Fashion Tech 1 students, taught by Mrs. Patti Wenzel ('83), made headbands embroidered with the phrase "Cristo Me Ama" ("Jesus loves me" in Spanish). Over 36 headbands will be available for our student foreign mission teams to take to Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries next summer.
The Viking-2-Viking Program spearheaded by the WLHS Young Alumni Leaders Council (YALC) was excited to welcome alumni Max Long ('07) last Thursday as the featured speaker. Max met with many students interested to hear him discuss his work in the engineering field as Lead Launch Engineer for Space X. He also had a chance to visit various calculus and engineering classes as well. We love having our alumni come back and share their professional experiences!
WLHS students in Ceramics 1 and Advanced Ceramics made 27 bowls to donate to the Milwaukee Empty Bowls event which will be held on Sunday, October 13, 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 13 years.
The WLHS math department continues to be blessed by exceptional teachers who look for innovative technology to engage students in learning. Mrs. Shikarah Cousins has been utilizing Yoga Tablet and One Note in the classroom. This has allowed her to be more mobile in her classroom, creating greater opportunities to connect with students and facilitate their learning. This technology was made possible by a special Plautz fund grant offered to teachers each year for unique educational needs.
With the help of WLHS art club, students who are learning and exploring using stop motion animation in our new videography class created a short video using the high school's new poseable Stickybones. Click here to watch the video.
A project highlight in Woods 2 at WLHS is the student created cutting boards. In the past, cutting boards have been a part of the silent auction at the WLHS Dinner Auction. Students' creativity and craftsmanship on display!
Spanish 2 is sending off their first round of pen pal letters to our "hermanos" in Christ at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. The students will exchange letters a few times throughout the school year as they become more proficient with the Spanish language.
The Young Alumni Leaders Council (YALC) is spearheading a new program called Viking-2-Viking. In conjunction with the WLHS Guidance Department, Viking-2-Viking will bring together alumni with juniors and seniors to talk about life after graduation, career paths, and how to be productive, Christ-centered professionals.
Last week, the first Viking-2-Viking meeting was held, highlighting the healthcare field. Shannon (Delaney) Sova ('01), RN and Transplant Coordinator at Froedtert, and Ben Thiel ('99), RN, Air National Guard and Transplant Coordinator at Froedtert, shared insights and experiences with the group.
Mr. Jason Nickel’s biology classes and (hallway onlookers) have enjoyed watching monarch caterpillars grow, pupate and hatch as adult butterflies over the last few weeks. Once the monarch's wings dry out and are ready for flight, the butterflies are tagged with a tiny sticker and released. Should they be caught again, the sticker will help scientists gather data on the monarch's incredible 2,000 mile migration to the Oyamel forests in Mexico. Bon voyage!
WLHS welcomes to the music department Mr. Daniel Hafenstein. Hafenstein is familiar with WLHS since he spent three seasons working with Mr. Quinten Petersen and the school’s marching band as a percussion instructor. In his current role, he will be visiting WELS grade schools to give one-on-one music lessons and direct the grade school band program. Hafenstein has a master's degree in Music Composition from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is married to Wisco grad Anne Steeves (’11), and the two attend Grace Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.
New to the WLHS staff is Miss Angela Horneber. For the past five years, Horneber has been teaching English and sharing God’s word in Shanghai, China. At WLHS, she’s teaching freshman English, and is lead dorm supervisor for the new Honey Creek Residence Hall where she’ll support the domestic and international students and help meet their emotional, physical and spiritual needs. Angela maintains church membership at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakeside, Ariz.
WLHS' Fashion Tech instructor, Mrs. Patti Wenzel, received an array of awards at the Wisconsin State Fair this year. Most notable was her 1st place ribbon in the Textile, Craft & Culinary division for the baptismal garment that she sewed. Mrs. Wenzel also received second place for her bistro apron and child's dress. We are blessed to have Patti on staff at Wisco!
New to WLHS this year is Mrs. Lisa (Gawrish) Wigley, a WLHS alum from the class of 1996. Wigley comes to WLHS from Atonement Lutheran School in Milwaukee where she taught third grade and served as academic dean. Before that, she taught Spanish at Michigan Lutheran Seminary. At WLHS, she will teach English and Spanish, and coach Freshman Volleyball. Her two teenage daughters, Bria and Kayla, are following in their mother’s footsteps by attending Wisco. The Wigley family currently attends Atonement Lutheran Church.
WLHS welcomes new teacher, Mr. Jason Nickels to the science department this year. Nickels has spent the last eight years “in the field” doing hands-on research and instruction at Mequon Nature Preserve. He’s held a number of positions with the nonprofit, including his most recent as director of research and education. Prior to that, he taught Biology at Lakeside Lutheran for nearly a decade. Nickels has a master’s degree in Environmental Education from Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon. Jason and his wife Becky have two elementary school aged daughters, Sawyer and Maddy, and attend Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls.
As a way to refresh the goals and expectations of our school culture this year, we have rolled out ten Christian characteristics we call The Wisco Way. On the first chapel service of each month a different characteristic is the focus, and later that month the same trait is the subject of a homeroom discussion. Of course, long before these fruits of faith became The Wisco Way, they were taught and modeled by "the way, the truth and the life” Jesus Christ. The Wisco Way includes: Love, Unity, Truth, Gratitude, Peace, Wisdom, Integrity, Humility, Courage, and Faith. May God embed these traits in our lives.
Art instructor Michael Wiechmann and a few of his students collaborated to paint our school theme banner this summer. The painting will hang in the chapel for the 2019-20 school year. "This year's artwork was an awesome combination of students' creative skills and pure exploration, as they worked on a new large scale. It is always fun to be a good steward of the creative gifts given to our creative team," says art instructor Michael Wiechmann. #setyourmindsonthingsabove
The Viking Marching Band put in a week-long marching band camp during the summer in preparation for their new show "Top of the World." The marching band is excited to perform this show at homecoming for WLC, Milwaukee Admirals' Luther Night, and other new locations this year.
The marching band will also perform their show for the annual Grade School Marching Band Concert on Friday, October 18. Grade schools are encouraged to contact Director of Bands, Quinten Petersen (firstname.lastname@example.org), to RSVP since space is limited!
WLHS wrapped up its first ever English Excellence Summer Camp. In total, fifty-five students from Cambodia, China, Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam have participated. A special one-day program also included fifteen Korean students from a high school in Daegu, South Korea as part of the camp activities. The three-week camp consisted of morning English skills classes, with each week additionally including a STEM, History, or Fine Arts course. In the afternoons, students participated in excursions throughout the area including Milwaukee County Zoo, Six Flags Great America roller coaster park, a Brewers baseball game, Noah's Ark water park, and more. The camp was led by WLHS staff. Our thanks to the many student "American friends" (teens from WLHS and area Lutheran grade schools) who joined the field trips and helped our international campers feel welcome.
For the second consecutive year the Lady Vikes volleyball team received a team academic award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. This award honors teams who have matched their dedication to the sport of volleyball with excellence in the classroom. Congratulation to our student athletes!
Wisco provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in a mission trip, typically during the summer months. This year, about 125 students participated in 17 trips. This week, our teams are returning from East Asia, Thailand, St. Louis, and Toronto. To view pictures from these trips, visit our Instagram page here. As our mission trips are wrapping up, we ask God to bless the efforts of our teams. #wwwmissionteam2019
Several more Wisco mission teams headed out to share God's word. Mr. Michael Wiechmann and his team assisted Grace Lutheran Church in Falls Church, Virg. with Bible camp activities. Mrs. Shakirah Cousins led a group to Las Vegas, Nev. Students worked with Pastor Andy Mueller at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church to lead Vacation Bible School (VBS) and assist in outreach activities. Dr. Phil and Mrs. Becky Huebner are leading a team to Antigua to assist the WELS mission church with a VBS camp as well. Mission teams will be heading to Thailand, southeast Asia, and Canada in the next few weeks. To follow our WWW student mission teams, visit Wisco's Instagram page here.
Viking Summer Explorer Camps are in full swing! Our campers recently enjoyed Art Camp and Girls Basketball Camp. Viking Summer Explorer camps continue in July. Visit the web site here to register for the last few.
More WWW mission teams went out last week to assist mission churches with summer camps, VBS, or canvassing. Groups pictured here went to California, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Indiana. Visit our Instagram site here for even more photos!
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, strength and conditioning, and more. Junior Viking wrestling, theater, and boys and girls basketball camps wrapped up last week. Stay tuned for more fun camps to come! Click here for more information about our summer Viking Explorer camps.
The first mission trips of the summer left this week for Colorado Springs, Colo.,led by Pastor Heath Butler, and Pflugerville, Texas, led by Pastor David Bitter.
Students in Colorado are working with alum Pastor Brent Merten ('81) at Fount of Life Lutheran Church. The team is leading VBS as they tell stories, lead music and crafts, and play games with children while building relationships with the community. Students will also have wonderful opportunities to experience God's beautiful creation at Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, mountain hiking and white water rafting.
Congratulations to the Wisco track & field members who competed in Division 2 State at UW-LaCrosse. The girls captured the 2019 State championship with a team total of 49 points! Hard work by the entire team included top finishes in triple jump by Jaiah Hopf, long jump by Hopf and Trinity Moore (second place), and second place finish by the 4x200 relay team.
Congratulations also to our wheelchair champ, Travis Beckler, who took first place in the 100 meter.
The boys finished 5th in a very competitive division, but took home a first place finish in the 4x800 relay. We are truly blessed with our Vikings athletic teams and coaches.
Wisco grad, Lauren Konkol ('18), met with a group of girls taking engineer classes with Mr. James Hahm, in a special class just before school finished last week. This meeting gave Lauren the chance to mentor girls interested in pursuing an engineering degree or career path. Lauren will be a sophomore at Michigan Tech University where she is pursing a degree in chemical engineering.
Senior Mikaela Sullivan was nominated for and awarded an "Arthur B. Kohasky Leadership Award," from the Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation for her gifts of service and talents during her years at Wisco. This award is given in recognition of leadership in its various forms. Mikaela is a member of WWW (Wisco Witnesses in the World), NHS, and Wisco's steelpan group. She also tutors students who need help. What a blessing that Mikaela can let her light shine through her service.
Wisconsin Lutheran senior Alicia Webb has accepted a full-ride scholarship from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern is a nationally elite university with an acceptance rate of just under nine percent.
Alicia’s $315,000 scholarship covers tuition, transportation, and room and board for four years. Alicia is known as a Christian servant leader at Wisco. She attended grade school at St. Marcus School. We wish Alicia God’s richest blessings!
Like mother like daughter! Acicia Hopf (Grayson '96) who previously held the WLHS triple jump record of 37-8 in 1996 was just surpassed by her daughter, freshman Jaiah Hopf. Jaiah is currently ranked #1 in the State with a 39-1 triple jump, beating her mother's 23-year record. Congratulations and continued blessings to Jaiah!
Congratulations to Wisco varsity baseball player, Gavin Vrana (‘20), who was named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel player of the week with his standout pitching against top-seeded teams in the Woodland West conference last week. Gavin led the Vikings to a 3-1 mark last week that began with a three-hit shutout over Woodland West leader Greendale on Monday. He also went 2 for 4 as Wisco handed the Panthers a 6-0 loss.
Congratulations to freshman Ingrid Buschkopf who performed a violin solo at the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) competition, which qualified her to compete at State. This past weekend, her solo at State was awarded Exemplary Status, a step above a perfect score! Of the 32,000 students who qualified for State this year, 400 students were given Exemplary Status, with only 18 being violin performances.
As part of their study of plants, Biology students Deanna Campbell and Kendall Lenoire grew a 7-foot 4-inch sunflower plant using only a two-liter bottle, water, and a soil substitute called vermiculite. Students planted seeds in February and tracked the growth and development of their plants for almost three months, keeping track of leaf characteristics, water consumption, and the effect of fertilizer on plant growth. Other students grew radishes, turnips, spinach, and carrots. Some even taste-tested their vegetables when they were ready. Deanna and Kendall's sunflower plant grew so tall, it was moved to the greenhouse for better growing conditions.
On Friday, April 19, nine students, accompanied by Mr. Andre Gosch, headed to the Caribbean island of Grenada on the first international WWW mission trip of the year to help Grace Lutheran Church run their annual Easter Camp. They also helped local children learn and practice swimming, played games, studied music and taught the Word of God. In their free time students had the opportunity to explore Grenada, sightsee and enjoy the beach.
The students in the Trade and Tech department often serve the WLHS family with their God-given talents in quiet, behind the scenes ways. For example, an engineering student 3D modeled and 3D printed a real world machine part to help with school cleaning and save a few dollars. A metals student welded a school gate for the maintenance crew. Wood working students created and donated items to the record breaking 2019 WLHS Dinner Auction. The students pictured here created a protective cover for a clock in the main gym, saving the school a couple hundred dollars, while enabling Physical Education students and after school sports teams to time their activities. To God be the glory.
After reading the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, 30 WLHS students went to see the musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with Ms. Chris Grzanna on Friday, April 5. Based on Mark Twain’s classic novel, this musical celebrates a journey of discovery and uncommon friendship between Huckleberry Finn and Jim. When writing about the experience, one student remarked, “It is the first play I’ve watched in an actual theater.” It was a wonderful experience for students to see the book come to life on stage.
Every semester our Business and Personal Law students take a day to visit Madison. As part of their day, they meet with local elected officials (pictured is this past semester's group meeting with Senator Koonyega) and tour the Capitol building. They also sit in on a Supreme Court oral argument, watching lawyers and the justices debate the merits of a case. The students then meet with a justice afterward to discuss our state judicial system and the inner workings of our highest court.
Travis Beckler ('22) and his team won the Juniors (Varsity) Division National Championship for Wheelchair Basketball, held in New Lenox, Ill., this past weekend. Travis' team, which is part of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA), defeated the Houston Hot Wheels for the title. WLHS student Lucas Oswald ('22) also played on this wheelchair team with Travis. Congratulations to both Travis and Lucas!
Seven students, accompanied by Mr. Quinten Petersen, headed to Tuscon, Arizona over spring break. Students, under the direction of Pastor Matthew Langebartels, will be reaching out to the community by canvassing homes for Family Fest on Sunday and helping Redeemer Lutheran Church prepare for Easter. They are visiting the classrooms of the school throughout the afternoons and doing some grounds work. They will have opportunities to enjoy the incredible weather and fun outdoor activities of Arizona.
WLHS teacher Mr. Josh Nelson ('99) and his AP Chemistry students headed to the general chemistry lab at Wisconsin Lutheran College bright and early last Wednesday morning, March 13, to take advantage of the College's lab equipment and the expertise of Dr. Dan Ebeling (WLHS grad '94). Students worked on a lab examining the properties of buffer solutions, how they work, and the range in which they are effective.
WLHS teacher Mr. Jason Goede is pleased to announce that Advanced Placement (AP) Economics will be added to the WLHS course offerings next school year. This course will provide students an opportunity to study economics at a higher level and possibly earn college credit based upon the AP Exam. This is the third AP course in the Social Studies department, joining AP US History and AP Psychology which have been offered for a number of years already. In addition to adding AP Economics, the department is also looking into classes that reflect the growing diversity of our student body.
On this Ash Wednesday, we dedicated a new set of liturgical furnishings for our chapel—an altar, lectern (or podium), and Wisco’s first baptismal font. Retired pastor Nathan Pope, whose father served as a Wisco teacher from 1942-1943, hand crafted the furnishings. Pastor Pope has done projects for churches all over the WELS, including the Chapel of the Christ at Martin Luther College. The three pieces for WLHS are his final work. The furnishings are rich with Christian symbolism, and will give WLHS students and staff constant reminders to focus our daily worship on Jesus for years to come. To see the chapel service dedication, click here.
The WELS National Band Festival is held every other year (the regional festival is on the opposite year), and Wisconsin Lutheran High School is honored to host this year on March 15-17. Over 100 students from 20 WELS high schools will rehearse together on Friday and Saturday to prepare for the concert. WLHS is proud to have 10 students from the band selected to particiate this year. They are (from left to right) back row: Jacob Spudat (french horn), Cedric Cacciotti (clarinet), Jonas Doerr (trumpet), Alicia Mengel (trumpet), middle row: Aaron Jensen (tuba), Olivia Gerbing (tenor sax), Grace Rindfleisch (bass clarinet), Miriam Snyder (bassoon), front row: Alicia Webb (trombone), and Lauren Butler (clarinet).
This week AP Stats students used confidence intervals to determine the age old question, "Is there any difference between the number of chocolate chips found in a Chips Ahoy vs a Kroger Chipmates cookie?" In our random sample we found no evidence to conclude there being any difference and found both to be delicious. Thanks to Statsmedic for this fun and engaging activity.
Students in Mr. Mike Wiechmann's Drawing and Sketching class wrote and illustrated their own children's books. The students then had a chance to read their books to students at St. John's Lutheran School, Wauwatosa. Click here to read The Great Fall of Humpty Dumpty by Emily Harders.
"The process of seeing students go from an idea that they have in their sketchbook to reading the children's book that came from that idea is a wonderful thing!" stated Mr. Wiechmann.
WLHS opened it's doors last Sunday, February 17, to over 300 grade school children for our annual Kids Carnival event. Children participated in games, face painting, crafts, and more with the help of more than 60 WLHS students.
Congratulations to Joe Mastopietro ('21) who is on the Menomonee Falls High School Bowling Club that qualified for the State High School Bowling Tournament in Green Bay on March 1-3 by winning their division with a record of 15-1. The team bowled a 300 game and qualified for the National High School Bowling Tournament in June. Joe was named 1st team All District and the District MVP. Joe's high GPA also qualified him for all-academic choice.
Chemistry teacher, Mr. Josh Nelson, is growing plants in an aquaponics tank in the greenhouse. This aquaponics tank is a small scale version of a commercial product that uses waste from the fish in the bottom tank to fertilize plants growing in the upper tank. Currently, the talapia are helping to grow basil and a few cherry tomatoes. His goal is to increase the number of edible species that are growing in Wisco's greenhouse, both fish and plant, and to expose students to a model of sustainable development practices.
WLHS seniors have the opportunity to pursue topics of interest to them as they select four, quarter-length courses from the six options available to them: Apologetics, Religion & Science, Non-Christian Religions, Corinthians, Revelation, From Friendship to Marriage, and Christian Life Planning. For the first time this year, a new course, Apologetics, is being offered to seniors led by Pastor Brian Doebler (pictured here practicing a witnessing technique knowns as “God’s Great Exchange"). Apologetics is intellectual practice of defending the Christian faith in the face of worldly arguments made against Christianity.
During our 5-day stretch of snow and cold weather, WLHS Art teacher Mr. Michael Weichmann challenged students to create something during their free time off. Creative Challenge #1 was to create something unexpected. Our final, Creative Challenge #2 was to create something in a style or technique the student had never tried before. Congratulations to first place Grace Stroh ('19) (pictured here), winner of a dozen bagels, second place Avery Baewer ('19) winner of a donut , and third place Madison Sipe ('22), winner of one sprinkle or uncooked egg (choose wisely Madison!).
Thanks to all our students who submitted a creation for both snow/cold day challenges. Creativity doesn't have to be limited to our art students; thanks for sharing your creations with us!
Congratulations to Isabella Iglesias ('20) winner of the WLHS Photo Club "Winter Break Challenge." Isabella and her family went on a cruise over break where she took this photo that correctly displayed the "Rule of Thirds," one of the requirements for the challenge. Thank you to everyone who voted and submitted a photo!
Due to the snow and cold this past week, WLHS students have enjoyed some free time. What better way to use that free time than to hold a "Creative Snow Day Challenge!" Students were given instructions to create something beautiful and unexpected, the rest was up to their imagination. Congratulations to first place Jack Zerbe ('22), winner of a pizza (pictured here), second place Reagan Godager ('22) winner of a candy bar, and third place Mya Baertlein ('20), winner of one pistachio or one M&M (whoo hoo Mya!).
Thanks to all our students who submitted a creation. The participants really made this creative challenge their own, displaying an excellent array of talents. Our Snow/Cold Day Creative Challenge #2 is going on right now for the rest of today (January 30)! Check our Facebook or Instagram pages for more details.
Throughout the school year, the English department strives to deepen students' understanding of what they read or write about. One of the ways this is done is by tapping into a variety of learning styles so that students can use different skills to show what they know. Mrs. Braun's freshmen use technology and visuals to reflect on biographies and historical events (photos 1-4). Mrs. Strand's sophomores use original art to illustrate personal narratives and the action of those stories (photos 5-6).
The "Reading Buddy" program at WLHS has become a special experience for our conference grade schools and the high school. Last week, our volleyball and football teams had the pleasure of reading to grade school students at Star of Bethlehem Lutheran Grade School, St. Paul's Lutheran Grade School, Cudahy, and Loving Shepherd Lutheran Grade School. Our high school students admit that they have just as much fun as their reading buddies! More visits are planned later in the month—stay tuned at your grade school!
This semester we are blessed to have six new international students join our WLHS family. They come to us from China, South Korea, Vietnam and Uganda. WLHS held an orientation day for the new students on January 4, 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 late morning to introduce themselves, give the new students tips, and help them find their lockers and classrooms. In the afternoon the new students went on a tour of Milwaukee, seeing top sights including Lake Michigan, Milwaukee Public Market and the Art Museum. In the evening, students had dinner with their house parents and learned about the residential program at WLHS. We welcome these new students!