SWCS receives full accreditation from the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association
Mr. Mike Amlin, Principal, recently announced SWCS has received Full Accreditation through the OCSAA and the Ohio Department of Education. To be accredited, schools must create a 5 year School Improvement Plan. This plan is based upon a thorough review of the school’s previous accreditation plan, in-depth data analysis of educational and spiritual components, stakeholder feedback, and other criteria. While the complete report and improvement plan are lengthy, a copy for viewing is available upon request. The two goals that drive the entire school improvement plan- one Academic Goal and one Catholic Identity Goal- are provided below.
Catholic Identity Goal: The students of St. Wendelin Catholic School will increase respect and awareness for the dignity of each human person.
Academic Goal:The students of St. Wendelin Catholic School will improve their critical thinking skills through practice across the curriculum.
Mike Amlin, principal, has announced that the school is seeking nominations for the National Catholic Education Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award. The winner will receive a gold lapel pin and be honored at a future all-school Mass.
To be eligible, the nominee should have graduated from St. Wendelin Elementary School at least 10 years ago. The award recipient will be selected based on his or her contribution to the American society and the Catholic Church.
A nomination form is included as an attachment with this newsletter or it can be downloaded by clicking on this link.
Please include the following details with your nomination: (1) year of graduation, (2) additional education, (3) present occupation, (4) three achievements of the graduate that reflect the characteristics of education received in a Catholic elementary school, (5) the person's beliefs about Catholic education, (6) and your name, address and phone number as well the candidate’s.
Nominations must be received no later than Friday, December 13, 2013 .
Please mail information to St. Wendelin Catholic School, c/o Mike Amlin, 533 North Countyline St., Fostoria, Ohio 44830 or email to email@example.com.
October is Bullying Awareness Month. Please contact me or any other school personnel if you witness or suspect a child is being bullied. There are links below and also on the guidance page of this website about bullying awareness and prevention. There are additional materials located in my office if you would like to meet with me. I am working closely with the team from SWCS to help arrange for State Representative, Marlene Anielski, to come visit and give a presentation to students about bullying awareness and prevention and how it relates to a personal tragedy she has experienced.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or any other school personnel if you witness or suspect a child is being bullied. The following links provide information and resources regarding bullying and prevention. Please take the time to know the signs and find out how you can be instrumental in stopping the dangerous situation for a child.
If any parent or student is experiencing any difficulties in signing up for progressbook access please send an email to Chris.LeForge@stwendelin.org and explain what problems you are experiencing. There is a new security system set up for accessing parent and student accounts.
Students are helping students throughout Fostoria.
St. Wendelin Catholic School Faith in Action classes and freshmen Theology classes have begun to volunteer their time to mentor students in Fostoria City Schools through project MORE.
Project MORE is a volunteer based reading mentoring program for at-risk students. FCS Project MORE coordinator, Pam Berrier, has worked with Mike Amlin, SWCS principal, in facilitating St. Wendelin Catholic School's involvement.
SWCS will provide the busing needed to transport the students from SWCS to Fostoria City Schools where the students have begun to mentor children in various grades.
Students will continue to travel to FCS at least twice a week to work with the children for a half hour.
SWCS students attended an orientation given by Berrier on Project MORE in which they learned about Project MORE as well as being instructed on how to be a tutor. Besides the orientation, students were also involved in a training session.
Project MORE provides a very specific plan for each mentee. Mentors are also given detailed lesson plans to follow each time they work with a child.
Students from the SWCS Communicative Arts class are no strangers to reading to children. In fact, students visit Wesley Preschool twice a month and read stories to the pre-K 4 classes.
Cindy Taylor, SWCS Librarian, began the program this year by presenting a lesson on how to read to children. The lesson emphasized selecting the correct reading material, using various techniques in keeping children engaged and proper use of a person's voice when reading aloud. The students then practice reading to each other and in front of the class.
Students were assigned a partner and given a schedule of their designated reading date.
Nash Baker, son of Brian and Cindra Baker has a 3.87 GPA and is a member of NHS. Nash is active in Student Council as the Class President and participates in cross-country, basketball, track and baseball. Nash is active in his community as a mass server for St. Wendelin Parish and a volunteer for a migrant camp. Nash would like to earn a college degree in the future.
Elizabeth Weaver, daughter of Elaine Weaver and John Weaver, has a 3.88 GPA and is a member of NHS. Elizabeth is a mentor, secretary on Student Council for the senior class, and participate in many other extracurricular activities. Elizabeth is a team leader for the Challenge Girls Club and is president of the Challenger’s 4H Club. She plans to attend college to study medicine after graduation.
St. Wendelin Catholic School junior, Melissa Finsel, won 1st place for her welding project at the 63rd National 4-H Engineering Challenge, held September 29-October 1! The challenge took place at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. This is the first time she has been to a national competition, but she has gone to State with different 4-H projects. In order to qualify for this competition, Melissa had to qualify by County, then State, until she was chosen to be Hancock County's representative for welding. As part of the winnings, Melissa was given an AC225 Welder of her very own!
Melissa said she did not do it alone though. She had many mentors along the way. She received guidance from Harold Parkins, Troy Athlaus, but also from some of her family members! She named her dad, Mark Finsel, and her older brother, Nicholas Finsel, as mentors as well. Nicholas competed and won this competition for his welding project some years earlier.
Melissa is a member of the Prospectors 4-H Group in Hancock County. They meet at the Hancock County Agricultural Center approximately 8 times a year. In addition to 4-H, Melissa also participates in drama and is a cheerleader for SWCS.
She doesn't know what projects are ahead for her, but she has the right attitude for any endeavor she embarks upon! When she was asked how it feels to win 1st place, she replied, "I feel, if you can dream it, work hard, never slack off or give up, you can do anything!"
St. Wendelin Catholic School students and staff had the opportunity to learn about the Fostoria United Way and how the agency impacts the city of Fostoria. UW Executive Director, Ashley Stahl, spoke to students (grades 7-12) and staff during a recent assembly. Along with Ms. Stahl, Mr. Eric Grubb from the American Red Cross and Mr. Bernie Dickson from Habitat for Humanity were present to share information about their organizations. Besides sharing how the organizations impact the community, students also learned how they are able to assist the organizations through volunteering.
Lindsay Weaver ’14, a member of NHS, visited elementary classrooms. She gave a short lesson on how the United Way functions and she explained the upcoming United Way fundraiser sponsored by SWCS. SWCS students and staff in grades K-6 are participating in a “Coin Collection," and grades 7-12 in a “Penny War”. Children in the elementary grades are encouraged to do odd jobs at home to earn money to donate to the coin jar in their classroom. A free jeans day will be awarded to the winning class in each division. The runner-up classes will receive a frozen treat.
This activity directly focuses on SWCS’ emphasis on the second of the four pillars outlined in the Mission Statement: Faith, Goodness, Discipline,Learning. The pillar of Goodness has been identified as the theme for this school year.
In addition, SWCS 4th graders helped to kick off the United Way fundraising campaign on October 4 at the Geary Family YMCA! The United Way also named two winners from SWCS and two winners from Fostoria City Schools of their poster contest. The posters that the 4th grade submitted were centered around the campaign's theme "Caring Hearts Build a Community." The winners from SWCS are Iglesia F. and Lauren B.! Congratulations girls!
We made some changes this year on how to best communicate online between our teachers and our parents. We have adopted the use of a new online platform called: EDMODO.
Edmodo can be found online at www.edmodo.com
Once you get to that page you will be given an option as to how to join the site. We offer two ways for you to connect:
Grades K – 6 Please contact your teacher and receive a code that will allow you to register as a “Student”. In grades K – 6 we ask parents to do that because it requires an Email address and we feel that is something we don’t want our younger students using.
Grades 7 – 12 We ask that you register as “A parent”. The code once again will be provided by your teacher.
On the Edmodo web page you will be provided access to Classroom Rules, Class syllabi, as well as weekly homework. Please do not look at the “missing assignments” that is not an indication that something has not been turned in. Some teachers have been placing all the weekly homework on the page as “an assignment” and most have not required turning in any kind of response so those may be marked as “missing.”
The use of this Edmodo page in conjunction with the Progressbook site hopefully will provide you the necessary information you are seeking to encourage and participate in your child’s education. We welcome you to participate and if you have any questions please contact your teacher in question or you can email for assistance.
Thank you for taking part in this educational endeavor!
The St. Wendelin Parent’s Association (SWPA) works diligently hand-in-hand with our school to help provide additional opportunities for our children. We take pride in being able to offer our school and our children our time and energy for the well-being of all. We are a K-12 organization and any parent is welcome to attend meetings. Through fundraising efforts last year, we were able to help support/sponsor many programs and events throughout the year to benefit both our teachers and students.
Please join us for a meeting on October 13, November 10, and/or December 8-Christmas Dinner (location TBD). All meetings are held on Sundays at 7-9PM in the Emmaus Room at the Parish Life Center at 323 N. Wood St.
On Sunday, October 6, the Team 90 football team, cheerleaders and parents will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 445 Center St. in Fostoria. The dinner will be held from 12 PM to 3:30 PM. Each dinner is $7 for adults and $5 for Seniors/Kids 12 and under. There will be a 50/50 raffle for several gift baskets! Contact a football player/cheerleader or parent for advance tickets. You can also contact Eileen Whetsel at 419-934-5352 or Gladys Colburn at 419-937-3663. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Over the past month, SWCS has been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. On September 28, St. Wendelin Catholic School Spanish students had the opportunity to learn Caribbean dances from professional instructor, Ivette Santiago. Students went to Tiffin University and danced the borchata, merengue and salsa. In a competition, Alyssa Guzman and her father won second place. ¡Olé!
In its first competition of the year, the St. Wendelin Catholic School Quiz Bowl team was 2-1. Scores for the eager competitors were as follows:
St. Wendelin-115 vs. Upper Sandusky-75
Elizabeth Weaver, Sarah Cockie, Sara Goddard, Maddie Statham, Cameron Hunter, Robert Park, and Lindsay Weaver.
The next competition will be Tuesday, Oct. 15th at 9:30 a.m. at Tiffin Calvert. SWCS will compete against Colombian, Seneca East and Calvert Catholic School. Visitors are welcome to attend.
The Scholastic Book Fair is Coming to SWCS, Grades K-6
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to St. Wendelin Catholic School Library. Students in grades kindergarten through sixth will be visiting the fair with their classes. The book fair promotes reading by creating a way to connect kids with the books they want to read! Students and families can also preview the books sold at the fair through the following link: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/stwendelin. This site also offers online sales, author/book talks and video clips on the books offered at the fair. The book fair is open Monday through Wednesday from 8 AM-3 PM, however, families are also invited to the fair during the following times: Monday 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM, Tuesday 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM and Wednesday 7:30 AM –12 Noon. Please contact Cindy Taylor, SWCS Library Information Specialist, at 419-435-8144 for more information. See you there!
CALLING ALL STUDENTS AND PARENTS IN GRADES 5-12 AT SWCS:
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Cross Country Team on a second place finish at the Columbus Grove Cross Country Invitational!
New Assistant Principal/A.D.
Mr. Brickner has dedicated his life to Catholic education, having attended Catholic schools during grade school and high school, as well as his years as an educator, coach and administrator. Catholic education is a passion he holds dear.
In addition to the coursework and requirements needed to obtain the State Principal’s License, Mr. Brickner’s educational background also includes a Masters of Art in Education Degree from
During his duration at Calvert Catholic Schools, Mr. Brickner was the Head Golf coach where he compiled a 104-86 record, enjoyed numerous winning seasons, garnished MAL Coach of the year awards, and witnessed quite of few athletes advancing to the district tournament, as well as a state appearance by a female golfer.
As SWCS welcomes Mr. Brickner, it is with great appreciation to and tremendous well wishes for our former Athletic Director, Mrs. Donene Smith. Mrs. Smith has been a “staple” at SWCS, and has been instrumental and influential in many aspects of the SWCS athletic department. We wish Mrs. Smith much joy in her retirement!
The 2013 Report of National Language Exams has been released. SWCS is proud to announce twenty students scored in the top 10% nationally. Students participated in the National Spanish Exam (levels 1-5) and the Laureats Du Grand Concours (National French Exam) levels 1-3. Examinees are scored and ranked against other students in the nation who take the exam. Fifteen students were top ranked on the National Spanish exam, and five were top ranked on the Laureats Du Grand Concours. SWCS is appreciative of the commitment and support demonstrated by World Language Teacher, Sr. Elayne Bockey, and would like to congratulate the students on their performances.
National Spanish Exam honorees are: Karin Goddard 99 (level 2), Cameron Hunter 98 (level 2), Catrina Lang 97 (level 5), Sara Goddard 97 (level 3), Madisen Borer 97 (level 2), Kieran Campbell 95 (level 4), Rob Park 95 (level 2),Victoria Volpe 93 (level 3), Marcus Lang 93 (level 1), Lauren Meyers 93 (level 1),Gabe Walters 92 (level 2), Samantha Digby 91 (level 3), Becky Berton 90 (level 2), Olivia Hill 90 (level 2).
National French Exam honorees are: Anthony Halstead 97 (French 1), Cassandra Rife 97 (level 1), Madison Statham 90 (level 3), Lindsay Weaver 90 (level 3), Tina Ahn 90 (level 1).
By BRIAN BOHNERT , staff writer
By SCOTT COTTOS , SPORTS EDITOR
Do you have old cell phones around the house? Or do you have used Printer Toner Cartridges laying around? The Technology Department is starting a Recycling Program where we will send in any old cell phones and old cartidges and receive cash for those objects. That money will be used to help cover technology costs for our parish and schools. Please consider dropping those items off at the Parish or School. THANK YOU!
If you upgrade your computer and have a Flat screen monitor you don't know what to do with.. Please consider donating it to our school!