Meet the Falcons, Part 1

At the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, we welcomed many new Falcons to our family! From new students to new front office staff members, to new teachers, our nest expanded and gained many noteworthy rockstars!

Over the summer months, we wanted to take a moment to highlight both our long-time team members and our newest teachers, so that we could all get to know one another a little better.

Each week we will feature a handful of our team members, sharing a short Q & A on each of our Frassati leaders.

For part one of this round-up, let’s get to know fourth-grade teacher Benedetto, middle school religion teacher Urban, third-grade teacher Blomgren, and building substitute and interventionist Hoffman. Let’s go rapid fire on this Q & A!

Benedetto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Book:

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Favorite School Subject & Why:

I LOVE math! Math was very easy for me growing up and I feel like I just couldn’t get enough and wanted a harder challenge as I was going through school. When I graduated high school, I received my AA in Mathematics.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

I am most looking forward to my sister-in-law getting married in Florida, spending weekends at our family cabin in Wisconsin, and golfing!

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s.

Urban

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Book:

The Bible

Favorite School Subject & Why:

STREAM. I like interdisciplinary work but everything ties into our Catholic Religion somehow.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Road trips, lake visits, and family time.

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Discover a new dinosaur.

 

Blomgren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Book:

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

Favorite School Subject & Why:

Math and religion – it is always fun and exciting to solve math problems. It is like solving a little mystery that has a correct answer. Religion is awesome because we get to learn more about Jesus, his life, and what he wants from us.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Over the summer I am excited to check as many things off of our Summer Fun List as possible. I love to fish, swim and be with my family!

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Discover a new dinosaur.

 

Hoffman

 

 

Favorite Book:

“Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult

Favorite School Subject & Why:

Math because I’m always getting better and faster.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Hanging out with my family by our pool.

Would you rather: Discover a new dinosaur? Taste-test new ice cream flavors for Ben & Jerry’s? Lead an expedition into space? Or create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

Create a superhero for Marvel Comics.

 

 

 

 

Have a follow-up question for one of these Falcons? Send us an email at frassati_falcons@frassatiwbl.org.

Believe & Read Update, 2020-2021 Results

In February we shared an update on the Believe & Read program rollout at Frassati, and we are pleased to report back with an update on our first-year results.

As a reminder, this program launched at our school in September 2020, with the goal of enhancing and enriching our literacy instruction. This special curriculum, designed by Groves Academy and taught in collaboration with our Groves Academy coach, was a central part of the kindergarten, first, and second-grade student experience during the 2020-2021 academic year.

In the fall of 2020, each student in these three grade levels took tests to measure their starting point, and they again tested at the end of the year to see how the students progressed in their lessons.

Here is a look at those growth reports:

Kindergarten

First Grade

 

Second Grade

 

We are thrilled to see this progress and are excited to see the way these students will advance through these lessons in the years to come!

In the academic year ahead, we will be adding the third-grade classes to the Believe & Read lessons, so that the students who just completed their second-grade lessons will advance to the next level of their instructions.

Frassati is truly blessed to have been selected by the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE) to be a host school for the highly praised Groves Academy, Believe & Read program! We look forward to sharing more updates in the months ahead!

That’s a Wrap on 2020-2021!

On August 10, 2020, when we received news that Frassati would be re-opening for full-time, in-person learning, on September 8, Falcons old and young rejoiced with great joy!

We knew there was much to learn about navigating in-person learning during a pandemic, but this community was eager to work together to find a way.

Now that we are on the other side of the 2020-2021 year, it is hard to feel anything but awe and immense gratitude for all that was accomplished over these last nine months.

From the students to the teachers, to the staff and the families, to the parishioners, and to our community supporters, we saw countless acts of love that allowed us to keep those doors open each and every school day.

Every member in and around this Falcon nest took it upon themselves to do their part, any part – even if that part was offering up prayers for health and safety.

When we look back and reflect on the year, which somehow went by in a flash, we are left with a wow and a heartfelt thank you.

To each and every one of you, thank you for helping to make this year a tremendous blessing that positively impacted many people’s lives, and will likely continue to positively impact them for many years to come. Thank you.

After memorial day weekend, with one-and-a-half days remaining in the year, there was a lot that needed to be celebrated and a lot of long-awaited gathering that could finally be done!

First up, was the all-school BBQ:

Next up, was the eighth-grade graduation mass: 

 

And the last official event on the schedule was Field Day! Mrs. Reibel set up this year’s event around the theme of the Olympics, and for the first time all year, students got to mix with other students from other grades. It was a great opportunity for students to make some new friends, say hello to friends they haven’t seen in a while, and run around outside before the noon dismissal!

After the Field Day activities, students headed back to their classrooms to wrap up the last bits and pieces of the year.

In Kindergarten, Miss Munns even hosted a Kindergarten Oscars and handed out an award to each student, as they walked the red carpet!

And before we knew it, Mrs. Kemp announced it was officially time for dismissal, that the end of the last day of the school year had arrived.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer!