8th Annual Z Tourney

A Memorial Fishing Tournament, Raffle, and Family Day at Lakeside Bar in Stevens Point

Money raised from this event will fund a scholarship of up to $2,000 annually awarded to a graduating Portage County high school senior(s) in honor of Dan Zurawski ’07, a UWSP sophomore who drowned in 2009.

When: Saturday, July 15

Where: Lakeside Bar, 736 Old Wausau Road, Stevens Point, WI

Click on the flyer below for additional details on the schedule of events, tourney fee and format, and more. Visit www.TheZTourney.com to donate, access team registration, tourney rules, and more.

 

Teacher Appreciation Week: Day 6 Teacher Feature – Mrs. Danielle Peters

Throughout this school year, we’ve had the privilege of featuring one exceptional member of our faculty and staff each month through our Teacher Feature articles. This week, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re happy to bring you one Teacher Feature for each day of the week. We hope you enjoy this extra special week full of some of our wonderful teachers, and that it reminds you of some of the special teachers you’ve been blessed with in your life.

Check out our Thank a Teacher Campaign for more details on how we’re thanking our teachers in a BIG way this week.


Name: Danielle Peters

Grade & School You Teach: 10-12th grade science (physical science, ecology, human anatomy and physiology, Principles of Engineering, Medical Interventions) at PCHS

Where did you grow up and go to high school?
Amherst, Amherst High School

Where was your first teaching job?
Here

How long have you been teaching?
3 years

How long have you been teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?
3 years

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?
Small class sizes for more one-on-one interaction

What was your favorite class when you were a student? 

English

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Doctor

What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
Read, watch Dateline

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I want to be able to apparte like in Harry Potter. I hate driving.

What’s something that most people or your students don’t know about you?
Brian Winquist and I are expecting our first child in November.

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to a student?
Trying hard and doing your best is more important than earning an A.


Check out our Thank a Teacher page each day of Teacher Appreciation Week this week for another Teacher Feature highlighting some of our many outstanding educators.

Teacher Appreciation Week: Day 5 Teacher Feature – Mr. Joe Zawacki

Throughout this school year, we’ve had the privilege of featuring one exceptional member of our faculty and staff each month through our Teacher Feature articles. This week, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re happy to bring you one Teacher Feature for each day of the week. We hope you enjoy this extra special week full of some of our wonderful teachers, and that it reminds you of some of the special teachers you’ve been blessed with in your life.

Check out our Thank a Teacher Campaign for more details on how we’re thanking our teachers in a BIG way this week.


Name: Joe Zawacki

Grade & School You Teach: 7th & 8th Grade at Pacelli Catholic Middle School

Where did you grow up and go to high school and college?

I grew up in Eau Claire, WI. I attended Regis High School and then went on to UW-Stevens Point.

Where was your first teaching job?

My first teaching job was here!

How long have you been teaching?

I am in my second year of teaching, I started here in 2015.

How long have you been teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?

I have been teaching in the Pacelli system for almost 2 years.

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?

The community feel of the whole system. The students and their families make teaching here an incredible experience. It really does feel like a big family where everyone is looking out for everyone else.

What is unique about the education experience offered at PCS that you can’t find anywhere else?

For me, the best part is getting to know the students. I can do that because of the small classes and overall size of the school. That is definitely unique and is something I really appreciate and love about the school. I’ve gotten to know so many great people and every student who walks down the hall or past my room, I know by name, which is awesome.

 

What was your favorite class when you were a student?

My favorite class was probably science or phy ed…or lunch if that counts! I have always loved science, being active, & eating food.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was in elementary school I wanted to be a zookeeper. I’ve always been a big fan of animals and growing up knew almost all the local animals around Eau Claire. I’m sure I drove my parents crazy identifying everything we saw. Later on, near the end of my middle school years I started getting the idea that teaching was the path I wanted to pursue.

Who is your biggest inspiration/role model?

My biggest inspiration is my parents. They are both incredible people and to me, have really lived life the way it should be lived. They are caring, kind, funny, and faith-filled. They are always willing to lend a hand when someone needs it. I’ve tried my best to model myself after them.

What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

Overall a lot of my hobbies include being active in some way. I being outdoors fishing, rock climbing, hiking, camping, & exploring wild places. I also enjoy working out & playing any type of sport. I love playing music and play a couple of instruments including guitar & ukelele. Finally, I do enjoy playing video games every now and then too. I consider myself a jack of all trades but master of none!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I would say the ability to transport instantly to anywhere on Earth. I love Wisconsin but have traveled and explored a lot of the National Parks in the US. I would love to be able to take day or weekend trips out west via transporting instead of the long drives!

What’s something that most people or your students don’t know about you?

I’ll up the ante and give 3 things! 1.) My first job was working as a camp counselor in the summers, which I did for 9 years. 2.) When I was 13, I earned a black belt in karate. 3.) I have been to 12 National Parks with a lifetime goal of visiting all 59.

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to a student?

Be yourself! Around my classroom I have the saying, “Not all who wander are lost.” For me, that’s always been a mantra of sorts. Just because there’s a trail, or the way everyone else was doing it, doesn’t mean that’s the best way for you, or that you are stuck to that path. My favorite part about getting to know students is that everyone is so unique and together in my classroom we make something greater than ourselves. If everyone was the same or did everything the same way, it would be boring! You certainly will be challenged at times to remain true to yourself, but try to remember how valuable you are as an individual.


Check out our Thank a Teacher page each day of Teacher Appreciation Week this week for another Teacher Feature highlighting some of our many outstanding educators.

Teacher Appreciation Week: Day 4 Teacher Feature – Mrs. Lisa Springob

Throughout this school year, we’ve had the privilege of featuring one exceptional member of our faculty and staff each month through our Teacher Feature articles. This week, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re happy to bring you one Teacher Feature for each day of the week. We hope you enjoy this extra special week full of some of our wonderful teachers, and that it reminds you of some of the special teachers you’ve been blessed with in your life.

Check out our Thank a Teacher Campaign for more details on how we’re thanking our teachers in a BIG way this week.


Name: Lisa Springob

Grade & School You Teach: 4th grade at St. Steve’s

Where did you grow up and go to high school and college?
I grew up in Green Bay and went to Green Bay Southwest High School. I went to college at UWSP. I earned my masters at St. Norbert.

Where was your first teaching job?
My first teaching job was in Green Bay at Holy Family School. I taught 3rd grade there.

How long have you been teaching?
I have been a teacher for 22 years, however, I was a stay-at-home-mom for 8 of them.

How long have you been teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?
This is my 8th year teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools.

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?
I enjoy the strong sense of community and family in my building.

What is unique about the education experience offered at PCS that you can’t find anywhere else?
I think the small class sizes are conducive to a “family like” atmosphere. I also believe instilling the importance of doing service and spreading Jesus’ teachings make us unique.

What was your favorite class when you were a student?
My favorite class was Reading class.

As a kid, what did you want to be while growing up?
I wanted to be a mom and a teacher.

Who is your biggest inspiration/role model?
My biggest inspiration was my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Klimek. She always seemed to care so much about each of us.

What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
My hobbies are spending time with my family, anything “art related”, my road bike, reading, running, knitting, and spending time outdoors.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
If I could have a superpower it would be to get a glimpse of Heaven for a day.

What’s something that most people or your students don’t know about you?
They may not know that I love to take naps.

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to a student?
The two most important things you can do to get smarter in life are to read, to wonder, and to keep asking questions.


Check out our Thank a Teacher page each day of Teacher Appreciation Week this week for another Teacher Feature highlighting some of our many outstanding educators.

Teacher Appreciation Week: Day 3 Teacher Feature – Mrs. Julie Glodowski

Throughout this school year, we’ve had the privilege of featuring one exceptional member of our faculty and staff each month through our Teacher Feature articles. This week, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re happy to bring you one Teacher Feature for each day of the week. We hope you enjoy this extra special week full of some of our wonderful teachers, and that it reminds you of some of the special teachers you’ve been blessed with in your life.

Check out our Thank a Teacher Campaign for more details on how we’re thanking our teachers in a BIG way this week.


Name: Julie Glodowski

Grade & School You Teach: Kindergarten at St. Bron’s

Where did you grow up and go to high school and college?
I grew up in Lena, WI. I graduated from Lena High School in 1987. After high school I continued my educational experience at UWSP. I graduated with a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education.

Where was your first teaching job?
My first teaching job was at St. Phillip Catholic School in Rudolph, WI. I taught first and second grade there.

How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching for 24 years. Twenty of those years have been in a Catholic School setting.

How long have you been teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?
I have been teaching in the Pacelli Catholic School System for 15 years.

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?
I love the feeling of being part of a great big family. The staff and students know who everyone is and look out for one another just like a big brother or sister would.

What is unique about the education experience offered at PCS that you can’t find anywhere else?
I love that I am able to freely teach about Jesus and our Catholic Faith to my students I am able to incorporate religion into all curriculum areas. As a parent of children who attend or have attended PCS, I am thankful they were able to receive that same Christian experience as well.

Have you received any teaching-related awards?

I have received the Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction award and the PCS Holy Family Award.

What was your favorite class when you were a student?
English/Language Arts

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I have always wanted to be a teacher. I remember many times playing school with my dolls and my sister as I was growing up. My elementary teachers always gave me copies of assignments they had left over and I would make my sister be the student and do them at home.

Who is your biggest inspiration/role model?
I would not be the person I am today without the kind, courageous, faithful, modeling my parents offered. They were always there for me and encouraged me to work hard and reach my goals.

What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to cook, bake, and fish in my free time.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I would like to have the power to be invisible.

What’s something that most people or your students don’t know about you?
I have two stepchildren and two grandchildren.

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to a student?
Never give up! Put your best effort into things and you will go far.


Check out our Thank a Teacher page each day of Teacher Appreciation Week this week for another Teacher Feature highlighting some of our many outstanding educators.

Teacher Appreciation Week: Day 2 Teacher Feature – Mrs. Carol Bernas

Throughout this school year, we’ve had the privilege of featuring one exceptional member of our faculty and staff each month through our Teacher Feature articles. This week, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re happy to bring you one Teacher Feature for each day of the week. We hope you enjoy this extra special week full of some of our wonderful teachers, and that it reminds you of some of the special teachers you’ve been blessed with in your life.

Check out our Thank a Teacher Campaign for more details on how we’re thanking our teachers in a BIG way this week.


Name: Carol Bernas

Grade & School You Teach:  I teach 4K thru 5th grade Physical Education at St. Stan’s, St. Steve’s and St. Bron’s

Where did you grow up and go to high school and college?

I grew up in Stevens Point and graduated from SPASH. I received my undergraduate degree from UW-Stevens Point and my graduate degree from UW-La Crosse.

Where was your first teaching job?

My first teaching job was a long term sub position in the Rosholt School District. My first permanent teaching position was at Sacred Heart School in Polonia.

How long have you been teaching? I have been teaching for 24 years.

How long have you been teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?

I have been teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools for 16 years.

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?

What I enjoy the most about teaching at PCS is the people I work with, their encouragement, support and caring attitude.

What is unique about the education experience offered at PCS that you can’t find anywhere else? What makes PCS unique is that faith can be incorporated into all aspects of education.

What was your favorite class when you were a student?

When I was a student my favorite class was Biology.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an elementary school teacher.

Who is your biggest inspiration/role model?

I don’t think I could pick out just one person as my role model.  I’d have to say it is a combination of  family, friends and teachers who have encouraged me along the way to where I am now.

What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I like to read, go for walks,  do a little gardening and hang out with family and friends.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

If I could choose a superpower it would be the power of healing.

What’s something that most people or your students don’t know about you?

Most of my students don’t know that I am the 8th of 11 children.  I come from a big family.  I have 5 brothers and 5 sisters.

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to a student?

The most important advice I can give to students is to keep on trying because it takes time to see the improvements they are making.


Check out our Thank a Teacher page each day of Teacher Appreciation Week this week for another Teacher Feature highlighting some of our many outstanding educators.

Teacher Appreciation Week Kindness Challenge

Each day of Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re rolling out a kindness challenge. In honor of our teachers and the kindness they spread to us, our families, and our community, we’re going to repay them by paying forward acts of kindness in their honor.

Check out the details on each day’s challenge below and make your plans to be kind to one another in honor of our teachers.

Day 1: Say “I Love You” Sunday (May 7)

Today, the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week is Say “I Love You” Sunday. Tell your family and those closest to you how much they mean to you and that you love them.

Day 2: Meal Monday (May 8)

Eat lunch with someone new. Sit down as a family for dinner and plan your acts of kindness for the week.

Day 3: Tell Them Tuesday (May 9)

Say nice things to people you see. Give compliments and praise.

Day 4: Wow Wednesday (May 10)

Make someone’s day by leaving an anonymous gift (candy bar, note, flower, etc.) or do an act of service.

Day 5: Thank You Note Thursday (May 11)

Write and give a thank you note to someone you appreciate but don’t tell often, like a teacher you see every day.

Day 6: Friendly Friday (May 12)

Introduce yourself to someone new or talk to someone you see every day but don’t usually speak to.

Day 7: Smile Saturday (May 13)

Smile at as many people as you can throughout the day. Try to get them to smile back.


Check out our Thank a Teacher page to join in on more Teacher Appreciation Week fun.

Teacher Appreciation Week: Day 1 Teacher Feature – Mrs. Jane Cotter

Throughout this school year, we’ve had the privilege of featuring one exceptional member of our faculty and staff each month through our Teacher Feature articles. This week, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re happy to bring you one Teacher Feature for each day of the week. We hope you enjoy this extra special week full of some of our wonderful teachers, and that it reminds you of some of the special teachers you’ve been blessed with in your life.

Check out our Thank a Teacher Campaign for more details on how we’re thanking our teachers in a BIG way this week.


Name: Jane (Quimby) Cotter

Grade & School You Teach: Childcare at Pacelli Catholic Early Childhood Center

Where did you grow up and go to high school and college? Stevens Point, Pacelli class of 1985, MSTC

Where was your first teaching job? St. Stephen’s Childcare

How long have you been teaching? 30 years

How long have you been teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools? 20 years

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?

Teaching the children about faith in our lives and inspiring them to reach their goals!

What is unique about the education experience offered at PCS that you can’t find anywhere else?

FAITH in our everyday life

Have you received any teaching-related awards? Holy Family Award 2004

What was your favorite class when you were a student? Art, Home Ec, Ecology

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A Teacher

Who is your biggest inspiration/role model?

My mother, teachers from high school (Brother Larry & Mrs.Kilsdonk), teachers from grade school (Mrs. Davy & Mr. Pat Snow).

What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

Camping, hiking and biking, attending CUB games and being with my nephews.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To cure all illness and world peace.

What’s something that most people or your students don’t know about you?  

I would like to travel around the world someday.

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to a student? Be kind to one another


Check out our Thank a Teacher page each day of Teacher Appreciation Week this week for another Teacher Feature highlighting some of our many outstanding educators.

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.

Pacelli Catholic Schools recently raised over $2,100 for disaster relief in Lima, Peru. The funds will be used by the Diocese of La Crosse Mission in Casa Hogar to provide food, water, clothing, and shelter to villages hit hard by the mudslides.

Congrats to our Pacelli seniors who made prom court, especially Prom Queen Emma Kulick and Prom King Jacob Nikolai.

6th grade students at Pacelli Catholic Middle School were frozen in time for a favorite annual tradition, the Wax Museum.

Thanks to the quick responses and generosity of so many members of our PCS community, our capital campaign has reached over $2.9 million, breaking the $1 million matching gift challenge and inching closer to their goal of hitting $3 million.

PCMS 6th grader Eli Robinson was honored at special luncheon as a recipient of the Kiwanis Make a Difference Award.

The PCMS 8th grade travel volleyball team is having a great season, winning all 5 matches at a recent tournament, the first time one of our travel teams went 5-0. Congrats, girls!

Catch a great performance of West Side Story this weekend at Pacelli at 7PM on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28 or at 1PM or 7:30PM on Saturday, April 29. Plus, if you come on Friday, be sure to hit the P4 spaghetti dinner beforehand.

First grade students at St. Stan’s are diving head first into Project Lead the Way STEM units, or should we say “beak” first, as they attempted to pick up 3 types of “food” with different “beaks.”

8th graders presented the Living Stations of the Cross for classmates, fellow PCS students, teachers, and families, another incredibly moving and special tradition at PCMS.

Pacelli senior Christonna Shafranski signed her National Letter of Intent to play both cross country and softball for Upper Iowa University, NCAA Division II in Fayette, IA. Check out coverage in the Portage County Gazette or Stevens Point Journal.

The Stevens Point Journal recently did a feature article on Pacelli dance coach Tricia Cashin ’03 for her honors as the high school Coach of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches.

Congratulations to Pacelli DI team Alpha Omega, the only PCS team to qualify for Global Finals, where they’re headed in Tennessee in May.

See Pacelli in the news? Send it to pacelli@pacellicatholicschools.com for inclusion on our website, social media sites, or e-newsletters.


Community Happenings

The Rotary Club of Stevens Point will be holding it’s 100th Anniversary Celebration and dedication of The Cultural Commons site on May 1, including a beverage and dessert reception following at Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum that is free and open to the public.

Trivia 48 has come and gone and team Festivus claimed their repeat title as champions.

Qdoba will soon be moving into the now vacant former location of Wendy’s on Hwy 10.

A new Stevens Point Area Convention & Visitors Bureau “Celebrate the Arts IQ Quiz” will challenge your art-related knowledge for a chance to win a great weekend getaway in Stevens Point, or staycation, if you’re a local.

The UWSP Aber Suzuki Center, now located within the Noel Fine Arts Center, is celebrating 50 years of educating students in early childhood education, violin, viola, cello, bass, voice, piano, guitar, flute, harp, chamber music, and orchestra.

Acclaimed country/pop singer B.J. Thomas is coming to the Sentry Theater on May 20, performing two shows at 5PM and 8PM.

Spot community updates or events? Share it with pacelli@pacellicatholicschools.com to include in the new Community Happenings section of our e-newsletter and website.

April Teacher Feature: Mr. Mike Schmoll

Name: Mike Schmoll

Grade & School You Teach: 9-12 Social Studies, Pacelli

Where did you grow up and go to high school and college?

Grew up in Stevens Point, graduated from SPASH and UWSP.

Where was your first teaching job?

Substituted in the public schools for a year and then started at Pacelli.

How long have you been teaching? 22 years

How long have you been teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools? 21 years

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?

The freedom I have to teach what I want and how I want to teach it and the family atmosphere amongst students, staff, and families.

What is unique about the education experience offered at PCS that you can’t find anywhere else?

I think the family atmosphere at Pacelli is very unique and sets us apart from other schools. I have had student and parents of students I had twenty years ago come up to me and ask how I’ve been and how are things at Pacelli. People seem to really care about the students and the school.

 

What was your favorite class when you were a student?

Any history class.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A farm machinery salesman like my Dad.

Who is your biggest inspiration/role model?

I really don’t have one specific person that I use as a role model. I looked up to my parents and grandparents but there have been many people who I have looked at as role models. I try to take a little bit from all of them.

What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

I’ve recently taken up beekeeping which is very interesting. I also like to read, mow the lawn, and surf the internet.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I’ve worn glasses or contacts since I was in fourth grade so I think I’d like to have some sort of super eye sight.

What’s something that most people or your students don’t know about you?

I have four grandkids and four dogs.

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to a student?

Don’t go through life with blinders on. Don’t be afraid to experience new things, they might take you to a place you never imagined yourself.