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.