Catechesis and Lutheran Schooling in a Hostile Culture
June 19-21, 2019
Presentations and daily Matins held at Lake Country Lutheran High School (Hartland). Divine Service and Wednesday’s workshop and reception held at Peace Lutheran Church (Sussex). Ideal for parents, teachers, and pastors.
Jacob Kohlmeier, a senior at Milwaukee Lutheran High School, son of James and Laura Kohlmeier, has won the 9-12 grade division essay contest for Lutherans For Life of Wisconsin. Jacob wrote about why Christians should respond to the sanctity of life which is under attack across the world today. He said, “The Lord has ordained and caused the formation of every human life, and we as a part of God’s creation are not permitted to act as though we are God and decide which of his created beings are allowed to live and to fulfill their part in his plan.”
Lutheran students throughout the state were invited to enter life-affirming essays that centered around different life issues such as adoption, abortion, and the value of life at all ages.
Jacob will receive an award certificate and a check for $150 from Lutherans For Life of Wisconsin. For more information on the next essay contest, please email LFLofWIessay@gmail.com
Join us for a day of fellowship and insight as we prepare our hearts, minds, and hands for another fantastic year of care and learning! Topics include Building Resilience, Play and Trauma Informed Teaching.
The Early Childhood Professionals Workshop will be held at the South Wisconsin District Office (8100 W Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53222) on Friday, August 2, 2019 from 9:00AM-3:00PM.
Lunch will be provided.
Come at 8:45AM to check-in and connect with other Early Childhood Professionals before Kim Marxhausen encourages us to continue teaching the faith and building relationships in our schools and classrooms.
Early Bird Pricing through May 31 – $50.00 per participant
Guest presentations by: WILL (Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty)
WCRIS (Wisconsin Council for Religious and Independent Schools)
Sponsors: Concordia University Wisconsin
Concordia Plan Services
Lutheran Church Extension Fund
Room Reservations: Make room reservations by calling The Cove, 262-249-9460 and ask for a room in the “SWD Annual Principals’ Conference 2019” block. Room rates are $103 (plus a $15 resort fee). When making your reservation, let them know you are tax exempt and you will need to bring your certificate upon check-in.
Grants up to $75,000
Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is proud to announce the 2019 Kaleidoscope Fund grant process will open April 1 with a proposal submission deadline of May 31. The committee will then select ministries from these proposals to apply for a grant. Funds will be granted in amounts between $15,000 and $75,000. For 2019 grants, eligibility is limited to LCMS K-8 elementary schools.*
This year, LCEF is narrowing the focus of impact for the grants to Lutheran elementary education. Lutheran schools play a critical role in impacting the community through Christian education. Kaleidoscope grants for 2019 are open to Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) K-8 elementary schools.
The South Wisconsin District is proud to join with the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS) in celebrating 2019 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship Award Recipients Deanne Boyce (St. Paul Lutheran School, Grafton) and Natalie Doherty (Hales Corners Lutheran School). Only 14 private school teachers from throughout the State of Wisconsin were selected for this prestigious and highly selective award.
Deanne and Natalie will each receive $6,000 and $6,000 for each of their schools. They will be recognized at regional receptions in April. Herb Kohl will attend each ceremony to present the awards, along with WCRIS Board members and staff.
Join us in congratulating Deanne and Natalie as well as in thanking God for their continued service in the Lutheran teaching ministry!
March 30, 2019 6:10 p.m. Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Tickets: $20 – Loge Outfield Box
Please check with your church or school to see if they are organizing a group. If so, order your tickets through them. If they are not placing a group ticket order, please use the Individual Ticket Order Form below or order your tickets online.
Congratulations Dauna Werner! Dauna was selected to receive Lutheran Education Association’s 2019 Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher Award. Ms. Werner teaches 3 PreK classes at St. Paul Lutheran in Grafton, Wis. She was selected by LEA’s Early Childhood Network leadership team.
Dauna graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, both from Concordia University Wisconsin. She is also a graduate of the School Leadership Development Project (SLED). Previously, she taught at three other Wisconsin schools.
In support of Dauna’s nomination, one parent said, “One day while we were driving home from school, [my son] stated that he had forgotten to tell Mrs. Werner something. We proceeded to asked him what it was, and he answered, ‘That I love her.’ This is evidence of the trusting relationship she builds with each child to allow them to grow and flourish.”
Dauna’s principal also commented. “When walking into Dauna’s classroom, you will find a room that is full of positive learning opportunities. Dauna’s friendly and engaging attitude endears her to her young students. Her classroom embodies our motto of being ‘Focused on Excellence…Centered on Christ.’ Dauna inspires her students to ‘give things a try,’ and activities are modeled through learning strategies that bring about success. She leads a team of three teachers and five aides in our PreK program.”
Ms. Werner’s pastor adds, “This past summer, Dauna went on a mission trip to Cambodia to work with Crossing Cambodia. The trip with five others, including myself, focused on sharing the love of Jesus and to work with street children and Crossing Cambodia’s staff. While overseas, I lost my voice and became ill. Dauna, knowing the importance of Christian devotions, stepped up without being asked and led us in devotions and prayer time. Her words from God’s Word were timely, uplifting, and helpful on this journey.”
Dauna says of her mission, “Raised in a Christian home of educators, God began nurturing my gifts to work with children at an early age. Helping my parents work in their classrooms, I learned firsthand what it meant to be a servant leader. As a child’s first formal classroom teacher, parents look to me for guidance as they begin their educational journey with their child. My classroom is centered on Jesus Christ as our Savior and friend. I pray that the children and families under my care will grow to know Jesus and see how he is an important part of their everyday lives.”
Racine Lutheran High School (RLHS) will welcome four inductees into its Hall of Fame.
The 2019 class of inductees includes: Dr. Dorothy Jehn Fowles ’57, Bob Mallwitz, coach (1994-2018), Robert Tertel, faculty (1965-2001), and the late Dr. William L. Walters ’50.
The recognition will take place before the varsity basketball game on Sat., Jan. 12, at the school, 251 Luedtke Avenue. A pre-game reception will be held at 6 p.m. in the school’s Commons. The induction ceremony will take place in the gym at 6:30 p.m., followed by the game at 7:15 p.m.
Fowles is recognized for her life’s accomplishments in the areas of education and interior design, as well as being a faithful servant to her church. Mallwitz’s leadership and accomplishments as a longtime coach are noteworthy. Tertel is recognized as a dedicated Christian leader and teacher, who remains committed to the school’s needs through his volunteer efforts at the Thrift Shop. Walters made significant contributions to higher education programs and institutions, especially in the areas of science. Complete induction biographies are posted on RacineLutheran.org.
August 17, 2018 ♦ October 31, 2018 ♦ February 1, 2019
Martin Luther High School
5201 S. 76th St.
Theme: “Teaching the Truth”
Faith Integration and Defending the Faith in this Post-Modern Culture
Presenter: Brad Alles
Cost: $60 – includes all materials
August and October dates feature Brad Alles and the topics of Faith Integration and Defending the Faith in this Post-Modern Culture.
February event involves directed site visits to quality area schools along with debriefing and planning activities.
August 17 – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (no lunch)
Opening service at 10:00 a.m. with the LHSAGM High School staffs; joint opening service followed by Brad Alles setting the stage for the year and teaching regarding Christian World View, etc.
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.