Principal’s Pen: Your heart transplant


The first human heart transplant occurred late in 1967. A middle-aged man dying from heart disease received the heart of a young woman fatally injured in an auto accident. Following the transplant, the man received drugs to minimize the likelihood of heart rejection. However, these drugs also suppressed his immune system. As a result, he died 18 days later from pneumonia. Yet, his new heart functioned normally until he died.

We have had a heart transplant of sorts. It is Ezekiel who provides the details. To the dispirited exiles in Babylon, he writes, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).

The heart that Ezekiel describes is not an 11-ounce muscular organ to pump blood. It is our spiritual heart.

Our spiritual heart is fascinating. By nature, it is unyielding and unforgiving. Through faith, God makes it compassionate and merciful.

On our own, our hearts would never change. They would remain sinful. Only through baptism are these hearts no longer ours. They become new hearts with new spirits. God removes the stony, unforgiving heart and transplants a heart of faith to love and live for Christ.


God truly makes us new. In Christ, we are new people with new hearts of compassion and mercy. Paul concurs saying, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17).  

We may never experience a physical heart transplant. Yet, through baptism, the Lord transplants a heart—a spiritual heart—that lives by faith to love and serve him.

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.


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.

Student teacher spotlight: Kati Guenterberg

bobbingKati Guenterberg literally dove in head first with student teaching this year. “On my fourth day here, we bobbed for apples in homeroom! I had so much fun with that!” she shares.

Kati, who is in Mrs. Schommer’s Language Arts classroom, grew up in Appleton, Wis., and graduated from Fox Valley Lutheran High School in 2014.

A double major in Communication Arts and Literature and Elementary Education, Kati loves language. “I have always been a very passionate reader and I want to help share that with my students,” she says. “In addition, I adore people and working with them. I think it is incredibly rewarding to see that ‘Aha!’ moment in a student.”2018-12-06_1523

She is comfortable in the classroom except, “I am really short! Most of the students are taller than I am and that made me a bit nervous,” she admits. But those fears were quickly put to the side. “The culture is just so positive and Christ-centered. It is just so calming and wonderful to have the Word at the forefront of each day.”

Being in the classroom has helped her grow. “I am continually working on becoming a more consistent and organized teacher,” she says. She will spend next semester student teaching at the elementary level.

Student teacher spotlight: Elijah Kroll


This semester, Elijah Kroll served as a student teacher at Lakeside Lutheran in the Social Studies department. Elijah, who is double majoring in Secondary Social Studies and Elementary Education, grew up in Zambia, Africa, where his father served as a missionary. When he was 13, his family moved to Lake City, Minn., where he attended high school. Now his family lives in Cameroon, where they are again serving as missionaries.

Elijah wasn’t sure he wanted to be a teacher until he was a senior in high school. “I was a camp counselor at Camp Shiloh in Texas and decided that I want to work with kids,” he says.


While he wasn’t nervous about student teaching in a high school, “I can’t help wonder if I know enough,” he shares. While being mentored by Mr. Doering, Elijah learned that “preparation is the key to success, but having fun while teaching goes a long way.”

He’s enjoyed his time outside of the classroom too. “Giving chapel and extra curricular activities are probably my biggest highlights,” he says.

As for the future, “I currently am trying to figure out whether or not to take a call out of MLC or to go abroad and teach. Please pray for me as I make this decision.”