A Strong Commitment to Christian Education
The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) has a rich tradition of excellence in Christian education. It has operated elementary schools for more than 150 years. The WELS is the fourth largest private/parochial school system in the United states with hundreds of early childhood centers, elementary schools, and high schools across the country. It also operates two preparatory high schools, a college, and a seminary to train its pastors and teachers. On average, students attending WELS Lutheran elementary schools outperform their peers on standardized achievement tests, and students attending WELS high schools perform well above state and national averages on aptitude tests. We at St. Mark’s Lutheran are proud to be a part of this tradition of excellence in Christian education.
History of St. Mark’s Lutheran School
Since its inception in 1965, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church has been committed to providing Christian education, both for adults and young people alike. This commitment to Christian education leads St. Mark’s to operate a Christian school in which children are not only prepared for their lives on earth, but more importantly for their eternal lives in heaven. Here are some of the highlights of the history of our school:
- November 5, 1967 – Serious planning for St. Mark’s Lutheran School began.
- September 8, 1970 – St. Mark’s Lutheran School opened with 17 students in grades one through four and seven students in Kindergarten. Pastor Franzmann acted as the first principal, Miss Arlene Weiss taught grades one through four, and Mrs. Helen Bogue taught Kindergarten.
- February 7, 1971 – The congregation decided to add grades five through eight and build a three classroom education building. Mr. David Sauer was called to teach grades five through eight and serve as principal.
- By 1975, enrollment reached 118 students.
- By the early 1980’s, 9th grade was added with the hope of starting a high school. This hope did not become a reality.
- In 1982, Mr. James Holman replaced Mr. Sauer as principal. Mrs Sauer accepted a call to Spokane, Washington.
- In 1992, Mr. Dave Schroeder became our school’s third principal. Mr. Holman and his wife Cindi took a one year leave of absence to begin a mission school in the Czech Republic. They later returned to St. Mark’s and served in different capacities.
- In 1998, Mr. Jim Brandt became our school’s fourth principal. Mr. Schroeder took a call to Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- In 2002, Mr. Patrick Walker became the school’s fifth principal. Mr. Brandt took a call to be the administrator of the WELS Commission on Lutheran Schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- In 2005, the new multipurpose Parish Center (gymnasium) and classroom building were completed and dedicated.
- In 2008, Mr. Matthew Bauer became the school’s sixth principal.
- In 2018, Mr. Gregory Thiesfeldt became the school’s seventh principal. He currently serves as principal of our school.