2017

News List

  • February

    2017 Academic Top Ten

    Wisconsin Lutheran High School announces the academic top ten for the Class of 2017:
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  • Annual Asbestos Notification - 2016-17 School Year

    Under the AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) 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.
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  • Culinary Classes

    Looking for a way to simplify your food choices? Wisco culinary classes recommend eating your food closest to the way God made it, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Now and again, though, also enjoy a cookie with your friends as a special treat.
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  • Exclusive Life of Luther Screening for Wisco Friends and Family

    Wisconsin Lutheran High School is hosting an exclusive screening of "A Return to Grace: Luther's Life and Legacy" on Monday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Marcus Majestic Cinema in Brookfield, for friends and alumni to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Luther's Reformation. Tickets are $9.00 per person and must be pre-ordered by Monday, March 6, at this link.
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  • Get Ready to Make a Splash!

    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 while parents learn more about WLHS. 4th grade students are invited on Monday, March 6, and must RSVP by Monday, February 27. 6th grade students are invited on Monday, March 13, and must RSVP by Monday, March 6. RSVP by clicking here.

    Thank you to the students and faculty for volunteering their time to make these events a success.
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  • Kid's Carnival - February 19

    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 19, 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. Cotton candy and 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.
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  • Road Work Continues

    Road work continues on the Zoo Interchange. Wisconsin Lutheran appreciates the patience our parents, students, and supporters have had with the changed traffic pattern. Please continue to exercise caution and follow signs, especially the no U-turn sign in front of school. Discuss safe driving practices with your student drivers including not texting while driving, following traffic rules, avoiding distractions, and being extra vigilant during high traffic times.
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  • Volunteer Honored

    Congratulations to Hannah Gorski ('19) for being recognized as a Local Honoree in the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program was designed to identify each state's top youth volunteers, and to hold them up as role models for other young people. Hannah's donations of toys, blankets, and food have been given to organizations such as: Wheaton Franciscan hospital, Milwaukee Rescue Mission, and Ronald McDonald House. Young volunteers like Hannah are inspiring examples to all of us, and are one of our brightest hopes for a better tomorrow.
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  • WLHS Re-Enrollment

    Watch your E-mail later this week for information regarding re-enrollment and the $200 tuition down payment that is required as part of the enrollment process for 2017-18. 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 within the next week. Payments must be received at Smart Tuition by March 15, 2017 to reserve your child's seat and ensure course scheduling priority.
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  • Girls Night

    Micah Ricke
    Isabella I. (freshman from Alexandria, Virginia who lives in Antioch House) shares what the ladies did on our monthly tradition of Girls / Boys Night . . . 
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  • 2017-18 House Parent Openings

    Micah Ricke
    Impact the lives of students living away from home by becoming a house parent at WLHS for the 2017-18 school year. House parents live and work in on-campus student housing, supervise, mentor, discipline, and love the international and out of state students attending the high school. For the complete job description, click here.

    All applicants must fill out the form here, and send it in by Monday, March 13. For additional questions, E-mail Eric Duwe, Director of the International Program, at eric.duwe@wlhs.org.
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  • 3D Technology Enhances Learning in World History Class

    With a twelve dollar 3D headset, their own smart phones, and a virtual reality teaching tool called Expeditions, students in Mr. Iles' World History classes are now able to visit ancient Egpytian pyramids, see the top of Mt. Everest, swim in the depths of the ocean—all in a 42-minute class period. "We get to experience things as if we were there, rather than just looking at pictures in a book," says Hannah S., a freshman in Mr. Iles' class. "It shows us things we can't go see and makes it look even better than on a computer screen," says sophomore Colin O.
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  • ACT for All Juniors - February 28

    Junior students are reminded that they are to take the ACT on Tuesday, February 28, 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, March 1 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 March 1, also.
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  • Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

    On Wednesday, February 1, three of our student athletes signed letters of intent to play football for their prospective colleges next year.

    Pictured (right to left): Christopher G. (Concordia, St. Paul) Brian C. (Winona State), and German F. (Southwest Minnesota State) with football coaches Radue and Roecker.

    Congratulations to them for their athletic achievements!
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  • Boys Night

    Micah Ricke
    Gilbert Z. (junior from Hangzhou, China who lives in Damascus House) describes a monthly tradition in the Funky Family - Girls / Boys Night. . .
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  • Festival Recap

    Festival 2017 was a spirited week at Wisconsin Lutheran! Activites included dress-up days, lunchtime competitions, festival court, pep rally, basketball games, and much more. There was never a shortage of things to do and fantastic memories were made.
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  • Share the Mission 2017 - International Trips Announced

    Each summer 30-45 Wisconsin Lutheran High School students travel to various countries and parts of the United States on mission trips through the Share the Mission program. These teams assist in spreading the gospel throughout the world while experiencing mission work firsthand.  
    • US trips are open to sophomores and juniors and locations will be announced soon.
    • International trips are open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
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  • Tuition Assistance for the 2017-18 School Year

    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, 2017.
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  • WLHS House Parent Job Opening

    Impact the lives of students living away from home by becoming a house parent at WLHS for the 2017-18 school year. House parents live and work in on-campus student housing, supervise, mentor, discipline, and love the international and out of state students attending the high school. For the complete job description, click here.

    All applicants must fill out the form here, and send it in by Monday, March 13. For additional questions, E-mail Eric Duwe, Director of the International Program, at eric.duwe@wlhs.org.
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  • WLHS Robotics Team Finishes Strong at State

    Congratulations to the members of the WLHS Robotics Team who finished 6th out of 24 teams, which got them to the semi-final round at State. The team also took home 2nd in the state for programming.

    Robotics is always looking for sponsorships to help them get into more tournaments and to purchase new equipment.

    Photo credit: Micah Ricke

    For the Milwaukee Journal article, click here.
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  • WLHS Students Visit Martin Luther College

    On Thursday, January 26, twenty-eight WLHS sophomores, juniors, and seniors, accompanied by Mr. Joel Mattek and Mr. Skip Bremer, visited Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod's teacher and pastor training college, Martin Luther College (MLC), to learn more about studying to become a pastor, teacher, or staff minister. Our students had a great time during MLC’s winter festival weekend going to classes, staying in the dorms, and participating in festival activities.
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  • Funtivity @ Winter Festival

    Micah Ricke
    Nazil A. (senior from Urumqi, China who lives in Antioch House) shares her take on the Winter Festival traditions at Wisco . . .
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  • Festival Court

    At the pep rally this Friday, February 3, one of three nominated senior boys will be crowned as the 2017 Festival King.

    Pictured from left to right:  Jacob E., Kellen S., and Ira H. They will be escorted by Whitney H., Mollie H., and Skyler K.
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  • Housing Needed for Student Teacher

    Wisconsin Lutheran High School is pleased to welcome Sarah Koelpin as our student teacher at the end of February. With her arrival, we are in need of housing for her. If you are interested in opening up your home and providing Sarah with her own room and preferably own bathroom for her 10-week student teaching period, please contact Cindy Petraske at cindy.petraske@wlhs.org or 414-453-4567 ext. 2009. Compensation will be provided.
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  • Midterm Grading Day - February 7

    Midterm grading day is Tuesday, February 7. 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.
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  • Pep Rally - Friday February 3

    Join us for our Winter Festival pep rally in the main gymnasium at school this Friday, February 3, at 2:15 p.m. We will be following our pep rally schedule as noted on page 9 in the student handbook and planner. The pep rally is part of our scheduled school day. Students are strongly encouraged to join in the fun and festivities of Festival. If your student chooses not to attend the pep rally, they must exit the building by 2:20 p.m. and are not allowed to reenter school. Parents, please talk with your students and know what their plans are for Friday.
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  • US History Students Take Citizenship Test

    These students are continuing their studies of American History in the second semester under the direction of Mr. Joel Mattek. Part of their studies have focused on taking the U.S. Citizenship Test. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has mandated that all students must successfully pass the Citizenship Test in order to graduate from high school. By the end of February, all WLHS students will be given the information and details that they need in order to take the test. The graduating class of 2017 will be the first required to pass it.
    A sample US citizenship test can be found here. Think you could pass?
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  • WLHS Musical - Guys and Dolls

    WLHS is excited to perform the acclaimed musical Guys and Dolls. This romantic comedy tells the story of Sky Masterson, man of the world and gambler of renown, who falls in love with missionary Sarah Brown, who tries not to fall in love with him. The snappy dialogue and timeless melodies, are sure to give you an entertaining experience! Performances are Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 5, at 1:30 p.m.
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  • WLHS Robotics Team Headed to State Championship

    Wisconsin Lutheran High School sent two robotics teams to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Fox Valley Qualifying Tournament last weekend. Out of 24 teams at the tournament one of our teams placed 3rd and also won a special control award for the software programming and sensor use. The second WLHS team placed 10th. Both teams now move on to compete in the State Championship this weekend, February 3-4 at UW-Milwaukee. Fans are welcome to attend the championship which will be held in the student union at UW-Milwaukee. Qualifying matches begin at 10:30 a.m.

    For more information about the 2017 FIRST Tech State Championship, click here.
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  • WLHS Scholarship Applications Open February 1-28

    Thanks to the generosity of WLHS families and friends, we are pleased to offer a large 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.
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  • Year-End Tuition Statements for Families Available

    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 2016.
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  • January

    Funtivity @ Lunar New Year Party

    Micah Ricke
    Kary X. (junior from Zhenhai, China who lives in Bethlehem House) describes Wisco's third annual Lunar New Year Party.
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  • 2017-2018 School Calendar

    The WLHS Board of Directors met on Wednesday, January 18, and approved the new calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. You can download the calendar by clicking here.
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  • Baptism Celebration

    On Friday, January 20, 2017, ten students were baptized by WLHS Campus Pastor, Phil Huebner, during a special chapel service. What a blessing to witness such a powerful sacrament. Click here to watch the chapel service.
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  • Boys Cross Country Team Honored

    Congratulations to the boys cross country team for earning Academic All-State Honors for the 2016 season. The boys had a combined team GPA of 3.6. Team members included Matt O., Phil M., Aleks A., Adam P., Doug R., Salvador P., and Jared D.
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  • Duke University Summer College for High School Students

    If you are a current 10th or 11th grade student, you are eligible to apply for a 4-week credit-bearing program offered by Duke University in North Carolina (cost is about $8,000). Immerse yourself in an international college experience by enrolling in this elite program designed to provide high school students with an academic and residential environment that is conducive to collegiate success. For more information, click here.
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  • Library Happenings

    Recently, freshman English classes came to the library to select titles for their next report, an account of a non-fiction event. Page Turners (the WLHS book club) will be reading and discussing Girl Underwater by Claire Kells in February.  Knitting will also be taught during lunch periods in the library at the end of January and into February.
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  • Reminder for MPCP/WPCP Enrollment

    Open enrollment for Milwaukee and Wisconsin Parental Choice Programs starts on Wednesday, February 1. All current WLHS families participating in MPCP or WPCP must re-apply each year. For more information about MPCP/WPCP click here.
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  • Two Divine Calls Extended; One Received

    On Wednesday, January 18, Wisconsin Lutheran High School's Board of Directors met and discussed upcoming faculty needs. Lists were prepared by the Commission on Lutheran Schools and approved by the District President. Voting took place to call new teachers for Science and Fine Arts.  
     
    The board extended Divine Calls to Mr. Jeremiah Schmiege for Chemistry and Mr. Casey Pufahl for Fine Arts.
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  • Winter Festival Dress-up Days

    Have fun and tap into your creative side with the following dress-up days during Winter Festival week:

    Monday, January 30
    80's Day
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  • Winter Festival Week Activities and Dance

    The theme for the 2017 Winter Festival is Jammin' in the Jungle. Join us next week for exciting activities in celebration of Festival.

    Friday, February 3
    Winter Festival Pep Rally
    2:15 p.m.
    WLHS Gymnasium

    Boys Varsity Game vs Hartford
    7:15 p.m.
    WLHS Gymnasium
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  • WLHS Grade School Basketball Tournaments

    The WLHS grade school boys and girls basketball tournaments will be held the weekends of February 10 and 17. Twenty-four teams from our conference elementary schools will compete each weekend.  

    Tournament t-shirts will be on sale. Purchase shirts online by clicking here or download the order form here. The deadline to order is Sunday, January 29.
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  • Bella's Faith Story

    Micah Ricke
    Bella Chen (junior from Hangzhou, China who lives in Antioch House) shares her faith story and why she chose to get baptized last week . . . 
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  • Funtivity @ Country Springs

    Micah Ricke
    Lauren Butler (freshman from Manassas, Virginia who lives in Antioch House) shares what happened on a rainy MLK Day . . .
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  • HP Spotlight - Bethlehem

    Micah Ricke
    Get to know Kristen Miller, a first-year House Parent in Bethlehem House, a bit better . . . 
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  • Career Exploration Night and PSAT Results

    On Wednesday evening, January 25, 2017, 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.
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  • Celebration of Baptism

    On Friday, January 20, 2017 at 8:30 a.m., Wisconsin Lutheran is holding a special service in celebration of God's grace in baptism. Several of our students will be baptized by Pastor Phil Huebner, campus pastor, during this morning assembly. The service will be streamed live at this link. Or go to wlhs.org, scroll down to Program Links and click on Daily Chapel.
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  • Medical College of Wisconsin Summer Programs

    Each summer, the Office of Student Affairs/Diversity at MCW-Milwaukee offers its signature programs to promote diversity in the medical field and provide an exceptional gateway to clinical careers. MCW's summer enrichment programs are designed for students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research.
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  • MPCP/WPCP Open Enrollment Schedule at WLHS

    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 2017-18 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.
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  • Save the Date for the 2017 Dinner Auction - Saturday, April 8

    On Saturday, April 8, Wisconsin Lutheran High School will hold their 21st annual Dinner Auction at 5:30 p.m., under the theme "Great Expectations." The gymnasium will be transformed into a beautiful dinner venue with live and online auctions, Big 100 Raffle, dinner, program, and more!

    Registration opens on February 10, 2017. For sponsorship information, please click here or contact Director of Development, Matt Bilitz, at 414-453-4567 ext 2015 or matt.bilitz@wlhs.org.
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  • Spanish 3

    The students in Spanish 3 are learning the future verb tense. They are writing predictions about where their classmates will be and what they will be doing in the next 5, 10, 15 and 30 years.  
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  • WLHS Hosts Blood Drive - January 25

    The Student Council of Wisconsin Lutheran is partnering with Bloodcenter of Wisconsin to host a blood drive on Wednesday, January 25. Consider that patients in local hospitals use about 800 units of blood every day, and that these patients rely heavily on the participation and leadership of sponsors in our community. About half of that amount is collected at Bloodcenter's 12 donor centers, but the other half must be collected through local drives like ours. To find out more about becoming a blood donor, click here. If you would like to donate at WLHS on January 25, please contact Mr. Roger Festerling at roger.festerling@wlhs.org or 414-453-45667 ext 2222 to make an appointment.
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  • WLHS Scholarships

    Thanks to the generous support and sponsorship of many donors, over 20 scholarships are available to our incoming and current Wisconsin Lutheran High School students. Click here to see the scholarships available.

    Scholarship applications will be open February 1. The deadline to submit all application information is February 28.
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  • Student Spotlight - Harley Copeland

    Micah Ricke
    Get to know Harley Copeland (a delightful senior from Daytona Beach, Florida who lives in Bethlehem House) a bit better . . .
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  • 83%

    Micah Ricke
    Getting on Honor Roll (3.4 GPA or higher) is not easy. Even for American students it takes a lot of dedication. Imagine trying to get on honor roll at a high school in Beijing . . . with teachers teaching you in Chinese. Just the thought is scary isn't it? Most of the students in Our Funky Family are doing just that here at Wisco!

    Well I'm proud to announce that 29 of our 35 scholars in the Student Homes are on Honor Roll for second quarter. That's 83%! Getting grades this good is rare, but doing it in your second language is truly honorable. 
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  • Civil Rights Assembly - Friday, January 13

    On Friday, January 13, Wisconsin Lutheran will hold its annual worship service to thank God for the civil rights movement. The theme of the service is Precious Lord, Take My Hand. Pastor Aaron Robinson of Fairview Lutheran Church will be giving the address.  

    Morning assembly will follow the schedule on page 10 of the student planner and handbook. This does include a 5-minute homeroom.
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  • Cross Country Coach Honored

    Eric Lueck ('87 WLHS grad) was named the District Boys Cross Country Coach of the year by the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association.
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  • Girls Cross Country Team Honors

    Congratulations to our varsity girls cross country team for receiving academic accolades from the WCCCA. The team was recognized for having a cummulative grade point average over 3.4.
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  • No School - January 16

    Please note that there will be no school on Monday, January 16. It is a teacher professional day.
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  • Photo Permissions and Profile Updates Needed!

    Parents, if you have not done so already, please complete the Profile Update with Photo Permission form in onCampus. Click on the blue link in the yellow bar near the top of your onCampus pages to access the form.
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  • Safe Driving Guide for Students

    High school is an exciting time for many of our students receiving their driving licenses for the first time, but it can also be a dangerous time. Thousands of 15-to- 20-year-old drivers are involved in fatal car crashes each year. In fact, young drivers are involved in fatal crashes at a rate that is double that of all other drivers. 
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  • Welcome Eric Duwe, Director of the International Student Program

    On January 1, Wisconsin Lutheran High School welcomed Mr. Eric Duwe as the new Director of International Student Program. For the past 3 and a half years he has been serving in the English as a Second Language program at UW-Milwaukee.
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  • New Year Greeting

    On behalf of the faculty and staff of Wisconsin Lutheran High School, we extend to you our sincere wishes for a blessed 2017.
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  • School Resumes January 9

    School resumes on Monday, January 9. We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas break.
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  • Video Club Brings Joy to the World

    WLHS students in the video club paired a fun lip dub video with mannequin challenge to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Click here to watch the video.
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  • My First Christmas

    Micah Ricke
    Attila H. (freshman from Urumqi, China who lives in Eden House) describes his first Christmas in America. A huge thanks to the Bush family for opening up their hearts and home to Attila and all the other families who invited an international student into their family this vacation!
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