Office of
Catholic Schools
July 16, 2021
The Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Feast Day: Today; July 16th!
(prayed by the Carmelite Sisters)

O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, splendor of heaven,
Blessed Mother of the Son of God and Mother of mine,
support me by your never failing love and help and protect me.
Show me that you are my Mother.
May I, unworthy as I am, come one day to exchange your scapular
that I had the privilege to wear for the wedding garment of heaven,
and dwell with you and all the saints of Carmel
in the kingdom of your Son.
(Here make your petition:
Let us also pray for those preparing to make their vows.)
Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your loving hands.
O Mary, my Mother, I consecrate myself to you forever.
I offer you my body with all its miseries,
my soul with all its imperfections,
and my heart with all its affections and desires.
I offer you all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings, my struggles
and especially my death with all that it will entail.
I unite all of these, Mother, with your own joys and sufferings. Amen.
Queen and Beauty of Carmel, pray for us.

Next editions of the Office of Catholic Schools Newsletter:

August 6 & 20, 2021
Look for topics in previous editions:

Archive of Superintendent’s emails:

Calendar Items
August 9 New Administrator Orientation 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
August 10 New Teacher Orientation (location TBD) 9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
August 11-12 Sophia Institute - Shrine 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
August 17 New Teacher Orientation (location TBD) 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
August 23 Re-Launch FCC at Green Bay Distillery ALL DAY
New Items:
Welcome, Newcomers!

We would like to welcome our new administrators. We are grateful for their answering the call to discipleship and leadership in our Catholic schools: 
  • Martha Holst; Principal, Divine Savior Catholic School
  • Samantha Meyers; Principal, Chilton Area Catholic Schools
  • Jeanne Duenkel; Interim Principal, St. Mary/St. Michael Catholic School
  • Brian Ritter*; Assistant Principal, St. Bernard Catholic School
  • Patrick McKeown; Chesterton Academy
  • Todd Phillips; Assistant Principal, St. Ignatius Catholic School
  • Daniel McKenna; Superintendent, St. Mary Catholic Schools
  • Lisa Gruber, Principal, All Saints School

*Over the next several weeks we'll be sharing a bit more information about each person. Get to know Brian Ritter a little better below!
Other Exciting Changes in Our Schools. . .
GRACE has added Chesterton Academy High School beginning with grade 9. St. Ignatius has added Chesterton Academy High School grades 9-12 and Most Precious Blood has added 8th grade. Congratulations on the growth of Catholic education in our diocese.
We will be offering two New Teacher orientation sessions. There will be an in person gathering on August 10, 9:00-11:30 at the Diocesan campus in the St. Francis Xavier Room (Chancery). August 17 will be a virtual Zoom meeting. Please register your new teachers (anyone new to working in a Diocese of Green Bay Catholic school) There will also be a follow up orientation for teachers hired after August 17.  
Teacher Changes and MAP
If you have had any staffing changes, please let your MAP administrator know in order to mark them as inactive. System schools have a designated administrator. Non-system schools, please contact Jane Schueller.
July 31: Vocation Walk
Partner with Mike McCoy Ministries to Impact your Students with a Message of Faith, Hope and Encouragement
Mike McCoy, a consensus All-American at ND, 11 years in the NFL and 7 with the Green Bay Packers will bring a dynamic school assembly that will impact your students in every aspect of their lives. Mike believes every student is at risk because of today’s culture and often prevents them from being what God wants them to be. We have ”Decisions Determine your Destiny” for grades 6-12 and for Grades 3-5 “The Value and Worth of a Person through God’s eyes”.

More information:
Currently booking October 4-7,2021
Mike McCoy:
770- 490-8200 cell
Powerschool Enrollment
Please make sure that you have updated Powerschool with your enrollments for the 2021-2022 school year. We are starting to pull data and want to make sure that we are looking at the correct information.
Adding Grades for the 2022-23 School Year
If your school is considering adding grades for the 2022-2023 school year, now is the time to start the planning process. The Office of Catholic Schools can assist by providing a feasibility study based on Mission Insite data to help your school board make an informed decision. Please contact Lori Paul for more information or assistance.
2021-23 State Budget Choice Impact
Governor Evers signed the 2021-2023 state budget. As reported, the budget includes an additional $100M for schools. It is unclear if the new $100M will result in any additional increase to the Choice voucher. 

As SCW reported in late May, the Joint Finance Committee approved a base increase to the voucher of $34 in the first year of the biennium and $67 in the second year. This increase is settled but we do not know if it will increase even more. DPI is seeking answers and we will keep you informed as details emerge.
Get to Know Brian Ritter
New Assistant Principal at St. Bernard Catholic School, Green Bay
[We'll be introducing more of our new administrators in the coming weeks.]

Brian’s early life was shaped by the local Catholic community in the greater Green Bay area. He attended Notre Dame of De Pere for K - 8, and both of parents worked at St. Norbert College for more than thirty years each. After graduating from De Pere High School, Brian attended Edgewood College where he received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. He worked for Schneider Logistics briefly after college, then pursued a Ph.D. in Sociology at Case Western Reserve University. He realized his true passion was teaching, and changed paths, receiving a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification in Broadfield Social Studies from Western Governors University. Since completing his teaching certification in 2018, he has been at Father Allouez Catholic School teaching Middle School social studies and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.

He knows firsthand the value of a Catholic education, and he is passionate about working with students and families to help students develop their knowledge of the world and grow in their faith. Now that he and his wife are settled in Green Bay, he feels blessed to have the opportunity to give back to the community by working at GRACE as a teacher and now as Assistant Principal. 
Thank you, Lisa!
We would like to thank Lisa Gruber for her assistance in the Office of Catholic Schools over the past two years. Her expertise was a blessing. 

Lisa will be assuming the position of Principal at All Saints School in Denmark. She will continue to serve a the SEVIS administrator.
Worth Repeating
Combatting Burnout and Striving for Spiritual Wellness
Wednesday, July 28 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Diocese of Green Bay
1825 Riverside Drive
Green Bay, WI 54301
Need some time to rest in the Lord? To renew your sense of mission? To restore balance in your life? If so, you are invited to a day of refreshment and retreat through the healing presence of the Holy Spirit. This day will provide a space to acknowledge your feelings of ministering during the pandemic and where to go from here. There will be time for Mass, Confession, music, self-guided activities, a healthy lunch, and conversations about mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.

Re-Launch of FCC: Workshop for Administrators
Monday, August 23; 9am-3pm, Green Bay Disillery
On Monday, August 23, 2021 there will be a Diocesan wide administrator in-service. The topic of this in-service will be the re-launch of our Foundational Catechetical Certification (FCC) program, a significant change in how our diocese will be equipping catechists, Catholic school administrators, teachers, catechetical leaders and youth ministers beginning next month. 

On Monday August 23rd we will have an in-person orientation/in-service on FCC on Franciscan at Home, led by a team from the Franciscan University of Steubenville Catechetical Institute. It will be held at the Green Bay Distillery on Mike McCarthy Way beginning at 9:00AM. Beforehand, there will be an optional Mass for attendees that morning at the nearby Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Green Bay at 8:00AM. Registration is free and we will be providing lunch free of charge.
Registration is free of charge, but required so we have enough materials, seating and lunch; thank you! Deadline to register is August 16. This event will not be recorded nor livestreamed, however, online orientation resources will be made available after the event.
And since we'll all be together . . . An Optional Add-on Event:
Recognizing Anxiety in Students Post-Pandemic
Julie Duffy, Mental Health Counselor for Catholic Charities, will conduct an optional 45 minute presentation on anxiety in children post-pandemic. Julie will provide insight and awareness on how to give hope to difficult circumstances.  This is being offered in response to the questions several leaders have asked about helping students cope with the anxieties they face. All participants of the Re-launch event are welcome to attend!
New Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) opens June 29th - August 13th
The first 45-day window for ECF will open on June 29, 2021 for eligible purchases to be made July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Keep in mind that this application window will use the E-rate platform but will not follow the same E-rate application procedures you may be familiar with.
The following are eligible services and equipment, if provided to students, staff or library patrons OFF-CAMPUS that otherwise would not have adequate access to internet or a device.

Eligible Items: (100% Covered up to allowable caps)
Equipment - $250 cap on Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Modems (e.g., air cards)
  • Routers
  • Devices that combine a modem and router
Connected Learning Devices - $400 cap per devices, one device per student, no allowance for breakage or spares
  • Connected devices (laptop computers and tablet computers)
Broadband1 hotspot per user or 1 fixed connection to the home
  • Commercial Broadband Internet
  • Installation, activation, fees & taxes
For details please watch the webinar at
The U.S. Department of Education recently issued a notice of interpretation on Title IX. “To make clear that the Department interprets Title IX’s prohibition on sex discrimination to encompass discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.” Traditionally, Title IX protects against discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity. The Department’s recent notice to schools expands Title IX to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
As staff turn-over happens when one school year ends and another begins, schools should update the Department of Justice Office of School Safety with your new contact information.

Updating your information now will help you meet the annual January 1 deadline to submit your school material to the DOJ as required by 2017 Act 143.

If you need to update your information, you can contact the Office of School Safety at
The allowable expenses document on the DPI website has recently been updated.
Expense examples that have been added or updated are highlighted in yellow
As noted in the prior 5/28/21 program update, when considering different situations, CESA will focus on whether an expense results in a capital improvement and whether the requested expense addresses the impact of COVID-19. 

In addition to some new expense examples, CESA have added the following columns (also highlighted in yellow) into the spreadsheet:
  • Supply or equipment
  • Label required (Y/N)

The first category - supply or equipment - will be the first indication to you for how items will be handled at the end of the program period (9/30/2023). Here’s what you should know about that:

Equipment that is worth more than $5,000 as of 9/30/2023 will be handled in one of two ways:
  1. If there is an applicable allowable use under a different federal law, the title may be transferred appropriately and the use case updated.
  2. If there is not an applicable allowable use under a different federal law, CESA 6 will collect the item from your school.

Equipment that is worth $5,000 or less as of 9/30/2023 will be handled in one of two ways:

  1. If there is an applicable allowable use under a different federal law, the title may be transferred appropriately and the use case updated.
  2. If there is not an applicable allowable use under a different federal law, CESA 6 may allow schools to retain the equipment.
 Unused supplies totaling more than $5,000 as of 9/30/2023 will be handled in one of two ways:
  1. If there is an applicable allowable use under a different federal law, the title may be transferred appropriately and the use case updated.
  2. If there is not an applicable allowable use under a different federal law, CESA 6 will collect the item from your school.
Used supplies will be handled in the following ways: 
  1. CESA 6 may allow your school to keep the supplies.
  2. If there is an applicable use-case under a different federal law, it is possible to transfer the title accordingly (likely to your LEA).

Regarding inventory of items, CESA 6 will require inventory and status of all items purchased with EANS funds - regardless of whether your school may keep the property or not - throughout and at the end of the program period.
June 30 2021, closes the 2020-21 school year. We made it, and what a year we have had!! 

July 1 is the start of the 2021-22 school year. Each year, the Choice team prepares a document, referred to as the Important Dates Document. It highlights the essential Private School Choice Programs (PSCP) dates and provides brief descriptions explaining the requirements for private schools that participate in the PSCP. The deadlines are listed chronologically from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Additionally, the Important Dates Document includes links to assist schools in locating pertinent information regarding the deadlines and requirements. You will find the document on the Private School Choice Programs: Information for Schools webpage
NCEA Annual Conference
NCEA Annual Conference
NCEA 2022 - Save the Date!
NCEA 2022 will have both virtual and in-person components. If you attend in-person, we will be at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans! The dates will be April 19 - 21. Stay tuned for more information!
NCEA Catholic Leadership Summit - Save the Date!
Join us this year for a month-long hybrid event. The Virtual Pass (online) is available to all Catholic school leaders, including principals. You will have the opportunity to access live virtual sessions starting October 4. The In-Person Pass will be open to all diocesan or system leaders. Attendees will be able to experience live events in one of three cities: St. Louis (October 10 - 11), Philadelphia (October 17 - 18) or Salt Lake City (October 24 - 25). More information coming soon!
Parish Life Line Zoom Meetings
Please join us as you're able and invite anyone else who might like to be a part of the conversation. For additional information or questions, email
Upcoming sessions:
  • Wednesday, July 21 at 9:30 a.m.

  • "Change and the Communication Model" with Melissa Borowicz from The Utech Group
How to participate:
CLICK HERE to join the virtual meeting. 
You can also visit and use this login information: Meeting ID - 953 114 988 
Password - 916480
New Facebook Group
We now have a new public Facebook group just for schools. This is a great place for you to post what’s happening in your school, pictures of the kids, etc. You can join the group at

Let’s start showing everyone in the Diocese why Catholic Schools Rock!!
SNSP Special Needs Scholarship Program
As we see the need in our schools, and mission, to educate All God’s Children in faith and discipleship, we need to include those with special needs, the Wisconsin Special Needs Scholarship Program can assist in offsetting the cost to provide services and resources. 

As of last year, 99% of our schools are participating in the school choice program. This program has given a financial boost to many of our schools. Now it is time to turn our attention to the Special Needs Scholarship Program. Several of our schools currently participate in the program and receive funds to support reading assistance, math assistance and other needs. We are asking all schools to please complete the 2022-2023 Program Interest Form located at

More information will be coming to help you be able to offer this to your students that have specific educational needs.

SITA - Summer Instructional Technology Academy
Register now

The Eastern Wisconsin Instructional Technology Consortium (EWITC) has announced that the SITA 2021 schedule is now open for registration! This year’s conference will be done in person at St. Norbert’s. Highlights include keynote sessions by Tammy Gibbons on student engagement, PLC’s, and coaching conversations. Additional sessions on topics like formative assessment, Google Earth, video editing, and so much more. Attendance is FREE for ____ staff! Don’t delay, REGISTER HERE today! Please fill out the SURVEYregarding attendance preference.
March 2022 WCRIS Leadership Conference
WCRIS is excited to announce the return of the WCRIS Leadership Conference on Friday, March 4, 2022. 

Join us for a celebratory, in-person event in Waukesha County. You’ll get to reconnect with your professional colleagues over a hot meal (with real silverware and cloth napkins, no less)! We’ll drill into learning loss, and examine the future of K-12 education given what we learned from the Pandemic, shifting cultural values, declining student populations, and a new state superintendent. It will be an energy-charged event with insights to guide you forward. Mark your calendar. You won’t want to miss it!
WRISA Annual Reports
Remember your WRISA annual reports will be due in the Office of Catholic Schools by October 1, 2021. Summer is a good time to update your staff qualifications (including the number of professional development hours), your goals (including progress made), waivers and exceptions. If you complete these parts early you won't have much to do in the first month of school for this report!
If you have questions please contact Jane Schueller or Todd Blahnik.
Traumatic Event Crisis Intervention Workshop
CESA 6 is offering a crisis response training November 1 and 2. This is the model that Xavier uses as part of our membership in a local consortium of schools that help each other respond to situations like a death of a student/parent/teacher. Here is a link to that training. The cost is $295 per participant. This is a great opportunity to build a network of people to help one another. 

This course will provide participants with knowledge, protocols and materials designed to facilitate

  • competent, thorough and proactive pre-incident (traumatic event) preparation,
  • subsequent day (after students and staff have returned to school) deployment of crisis response team members and management of the building response, and
  • familiarity with a variety of intervention strategies and documents specifically designed to strengthen building response following a traumatic event.
SuperKids Training
For schools that are going to be new to Superkids and any of our schools that are already using this resource, there will be PD training August 17 and 18 at St. Nicholas School in Freedom. The schedule is as follows:

August 17: 8:30-11:30 Kindergarten
    12:30-3:30 First Grade
August 18  8:30-11:30 Second Grade
   12:30-2:00 Administrators 
    Virtual    Phonemic Awareness (K-2)
Save the Date: All Schools Mass
The Diocesan Celebrate Catholic Schools Mass will be held November 3. The tentative location is Assumption Blessed Mary Virgin Parish in Pulaski. Details will be outlined at a later date. 

There will be a Discipleship Seminar for all parish staff, school principals and system presidents on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the new Resch Complex. 

Sophia Institute

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
No Fee (incl. breakfast, lunch)

Thursday, August 12, 2021
No Fee (incl. breakfast & lunch)
At These Workshops:
  • Inspirational presentations by two dynamic presenters
  • Teacher-written and tested supplemental resources
  • Catered breakfast, lunch and opportunities for collaboration, prayer and reflection
Curriculum Corner
Curriculum review and connections:
Please fill out the form in order that as schools/systems are looking at reviewing curriculum resources, they might be able to collaborate with other schools/systems. You could also use this resource to connect with other schools using different resources at which you might be looking. 
NWEA MAP Resources
Please pass this link for MAP Resources to your teachers. There is a lot of information available to them for using the data to drive instruction and do goal setting with students.  
More . . .
NCEA Newlsetter Link
Click on icon below to read the latest issue of Catholic School Matters Newsletter from NCEA and Dr. Tim Uhl.

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