LES Math Meet held

The annual Lutheran Elementary School Math Meet for grades 5-8 held was held at Lakeside Lutheran on April 24. This year 14 of its federated schools participated. The 269 students in this year’s competition wrote three individual tests to place individually in their own grade levels. Top scorers in each of the grade levels (grades 5-8) received a $100.00 tuition credit should they decide to attend Lakeside.

Meet the winners:

5-6 big school


5-6 graders from Eastside, Madison, earned the first place team award in the large school division. Back from left Kourtney Zech, Easton Wolfram, Ethan Berens. (Front, from left) Grace Zhou, Mason Berens, Tyler Dretske.

5-6 small school


5-6th graders from Our Redeemer earned the first place team award in the small school division. Team members include (not in order): Tyler Dahlie, Ruby Nerothin, Jonah Greve, Libby Jones, Makayla Hunter, Ellie Tuttle


7-8 SJ Juneau small school


7-8 graders from St. John, Juneau, earned the first place team award in the small school division. The team was made up of Owen Schultz, Olivia Passig, Laura Giroux, Grace Cody, Erin Schmidt, and John Schramek.

7-8 TSL big school



TSL 7-8 graders earned the first place team award in the large school division at the Lakeside math meet. Team members include (back from left) Sophia Bittorf, Joah Tratar, and Isaac Winters. (front, from left) Hadley Wendorff, Brandon Mensching, and Ben Vasold.2019 Math Meet-individual 5


Individual fifth-grade winners: (from left) Mason Berens (1st, Eastside), Tyler Dretske (2nd, Eastside) Micah Frank (3rd, TSL).

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Individual sixth-grade winners: (Back, from left) Natalie Clark (1st, SPL), Nolan Schweighardt (1st, SPL), and Joseph Metzger (3rd, SPL), and Max Luedtke (3rd, St. Stephen). (Front, from left) Easton Wolfram (1st, Eastside), Tessa Schmocker (1st, St. Paul Fort), Josh Kutz (1st, SPL), Lilly Fister (2nd, St. Stephen), Kayla Hirschfeld (3rd SPL), and Elijah Vik (3rd, St. Paul Fort)

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Individual seventh-grade winners: (from left) Heidi Schwertfeger (3rd, Eastside), Mikaela Koester (2nd, St. Paul Fort), Brandon Mensching (1st, TSL).2019 Math Meet-individual 8



Individual eighth grade winners: (from left) Isaac Winters (1st, TSL), Hadley Wendorff (2nd, TSL), Ben Buxa (2nd, SPL), and James DeNoyer (3rd, Crown of Life)

2018 spelling bee a “leisurely splurge”

The Lakeside Lutheran High School English Department held its biennial elementary school spelling bee on Saturday, Nov. 10.

A total of 645 students in grades 5-8 from 16 area Lutheran elementary schools begin competition with a written exam in their own schools in weeks prior. A total of 52 students in grades 5- and 44 in grades 7-8 moved on to the next level of written examination Saturday at Lakeside Lutheran that involved 50 dictated words.

The top finishers then competed in an oral round, including 26 spellers from grades 5-6 and 22 spellers from grades 7-8. The winning word at the fifth/sixth grade level was “splurge”; the upper grades competition was won with a correct spelling of “leisurely.” Winners at each level were awarded Lakeside tuition credit and trophies.

The event was organized by Lakeside Lutheran English Department chairman Daniel Kuehl.

Spelling Bee 7-8
2018 LLHS spelling bee winners in grades 7-8 winners are, from left, Joshua Hecht, Eastside, Madison, 2nd place; Hallie Egelseer, St. Paul, Lake Mills, 1st place; Maria Vik, St. Paul, Fort Atkinson, 3rd place.
Spelling Bee 5-6
2018 LLHS spelling bee winners in grades 5-6 are, from left, Elijah Dolan, Trinity-St. Luke, Watertown, 1st place; Alexis Yerges, St. Stephen, Beaver Dam, 2nd place; David Johnson, St. Matthew, Janesville, 3rd place.

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]


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]

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]


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]


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]


“Volley for Hope” Night benefits Tomorrow’s Hope


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.”

Warrior FFA Celebrates National Week

Joining over 600,000 FFA members from across the nation, Lakeside Lutheran Chapter members will lead the school in a celebration of National FFA Week February 19-25.
To kick off the week, Lakeside Lutheran FFA Alumni invites all interested parents and supporters of career education to meet in the Lakeside Lutheran Tech Ed room on Sunday, February 19, from 1-4 p.m. to hear about activities from throughout the year. Pizza will be supplied.
Official FFA Week activities begin Monday when Lakeside FFA members gear up for the celebration by working with almost 200 kindergartners who visit the campus on the annual KinderFest day. FFA students teach the children about unique foods grown and made in Wisconsin, as well as facilitate interaction with a variety of small and large animals.
On Tuesday, the winner of the second annual coloring contest will receive a $20 gas card. A thank you breakfast is also served to faculty and staff, and the monthly meeting is held that night. On Wednesday, FFA members wear official dress and chapter t-shirts, and distribute a Hershey kiss with a fact card that highlights reasons to join FFA and dispels common myths that members have to live on a farm or are required to show a project at the fair.
Throughout the week, “Ag Trivia” will be played during two of the lunch periods, and a race to eat ice cream cups and drink a pint of milk will fill the remainder of the week. Students may also participate in the before-school “Ag Olympics,” which includes nail-hammering, bale throwing and lassoing, and frozen chicken bowling. Winners receive candy bars.
LLHS FFA bale toss 2016
The Lakeside Lutheran Chapter will celebrate National FFA week with a variety of fun activities such as a bale tossing competition, February 19-25.
The Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter, chartered in 2015, has grown to 46 members who attend leadership conferences, organize service projects, and develop projects related to animals, plants and natural resources in and outside of the classroom. Members can compete in career development or judging events in areas such as veterinary science, dairy products, floriculture and livestock.
FFA speaking contest winners 2017
Competing at the District FFA speaking contest in Palmyra-Eagle High School on February 13 were (L-R), Matt Gunst, 2nd in FFA Creed recitation, Caitlin Condon (part of parly pro team, see below), Emily Weber, 2nd in Extemporaneous Speech, and Nick Voigt, who along with Condon, Mindy Meske, Emily Meske and Madeline Mielke (not pictured) were the 1st place parliamentary procedure team.  The top two finishers in each category compete in East Troy on March 15 at the Section 10 speaking contest.
Designated in 1947 during the week of George Washington’s birthday for his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer, National FFA Week aims to share the advantages of FFA membership and show appreciation for the diversity of careers relating to agriculture as it feeds, clothes and fuels the world’s population. 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 $2.1 million in scholarships annually.

Lakeside Lutheran to present spring musical

Lakeside Lutheran High School is nearing its final week of practice for the spring production of the comedy musical Princess Whatsername. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling the school office at (920) 648-2321, or purchasing tickets at the door the nights of the performances. Prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students (K-12).

It begins in the Misty Forest, where a girl is sleeping. When she wakes, nothing looks familiar to her. She can’t remember anything — not where she’s from, how she got there or even her own name! She embarks on a journey to discover her identity and meets several fairy-tale characters along the way. Some are helpful, some are dangerous, and some are just plain weird, but all have information to help our young girl eventually realize her true identity as a princess. As with any good fairytale, there’s also a prince! He’s desperate to find the princess, but he’s always one step behind and inadvertently rescues and wins the hearts of all the wrong princesses! A rocking musical score adds even more fun to new takes on the stories everyone loves.

A large cast offers the opportunity for many Lakeside students to showcase their acting and musical talents. Characters include the fairytale legends Gretel (Mindy Meske, Jefferson); Hansel (Malachi Mortenson, Beaver Dam), Rumpelstiltskin (Kyle Burger, Lake Mills), Cinderella (Lillie Johnstone, Jefferson), Rapunzel (Emma Guld, Lake Mills), the Forest Witch (Audra Sonntag, Janesville), and fairies, both good (Jordan Gade, Lake Mills, Marilyn Klein, Watertown and Sophia Griffin, Madison), evil (Violet Dumke, Fort Atkinson) and the godmother (Sam Anderson, Sun Prairie).

Princess Whatsername rehearsal with Princess, Goldilocks and Snow White at Lakeside Lutheran
Lakeside Lutheran students (from left) Madeline McKenna (Goldilocks), Jade Wood (Snow White) and Maria Werre (Princess) rehearse a scene while director Toepel follows along.

Other fairytale characters include Snow White (Jade Wood, Madison) and her seven dwarfs, Giddy (Olivia Fregien, Madison); Nosy (Ben Huebner, Madison); Rowdy (Al Wood, Madison); Whiny (Gabby Grunewald, Bettendorf, IA); Hippie (Mollie Lindloff, Janesville); Guilty (Corey Paske, Arlington); and Flighty (Maddie Klug, Juneau). Likewise, Goldilocks (Madeline McKenna, Lake Mills) and a big and little bear make an appearance (Mark Hoeft, Fort Atkinson and Colton Hatcher, Oconomowoc).

In addition to the title namesake Princess (Maria Werre, Sun Prairie), the cast also features several other royalty, including the Queen of North (Heidi Skewes, Madison), King and Queen of the South (Josiah Eaker, Keyera Giese, both of Watertown), Queen of the West (Emily Weber, Helenville), and Princes Hercules (Josh Schoenfeld, Lake Mills), Reveille (Derek Gulrud, Marshall), Adonis (Joe Graumann, Fort Atkinson) and Swavay (Mason DeNoyer, Sun Prairie).

Rounding out the royalty staff are the Herald (Caleb Strutz, Verona), the Steward (Lucas Schneider, Waterloo) and the Nurse (Noah Kooiman, Lake Mills).

Princess Whatsername rehearsal at LLHS
Lakeside Lutheran students (from left) Derek Gulrud (Prince Reveille), Malachi Mortenson (Hansel) and Mindy Meske (Gretel) hunt for the Princess while director Schultz reads along.

The Lakeside Lutheran drama team is directed by teachers Clark Schultz and Mark Toepel. Choreography is provided by Lake Mills dance instructor Rebecca Lauber. Musical coaching is provided by Lakeside Lutheran choral director James Buege and Rachel Mortensen. Student stage manager is Annika Butzow of Janesville. Princess Whatsername is presented by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.

Lakeside to host FAFSA workshop

Lakeside Lutheran High School hosts The FAFSA Workshop, a free event for parents and students on Wednesday January 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the school. All families are invited to attend and learn how to help students successfully achieve a college degree without exhausting family savings.


In this workshop, featured presenter Mary Owen offers both her professional expertise—as a nationally licensed College Planning Relief Specialist—and her personal expertise, as a mother of five college-bound children. Insightful topics include: “Why and how to complete the FAFSA,” “How to avoid over-spending for college,” “Common costly FAFSA mistakes and myths,” “FAFSA, PROFILE, EFC, COA, FAO, APA, IPA,” “FAFSA Secrets—How to determine your EFC,” “How to determine AID ELIGIBILITY” and more. Workshop attendees also receive a professional one-on-one assessment of their family’s unique situation, a college tuition discount valued at $500 at participating universities, and “The ABCs of Financial Aid.”

Owen’s aim is to empower families through proper college planning and knowledge of the financial aid process. She says, “I’ve searched years for this valuable college planning and college funding information. And now that I’ve found it, I feel honored to be able to share it with fellow parents. It’s never too early—or too late—to start planning for your children’s future.”

Families with young children or teens, as well as late-stage planning parents (i.e., with students who are sophomores or older, or even freshman in college), are all encouraged to attend this event.

To register in advance, call the Lakeside Lutheran High School office at (920) 648-2321. Walk-ins are welcome.​