St Joseph High School - A Catholic College Preparatory School
Remembering a Great Leader
Fr Bill Sangiovanni was a unique and bigger than life Catholic School leader. A true shepherd to his flock. A spiritual leader first and foremost. He met people—faculty, staff, parents, colleagues, endless friends, as well as every student that passed through Notre Dame—where they were and led them to a deeper faith in Christ and each other. The outpouring of appreciation for his life at his passing turned our sadness into a celebration of a life fully lived, and a reflection how we are each called to live our lives going forward. He gave his all. Our thoughts and prayers and gratitude go to the Notre Dame community for giving us such a wonderful model of life in Christ. 
WIN EVERYDAY: News from the Athletics Office!
Boys and Girls Track

Boys and Girls Track won big at the FCIAC Championships!

  • Nia Christie '21 won the FCIAC Championship in the High Jump event.
  • Kayla Clark '20 came in second place for the 55m Hurdle event!
  • Myles Hall '19 won the FCIAC Championship in the 55m Hurdle event AND set a new school record!
  • Jaden Shirden '20 came in 3rd place in the 55m hurdles
  • The 4x200 relay team took 5th place, and
  • The SMR relay team took 6th place!

Way to go, Cadets!
SJ Cheer

SJ Cheer earned a spot on the podium at FCIACs, coming in 3rd Place!

The team’s partner stunt group came in 1st Place for their event, while Molly Butler '20, Jenna D’Amico '20, and Giana Minerly '20 were named to the All-FCIAC team! 
NCAA Signings

On Wednesday, we were proud to host an NCAA Signing Ceremony for two of our  Cadets , David Summers '19 and Darren Warren '19!

David will be attending  Syracuse University  to play Division I Football; and Darren will attend  Trinity College  to play Division III Football. Click here to view photos on our SmugMug page!
SJ Drama Club Has Been Busy!
Join Us for the Senior Charitable Play:
February 14th & 15th
SJ's Spring Musical: Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!
Drama Club seniors have been hard at work on their Senior Charitable Play, featuring: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown . They have directed, designed, and choreographed the show! 

We invite you to to support our Cadets. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10. This is a great children's show, so feel to bring your children and grandchildren for a fun family evening!

50% of proceeds are going to The Tiny Miracles Foundation- a local charity which supports NICU babies and their parents. 

Thank you, as always, for supporting the amazing students at SJHS.
Mark Your Calendars! St Joseph High School is proud to announce that our Spring Musical will be Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! The story is based on the " coat of many colours " story of  Joseph  from the Book of Genesis .

St Joes will present the musical May 2, 3, and 4!

Cadets: Interested in Auditioning?
  • Informational meeting on Weds, 2/13 in OK1 at 2:15pm
  • Vocal Auditions will be held on Mon, 2/25
  • Dance Auditions will be held on Tues, 2/26
  • Call Backs will be held on Weds, 2/27
Bringing Milestone C and “Non-Linear” STEM
Education to Campus
Dr Fitzgerald, Dr Keane, and Mrs DiBuono are pleased to announce a new partnership between St Joes and the engineering professionals of Milestone C that will enhance our current STEM-related courses, add additional electives, and continue after-school programming in Robotics and Aeronautical Engineering. The new partnership is part of a larger strategy to propel St Joes to the leading edge of STEM education using industry-grade experts and resources.

"Milestone C will help us move further towards inquiry-based, interdisciplinary instruction while encouraging our students think ‘outside the box,’ in non-linear ways," remarked Dr Keane.

Classes in the sciences and technology will work in dynamic, cross-functional teams in conditions that mimic real-world practice and application. The primary objective of these project-based programs will be to get students comfortable with problem-solving without a single “correct” answer. SJ Math and science teachers will be training with Milestone C from now until late August. To learn more about Milestone C , visit www.milestonec.com .
Debate Team Takes Home the Win!
Congratulations to SJ Cadets  Eleanor Higgins '20 and Augustus LeRoux '19 for winning the First Place Varsity Team Award at the February tournament hosted by the Connecticut Debate Association!

In addition, Gus won the 2nd place Varsity Speaker Award and Eleanor won the 4th place Varsity Speaker Award! Way to go!
NEW AT ST JOES! Carpool System and Track Your Service Hours Online!
As a resource for our families, St Joes will facilitate the creation of a contact list for those who desire to obtain or offer carpool transportation.

If you would like to add your name to our carpool list, visit sjcadets.org/carpool ! You will grant St Joseph High School permission to share your information with other families in your area which you may use to make your own carpool arrangements.

Our first carpool list will be emailed to participants on March 1, 2019!
St Joseph High School is now using x2VOL (an online platform) to track student service hours!

Visit sjcadets.org/campusministry for instructions on getting your account set up through Naviance.


Don’t forget: Service Hours are due to Mr Smith by Friday, March 15. If you have already written down your hours on paper, please enter them into the x2VOL system. 
Join Us: Ladies Luncheon - March 3, 2019!
You Are Invited! St Joseph High School's Annual Past, Present and Future Ladies Luncheon!

Ladies Luncheon will be held on Sunday, March 3 at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield. St Joes Alumni, Parents, and Friends are invited to join us at this sought-after luncheon featuring vendor shopping, silent auction and fantastic raffles.

Proceeds from Ladies Luncheon will benefit the SJ Parent Association which supports events like Catholic Schools Week and Post Prom.

Sponsorship and ticket sales are now being accepted...space is limited! Visit www.sjcadets.org/luncheon  for more information! 
Important SJ Notes & Announcements!
A Note From Dr Cheeseman, Superintendent: Preserve Safe & Reliable Transportation for Catholic School Students.
Dear Catholic School Families and Friends,

Within days of the start of the 2019 legislative session of the Connecticut General Assembly, a State House Bill was proposed to eliminate bus transportation for nonpublic schools, which include our great Catholic schools.

On January 30, another bill proposed the same elimination of safe and reliable bus transportation for nonpublic schools.
 
  • Please know that the statute requiring towns and municipalities to provide these services has been ruled constitutional by the Connecticut Supreme Court. The statute ensures the safe transportation of students to and from school, and it supports school children and their parents. 
 
  • Student transportation is a matter of public safety akin to the provision of first responder services to any private company or residence.
 
  • We realize local and state budgets are stretched, but we must not start balancing budgets by cutting back on student safety. 

  • Catholic school families already save towns and the state money by assuming the costs of their children's education. 

Please urge your legislators to oppose these bills and preserve safe and reliable transportation for Catholic school students . This proposal has the support of many high ranking legislators, so it is critical that your voice is heard now and in the weeks ahead.
Cadets: Show Off Your Artistic Skills!
Submit Your Work to the Amaranth!
Create Our Feast Day Holy Card!
Winter Phone-a-Thon a Great Success!
SJ's Winter Phonathon was held at Ross Bacarella's ’80 BTX office in Shelton, CT.  Thirty students attended each night on February 5 & 6.

A huge thanks to Mr Bacarella for opening his office to our students and our Advancement team. Thanks, as well, to John Vazzano ’80 and Vazzy’s for donating dinner both nights. Pledges committed from alumni, parents and friends totaled more than $3,000. Students were able to reach many 90s decade alumni to update their information for the upcoming reunion this Fall. 

Winners For the Night Were:
  • Kevin Oko – Most Pledges on the first night
  • Diana Stage – Most Money Raised on the first night
  • Sammi “Amy” Sorrentino – Most Money Raised ($500) on the second night as well as most money raised on both nights ($600)
  • John Canavan – Most Pledges on the second night
  • Alyssa Lopez – Most Pledges on both nights
Cadets: Join Us for the 2nd Pizza & Prayer!
All students are welcome to join Campus Ministry for Pizza & Prayer and Tuesday, February 26 from 4:30pm-6:30pm.

Click here to sign up ! All grades are welcome.
 
If you have any questions, contact Mr Smith or Ms Mostowy.
Events & Registrations

3rd Quarter Interims
  • February 11
School Liturgy
  • February 13, 8:45am
China Immersion Trip
  • February 15-23
Senior Charitable Play, Featuring: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • February 14, 6pm
  • February 15, 7pm
Dress Down Day
  • February 15
Junior Class Trip
  • February 16-19
Winter Vacation
  • February 18-22
  • No Classes Scheduled

Registrations:
In Next Week's Issue:
Sophomore Parent Guidance Breakfast
Feast of St Joseph
Alumni Newsletter
 and more!
Thank You To Our Winter Community Partners


Interested in becoming a Community Partner?
Contact Michele Krasznai at  mkrasznai@sjcadets.org
St Joseph High School | P: 203-378-9378 | F: 203-378-7306 | communications@sjcadets.org 
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