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Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
to purchase tickets for the Maroon & Gold Gala...

SJ's Gala is our largest community-wide celebration! The night includes an 11-piece band from NYC, a live & silent auction, cocktails, dinner, and dancing!

All proceeds benefit the St Joseph High School Scholarship Fund.
Participate in our annual Italian food taste-off! Bring in your favorite Italian food/dish. Students, teachers, and parents will judge the best dishes.

For more information on this great event, students should attend the next Italian Club Meeting on November 13 at 2:25pm in Room 106.

The Italian Food Taste-Off will be held on December 4 at 2:25pm in the Cafeteria.
2018 CIAC Fall Championships!!
Join us in cheering on Girls Soccer and Girls Volleyball as they compete in the Fall CIAC Championships!

Girls Soccer will be playing in the Class LL State Tournament (#6 seed).

The first round is on Monday, November 5 at 2pm at St Joes. They'll be playing #27, Westhill.

If they win, they will play the second round at home on Wednesday, November 7 at 2pm against the winner of a game between Wilton/Fairfield Ludlowe.

Girls Volleyball will be playing in the Class M State Tournament (#8 seed).

The first round is on Monday, November 5 at 3:30pm at St Joes. They'll be playing #25 Wolcott.

If they win, they will play the second round at home on Wednesday, November 7 (time TBD) against the winner of a game between Haddam-Killingworth/Laurelton.
Cadets: Sign Up for SJ's First Kairos Retreat!
November 30 - December 2!
Kairos is a student-led retreat that will be held for two nights and three days in Litchfield, CT. The retreat will help participants understand their relationship to God, themselves, and others on a deeper level through:
  • Senior Peer Minister witness talks
  • Faculty witness talks
  • Small group discussions

The retreat is open to Juniors and Seniors, but if any Sophomores are interested, they can contact Mr Smith for consideration. For more information, visit .
Only Two Weeks Left to Fundraise for Walk-a-Thon! Can You Meet the Challenge?
During the Walk-a-thon, Mr Pappa and Dr Keane offered the school a new challenge: if students raise over $50,000, they'll have the Monday after Thanksgiving off from school!

So far, students have raised more than $42,000!

We hope you'll do your part and continue to support at . Each student who raises over $100 will receive a pair of SJ Slides and for every $50 a student raises they’ll receive one entry in our prize raffle. Thank you for your continued support!
Sending Our Thanks to an Aspiring Educator
Ms Aldana’s College Prep American Literature course would like to thank Clint Boulton for his time, effort, and commitment over the last few weeks.

Mr Boulton is currently a Master’s candidate enrolled in Fairfield University’s teacher preparation program. As part of his coursework, Mr Boulton is required to complete a minimum of ten hours of Field Work in order to demonstrate his ability to design and teach literary lessons focused on language conventions, reading strategies, and the writing process.

Ms Aldana enthusiastically seized the opportunity to work with and evaluate a student teacher, affording her the chance to provide guidance to a future teacher as well as professional experience as a cooperating teacher. We wish Mr Boulton the best of luck on his teaching career!
The Proof is in the People Spotlights!
Gus Leroux '19 Wins Debate Association Award!

Gus Leroux '19 for won the 2nd Place Varsity Speaker Award at the October tournament hosted by the Connecticut Debate Association! There were over 60 varsity debaters from schools across Connecticut! Congratulations, Gus!
Jeffrey Tyrell, History Teacher, Debate Team Moderator

Mr Tyrell has been teaching at St Joseph High School since 2009!  He received his BA degree in History from Western Connecticut State University in 2005 and his Master’s degree in Secondary Education and Social Studies from the University of Bridgeport in 2008. Mr Tyrell currently teaches AP European History, Western Tradition, and Global Studies. He has also served as the moderator of the Debate Team since 2010 and has enjoyed watching it grow and develop into an award winning team ( see above! ). Mr Tyrell loves to travel and has visited Europe several times, most recently to Spain in the Summer of 2018.
Showcasing Diversity with the Multicultural Club!
The Multicultural Club would like to purchase flags representing the cultural backgrounds of students at St Joseph High School to display in our halls as a celebration of the beauty and diversity of our school community.

If you would like your flag or cultural heritage to be represented, please fill out the one-question form here:
Supporting Our Troops and Our Veterans!
Donate Halloween Candy to
Operation Gratitude!
National Honor Society Selling Pins for Service Dogs!
Stuck with tons of leftover Halloween candy? We'll take it off your hands! 

Max Kimmel '21 has set up a collection bin outside the main office for donations to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends care packages and personal letters of appreciation to US Troops, Veterans, Wounded Heroes & their Families. 

Want to hold onto your Twix and Skittles? Consider donating toothbrushes, dental floss, toothpaste, or hand-written notes of appreciation. Collection bins will be outside the main office until November 6 .
In honor of Veteran's Day, the National Honor Society will be selling American Flag pins before and after school all this week. Proceeds from the sale of the pins ($2 for one, or $3 for two) will directly benefit the organization, Freedom Guide Dogs.
Registration Now Open: SAT Prep Course!
Register today for the Fall SAT Prep Course! 

Classes begin on November 12. This year, we will be offering an accelerated version of the Prep Course, with classes meeting twice a week.

Detailed information, including Online Registration, can be found at

Space is limited so please register today! Please feel free to contact Mr Dempsey with any questions at .
Submit Your Nominations for SJ's Hall of Fame!
SJ's Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is now accepting nominations for 2019 Inductees!

Nominations can be submitted online or printed and mailed to St Joseph High School's Athletic Office.

Both the online form and printable form can be found at . Submission deadline is December 7.
Parent-Student Meetings for Immersion Trips!
On Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30pm in the Media Center, there will be a parent/student meeting for those interested in attending the Immersion Trip to New Orleans.
On Tuesday, November 13 at 7:15pm in the Media Center, there will be a parent/student meeting for those interested in attending the Immersion Trip to New Orleans.

There are a limited number of spaces available for each trip. More information can be found at .
It's Time For No-Shave-November!
Male students participating in “No Shave November” may begin growing out their facial hair on Monday, November 5 until Friday, November 30. Student Council will be selling bracelets for $10 for the charity.

Students must have this bracelet on them during the school day in order to participate in “No Shave November."
Philosophy, English, and Multicultural Clubs Attend a Lecture on Technology and Humanities
On November 1, fifteen students from the Philosophy, English, and Multicultural Clubs attended a lecture at Fairfield University delivered by Dr Christopher Schaberg of Loyola University entitled “Inventing the Cellular Humanities”, which focused on the ubiquity of cell phones in academic environments and how we could understand these devices from the perspective of the humanities.

Deanna Maltese ’20 wrote: “It's something very unique and different getting to have conversations outside of the classroom and St Joseph. I was very interested in the discussion of whether our relation to social media and technology is evolution or a whole new fundamental concept.”

Carla Guirguis ’20 reflected: “It made me want to challenge myself to accomplish more in real life, and almost makes me feel as if I am in competition with my own phone, further pushing me to a desire to get more positive things done in my daily life. It genuinely made me excited for college and experiencing these types of lectures regularly.”
Holy Land Pilgrimage for Young Adults in 2019!
In January 2018, Bishop Caggiano traveled with 22 young adults to the Holy Land to study
Sacred Scripture at the École biblique in Jerusalem and to chronologically visit the places where
Jesus walked, taught, suffered, died, and rose.

The Leadership Institute will host a second pilgrimage from March 21-30, 2019 for those between
the ages of 19 and 35. The deadline for registration is December 15, 2018.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at or 203-416-1657.
Events & Registrations

Note: Math Tutoring will Mrs Doyle is offered every Tuesday and Thursday morning in the hot café at 7:15am.

Election Day
  • November 6
  • No Classes
  • Faculty & Staff Retreat
Jesuit College Fair
  • November 7, 8:15am
Junior Ring Mass
  • November 8, 7pm
  • St Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport, CT
Veterans Day Assembly
  • November 9
Entrance Exam
Junior Ring Dance
  • November 10, 7pm-10:30pm
  • Vazzano's Four Seasons, Stratford
Fall Play: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Maroon & Gold Gala
Benefactor School Mass of Thanksgiving
  • November 19, 8:45am
Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • November 20, 12:45pm-3:00pm and 6:30pm-8:30pm
Thanksgiving Recess
  • November 21-23 6:30pm
SJ Faculty/Staff Turned Into Hogwarts Students on Halloween!
  In Next Week's Issue:
Walk-a-Thon Update
Giving Tuesday
Benefactor School Mass of Thanksgiving
and more!
Thank You To Our Fall Community Partners

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