Building Faith, Character, and Excellence
November 15th, 2019
Saint Joe Students Thrive in Local Theater
In addition to the wonderful Fall Play put on by Saint Joe, many students are branching out into other productions around the community as well.

Freshmen Sydney Taylor, Luci Flanagan, and McKenna Garrett (pictured left to right below) just finished production on the dual performance of The Lottery & The Giver through United Youth Theater.
Junior Leo McGreevy (left) has two more shows as the lead in The South Bend Civic Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , November 15th and 17th. The former is sold out, but you can still purchase tickets for the latter here. 
And lastly, sophomore Caroline Mereness (bottom right) takes the stage as Elsa in Premier Arts production of Frozen Jr. , with two shows on Saturday, November 23rd starting at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available here .

Congratulations and break a leg! We are very proud of all of you for bringing your talents to the local stage!
Seven Student-Athletes Participate in Signing Day
The early signing period, beginning on November 13th, 2019, saw seven Saint Joe student-athletes sign their National Letters of Intent (NLI). Congratulations and best of luck to the following:

Max Blumentritt  - Bethel University, Tennis
Ryan Drew  - Kalamazoo College, Swimming
Brady Gumpf  - University of Notre Dame, Baseball
Colleen Harley  - Purdue University Northwest, Soccer
Lauren Sandor  - College of Charleston, Softball
Evelyn Sierra  - Purdue University, Swimming
Keegan Sullivan  - Rockhurst University, Basketball

You may also fax your reservation 574-472-1245
Parent Information Session During Placement Test

 November 16th, 2019 
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
 Black Box Theater

Join us while your students are taking the High School Placement Test for discussion centered on the admission process, affordability, and insights on navigating the high school transition.

Support Student Scholarships
Your gift can make a Saint Joe education possible! We participate in the SGO of Northeast Indiana (SGONEI), which provides scholarships for students to attend diocesan Catholic schools. Scholarships from the SGO are funded by private donors who believe in Saint Joseph High School.

To learn more, or to make a gift, visit www.sgonei.org .
Winter Weather Approaching
Notes about Closures, Delays, and eLearning
As winter approaches, it is important to know the procedures for weather-related school closures and delays. A decision to close or delay school will be made by 6:00 a.m. Information will be communicated via local media (WNDU, WSBT, ABC-57), on the SJHS website, through an auto-call, and through a push notification via the SJHS app.

Closures and eLearning
We will continue with eLearning Days this year. Posted school closure information will indicate if a closure will be an eLearning day. On an eLearning day, class assignments will be placed on Canvas for students to access from home. Teachers will be available via email and/or phone for consultation for a four-hour period during the day. An advantage of eLearning is that these days do not need to be made up later in the school year. Policies and procedures can be found here.   

Delayed Start
Certain weather conditions may result in a 2-hour delayed start. School will start at 10:15 a.m. and regular attendance is expected. In the event of a delayed start, the doors at Saint Joe will not open until 9:00 a.m. Students will need to make arrangements to arrive accordingly. All classes, including Flex period, will meet for 60 minutes. Lunch will be served and school will dismiss at the usual time of 3:15 p.m.   

Athletics & Co-Curriculars
On a school closure, all morning practices are cancelled. Depending on conditions later in the day, afternoon practices and games may or may not be held. Information will be communicated to players and parents by coaches via Final Forms or other means. If practice is held, players may be excused if parents determine that conditions make it too difficult to transport their son/daughter to practice. 

Driving Conditions and Safety
Please talk with students who drive themselves to school about safety in challenging weather conditions. Whether a regular start or a 2-hour delay, we ask them to leave early and drive carefully on winter-weather days. Parents are also encouraged to drive them on these days. Ultimately the parent reserves the right to keep their son or daughter home if conditions are deemed ill-suited to drive and they have no other transportation.
Juniors Embark on Retreat at Saint Joe
Part of the junior class gathered on Friday, November 15th, for the first of two junior retreat sessions this month. The all-day event included a trip to Notre Dame to see "All Creation Gives Praise," bringing together faith and science in a meaningful way.

Upon returning to campus the students shared in group reflection discussion. The activity pictured above and to the right asked students to create their "roots" on a tree and depict all the ways in which their faith life branches off from these roots. Please keep the juniors in your prayers as they reflect on God's presence in their lives during and following retreat, and for the second half of the junior class, which embarks on their retreat next Friday.
Announcements:
ISTEP+ Re-Testing Dates:
The days to schedule ISTEP+ re-testing can be found on the attached document . Be sure to get a full night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and make sure you are present (both physically and mentally) on your testing date(s)!

Adding Money to Lunch Accounts:
Parents can add money to their student's lunch account by visiting www.sendmoneytoschool.com . From there you can log in or create an account for your student with direct access to the student's lunch account.

Host Family Needed:
Saint Joe is looking for a family (or two) to host Gabrielle, a French-German student from mid-April through mid-June. Gabrielle is the fifth of six children in a family with strong Catholic roots. Please contact Director of Admissions Sue Ushela for more information.
UPCOMING DATES
November 16: High School Placement Testing/Parent Information Session
November 19: Late Start (9:15 a.m.)
November 22: Junior Retreat
November 22: Dress Down Day
(Christ Child Society)
November 22: Junior Retreat
November 26: Food Drive Collection
November 26: Last Day of Classes Before Break
(Regular School Day)
November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break
(No Class - School Closed)
December 4: Advent Penance Service
December 5: Dress Down Day
December 6: Alternate High School Placement Testing/Parent Information Session
Sports Report:
Go Indians!
The boys' soccer team fell to Evansville Memorial, 2-1, in the IHSAA Division 2A title game. The Indians showed tremendous resolve after falling behind 2-0 at halftime to tally the first goal of the second half and control the pace until the final whistle. The boys played with great heart and a fighting spirit we've come to expect from our Saint Joe teams. We are very proud of how the team conducted themselves both on and off the field, and in both victory and defeat.
Saint Joe football dropped a hard-fought contest to Plymouth in the sectional semi-final. Despite falling behind 14-0 early the Indians scrapped their way back into the game, making it 14-12 in the 3rd quarter. Plymouth added two late scores as the Indians were desperately trying to complete their comeback, leading to a slightly misleading final tally of 28-12. The Indians came on hard down the stretch and played their best football late. Thank you to all of the seniors for your leadership and we look forward to seeing the team build on their positive momentum in the next season.
And that's a wrap for fall sports! Winter sports are underway with girls' basketball already starting their schedule. The girls split home games last week losing a close 64-62 contest to Merrillville before taking it to New Prairie and winning 61-38. The girls are back in action on November 19th.
As always, visit www.saintjoeathletics.com for a complete rundown of scores, schedules, and news.