Pacelli Catholic Schools Reveals Major Gift Donor

With gratitude, Pacelli Catholic Schools revealed today the identity of the major donor responsible for the $500,000 gift to the Pride in Our Past…Faith in Our Future Capital Campaign. The gift, which was used as a matching gift challenge for maximum impact, was made by philanthropist and alumnus Tim Copps ’60.

“Tim’s gift is a great blessing to us,” said Gregg Hansel, director of education for Pacelli Catholic Schools. “It will help us in so many ways, not just now but well into the future.”

The gift will be used, in part, to fund renovations at the St. Stanislaus school building in preparation for that building to become the new home of the Pacelli Catholic Schools Tim Copps Early Childhood Center.

“Tim’s gift was instrumental in helping us raise an additional $1 million towards our capital campaign,” said Hansel. “Those additional funds are crucial to continuing a strong tradition of Catholic schools in this community.”

The remainder of Copps’ gift will be used to establish the Excellence in Education Fund for teacher salary enhancement created through the Pride in Our Past…Faith in Our Future Capital Campaign.

“That piece really stood out to me,” said Copps. “You need to provide people with a good salary.”

Copps’ identity was revealed after a recent meeting between PCS administrators and Copps, who spends his summers in Stevens Point and winters in Naples, FL.

Tim Copps is a 4th generation member of The Copps Corporation. While serving as president, Copps and his brothers and cousins decided to focus on developing Superstores, the first of which was opened in Oshkosh in 1984. From there they expanded to Manitowoc, Appleton, Green Bay, Stevens Point, and Fond du Lac, opening smaller stores in many other parts of Wisconsin. In 2001, The Copps Corporation sold 22 Copps stores to Milwaukee-based Roundy’s, which was later purchased by Kroger in 2016, allowing Tim Copps to focus more on philanthropy.

Major philanthropic efforts of Copps include supporting other local organizations like the Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, United Way, and UWSP, among others.

“I’m glad the fund drive was a success,” said Copps of the capital campaign. “I’m glad I was a part of it.”

 Right: Tim Copps (right) admires his senior class photo and those of his classmates while reminiscing about friends and memories made before his graduation in 1960 from Pacelli High School. Pictured with Copps is Gregg Hansel (left) of Pacelli Catholic Schools.


Stevens Point Journal: Tim Copps provides $500,000 gift to Pacelli Catholic Schools campaign

Stevens Point City Times: Pacelli Reveals Identity of $500K Donor

June e-Newsletter: Community Happenings

Last Thursday, Stevens Point based Sentry Insurance kickoff construction on a major expansion located across the street from their national headquarters. The new facility will be a seven-story, 270,000-square-foot building.

Local Q Gallery show will feature farms, flowers, and rural America, the work of Portage County artist Mary Lee Reineking.

Downtown Stevens Point continues to thrive and grow with the recent opening of Bria Bella & Co., a women’s boutique shop.

UWSP will be the host of the Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference on July 13, showcasing the latest concepts, research, and innovations in the field from featured speakers from professional and college sports organizations, the business sector, and the academic community.

SentryWorld was recently named one of the top public courses in the US, earning the #34 spot in the Golf Digest magazine.

Custer was recently host to the 28th Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) Energy Fair, the oldest and largest event of its kind in the world.

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.

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.

Pacelli Catholic Schools director of education and principal of St. Stan’s/St. Steve’s principal Gregg Hansel was selected as a Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Leadership Award recipient.

Pacelli’s softball is on a roll after knocking out No. 1 Horicon in a 3-0 win. The team, ninth overall, advances to play on June 1 vs. No. 6 Cochrane Fountain City for a berth in the Division 4 state tournament.

Know of kids or teens looking for FREE summer breakfast and lunch? Check out this flyer for more details and send them to Pacelli Catholic High School this summer.

High school track 4×400 teams, both boys and girls, have broken the school records this season.

The 7th Annual Pacelli Catholic Schools Shredding Party, hosted by Schulfer & Associates, LLC Financial Professionals, was a huge success earning more than $3,500 for the new Pacelli Catholic Early Childhood Center to purchase playground equipment. Thanks to the PCHS band for playing, Kohl’s employees for volunteering, and Express Recycling Solutions, Inc. for providing the secure and confidential shredding services.

Students from both St. Bron’s and St. Stan’s celebrated their First Communion, embracing their faith and growing their relationship with the church.

Congrats to PCMS April Students of the Month: Gabriel Hoerter (6th grade), Zoe Sell (7th grade), and Logan Vayder (8th grade).

On May 10, we held a formal grand opening ceremony for the new Berard/Klasinski Clinic Fitness Center in memory of Coach Bob Raczek at Pacelli High School. Special thanks to Dr. Corey Huck, Prof. Nisha Fernando, and other members of UWSP for the ongoing partnership in the center and for these additional photos from the event. Plus, check out this cool 360 degree view of the space.

Many PCHS juniors were inducted into National Honor Society while senior members were decorated, celebrating their first step towards graduation.

Max Firminhac ’16 was recently chosen for the 2017 KIDS from Wisconsin show troupe, which includes a show in Stevens Point on July 20.

Mrs. Okray’s second graders at St. Stan’s had fun celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

3-year-old preschoolers from Pacelli Catholic Early Childhood Center took a walking field trip to the steam engine and stopped to play one one a little more their size.

Pacelli’s Joyce Krusa (below) was recently named Chemistry Teacher of the Year by the American Chemical Society-Central Wisconsin Section.

Pacelli put on a great showing of West Side Story. Special thanks to Mrs. Elaine Jakusz and Wendie Cliver, WCM Photography & Creations for the great snapshots of the performances.

PCHS freshmen and sophomore spanish students worked together with Dr. Olsen’s UWSP spanish students to enhance their learning and understanding of the language.

An annual tradition for PCHS students, they helped throw Senior Citizen Prom at Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, evening crowning a prom king and queen.

Many members of the PCHS track team are headed to state this weekend in La Crosse. Good luck to those athletes!

We were blessed to honor Pacelli alumnus James (Ness) Niespodziani ’59 as this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. A brunch was held for Jim where he was honored surrounded by family and friends and he later gave a keynote address at the PCHS graduation ceremony.

PCHS DI team Alpha Omega competed at Global Finals in Nashville, TN last week. They received their results on Saturday, just in time for graduation, and placed 12th out of over 80 teams in the Improv Challenge. Congrats!

Happy retirement to both Mrs. Bonnie Charles and Mrs. Patti Henning from St. Steve’s who were recently recognized at a school mass. Also retiring this year is Mrs. Mary Okray from St. Stan’s.

Our littlest students enjoyed learning about law enforcement, getting a sneak peek at the back of a police car and talking with local officers.

Congratulations to our newest alumni, the class of 2017! Click on the mini albums below to see their senior photos and future plans. Album 1. Album 2.  Album 3. Album 4. Album 5. Album 6.

4th graders at St. Bron’s read a book, completed a display board on the book, and dressed up as the main character to present to the rest of the school.

Thanks to Mrs. Michele Tippel for sharing photos from the spring PCMS band and choir concerts.

Congratulations to the PCMS softball team for their undefeated season of 14-0!

St. Stan’s kindergarten graduates shared some wonderful thoughts and memories from their year.

St. Steve’s 4th and 5th graders were recognized at their last school mass as they’re on to new things at PCMS next fall.

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Community Happenings

Pacelli high school students have been part of the internship growth in the community, and Stevens Point was recently named one of the top 100 best places for a summer internship.

If you are a local or planning to come back for a reunion before Panacea, check out some of what the fun things happening in the area.

Sustainability is an important part of our community, and UWSP was recently named a US Green Ribbon School for their efforts including something as simple as promoting wellness and student health and the use of water bottle refilling stations, two new initiatives also happening at Pacelli Catholic Schools with the launch of the new fitness center and the installation of new bottle filling stations happening over the summer.

UWSP also unveiled a new video overview of the progress on their new science building, neighbor to St. Stan’s, one year after the groundbreaking. We’ve had our own fun watching our students grow with the building this year.

The Orange Barrel Art tour, brought to you by the Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and CREATE Portage County, is back for yet another year.

The 8th Annual Z Tourney, a memorial fishing tournament, raffle, and family day, will be held on Saturday, July 15 at Lakeside Bar in Stevens Point. The money raised from the 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.

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.

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.