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Catholic Schools Week 2016 - a success!

Please watch a photo montage highlighting some of the events that occurred throughout SE Wisconsin. Our Catholic schools certainly showed what it is like to have, "An education you can faith in."


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"



Catholic Memorial, Pius XI and Messmer High Schools Send Group of Teens to Philadelphia

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


More than 3 dozen teens from high schools in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will journey to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis on Thursday, September 24th. They will focus on bridging schools, building relationships and praying for peace. For full coverage, click here


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.

As Milwaukee’s Newest IB World School, St. Joan Antida High School
becomes 1st of its Kind in the State and One of Only 12 in the Nation

Milwaukee -- St. Joan Antida High School has been authorized as Milwaukee’s newest International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, becoming the first girls-only high school to offer the prestigious IB Diploma program in Wisconsin. It is only one of 12 such schools in the United States. The authorization is a culmination of a three-year, in-depth analysis of the school’s written curriculum, and its ability to offer the required college-level course work. Starting with the 2015-2016 academic year, St. Joan Antida High School will begin offering students the rigorous college preparatory curriculum.

“It’s an exciting time for us,” stated Mr. Paul Gessner, SJA’s Head of School. Gessner has seen firsthand the impact that the IB’s challenging curriculum has on preparing urban youth to cultivate their potential and fully engage their future.  Before assuming leadership at SJA in 2012, Mr. Gessner served for fifteen years as a teacher and administrator at Rufus King International School. “By implementing the IB Diploma Program at St. Joan Antida, we are empowering young women to excel at higher levels than a traditional curriculum allows. Poverty has never been an indicator of potential, and we want our young women to have every academic opportunity they need for success in their lives.”

In addition to offering students high-level course work, the IB Diploma Program also places an emphasis on developing a life of inquiry, critical thinking, intercultural understanding, and leadership through service.  Because the program offers challenging courses as well as international standardization, it is recognized by colleges and universities around the world as a premier academic curriculum, one that excels in preparing students for learning, working, and leading in a global economy. 

News information provided by St. Joan Antida High School.


St. Mary's Middle School Science Teacher Receives 2014 Celebrate Teachers and Teaching Award


Dr. Catherine Ferderbar, middle school science teacher at St. Mary Parish School, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, has been selected to receive the 2014 Celebrate Teachers and Teaching Award from the Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee (EDGM). The 2014 award focus is on teachers doing exemplary work in service learning. Ferderbar was chosen for her hands-on approach to teaching and was presented with her award at the second annual Celebrate Teachers and Teaching event on October 16th at Alverno College.

The selection process for the award considered teachers that received their professional certifications at one of the EDGM institutions and had a written nomination. Ferderbar, who is a Marquette University alumna and recently earned her doctorate through Cardinal Stritch University was nominated by St. Mary Parish School Principal, Linda Joyner. The nomination detailed Ferderbar’s ability to accommodate to each of her student’s learning style and bring educational concepts to life.  “It is common place, for students to dissect, build, grow, write, sing, solve fictitious crimes, create visual representations, graphic organizers, and even dress up like elements to demonstrate their knowledge,” said Joyner. “She empowers her students with the knowledge, skills and inspiration they need to take action and make a positive difference in the community.”

Click here to learn more about Ferderbar's award and dedication to excellence in Catholic education.



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