The School Board serves in an advisory capacity and assists in the
development and definition of policies which govern the grade school. Educational
innovations are areas of responsibility assumed by the Board. The School Board
meetings will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Meetings are open to the
St. Dominic School community. Any party interested in addressing the School
Board shall contact the Principal or School Board Chairperson no less than three
business days prior to the start of the regularly scheduled meeting. The Board
does reserve the right to call executive sessions. Monthly copies of the School
Board Minutes are published on the Parish Website and included in the digital
Since meetings may be rescheduled, please consult the school calendar or
school office to confirm meeting dates.
The School Board of St. Dominic works cooperatively to provide vision and
leadership within the school community. This vision and leadership should
consider and balance the concerns and beliefs of parents, teachers, staff,
students and Parish Council.
The School Board strives to:
promote a Christian atmosphere and viable Catholic identity;
foster high standards of spiritual, academic, and social
develop and define fair and just policies; and
practice fiscal responsibility through the yearly budget
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2011-2012 Year-End Status
During the 2012-13 school year, your school board has worked
on several goals and initiatives in an effort to continue to improve our
school. As the school year comes to a close, we wanted to share with you a
summary of those efforts.
The School Marketing Committee, updated and administered
the second all school survey. The last survey (2008-09) was very
valuable to the school board, pastor, and administration in helping to
guide decisions relative to communication and goals. Many positive
changes came from the results of the previous survey. The results of the
2011-12 survey have been compiled and will be approved at the school
board meeting on June 4th. Subsequently, they will be e-mailed to all of
the school families.
The School Marketing Committee organized and ran the two
open houses, with a lot of assistance of many others in the school and
school community. These open houses are a key component to ensuring that
St. Dominic Catholic School remains a viable and vibrant school. A
strong enrollment allows for the school to have the resources necessary
to continue its tradition of developing well prepared students and young
The School Marketing Committee organized a group of
parish members with marketing backgrounds to assist with developing a
proactive marketing plan for the school in collaboration with the
parish. This group will work over the next few months, and potentially
beyond, to create a new and effective marketing plan to encourage strong
enrollment for the future.
The Academics Committee continued its work to monitor
the progress of St. Dominic Catholic School students in meeting learning
goals. An annual review of St. Dominic Catholic School curriculum
minutes spent across subject areas/specials was performed which showed
that the school is exceeding all Archdiocese requirements and showed the
St. Dominic Catholic School's allocation to be in line with the Elmbrook
schools (with the exception of Religion class). Ongoing trend analysis
has been developed to look at performance of St. Dominic Catholic School
students in the Iowa and WKCE standardized tests. 2011-2012 test results
received this spring have been incorporated into the analysis and the
results will be made available to administration, faculty, parents and
next year's School Board. The overall results are very positive with St
Dominic performing well above the 90th percentile nationally in Iowa
testing and exceeding the Elmbrook school district in WKCE testing. The
Board continues to discuss adopting annualized testing; however,
budgetary constraints and the potential for using new testing
methodologies preclude adopting at this time.
After performing a formal analysis of our school's
Catholic Identity during the previous academic year, the Catholic
Identity Committee focused on three major goals in 2011-2012.
One goal was to create a service project program
consistent with our school mission statement that calls us to enable
our students "to demonstrate an active response to the Gospel call
through our examples, attitudes and interactions with others in
everyday life" and "to understand and proactively respond to the
needs of those less fortunate." This program resulted in class
service projects for grades K-5 and required service hours for our
students in grades 6-8. Through these efforts our students provided
support and assistance to many others as they learned to make
service a regular part of their lives as responsible Catholics.
Our second goal was to begin a virtue of the month
program to help our students develop a firm and habitual disposition
toward carrying out God's will. Resources for families regarding our
virtue and saint of the month were distributed via the Family Folder
and website and included practical examples of how to grow in each
virtue. Father Dave and Father Sean devoted classroom time to
discussing the importance of each virtue and its saintly exemplar
with our students.
Our third goal was to better communicate and
celebrate all the wonderful aspects of St. Dominic Catholic School
that indentify our community as Catholic. In addition to
communication via the Family Folder, a Catholic Identity page was
created on our school website to provide a one stop resource for our
students and families as they work to grow in their faith. On this
web page one can access a list of service opportunities, stories of
faith from members of our community, information on the prayer and
virtue of the month, an overview of our faculty faith formation, and
other Catholic parent resources. By celebrating our Catholicism we
hope to aid the Holy Spirit in making our students realize it is
"cool" to be Catholic.
Another undertaking of this committee was to apply for
exemplary recognition from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in the area of
Catholic Identity. Based on our application we were awarded a site visit by
the Archdiocese as part of their effort to learn about our best practices in
this area. The Archdiocese will announce the exemplary recognition
recipients in June, but all members of the Catholic Identity committee
acknowledged that applying for this recognition provided great benefit and
insight as together we strive towards providing the best possible Catholic
faith formation for our students.
The St. Dominic Catholic School Board works
collaboratively with administration and the pastor to develop and define the
policies which govern the operation of the school, and to promote the
implementation of those policies. These individuals work to continually
improve the Catholic education of the students of St. Dominic Catholic
Fr. David H. Reith, Pastor
John Chovanec, Principal
School Board Elected Members
I have been active in the St. Dominic community for over 10 years
while my wife, Kristin O'Connor Sohn (class of 1987), has been
active with the church since she was a child. We send our three
children to school here as we believe the parochial education
provided by St. Dominic provides our children the proper
foundation to mature and grow. During my time in this
parish community I have been active in the parish Cub Scout program
as a Den leader and have served on the parish finance committee.
Professionally I am a CPA, earned a MBA and work in a leadership
position for a major catholic healthcare provider.
I hope to bring my skills, knowledge and experiences to help the
board continue to provide quality education to the children of the parish in a
Greetings, my name is Mike Urban. My wife, Debbie,
and I have been parishioners at St. Dominic Catholic Parish since 2002. We
have three children enrolled in the day school: Abigail, Emma, and Josh. I have some previous school board experience,
having served in that role at Aquinas Academy for three years.
I believe there are two important reasons that we as
parents chose to send our children to a Catholic school: outstanding
academics and authentic Catholic formation. If elected to our school
board, I will work to ensure that St. Dominic Catholic School delivers in
both of these essential areas.
My husband Shea and I joined St. Dominic Catholic Parish in 2009 after
searching for a strong and vibrant parish that had a well
established day school with outstanding and challenging academics,
but also viewed its Catholic identity as central to its mission.
Shea and I have been married for 17 years and are raising 6 children
ranging in age from 2 to 15; 4 of our children attend the day
school. I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education from
Franciscan University of Steubenville. Though I am currently a stay
at home mom, I would love to use my background in education to help
St. Dominic Catholic Parish.
I want to not only provide
a second to none academic education and strong Catholic foundation
for the parish children, but also to further cultivate an
environment that builds strong character and enthusiasm for the
Catholic faith in our day school.
Greetings St. Dominic Catholic Parish! I am very proud to say that
St. Dominic Catholic Parish has been my life. I am alumnus of the
school and I have received the sacraments of Eucharist,
Confirmation, and Marriage here. Both of my children, Luke and Grace, have been baptized
here as well. I have seen the
evolution of the church from the old gym to the current space, been
taught the principles of the Catholic faith by all four of our
pastors, and witnessed the incredible growth of the school's
I have such fond memories of my teachers at St. Dominic. They were
responsible for building the early academic foundation instrumental
in my success as a physician and were exemplary role models for my
formation into an active Catholic. Both my wife Jennifer and I are
active in Eucharistic Minister training and the Prayer and Worship
committee at St. Dominic. I am on the executive board of the
Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists and I serve on several
hospital quality improvement and assurance committees.
I am so excited to have
the opportunity to keep St. Dominic Catholic School a place of educational
excellence. I believe that experiencing the school again
through my own children is the next step in my lifelong commitment
to this wonderful parish. all their abilities and talents for God's
My husband, Mark, and I have been members of St. Dominic
Catholic Parish since 2007. We will have four children enrolled in the grade
school beginning in 2012.
My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in
elementary education and a Master of Arts in education. I have had
experience as a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, teacher
trainer, and literacy coach. I have also been involved as a
catechist, room parent, Monday Mom's Group, and Wednesday Bible
I believe that students must be given opportunities to grow
academically as well as spiritually, and I have a passion and desire
to see our school become all that God wants it to be.
My husband, Randy, and I have been a members of St. Dominic
Catholic Parish since 2006. We have three children enrolled at St.
Dominic Catholic School. The choice Randy and I made to send our children to
St. Dominic Catholic School was due to a strong reputation in fostering
spiritual, academic, and social growth.
After graduating college from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame,
Indiana, I worked for a non-profit organization in membership and
marketing. Several years later, I switched careers and have worked
for the past thirteen years in various positions from camp counselor
to reading resource teacher. During this time, I returned to school
and earned an Elementary Education degree and later a Masters degree
in Reading and Learning Disabilities. I have taught in both public
and parochial schools and served on numerous curriculum committees.
My family has been members of St. Dominic Catholic Parish since
2008. Our oldest two children are enrolled at St. Dominic School. My wife,
Delores, and I have been married for 10 years and have both attended
Catholic schools from grade 1-12.
When selecting a school for our children, we talked about our great
experience growing up with the opportunity to attend classes and
practice our faith. We wanted our children to have those same
opportunities. St. Dominic Catholic Parish involvement, class size, and
Catholic faith made this an easy choice.
Professionally, I have worked in Human Resources at Aurora Health
Care since 1999. In my role at Aurora Health Care, I work closely
with leaders and employees to increase employee engagement,
interpret company policies and procedures, and apply them
consistently throughout the organization.