Montana Catholic Schools Weekly

August 31, 2015

New Way of Thinking

It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than thinking your way into a new way of acting


One day in early June I was jogging and I realized that it had been 20 years since my first marathon. That seemed almost too difficult to believe. But yes, it was in 1995 in St. Louis that I clocked my PR in my first marathon (3:28!). Even more incredible to believe was that it had been 15 years since I had last run a marathon.


So what happened? I guess I found excuses (job, family, aches and pains) to derail my hopes. 20 years and easily 20 pounds later, I had convinced myself that I was too old, too heavy, too busy…the excuses have piled up. But I wanted to! I had this vision that I could overcome all of that and cross that finish line. I set out to determine if I could run another marathon. So far, so good. I’m up to 35 miles a week (18 miles for the long run yesterday morning) and on track to run a very slow Spokane Marathon on October 11th.


You can’t run a marathon unless you enjoy running. And I’ve rediscovered my love of running. The past few months have been joyful—planning, stretching, running, recovering, logging. Repeatedly. Where did I find the time? Time has slowed down as I have found myself calmer, more focused, and less impatient. I’ve enjoyed the solitude of long runs, the challenge of tempo runs, the thrill of speed work, and the ease of recovery runs. More importantly, I have proven myself wrong and have a new way of thinking.


Dr. Tim Uhl, Superintendent

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Fr. Paschal retires

Due to health issues, Fr. Paschal Siler, OFM Cap. (pictured above blessing the casket), has retired from St. Labre after many, many years of faithful service. Fr. Paschal was an institution at St. Labre, bridging the cultural divides of two tribes and many ethnicities. A kind and wise man, Fr. Paschal will be missed!

The Week Ahead

Monday: office in morning; Great Falls Catholic School System meeting in afternoon (GF)

Tuesday: Pretty Eagle Academy visit (St. Xavier)

Wednesday: St. Labre Indian School visit (Ashland)

Thursday: return to Helena

Friday: De La Salle Blackfeet School visit (Browning)

Saturday: return to Helena


This week: 1,226 miles

2015-16: 1,293 miles

Montana Catholic Schools

Serving 3800+ students in 24 Catholic Schools across the Treasure State

For Principals

  1. We now have a list of all new teachers and principals. Jean will be emailing those names so that you can tell her which ones will be attending the makeup Marian class on September 25th in Helena (10 am). OPI hours as well as Marian credit will be available. There will be a virtual option for video conferencing.
  2. For the WCEA training on September 25th, which will also be available virtually, the following teachers & principals need to attend in person or virtually: Julanne Gauger, Nora Crossen, Ruth Ficaro, Bambi Van Dyke, Tim Lowe, Julia Lynch, Bart Freese, Jake Gion, Trish Coronado, Kim O'Leary, Mary Byrne, Kris Warren, Sarah Stevens, Mimi Mathson, Eric Vincent, Bianca Rock Above, Michelle Charlesworth, Jim Stanton, Catherine Kirchner, Anne Anderson, Garla Williamson, and Sarah Zook
  3. There is a special events coverage application has been posted in the principal portal.
  4. Have you seen the princpal portal? We have updated the faculty & support staff evaluation materials as well as contracts, work agreements, etc.
  5. Youth Dynamics works with OPI and the State of Montana to provide mental health services trainings. Here is the link to their trainings: http://www.youthdynamics.org/category/news_events/classes/
  6. We have opened a private Google Group for Montana Catholic School administrators. This is a private space where you can pose questions, get answers, and share best practices.
  7. Please pay special attention to the dates of the Papal visit Sep 22-27. I have included a link to a "playbook" below.

American Catholic News

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Story of Sister Blandina Segale from New Mexico whose sainthood cause has been advanced: http://goo.gl/Jw74cs

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