Junior Selected To Leadership Board

Congratulations to junior Grayson Kinsler who was recently selected to serve on the 2015-2016 Youth Leadership Board for Harvest Hope Food Bank for a two year term. Candidates selected to this particular board demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, civic responsibility, and a commitment to impacting the Upstate. Grayson has a prior connection to the Food Bank: his Eagle Scout service project, a music concert called Harmony 4 Hunger, benefitted the agency in 2013 and collected 1,700 non-perishable food items.


Diaconate One Step Closer

Congratulations to SJCS faculty member, Bill Hudson, on being awarded his Masters in Theology on Sunday, September 20. This achievement is one of the last of many milestones that Mr. Hudson has taken in his Diaconate preparation. His ordination will take place in February 2016. Mr. Hudson has been at St. Joseph’s since 2006 and currently teaches middle school theology and high school computer science. He is also Household Dean to the Courtly Jesters, the moderator of the St. Maximilian Kolbe Vocations Club and coach of the Varsity Softball team.


SJCS Offers Thanks To Military

The Third Annual SJCS Military Appreciation Night took place on September 11, 2015, which was started three years ago by then-students Ben Dunphy (’14) and Stanley Bikulege (’14), continues to honor the dedication of the military and veterans who serve our country, especially those who come from our very own SJCS community.

Thank you to everyone who made the night memorable, fun, and poignant, starting with the SJCS football team who began this appreciation event with a day of service in early August, wrote letters to soldiers, and sold t-shirts to benefit the Travis Manion Foundation. During the program, band instructor Marjorie Malphrus and the Pep Band led the crowd through a series of patriotic songs while veterans walked onto the field to a standing ovation. SJCS Chaplain Father Jeremy Von Wodecki, who also serves as a military chaplain, led the crowd in a blessing and members of the football team walked memorial signs across the field in remembrance of family members and loved ones who served in the military. The Clemson Rangers were also on hand to perform the Soldier’s Cross.

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Seniors Commended by Merit Program

Congratulations to seniors Anthony Alber, Victoria Baumgarten, Grace Cooney, Mary Kramer, and Carter Powell, who have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT).


YIG Chooses MS/HS Delegations

High School:

Congratulations to the sixty-nine SJCS high school students selected to the 2015 Youth-in-Government delegation through a series of competitive interviews and application process. Mrs. Meby Carr, Dr. Steven Jones, Mrs. Megan Koon, Mr. Chuck Milteer, and Mr. Jamie Swingle will coach and accompany the delegation to Columbia, SC November 18-21.

President Pro Tempore, Kristen Kauffman; Premier Presider, Grace Cooney; Upper Chamber Party Leaders, Rhett Baker, Alexandra Tamura; Committee Chairs: Breanna Anderson, Victoria Baumgarten, Kate Cassidy, Mattie Dew, Emily Pares; Committee Co-Chairs: Kathleen Browne, Caroline Calder, Caroline Lovett, Jacob Soapes; Governor’s Staff: Emma Gross, Sara Catherine Masaschi; Attorney Trials Team: Anthony Alber, Sophie Coburn, Margaret Eberly, Nathan Meglic, Riley Fesler; Appeals Team: Alie Fink, Christian Gillespy; Senior Associate Justice: Carter Powell.

Emily Brady, Luke Bynum, Davis Cooney, Lee Eberly, Holly Edenfield, Dessa Jones, Michael Lynch, Jack Malo, Emma Nixon, Zac Palmer, Hallie Palms, Reagan Sahlman, Alex Walajtys, Maegan White
Katherine Alber, Lucas Baumgarten, Mary Corasaniti, Jonathan Monts, Brynn Reese, Megan Seidel, Matthew Snow, Emilio Trocha, Jake Valenti, Jeff Woodward, Caroline Wright
Demetri Coundoussais, Shane Dunlavey, Gabrielle Grayson, Adam Green, Sydney Hyer, Spalding Latham, Sarah Maunsell, Jonah Rehg
Deeb Armaly, Hunter Corrin, Will Minasi, Megan Palash, Nathan Petrofes, Jackson Poole, Walker Seman, Nick Shinas, Teddy Snow, Nic Trocha, Dan Veideman, Miles Weiss.

Middle School:
Congratulations to the following eighteen SJCS middle school students selected as legislators through a process of interviews to the 2015 Middle School Youth-in-Government. Mrs. Meby Carr and Mr. Frank Kucinic are the MS YIG advisors.

Sixth grade:
Patrick Reese
Seventh grade:
Emma Curran, Kieran Devine, Samuel Dobson, Jessica Gerac, Rachel Marlar, Cannon McEldowney, Ellie Mullins, Michelle Pares, Matthew Wilson
Eighth grade:
Peter Baer, Spencer Chea, Brendan Dunlavey, Walker Fann, Elizabeth Malone-Grippe, Sydney Nobarak, Shivam Vadalia, Russell Warren


Lyvers Goes “Fore” the Gold

Congratulations to sophomore Carly Lyvers of the St. Joseph’s Girls Varsity Golf team, who won the 13-15 year old girls division with a two day total of 3-over par 147 at the 2015 8th Annual Harvey Brock Orange Jacket Classic. The Orange Jacket Classic Tournament, held at the Pickens Country Club on September 12th and 13th, is a significant statewide junior golf tournament. Other SJCS students who played at the tournament were senior Christian Baliker, junior Sean Miller, sophomore Ben Loudermilk and 7th grader Caleigh Noonan.


Meet our New Faculty/Staff

As “Meet the Teacher” Night on Wednesday, September 16 approaches, SJCS would like to welcome our new faculty/staff members who joined us at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year:

RJ Beach (Athletic Director), Andrea Bell (Dean of Student Life), Mary Lewis (MS/HS Chorus), Kevin Meyer (Assistant Director of Advancement), James Sternberg (HS Chemistry), and Ron Thompson (MS Science).

SJCS parents are encouraged to meet these faculty/staff members along with all of their child’s teachers and Household Dean on Wednesday evening.


National Merit Program Recognizes Senior

Congratulations to senior Jack Mobley, who was named a National Merit Semifinalist out of a class of 103 seniors. Ranked in the top one percent of the nation’s high school students, this senior will be notified in February 2016 of his standing as Finalist. The National Merit Scholarship Program, a privately financed academic competition for recognition and scholarships, bases its awards on high school student results on the PSAT.


Fun Study for Psychology Class

Students in Meby Carr’s Psychology class recently carried out an activity to illustrate the aspects of a double-blind study. By taking turns being blindfolded and tasting different flavors of unmarked soda and chips, in which neither participant or the experimenter knew the outcome of the study, the students learned in a fun and tasty way that the purpose of this kind of study is to eliminate the power of suggestion and bias.

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Red Door Tradition Welcomes

The Class of 2019 and high school students new to SJCS participated in one of St. Joseph’s most cherished traditions on Thursday, August 20: the Red Door Ceremony. Before celebrating All-School Mass, the students crossed the Red Door’s threshold to the St. John Paul II Center after hearing these words on the tradition and history of the Red Door by Academic Dean, Steven Jones:

On August 22nd 1993, St Joseph’s Catholic School opened its doors. On that morning, the first thirteen students entered through this same red door. At the time, this red door was the entrance to a little house next to the Lutheran Church on August Road. Since then, by God’s providence, the generosity of many friends and family members and the hard work of countless people, St. Joseph’s has become a beacon for fine Catholic education in the Upstate.

Every door is a symbol of a new beginning. As you enter through this historic red door, we invite you to more fully enter this new world—a world of adventure, friendship, true education and discovery. Christ calls himself the door and the way to eternal life, and he invites us to step out of our normal expectations and follow him. To quote St. Pope John Paul II, after whom this space is named: “Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors to Christ!”

Students of the class of 2019, those who have joined us in other grades—we hope your experience here teaches you that, as Pope Benedict XVI said when announcing the “Year of Faith” a few years back that: “the door of faith always remains open to you.” Pope Francis more recently asked the church to open its doors widely so that all men and women can experience the freshness and zest that results when Christ is one’s friend and companion on life’s journey. We pray that you as you walk these halls that you will experience the love of God and the true joy that comes from entrusting your life to him.

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New Families Meet & Greet

A beginning of the year staple at SJCS, students and families new to St. Joseph’s were invited to campus for an evening BBQ and social on Sunday, August 23, provided by the Parents Guild. Students were encouraged to sit at grade level tables to get to know others in their own class. While families enjoyed their meal, brief introductions were made by Headmaster Keith Kiser, faculty, staff and leaders of various volunteer groups, while young siblings were entertained by HS Fine Arts students. The evening concluded with several St. Joe’s spiritwear giveaways. This is the first of many events designed to assist new families in getting engaged in the life of the school.

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