Life Day at Lakeside

Tuesday, February 19 was Life Day at Lakeside. Lakeside hosted Detective Caucutt, Kim Winters, Rachel Greiner, and Pastor Steven Pagels, who discussed different topics with each class.


Freshman Kiara Wolfram describes what she learned, “The freshman class had the pleasure of listening to Detective Caucutt speak about being responsible online. He told us how simple it is to impersonate another teen. To secure your account and information, use different passwords, limit the access the app has to your location, and absolutely do not share your address with strangers or other suspicious characters. Detective Caucutt then went on to advise us about what we should be sharing online. Although on some platforms, images, and text messages seem to disappear, that is not actually the case. Accessing the history of an account can happen in the snap of a finger. Not only could this be embarrassing in the short term, but it could also affect your employment, your school acceptance, and in some cases, jail time can be necessary. As Christians, we want to serve God by leading pure and decent lives. So next time you think about sending, posting, or tweeting something, remember what Christ would want us to do.”


“In the sophomore religion classes, Mrs. Winters came in to talk about premarital sex with the students and what the Bible has to say on this matter,” sophomore Ashley Grundman explains. “After talking about the promises that are tied to this act, the class then discussed different topics such as respect, modesty, and fun activities that can be done on dates in place of these things.”

IMG_3645Rachel Greiner from Healthy Choices, WELS Lutherans for Life, talked to the junior class about abortion. She shared a great statement that can be used to back-up pro-life beliefs: “I am pro-life because we know the unborn are alive, because they’re growing. We know the unborn are human because they have human parents, and I think human beings like you and me are valuable… and because the unborn are clearly human, they should be given an equal right to life as well.” Josh Brahm, from the Equal Rights Institute, first shared that statement with Ms. Greiner.

“On Life Day, the senior class was blessed to have Pastor Pagels from St. Matthew’s in Oconomowoc come. He informed us about Christian Life Resources which he is a part of. We learned that Christian Life Resources helps people make God-pleasing decisions IMG_3512regarding life and family issues. He also had an activity for us in which we discussed real scenarios and what we would do in them. The three situations he gave us were difficult to decide what to do, so it was interesting to hear other people’s input. It was neat to have someone like Pastor Pagels come in and be able to remind us of the importance of life!” senior Olivia Andress reported.

All of the students learned important lessons from the speakers. We have to keep Christ in mind while online, honor God’s commands about sex, stand up for unborn babies, and keep God first in our decision making.

—compiled by Elise Meier

Lakeside celebrates FFA Week

Joining over 600,000 other FFA members from across the nation, Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter members led the school in a celebration of National FFA Week from February 18-25.

To kick off the celebration, on Sat. Feb 16, Lakeside held an open house for grade schoolers, introducing them to the tech ed wing and sharing information about the Ag Survey class—as well as videography, CAD, woods, metals technology, small engines, construction, advanced career tech, programming, web design, and FACS classes.

FFA 7On Monday, over 220 seventh graders attended Lakeside’s Warrior for a Day. They learned more about CAD classes, metals, small engines, food and consumer science classes, agriculture survey, and construction and woods. Then, they identified their gifts to see how they might fit into diverse agriculture careers such as animals and plants; power, structures, and technical areas; natural resources and the environment; agribusiness and food products; and processing.

On Tuesday, the chapter hosted a staff and teacher appreciation breakfast in the Tech Ed room and a brain freeze ice cream cup race was held during lunch. That night, FFA members helped at the Johnson Creek Scoopie night, with 10% of sales supporting members who are attending leadership conferences.


 Before school on Wednesday, participants joined in a cookie race, competing to see who could get a cookie from their forehead to their mouth the fastest.

On Thursday, before-school three-legged races were held using Vita-Plus feed sacks. Then, all homeroom students received an ice cream cup and a milk pint race was held during lunch.

Friday morning a bale toss and lasso toss were held outside.

Lakeside is stretching the celebration out a bit. For two weeks, they are collecting  money to see which of staff member will kiss-a-calf on March 1. All donations will benefit the Jefferson County Humane Society with the Lakeside FFA matching the school donation by purchasing items on the the Humane Society wish list.

FFA is the world’s largest youth organization, creating leaders who explore careers through ag and technical education. From its start in 1928 in Kansas City, MO, with 33 young men, National FFA now offers a variety of awards, including over $2.7 million in scholarships annually.

Lakeside to host WSMA

Students from area schools will participate in a Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) sanctioned District Solo & Ensemble Music Festival hosted at Lakeside Lutheran High School on Saturday, February 23.  During the festival, which is free and open to the public, students will perform vocal and instrumental solos, duets, trios and small ensembles before an adjudicator.WSMA music festivals annually attract thousands of students from middle, junior high and high schools throughout Wisconsin. The festival will draw students from a number of area schools, including Columbus High School, Columbus Middle School, Jefferson High School, Lake Mills High School, Lake Mills Middle School, Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lodi High School, Lodi Middle School, Luther Preparatory School, Poynette High School and Poynette Middle School.  James Buege, music director from Lakeside Lutheran High School, will be serving as the festival manager.

“WSMA is proud of the quality music education experiences we support teachers in providing for their students.  Our long-standing festival programs encourage well-rounded musicians who develop deeper understanding through performance preparation that culminates in comprehensive feedback from a qualified adjudicator.  This opportunity, coupled with observing and listening to peer performances, is invaluable for musical growth,” said WSMA Executive Director Laurie Fellenz.

WSMA music festivals support school music programs as part of a comprehensive

education by encouraging the study of quality music literature; motivating students to prepare and perform to the best of their abilities; improving students’ understanding of music literature and concepts (performance through understanding) and providing a performance assessment to improve individual and group achievement.

For more information on WSMA, go to

As of 2/14/19, this is the tentative 2019 WSMA Schedule for Lakeside students. Please watch for any updates to this schedule.


Visit TechEd this weekend!

Joining a nationwide celebration to raise awareness for Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month, the Lakeside Lutheran TechEd department will host an open house during the Lutheran Elementary School Basketball Tournament at the Lakeside Lutheran campus this weekend.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, from 11-3 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 17, from 1-3 p.m., visitors to the school’s TechEd wing can tour the facilities and learn about TechEd and Ag Survey classes offered. Guests can examine equipment such as a laser, 3-D printers, CNC router, a variety of welders, a four-station Ironworker, metal bandsaw and updated woods equipment. With the assistance of trained high school students, elementary students will have the opportunity to weld with a MIG welder, build a wood keychain and see a 3-D printer in action.

The Lakeside FFA Alumni group plans to offer complimentary ice cream sundaes and root beer floats to visitors during the open house. Signs will help visitors find the TechEd department, located on the west end of the school.

According to the Association for Career & Technical Education® (ACTE®), the goal of technical education is to explore careers that are in high demand, pay high wages, and provide job satisfaction in a variety of careers from agriculture, to manufacturing, healthcare, information technology and STEM careers.  Lakeside Lutheran offers a variety of classes for students to explore these careers, from Family and Consumer Science classes, Videography, Web Design, and Computer Programing, to the Tech Ed department itself, including classes in Woodworking, Construction, Metals Technology, Agriculture Survey, CAD, Small Engines and Advanced Career Tech. For more information, contact department head Jeff Meske at (920) 648-2321.

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At the February 2018 Lakeside Lutheran TechEd department open house celebrating Career and Technical Education Month, elementary students had an opportunity to see up close how a MIG welder works.

Principal’s Pen: One for All

Principal's Message“Occasionally, people “prophesy.” Whether commenting on an event or a person, sometimes their words come true.

Scripture contains many prophecies. Perhaps none has more irony than Caiaphas’ prophecy. After Jesus raised Lazarus, John writes, “Many of the Jews who … had seen what Jesus did, believed in him” (John 11:45). News of Christ’s miracle spread quickly. To those who saw it, seeing was believing.

But some reported what they saw to the Pharisees who, with the chief priests, gathered the Sanhedrin. The topic was what to do about Jesus.

Caiaphas, the High Priest, spoke. Although he may well have intended his words only for that situation, they were prophetic. He said, “You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish” (John 11:50). Caiaphas and others feared that if the people believed in Jesus, the Romans might invade and take away their status, power, and freedom. So, he proposed that one be sacrificed for many.

Think carefully about those words. Within them is the prophecy of Jesus’ crucifixion. Our Savior—the “one man”—would “die for the people.” Jesus’ death is the fulfillment of prophecies by Moses, David, Isaiah, Zechariah, and even Caiaphas.

We don’t know if Caiaphas ever reflected on his words. But they clearly point to Jesus’ cross. It was for our sin that God’s Son died to restore our relationship with him. Yet, Jesus’ death was not just for a nation of people. It was for a world of sinners.

Caiaphas’ prophecy reaches even further. After three days, Christ rose giving assurance that his death fully redeemed us. By it, God gives us the sure hope of our own salvation and a desire to live thankfully to him.

a17year14ecOccasionally, human prophecies do come true.

Thank God that we have the sure prophecy of his Word. By it, we see our Savior—the world’s Savior—from sin.

James Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or

Warrior Forensics wins 9th consecutive conference title

On Feb. 4, the Lakeside Lutheran High School forensics team participated in the Capitol Conference Tournament at Columbus High School where students competed against each other in 16 different speaking categories.  Of the 10 conference schools at the tournament, Lakeside Lutheran, coached by Steve Lauber, finished first with a total of 294 points, ahead of Lake Mills (232) and Belleville (165).  That win marks Lakeside’s 9th straight conference championship.

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The Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, recently won its ninth consecutive Capitol Conference championship at the meet held at Columbus February 4. Pictured in front row, L-R: Julia Hallman, Maddie Klug, Maddie Triebold, Sami Anderson, Annika Bilitz, Abbie Di Giovanni. Second row: Sophia Griffin, Kaylee Raymond, Jacob Horta, Megan Grambsch, Ella Butzine, Emma Statz, Megan Reinke, Ryann Burger, Bronte Perkins, Greta Pingel. Back Row: Kiara Wolfram, Chad Nolte, Matthea Lenz, Brendan McKenna, Matthew Gunst, Will Jorgenson, Doug Weittenhiller, Justin Learned. Missing: Max Thiele, Connor Dobson, Cannon Kerr

 The following students led the way in their individual categories for Lakeside Lutheran: Justin Learned, Watertown, placed first in Demonstration; Chad Nolte, Janesville, took a second in Farrago; Matthew Gunst, Juneau, placed second in Informative; Maddie Triebold, Oconomowoc, and Sami Anderson, Sun Prairie, placed first in Playacting, and Maddie Klug, Ixonia, and Sophie Griffin, Lodi, received a second.

Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek, placed first in Poetry; Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie, earned a first in Public Address; Will Jorgensen, McFarland, placed first in Radio Speaking; Cannon Kerr, Watertown, placed second in Radio Speaking; Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson, placed second in Solo Acting Humorous, and Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove, received a second in Solo Acting Serious. Kiara Wolfram, Fort Atkinson placed first in Storytelling.

 On Feb. 18, sub-districts will be held at Deerfield High School, where the full team of 25 will begin competition to advance to the district meet and from there, to the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WFHSA) State Tournament at University of Wisconsin–Madison April 12.