Saint Joseph Academy Weekly News

March 4, 2022
Important Dates
Monday, March 7
Class of 2023 Kairos XLIX Letters Due Learn More

Next Level ACT Prep-Test, Auditorium, 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tuesday, March 8  
EDHP Field Trip, University of Akron
Wednesday, March 9  
MCORE Heart Screenings
Thursday, March 10
Class of 2023 Kairos XLIX Retreat
St. Leonard's Youth Retreat Center

Friday, March 11  
HSHP Field Trip, Cleveland State University
EDHP Field Trip, International Women’s Air & Space Museum

Class of 2023 Kairos XLIX Retreat
St. Leonard's Youth Retreat Center
Saturday, March 12
Class of 2023 Kairos XLIX Retreat
St. Leonard's Youth Retreat Center

Kairos XLIX Welcome Back Prayer Service, Academy Center, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15
Class of 2023 ACT Test
Wednesday, March 16  
St. Joseph Day Mass, Formal Uniform
STARTS meeting, Board Room, 6-7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 18
Malley’s Candy Sales Money Due
End of Quarter 3  
Monday, March 21-Friday, March 25  
Spring Break/No School/Office Open
Monday, March 28  
Faculty/Staff Retreat Day/No School/Office Closed
Black History Month Celebrations Throughout February
The Academy community celebrated Black History Month through a wide range of activities both inside and outside of the classroom. The end of the month culminated in an all-school assembly with two special guests providing information and perspectives. Additionally, St. Martin de Porres and Academy students shared their beautiful vocal talents.

In classrooms, students learned about the various facets of Black history. A couple of examples include Theology and Physical Education. Theology classes highlighted Black American Saints at the beginning of each week through participation in prayers and meditations from black liturgies, as well as theological reflections of the poems and art of the African American experience. Students in Physical Education discussed the movie, “42” - the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African American baseball player allowed to play in the Major League, and the mental health and self-esteem issues one might deal with as a result of this type of accomplishment.

Academic Jaguars Compete in First Quiz Bowl Competition
This past Saturday, the Academic Jaguars, an extracurricular club, competed with other students from high schools across Ohio in the Copley Invitational Quiz Bowl. Two Academic Jaguar teams were entered into the competition. Although the teams did not advance to the top brackets, they put forth a strong effort.

The teams prepared for the competitive matches through intense practice sessions. Academic Jaguars' captain Miriam Saab ‘22 shared, “Due to Covid, most Academic Quest and Quiz Bowl competitions during the last two years were canceled. The majority of us had never competed in a competition so this was a new experience all around. Therefore, we didn't know what to expect. During the matches, we realized the importance of simply focusing on the question at hand and not on our score. It was a really exciting tournament and everyone had a great time!”
Ash Wednesday Mass Starts Lenten Season
As the Catholic Church enters the holiest season of Lent, students, faculty and staff came together to worship on Ash Wednesday. It was a time of spiritual reflection to prepare ourselves for prayer, fasting and almsgiving leading us to the holy celebration of Easter. The celebrant was Fr. Pat Anderson from Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe.
Engineering & Design Honors Program Participate in thinkBIG! Summit
On Tuesday, six Saint Joseph Academy Engineering and Design students attended the thinkBIG! Summit at Case Western Reserve University. This conference was founded by Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum (VYEF). As stated on their website, “Through a collaborative network of educators, business leaders and collegiate-level resources, VYEF offers programs and experiences that allow students to think creatively and analytically, recognize business opportunities, take initiative, solve problems, persist through failure, communicate persuasively, and develop an entrepreneurial mindset.”
The summit provides high school teams with a climactic closure to the thinkBIG! Challenge, an online business plan competition, which started in December.

Upperclasswomen Focus on Creativity through Art Retreat
A group of 22 Juniors and Seniors attended an Art Retreat at St. Leonard's Youth Retreat Center on Thursday. The day’s theme was that art can give a voice to beginnings and endings. Students had time and space to create multiple pieces and to spend time on personal reflection.
Students Assist with Humanitarian Aid
Health Science Honors Program and Global Studies students visited MedWish International, a local not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save lives and the environment by repurposing discarded medical supplies and equipment to provide humanitarian aid to people in need.

Students helped sort medical supplies and personal hygiene items that were then packaged and shipped to help refugees in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
Free ACT Test Prep for Juniors on Monday
On Tuesday, March 15 Juniors will take the ACT test at Saint Joseph Academy. To help students prepare, we are offering a one-day test prep seminar for free! All juniors are welcome to sign up for this opportunity (even if enrolled in the Seeley Test Prep classes).

This one-day, strategy-based ACT test prep seminar is being brought to you by Next Level Prep in partnership with Saint Joseph Academy. It will be held in the Auditorium on Monday, March 7, 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Register here. Learn more about the seminar by watching a quick video.
Gauging Interest in Father-Daughter Retreat
Saint Joseph Academy students’ faith journeys are enriched by the various ways they are able to experience God at work and how they can use their gifts to help others. In the past, Saint Joseph Academy has offered a Father-Daughter Retreat as an opportunity to further their journeys in a unique way. This special day includes service, prayer and reflection together as father/father-figure and daughter(s). 

This year’s retreat has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m-1 p.m. at Saint Joseph Academy. The focus will be on prayer and reflection of Pope Francis's recent teachings of St. Joseph. 

The event will take place only if there is enough interest in the Saint Joseph Academy community. If you and your daughter(s) are interested in participating, please respond here by Friday, March 11 (note that this is NOT an RSVP). 
Spotlight: Fiona Kelly '23
Accomplishments: Fiona was recently named Youth Challenge’s Volunteer of the Week, having volunteered with the organization since November of 2021. She explained that she was drawn to volunteer at Youth Challenge (YC) because she wanted to understand and help to raise awareness of the lives of those experiencing disabilities. “I love YC,” Fiona said. “In the short amount of time I have volunteered there, it feels like a family to me.”
Since 1976, YC has brought together young people with physical disabilities and teen volunteers in Northeast Ohio who inspire each other through adapted sports, recreation and social growth activities. YC shared, “Fiona has been a wonderful addition to the YC Gang…She is always filled with energy and positivity. Fiona is a WOO-nderful volunteer, and we are very grateful for her!”
Fiona transferred to Saint Joseph Academy in her sophomore year, when the school she would have otherwise attended would have been completely online due to the pandemic. She is grateful for how welcoming the Saint Joseph Academy community has been and for the friends she has made here.

Activities: Since she was in fifth grade, Fiona has volunteered for River Sprouts, a local non-profit that grows food for the food assistance program and homebound seniors in Rocky River. She played soccer for most of her life and is currently a forward on the Academy’s soccer team. She is also a sprinter on the track and field team, a member of the Environmental Concerns of Students (ECOS) Club and involved with Calliope.
Athletes Advance to State Competitions
Congratulations to the following winter sports athletes who are competing in State competitions this weekend:

Indoor Track & Field (Friday, March 4):
  • Carlee Blankenship '22 - 4x800m, 800m, 4x400m
  • Mariel Drost '23 - Weight Throw
  • Anna Duesenberg '22 - 4x800m, 800m, 4x400m
  • Erin Hyland '23 - 4x800m, 4x400m
  • Clare Jordan '22 - Alternate 4x400m
  • Maggie Maline '22 - Weight Throw
  • Clare McCarthy '23 - 4x400m
  • Bridget Mullen '25 - 4x800m
  • Alexia Wenzel '23 - Alternate 4x800m
  • Kate Boland '23 - Indoor State Qualifier (injured)

Gymnastics (Friday, March 4-Saturday, March 5):
  • Lauren Weisenseel '23 - All-around

Good luck, Jaguars!

Be sure to follow the Athletic Department's Twitter account @sjaathletics to stay up-to-date with competition results!
Basketball Earns Program’s First-Ever Trip to Elite Eight With Win Over Undefeated Hoban
Entering Tuesday evening’s regional semifinal game, the Saint Joseph Academy Basketball Program had never before reached the Elite Eight in the Division I OHSAA Tournament. To make program history, the Jaguars had to beat undefeated (23-0) and Associated Press #2-ranked Archbishop Hoban. That’s exactly what they did.
There are a million SJA storylines from this game. It is impossible to pick just one, so here is the kitchen sink…

Next up, the Jaguar Varsity basketball team plays the Massillon Jackson Polar Bears in the Regional Final. The game is this Saturday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Medina High School. Note: this is a new start time. Please join us to cheer on our Jaguars! Purchase tickets here and be sure to wear your black-colored apparel to the game.
The winner of this game will advance to the Final Four.

Written by: Head Basketball Coach Mrs. Karen Swanson Haan, edited by Mrs. Kathy Flinn
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