[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 ahtletic 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.
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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.