Building Faith, Character, and Excellence
September 20th, 2019
Two Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation named approximately 16,000 high school students as Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among them are Saint Joseph High School seniors Bridget Stockrahm and Jacob Frabutt.
Over 90 percent of Semifinalists become Finalists, and roughly half of the Finalists are awarded scholarships. All in all, nearly 7,600 National Merit Scholarships will be awarded in the spring, totaling over $31 million.

Discover Saint Joe Day - Oct. 11th
Spread the word!

Discover Saint Joe Day provides 8th grade students an opportunity to interact with Saint Joe faculty, explore course offerings, and meet upperclassmen and future classmates. 

All 8th graders are welcome, whether they are enrolled at a Saint Joe partner school or at another school. Partner school students automatically join us. If you have a child in a non-SJHS partner school, please reach out to Ms. Sue Ushela in the Admissions Office at (574) 233-6137 ext. 524 to reserve a space.
September Community Award Winners

September Community Award Winners were recognized during the All School Mass on September 12th.

Congratulations to Julian Garcilazo, Marguerite Jay, and Ms. Colleen McLinden on being nominated by their peers for an exemplary record of serving their community!
Saint Joseph High School Strategic Plan 2019-2024
Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are happy to announce the release of the Saint Joseph High School Strategic Plan 2019-2024 . We want to thank the Strategic Planning Team for meaningfully engaging stakeholders, providing wisdom, and giving their time during the process. We also want to thank the students, parents, and faculty/staff who gave input and insight through surveys and town hall meetings. This plan provides a roadmap for the next five years as we build on strengths, evolve in areas of need, and continue to transform students in heart and mind to serve God, the Church, and the world.  
John Kennedy
Mary Harding
Strategic Planning Committee Chairperson
Homecoming Dance Returns!
On Saturday, September 21st, from 7-10 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym, Saint Joe hosts the return of the Fall Homecoming Dance. Tickets will be available at the door with a student ID the night of the dance for $10 .

For this revival event we ask that Saint Joe students come together as a community to celebrate our school.  Students from other schools will not be allowed at this particular event. 

Attire for the Homecoming Dance is "classy casual." This is NOT a formal/semi-formal dance. Sundresses, collared shirts, and similar attire would be considered "classy casual."

Any questions regarding the event may be directed to Mary Kate Lamp at .
Homecoming Game:
September 27

We look forward to an action-packed spirit week, culminating with the Homecoming Game vs. Penn on September 27th.

We invite all parents, family, alumni, and community members to join us as we cheer on the Indians here at home.

Together we can make this the loudest and most spirited Homecoming yet!
Spirit Week Themes
Monday 9/23 - Pajama
Tuesday 9/24 - Sports
Wednesday 9/25 - Decade Day
Thursday 9/26 - "Salad Dressing" by Class
Seniors - Caesar (Toga); Juniors - Ranch (Western); Sophomores - Balsamic Vinaigrette (Preppy); Freshmen - Thousand Island (Tropical/Hawaiian)
Friday 9/27 - Spirit Wear
Parent-Teacher Conferences Next Month:
Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place Wednesday, October 23rd. We will send a sign-up link that goes live on October 1st. Be sure to sign up early, as spots fill quickly!

Host Family Needed:
Guatemalan exchange student Marines Seijas Castañeda needs a host family October 14th through December 9th! Please contact Ms. Sue Ushela if you are interested or have additional questions at (574) 233-6137 ext. 524.

Sign Up for a National Honor Society Tutor:
The National Honor Society offers tutoring for any student who wants or needs help in a subject. To request a tutor, provide the name, subject, grade level, and preferred times into this online form. A representative from NHS will be in touch!

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.
Response to EEE Virus Activity in
Northern Indiana 

Indiana state health officials urge residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites in response to the detection of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus activity in northern Indiana. 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. Students may use insect repellent at athletic practices/games. Students may store the repellent in their lockers during the school day; however, it is preferred that repellent is kept in cars if possible. 

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

  • We will provide all coaches with information about EEE and the recommendations from the Department of Health to review with players.
  • Saint Joe will provide coaches with insect repellent that contains DEET or substances that meet health department recommendations. We will ask coaches to ensure that all athletes spray with insect repellent before games and practices that occur at or after dusk. We encourage parents to provide a bottle of repellent for their son/daughter and teammates to use. 
  • The North Athletic Fields are being treated with insect repellent spray.
  • We will post the Department of Health recommendations at the soccer fields and provide a few bottles of spray for spectator use.
  • Our athletic department will alert opposing teams of these precautions.

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.
Christian Service
Hour Extension

The first set of five (5) Christian Service hours are due by September 27th.  Students submit hours via the MobileServe app. Please include the service site supervisor's email address, so that recorded hours can be verified.

A video tutorial for entering hours on MobileServe can be found online here. Please contact Mrs. Kathy Kershner   with any questions or concerns.
Sports Report:
Go Indians!

The football team fought hard through injuries, but was unable to overcome a strong New Prairie team, falling 55-28 to the #1 ranked team in 4A.

The Tribe looks to bounce back at home as they take on Elkhart Central tonight. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.
Five Saint Joe swimmers earned recognition as Scholastic All-Americans! To earn this distinction, a student-athlete must perform at a high level in both the classroom and the pool. Congratulations to John Bossler, Mary Cate Pruitt, Evelyn Sierra, Sam Sierra, and Aislinn Walsh on receiving this great honor. We are proud of you!
Cross Country success continues, with the boys finishing runner up at the Cougar Kickoff Classic and the girls winning their third consecutive meet in the last two weeks. Eight girls finished in the top 19 to solidify another outstanding team win. Next on the agenda is the 100+ team New Prairie Cross Country Invitational on September 21st.
The girls' golf team finished runner up at the NIC tournament, falling only to Penn. Postseason play begins this weekend starting with a round at Knollwood Friday morning.
Boys' soccer earned a hard-fought win over Penn, scoring three straight goals after trailing 1-0 early. Saint Joe trailed at the half after netting an own goal in the 16th minute. Luis Navarette, Adam Wozniak, and Trey Place rattled off three goals to start the second half to give the Indians a comfortable lead they would not relinquish en route to a 3-2 victory.

The Indians then claimed the Indian Classic with wins over Hammond Bishop Noll (6-0) and Plymouth (3-0) in the championship game, before dropping a tight contest with Concord (1-0). The team will be in action at home against Munster High School Saturday, September 21st with kickoff slated for 2:00 p.m.
Girls' soccer eeked out an exciting win over Penn, but not without some penalty kicks. Kept scoreless in regulation, both teams began to turn up the heat in the penalty frame. Goalkeeper Grace Miller made the final save to put this one in the win column, 0-0 (4-3).

The girls kept up their winning ways, notching road wins at both Valparaiso and Plymouth before heading south on Saturday to take on Brebeuf Jesuit in Indianapolis.
Boys' tennis continues to tear up the hard court, though at this rate the playing surface may not matter! All the Indians have done over the last two weeks is earn wins over Adams, Penn, Goshen, Elkhart Central, and Culver, winning each contest 5-0 with the exception of Penn, which was a 4-1 victory.

The Tribe also claimed the top spot at the Warsaw Invite. The team will look to continue their success at the Portage Invite on September 21st.
Volleyball secured wins over Marquette, Mishawaka, Riley, Culver, and Bremen over the last two weeks, displaying incredible resolve beating Culver 3-2 despite trailing by two sets. Senior Sydney Suth was named IndyStar's Volleyball Top Performer for the week of September 9th-14th upon completion of fan voting. Congrats to Sydney and all of Saint Joe volleyball!