Monday, April 30, 2012

Team Chapel Mass

Last Friday's Team Chapel mass included Boys Golf, Boys Tennis, and Girls Softball.

Pics from Girls Soccer

Check out the Living Lake Country coverage of the Crusaders tie game with Arrowhead from last week Tuesday.

It's official, CMH is drug free

Dear CMH Community:

As many of you have heard, last week Thursday, CMH performed a "Lockdown Drill" for the first time in recent memory.  Such drills better equip a school to deal with tragic situations of student safety and security.  Allow us  to offer thanks to the officers and deputies of Waukesha law enforcement for their efficiency, professionalism, and advice regarding this drill. They offered high praise for how CMH faculty and staff handled this drill and how students behaved during the process.

We gained a number of insights about how “lockdown” procedures should occur and how to better coordinate students and staff in the process. We will continue to cooperate with the City of Waukesha Police Department in improving our Crisis Response Plan.

As you might suspect, any high school administrator will be at least a little anxious when, as part of the drill, multiple K9 drug sniffing units are systematically searching the building.

In Thursday's process we are proud to say that no drugs were found anywhere on the CMH campus.  This covers over 500 cars in the parking lots and 1000 lockers in the school.   Officers tell us that few schools can ever boast of this, much less schools of our size.

As a CMH community, you can be rightfully confident in CMH as a place that is proactive in terms of school safety and high behavior expectations.   Furthermore, you can be equally proud of how we meet, and exceed, those standards of safety and behavior.

Thanks to all CMH families and alumni who work so cooperatively with us to make this the great Catholic high school that it is, and to ensure that our kids achieve all that God intends for them.

Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

CMH Parent Preview

This was an event designed just for parents to help them navigate the process of finding a high school that is the right "fit" for their child. 

Bill Henk, Dean of the College of Education, Marquette University:  Mr. Henk kicked off our program by addressing the value of Catholic education.  Following Mr. Henk’s presentation, parents learned more about the CMH admissions process and the tuition assistance program.

Sample Classes:  Parents get to be the students and attend two mini classes to experience the academic quality CMH provides students in the classroom.  Classes were offered in theology...

 An English Lit class re-enacted scenes from Shakespeare...

 A math class challenged parents to master the old, new math.

The night ended with a CMH Perspectives Panel:  Parents learned more about the CMH experience from current students, parents, faculty, and alumni in this informal Q&A discussion.

Thanks to the staff of the CMH Office of Admissions and  parents volunteers Martha Mirsberger, Angelique Klimara, Ted Sibilsky, and Katie Doyle for their help in making this evening a success.

Girls Softball heads West

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Waukesha West 0

Defense leads Memorial to Classic 8 victory
Crusaders overcome less offensive output
by Christine Gustafson, Freeman correspondent

Quote of the day:  "The game is more fun (with runners threatening). We're here to play and it's very exciting." CMH junior, Rachel Ramthun

To read the full article, click here.

Boys Tennis

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Singles Play leads CMH past Pius

WAUKESHA - The Catholic Memorial High School boys tennis team swept singles play in beating Pius 6-1in a Classic 8 conference dual Tuesday.

Matt Mirsberger won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, Mike Mirsberger won 6-2, 6-2 at no. 2, Tim Heyrman 6-0, 6-2 at No.3, and Charles Sprinkman won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4.

Eric Schmitz and Joe Bowes won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles, and Joseph Diedrich and Jon Rymer won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 doubles. (2-0 Classic 8)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CMH Grad fights for the taxpayer

from The Business Journal -

Milwaukee law firm helps school districts earn $187.5M settlement

A win for the little guys

by Rich Kirchen, Senior Reporter

To read the full article, click here.

Attorney CJ Krawczyk is a CMH grad of 1992

Video Recap

CMH Girls Soccer Player Julie Fischer, featured athlete of the weeks, TMJ4 PrepsPlus.  To view, click here.

Boys Tennis Tame the Bulldog

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


CEDARBURG - Catholic Memorial won two doubles titles in winning the Bulldog Invitational for the second straight year Saturday.

Matt Mirsberger and Mike Mirsberger won at the No. 1 doubles title beating Kimberly 7-6 (4), 6-1 in the title match.  Jon Rymer and Joseph Diedrich won the No. 3 doubles title, beating West Bend West 6-4, 6-3 in the title match. 

Joe Kern finished second at No. 3 singles for the Crusaders, who beat runner-up Cedarburg 26-22 in the team standings.

CMH wins golf tournament

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Stanislawski leads CMH to golf title

NORTH PRARIE - Senior Corey Stanislawski was the meet medalist as the Catholic Memorial High School boys golf team won the 14th annual Crusader Invitational at the Broadlands on Saturday.

Stanislawski shot a 75 to lead the CMH blue team to first-place.  Marco Blise shot a 78 for the blue team, Dylan Allen shot 80, Joel Stanislawski shot 82, and Matt Petre shot 86.

CMH Grad Looks to the NFL

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Butrym takes low-key approach
CMH Grad lived with parents while preparing for NFL draft
by Daniel Mike, Freeman Staff

Quote of the day: "I have great friends, great people who I met in high school and college.  They really want the best for me, and I am lucky to have that."  Patrick Butrym, CMH ''07

To read the full article, click here!

KidsWrites: Grow Up! Comes to Catholic Memorial

In a theatrical experience like no other, the words of student authors  from 13 Waukesha area grade schools will come to life on the Grasch Family Stage at Catholic Memorial High School (CMH).  The production of KidsWrites: Grow Up! is open to the public April 26-28 at 7:00 p.m. with a matinee show on April 29 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the school office. Cost of the tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and senior citizens.

Monday, April 23, 2012

CMH Senior named JS Athlete of the Week

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Kaitlyn Hastings, Catholic Memorial. The senior took advantage of some beautiful weather Saturday at the West Allis Hale Mondo Invitational to win the 100 high hurdles in 15.36 seconds, a time that was the best in the state for a couple of days and currently ranks second. She also anchored the 400 relay to victory in 51.23, the state's second-best time, and brought the 800 relay to victory in 1:49.20, which ranks third.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

CMH senior a finalist for top state scholar athlete

Congratulations to Greta Davis!

from the website of WQOW, Eau Claire, WI --

WIAA announces finalists in statewide 2012 scholar athlete program

Stevens Point (Press Release) - The best of the best, 32 Wisconsin high school seniors (16 girls and 16 boys) from Kenosha to Hurley, have turned in the top classroom and sports performances at Wisconsin's public and nonpublic high schools to be selected as finalists for the prestigious 2012 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, presented by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and underwritten by Marshfield Clinic.

To determine the top 32 finalists, four boys and four girls are selected from each of four WIAA divisions based on both athletic and academic achievement. Seventeen of this year's 32 WIAA Scholar Athlete finalists have a grade point average of 4.0 to date, while the average GPA is 3.92. All 32 scholar athlete finalists earned a total of 306 letters (an average of 9 letters per athlete) during their first 3-1/2 years of high school.

The 32 scholar athlete finalists were chosen from among 800 seniors nominated by 400 high schools in the state. Every year since 1984, each of the WIAA-member high schools has been invited to nominate one boy and one girl for the WIAA Scholar Athlete award. The average grade point of all Wisconsin student athletes nominated this year was 3.83, and 175 of the nominated student athletes had perfect 4.0 GPAs.

The 2012 WIAA Scholar Athlete Finalists, as well as their families and school representatives, will be recognized at an awards ceremony Sunday, May 6 at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau. Each 2012 WIAA Scholar Athlete Finalist will receive a medallion and certificate, and will take with them a special plaque for display in their school's trophy case.

A Webcast of the awards ceremony will be available at during and after the ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 6.

All 800 students nominated for the award by their high school athletic director will be presented with a medal at their school recognizing them as their school's top male or female scholar athlete.

Celebrating our founding and mission...

Join CMH in celebrating its founding as a memorial to those who served.

Celebrating Lives of Service

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mass, 10:15am – InPro Center

Luncheon to follow – Weber Gym (requires registration)

To register, Lives of Service

This year’s event includes the inaugural presentation of the Col. Mary Jo MacGregor ’81, USMC. (Ret.) Award for Meritorious Service.

This event is an opportunity for the CMH community to reflect on our mission and motto as exemplified by the generosity of donors, benefactors and all who support our efforts to educate, guide, prepare leaders who serve.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Join us for an entertaining evening by future playwrights and Crusaders

Thursday, April 26, 7:00 pm
Friday, April 27, at 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 29, at 2:00 pm

Catholic Memorial High School
Grasch Family Stage
601 E. College Ave., Waukesha
Purchase your tickets online now!

For more information, please phone (262) 542-7101.

Back by popular demand, Catholic Memorial High School brings you KidsWrites. The process involves a CMH English teacher presenting a free, creative writing workshop to a group of your grade school students. The writings will be gathered along with those from other Catholic schools, and the best of these writings will be selected and transformed into a musical theater production performed by CMH students.
All student authors will be recognized in the program and preceding the performance. This shared creativity exposes both the grade school students and high school students to creative thinking and the theatrical expression of those ideas.

Boys Tennis downs Mukwonago

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Prep Tennis Roundup

Muk 1

To read the coverage, click here.

Girls Soccer wins conference opener

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial nips Mukwonago in League Opener
Fischer breaks 1-1 Tie

To read the full story, click here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Yet another call for prayers of consolation

CMH prays for the repose of the soul of,

Joe Wilde, father of CMH grads, Kelly'84 (Frank) Pohlman, Karen '85 (married to Jim DeWalt '84), John '87 (married to Katie Burns '89), Jeanne '89, and Joanne '96 (married to Jeff Kubisch '96).

For information about arrangements, please click here.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Welcome... last night's blog visitor from the African nation of Ghana. A first for us. I hope you enjoyed reading about CMH boy's soccer.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sadness in more than three

CMH mourns the passing of four members of our extended community (please click on each name for obituary and arrangements):

Joseph M. Gabelbauer, CMH '79 (brother of CMH teacher, John Gabelbauer)
Robert Foley, CMH Director of Development 1982-84, alum parent and present grandparent of Rebecca Norgord ’12 and Sarah Norgord ‘15
Alberto Garay, parent of Mychelle, CMH '04
Ronald R. O'Leary, CMH '54

The prayers of the entire CMH community go out to each for the repose of their souls, and to each family for the comfort and consolation which comes from the Easter promise of Christ resurrected.

Requiscat in Pace!

Each family has named various memorials, but if you would like to offer your memorial at CMH, please click here.

Spring Break, but activities continue...

Girls Soccer wins in Georgia
Boys Tennis Preview -- Crusaders

Friday, April 6, 2012

Crusader Rugby Trounces KM

Thursday April 5th

The Catholic Memorial Varsity Girls rugby team took on Kettle Moraine at Minooka Park Thursday afternoon. Senior Sarah Dillett scored in the first two minutes of the match and it was a lead CMH would never relinquish, on route to a physical and hard fought victory, 40-5. Kettle Moraine scored to begin the second half as senior captain Andrea Mertens ran in from ten meters out. CMHS senior captain Taylor Wolf answered with a try of her own moments later. Sophomore Julie Else made an impressive varsity debut starting in place of senior captain Hannah McCaffery.

In JV action, freshman Myra Dillett added two tries as CMH outpaced Brookfield 22-5.

Tries: Taylor Wolf (2), Sarah Dillett, Myra Dillett, Maggie Wesolowski, Lindsey Bluma,
Conv: Dries (5)

Kettle Moraine
Tries: Andrea Mertens
Conv: none

CMH students prepare to spread Easter joy!

Robbie Gogin, Jett Siegenthaler, Tony Balistrieri, Jonathon Reitz, Eric Brown, Julia Schoendorf, Sara Wolf, Cassidy Lentz, and Stefanie Smith worked to prepare more than 100 Easter baskets for families at Joy House, a women's shelter.

Another great sign of Caritas in Omnibus!

Welcome to the blog visitor...

from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, who read this blog last night. A first!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Mr. 3000?

For the kids, Facebook is passing, but for me, last night I hit 3000 "friends". Well it might be better to call them "CMH friends and family."

Something of a milestone, wouldn't you say?

A very interesting, and profound, question...

Another country heard from...sort of.

Visitors from new places are getting more rare for this blog. But, last night there was a blog reader who logged on from the Mediterranean island nation of Malta. Welcome!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Beautiful, gorgeous, and exquisite!

That's how Crusader girls soccer coach John Burke described junior Julie Fischer's game winning goal.

From today's Waukesha Freeman -

Slinger 0

Three-player combination produces winning goal
Defense dominates
by Tony Mooren, Freeman correspondent

To read the full article, click here!

Crusader Softball Dominates in Conference Opener

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH Softball Team beats Blackshirts

CMH 12
Waukesha South 3

To read full coverage, click here!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Visiting CMH alums, alum parents, grandparents, and supporters in So. Florida

During a three day swing through So. Florida, I would like to thank Fred and Mary Kinateder for hosting a CMH friends and family reception in Naples, FL.
Walt Bhend,Class of 1962 and his wife Ginny
Gerry Savatski Banaszak, Class of 1962
Kathy Riley Ketterhagen, Class of 1967 and her husband Don
Al Banaszak '62
Alumni parents:Dave Hanley AP'74,'81,'83, '85
and Donna Farrell AP '92, '95 (Kelly '92,Mike'95)
Jane and Ed McCarthy, grandparents of present students Nolan Michaela and Tara Hoffmann.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Rugby back in action

The Catholic Memorial girls rugby team (2-0) defeated Menomonee Falls 32-0 and Oak Creek 43-5 in opening weekend action Saturday morning.

Playing two shortened matches back-to-back, several underclassmen were able to spark scores, as sophomores Brittany Silas, Molly Langhenry, Maggie Wesolowski, and freshman Myra Dillett all scored tries.

Next up, CMHS plays Kettle Moraine at Minooka Park on Thursday at 5:15pm

Tries: Katie Dries, Katie Mueller, Brittany Silas, Hannah McCaffery, Myra
Dillett, Maggie Wesolowski

Conv: Dries (1)
Menomonee Falls 0

Tries: Miranda Bargielski, Myra DIllett, Sarah Dillett (4), Molly

Conv: Langhenry (4)

Oak Creek 5
Tries: Alyssa Schneider