Our Mission

Aquinas Catholic Schools is a Christ-centered family

devoted to nurturing students of all faiths

through educational excellence in its vibrant Catholic tradition.

Our Vision

Aquinas Catholic Schools, through its vibrant Catholic tradition, aspires to be the premier educational choice, empowering students to fulfill their God-given potential for the betterment of all.

Our Core Values


Serving Jesus and His Church


Cultivating moral character


Pursuing daily improvement through life-long learning


Inspiring achievement and stewardship


Respecting God, others and self

Principal's Message

Welcome to Cathedral Elementary School, a 3 year old Preschool through 2nd grade school that is part of Aquinas Catholic Schools. The 3 year old Preschool and 4 year old Kindergarten are half-day programs each having extended care options available. We continue the educational experience of these early learners with an all-day 5 year old Kindergarten Program followed by Grades 1 and 2.  Students then continue their intermediate level instruction in Grades 3 through 6 at Blessed Sacrament School, followed by grades 7-12 at Aquinas Middle and Aquinas High Schools.

Cathedral Elementary School has an exceptional and dedicated teaching and support staff who provide a quality faith-based education that offers challenging and varied learning activities striving to meet the educational needs of every student. In working with our school families, we focus on developing the spiritual, educational, social, physical, and emotional needs of young people in a safe and caring school environment.

It is with great pride, pleasure and dedication that I serve the families and students of Cathedral Elementary School and Aquinas Catholic Schools. I served as Principal at Aquinas Middle School for 17 years. Prior to that I was a teacher, Dean of Academics, coach and Principal in the Wisconsin Rapids Assumption Catholic School system. I became the Principal at Cathedral Elementary School in 2017. As a school community with God as our focus, I believe in an educational environment that unites our faith, our family and our children. The combination of God, dedicated faculty and staff, trusting parents, and enthusiastic students makes for an amazing career in Catholic education.

As you embark on the formal school educational experience for your child, I invite you to join the Cathedral Elementary School and Aquinas Catholic Schools family. Welcome!

Mrs. Patty Gallagher-Kosmatka
Cathedral Elementary School

Educational Background
Bachelor of Science:  UW-La Crosse
Master of Education and Professional Development: UW-La Crosse

Educational Experience
Over 35 years as teacher or administrator in the Diocese of La Crosse
Over 20 years as administrator in Aquinas Catholic Schools



In 1857, the first Catholic school opened in the Coulee Region. Since that time, as parishes were built, so were the schools, in some cases even before the Church. From these humble beginnings, a strong unified system of quality Catholic education has grown. The Aquinas Catholic Schools united in 2000 to equalize salaries, offer equal opportunities to all schools, standardize curriculum and improve operational efficiency. We believe this cooperation of parishes, schools, families and the community gives us the foundation to be the area's leading educational system.



As you visit the Cathedral School website, you will explore the wealth of opportunities that we provide to our students and families. Cathedral School offers a "tradition of excellence in Catholic education" that spans 136 years.

The mission of Cathedral School and that of Aquinas Catholic Schools is to offer the opportunity for an excellent Catholic education rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are a family centered school community, which respects the God-given dignity of every person and celebrates the development of Gospel faith and identity through sacrament and service. We are committed to providing a learning focused and student-centered curriculum for the good of the Church and the world. 

Our mission and the excellence of our programs will become evident as you view the variety of information available on the Cathedral School website.



We are blessed at Cathedral Elementary School with not only wonderful students, but amazing staff members as well. 
Click the button below to meet our teachers, support staff, paraprofessionals, kitchen staff and building maintenance.