Building Faith, Character, and Excellence
October 4th, 2019
Announcing the 2019 Homecoming Court
Your 2019 Homecoming Court was set to be presented during halftime of the Penn football game last Friday, but due to inclement weather the crowning of Homecoming King and Queen will take place TONIGHT at halftime of the home game vs. Mishawaka. The pairings are listed below in order of appearance from left to right.
Claire Katherine Wager & Evan William Durham
Claire is the daughter of Art & Denise Wager; she attended Vista Elementary & St. Pius
Evan is the son of Shelley Kruggel and Ted Durham; he attended Christ the King

Mary Jane Nolan & Garon McLean Young
Janie is the daughter of Sean Nolan; she attended Holy Cross
Garon is the son of Jason & Gayln Young; he attended Saint Pius X

Catherine Nolan & Timothy Jude Freeby (Timothy on Left of Sydney, Catherine on Right)
Catey is the daughter of Mike & Anne Nolan; she attended Corpus Christi
TJ is the son of Chuck & Diane Freeby; he also attended Corpus Christi

Sydney Rae Suth & Brady David Gumpf (Brady Not Physically Present; Pictured Center)
Sydney is the daughter of Julie and Greg Suth; she attended St. Pius
Brady is the son of John and Deanna Gumpf; he attended St. Joe Grade School

Kathleen Therese Verhiley & Riley Mandell
Katie is the daughter of Joanne & Harry Verhiley; she attended Saint Pius the X
Riley is the son of Ted & Keri Mandell; he attended Christ the King

Margot Kathryn Boyer & Luke Hemsey
Margot is the daughter of Bryan & Jennifer Boyer; she attended Saint Pius the X
Luke is the son of Shaheen Goldrick & Michael Hemsey; he attended grade school in Florida
Welcome Mr. Joe Waltz
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Joe Waltz to the Saint Joe faculty. Mr. Waltz fills a need in the history department as a new social studies teacher. He is quite familiar with Saint Joe already as he's been a member of the football team's coaching staff for the past five years.

Mr. Waltz spent the last 21 years as a social studies teacher at Elkhart Memorial High School before joining the Saint Joe faculty. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University in 1997 and followed up with his Masters in Coaching in 2007.

Welcome Mr. Waltz!
October Community Award Winners

October Community Award Winners were recognized during the All School Mass on October 3rd.

Congratulations to Teddy Maginn, Katie Verhiley, and Mrs. Hannah Dobson on being nominated by their peers for an exemplary record of serving their community!
The Light of Learning Award is awarded to the diocesan teacher who exemplifies Christ in the school and community, and who has made a significant positive impact on a student’s life. Nominees must be licensed and have taught at a diocesan school for two years, keep up to date with best practices in teaching and learning, motivate students, and be relatable and respected by students.

Nominations can be done quickly through this interactive document . Please nominate your chosen teacher by October 11 th .
The Theology Department certainly embraced our "Decade Day" theme during Spirit Week by dressing as the Decades of the Rosary, specifically the different
Glorious Mysteries.

Moving right to left we have Mrs. Fink as the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth, Ms. McLinden as the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, Mr. Culver as the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Mr. Oross as the Ascension, and Mr. Kostielney as the Resurrection.
National Hispanic Heritage Night - October 14th:
Hispanic Heritage Night takes place on Monday, October 14th , in the Leep. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. Any and all are welcome to attend and celebrate Hispanic heritage with plenty of food and snacks available!

Parent-Teacher Conferences October 23rd:
Correction: The sign-up link will be live on October 15th at 8:00 a.m. The previous Soundings mistakenly said the link would be active on October 1st. The link can be accessed here on October 15th.

Biology Tutoring Available:
Drop-in Biology tutoring is available on Tuesdays and Thursday from 3:30 - 4:30 after school. Students should report to room 112 if they are interested.

Diaper Drive Oct. 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.
October 11: Discover Saint Joe Day (No Classes)
October 14: Teacher Record Day (School Closed)
October 14: Hispanic Heritage Night
October 16: PSAT
October 18: Dress Down Day
October 23: Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 24-25: Fall Play
October 30: Diaper Drive
Response to EEE Virus Activity in
Northern Indiana 

In response to the recent detection of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus activity, we are continuing to urge parents to be proactive in protecting their students from from mosquito bites. Information and precautions can be found here and quick facts on EEE can be found here . Parents, we urge you to speak with your students about these precautions. If you would like to send them to school with a bottle of insect repellent to use after school or at practices/games, students will be permitted to keep the repellent in their lockers during the school day.  

As a precautionary measure, Saint Joseph High School is implementing the following at our North Fields Athletic Complex:

  • All coaches are being provided information about EEE and the recommendations from the Department of Health to review with players
  • Coaches are being provided insect repellent (that contains DEET or substances per health department recommendations). Coaches are being asked to ensure all athletes spray with insect repellent before games and practices that occur at or after dusk; parents are encouraged to provide a bottle of repellent for their son/daughter and teammates to use 
  • The Soccer Fields at the North Complex have been treated with insect repellent spray
  • Department of Health recommendations will be posted at the soccer fields; a few bottles of spray will be on hand for spectator use

We are committed to the health and well-being of our students. Please contact Nurse Kanczuzewski or Athletic Director Deb Brown if you have any questions.
Sports Report:
Go Indians!
Boys' tennis began team play in the state tournament this week, defeating both Riley and Clay 5-0 to claim the sectional championship. The tournament continues on October 8th when Saint Joe meets Penn to kick off regionals.

The cross country NIC championship takes place Saturday at Ox Bow Park. The boys' varsity runs at 9:30 a.m., girls' varsity at 10:30 a.m., boys' junior varsity at 11:00 a.m., and girls' junior varsity at 11:30 a.m. The top 21 finishers will be recognized as part of the All-NIC team.
Girls' golf took second at the sectional championship, finishing behind Penn and ahead of Marian. The sectional result was good enough to propel the team into regionals, where the ladies finished tied for 11th. A great season with lots of head-to-head victories for the Indians!
Boys' soccer found themselves wrong side of the Holy War as they dropped a 2-0 decision to the Knights. Saint Joe never stopped battling, but unfortunately could not capitalize on their opportunities. There is a chance for redemption as both Saint Joe and Marian drew opposite ends of the same sectional next week, with a potential rematch looming in the sectional final should both teams advance.
Girls' soccer claimed a big win in their Holy War matchup, routing Marian by a score of 8-0 earlier this week. The girls quickly turn their focus to their last home game of the season against Lake Central on Saturday. Sectional play begins next week.
Saint Joe volleyball is really hitting their stride as the season winds down. They are winners of four straight, and nine of their last eleven overall. Their current four-match winning streak includes wins over Marian, Concord, Jimtown, and Clay. The ladies finished second at the Crown Point tournament with wins over Bishop Luers and Marian (again!). The final stretch of the season features contests against Penn and Washington next week before state tournament play begins.
The football team prepares for its last home tilt of the year tonight as the Mishawaka Cavemen pay Saint Joe a visit. While last week was Homecoming, tonight's contest will feature the Homecoming presentation at halftime as it was delayed last week due to inclement weather. Let's extend last weeks Homecoming spirit to the team's final home contest and help propel them to a win!
You can always visit the Saint Joe Athletics webpage for more team news, schedules, and results.