CPES became a reality on April 28, 1969, when the first school board meeting was held. The parishes of St. Mary’s Parish, Marytown; St. John the Baptist Parish, Johnsburg; Holy Cross Parish, Mt. Calvary; and St. Cloud Parish, St. Cloud consolidated their parish schools into one school system. It was named the Consolidated Parochial Elementary School (CPES). St. Anna Parish came into the consolidation from 1970 to 1985. The first slate of officers were elected, and the immediate tasks at hand were to obtain projected enrollments, hire teachers, work out legal aspects, develop a budget, set up bussing schedules, and decide on parish funding. It was decided that each parish would maintain their respective school buildings. The New Holstein Reporter first used the abbreviated “CPES” when running articles about the school. Buildings needed to be upgraded, furnishings, equipment, textbooks, and library material had to be labeled and shifted to the various schools. The months of hard work and cooperation were rewarded in the fall of 1969 when CPES opened its doors for the first generation of CPES students.
We send our children to CPES for many reasons. Small class sizes allow the dedicated teachers at CPES to focus on individual student needs. Academic rigor and Catholic values are a given. Most important to me is the emphasis placed on respect and kindness each day at CPES.
We send our kids to CPES to build strong values in them. The smaller classes allow plenty of opportunities for us as parents to be involved in the school.
I like CPES because you get super smart!
Adam Lisowe - past student
As a sophomore I feel I am a lot farther in my classes than students that came from the public school. I was taught very early in my education that I needed to be responsible for getting my work organized and done. I was taught very good study habits that have followed me through my current high school years. Thanks to CPES I am on track to completing several college credits in high school which will help me financially and academically in college. CPES also taught me to be a leader and volunteer in our community, which will help me in years to come when applying for scholarships. CPES laid down a solid foundation for me to build the rest of my education on. I am grateful to my parents for making the decision to send me to CPES because it made a huge difference in my schooling and my life.
I like CPES because I learn about Jesus and all the good things he did.
I like it because we get to go to church every week and the teachers are really nice.