Teens for Christ to host “New Friends”

The Lakeside Lutheran High School Teens for Christ service group will host its first “New Friends” event on its Lake Mills campus on Sunday, October 22, from 1-3 p.m. in the school’s west gymnasium. The focus of the event is to meet and have fun with people interested in participating in a New Friends program through the teen group at Lakeside Lutheran.

NewFriendsLogoThe October 22 event will offer people with special needs a place to hang out and develop friendships with teens from the school. Young people with and without special needs will join together to participate in a variety of activities, including games, crafts, snacks and music.

New Friends is a ministry of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM), a national outreach ministry to people with developmental disabilities, their families and the communities they live in, and is administered by The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA). According to TLHA, “the purpose of New Friends is to build relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities, while creating a fun-filled atmosphere where the entire family feels safe, relaxed and happy.”

“We are excited to share God’s word with more individuals in our community,” says Ruth Hirschfeld, Lakeside Lutheran faculty adviser to Teens for Christ. “New Friends allows us to witness to the joy that faith in Jesus brings as we have fun sharing an afternoon with individuals with disabilities and even their families. It has the potential to inspire and impact both the community participants and the teens who are looking to make some new friends.”

Pastor Joel Gaertner, National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries, will speak at the school’s October 9 chapel assembly and share information about the New Friends program.

Caretakers of anyone with special needs who may be interested in attending the October 22 should contact Hirschfeld at rhirschf@llhs.org, or 920-648-2321. Ext 2210.

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What causes suffering?

Some carry heavy burdens in life. Illness, death, and family situations are among the problems that they face daily.

Why do some carry such heavy loads, yet others go through life seemingly carefree? Even the people of Jesus’ day wondered this.

As [Jesus] went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:1-3). Jesus’ disciples incorrectly assumed that one’s problems result from a singular sin.

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However, “no one knows the thoughts of God” (1 Corinthians 2:11). While we cannot definitively say that one’s burdens are due to a single sin, we know that these troubles are the effects of sin. Because all are sinners, all will face life’s problems until they die.

Knowing that we, too, face life’s burdens at times, how do we approach them? Our Savior comforts us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Jesus encourages us to turn to him through the Means of Grace and prayer, trusting that he strengthens us to endure everything we face.

At times, God may even permit problems to enter our lives for a singular reason: to strengthen our faith. “This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” When life’s burdens become heavy, we learn to lean on God for strength. He alone has the power to guide us through our troubles, and he even strengthens us through these burdens.

In this way, “the works of God [are] displayed” and he is glorified!

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

ACT exam results among highest in state 

ACT Research Services of Iowa City, Iowa, recently released the ACT scores for the Lakeside Lutheran High School class of 2017.

Of the 93 members of the  2017 class, 87, or 94%, wrote the exam. Based on a 36-point scale, the composite score of these students was 23.9, above the state composite of 20.5 for almost 100% of students writing the exam statewide. This composite score keeps Lakeside Lutheran among the top 2% of over 460 high schools in the state, as reported by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction.

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According to ACT Inc., the test is not an aptitude or IQ test, but directly related to what students have learned in high school courses. They use the results to predict college readiness. For that, 52% of Lakeside Lutheran test-takers met all four standards for college readiness in English Composition, Algebra, Social Science, and Biology. That is more than twice the state average of 25%. According to ACT research, students who meet these benchmarks are more likely to succeed in college and earn a degree than those who don’t. “It is the rigor of coursework—rather than simply the number of core courses—that has the greatest impact on ACT performance and college readiness,” the non-profit organization states.

“In addition to having higher average ACT scores than many local schools, the College Board stated that our composite percentage of students who are ‘college ready’ in four core subjects is more than double the state’s composite,” says Principal James Grasby. “This means that a majority of Lakeside graduates are very likely to earn a “B” or above in English Composition, Algebra, the Social Sciences, and Biology in college-level courses. This is a great testimony to God’s blessing on our students’ work.”

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The ACT is a national college admission and placement examination that is used by more colleges than any other examination. Begun in 1959, more than 1.8 million students wrote the ACT last school year, including almost 67,000 students in Wisconsin. The ACT is a standard assessment for all 11th-graders in Wisconsin public high schools.

Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills is a ministry operated by a federation of 31 Lutheran congregations who are affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod or the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The school holds accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), a division of AdvancED. For more information, contact Principal James Grasby at (920) 648-2321.

LLHS celebrates Homecoming week with royalty and activities

Lakeside Lutheran High School announces its Homecoming activities and events for 2017, beginning with all-school activities on Monday, September 18 and ending with a dance on campus the evening of Saturday, September 23.

 

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Members of the Lakeside Lutheran 2017 Homecoming Court include (couples from L-R): freshmen Ian Olszewksi, Johnson Creek, and Payton Kuepers, Madison; sophomores Kobe Paske, Arlington, and Olivia Ryan, Lake Mills; junior reps Cameron Paske, Arlington, and Katie Guld, Lake Mills; King and Queen Noah Gartner, Johnson Creek, and Kelsey Birschbach, DeForest; and senior representatives Isaiah Lenz, Oconomowoc, and Emma Guld, Lake Mills.

 

The 2017 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 freshmen Ian Olszewksi, Johnson Creek, and Payton Kuepers, Madison; sophomores Kobe Paske, Arlington, and Olivia Ryan, Lake Mills; junior reps Cameron Paske, Arlington, and Katie Guld, Lake Mills; senior representatives Isaiah Lenz, Oconomowoc, and Emma Guld, Lake Mills; King Noah Gartner, Johnson Creek, and Queen Kelsey Birschbach, DeForest.

Lakeside will celebrate homecoming with student activities throughout the week of September 18-22, both during the school day and after school.  The theme for this year is “Game Shows.” Each class has been assigned to decorate halls, doors and windows and create class floats and videos according to different popular movie series, including “Family Feud” for the freshmen, “Wheel of Fortune” for sophomores, “Survivor” for juniors and “Wipe Out” for seniors. Students will decorate the school throughout the week as well as participate in class competitions.

After a 5:00 p.m. parade Friday through downtown Lake Mills, the varsity football team plays Lodi High School at 7 p.m. The Warrior Marching Band and the Dance Team perform halftime routines. A semi-formal dance is planned for Saturday evening on the Lakeside campus beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The activity schedule is as follows:

Monday, 9/18: Senior Friend Day | PJ Day | Dodgeball | JV Football game v. Lodi 5 pm

Tuesday, 9/19: Beach Out/Hawaiian Day | Musical Chairs | Home Soccer & Volleyball matches

Wednesday, 9/20: Class Workday to complete decoration of school in the morning with banners, hallway murals, window and door banners | Powder Puff Football | Boys Volleyball | Talent Show 1:50-3 pm

Thursday, 9/21: Crayon Day (students dress in assigned colors top to bottom) | Class Relays | Soccer at Cambridge, JV2 Football at Poynette

Friday, 9/22: Dress Warrior Wear | Pep Rally | Downtown parade 5 PM | Alum Zone event on football field 5:30-7 PM  | Football game v. Lodi 7 PM | Dance team, Marching Band Field show at halftime

Saturday, 9/23: Semi-formal dance at Lakeside 7:30-10:30 PM.

Lakeside Lutheran receives mkCellular donation

Lakeside Lutheran High School is the recipient of a generous donation from mkCellular in Lake Mills of cell phones and virtual reality viewers with an approximate value of $9,000.

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Lakeside Lutheran recently received a $9,000 donation of virtual reality equipment including 50 each of Google Cardboard VR viewers and Galaxy cell phones that will enable classes to take “virtual” field trips. On campus to represent mkCellular is VP of Operations Mike Ehlers, an LLHS 2004 graduate (center), with Principal James Grasby (left) and Lakeside Lutheran Technology Director Andrew Willems.

Google Cardboard is a virtual reality platform developed by Google to be used with a smartphone in a viewer. In education, Google Cardboard is a way to take field trips in virtual reality. mkCellular donated 50 Google viewers that are designed to be affordable for development of do-it-yourself virtual reality projects. Photos and videos are shot with 3D cameras and viewed with special 3D lenses in viewers through smartphones that project the images. Toward this, mkCellular donated 50 Samsung Galaxy J3 phones.

At Lakeside Lutheran, virtual reality will be used to take virtual field trips in classes including history, religion, science, technology and art. Students in Computer Essentials and Computer Applications courses will not only explore the pre-made trips, but also shoot their own videos for use in class.

“We are very grateful to mkCellular for the donation of these phones and goggles,” says Principal James Grasby. “As Lakeside Lutheran continues to employ various forms of technology in the instruction of our students, these tools will be useful throughout all the disciplines.”

mkCellular is a locally-owned wireless solutions company that seeks to maximize the productivity and efficiency of customers’ U.S. Cellular® service by “by identifying needs, delivering solutions and putting the interests of others before our own.” It operates 10 stores with a staff of 40+ in the following communities: Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Elkhorn, Lake Mills, Watertown, Oconomowoc, Columbus, Juneau and Lake Geneva.