Office of
Catholic Schools
July 8, 2022
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Lord God, Creator of all things, guide our steps and strengthen our hearts, during these months of summer and vacation days. Grant us refreshment of mind and body. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Resources
Next editions of the Office of Catholic Schools Newsletter:

August 5
August 19
Look for topics in previous editions:
Archive of Superintendent’s emails:
Calendar Items
(See details in articles below)
Aug 2-4: EWITC's SITA 2022 opens
Aug 8: Powerschool Admin Training (see all dates)
Aug 9: Priest-Principal (Non-Systems) Meeting
Aug 10/11: Sophia Institute at the Shrine (registration required)
Aug 15: New Teacher Orientation
Aug 16/17: CESA 7 Success Summit (registration required)
New Items
Welcome, Jamie!
Welcome to Jamie Hahn who joined the Office of Catholic Schools on July 5. We are grateful for her ‘yes’ to this ministry.

Among other things, Jamie’s responsibilities will include working with the leadership formation of our principals, both new and experienced, and Accreditation processes. 

Contact Jamie at jhahn@gbdioc.org or 920-272-8280.
Other personnel updates:
  • Liz Goldman will begin in mid-July.
  • Jane Schueller will continue working in the Office of Catholic Schools through August.  
Priest-Principal Meeting (Non-systems)
Coming Up: Tuesday, August 9th
There will be a Priest-Principal meeting for all parish schools (non-systems) on Tuesday, August 9th from 10am-2:30pm at Camp Tek. Dress is casual and lunch will be provided. The day is designed to create an understanding of roles and responsibilities, foster communication and have some fun.  

The day will begin at 10:00 and end around 2:30. Please click on the link to register. 
 
Even if you've registered already, would you please register again? We've noticed a glitch in the registration form and don't want to leave anyone out! Duplicates we don't mind! Thanks!
August Training Dates
August PowerSchool Training Dates for Principals, Administrative Assistants, IT specialists, counselors…anyone new to being a PowerSchool Admin. Register Here
Coming Up Soon!
SITA: August 2-4
School Success Summit: First Dates August 16-17
We are excited to partner with CESA 7 for the School Success Summit with a focus on grades and grading. We would like to have at least one representative from each school who can help to move the conversations with staff forward. 

The School Success Summit does qualify for Title II as well as EANS funding. If you need assistance with the EANS request Aaron Malczewski at CESA 7 amalczewski@cesa7.org or eans.cesa6.org

Please see the e-mail sent June 27th for complete schedule and registration details.
Keeping Current w/School Choice
As you may have heard, Lori Paul has moved to a new position in Catholic Charities. However, she will still be your contact for any School Choice questions until the new staff has been trained. Over the summer, your school will have its financial audit for the 2021-2022 monies received. You should have already been notified by your auditor as to the date they will be at your school. If you have not, please let Lori know.

Choice School Requirements:

  • Holocaust Education: Wisconsin’s 2021 Act 30 requires schools in the choice programs to provide Holocaust and other genocide education to grades 5-8 once and grades 9-12 once. Schools are required to update their curriculum by July 1, 2022, to be implemented in the 2022-23 school year. (We're wondering if any teachers have Holocaust units of study to share; see below).

  • Apprenticeships in Accountability Reports: Schools in the choice programs must include in their annual accountability reports a list of youth apprenticeship programs as part of the list of educational options available to students, according to 2021 Act 83. Learn more here.

  • By August 1, 2022, schools with governing board member changes (members who have joined or left the board since the last time the school reported governing board changes to the DPI) must submit the form to notify DPI of these changes. If a school does not have any changes to report, no action is required. Training resource is available, or e-mail PrivateSchoolChoice@dpi.wi.gov

IMPORTANT: More New Laws Impacting Schools
Read the WCRIS Current Events to learn about new state laws that impact schools and other timely information, including:
  • New State Law About Cardiac Arrest
  • New Security Guide for Schools
  • Important Dates for Choice Schools
Positions Open - Denmark
All Saints in Denmark is in need of the following positions:
  • Full time (school year) School administrative assistant
  • Full time kindergarten/first grade teacher
  • Part time 3K/4K teacher (mornings)
  • Part time phy ed teacher (10%)

All Saints School is open to sharing part time teachers. Please contact Lisa Gruber if you have teachers to share or candidates that might be a good fit.
Free LED Lightbulbs
Greenlite Lighting has reached out to Catholic Charities and would like to donate LED lightbulbs (picture attached).

They are offering the schools as many as they would like. For reference there are 4 lightbulbs in a pack, 24 packs per case, and 50 cases per pallet. So, there are 1200 packs per pallet. 

If you would like the lightbulbs, please contact Renae VandenPlas at Catholic Charities. Her email is rvandenplas@gbdioc.org and her phone number is 920-272-8234.
Curriculum Corner
Holocaust/Genocide Education
Do you have units of study to share?
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Choice Schools are required to update their curriculum by July 1, 2022, to be implemented in the 2022-23 school year. In order to assist with this curriculum, we are wondering if any teachers have Holocaust units of study which they would be willing to share or would be willing to meet with the Office of Catholic Schools to update curriculum. We are working on updating the standards and benchmarks to include specifics on Holocaust and genocide and would be happy for input. Our thinking is that this content would be appropriate for 8th grade in our middle schools and high schools where it fits best in their scope and sequence. We do realize that the Holocaust is discussed when students in fifth through eighth grade read books like Number the Stars, Diary of Anne Frank and others, but need to formalize where it is taught. 
Data Review - MAP
If anyone is interested in doing a data review of your MAP data, please feel free to contact Jane to set something up for June, July or later August. 

There is one data review scheduled for St. Thomas Aquinas in Peshtigo on August 23 at 1:00 if anyone is interested in joining.  
NWEA MAP Test Windows
This year our non-system schools will submit their CRF to Becky Krahn. For the Winter and Spring test windows, Becky will automatically submit the CRF that is created in fall. If you have any changes in enrollment after the CRF is submitted, let Becky know.  
The test windows for the 22-23 school year are
  • Fall - September 7-October 1
  • Winter - January 4-January 21 (highly recommended)
  • Spring - April 1-April 30

Helpful hints for creating the CRF especially if you have multi-age cohorts in one classroom.  
Newsela
Newsela is a resource many of our teachers are using free. This product in its full capacity will link with MAP data and provide a rich resource for teachers in ELA, Science and Social Studies.  

Newsela qualifies for EANS funding.  

Sophia Institute at the Shrine: August 10 & 11
Professional development workshops for all K-12 Catholic school teachers, DRE's and catechists.

Two dates, two topics. Choose either or both (separate registration required for each course).

Both courses are 8am-2:30pm at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion.

Free, online registration. Lunch and materials provided.
Update! Currently, both workshops are filled, but wait lists are pending. If you're interested in going, DO register; you'll be contacted about attending.
Worth Repeating
Comprehensible Input Workshop
Are you teaching a world language in your school? Learn a strategy for teaching any languages in the classroom.

In this workshop, you will demo a staple CI skill, story asking, as a student using an unknown language. We will also discuss CI methodology and research, plan a lesson for the coming school year, and even go home with some tangibles which will help you employ CI in the classroom. 

Thursday, August 4; 9am-3pm and Friday, August 5; 9am-Noon

St. Ignatius Catholic School, Kaukauna

$60 (includes lunch Thursday)
Worship Jesus Years
Part of Disciples on the Way Journey
Dear Presidents & Principals,

We are entering the Worship Jesus Years as part of our Disciples on the Way Journey. The outline for the Worship Jesus Years is as follows:
  • Diocesan Encounter Jesus Retreat - October 11, 2022
  • Year 1: 2023-2024 Focus on the Word
  • National Eucharistic Congress - July 17-21, 2024 Indianapolis Indiana
  • Year 2: 2024-2025 Focus on the Eucharist
  • Diocesan Eucharistic Congress - July 2025

In preparation for Year 1 the Focus on the Word, the Office of Catholic Schools is requesting that ALL administrators take and complete the Franciscan at Home Course: Praying with Scripture: Lectio Divina by September 1, 2022. This will allow the school administrators to ask their faculty members to take this course during the 2022-2023 School Year.
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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Questions? Contact us at education@gbdioc.org or (920) 272-8273.
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