Building Faith, Character, and Excellence
October 18th, 2019
Fall Play Hits the Stage Next Week
Director's Note: Almost, Maine

Almost, Maine sells itself as a “real” romantic comedy and is one of the first absurdist theater productions ever produced at Saint Joseph High School. To be consistent with teachings of the Catholic Church, our production of Almost, Maine is a modified version of the original script. This show challenges and encourages its audience to develop a deeper understanding of love and provides an opportunity for our drama students to develop their acting and related theater skills.  

As director of the theater program, it is my honor to provide opportunities of entertainment to our community, and to ensure the development of our student talent, helping to transform them in heart and mind.

Please join us for our amended Fall theater production of Almost, Maine. The performances will be held at Notre Dame’s Washington Hall , starting at
7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24th and Friday, October 25th . Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5. We hope to see you there.

Mr. A.J. Reynolds
Director, Drama Program 
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 .
Authors Visit SJHS Creative Writers
Authors Lauren Mansy ( The Memory Thief, pictured 3rd from left ) and Annie Sullivan ( A Touch of Gold, Tiger Queen, pictured 3rd from right ) spent time with our creative writing students last week. It was a treat to hear about their creative processes and how differently they approach laying out an entire fictional world from land, government, currency, ideology, and more. The students posed insightful questions for the authors, which sparked excellent "creative" discussion.
Families with students of all ages are welcome! Open House is an opportunity to explore Saint Joe's academics and co-curricular activities. Meet the faculty, attend a student-led tour, and learn why Saint Joseph High School is such a special place.
Announcements:
Watch for Report Cards:
Report cards were mailed this week and should arrive shortly. Keep an eye on your mailbox!

Parent/Teacher Conferences October 23rd:
The registration link for Parent/Teacher Conferences is active through October 22nd at 9:00 a.m. The link can be accessed here . Conferences take place on Wednesday, October 23rd, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Diocesan Internal Review Visit:
A team of educators from Diocesan schools will visit Saint Joe on Tuesday, October 22nd. This visit is is designed to give us feedback on our strengths and areas for growth. Team members will observe classrooms and interview various stakeholders. We look forward to the visit and feedback from our colleagues!

Application for Admission Now Open:
Admission season is upon us, and the Saint Joe application is now open. Applications are due January 10th and will be accepted on a rolling basis after that time. If you or someone you know has a rising freshman or prospective transfer student, now is the time to start the application process. Application link can be found here.

Eucharistic Adoration:
Eucharistic Adoration will be in the chapel from 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 31st and Friday, November 1st (except during mass from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.). All are invited to visit during the day at any time, and to join us for All School Mass on November 1st.

Biology Tutoring Available:
Drop-in biology tutoring is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30 after school in Room 112.
The Annual Diaper Drive
October 30th

The Diaper Drive is nearly here! Last year we donated over 34,000 diapers to the Women's Care Center. We look forward to surpassing our goal and helping the Center again this year, so feel free to purchase your diapers early and keep an eye out for any deals! The care center needs diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6.

We will collect and transport the diapers as a school on Wednesday, October 30th.

Take a look at the culmination of last year's Diaper Drive below:
UPCOMING DATES
October 23: Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 23: Early Dismissal (2:35 p.m.)
October 24: Late Start (9:15 a.m.)
October 24-25: Fall Play
October 26: ACT
October 30: Diaper Drive
November 1: All School Mass
November 2: SAT
November 5: Late Start (9:15 a.m.)
November 8: Dress Down Day
November 10: Open House
Project Lead the Way Pushes On
Last month the Biomedical Innovation students in the Project Lead the Way program performed testable experiments with their anatomy classmates. Always important, the students made sure their test subjects were all willing participants!

Biomedical Innovation students also visited the Beacon Health Systems - Granger emergency room last month. Mrs. Molly Kelly, a 1999 Saint Joe graduate, gave the students a behind-the-scenes tour of the brand new facility.

"I had an amazing time learning about the new ER at Granger - Beacon," said Madison B., a Biomedical Innovation student. "It was such an incredible experience to see behind the scenes of the ER and to learn more about its function. I learned so many things that I would have never even thought about when it comes to designing the ER and what is involved in making it efficient."
Sports Report:
Go Indians!
The full slate of regional action this weekend:

Boys' Soccer vs. West Noble
10:00 a.m. at Marian
(Regional final at 7:00 p.m. if victorious)

Girls' Soccer vs. Munster
12:00 p.m. at School Field
(Regional final at 7:00 p.m. if victorious)

Volleyball vs. Marian
11:00 a.m. at Saint Joe, first 300 students admitted FREE!
(Regional final at 7:00 p.m. if victorious)

Cross Country
10:30 a.m. at Oxbow Park (Elkhart)

Boys' Tennis
10:00 a.m. at Portage, Daniel Pries plays in the regional semi-final of the individual state tournament
(regional final at 2:00 p.m.)
Saint Joe football lines up with Adams on Friday night to close the regular season. While the team has experienced a season of injuries, trials, and tribulations, the team remains intact and full of the Saint Joe fighting spirit; just check out the reflections from seniors below:

Boys' soccer avenged their loss to Marian by disposing of the Knights in the sectional final. The game was in question up to the final moment, as the Indians sealed the contest with an overtime goal from Gian Frassineti with an assist from the foot of Rocky Arroyo.
Boys' tennis defeated Penn in the regional semi-final before ultimately falling to LaPorte, 3-2, in the final. Great team season all-around! Daniel Pries is still in the individual tournament and will be playing in the regional this weekend.
Both cross country teams advanced to the regional round and will compete at Oxbow Park on Saturday. Three Saint Joe runners earned 2019 All-NIC Cross Country Honors: Alexis Kintzele earned Second-Team All-NIC, while Marko Enriquez and Josh Juday earned Honorable Mention All-NIC. All-Conference runners are determined solely based on finishing position at the NIC sectional meet. Only 21 runners were selected from the 13 teams in the NIC.

Congratulations to Katie Kloska and Mackenzie Schmeltz from girls' golf on garnering First Team All-NIC accolades. Additionally, Bella Saratore was honored on the Second Team and Gillian Lippert received Honorable Mention recognition. We are so proud!
Girls' soccer blanked Adams in the sectional final by a score of 6-0, paced by Georgia Place's five goals. The Indians have now beaten their last five opponents by a combined score of 39-0. Next for Saint Joe is the regional semi-final.
The volleyball team bested Clay 3-0 on Thursday to secure their spot in the sectional semi-final against Marian. The match takes place at Saint Joe Saturday morning, with the winner advancing to the regional final later in the evening.

You can always visit the  Saint Joe Athletics webpage  for more team news, schedules, and results.