Students in Modern World History are testing a new tool called Peergrade.
Peergrade allows students to collaborate and communicate critically about writing in historical thinking concepts. The teacher creates guided questions and a scoring rubric and students anonymously upload their work. Peers are then assigned to provide meaningful feedback to the students prior to assessment by the teacher.
Feedback is the one of the most important factors in improving student achievement according to John Hattie, an expert in the field of Pedagogical Research.
Although weekend showers threatened to delay the competition, on Saturday, October 14, about 30 bands, including WLHS Viking Marching Band competed outdoors at the State Marching Band Finals at Whitewater University. The band, performing their show "Within the Shadows," took home 4th place in Class A and earned a first division award.
Congratulations to the band and directors for a job well done this year! Thank you to parents and supporters for all your help. For more photos and video click here to go to the band's Facebook page.
Wisco students in physical education classes have been spending class time in the weight room learning different types of workouts to improve fitness. God has blessed the high school with a great weight room and the PE classes use it often.
The Viking Marching Band held its home show invitational on Sunday, October 1, at Nathan Hale High School. The 68-member band, led by director Quinten Petersen and colorguard instructor Angela Hohenstein presented in exhibition their show "Within the Shadows." Eleven bands performed with Greendale High School taking home top honor.
The Viking Marching Band will perform a special concert for over 500 grade school students on Friday, October 13, at 10:00 a.m. at the high school.
For the last 14 years, students at WLHS have been making bowls to donate to Milwaukee Empty Bowls, which is the largest public Empty Bowls event in the United States! This year, students again created 30+ bowls. The 19th annual Milwaukee Empy Bowls fundraiser will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Kern Center-MSOE, (1245 N. Broadway, Milwaukee), and features entertainment, delicious soup, and bread from area restaurants. More than 95% of the funds raised during this popular event goes directly to aid the hungry in our own community. Cost is $25.00 per bowl. Your bowl is a reminder that someone's bowl might be empty.
This summer, Wisco welcomed Mr. Marc Shambeau to the math department. Originally from Two Rivers, Wis. and a graduate of Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Marc received his teaching degree from Martin Luther College and in May will graduate from Wisconsin Lutheran College with a masters in Leadership Innovation. Being a Wisconsin native, Marc is a Packers and Brewers fan and also enjoys golf, working out, and playing cards against his wife. What you may not know about Marc is he grew up on a dairy farm that has been in the family for over 150 years!
The Wisco cross country team ran over to St. John's Lutheran Grade School, Wauwatosa, to help practice with the grade school cross country team last week Monday. St. John has about 40 runners in their program and many have come to run for the high school once they graduate. St. John's program is led by Coach Kristen (Lueck) McEvoy ('88), sister of Wisco teacher and boys cross country coach Eric Lueck ('87).
With the help of Wisco band and choir, the students created a message to share with everyone suffering from the effects of natural disasters around the world and here in the US. May their message give you comfort and peace. Click here.
Students in Mrs. Kolander's Biology class ponder what it means to be a living thing. The animals in the greenhouse provide a great opportunity to observe many different forms of life and how they all share common characteristics. Students are able to hold the hedgehog as it curls up for defense and watch the gecko as it sheds its skin after eating a few too many crickets. And God made them all.
Over 450 grade school students took part in our Viking Explorers Summer Camps. Summer camp sessions included boys and girls basketball, volleyball, wrestling, robotics, strength and conditioning, theater, sewing, cheerleading, art and more. Look for information in the spring for our upcoming 2018 Viking Explorers Summer Camps.
WLHS “shop classes” construct wood and metal projects as they explore their God-given talents. Students also solve dynamic problems and collaborate in teams. At an upcoming home football game, look for a group of students to transform these parts into a new fan activity.
The main gym at Wisconsin Lutheran underwent some major improvements over the summer. The floor was stripped, sanded, stained and painted. New, sturdier bleachers were installed on the home side thanks to the generous donations received from the Friends of Wisco Golf Outing. The most exciting change has been the revamping of the HVAC system which now allows the gym to be air conditioned. Athletes have been sweating it out in there since 1956, but no more! God is good!
Students who are a part of Wisco Witnesses in the World (WWW) have contacted every Texas pastor and teacher from our WELS churches and schools affected by Hurricane Harvey. Students shared that our Texas brothers and sisters in Christ are in our thoughts and prayers and have offered words and passages of encouragement. Wisco Witnesses in the World is also discussing ways to send physical and/or monetary support as well.
Read this Facebook post from Abiding Word Lutheran School in Houston, Texas:
This year the English department is implementing a new textbook series for two levels of its curriculum. The series is designed with the 21st century learner in mind and allows the students to work collaboratively, closely reading the text and accessing interactive supplementary materials on their chromebooks. There are even resources available to them through an app on their smart phones that they can get extra help from when working at home.
Wisco Girls Cross Country team stopped in during St. Paul, Muskego's grade school cross country practice to work on stretching and drills with the 3rd and 4th grade students and to build relationships with our grade school familes. St. Paul, Muskego Eagles cross country teams are coached by Justin Walz ('96) and Julie Shevey.
We warmly welcome Pastor Brian Doebler to our theology department! A native of the greater Chicago area, he is a graduate of Shoreland Lutheran High School, Martin Luther College, and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. His first call into the ministry was to serve as a missionary in Santa Ana, Calif., working with Pan de Vida Lutheran Church. The Lord's path led him next to Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Richland Hills (Fort Worth), Texas.
The richness of an experience can be measured in more than just time. Early Monday morning, August 21, a group of WLHS art and engineering students headed to Southern Illinois with teacher James Hahm to see the total eclipse. The totality lasted a mere two and a half minutes and yet God's amazing creation left all who saw it mesmerized and changed forever. "The heavens" do "declare the glory of God" (Psalm 19:1a).
WLHS is welcoming a number of new faces to its campus.
Cheryl Belott ('98) joins the World Languages Department as a Spanish teacher. Belott describes her classroom as extremely active with lots of dialog, an emphasis on immersion and an incorporation of technology. “I like an energetic classroom that engages students through various stimuli. We might be asking each other questions, standing up and singing a song or making a video. Since students learn in all different ways, I implement a variety of strategies to connect and inspire them.” Belott is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Carroll University.
This summer, the high school building received some maintenance and repair work. Three AC units were installed on the roof which will provide cooling temperatures in the main gymnasium and auditorium. The units were installed with an extra long crane extension to reach over the entire length of the school. Video of the installation can be seen here.
Also, repair work is being performed on a portion of the main gymnasium floor. Due to what looks like water damage, some of the boards were starting to warp. The drinking fountains were removed, floor boards replaced, and the paint stripped from the entire floor. Over the next few weeks, the floor will be repainted and refinished.
Our Wisco students are continuing to share the gospel around the globe. Currently, students and chaperons are in Sonora, Mexico and Southeast Asia. Students in Asia are teaching English to grade school students and working with our WELS contacts. Students on the Mexico trip are organizing recreation activities and teaching Bible lessons. Also, in early July, Wisco students were in Austin, Texas. The group was hosted by Holy Word Lutheran Church and helped out with a community outreach program that revolved around a food drive. While they were there, they also had a chance to celebrate the Fourth of July, Texas-style! For more Instagram photos of all the Share the Mission trips, click here.
Students on the Share the Mission trip to Washington/Idaho were featured in the Couer d'Alene, Idaho Press under the "Faith in Action" section. The students, in conjunction with new mission church The Vine Church, helped clean up area beaches, parks and trails. Students on the trip included: McKenna Godager, Hannah Falkner, Hannah Lukasik, Alex Bremer, Andrew Polzin, and Noah Berger.
Our students are continuing to spread God's word across the country and around the globe. Mission teams returned recently from Mahahual, Mexico and Spokane, Washington and Couer d'Alene, Idaho. Students in Mahahual organized recreation activities and taught Bible lessons. The Washington and Idaho mission team assisted with St. Matthew's Vacation Bible School, and also canvassed and volunteered in community service projects for The Vine, a brand new mission church.
Our students have been busy this summer sharing the message of our Savior across the country. Two mission teams have already returned from Colorado Springs and Eagle, Colorado, where they helped out with Vacation Bible School (VBS), took part in fun activities like horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking and more, and made lasting memories. Pastor Phil and Mrs. Becky Huebner are currently leading a trip to Bozeman, Montana, working with Shining Mountains Lutheran Church to run a VBS program as a way to introduce neighbors to the church. Follow along with Share the Mission trips on the WiscoVikings Instagram account!
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 basketball camp wrapped up, Thursday, June 15.
The goal of the Construction Skills class each year is to be able to build a shed. This school year, two sheds were constructed. For the past month and a half, the class has been framing walls, attaching siding, and building rafters for the shed that was going to be put together off site. On May 18 and 19, with the help of students from other Woods classes as well as some football players, the components of the shed were moved on site. Jacob Corbett ('18), Matthew Smith ('17) and Jonathan Stamm ('17) did a great job using the skills they learned as well as being able to fight through the elements to complete the project.
Today the AP Calculus AB and BC students are getting ready for their final test of the year. They have been working hard! May God bless their preparation and studies. As we like to say in Calculus: "5 or go home." (Students taking AP exams need at least a 3 or higher rating to receive college credit. 5 points is the highest mark you can get on an AP test.)
It was a successful day for the WLHS Music Department as they participated in the WSMA State Solo and Ensemble Festival held at UW-Milwaukee on Saturday, April 29. Nineteen first place gold medals were awarded along with seven second place silver medals. Exemplary Soloist awards were also given to Alyssa Casarez for both her Soprano Solo and Music Theater-Female Solo, Faith Goede for her Alto Saxophone solo, and Meghan Ludke for her Piano solo. This is a great honor! Congratulations to all on an excellent showing!
Miss Sarah Koelpin is a student teacher from Martin Luther College (MLC). She has been working with Spanish students since the beginning of March and will go back to MLC to graduate on 5 de mayo. Miss Koelpin is leading a skit in Spanish 4 as they read the novel Esperanza Renace (Esperanza Rising). We thank Miss Koelpin for her service here the past two months.
A recent activity from Economics classes teaches how supply can be affected by various factors. Students produced "widgets" (beads on a paperclip) in two teams. They then learned how increases in productivity, wages, taxes, and government regulations affect the numbers of widgets produced. The post-activity written reflection asked students to consider whether they would prefer to purchase more expensive, domestically-produced products or less expensive foreign-made products.
In Mrs. Mary Schmal's speech class students presented informational topics using smart classroom technology and Google Presentation. Sam Gerhard ('19) spoke on "How Engines Work," and Jason Bonow ('19) on sororities and fraternities. Both did an excellent job teaching the class.
"This is one of the best grown flower crops I've seen yet," says teacher Mr. Roger Festerling. Mr. Festerling's Biology classes have been growing sunflowers, zinnias, and marigolds this past quarter and the results have been over-"flowering!"
Congratulations to Isabella Iglesias ('20) for winning the Wisco Photo Club's "Living Word Competition." Her terrific picture (shown here) can also be seen on the monitors in the school's upper lobby. The Wisco Photo and Video Club is a newly formed group at Wisconsin Lutheran. The club strives to encourage students to use digital media in creative ways.
Our annual Reality Store, under Mr. Jason Goede's direction, took place on Tuesday, February 28. 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) that adults experience.
Campus pastor Phil Huebner has revealed to WLHS students the newly created resource board on onCampus called The Campus Pastor Page. Students can find links to daily devotions, prayers, and other spiritual content. They can also engage in discussion on religious topics, or send private questions to him to answer. A number of students have already made use of several of these features. Over time the page will grow to include many more resources for students to make use of and grow in faith.
Here are pictures of the top ten seniors from the 1965 issue of the Pilot, Wisconsin Lutheran High School's newspaper.WLHS students have been practicing writing, editing, and revising text in this format for over 50 years. Do you recognize any of these alumni?
Looking for a way to simplify your food choices? Wisco culinary classes recommend eating your food closest to the way God made it, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Now and again, though, also enjoy a cookie with your friends as a special treat.
Congratulations to Hannah Gorski ('19) for being recognized as a Local Honoree in the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program was designed to identify each state's top youth volunteers, and to hold them up as role models for other young people. Hannah's donations of toys, blankets, and food have been given to organizations such as: Wheaton Franciscan hospital, Milwaukee Rescue Mission, and Ronald McDonald House. Young volunteers like Hannah are inspiring examples to all of us, and are one of our brightest hopes for a better tomorrow.
With a twelve dollar 3D headset, their own smart phones, and a virtual reality teaching tool called Expeditions, students in Mr. Iles' World History classes are now able to visit ancient Egpytian pyramids, see the top of Mt. Everest, swim in the depths of the ocean—all in a 42-minute class period. "We get to experience things as if we were there, rather than just looking at pictures in a book," says Hannah S., a freshman in Mr. Iles' class. "It shows us things we can't go see and makes it look even better than on a computer screen," says sophomore Colin O.
On Thursday, January 26, twenty-eight WLHS sophomores, juniors, and seniors, accompanied by Mr. Joel Mattek and Mr. Skip Bremer, visited Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod's teacher and pastor training college, Martin Luther College (MLC), to learn more about studying to become a pastor, teacher, or staff minister. Our students had a great time during MLC’s winter festival weekend going to classes, staying in the dorms, and participating in festival activities.
These students are continuing their studies of American History in the second semester under the direction of Mr. Joel Mattek. Part of their studies have focused on taking the U.S. Citizenship Test. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has mandated that all students must successfully pass the Citizenship Test in order to graduate from high school. By the end of February, all WLHS students will be given the information and details that they need in order to take the test. The graduating class of 2017 will be the first required to pass it.
A sample US citizenship test can be found here. Think you could pass?
Recently, freshman English classes came to the library to select titles for their next report, an account of a non-fiction event. Page Turners (the WLHS book club) will be reading and discussing Girl Underwater by Claire Kells in February. Knitting will also be taught during lunch periods in the library at the end of January and into February.