Duluth Catholic School

Commissioned by the Catholic Church, the Duluth Catholic School community prepares lifelong learners who lead, love, and serve as Jesus taught - 
transforming our world one student at a time.

Weekly Update: February 16, 2017
Multi-phase approach for Duluth Catholic School
During the last two weeks, an Implementation Team made up of our Catholic school administrators and staff reviewed the approved C2B1 plan and organized a multi-phase approach to fully implement the vision.  The approved plan is being finalized to align with the decision on timeline and will be provided with the next update on March 2nd
  • The first phase (February 2017-August 2017) will focus on a successful transition of students, teachers, and resources to their future sites. The potential emergence of high school grades during phase one will be dependent on the work of a high school task force and will be based on the current level of interest. 
  • The second phase (September 2017-September 2019) will focus on the implementation of the new faith formation model and the development of the strongest academic and extra-curricular programming offered in the Duluth area. The plan also calls for the development and launch of a funding model to sustain our mission and to retain the best faculty and staff to advance that mission. During this phase, site specific details will advance and form the third phase to meaningfully fulfill the vision of the plan.
The Duluth Catholic Implementation Team includes school principals  Julianne Blazevic,  Peggy Frederickson, Jesse Murray and  Angela Mejdrich (Vice Principal);  Bob Lisi, Chair Duluth Catholic School Board; Cynthia Zook, Director of Catholic Education; Mary Ann Rotondi, Coordinator Duluth Area Catholic Schools; Anne Hoeksema, Administrative Associate;  Jenna Kelly, Admissions Director; and  Lee Stubenvoll, Director of Mission Advancement.

Timeline and Grade Configurations for Fall 2017 
The 2017-2018 school year will begin with the Holy Rosary campus hosting a pre-kindergarten and elementary school (K-4) program, and the St. John's campus hosting a 5 th -8 th  grade lower and upper middle school program. The St. James campus will continue to offer a pre-kindergarten through grade 8 program.    

The registration process is being streamlined to include a common enrollment/application form, payment plan, and tuition assistance application. Student a pplications are currently being accepted and registration will begin on March 15th. Work is also underway for principal and teacher placements. 
Kindergarten Round-Up Events
Calling all families looking for a great school - you are invited! Incoming kindergartners and parents are invited to attend one of the upcoming Kindergarten Roundup sessions:

Tuesday, February 28th at St. James at 9 a.m.

Friday, March 3rd at Holy Rosary at 9 a.m.

Thursday, March 9th at Holy Rosary at 9 a.m.

Please pass the word to friends and neighbors, and encourage them to experience and learn about the good things happening in our schools.
Student Visits and Open Houses Planned

Bringing Students Together:   Field trip events during the school day are being planned in March for students to come together and visit other campuses.

Open House: All campuses will be opening their doors to the community for Open House evening events in March.  Specific dates will be published in the next weekly communication. 

Welcome Wednesdays:  Campuses will be offering tours and visits during the school day each Wedne sday morning, beginning March 1st.  Call ahead or drop-in during the hours listed below:

Holy Rosary 8:00 - 9:00 am
St. James 9:00 - 10:00 am
St. John's 9:00 - 10:00 am 

High School Task Force 
A task force is forming, under the leadership of the new governing board, to advance the action steps identified in the Called To Be One recommended plan specific to high school programming.  More information will be provided with future updates.

Transportation  Planning in the Works
The Implementation Team has met with the district busing office that provides daily student transportation to discuss routes, an inter-campus shuttle, and more. Additional information will be available in April.
New School Name
The new school is being built on a foundation laid nearly 100 years ago. Today, it endures due to our our local parishes and religious, families and benefactors, grandparents and alumni, friends and stakeholders.  If you have a suggestion for the new school's name, please be in touch with one of the school principals by March 1st. Bishop Sirba will be discerning the name of the new school.  Each campus will retain its current name (i.e. Holy Rosary campus, St. James campus and St. John's campus) in celebration of the legacy, history and unique traditions these schools have started and will carry through to the second century of Catholic education in Duluth.

Next Update
This weekly newsletter will not be published the week of Winter Break (February 20th). Please watch for the next newsletter to arrive on March 2nd.

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