This past Friday, October 12, the Viking Band hosted almost 600 students from our conference grade schools for the annual grade school marching band show. The show featured each part of the marching band—brass, woodwinds, colorguard, pit percussion, auxiliary percussion—and concluded with all 600 visiting students marching to the school song with the band.
Viking Marching Band wrapped up their competitive season this past weekend with a performance at the State Marching Band Championships hosted at UW-Whitewater. WLHS came in 4th place in Class A and performed their best show of the season, improving in every aspect.
WLHS students in Ceramics 1 and Advanced Ceramics made 30 bowls to donate to the Milwaukee Empty Bowls event which will be held on October 14, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at MSOE - Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway, Milwaukee. For $25, participants buy an empty bowl- a reminder that someone's bowl might be empty- and then fill it with soup from local restaurants while enjoying live entertainment. Proceeds go to support area food pantries. For more information about the event, click here.
WLHS has been participating in this event for over 12 years.
Math Enrichment Lab is a math elective at Wisco that offers individualized and data driven instruction to students using MAPS testing and IXL. This course has a dual purpose of supporting a student's current math course and then offering differentiated instruction based on specific learning targets. In the first 6 weeks of using IXL, our students have mastered 2,256 math skills and become proficient in an additional 2,691 math skills. Students in math lab have spent a total of 726 hours working on over 117,480 math problems. Math lab instructor, Mrs. Luebke says, "Math lab is a great course for any student who wants to improve his/her math skills. When math instruction and practice is targeted on individual needs students are successful and make significant progress. One student has made 8 months of math growth by using IXL and focusing his practice on his specific weaknesses. I am excited for the changes to math enrichment lab and am looking forward to seeing a whole lot of growth this year!"
Congratulations to WLHS teacher Mr. Mark Moldenhauer who finished 3rd at the Brewers Mini Marathon this past Saturday. On top of his English teaching duties for the high school, Mr. Moldenhauer also coaches the Jr. Viking cross country and Wisco JV baseball team.
WLHS is pleased to welcome Mr. Joshua Nelson to our Science Department where he is currently teaching Chemistry and AP Chemistry. Most recently Mr. Nelson taught at Christ-St. Peter Lutheran School and among his previous experiences is a year of missionary service in China. He is married to Erika (Koepsell '98), and they have three children — Ben (8), Adeline (4), and Theodore (1). Mr. Nelson enjoys fixing cars, hunting, fishing and tinkering. The Nelsons worship at St. Peter, Milwaukee.
Congratulations to Sydney Nath ('20) who was nominated and attended the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists annual congress of future medical leaders this past June at UMass Lowell in Boston, Massachusetts. The gathering is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.
Mr. Nelson's AP Chemistry class spent the morning at Wisconsin Lutheran College's Science Laboratory to work on the percentage of copper in brass inquiry lab. Students found the percent of copper in brass by using concentrated nitric acid and colorimeters to determine the absorbency of the solutions through spectrophotometry and the application of Beer's Law. Giving students a chance to use a college laboratory is another way that WLHS prepares our students for a four year university and gives them experiences to explore vocation options.
Mr. Justin Walz joined our ministry as a theology teacher. He and his wife, Laura, have two children — Tyson (9) and Carter (5). Prior to WLHS, Mr. Walz served as a teacher and Athletic Director at St. Paul Muskego where he and his family are members. He is a proud member of the WLHS class of 1996. Mr. Walz is a fan of outdoor activities, sports, and coaching.
Mrs. Cousins is new to our math department this year. She previously taught in Palm Coast, Fla. Mrs. Cousins and her husband, Scott, have two children, Scotty (12) and Aiyden (9). She enjoys hiking, biking, and playing volleyball. The Cousins worship at Grace, Milwaukee.
Wisconsin Lutheran is happy to introduce Mr. Collin Wenzel, our new Latin teacher. Mr. Wenzel (pictured middle) is a recent graduate of Martin Luther College and is currently enrolled at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary working towards his Master of Divinity. He is originally from Appleton, Wisconsin and his home church is Mount Olive. Mr. Wenzel enjoys running, disc golf, and playing the guitar and organ.
Mr. Carter is the new Director of Residential Life. He oversees the international and domestic students who live on campus. He recently served as the Associate Pastor at St. John in Watertown. He and his daughter Julie (11 years) are members at Zion, Harland. Mr. Carter enjoys going to Milwaukee festivals and museums, traveling, hiking, biking and watching movies.
Mr. Micah Hernandez ('01) was called to serve in our World Languages Department as a Spanish teacher and cross country coach. He previously taught and coached at West Allis Hale High School. He is married to Katlin and has four children—Gabriel (9), Benjamin (8), Simon (4), and Daniel (3). They are members at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Milwaukee.
While a student at WLHS, Mr. Hernandez ran track, even on a gravel track, for a few years, and held a school record for about a year. Mr. Hernandez also was one of four students that posed for a painting done by former teacher Mr. Jerome Harders, which is hanging in Central Office. Come in and see if Mr. Hernandez has aged!
Wisconsin Lutheran is happy to have alum Mrs. Patricia Wenzel (Breitigam'83) as our new fashion techniques teacher. Mrs. Wenzel teaches various levels of fashion technique classes. She is married to Rev. Mark Wenzel and they have three children—Martin, Walter, and Kathryn.
Mrs. Wenzel is a proud member of the class of '83. As a student she was a varsity cheerleader, played clarinet in the band, and is still friends with her closest girlfriends from Wisco. Currently, Mrs. Wenzel serves as class agent for the class of '83 through the Alumni Office. A quote she lives by is her confirmation verse Joshua 1:9, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
Wisconsin Lutheran High School welcomes Mr. Randy Strutz to our faculty. Mr. Strutz teaches in our Extended Learning Center and is our new varsity girls' basketball head coach. Mr. Strutz is a graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College and most recently taught at Waterford Union High School.
Mr. Strutz married Wisco alum Christel Frey ('11) in July, 2018. He enjoys playing and watching sports, spending time with family, fishing and camping. The Strutzes attend St. Paul, Cudahy.
Pastor Heath Butler begins his ministry with Wisco this year as a theology teacher and coach. Most recently, Pastor Butler shepherded Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Manasseh, Virginia. Pastor Butler and his wife Sara (WLHS ’93) have four daughters: 16-year-old twins Lauren (a WLHS junior) and Kaitlin, Amelia (13), and Tessa (8).
The Butlers are members at Star of Bethlehem in New Berlin.
This summer new LED bulbs were installed in our main gym. In addition to being more energy efficient, the fixtures are also equipped with sensors that shut the lights down after the gym is empty. The improvement will save WLHS between $7,500 and $8,000 a year.
New to the WLHS staff this year is Mr. Mark Moldenhauer, teaching Freshman Engligh and American Literature classes. Mr. Moldenhauer most recently served St. Philips Lutheran School, Milwaukee. Mr. Moldenhauer is married to Hayley and they have three children—Thomas (10), Calahan (7), and Alyana (4).
Mr. Moldenhauer's favorite quote is "Find something you love to do, and do it for the rest of your life." He is an avid Brewers fan and has attended over 600 games.
Wisconsin Lutheran is excited to introduce Mr. Michael Wiechmann, our new visual arts teacher. Most recently Michael served St. Cloud Christian School in Minnesota. He is a self-described Christian, husband, father, artist, painter, photographer, educator, ink wash worker, oil paint mover, and life lover! Married to Kristy, and they have three children—Edison (4), Adeline (2), and Hazel (7 months).
Mr. Wiechmann started this summer and jumped right in by painting our 16 foot-wide school themed banner located in the auditorium. He teaches exploratory art, drawing, ceramics, and graphic communications, and also is the Compass (yearbook) advisor. To see more of his art work, visit his website by clicking here.
Senobe Blathers ('19) was invited to be a guest artist at the Wisconsin State Fair Young People's Art Exhibit on Friday, August 3. Senobe was also selected to be in Wisconsin State Fair's 2018 Young People's Art Exhibit and was awarded a prize for her ceramic bowl creation earlier this spring.
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!