The Leaders Guide - Summer 2022
Read the summer edition of The Leaders Guide featuring stories about Mr. Ken Witte, who retired after 46 year years in the Ministry, the Easter Concert at Holy Name Catholic Church, graduation, and numerous student accolades.
2022 Auction was a Great Success
The annual auction dinner is the largest single fundraising event at Lutheran High every year. This year’s event was a long-awaited return to in-person bidding and comradery. We are proud to announce that more than 330 people attended, joined in fellowship, and contributed to raising $169,000 for Lutheran High School.
Part of the auction includes a Fund-A-Cause which is a freewill live gift to contribute to a project the school greatly needs. This year’s project was to renovate the commons to bring all students back together for lunch. During the Covid lockdowns and return-to-school efforts students were separated into two spaces on opposite ends of the school to provide ample space for distancing. Well, the time has come to bring everyone back, and the students are excited.
Surpassing the intended goal of $30,000, the commons project has been funded and the renovation began by relocating the walk-in freezer and refrigerator. New flooring, ceiling tiles, and additional tables are being added to the commons to provide enough space for the 200-220 student body.
On behalf of the staff, faculty, and students we extend our most enthusiastic thanks to everyone in our community who contributed through donating items, services, money, and bidding on items to make this an incredible success for all of us to enjoy.
Mr. Ken Witte holds graphing calculator in his classroom. Photo by Tom Kind
The Numbers Add Up - 46 Years in the Ministry
By Chuck Benedum
For 46 years, Ken Witte served the Church and several schools in the classroom and on the field. He is a Christian example and humble in all that he does.
Ken came to Sheboygan Lutheran High in 2001 thanks to the influence of Dr. Cary Stelmachowicz, a fellow professor at Concordia Wisconsin, and the lure of a Distance Learning Center (which used to be in the
back hall). Ken helped supervise the lab.
Once at Sheboygan Lutheran, he taught Advanced Algebra, Pre-Calculus and Calculus, Statistics, Personal Finance, and Transition to College Math. He’s overseen the National Accreditation of the school, and coached Varsity Girls’ Basketball and Girls’ Soccer.
Living in Fredonia, Ken calculated that he has traveled more than 245,000 miles just driving to and from school daily. Now, if you multiply that by the price of gas... Ouch.
When asked about the biggest changes in math over the last few years, Ken responded with the need to innovate and get creative as math became more visual using new instruments and other devices. Yet he says math has become more purposeful in its application. There is less supervised homework now, and much more done in the classroom, but his mantra still stands true, “Communicate what you are thinking.”
David Jabs, LHS alumni & teacher at Cleveland Lutheran East
In retirement, Ken looks forward to a break from teaching, but as a life-long learner he will continue to look for opportunities of personal and professional growth.
Looking back at his favorite memories from Lutheran High, he remembers his children’s achievements in and out of the classroom, the Ozaukee carpool, and seeing his students return after their graduations to share their stories of success.
Ken, you have been a true blessing from God to Lutheran High, its faculty, students, and parents. Your Christian example and your teaching expertise are treasures we will never forget. You will be missed in the Math Cave! God’s blessings to you and Cindy as you begin a new phase of your life.
Georgeann Joins the Crusader Nation as New School Secretary
This month marked the transition to our new school secretary, Georgeann Walecka. Georgeann and her husband, Mark, are recent additions to the Crusader Nation through their daughter, Claire, a sophomore. They also have an older son at UW-Green Bay and another son who attends Christ Child Academy. They are members at St. Peter Claver. Prior to working at Lutheran High she was the secretary of the Sheboygan South Catholic Parishes.
During Claire's freshman year, Georgeann recalls countless times where she has been impressed by the students, families, and community. She loves how the students are supportive of their peers, cheering them on, and encouraging them to be their best.
Georgeann is looking forward to seeing the students as they mature into the prepared adults they need to be for their futures. She wants to know they are ready for their next stage in life, strong in faith, and confident in their education.
We are blessed to have Georgeann with us. She will be a great asset to our school and our mission of Preparing Christian Leaders - One Student at a Time.
Make sure to stop by, introduce yourself and say hi! She is looking forward to meeting everyone.
Sheboygan Lutheran & Sheboygan Christian Girls Win Regional Championship
For the first time in school history Girls Soccer has won the regional title. The Sheboygan Lutheran & Sheboygan Christian girls have made the co-op program proud with their work and great successes. They will be taking on Kiel for the first sectional game on June 9th at Kohler.
All Conference Recognition:
Ambryn Diener: 1st Team
Alexis Beger & Taylor Batt: Honorable Mention
The Lutheran/Christian co-op held the score at 0-0 until halftime and prevented goals from Kiel's leading scorer who is among the best in the state's history. While the season for these ladies ended during the sectional semi-finals with a final score of 0-4 they can be extremely proud of what they accomplished.
In Christ is the Victory.