LLHS ready to begin ’18-19 school year

Lakeside Lutheran High School will open its doors to incoming freshmen on Friday, August 17, 2018. Freshmen begin their school year a day early to get a chance to learn their schedules, meet other incoming freshmen and explore co-curricular opportunities. Classes begin for 427 students on Monday, August 20. That’s an increase of 22 from the close of the 17-18 school year, a 5% increase. This is also a 22.7% increase in the past five years.

LL 18-19 theme

The theme for the 2018-19 school year commemorates the 60 years completed as a ministry with the phrase, “Decades of Faithfulness” that invokes Psalm 86: 11: “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” The theme will be a focus in devotions and other events throughout the anniversary year.

The Opening Service and installation of new faculty will take place as part of the first day’s events on August 20 at 10 a.m. in the west gymnasium. Pastor Timothy Schwartz from Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Columbus will offer the devotion during this special chapel service. The community is invited to attend.

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Lakeside Lutheran faculty number 35 for the 2018-19 school year, including back row, from left: Damon Tracy, Science; Hannah Uher, Science; Ruth Hirschfeld, Director of Extended Learning; Pastor Mark Toepel, World Languages; Jenny Krauklis, PhyEd, Math; Phil Dretske, Math, Computers. Second row from top, L-R: Pastor Clark Schultz, Religion; Jim Buege, Director of Choirs, English; Nate Sievert, PhyEd, Math; Phyllis Huska, Librarian; Darice Brumm, Extended Learning Aide; Pastor Don Schultz, Assistant Principal, Religion. Middle row, L-R: Jeff Meske, Career and Technical Education; Lori Tetzlaff, Art; Glen Pufahl, Director of Bands, English; Nathan Koerber, World Languages; Cameron Ausen, Social Studies; Steve Lauber, Director of Admissions, English. 2nd row up, L-R: Tim Matthies, Math;  Matt Doering, Social Studies; Justin Vanderhoof, English, Social Studies; Pastor Mike Helwig, Religion; Dan Kuehl, Director of Instruction, English; Todd Hackbarth, Math, Videography. Front row, from left: Jodie Schommer, English; Andy Asmus, Social Studies; Andrew Willems, Technology Director, STEM Academy, Computer Science; Sandi Corlett, FACS, Health; James Grasby, Principal, Religion; Paul Bauer, Science, Math. Missing are Kirk DeNoyer, Activities Director, PhyEd; Pastor Chris Koschnitzke, Religion; Andy Rosenau, Guidance Director, Computer Science; Gerry Walta, World Languages.  

New faculty that will be installed include Mr. Nathan Sievert, instructor in the Math and Phy Ed departments, as well as basketball and track coach. He and his family moved to the area from St. Joseph, Michigan, where he taught at Grace Lutheran School. Mrs. Hannah Uher, who will teach Science and coach soccer and cross country, is a December 2017 graduate of Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. She double majored in Secondary Chemistry and Life Science Education. Pastor Michael Helwig served at Crown of Life, Hubertus, for the past 15 years. He will be teaching Religion and coordinate Operation Go, a mission-minded program to help LLHS students share the gospel. Also being installed is Justin Vanderhoof, who taught at Martin Luther School, Neenah, Wis., for the past 15 years. He will teach English and geography, as well as coach football and track.

Along with several new faces this fall, Lakeside Lutheran is in its inaugural year of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Academy, a special program for students interested in taking engineering or biomedical sciences in their post-secondary education. The Academy is designed to add classes yearly as the first-year cohort ages through the school using Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum. The first year class, Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), will be facilitated by Technology Director Andrew Willems.

Lakeside Lutheran High School is a four-year high school located in Lake Mills, operated and supported by a federation of 31 congregations affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. For additional information about Lakeside, log on to www.llhs.org or call 920-648-2321 and ask for Principal James Grasby.

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Principal’s Pen: Stop squirming

“Stop squirming!” How many times have you said that, witnessed someone saying it, or wished someone would say it—perhaps to a restless child or two? Some may even recall hearing those words directed at them.

sky_12239cGod also says, “Stop squirming!” The psalmist writes, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Although our circumstances may differ from those of a fidgeting child, the message has a similar intent.

Life often distracts us from our true purpose to “love the Lord [our] God with all [our] heart and with all [our] soul and with all [our] strength and with all [our] mind” (Luke 10:27). We frequently live life, not considering the consequences of our actions. When we focus only on the here-and-now, it is only a matter of time before we begin “squirming” after the world’s allurements. Soon we find ourselves completely drawn away from our true purpose, only to follow an ungodly course.

At these times, God says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” His power, his wisdom, his goodness, and his righteousness are all we need. Furthermore, he makes them ours by grace through faith in Christ. When we are tempted to focus more on the present than on the hereafter, God’s voice calls us back to the reality of making him our highest treasure.

“Stop squirming!” God gives us all we need for this life and the life to come.

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran High.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or jgrasby@llhs.org

Principal’s Pen: But first…LOVE

When items are listed, often the chief one is first. This may well be true even in Scripture.
In Galatians 5, the Holy Spirit moved Paul to enumerate the fruit of the Spirit. He writes, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” [v. 22-23a].
Did you notice which one led the list? Love!
Why is love important? Isn’t joy from forgiveness, forbearance to withstand provocation, or goodness to avoid temptation as important? While these—along with peace, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—are part of Christian living, love encompasses them all.
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Earlier in the chapter, Paul writes, “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” [v. 14]. This quote from Deuteronomy places love front-and-center in Christian living. A corollary command—“Love one another”—appears 12 times in the New Testament, three of them spoken by Jesus himself.
However, we would miss Paul’s point if we did not first recognize that love is not in our nature. By nature, we are unlovable. Sin also leads us not to love others. It is “Christ’s love [that] compels us” to love because “he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him” [2 Corinthians 5:14-15].
Love heads the fruit of the Spirit for a reason. It is Christ’s primary command as demonstrated by his boundless love for sinners.
God, give us loving hearts like our Savior’s that reflect his selfless love.

 

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran High. Reach him at 920.648.2321 or jgrasby@llhs.org.

Cichanofsky receives awards

Cichanofsky, Zachary(edited)Zach Cichanofsky, a May 2018 graduate from Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, received a Technical Excellence Scholarship from the State of Wisconsin. This award is given to Wisconsin high school seniors who have the highest demonstrated level of proficiency in technical education subjects. The scholarship is to be used at a school within the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and is valued at up to $2,250 per year, to be applied towards tuition for six semesters. Cichanofsky will attend Waukesha County Technical College. He also received a Snap-On Tool award valued at $3,905.00 from the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association. While he is in school he will also work for J & L Tire, Truck, and Trailer Shop in Johnson Creek.

TFC New Friends: Make new friends near

For the past 59 years, students at LLHS have focused on service. For some, it meant SHO Team and giving presentations about alcohol and drug abuse to grade schools. Others belonged to Teens for Life, and were passionate about speaking out of the lives of all people, especially those who cannot speak for themselves. Some joined Affinity, a group that began in 2001 to encourage students to use their “time and God-given abilities to serve our fellow students, school and its neighbors.”

Today, students join Teens for Christ—and serve God and others in a number of ways. This year, TfC started New Friends, where LL teens hang and develop friendships with people who have special needs. All can join in fun activities, such as human bowling, karaoke, face painting, basketball, crafts, music, and, of course, snack (they’re teens!).

Held three times in the 2017-18 school year, more than 50 Lakeside teens participated each time. “We are excited to share God’s Word with more individuals in our community,” says Ruth Hirschfeld, LLHS faculty adviser to Teens for Christ. “New Friends allows us to witness to the joy that faith in Jesus brings as we have fun. It has the potential to inspire and impact both the community participants and the teens who are looking to make some new friends.” Senior Sophie Collins agreed. “People with special needs can learn from us, but we can also learn from them,” she said. “Getting a strike in bowling can make someone so happy. It helps us remember the little things in life and to stay positive. I am always amazed by the happiness.”

She also saw the need to spread the word about the program. “The most important part for us is to not only have people come back, but have more people come and join us every time.” she said.” We’re learning how to let people know this is going on.”

Caretakers of anyone with special needs who may be interested in attending next year should contact Hirschfeld at rhirschf@llhs.org, or 920-648-2321 x2210.

(from Link, vol. 13, 2018 Issue 1)

OpGo: Make new friends far

In 2015, LLHS faculty Pastors Caleb Davisson and Clark Schultz worked with Kingdom Workers to find three unique locations and four different student trips that would enable Warrior teens who wanted to “GO” with the Gospel. That summer, 15 Warriors headed to Toronto, New Jersey, and Louisville to help with canvassing and camps and VBS.

In 2018, 35 students make up seven teams that are headed to six locations for soccer camp, art camps, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) camp, as well as VBS and canvassing activities. From Alaska to Idaho…from New York to New Orleans…New Jersey to Antigua, these summer mission trips are known as “Operation GO.”

Students and the host congregations develop bonds that last beyond a week, with many participants keeping in touch with their host families throughout the school year. For the soccer camp and STEM camp held at Faith Lutheran Church and School, Anchorage, there’s an even more special connection. Pastor Chris Ewings ‘01 and Principal Tom Zarnstorff ‘74 are Lakeside alum.

Pastor Ewings married Cara, an Alaska native, and has five children. He appreciates how Lakeside and its “amazingly talented staff” prepared him for the ministry. “Herr Walta changed me from a boy to a man,” he says. “He equipped me with gifts to learn how to learn, to take responsibility, to do my best. I learned new levels of excellence. Plus, with sports I learned how to integrate with other kids my age, work hard and give my very best.”

Still, he is thankful for something even more important. “Pastor Stuebs’ religion class deepened my faith. There’s where my faith became more than academic. I knew Jesus as my Savior and my God,” he says.

Now, he is thankful to see his alma mater and his ministry working together. “This is such an amazing blessing—to see kids with faith on fire, who put faith into action. It’s a jolt of action for kids in our church to see, and they are encouraged to serve in ways they might not have before,” he says.

After all, this is a leap of faith for teens to come to a city where three out of four people don’t believe in God.

“It takes some nerve to share Jesus with kids they’ve never met. What a blessing for Faith, not only as we seek to do outreach, but also that our members—from oldest adult to youngest—say ‘Wow! They are living their faith!’” he says. “We are absolutely thrilled about this opportunity and hope we can keep this partnership going!”

And, he says, “for Lakeside Lakeside Lakeside, we will!”

 

(from Link, vol. 13, 2018 Issue 1)

LLHS Quarter 4, 2017-18 Honor Roll

LLHS honor roll

Lakeside Lutheran High School is proud to announce its honor roll for the fourth quarter of academic year 2017-18:

High Honors Honor Roll (3.75-4.0 GPA)

Grade 9

Elizabeth Brudos, Janesville; Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc; Lydia Buxa, Oconomowoc; Cooper Clark, Lake Mills; Kinsey Gade, Lake Mills; Megan Grambsch, Columbus; Jada Gresens, Sun Prairie; Ashley Grundman, Waterloo; Graham Hatcher, Oconomowoc; Maya Heckmann, Middleton; Caitlin Heinrich, Madison; Emmilee Hillier, Sun Prairie; Joshua Hodkiewicz, DeForest; AnaCristina Iglesias, Watertown; Elizabeth Isham, Watertown; Jordyn Jaeger, Lake Mills; William Jorgensen, McFarland; Payton Kuepers, Madison; Sydney Langille, Lake Mills; Madison McGurk, Lake Mills; Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills; Haylee Meske, Jefferson; Hailey Miller, Sun Prairie; Isaiah Minning, Watertown; Julia Neuberger, Lake Mills; Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie; Carter Roekle, Middleton; Evelyn Schauer, Watertown; Riley Schmidt, Janesville; Grace Seim, Beaver Dam; Morgan Slonaker, De Forest; Devin Splinter, Ixonia; Emma Strohm, Watertown; Claudia Stuebs, Lake Mills; Jennifer Taylor Evert, Beaver Dam; Evelyn Terry, Ixonia; Jada Teteak, Middleton; Joy Thompson-Wurz, Lake Mills; Sarah Ulsberger, Fort Atkinson; Seth Veers, Cross Plains; Kendra Wilson, Cottage Grove; Laura Zank, Juneau

Grade 10

Madeline Abel, Fort Atkinson; Ashley Behnke, Watertown; Emma Berg, Madison; Anna Bilitz, Madison; Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove; Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; Kaitlyn Buss, Watertown; Oliver Butler, Ixonia; Alicia Childs, Columbus; Isabella Collins, Lake Mills; Samantha Detert, Watertown; Kyle Doering, Lake Mills; Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater; Calvin Grant, Sun Prairie; Cody Gumz, Marshall ; Gilbert Haw, Marshall; Janae Jensen, Juneau; Kristin Karas, Milton; Kendra Kasper, Helenville; Lydia Krenke, Jefferson; Serena Leis, Wilton; Seth Lozano, Waterloo; Rachel Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Brynn McDermott, Poynette; Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills; Elise Meier, Watertown; Alessandra Murray, Sun Prairie; Logan Pampel, Johnson Creek; Bronte Perkins, Madison; Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Megan Reinke, Watertown; Alex Ryan, Lake Mills; Carter Schneider, Jefferson; Owen Schoenherr, Cottage Grove; Espen Storlie, Jefferson; Nathaniel Stout, Janesville; Molly Sturgill, Waterloo; Dinesh Tadepalli, Sun Prairie; Lauren Thiele, Poynette; Kirsten Thundercloud, Jefferson; Amber Wardall, Waterloo; Grace Westrate, Sun Prairie; Christopher Yunck, Lake Mills

Grade 11

Abigail Buxa, Oconomowoc; Will DeNoyer, Sun Prairie; Alyssa Fehrman, Juneau; Katherine Guld, Lake Mills; Lukas Heckmann, Middleton; Gracie Hillier, Sun Prairie; Brevin Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie; Rebecca Lang, Lake Mills; Cole Lauersdorf, Oconomowoc; Kayla Laures, Jefferson; Kyle Leis, Wilton; Jack Monis, Oconomowoc; Mariah Mortensen, Beaver Dam; Ethan Neumann, Oconomowoc; Chad Nolte, Janesville; Lucas Schneider, Waterloo; Kaitlyn Shadoski, Janesville; Jackson Stake, Stoughton; Anna Swenson, Beaver Dam; Taylor Wolfram, Fort Atkinson; Peter Zambo, Lake Mills

Grade 12

Kalies Birkholz, Watertown; Skyler Christianson, Janesville; Zachary Cichanofsky, Watertown; Sophia Collins, Lake Mills; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc; Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo; Gabrielle Grunewald, Bettendorf; Emma Guld, Lake Mills; Kelly Koch, Watertown; Samantha Kohls, Waterloo; Kaitlin Main, Juneau; Ashley McLain, Juneau; Melissa Murack, Sullivan; James Neuberger, Lake Mills; Eric Pillard, Oconomowoc; Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie; Katharina Schleef, Watertown; Brett Schwantes, Madison; Sarah Taylor Evert, Beaver Dam; Morgan Thiele, Poynette; Gerald Weber, Sun Prairie; Matthias Winters, Watertown

Honors (3.25 – 3.749 GPA)

Grade 9

Isaiah Andress, Oconomowoc; Nathan Chesterman, Sun Prairie; Isabella Cook, Hartland; Jack Egelseer, Lake Mills; Adriana Genthe, Lake Mills; Kylee Gnabasik, Jefferson; Kristel Hafenstein, Beaver Dam; Austin Haley, Watertown; Julia Hallman, Fort Atkinson; Rachel Huebner, Madison; Samuel Ibeling, Cambridge; Joel Kluz, Juneau; Anna Kreutz, Madison; Olivia Krieser, Stoughton; Elizabeth Loppnow, Lebanon; Remy Matthews, Sun Prairie; Emily Meiller, Madison; Hannah Meyer, Lake Mills; Isabella Mueller, Sun Prairie; Mia Murray, Middleton; Micah Nasett, Marshall; Benjamin Neumann, Oconomowoc; Olivia Odrich, Verona; Ian Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Alyssa Ratzow, Watertown; Logan Reich, Jefferson; Payton Roth, Watertown; Lillian Runke, Sun Prairie; Stephanie Schafer, Lake Mills; Caroline Schulz, DeForest ; Darren Schuster, Juneau; Anika Stone, Fitchburg; Lily Storlie, Jefferson; Gabriel Uttech, Fall River; Tersony Vater, Watertown; Amber Vertein, Watertown; Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam; Nicholas Yaroch, Fall River

Grade 10

Jocelyn Asmus, Lake Mills; Kaitlin Burk, Johnson Creek; Matthew Davis, Lake Mills; Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson; Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek; Elli Duddeck, Ixonia; Haakon Ellestad, Sun Prairie; Daniel Faupl, Watertown; Trevor Geerdts, Lake Mills; Emily Godwin, Madison; August Gresens, Sun Prairie; Matthew Gunst, Hartford; Jeremy Hathaway, Watertown; Jacob Holmes, Jefferson; Karissa Kilian, Lake Mills; Elijah Knapp, Ixonia; Hannah Koenig, Cambridge; Taylor Laures, Jefferson; Michael Martin, Watertown; Wesley McLain, Juneau; Micah Missall, Rio; Kobe Paske, Arlington; Breanna Preskar, Juneau; Collin Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Cole Schuster, Juneau; Emma Statz, Jefferson; Katie Stuebs, Lake Mills; Isaiah Terry, Ixonia; Keira Thurnbauer, Lake Mills; Ashley Valerio, Watertown

Grade 11

Tyler Affeld, Watertown; Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie; Olivia Andress, Oconomowoc; Megan Borth, Watertown; William Bushie, Watertown; Margaret Cody, Juneau; Olivia Fregien, Madison; Noelle Gates, Middleton; Benjamin Grambsch, Columbus; Seth Hackbarth, Lake Mills; Jennica Jensen, Juneau; Paul Johnson, Janesville; Olivia Kassulke, Watertown; Madelynn Klug, Ixonia; Grace Krieser, Stoughton; Caleb Kuepers, Madison; Grace Loescher, Watertown; Taylor Luetzow, Watertown; Luke Marti, Oconomowoc; Hayden Oestreich, Watertown; Mira Parker, Deforest; Ryan Preskar, Juneau; Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie; Dominic Schmidt, Watertown; Dustin Schulz, Beaver Dam; Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Christopher Schwantes, Madison; Luke Stauffacher, Madison; Maxwell Thiele, Oconomowoc; Max Thomas, Watertown; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Olivia Turke, Oconomowoc; Kira Tweit, Madison; Isac Veers, Cross Plains; Hannah Willems, Johnson Creek

Grade 12

Sofia Asmus, Lake Mills; Kelsey Birschbach, Deforest ; Alyssa Condon, Watertown; Kaitlyn Drewicz, Watertown; Ashley Fritz, Middleton; Noah Gartner, Johnson Creek; Joseph Grambsch, Columbus; Timothy Grant, Sun Prairie; Kayla Grundman, Waterloo; Emma Hans, Jefferson; Isaac Heckmann, Middleton; Benjamin Hodel, Lake Mills; Alexander Hoenecke, Waunakee; Shannon Jones, Johnson Creek; Samantha Kluever, Marshall; Isaiah Lenz, Oconomowoc; Hannah Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; Ian Olson, Sun Prairie; Devon Perkins, Madison; Charles Pingel, Sun Prairie; Amber Rowoldt, Watertown; Emelyn Schoeller, Helenville; Katrina Stratman, Beaver Dam; Griffin Torgerson, Watertown; Philip Treptow, Avalon; Emily Weber, Helenville; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Ellie Westrate, Sun Prairie

Commendables (3.0 – 3.249 GPA)

Grade 9

Kendra Blake, Watertown; Micah Cody, Juneau; Stephanie Georgi, Sun Prairie; Nathaniel Heins, Ixonia; Kyle Jaeger, Watertown; William Meland, Verona; Kennedy Pugh, Watertown; Ryan Punzel, Watertown; Ryan Reyes, Watertown; Jack Schultz, Columbus

Grade 10

Karleena Battist, Waterloo; Maximus Bennett, Fort Atkinson; Arthur Evangelist, Lake Mills; Jacob Horta, Helenville; Abel Krauklis, Lake Mills; Maria Saavedra, Watertown; Tyler Surges, Nashotah; Grace Thomas, Watertown; Noah Vanderhoof, Beaver Dam

Grade 11

Janelle Arndt, Watertown; Vanessa Bischoff, Juneau; Seth Bolin, Lake Mills; Caitlin Condon, Watertown; Maddison Fenner, Fort Atkinson; Joshua Groninger, Janesville; Kaleigh Hatcher, Oconomowoc; Tyler Holzhueter, Waterloo; Cannon Kerr, Watertown; Carter Kexel, Lake Mills; Joshua Lindert, Watertown; Molly Lindloff, Lake Mills; Emily Meske, Jefferson; Austin Meyer, Lake Mills; Charles Miller, Sun Prairie; Timothy Nommensen, Deerfield; Cameron Paske, Arlington; Rachel Poyner, Madison; Catherine Richart, Watertown; Anna Rue, Fort Atkinson; Logan Scheiber, Watertown; Amanda Seelman, Watertown; Hannah Tucek, Lake Mills; Jacob Ulrich, Lake Mills

Grade 12

Andrew Burk, Johnson Creek; Isaiah Coleman, Watertown; Samantha DeNoyer, Fort Atkinson; Amber Fortney, Columbus; Maria Murray, Middleton; Jeremy Nehls, Juneau; Cade Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Dustin Pampel, Johnson Creek; Bridgette Schoebel, Beaver Dam; Kailey Schoenherr, Sun Prairie; Elizabeth Valerio, Watertown