What a tremendous week of student performances the faculty enjoyed this week! The week began with Science Fair awards. You received an email of our winners, but the first place winners deserve repeating. Congratulations to:
First place: Macklen Bell Fourth Grade
First place: Izaiha King Sixth Grade
First place: Mary Tappel Seventh Grade
First place: Joseph Syren Eighth Grade
First place: Anna Jemmings Ninth Grade
First place: Patrick Czyz Tenth Grade
The week continued with upper school presentations beginning last Tuesday. The faculty were impressed with the time, thought, and effort the students put into presenting the highlights of what they have learned this year. The poise and insight the students demonstrated are a testimony to the fine work of their parents, their teachers, and their own desire for excellence. The elementary school teachers reported that they too were delighted with their students’ presentations last Friday afternoon. I had the privilege of watching the sixth grade declaim parts of Julius Caesar. Further, the sixth graders dazzled me and their parents by reading and translating a Latin story on the spot! It was nothing short of spectacular to see the students calmly read and translate a story they had not parsed in class beforehand. To see the students refine their rhetorical skills and gain confidence that will help them for a lifetime is a privilege to behold. Bravo to all of the students.
The eighth graders were challenged to complete a scholarship opportunity for $500.00 from the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Congratulations to Arianna Fouch who completed all the requirements including the essay, resume, and three letters of recommendation. We hope the Catholic Daughters will give her every consideration.
Archbishop Schwietz stopped in to visit the school last Wednesday and met with me to discuss the year’s successes and challenges. We had a lovely meeting: he sends his congratulations to the students for all their many accomplishments throughout the year. He has been following our debate team recently as he used to be a high school debater himself. He expressed his hope to attend a competition next year.
The teachers wish to thank Mrs. Mary Ann Cosgrave (mother of eighth graders, John Cosgrave) for putting on a wonderful traditional St. Patrick’s Day fare last Thursday! It was delicious. Mrs. Cosgrave’s addition of festive tablecloths, napkins and cups made the whole luncheon a delight.
Thank you to Mr. Jemmings (father of freshman, Anna Jemmings) for coming in to replace a leaking pipe in the Blessed John Paul II chapel building this Saturday. Further thanks go to alumna, Corie Geiermann for identifying the leak and for Mr. Bernie Droege (father of freshman, Anne-Marie Droege) for serving as a consultant on this concerning matter.
Mr. Dave Barnhart, benefactor of the school, has been replacing all the burnt out lights and broken ballasts in the Kolbe building. He has also been helping to prepare the recently rented space above the Bosco Building for its new inhabitants. A Korean Church has approaches us and been granted permission to rent the facility upstairs. They will only be present in the very early mornings and on the weekends. Their presence will not cause any sound disturbance to our high school students below.
- March 19 St. Joseph’s day procession and lunch celebration – all parents are welcome to join us from 11:50-12:40
- Free seminar – Dave Ramsey Workshop March 21 from 6:30 – 8:20 in St. Dominic’s
- 7 A.M. Board Meeting on Thursday, March 22 in Miss Neumayr’s office
- Juniors and Seniors are expected to submit their first draft of their thesis on Friday, March 23rd
- Priest luncheon -Tuesday, April 3 (parents who wish to help with the lunch for share hours are welcome to contact Miss Neumayr)
- April 19.20 Junior/Senior Theses Presentations (consult the calendar)
- Open House April 24th from 6-9 P.M. for all interested families. Please encourage anyone you know who is interested.