About St. John the Baptist
Founded in 1888, St. John the Baptist School is a Catholic school in Howard where students grow in relationship with Jesus Christ, pursue high levels of academics, and are surrounded by a community rooted in Christian values. Our staff is committed to developing the whole child by nurturing each child’s academic, emotional, spiritual, and behavioral development. By partnering with parents, we aim to individualize student learning in a structured environment where students grow and succeed.
Annually, our academic scores outpace the scores of local private and public school students in all academic areas. With support from our reading specialist and supportive consultant, our teachers work to customize student learning to better meet each child’s needs. To do this, our team integrates hands-on experience, technology, and research-based teaching methods.
Howard continues to be one of the fastest-growing areas in Wisconsin, and our school is proud to be growing with our community. Between 2015 and 2021, St. John the Baptist School grew by 100 students, and we continue to reach out to serve those throughout our community seeking Catholic education. We aim to make Catholic education affordable for every family by offering tuition support, participation in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program, and other scholarships. Families choose St. John the Baptist School because they are looking for a school with traditional Christian values, rigorous academics, and a nurturing community.
Our school day is surrounded by our Christian faith. Each day begins with prayer and devotions coinciding with the liturgical seasons of the Church. We attend Mass as a full school each week. Students have daily religion class, and our faith is integrated into all subject areas. Our Catholic faith informs the way we teach critical thinking, and it illuminates all subject areas, enriching our academic programs.
About Our Principal
Mr. Andrew Mulloy has served at St. John the Baptist School since 2016. He grew up in the Appleton area and attended a Catholic seminary for two years after graduating high school. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UW-Green Bay, he taught at both the elementary and middle school levels. He has since earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. Throughout his time in the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) school system, Mr. Mulloy has served in various roles including principal of Our Lady of Grace Virtual Academy and interim principal at Holy Family School, and he has led in-depth studies on summer school, preschool, and daycare. In 2021, Mr. Mulloy received the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Principal Leadership Award. He enjoys camping, biking, and reading. His wife, Laura, a former youth minister, is a graduate of St. Bernard Catholic School, Notre Dame Academy and St. Norbert College. Mr. and Mrs. Mulloy live in Howard, and their three children attend St. John the Baptist School.
May 11, Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for Us!
May has traditionally been a month where the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored by the Church. Recently I placed an image of Mary under the title, Immaculate Conception, near the main school entrance. This picture is a photograph of the Mary statue from our Church – this serves as a symbol of the interconnectedness of the parish and the school. Below is paragraph 971 from the Catechism of the Catholic Church on devotion to Mary:
“‘All generations will call me blessed’: ‘The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship.’ The Church rightly honors ‘the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times, the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of ‘Mother of God,’ to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs. . . . This very special devotion . . . differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration.’ The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary, an “epitome of the whole Gospel,” express this devotion to the Virgin Mary.”
Please ask for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for our school and parish community.