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.

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.

 

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.

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.

November e-Newsletter: In the News & Community Happenings

The following are news snippets from the November 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 staff and students put on a wonderful assembly honoring those who have served our country for Veteran’s Day. Check out the full video here.

Congratulations to PCMS October students of the month!

Thanks to all community members and students who participated in the blood drive collecting 56 pints of blood, surpassing the goal set by the Red Cross.

Alumni Elizabeth “Lizzy” Cisewski ’17 and her fellow UW-Eau Claire Women’s Cross Country Team finished in 2nd place at nationals.

Fr. Dan Hackel has assumed responsibilities as the new Dean of the Stevens Point Deanery and we’re looking forward to working with him more closely as a part of our school system.

Pacelli senior AJ Firminhac was featured in a spotlight article highlighting his role on the basketball team.

We’re lucky to have UWSP as a partner to help with many student learning experiences, like these students who taught math to kindergarteners at St. Steve’s.

The Portesi Fund for Catholic Education has again awarded grants to fund various learning enhancement projects at each of our schools.

Second grade students at St. Bron’s and St. Steve’s celebrated All Saints Day by dressing up as their favorite saint and sharing facts about them during their special masses.

Pacelli sophomore Ben Formella shadowed Dean Marty Loy, UWSP College of Professional Studies as part of Teen Leadership Portage County.

Don’t miss out on the upcoming performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr presented by PCMS students Dec 7-9.

Congratulations to Mike Schmoll, Pacelli teacher who was recently presented with the Golden Apple Award from the Portage County Business Council.

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The Ignite Young Professionals invite you to celebrate the season at their Holiday Soiree on Thursday, Dec. 21 at Muse at Sentry.

Check out this aerial view of the new UWSP Science Building.

The YMCA now has a new passenger van to use for their programming thanks to donors Bob & Mary Berard and Mike Dudas ’85 of Len Dudas Motors.

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Honoring Our Veterans

On Friday, November 10, Pacelli Catholic Schools students in grades 5-12 gathered to honor those who have served this country. This special annual ceremony included a memorable slideshow with photos of family members and friends in some way connected to PCS. In addition, the Pacelli Band led the playing of the armed service songs from each military branch, inviting those who served and those representing a loved one who has served to stand and salute when their branch’s song was played. This  year’s service also included some special interviews, both on video and in person, of a few veterans very near and dear to our hearts. To all of the veterans out there, thank you for your service!

If you weren’t able to be at the ceremony or know a veteran who wasn’t able to attend, please check out the full ceremony video below. Click here to checkout the slideshow with photos of veterans connected to PCS.