On Friday, January 31, the 300+ school children of St. Mary Catholic School (Menomonee Falls) gathered for a special blessing of the 80 backpacks they gathered and packed with paper, pencils, notebooks, markers and a stuffed animal for Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement program. Case Managers in the program are excited to begin distributing the backpacks to new arrivals. Current refugees, assigned through the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) are coming from Myanmar (formerly Burma), Somalia, Iraq and Cuba.
Other participating schools in the Catholic Schools Week special collection, include:
- St. Francis de Sales Grade School (Lake Geneva) and St. Vincent Palloti Grade School (Milwaukee) collecting cleaning supplied for In-Home Support Services for the elderly and disabled.
- St. Joan of Arc Grade School (Nashotah) collecting diapers and baby supplied for Pregnancy Support and Outreach clients.
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Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Schools Experience
Second Enrollment Increase in Three Years
Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee are reporting a combined enrollment increase for the second time in three years according to enrollment data recently released. This news comes as Catholic schools across the archdiocese gear up for the annual Catholic Schools Week celebrations.
“Our mission as leaders of the 113 Catholic schools in the 10 counties of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is to offer high quality Catholic education that is affordable and accessible to all, said Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Kathleen Cepelka. It’s encouraging to witness the ongoing growth of our schools, to build new models that will sustain them into the future, and to collaborate with so many groups and individuals to enable their continued success.”
Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, 2014, recognizes the educational excellence provided by the nation’s 6,685 Catholic elementary and secondary schools. Over 2 million students attend Catholic schools in the United States. In southeastern Wisconsin, 99 elementary and 14 secondary Catholic schools educate more than 31,000 students.
This year’s Catholic Schools Week theme is “Catholic Schools – Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The theme reflects what sets Catholic schools apart from other educational institutions in that faith and service are integral to the educational experience.
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All Saints Catholic School Highlighted
as a Successful Regional Collaboration in Kenosha
In the recent Our Sunday Visitor article, "Bright Ideas in Catholic Schools: Creative initiatives maximize potential in a changing landscape," Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller highlights schools throughout the nation that have experienced successful collaborations, including All Saints in Kenosha. All Saints was a collaboration of 10 parishes in Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie. Principal Jackie Lichter states in the article, "Part of our strategic plan was to make sure that the parishioners in all the churches thought of All Saints as their own, and that they weren't thinking, 'My school is closed.'" All Saints opened in August 2011 and now has 579 students on two campuses. To read the full article, click here.
St. Mary's Vistation School (Elm Grove) Receives
NASA Explorer Schools Honor Award
St. Mary’s Visitation School recently received one of twelve awards in the country, the NASA Explorer Schools Honor Award. In addition to receiving a certificate and flag that was flown aboard a Space Shuttle mission, the school was selected to also receive a $5,000 grant to forward their robotics curriculum. Only six of the 12 school also received the grant, making SMV in a very exclusive group. A team of NASA education professionals selected the school for their classroom practices and uses of NASA educational content to engage a broad school population in educational activities. SMV has been a part of the NASA Explorer Schools community for four years.
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1st Catholic Personnel Retirement Celebration Mass
In recognition of their faithful ministry to Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 22 retirees attended the 1st annual Catholic personnel retirement celebration Mass with Archbishop Jerome Listecki in the Mater Christi Chapel at the Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center on Thursday, June 6, 2013.
Back row: Peggy Ziegler, Barb Jacak-Klotz, Patricia Jacobs, Dr. Sylvester Kreilein, Christine Schulthess, Dawn Gerber, Elizabeth Guttmann, Maria Zirbes, Sr. Mary Lois Bartnicki,
2nd row: Marina Wellenstein, Mary Teresa Houge, Judith Ross, Barbara Zbikowski, Susan Hafemann, Ann Durch, Mary Lamping, Dianne Tarcin
Front row: Joan Grochowski, Sr. Delores Theine, Archbishop Jerome Listecki, Sr. Jodene Zehren, Victoria Jasper, Linda Clifford
Superintendent of Catholic Schools Receives
2013 NCEA's John F. Meyers Award
Dr. Kathleen Cepelka, Ph.D, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, has been chosen by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) to receive this year’s John F. Meyers Award.
This distinguished award is given annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to Catholic education in the areas of development, public relations, scholarship programs, financial management and/or government relations. The award seeks to recognize educational professionals whose work has impact on the national level.
Dr. Cepelka has spent more than 40 years serving Catholic schools in various capacities. Prior to being named superintendent of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, she served Marquette University’s College of Education as both a full and part-time faculty member, including the roles of associate dean of the College of Education and director of teacher education. Today, she oversees 14 secondary and 99 elementary schools in the 10-county Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
On a daily basis, Dr. Cepelka motivates students, faculty and principals to strive for excellence in the Catholic tradition.
“Catholic education is my life and my passion. I am so honored and so humbled to be part of the landscape at the national level,” she said. “I gratefully accept this award on behalf of the work of all our Catholic educators in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.”
Dr. Cepelka will receive the John F. Meyer award April 1, 2013 in Houston.
Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, NCEA is a professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction, and service to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing, and teaching mission of the Church. It is the largest private professional education organization in the world, representing 200,000 Catholic educators serving 7.6 million students in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, in religious education programs, in seminaries, and in colleges and universities. For more information about this organization, please visit www.ncea.org.