St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd celebrated its eighth-grade graduation Mass on June 1. Graduates are: Chris Boucher, Nate Quast, Brandt Norwood, Dawson Cherne, Andrew Schmidt, Patrick Moraghan, Kalai Tavares, Noah Spitzley, Louis Bueckers, Tucker Ringhand., Isabelle Prozinski, Malia Hermerding, Helen Knudson, Ashley Kowalke, Faustina Duval The school is proudly sending off 15 great students into the area communities to continue their education. Besides Brainerd, students come from the surrounding communities of Crosby, Garrison, Pine River, Nisswa and Baxter.
Make a Wish helps Hecimovich
Marquette Catholic School students helped the Virginia and Mountain Iron firefighters surprise fellow fourth grade student Luke Hecimovich on May 26. Make-A-Wish granted Luke’s wish to be a fireman and is also sending the Hecimovich family to Disney World. Hecimovich has been battling cancer this past year. Students have been praying for his recovery and were joyful to be a part of the wish unveiling. Hecimovich is now cancer-free and headed for fifth grade in the fall.
Enrichment at Marquette
Marquette School students in Virginia were busy with enrichment activities in May. Kindergarten, first- and second-grade students learned about domestic animals and farm life at Mr. Ed’s Farm in Hibbing. The third grade visited the St. Louis County Courthouse to see local government in action. And fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders completed a walking tour of the City of Virginia, including many local businesses, historical landmarks and parks.
Track and field day
Track and field day is a staple of springtime at Marquette School in Virginia. Physical education teacher Judy Hafdahl led students in grades three through six through a busy track meet complete with hurdles, relay races and a pep band.
Clean and Green service project
As the school year wound down, students from Holy Rosary School in Duluth snuck in one more service project for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary parish and for the greater Duluth community. The oldest students were off-site working with the City of Duluth. The Ordean Courtyard near City Hall and Maurices was raked out and spruced up for the summer by the seventh-graders. The sixth-graders walked over to Old Main and cleaned up the park, and the fifth-graders conducted a beach sweep for the 12th Street Beach on Park Point. The younger students remained in the neighborhood. First-graders walked through the neighborhood and along the creek to make sure the local paths were tidy and ready for summer. Second-graders revisited an old tradition of visiting Blueberry Hill behind the Cathedral to clean up the parish grounds. The third- and fourth-graders picked up refuse around the upper parking lot, the fence line between the campus and Ordean East School as well as the hiking trails. The Holy Rosary School c mpus and surrounding areas are clean and green and ready for the summer.
Students enjoy raffle reward
The students at Marquette School in Virginia surpassed their fundraising goal of $30,000 for the United Catholic Raffle that was held this past winter and were rewarded with a field trip to Duluth. They celebrated with Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary with Father Brandon Moravitz, pastor of Holy Spirit Church, Virginia. Afterwards they went swimming at the Edgewater Hotel Waterpark in Duluth.
Each year, the students at Holy Rosary School in Duluth have an opportunity to audition to perform their talents on the big school stage and share their gifts with the school community. The students support each other in a positive and fun way. This year, there were many inspiring acts and talented students in the show. Emceed by two eighth-grade students, Emily Nikcevich and Kaitlyn Perlinger, the Talent Show was a hit. Some school families gathered together for a display of dancing (the Bensons), musical skill and expertise (the Braatens), and high quality family sparring (the Altonens). There was also an impressive representation from the younger students, as the first- and second-grade classes gathered together to sing the song “Angel de mi guarda.” They learned the song in Spanish class, under the direction of Senora Ballek.
Assumption welcomes new principal
Assumption Catholic School of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing thanks Christine Grunewald, interim principal, as she passes the leadership role to the new principal, Gabe Johnson.
Teachers gather for retreat
Catholic school teachers attended a spiritual retreat led by Father Brandon Moravitz at Ruttger’s Bay Lodge in Deerwood. This was made possible by the generosity of the Marguerite Rinn Trust Fund, the CREED Fund, and the schools of the diocese.