ABOUT US

ABOUT US

Our Mission:

The Columbus Catholic Schools, guided by our parishes, are dedicated to providing a high-quality Catholic education, permeated with Gospel values, and designed to nurture each child spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.

Our Philosophy:

The Columbus Catholic Schools are committed to the education, development, and spiritual formation of our students.

Within the context of the Gospels and the teachings of the Catholic Church, we believe we are called to:

Faithfully teach Catholic doctrine and nurture in our students an abiding love of the Catholic faith through participation in religious instruction, prayer, devotions, and the Sacraments, particularly the celebration of the Liturgy, preparing each to take their place as the Church leaders of tomorrow.
Carry out the educational ministry of the Catholic Church by providing a quality, affordable, Catholic education to all those children entrusted to our care, regardless of their race, creed, or socio-economic status.
Fulfill the academic needs of each individual student through a curriculum, and through teaching methods, that encourage and enable each student to reach his or her maximum potential in all areas, placing an emphasis on nurturing a sense of responsibility to develop God-given gifts to their fullest.
Prepare our students to meet the academic, spiritual, and moral challenges of the future by providing opportunities to develop Christian values and the skills of critical thinking that will be a basis for future decision-making, growth, and development.
Provide an atmosphere of love and compassion for each individual student, offering them a sense of belonging and respect in order to foster their growth as caring, responsible, and confident Christians inspired to loving service of God and neighbor.
Help each student learn to appreciate and respect the rights and differences of others so that at school, at home, and in the community, they might act as true Christians who nobly grace our society with peace.
Provide a safe, nurturing environment with clear expectations for behavior and decorum, based on a Christian model of peace and respect, and compassionate to the developmental, social, and emotional needs of each student.
Provide a variety of opportunities in athletics and other extra-curricular and co-curricular activities in order to allow our students to explore diverse areas of personal interest and fulfillment.

From its early beginnings in 1882 when St. John the Baptist opened the first Catholic school in the Marshfield area to the system unification in 2000, the Catholic school system in Marshfield has always held a tradition for quality education, dedicated staff, and graduating well-rounded, qualified alumni. Our goals for our students continue to be the same as they were so insightfully developed in 1952:

We provide a program of studies permeated with Christian concern and hope, a program which tries to explain the “why” questions of life in light of Christian values. We attempt to create an atmosphere in which a student has the opportunity to discover the integrity of individual self and to develop a sense of responsibility to God and to fellow man.

The CCS Education Commission is comprised of the following: Dean of the Marshfield Deanery, the President and administrative officials of CCS, along with nine parents representing the local parishes. In 2008 a non-Catholic representative position was created to provide insight into those needs of our school system. The Commission’s primary role is to act as an advisory body to the President and Dean.

During each meeting the Commission reviews administrative reports and discusses various topics presented by the CCS staff and committee chairs. Parents wishing to submit or speak on an idea are asked to contact any Commission member to be put on the agenda. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month, except during the summer. Meetings are typically in the Columbus Administrative Building at 6:00 p.m.

Being a religious organization we rely on the tremendous efforts of parents and students to share their gifts of Time, Talent, and Treasure. When an opportunity to volunteer is presented, please step up and get involved and be a shining example of Christ for our children and our community.

For more information about getting involved with the Commission or other volunteer activities at Columbus Catholic Schools, contact any of the Commission members.

Columbus Education Commission

Fr. Eric Berns, Dean berns1996@gmail.com

David J. Eaton, President eaton.david@columbusdons.org

Sheri Dick

Karen Mueller

Rob Schultz

Krista Hoglund

Phyllis Skrenes

Dan Lang

Dan McGiveron

Nate Lang

Marla Fischer

Academic Excellence or achievement
taking place in a smaller environment where it is easier to be known and feel a sense of belonging:

  • Average class size 12-17 students
  • Average students per grade of about 32
  • Teacher/Student ratio 1:13
  • Values integrated into the curriculum for each subject
  • Faith taught, explored and celebrated
  • About 93% of Columbus students return each year

under the guidance of excellent faculty and staff:

  • 20% of Columbus teachers hold advanced degrees
  • Students routinely say that one of the best qualities of CCS is how the teachers demonstrate their care for each student; expressing the strong feeling that they see their teachers   also as mentors and guides
  • Average of 14 years teaching per faculty member
  • Student Guidance Counselor guides teens from the beginning of their freshman year, helping them with the challenge of identifying possible career paths, college interests, and applying   for admission. Of last year’s graduates, over 95% went on to college and over 90% of college bound students received at least one college scholarship

The result for each student is the achievement of his or her potential as a confident, compassionate, contributing graduate.

Our Supporting Parishes

Columbus Catholic Schools thanks the pastors and all of the parishioners of these supporting parishes who make Catholic education possible in Marshfield.  Without their continued support we could not continue to engage in the important ministry of Catholic education.

Our Lady of Peace Parish
1414 W. Fifth St., Marshfield WI 54449
Phone (715) 384-9414
Mass Times: Saturday 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m.
Weekdays 7:00 a.m.
Pastor: Fr. Eric Berns
olpmarshfield.com
St, John the Baptist Parish
201 W. Blodgett St., Marshfield WI 54449
Phone (715) 384-3252
Mass Times: Saturday 4:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.
Weekdays 7:00 a.m.
Holy Days 5:15 p.m.Vigil,7:00a.m.7:00p.m.
Pastor: Fr. Samuel Martin
stjohnsmarshfield.org
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
112 E. 11th St., Marshfield WI 54449
Phone (715) 384-3213
Mass Times: Saturday 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m.
Weekdays 8:00 a.m.
Pastor: Fr. Savari
sacredheartmarshfield.org
Corpus Christi Parish
10075 Hwy BB, Marshfield WI 54449
Phone (715) 676-3658
Mass Times: Sunday 10:30 a.m.
Pastor: Fr. Savari
Christ the King Parish
107 Wendell St
Spencer, WI 54479
Phone: 715-659-4480
Mass times: Saturday 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.
Pastor: Fr. Samuel Martin.
Service to others is at the very center of our faith life. In this respect, our students from all age levels participate in community service projects and activities. Each year our students provide countless hours of service to our community. In addition, they raise thousands of dollars for various community, national, and international needs.