Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year!
Reminder to families: if you have moved to a new mailing address or changed your email/phone number, please contact jhernandez@saintjoehigh.com to let the school know.

Welcome from Principal Kennedy

It is my pleasure to welcome all students and parents to a new school year. I am excited to get started! This spring, I was blessed to witness the graduations of both my sons, from college and high school. Marty, Saint Joe Class of '18, graduated with a degree in sociology and peace studies from Notre Dame. Zach '22 is thrilled to get away from going to school with his dad everyday as he begins his freshman year at Notre Dame. I am so proud of both of them as they embark on their next path in life.

Here at Saint Joe, our drive to provide a transformative Catholic education shapes our students’ paths. This year, our featured core value is Reach Higher. Thus, I ask all of our students to reach higher in ways that contribute positively to our school community and that help them achieve personal goals. I will ask our faculty and staff to challenge and support our students in that endeavor. A leader in this effort will be Mr. Ben Dillon '86, Interim Assistant Principal for Academics. With 30 years of teaching invested in Saint Joe, Mr. Dillon brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of what it takes to maintain an outstanding academic program. He will maintain a part-time teaching role while fulfilling administrative duties during the 2022-23 school year.  

I invite you to check-out our new website at www.saintjoehigh.com (no change in URL). We hope the new site provides a vibrant look and feel that matches the quality of our institution. Please see the parent portal near the top of the screen for resources. New content will continue to be added as the school year gets underway. Please let us know if you cannot find the information you are seeking by calling the Main Office at (574) 233-6137.

As is the case in many schools and industries, filling open positions is sometimes a challenge. Please see our job postings and spread the word as we continue to search for great candidates.  

The administration, faculty and staff look forward to partnering with parents in the education of our students! We will see you at Back to School Night on August 24, at 7:00 p.m.
God Bless and Go Saint Joe!
John Kennedy
First Days of School / Student Orientation - August 11 and 12
We have a new format! All students report to school at the regular start time of 8:15 a.m. both days and go through their classes in the morning. After the morning schedule, two grade levels will stay for afternoon orientation activities and two grades will be dismissed. Afternoon activities include school/ID pictures by McDonald Studio. Students must bring their order form sent in the summer mailing with payment. Please note the pick-up time on your student's early dismissal day as students must be picked up or leave on their own at that time. See below for a summary and here for a detailed schedule.
Thursday, August 11
8:15 - 11:50 a.m. White Day Schedule (45 minute classes, Periods 1, 3, 5, 7)
11:50 a.m. 9th and 10th Dismissal
11:50 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. 11th and 12th grade Orientation

Friday, August 12
8:15 - 11:50 a.m.  Blue Day Schedule (45 minute classes, Periods 2, Flex, 4, 6)
11:50 a.m. 11th and 12th Dismissal
11:50 - 2:45 p.m.  9th and 10th grade Orientation
Especially for Parents
Parent Group
Our parent group supports teachers and staff by providing lunches and treats on special occasions and organizing the famous cookie trays at Christmas. If you would like to be involved in the Parent Group, please submit your name here

Join us!
Parents are welcome to visit throughout the year for morning coffees in the Media Center, and for monthly Masses. The schedule for parent hospitality is below:
Drop Off, Pick Up and Student Parking
Arrival & Dismissal
Please refer to the image above and see this document for detailed instructions on pick-up/drop-off and student parking. Note:

  • All regular parent pick-up and drop-off occurs on Notre Dame Avenue. Please pull forward past the walkway to keep traffic flowing. Please drop off on the south-bound side of the street (on same side as the school).

  • Secondary drop-off/pick-up occurs in the parking lot located on the southeast corner of Notre Dame Ave and Cedar Street. Students dropped off at this lot must cross at the crosswalk.

  • After 8:15 a.m. (9:00 a.m. on late start days), parents are to drop students off on St. Louis Street. Students are to sign-in at the Office of Student Life. 

Student Parking
As mentioned above, students must register their vehicles and have a parking pass to park in the student lot. Parking passes are purchased here and picked up in the Office of Student Life.
Getting to School On Time - Road Closures
We would like to remind parents and students affected by the closed portions of Ironwood and Douglas roads to leave early to permit extra time to get to school. Students are required to be in their classroom before the 8:15 bell and road closures are not a reason for an excused tardy. 
Student Schedules
Schedules will be shared via email and available in PowerSchool starting August 8. Students should look for their schedules so they know where to report on August 11 at 8:15 a.m.
Returning Students: Laptop Pick Up
Students who did not keep their laptop for the summer may pick it up on August 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the iHelp Desk and on August 11 from 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. in the cafeteria.
Uniform Orders

Many uniform orders arrived the school late this week. Parents or students can pick up uniform orders from 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 8 through 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10 this week. If you are unable to pick them up, we will have the order waiting for students in their 1st hour class on Thursday. 

If you have questions or want to check if your order is in, please call (574) 239-7665 or email attendance@saintjoehigh.com

Due to the delay, students are permitted to be out of uniform from the waist up on Thursday, August 11. 
Covid-19 Mitigation Plan 2022-23

Students and staff will no longer need to record a daily health screening, but we do ask that everyone do a self-screen in the morning and stay home if they have multiple/severe COVID symptoms, or COVID symptoms combined with a known close contact.  

Per CDC and IDOH guidelines, students and staff who test positive must isolate for 5 days from the onset of symptoms and mask from days 6 to 10. Click the link below to read more about our Covid-19 Mitigation Plan for 2022-23.

A Note about Scheduled Late Starts

To allow for more frequent faculty collaboration, we will have more late starts this year, but they will be shorter in length. Classes will start at 9:00 a.m. on these days, and it is important that students be on time. Consequences will be given for tardies on late start days.

See the calendar here for the dates of the late starts.