Nativity Jesuit in the News

Learn the latest news at Nativity Jesuit Academy in our 2023 Spring Newsletter

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (April 2023)- “Nativity Jesuit Academy Receives $500,000 Donation to Bolster Graduates’ Success”

  • Nativity’s transformational gift from Anne Kebisek Dudek was featured, which will provide financial assistance to ensure that all Nativity graduates can attend the Catholic high school of their choice, regardless of family’s financial abilities.

BizTimes (February 2023)

  • Nativity Jesuit Academy’s top ranking on the 2023 state report card was shared in this article highlighting the nuanced components of the state report card system.

WUWM 89.7- Milwaukee’s NPR Station (November 2022) 

  • Nativity Jesuit Academy’s continued success was highlighted with the public release of the 2021-22 school report cards.

Catholic Herald (June 2022) – “GIFTS Grant Recipients Announced”

  • Nativity Jesuit Academy receives $5,000 GIFTS grant for library updates.

Dryden Wire – “2022 Herb Kohl Foundation Excellence Scholarship, Initiative Scholarship, Fellowship, Leadership Award Recipients Announced”

  • Nativity 1st Grade Teacher, Lizzie Siewert, named among 2022 Teacher Fellows recognizing educators “who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.”

BizTimes Media (February 2022) – “Viewpoints: Each Family Deserves a Choice, Regardless of Income, When It Comes to Educating Their Children”

  • Editorial from Nativity’s president, Vanessa Solis on the impact of Choice on Milwaukee’s educational landscape.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (November 2021) – “Here’s How Wisconsin Schools Performed in First DPI Report Cards Since Pandemic”

  • The article highlights top performing schools in Milwaukee, including Nativity Jesuit Academy, as identified by 2021 school report card rankings.

Catholic Herald (November 2021) – “Soles Walk for Catholic Education”

  • Nativity Jesuit Academy is included among featured schools in annual Soles Walk for Catholic Education. More than 50 participants gathered at Three Bridges Park in support of Nativity.

Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (October 2021) – “2021 HPGM Gala: Vanessa Solis’ Story”

  • Nativity President, Vanessa Solis was featured by HPGM at their annual gala. This video, shown at the event, highlights Vanessa’s story as well as her work at Nativity.

Catholic Herald (July 2021)- “School Continues at Camp Thunderhead”

  • This article highlights Nativity’s approach to year-round learning including Camp Thunderhead, our residential summer program for middle school students.

Milwaukee NNS (September 2020) – “We Ask Parents and Educators How to Make the Best Out of a Challenging School Year”

  • Ms. Megan Fischer, 3rd Grade Teacher at Nativity, shares her insight on teaching during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Catholic Herald (January 2020) – “Nativity Jesuit Academy Graduate Awarded Prestigious Scholarship”

  • Carlos Ayala ’16 has been awarded $200,000+ QuestBridge Scholarship to attend California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Journal Sentinel (January 2020) – “Borsuk: Stirring on Milwaukee’s south side, a building boom of growing and popular choice schools”

  • The article highlights the growth of schools on Milwaukee’s south side, including Nativity Jesuit

BizTimes (December 2019) – “Nativity Jesuit Academy expands to serve Milwaukee’s growing Latino population.”

  • The article profiles Nativity’s growing community impact on Milwaukee’s South Side.

Nonprofit Excellence Awards (October 2019)

  • Sue Smith, President, is a finalist for Nonprofit Executive of the Year from BizTimes Media Nonprofit Excellence Awards.

Marquette University’s Alumni National Awards (April 2019)

  • John Meuler, Assistant Principal, honored as Young Alumnus of the Year by Marquette University Helen Way Klinger College of Arts and Sciences.

BizTimes (September 2018) – “Nativity Jesuit Academy completes $2.5 million expansion – School in middle of $5 million capital campaign”

  • The article discusses the school’s renovations and expansion during the summer of 2018 which occurred to accommodate growing student enrollment.

Washington Examiner (April 2018) – “School choice works, but it could work better”

  • An opinion piece discusses the recent Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty report comparing the academic performance and test scores of Wisconsin schools across sectors. In the report, Nativity Jesuit is ranked #8 out of 1,972 elementary and high schools reviewed in the State of Wisconsin.

Midwest Jesuits (April 2018) – “Nativity Jesuit Academy Announces New Principal”

  • Nativity Jesuit Academy is thrilled to announce that beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, Vanessa Solis will assume the role of principal.

Wall Street Journal (January 2018) – “Do School Vouchers Work? Milwaukee’s Experiment Suggests an Answer”

  • Nativity Jesuit Academy is highlighted in an article about the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. The article references our impressive test scores and the challenge of serving students whose families are living in poverty.

Midwest Jesuits Magazine (Spring 2017) – “A Brother Abroad”

  • Br. Matt Wooters, S.J., Nativity Jesuit social worker, discusses his experiences working in Mexico. Also featured in the magazine are Nativity Jesuit board members Fr. Richard Abert, S.J. and Fr. Doug Leonhardt, S.J., as well as Nativity Jesuit Chaplain Fr. Matthew Walsh, S.J., and Fr. Timothy Manatt, S.J. who also presides over masses at Nativity Jesuit during the school year.

Catholic Herald (January 2017) – “’Gift of God’ Hopes for Gift of Life”

  • Jonathan Morales discusses his hope for a life-saving kidney transplant.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (June 2016) – “Mentor relationship grows into 16-year friendship”

  • Jonathan Morales graduated from Nativity Jesuit in 2000. His relationship with mentor, Bob Wisniewski, continued through high school.

Alive (School Sisters of St. Francis – Spring 2016) – “Bringing the Mission to Life”

  • The SSSF’s Tau Volunteer Program brought Martina from the Czech Republic to Nativity!

MSOE (May 2015) – “New Class of MBA Fellows in Education Leadership Unveiled”

  • Nativity Jesuit Director of Middle School, John Meuler, joins this innovative approach to school leadership.

Catholic Herald (March 2015) – “Even in Retirement, Sister Serves Others”

  • Nativity Jesuit is blessed to have such a wonderful volunteer in Sr. Bernadette.

Milwaukee Bucks Gallery (September 2014) – “Jabari Parker Surprises Students at Nativity Jesuit Middle School”

  • A gallery of pictures from Bucks all-star Jabari Parker’s surprise visit to Nativity Jesuit.

MUHS Magazine (Summer/Fall 2014) – “Carlos Torres: From Mexico to Med School

  • Carlos Torres graduated from Nativity Jesuit in 2002, from Marquette University High School in 2006, and now from Harvard Medical School.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (May 2013) – “Time to emulate a longtime educator’s proven methods”

  • A great article about our founder, Larry Siewert, and this special school that he helped to create.

Catholic Herald (May 2013) – “Nativity Jesuit Celebrates 20 Years”

  • A wonderful look at all that Nativity has done in its first two decades.

Catholic Herald (May 2013) – “Courting Leadership, Teamwork at Nativity”

  • Nativity Jesuit students are learning lessons about life and the game.

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