Jared Witkowiak is a student teacher, working with Activities Director Todd Jahns this semester. A Wisconsin Lutheran High School alum, he is now double majoring in Secondary Physical Education and Elementary Education at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn.
Witkowiak was motivated to become a teacher because “I had some great teachers growing up. They were great Christian role models who wanted to impact their students positively,” he says. “It made me want to give back and help other students strive to be the best that they can be.”
This is his second experience with student teaching this year. “It is a little different coming from my public school teaching where I was teaching 1-4 graders to coming to a high school where some students may only be 4 years younger than me,” he says. “Being in a new setting, it takes a little time to adjust to the culture of the school, but I was far more excited than nervous. I love waking up every day and being able to interact with the students. Everyone is different and it’s amazing seeing how many different ways the Lord has blessed each and every one of them.”
He also appreciates that Lakeside is one big family. “The students welcomed me with open arms. Every morning students that I do not even have in class are saying ‘Good morning, Mr. W’ and it just makes me happy.”
Even though he’s being mentored by Mr. Jahns, all the faculty have been helpful. “They have helped me tremendously with getting me acclimated to the school, giving me different resources, and just helping me become a better teacher.”
Jared has also learned that there is more to being a teacher than simply being in the classroom. “I have learned the importance of being involved in a school like Lakeside. Showing the students that you care by going to a JV football game or a volleyball game, it means a lot to the students, and you are able to build a relationship with those students,” he says. “I also have learned that, as an educator, you’re never done learning yourself. Someone is always there to give you a pointer here and there, and even the students will teach you something new every day.”
Outside of the school building, he plays basketball and stays active. “This is why I am a PE major,” he says. He has also gotten involved by helping out with the Junior Warrior basketball program and working alongside Coach Jahns with after school activities.
Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce its academic honor for the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year:
High Honors Honor Roll (3.75-4.0 GPA)
Wrigley Bastian, Watertown; Aidan Berg, DeForest; Isaac Bilitz, Madison; Kayden Bou, Madison; Braden Buss, Watertown; Archer Chaudhary, Lake Mills; Christian Collins, Lake Mills; Joseph Dretske, Sun Prairie; Corinna Faes, Columbus; Karsten Grundahl, Lake Mills; Rebecca Hallberg, Columbus; Hannah Hartwig, Lake Mills; Joshua Hecht, Madison; Claire Heinrich, Madison; Ella Hembrook, Jefferson; Aaron Hirsch, Johnson Creek; Isabela Hobbs, Watertown; Leah Horn, Watertown; Megan Huber, Columbus; Olivia Ibeling, Cambridge; Naomi Jenson, Deerfield; Elsa Johansson, Columbus; Elyse Johnson, Sun Prairie; Lora Kasper, Jefferson; Mia Krahn, Madison; Paige Krahn, Madison; Luke Krauklis, Lake Mills; Kylee Krutsinger, Cottage Grove; Brielle Leis, Watertown; Caitlin Lloyd, Columbus; Ambria McCrary, Sun Prairie; Maria Meier, Watertown; Abby Meis, Watertown; Emma Meis, Watertown; Mara Meyer, Sun Prairie; Emerson Milbrath, Watertown; Kooper Mlsna, Lake Mills; Elida Nerothin, Madison; Brooke Parkhurst, Johnson Creek; Kylie Pearson, Fort Atkinson; Amelia Povich, Middleton; Joshua Powers, Portage; Kieghtan Rank, Madison; Alex Reinke, Watertown; Ella Ristow, Watertown; Kylie Roekle, Middleton; Adria Saxby, Lake Mills; Samuel Schmidt, Janesville; Grant Schneider, Jefferson; Hayden Schoenherr, Cottage Grove; Emma Storlie, Lake Mills; Cole Teteak, McFarland; Mia Teteak, McFarland; Jacob Vergenz, Janesville; Maria Vik, Fort Atkinson; Noah Weidner, Columbus; Caitlin Weiland, Fall River; Cameron Weiland, Fall River; Freidrich Weittenhiller, DeForest; Ava Wilson, Cottage Grove; Elizabeth Winkelman, Watertown; Bryce Zimmermann, Jefferson
Olivia Bartels, Johnson Creek; Chloe Berg, DeForest; Molly Betschler, Watertown; Benjamin Buxa, Oconomowoc; Grace Cody, Juneau; Jack DePrey, Sun Prairie; Marissa Duddeck, Whitewater; Jordan Genz, Watertown; Tyler Gresens, Sun Prairie; Tyler Griffin, Lodi; Elijah Grow, Cottage Grove; Juan Gulrud, Marshall; Liliana Haar, Lake Mills; Ava Heckmann, Middleton; Rose Hissom, DeForest; Grace Korth, DeForest; Claire Langille, Lake Mills; Trey Lauber, Lake Mills; Kendall Lemke, Helenville; Abigail Minning, Watertown; Grace Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Natalie Punzel, Watertown; Natalie Raymond, Sun Prairie; Reyna Rupnow, Ixonia; Jenna Shadoski, Janesville; Makenzie Sievert, Watertown; David Taylor Evert, Beaver Dam; Litzy Toledo, Watertown; Madelyn Vanderhoof, Watertown; Charlie Vogen, Oconomowoc; Hadley Wendorff, Watertown; Isaac Winters, Watertown; Averi Wolfram, Sun Prairie; Japheth Yahnke, Watertown; Carlee Zimmermann, Jefferson
Jonathan Abel, Fort Atkinson; Kaylea Affeld, Watertown; Caleb Andrews, DeForest; Lydia Bilitz, Madison; Joshua Bittorf, Waterloo; Brynn Boche, Watertown; Ella DeNoyer, Sun Prairie; Aaron Fritz, Middleton; Mya Hemling, Beaver Dam; Samuel Knapp, Ixonia; Caleb Koester, Fort Atkinson; Matthea Lenz, Oconomowoc; Lauren Lostetter, Lake Mills; Kyle Main, Juneau; Audrey Meier, Watertown; Grace Meinel, Verona; Morgan Mlsna, Lake Mills; Riley Parsons, Watertown; Greta Pingel, Sun Prairie; William Popp, Fitchburg; Alyssa Reinke, Watertown; Brock Schneider, Jefferson; Austin Schwab, Fort Atkinson; Sofia Shramek, Watertown; Jayden Thundercloud, Jefferson; Douglas Weittenhiller III, DeForest; Logan Wensel, Johnson Creek
Hailey Brandt, Juneau; Elizabeth Brudos, Janesville; Ella Butzine, Sun Prairie; Lydia Buxa, Oconomowoc; Kylee Gnabasik, Jefferson; Jada Gresens, Sun Prairie; Ashley Grundman, Waterloo; Maya Heckmann, Middleton; Caitlin Heinrich, Madison; Rachel Huebner, Madison; Elizabeth Isham, Watertown; William Jorgensen, McFarland; Remy Matthews, Sun Prairie; Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills; Emily Meiller, Madison; Haylee Meske, Jefferson; Hailey Miller, Sun Prairie; Julia Neuberger, Lake Mills; Sydney Nommensen, Fort Atkinson; Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie; Carter Roekle, Middleton; Stephanie Schafer, Lake Mills; Evelyn Schauer, Watertown; Riley Schmidt, Janesville; Grace Seim, Beaver Dam; Connor Slattery, Lake Mills; Jada Teteak, McFarland; Joy Thompson-Wurz, Lake Mills; Gabriel Uttech, Fall River; Seth Veers, Cross Plains; Dakota Vogel, Janesville; Kendra Wilson, Cottage Grove; Laura Zank, Juneau
Honors (3.25 – 3.749 GPA)
Caleb Bittorf, Waterloo; Claire Boche, Watertown; Jaydin Bruschnig, Watertown; Jenna Degner, Watertown; Crandon Dwyer, Oconomowoc; Lucas Eckhardt, Watertown; Daniel Ertman, Fort Atkinson; Mark Garcia, Fort Atkinson; Brady Grambsch, Columbus; Justin Griedl, Fort Atkinson; Joshua Jorgensen, Mc Farland; Joshua Krenke, Jefferson; Kole Lostetter, Lake Mills; Mya Morgan, Sun Prairie; Riley Norenberg, Watertown; Brayden Pearson, Fort Atkinson; Brandon Reich, Jefferson; Julia Schauer, Watertown; Wedmerline Schulz, De Forest; Logan Schwab, Fort Atkinson; Ava Stein, Verona; Kya Winger, Watertown
Shayla Asmus, Lake Mills; Levi Birkholz, Watertown; Leland Christian, Oconomowoc; Bridget Cichanofsky, Reeseville; Grace Cook, Hartland; Nevaeh Dorn, DeForest; Ethan Gulczynski, Sun Prairie; Jonah Heyerholm, Cottage Grove; Rebekah Hodkiewicz, DeForest; Emma Horn, Watertown; Manuel Iglesias, Watertown; Cheyenne Johnson, Jefferson; Benjamin Klug, Oconomowoc; Owen Kraft, Sun Prairie; Nora Larson, Columbus; Anders Liermann, Madison; Nina Litherland, Columbus; Dane McIlvain, Edgerton; Kayley McLain, Juneau; Marin Riesen, Watertown; Ethan Schuetz, Lake Mills; Emma Schultz, Lake Mills; Celia Straubhaar, Waterloo; Cooper Tetzlaff, Pardeeville
Isaiah Asmus, Watertown; Emma Etheridge, Madison; Sarah Fisher, Madison; Calvin Geerdts, Lake Mills; Lola Hilbelink, Lake Mills; Naomi Hundt, Beaver Dam; Jeffrey Kalma, Hartland; Claire Liddicoat, Watertown; Michael Mittag, Beaver Dam; Calvin Murray, Sun Prairie; Carly Paske, Arlington; Nicholas Peterson, Sun Prairie; Annie Povich, Middleton; Emily Schafer, Lake Mills; Jameson Schmidt, Ixonia; Lily Schuetz, Lake Mills; Nora Statz, Helenville; Spencer Sturgill, Waterloo; Hannah Uttech, Watertown; Ianna Wolfram, Sun Prairie
Isaiah Andress, Ixonia; Isabella Cook, Hartland; Megan Grambsch, Columbus; Kristel Hafenstein, Beaver Dam; Austin Haley, Waterloo; Julia Hallman, Watertown; Graham Hatcher, Oconomowoc; Nathaniel Heins, Ixonia; Emmilee Hillier, Sun Prairie; Joshua Hodkiewicz, DeForest; AnaCristina Iglesias, Watertown; Jordyn Jaeger, Lake Mills; Anna Kreutz, Madison; Olivia Krieser, Stoughton; Payton Kuepers, Madison; Sydney Langille, Lake Mills; Elizabeth Loppnow, Lake Mills; Madison McGurk, Lake Mills; Hannah Meyer, Jefferson; Isaiah Minning, Watertown; Micah Nasett, Marshall; Benjamin Neumann, Oconomowoc; Olivia Odrich, Verona; Ryan Punzel, Watertown; Alyssa Ratzow, Watertown; Lillian Runke, Sun Prairie; Christian Schmidt, Ixonia; Darren Schuster, Juneau; Morgan Slonaker, Oconomowoc; Devin Splinter, Ixonia; Lily Storlie, Lake Mills; Claudia Stuebs, Lake Mills; Evelyn Terry, Ixonia; Jeremiah Tratar, Watertown; Sarah Ulsberger, Fort Atkinson; Tersony Vater, Watertown; Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam; Nicholas Yaroch, Fall River
Commendables (3.0 – 3.249 GPA)
Tyler Chopp, Lake Mills; Caleb Ganey, Lake Mills; Cooper Jensen, Fort Atkinson; Alex Marty, Fort Atkinson; Amelia Meyer, Sun Prairie; Ethan Pillard, Oconomowoc
James DeNoyer, Fort Atkinson; Julianne Dollard, Deerfield; Nathan Erdman, Watertown; Connor Evangelist, Lake Mills; Kaitlynn Ganey, Lake Mills; Caleb Garcia, Fort Atkinson; Camryn Gilmore, Jefferson; Elizabeth Gunst, Hartford; Jakub Junker, Watertown; Caden Knorr, Lake Mills; William Miller, Sun Prairie; Carsen Uttech, Watertown; Ryan Vice, Watertown; Joshua Waack, Watertown
Kendra Blake, Watertown; Noah Fields, Sun Prairie; Stephanie Georgi, Sun Prairie; Bryan Guzman, Sun Prairie; Caleb Hermanson, Madison; Samuel Ibeling, Cambridge; Kyle Jaeger, Watertown; Megan Jones, Johnson Creek; William Meland, New Glarus; Ian Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Ryan Reyes, Watertown; Caroline Schulz, DeForest; Olyvia Uecker, Watertown
Lakeside Lutheran High School freshman class officers and representatives elected for the 2020-21 school year are (l-r): Representative Alex Reinke, Watertown; Representative Ella Ristow, Watertown; Representative Joshua Jorgensen, McFarland; Vice President Reid Weittenhiller, DeForest; President Kooper Mlsna, Lake Mills.
Lakeside Lutheran High School sophomore class officers and representatives elected for the 2020-21 school year are (l-r): Vice President Levi Birkholz, Watertown; Representative Olivia Bartels, Johnson Creek; Representative Ethan Schuetz, Lake Mills; President Grace Cody, Juneau; Representative Manuel Iglesias, Watertown.
Lakeside Lutheran High School junior class officers and representatives elected for the 2020-21 school year are (l-r): Vice President Lily Schuetz, Lake Mills; Representative Alyssa Reinke, Watertown; Representative Douglas Weittenhiller III, DeForest; President Greta Pingel, Sun Prairie; Representative William Popp, Fitchburg
Lakeside Lutheran High School senior class officers and representatives elected for the 2020-21 school year are (l-r): Representative Jada Gresens, Sun Prairie; Representative Tersony Vater, Watertown; President Ian Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Vice President Micah Cody, Juneau; Representative Devin Splinter, Ixonia.
Lakeside Lutheran High School student body officers from the senior class elected for the 2020-21 school year are (l-r): Secretary Lydia Buxa, Oconomowoc; Vice President Darren Schuster, Juneau; President Sydney Langille, Lake Mills; Treasurer Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie.
Thanksgiving is approaching. It’s a time to give thanks.
Often, we are thankful for tangible items: food, clothing, shelter, and the like. While it’s good to thank God for such things, there is something we often omit from our thankful list. Through the apostle Paul, God directs us to be thankful for suffering.
It may seem odd to be thankful for suffering. After all, being thankful for pain, emotional trauma, disease, and persecution is contrary to human nature. No one wants to suffer. We shy away from it. But, in doing so, we miss God’s valuable lesson.
Everyone will suffer because we live in a sinful world. Disease, spiritual suffering, and temptation are our daily companions. Mental illness may break the minds of some. Sadly, our children and grandchildren will also face suffering.
Then, there is death. We may live only to see our loved ones die. Then, one day, we, too, will face death. No one is immune.
In spite of this, Paul writes, “We glory in our sufferings” (Romans 5:3). While many may see madness in his words, he understood suffering to be a time when God turns evil into good. Just as God turned the cross’s shame and pain into salvation for all believers, Paul saw how God could change suffering to good.
In Corinthians, Paul speaks of “a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me” (2 Corinthians 12:7). We don’t know his exact meaning. “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away” (2 Corinthians 12:8). God said no each time. He told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Paul didn’t despair or moan. He simply resolves, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties” (2 Corinthians 12: 9-10).
Paul then closes, “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). He knew the source of his strength. In weakness, he learned to lean on Jesus.
Suffering is serious. Sin’s effects are not a laughing matter. But God is also serious about supporting us when we suffer. Through his Word, Christ reminds us that when we become weak, he becomes strong in us. Thinking of it this way, we can truly thank God for our suffering.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran. Reach him at 920.648.2321 or email@example.com
On Monday, November 2, Lakeside students participated in the Capitol Conference Academic Bowl.
In past years, the team has competed at a high school in the Capitol Conference. However, with COVID-19, this year was a little, or a lot, different.
The team met in the library for snacks and then headed to Mrs. Schommer’s room to participate in the written portion of the testing, which was done via Google Forms.
Then, the team tests started as everyone from their various sections worked together to answer questions in English, Social Studies, Science, and Current Events. Normally, this is done with everyone that participated in the academic bowl sitting in the gym of the host school and watching teams compete in real time. This year, to still keep the “real time” part of the test, teams competed by playing a Kahoot through a Zoom call with all of the participating schools.
After all scores were totaled, Lakeside took fourth place. Individually, Rose Hissom took first place in the written portion of the English test.
“It was a lot of fun and a great way to meet underclassmen. And, the food and snacks were fantastic!” said senior Ashley Grundman.
Thanks to senior Ella Butzine for the report on this event.
INDIANAPOLIS (October 25, 2020/National FFA Organization) – Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year 4,136 American Degrees will be awarded.
Caitlin Condon, a member of the Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter in Lake Mills, Wis., a 2019 graduate, will be awarded the American FFA Degree at the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 27-29, held virtually. She is the third Warrior FFA member to earn the American degree since the LLHS chapter began.
Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate after being recognized at the national convention.
Sponsored by Case IH, Elanco Animal Health and Syngenta, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.
To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in which they own their own business or hold a professional position as an employee. Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement through completion of a long list of FFA and community activities. Less than one percent of FFA members achieve the American FFA Degree.
The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 760,000 student members as part of 8,700 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
This semester, Alex Quist is student teaching in Mr. Matt Doering’s classroom. Alex, a senior at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, is pursuing Secondary Social Studies and Elementary Education. He attended public school at at Saint Peter, in Saint Peter, Minn.
Alex doesn’t have just one reason why he wants to become a teacher, he has several. “First of all, I had several people in my congregation suggest it to me after seeing me coach at a soccer camp that my church runs, thinking I would be a great teacher. Secondly, I had two social studies teachers in high school that were very influential to me,” he says. “Combine all of this with my love of history and geography, and it was the perfect storm.”
Because he’s only five years older than the seniors and juniors in Mr. Doering’s room, “Student teaching in a high school is a bit nerve-wracking for me, as I am not that far removed from high school myself,” he admits. “But I have confidence in my preparation and my background knowledge, so I know I can do it. I do pray about it quite a bit!”
But he’s also excited about the opportunity. “It’s awesome that I get to teach here at Lakeside, where I can learn from some of the best teachers in the business, and be unafraid to proclaim the Lord’s truth at the same time,” he shares.
Learning from best means he’s “already gained a reinforcement that social studies education does not have to be exclusively facts and information presented in a dry lecture format. Facts and information are pieces of the social studies puzzle, and they always will be, but social studies concepts should be more important.” For example, “twenty years from now, most students are not going to remember that the first shots fired at Fort Sumter occurred on April 12, 1861. However, students can remember the political and historical undercurrents that led to those shots being fired.” He is looking forward to using a variety of media and involving students in primary sources that invokes curiosity and drives discussion forward.
He’s also using other skills while he’s here. The self-proclaimed Vikings football fan played in high school and in college for the MLC Knights. “With this football background in mind, I am currently helping out with the Lakeside junior varsity, coaching offensive and defensive lines. At the time that I am writing this, the JV hasn’t lost a game yet. I’m proud of those guys,” he says,.
Outside of football, he enjoys cheering on the Twins, fishing, looking for Sasquatch, and spending time with family and friends.
Paul wrote these words to 1st century Christians as a guide for godly living. The times were perilous. With Nero as emperor, Christians were being persecuted and indiscriminately killed in horrible ways. Yet, Paul speaks of the government as “God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer” (Romans 13:4). To fully understand his message, we must first consider Romans 12.
The core of Romans 12 is that Christians should live peaceably. We are to be “patient in affliction” (Romans 12:12), “bless those who persecute [us]” (Romans 12:14), and “not repay anyone evil for evil” (Romans 12:17). We are even to give food and drink to our enemies (Romans 12:20).
Romans 12:19 is a key verse: “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”
God says vengeance is his, not ours. The reason is seen in chapter 13: “[Those in government] are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer” (Romans 13:4). In spite of Rome’s wickedness in Paul’s time, God still used it to carry out his will. As such, Christians were to be obedient.
The application for today is much the same. Our citizenship is heavenly, not earthly. While on earth, we are to be peacemakers. We are to love our enemies by giving them food and drink. We are to overcome evil with good. We are to submit to the government whether we feel it is good or bad. This is God’s will.
There is no perfect government. They all fail in some way. Yet, the Lord allows them to function as he wills. Regardless of our opinion, governments operate as God allows.
Romans 13 does not justify wicked government. It does not sanction open rebellion. Rather, it points us to Christ as we follow him through life.
Yes, Romans 13 is a chapter for today’s world.
Lord, whether the future brings good or evil, guide us to “live at peace with everyone” as your people. Amen. (Romans 12:18)
Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran. Reach him at 920.648.2321 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lakeside Lutheran High School announces its Homecoming activities and events for 2020, beginning with all-school activities on Monday, September 28 and ending with the football game planned for Friday night, October 2.
The 2020 Homecoming Court includes two representatives from each of the freshman, sophomore and junior classes, and four representatives from the senior class. Members of the court include freshmen representatives Ella Ristow and Alex Reinke, both from Watertown; sophomore representatives Marissa Duddeck, Whitewater, and Japheth Yahnke, Watertown; junior representatives Ketia Vater, Watertown, and Jesse Schultz, Columbus; senior representatives Stephanie Schafer, Lake Mills, and Devin Splinter, Ixonia; and Queen Grace Seim, Beaver Dam, and King Graham Hatcher, Oconomowoc.
Lakeside will celebrate homecoming with student activities throughout the week of September 28-October 2, both during the school day and after school. The theme for this year is “Holidays.” Students have opportunity to wear clothes during the school day that reflect Halloween, 4th of July and Christmas on various days. While some traditional activities have been scaled back or eliminated this year, students will participate in class-centered competitions including powder puff football and boys volleyball. A pep rally, skits and a talent show are planned for the end of the school day on Friday, when the Homecoming queen will also be officially crowned. Various sporting events are scheduled after school each day of the week except Wednesday.
The varsity football team is preparing to play Luther Prep at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Warrior Dance Team will perform its halftime routine and the court will be introduced to the limited crowd in attendance (pre-reserved attendance tickets are required for entry into the stadium). A special feature prior and during the football game is the presence of Charlie’s food truck, a Lakeside family-run professional concessions stand that appears at fairs and exhibitions across the country, including the Wisconsin State Fair. The truck will be serving hot food outside the stadium in lieu of the grilling traditionally done by the parent volunteer Warrior Club concessions program.
For anyone without an attendance ticket who wishes to follow Warrior sports, all home games will be livestreamed at livestream.com/llhslive and radio broadcast on either 940 WFAW or KOOL 106.5
Lakeside Lutheran High School has been designated a “Grief-Sensitive School” by the New York Life Foundation, receiving a $500 Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative grant to help create a bereavement support plan and encourage ongoing staff development in order to better support its grieving students.
Schools confront issues of grief and loss every day: 1 in 14 U.S. children* will experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 18. Studies show that unresolved grief can have a social and emotional impact on children, leading to behavioral issues and poor performance in school. Yet educators often feel under-prepared to lend support to their students, with the vast majority of teachers reporting they have not received any bereavement training.
The Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative – a pioneering effort that utilizes New York Life’s workforce to help equip local schools to care for the grieving students in their midst – is an extension of the work of the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, a collaboration among leading K-12 professional organizations to develop and deliver best-in-class grief support resources to educators. For more information about Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal Grasby at 920-648-2321 or visit llhs.org.
*Results from the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM) developed by Judi’s House/JAG Institute www.judishouse.org/CBEM.