The faculty is busy this week with in-service. Prof. Earle Treptow from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary led a workshop on "The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel", and presenters from Learning Sciences Marzanno Center, and the South Milwaukee School District are broadening our faculty's understanding of 21st Century Learning Skills. Our staff look forward to greeting their students next week for the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
Fourteen members of the boys cross country team recently traveled to Boulder, Colorado with Coach Lueck for a combined mission trip/running camp. The boys helped Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church with a soccer VBS. They had the privilege of working with 72 kids almost half of whom were unchurched. They shared Jesus through their actions and words. The church was so thankful for our help.
In addition, the boys got to enjoy the beautiful creation of Colorado by visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, rafting the Arkansas River, going into Boulder, and attending a Colorado Rockies baseball game.
It was an outstanding mission trip and XC camp, and the boys made some great memories as Christian brothers and teammates.
Even though school is out for the summer, we have a flurry of activity at the high school with Viking Explorer camps, summer band camp, Summer Academy, strength and conditioning and more. Girls volleyball camp and strengh and conditioning wrap up Friday, July 20. Co-ed soccer camp ends the summer camp season on July 27.
On Monday, July 2, the Wisco cross country family enjoyed a night at the Brewers game. The team started with a 7 mile run, followed by a family cookout at the Wisco track. Over 60 runners and family members then enjoyed Miller Park and a Brewers game. It's events like these that bring our wisco families together and build supportive relationships.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
[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."
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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 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.
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!