Mindsprouts Winners

Congratulations to this year’s Mindsprouts Creative Writing Contest  winners!  They are Zoe Daniels, Julia Rizzo, Ashley Pindel, Sophia Henrich, Joshua Laux, Zoe Blank, and Maggie Allred.  Thank you to Mrs. Rizzo for sending this information and photo.

National Week of the Young Child

April 6-12 was National Week of the Young Child. The National Association for the Education of Young Children sponsors the event every year. This year’s theme is “Early Years are Learning Years”.

The high school Child Development class planned a special recognition for all St. Peter’s families with children in Daycare through 3rd grade. Gift bags included a blue ribbon for Child Abuse Prevention Month, a parent care kit, a coloring sheet, a bunny craft, and suggested follow-up poems, rhymes and songs.  Over 200 bags were assembled and delivered!

Thank you to Mrs. Chengelis for this information and photos.

Athletic Boosters “Night at the Races”

Plan to saddle up and join the Spartan Athletic Boosters for the third annual “Night at the Races” event on Saturday, May 3, at Spartan Fields.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the videotaped races start running at 7 p.m. Come and find out what all the fun is about as you place bets on your race favorites.

Your $20 ticket includes admission and a complete steak dinner for one.  Raffles, a cash bar and “Heads and Tails” available throughout the night.  Race sponsorships are still available . . . sponsor the race, name the horses, have more fun!!!

Tickets available at the Parish Center office, the school offices or by contacting Carla Eighinger at 419-610-5232.

Third Annual IDITAROD Race Against Hunger

(Don’t miss the video link at the end of this story!)

St. Peter’s High School and Junior High students and staff will participate in the third annual Iditarod Race Against Hunger.  This year’s Urban Iditarod will again benefit the H.O.P.E. Pantry at Catholic Charities.  “House” groups will spend their energy and use their creativity for what will prove to be a fun and exciting mile-long race around the campus area with over 300 elementary students and staff watching and cheering them on.  SPHS alum, Matt Failor, who finished 15th in this year’s Alaskan Iditarod will be in Mansfield to visit with the students on the day of the race.

Congratulations to all the students and staff–especially coordinators Mr. Strang and Mr. Henrich–for their efforts to conduct a great event that will benefit those in our community!

ENJOY THIS GREAT VIDEO CREATED BY SPHS ALUM Eli Thrasher ’13 to get psyched, get pumped, be proud and look forward to this year’s Iditarod!

Iditarod 2013! CLICK HERE



Mrs. Tressa Reith Will Hand Over Reins to New Principal

St. Peter’s High School and Junior High principal, Mrs. Tressa Reith, will be leaving after twenty-two years of service to our parish and school, serving the last fifteen as principal.

We are thankful for her commitment to the ministry of Catholic education to our parish school–all to the benefit of our students and families–over these past twenty-two years.

Below is Mrs. Reith’s letter to St. Peter’s families and friends.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Dear St. Peter’s High School and Junior High Families and Friends,

Were you able to take in our wonderful production of The Sound of Music last month? In it there was a wonderful scene in which Captain Von Trapp discussed marriage with Maria. Thinking he needed permission from her Mother Superior to request her hand in marriage, he asked if there was anyone he should consult regarding his proposal. After Maria gave him a knowing look, together they said, “The children!”

I, too, feel when changes are to come that it is important to respect our children by supplying them with information. This is why I, earlier today, informed our students of my plans. At the end of June, I will hand the reins of St. Peter’s High School and Junior High to a new principal. I’m not comfortable with the verb resign, and I’m too young to retire, so I’m calling this temporarily taking myself out of the work force. It is not something I saw coming nine years ago when we moved my parents into our home, but it is clear to me now that it is the right choice for me and for St. Peter’s.

My 22 years at St. Peter’s have been such a blessing to me! Every experience with our students tugs at my heart and makes it extremely difficult to make this choice. I have worked hard to be accessible to students and parents, to attend school functions and events, and to maintain an open door policy wherever I happened to be. I never minded a school-related question at a game or in the grocery store. I believe a principal needs to be available to his or her school families. In recent times, I have been less available because I have also made a commitment to take care of my mom. The time has come for me to face that my promise to her makes me unable to keep my promise to my school families. I want St. Peter’s to have a principal who can be available 150% of the time, like I used to be. As difficult as it is for me to make this change, I trust that it is right for our school. We are strong with an amazing student body and an experienced, dedicated staff. I trust the process that will seek and find the right person to lead St. Peter’s High School and Junior High. That process found an extremely capable and loving Catholic leader in Mrs. Madalyn Bauer when it was necessary to seek a new elementary principal. I have found her to be an excellent and caring principal who knows her stuff. I’m sure that same process will find an excellent, caring, and well-prepared Catholic principal for our high school and junior high as well. Father Hite’s expertise and guidance will again lead us to a fine new principal. His expertise and guidance were also welcome gifts in my ministry to St. Peter’s and I am so very grateful to him!

It is with profound gratitude to all of you and to God that I make this change in my life. Every day at St. Peter’s taught me something important. Thank you for your love and support. Thank you for making St. Peter’s such a successful and special school. Thank you for continuing to support St. Peter’s in the future. That future is bright. I will proudly watch from a distance as St. Peter’s High School and Junior High continues to excel in the Catholic formation and education of young people. It would be an honor to maintain our friendships and I pledge to you my love and prayers.

Tressa Reith