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Seniors Visit Andrews University

On Tuesday afternoon, WA seniors traveled to Andrews University to join Adventist academy seniors from across the Lake Union for an Andrews University senior preview event.

During the morning session on Wednesday, students learned how to find the right college, how to choose a major, what to do if they are undecided on a major, where to find scholarships, and how to discover available grants. Following this session, they were able to tour an academic department of thier choice. Our seniors visited a variety of departments, including the School of Business Administration, Department of Nursing, Department of Behavioral Sciences, and more. One tour even took the students through a cadaver lab.

Throughout the year, we provide seniors opportunities to think seriously and prayfully plan for the next step in their education. Please continue to pray that they will trust God and his unfolding plan to give them “a future and a hope.”

Science Class Tours Local Waste Water Treatment Plant

On Friday, students in Kelly McWilliams’ Environmental Science Class took a field trip to the City of Columbus Waste Water Treatment Plant. The students were given a tour by a plant employee tracing the process from the moment water goes down the drain until it is released into the Crawfish River about five miles downstream from Wisconsin Academy. The plant serves the nearly 5,000 residents of Columbus. The tour of the plant coincides nicely with a water usage unit the class will soon be studying.

Environmental Science class builds on the foundation of knowledge gained in Biology.  Topics covered include botany, ornithology, entomology, environmental chemistry, microbiology, cytology, and organismal biology. Laboratory (indoors and outdoors) is a part of this course. This course may be taken for optional college credit.

7 Adventist Colleges and Universities Visit WA

On Monday, juniors and seniors had the opportunity to discuss educational options with representatives from seven Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities. Andrews University, Southern Adventist University, Southwestern Adventist University, Oakwood University, Union College, Walla Walla University, and La Sierra University were represented. Students had the opportunity to fill out applications and compare the offerings in a comfortable and familiar environment.

This coming week, the seniors will be visiting Andrews University to learn more about the college experience and to get a deeper look at a major of thier choice.

Students Complete ITBS Testing

On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, all students took the Iowa Assessments, formerly known as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). The test includes sections in Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation, Usage and Expression, Math Concepts and Estimation, Math Problem Solving and Data Interpretation, Math Computation, Social Studies, Maps and Diagrams, and Reference Materials. These assessments are often used to suggest areas where the skills of individual students are most and least developed.

Between 2006 and 2009, the Iowa Assessments played a role in the Cognitive Genesis study. The project gathered massive amounts of data about the academic achievement and abilities of 51,706 students in more than 800 Adventist elementary schools and academies in the United States. The students were in grades 3 to 9, and also in grade 11. Every conference and nearly every school participated.

The study was designed to determine how well students are doing in the Adventist school system and how their academic achievement compares to the achievement of students in other school systems. Standardized Iowa achievement tests were given each year to gather this data.

In addition to measuring knowledge and skills with achievement tests, the researchers wanted to assess students’ ability to learn, adapt, solve problems and understand instructions—their aptitude. The Cognitive Abilities Test was used each year to gather this data.

The findings of the study revealed that:

  1. Students in all grades, in Adventist schools of all sizes, outperformed the national average in all subjects.
  2. Students in Adventist schools had higher-than-expected academic achievement based on an assessment of individual ability.
  3. Students who transferred to Adventist schools saw a significant improvement in their test scores. Also, the longer students stayed in the Adventist school system, the more they gained in achievement and ability.

Discover more about the Cognitive Genesis study here.

Guys Dorm Enjoys “Manly Mondays”

Each Monday evening, the young men in the dorm gather to learn a practical skill. So far this year, the guys have learned how to do laundry, tie a tie, clean a toilet, lift weights properly, clean a sink trap. This last week, one of the RAs explained down to keep a dorm room clean, including how to make a bed and how to clean a mirror without leaving streaks.

“Manly Mondays” as the guys have nicknamed them, are the idea of dean Caleb Minty, who felt the need to intentionally teach practical skills that often get forgotten. In the future, he hopes to cover skills such as jump-starting a car with a dead battery, checking tire pressure, ironing a dress shirt, and more.

First Concert at Northern District Meetings

The students in Choralaires and Bellissimi Cerchi (the handbell choir) were very excited about their first tour to Rice Lake to play for the annual Northern District Meetings. It isn’t often that tours begin this early in the year, but the students were up for the challenge. Both Bruce and Rosalie Rasmussen, directors of Choralaires and Bellissimi Cerchi respectively, were impressed, not only with the work the students put into their music, but also with the way they demonstrated responsibility and good behavior.

Everyone stayed quite busy. Friday night, students slept in classrooms and rose early to help lead youth Sabbath School. Josue and Laura recapped thier week of prayer messages. A group of students shared a skit that reinforced their message of developing a relationship with God. During the main church service the Choralaires and Bellissimi Cerchi shared a few numbers. After potluck, the music groups shared a full afternoon concert. WA’s new string ensemble joined in with a few numbers as well. On the way home from Rice Lake, the students stopped at a rest area to have supper and say farewell to the Sabbath with a special Hallowed Moments service.

The students did a wonderful job this weekend. Parents, you can be proud.  If this weekend is anything to go by, you can expect great things for the future! Watch for a list of scheduled tours in coming emails.


Seniors Bond While Hunting Waterfalls

On the weekend of September 8-10, the senior class of 2018 camped at Morgan Park and visited waterfalls in Marinette County during Wisconsin Academy’s traditional Senior Experience campout. Camping together provides a time for group bonding and electing officers to help them navigate the challenges of thier final year at WA.  The sponsors arranged several group challenges over the weekend. One included setting up a tent while blindfolded! It took over an hour! On Sabbath, the seniors traveled to several waterfalls where they relaxed and enjoyed the natural beauty. The seniors returned Sunday afternoon, tired, but excited and better prepared for thier roles as leaders on campus.

“You’ve Got a Robe, I’ve Got a Robe …”

If you heard the WA choir at church recently, you probably noticed two things. First, they sound amazing. Second, they’re wearing beautiful green choir robes. Yes. Robes. It’s been many years since the WA choir wore robes. So, what’s the story behind the robes? Where did they come from? Here’s the short version.

When music director Bruce Rasmussen returned to WA to lead the music department this year, he was disappointed to see that the choir robes which had served WA for so long were gone. “The look of the choir has a lot do do with how the choir sounds,” he said. “When they wear robes, they look like a choir and feel like a choir. It creates a unified identity.”

So Bruce and his wife, Rosalie, began searching for 60 choir robes. Days before the choir’s first performance, thier daughter, Kristy, found 60 choir robes on Craigslist. A Lutheran church in Waupaca were getting new robes and were selling their used robes for a very reasonable price.

By Thursday evening, the robes were at WA and on Sabbath morning, the WA choir sang together in robes for the first time in many years. “I feel like I’m in a professional choir now,” said one student.

We look forward to getting a second set of robes in the official WA blue color. Funds have been donated toward this goal already. If you are interested in donating toward this or any other music department development, contact principal Roger Dunder at



Students Enjoy New Media Lab

During the first weeks of school, students have enjoyed using the new media lab, located right behind the main computer lab.

The lab currently features 12 computers equipped with the full Adobe Suite, including Premier, After Effects, Photoshop, InDesign, etc. The adjacent video studio includes a green-screen. The large soundboard was donated by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Students in Intro to Photoshop have been having fun designing smartphone wallpapers, event signs around campus, and color-correcting portraits. Students in Video Production are enjoying developing lower thirds that will be used in upcoming promotional materials for the academy.

Watch for examples of thier work in upcoming posts.

View more pictures of the media lab on Facebook.

We’re On the Air!

On July 31, 2017, Wisconsin Academy went on the air with its new low power radio station, WQWA – LP 88.1 FM. Our new station is part of the RADIO 74 INTERNATIONALE network of stations. Programming consists of beautiful sacred music, Bible readings, Your Story Hour, sermons, and much more. Our testing shows a coverage radius of roughly 15-20 miles.

The station is a donation that has cost the academy nothing and provided us an opportunity to do much good. Ron Myers, an alumnus of WA, worked for many years to obtain the permit for the station’s construction. We are deeply grateful for his dedication and tireless efforts to put our station on the air. Praise God for opening this wonderful opportunity! We pray this station will be a witness of God’s love to our surrounding communities.