• Welcome to the Newman Catholic Schools Academics and Curriculum Page

    Newman Catholic Schools is committed to delivering a “guaranteed and viable” curriculum, and partnering with parents to ensure every child is able to demonstrate proficiency in each of the learning outcomes. This process begins with our 6-week old infants at our early childhood centers and continues through our elementary, middle, and high schools, preparing our graduates to meet the challenges of the future.

    The revised curriculum and online format will feature several important advantages:

    • Parent access
      • so they may support teachers’ efforts in the classroom
    • Teacher access across campuses and grade levels
      • so they may continue to collaborate to see that children are successful and sufficiently prepared for their future
    • A shift from “covering” material, to ensuring achievement of specific skills and concepts
      • so that teachers may employ their textbooks as one of many resources, relying on their expertise to select a variety of quality resources and ability to develop rich learning activities and assessments.
    • Increased rigor of higher-level thinking,
      • preparing students to go beyond memorization and comprehension (although those skills are necessary when new material is introduced) to analysis, evaluation, and synthesis, so that they may become true critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

    Questions/concerns regarding Newman Catholic Schools’ curriculum should be directed to the system’s Chief Academic Officer:

    Amy M. Mettlach
    Chief Academic Officer
    amettlach@newmancatholicschools.com
    Ph: (715) 849-7732

    Note: All documents pertaining to academics and curriculum are continuously under review and may require periodic changes. These are working documents designed to change with the students’ curriculum needs. During this time, there may be temporary errors on current attachments until they are replaced by updated versions.

Staff Spotlight

 Father Peter Kieffer

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Father Peter Kieffer

If you don’t already know our MS/HS chaplain, meet Father Peter Kieffer, the director of the campus ministry program, as well as the chair of the theology and religion departments at the middle and high school. Fr. Kieffer works tirelessly to provide for the sacramental needs at the school and to make Jesus present in the school community by visiting classes, greeting people in the hallways, attending events, and in a variety of other ways. It might surprise some of you to learn that is only his 2nd year as he has already become such an integral part of the Newman family. There is much that Father enjoys about his work: helping the students, faculty and staff grow in their identity as disciples of Jesus Christ; preaching to the students at weekly Mass; greeting students in the hallways; and cheering them on at events---all this while helping students, staff, and teachers to “dive deeper” into the life of the Church.

His sincere desire to know and nurture the students in his care is illustrated by the words of a parent, who explained how much her daughter appreciated the fact that he knew the students' names. Her daughter appreciated that fact that, "Fr. Peter is the first priest who knows all our names." 

Fr. Peter admits that not everybody always shares his enthusiasm and interest for God and the Catholic faith, and yet, he explains that “God invites us into a relationship with Him, but He doesn't force us to say yes. It is difficult when others don't seem to be saying yes to that invitation from God. At those times, I just have to trust and pray that God will become more a part of their life one day.”

Grateful that the Lord has brought his to Newman, Father says that in 5 years, he will go wherever the Lord needs him, indicating that God is at the center of his life, and that the Holy Spirit is the one thing he can’t do without.  To stay balanced and energized in order to continue in his stewardship of the Newman family, Father Peter enjoys watching the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Vikings, keeping up on current events, practicing Spanish; playing piano, visiting family and friends.  Please take a moment to express gratitude for Father Peter and all he does for the Newman community!