We also offer a variety of beyond-the-classroom activities—many of which complement our curriculum. Some of these enable our students to participate in academic challenges, while others allow our students to pursue interests in areas such as music or drama.
Students in our upper grades can take part in the Lakeside Lutheran High School math meet, an event that fosters camaraderie and team spirit and also recognizes the accomplishments of individual scholars. They also can participate in Lakeside’s spelling bee, a friendly competition that brings together top student spellers from area Lutheran schools.
At all levels, our students have a number of options to enhance and present their musical abilities and develop confidence as soloists, accompanists and members of groups or choirs. In addition to our in-class focus on musical education, we offer private piano and band lessons during the school day, as well as recitals and group band concerts. Band students can participate in the Lakeside Lutheran High School cadet band, which combines students from area grade schools for marching, show and concert performances. Our upper-grade choir, band and piano students also participate in Lakeside’s Fine Arts Fair, which allows them to perform individually, in small groups, and en masse with all participants. Our upper-grade choir is the only grade school invited to sing during the official Wisconsin Veterans’ Day at the State Capitol, and our students regularly contribute their musical talents during school chapel, athletic events, and church worship services.
We offer art classes during the school day; however, additional events allow students to explore new art forms and showcase their talents. Our students regularly enter their works in the Lakeside Lutheran High School Visual Arts Fair with other area Lutheran schools. At Holy Cross, students also can contribute artwork and design skills to the annual yearbook.
Students in seventh and eighth grade build confidence in performance and public speaking through forensics. Their experiences in forensics begin in the classroom, where they choose a category and topic. Ultimately, they participate in a judged competition that includes students from area Lutheran schools. These experiences have prepared several of our students to excel on top forensics teams in high school.
Our seventh and eighth grade students also study our country’s government, conduct a research project and public presentation about their topic, then travel to Washington, DC for an experience that brings their education to life.