Building Faith, Character, and Excellence
August 9th, 2019
Student Orientation
Tuesday, August 13th
All students will attend orientation on Tuesday, August 13th. Students will report to their orientation sessions according to their class time. Schedules can be found posted below. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors should meet in the assigned rooms listed below.

This is the first day of school; student attendance is required.
School dress code is not required on this day, but appropriate attire must be worn.
A Few Reminders to Start School...
  • Please remember to keep phones stored in lockers upon arrival in the morning. Phones should not be brought into classrooms unless explicitly advised by your teacher for use in class.

  • Please adhere to the Saint Joseph High School dress code. You may refer to Section 10 (p. 36) of the Student-Parent Handbook for in-depth explanation of SJHS dress code.

  • Report all absences to the Office for Student Life; Protocol for reporting absences and classification for excused/unexcused are addressed in Section 5 (p. 13) of the Student-Parent Handbook and below:

  • Reporting an Absence – contact: or (574) 239-7665. In order for an absence to be considered an excused absence, the following is required:
  • 1. A phone call/email from a parent/guardian to the school Student Affairs Office no later than 9:00 a.m. the day of the absence.
  • 2. A note from a parent/guardian stating the date(s) of the absence(s) and the specific reason for the absence.
Saint Joe Students on Community
A video for students by students
All School Mass Thursday, August 15th
All are invited to join us as we celebrate our first All School Mass of the 2019-20 school year on Thursday, August 15th.

Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. Upon entry inform the office that you are attending the All School Mass and you will be guided to the gymnasium.
Aidan's Masterpiece Paints Parking Spot Saturday:
Aidan's Masterpiece will be gathering at Saint Joseph High School on Saturday, August 9th, to dedicate a parking spot for Aidan Short. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Used Uniforms Available for Sale:
The Office of Student Life (formerly Student Affairs Office) has gently-used uniform shirts for purchase! The cost is $5 per item. Please stop by the Student Life office on St. Louis Blvd. or call MaryKay Davidson (574) 239-7665 for more information.

Getting Involved with Parent Group:
The Saint Joe parent group is a great asset to our school community, supporting our faculty and staff throughout the year. Plenty of parents are involved; heavy lifting is minimal. If you'd like to know more about ways to participate, please contact Sharon Edmonds at

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. Jump the World Experiencias Interculturales will join us on Back to School Night (8/21) to speak with interested host families.

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.
Students Visit Germany as Part of
GAPP Exchange Program
In July an enthusiastic group of 12 Saint Joseph and Adams High School students spent two and a half weeks with host families in Deggendorf, Bavaria, Germany. They were accompanied by German language and Biology teacher, Mrs. Connie Langheinrich, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Ben and MaryKay Davidson from Saint Joe. 

The German American Partnership Program (GAPP) is part of the Goethe-Institut, which was founded in Munich post-World War II to promote German language and culture. Our students stayed in the homes of German students that came to South Bend in September, 2018. The homestay fosters immersion with family, food, and fun; it also helps keep the overall cost lower than other programs.

The GAPP exchange repeats every two years. To take advantage of this unforgettable opportunity consider hosting a German student next September! There is no German language requirement to participate. For more information, contact Mrs. Connie Langheinrich or Mrs. MaryKay Davidson .