 with a throw of 54-7. Both Hailey and Adler received honors for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Athlete of the Week—In the Field.
Badger State is a week-long youth program held each June to teach Wisconsin high school students leadership and the workings of government. During the week, a mock government is created as citizens elect leaders in 27 cities, 9 counties, and a "51st" state that encompasses the entire program.
Congratulations to the following students who were elected as WLHS Badger State Representatives to this summer's conventions.
Enjoy a delicious meal while supporting Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Take your family out to eat this Sunday, April 29, to Buffalo Wild Wings in New Berlin (on Beloit Road), from 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. and 10% of your bill will be donated to the high school for the student led mission project to support Zambia, Africa. Simply mention this fundraiser when you order your meal.
On Monday, April 30, we will follow the late start schedule found on page 9 of the student handbook/planner or here. School will begin at 8:35 a.m. The faculty will meet beforehand beginning at 7:00 a.m. in the library.
Ms. Tranberg's Spanish 3 class is working on a Vacation Bible School unit. Our student teacher, Ms. Abigail Bosin, is leading the students through four Bible stories. Students will then prepare VBS lessons for their final projects. The students traveling to Mexico and Colombia will be able to use these lessons to complete the Great Commission in Spanish.
On Friday, April 20, Student Council raised over $4,200 through the Taste of Wisco fundraiser, almost double what was raised last year. A HUGE thank you to all the teachers and offices that participated as well as to the students who enjoyed the wide array of treats and snacks. All money will go to the mission project Let's H2Go to Zambia which will support mission work in Africa.
To the parents of our incoming freshmen Class of 2022, welcome to your first issue of the WLHS Weekly E-news! The Weekly E-News is delivered to your E-mail address every Wednesday during the school year. Please keep us informed of any E-mail address changes, as this is the communication tool used to convey information and upcoming events at Wisconsin Lutheran. WLHS encourages feedback to help us make our communication with you more effective, please contact Central Office at 414-453-4567 with any comments or questions.
Jamie (Johnson) Anderson '99 (pictured right) "Being a Wisco Champion is such an easy way to give back to the high school and help me feel connected as an out-of-state alum. Through my contribution, I can continue to cheer on the students as they excel in academics, create lifelong Christian friendships, and gain confidence in their various pursuits using their God-given abilities. After being on campus for the first time in a number of years last fall, I realized that God is continuing to do some amazing things at Wisconsin Lutheran."
Kelly Johnson '97 (pictured left) "Even though my experience was different than my sister’s during high school, the overall mission then and still is to prepare young adults to lead productive, Christ-centered lives in a diverse world. I feel it is especially important for students today to have a solid foundation in their faiths to be able to cope with so many of the unexpected tragedies that seem to have a become the norm in society today."
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is starting a new, alumni committe of Christ-centered young professionals called Young Alumni Leaders Council (YALC). The YALC will assist the Mission Advancement Office developing programs and communications and will also act to shepherd the development of volunteers and future leaders in ways that deepen their commitment to WLHS and prepare them for active alumni leadership roles. For more information, or to apply now, click here.
This week WLHS was excited to welcome hundreds of 4th graders from 22 of our conference grade schools. Visiting students had a tour of the building and participated in a variety of activities including learning about shocking static with Mr. Plamann, playing gym games with Mr. Whiteside, folding origami and speaking Chinese with Mrs. Leyrer, and composing music with Mr. Petersen in the music lab.
Students in Ancient World History, with teacher Mr. Peter Iles, have been studying the transition from Greece to Rome by reading the Aeneid in class. Virgil's epic poem tells the Aeneas, a Trojan that fled the fall of Troy to establish a civilization in Rome after traveling the Mediterranean Sea.
On Saturday, April 14, WLHS hosted it's 22nd Annual Dinner Auction "Light the Path." Over 400 participants attended the event, which included 100 student and adult volunteers, helping to make the night a huge success. The Dinner Auction exceeded the goal of raising $400,000 which is used for student tuition assistance and school budgetary needs. God has blessed WLHS with donors, supporters, and parents who "Light the Path" for our students and ensure a successful future for all at WLHS.
A beloved Wisco tradition is back on Friday, April 20. Our offices and academic departments will sell a variety of food and treats to students during passing time to support our mission project. Encourage your student to bring a few extra dollars for a deep fried ho-ho or oreo, churro, taco, cappuccino, gyro, donut, or root beer float to name just a few of the highlights. Many delicious snacks will be available for sale throughout the building. All proceeds will go to the Our Hands for His Service mission project in Africa. We are raising money for a new water system for the congregation's school and a renovated transportation system for their pastors.
It's a great day to save lives! The BloodCenter of Wisconsin is coming to Wisconsin Lutheran High School on Wednesday, April 25 for our spring blood drive. Typically around 100 students will sign up to donate blood during their free period. The BloodCenter of Wisconsin strives to see 700 donors a day, six days a week, to collect the blood needed by patients in the 55 plus hospitals they partner with. WLHS students will have a chance to save lives by donating blood. Students can sign up ahead of time; however, spring athletes should check with their coaches first before signing up.
WLHS Prism concerts will be held Friday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. in the WLHS gymnasium. Enjoy the God-given talents of our student ensembles, solos, duets, choirs and bands. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets will also be available at the door, $8 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are assigned first come, first served in one of four separate sections. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 23. Purchase tickets online here or in person at the WLHS front office to reserve a specific table within a section. Mail-in registration forms can also be found at the link here. For more information, please call 414-453-4567.
On Wednesday, April 18, freshman and sophomore students are taking the DPI required ACT Aspire Test at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Students received information about taking the test in their onCampus accounts. ACT Aspire Early High School Test is a summative assessment that measures what students have learned in the areas of: English, Reading, Math, Science, and Writing. It is a required day of school. Dismissal will be early at 2:00 p.m.
On Thursday, April 5, the Wisco family lost a valuable member when the Lord called home Mrs. Kathy Kargus.
For over 20 years, Mrs. Kargus served thousands of students and staff faithfully in a variety of support roles. Support staff is, in many ways, the glue that holds an operation together, and we are grateful for the years of service Kathy gave to the high school. Mrs. Kathy Kargus was faithful to the end and has been a model to many. Her Christian victory service was held on Saturday, April 14, at Grace Lutheran Church, Milwaukee.
Over Easter break, 32 students participated in the Civil Rights tour. The students visited iconic places that hold significance for the Civil Rights movement in America, including: Abraham Lincoln's birthplace and memorial in Springfield, Illinois, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthplace and Atlanta History Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Rosa Parks Museum and Dexter Ave. King Memorial Church in Montgomery, Alabama, and Kelly Ingram Park and Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. This powerful trip helps our students to grow in their understanding of the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to learning from the sites, students engage in guided discussions about race relations and write reflective journal entries about their own growth.
Enrollment Fees are due on April 15, 2018. This $200 per student fee will be applied as a down payment on your 2018-19 tuition (the Enrollment Fee is NOT required for MPCP/WPCP students). Payments can be made by credit card or electronic check either online or over the phone with Smart Tuition.
Tuition assistance grants and scholarships have been posted to students' tuition accounts for those that applied and submitted documentation by the 2/28/18 deadline. Tuition statements with notification of grant/scholarship amounts will not be sent. Parents are encouraged to log into their Smart Tuition account to review tuition amounts and payment plan settings.
Be a part of the fun, even if you're not attending the WLHS Dinner Auction on Saturday, April 14! Register as a non-attending bidder by clicking here. Click the login button at the top right corner to access registration. After registering, a text will also be sent to you with instructions on accessing the mobile bidding web site. Silent auction items include: unique gift baskets, sports tickets, artwork, jewelry, and more! For questions about mobile bidding, contact Heidi Witz at 414-453-4567 ext 2004 or email@example.com.
Juniors and Seniors, WLHS Prom is coming up on Saturday, May 5. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 16-24, $60 per person. After April 24, the price goes up to $75 through April 27. Tickets can be purchased in the business office. If you plan to bring an outside guest, please pick up a guest form from the office prior to purchasing your tickets. For more information, visit the resource board on onCampus, by logging in here.
The schedule of events for the day are as follows:
On Monday, April 9, classes resume after Easter break. It is also a late start schedule. We will follow the late start schedule found on page 9 of the student handbook/planner or here. School will begin at 8:35 a.m. The faculty will meet beforehand beginning at 7:00 a.m.
On Wednesday, March 28, President Ken Fisher successfully defended his doctoral project at Trinity International University, in Deerfield, Illinois. The oral defense was the final requirement in earning a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral leadership and ministry management, which President Fisher now holds. We congratulate President Fisher on his scholarship, his persistence, and for living the model of life-long learning.
Congrats to both girls and boys track teams for taking home 1st place in the Woodland Conference Indoor Championship.
Ashley Carlson ('19) captured first place as she cleared 5 feet in the high jump, Jendaya Howard ('20) won the triple jump, and Hailey Orlowski ('18) took first place in pole vault. FOX6 News captured junior Ashley Carlson's first-place win as she cleared 5 feet in the high jump here, and sophomore Jendaya Howard's winning triple jump here. For the boys, Adler Peterson (shot put), Armani Buckley (55 and long jump), Noah Hurley (400), Ryan Lueck (800) and the 3200 relay of Noah Ricke, Garrett Doan, Ryan Lueck and Noah Hurley took home 1st place.
The most powerful truths are expressed in the simplest words: "It is finished." With these words, Jesus Christ declared that his payment for our sins was complete. "He is not here; he has risen, just as he said." And so the Easter morning angel declared that Jesus Christ is the victor over death.
The faculty and staff of Wisconsin Lutheran High School wish you a meditative time of repentance during your Holy Week and a JOYOUS victory celebration at the empty tomb Easter morning.
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary invites you to join them for their annual Seminary Scurry on April 28. This is a fun family event. Come explore the beautiful WLS campus in a 5K run/walk and Kid’s Dash. Stay afterwards for a FREE cookout lunch and tour of the campus. Weather permitting, a free bounce house and face painting will be available for children. Click here to register online by Wednesday, April 25, to guarantee an event T-shirt. Participants may also register on the day of the event.
A reminder for families that applied for Tuition Assistance and Scholarships—grants will be posted to Smart Tuition accounts by April 3, for those that applied by the February 28, 2018 deadline. Statements and invoices sent by Smart Tuition prior to April 3 do not reflect any grants that may be awarded. The $200 per student Enrollment Fee is counted as a down payment toward your tuition amount and is not an additional fee. The enrollment fee does not apply to MPCP or WPCP students. A credit will be issued to accounts after the Enrollment Fee is paid.
If you have questions about accessing your Smart Tuition account, please contact Smart Tuition Customer Support at 888-868-8828.
Mr. Eric Duwe, Director of the International and Residential Life Program, and Mrs. Tammy Leyrer, International Admissions Counselor, have been busy globe-trotting this school year sharing the wonderful mission Wisconsin Lutheran High School has to offer. So far they have visited China, Brazil, South Korea, and Vietnam. Click here to see the video they share with prospective students and families to give them a first "taste" of Wisco.
Do you have yard work or spring cleaning such as watering, planting flowers, laying mulch, or washing windows? Wisconsin Lutheran High School students are here to help! Freewill donations received will go towards the Our Hands for His Service mission project goal of $32,000 to support pastors and grade school students in Zambia, Africa. Work days will be held on any Saturday or Sunday from April 14-May 20.
To request a team of hardworking students to take care of your yard work, please call Lauren Konkol at 414-779-1056 or send an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name, address, phone number, the work you need accomplished, and the day(s) this work could be completed.
The 2018 WLHS Spring Pilot, a student produced newspaper, is now hot off the press! Articles include current events such as the Olympics, women in history in the military, the minimum wage debate and more! Click here to read.
As a part of their study of plants, Mr. McEachern's Biology students have grown plants from seeds and now have started experimenting with different fertilizers. Once and for all we settle the question that has been puzzling scientists for decades, "Which one is better for plants: blue Gatorade, red Gatorade, or milk?"
Wisconsin Lutheran College hosted its thirteenth annual Christian Women's Leadership Circle Butterfly Brunch on Saturday, March 10, to benefit students through scholarships and leadership intiative at WLC. The Keynote speaker was Dr. Rhoda Wolle, Dean of Student Success at WLC. Her keynote speech was titled "Moving from Surviving to Thriving: Recalculating Happiness." Mrs. Kris Metzger ('72) and Mrs. Yvonne Quint attended and sponsored WLHS students: Megan Wandschneider ('18), Taylor Nedbal ('18), Eden Nass ('19), Grace Stroh ('19), and Grace Rindfleisch ('19).
Classes will not meet during our Easter break which begins on Good Friday, March 30 and runs through April 6. The school will be closed March 30-April 2. Office hours will be 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday. School will resume on Monday, April 9.
On March 14, Mr. Gottschalk's Trigonometry class observed this special mathematical holiday by eating many varieties of pie. More important, in classes, larger discussions revolved around its applications. If you want to know more about how pi is used, ask a WLHS Trigonometry student about radian angle measures and the unit circle. If you too want to celebrate Pi Day, feel free to watch Mr. Gottschalk's Pi Song. Happy (post) Pi Day!
A non-refundable Enrollment Fee of $200 per student is required to reserve your child's seat for the upcoming school year and to ensure course scheduling priority. The enrollment fee does not apply to MPCP or WPCP students. The due date for the enrollment fee is either Monday, April 1 or Sunday, April 15, depending on which payment date you have selected (this is a change from the original due date of Thursday, March 15). Families will receive an invoice via E-mail from Smart Tuition in the next week. Payments can be made by credit card or electronic check to Smart Tuition either online or over the phone. Payments can also be mailed to Smart Tuition, but allow ample time (10 days) for payments to be received and recorded.
Parents, the summer is for growing and learning! Register your grade school child(ren) for the Viking Explorer Summer Program. Offerings are designed to give grade school students a chance to experience a wide variety of activities and interests in a Christian setting. There are many camps available including: basketball, robotics, theater, cheerleading, volleyball, soccer, wrestling, art and more. For more information about camps and to register, visit the Viking Explorer web site at www.wlhs.org/explorers.
Wisconsin Lutheran is pleased to welcome and introduce to you, three students from Martin Luther College at New Ulm, MN (pictured left to right): Ms. Katherine Curtis, Mr. Ryan Plath, and Ms. Abigail Bosin. Ms. Bosin is mentored by Ms. Tanya Tranberg in the World Languages Department. Ms. Curtis is back at WLHS after doing her early field experience here and she is mentored by Mr. Eric Lueck in the Social Studies Department. Mr. Plath is mentored by Mr. Ryan Walz in the Physical Education Department.
Our Wisco alumni college athetes are making a mark in their choosen sports fields.
Four track & field athletes competed at the NCAA indoor national track & field championships. Eric Brown II ('15) competed in the the distance medley relay at the D1 National meet at Texas A&M and helped his team finish 6th. Dylan Lueck ('16) competed in the distance medley relay at the D3 national meet in Alabama and helped his team finish 5th. Both Eric and Dylan became All-Americans. Leif van Grinsven ('15) competed in the heptathlon and Shawntrel Garner in the long jump at the D3 meet in Alabama.
Dan Squires ('14), also became a Division 3 All-American wrestler for UW-Stevens Point in the past month.
The "Featured Wisco Champion" is an alumn or supporter of Wisco who exemplifies what it means to be a champion for the high school. If you have a story or name to share, please contact Cynthia (Fitzsimmons) Krueger '99 Assistant Director of Alumni Development at email@example.com or 414-456-4567 ext 2018.
Alexandria Lueck ('12) I support Wisco because while there, I was taught skills, given experiences, and was equipped with the resources and courage to share my faith with others, and I am now using all of these to be able to live and work in places around the world, like Chile, and I want other students to be able to have these same things to be able to experience what I get to! #wiscochampions
Wisco Champions are donors who provide monthly donations to the Viking Annual Fund to provide on-going support to enrich the lives of every student, every day. Champions are the heart and soul of WLHS as champions for our students, champions for our teachers, and champions for Christian education!
Congratulations to Suzanne Grzanna ('86) and her father, Donald E. Grzanna, who were honored with the Silver Medal in Jazz and Musical composition for Spring Waltz. A brilliant saxophonist, sultry jazz singer and Grammy Award voting member, Suzanne Grzanna is a world-class artist who has traveled the world during her productive career. The recent award is just one of many including a Hollywood Music and Media Award for Jazz, Clouzine for best Christian song and best instrumental song as well as several Indie Music Awards to name just a few of her many highpoints. Find out more about Suzanne and her career on her Facebook page here.
On Tuesday evening, March 6, Trade and Technology instructor James Hahm ('93) suffered a major heart attack at school during an after school event. He was treated at Froedtert Hospital after two surgeries and an extended ICU stay. James was finally released on Wednesday, March 14, and is recovering at home. We are thankful that God is in charge and has a plan for him.
Through connection and speed of social media, a prayer chain was started that has now reached over 142,000 people from around the world. The Hahm family appreciates everyone's support. Keep the prayers coming!
Alumni, we want you to be a part of the WLHS Dinner Auction! Attend this year's event, "Light the Path," on Saturday, April 14, at 5:00 p.m. at the high school. Register a table of ten or purchase individual tickets here. Not in the area, or already booked? Join in on the fun of the silent auction online by registering as a non-attending bidder here. Silent auction items include: sport tickets, artwork, jewelry, and much more!
Sponsorship, item donations, and volunteers also are important to the success of the dinner auction. Contact Heidi Witz at 414-453-4567, ext. 2004 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help in any way.
This past weekend, 14 members of the WLHS Viking Band were selected to participate at the WELS Regional Band Festival at Crete Lutheran High School in Illinois. Ten area WELS high schools joined together under the direction of Professor Miles Wurster of Martin Luther College. Mr. Quinten Petersen also served as a guest clinician of percussion.
The 2019 WELS National Band Festival will be held at Wisconsin Lutheran High School March 15-17.
On Monday, March 19, we will follow the late start schedule found on page 9 of the student handbook/planner or here. School will begin at 8:35 a.m. The faculty will meet in departments beforehand beginning at 7:15 a.m.
An estimated 2,000 schools across the country participated in the March 14 observances against school violence. At WLHS, administration called for a white-out (wearing white clothing) as a call for peace. Many students and faculty participated. In our weekly Lenten chapel service, Pastor Huebner brought a focus to the ultimate source of peace—Jesus Christ—in a world that is given to violence. Only a relationship with him will bring lasting peace.
Administration closed the assembly with an announcement about future plans to prepare for an armed intruder and a prayer that asked our God to use tragedy to bring glory to himself and turn people toward Him, for comfort to survivors, for protection, wisdom, and freedom from fear.
The WLHS Guidance office is gaging interest in offereing a World History summer school credit course which will allow students to schedule more classes during the regular school year. Students who have a high GPA and have demonstrated responsibility in completing their other courses, or for those who demonstrate a legitimate academic need for such a course, can come to Guidance to get information about this $295, 9-week summer course.
A reminder that all summer school course work must be pre-approved by the Director of Guidance through a contract (please see the Guidance Resource page through onCampus for more information about these extremely limited Summer School options).
The WLHS Spring Sacred Choral Concert, This is the Christ, will be held Saturday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the WLHS auditorium. The concert will feature WLHS choirs and instrumentals. Admission is free. Please consider enhancing your Easter celebration by attending this concert.
There are two more chances to order Scrip before the 2017-18 Scrip year ends on Saturday, March 31. WLHS will place its last order on Monday, March 26. You may still place ScripNow or Reload orders until March 31, which will be credited for the current rebate year.
Scrip rebates will be finalized the first week of April and applied to either your tuition account, a rebate check or rolling it over for future use. If you have a change of rebate request, please E-mail email@example.com in the next week, otherwise what you placed on your initial sign up form is what will be used. If you do not remember what you chose, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School's Mission Advancement is collecting Favorite Things Baskets from everyone!
This is such an easy way to participate in the 2018 WLHS Auction! Go to your favorite store and select a modest array of your favorite things. It could be anything from spa products to books, stationary, and pens. Love pets? Put together a Doggy bag! Have a favorite gadget or biking accessories? What about gardening tools or spring bulbs? Cooking tools. Tech items. Fashion and jewelry. Possibilities are endless.
On Tuesday, March 6, seniors picked up their cap and gowns for graduation along with any extra graduation items that were ordered. All extra items ordered from Jostens must be paid in full with cash or money order before the order can be released. Included in the packet were 15 tickets for the graduation ceremony. These are the only tickets each senior will receive.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying ended a successful run on the WLHS stage this past weekend. Over a thousand students and adults enjoyed the comedic and musical talent of our genius cast and crew.
On Tuesday evening, March 6, our Trade and Technology instructor James Hahm suffered a heart attack at school during an after school event. He has been treated at Froedert Hospital where he is currently in ICU. Thankfully, stents in the heart appear to be sufficient treatment for the time being. James' absence from the classroom is indefinite; however, his course plans are in place, and we anticipate no interruption in his classes. Please offer up prayers on behalf of James and his family, wife Kari and five children, all at home.
Friday, March 9, marks the end of the third quarter. Parents, please remind your students to check their onCampus account and be sure that all assignments are completed and entered. Final grades for third quarter will be available beginning Thursday, March 15.
Juuling is the latest craze to hit high school and college campuses. Juuls are a type of vaporizer designed so discreetly that most people don’t even recognize them as an e-cigarette.
Not only are Juul vaporizers small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, they can be charged when plugged into a laptop’s USB slot, making it easy for students to pass them off as flash drives in class.
Please take the time to read this article on Juuling by clicking here and have a conversation with your student today.
The boys basketball team hosts Wauwatosa East in the WIAA Playoffs on Friday night. The game will start at 6:00 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door. Please note that the WIAA does not allow us to accept student IDs for entry—all tickets are $5. Hope to see all fans there on Friday night.
WLHS is excited to perform the acclaimed musical How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. Set in the 1960's, this tune-filled comic gem took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize.
Performances are Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 4, at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children (through 8th grade). Tickets may be purchased at the receptionist window and will also be available at the door for purchase.
Congratulations to Elisha Doerr ('18) and Nathan Wranovsky ('18) for being named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High School students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. To participate in the National Merit® Scholarship Program, a student must:
Starting Monday, March 5, 2018, Blackbaud will enforce stricter password parameters for all users of onCampus. Any users who login with an inadequate password will be required to reset their password to meet new minimum password strength requirements. Passwords must:
be at least 8 characters long,
include at least 1 number,
and be different from the user's previous 3 passwords (reuse = 3).
Users whose passwords already meet these requirements will not be required to reset their password as part of this change. If you have questions, contact email@example.com.
Wisco seniors are learning an important lesson about finances today at the Reality Store. After receiving a "paycheck" based on the job they hope to get, students stop at various stations to help budget.
Thank you to all our volunteers who help make this event rewarding for our students!
An E-mail will go out in the next few weeks with information regarding re-enrollment and the $200 tuition down payment that is required as part of the enrollment process for 2018-19. Students in MPCP/WPCP are not required to pay this fee. The tuition down payment will be invoiced by Smart Tuition (our current tuition processor) and should be paid to Smart Tuition. You will receive your invoice via E-mail.
Payments must be received at Smart Tuition by April 1, 2018 to reserve your child's seat and ensure course scheduling priority. The April 1 due date is a change from the previous March 15 date.
For WLHS students from China, Korea, and Vietnam, the Lunar New Year is a very important holiday time. WLHS celebrated the occasion with a party in the school cafeteria on Friday, February 16. WLHS students, faculty and staff, international host families, and other friends in the community gathered for a delicious Chinese dinner. Before the dinner, students worked hard to make delicious dumplings, and some students took turns describing their Lunar New Year holiday traditions for the crowd. After dinner, attendees enjoyed games, a photo booth, karaoke and a calligraphy station.
WLHS Jr. Vikings athletic participants attended an inaugural Jr. Vikings Night with guest Kevin Zeitler (WLHS grad '08), who is an NFL guard with the Cleveland Browns. Kevin spoke about a Christian's character and perseverance in a professional athletic setting.
This annual Jr. Vikings Night will include other Christian, athletic professionals. Jr. Vikings, stay tuned for future events. Thanks to everyone who made this night a blessing and a success.
Seth Weide (’15) had his plans set. He was going to attend the University of Wisconsin–Madison to pursue a degree in veterinarian medicine.
At least that’s what he thought until February of his senior year. It was at that point when he began to consider the ministry.
“There were a lot of teachers at WLHS who encouraged me. Plus, I had a great group of friends who were supportive,” says Weide. “Once I made the decision to focus on becoming a pastor, I never looked back. The thought of sharing Jesus’ love every day and leading others got me excited.”
You might not be a student anymore, but you can still be a champion for WLHS. WLHS's annual giving program, Wisco Champions, provides on-going support for tuition assistance, curriculum, building updates, and more.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is excited to bring on board Cynthia (Fitzsimmons) Krueger. Cynthia is a proud 1999 graduate and is thrilled to be serving her alma mater! She graduated from Carthage College in 2003 with a degree in Communications, and then attended UW-La Crosse for her Master’s in College Student Development and Administration. She has 13 years of professional experience in higher education in the areas of domestic and international recruitment, orientation, study abroad, and alumni engagement and development.
We are excited to introduce our rebranded Wisconsin Lutheran High School Alumni e-Link which will be delivered to your inbox via E-mail once a month on the third Thursday of the month here on out. Alumni news can also be found on our website under www.wlhs.org/alumni. The purpose of the Alumni e-Link is to reconnect you to the high school and your fellow alumni, promote upcoming WLHS events, and celebrate alumni accomplishments.
Please share this new communication with your fellow alumni who might not be on our mailing list. Use the link here, to forward this E-mail on to them.
Have you stepped inside your high school lately? Contact new Assistant Director of Alumni Developement, Cynthia (Fitzsimmons) Krueger ('99), at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 414-453-4567 ext. 2018.
Junior students are reminded that they are to take the ACT on Tuesday, February 27, as a part of their school-day schedule. Juniors, please arrive promptly by 7:30 a.m. You will not be admitted to the testing rooms after the test has started. Parents, there is no cost or online registration required. This is an official ACT test. Scores from this test can be used for college applications. Students will be dismissed by 1:00 P.M. Lunch is not served that day.
Milwaukee and Wisconsin Parental Choice Program students are required to take the ACT Work Keys test on Wednesday, February 28, in addition to the ACT test the day before. If you are a parental choice student, please arrive promptly at 7:30 a.m. on February 28, also.
The physical education classes at Wisconsin Lutheran High School have been learning about muscle strength and muscle endurance and the muscle groups we use when working out. Pictured is a PE 1 class working out in the weight room doing a muscle endurance circuit. All three physical education classes use the weight room often to work out and improve over all physical fitness.
Support our Fine Arts department on Friday, March 2, between 4:30-7:00 p.m., at the Choir Associates all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner. Tickets will be sold at the cafeteria door and cost $10 for adults, $7 for children (children three and under eat free).
On Monday, February 26, we will follow the late start schedule found on page 9 of the student handbook/planner or here. School will begin at 8:35 a.m. The faculty will meet together and in departments beforehand beginning at 7:00 a.m.
On Tuesday, February 27, all Seniors will partake in the annual Reality Store, under Mr. Jason Goede's direction. The goal of this event is to teach our seniors how to spend, share, and save their God-given finances. Volunteers come in to help teach financial literacy to the students as they walk through a month of bill paying and dealing with the unexpected financial events (e.g. car repairs, medical bills) that adults experience. This is a mandatory school day for seniors. Students will be dismissed by 1:00 p.m. Lunch is not served that day.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School partners with Smart Tuition and Smart Aid to process tuition requests. Click here to apply for tuition assistance. Smart Aid instructions can be downloaded here. The deadline to apply is February 28.
[Taken from the February 2018 edition of High School Today—the voice of educational-based athletic and performing arts activities]
Question: What's the most important lesson you've learned from a losing effort?
Lucas Roecker ('18) Wisconsin Lutheran High School
In my athletic career, I have been both undefeated and winless in a season. I have won the match that let my team win and also given up game-winning scores. Throughout all of this, I believe that losing has made more of an impact on me as an individual than winning. The most important lesson I've learned from losing is that no matter how much time and effort is put into a sport, there is alway room for improvement. Nothing is guaranteed. Losing applies in countless real-life situations and has helped me become the person I am today.
Click here for the complete magazine article online. Page 56, "Voices of the Nation."
Junior students are reminded that they are to take the ACT on Tuesday, February 27, as a part of their school-day schedule. Juniors, please arrive promptly by 7:30 a.m. You will not be admitted to the testing rooms after the test has started. Parents, there is no cost or online registration required. This is an official ACT test. Scores from this test can be used for college applications.
Milwaukee and Wisconsin Parental Choice Program students are required to take the ACT Work Keys test on Wednesday, February 28, in addition to the ACT test the day before. If you are a parental choice student, please arrive promptly at 7:30 a.m. on February 28, also.
Under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) rule, all primary and secondary schools are required to develop and implement a plan for managing all building materials which contain asbestos. Included in the AHERA Act is the requirement to annually notify all workers and building occupants (or their guardians) of asbestos-related activities. Beginning in 1988, all buildings owned, leased, or under the control of Wisconsin Lutheran (WLHS) were inspected by EPA accredited inspectors, with building material samples analyzed by an independent laboratory.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School invites 4th and 6th grade students, on separate nights from 5:30-7:30 p.m., to a fun evening of waterslides and swimming at Country Springs Waterpark Hotel in Pewaukee. There is no cost; however, at least one parent must attend with their child. Kids will swim and the parents will learn more about WLHS. 4th grade students are invited on Monday, March 5, and must RSVP by Monday, February 26. 6th grade students are invited on Monday, March 12, and must RSVP by Monday, March 5. RSVP by going to www.wlhs.org/splash.
Today (February 14) is Ash Wednesday which begins the start of the Lenten season in our Church calendar year. Students attended a special chapel service led by Pastor Phil Huebner, campus pastor, and Koiné, a Christian contemporary band. The theme for this year's Lenten series is My Song is Love Unknown based on Hymn 110. Chapel is a highlight of the WLHS school day where our students, teachers, and staff members gather together to worship our Triune God and at this time of year reflect on the incredible love and sacrifice shown by our Savior. Join us daily for chapel by clicking here.
The Spanish 4-5 class has selected Spanish-speaking countries who are participating in the Olympic Winter Games. They are doing presentations of the country for the class and following the medal-count throughout the duration of the games. Today they participated in a parade of nations in the classroom.
Open enrollment for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program is going on now. All current WLHS families participating in MPCP must re-apply online each year at the link here. MPCP families are encouraged to come to WLHS this week to avoid long lines. The hours to show proof of residency are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Spring sports will begin soon, and as a reminder, proper forms must be on file in our athletic office for each participating student. If you and your student have never seen and heard the risk video and code of conduct presentation, you MUST attend the above-mentioned meeting on Monday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the atrium. Parents and their students must attend and then sign forms which will stay on file in the athletic office for those students. Upon completion of the proper forms, a participation card will then be issued to the student, who will then give it to his/her coach. All forms are available on the school's website. You can also register your student on-line by clicking here.
A student may not begin practice or any try-out session until this is completed. If you have any questions regarding this procedure, please contact athletic director Jeff Sitz (email@example.com or 414-453-4567).
The WLHS Varsity Dance Team will be holding their annual Dance Camp on Saturday, March 17, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Cost is $10 to attend and $7.50 for a t-shirt. Registration information can be found at www.wlhs.org/jrvikings or download the registration form here. Registration deadline is Thursday, March 1. The camp is open to all girls in grades K3-8. We would love to see many future WLHS Dancers there! For questions, please contact Head Coach Aryn Ebben at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wisco teachers Mary Schmal (’72) and Leanne Ross have debuted the first book in their Children of the Light series called The Wandering Pirate Ship this past January. The book is now available on childrenofthelightbooks.com, Amazon and barnesandnoble.com.
Set in 1884, the series follows the adventures of nine children who live on an island in a lighthouse. Each of the children represent one of the nine Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5. Mrs. Schmal handled the manuscript while Mrs. Ross focused on bringing the book to life with 47 original pen and ink illustrations. Wisco is blessed to have such exemplary Christian leaders on staff.
On Tuesday, February 27, the Class of 2019 will take the ACT during the school day. To prepare for this, all juniors will participate in an ACT preparatory session on Wednesday, February 21 in the auditorium during 6th, 7th, and 8th hours. The prep session will be conducted by Mr. Kreigh Knerr of Knerr Educational Services who has personally helped thousands of students from all over the world improve their test scores. He is the author of Tips from the Top: A Tutor to the 1% Reveals His Tricks, created two widely-celebrated mobile apps that are used by schools, tutors, and students throughout America to accelerate reading comprehension and significantly raise test scores and is currently researching and writing a book on the subject of critical thinking and its function in the modern world.
The Class of 2018 was the first class at WLHS to take the ACT as a whole. Students in the top quarter of the class of 2018 averaged 28.0 (91st percentile) on the ACT, while the top half of the class scored an average of 25.3 (83rd percentile). The top three-quarters of the class averaged 23.1 (70th percentile) on the exam. Achieving a 23 on the ACT means a student scored in the top third of all students nationwide.
Step right up and try your luck at over 45 fun games! Wisconsin Lutheran High School will be hosting the Kid's Carnival on Sunday, February 18, from 1:00-3:30 p.m. Children age 3 through fourth grade are invited to play games, meet live animals and participate in other fun activities. Each $3 admission receives 20 play tokens. Concessions will be available for purchase. Parents and grandparents are admitted free of charge and encouraged to bring their cameras for some great photo opportunities.
On Wednesday, February 7 during a special chapel service. WLHS was excited to add two additional flags from the Philippines and Japan to our atrium. The flags represent the thirty-one birth countries of our students. Jeremy Dela Cruz ('19) and Hinako Tsuchioka ('19) carried the flags and participated in the blessing of the flags ceremony.
On Tuesday, February 6, Our Hands For His Service (OHFHS) 2018, was introduced to the student body after chapel. OHFHS is a mission project sponsored by student council and our National Honor Society. This year's OHFHS's project is "Let's H2Go to Zambia!" Our goal is to raise $32,000 to bring clean water to a Lutheran school, and to purchase motorcycles for the pastors there who use them for visiting congregations.
There are many events planned throughout the rest of the school year to help raise funds including Crush Cans, Kids Carnival, Taste of Wisco, Ala Carte, and more. Additional details can be found by logging in to onCampus here and clicking on Resources > Student Council. Information will continue to be updated as events get closer.
Freshmen in Mrs. Huebner's English 9 class use the many resources provided in the WLHS library as preparation for their presentations on the Civil Rights era. Special thanks to Mrs. Haakenson for her help with this project!
Congratulations to the WLHS robotics team, who placed seventh overall in the FIRST Tech Challenge competition, which qualifies them for State competition. The team won the Design award, placed third for the Innovate awards, and placed second for the Inspire award. No other WLHS robotics team has ever placed for the Inspire award, in all 11 years of the program. Blessings at State!
Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors received E-mails from the Guidance Office regarding scheduling meetings for next year's classes. Encourage your student to look at their 4-year course planner. Parents can click here to see graduation requirements and the 2018-19 Curriculum Guide.
Sunday, January 28, 5th Grade Extravaganza welcomed 200 guests (5th graders and their families) who enjoyed an evening of food, fun and entertainment. Students and parents had a chance to learn about our caring, Christian environment, superior academics, award-winning co-curriculars, generous tuition assistance, and the amazing opportunities that WLHS offers. The 5th grade students had a chance to tour the building in the form of an exciting scavenger hunt.
Festival 2018 was a spirited week at Wisconsin Lutheran! Activities included dress-up days, lunchtime competitions, festival court, pep rally, wrestling dual, basketball games, WLTV (click here for videos) and much more. Nick Strautmann was crowned Festival King at the pep rally. The week capped off with a Glowup-themed dance Saturday night. Class participation was strong from every grade.
On Monday, February 5, we will follow the late start schedule found on page 9 of the student handbook/planner or here. School will begin at 8:35 a.m. The faculty will meet in departments beforehand beginning at 7:15 a.m.
Midterm grading day is Monday, February 5. Encourage your student to check his or her grades and make sure that all assignments are completed and turned in to date. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your student's teacher.
A group of 16 students from the WLHS student homes participated in the "vuntivity" or volunteer activity for Soles for Jesus on Saturday, January 26. The group helped organize and pack new and gently shoes to people in need in Africa.
The WLHS Viking Steelpan group, led by Director of Bands, Quinten Petersen, took their pans on the road for the first time to enhance worship at St. John Lutheran Church, Lannon, on Sunday, January 28, during both services. The group played many selections, including "Amazing Grace," arranged by Joshua Quillen, an excerpt of which can been seen at this link. The high school has three steelpan bands, with a total of 30 students participating. The next worship service the group will attend is at St. Marcus Lutheran Church, on Sunday, February 11, at 10:30 a.m. In addition, there will be a concert following the worship service in the atrium at St. Marcus.
WLHS is proud to bring to stage the show-stopping Broadway production of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Performances are Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 4, at 1:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 1, and may be purchased at the reception window of Central Office. Every WLHS student will receive one free ticket with a school ID at the reception window. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children (through 8th grade). A mail-in ticket order form can be downloaded here.
On Thursday, January 25, CBS (station 58 non-cable) will air LIVE an interactive talent show to find the professional football player with the best talent off the field. This one-hour special called MVP: Most Valuable Performer, will showcase 32 participating players, including Cleveland Brown guard and Wisco alum Kevin Zeitler ('08). For a full list of performers and more information about the show, click here.
During the show, a panel of celebrity judges will critique each player’s performance before viewers vote live online at CBS.com to determine the MVP: Most Valuable Performer. The winner will be revealed at the end of the show. Make sure to tune in Thursday, January 25, to vote for Kevin!
On Thursday, January 18, the WLHS Board of Directors heard a presentation about the Honey Creek property development from Mr. Scott Beyer who is the building committee chairman and Attorney Joseph Tierney who is representing WLHS in the matter. WLHS is proposing a plan to improve our dormitory and student housing which would be funded in part by a recent $500,000 donation. The remainder of the project would be funded outside the budget through other donations and private investors who are friends of Wisco.
Read below for a project overview with more details.
All current WLHS families participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), or the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP), must re-apply each year. The 2018-19 online application link for both the MPCP and WPCP opens February 1. You can click here to read about further information and requirements for both programs.
All MPCP and WPCP applications must be completed online. You will need an E-mail address to complete your application.
Join us for our Winter Festival pep rally in the main gymnasium at school this Friday, January 26, at 2:15 p.m. We will be following our pep rally schedule as noted on page 9 in the student handbook and planner or click here. Classes end at 2:15 p.m. to allow for an all-school pep rally which concludes at 3:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to join us, but be ready for some noise!
Scholarship applications are due Wednesday,January 31. Scholarship applications can be found by clicking here and logging onto your onCampus account. Begin your scholarship application by clicking the link in the yellow bar at the top of your onCampus page that says 1 Form(s) to Review. This link will lead you to the scholarship application. Your application will remain saved in your account until you hit the submit button. All written submissions, including letters of recommendations, can be submitted in one E-mail to email@example.com.
With the goal of generating positive support for our teams, the WiscoSuperfan student section has been reorganized with some new ideas to create an exciting culture of school spirit. For the remainder of the basketball season, the pep band and the student section will be working together on chants and songs. A WiscoSuperfan logo was created with 80 students getting a new shirt. This promotion has been used to generate school pride for all of our teams including the girls basketball team and the wrestling team. Whose House? Wis-House!!
One hundred percent of WLHS seniors completed the ACT exam as 11th-graders. This is the first time that an entire class took the test. Students in the top quarter of the class of 2018 averaged 28.0 (91st percentile) on the ACT, while the top half of the class scored an average of 25.3 (83rd percentile). The top three-quarters of the class averaged 23.1 (70th percentile) on the exam. Achieving a 23 on the ACT means a student scored in the top third of all students nationwide.
This semester we're blessed to have five new international students join our WLHS family. They come to us from East Asia and Japan. Despite the cold start to January, the students are warming up nicely to life in Wisconsin. WLHS held an orientation day for the new students on January 5, so they could get acquainted with the school building and the basics of how to get a successful start at our high school. The students' American mentors joined in the afternoon to introduce themselves, give the new students tips, and enjoy a city tour together.
Students in Mr. McEachern’s Biology class became amateur DNA code breakers. They learned how cells use the secret language of A’s, T’s, C’s, and G’s to make our skin, bones, muscles, and every other protein that our body needs.
The New Berlin Junior Woman's Club is excited to announce its first ever Pop-up Prom Boutique on January 26, at 5:00-8:00 p.m., January 27, at 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and January 28, at 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The event will be held at the New Berlin Community Center. The shop will be an opportunity to sell your prom, homecoming, and winter formal dresses, shoes, handbags, and jewelry. Menswear items such as dress shirts, bowties, suspenders, and shoes will also be welcome. All items must be in clean, untorn and sellable condition. Raffles for salons, tuxes, flowers, prom tickets and more will also be available.
If your student has gotten their driver's license recently and/or may be bringing a car to school second semester, please take the time to register all cars that might be driven by clicking here. All vehicles need to be registered with us each school year.
Parents, please note the parking options that are available to our students:
The theme for the 2018 Winter Festival is GLOWUP which will include glowing and glow in the dark decorations as well as black lighting to create a fun atmosphere. Beginning Thursday, January 18, information will be available regarding dress-up days and lunch time activities by logging into onCampus here and clicking on Resources > Student Council.
Join us next week for exciting activities in celebration of Festival:
Wednesday, January 24 Varsity Wrestling Crossover Dual 7:00 p.m. WLHS Main Gym
Wisconsin Lutheran High School has partnered with the National Federation of State High Schools (NFHS) Network to provide livestreamed games at the high school. Cameras are installed in the main gym so that all volleyball games, basketball (boys and girls), and wrestling matches can be streamed from our house into yours! For now, the streaming capabilities will be limited to sports that are played in the main gym.
Subscriptions for this service can be billed by month, season, or year (all games). For sign up information, click here. Great gift idea for grandparents, alum, and Viking fans who can't always make it to our building for games.
On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., you are invited to Career Exploration Night at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in the cafeteria and lower lobby. This night is especially beneficial for sophomores and juniors who can speak with actual professionals in the careers that are of interest to them. All students and parents are invited to attend.
On Friday, January 12, Wisconsin Lutheran High School will hold its annual worship service to thank God for the civil rights movement. The theme of the service is Unity in Christ. Pastor Aaron Robinson of Fairview Lutheran Church will be giving the address.
Morning assembly will follow the schedule on page 10 of the sudent planner and handbook. This does include a 5-minute homeroom.
Wisconsin Lutheran is excited to offer ten mission trip opportunities in the United States that give our students the privilege of lending their gifts to other WELS ministries. Beginning this year, we are offering domestic trips that are closer to home and less expensive so that more of our students have this opportunity. We are also offering new trips to Alaska and Georgia and other destinations. United States mission trips are open to our current juniors, sophomores, and freshmen. Seniors may also apply; however, preference will be given to juniors, sophomores, and freshmen.
The United States trips and tentative corresponding dates are:
The WLHS math department takes pride in supporting our students growth in both mind and spirit. Mr. Blair Schaper has faithfully taught Geometry and/or Algebra at WLHS for over 10 years. Along with being an exceptional educator, Mr. Schaper is also a wonderful Christian influence. At the beginning of each lesson, Mr. Schaper begins his math classes with a short Bible passage which is tied into the lesson or chapel theme for the week. His focus on integrating God's word into each lesson reminds his students each day that they need to put Christ first.
On December 22, President Trump signed into law a tax bill that benefits thousands of families with children in religious and independent schools. The new bill expands the use of 529 savings accounts so that families can withdraw up to $10,000 a year tax free to use for "public, private, or religious elementary or secondary school" expenses. Currently, money invested in 529s can be used for college expenses only.
To read more about this new tax reform, click here.
Do you have an outstanding balance on your breakfast/lunch account? Now is the time to take care of it. If you don't know why you have a balance, please see Mrs. Sarah Derouin in the kitchen to review your account. If there are errors on your account, we want to correct them, but please know after a certain period of time, we can't reverse charges. Please keep your account in good standing.
Even though Wisco freshman Sam Mayer does not yet have a legal drivers license, this 14-year-old has been racing cars, legally, or course, and excelling at it for some time. Sam recently signed with Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s NASCAR team. Congratulations to Sam, as we wish him God's richest blessing on his bright future!
Smart Tuition provides year end statements as a convenience for our families. The year end statement lists payments made to a family's Smart Tuition account for the calendar year of 2017.
Access your statement by logging on to your account through OnCampus or at this link and clicking on "Family Year End Statement" or "Student Year End Statement" which will trigger a PDF download to your computer.
Please note: Smart Tuition will not send a copy of the statement. Families need to retrieve it online.
Tuition assistance applications via Smart Aid are available by clicking here. Smart Aid is the name of our tuition assistance program. Smart Aid parent instructions can be found by clicking here. The deadline to apply is February 28. Families will be notified of their tuition assistance grant and/or scholarship award on their Smart Tuition statement beginning April 1, 2018.
Thanks to the generosity of WLHS families and friends, we are pleased to offer a variety of scholarships to our current students as well as incoming freshmen. Each scholarship that requires an application will be awarded based on the specific criteria listed. Click here for a list of all available scholarships.
All scholarship applications for the 2018-19 school year will be done online. The link for the scholarship applications opened January 1, 2018. The completed form, written submissions, and supporting financial documentation, if applicable, must be electronically submitted by January 31, 2018. Applicants will be notified of awarded scholarships beginning April 1, 2018.