Tuesday, April 28, 2015

May she rest in peace...


We received word a short while ago of the passing of Patricia Garrot, a longtime CMH math teacher.
Mrs. Garrot (as I will always recall her) taught at CMH from 1976 until her retirement in 2003. We have, and have had, many great faculty and staff at CMH. But, Pat Garrot fills a very special place for myself, and so many other CMH graduates. Her steady patience, hopeful expectations, and constant encouragement, were sources of immeasurable impact in the lives of so many.

Since her retirement, her impact on CMH has continued in annual donations in her honor to support the operations of the Math and Computer Engineering classes, as well as through a small but growing scholarship fund in her name - the Patricia Garrot Math and Computer Scholarship - providing tuition assistance to returning students excelling in these areas.

Please keep the repose of her soul, and the consolation of her family in your prayers in the coming days. As we receive information about arrangements, we will pass those on to you.

Requiescat in pace.

Fr. Paul Hartmann, '84
President, Catholic Memorial High School

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fewer and fewer blog posts...

As you can tell, I have been using the Blog less and less for news and information about CMH.  Primarily only for a place to post lengthier texts or photos that can be linked to from elsewhere.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

An Easter message from CMH

In no other religion’s understanding will God willingly suffer, and even die, out of love for all that He created.  To those others people are just pawns and playthings of the omnipotent.  But, for some chosen few – we, the new Israel – there is the knowledge that we are created in love and saved by love.  From that knowledge, we know then that we must live in love.

Love of God.
Love of neighbor.
Love of self.

Love of family.
Love of Church.
Love of country.

Love of right.
Love of justice.
Love of charity.

On this celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, may every member of the Catholic Memorial Family have truly learned the love of Christ and be inspired to outwardly show deep love for Him.

Be assured of our prayers for you and your family every school day of the year.  Please support and pray for us in return.

May the Blessings of Christ resurrected by with you.

Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!

Very Reverend Paul B. R. Hartmann, ‘84

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Crusaders given C8 All-Conference props

Winter 2015
Classic 8 Conference
Basketball All-Conference recognitions from CMH:

Girls Basketball - 

SECOND TEAM - Dena Dryer, junior

Honorable Mention:  Abby Finnegan, junior

Boys Basketball - 

SECOND TEAM - Parker Carlsen, junior

Honorable Mention:
 Max Cooper, sophomore; Robby Gogin, senior;

Photo: -CMH junior, Dena Dryer blocks a shot by Arrowhead senior Kelly Smith - Image credit: Scott Ash, MyCommunityNow.Com 

Congratulations to CMH Freshman, Taylor Doro!

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Pretty as a picture
Scholarship Program crowns 2015 winners

Special to The Freeman

WAUKESHA — On Saturday, the stage was set to crown new titleholders in the 2015 Miss West Allis, Miss New Berlin and Miss West Allis Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program.

In addition, Saturday was also declared both “Miss West Allis Day” and “Miss New Berlin Day” by Mayor Dan Devine and Mayor David Ament, respectively.

The competition took place at the Shattuck Music Center Auditorium at Carroll University before family members friends, sponsors, volunteers and judges. Mistress of ceremonies was Jayme Dawicki, Miss Wisconsin
 2002. The five judges included William Pickens, Mary Bailey, the Rev. Brenda Hactor, Kristen Ruchti Hadap and Don Lawlis. All of the judges have extensive involvement in the competition and scholarship programs.

The program was broken down into categories which accounted for various percentages of the overall contestants’ score. The competitive categories included fitness wear/swimwear, talent, a question/answer segment and evening wear competition. The contestants
 were judged not only on beauty, but an overall presence of physical fitness, fashion sense, poise and confidence.

Six contestants were in the running for the Miss West Allis Outstanding Teen 2015 crown. The finalists were 2nd runner-up Olivia Springsteen, a junior at Waukesha South High School; and 1st runner-up Taylor Doro, a freshman at Catholic Memorial High School.

The crown and title went to Maria Marsland, a freshman at St. Ambrose Academy High School. Marsland performed a song for the talent competition, and her community platform is “Building Bridges through Song,” encouraging artistic expression and building relationships through music.

There were four contestants vying for the Miss New Berlin crown. The 1st runner-up was Alyssa
 Weissman, a graduate student of Carroll University.

Miss New Berlin 2015 is Rosalie Smith, a freshman at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Smith performed a dance number in tribute to her late brother. Her community platform is “You Matter, Drugs Don’t.” Smith also won the title of Miss Congeniality.

In the Miss West Allis competition, there were also four contestants. The 1st runner-up was Haylee Bande, a junior at Alverno College.

Miss West Allis 2015 is Tyra McFarland, a UWM student. McFarland performed a dramatic monologue that she wrote, along with her sister. Her community platform is “Home-Base: Children of Veterans with Mental Illness.”

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Men of Christ Conference 2015

This Saturday I will be one of the emcee’s at the annual Men of Christ Conference. It is an event I recommend to every CMH father and their sons. Below is the column which I wrote for this week’s Catholic Herald newspaper about the Men of Christ Conference. I thought the CMH community might appreciate a sneak peek.

I hope all CMH dads and sons might consider coming to the conference. For more information, go to www.menofchrist.net .

To read my monthly Herald of Hope columns, go to www.catholicherald.org

When you got your driver’s license, do you remember the test for color blindness? You look at a crowded field of dots and the difference in colors should form a visible number or letter.An art teacher once told me that this is akin to the artistic style called pointillism. Discrete dots of different colors which, when we stand back, form a picture as vivid as any brush stroke could create. The artistry, or the accomplishment of the test, lay in the attentive grouping of the variously colored dots.

This Saturday will be the ninth annual Men of Christ Conference (MOC). It will be a day of faith and prayer; friendship and fraternity; holiness and hope. I am honored to be playing a small role in the event.

I am not sure whether I should be surprised about the random comments I hear which criticize a “men only” event, or fear a new kind of a “boys’ club.”

My first response is to point out that MOC is no country club locker room nor a cabin up at deer camp. In fact, even the incredible pictures of thousands of men, of all ages, gathered in faith may cause us to miss the true power of the event.

A gathering as large as MOC, with all its success, tends to cause some to look at the pictures and ask what is missing. But getting caught there prevents us from looking more closely at the dots, the men, who are intentionally grouped together to create the picture.

To look upon MOC as some sort of exclusive men’s club is a type of color blindness. Undeniably, MOC is about life and faith experiences unique to men. But MOC is about realization and appreciation of those experiences, not isolation of them to one place, for one day each year.

There will be a grandfather who shares recollections of struggling to start, and provide for, a family when the expectation was that he would dutifully carry the mantle of “the greatest generation.” He will look around and be comforted by memories of when he first joined the Knights of Columbus or when the Holy Name Society built the first playground equipment at their new parish school.

There will be a father who wrestles with the idea of going to confession for the first time in years. There are so many priests available, and there seems to be so much willingness among the other men. The positive peer pressure he feels is surprising and startling. He thinks about the kind of father, husband and son he has been. Whether he musters the courage to go to confession or not, he starts a mental list of improvements that need to be made in his life and in his relationships.

There will be a young professional who meets seminarians for the first time, and encounters more priests in one place and one time than ever before. He will be struck that they are all happy, healthy, and holy. His mind harkens back to some thoughts he had when he was confirmed. He remembers having more than just passing thoughts about whether or not he might make a good priest.

There will be a college student who knows he was not forced to come, but is not entirely sure why he came. At school, he usually feels a little out of place because he does not mind going to Mass on Sundays (so long as it is in the evening and he can sleep in).  He knows he wants to meet girls; he knows he wants to have fun; but he also knows that things are not so simple, even during the relatively safe years of college.

There will be a high schooler who, early in the day, looks around to reassure himself that none of his classmates are there to see him. By late morning, he looks around to see if any classmates are there just to talk to.  By the time Mass is celebrated, he stands next to his dad more engaged than he ever is at the parish. At the sign of peace, he extends his hand to the man from whom, when he was 6 or 7 years old, he pulled his hand away when they were about to cross the street. When they start to shake hands his dad pulls him in for that classic “guy hug.” For as long as the hug lasts, even a teenager doesn’t seem to mind.

In a few days we will see pictures of men gathered for MOC. The pictures will seem to convey that it was a “no girls allowed” event. But as an onlooker leans in to see the distinct dots, with their colors and places, the picture takes on a different meaning.

The prophet Isaiah wrote that God is a potter and we are the clay.  When we see the pictures of MOC we can believe that God is a pointillist painter, and each man is a distinct point of life placed there by Christ.  We should not ask what is not there, but rather what about the picture can mike us heralds of hope!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2 Crusader Wrestlers head to State!

From yesterday's Waukesha Freeman -


Memorial’s Gromacki wins sectional title

MILWAUKEE — Sam Gromacki pulled off quite an upset in advancing to the WIAA Division 2 state wrestling tournament.

Gromacki, a senior at Catholic Memorial High School, pinned his way through Saturday’s Milwaukee Lutheran Sectional. His biggest pin was a 51-second victory over Wisconsin Lutheran junior Quinton Reid, which was Reid’s first loss of the season.

Gromacki took Reid to his back with a hip toss, and approximately 15 seconds the referee signalled the pin. Entering the state meet, Gromacki (40-6) is ranked fourth in Division 2 by Wisconsin Wrestling Online. Reid is ranked third.

Gromacki will not be alone at the Kohl Center in Madison. Senior Mikey Wurster finished second at 182 pounds to advance to state, with the top three wrestlers in each weight class earning a trip to Madison in Division 2.

Wurster won a 10-2 major decision in his first match and a 5-0 victory in the semifinal round. He lost 4-0 to Sheboygan Falls junior Dustin Setzer in the title match.

Wurster enters state with a 37-9 record. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

CMH Drama program chosen to host Hollywood actress' workshop

Karen Olivo Workshop

                The Tommy Awards and Wisconsin Public Television are thrilled to announce that Tony Award-Winning actress and Broadway star Karen Olivo has chosen Catholic Memorial’s award winning program from schools applying all over Wisconsin to host her critically acclaimed Audition and Interview Etiquette Workshop. The workshop will take place at Catholic Memorial on February 25th at 3:00PM.  The workshop will be limited to 20 participants chosen from our company.

Ms. Karen Olivo is a stage and television actress, who is known for originating the role of Vanessa in the Tony Award–winning musical In the Heights both on and off Broadway. She won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Anita in the revival of West Side Story. She is the first and only actor to win a Tony for a performance in West Side Story. She was also nominated for both a Drama Desk and an Outer Critic's Circle Award for her critically acclaimed performance as Anita. She earned her second Astaire Award nomination for Best Female Dancer for her performance in West Side Story, after previously winning the same award in 2008 for her performance in In the Heights.

                On television, Olivo had a recurring role in The Good Wife on CBS. Olivo was a series regular in the second season of NBC's Harry's Law. She also appeared on both Law and Order and Law and Order: Special Victims’ Unit.

                During the workshop, Ms. Olivo will explain audition and interview etiquette for students through a series of demos:

1. “Posture with purpose” – How to enter a room naturally and confidently.

2. “Read the room” – How to take in your surroundings while being present in the moment.

3. “Answering questions”- How to listen and supply the most compelling answers.

4. “Lasting impressions”- How to effectively communicate who you are in a short period of time.

5. “Speak with Distinction”- How to warm up your speaking voice and how to maximize on your unique voice.

Ms. Olivo will also discuss ways of beating nerves and relaxing before high-pressure encounters whether it be a performance, a presentation, or a public speaking opportunity.

Local boy achieves milestone at expense of local team

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Good shooting can’t save Carroll men

WAUKESHA — Despite at good shooting night the Carroll University men’s basketball team lost 82-72 to Ripon College on Wednesday. The Pioneers shot 62.5 percent from the field, however, that included shooting 2 for 13 from the 3-point line.

Junior Bryan Nagy led Carroll with 18 points and five rebounds, while sophomore Austin Fritz had 15 points and sophomore Kyle Keranen had 14 points.

Ripon sophomore Ty Sabin lead all scorers in his homecoming. Sabin, a Catholic Memorial graduate, had 31 points and six assists. In the first half, Sabin made his 1,000th point.

Ripon also got good contriburtions from senior Kyle Loughrin, who had 27 points.


Sabin - then & now....

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New IB Program coming to CMH!

Congratulations CMH!

The International Baccalaureate Organization has approved our school for an IBCC Site Visit, which is the final step to authorization for the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate.

We received perfect scores on our IBCC Consultation Report and the Feedback on Application for Authorization.  Among the positive comments CMH received were the following:

"The written curriculum is comprehensive and aligns with the requirements of the IBCC"

"[CMH] uses a range of strategies and tools to assess student learning"

"[CMH] has designed a rich combination of Diploma courses that correspond to the planned PLTW courses
for the IBCC."

Contact John Burke, who is the IB Diploma and IBCC Coordinator, if you have questions.

International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) has developed a framework of international education that will incorporate the vision and educational principles of the IB into local programs that address the needs of students engaged in career-related education.

In this context the IB and Catholic Memorial High School wishes to collaborate with a range of agencies to develop this academic credential, known as the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). The IBCC is an academic qualification designed to support schools and colleges that offer career-related courses like Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to their students

Monday, January 26, 2015

A message of thanks to our Crusader Boys Basketball team

From: Gary Drska
To: ,"Dean A. Bellanti"
Subject: Special Olympics Recap

Fellow Officials,
Just AWESOME!!! What an outstanding job you did yesterday with Special Olympics.  My sincere thanks to each of you for your time and effort for such an important and wonderful event.  I hope you found it to be an enjoyable day.  I received positive feedback from Steve Visocky, the head of this event, on the job you guys did for all the games. 
Dean, my sincere thanks to you and your coaches, and especially your team.  Your players represented Catholic Memorial very well and did an outstanding job.  Please pass along my thanks to each of them.
Hope to see you all back next year.  Until then, enjoy the rest of year season, stay healthy and safe travels.

YOU'RE INVITED! - The Memorial Propel STEM Challenge

We are excited to host the Memorial Propel STEM Challenge

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Schedule of Events:

Arrival and Check In (Julia Weber Gymnasium)- 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Program & Challenge- 9:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Lunch (will be provided)- 11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Competition- 12:10 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Awards Ceremony- 1:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks- 1:30 p.m.

We have over 120 elementary school students who will participate in a “challenge” that will incorporate Memorial Propel, a student thinking process that emphasizes creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. We hope to have a meaningful effect on the future by encouraging innovative thinking and collaboration to solve world challenges. 

Local business leaders, as well as Parents and Principals of participating schools are welcome to attend the Awards Ceremony at 1:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to bhall@catholicmemorial.net.  Parking will be limited so we appreciate the ability to car pool with others. 

See you on Tuesday.  Happy Catholic Schools Week.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email.


Dr. Robert Hall, Principal, Catholic Memorial High School

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CMH Art Students recognized at State Competition

2014 State
Scholastic Art Awards     
Students from Catholic Memorial High School were awarded four Gold Keys and five Honorable Mentions.  The pieces earning Gold Keys will be forwarded to national competition in New York.
Mara Dentici, 12, Gold Key
Drawing and Illustration

Maria Fernandez, 11, Gold Key

Melinda Sipek, 12, Gold Key
“Even Tides”

Paiton Kujawa, 9, Gold Key
Digital Art
“East Buffalo”

Whitney George, 12, Honorable Mention

Alyssa Lincoln, 12, Honorable Mention
Drawing and Illustration

Sophia Hausman, 12, Honorable Mention
Mixed Media
“The Unseen Art of Calatrava”

Maddie Sibilsky, 10,  Honorable Mention
Photography in 3D

Melinda Sipek, 12, Honorable Mention
“Drift to Equanimity”

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

CMH Staff Retreat

Yesterday, the CMH faculty and staff began the second semester with their annual day of retreat. We are thankful to our hosts, the Schoenstatt Sisters in Delafield,and to Mr. Jon Brzeski, our Director of Campus Ministry, for a wonderful day.