Pacelli Catholic School System Announces Restructuring for 2017-2018 School Year

Big changes are in store for the Pacelli Catholic School system by way of restructuring for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Work will begin in spring and continue over the summer, thanks to donors of the system’s capital campaign, to enable growth and efficiencies across the board.

The Pacelli Catholic Early Childhood Center will move from its current location at St. Joseph’s to the St. Stanislaus school building, allowing for tremendous expansion of the program. This site will continue to be the location of the 4K program, saving the school system potential transportation costs and providing convenience for parents in that wraparound care will now be provided on site.

Pacelli Catholic Elementary School will be housed at the St. Stephen school building in Stevens Point and the St. Bronislava school building in Plover, consolidating the number of elementary school sites to just two locations. The two buildings will each house grades K-4, with St. Bronislava continuing to offer their existing 3K, 4K, and childcare programs. Pacelli Catholic Middle School, currently home to grades 6-8, will welcome all system 5th graders in the fall, while Pacelli Catholic High School will continue serving grades 9-12.

In preparation for these moves, several construction projects will be taking place at both St. Stan’s and St. Steve’s beginning this spring, including bathroom renovations, classroom updates, playground updates, and work to ensure that the new childcare center location meets all state licensing requirements. All work is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.

Along with this restructuring will come some minor changes to administration roles and duties, too. Ellen Lopas will continue to serve as the principal of Pacelli Catholic Middle School, assuming additional duties in managing professional growth, curriculum, accreditation, federal programs, the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program, and some 4K responsibilities. Gregg Hansel will continue in his roles as director of education and principal of St. Steve’s. He will also assume the position of principal of St. Bron’s. Larry Theiss will continue serving as principal of Pacelli Catholic High School, assuming some duties to support marketing and retention, while Lesley Lingofelt-Svihel will remain director of the Pacelli Catholic Early Childhood Center.

Additionally, work is currently underway and will soon be completed on a new fitness center at Pacelli Catholic High School. This fitness center, funded by the Big Red Club, the high school’s athletic booster club, will help transform numerous programs within the system, like athletics, physical education, and wellness. The goal is to increase health and fitness for all students and families within Pacelli Catholic Schools.

For questions on the restructuring, please contact Gregg Hansel at 715.341.2445.

Come to Pacelli’s Famous Fish Fry…You’ll Be Hooked!


Mark your calendars, Pacelli Famous Fish Fries are almost here! And that means one thing, SPRING is coming! We hope your family will join us in this great Pacelli tradition as one of our guests on a Friday night.

Come enjoy our HOMEMADE beer batter or baked fish fry or shrimp basket (or combo plate to enjoy both!), fries, baked potato or HOMEMADE potato salad, coleslaw, roll and HOMEMADE CAKE! It is a delicious meal at a great price. Parents, we also offer a peanut butter sandwich option for kids (under 3 eat free) or a single fish piece option.

Join us at Pacelli Catholic High School or carryout and eat in the comfort of your home.  Join us at Pacelli Catholic High School 4:30-7 pm March 3, 10, 17, and 31; April 7. Proceeds are used to help teachers in their classrooms.


To order carryout please call 715-341-2442 AFTER 4:15 pm.

Menu Options & Pricing

  • 1 piece fish (famous beer batter or baked) – $7.00
  • 2 piece fish fry (famous beer batter or baked) – $9.00
  • 3 piece fish fry (famous beer batter or baked) – $11.00
  • 6 piece jumbo shrimp basket – $10.00
  • Combo plate (1 piece fish, 3 jumbo shrimp) – $9.50
  • Extra piece of fish – $2.00
  • PB&J Slider – $3.00 (children under age 3 free)

February e-Newsletter: In the News

PCHS Senior Katherine Mueller advanced to the finalist standings in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Thanks to PCMS teacher Maureen Brocken, our middle school received the Sprout Level recognition from Green & Healthy Schools of Wisconsin for reducing environmental impact, increasing sustainable literacy, and improving wellness.

PCHS students, staff, and community members participated in the Red Cross blood drive to help save lives.

PCMS was the home to four visiting students from China who spent 2 weeks with the seventh grade class.

Students at St. Bron’s participated in a Jack and the Beanstalk Project Lead the Way unit, constructing a beanstalk strong enough to hold the golden egg.

Gilchrist Dental visited our childcare center students to teach them all about the importance of dental health.

Congratulations to 6th grader Winston Hill, 7th grader Mateo Koch, and 8th grader Grace Wiskerchen for being named the PCMS January Students of the Month!

Pacelli Catholic School’s ongoing capital campaign is nearing the end of the formal solicitation phase, inching closer to our $3 million goal and our building realignment.

Samantha Schoepke, 4th grader at Pacelli Catholic Elementary School-St. Stephen, recently won a statewide fire safety poster contest sponsored by the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Thanks to the ongoing efforts of Pacelli’s Big Red Club, our athletic booster club, a new fitness center is in progress at PCHS, part of ongoing health and wellness initiatives in the school system.

Students at St. Bron’s were delighted to a weather presentation by Justin Loew from WAOW Newsline 9, while PCMS students got to see a weather presentation from Samantha Kuffel.

PCMS students showed off their many talents during their annual Catholic Schools Week talent show at the end of January, as did our elementary students at St. Steve’s.

St. Bron’s students celebrated the 100th day of school with a fun STEM activity, creating something from 100 blocks, cubes, poker chips, or wikki stix.

Congratulations to PCMS teachers Elaine Jakusz, Sherry Patton, & Carrie Gruman-Trinker for receiving awards from the Portage County Alliance for Youth.

One of our favorite Catholic Schools Week traditions, our 5-8 students join our high schoolers to celebrate mass and, this year, took part in some fun activities afterwards.

Students took part in the Diocesan Brains & Brawn tournament in La Crosse.

Mr. Hansel was duct taped to the wall, a reward to St. Steve’s students for hitting their reading goals.

Fr. Ed talked to St. Bron’s 5th graders about Groundhog Day and the significance of it being celebrated 40 days after Christmas Eve.

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February Teacher Feature: Mrs. Kim LaBelle

Mrs. Kimberly LaBelle, Kindergarten, Pacelli Catholic Elementary School-St. Stanislaus

Name: Mrs. Kimberly LaBelle

Grade & School You Teach: Kindergarten at St. Stanislaus School

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

I grew up in Stevens Point, I went to SPASH. I went to UWSP for college.

Where was your first teaching job?

I taught for 4years for WRACS at Sacred Heart in Nekoosa. I taught all grades 2nd-6th.  

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for 16 years.

How long have you been teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?

I have been teaching Kindergarten for 12 years at St. Stan’s.

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

I enjoy being able to share my faith and knowledge of my religion with my students everyday through prayer, bible stories, and celebration of the liturgical seasons.

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

I really enjoy the lower class sizes which allow me the opportunity to get know each child and family better.

Have you received any teaching-related awards?

2011-2012: Golden Apple-Teacher of Distinction Award & 2013: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Outstanding Teacher Award

What was your favorite class when you were a student?

I enjoyed history and art classes.

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

I have always wanted to be a teacher.

Who is your biggest inspiration/role model?

I would have to say Helen Keller. She overcame many obstacles and struggles in her life to make a difference for others.

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

I love to travel, read, listen to music, and spend time with my family. I also love to bake.

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

I would love to be super fast.  

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

I was held back in first grade for speech difficulties.

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

Always be yourself, don’t try to be someone you are not.  Be true to yourself.

Is there anything else you want to share about yourself?

I love sharing my gift of teaching. I love to teach children’s liturgy at mass on Sunday mornings at Holy Spirit church throughout the year. I also enjoy baking and cooking. I like to share those talents by baking for parties and donating for church or school events.

Empowering Parents, Developing Kids

Wisconsin Parental Choice Program Enables Parents to Choose Best Educational Opportunities for Their Child

By: Hannah Henderson, Director of Advancement, Pacelli Catholic Schools

Are small class sizes, individual attention to students, high test scores, and innovative technology programs important to you? Have you thought of sending your child through a private school system but been held back by financial constraints? There is an opportunity for you to get the education you’ve always wanted for your child even if your means are limited thanks to the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.

We have a rich history of promoting school choice in this state. In fact, Wisconsin is the home to our nation’s oldest and largest school choice program. It began with open enrollment amongst public school students for the 1998-1999 school year and has evolved to also enable families to select a private school learning environment if they feel it best suits the unique needs of their child.

Pacelli Catholic Schools is proud to participate in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP), commonly referred to as the school choice or voucher program, because of the opportunities it gives to families and to this community. I firmly believe that strong private schools make for strong public schools, and strong schools create rich educational opportunities which make for a thriving community.

Our state’s private schools educate nearly 123,000 K-12 students and employ more than 6,000 teachers, not including the countless other administrative and educational staff that work tirelessly on behalf of our state’s most valuable resources – our children. According to the Wisconsin Council of Religious & Independent Schools (WCRIS), if there were no private schools, state and local taxes would have to increase by over $1 billion to pay for those students’ education in public schools. Academics aside, think of the economic impact private schools have on our state!

I couldn’t put it better myself than School Choice Wisconsin, a statewide school choice advocacy group, who said simply that the WPCP program exists to, “empower families by advocating for quality educational options so parents can choose the best educational environment for their child.” That’s our vision for Pacelli Catholic Schools; to be an environment that fosters the unique gifts of each student to grow as disciples of the faith and leaders for the world.

Our children will be just that – leaders in our community, in our state, and in our world. Don’t we want to ensure they have a rock solid foundation in their preschool-12 education which gives them every opportunity to be successful adults?

Our teachers strive to give each student the attention, support, and challenges they need to grow as students and as people of faith and morals. Our students learn computer coding beginning in kindergarten. They’re achieving the highest ACT scores in the area. Last year they completed over 12,000 community service hours. Our schools have won 3 US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School Awards. We have over 5,300 alumni scattered across the globe leading in every field from law to medicine to social justice to manufacturing.

We might be Pacelli Catholic Schools, but our doors are open to all, regardless of your income level or faith. Don’t let concerns over how you’re going to fund tuition get in your way. The school choice program allows you to send your child to Pacelli Catholic Schools for free, so long as you meet the income requirements of the program. Beyond that, we award tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships and tuition assistance annually, including over $70,000 for this school year alone. Our goal is simple – to empower parents to provide their child with the best education and to empower our students to become leaders in their communities and around the globe.

Come join us at Pacelli Catholic Schools, currently enrolling for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information on applying for the school choice program, visit The application period is open until April 20, 2017. Call 715.341.2445 with any enrollment questions, and we’re happy to help make your dreams of a Pacelli Catholic Schools education a reality for your child.

Stevens Point City Times: Empowering Parents, Developing Kids

January e-Newsletter: In the News

The following are news snippets from the January 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.

Thanks to the generosity of so many around the holiday season, our students were able to deliver so many wonderful gifts to nursing home residents and the family crisis center. Special thanks to Mrs. Lorie Liss for coordinating once again!

Pacelli High School students began the new year with their two-week J-Term, a deep dive into a certain subject area or internship. Below are some highlights of our students’ experiences.

The PCS capital campaign raises $2.7 million, reaching the first two of three goals.

PCHS senior Christonna Shafranski was named as the Triple Threat of the Week for being a standout three sport athlete, participating in cross country, basketball, and softball.

Maureen Brocken, Pacelli Catholic Middle School teacher, was awarded a stipend from the Meemic Foundation to attend a green and healthy schools workshop on composting.

Before Christmas, Mrs. Kluck’s second graders spent time reading gingerbread stories and writing letters of advice to the gingerbread boy or girl.

Congratulations to Emily at PCMS for winning the Stevens Point Noon Optimist Club William E. Podell Youth Recognition Award for her positive attitude towards her classmates and school.

Our youngest PCS kids at the childcare center collected warm weather gear for Operation Bootstrap during some of our coldest days this winter.

Congratulations to PCMS students Shannon (6th grade), Amanda (7th grade), and Aidan (8th grade) on being named December Students of the Month!

Our 6th graders were treated to a chemistry demonstration at UWSP and a few of our 8th graders got to Skype with Bishop Callahan.

Some high school students attended the Chicago March for Life.

Thanks once again to George Check for the wonderful photos of both our boys basketball and girls basketball teams.

PCHS dance team recently took 3rd place at a competition.

Students in Mrs. Brocken’s middle school robotics class have been working hard to conceptualize and create motorized contraptions of all sorts.

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January Teacher Feature: Mrs. Dana LaMotte

Mrs. Dana LaMotte, Technology Integrator (Elementary & Middle School) & K-8 Coding Coach

Name: Dana LaMotte

Grade/Subject & School(s) You Work with: Technology Integrator (Elementary & Middle School) & K-8 Coding Coach

Where did you grow up and go to high school and college?
Grew up in Stevens Point. Graduate of SPASH class of 1987! Associates Degree in Business Management (Mid-State). Associates Degree in Graphic Design/Marketing (Northeast Wisconsin Technical College).

Where was your first job in education?
St. Peter’s – Learning Resource Aide

How long have you been working at Pacelli Catholic Schools?
Learning Resource Aide 8 years, Coding Coach 1 year

What do you enjoy most about working at Pacelli Catholic Schools?
Our students and building a relationship with them in which I can watch them thrive. Nothing is more enjoyable than being able to help a student push through a task, be it a homework assignment or writing code, and succeed. Their excitement is contagious and knowing that you helped them in some way is why I enjoy working within our schools.

What is unique about the education experience offered at PCS that you can’t find anywhere else?
The individual attention that our students receive, from teachers and support staff. It comes from a place of genuine caring and allows us to develop wonderful mentoring relationships.

Have you received any teaching-related awards?
Diocesan Support Staff of the Year 2016

What was your favorite class when you were a student?

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

Who is your biggest inspiration/role model?
My parents are my role models. Their continuing love and support for each other and our family has taught me that these are the most important things in our lives. I’ve learned from them that being there for those you love can get you through anything and kindness goes a long way.

What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
Reading, hanging out with friends and family, upcycling antiques with my husband, and watching my son play sports/perform.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
The power to heal. It is very hard for me to see people in pain.

What’s something that most people or your students don’t know about you?
That even though I’m a huge Iron Man fan, my favorite Marvel movie is Guardians of the Galaxy.

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to a student?
You won’t always be good at things and that’s okay, but believe in yourself enough to try and get better at it and push towards the things you really want to achieve.

The Real Catholic Schools

Common myths about Catholic schools dispelled

By: Gregg Hansel, Director of Education, Pacelli Catholic Schools

Fake news has gotten a lot of press in the last twelve months. People have created stories to influence others’ opinions. Certainly this is nothing new. All of us have stereotypes and thoughts that we believe about any number of things. They may come from an off-hand comment someone made, a one-time experience, or handed down from family.

Education is no different. I hear things about post-secondary education, public schools, and Catholic schools that, at times, just boggle my mind. While I would never presume to speak for all institutions, I can speak for Catholic schools. Here is some real news about Catholic schools.

Teachers – The teachers in Catholic schools are not only licensed and certified by state of Wisconsin, they are also certified in religion instruction through the Diocese of La Crosse. Pacelli Catholic School teachers have earned many Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship Awards, recognizing their great quality as educators.

Quality – The quality of Catholic schools is outstanding. ACT scores at Pacelli High School this year averaged 24.7, the highest in the area. Pacelli elementary and middle schools have earned numerous national awards including 3 US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School Awards. We are one of very few schools systems in the entire state that teaches computer coding in every grade beginning in kindergarten, skills that our students will need in our ever-changing world. Our commitment to small class sizes means that every child gets individual attention and challenges.

Affordability – I can’t tell you how often I have heard that Catholic schools are not affordable; that we are only for the wealthy. Talk about fake news! Many families can attend Catholic schools at no cost to them through the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program, or school choice program. Thanks to the generosity of community members, we are able to provide tens of thousands of dollars in tuition assistance annually, not to mention our countless scholarships awarded annually too. Work study programs are available at the high school level for students. Regardless of your income, Catholic schools can be affordable for you and your family.

Faith and Values –The cornerstone of Catholic education has always been making sure that students not only learn their faith, but put it into practice. The Catholic faith is infused throughout the day, and application takes it to an entire new level. Students take leadership roles in prayer, projects, and citizenship activities. Last year alone, our students of all grades contributed more than 12,000 hours of community service.

You don’t have to be Catholic to attend. – All are welcome in Catholic schools, regardless of their faith. In my thirty-three years, we have had families of almost every faith imaginable, and continue to welcome a diverse group of students today.

Opportunity – The opportunity to participate is tremendous.  If a student wants to participate in a sport or drama, they can and do. Extra-curricular programs are not only high quality, but inclusive. Fourteen sports are available and the fine arts offering is quite diverse including everything from Destination Imagination to multiple choirs and bands, musicals and plays abound. The beauty of a small schools system is if you want to participate, you have every opportunity to do so.

Our area is blessed with options for so many things, and as you can see, Catholic schools are a great option. Don’t let the myths and fake news out there get to you. Take a minute to reflect on the “real news” here and realize what a gem Catholic schools are in our community.

Stevens Point City Times: The Real Catholic Schools

FREE Coding Event for Kids

Kids Can Code! is a free community event, sponsored by Pacelli Catholic Schools and Skyward, encouraging kids ages 6-12 to learn about coding through fun, hands-on activities. Kids will have the opportunity to code simple computer games, program and control interactive robots, build their own video game with Bloxels, tinker with littleBits and more!

  • When: Saturday, February 11; 9:00-11:00 AM
  • Where: Pacelli Catholic Middle School; 708 First St.; Stevens Point
  • Who: Any child ages 6-12, beginners to intermediate
  • Cost: FREE! Registration is required. Space is limited.

Register Here

Every child in attendance will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes!
Parents are welcome to stay and play, or drop off and pick up your child.

Questions? Contact Sherri Moscinski at 715-344-1890 or

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December e-Newsletter: In the News

The following are news snippets from the December 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.

PCMS students did a fantastic job putting on their performance of Peter Pan & Wendy.

Check out the awesome work our K-12 students have been doing this year in our computer coding program.

An annual tradition continues as our PCHS athletes spent a morning at the Lincoln Center serving lunch and singing Christmas carols.

In keeping with the wildlife theme, St. Stan’s kindergarten students crafted cardinal ornaments for the Christmas tree at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Special thanks to Brian Dumler, golf professional at SentryWorld, who worked with students in grades 3-5 at St. Bron’s and St. Steve’s as part of the “Golf in School” program which teaches the four basic golf strokes to elementary students in fun and creative ways.

Grades 3-5 at St. Bron’s did some Christmas caroling at Whispering Pines to bring joy to the residents.

PCHS students had a blast attending the Green Bay Youth Conference celebrating their faith with peers.

8th grade mentors worked with their 6th grade mentees on festive art projects they delivered to local nursing homes.

PCHS band members helped shine light on the Advent season by performing at the Lighting of the Nativity held by the Knights of Columbus Council 1170.

St. Bron’s 3rd graders led the school in the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.

Our students at every building put on wonderful Christmas concerts to get us in the holiday spirit. Click the links below to see photos and videos from each school.

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