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September 16, 2022

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St. Joseph Cupertino, Pray for Us

The Feast of St. Joseph Cupertino takes place on Sunday, September 18. Joseph was known for being “slow to learn and absent-minded.” We’ve all seen these students and while we love them, it’s not unusual for us to feel frustration as well. When we meet children like Joseph, let us remember that God has a plan for each child and that His power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). We pray that we may embrace weaknesses in ourselves and others as opportunities to grow in faith.

O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favor in the examinations for which I am now preparing.

In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked. I will also imitate your life of prayer and devotion. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us. Amen.


Next editions of the Office of Catholic Schools Newsletter:

October 6

October 20

Look for topics in previous editions:
Index of Past Topics
Archive of Superintendent’s emails:
Archived emails
Calendar Items
(See details in articles below)

Sept 16: Third Friday in September Choice Enrollment Count

Sept 19: WRISA Accrediation Webinar

Sept 30: Meemic Foundation Grant Appl. Due

Oct 1: Scout Mass at Cathedral

Oct 3: WRISA Annual Report due to Office of Catholic Schools

Oct 7: Principals' Meetings (Virtual)

Oct 11: Worship Jesus Day of Encounter

Oct 13: All-School Rosary (9am)

Oct 15: PI-1207 (via web-based app) due

Nov 17: School Success Summit

2022-23 Schools Calendar
Important Dates for Private School Choice Programs
New Items

3rd Friday Count for DPI

The PI-1207 Private School Report data collection application opens Monday, September 19, 2022. The PI-1207 application allows you to quickly enter the required PI-1207 private school data online and submit it directly to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). 

You must submit the PI-1207 data through the web-based application by October 15, 2022, to be considered an open, active school per the DPI School Directory.

This document (use link button) provides you with a list of the data elements that will be collected through the PI-1207 private school data application. 

PI-1207 (Private School Report)

Choice Training

The Choice Team will again be offering virtual training sessions geared towards new schools to the Choice Program for the 2022-23 school year. As we did last year, we would like to extend this opportunity to existing schools in the Choice Program who are interested in a refresher related to program requirements (see topics below). New Choice Administrators and Designees may find these training sessions particularly helpful. The dates and topics covered can be found below. The trainings will be offered via Microsoft Teams; the link to each training can be found below as well. Please note these trainings are not mandatory but encouraged.  

All times are 3:30 - 4:30 on the dates listed below:


Choice Updating

If you are the Administrator, or know that there are new administrative staff in your school/district this year, please log in to the School Directory to ensure names, roles/titles, email addresses, and phone numbers are all current and accurately represent your 2022-23 school year staff.

The School Directory application is open for 2022-23 updates to contact information, grade level ranges, and school begin and end dates for your district. As a reminder, the printed School Directory is no longer published, but you can find all the information and more on the new online School Directory.

Mental Health Webinar Series

Addressing key mental health issues our students are facing

For Catholic school teachers, principals, guidance counselors, campus ministers, catehetical leaders, catechists, youth ministers; all are welcome to these quarterly, free webinars hosted by the Diocese of Green Bay Catholic Charities mental health staff.

Topics and dates:

  1. How Faith Affects Mental Health (Oct. 18)
  2. Understanding Harm Reduction Strategies (Dec. 13)
  3. Mental Health & the Hispanic Community (Feb. 7)
  4. Signs of Sex Trafficking (Apr. 4) 

All webinars will be at 10:30am conducted via Zoom. Invitations and links will be in future newsletters. Please direct any questions to: Lori Paul, Catholic Charities 920.272.8318.

Catholic Schools Playbook

Catholic School Playbook is a project of the Ortner Family Foundation, the mission of which is to serve the Catholic Church, the classical/liberal education movement, and other endeavors that lead to human flourishing. It specializes in supporting new and entrepreneurial initiatives, and is passionately committed to renewing Catholic education. 

Subscribers to Catholic School Playbook are kept up-to-date on the latest insights and events relating to the world of education and the future of the Church. Subscribe now and you will receive The Light—their popular collection of articles, videos, and podcasts from the week—delivered to your inbox every Thursday. In addition, you will be alerted to new content on the site. Subscriptions are free and they do not share emails with others. 

All Schools Rosary:

Thursday, October 13th at 9am

We received great feedback from last year's All Schools' Rosary (in October and May), so here we go again.

We are asking our Catholic schools in the Diocese of Green Bay to have 9,500 school students stop and pray the rosary on October 13th at 9 a.m.

We recommend having students gather in the church. If that is not possible, a group of students can lead it over your sound system, in classrooms, etc. Our Lady

asked the children to pray, and this day is to honor her request!


WRISA and NCEA reports are due by September 30th.

Curriculum Corner

Discovery Education Offer

Are you looking for a supplement to your science curriculum or new science materials?

Discovery Education is offering great pricing for the schools in our Diocese and have locked in a $47,000 grant to help fund our Diocese which is available until the end of September. 

Several of our schools are current customers and are using Mystery Science for grades K-5 and Tech Books for 6-8 grades. Feel free to check out the demo website.  

Miss the information webinar on September 13th?  Here's the recording (password: YP1E.e7k).  


Nice-to-Know Opportunity

Catholic Academic Junior High Decathlon is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2023

The five goals of the Decathlon are to:   

  • promote academic excellence
  • promote collaborative spirit and cooperative learning skills
  • promote logical and higher-order thinking
  • recognize the contributions of parents, teachers, school administrators, and business and community members in supporting high standards for all students

Information about Decathlon
Holocaust/Genocide Education
Do you have units of study to share?

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.  

Last month we invited responses from teachers around the Diocese for their ideas on providing Holocaust and Genocide Education for students. Thank you to Alex Stevens who was the first to provide resources. Teachers may enter their ideas at this link as well as see what others are doing. Please be sure to pass the information along to your teachers.   

NWEA MAP Test Windows

This year our non-system schools will submit their CRF to Becky KrahnIn the subject line, please indicate 'PowerSchool MAP CRF'. 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.  

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.  
Worth Repeating

HS Campus Ministers:

Events hosted by Office of Child & Youth Faith Formation

GBYC is Back!

November 12 at the Shrine

A day of hope, healing and fun for high school students!  

Keynotes, music, breakouts, Mass & more!

Read More About GBYC

ROOTED Weekend Oct. 21-23 at Camp Tek:

All high school teens, their youth leaders, and volunteer mentors diving deeper into discipleship and evangelization? Rooted Apprenticeship Academy  

Read More about Rooted


Our office invites you and your students to join us as we return to Steubenville Conferences this summer. We will be attending Steubenville Rochester July 14,15,16, 2023.  

Read More about Steubenvill Trip

Annual Scout Mass

Bishop Ricken's annual Scout Mass will be held in conjunction with the 4pm Saturday, October 1st Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay.

Scouts who have earned a Catholic religion emblem (Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, et al) in 2021-22 will receive a special invitation through the mail, but all Scout families are invited and encouraged to attend (Scouts should wear their uniforms to Mass).  

For more information, please e-mail [email protected]

Worship Jesus Day of Encounter

The Word Becomes Flesh

We begin the Worship Jesus years with a Day of Encounter on Tuesday, October 11 at the Resch Expo. The day will begin at 8:30 AM with check-in and hospitality, and will end around 5:00 PM after Mass with Bishop Ricken. Fr. Dave Pivonka will guide us through the day which will include prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, witness talks, break-out sessions (including a specific one for Catholilc Schools), and Mass.


October 11, 2022, from 8:30am to 5:00pm

Resch Expo in Green Bay

Please see the following video invitation from Bishop Ricken for more information.

Additional information about the day, registration, parking, etc., will be forthcoming. No cost to attend.

QUESTIONS | [email protected] | (920) 272-8329

Praying w/Scripture Course

Lectio Divina on Franciscan at Home

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 of the USCCB National Eucharistic Revival
  • Discipleship Seminar - October 11, 2022 (see article below) & Bishop Ricken's Pastoral Letter
  • 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 2024

In preparation for Year 1 (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 30, 2022. This will allow the school administrators to ask their faculty members to take this course during the 2022-2023 School Year.

More . . .
NCEA Newlsetter Link
Click on icon below to read the latest issue of Catholic School Matters Newsletter from NCEA and Dr. Tim Uhl.
Full Education Policy Manual for SY 2022-2023

Office of Catholic Schools

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or (920) 272-8273.
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