Office of
Catholic Schools
Today, the memorial of St. Catherine of Siena, we pray,  
Most Holy Spirit,
source of unity in the Blessed
Trinity, through the prayers of
Saint Catherine, may the Church
always be a sign of unity in faith
and morals under the
leadership of the Holy Father,
the divinely chosen authority who
speaks in the name of Jesus
Christ. Who with the Father
and the Son lives and reigns
forever.
Amen.
Information
Choice Schools Spring Demographic Snapshot deadline:
May 21, 2019
 
DPI will conduct a student Spring Demographic Snapshot Tuesday, May 21, 2019.  All demographics will be captured: Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Grade Level, ELL, data elements for Economically Disadvantaged Status . An economically disadvantaged student is a student who is identified by Direct Certification, who is a member of a household that meets the income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), or who is identified by an alternate mechanism , such as the alternate household income form. Every student in every grade in every school is to be queried each year to find economically disadvantaged status. 

This field must have a value for every student in PowerSchool
S_WI_STU_X.Economic_Status=
The Values you can but are F,r,a,n,e
F: Eligible for Free Lunch
R: Eligible for Reduced-Price Lunch
A: Economic Disadvantaged - Alt Mechanism
N: Not Economically Disadvantaged
E: Not Economically Disadvantaged: Eligible for Free Lunch

Any questions regarding PowerSchool, contact Becky Krahn or questions about the process you may contact DPI Carrie Boe , WISEdata Choice School Liaison.
Upcoming Choice Deadlines

May 1
  • Schools must have all applications verified and all changes completed.
  • Schools that participated in 2018-2019 must submit their January Enrollment Audit. Please contact your auditor with questions.
  • Schools must submit their 2019-2020 Hours of Instruction Report. New schools for the 2019-2020 school year submitted this in January and are not required to resubmit it.
  • Schools that used the Surety Bond Option for the 2018-2019 School Year must provide a completed Surety Bond form for the 2019-2020 school year. 
  • NEW SCHOOLS for the 2019-2020 school year must submit the DPI Budget and Cash Flow Report with Attachments OR a Completed Surety Bond form. 
  • If you have not received the surety bond form please notify DPI at dpichoiceauditreports@dpi.wi.gov.
May 2 - 7
  • Schools may revise the number of seats available for each grade for the 2019-2020 school year. 
May 15
  • Schools with revisions to their 2018-2019 Hours of Instruction Report must provide a revised copy. 
May 21
  • The Demographic Collection Snapshot occurs with the WISE data for the 2018-2019 school year. Becky Krahn at the Diocese for assistance.
June 1
  • Schools with applications that have been determined ineligible through the application process must notify the parent of each applicant via mail or email that their application is ineligible. 
June 30
  • Annual budgets must be completed for schools that are NOT NEW to the program for the 2019-2020 school year and new schools that have chosen the surety bond option.
Administrator and Teacher Recognition
If you have a retiring teacher or staff member after 30+ years of service in education, please submit name, position, school from which person is retiring and years of service. We will prepare a recognition letter from the Bishop for these individuals. Deadline is May 15. Thanks for your attention to this matter.
Plans are well underway for our Discipleship II seminar. Hopefully, from Discipleship I and Alpha conversations teachers are fired up about being missionary disciples and sharing the love of Jesus with their students. Again, we will have two choices for administrators, teachers and staff to attend:

August 7 (9-2) will be held at St. Mary Catholic High School in Neenah.
August 23 (9-2) will be held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. 

We will send a flyer and more details and registration information in the May 10 update. Something to think about, during the day there will be opportunities for small group discussion and reflection on the topics presented. It would be nice if your Alpha groups could register together. (However, if that is not possible, we will figure it out.)
Accreditation Teams Members Needed for 2019-2020
Please fill out the FORM and share this with your teachers. We are beginning to build the Accreditation teams for the 2019-2020 school year. Your help is appreciated.
Lifest Tickets for Students
Lifest will be July 12-14 in Oshkosh. Lifest is offering a special Buy One Ticket - Get One Ticket Free for students in the Diocese. Go to: www.lifest.com and click on “BUY TICKETS”. Enter BOGO19 in the promotional code box and follow the instructions from there. Please let your students know.
Create the next Catholic Schools Week Theme
NCEA is currently having a contest for schools to create the Catholic Schools Week Theme and Logo for 2020! Go to Click here for details on how to participate and receive national recognition.
Upcoming Events
Diocesan Library Media Association DLM
(Please pass to Library Media Specialists)

The last meeting for this year for our Library Media specialists and other interested personnel, is May 2, 2019  4:30-6:00 pm at Applebees Grill, 900 Hansen Rd, Green Bay, 54304. End of the year wrap-up and planning for 2019-2020.
Please respond to Mary Ellen Fisher if you will be able to attend. Hope to see you there!
Title Programs and Consultation

If you have not met with your LEA regarding Title Programs for next year, please be sure to contact them Be sure to check the boxes for participation in all Title programs. If you would like a refresher on what you might discuss during the consultation meeting, here is a link to Michelle Doyle, Education Consulting explaining the consultation process. 


Professional Learning and License - Input Needed

Since last year’s legislation, educators are no longer “required” to obtain credits or do a PDP for continued license renewal. There are many reasons the legislature changed the policy, one being that they thought it would be best for districts to govern the professional development of teachers. That being said, our diocesan policy followed the state six credits every 5 years or a verified PDP. In addition, our policy states our teachers must have 10 hours of faith formation each year. We need to update the policy for continued learning to assure excellence in education. We would like to get your input on what you have been asking your teachers do to stay current in their practice.  Please respond to the survey questions by May 15 .

Professional Development Date

Sophia Institute - Theology of the Body - June 11, 9:00-2:00
"Let us make man in our image.." What does it mean to be made in the Image and Likeness of God? What does it mean to be created Male and Female? How do we help our students understand these profound realities so that they truly impact the way they live? Join our Workshop staff for a FREE one-day program on helping students see the beauty of these realities through the lens of St. Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body. This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected college professor, as well as explore and simulate practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials. Share best practices with your fellow teachers, enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, and both formal and informal discussions.
This session is open to teachers of all ages. All middle and high school teachers who teach anything related to the body, biology, health, theology...should have a basic understanding of Theology of the Body. 
Announcing: Summer 2019 FCC Courses!
Ongoing Formation: Theology of the Body
Kristin Bird will lead this series (five 2-hour sessions) based on the Christopher West commentary on Pope St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body, his revolutionary teaching and reflections on the body and authentic sexual liberation.

Class dates/times: Monday-Friday, June 10-June 14; 10:30am-12:30pm

Location: Diocesan Campus, Green Bay

Textbook: "Theology of the Body for Beginners" (2009) by Christopher West. [Limited number of copies will be available for $10, or may be purchased online or at your local Catholic bookstore.] Handouts/notes provided.

Link to Registration Page  Registration closes June 3rd
FCC: BIBLE
The only FCC Component that is  not  available in an online format. This live, in-person course will be led by Cassandra Kowaleski, using the Jeff Cavin series, "The Great Adventure: A Journey Through the Bible".  The Great Adventure  introduces Catholics to Scripture, equipping them with a basic biblical literacy. 

Class dates/times (each class entails five 2-hour sessions):
  • Monday-Friday, June 17-21; 9am-11am
or
  • Monday-Friday, July 8-12; 9am-11am

Location: Diocesan Campus, Green Bay

No textbook required, however a handy bible timeline (optional) will be available for purchase ($5). Handouts/notes provided.

Link to Registration Page  Registration closes June 10 and July 1st

Office of Catholic Schools

Questions? Contact us at education@gbdioc.org or (920) 272-8273.
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