Education Starts to Change Towards More Individualized Instruction - August 2012
- Mission: Incorporating our Christian values across the curriculum, ensuring we reach our full potential.
- Teachers: Improving teacher training and compensation;
- Technology: Adopting and supporting educational technology;
- Academics: Commitment to differentiated instruction techniques and technologies;
- Communications: Improved communications and marketing; and
- Finances: Building a fair financial revenue model that will support the growth of LCSS
- Spiritually, intellectually, physically and socially.
- Catholic values at home, school AND within peer groups.
- A focus on relationship with Christ and what God is calling us to do.
- Preparing our children to be tomorrow’s servant leaders.
- To whom much is given . . . much is required.
Supporters and the Local Community Add Two New Soccer Practice Fields - AUGUST 2014
New Athletic Complex Officially Named - SEPTEMBER 2014
1:1 Technology Rollout for 8th-12th Graders - AUGUST 2014
Fine Arts Gets Much Needed Facelift - OCTOBER 2014
Straight A's Across the Board - NOVEMBER 2014
It’s A’s all around for the Lafayette Catholic Schools! Earlier this month, the Indiana Department of Education released their 2013-14 Accountability Grades for all Indiana schools. The Lafayette Catholic School System achieved a straight-A report card:
St. Mary Cathedral (K–3) – A
St. Boniface (4-6) – A
St. Lawrence (K-6) – A
Central Catholic (7-12) – A
We thank and congratulate our Principals and teachers for their countless hours and dedication to ensuring their students continue to strive for greatness. We are so blessed!
Central Catholic Launches First Grandparent's Day - NOVEMBER 2014
Anonymous Donor Pays for New Baseball Bleachers - FEBRUARY 2015
Biennial One-in-the-Spirit becomes Annual Spirit Fund - AUGUST 2015
The change from biennial One-in-the-Spirit (OITS) to the annual “The Spirit Fund” was not taken lightly. For several years professionals had suggested the school system make adjustments to its fundraising model. With the help of many who originally started OITS, professionals in advancement and marketing, we took a comprehensive look at the entire program. OITS was a fund started in 1991 as part of the deal with the Diocese following the closing of Central Catholic in May 1990. It had a major “campaign” launch with a clear start and finish, and always ran opposite of Fruitful Harvest. This past year it covered 5% of the operating budget and used to cover 10% of the operating budget in the 90’s.
Following the involvement and feedback of many, the recommendation was made to the Board of Directors to launch “The Spirit Fund.” The role and importance of The Spirit Fund are many:
- Primary Avenue for Partnering in our Mission
- Establishes and Sustains a Spirit of Connectedness
- Provide Philanthropic Growth Over Time
- Catalyst for Further Donor Cultivation
- Establish a Means for Prospect Identification
- Strategic Resource for School Improvement
- Create a Sense of Shared Responsibility
The Spirit Fund will be the cornerstone of the advancement program. It will be our year-long effort to communicate, engage, recruit, and retain constituents for the Mission of the Lafayette Catholic School System.
$2.2 Million DeFouw Athletic Complex Opens - SEPTEMBER 2015
Central Catholic Athletic Association Donates $60K for New Field Equipment - OCTOBER 2015
Douglas W. Eberle Endowed Fellowship for Math & Science Established - MAY 2015
Central Catholic Launches 10:10 Initiative - AUGUST 2015
The 10:10 program was created in response to a student survey conducted in May of 2014. Students desired a better relationship with teachers, more time to focus on academics and a deeper relationship with God.
The purpose of 10:10 is to provide intentional time every day for students to stop their busy lives and focus on their spiritual, academic, and personal growth. The program has been integrated into the school curriculum and extended the school day. In its first year, there have been many benefits to the program: student spiritual leaders have risen, teachers becoming mentors, and students beginning to take a sense of ownership in their spiritual development.
LCSS Adopts New Mission Statement - SEPTEMBER 2015
The Lafayette Catholic School System updated its Mission following a nearly year-long review and evaluation. The LCSS Mission now reads as follows:
The Lafayette Catholic School System, centered on Jesus Christ, educates the whole person in a culture that is:
- sustained by Gospel witness and service;
- imbued with a Catholic worldview;
- supported by a community of faith;
- distinguished by academic excellence; and
- committed to student success.
The Lafayette Catholic School System is accredited as part of the Diocese of Lafayette by AdvancED. The accreditation process is rigorous, and as part of our accreditation, it is recommended that our Mission statement be reviewed regularly. This past year, the LCSS Mission Committee took a close look at our Mission and determined that we would benefit from going through a formal process of reevaluating it. Over the course of nearly a year, we utilized a thorough process that included the following:
- Mission Committee: The LCSS Mission Committee included: Fr. Tim Alkire, Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, O.P., Mr. Eric Davis, Mrs. Jodi Justak, Fr. Jeff Martin, Sr. Lenore Schwartz, Fr. Eric Underwood, Mr. Neil Wagner, and Mrs. Jody Williams.
- Source Materials: The committee reviewed and utilized many source materials, including the following:
- Miller, J.M. (2006). The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press.
- Ozar, L. A., & Weitzel-O’Neill, P. (Eds.). (2012). National standards and benchmarks for effective Catholic elementary and secondary schools. Chicago, IL: Loyola University Chicago, Center for Catholic School Effectiveness.
- Code of Canon Law, c. 793 – 821. (1983). The Code of Canon Law: Latin-English Edition. Washington, DC: Canon Law Society of America.
- Stakeholder Surveys: We utilized several surveys of parents, teachers, parish priests, and other community members.
- Writing Process: The writing process included many iterations, discernment, and continuous review of the source materials.
- Review and Approval: Upon recommendation by the Mission Committee, the updated Mission was reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees, and Bishop Timothy Doherty.
The Vision of LCSS still remains: He Shepherds, We Shape, They Shine. We will continue to develop educational materials and articles that help explain the full meaning of the Mission to our students and community. The updated Mission will be posted in all our schools and classrooms. Our students will learn about the Mission in their curriculum.
The series of articles further explaining the different sections of the new mission was send out throughout 2015.
Most importantly the Mission will guide the actions of LCSS and provide a path and reference for our goal-setting and decision-making.
Lafayette Catholic School System Scholarship Endowment Fund Established - JUNE 2016
Elementary 1:1 Initiative Launched - AUGUST 2016
Central Catholic Launches New Entrepreneurship Class - AUGUST 2016
Central Catholic High School is offering a new entrepreneurship course to help its students develop 21st Century Skills. The course will teach students business skills and provide them with opportunities to develop creativity, communication, and collaborative skills which will help them succeed in this ever-changing world.
“Ensuring that all of our graduates have the skills to contribute and thrive in the 21st Century is a top priority. This course is designed to not only teach those skills but also have the students practice them. We looked closely at our course offerings and recognized an opportunity to build a program that we hope will not only be engaging for our students but will inspire them to be innovators and a future economic engine for our community,” said Neil Wagner, Principal of Central Catholic.
Approximately 32 students will take the Entrepreneurship Course this year, which is taught by Matthew Newkirk. Newkirk, while new to Central Catholic, brings over 8 years of classroom experience to the course.
The course is part of the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrak, which is a worldwide Entrepreneurship program that teaches its students the business skills to create and grow a new business. Central Catholic will be combining the FastTrac curriculum with projects and experiences they have designed to give the students a challenging but rewarding learning experience.
“I am excited to be able to bring the FastTrac program to Central Catholic. It is wonderful to be able to combine the real-world practice of 21st Century skills within a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, and to also be able to explore the ethical and moral obligations of an entrepreneur within the context of our Catholic faith,” said Newkirk.
Parish Preschool Program Becomes Part of LCSS - AUGUST 2016
Central Catholic Launches Official Alumni Weekend - SEPTEMBER 2016
LCSS Announces New Integrated Digital Phone System - SEPTEMBER 2016
New Network and WiFi Installed Across all Campuses - SEPTEMBER 2016
Tipmont REMC Provides Grant for Field 51 Dugouts - OCTOBER 2016
New Tech Enhanced Instructional Model and 21st Century Skills Launches into School Curricular - NOVEMBER 2016
- Critical thinking and problem-solving;
- Collaboration across networks and leading by influence;
- Agility and adaptability;
- Initiative and entrepreneurialism;
- Effective oral and written communication;
- Assessing and analyzing information; and
- Curiosity and imagination.
Alumni Donor Purchases New Mini Bus - DECEMBER 2016
Central Catholic Athletic Association Leads CC Athletic Surface Upgrade - AUGUST 2017
Class of 1964 Establishes Scholarship Endowment Fund - MARCH 2017
Forward fifty years and the Central Catholic Class of 1964 continues the legacy of notable achievements. Back in September of 2014, the Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th class reunion. As part of the reunion celebration, the class, led by alumnus Dave Manley wanted to do something special to give back. Dave wrote to his classmates, “ I would like to challenge the Class of 1964 to raise $25,000 for a school endowment to support the academics, athletics, and fine arts. A $25,000 endowment will provide Central Catholic approximately $1,250 to disburse on an annual basis.”
On March 14, 2017, the Class of 1964 became the first graduating class to establish a named scholarship fund in the school’s history. Through the efforts of many, the $20,000 threshold was surpassed to create the “Class of 1964 Scholarship Fund”. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for Central Catholic Jr. - Sr. High School students entering grades 9 - 12 who demonstrate financial need, a good academic record, represent a good moral character and are involved in extracurricular activities. Money from the scholarship will start disbursing each year beginning the 2019-20 school year.
Richard & Pauline Schrader Family Scholarship for St. Lawrence Established - DECEMBER 2016
Mary Jane Mowle Literacy Endowment Established - AUGUST 2017
Rachel Stevenson Endowment Fund Established - SEPTEMBER 2017
Roetker Family Endowment Fund for CC Established - 2017
Teacher Pay Rises to Nearly 90% of LSC - AUGUST 2017
CC Entrepreneurship Class Launches Knights Armory - DECEMBER 2017
CC Graduates who Attend College Perform the Best in Tippecanoe County - MAY 2018
All Four Schools are 4-Star Rated - MAY 2018
The Four-Star school ratings were recently posted by the Indiana Department of Education. The criteria used by IDOE is as follows:
- A school must have received an “A” school for the 2015-16 school year. A school must have tested at least 95% of students on ISTEP English/Language Arts and Math.
- Grade 3-8 Combined ISTEP Pass Percentage (Pass Percentage of English/Language Arts ISTEP+ + Pass Percentage of Math ISTEP+) must be in Top 25th Percentile for each grade tested. (minimum of 10 students)
- Grade 3-8 Percent Passing Both ISTEP (Percent of students who passed both the English/Language ISTEP + and Math ISTEP +) must be in the Top 25th Percentile for each grade tested. (minimum of 10 students)
- 2018 Cohort Combined ECA Pass Percentage (Percent of students who had passed English 10 ECA + Percent of students who had passed Algebra I ECA by end of 10th Grade) must be in the Top 25th Percentile. (minimum of 10 students)
- 2018 Cohort Percent Passing Both ECA (Percent of students who passed both the English 10 ECA and the Algebra I ECA by the end of their 10th Grade) must be in the Top 25% Percentile (minimum of 10 Students)
CC Announces Construction of Eight New Tennis Courts - JUNE 2018
Tennis at Central Catholic started in 1969 as a team of one. Chuck Sanchelli, class of 1969, practiced with the neighboring Lafayette Jeff High School tennis team until a team of seven came together in 1971 led by Rev. Thomas Fox and Assistant Coach Chuck Sanchelli. For over 50 years CC tennis has never had its own tennis courts. Despite the challenges of sharing courts and limited court capacity, the boys and girls tennis program has grown to nearly 40 student-athletes.
“The new courts, which will be located on the Central Catholic campus, will be an asset that will significantly enhance the student and faculty experience,” said Neil Wagner, Principal of Lafayette Central Catholic. “We are excited about the additional program opportunities this presents for our students and welcoming more community members on our campus.”
“We would like to thank Mr. Rohrman, and our donors, for such a generous gift to our students and school,” said Tim Bordenet, CC Athletic Director. “Putting in tennis courts was not something we thought we would ever be able to do. He just saw a need at our schools and stepped up to help.”
Construction on the new tennis courts will begin this June, and the courts will be ready for play for the fall sports season.
Robert & Diane Frey Scholarship Fund Endowment Established - JANUARY 2019
One Man's Commitment to Others Creates Largest Legacy Gift in School History - FEBRUARY 2019
James “Jim” Albregts often came off as quiet and reserved to those around him, but to those that knew him best, he was self-giving, independent, one-of-a-kind. He was an upright person, the ideal friend, and a good Catholic man. When his good friend and neighbor, Jerriann O’Herren, was asked to describe him, she simply replied, “Good. Just good. Can’t say enough good about him.” Sadly, Jim passed away on February 18, 2018 but not without leaving his mark on our community.
Jim was raised in Jackson Township and graduated from Southwestern High School. He was the son of the late Joseph and Louise Albregts. The youngest of eleven children, he is survived by Kathryn (Kate) Riehle of Lafayette, Irene Woodruff of Odon, Richard (Dick) of Racine, WI and William of Lafayette. He was preceded in death by his sister Marie Brown and brothers Chester (Chet), Francis (Franny), Cecil, Earl and Joseph (Joe). Jim and his family were the only Catholics in the area, and during the Cold War, his family would gather at different families’ homes to pray the rosary. A strong Catholic faith is something Jim carried with him throughout his life. You would see Jim attending the 7:30 a.m. Mass at St. Boniface every Sunday. If he missed due to an illness, you could guarantee he would find another Mass to make up for his absence. While he never attended Catholic schools, Jim loved his faith and believed that Catholic education has always been at the heart of the Catholic mission. Jim attended athletic events at Central Catholic with close friends and cherished his time at the football State Championship games in Lucas Oil Stadium with Bishop William Higi.
A strong work ethic was instilled in Jim at an early age as he grew up and worked on his family’s farm. His commitment to hard work continued through his adult life and career at Purdue University. Jim spent 42 years in the physical facilities department, maintaining HVAC systems, until his retirement in 2007. In his free time, he was an avid runner, biker, and swimmer, hobbies that he picked up later in life. He was a self-reliant man who changed his own oil, ironed his jeans with a perfect seam, and maintained detailed journals of all the activities and tasks he completed each day. It is clear how hard Jim worked throughout his life, and looking back now, his family and friends can see that he was doing so in order to give back to others.
Jim was truly a man of faith; he lived a life of humility so he could provide for others. Living a humble life, Jim rarely used hot water and refused to purchase himself anything new unless he absolutely needed it. While he never married or had children of his own, Jim spent his life committed to others. He sponsored low-income children to attend camp each summer at YMCA Camp Tecumseh; volunteered at Wabash Center; loved walking neighborhood family dogs, rain or shine; helped maintain the HVAC units at the YMCA Domestic Violence Shelter; and served St. Boniface as the head usher.
In May 2014, Jim established a Revocable Living Trust to leave a legacy not only to the Catholic schools but across the Greater Lafayette Community. One-fourth of his assets were granted to the Lafayette Catholic School System (LCSS) to establish the James P. Albregts Endowment Fund to assist in payment of tuition costs for children at Central Catholic Jr. - Sr. High School. The balance of his estate was granted to The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, Inc. to establish endowment funds for the benefit of the Lafayette YMCA, Wabash Center, Inc., The Almost Home Humane Society, and the Lafayette YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program. In all, Mr. Albregts contributed over $2 million in assets between the five organizations.
The James P. Albregts Endowment Fund was established on February 1, 2019 by LCSS in the Lafayette Diocesan Foundation, Inc. (LDFI). The LDFI is a nonprofit formed by the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana to administer endowments and other funds, at no cost, for the benefit of its institutions, organizations and programs.
Professional Audio Equipment for Musical Productions, Plays and Events Purchased - FEBRUARY 2019
Largest Single Gift in School System's History Received through Franciscan Health - MAY 2019
Classes of 1962 and 1968 Give Back to "Light the Way!" - SEPTEMBER 2019
Overall, the Class of 1968 raised $26,445.79, with 24 people from your class participating. Everyone who contributed to this project and other Athletic Complex projects will be recognized on a recognition wall, which we have plans to construct near the Athletic Complex in the near future.
CC Graduates Ranked #1 in the State of Indiana - DECEMBER 2019
Teachers and Administrators Engage in Continuous Improvement Cycle Each Week - 2019
St. Francis Early Learning Academy Opens It's Doors - AUGUST 2020
New LCSS Administration Building Established in the Emmaus House - OCTOBER 2020
One-Time Archbishop Fulton Sheen Endowment Grant Funds Professional Video Production Equipment - JANUARY 2021
Millie's Thrift Store Opens 10,000 Square Foot Location - JANUARY 2021
LCSS Day of Giving Leaps to Record High - JANUARY 2021
CC Front Sign and Spiritual Plaza Fully Funded and Approved to Move Forward - FEBRUARY 2021
- The new plaza and sign will be made of stone to match other architectural elements around the school grounds.
- The existing cross on the sign will be removed, refurbished and installed on the west wall of the plaza.
- A national historical marker from the Daughters of the American Revolution will be constructed on behalf of Capt. Mary T. Klinker, CC '65.
- The ten commandments will be incorporated into the plaza.
- The four patron saints of Central Catholic, Immaculate Conception, St. Joseph, Saint John Bosco, and Saint Maria Goretti will be placed on the four corners of the plaza.
- Eight beatitude stone pillars will be placed along the new front walkway between the plaza and the front entrance of the school.
- Twelve dedication trees will be planted to accommodate memorial requests in line with the LCSS guidelines and procedures to memorialize individuals or groups associated with the schools.
- Architectural seat walls will be placed near the parent drop-off.
- Professional landscaping and lighting effects will be installed in front of the new stone sign.
- Stamped concrete accents will be placed inside the spiritual plaza and between the Beatitude Pillars.
- A new ten-foot-wide concrete sidewalk will be installed along 9th street in front of the school property to the intersection at Teal Road.
Summer Knights Day Camp Launch - MARCH 2021
Central Catholic Weight Room Overhaul - MAY 2021