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Updates from the Principal Advisory Council

From the VP of Student Life

Fall Sports

As we move into the winter sports season, we want to first acknowledge our fall sports teams for their success. Boys and Girls Golf, Boys Tennis, and Girls Cross Country all won SPSL titles and will be moving on to their district tournaments. Boys Cross Country will have 5 runners move on to the district meet while girls’ soccer and volleyball continue their quest for the postseason in the final week of the season. Football has battled hard this season in arguably the best 4A league in the state with a chance to even their record with a win this Friday in the Homecoming game. It has been a great fall season for all of our teams, and we are proud of the effort of all of our student athletes. GO LIONS!

WIAA classification

The 4-year cycle for WIAA classification is expiring this year and there are many exciting changes coming our way. The most prominent changes are moving from equal percentages of schools in a classification to a hard number and the impact of free and reduced lunch on your school count. Schools are required to count 3 times (once in October and twice in November) to determine their classification for athletics. In the past the state would work to put an equal number of schools in each classification. This system would make creating leagues a problem as teams could be pushed up or down depending on “opt-ups” and changing school populations. Our school, which is traditionally a 2A size school, would push a team down from 4A to 3A with our decision to move up.  This change will allow schools to know where they stand, regardless of other school’s choices. The November 1 count will also determine the state average for free and reduced lunch. If your school is above the state average for free and reduced lunch, you can reduce your official count. Here is the official rule concerning free and reduced lunch numbers:


4.3.1 -A 1A, 2A, 3A or 4A school’s free and reduced lunch data as reported to the Office of State   Superintendent   of   Public   Instruction   for   the   month   of   November   of   the reclassification year will be used to determine that school’s adjusted enrollment.    1A, 2A, 3A or 4A schools with a free and reduced lunch count greater than the state-wide average will have their Average Monthly Enrollment reduced. 

4.3.2 -Schools with a Free or Reduced lunch count greater than the state-wide average will be adjusted as follows:

A. The reduction will match the percentage greater than the state-wide average up to 40 percent (%) maximum.

B. A school could be moved down no more than one classification due to its adjusted enrollment.

Bellarmine will be using three main criteria in order to make our decision on our classification:

  1.  Impact on student learning including early dismissal from class for contests and arrival home from matches on weekday game nights.
  2. Ability to service all our teams. 2/3 of our student athletes compete at the sub-varsity level. Any league we choose to join will have to provide for these teams.
  3. Transportation and travel. This is most important for criteria #1, yet cost for transporting our students will also be a factor.


The fall play, Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory, begin it’s run on Thursday November 14. The synopsis of the play follows.

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.

Tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets at Faculty may have two complimentary tickets to the performance of their choice:

  • Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, November 15, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 16, at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 17, 2 p.m.