June e-Newsletter: Community Happenings

Check out the latest Portage County Business Council community guide “Everything Points Here” to learn why our community is a great place to live, work, and recreate.

Stevens Point has recently launched a compostable waste pick-up program. You can sign up to participate and all food waste will be composted at Whitefeather Organics in Custer to be used for organic vegetable production.

Lake Pacawa in Plover is seeing great progress on their new band shell which should be completed in time for Celebrate Plover later this summer.

The Mid-State Technical College golf outing raised $8,000 for student scholarships.

Speaking of golf, the Team Schierl outing brought in over $115,000 for various Central Wisconsin charities including the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County and Breast Cancer Family Foundation, to name a couple.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) Foundation will hold a Wisconsin Business World program at UWSP July 15-18. Business World provides high school students with economic and financial literacy education, teaching the importance of free-market enterprise. There’s still time to register your high schooler, so click here to learn more.

Mark your calendars as Pacelli Catholic Schools prepares to present the production Annie with shows happening on August 3, 4, & 5 – you won’t want to miss out on an incredible performance by some of our community’s youngest talent.


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May e-Newsletter: In the News & Community Happenings

The following are news snippets from the May e-Newsletter highlighting the Pacelli Catholic School system, individual students, alumni, staff, and members of the PCS community who have recently been highlighted for their accomplishments.

Congratulations to our 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Fr. William “Bill” Menzel ’59.

Pacelli High School Destination Imagination (DI) team Omega Improv placed 2nd out of 80 teams at Global Finals last week, a major accomplishment!

Best wishes to our state-bound track athletes who compete this weekend and our state-bound golf team who will compete next week!

Students from St. Steve’s took a field trip over to Holy Spirit Parish for mass with Fr. Tom.

PCS alum, past parent, and former hockey coach Rusty Mitch ’76 was celebrated for his many years of dedication to our community’s youth through coaching upon announcing his retirement from that post earlier this year.

Beautiful weather made for a great 8th Annual Shredding Party!

Congratulations to all of the recipients of scholarships and awards that were honored at the Sr. Jane Epping Awards Ceremony & those inducted into the National Honor Society! Students were also honored with awards in band & choir at their spring concerts.

Brownie Troop 6102 created a “buddy bench” and donated it to St. Steve’s to earn their Inventor Badge.

Congrats to PCMS student Adam on winning the 8th Grade Wisconsin State Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest!

Jon Miskowski, Director of Television for Wisconsin Public Television and a proud former student of St. Steve’s, took the time during Teacher Appreciation Week to recognize his favorite teacher, Sister Venantia, from 5th grade at Steve’s.

PCMS 6th grader Lucy won 1st place in a Portage County 4-H Club speech contest!

Check out some of the fun pictures from Pacelli High School’s prom, courtesy of PCS parent Lynn Hintz.

PCS is proud to have so many award winning teachers at each of our schools! Congratulations to the following recent award winners:

Congratulations to Paige Hintz ’18 on being named the Central Wisconsin Conference-South Player of the Year for softball! Hintz was also named to 1st team along with Cailin Firkus ’18, Haley Raflik, Karah Kluck, & Madison Hintz, in addition to teammates Sophie Schroeder, Amanda Klasinski, & Teesa Shafranski being named 2nd team. The team, who have already clinched the Conference & Regional Championship titles, will compete to be Sectional Champions tonight – good luck!

Good luck to our Co-Conference Champion baseball team as they advance to compete in the regional championship game tonight!

PCHS volunteered their time enjoying an afternoon of dancing at the Senior Citizen Prom.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 & best wishes for a successful future! Check out additional photos from the Stevens Point Journal & a video of the happy new graduates from the Point/Plover Metro Wire.

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Groundbreaking took place for the new Cultural Commons interactive garden and education space.

Local business Skyward was celebrated once again as one of Wisconsin’s best workplaces for millennials.

The Portage County Business Council honored local businesses and a young professional for their positive impact on the community at the Creative Excellence Awards Breakfast.

Artists young and old were able to make their mark downtown on a new mural.

Local philanthropist Patty Noel was honored for her support of women and children as she received the 2018 SPARK Philanthropist Award at the Women’s Fund of Portage County Spring Luncheon.

Check out some fun things happening around town this summer both at SentryWorld, the Levitt AMP Stevens Point Music Series presented by Create Portage County, and of course the slate of Polish events!

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April e-Newsletter: In the News & Community Happenings

The following are news snippets from the April e-Newsletter highlighting the Pacelli Catholic School system, individual students, alumni, staff, and members of the PCS community who have recently been highlighted for their accomplishments.

St. Steve’s teacher Amy Parks was featured in WZAW’s Teacher Salute. Congratulations, Amy!

Two Pacelli students recently won the Stevens Point Police Department’s K-9 Logo Contest. Elizabeth Krupka will have her SPPD paw print placed on the K-9 squads with the dog’s name under it and Mackenzie Schlagenhaft will have her SP-K9 Unit print placed on t-shirts to sell as a fundraiser.

Stevens Point Journal placed a senior spotlight on Cailin Firkus in her last season of Pacelli softball.

PCS student Nathaniel received the Kiwanis Make a Difference Award.

Congrats to our PCHS prom court! Check out more prom photos here.

Congrats to PCMS students of the month: Nolan (5th), Olivia (6th), Anna (7th), & Brycen (8th).

Check out our PCMS Wax Museum participants – so lifelike!

On April 25, we honored our faculty and staff at the annual Staff Appreciation Party. Congrats to all celebrating milestones and our special award winners! Thank you to those that donated baskets and door prizes to make the night extra special.

Students had the joy of participating in Opera for the Young recently – what a fun experience for our kids!

PCMS 6th graders learned how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet in religion class.

Pacelli’s Visual Arts Classic Team had 12 participants in the recent Regional Competition at UWSP and did really well!

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Host Families Wanted: Global Outreach a Catholic Program

Have you ever wanted to make a difference in a young person’s life? If so, Global Outreach, a Catholic student exchange program is the chance of a lifetime.  Our students from five countries, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovakia, study in U.S. Catholic high schools during their junior year and return to their countries to make a difference in their schools, in the Church, and in their society.
We hope that next year we will be able to send students to Pacelli High School again, but this can only happen if host families can be found for the students. Please open the door of your home and heart to a wonderful young person who will not only bring something special to the school, but also to your home. Students arrive in early August 2018 and return around June 15, 2019.
Testimonials can be found at https://globaloutreachprogram.com/. To learn more please  contact Barbara TotaBoryczka, Executive Director, at (920) 540-3085 or email at boryczkabb@sbcglobal.net or contact Fr. Larry Seidl, Spiritual Director, at (920) 412-0320 or email at ljseidl1949@gmail.com

March e-Newsletter: In the News & Community Happenings

The following are news snippets from the March e-Newsletter highlighting the Pacelli Catholic School system, individual students, alumni, staff, and members of the PCS community who have recently been highlighted for their accomplishments.

PCHS students, staff, and community members donated blood to save lives and help fund PCS scholarships.

St. Steve’s students celebrated Wacky Wednesday in honor of Dr. Seuss.

Pacelli senior Brooke Schroeder was honored for advancing as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

Congratulations to PCS DI teams for qualifying for state – 5th grade D I Dem Boyz, The 8th Note, and PCHS team Omega Improv.

St. Bron’s 3rd & 4th graders performed the shadow stations for schoolmates and parishioners.

Parents, grandparents, alumni, staff, and community members had a blast celebrating Pacelli Catholic Schools at this year’s 5th Annual Cardinal Crusade.

Pacelli alum Ike Elliott was named to the 2018 NCAA Division III Academic All-District Six Men’s Basketball First Team becoming the first player in UW-Stout history to receive Academic All-District recognition. Congrats!

PCMS 8th graders track their Lenten commitments on the “Path to Christ.”

PCMS student Allison received honorable mention from Riverfront Arts Center for her sketch “Snowy Leopard.”

You won’t believe the transformation of the St. Steve’s gym, part of the ongoing capital campaign building renovations.

Check out these great photos of our young wrestlers by alum George Check.

We were honored to host a few students from China at PCMS again this year.

Check out our upcoming Kids Can Code! event on Saturday, April 14 for kids ages 6-12 who love hands-on activities. All kids are welcome, regardless of experience.

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Around the Corner with John McGivern featured Stevens Point in a recent episode.

Get ready: the 49th year of the world’s largest trivia contest will take the town by storm April 13-15.

It’s not too late to submit your creation for the “Peeps as Art” show slated to be held at the Riverfront Arts Center.

The city of Stevens Point is considering plans for a permanent parklet program in two areas of town.

Stevens Point is home to local snow sculpting artist Jef Schobert.

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PCHS to Host Blood Drive on March 1

Pacelli Catholic High School is having a blood drive for the Blood Center of Wisconsin on Thursday, March 1.  We need your help to make this event a success!  Appointments begin at 8:00 am and continue at 15 minutes intervals; the last appointment begins at 1:00 pm.  Sign up online atbcw.edu/pacelli or by emailing mschmitz@pacellicatholicschools.com.

As a direct result of this event, Pacelli students will receive scholarship money!   The amount of the scholarship increases with each donation.  If you do a double red cell donation, we will get double credit for your donation.  Last year Pacelli gave out $500.  We would like your help to continue generating scholarships for our students.  Thank you for in advance for making this event a success.

Contact Maria Schmitz at mschmitz@pacellicatholicschools.com or call 715-342-2008 with any questions.

January e-Newsletter: Community Happenings

Check out Stevens Point’s 2017 People of the Year.

Our very own Iverson Park was featured as one of Travel Wisconsin’s Top Five Unique Sledding Hills.

UWSP is looking for participants in the 2018 LIFE (Learning is ForEver) program geared for adults and featuring nearly 80 workshops, lectures, and tours this year.

Tonight’s Portage County Business Council dinner will honor two Portage County businesses and two leaders in the business community.

Sentry’s IT Co-op in downtown Stevens Point means big things for UWSP students.

Ignite Young Professionals are again participating in YPWeek Wisconsin along with 27 other communities, a grassroots statewide effort presenting a variety of local programs to empower young professionals to take ownership and pride in their hometowns.


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Pacelli Fish Fry 2018

Mark your calendars for the Pacelli Fish Fry 2018! February 16 · February 23 · March 2 · March 16

Baked or beer batter fried fish or shrimp, choice of potato (baked or waffle fries), and dessert. New this year: homemade mac & cheese & caesar salad.

Check out the flyer below for more details and plan to join us for one or more Fridays during lent!

Bridge Mixer Marathon Group, Anonymous Donors Award Grants to Catholic Schools

For the eighth consecutive year, the Bride Mixer Marathon Group is sponsoring two education grants for Pacelli Catholic School teachers. This year’s recipients are Jean Rosenthal of Pacelli Catholic Elementary School-St. Bronislava and Joe Zawacki of Pacelli Catholic Middle School.

Rosenthal’s grant, entitled Fine Motor Skill Development, will enable her to purchase a variety of tools including manual dexterity vests and Cut N Cruise scissor magnets to help 3-year-old and 4-year-old preschoolers and child care students master fine motor skills like buttoning, zipping, and cutting with scissors. Developing these skills will better prepare them for kindergarten and beyond.

Zawacki’s funding will transform an unused courtyard into a usable green space that would function as an outdoor classroom available for use by any class, student, or teacher. The outdoor classroom could be used for things like encouraging fresh air, sparking creativity, providing a gardening opportunity to supplement the school lunch program, studying the outdoors, or providing a quiet place to read and reflect.

In addition to those grants, two anonymous donors from within the Bridge Mixer Marathon Group are providing funding to two additional teachers, Kathy Hansel and Lisa Springob, both of Pacelli Catholic Elementary School-St. Stephen.

Hansel will purchase hands-free Whisper Phones for her Learning Resources students, which will enable beginning or struggling readers to hear individual sounds in words, while Springob will get picture books as mentor texts for teaching reading and writing to her 4th grade students to help model different writing traits and reading skills.


Point/Plover Metro Wire: Catholic School Teachers Receive Grants 

Stevens Point City Times: Bridge Mixer Marathon Group, Anonymous Donors Award Grants to Catholic Schools

December e-Newsletter: Community Happenings

Community philanthropists Bob & Mary Berard recently made a major commitment to UW-Stevens Point to fund scholarships for first-generation college students.

Toddlers learn STEM at the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum.

The Stevens Point Police Department has moved into a much nicer, larger home.

Wreaths Across America recently held a special ceremony at Plover’s Korean War Memorial.

SentryWorld Golf Course is set to host the 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.

UWSP Chancellor Bernie Patterson shares some updates on the upcoming merger between two-year and four-year UW schools.

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