Office of
Catholic Schools
June 3, 2022
Next editions of the Office of Catholic Schools Newsletter:

July 8, 2022
August 5
August 19
Look for topics in previous editions:
Archive of Superintendent’s emails:
Calendar Items
(See details in articles below)

June 14: Title IX Presentation by School Choice WI
June 19: Bishop's Pastoral Letter Release
June 30: PowerSchool End-of-Year Process Scheduled
July 4: Independence Day; Diocesan offices closed
New Items
News from WCRIS [Revised from Chris Cody, Education Executive, So. WI District, Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod]

The tragic shooting at the elementary school in Uvalde, TX last week is gut wrenching. We pray that this never occurs in one of our schools. As the school year ends and you begin thinking about next year, reevaluate your overall school safety plans and begin laying the groundwork for any future safety measures that need to be implemented in your buildings. As leaders, you have the influence and responsibility (legally, in fact) to ensure that you have done everything in your power to create a safe learning environment. Here are some reminders and suggestions for you moving forward.

  • Pray.
  • Are you in compliance with Act 143? Act 143 is separate from the school safety grant and is required of ALL schools. Act 143 requires schools to conduct at least one annual drill in the proper response to a school violence event, and submit a brief written summary to their school board or private school's governing body within 30 days of the drill.

(By July 1, 2018), every school board and governing body of a private school must provide blueprints (maps) of each school building and facility to the Office of School Safety and local law enforcement agencies [Wis. Stat. 118.07(4)(cf)

(By January 1, 2019), and before each January 1 thereafter, every school board and governing body of a private school must also file the following information with the Office of School Safety [Wis. Stat. 118.07(4)(e)]:

  • a copy of its School Safety Plan, including the most recent date on which the school board or governing body reviewed and approved the school safety plan;

  • the date(s) of the required annual School Violence Drill(s) during the previous year, including certification that the school board or governing body reviewed a required written evaluation of the school violence drill(s) (see the example under "School Safety Drills" on the "Resources" tab at left);
  • the date of the most recent school safety plan training (required under 118.07(4)(c)), and the number of attendees
  • the most recent date on which the school board or governing body consulted with a local law enforcement agency to conduct required on-site safety assessments.

  1. Review other legal requirements regarding school safety plans, etc., which be found on pp. 65-67 of your WCRIS Legal Handbook
  2. Establish or continue to develop a relationship with your local police department. Have them walk your building and identify areas of potential concern.
  3. Active Shooter Drills. Do your students/teachers know what to do in the event of an active shooter? My guess is that they all know what to do in the event of a fire or tornado. They should be as well-versed in how to respond to an active shooter situation as they are in how to respond to a fire or tornado.
  4. End of Year Faculty Meetings – review your Crisis Plan. Is it up to date? Do your teachers understand it? Let your local police department look at it as well.
  5. Beginning of Year Faculty Meetings
  • Review your Crisis Plan again so that new teachers understand it.
  • Dedicate time to train your teachers in how to respond to an active shooter. Many of our schools use ALICE Training, however, there are other reputable active shooter training available. There is plenty of information available online on what to take into account when conducting these drills. One such resource can be downloaded here.
  • Pray.

Psalm 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Other Resources & Tips:
Speak Up Speak Out (SOSU) Tip Line: In an effort to help prevent future harm, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of School Safety sponsors a tip hotline that students, teachers or parents can use to report a perceived threat or student in trouble.(People should still call 911 for immediate threats.) Update your contacts for SUSO

Critical Incident Response Teams (CIRT) When a critical incident occurs in Wisconsin that has the potential to impact any public, private, charter or tribal school, an OSS staff member will contact the impacted school/district to offer guidance and provide stabilization resources.Formalization of the CIR teams is expected to be in September 2022.

School Safety Plan: If your school contact for the Office of School Safety needs to be updated, please email with the name of your previous contact and the name and email address of the new contact.

DOJ Grant: The Wisconsin DOJ will award grants to assist private schools in submitting mapping data to law enforcement agencies and the Office of School Safety, according to Wisconsin Act 109 enacted on Dec. 3, 2021. Schools can either submit blueprints of their school or a critical incident map. A grant announcement will be forthcoming.

Upcoming Training Opportunities: Check out various trainings offered by the Office of School Safety - Department of Justice
Traumatic Event Crisis
Intervention Plan (TECIP)
Xavier and Lourdes Academy have been trained by Copes Consulting in intervention planning. The training helps to form teams of support in a traumatic event (i.e. car accident, weather event, sudden death of parent or student…)  
The Catholic Foundation has awarded the Office of Catholic School and Catholic Charities a grant to do training and set up networks of schools and parishes around the diocese to assist if there were a traumatic event.  

The overall idea is to invite a minimum of one person from each school and parish to be part of the two day training.  During the training, networks and cohorts will be established in geographic areas. Lori Paul and Jesse Brunette will spearhead the training and networking.  

We are working on dates in early October. Please begin to think about a staff member who might be interested in this sort of training.  
Varsity Tutors
Does your school have a need for tutors? Do parents ask you when they would like a tutor for their child? 

I was contacted by Varsity Tutors about the many services they are able to offer schools from tutoring 1:1 or 1:5 any subject areas in response to the needs of students. 

Click for more information If parents are interested in checking it out personally they can go to
School Unclaimed Property
In the Milton Bradley board game of Life, you can land on a square that gives you an unexpected windfall. That’s actually a real thing.

Some WCRIS schools have “property” being held for them by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). This is good news.

Every several years, WCRIS reminds its schools to check this list. When last done in 2016, we had 45 schools with unclaimed property totaling several thousand dollars.

In general, the property ranges from $100 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. It could be from a check that was sent to your school that was never cashed or refunds due your school from some vendor that, for whatever reason, never processed the payment for the school. We typically see balances left from soda companies, uniform apparel providers, energy savings programs, etc. It could also be a payment resulting from your school being named a beneficiary on an insurance policy or settlement.

Take a moment now to search the easy-to-use State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue Unclaimed Property portal to find and claim what’s yours.
National Assessment of Educational Progress Launches Fall 2022 Program
During the 2022-23 school year, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) will be conducting trend assessments in mathematics and reading administered in-person to 13-year-old students.

If selected, It is essential that your school participates in these assessments as data for private school students can only be reported if enough private schools participate.

NAEP representatives will begin contacting private schools this Spring to notify them of their selection for NAEP assessments. If your school is selected, please choose to participate to give private schools a voice. NAEP representatives provide all materials and administer the assessment at no cost to schools.

For more information about the NAEP program and the important role private schools play, visit the NAEP Private School and Staff website.
August Training Dates
August PowerSchool Training Dates for Principals, Administrative Assistants, IT specialists, counselors…anyone new to being a PowerSchool Admin. Register Here
Curriculum Corner
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.  
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.
Worth Repeating
Title IX Discussion
On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 10:00 -11:00 am, School Choice Wisconsin will be hosting the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty to have a discussion on the topic of Title IX. The attorneys will provide an overview of Title IX, what the Biden Administration is trying to change, and what this means for private and religious schools.

During this presentation, attorneys Luke Berg and Cory Brewer will address commonly asked questions regarding Title IX, resources for school leaders, and recommendations for private schools to be prepared for any future issues.

To register click on the LINK.
Powerschool: End of Year
PowerSchool End of Year process is scheduled for June 30th, 2022 Please have all end of year reports, errors and setup completed before then. 

Please note that Becky is attending the PowerSchool University conference June 24th -July 1st and will be completing the process on California time. 

We are asking users to not log-into PowerSchool on June 30th until the process has been completed. A message will be displayed on the log-in Screen on all portals and a message will go out to all PowerSchool UserGroup contacts. If no errors in setup are found the process has been finished in about an hour in recent years. Please reach out to the helpdesk with questions.
SITA: August 2-4
Once again Eastern Wisconsin Instructional Technology Consortium (EWITC) is offering the summer academy. This year Tuesday, August 2 will be virtual. Wednesday will be in person and Thursday will be an in person keynote presenter Lori Desautels. 

Lori presented at WCRIS teacher and administrator conferences a couple years ago. She was very well received and participants from our diocese asked if we could bring her here. 

Lori focuses on how our brains work and the best processes to use in the classroom to keep learning and self regulation at a high level. Watch for SITA session registrations.
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)
Priest-Principal Meeting (Non-systems)
Save the Date: August 9th
There will be a Priest-Principal meeting for all parish schools (non-systems) on Tuesday, August 9th from 10-3 at Camp Tek. Dress is casual and lunch will be provided. 

More information will be coming but we wanted to make sure you had the time blocked off. Fr. Luke will be actively involved in getting the priests at the event.
Worship Jesus Years
Part of Disciples on the Way Journey
Dear Presidents & Principals,

We are now about to enter the Worship Jesus Years as part of our Disciples on the Way Journey. The outline for the Worship Jesus Years is as follows:
  • Kick Off: June 19, 2022 - Release of Bishop's Pastoral Letter
  • Kick off for the USCCB National Eucharistic Revival
  • 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.
Calendar Change and Addition
The New Teachers Orientation will be moved to August 15.

School Succes Summit:

For All Administrators, please mark your calendars for the School Success Summit, August 16 and August 17 (morning). The summit is being coordinated with CESA 7 and a couple other schools in the area, in order to bring national experts in the area of grades, grading and PLC’s. 

It is our hope that an administrator and/or lead teachers from each school will attend. Schools are able to use EANS funding for this Summit. Click for the tentative details and costs. CESA 7 will be happy to work with you to apply for EANS funding and/or the paper work needed.  More to come.  Feel free to contact Jane Schueller for more information.  
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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