April 7, 2018 – Wisconsin State-Wide Bible Bowl

bible-logoWisconsin State-Wide Bible Bowl 2018

April 7, 2018

Rib Mt. Lutheran Church
3010 Eagle Ave.
Wausau, WI

It is one great way for youth to study the Word of God on their own and in groups.

BOWL:  Competition of teams (3 or 4 players) in verbal quiz format. Also an individual, written competition.

TOPIC:  “Genesis”   (The English Standard Version will be used.)

WHO:  7th through 12th graders from churches throughout North and South Wisconsin Districts.
Form teams in your church – no limit of (4) person teams per church; limit of three (3) person teams per church.

COMPETITION:  One Double Elimination TEAM Tournament.

COST:  $30.00 per team

REGISTRATION:  8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

Begin at 9:00 A.M., break for lunch and end in afternoon.

INFORMATION  ♦   RULES    ♦  REGISTRATION

October 21 – Lutheran Night at the Milwaukee Admirals

Saturday, October 21

6 pm vs. Rockford
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena

Tickets:  $20

Join the Admirals and fellow Lutherans in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! PLUS, each Lutheran Night ticket comes with an exclusive Martin Luther Bobblehead.

PLUS… See our new mission executive, Rev. Jonah Burakowski, as one of the human hockey pucks!

Check with your church or school office to see if they are organizing a group or order tickets online. For more information on tickets and group seating, contact Ryan McCampbell (414-227-0883) at the Milwaukee Admirals and let him know you are with the South Wisconsin District.

 

SWD Teacher/Administrator Awards – Nominations are now open!

The nomination process for the Kohl Foundation and SWD Teacher/Administrator awards are now open! We know that the South Wisconsin District is home to amazing teachers and principals, so please nominate some of our worthy candidates. You are encouraged to share this nomination information with all school stakeholders: faculty members, parents, board members, etc. More information is available on the Kohl Foundation website.

Nomination deadline has been extended to October 6.


South Wisconsin District Teacher/Administrator of the Year
Each January, the South Wisconsin District recognizes our Teacher(s) and Administrator(s) of the Year Award. In order to nominate someone for an SWD award, you must nominate them for a Kohl Foundation Award below.

Kohl Teacher FellowshipNomination link
The purpose of the Kohl Teacher Fellowship program is to recognize and support teaching excellence and innovation. The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation’s goal is to support Wisconsin teachers in pursuit of their unrealized goals for their classrooms or professional development.  Selected Kohl teachers and the Wisconsin schools of those teachers will each receive a $6,000 grant from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation and will be recognized at a spring banquet.

Fellowship recipients who teach at religious or independent schools automatically become candidates for the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent School Teacher of the Year award.  Classroom teachers in PreK-12 are eligible. Preschool teachers must teach in a Pre-K program that is affiliated with an elementary school.

Kohl Principal LeadershipNomination link
The purpose of the Herb Kohl Principal Leadership program is to recognize and support administrative leadership. The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation’s goal is to support Wisconsin principals in pursuit of their unrealized goals for their schools or professional development. The 4 Kohl Leadership Award recipients from religious and independent schools and the 4 schools of those principals will each receive $6,000 grants from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation and will be recognized at a spring banquet.

Freestanding preschool administrators and teachers are to be nominated through the Nomination Form on the District website.

October 22-23 – Administrators’ Conference

Administrators’ Conference
October 23-24, 2017

Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells

Theme:   Full to Bursting

Speaker:   Gretchen Jameson
Concordia University Wisconsin/Ann Arbor
Senior Vice President, Strategy & University Affairs

Cost:   $50

Room Reservations:   $112 per night
To make your room reservation, contact the Kalahari Resort at 877-253-5466. Ask for a room in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) room block. Make your reservations by Friday, September 22.

Golf on Tuesday afternoon is optional. You can sign up to golf at the conference.

 

–  Schedule revised 10/11/17

2017 NLSA School Shepherd Award Recipient

We are pleased to announce the selection of the 2017-18 NLSA School Shepherd, Pastor Peter A. Schmidt, who serves at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and School in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Pastor Schmidt has faithfully service this school and congregation since 1995.

The Lutheran School Shepherd Award has been established by National Lutheran School Accreditation to honor a faithful pastor who has provided outstanding encouragement, support and service to his school. This award allows NLSA to honor an outstanding school pastor. In addition, we can identify the practices and tangible means of support that have impacted his school in many positive ways. Through this process, NLSA also recognizes many faithful pastors who were nominated by their district and provide extraordinary support, service and encouragement for Lutheran schools throughout the United States.

Pastors are nominated by accreditation visiting teams during an NLSA site visit and endorsed by their district as candidates for this award. Each nominee must complete an application packet that illustrates the following traits. All pastors who were nominated have demonstrated exemplary support and encouragement for their school and are evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Understands and articulates a clear philosophy of Lutheran Education.
  • Provides spiritual encouragement, guidance and support for the school.
  • Engages and participates in school activities.
  • Works well with the school governing body and/or parent advisory associations.
  • Champions the school.

When answering the question “Why do you love your school?” Pastor Schmidt replied, “It is because of the joy of daily seeing the Holy Spirit work in a setting where Jesus is unashamedly welcomed and worshiped, and His love is modeled by teachers, staff, volunteers and students. For me, any education without quality instruction in the Word of God is an incomplete education.”

Pastor Schmidt went on to say, “While at a conference over 20 years ago, I heard former Nebraska District President, Eldor Meyer, make the comment to pastors, A good shepherd smells like his sheep. I have had the joy and privilege of serving in a pasture that includes a Lutheran grade school with many sheep that are not necessarily members of our congregation, but are still a part of the Beautiful Savior family. I am very thankful for the privilege of being able to share Jesus and His love through teaching His Word and, by God’s grace, exemplifying what it means to follow Christ.”

Pastor Schmidt’s service at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and school exemplifies the traits of a faithful school shepherd. NLSA is pleased to recognize his service and contributions to Lutheran education.

2017/2018 Firm Foundations


Firm Foundations – Professional Development

August 14, 2017
November 3, 2017
February 2, 2018 

Martin Luther High School
5201 S. 76th St.
Greendale

Focus:  Patrick Lencioni’s book “The Ideal Team Player”

All participants are required to purchase and bring the book with them to the sessions.

Schedule
August 14 – 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
November 3 – 7:30 am – 3 pm*
February 2 – 7:30 am – 3 pm*
 

* times are subject to change

Registration Fee:  $60 – book is not included in the registration fee.

Register online by Friday, August 4.

 

St. Paul’s, Grafton Principal Receives National Recognition

Mr. Michael Yurk, principal of St. Paul Lutheran School in Grafton was selected as a 2017 National Distinguished Principal. The National Association of Elementary School Principals established the program in 1984 to recognize and celebrate elementary and middle-level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staffs in their learning communities.

“Mr. Yurk was nominated and selected by his fellow principals through a nationwide search process conducted by The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS),” said Mr. Terry Schmidt, Director of Schools for the LCMS.

A graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, Mr. Yurk previously held the position of Assistant Principal, Dean of Students and Athletic Director at Luther High School North in Chicago, Illinois.  He has served as principal of St. Paul Lutheran School since 2008.

In October, Mr. Yurk and his wife will travel to Washington, D.C., for two days of activities planned to honor and bring well-deserved recognition to the elementary and middle-level educators chosen by the states, the District of Columbia, private and overseas schools.

Criteria for selection of the principals require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations.

During Mr. Yurk’s tenure at St. Paul Lutheran School, St. Paul has been honored with National Lutheran School Exemplary Status.  Mr. Yurk was named the 2016-17 South Wisconsin District Administrator of the Year and was a finalist for the Herb Kohl Excellence in Education Leadership Award in 2017.  Mr. Yurk currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Lutheran Educators Association (LEA).

Since its inception, the LCMS School Ministry has served as a Lutheran School professional educational association and now represents 2080 elementary school principals throughout the nation.  The LCMS maintains close ties with the metropolitan Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Elementary School Principals and its 20,000 members worldwide.

August 29 – Tax Workshop for Rostered Church Workers

Tax Workshop for Rostered Church Workers
Tuesday, August 29 – NEW DATE
District Office
8100 W. Capitol Dr.
Milwaukee

  • What are the tax implications for being a Called worker in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod?
  • Do your Call papers talk about a housing allowance?
  • What is the self-employment tax?
  • Are you confused about how and when to file your taxes?

Jason Rose, a Registered Tax Return Preparer and Investment Advisor Representative, will walk you through all of the basics of church worker taxes, including the housing allowance and self-employment taxes.

Registration for this event will be limited to 75 people. Priority will be given to first year rostered teachers and pastors.

Schedule

5:00 p.m.                   Dinner
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.        Tax Workshop presented by Jason Rose
6:45 – 7:30 p.m.        Questions

Registration

First year rostered teachers/spouses and pastors/spouses– FREE

All Others – $10 per attendee

November 3-5 – State Youth Gathering

Wisconsin State Youth Gathering
November 3-5, 2017

Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Wisconsin Dells

Everyone needs a hero. And yet, the older we get the more we realize that heroes aren’t supernatural. The best hero stories are those of ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things. Scripture is filled with accounts like these. David, Esther, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These accounts aren’t random. They aren’t disconnected. They are part of a single narrative in which every hero points beyond itself to one who is greater, one who is better, one who is true. “HERO” will lead participants on an action filled journey that reveals the greatest, better, truest hero of all- Jesus. Jesus, our hero who comes to save.

Theme Verse:  Hebrew 1:1-4

Who:  High school age youth

Registration:  $90 per person (youth and adult)

Registration Deadline:  Monday, October 16, 2017

Hotel:
Friday Night – $139
Saturday Night – $149

To make your room reservation, contact the Kalahari Resort at 877-253-5466. Ask for a room(s) in the State Youth Gathering room block. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Meals are not included in the registration. Groups are responsible for all meals.

Highlights

  • Speakers from the NYG
  • Candlelight worship at Trinity Lutheran Church, WI Dells on Saturday evening
  • Two-hour lock-in at the Kalahari waterpark on Saturday evening
  • Sunday morning mass event

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakout Sessions

Individual Registration Form

Map – Worship Service – Trinity Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Dells

Map – Kalahari Resort

Food Ideas

Things leaders need to know

Pre-Event Bible Study

Post-Event Bible Study 1

Post-Event Bible Study 2

Post-Event Bible Study 3

Questions? Contact Robin Mueller or Chris Cody

August 4 – Early Childhood Literacy Festival

August 4, 2017
Concordia University Wisconsin
12800 N. Lake Shore Drive
Mequon

“Come sniff out an adventure!”

Speaker:  Laura Dronzek
Laura received widespread recognition for her illustrations in children’s books. She is also respected as an accomplished landscape, animal portrait and still life artist.

Mini-concert with Ryan McIntrye – Ryan will share his music for young children ranging from quiet, relaxing, naptime music to lively music that keeps the “beat” and the “feet” moving along.

Teacher Rummage Sale – Back by popular demand, feel free to bring one box full of gently used teacher items to donate and be ready to shop!

Cost:  $90 – includes workshops, breakfast, ice cream and lunch!


Schedule, workshops and registration

 


 

 

Questions? Contact Dr. Seider:  candyce.seider@cuw.edu or 262-424-2151 or 262-252-3626.

 

August 18 – Before School Workshop

Before School Workshop
August 18, 2017

Hales Corners Lutheran Church
12300 W. Janesville Road, Hales Corners

8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Registration begins at 8:00.

“Reality is Not Virtual”
Mike McGowan
Educator, consultant, family counselor

Mike speaks about helping classroom children learn the “soft” skills of interacting with each other in the midst of a impersonal culture of screens and devices.

During the last 15 years Mike has given assemblies to tens of thousands of school children each year and has trained thousands of teachers in school districts across the country.

Cost is $15 per person.

Reserve your spot by emailing Karen@lsses.org

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lutheran Special School and Education Services at 414-461-8500.

Educators of the Year – 2017 Recipients

toty-logo-2Congratulations to the following 2017 SWD Educators of the Year!

Administrator – Michael Yurk, St. Paul, Grafton
Early Childhood Director – Catrina Kagerbauer, Trinity Early Childhood Center, Mequon
High School
 – Jason Jurss, Milwaukee Lutheran High School
Elementary – Joy Yurk, St. Paul, Grafton
Early Childhood – Katrina Schroeder, Mt. Calvary, Milwaukee

These educators will be recognized at a dinner at the end of January.

Firm Foundations 2016/2017

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“BUILDING COURAGEOUS CLASSROOMS FOR CHRIST!”

Martin Luther High School
5201 S. 76th St., Greendale

This year’s events will include sessions concerning highly engaging classrooms and strategies and shadow destinations/site visits.

Our “Courageous Classrooms” are and will be:

  • Inspiring
  • Engaging
  • Exceptional

We are and will be “Courageous” by:

  • Faith in Christ
  • “Growth” Mindset and Vision
  • Data
  • Strategic Alignment

SCHEDULE

August 15 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm – sessions

November 4 – 7:00 am – 2:00 pm – site visits/ sessions

February 3 – 7:00 am – 2:00 pm – site visits/sessions

Planning/coordination and breakout sessions led and directed by CfUT.

COST

$60 per person, includes all programming, materials, the book “How Children Succeed” by Paul Tough and meals.

Register your staff online by August 8.

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