While the end of the 2019-20 school year brought many changes, one tradition was able to continue. Students in A Cappella Choir taped themselves singing the beloved graduation song, "An Expression of Gratitude." Link to the video the students created can be found here.
Congratulation to Wisco student-athlete Julia Treichel ('20)! Julia has signed to play volleyball at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, while studying towards a nursing degree. Blessings Julia!
While the A Cappella Choir wasn't able to perform at Prism this year, members of the choir found creative virtual ways to still sing together. Using a little technology and their God-given talents, the group sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Click here to watch.
The Wisco Vikingers League of Legends team finished their WIHSEA season with an undefeated record and claimed the e-sports championship in their division this past weekend. They bested teams from Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and Iowa on their way to victory. All-State winner Zack Chen was awarded a medal for being one of the five best players in Division 2 this past season. Congratulations on an excellent inaugural season, and we look forward to continued success in the future!
When the WIAA spring sports season was officially canceled, Coach Lueck regrouped his distance runners and refocused them on what the future may still hold, reminding them of Jesus' Easter victory that is ours day after day. Part of his team's refocus plan included a four-week running schedule, which became the Quarantine Olympics. Coach Hernandez offered the team an extra challenge, encouraging the team to write a four line poem incorporating running and the current novel coronavirus crisis. Here's what the team came up with:
While face-to-face instruction is on hold, many of our Wisco teachers are making use of technology to keep in touch with students, offer additional academic help, or reinforce homework assignments. Featured this week, Mr. Josh Nelson's virtual science lessons and home office lesson planning (photos 1-2) and Mr. Scott Raymond working with his pre-algebra students (photo 3). Wisco family, we are still with you, safe at home!
Art students at Wisco have been busy even when they are distance learning. Each week, creations from Wisco students will be shared in the Weekly Peek. "I have been amazed at the God-given talent of the artists at our school and the way they have continued in their creative exploring even when they have had to work from home," says art teacher Mr. Wiechmann.
National High Five Day is an annual observance that encourages all to give out high fives and is typically held on the third Thursday in April. According to the National High Five Project, the event began in 2002 at the University of Virginia after a group of students set up a booth and gave out high fives and lemonade.
Wisco quickly found out that this day happens to be Mr. Jason Nickels' favorite "holiday." To keep the good vibes going, students and faculty sent in clips to create a virtual Wisco high five video. The video even received recognition from the "National High Five Day" Facebook group! Login to Facebook here, to watch.
Teachers are finding innovative ways to provide instruction for their students, keep them motivated, and add a personal connection during our time of virtual learning. Just to name a few: international student program department meeting (picture 1), math team meeting (picture 2 & 3), and Mrs. Shakirah Cousin's JV volleyball team meeting (picture 4 & 5) — all 13 players were online to meet. Keep that spirit Wisco family!
Wisco art teacher, Mr. Michael Wiechmann, has released pages of his coloring bookhere to spark fun and creativity during our COVID-19 safer at home time. To add some color to this project, Mr. Wiechmann will pick three submissions to receive a $50 gift card of their choice, as well as a Wiechmannart.com set of three stickers.
Colored pages must be submitted by Friday, April 24, to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by tagging Wisconsin Lutheran High School on social media. Don't worry, we'll send reminders on Facebook so that you can also post to our page. Ready, set, Picasso!
"It's nice to be able to do a few 'normal things' and see the students again," says Mrs. Haakenson, WLHS Library Media Services Director and advisor for Page Turners, WLHS' book club. This week, Page Turners met online, via Google Meet, for their first book club meeting since the safer at home mandate. Other Wisco co-curriculars and classes are using virtual meetings to provide additional academic support and keep our Wisco family connected.
The boys distance runners from Wisconsin Lutheran High School are maintaining their dedication to track training while social distancing. In addition to their daily running, the boys meet for a virtual core session every other day for 30 minutes. Coaches Hernandez and Lueck lead the strength session as the boys do the work. In one day, 13 boys ran for a total of 675 minutes which is 52 minutes per runner. We are very proud of their work and dedication!
Students in Mrs. Patti Wenzel's ('83) Fashion Tech 2 class are making face masks to help hospitals in short supply during this COVID-19 crisis. Mrs. Wenzel pre-made kits with instructions that are available for her students to pick-up in the WLHS lobby. What a blessing for our students to continue learning while helping others!
Meet Louise, our resident African Spurred Tortoise, courtesy of science teacher Mr. Jason Nickels. Every so often she enjoys a nice stroll throughout the hallways of Wisco. Louise is 18-years-old, but could live to be 100 — a pet for life! Visit our WiscoVikings Instagram page here, to watch a video of Louise.
Wisco's “Viking-2-Viking” program recently offered topic dicussions focused on trade professions. Mr. Kyle Safranek (‘00), Production Supervisor at Glenn Reider, shared with students the various opportunities and rewarding work within the trades. Viking-2-Viking, a program developed through Wisco's guidance and alumni relations offices, brings together alumni with juniors and seniors to talk about life after graduation, career paths, and how to be productive, Christ-centered professionals.
Realia is the term used to refer to objects or activities that relate classroom teaching to real life, especially of a population or historic period being studied. US History students brought in items from the Roaring 20s or Great Depression. One young lady wore a flapper dress and played a song on her guitar. Other students brought in washboards, small appliances, 78 RPM records, the first Blondie comic strip, Depression-era glass, knobs and tubes on a wall stud showing 1920s electrical wiring in houses, and tube style radios. The best part of the assignment was that students had opportunities to talk with their grandparents or great grandparents about their ancestors who lived through the 20s and the 30s.
Wisco esport teams are headed to the conference championship playoffs — a feat they accomplished in their first year as a team! Congratulations to Zach Chen ('21) (pictured left) on being selected to the All State team. Zach was the only player to receive consensus honors in the state. Ben Haakenson ('21) (pictured right) received 2nd Team All State for his jungler role. Both Zach and Ben participate for Wisco in the League of Legends division.
More than three hundred artworks by Wisconsin students in grades 7-12 are featured in the annual Scholastic Art Awards exhibition that celebrates young talent in our state. This year, the juried exhibition drew from over three thousand submissions in multiple media categories. WLHS had four students honored at this event: Honorable Mention - Amelia Butler ('23), Silver Award - Tiffany Chen ('23), Gold Award - Harry Tang ('23) (pictured here) and Lucy Li ('21). Congratulation to these students on their outstanding achievements. Their artwork will be on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum until March 21.
What job is consistently rated as one of the top jobs in the US and requires a love for math? Answer: Actuary
Many people, including students, have no idea who an actuary is and what they do on a daily basis, which essentially is assessing risk. Earlier this month, Mr. Gottschalk, math department chair, chaperoned six students to the Northwestern Mutual downtown campus for their annual actuarial workshop. The workshop provided students with first hand information about being an actuary. One of the breakout sessions involved a simulation game where students were able to experience the types of problems and decisions actuaries face everyday. The workshop provided a wonderful opportunity for students to identify another career in which they may be able to use God's great gift of mathematics in the real world.
German 3 and 4 classes had an opportunity to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum. As part of their art unit, students toured the museum and selected an artwork they particularly liked. They then created a presentation for the class, in which they described and interpreted their favorite art work in German natürlich!
David Carson ('21) has been nominated as Journal Sentinel's prep athlete of the week. The junior 113-pound competitor improved to 32-7 and helped the Vikings win the regional title last Saturday at Nicolet by scoring pins over Whitefish Bay’s Andres Pesch and Marquette’s Jaden Prom. A week earlier David won his weight class at the Woodland Conference meet. Click here to vote for David. Votes are limited to one per hour per device. Voting ends at 3:00 p.m. (CST) on Friday, February 21.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School has been celebrating Black History month this February in a variety of ways. Posters have been hung up around the building showing historical events of the Civil Rights movement. A timeline posted in the Atrium shows many individuals and groups standing up to fight inequality and racism. The Culture Club decorated doors and bulletin boards highlighting prominent events from several HBCUs - Historical Black Colleges and Universities.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Erica Gottschalk on the birth of their daughter on Monday, February 10. Mr. Gottschalk ('96) teaches AP Calculus, AP Stats, as well as Honors Trigonometry at Wisco. Ember Jean joins her three brothers Ethan (12), Brady (10), and Bryce (5). Mom and baby are doing well. We thank God for blessing the Gottschalk family!
The Physical Education 2 class has been playing volleyball using a ball slightly bigger than a beach ball. The larger ball slows play which allows more inclusive participation and builds skills for students learning to play volleyball. Despite the slower speed, the competition is still fierce!
Jill Anna Ponasik, Producing Artistic Director for the Milwaukee Opera Theatre, was a special guest during A Capella rehearsal this week. Ponasik offered critiques after the choir performed a few selections for her. She also listened to individual solos and encouraged group critiques of each performance. "When our students receive this type of professional advice, it really helps them see how they can stretch their God-given abilities," Mr. Ned Goede, A Capella Director said. "It also introduces our students, planning for a musical future, to potential jobs in the music community."
This year our Advanced Metals class chose to create a barbecue grill as their culminating project. Students created plans in 3D CAD software. Then, they used 3D printing to make a prototype which they tested. Finally, they emailed the files to a laser cutter, and now will begin welding. A special thanks to Argon Industries for donating thousands of dollars worth of material. It all makes summer feel just a little closer! God bless their work.
This year's boys varsity basketball team has a promising mixture of experience and youth. Their fast-paced wins drew the attention of Journal-Sentinel reporter Mark Stewart whose January 8 editorial in the Journal-Sentinel sports online subscription can be found here. Cheer on our Wisco winter sports teams! Click here for an up-to-date schedule of WLHS sports events.
The Wisco volleyball team presented SaintA: Foster Care, Education and Mental Health with a special gift. The team was able to fulfill all the gift cards requests on SaintA’s angel tree. As a part of the Christmas celebrations, the team enjoyed dinner with the teens and officers from Milwaukee District 7.
This past December, Mrs. Huebner's speech classes ended the semester with a TED talk style final speech. Using the microphone and podium in the auditorium, students were required to speak about a topic of their choosing while practicing public speaking skills in a larger setting than just their classroom.
Wisco art teacher Mr. Michael Wiechmann spent New Years Day in the hospital. However, he was more than excited to be there. The Wiechmann family welcomed new baby girl Autumn Hope at 2:01 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1. "Both mom and baby are doing just fine," Wiechmann says. We thank our heavenly father for a safe delivery. Add to the excitement, Fox 6 News was happy to report on the first 2020 Milwaukee-area baby born at Froedtert Hospital. Watch the story here.