Top LLHS News of 2017

top10school_15954bcAs we at Lakeside Lutheran High School look forward to the blessings a new year brings, there’s value — not to mention, enjoyment — in reviewing the year past. The LLHS good news team took a look at the 38 news stories and 719 social media posts released in calendar year 2017 and narrowed them to 10 newsbits that garnered the most attention or signified a new thing or major change for your Lakeside Lutheran High School and its community. Enjoy the year in review!

10. Lakeside Lutheran High School begins 60th school year
The 2017-18 school year began with a 4% increase in enrollment at 415 students, as well as one additional math teacher, making the number of full- and part-time faculty members number 33 this year. [Read more here]

9. Wonderful evening of historic Lutheran Reformation celebration
Our A Cappella choir and many Forever Warriors joined with several thousand other Western Wisconsin Lutherans at the Coliseum in Madison to mark the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 theses, a milestone of the Lutheran Reformation. | 2,700 views | 196 Reactions, Comments & Shares [See post here] [See photos here]

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8. Warrior FFA wins photo contest
Members of LLHS FFA helped their chapter score $500 as it placed first overall in a six-state high school and college student image contest to document instances from among 14 types of corn disease and damage. The contest was sponsored by San Francisco-based Climate Corporation to further its efforts toward development of a disease database usable by growers in the field. Winners were awarded from each of the six states participating, and the LLHS FFA chapter was tops among all groups that entered. [Read more here]

7. Lakeside Lutheran receives mkCellular donation
As the recipient of a generous donation from mkCellular in Lake Mills of smartphones and virtual reality viewers, your LLHS is moving ahead in classroom technology use as virtual reality becomes a part of curricula as diverse as computer science to biology to history to religion and more. [Read more here] [See photos of the devices in use with elementary school visitors here]

VR at LLHS
Our Redeemer, Madison 4th graders explored the world of virtual reality at LLHS through a donation of Google Cardboard viewers and smartphones from mkCellular. (Oct 2017)

6. Grand Event VII sets fundraising record
Our 2017 Grand Event celebrated an amazing new record in funds raised with a $108,000 net for student assistance, the building fund and special projects including buses, FACS kitchen supplies and much more! | 3,400 views | 186 Reactions, Comments & Shares [See post here] [See photos here]

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5. History-making student teacher on campus
We were privileged last spring to have Miss Annalies Brander on campus as the first special education student teacher sent out by Martin Luther College. Mrs. Ruth Hirschfeld, Director of the Extended Learning Center at LLHS, served as her mentor. [Read more here]

4. Great heritage, indeed.
Our Warrior Swing Choir joined more than 400 other teen vocalists and instrumentalists at the 50th WELS National Choral Fest, held at the site of the first Festival, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. We posted a video of the combined choir and audience anniversary rendition of “God’s Word is Our Great Heritage” sung during the Sunday Sacred Concert, a low-resolution recording that nevertheless went a bit viral within WELS viewership as it accumulated 30,000 video views and 3,345 Reactions and Comments, including 423 shares on Facebook. We followed up the post with a story about Lakeside and 50 years of Choral Fest in November’s LL Link magazine. [Read more here – p. 4] [See video here]

3. Day 1 of our first-ever STEM Camp has 75+ campers
On the heels of the new Warrior STEM Club formed in late 2016 and preceding the new LLHS STEM Academy curriculum slated to begin in fall 2018, the LL Tech Ed department hosted the first-ever elementary student STEM Camp in July. The week-long day camp exposed grade 5-8 students to engineering concepts, expanded their God-given abilities and provided all of the above in a fun, Christian environment. Interest was so high the camp doubled its teaching staff to accommodate twice the campers originally expected. [See post here] [See photos here]

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2. Lakeside Lutheran students make New Friends
Members of Teens for Christ service group have begun a program designed by Jesus Cares Ministries that connects teens with young people with special needs and their families in a fun-filled atmosphere and builds relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities. On a Sunday in October, 63 LLHS students greeted 13 guests in the gym for activities that included face painting, cookie decorating and eating, pumpkin-painting, bean bag toss, basketball, manicures, slime-making and card games.  Some unplanned activities—human bowling, the Chicken Dance, and line dancing—also ensued. The day was such fun, two more days are planned for second semester.  [Read more here] [See photos here]

 1. Your Lakeside Lutheran Warriors are D2 state volleyball champions!
It’s hard to narrow down such an array of posts, photos and linked sports articles that accompany such a momentous event as a state sports championship; so, when in doubt, go with the first announcement, and then just enjoy all the reactions and comments. However, our news release about the fall sports season includes details about the numerous honors and records broken by members of the team and coaching staff as well, and we couldn’t help but include a gallery from one of our gifted student photographers that helped capture so many of the action and emotion throughout the big match. 4,500 views | 567 reactions, comments & shares [See post here] [Read more here] [See photos here]

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Lakeside Lutheran students make New Friends

Students at Lakeside Lutheran High School recently hosted an event called “New Friends,” where the high school teens and individuals from the community met on the high school campus to join in an afternoon of fun and new friendships.

Members of Lakeside’s Teens for Christ service group organized the day to connect teens with young people with special needs and their families in a fun-filled atmosphere and build relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities. On Sunday, October 22, 63 LLHS students greeted 13 guests in the Lakeside gym. Planned activities included face painting, cookie decorating and eating, pumpkin-painting, bean bag toss, basketball, manicures, slime-making, and card games.  Some unplanned activities—human bowling, the Chicken Dance, and line dancing—also took place.

Student teacher Josiah Nommensen shared a devotion, reminding everyone that while they made wonderful friends, they always have Jesus as their true friend.

New Friends events at Lakeside Lutheran are also planned for January 21 and March 11 from 1-3 p.m. Those interested in bringing someone are encouraged to contact LLHS Teens for Christ advisor Ruth Hirschfeld at rhirschf@llhs.org or call 920-648-2321 x2210.

New Friends is a program started by Jesus Cares Ministries, a national outreach ministry to people with developmental disabilities, their families, and their communities.

To see more photos from the day, visit our smugmug page.

“Volley for Hope” Night benefits Tomorrow’s Hope

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Members of the Lakeside Lutheran Varsity, JV1, and JV2 volleyball teams hosted “Volley for Hope” on October 3 and raised $3,430 for Tomorrow’s Hope, a nonprofit that supports local health care organizations.

 

The Lakeside Lutheran High School volleyball teams and a crew of parent and other volunteers raised $3,430 for Tomorrow’s Hope on the evening of their October 3 conference match against Columbus High School. They called the event “Volley for Hope” and raised funds through a raffle and concessions as well as a variety of sales: mums, t-shirts, hair scrunchies made by LLHS sewing classes, and a bake sale, run by students from St. Paul, Lake Mills.

 Tomorrow’s Hope, headquartered in Jefferson, is a non-profit that supports local health care organizations who help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses. They also foster health-related research, education, and support activities.

 In writing to Volley for Hope volunteers, Barbara Endl, Executive Director for Tomorrow’s Hope commented that these “efforts to help others through our healthcare providers are like pebbles being dropped into the water. You see the immediate impact when the pebble enters the water. What you won’t see is all the ‘shores’ your efforts will touch. Just think of the individuals, families, and communities that will benefit from the support you are giving healthcare systems that benefit our families and friends.”

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.

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.

Lakeside Lutheran High School begins 60th year

Lakeside Lutheran High School opened its doors to incoming freshmen on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, marking the beginning the school’s 60th year. Freshmen begin their school year a day early to get a chance to learn their schedules, meet other incoming freshmen and explore co-curricular opportunities. Classes begin for all students on Thursday, August 17 with an enrollment of 415 students, a 4% increase since the end of the 2016-17 school year.

The Opening Service and installation of new faculty take place as part of the first day’s events on August 17 at 10 a.m. in the west gymnasium. Pastor Matthew DeNoyer from Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson will offer the devotion during this special chapel service. Liturgist for the opening service will be Pastor Clark Schultz from the Lakeside Lutheran faculty. The community is invited to attend.

New faculty to be installed include Mr. Phil Dretske, instructor in Mathematics and Religion, as well as football and baseball coach. A 2002 graduate of Martin Luther College (MLC), he and his family live in Madison where he previously taught at Eastside Lutheran School.

Also being installed as a full-time Physical Education instructor is Mrs. Jennifer Krauklis, who served in an adjunct position at Lakeside Lutheran in the Mathematics and Science departments in 2016-17, and has been the Warrior varsity volleyball coach for several years. A 1998 graduate of Lakeside herself, she attended MLC and graduated with an Education degree from Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, where she is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Educational Leadership. She and her family live in Lake Mills.

 

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Lakeside Lutheran faculty number 33 for the 2017-18 school year, including back row, from left: Pastor Don Schultz, Assistant Principal, Religion; Andrew Willems, Technology Director, Computer Science; Jim Bauer, PhyEd, Math; Jim Buege, Director of Choirs, English; Tim Matthies, Math; Matt Doering, Social Studies. Second row from top, L-R: Dan Kuehl, Director of Instruction, English; Pastor Mark Toepel, World Languages; Darice Brumm, Extended Learning Aide; Jeff Meske, Career and Technical Education; Ruth Hirschfeld, Director of Extended Learning; Paul Bauer, Science, Math. Middle row, L-R: Phyllis Huska, Librarian; Damon Tracy, Science; Phil Dretske, Math, Religion; Steve Lauber, Director of Admissions, English; Andy Rosenau, Guidance Director, Computer Science; Kirk DeNoyer, Activities Director, PhyEd. 2nd row up, L-R: Pastor Clark Schultz, Religion; Jodie Schommer, English; Jenny Krauklis, PhyEd; Lori Tetzlaff, Art; Lance Johnson, Science; Pastor Caleb Davisson, Religion. Front row, from left: Todd Hackbarth, Math; Andy Asmus, Social Studies; James Grasby, Principal, Health; Nathan Koerber, World Languages; Cameron Ausen, Social Studies, Religion; Sandi Corlett, FACS, Health. Missing are Gerry Walta, World Languages; Glen Pufahl, Director of Bands, English; and Jayne Meske, Extended Learning Aide.

 

Warrior forensics advances to state, hosts open house

The Lakeside Lutheran High School forensics team earned top scores in district competition March 16 at Belleville High School as each of the 25 entries from Lakeside earned advancement to the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association (WHSFA) State Speech Festival at UW–Madison April 21. There the Lakeside team will look to capture its 8th consecutive Excellence in Speech Award, given when a team places in the top five percent of more than 350 high school forensics teams that compete in Wisconsin. In preparation, the team is hosting a “Family & Friends” performance night at the school on Wednesday, April 19, from 6-8 PM.

Within 14 districts across the state, WHSFA District competition scoring involves forensic entries being evaluated by three different judges. To qualify for the state festival, two of the three scores for an entry must be a minimum 20 points; the 25 entries of the Warrior forensics team were all awarded at least 20 points on each of their 75 scores. Lakeside Lutheran students are among over 7,000 Wisconsin high school students that compete in individual and group categories that include Demonstration, Informative or Extemporaneous Speech, Public Address, Moments in History, Special Occasion Speaking, Radio Announcing, Poetry, Prose or Literature Interpretation, Farrago, Play Acting and Story Telling.

In preparation for competition and to provide a night of entertainment for its supporters, the team is hosting a free night of oratory performance. All fans and families are invited to the school on Wednesday, April 19 from 6-8 PM to choose 12 performances from among 24 offerings, presented in two rounds of 50 minutes each in various rooms on campus. The presentations will include most of the categories heard at WHSFA.

Warrior Forensics headed to state
Whether it be through telling a children’s story, reliving a moment from history, tackling a contemporary American problem, making an audience laugh or demonstrating a certain skill, these participants are not only competing on a talented team, they are also sharpening one of the greatest tools in today’s world: the skill of public speaking. The Lakeside Lutheran forensics team includes Front, L-R: Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills;.Lillie Johnstone, Jefferson; Mindy Meske, Jefferson; Mira Parker, DeForest; Bronte Perkins, Madison. 2nd row, L-R: Ashley McLain, Juneau; Caleb Strutz, Verona; Kyle Burger, Lake Mills; Jacob Horta, Helenville; Emma Statz, Helenville; Violet Dumke, Verona; Abbie DiGiovanni, Fort Atkinson. 3rd row: Emma Hans, Jefferson; Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie; Kayla Grundman, Waterloo; Justin Learned, Watertown; Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie; Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo; Derek Gulrud, Marshall. 4th row: Matt Gunst, Hartford; Emma Guld, Lake Mills; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Tina Kehl, Waterloo; Devon Perkins, Madison; Morgan Thiele, Poynette; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc. Top row: Coach Steve Lauber; Malachi Mortensen, Beaver Dam; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie. Missing from photo are Sophie Griffin, Lodi; Cannon Kerr, Watertown; Max Thiele, Oconomowoc; Emily Weber, Helenville.