Monthly Archive: June 2016

St. Joseph School performs Peter Pan at Bishop Kearney June 17+18

June 14, 2016

St. Joseph’s School performs Peter Pan at Bishop Kearney

Show times:   Friday June 17th  7:00 p.m.  and  Saturday June 18th  1:00 + 7:00 p.m. at Bishop Kearney

Tickets can be purchased at


For the first time ever, Saint Joseph School will produce and perform a fully staged musical  at Bishop Kearney with a cast of 46 members, a production team led by local professional theater and musical talent, generous donations from other area Catholic schools, and over 30 parent volunteers.PanCast-BW-HighRes-9

Rehearsals began in late January and will culminate in three performances on Friday, June 17 (1PM) and Saturday, June 18 (1PM Matinee and 7PM).  Rehearsals will move from Saint Joseph School to Bishop Kearney High School Auditorium next week, with the start of technical rehearsals.

Students from Kindergarten through sixth grade have been working together for the last several months to prepare Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr.  In January, students were invited to prepare for the audition process with both sung and spoken material.  After casting, the 46 member cast met for musical, dialogue, and choreography rehearsals, working with professionals in the performing arts.  Although participating as volunteers, these musical and theater pros have held the SJS cast to the highest possible standards, expecting lines memorized and dances learned within a few short weeks.  Students have explored character development, and tested their memories with complicated choreography and staging.

Next week, the cast and crew move into the auditorium at Bishop Kearney High School.  Principal Jason Simoni and Theater Director Paula Steffen welcomed the group to use the stage for their first theater experience, giving the grammar school cast a real taste of performing on a working stage.  Aquinas Principal Ted Mancini helped outfit the Peter Pan cast with access to his school’s extensive wardrobe and costume shop.  With this assistance and the diligent work of many SJS parents, the cast will be ready to go as pirates, mermaids, braves, fairies, and more!  DarlingsVintageBW

The production team working directly with the SJS cast consists of four individuals, bringing various skills and talents.  Stage Director Vince Salvadge is no stranger to local audiences, having performed, coached, and directed numerous student and par professional productions.  Most notable are his collaborations with Roc City Singers director, singer, and musical theater guru Judith Ranaletta.  Choreographer Erika Atkinson is currently teaching at TNT Dance Explosion, but has also performed and taught in the past with other dance groups locally and regionally.  Music Director Susan Gividen knows the cast well, as she is the current children’s choir director at Saint Joseph School and Church, and has been connected to the music programming at the school and parish for more than twelve years.  Producer Linda Wojciechowski, former Executive Director of the Gregory Kunde Chorale, has extensive experience in managing the planning and execution of staged performances as well as performing herself as soprano soloist locally and regionally.

The cast has enjoyed the experience of Peter Pan for the last months, learning about stagecraft, basic dance steps, and singing as an ensemble.  But more importantly, the cast has experienced personal growth and development, while fostering friendships and building relationships.  Concepts such as teamwork, personal responsibility and accountability, healthy competition, and working towards a common goal are all areas addressed by this kind of indepth study as a group.  SJS plans to incorporate this and other kinds of character building opportunities into every school year, in the hopes of calling forth students’ individual interests and creating school wide unity at the same time.

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BK Family Night @ RED WINGS GAME

June 14, 2016


June 24, 2016 at 7:05pm

Fireworks display after the game!

Tickets only $11.00 and can be purchased at the school’s main office during office hours or by e-mailing us at

SPECIAL OFFER – Any alum who purchases tickets by WEDNESDAY JUNE 15 will receive a free BK glass.

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Steven Wandtke Award

June 7, 2016


The Steven A. Wandtke Award is the highest honor that a student-athlete can be awarded in the senior class at Bishop Kearney.  Steven Wandtke (class of 1996) was a remarkable student, athlete, and citizen during his time as a Bishop Kearney student.  Steven was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2002.   Despite a courageous battle and many prayers from the Kearney community, Stephen passed away that fall.  Steven Wandtke’s memory lives on every year with the presentation of this award

Click the link below to see Principal Jason Simoni present the Wandtke Award to BK senior Shane Hake:



Steven Wandtke ('96)
Steven Wandtke (’96)
Shane Hake - 2016 Steven A. Wandtke Award
Shane Hake – 2016 Steven A. Wandtke Award

Unlocking the Science of a Curveball

June 2, 2016


Award Winning BK Physics Teacher Rob Burke Kicks Off Lecture Series


WHAT:       Science and sports will come together this Friday at Bishop Kearney. Award winning Physics teacher Rob Burke will share the science behind why a curveball curves in the first edition of the school’s new Teacher Lecture Series. Mr. Burke’s lecture is free and open to the public.

Mr. Burke first shared his curveball secrets with his science classes last year as a way to help students better understand scientific concepts while making learning fun and engaging. Students can now be found out on the baseball fields practicing their curveballs and trying to hit Mr. Burke’s famous pitch.

Local little leaguers from around Monroe County, students, faculty, families, baseball/science fans of all ages, and alumni will be in attendance to hear Mr. Burke’s lecture. After the presentation everyone will head out to the baseball field for some batting practice.

WHEN:      Friday, June 3rd  6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Presentation in the library followed by outdoor batting fun for kids and adults of all ages!