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Holy Cross Catholic School Holds Open House to Kick off Catholic Schools Week


-- Nationwide Celebration of ‘Catholic Schools are A+ for America’ --

Green Bay , WI - Holy Cross Catholic School, 3002 Bay Settlement Road, will open its doors to prospective students and community members to kick off Catholic Schools Week (CSW) on Sunday, January 30 from 9 AM to noon. The open house provides prospective students, their families, and the community the opportunity to learn about the school and the school’s mission to provide high-quality, values-based education.

Local Catholic Schools Make the Grade
The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2011 celebrates the fact that Catholic schools are an added value (“a plus”) for the nation. In the Greater Green Bay area, the theme of this year’s CSW is particularly timely because it occurs on the heels of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) system’s release of the 2009 Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. The MAP assessment is correlated to the public school’s Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Exams (WKCE). This is the first time that the local Catholic schools have been able to compile data as a system and compare it to the Wisconsin Public Schools’ WKCE Data -- a direct result of gathering the 10 Green Bay Area Catholic Schools together to form the GRACE System.

The State of Wisconsin WKCE Test ranks students into four knowledge categories: Minimal; Basic, Proficient and Advanced. With all 10 of the GRACE schools reporting, the GRACE System demonstrates 86% to 99% of students identified as Proficient or Advanced at all grade levels and in all content areas, Reading, Language Arts and Math. The attached spreadsheet for fall 2009 data indicates the comparison of the GRACE schools and students to the Cooperative Educational Service Agency 7 (CESA 7) and the State of Wisconsin. CESA 7 represents 37 public school districts in Northeast Wisconsin. The state represents all 426 school districts in Wisconsin.
GRACE System WKCE Comparison Fall 2009 Data

Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week is celebrated nationally the last week in January. For 2011, the dates are Jan. 30 through Feb. 5. Schools typically celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open houses and activities for students, administrators, faculty, school staff, the community and families. Holy Cross Catholic School, like schools throughout the country, has planned activities throughout the week of Jan. 30 to celebrate Catholic education, including an open house, special Mass days, Grandparents Day, a field trip, Super Crazy Spirit Day, a spelling bee, ice cream social, and a parent appreciation reception.

About Holy Cross Catholic School
Located on the growing northeast side of Green Bay at the historic crossroads of Church and Bay Settlement Roads, Holy Cross Catholic School is the point at which faith, community and education converge. The school educates children within the Catholic faith and provides them with opportunities to develop the values, attitudes and skills that will enable them to become vital members of the community. Holy Cross Catholic School has been in existence for 142 years and has an enrollment of 206 students in grades EC3 to 8th grade. For more information, please visit the school's website: www.holycrossfamily.org/.

About GRACE
The Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) system is the largest Catholic school system in Wisconsin. A collaborative school ministry of the 23 Green Bay area Catholic parishes, GRACE was formed in 2008 to provide affordable, high quality Catholic early childhood, elementary and middle-school education. It serves 2728 students at ten neighborhood school sites located throughout the Green Bay area. Over 125 students of other faith denominations attend the GRACE schools. The GRACE system employs over 250 people with a total annual community investment of $10.5 million. The system has just completed a three-year planning and consolidation process that involved the 23 faith communities, parents and staff. It will assume full school operations on July 1, 2011.

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