St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) was awarded a $375,000 grant from the Burke Foundation in their most recent round of funding. The school will use this transformational gift to create a new collaborative learning center on campus in addition to adding a full-time school social worker to meet the growing social/emotional needs of its students.
St. Joan Antida High School was saddened to have learned of the death of one of our graduates, Maria Monreal-Cameron '63who passed away on Monday, January 18. Maria was a fearless leader in Milwaukee and her impact can be seen and felt well beyond our city. She will be missed dearly.
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.
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.
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.