School News

2019

  • May

    Fr. Dennis Thiessen, the only priest currently on staff, has a love for and a great connection with his students.

    A Shepherd with the Smell of Sheep

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    An ordained preist, Social Studies and Theology faculty Fr. Dennis Thiessen, SDS, uses his salvatorian charism to relate to DSHA students, faculty and staff. 

    In 2013, Pope Francis urged priests not to isolate themselves, but to make a connection with their parishioners and people. He called it “being a shepherd living with the smell of the sheep.” Fr. Dennis lives this daily, and students and faculty love him for it.
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  • DSHA Science Department Chair and AP Environmental Science teacher Jamie Lemminger is dedicated to helping girls find their passions.

    Connections That Matter: AP Environmental Science Course Combines College-Prep Curriculum With Real World Experience

    BY ALLISON CASWELL DSHA '04
    New this year to DSHA’s science curriculum, AP Environmental Science is expanding upon concepts students learned previously in their biology and chemistry courses as well as electives such as geology, astronomy, ecology, oceanography, marine science, sustainability, and conservation. Under the direction of faculty Jamie Lemminger, who also serves as the DSHA Science Department chair, over forty students are taking the class, the most currently enrolled in an AP science course. Students are gaining greater insight into how they can maintain God’s creation as well as how they can affect global change.
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  • The ski team celebrates after winning back-to-back state championships.

    Ski Team Runs with Back-to-Back State Championships

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    The DSHA varsity ski team won their second state championship in the past two years, but tri-captain Michelle Horning, DSHA ’19, feels like this accomplishment is just the tip of the iceberg –– or would it be mountain?
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  • Vivi Sanchez, DSHA '21 (left), performs a traditional Aztec worship dance during the Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass.

    Faith, Culture, and Community

    BY MOLLY SHEA
    On Wednesday, December 12, students, faculty and staff celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with an all-school Mass –– a joint effort by the Furia Latina club and DSHA Campus Ministry. Woven together were culture and faith in a beautiful bilingual celebration that is perhaps best summed up from the gospel reading of the day from Luke 1:45: "Blessed is she who has believed that the lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

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  • The DSHA varisty tennis team traveled to State for the first time since 2013, and finished runner-up.

    A Season to Remember: Varsity Tennis Finishes Runner-Up At State

    BY ALLISON CASWELL, DSHA '04
    This article has been pulled from the spring 2019 edition of The Word.
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    This fall, DSHA’s varsity tennis team joined the ranks of Dasher teams to remember. They finished runner-up in the state team tournament, while two Dashers Logan White, DSHA ‘19 and Jordan Schifano, DSHA ’20, went head-to-head in the singles semi-finals; and in an unexpected turn, head coach Melissa Gebhardt faced off against her own daughter in the team’s final match – it could even be called a wild finish to a victorious season.
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  • February

    Students gather in Social Studies Faculty Patrick Dawson's room to discuss the importance of Black History Month during the Feb. 15 Dasher Dialogue. It was one of four rooms where Dashers engaged in dialogue with each other.

    Conversing about Culture in a Safe Space

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    DSHA students, faculty and staff discuss the importance of Black History Month through a special Dasher Dialogue.


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  • Students from Messmer High School, Marquette University High School and DSHA prepare to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, an experience they called “empowering,” “depressing” and “inspiring.”

    Students Reflect on Civil Rights Pilgrimage

    BY FRANK MILLER
    Their trip did not have the drama of Saul’s road to Damascus or the rigor of Jesus’ journey through the desert.
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  • Jane Florence, DSHA ’19, paints the nails of elderly ladies at the assisted living center at Gables of Germantown.

    Vocare Service Immersion Prepares Students for the Future

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    As high school freshmen, students familiarize themselves with a new school, new people and a new environment, often nervous and excited to start a new chapter of their lives.
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