Fall 2020 Spirit Magazine: Then & Now


1850 to Today

In the last 150 years, over 10,000 men and women have become members of the St. Thomas More community.

Whether they attended St. Francis Minor Seminary, Pio Nono High School, Don Bosco High School, Thomas More, or St. Thomas More — these individuals are all connected by their shared experiences with Catholic education.

“I would have parents come to me and say, ‘Tom, why should I send my child to this school when I can go to the public school for free’?” former teacher, coach, president, principal, and 2020 Chancellor Award Winner Tom Knitter recalled. These parents believed that the academic curricula at St. Thomas More and their local public school were similar, and they weren’t convinced of the benefits of an STM education would be worth the cost of tuition.

“What you need to look at is not just the academic curriculum but the hidden curriculum — the feel that you get when you’re in a place,” Knitter would reply. “Walk through the schools, and I know you’ll see a difference. That’s the hidden curriculum at St. Thomas More. It’s how the students interact with each other, and how the staff works with the students.”

When reading the following pages, we encourage you to think about your experience at St. Thomas More. How does Knitter’s comment about the “Hidden Curriculum” at Catholic schools resonate with you? What are some experiences that you remember most fondly about St. Thomas More? If you are an alumnus, what is the one thing you can’t wait to bring up at your next reunion? Who was the teacher that made the biggest impact on you or a loved one, and can you contact them today to let them know?

The legacy of this school is the people it has brought together. Alumnus or not, we are happy that you are here with us to celebrate our 150th year.

Alumni on Staff: Senior Year & Today


Recognize these iconic STM faces?

Left: Director of Buildings and Grounds Mr. Kevin Doan can still be seen riding the school’s tractor across the grounds, although he has a warmer winter coat now, and the school has upgraded to using more modern, zero-turn tractors! Throughout his impressive 43 years on staff, Mr. Doan has initiated and supervised numerous renovations on campus, including larger projects, such as creating the science hallway in 2004 and the extensive roof repairs in 2016.
Center: Mrs. Linda Janick’s smiling face has been a staple for students and guests entering STM for over 30 years! From greeting visitors in the main office every morning, to running flawless graduation ceremonies, to starting and moderating the STM Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter, Mrs. Janick has become the heart and soul of our school.
Right: Mrs. Darlene Langhoff (far right) has been inspiring students to pursue STEM careers since 1988. First teaching biology and other science courses and now working with our Project Lead the Way biomedical science students, her tough courses and labs have given Cavaliers striving for careers in medicine an excellent foundation for their studies after high school.

By the Numbers

Spartans, Dons, and Cavaliers Through the Years

Above: From textbooks to desktops to laptops! In 2007, STM became the first private high school in the state of Wisconsin to offer a one-to-one laptop program. Students can do everything from research to collaboration with students in other classes to creating video projects on their devices.

Above: Boys’ soccer continues to be a strong program for the Cavaliers. Since winning the state title in 2006 (left), the Cavaliers have won four conference championships, six regional championships (right: 2019 regional championship team), one sectional championship, and have made one appearance in the state final game.

Above: All-time leading scorer Tony Mane (TM ’06) returned to the Jerry Huennekens Gymnasium in November 2015 to begin  coaching boys’ basketball. In 2018, he returned to the halls of STM and began his current role of Director of Admissions & Recruitment. Here, he is pictured playing (left) and with head girls’ basketball coach, Brian Krysiak (TM ’98), at a Cavalier Athletics Kick-off Celebration (right).

Above: Girls’ volleyball continues to be a successful program for the Cavaliers. Since winning the state title in 1999 and 2000, the program boasts six conference championships and seven regional championships. State champion Kristin (Koralewski) Perkins (TM ’00) is the current varsity head coach. In the picture to the right, she is pictured (far right) with the 2019 team following their regional championship win. Kristin coaches with her sister, Karli Koralewski-Flores (TM ’07) (far left).

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