Social media and especially Instagram have helped to keep us together throughout the past year as we transitioned to our new virtual way of life. 2020 was a year one to remember - from the joy of graduation and the start of a new school year to celebrating the lives of our beloved Sisters, here is a look back at our favorite St. Joan Antida High School posts of 2020.
In the News
More than 65 years ago, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida began the annual Spaghetti with the Sisters event as a way to bring the community together in support of the young women of St. Joan Antida High School (SJA). This year SJA was committed to carrying on this time-honored tradition with an all-new "Bring the Tradition Home" event which took place on Sunday, November 1.The event raised a record $182,000 to support the students of St. Joan Antida High School – more than tripling the results of past year's Spaghetti proceeds.
With the cancelation of the school's spring Gala due to COVID-19, school staff worked with a volunteer-driven committee to combine two signature fundraisers into this all-new format. There were several new components to this year's Spaghetti with the Sisters event: carryout only service, SJA's partnership with the Riverwest Food Pantry, a silent/live auction, and the launch of a new fund to honor the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida.
August 28, 2020
Dear St. Joan Antida High School Family,
The administration, faculty, and staff of St. Joan Antida High School, like the rest of Wisconsin and the country, are feeling the weight of the persistent acts of racism. We pray for justice for Jacob Blake, as well as for George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, Joel Acevedo, and the countless other victims of police brutality. We pray for peace and for real and substantive change to policies that perpetuate racism.
As a community of faith and followers of Christ, we recognize we are also called to action. We stand in full support of our students and continually take steps to ensure that their voices are heard. We must consistently examine how our own beliefs and biases affect the students with whom we interact every day. We must determine the ways that our school community can work to make sure that the larger community in which our students live is one that recognizes and honors their human dignity.
New Principal Named
After an extensive search, St. Joan Antida High School is pleased to name Megan Otero as the school's new principal. Otero most recently served as the academic dean for Notre Dame School of Milwaukee. She firmly believes in the solid foundation that a Catholic education provides for all students and values the all-girl learning environment. Through her own experience, she understands the formative role both traits have played in her own life. Otero has experienced the hallmarks of a Catholic education from the standpoint of student, teacher, and administrator.
New Assistant Principal Named
Elizabeth (Betsi) Lingen '93 has been named assistant principal at St. Joan Antida High School (SJA). Lingen previously served SJA as principal for the past two years and made the decision to transition to this new role due to a desire to have more direct student interaction. As Assistant Principal, Lingen will oversee student life and culture and will spend 50% of her time in the classroom teaching, serving as chair of the History department.
After many discussions, St. Joan Antida High School will begin classes virtually, starting Monday, Aug. 17 (grade 9) and Tuesday, Aug. 18 (grades 10-12). Every student will be given her own SJA Chromebook to use. We believe starting virtually is in the best interest of our students, their families, and our faculty to keep everyone safe and healthy. Please refer to our "SJA Learns Away" document for more information regarding our plans for the start of school. For current families, please refer to our virtual learning page that contains information on what is needed before your daughter resumes classes this fall.
Sister Monica Fumo knew how to get her students' attention.
In the early 1990s, as principal of Milwaukee's all-girls St. Joan Antida High School, Fumo once donned goggles and a leather jacket over her habit and rumbled into the gym on the back of a chopper as "Leader of the Pack" roared over the loudspeaker.
Sister Gabriella Nguyen connected in quieter ways. She teased and cajoled, and listened with the ear and insights of a trusted counselor.
Fumo and Nguyen lived and worked side-by-side for decades as Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida. They died, just days apart this month, of complications related to the coronavirus. Fumo was 78 and Nguyen, 75.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMILWAUKEE, WIS. – May 19, 2020 – The Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida today announced that Sr. Gabriella Nguyen, 75, and Sr. Monica Fumo, 78, have died from the COVID-19 virus.
Sr. Gabriella, a native of Vietnam, was an alumna of St. Joan Antida High School and went on to work for the school for many years in a variety of capacities. She most recently spent time at St. Charles Borromeo Parish where she continued to carry on the mission of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joan Antida.
Sr. Monica served for more than 50 years as a teacher, administrator, counselor, and friend to thousands of young women who studied at St. Joan Antida High School. She was well known for her involvement in the annual Spaghetti with the Sisters and Nun Run events, as well as her many connections to the Italian community in southeastern Wisconsin.
Published by FOX6 News
MILWAUKEE -- Two sisters from the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida have died due to the coronavirus, officials announced on Tuesday, May 19. They are Sr. Gabriella Nguyen, 75, and Sr. Monica Fumo, 78.
A news release says Sr. Gabriella, a native of Vietnam, was an alumna of St. Joan Antida High School and went on to work for the school for many years in a variety of capacities. She most recently spent time at St. Charles Borromeo Parish where she continued to carry on the mission of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joan Antida.
The grants will fund mentorships, third-grade reading and high school programs at local nonprofits and organizations focused on helping students achieve educational success.
"Our investment in Milwaukee's education system is focused on areas shown to have a significant impact on a student's overall success," Eric Christophersen, president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, said in a statement.
"Supporting third-grade reading proficiency, mentorship and high school programming demonstrates our ongoing commitment to ensuring our city's children and youth reach their highest potential."
SJA is proud to announce that junior Daijahnay Canady has been named the Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year for the state of Wisconsin, the highest honor given to Boys & Girls Club members. Canady competed against thousands of other teens in Wisconsin to earn this honor. A survivor of sexual assault, Canady shares her journey of acceptance and self-discovery.
SJA students were among the 60 local high schoolers that participated in a series of job shadowing events at Northwestern Mutual to introduce them to STEM-related career opportunities in technology. Hands-on opportunities included cracking code with Kano Coding Kits and building a computer from scratch, allowing students to experience first-hand what a future career in that field may feel like.
The message Discovery World hopes to drive home with Girls & STEM event on November 11 is that any girl can thrive in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
The interactive event is designed to spark new interests, make real-life connections, and fight stereotypes and obstacles facing young girls and women in Milwaukee. Girls & STEM hopes to inspire young women to see themselves as future STEM leaders by connecting brilliant female professionals with girls while inspiring creativity and curiosity through engaging hands-on STEM activities. The event will feature more than 35 organizations dedicated to cultivating confidence and empowering girls.