Four teams from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will travel to Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, TN
Milwaukee -- After achieving honors for creativity, teamwork and innovation in regional and state academic tournaments, three teams from St. Mary's School in Menomonee Falls and one team from St. Joseph's in Grafton, have earned the right to compete in Destination Imagination's Global Finals, the world’s largest celebration of student creativity, to be held May 25-28 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
They will compete with other teams in one of seven, open-ended challenges that require students to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, in addition to their talents in improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork, community service and social entrepreneurship.
Destination Imagination has had a positive impact on more than 1.5 million students who have taken part in its acclaimed Challenge program. This year, 150,000 students have participated in tournaments throughout the U.S. and 30 countries in hopes of earning a spot at the Global Finals competition in May. Destination Imagination is a leader in project-based learning opportunities that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Its academic challenges are designed to teach kids how to think, not what to think, and then present their solutions at regional and state tournaments.
Each year, DI competitions begin with a regional tournament, where team solutions are assessed by a panel of trained appraisers, ranging from educators to artists to engineers. Each team solution is scored on a variety of elements, including originality, workmanship, presentation and teamwork. Teams with the highest scores advance to the Affiliate (state or country) tournaments. The top-tiered teams from the Affiliate tournaments advance to Global Finals.
Our four teams from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee are among 8,000+ students representing more than 1,400 teams that will advance to Global Finals, which will be held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Congratulations to our winners!
St. Robert Catholic School Wins 2nd Place in the Wisconsin Forensics State Tournament – Large School Division
In the second year of the newly formed Forensics program, the St. Robert Forensics Team, coached by middle school English teacher Kathryn DeLapp, took second place in the Wisconsin State Tournament – Large School Division.
Held at Neenah High School on April 9, the 2016 State Tournament hosted more than 1,900 qualifying students from 95 schools. Over the course of a grueling 11-hour day, students compete in 2 rounds of which the top third from each category qualify for the ultimate “power” round facing three final judges to win.
Showing the bold might of the St. Robert Bobcats, in only two years the club doubled their team size and more than doubled the number of qualifiers for the State Tournament. The Bobcats, now competing in the Large School Division due to an increased number of entries, took 18 qualifying students to State of which 5 placed first, second or third from a total of 12 students making it to the final “power” round of competition. This championship performance is on top of a winning season that brought home a total of 35 awards and 5 team trophies from various tournaments.
Forensics consists of 18 different speaking events of which the St. Robert’s team competes in Non-Original Oratory, Impromptu Speaking, Humorous Solo Acting, Serious Solo Acting, Poetry, Storytelling, and Moments in History.
Why is Forensics such a success at St. Robert School? “Forensics gives students a chance to discover themselves and their voices in a way that no other activity can,” states Coach DeLapp. “This is an incredible set of students who brave something that would make most adults shudder -- public speaking. These kids work tirelessly to perfect their pieces and radiate the best versions of themselves to groups of strangers week after week in competition.” Coach DeLapp reflects, “As a former forensics kid myself, I can attest to the fact that having the ability to articulate oneself effectively, whether that be to a large group or just one-on-one, is essential to everything one attempts in life.”
Our 2016 Herb Kohl Foundation Award Winners!
Letters to recipients of 2016 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation student scholarships, teacher fellowships and principal leadership awards have been mailed. Each scholarship recipient receives a $3000 grant, and each fellowship and leadership award recipient will receive a $3000 grant and a matching grant will be awarded to each fellow's and leader's school. These awards recognize the importance of exceptional students and school leaders who create successful school environments for students and faculty members. Click here to see a list of our Catholic school recipients!
Principal Barbara Haase receives 2016 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award
"Barbara Haase, principal/administrator for St. Katharine Drexel Parish School was awarded the “St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award” for her leadership in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
The award presentation was made following a dinner celebrating Catholic schools in “High Gear with Catholic Education” on Feb. 16. The Rev. Archbishop Jerome Listecki initiated the award and chose Haase to recognize her contribution to Catholic education. Haase has dedicated many years to Catholic education; she continually strives to set goals at the highest standards for student success.
St. Katharine Drexel Parish School is one of the oldest Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Haase was a pioneer leader establishing a creative configuration to consolidate rural schools. She has played a key role in establishing a model for successful consolidation. Haase was applauded for sustaining the mission of the Catholic Church to continue Catholic Education in Beaver Dam and Dodge County in the future.
Haase received a portrait of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton designed specifically for this award."
Click here for more information from the Beaver Dam Daily.
Archdiocese of Milwaukee Announces New High-Performing Educational System Designed to Strengthen Urban Milwaukee Catholic Schools
"Dear Friends in Christ,
Many blessings to you for a happy, healthy and productive New Year. As many of you know, one of the top priorities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is a renewal of the Church’s focus on issues of social justice. Historically, it has been the Catholic Church’s presence that has contributed to the building of the city. We have done so through our parishes, schools, hospitals and charitable organizations. We have been a source of renewal, especially in times of crisis.
There are a number of priority initiatives underway throughout the Archdiocese to bring together and strengthen this outreach, as well as the ability of our parishes to do more and be more for those we serve, especially those who are marginalized.
To that end, I am pleased to share with you news about the formation of a transformational educational system designed to help urban students overcome social and academic challenges and empower them, as well as their families and educators, to achieve their God-given potential.
Called Seton Catholic Schools, this independently chartered, financed and governed network of Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic elementary schools will eventually serve more than 10,000 kindergarten through eighth grade students throughout Milwaukee. I encourage you to review the attached media release that provides greater detail about both our strategy and commitment, as well as the impressive leadership team charged to oversee all aspects of Seton Catholic Schools.
It is our mission and our duty to provide every child access to the highest caliber of academic instruction, as well as faith formation and character development. We will continue to keep you informed of our progress over the coming months and I welcome your input, support and prayers as our leadership team undertakes this most important work.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee"
Today's Catholic Teacher 2015 Innovations in Catholic Education Award
St. John Vianney, Brookfield
St. John Vianney School, Brookfield, is a recipient of the Today's Catholic Teacher 2015 Innovations in Catholic Education Award in the category of Curriculum and Instruction. This award honors Catholic elementary and high schools that have implemented exemplary programs to improve teaching and learning. The award winning literacy program at SJV is based, in part, on the continuous monitoring of student learning, responsive instruction aligned with Archdiocese of Milwaukee exit expectations, focused professional development, and integrated educational technology.
St. John Vianney School will received its award at a special celebration reception at the National Catholic Educational Association convention and expo in Orlando, Florida this week. Again, congratulations, St. John Vianney!
Some news information provided by St. John Vianney - Brookfield.