New school year set to begin

Lakeside Lutheran High School opens its doors to 135 freshmen on Wednesday, August 18. Freshmen will begin their school year a day early to orient and learn schedules, meet teachers and other students, and explore co-curricular opportunities. Classes begin on campus for all 455 students on Thursday, August 19, an increase of 7.3% from the start of 2020-21.

An opening service and installation of new faculty will take place as part of the first day’s events on August 19 at 10 a.m. in the west gymnasium. Pastor Joel Fricke from Immanuel Lutheran Church, Johnson Creek, will offer the devotion during this special chapel service. The theme for the 2021-23 school years is “Become,” a reminder of 2 Corinthians 5:21 “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” The biennial theme is a focus in devotions and other events throughout the school year.

Four new full-time faculty members will also be installed and recognized in the opening service.

With 28 years of teaching experience, mostly recently in Illinois, Mr. John Dorn will teach Physical Science, Environmental Science, and Anatomy and Physiology and coach football and soccer. He and his wife will live in Lake Mills.

Mrs. Erin LaPointe will be a full-time assistant in the Extended Learning Center. She has over 16 years of teaching experience and lives in Fort Atkinson.

With 10 years of teaching experience, Mr. Nicholas Trebesch is joining the Lakeside family to teach Geometry and Algebra and coach basketball and baseball. He and his family live in Watertown.

Mr. Jacob Ziel, a sixth-year teacher most recently in Doral, Fla., will teach General Science and Algebra and coach basketball and baseball. He lives in Watertown.

One part-time teacher will also be installed. Mrs. Cathy Meier of Watertown will be responsible for Family and Consumer Science classes as well as a section of freshman English.

Lakeside Lutheran High School is a four-year high school located in Lake Mills, operated and supported by a federation of 32 congregations affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. For additional information about Lakeside, go to or call 920-648-2321 and ask for Principal James Grasby.

Lakeside Lutheran faculty number 35 for the 2021-22 school year, including front row, from left: James Grasby, Principal, Religion; Jodie Schommer, English, STEM Academy; Andy Asmus, Social Studies; Tim Matthies, Math; Jim Buege, Director of Choirs, English; Paul Bauer, Science, Math; John Dorn, Science.
2nd row, L-R: Cathy Meier, FACS, English; Jenny Krauklis, PhyEd, Math; Shelly Coron, Extended Learning; Erin LaPointe, Extended Learning; Matt Doering, Social Studies; Dan Kuehl, Director of Instruction, English; Steve Lauber, Director of Admissions, English; Sara James, World Languages.
Middle row, L-R: Cameron Ausen, Social Studies, Religion; Ruth Hirschfeld, Director of Extended Learning; Pastor Mark Toepel, World Languages; Andrew Willems, Media Specialist, STEM Academy Director; Nate Sievert, PhyEd;  Jeff Meske, Career and Technical Education; Dorlene Schroeder, Counselor.
2nd row from top, L-R: Nick Trebesch, Math; Todd Hackbarth, Math, Videography, Religion; Phil Dretske, Math, Computing, STEM Academy; Andy Rosenau, Guidance Director, Computing; Lori Tetzlaff, Art, Health; Nathan Koerber, World Languages; Eric Dorn, Religion.
Top row, L-R: Glen Pufahl, Director of Bands, English; Jake Ziel, Math, Science; Pastor Don Schultz, Assistant Principal, Religion; Pastor Mike Helwig, Religion; Justin Vanderhoof, English, Social Studies; Todd Jahns, Activities Director, PhyEd; Damon Tracy, Science. Missing: Kirk DeNoyer, Math.

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