South Wisconsin District - LCMS 
Weekly Schools Notes
"God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
I Corinthians 1:9 (ESV)
September 21, 2015
 In This Issue
Teacher of the Year Nominations Due 9/25

Where in the District is Chris

LCEF south wisconsin district
Lutheran Church Extenstion Fund
Share Your Stories
Great things happen in the Lutheran schools of the South Wisconsin District and I want to be able to share these. If you have something you feel is worth sharing, email me at
If you are attending the Administrators' Conference, please email your five words to Robin by Monday, September 21.
It taunted me for the better part of five innings. It was constantly there reminding me that I was a chicken. I'd focus on the game for a few minutes before I started to focus on it again. "It" was the rock wall on the Dew Deck of Miller Park that, at least in my mind, extended to the very top of the stadium. Throughout the game I went back and forth in my mind that I should try it. On one hand, go for it! On the other hand, you're an idiot and you'll probably get hurt. In the end, the challenge of trying won and I attempted the rock wall. Now, for some, this scenario wouldn't have even been a challenge. Yet, for me, it was an opportunity for me to try and conquer something that I had never done before. 

Almost a full month in to the school year, what challenges are presenting themselves to you and how are you handling them? Whether it's a faculty member, a family, a student, or some other issue, by this time the challenges are mounting. My prayer for you is that you face these challenges not with fear, but with a reliance on our Lord who is our strength.

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power,
 of love and of self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7

TOTYTeacher of the Year Nominations
Nominate your teachers for the SWD Teacher of the Year in Early Childhood, Elementary or High School. Nominations are due by September 25.

To nominate a teacher at an elementary or high school (includes preschool teachers at the school), complete the following nomination form.

To nominate an administrator (preschool, elementary or high school) or a preschool teacher in a freestanding preschool, complete the following nomination form.

adminconfAdministrators' Conference
September 29, 2015
Concordia University Wisconsin
Terrace Room
7:30 am - 4:oo pm
If you are attending the Administrators' Conference, please email your five words to Robin by Monday, September 21.

We are finalizing details with CUW regarding receiving credit for this conference, for those that are interested.

NSteachersN/S Teachers' Conference

November 12-13, 2015

Kalahari Resort and Convention Center

Wisconsin Dells


Let's RAP at the Dells!

Relationships, Analysis, Practice!


All conference information is available on the District website.


Room reservations need to be made by October 10.


Early Childhood Workshop - Teaching the Faith - will be held on Wednesday, November 11.


lovelogicLove and Logic
SLove and Logiceptember 24, 2015
District office
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Love and Logic has been around for over 30 years and has been widely accepted in the educational field.  The beauty of this program is that delivery and technique is driven by the person using it. Hence it becomes personal.  

LCMS School Ministry is pleased to announce another great Premium Service discount offered to LCMS schools through the School Ministry Office! Blackboard is partnering with Lutheran schools in order to provide an excellent option if schools are looking to invest in a Learning Management System (LMS). Please share this information and the attached flyer with the schools and administrators in your Districts.  Thanks!
If you or any of your schools have questions, please feel free to reach out to our Blackboard account representative, Tosha Boyer.  She will be able to answer any questions that come up and her contact information is below!

Blackboard Flyer 
Tosha Boyer
Sr. Sales Executive
Blackboard, Inc.
M   314.494.5690

kohlKohl Scholarships

WCRIS is happy to once again administer the Herb Kohl Education Foundation scholarships this year on behalf of our members and the students they serve. This year each award has been increased to $3,000! These awards are a tremendous opportunity for your schools to recognize and honor the achievements of your students and teachers. The deadlines are fast approaching and it is very important that we make these opportunities available to our teachers and students. 

Please see the information, deadlines and brief descriptions of the three scholarship awards below:

The Teacher Fellowship Award
14 teachers from religious and independent schools are selected out of 100 statewide, to receive a $3,000 grant. In addition, matching $3,000 grants will be awarded to the host school of each fellowship recipient.  
Note: Teachers must be nominated before they can apply for this scholarship. The nomination deadline is September 25 so time is crucial!  A nomination form can be handed in directly to your central office or completed online.  

Student Excellence Award
14 students from religious and independent schools will be selected out of 100 statewide, and awarded a $3,000 scholarship for post-secondary education.
Excellence Scholarship application forms will be provided to schools in September. Schools should make applications available to all interested students. Completed applications must be received by the District office no later than November 25, 2015.

PLEASE NOTE:  All Excellence Scholarship and Fellowship applications must be typed.  For your convenience, both applications are provided in a format that is compatible with Microsoft Word. 
lcefscholarshipLCEF Scholarship Application Now Available
Six scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded to six graduating high school seniors or current full-time post-secondary students at an accredited institution with at least one year of courses remaining. Candidates must also be members of a congregation belonging to The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod located in one of the following LCMS districts: Iowa East, Iowa West, Minnesota North, Minnesota South, North Dakota, North Wisconsin or South Wisconsin.

SSMARTMART Loans for Schools
SMART Loans for educational institutions are customized to meet the short-term financial needs of LCMS schools. The first 12 months are 0% interest. 
With a streamlined process, this loan is easy to apply for and begin using. Contact your district LCEF Vice President, Diana Raasch, to see if your school qualifies.
SMART loan terms:
> Structured up to 10 years, depending on needs 
> Up to $150,000 
> First 12 months: 0% interest 
> Next 12 months: LCEF's Cost of Funds, adjusted annually 
> Remaining term of loan: Cost of Funds, plus up to 2.5%, adjusted annually 
> Low closing fees and no prepayment penalties 

Trinity Lutheran School

September 16, 2015

School Visit and Chapel
 eventsUpcoming Events

September 24 - Love and Logic, District office

September 29 - Administrators' Conference, CUW 

October 17 - EC Director's Retreat, Living Word Child Development Center, Jackson

November 6 - Firm Foundations, Martin Luther High School, Greendale

November 11 - Teaching the Faith Workshop - Kalahari Resort, WI Dells 

November 12-13 - NWD/SWD Teachers' Conference, Kalahari Resort, WI Dells

January 24 - Teacher of the Year Dinner

January 24-30 - National Lutheran Schools Week

February 5 - WCRIS Leadership Conference

February 5-6 - C-LECT, Concordia University Wisconsin

February 12 - Firm Foundations, Martin Luther High School, Greendale 

April 7-9 - LEA Administrators' Conference and Admissions Counselor Summit, Hilton City Center, Milwaukee
July 9-14 - Synod Convention, Milwaukee

July 16-20 - National Youth Gathering, New Orleans

Click on the link to
register for any of these events.  If the event is not open yet, we will communicate when it will be.

Passionate Believers...Confessing Christ for the Next Generation!

Chris Cody
Education Executive

Robin Mueller
Administrative Assistant

SWD School Ministry | 414-464-8102  |  FAX - 414-464-0602
8100 West Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53222
The South Wisconsin District does not endorse businesses that are not under the umbrella of
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
SWD Logo