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St. Philip Catholic St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Central High School, School, Coldwater Battle Creek

St. Mary’s School, Niles

St. Mary’s Visitation Catholic School, Byron Center St. Basil Catholic School, South Haven

Lake Michigan Catholic Middle School, St. Joseph

St. Monica Catholic School, Kalamazoo

DISTINCTIVE St. Margaret School, Otsego

Immaculate Conception Catholic School, Three Rivers


Hackett Catholic Prep, Kalamazoo

St. Mary’s Assumption School, Bronson

St. Mary Catholic School, Paw Paw

Lake Michigan Catholic Elementary School, St. Joseph St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, Battle Creek

Light of Christ Academy, Augusta St. Rose of Lima School, Hastings 2

St. Augustine Cathedral School, Kalamazoo St. Stanislaus Catholic School, Dorr St. Therese Catholic School, Wayland

Lake Michigan Catholic High School, St. Joseph

St. Joseph Catholic Middle School, Battle Creek

A message from Bishop Paul J. Bradley and Superintendent Margaret Erich Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Most Rev. Paul J. Bradley

We are pleased to share with you this report which highlights the mission of our Catholic schools — providing an education in faith, knowledge and service. Throughout our annual report you will find valuable information on our progress as well as inspirational testimonials of the value of a Catholic education. All of these positive accomplishments reflect beautifully the core of our Catholic Schools which we believe are: “Dynamic, Distinctive and Devoted”. We are dynamic as we strive for excellence in all we do. Some of this happens behind the scenes through our diocesan Office of Schools, the engine for our Catholic schools, providing professional development, curricula resources, marketing support and more. Of course this dynamic energy is also evident in all our excellent educators, administrators and school staff, who strive to advocate and advance Catholic education and faith formation. We are proud of the distinctive education our schools provide in all areas of study as we prepare our students to make a difference in the world. Whether our students are constructing robotics projects, incorporating language immersion or exercising artistic talents, they are doing so to the best of their ability.

Mrs. Margaret Erich

We are devoted in our call to be missionary disciples, spreading the love of Jesus to all who need it. This is evident in the many ways our Catholic school students respond to the Gospel call to service by actively participating in various service projects in their local communities. May God bless our Catholic school community as we continue to strive to be a beacon of light and hope for all. Faithfully yours in Christ,

Most Rev. Paul J. Bradley Bishop of Kalamazo

Mrs. Margaret Erich Superintendent, Office of Schools Diocese of Kalamazoo



St. Mary’s School, Niles


St. Margaret School, Otsego

Preschool – Grade 8 | 269-683-9191 www.stmarysschoolniles.org

Hackett Catholic Prep, Kalamazoo

Preschool – Grade 8 | 269-694-2951 www.stmargaretschool.net


St. Mary’s Visitation Catholic School, Byron Center

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, Coldwater

Preschool – Grade 6 | 616-681-9701 www.smvschool.org

Preschool – Grade 8 | 517-279-0404 www.st-charles-coldwater.org/school

St. Stanislaus Catholic School, Dorr

St. Mary’s Assumption School, Bronson

Preschool – Grade 8 | 269-793-7204 www.st-stans.net

Preschool – Grade 8 | 517-369-4625 www.stmarybronson.org

St. Therese Catholic School, Wayland


Grades 9 – 12 | 269-381-2646 www.csgk.org Light of Christ Academy, Augusta Preschool – Grade 8 | 269-629-7253 www.lightofchristacademy.org St. Augustine Cathedral School, Kalamazoo Preschool – Grade 8 | 269-349-1945 www.csgk.org St. Monica Catholic School, Kalamazoo

Preschool – Grade 6 | 269-792-2016 www.sttwaylandmi.com BARRY COUNTY

St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, Battle Creek Preschool – Grade 5 | 269-965-7749 www.bcacs.org

St. Rose of Lima School, Hastings

Preschool – Grade 8 | 269-345-2444 www.csgk.org ST. JOSEPH COUNTY Immaculate Conception Catholic School, Three Rivers

Preschool – Grade 6 | 296-945-3164 www.stroseschoolhastings.com

St. Joseph Catholic Middle School, Battle Creek

Preschool – Grade 5 | 269-273-2085 www.iccatholicschool.com


Grade 6 – 8 | 269-963-4935 www.bcacs.org


Lake Michigan Catholic Elementary School, St. Joseph

St. Philip Catholic Central High School, Battle Creek

Preschool – Grade 5 | 269-429-0227 www.lmclakers.org

Grades 9 – 12 | 269-963-4503 www.bcacs.org

Lake Michigan Catholic Middle & High School, St. Joseph

St. Basil Catholic School, South Haven Preschool – Grade 5 | 269-637-3529 www.saintbasilcatholic.org St. Mary Catholic School, Paw Paw Preschool – Grade 5 | 269-657-3750 www.saintmarypawpaw.org

Grades 6 – 12 | 296-983-2511 www.lmclakers.org

The 21 Catholic schools throughout the nine counties in the Diocese of Kalamazoo are proud to serve a diverse population. Varying in size, schools are located in both urban and rural areas and offer an opportunity for every child to learn and grow in faith, knowledge and service.


439 1,761 437 2,637 284 28 13:1 17%

— Preschool-aged children (2 – 4) — Grades K-8 — Grades 9-12 — Total students — Faculty/Staff — Administrators — Student/Teacher Ratio — Non-Catholic Students

How we serve Accreditation, National Standards & Teacher Certification: All schools within the Diocese of Kalamazoo are accredited by the Michigan Non-Public School Accrediting Association (MNSAA). Every five years schools are re-accredited using standards laid out in the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools. The standards describe how successful Catholic schools operate within four domains — Mission and Catholic Identity, Governance and Leadership, Academic Excellence, and Operational Vitality. The Office of Schools is dedicated to sustaining and improving the quality of Catholic education and faith formation in our diocese. With each school’s cooperation, it serves as the administrative umbrella to allow collaboration and continued success for our schools.

The Office of Schools provides: • Professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators and support staff • Administrative assistance to Catholic schools and Local Consultative Advisory Boards • Support with enrollment and retention initiatives • Guidance and monitoring on school improvements • Oversight and guidance on curriculum • Assistance with obtaining title funds and grants • Policies and regulations for school guidance • Compliance for health and safety regulations


Awarded in grant monies (USCCB-Black and Indian Mission Office)


Awarded in Seton Grants & Professional Development monies


Awarded annually to graduating seniors through the Capstone Project


Hours of professional development provided in 2018 – 2019


Dynamic | Distinctive | Devoted With 21 schools located throughout the nine counties of the diocese, it can be challenging to illustrate the story of how they are all part of a larger community. In 2004, the Office of Schools redefined its strategic focus and began a mission of providing support and collaboration for the Catholic schools around the diocese. Since then the Office of Schools work is completed with input from and approval of the principals. Every year, the principals gather with the Office of Schools staff to reevaluate and refine the strategic plans and throughout the year continue to plan and improve for the future. By uniting underneath the diocesan umbrella the Office of Schools is able to provide services to help lower overheard, such as professional development opportunities, providing human resource and administrative support, curriculum initiatives and legal needs — services and needs that some schools would otherwise not be able to afford. The Office of Schools enhanced the curriculum with a renewed focus on catechesis formation. A standard of best practices for using the research and work of Robert Marzano and professional learning communities was adopted. The schools use common professional development, common curriculum, common report cards. And more recently, all schools use iObservation for teacher and administrator evaluation and RenWeb student information system. All these decisions, from choosing textbooks to finalizing curriculum, are made collaboratively by the Office of Schools staff along with school staff committees.


This past year the Office of Schools introduced shared branding that enables marketing the 21 schools together as a unified body. Adopting a shared branding provides a current and creative way for our schools to better communicate the benefits and difference of a Catholic education. “Our schools share many commonalities and operate under the same underlying mission and vision,” says Margaret Erich, superintendent. “They are all places of faith, knowledge and service. While they each have a distinctive culture, the core of how and why they teach is the same. By marketing our schools we’re emphasizing that we’re connected as a diocesan family and that each school is part of something bigger than just its own community.” The core of the Office of Schools’s mission is a dedication to sustaining and improving the quality of Catholic education and faith formation in our diocese. The culmination of the initiatives and improvements from the last 15 years and coupled with the exciting plans for the future are what set our Catholic schools and communities apart as — Dynamic, Distinctive and Devoted.


Catholic School Difference

Faith You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. (Psalm 16:11) Faith is the core of Catholic education. It is the distinctive feature that sets us apart from the rest. Our students’ devotion to Christ, their relationship with Christ, and the joy and hope that accompany their faith will always be the center of who they are and the people they are becoming. But living their faith isn’t simply memorizing prayers — it is being immersed in the dynamic ways they can grow closer in relationship to Christ and serving others. Theology is incorporated into every subject, beginning with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in preschool and culminating with the final Capstone presentation as high school seniors. Each day begins and ends with prayer. Regular participation in the life of the Church through Mass attendance, Eucharistic Adoration, reconciliation and other sacramental preparation ensures that the faith is not only taught, but lived, daily.

Knowledge Happy the one who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding! (Proverbs 3:13) Our educators are devoted to maintaining an environment that places an emphasis on the importance of a moral education — a sense of community and service to others while teaching a rigorous academic curriculum. They view teaching not only as a profession but as a distinctive mission of the Church. Our administrators and teachers work collaboratively to foster a culture of educational excellence by building relationships with each and every student, teaching critical thinking skills, employing dynamic and innovative methodology and maintaining the highest curriculum standards.

Service As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace (1 Peter 4:10)


Through dynamic service projects and servant leadership opportunities, our students answer the call to serve others before themselves. A distinctive Catholic school education seeks not only to educate but also to touch the hearts and form the consciences of its students with a desire and devotion to pursue what is good, right and just. By serving others, our students build on the foundation of faith and knowledge for the greater good of humanity. They continue to put faith in action by making a difference in people’s lives and impacting the communities around them well past their years in Catholic school.


Academic Excellence MAP testing. NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), is a researchbased, computerized assessment which allows educators to determine academic growth throughout the course of the

school year. Each student takes three MAP tests annually in math and reading from kindergarten through eighth grade and language usage and science from grades

three through eight. Test scores clearly indicate that our students outperform their public school counterparts in nearly all areas.






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SAT Test Scores National: 1067 State: 1001



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1101 Math


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Faith for Life

For Fr. Paul Redmond, teaching a CCD class was the first breadcrumb on his path to being ordained a priest in 2016.

“When you teach others, you have to know your subject matter in a way you don’t get by simply learning it,” he says. “It was taking that approach to my faith that started my thinking that I was being called to serve the world as more than a physical therapist. And this is also true for teachers who decide to serve at Catholic schools.” Catholic schools also present students with the unique opportunity to interact with a priest in the neutral environment of the classroom. “A classroom is so much more accessible for children than at Mass,” says Fr. Paul. “It’s the perfect opportunity to converse with the students and be visible, friendly and approachable. It’s that time in the classroom that leads students to feel more comfortable talking with a priest about questions or problems they’re dealing with.” Through the close-knit community of a Catholic school, students build a family of faith that extends beyond their home or parish. That family is there to support students through the triumphs and tragedies of life. “Our faith calls on us to be unified in our belief that God is always with us. We have our faith and we have our school community.” And that faith community built in the school also trickles into students’ home life. Many schools around the diocese have noticed an increase in the number of non-Catholic families joining RCIA programs or being baptized. “It’s almost as if the students are evangelizing their families,” says Fr. Paul. “They’re taking their lessons home and telling their parents they want to be baptized, and their school friends are there for them when they do, cheering them on and celebrating their joining the Church.” Pictured left: Fr. Paul says a prayer with participants before St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School’s annual 1 mile walk/run & 5K.


Faith lived

Pictured below: As part of the back-to-school routine, parents are invited to pray for their children’s school year by praying over their lockers.

Our Catholic school communities walk with students as they receive their sacraments. Pictured above are two students from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Paw Paw.

Pictured below: A teacher sits with a parent and student to explain how the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program helps students learn about and further develop their relationship with God and His Church.


Knowledge Knowledge for Life Catholic schools have always been part of Dani Flint’s life.

She spent her grade school education at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Lansing, pursued her undergraduate degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids and now teaches at St. Stanislaus Catholic School in Dorr.

As she spent time inside schools as a student teacher, she became acutely aware that she would have to separate her faith from her lesson plans unless she pursued a career at a Catholic school. “I felt I wasn’t able to be fully myself with my students because I wasn’t able to share my faith with them,” she says. “As a Catholic school teacher I am now part of both a tradition of academic excellence and the faith journeys of the future of our Church.” The beauty of teaching in a Catholic school is the opportunity to help students connect the faith with their studies, finding Catholic writers to study in their


English class or learning about the history of the Church in Social Studies. “My students understand faith goes beyond Theology class,” she says. “They ask questions throughout the day about saints or how what we believe impacts something we are learning about in math or other subjects. And because they see me actively participating in the faith during school Masses or on Sundays, they feel comfortable talking with me about it and I’m free to discuss it with them.” Pictured left: Miss Flint gathers with students to start the day with a decade of the rosary during the month of Mary.

Knowledge Gained

Our teachers are held to high standards. All are certified by the state of Michigan and must complete 30 hours of continuing education each year.

During a unit focusing on wind, students at St. Augustine Cathedral School created anemometers out of ordinary objects to measure wind pressure and learn how scientists use them to determine wind speeds.

Pictured below: Our schools have recognized that to better prepare students for the future STEM is not enough. Our schools have moved to adopting STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Arts and Mathematics) which allows the integration of our faith into 21st century teaching and learning to prepare students for careers.


Service Service for Life

For Kathy Williams, one of the great things about Catholic schools is that the focus isn’t only on test scores or athletics or any one subject – but on nurturing the whole person.

“We want our graduates to come out of our schools as better people — not just smarter but better people in their virtues and how they care for their community and others.” Through her various roles at parishes and schools around the diocese, Kathy has noticed one thing when it comes to encouraging a willingness to serve others — making family wherever she goes. As a graduate of St. Mary Catholic School in Paw Paw, Kathy found the community built in small classrooms taught her to find the best in every situation. “Making family wherever you go is the heart of service,” she says. “Through that family you share

your faith through acts of love and respecting each person’s human dignity.” Equally as important as encouraging students to be involved in community through service hours is encouraging their regular use of the sacraments. “It’s hard to sustain a life of service if it doesn’t flow through the graces of prayer and the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist,” she says. “Catholic schools are forming the whole person in a way that encourages a life of service and caring for others — in big ways, like mission trips or work as a missionary, and in little ways like St. Therese, serving even the most basic needs of those around us with a humble, loving heart. “No act of service should be above or below us if it is what is good and right and is done out of love. Our Catholic schools are teaching that every day.”

Kathy volunteers with various programs around the diocese including Alternative Spring Break which bring high school students to serve in areas of need. Pictured left: Kathy, on her recent trip working with students in the Appalachians, is shown building ramps for houses so residents could more easily access their homes.


ServiceD evoted Pictured above: In learning about St. Francis of Assisi and his love of animals, students collected food and other pet items to donate to local animal shelters.

Students in our schools demonstrate generosity to those in need by organizing and participating in various donation drives throughout the school year.


MARGARET ERICH Superintendent and Executive Director, Secretariat for Catholic Education and New Evangelization merich@diokzoo.org • 269-903-0165 JILLIAN KELLOUGH Associate Superintendent jkellough@diokzoo.org • 269-903-0181

NINA LANEY Catholic School Advancement Coordinator nlaney@diokzoo.org • 269-903-0159

LAURIE TICHVON Executive Assistant ltichvon@diokzoo.org • 269-903-0207

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