Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lourdes Academy Students Participate in College Prep PreACT Testing

In support of the Lourdes Academy mission to help prepare our students for college, all freshmen and sophomore students participated in PreACT testing during the week of October 16. 
The PreACT helps identify: student progress in mastering skills and knowledge required to succeed beyond high school, areas where additional instructional support or courses are needed, and career possibilities that match student interest. The PreACT also provides students with the opportunity to experience an abbreviated version of the ACT exam they will take during their junior year. A follow-up learning session will be conducted with students to assist them in  understanding and using their individual test results as they progress through their remaining years as Lourdes Academy students.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Lourdes Academy Promotes Career Awareness

Lourdes Academy students visit Fox Valley Technical College and try their
skill on a lathe as part of the 2016-17 Manufacturing Scholars Program

In partnership with local businesses, the Lourdes Academy Scholars program will continue to assist students in the career exploration process during the 2017-18 school year by:

Visiting with businesses and talking with professionals working in the field.
Narrowing down areas of interest to better make choices about colleges and careers.
Learning how the skills and knowledge they are learning in school can translate into future careers.
Gaining a better understanding of the businesses that make up our community and economy.

2017-18 Schedule (Subject to change)
Unless otherwise specified, Scholars visits will be held on the afternoons of the Lourdes Academy noon dismissal days.
September 13 - Dental Scholars
On the tour: Wihlm Dental, Winnebago Oral Surgery, Sawyer Creek Orthodontics
What goes into a healthy, beautiful smile? From cleaning and straightening to extractions,  students will learn how dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons work together to care for teeth.

December 13 - Veterinary Scholars
On the tour: Valley Veterinary Hospital
Dr. John Lorfeld will present students with information pertaining to the variety of careers available in the field of veterinary medicine, the training and skills required for various positions, and what qualities veterinarians are looking for when hiring new employees. Students will also tour behind the scened of how the clinic operates.

February 14 - Community Planning Scholars
On the tour: The Wisconsin Herd Arena
Students will tour the new Wisconsin Herd Arena and learn how city officials attract and retain businesses. Participants will have the opportunity to hear presentations by such Wisconsin Herd and Oshkosh City officials as:

Greg Pierce - Owner of the Wisconsin Herd Arena
Steve Brandes - President of the Wisconsin Herd (Lourdes Academy parent)
Mark Rohloff - Oshkosh City Manager

Jason White - CEO of Greater Oshkosh Economic Foundation (Lourdes Academy parent)
March 14 - Business Scholars
On the tour: Ripon Athletic (NFL outfitters)
Ripon Athletics makes uniforms for high school, college and professional sports teams, as well as letterman jackets and other apparel.  Peter Derleth Lourdes Academy parent and co-president of Ripon Athletics, will lead students on a tour of the facility and observe 2018 uniforms being manufactured before they are seen by athletes. Mr. Derleth will discuss leadership in a family owned business, the importance of communication, business & product development, and how a small local company competes and works with such major companies as Nike and Adidas.

April 11 - Music Scholars
On the tour: Janet Planet & Tom Washataka's Steel Moon Recording Studio
Musicians Janet Planet and Tom Washatka will host students at their very own Steel Moon Recording Studio to show all aspects of music recording from the stage to the sound booth. 

For more information about the Scholar's program, please contact Karen Boehm at 426-3626 ext. 546 or at

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lourdes Academy Curriculum Workshop

Lourdes Academy elementary, middle, and high school teachers spent the final morning of the 2017 inservice session receiving training on the new curriculum development and management system and working with their grade level or subject area colleagues to update and coordinate the Lourdes Academy 4K - 12 curriculum. Teachers will make revisions and build on our existing curriculum throughout the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years as they continue to implement Green Bay Diocesan, Wisconsin, and National learning standards.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Lourdes Academy Teachers Continue to Learn During the Summer of 2017

Lourdes Academy teachers participate in a science modeling
learning activity as part of a Next Generation Science workshop
in Green Bay on Aug. 21. Information pertaining to the Next
Generation Science Standards can be found at:
In preparation for the return of our students on August 29, Lourdes Academy teachers and administrators have participated in a variety of professional development workshops and training programs throughout the summer months. These workshops and programs have included such academic areas as Science, Technology, Math, Engineering, Computer Science, and curriculum development.

Lourdes Academy teachers view the
solar eclipse on Aug. 21.
LA teachers participate in a team
problem solving activity.
Teachers and administrators participate in a curriculum
development workshop on August 16.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Horicon Marsh Field Trip

The 6th Grade Horicon Marsh field trip is the culmination of a unit on ecology.  Prior to the trip, students study the biosphere, and the different types of ecosystems. They look at the biotic and abiotic components, food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids in different ecosystems.  Students also learn about the water cycle, oxygen and carbon cycles, and the nitrogen cycle.

Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States.  While there, students immerse themselves in the ecology of three different environments - wetland, prairie, and woodland.  The morning activities include a pontoon boat ride on the marsh and water sampling at the DNR field station.  While on the boat, students learn how the marsh water level is adjusted and why.  They learn how the wetlands act as natural filters for pollutants that may wash into this fragile ecosystem.  Additionally, students see first hand how the marsh acts as a nursery for the hundred of species of birds that nest in the marsh.  Water sampling allows many students to see freshwater macroinvertebrates and vertebrates for the first time.  They use nets to catch lake fly and caddisfly larvae, bullfrog tadpoles, small fish, etc.

An afternoon walk through the federal portion of the marsh allows students to explore and experience the marsh from the shore, a prairie habitat and woodland habitat.  Students sketch all three habitats in detail, while they immerse themselves in the sounds and sights of these ecosystems.  In addition to the great variety of birds, students are exposed to many species of mammals, fish, frogs, turtles, snakes, insects and plants.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall Map Testing

Lourdes Academy students in grades 2 - 8 recently completed the Fall NWEA (MAP) Measures of Academic Progress, exams. 

Each year, students in grades 2 and 3, complete MAP assessments for reading and math and students in grades 4 - 8, complete assessments for reading, math, language usage, and science.  Teachers have begun to use the results from these assessments in working with students to develop individual improvement goals and plans.

Individual student progress will be reviewed via the winter MAP testing session in December/January and again at the end of the school year in May.

Lourdes Academy Elementary and Middle School students consistently achieve  above the national averages for all subject area assessments and demonstrate consistent academic growth in grades 2 - 8.

For information pertaining to your child's MAP results, please contact his/her teacher. For general information about the NWEA MAP assessments, go to:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Teacher and Administrator Professional Development

Lourdes Academy High School teachers participated in
a "Teaching in the Block Schedule" workshop on Sept. 21
Lourdes Academy students are not the only ones engaged in learning activities throughout the school year. Each year, our teachers and administrators participate in a variety of professional development activities designed to help them continue improving their instructional practices and our educational program offerings. These include on-site workshops during the afternoons of early student dismissal days, conferences, workshops, and graduate level courses. During the September 21, Professional & Program Development session, our elementary teachers participated in a math instructional workshop, our middle school teachers learned more about the student achievement reports and instructional resources available via the NWEA student MAP tests, and our high school teachers participated in a workshop that focused on implementing instructional practices and learning activities for the block schedule extended class periods. The next Lourdes Academy Professional & Program Development early dismissal date is Wednesday, Oct. 26.