The State Department of Public Instruction (DPI) creates report cards for private schools based on students participating in the choice program. They assess schools based on student achievement, improvements in achievement, and potential post high school success.
For the 2018-19 school year, Lakeside Lutheran High School received an overall score of 84.8, which is a 5-star rating of “significantly exceeds expectations.”
This ranks your LLHS ranks 29th out of 428 private schools!
We are thankful for the teachers, administrators, staff, students and Lakeside families who make this school a very special place.
Student members of the Lakeside Lutheran National Honor Society recently hosted a cornhole tournament on campus to raise awareness and funds for teen mental health.
In partnership with social service agency Christian Family Solutions (CFS), Lakeside hosted “Tosses for Teens” on Nov. 17 that had a two-fold purpose— to raise funds and to bring awareness of the growing need for mental health support for teens. With more than 60 teams paying to participate and sponsorship, concessions and a bake sale, and donations from Lang Group Realty in Lake Mills, a Thrivent Financial Action Team, Kwik Trip, WalMart, and an anonymous $1,000 matching donor, well over $3,500 was raised for the cause.
Statistics from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry show that one in five young adults live with a mental health condition that can include anxiety disorders, behavior or mood disorders or substance use disorders. Lakeside students facing these challenges qualify for up to five free sessions with a licensed professional Christian counselor. Many meetings take place via a secure video program, allowing students to receive these services at school in a private location. CFS serves 28 high schools and prep schools across the nation with this type of counseling through its Member Assistance Program, which the tournament proceeds went to support.
The team that won the tournament was comprised of two Lakeside teachers, Eric Dorn and Nate Sievert. Other participants won drawings and other prizes including a costume competition. Several NHS senior officers— president Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; treasurer Kyle Doering, Lake Mills; vice-president Megan Reinke, Watertown; and secretary Carter Schneider, Lake Mills—worked with the group’s advisor and school Guidance Director, Andy Rosenau, to coordinate the event. A photo gallery of the day is at llhs.smugmug.com/LLFamily.
Lakeside Lutheran National Honor Society is dedicated to the development of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. NHS members plan and perform various service and leadership activities throughout the school year, such as a Christmas toy drive for foster families, Adopt-a-Highway clean up, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Penny Wars” and more. Students are first eligible for selection at the end of the sophomore year. Candidates need a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, at least three leadership roles, several hours of community service, and character references. For more information about NHS or Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal James Grasby at 920-648-2321 or email@example.com.
Christian Family Solutions (CFS) is the Social Service Division of Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service (WLCFS), a non-profit social service agency headquartered in Germantown, Wis. CFS licensed Christian counselors, through in-person and technology-assisted consultations, also assist children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in a supportive, Christ-centered atmosphere on a wide range of disorders, addictions, emotional pain and other mental health issues. For more information about CFS, contact Dan Nommensen at 800-438-1772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Extended Learning Center is welcoming Sarah Dewey as a student teacher. She was born in Janesville, Wis., but grew up in the LaCrosse area, graduating from Luther High School, Onalaska.
She is double majoring in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. “I have always wanted to become a teacher, but my first visit to MLC really solidified that,” she says.
Because she’s an Early Childhood major, “really anything above 5th grade makes me nervous,” she says. But it wasn’t the students she was worried about. “I think the biggest thing was really not knowing the content and not being able to help the students,” she shared. In just a few days, however, she realized that she is equipped and “can help with any class.” It didn’t hurt that “it seems to be a family here at Lakeside. Everyone has been so welcoming.”
Thanks to juniors Joy Thompson-Wurz and Ashley Grundman for sharing this article, which highlights the journalism field trip to the Wisconsin State Journal and why such trips are important.
On Tuesday, November 12th, the journalism class visited the Wisconsin State Journal headquarters. There they had the opportunity to tour the newspaper’s multiple departments to see the many steps of how a newspaper is brought to life. From writing articles to plate production, putting pages together to distribution, far more people than most would expect play a role in this daily production, which was something the journalism class was able to witness first hand.
Not only did the Journalism class get to see how a newspaper company functions, but they got to experience what the career of a journalist would be like. Touring a workplace or career environment is a great opportunity to help in the decision-making process of choosing a career path. A growing idea is that students should not only tour colleges but work fields as well, especially those who have not decided what career they want to pursue. Witnessing how a workplace is run gives students an idea of how that certain career would affect their lifestyle. They may even find new talents and interests they didn’t even know they had. Several of the journalism students said that after seeing what a journalism career is like, they could potentially see themselves in that field even though they had never previously thought about it.
According to journals.psu.edu, 20-50% of students go to college undecided. Experiencing and immersing in different work fields has the potential to lower that percentage significantly. Almost every workplace has a job for all different talents and abilities. The only obstacle is finding a way to dig deep and explore them.
ACT Research Services of Iowa City, Iowa, recently released the ACT results for Lakeside Lutheran High School Class of 2019.
Of the 110 members of the 2019 class, 87, or 79%, wrote the exam. Based on a 36-point scale, the composite score of these students was 24.1, which is above the state score of 20.3. 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. Once again, Lakeside’s mathematics scores led the four tested areas with a composite score of 25.6.
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 in four areas: English, Math, Reading, and Science. “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. For the class of 2019, 47 percent met that benchmark in all four areas, where the state percentage was 24.
“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 almost double the state’s composite,” says Principal James Grasby. “This means a majority of Lakeside graduates are very likely to earn a “B” or above in college-level English Composition, Algebra, Social Science and Biology courses. This is a great testimony to God’s blessing on our students’ work.”
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 32 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.
Kasandra Wagner is student teaching in Jodie Schommer’s classroom this semester. Wagner spends most of her time in different places around the Midwest. She grew up near Aurora, Ill., and attended Luther Prep for high school. Three years ago her dad took a call to Sioux Falls, S.D. She spends her school year in New Ulm and her summers working at Camp Phillip, Wis.
“My major is technically Communication, Arts, and Literature Secondary Education, but most people just call it an English Major,” she explains.
Her dad is a teacher, so she always considered becoming one. In addition, “I had some really great teachers in high school that helped me learn more about life along with school work. They inspired me to want to do the same thing in my own classroom one day,” she says.
Because Wagner isn’t that much older than the students she’s teaching, she says “it’s intimidating to gain the respect necessary to manage a classroom when I’m often mistaken for one of their peers in the hall.” But she quickly overcame that. “Coming in the middle of the semester is tough since everyone already has their routines,” she says. “The faculty as well as the students didn’t make me feel like some strange college student wandering around, but quickly welcomed me like I was part of the Lakeside family.”
In addition to classroom techniques she appreciates that “Mrs. Schommer has taught that each students’ needs as an individual person are more important than just getting through the content of the class.”
Lakeside Lutheran High School held its fall sports awards night on Nov. 5, when coaches recognized efforts of the fall sports teams as well as all-conference team honorees.
The 2019 girls golf team earned the title of regional champs. Junior Maya Heckmann, Middleton, was named Rock Valley Conference Player of the Year and earned first team all-conference honors. Freshman Ava Heckmann, Middleton, was named to second team all-conference. Both Heckmanns advanced to the state golf meet. Three golfers—Maya Heckmann, sophomore Kaylea Affeld, Watertown, and sophomore Lauren Lostetter, Lake Mills—made the Academic All-State Team.
In Cross Country, freshman Abigail Minning, Watertown, and senior August Gresens, Sun Prairie, were awarded first team all-conference honors and also qualified for the WIAA State Meet. Sophomore Mya Hemling, Beaver Dam, earned second team all-conference honors.
The Warrior volleyball team went undefeated in conference play, winning their seventh straight Capitol North conference championship. They also won the regional championship and ended their season as sectional runner-up. Senior outside hitter Ella Collins, Lake Mills; junior libero Kylee Gnabasik, Jefferson; and senior setter Karli Johnson, Jefferson, were named to first team all-conference. Junior outside hitter Payton Kuepers, Madison, received a second team all-conference nod while two middle hitters—sophomore Ella DeNoyer, Sun Prairie, and junior Sydney Langille, Lake Mills—received Honorable Mentions. Ella Collins was named Conference Player of the Year. Collins also was named to the inaugural AVCA High School All-Region Team, unanimously voted to first team all-state. In other All-State awards, Kuepers was named to the second team and Karli Johnson received an honorable mention.
The boys soccer team saw two players receive honorable mentions from the conference including junior Carter Roekle, Middleton, and sophomore Kyle Main, Juneau.
The Warrior football team defeated higher seeds to make it to Level 3 of the playoffs. Nine players earned 12 spots on all-conference teams. First team all-conference honorees are senior inside linebacker Logan Pampel, Johnson Creek, junior kicker Tersony Vater, Watertown, junior outside linebacker Nathan Chesterman, Sun Prairie, and junior o-lineman Will Jorgensen, McFarland. Named to second team all-conference are freshman o-lineman Ben Buxa, Oconomowoc, senior quarterback Matt Davis, Lake Mills, running back Logan Pampel, wide receiver Tersony Vater, senior wide receiver Carter Schneider, Lake Mills, and defensive back Tersony Vater. Junior tight end John O’Donnell, Madison, and junior inside linebacker Micah Cody, Juneau, received Honorable Mention.