By Starrla Cray
MAYER, MN If you’ve never visited Mayer Lutheran High School (MLHS), this week might be the perfect time to change that.
An open house will take place Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on campus, located at 305 5th St. NE in Mayer.
“It’s just a great chance to meet teachers and see the school,” executive director Joel Landskroener said.
For all new students who apply at the open house, the application fee will be waived ($100 value).
Potential students can also visit other days of the year. Through the shadow program, prospective students can experience a typical day firsthand by pairing with a current student and attending classes, chapel, lunch, and any other school activity.
The deadline to apply for tuition assistance to MLHS is Thursday, Feb. 28. Several scholarships are available. Last year, more than $160,000 was distributed for need-based aid.
Hardworking and happy
Those who attend MLHS can expect challenging coursework, but they can also expect plenty of fun.
At the end of first semester, for example, MLHS participated in a four-day J-term (January-term), with hands-on activities like skiing, broomball, computer programming, martial arts, ice fishing, touring Minnesota companies, urban immersion, and more. Some students even went to Principal Kevin Wilaby’s house for a cooking class.
“Our kids work really hard,” Landskroener said. “J-term is a nice four-day rest that’s mostly activity-based, with not a lot of homework.”
SnoFest, Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, was another special week at MLHS.
This year’s SnoFest court included freshmen Kalie Winter and Sam Schlueter, sophomores Morgan Diedrick and Eli North, juniors Joe Zittergruen and Shelby Sicheneder, and seniors Sarah Ruschmeier, Matt Carlson, Allie Erdmann (queen), Philip Burfeind (king), Emma Christopherson, Kayla Wandersee, Lincoln Biermann, Terrin Boozikee, Tanner Luebke, and Tim Renner.
Each day of SnoFest, students wore a different theme, such as pajamas, class colors, crazy clothes, and Crusader gear.
Feb. 1 was “pink day,” in honor of Crusaders For A Cure. The girls’ basketball team hosted the event to raise awareness and funds for women who have cancer. All proceeds benefited Ridgeview Medical Center’s “pay it forward” patient assistance fund.
Basketball is just one of the many co-curricular activities available for MLHS students.
A few others include mission trips, swimming, concert choir, chess, National Honor Society, yearbook, football, volleyball, soccer, cross country, dance, wrestling, baseball, softball, track, golf, musicals, Active Christian Teens (ACT), Student Activities Team (SAT), Joyful Noise, wind ensemble, jazz band, pep band, and bowling.
MLHS also has a strong theatre program, with performances of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” coming up April 19-21.
Educating all over
Busing to MLHS is available from the Waconia, Chaska, Watertown, Excelsior, Wayzata, Howard Lake, and Glencoe areas. Assistance with car-pool arrangements is also provided.
In addition, MLHS offers online classes for youth who aren’t able to attend MLHS in person. Known as Genesis Virtual Academy, the school provides high-quality Christian education to students anywhere in the world, with more than 260 courses for grades 3-12.
“It’s doing really well,” Landskroener said, adding that students in Minnesota and surrounding states have been participating, whether it’s an accelerated business course for one student, or temporary science lessons for a school that’s in the process of hiring a new teacher.
Another online tool that’s catching on at MLHS is the school’s Facebook and Twitter sites.
“We post photos and letters from parents,” Landskroener said. “We’ve gotten good feedback on that.”
More information about MLHS can also be found on the link to the school’s website, at http://lhsmayer.org/