Building Faith, Character, and Excellence
February 15, 2019
Saint Joe Represented at World Youth Day
Fr. Terry, Mr. Verhiley, Rusty Day, Lauren Salela, Regan Stesiak, Emanuel Alaniz, and Michelle Alvara traveled to Panama for World Youth Day, an event coordinated every three years by the Catholic Church.

The event actually spans several days, and took place from January 22nd - 27th. Many cultures are represented with an overlapping sense of unity, bringing the youth together to share their own themes of Catholicism.

The next World Youth Day with take place in 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal.
February Community Award Winners Celebrated
The Community Award winners for February were announced at the All-School Mass on February 6. Anne Maher, Patrick Farissee, and Mr. Ben Downey were recognized.

Anne is in the National Honor Society, Together for the Long Run, Peer Mentoring, Peer Tutoring, Choir, and Prayer Blanket Ministry. She is active in her Parish Christian Formation Commission, and serves on the Retreat Team at Saint Joe.

Patrick is described as a natural leader and a four-year member of the baseball team. He is in the National Honor Society, Peer Mentoring, Peer Tutoring, and a founding member of Aidan's Masterpiece. Patrick has also volunteered with Western Veterinary Clinic, Reins of Life, and youth baseball camps.

Mr. Downey was formerly the head football coach as Saint Joe. Now teaching English and Physical Education, students and faculty alike look forward to working with Mr. Downey. Students say he pushes them to be the best version of themselves, and faculty rave about how he offers tips and encourages teachers to bring creativity to the classroom.

Congratulations to our February Community Award winners!
Chaperones Needed:
Chaperones are needed for the Honors World History field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago on Monday, March 25th . In order for this field trip experience to take place, eight volunteer chaperones are needed to fulfill the Institute's required ratio of one chaperone per 10 students. If any parent/guardian/grandparent is interested, please e-mail for further details. The day will go from 8:15 a.m. -7:00 p.m. with transportation fees (via South Shore train) and admission to the Institute covered.

Planning Ahead for Prom! 
Please help us limit class time missed on the day of the SJHS Prom, May 3rd, 2019. Students planning to attend Prom are required to attend at least two periods of school on that day (until 11:30 a.m.) and must have a parent note to be excused prior to dismissal. Please do not make any appointments for students that would require them to be dismissed prior to 11:30 a.m.

Advanced College Project Dual Credit Courses Offered:
ENG W131 (3 credits) Reading, Writing, & Inquiry I Prerequisite: High school English 11. Instruction and practice in the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills required in college. Emphasis is on written assignments that require synthesis, analysis, and argument based on sources. W131 class size is capped at 24 students, regardless of how many are taking the course for college credit. 

ENG L202 (3 credits) Literary Interpretation Prerequisite: Completion of the English composition requirement. Develops critical skills essential to participation in the interpretive process. Through class discussion and focused writing assignments, introduces the premises and motives of literary analysis and critical methods associated with historical, generic, and/or cultural concerns. L202 class size is capped at 30 students, regardless of how many are taking the course for college credit. 
All School Mass
with Bishop Rhoades
March 19th

All are invited to attend Mass with the Saint Joe community to celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph on March 19th at 9:30 a.m. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Kevin Rhoades.

There will also be a 2:30 p.m. dismissal on this day.
2019-2020 Academic Calendar:

The calendar for the next academic year has just been posted to the Saint Joe website. Please visit the calendar page to check out any important dates in advance of next year.
Spring Musical:
Guys and Dolls to Hit the Stage Next Week!
The Saint Joseph High School Spring Musical takes to the stage Thursday, February 21st through Saturday, February 23rd at Bethel College's Everest-Rohrer Auditorium.

The production will begin with a special matinee grade school performance on Thursday at 10:00 a.m., followed by shows Thursday and Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. and closing with a 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday.

Enjoy a special sneak peek of what the cast has been up to, and make sure to come out and see the show!
65th Anniversary Gala
Plans for the 65th Anniversary Gala are heating up! Junior and aspiring country musician Justin McCormick will be giving a small performance in addition to all of the evening's events! Justin was recently featured on WSBT.

For more information on the 65th Anniversary Gala and how you can get involved click here to visit our page !
French Diplomat Visits Saint Joe
The Consul General of France, Monsieur Guillaume Lacroix, visited Saint Joe on February 7th. It was a great opportunity for Mrs. Weld's French students to not only meet with a French diplomat, but to present a guided tour of our campus. The students were all assigned parts of the tour, and did a tremendous job representing Saint Joe -- in French, no less! Merci de votre présence, Monsiuer Lacroix!
Financial Aid
FACTS application deadline is February 28th. If you are seeking financial assistance for the 2019-20 school year, the FACTS application  can be found here   . Please submit your application for financial aid as soon as possible to find which aid you are eligible for.
Welcome New Latino Outreach Liaison, Angelica M. Duarte!
Please join us in welcoming Angelica M. Duarte to the Saint Joe family! Mrs. Duarte has two children currently enrolled at Saint Joe and is very excited and eager to assist Spanish-speaking families in any way she can.

It is a busy time of year for winter sports! Sectional Finals for boys' swimming take place on Saturday, while boys' basketball receives their playoff pairings on Sunday. Girls' basketball fell in a hard-fought sectional semi-final against Penn. Junior Keegan Sullivan was named First-Team All-NIC, junior Kashlin Biffle Second-Team All-NIC, and senior Macy Seese honorable mention.

Check out the Saint Joe Athletics page for more updates.
Swimming Finishes Sixth at State Championship

The girls' swimming team marched into Indianapolis and came away with a sixth-place team finish at the IHSAA State Championship. Sophomore Mary Cate Pruitt became Saint Joe's first individual state champion in the 500 freestyle. Pruitt also finished third in the 200 freestyle.

Senior Aislinn Walsh was runner-up in the 100 breaststroke, finishing behind Yorktown's Emily Weiss - who recorded the fourth-fastest time in the national history of the event. Walsh also finished fourth in the 100 butterfly.

Saint Joe also claimed third in the 400 free relay, and sixth in the 200 medley relay.

Wrestler Competes at Semi-State; Touted for Exceptional Sportsmanship
Junior Jonny Scott ended a successful season, advancing and competing at the IHSAA Semi-State Championship at 152 pounds. The junior was commended in two separate official reports in the regional round for exceptional sportsmanship in two different matches. We are extremely proud to have a student-athlete like Jonny representing Saint Joe!
Freshman Basketball Wins NIC Conference Tournament

The Saint Joe freshman basketball team capped off an inspired postseason run, claiming the NIC Conference Championship with a 38-37 win, besting rival Marian in overtime. The team finished 13-0 on the season.
National Signing Day: Student-Athletes to Continue Playing in College

On February 6th, four Saint Joe student-athletes put pen to paper in order to solidify their intent to continue playing football at the collegiate level. The four captains have been exemplary examples of what a Saint Joe student-athlete should be. These young men are well-rounded and put their team first. As coach Whitten stated at the event, these four young men have combined for over 1,000 service hours between them in addition to the hours spent in the classroom and on the practice field.
Casey Conery - University of Indianapolis
Mark Hiestand - Air Force Academy
Conor Ratigan - University of Notre Dame
Ashton Ruszkowski - Valparaiso University