About

Our School

St. Victor School serves students from four-year-old kindergarten through fifth grade. We offer a full curriculum that includes religion, language arts, math, science, social studies, art, computer, library, music, physical education and Spanish. Students are involved in a variety of learning experiences that allow students to grow to their full potential.

 

ST. VICTOR SCHOOL : MORE THAN ACADEMICS...

School Mission, Vision, & Core Values 

MISSION STATEMENT: Nurturing a faith-filled Catholic environment for spiritual and educational growth

VISION STATEMENT: Bringing students and families closer to Christ and our Parish

CORE VALUES: Evangelization, Community, Formation, Compassion

School Philosophy

The personal development of each child takes place in an atmosphere of respect and trust which enables the child to progress toward a meaningful, responsible and fulfilling life.

 

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT of each child takes place through the use of a sequentially planned religious studies program.  Planning and participating in weekly liturgies and other prayer opportunities provide the academic and spiritual bonding needed as a faith community to further the students' awareness of their personal and social responsibilities.

 

INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT of each child is fostered in the elementary grades with emphasis on the basic skills.  These skills are developed through a variety of methods, which meet the child's level of achievement in preparation for the higher-level thinking and decision-making skills needed for life.  

 

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT of each child evolves as the child learns to respect self and others, and to accept the obligations of being a member of his/her family, school, church and larger societies.

 

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT of each child is pursued through teaching acceptance of the human body as a gift from God, imposing responsibilities for care and reverence towards all of God's creation.

School History

In the brand new village of Monroe in 1858, there were few Catholics. By 1860, Father Sullivan became St. Victor’s first pastor. At one time Monroe had two Catholic parishes. St. Mary’s Parish in Monroe was established in 1861 by a small group of German Catholics. It was very important to German pioneers that they were able to worship in their own language and provide Catholic education for their children. It is common to find two Catholic churches in relatively small towns in Wisconsin today for that reason. Five years later, St. Mary’s had both a church and a school. With the struggle to maintain their parish, St. Mary’s closed their school in 1876 and eventually was completely closed as a parish with the death of their pastor, Fr. Sebastian Rohr in 1918.

In 1916 St. Victor School was founded. Work was commenced in the early spring of 1916 and the entire school and the Sisters’ apartment located in the school was completed in time for the opening of school in September.  The total cost was $17,000.  In the meantime, Father Dempsey had asked the Sisters of St. Dominic, with motherhouse in Racine, Wisconsin, to furnish the teachers for the school.  The school has been taught by sisters from that order until the late 1970s.  

The first school was dedicated on Sunday, September 10, 1916 by Archbishop Sebastian Messmer.  This was followed by solemn high Mass with Father Michael K. Norton, native of Monroe and its first priest son to be ordained, and then pastor at St. Patrick’s Church, Waukon, Iowa, the celebrant.  (In 1917 Fr. Norton would baptize an infant named Cletus Francis O’Donnell in Waukon. In 1967 Bishop O’Donnell became the second Bishop of Madison. In 1979 Bishop O’Donnell ordained our former pastor, Fr. Michael E. Klarer – 100 years from the date that Fr. Norton was ordained to the priesthood). The sermon was preached by Archbishop Sebastian Messmer. 

The opening day of school found 65 students in attendance.  This was a surprise since only 40 had been expected.  Since the two schoolrooms upstairs were not yet finished, the whole school was conducted from the two rooms on the first floor.  The first year there were classes from the first to the seventh grade.  The eighth grade was not added until the following year.  Hence the first class to graduate was in 1918.  In 1923/24 the ninth grade or first year of high school was offered at the school.  This was an experiment, which was not continued because of scarcity of teachers. It is interesting to note that whereas 65 students attended the opening of school in 1916, the enrollment in the past few years has continually exceeded 100 and in 1942 enrollment reached 121. By 1942 the largest class at St. Victor School was in 1937 with 18; the smallest class was in 1926 with 4. In the early 1960’s enrollment would top out at nearly 400 with eight grades of 45 or more students in each grade.

In 1955 Father McCollow was faced with the need for a new school. The old school was inadequate for an ever growing student population. Classrooms had to be rented in the nearest public school for St. Victor Students. The local architect and parish member John Steinman of Monticello who had studied with Frank Lloyd Wright was hired to design this building at Fr. McCollow’s insistence over the initial objections of Bishop O’Connor who had his own architect in mind. His original drawing of the school hangs today in the front entrance of the school.

 Kramer Brothers Construction Company of Plain, Wisconsin was the general contractor. School closed in the old St. Victor School in April of 1956. During the early spring the classroom section had already been started. During that summer, Sister Julianna Dischler, OP arrived to oversee the building project as the new principal. She was a native of Plain and this year of 2006 celebrated her 60th anniversary of religious profession. By the end of September of 1956 the new school year opened with a partially completed building. Students walked on planks in the unfinished hallways and the new gymnasium was not yet usable. Students and contractors mingled for weeks of the new school year. School was formally dedicated by the first bishop of Madison, William Patrick O’Connor on August 15, 1957.  The Racine Dominican sisters ended over 70 years of service at St. Victors in the early 1970’s. In 1967 seventh and eighth grades were closed and moved to the new Monroe Junior High School. Kindergarten was added in the 1970’s to promote recruitment into the school.

In 1999 6th grade moved to the new Monroe Middle School. After several principals of short tenure, the present principal Joseph Peters was hired as the principal in June of 2001. 4 year old kindergarten was added to the school in the 2005-06 school year. Enrollment began to rise from a low of 72 to 130 in September 2009. Expanded programs in Spanish, Art, and Music have been implemented. 

In 2003 the school building underwent major renovations. New high efficiency Dederich boilers and blowers were added to the heating system saving tremendously the amount of energy dollars spent at the school. All 364 of the windows were replaced at the school and new high efficiency lighting was added. In 2020 a complete overhaul of the electrical systems and fiber optics were added to bring the fastest internet speeds available to enable our staff to switch between physical and virtual learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In 2016, St. Victor School celebrated its 100th year in existence with an open house, alumni gathering, and color run. Memorabilia from the first 100 years was on display for all to view and reminisce

The commitment to Catholic Education remains strong in Green County and St. Victor School is seen as a tremendous asset to the county as a whole providing alternative Catholic Education. The over 90 years of support of the school is a testimony to the faith of the people of this 150 years old congregation. 

St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Parish

Formed by God's word and nourished by the Eucharist, we commit ourselves to the work of Christ in our world through our time, talent, and treasures.

St. Clare of Assisi Parish

1760 14th St.

Monroe, WI 53566

secretary@stclaregreencounty.org

(608) 325-9506

St. Victor School

1416 20th Avenue
Monroe, WI 53566
school@stvictormonroe.org
(608) 325-3395

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