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There’s a wild turkey that has been hanging around Rapids Road these last few weeks.  Said turkey will stand on the side of the road sometimes, or on the railing of a bridge, or right in the middle of the road even.  Said turkey seems to be very relaxed while doing so, and has received lots of attention in the process.  Car after car will slow down or even come to a stop in order to be careful of said turkey.  I heard from an eye-witness about one man who actually got out of his car and flapped his arms like wings to get the turkey off the road.  The other day the turkey hung out on the road right by school.  I wondered if our school should maybe adopt said turkey and do our part to provide love and safety to it.

And then I had this thought:  as concerned as “we” are for a turkey that hangs out along Rapids Road…how much more are we concerned for the love and safety of those who have already been entrusted into our care (i.e., our children! our students!).  It’s great for our citizenry to show concern for all creatures.  It’s absolutely essential that we have concern for God’s children.  Think of all that can threaten them, especially the evil influences of the world.  Think of all the needs they have, especially to be fed on the precious word of God.  That’s why we have our school.  That’s why we have adopted them into our Lancer family.  That’s why we let them know that they are in God’s family, too.
It all happens on our own little stretch of Rapids Road!
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.” 
Galatians 3:26

Mr. Ryan Holper recently accepted our call to serve as off-campus admissions director and part-time classroom teacher.  We rejoice in this great blessing that the Lord of the church has given to us!
Pastor Tom Meissner recently received a call to serve as pastor at Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio.  We pray that the Lord will bless him and his family during this time of deliberation, and lead him to a peaceful conclusion in the end.
A big week at MLHS recently, as we were awarded not 1, not 2, but 3 grants to benefit our ministry & students!
To begin, MLHS science teachers Wayne Foelske and Joel Barthel each were awarded Innovative Educator Grants through the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation.  Each submitted special projects are geared toward STEM enhancement (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) of our Science curriculum.
Mr. Foelske’s award will be used to purchase Vernier Go Direct EKG sensors, which will be used in a new course being offered next year—“Principles of Biomedical Science”—to analyze and better understand the functioning of the heart.
Mr. Barthel’s “Can You See What I See? “ project will have students using infrared cameras to collect & analyze thermal imaging of electronic devices.  This is the FIFTH  year Mr. Barthel has received this award, and tools purchased from those prior grants will also be used in this project.
Building on this momentum, MLHS was awarded a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation (#PackersGiveBack) for our Kitchen Upgrades project to replace the 50+ year-old oven and cook range, as well as purchase a new commercial freezer.  The project, funded in part by this grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation as well as donations from Friends of the Lancer, MLHS Scrip program, and individual gifts, will benefit not only our hot lunch program, but also our Vocational Foods classes.  Rita Redeker (Hot Lunch Coordinator) and Scott Reinhard (Dir. of Mission Advancement) attended the Awards Luncheon at Lambeau Field to receive the award.
Please join us in being thankful for these blessings, and for the dedicated faculty and staff who pursued these opportunities on behalf of our students!

Jolene Pautz

Get to know our faculty and staff by reading the
"Featured Teacher"

Mrs. Pautz teaches 
Spanish 3, Spanish 4, Geometry, Algebra 2

Thanks for all you do for MLHS!

Mrs. Jolene Pautz

Years at MLHS"10 years completed"

Total Years in public ministry: "10 years"

What other activities or clubs you are involved in at MLHS this year? "NHS advisor, Assistant director-Fall Play"
Other than teaching and correcting, what are some hobbies you have? "Camping, gardening"

What Congregation do you belong to?: "St. John's, Two Rivers"

Family: " Jim-husband; Children: Jimmy(29) and wife-Alyssa, Matt(27) and wife Abby, Joe(22) engaged to Katie, and Amanda (18); Grandchildren: James(6), Ewan(4), Isaac(2), and Cora(1)."

Best Part of MLHS: "Talented students in academics, sports, music, theatre,... "

Best Part about Manitowoc?: "Beautiful Lake Michigan"

What is your WELS connection?  "We are a WLC family.  Jim and I and all our children and wives/fiancee attended along with a sister, niece, and nephew."

What is a quirky Manitowoc thing?: "I've been converted to soda.  I grew up with pop in Neenah." 

Thanks for all you do for the Lancer Family!
Handicap Parking at MLHS
MLHS recently put up two Handicap Parking signs in the front of the school (north side by the commons).

Thank you everyone for cooperating and leaving these parking spaces for those that need handicap access.
Exam Information
Semester 1 exams are less than 1 month away.

Click here for a full schedule and details. 
End of Semester reminder:
No grades can be given unless all work from the semester is handed in.  To help students reach this goal, we have had extended study halls during school, required students to stay after school and reminded them in some cases daily to get their work done.  Starting Monday Dec 17th and each day after, any work that is missing will require the students to stay after school.  Please work with your students to get work in and also thanks in advance for being flexible in allowing then to stay to get their work done.
Check out the December e-blog from Christian Family Solutions

Want to learn more about your student's 5 free sessions with a licenced WLCFS Counselor right here at MLHS? CLICK HERE!
This year we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Lancer Singers (Lads & Lasses from the early days, too)!  We are so excited to be celebrating this landmark occasion!  One way that we are celebrating is by hosting Lancer Singer Alumni during our annual Christmas Concert at the Capitol Civic Centre (CCC).  We invite you all to join us on two different choral pieces, “E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come” by Paul Manz (with the current Lancer Singers) and “O Come All Ye Faithful” arranged by Mack Wilberg (with all the MLHS Choirs & Orchestra).  
To help everyone learn their vocal parts we have purchased rehearsal tracks and provided the music online.  Simply review and practice your parts as your schedule allows, and join us on stage Friday, December 21st at 4:30, 7:30, or even BOTH concerts. 

Between concerts, we invite you to join us for refreshments at an LS Alum reception at the CCC.  Reminisce with old friends, enjoy some refreshments, and maybe sing a few favorites.  If possible, we would like to take a picture of everyone together at 6:30pm that evening!
Please RSVP here so that we know how many will be joining us for the concert and reception.

Spread the word!  We would love to have a large number of the 50 years of Lancer Singers singing with us and celebrating not only this momentous occasion in our history but also singing the praises of the Christ-child and celebrating Christmas with us!

We truly look forward to seeing you!
NEW to MLHS!!!!
MLHS is excited to share with you, thanks to a MLHS parent, a weekly sports update! Now you can stay up to date at anytime by visiting

The plan is to update it on Mondays and include the past events of the previous week. Share the link with your friends!!!!

Homeroom Days, No School Days, Early Dismissal,
Two-Hour Delays
Visit ONLINE Calendar for up-to-date information.
  • Monday, December 17-Flex Schedule
  • Wednesday, December 19-Exam Day Schedule
  • Thursday, December 20-Exam Day Schedule
  • Friday, December 21-January 1-Christmas Break
  • Friday, January 11-NO SCHOOL Lancer for a Day
Friday, December 21, 2018

Save this Date as you will not want to miss attending one or both of the 2018 Christmas Concerts at the Capitol Civic Centre.

Your very own MLHS Lancer Singers, Concert Choir, Cantate Choir, Freshman Choir, and Symphonic Band will perform at 4:30pm and 7:30pm.

Bring a friend and prepare your hearts to "Let us Adore Him"

See you all there!

Cheesin' for a Reason will be taking place on December 27 at 7PM during Lutheran High’s girls’ basketball game. The purpose of the event is to collect dental supplies to donate to Peter’s Pantry. Toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and toothbrushes are important to maintain proper oral hygiene and are not easily accessible to every individual. Everyone who purchased a T-Shirt should be sure to wear it to the game. Profits from the tshirt sales will go to purchasing more dental supplies. The event has been sponsored by Mishicot Dental, Amato Orthodontics, and Smile Clinic. These clinics have already donated supplies to be given to Peter’s Pantry.

Saturday, January 5th from 8:30-11AM

All young ladies form K-8 are invited!
Campers will learn a full routine on this day!
They will get to perform the routine on the same day during halftime of the JV1 girls basketball game. (Game starts at 5:50PM)

Price is $15/camper

Each Camper receives a t-shirt from the camp!

Click to Register or see more information

Friday, January 11th-FOR ALL 7th and 8th Graders!
See the agenda for Lancer for a Day! Even if your child is not planning on going to MLHS, they are encouraged to enjoy the day with their class and brothers and sisters in our Lakeshore Lutheran Conference.  

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kevin Buch at 
Sledding & Tubing
Date:  Sun Jan 13
Time 1 pm to 3 pm
Place:  Manitowoc Lutheran High School
4045 Lancer Circle / Manitowoc
Sled & tube rides will be provided using a 4 wheeler
Activities, hot cocoa, & snacks will be provided inside MLHS
for anyone who prefers not to go sledding or tubing.
There is no cost for this event.
All are welcome!

All students and parents are encouraged to join us!
(Suited for Grades 5th-12th Grade)

Join us all in viewing the movie "Screenagers"

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 7PM in the MLHS Gym
Cost: FREE!

“Look Both Ways”

"Looking back at MLHS history as a reminder to keep looking ahead, all in view of God’s grace!"

Help us build the MLHS history with your memories, read Pastor Kock's blog, answer the weekly trivia question, or tell us more about the picture of the week. Lastly, please share it with your family and friends. View it anytime Thank you!

Lord, You have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Psalm 90:1

Please read over the SCRIP newsletter for all the up-to-date things happening in the SCRIP office for November. With Christmas coming upon us soon, it is the season to think about the many businesses that participate in the SCRIP program and offer gift cards/certificates for all your Christmas shopping

SCRIP Order Form

SCRIP now has their own phone line that you can call

Click here to update the MLHS SCRIP contact form
Pictures added weekly!
Enjoy Your Students High School In Pictures!

You can view the pictures of your student in action by going to You can also find a link on the MLHS Homepage under the parent icon. Click on Photo Gallery. Thank you Kathy Kock for taking your time to capture these great moments for our students and families!

Do you have some pictures you would like to share?
Please go to: and upload away! Feel free to add captions too!
Lancer Spirit Store
The Lancer Spirit Store is well stocked and has everything you need to enjoy spring sports in any kind of weather…stadium seats, waterproof blankets, soft shell jackets, hooded sweatshirts, winter hats, baseball caps, etc. 
Click here to see the poster.

Did you get your Lancer Legends?

If not, you can read it by going to .
You can also tell your friends!

To update your contact information please go to: .
Share your Testimonial! 
MLHS is looking gather a bank of testimonial statements that can be used in our publications, website, or mail correspondence.  Reading someone’s first-hand comments can be a great influence on families and teens (both domestic and international) as they consider our school.  Would YOU be willing to share a sentence (maybe 2 or 3) of your thoughts?  Perhaps how MLHS has benefitted your family, or how it affected you as a student/parent/grandparent?  Please take a moment to visit to submit your statement confidentially, or contact Scott Reinhard directly at Thank you!!



Parent Sign Up to Work 2018-2019 Concessions or Take Tickets

All parents who have students in any sport are to sign up to work concessions or take tickets. Don't wait until the last minute. Grab your slots today! Click on the sport below that you wish to work at and it will take you to the online signup for that sport.
Girls Basketball
Boys Basketball

Hot Lunch Food Donations
Can't volunteer for hot lunch help, but want to help in a different way? Here is your answer. The MLHS Hot Lunch program does accept hot lunch food donations. Simply click here and sign up for one item or as many items as you wish. Every bit helps!

Food items can be dropped off in the main office Mon-Fri 7:30-3:00pm. Feel free to send with your student. Let the office staff know it is for the hot lunch program or mark the food item accordingly. Thanks everyone!
Koiné, the WELS Hymn band from Milwaukee, will be coming to Green Bay for 2 Christmas concerts on
December 13 & 14 at 5pm at the Green Bay Distillery.

The concert will be an presentation of favorite Christmas songs, mostly familiar hymns from the two Christmas albums, Anno Domini and Emmanuel Lux, plus a few new surprise arrangements.

This is a ticketed event which includes a buffet style meal.
Click here for More Information!
The Lakeshore Lutheran Chorale
Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Saturday, December 15, 2018
St. John-St. James Lutheran Church
219 Manitowoc Street
Reedsville, WI

Sunday, December 16, 2018
Grace Lutheran Church
2426 North Rapids Road
Manitowoc, WI

Click to view Poster
2018-2019 School Theme
“Growing and Building in Love”
Ephesians 4:15-16

"Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."

MLHS Mission Statement
“Manitowoc Lutheran High School uses its God-given gifts to help each student become thoroughly equipped for paths of service to our Redeemer.”
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"To Our God and Father be glory forever and ever" ~ Philippians 4:20