Friday, October 19, 2012
Br. Bob Smith, president of Messmer Catholic Schools, discusses the Messmer-Shorewood helmet insignia issue.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Editor's Note: Br. Bob Smith is the President of Messmer Catholic Schools. The views in this letter are his own and not in anyway representative of the views of Patch or its staff. In the days following the news related to the Messmer-Shorewood helmet logo issue, I have spent many hours thinking about a lot of things. My cell and school phones have been flooded with calls and text messages and numerous citizens and alumni have stopped to offer their thoughts on the issue. Our story has received local, national and international media coverage, which speaks to the importance of this issue. As a Christian, an educator and the President of Messmer Catholic Schools, I write so that in a very clear and specific way, people know exactly what I …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
After school officials removed the existing logo because it contained a religious symbol, the Messmer/Shorewood co-op football team will wear new decals during Friday night's game.
Messmer/Shorewood football coach Drake Zortman said new helmet decals to be debuted Friday night will celebrate the success the co-op football team has realized this season. "A 6-1 record currently, and locking up a playoff berth," Zortman said, detailing the successes. Shorewood district officials removed the student-designed logo that was used this year — a greyhound and a bishop’s hat with a religious cross, which represent both schools — after a parent emailed the district and expressed concern over its religious symbolism. On Wednesday afternoon during a press conference, Zortman unveiled the team's new logo: a football with the words "2012 Playoffs" on it. "I think we're going to be the only school celebrating on their helmets the …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The Messmer/Shorewood football co-op's logo — a greyhound and bishop hat with a religious cross — will be removed from helmets after a parent complained and school officials agreed it infringed on the separation of church and state.
Updated 12:23 p.m. Wed. Oct. 10 with comments from Messmer President Br. Bob Smith The Messwood football team will hit the field Friday night with a slightly different look after Shorewood school officials asked its team logo be removed from helmets because it violated the separation of church and state. Messmer, a private, Roman Catholic high school and Shorewood High School, a publicly funded school, joined forces in 2000 and formed a co-op. After reaching the postseason for the first time last year, the team looked to start the 2012 season with a new logo — a greyhound and a bishop’s hat with a religious cross. Students in a graphic design class designed the new logo last year. The class submitted over 20 logo proofs to team head coach …