Montana Catholic Schools Weekly

August 24, 2015

Ready, Set, Go!

By the end of this week, all but one of our schools will be in session. Last week, I sent out an issue dedicated to the first week of school. This edition is dedicated to getting us all caught up on events over the summer.

New Administrators

  1. Catherine Kirchner is the new principal at St. Mary's in LIvingston. She attended a conference on Blended Learning and is looking for ways to implement that new program.
  2. Shaun Harrington has been hired to be the new president of Billings Catholic Schools. Here is a link to a news article:
  3. Sarah Zook has been hired to be the new principal at Our Lady of Lourdes in Great Falls. Here is a link:

New Teacher Retreat

Roy Petitfils was the primary speaker and he was a big hit. His website ( is a great place to keep up to date on his blog and his writing. Roy will be speaking at St. Labre in October and in March in Helena for the youth convention. Doug Tooke was a speaker on Tuesday. Since Doug lives here (Helena) he is a great option for your school events.

Principal Portal

On the Montana Catholic Schools website ( there is a "Principal Portal" under "Links & Documents" full of great resources for principals. We're working today on getting all the forms for personnel evaluation updated and uploaded.

Online Forms

On the Montana Catholic Schools website we now have writable PDF forms for teachers & principals such as field trip forms, student medical forms, etc.

Dr. Tim Uhl, Superintendent

The Week Ahead

Mon: office (Helena); Diocese of Helena night at the Brewers

Tues: office (Helena)

Wed: office (Helena)

Thurs: office & ACE Scholarship event

Fri: Billings meetings & Sr. Rita's 50th anniversary celebration (Helena)

Montana Catholic Schools

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

For Principals

Jean will be contacting you shortly to register students for the Marian make-up class. Please check the WCEA team list below to make sure that these team members make it to the WCEA training and you are supporting their participation.

Upcoming Events

  • September 17: MAP testing phone call 3:30 pm
  • September 25: Marian makeup at 10 am (Helena)
  • September 25: WCEA team training at 2 pm (Helena)
  • Sep 27-30: St. Matt's WCEA visit (Nora Crossen, Ruth Ficaro, and Julanne Gauger)
  • Oct 4-7 Butte Central Elem WCEA visit (Bambi Van Dyke, Tim Lowe, and Julia Lynch)
  • Oct 14: Marian classes at GFCC (12:30 pm)
  • Oct 15: Marian classes at Loyola Sacred Heart (9:00 am)
  • Oct 16: Marian classes at Billings Central HS (9:00 am)
  • Oct 20-23: Pretty Eagle WCEA vsiit (Bart Freese, Deb Hayes, and Jake Gion)
  • Oct 25-28: Holy Spirit WCEA visit (Trish Coronado, Kim O'Leary, and Mary Byrne)
  • Nov 10: Regional principal meeting at St. Matt's (10 am)
  • Nov 12: Regional principal meeting at GFCC (10 am)
  • Nov 18: Regional principal meeting at Billings Catholic Schools (10 am)

Montana Catholic School News

American Catholicism

Playground Activity

A new approach to playgrounds (involving activity and risk-taking) was developed by a few Catholic schools in Australia:

Leadership Links

Teaching & Instruction


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