May e-Newsletter: In the News

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.

PCHS students’ Reading Buddies program with CAP Services Family Development Child Care Center was featured in a Portage County Gazette article.

Congratulations on a fantastic season to the PCHS softball team, finishing the season as Conference Champions, thanks to a walk off home run by Chrissy Shafranski. The team suffered a tough loss in their second regional game after a lengthy rain delay last Friday.

PCHS students delighted over 100 residents of Brookdale with Senior Citizen Prom, dancing the afternoon away.

PCHS golf team has earned the titles of Conference Champions and Regional Champions. Jacob Schulfer was named First Team All-Conference.

Our early childhood students in Mrs. Jane’s room got to learn all about “what’s in a garden” finding and learning about all sorts of interesting things.

Many PCHS students recently completed the Teen Leadership of Portage County program, a program that students must apply for and only 27 students from Portage County are accepted.

On Friday, Sue (Kort) Koehl ’78 was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Sue has been a constant supporter and super volunteer for many years, having sent her four children through our schools as well. She continues to inspire many, and gave our Class of 2016 quite the send-off speech at graduation.

PCHS boys track 4×400 relay team broke the school record with a time of 3:34.2, beating the previous record of 3:35.21 from 20 years ago. Congratulations to Hayden Jurgella, Thomas Basala, Jake Elliott, & Max Firminhac!

Our talented students, or should we say artists, had some beautiful artwork on display in the PCHS FACC.

Two PCHS recent graduates, Chris Karch & Sydney Alery, were featured as HSSA Honorees as a result of their athletic and academic achievements and community service.

PCMS seventh graders spent a day at the Mead Wildlife Area collecting macroinvertebrate samples and determining water quality.

The PCHS boys and girls track teams finished 2nd and 4th in the Conference Championships, respectively. Click here to read more about all of the tremendous individual and team conference honors.

The track team did so well, finishing second in an eight-team invitational in Rosholt and earning a slot as the CWS Team of the Week for May 15-22.

Our second graders at PCES-St. Stanislaus recently celebrated their First Holy Communion and celebrated the Eucharist together as a class.

A handful of PCHS track athletes will be competing in the state championship track meet on Saturday. Congratulations and good luck to the boys 4×800 team (Hayden Jurgella, Thomas Basala, Andrew Blanker, & Jake Elliott) who not only qualified for state, but broke the school record! And to Grace VanHandel (3200 meter run) and Thomas Basala (3200 meter run) – run like the wind!

Pacelli Destination Imagination (DI) team members from Alpha Omega were featured on WSAW ahead of their fundraiser for the global finals they recently competed in.

PCHS students were honored at the Sr. Jane Epping Awards Ceremony for exemplifying hard work, persistence, and helping those around them using their God-given gifts and talents.

Our middle and high school band and choir students recently held their final spring concerts of the year. Check out photos for the middle school concert and high school concert, courtesy of Wendie Cliver, WCM Photography and Photo Creations.

PCES-St. Bronislava students participated in a bike rodeo courtesy of Officer Seth Pionke of the Plover Police Department. The kids learned about cycling hand signals and safety equipment while practices on Officer Pionke’s course.

To our 8th graders who will be graduating later this week, congratulations and we can’t wait to see what lies ahead for you as you start high school in the fall!

Congratulations to Pacelli Class of 2016! We are so proud of the many accomplishments of our newest alumni and can’t wait to see where life takes you.

The Stevens Point Journal did a spotlight on one of our newest alumni, Nicole Schroeder, Class of 2016 Valedictorian and four-year varsity softball star.

Jeanette Friess spent 37 years teaching for Pacelli Catholic Schools and will be retiring at the end of the school year. Join us in thanking Jeanette for her many years of service and ministry of the Catholic Faith, and wish her well in her retirement.

PCES-St. Bronislava Home & School Association dads put on Muffins with Mom, a great way for kids and parents to spend some quality time together at school.

PCMS student Luke Ferro broke two school records for track & field. He high jumped 5 feet 8 inches to break the school record by 1 inch and long jumped 17 feet 4 inches, breaking the school record by 5 inches.

A very special thank you to a donor who recently gave our Interact Service Club the ability and opportunity to provide gifts to the Family Crisis Center. PCHS students purchased mother’s day gifts for children to give their mother’s a special something and tons of toys and clothes for children to stock the birthday closet.

PCHS students joined or renewed their pledge as members of the National Honor Society. 

The 6th Annual Shredding Party was a big success, thanks to many community members! Special thanks to Mr. Jeff Dahlseng & the PCHS band for entertaining us. This year, the proceeds will go towards purchasing new student instrument lockers.

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