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  School Advisory Committee

The School Advisory Committee assists in the development and definition of policies which govern the grade school. Educational innovations are areas of responsibility assumed by the committee. Committee meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Meetings are open to the St. Dominic parish community. Any party interested in addressing the committee shall contact the principal or committee chairperson no less than three business days prior to the start of the regularly scheduled meeting. The committee does reserve the right to call executive sessions. Monthly copies of committee minutes are published on the parish website and included in the digital Family Folder.

Since meetings may be rescheduled, please consult the school calendar or school office to confirm meeting dates.

Mission Statement

The School Advisory Committee of St. Dominic works cooperatively to provide vision and leadership within the school community. This vision and leadership should consider and balance the concerns and beliefs of parents, teachers, staff, students and Pastoral Council.

The School Advisory Committee strives to:

  • promote a Christian atmosphere and viable Catholic identity;

  • foster high standards of spiritual, academic, and social growth;

  • develop and define fair and just policies.

Meeting Minutes

September 18, 2017

St. Dominic Catholic School Strategic Plan

Plans have been established for the future of St. Dominic Catholic School through a documented strategic plan. It grows out of the self-study process for accreditation and through the goals of the various committees of the school and parish. As we look toward the future of our school, the goals of the plan fall into several categories: safety and security, technology, marketing, Catholic identity, learning support, summer programming, Spanish programming and professional development. Some of the current updates and major goals include:

  • The St. Dominic school principal and the director of administrative services are members of the Elmbrook Task Force which helps to maintain up-to-date security measures in line with the entire Elmbrook Public School System. They work collaboratively with other school officials to have a unified relocation and reunification procedure. A remodel of the school entrance, to delay and deter individuals from causing harm to students and staff, is underway as part of the parish's Sharing our Vision Capital Campaign. In addition, a video camera system, increased controlled access entrances, rekeying of external doors and a new fire alarm system are part of the Sharing the Vision Safety & Security Project.

  • Funds were utilized to purchase 8 sets of 5 iPads and docking systems for 8 classrooms. Designations were based on frequency of use. Funds were budgeted for 2016-2017 to complete classroom sets in grades K4-5 to include Spanish, art, and music. Considerations are being made to purchase another cart of laptops with funds generated from the Knight's Move fundraiser for the 2017-2018 school year. The media specialist periodically presented "This Week in Technology" through the family folder to share what students were doing with the technology throughout the school year. As a result of the school survey, further information was shared on the school technology plan since the implementation of mobile devices. The media specialist responded to several questions generated from the survey to include how technology is taught and integrated. A new policy was created and shared around Apple watches and similar devices. They are not allowed in the school during the school day. The school has implemented IXL, AR, No Red Ink, ALEX and iStation to serve as enrichment programs for Learning Support. MAP tests are used in the fall and spring. Discussion is taking place regarding taking MAP in January for the purposes of data informed instruction through differentiation.

  • Efforts toward year round marketing were achieved through a new marketing opportunity with Cartvertising at Pick N Save on Capitol and Calhoun and new car magnets offered to the school and parish community in the spring of 2016 along with the Knight for Christ yard signs. Production of a school video has begun with the talents of fourth grade teacher, Mr. Cobb. A storyboard was presented in December and a first showing of the first section was prepared by April 2016 for review. There will be three components to the video based on the three components of the mission statement.

  • St. Dominic Catholic School was awarded exemplary recognition in the area of Catholic Identity from the Archdiocesan Office of Schools in June of 2016. The first Knights for Christ Faith-a-Thon team attended their inaugural competition on May 5, 2016. The hope is to gain momentum and place this in the hands of St. Dominic Youth Ministry.

  • Permissions were given by the parish finance council for the principal to pursue the implementation of Professional Learning Maps with the teachers. This program surveys key areas necessary for quality and effective teachers in order for teachers to personalize a professional development plan tailored to their specific needs for growth. Teachers are holding conversations among themselves and bringing their ideas to the principal which is bringing grass roots, organic change to programming and instruction. Conversations occurring around grading, progress monitoring and scheduling for literacy blocks and math differentiation.  Teachers in grades 3-5 have implemented Words Their Way and are exploring Vocabulary Their Way for students who "top out" of the Words Their Way program. While evaluating ELA texts, attention is being given to the expectations for vocabulary and the study of words. Second grade is considering implementing Words Their Way. Principal is a part of the Teacher Evaluation Task Force of the archdiocese to recreate a teacher evaluation tool that is specific to the National Standards and Benchmarks of Effective Catholic Schools.

  • Thanks to the consideration of the parish finance committee, two part-time learning support teachers will be available for assistance in the 2016-17 school year. In addition, we currently have 6 individuals who volunteer in the school on a regular basis to provide academic assistance through the Learning Support program to students and teachers in the school. Teachers have been reflecting on their completed grids for math and religion while completing grids for social studies and ELA. Teachers are alerted to and participate in a wide assortment of professional development. This year a group of teachers participated in a class through Carroll University titled Writing Across the Curriculum.

  • Spanish programming goals are to identify strengths and weaknesses of existing program as it relates to archdiocesan expectations and expectations of feeder high schools and to evaluate the schedule to provide more frequency of instruction.

  • Summer programming goals are to: research local summer programs being offered to learn how they do it, identify obstacles to providing a program at St. Dominic in order to address solutions, recruit individuals or small businesses that would be willing to provide a class, establish policies for operation and supervision create marketing materials for program and launch program for the first summer.

A copy of the strategic plan document is available upon request from the Principal. If you are interested in assisting in the development and execution of any of these goals, please contact a school board representative, home and school representative or Principal, Jill Fischer. The many gifts and talents that exist in the St. Dominic community are welcome to be a part of its continued growth in humble excellence.

The St. Dominic School Advisory Committee works collaboratively with administration and the pastor to develop and define the policies which govern the operation of the school, and to promote the implementation of those policies. These individuals work to continually improve the Catholic education of the students of St. Dominic Catholic School.

Teacher Representative
     Sara Daggett
Non-Voting Members
    Fr. Dennis Saran, Pastor
     Mrs. Jill Fischer, Principal

RecordingSecretary
   Jamie Scaglione

School Board Elected Members

   
  Katie Kwiatt Chair (2018)

My husband Jim, our 3 boys and I have been members of St. Dominic for the past four years. Our two oldest sons attend St. Dominic Catholic School. I am a graduate of Mother of Good Counsel in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa East, and the University of Notre Dame. I received a BBA in Accounting from Notre Dame and worked in Public Accounting and Financial Reporting. I have spent the past 8 years at home caring for our children. Jim and I chose St. Dominic as our parish because of the strong faith community and vibrant school. Jim and I truly feel that we are witnessing a Revival here at St. Dominic, and we feel so blessed to be a part of this community. Our family is very grateful to our leaders, teachers and parish community at large. I gratefully offer my time and talent to give back to our school and to help this wonderful community continue on its promising and vibrant path.
   
Andy McGown (2018)

I want to make a difference - that's what I tell myself when I think about St. Dominic. This community has been a positive force in my family's life and my children’s education for several years and I want to make sure it stays strong. My wife Lisa and I have been members of St. Dominic since 2009. We have four children; three will be attending St. Dominic in fall, 2015. I grew up in Michigan and spent several years in Catholic school where the importance of a faith-based education combined with a nurturing community was apparent. I recognize the importance of instilling faith-based values in children while they are young, and I see that every day in this community. I have been impressed by the solid foundation St. Dominic provides our children and would like that tradition to continue. In my job, as an Internal Medicine physician, I am involved with several committees and directorship roles. This allows me to unite people from a variety of backgrounds as we work together towards common goals. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our school community.
   
Heather Bishop (2019)

As a child, I was raised in a strong Catholic home where prayer was part of our daily activity and the Church was an important stabilizing factor when moving around the world as a military family. While completing my Master’s Degree in Education at George Washington University, I sought the opportunity to combine my love of education with my Catholic faith. In pursuing this goal, I began my vocation as a teacher at St. Peter’s Catholic School on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. After completing graduate school, my husband and I moved to the area to raise our family. Prior to the birth of our first child, Elizabeth, I taught at St. Matthias Parish School in Milwaukee. In November of 2014, my family moved into the neighborhood and joined St. Dominic Catholic Parish. As a member of the St. Dominic community, I was given the opportunity to co-chair the school’s Soles for Catholic Education walk as well as to serve as recording secretary for the School Advisory Committee the past two years. My participation as the recording secretary has been particularly rewarding and very beneficial in gaining a strong understanding of the purpose, functions and guiding principles associated with the Committee. I am excited to continue my contribution to the community.

   
 

Maggie Spada (2019)

My family has been enriched by St. Dominic Catholic Parish in so many ways, and I would love to give back by serving on the School Advisory Committee. I graduated from St Dominic in 1996 and continued my Catholic education at DSHA. It's so rewarding for my husband, Piero, and I to now experience Catholic education from a parent's perspective. Our twins have loved every moment in K4 this year and our third child is eagerly waiting to start K4 in the fall. I've enjoyed diving into opportunities to be involved: volunteering during library, helping in the nursery during 9:00 am Mass, making phone calls on behalf of our recent capital campaign, and tackling our class art project for the 2016 auction to name a few. I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve. It's also been a pleasure to meet many other families in our parish, and beyond through my involvement with the Catholic Professionals Forum. Professionally, I serve individuals and business owners as a Certified Financial Planner. My days are spent examining situations and putting together strategies to help people achieve their goals. I am humbled to serve on the School Advisory Committee, helping the school to achieve its goals, and better live out its mission.

   
 

Donnie Fischer (2019)

My name is Donnie Fischer and I have been a member of St. Dominic Catholic Parish since 2008. My wife, Nicole, and I decided it was imperative our children receive a high level education that is deeply rooted in the traditions of a faith-filled Catholic school. I myself was a product of Catholic schools growing up in Nebraska, which have formed and shaped the strong Catholic faith I have today, as a father, friend, and husband. We currently have 2 children attending St. Dominic Catholic School. My wife and I have been Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion since 2014. Prior to joining St. Dominic we were members of St. Anthony in Menomonee Falls where I served on Parish Council and was a lector. It is very apparent that in this rapidly evolving society, children need to develop a faith that is stronger than ever, as they will face challenges never seen before by past generations.

   
  Mike Johnson (2020)
I am a product of Catholic education from kindergarten through law school. I grew up in Omaha, NE, attending St. Margaret Mary and Creighton Preparatory School, before moving to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University. After graduating from Marquette in 1997, I spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Seattle, WA working for the Public Defender's Office. Upon graduation from law school at Creighton University, I began my career as an attorney in Chicago before moving with my wife, Bridget, back to her hometown of Milwaukee. I currently focus my law practice on the defense of medical malpractice cases and medical licensing complaints. Bridget and I currently have four children attending St. Dominic. We moved to Brookfield in 2014 from Wauwatosa, where our children attended St. Joseph and where I served on the School Committee. I recognize the importance of contributing one's time in exchange for the privilege of enjoying the benefits of a community, and I look forward to offering my time and effort as an expression of gratitude to the St. Dominic community that so quickly and graciously welcomed us into the family.
   
  Nicole Staehler (2020)
My husband, Brad, and I have been members of St. Dominic Catholic Parish since 2013. We have three boys. I work part-time as a home hospice social worker in Waukesha County, supporting patients and families at end-of-life. Every year, I seem to find myself getting more involved in both the parish and school. As a room parent for the past three years, a regular volunteer for the Scrip program, a volunteer in the classroom, etc, I feel called to do more. I would be honored to continue my service on the School Advisory Committee, "to seek Christ, know Christ, and become Christ, each one for the sake of all."

 
 
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