Bayport Co-Valedictorians are SJB Alumni

St. John the Baptist School (SJB) is extra proud this year as the graduation season concludes. Graduating as co-valedictorians from Bayport High School are Alexis Abel and Nate Schlueter, both SJB alumni.

When asked about the academics at SJB, both Abel and Schlueter indicated that their experience at SJB set them up for success at Bayport. Schlueter stated: “Saint John’s was able to meet my individual academic needs by allowing me to take math and science courses with the students in the grade ahead of me. Its smaller size allowed for more individual attention and more personalization of my schedule to enable me to take these classes. By my graduation, I was as advanced as any of the students graduating Bay View in math and science. I was also a year ahead of them in Spanish.”

Abel had a similar perspective and she said, “When I got to Bay Port, I thought that I would be right on par with the other students but really I arrived and was in all advanced classes.”

Following closely to its tradition of educating the whole-child, Nate agreed that the focus on morals was a key part of the experience at SJB. “Saint John’s aided my development by surrounding me with students who all have strong moral compasses,” Nate stated. Alexis noted that, “at SJB spirituality is ingrained in the education.” This perspective on education is one strong influential factor that led both students to complete over 500 hours of volunteering during their four years in high school.

Most notably, both students commented on the strong sense of community that they experienced at SJB. Schlueter described SJB by saying it was a “close-knit community, and everyone watches out for each other.” Abel agreed; speaking about her classmates she said that SJB “is a place where classmates truly become family.”

St. John the Baptist School is proud of the outstanding achievements of Alexis Abel and Nate Schlueter and wishes them both well in their future.

2018 SJB Annual Report

Download the 2018 SJB Annual Report here. 

Dear Friends and Supporters of St. John the Baptist School:

The 2017-18 School year was St. John the Baptist School’s 129th year. I am humbled to complete my second year of service to this outstanding faith community. In 1888, forty years after the inception of the parish, the congregation raised $3500 to build a four-room school house in which to teach their children in a Catholic environment. We celebrate this commitment by continuing the tradition of advancing our children’s faith, academic prowess and sense of community. This year’s annual report shares our story and the successes of our students and teachers with the community and all who support our school.

At a time when many of our Catholic schools in the Midwest are struggling to maintain enrollment, St. John the Baptist School is proud to be one of 12 schools of the Diocese’s 54 to boast a growth in enrollment. Next year, we project increased student enrollment, quite possibly reaching over 300 students. Our membership in GRACE, Green Bay Area Catholic Education, helps us to continue to focus on growth, academic rigor, and building this excellent school for our children.

Catholic identity is central to our mission. Reflected in the Faith Report are many notable achievements in that area. The results of the ACRE test (a test administered by the National Catholic Education Association which measures knowledge of faith) show our students outpace national data by at least eleven percentage points in all areas. Students also had many experiences of the faith. Some of the most notable were: hosting a nationally syndicated Relevant Radio show and a number of celebrations in the liturgical life of the Church.

According to our entrance survey, we find that two most important reasons families choose St. John the Baptist School are the emphasis on our Catholic faith and our upholding high moral standards. However, the reason many families choose to stay at St. John the Baptist School is our outstanding academics. In all academic areas, our school boasted achievement that significantly outpaced national and regional trends with many students scoring in the top ten percent of their age group.

One of the great benefits of choosing our school is the closeness and welcoming attitude we have within our community. “Family” is always one of the first words students and parents use to describe our school and parish.  Many successes are highlighted in this report, as well. Please, join me in celebrating a great academic year and continue to pray for the continued strength of our school.

In Christ,
Principal Andrew Mulloy

St. John the Baptist, pray for us!

Download the 2018 SJB Annual Report here. 

Faith Leaders: Two SJB Alumni

Every year, Notre Dame Academy gives out a number of scholarships and awards to students. This year, two of NDA’s most prestigious leadership awards were presented to SJB alumni.

Samuel Schmitz was awarded the Distinguished Student Scholarship. This scholarship is not one that students apply for, but rather it is one that counselors and administrators select based on academic performance, leadership, and service to the community. Congratulations Samuel, and great work!

Christopher Kapic was awarded the Our Lady of the Bay Award. This award is given to one male and one female who is a leader in the faith. Christopher was recognized for being committed to the Catholic faith, serving on retreats and other faith opportunities, and for being a living witness to Christ. Congratulations Christopher!

2018 Annual Report

Read our 2018 Annual Report Here

Dear Friends and Supporters of St. John the Baptist School:

The 2017-18 School year was St. John the Baptist School’s 129th year. I am humbled to complete my second year of service to this outstanding faith community. In 1888, forty years after the inception of the parish, the congregation raised $3500 to build a four-room school house in which to teach their children in a Catholic environment. We celebrate this commitment by continuing the tradition of advancing our children’s faith, academic prowess and sense of community. This year’s annual report shares our story and the successes of our students and teachers with the community and all who support our school.

At a time when many of our Catholic schools in the Midwest are struggling to maintain enrollment, St. John the Baptist School is proud to be one of 12 schools of the Diocese’s 54 to boast a growth in enrollment. Next year, we project increased student enrollment, quite possibly reaching over 300 students. Our membership in GRACE, Green Bay Area Catholic Education, helps us to continue to focus on growth, academic rigor, and building this excellent school for our children.

Catholic identity is central to our mission. Reflected in the Faith Report are many notable achievements in that area. The results of the ACRE test (a test administered by the National Catholic Education Association which measures knowledge of faith) show our students outpace national data by at least eleven percentage points in all areas. Students also had many experiences of the faith. Some of the most notable were: hosting a nationally syndicated Relevant Radio show and a number of celebrations in the liturgical life of the Church.

According to our entrance survey, we find that two most important reasons families choose St. John the Baptist School are the emphasis on our Catholic faith and our upholding high moral standards. However, the reason many families choose to stay at St. John the Baptist School is our outstanding academics. In all academic areas, our school boasted achievement that significantly outpaced national and regional trends with many students scoring in the top ten percent of their age group.

One of the great benefits of choosing our school is the closeness and welcoming attitude we have within our community. “Family” is always one of the first words students and parents use to describe our school and parish.  Many successes are highlighted in this report, as well. Please, join me in celebrating a great academic year and continue to pray for the continued strength of our school.

In Christ,
Principal Andrew Mulloy
St. John the Baptist, pray for us!

Religious Education Learning

ACRE Results

The ACRE Assessment helps educators in Catholic schools and parishes know the strengths and weaknesses of their catechetical programs. This integrated assessment tool provides faith knowledge questions and questions related to religious beliefs, attitudes, practices and perceptions. The assessment is administered to grades five and eight and is required by the Diocese of Green Bay.

Students from St. John the Baptist School outscored the national averages in all areas by at least 11%. This is a remarkable level of achievement and is a great strength of our academic program. Our students are strong in their knowledge of the faith, and the staff is committed to teaching all subjects through a Catholic worldview.

8th Grade Academic Achievement

As the school year winds down, I will use my weekly article to reflect on the successes we have had as a school community this year. This week, I am highlighting the academic successes of our eighth graders. Their success is the result of their own dedication, the commitment of their families to academic success, and the tireless commitment of teachers and staff.

The data referenced below is from the Northwest Evaluation Association Measure of Academic Progress (MAP). All students take it in the fall and spring for major subject areas. This is a national computerized test which provides information intended to help educators make student-focused, data-driven decisions to improve teaching and learning.

In mathematics, 75% of our students scored in the “high-average” and “high” ranges with an average score well in the high school range. Over half of our students will enter high school one year advanced in math. In science, over 95% of our students scored above the 65th percentile, and 20% scored in the 90th percentile.

In reading, 84% of our students score in the “high-average” or “high” ranges with many students reading two years above average. On average, our students grew as readers one and a half years’ worth in this school year alone. In Language Arts, 95% of students scored in the top 40th percentile of students compared to national data.

Finally, in Spanish, our eighth graders who took the advanced class will enter Spanish 2 Honors at Notre Dame Academy and Spanish 3 Honors at Bayport. Over half of students in the regular eighth-grade Spanish class will also place in advanced classes.

This achievement data is very impressive. It outpaces our regional trends and surpasses diocesan averages. We have a lot to be proud of at St. John the Baptist School.

Please join me in thanking the eighth graders for their hard work and the staff and parents for their support in helping the students achieve all they have.