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.

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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.

Celebrating Early Learning, Young Children

Pacelli Catholic Early Childhood Center Celebrates Week of the Young Child

By: Lesley Lingofelt-Svihel, Director, Pacelli Catholic Early Childhood Center

Pacelli Catholic Early Childhood Center (ECC) is celebrating Week of the Young Child™ from April 24-28, 2017. Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and their families.

As early childhood educators, we experience the joys of working with children and their families every day. We get to watch them grow and learn by exploring the world around them. To us, the week of the young child means that we can honor the children by giving them the opportunity to try new things, to be proud of their accomplishments, to give to others and to appreciate their families. Each day of the week we have special events planned to foster early learning and celebrate children. Here is what we will be doing at Pacelli Catholic Early Childhood Center from April 24-28, 2017 to celebrate Week of the Young Child.

Music Monday – The Pacelli Catholic Middle School Solo and Ensemble group is coming to our center to perform for us and to share their love of music, giving our little people an up close look at what musical instruments sound and feel like. Who knows, maybe they will inspire one of our kiddos to be the next Louis Armstrong or Bob Dylan.

Tasty Tuesday – We want to show our little people just how much fun exercise and eating healthy can be. We are going to get a work out learning to line dance and then renew our energy with a tasty trail mix full of things we like that are good for us.

Work Together Wednesday – This is a day we are hoping to put a smile on some the faces of the residents of the Portage County Health Care Center. We will be making placemats to brighten up their meal time. Hopefully it will bring back some special memories of a time they had a child’s drawing hanging on their refrigerator.

Artsy Thursday – We will have our own Art Gallery set up here at Pacelli Catholic ECC so the children can display some of their masterpieces. What a great feeling for our little people to know that what they do is important and that they can be proud of themselves and their accomplishments.

Family Friday – This day we say thank you to the families who graciously share the most precious thing in their life with us, their children. Families are invited to start the day off having breakfast together. What a great way to begin your day by sharing a meal with your child, getting to know their friends and meeting other families.

Every day is special when you have young children in your life. Week of the Young Child™ gives us the opportunity to honor young learners one week of the year and celebrate the joy they bring to us.


Stevens Point City Times: Pacelli Catholic Early Childhood Center Celebrates Week of the Young Child

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.

Check out the impressive, new, almost completed Cardinal Fitness Center located at PCHS. Thanks to the leadership and direction of the Big Red Club and our very generous donors, we were able to make dreams of this space a reality and it will be opening soon to students, families, and staff to promote wellness, fitness practices, and healthy active lifestyles.

Pasta and Playhouse, Pacelli Style, Please! That’s right the PCHS DI teams and theatre program are joining forces to bring you this “P4” evening of all-you-can-eat spaghetti and a live performance of West Side Story on Friday, April 28.

Kindergarteners at St. Stan’s learned about Antarctica, dressing like Tacky the Penguin, playing Don’t Break the Ice, and making their very own Tacky penguins.

Check out some of these inspiring “Real Catholic Life” videos by Chris Stefanick: How Do We Know If He Really Rose, Why Confession, How Do I Pray, and so many more to inspire you this lenten season.

Destination Imagination (DI) teams had a busy but successful weekend at their competitions. The 4th grade team “DI Double L Pickles” earned 3rd place medals at their first ever competition, PCMS teams Destination Koalification and Team CAMJAM are both off to compete at state in May, and PCHS improv teams Alpha Omega and Omikron earned 1st and 2nd, respectively, at regionals and are also off to compete at state. Alpha Omega was also presented with the Spirit of Discovery and Imagination Award recognizing Outstanding Spirit, Teamwork, Volunteerism, and Sportsmanship.

A group of students from Assumption High School delivered care packages from PCMS students to Casa Hogar in Peru, getting to experience the pure joy and excitement the kids had as they opened them.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has some great lenten resources to help you reflect and renew your faith: 10 Things to Remember for Lent, Scriptural Stations of the Cross, Rediscovering the Sacrament of Penance, Saints for the Lenten Season, 6 Ways to Evangelize During Lent, and more. It’s never to late to begin or refresh your lenten journey in preparation for the Easter season.

Congratulations to PCHS winter sports athletes who were named to the CWC-8 All Conference Basketball Teams: Andrew Blanker (1st Team), AJ Firminhac (2nd Team), Garret Parks (Honorable Mention), Chrissy Shafranski (Honorable Mention), & Sarah Mueller (Honorable Mention).

Mrs. Taylor’s art class at PCMS had a SWEET assignment recently.

It wouldn’t be Pi Day without Pi Day carols and, well, pies! Ms. Schroeders Finite Math & AP Calculus classes delighted the PCS central office with special Pi Day songs. Ms. Schroeder was also awarded 12 pies for Pi Day from Trig’s for being an inspiring teacher. Congratulations to her!

Holy Spirit, St. Joseph, St. Peter, & St. Stephen parishes are joining forces to sponsor the “Totally Catholic Maker Fun Factory” vacation Bible camp from Tuesday, June 13-Friday, June 16.

Flashback to the 1949-1950 school year, dug up in our building cleaning and moving process at St. Stan’s, where the class sizes were huge and all the teachers, and even the principal, were named Sister Mary!

Middle and high school band and choir students participated in solo and ensemble, with many qualifying for the state competition. Congratulations and good luck!

Early Childhood Center students got a visit from Fr. Jerzy on Ash Wednesday who explained the ashes, gave ashes to the kids, and had a prayer with them.

PCHS dance team traveled to Florida to compete at nationals and took 4th place!

Congratulations to PCMS February Students of the Month: Benett Klish (6th grade), Nicholas Schroeder (7th grade), & Jacob Mengel (8th grade).

St. Bron’s 1st graders are learning to think positive – “I am strong. I am in control. I can do it.” – during Mindful Movement.

Pacelli middle and high school students combined forces at the direction of Mr. Dahlseng and Mrs. Gruman for a Pops Concert, blowing us away with their talents in band and choir.

Thank you to all who attended the 4th Annual Cardinal Crusade Live Auction & Dinner! It was a great success with nearly 140 attendees, our biggest turnout yet.

St. Bron’s students and teachers were busy decorating their doors, participating in a book swap on Dr. Seuss’ 112th birthday, and recording the WINNING video clip for WAOW’s “Wake Up Your Imagination and Read” contest. To congratulate our students, WAOW Channel 9 reporter Josh Holland spent the morning with 4th and 5th grade students at St. Bron’s, delivered some new books to them, and even interviewed some kids on camera – congratulations!

March is Art Month and so many of our PCMS students have their work on display all around Central Wisconsin.

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


Community Happenings

UWSP will host the 45th Annual Festival of the Arts on Sunday, April 2 from 10AM-4PM at the Noel Fine Arts Center.

The World’s Largest Trivia Contest, sponsored by WWSP 90FM & Friends, will be held April 21-23, so get your team together for “The Royalty of Contests – Trivia 48.”

Favorite local ice cream hotspot Belts’ Soft Serve opened for the 2017 season on Friday, March 3, marking the official start of spring as far as Point natives are concerned.

Despite an odd sign placement, the “Catholics Returning Home” campaign seeks to welcome lapsed Catholics back into the church family with open arms, open hearts, and open minds. This lenten season is a great time to reflect on your faith and grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ and the church.

On the upcoming April 6 anniversary of the United States’ entrance into World War I, the Portage County Historical Society has a series of events, programs, and exhibits to commemorate and honor Portage County’s role in the war. This project would not be possible without the support of many in the community, including some of our Pacelli alumni.

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.

P4: Pasta and Playhouse, Pacelli Style, Please!

Image result for west side storyImage result for spaghetti dinnerInvite your entire family, friends, and colleagues for an evening of great food and live theater on Friday, April 28, when Pacelli High School students host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner starting at 4:30PM, followed by a live performance of the classic musical West Side Story at 7PM in the Pacelli FACC, complete with live orchestra!

 

The menu and theater value can’t be beat! Dinner includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti with homemade sauce, salad, corn, garlic breadsticks, homemade cake, and beverages (coffee, milk, & homemade raspberry iced tea).

Ticket prices are listed below.

Advanced Sale Prices:

  • Adults: $10 dinner, $16 dinner & show
  • Students: $8 dinner, $10 dinner & show

At the Door Prices:

  • Adults: $20 dinner & show
  • Students: $14 dinner & show

For more information, contact the Pacelli High School office at 715.341.2442. See you at P4 on Friday, April 28, starting at 4:30PM!

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit our Destination Imagination (DI) teams while proceeds from the show will benefit the high school theater program.

March Teacher Feature: Mrs. Sara Groshek

Name: Sara Groshek

School You Work At:  Pacelli Catholic Early Childhood Center (formerly St. Joseph Early Childhood Center)

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

I grew up in Stevens Point and graduated from Pacelli High School and from MSTC with an Associate Degree in Secretarial Science (now called Administrative Professional).

Where was your first job?

During my junior year of high school, I worked at McDonald’s.

How long have you been working at Pacelli Catholic ECC?

This is my 19th year working at Pacelli Catholic ECC. My first year I worked as an aide for kindergarten (with Mary Henning) and my second year I was an aide for first grade (with Michele Tippel). When St. Joe’s School became the early childhood center, I began working in the office.

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

I enjoy seeing the children every day and working with a great group of people.

What is unique about the Preschool and Child Care experience offered at PCS that you can’t find anywhere else?

I believe our Preschool and Child Care have the best staff. They work hard and truly care about each child.

What was your favorite class when you were a student?

My favorite class was spelling.

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

I wanted to be a teacher.

Who is your biggest inspiration/role model?

My Dad.

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

I love spending time with my husband, Tony, and my family. I enjoy spending time outside (when it’s not winter), walking, doing a little gardening, cooking and reading. My favorite thing to do in the summer is to get out on the river on our pontoon boat.

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

I would want the power to heal. I have a difficult time seeing people sick/suffering. I wish I could help everyone.

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

I like watching clouds. I love taking pictures!

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

Always remember to say “thank you.” Even though something may be difficult, keep trying. Don’t give up. Be happy!

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!

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.

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO FISH FRY SCHEDULED SPRING BREAK WEEK.

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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