Building Faith, Character, and Excellence
August 23rd, 2019
Welcome from Principal Kennedy
I am thrilled to be starting my 2nd year at Saint Joseph High School. This summer, my wife Kathy and I made sure we carved out some time to spend as a family with our boys, Marty and Zachary. Whether it was at the ballpark, the beach, a restaurant, or on our back deck, we made sure to enjoy each other’s company before Marty returned to Notre Dame and the hustle of the school year began for all of us. 

As we begin the academic year, I feel so grateful to be part of the Saint Joe family as well. The positivity and joy in this community was evident in our welcome and orientation events, and especially on the first day of classes when we recorded over 94,000 fist bumps! Our WNDU Morning Pep Rally was again a rousing success with over 450 students attending in force. Thank you for getting up early to get them to school at that hour.  

We aim to carry this positive spirit throughout the year. I have spoken to our students about being welcoming, supportive, and inclusive, and we have adopted Act with Kindness as a theme for the Office of Student Life (formerly Student Affairs). This year we also challenge students to live up to our featured core value, Reach Higher . We are well on our way!

I am so happy to welcome our new and returning parents to the 2019-20 academic year. God Bless and Go Indians!
John Kennedy, Principal
Please Review the Traffic Pattern
For the safety of all of our students, staff, and drivers, and to maintain efficient traffic flow, please follow the procedures for drop-off and pick-up. 
  • Between 7:30 and 8:30 drop-off and pick-up is to occur on Notre Dame Avenue only. Please do not enter the staff parking lot on the East end of the building.
  • Please get in the drop-off/pick-up line at the corner of ND Ave and Cedar St. Do not pull in between cars.
  • Please pull down ND Ave as far as possible up to the light pole so that cars can pull-up behind you. This helps with traffic flow.
  • Only drop-off and pick-up students at the curb. Do not drop-off/pick-up students in the traffic lane.  
  • Do not enter the parking lots across Cedar St. That is private property and not able to be utilized.
  • Students are to cross the street at the corner (ND Ave and Cedar) only.
  • Please drive slowly and carefully on all streets and in the drop-off/pick-up zone. 
  • Please follow all directions of staff and model polite compliance for your students.

Thank you! For a detailed traffic flow map, please click here .
The Hunger Bowl is Back!
Please contribute to our annual Hunger Bowl! By donating money or canned food, we help feed the hungry in our community. We will have a Dress Down Day for this cause on August 30, and a canned food drive on September 6 . Students who bring five (5) or more cans of food get a ticket to wear spirit wear that day (Sept. 6).

Let's beat Marian in this year's Hunger Bowl!
Late Starts for Professional Learning:
Late starts for students will occur on the dates listed below. Classes start at 9:15 a.m. and end at the regular time of 3:15 p.m. Classes are still 90 minute, but Flex period is only 35 minutes on these days. The extra time in the morning is utilized for faculty and staff professional learning.

Wed. Sept. 4
Wed. Sept. 18
Tues. Oct. 1
Tues. Nov. 5
Tues. Nov. 19
Tues. Jan. 14
Wed. Jan. 29
Wed. Feb 12
Thurs. Feb 20
Tues. March 3
Wed. April 29
Wed. May 13

New Powerschool Login for Parents:
Powerschool has updated their system, and that means a new login page for parents. The new link can be found here .

Textbook Procedures:
You can find a detailed description of Saint Joseph High School textbook procedures in this file . The document covers printed books, online books, and how to track assigned books along with their due dates.

Host Families Needed:
Saint Joseph High School will be welcoming an exchange student from Guatemala for an eight-week program from mid-October through mid-December.

Also, in January, we welcome student Sebastian Leigh from Santiago, Chile for eight weeks. We are looking for a family interested in hosting Sebastian. Please contact Director of Admissions Sue Ushela for more information.
Welcome, New Faculty and Staff
Saint Joseph High School welcomes the following faculty and staff members to our team:

Jennifer Aires, SJHS Class of 1995
Math Department Faculty
The math department welcomes Jennifer Aires to the team. Aires has taught mathematics at both the high school and college level, most recently serving as a mathematics instructor at IUSB. Aires earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Indiana University-Bloomington, and her Master in the Arts of Teaching Mathematics from Indiana University East.

Johnathan Cooper  
Math Paraprofessional
Johnathan Cooper brings a diverse background rooted in education. Cooper earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Indiana University-Bloomington, followed by his master’s degree in library science. Cooper returns to education after spending his last four years as an Intelligence Analyst for the United States Army and Indiana National Guard.

Alisha Fransted
English Department Faculty, Head Volleyball Coach
Alisha Fransted earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors at Bethel College, where she was a standout volleyball player. She comes to Saint Joe via Riley High School, where she taught English. Fransted's teaching and coaching experience includes stops at Notre Dame, Tennessee State, and Riley High School.

Eric Gaff
Physical Education/Health Faculty, JV Boys Basketball Coach
Eric Gaff brings a passion for the game of basketball, with a demonstrated record of teaching young players. Gaff played locally for Concord High School and shined at Grace College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health Sciences. Gaff has extensive experience as a professional athlete, and spent the bulk of his eight-year professional basketball career in Australia.

Emma Henderson
Science Department Faculty
Emma Henderson is a graduate of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education program, and comes to Saint Joe via San Jose, California, where she taught physics and engineering, and coached the robotics team. Henderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Notre Dame in 2015; her Master of Education in 2017.

Audrey Immonen
Science Department Faculty
Audrey Immonen joins the Saint Joe faculty after graduating from Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in 2019. Also a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar, Immonen is well-versed in environmental science, and conducted research concerning STEM education and best classroom practices. Immonen taught chemistry and biology in Uganda and student taught at Riley High School.

Nicole Nemeth, SJHS Class of 2015
Science Department Faculty
Nicole Nemeth graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and secondary education, where she also earned the Saint Mary's Outstanding Future Educator Aware. Nemeth's field experience and student teaching brought her to Christ the King, LaSalle Intermediate Academy, and Clay High School, where she taught Honors and Advanced Placement Biology.

Megan Wiginton
Administrative Assistant, Main Office
Megan Wiginton takes over as the friendly, welcoming face of Saint Joseph High School in the Main Office. She had served as the Front Office Manager at Christ the King since 2012, where she managed everything from classroom needs, the principal's calendar, and weekly school communications. Wiginton earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Indiana University.

Reminder: Immunization Requirements

Please submit physician documentation of immunization records & CHIRP form if they have not already been submitted to the state. Your physician/health care provider can fax the immunization record to the school nurse, Mrs. Christine Kanczuzewski at (574) 232-1138. You may also drop off the records at the nurse's office.

These state-mandated immunization requirements for 12th graders must be met before Monday, September 23, 2019.  

Your student will be required to have a booster of the meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) as well as the Hepatitis A Vaccine (series of 2) .

The  Meningococcal B vaccines  is also recommended. You may turn in a copy of the updated immunization record to the nurse's office. 

Please contact Mrs. Kanczuzewski at ( 574) 232-1152 with any questions.

August 24: SAT (Arrive by 7:45 a.m.)
August 30: Dress Down Day
August 30: Co-Curricular Fair (during Flex)
September 2: Labor Day - School Closed
September 4: Late Start - Classes Start 9:15 a.m.
September 6: Hunger Bowl!
September 8: NHS Induction Ceremony
September 12: All School Mass (10 a.m.)
September 13: Dress Down Day

September 24-25 : Freshman Retreat (date change)
Sports Report:
Go Indians!
Fall sports are now in full swing! Football held a scrimmage against Elkhart Central last week and kicks off the regular season with a home contest tonight against Concord.
Cross country hit the ground running with the Early Bird Invite. Eight Saint Joe student-athletes finishing in the top 20. Lifetime bests were achieved by 19 different runners!
The girls team finished runnerup thanks to top 20 performances from Alexis Kintzele, Margaret Hopkins, Katie Lavelle, Libby Kearns, and Ellen Lavelle.
The boys team finished 4th in a talented field with Marko Enriquez, Josh Juday, and Zach Taylor placing in the top 20 overall.
Volleyball is out to a quick start, winning each of their first two matches against Elkhart Central and Plymouth, both by a score of three sets to one. The ladies are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Northridge.

Boys' soccer won their first game against Elkhart Memorial, but dropped a hard-fought contest against an senior-laden Warsaw team ranked #10 in the state. The team takes to Lake Central High School Saturday for their third game of the year.

Girls' golf has had a great start placing winning the Plymouth Invite and placing 4th in two other tournaments. The team has already won match-ups against Mishawaka, Jimtown, and Elkhart Central.
The Indian Invite takes place this weekend at Newton Park. The girls' soccer team plays host the 16-team round robin contest.

Boys' tennis is underway with a 5-0 victories over Valparaiso and Michigan City.