Girls Tennis Shut Out Abbeville in Second Round Playoffs

Our Girls Tennis team advance to the second round of playoffs, class AA, with 6-0 win against Abbeville High School. Congratulations ladies!

Singles:
Line 1:  Julia Jacques (SJCS) defeated Sarah Beth Ferguson (AHS) 6-0, 6-2
Line 2:  Marta Ratkowski (SJCS) defeated Sydney McCurry (AHS) 6-3, 6-4
Line 3:  Adrianna Delacruz (SJCS) defeated Lilly Smith (AHS) 6-3, 6-2
Line 4:  Caroline Curran (SJCS) defeated Anna Beth Smith (AHS) 6-1, 6-1
Line 5:  Helen Kopscik (SJCS) defeated Ashlyn Gordon (AHS) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles:
Line 2:  Caroline Gallagher/Ava Quigley (SJCS) defeated Bethany Ricketts/Audrey McCurry (AHS) 6-0, 6-0

Sixth Grade Academy Launches “Altruism in Action”

Thursday October 25, the Sixth Grade Academy launched the service component of their curriculum, “Altruism in Action”. The students service projects will go hand in hand with their Religion classes, bringing the virtues they study to life. “As Christians, we have a calling to give of ourselves and share Christ’s love with others,” says Academy teacher Lynn Connelly. “The teachers of the Academy have designated the last Thursday of each month as the Altruism in Action Day. Some months we will work on a community project in the school, other months we will travel to a location to serve in person.”

For their initial service project, the Academy students assembled some snack items for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department, as well as wrote them a few “tickets” thanking them for keeping our community safe and also for their work on our campus.

Msgr. Thomas McGread of Catholic Stewardship Consultants reminds us that stewardship can be simple, and that sixth graders can make a difference!

“Sometimes we need to get back to the basics when we talk about stewardship. We need to realize that stewardship is not rocket science, but rather is something simple we all can grasp and understand. God will want to know how we took care of others’ needs, and that’s really what the stewardship way of life does. It provides us with the opportunity to care for another one’s needs, just as Jesus has asked us to do.”

Tickets on Sale for The Man Who Came To Dinner, Showing Nov 1-4

Having invited celebrated critic, lecturer, and orator, Sheridan Whiteside, over for dinner, the lives of the Stanley family are forever turned upside-down when he slips on a patch of ice as he departs from their home. Sentenced to spend several weeks in smalltown America healing from this injury, Sheridan Whiteside takes over jurisdiction of the Stanley home, filling it with exotic gifts and eccentric friends, and masterminding a vile plot twist.
 
Join the SJCS Theatre Department and The Man Who Came to Dinner as we bring to life this humorous adventure filled with witty banter, shameless name-dropping, and a story that highlights the best and worst of everybody!
 
 
Performances Dates:
Thursday, November 1 – 7:00 PM (Preview Performance with discounted tickets for all)
Friday, November 2 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 3 – 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 4 – 3:00 PM
 
We look forward to seeing you at the show!!!

National Honors Students Pair up with Sixth Grade Academy For Mentorship Program

One of the most widely recognized benefits of the St. Joseph’s experience is the opportunity for mentorship between our middle and high school students. While many of these moments are spontaneous, springing from a genuine sense of camaraderie (such as this great moment between the varsity football players and the middle school team at Senior Night last week) some are formal and have direct and intentional impact on the student experience.

Last week, our high school National Honor Society seniors were paired with the Sixth Grade Academy students for a buddy mentorship program. The program is designed to provide academic tutoring, but also opportunity to build friendships between the older and younger students. Last Thursday, the students met their buddies for the first time out on the football field for get-to-know-you games and to kick off the year together.

“The benefits go both ways,” says Jeanne McCoy, head of the SJCS National Honors Society. “We hope that the sixth graders will feel a sense of belonging at St. Joe’s with a built in friend/mentor. It is intended to help build community, communication and perhaps even practical skills for them. For the NHS members, it encourages peer modeling, leadership development, and good citizenship. We hope that the students form lasting, meaningful relationships.”

Already, the students have begun dropping off notes of encouragement and small gifts at each other’s lockers. Thank you to Madame McCoy for initiating this program, and to the Sixth Grade Academy team for their help!

Girls Golf Takes Third in 3A State Tournament

Playing through challenging conditions Tuesday, the St. Joseph’s Catholic School girls golf team finished third in the AAA state tournament at Carolina Springs Golf Club in Fountain Inn.

Led by co-captain Emma Curran, the Knights posted a 700 total, edging out Gilbert by four shots for the third spot in cool, windy conditions. Oceanside Academy won by more than 50 shots. Second-place Bishop England shot a 688 total.

Curran put together rounds of 85-80 for a 165 total at the two-day event. Fellow sophomore Caleigh Noonan shot two rounds of 84 for a 168 total. Kaitlyn Dumit shot 90-91 and co-captain Reagan Lillibridge shot 91-96.

The Knights finished as the Region I-AA champs and posted the best round at the Upstate Qualifier for 2018. Overall, St. Joseph’s finished with a record of 41-19.

Recap: Knights Football Claims Landmark Win over Christ Church

In 2008, St. Joseph’s took the final big step in becoming an established high school athletic program by founding a football team. For the past ten years, the Knights have celebrated brilliant victories, bitter defeats, built tremendous momentum, and then had to start over from scratch. Going in to this year felt very much like starting from scratch.

But sometimes, a fresh start is exactly what you need. Friday night, the Knights celebrated the culmination of ten years of effort and a spectacular season of refocused energy and determination with a landmark victory over rival Christ Church, defeating them 35-10. Not only was this the first time in our program’s history that we defeated our athletic rival on the football field, but the victory also clinched the fourth playoff berth for Region 1-AA.

The first quarter stayed pretty quiet, neither side making much progress, but during the second quarter, the Knights exploded. RB Rashad Luckey lit the game up with a 38 yard rushing TD, followed shortly by a 8 yard rushing TD, and then again with a fabulous 58 yard rushing TD, on all of which kicker Jadin Nassif secured the extra point. Right before halftime, the Cavaliers got on the board with a 20 yard field goal to make it 21-3 for the Knights.

During halftime, the team celebrated Senior Night recognizing the leadership and character of our five seniors Luke BynumJacob Johanning, Ryan McLear, Jadin Nassif, and Ted Sanchez as they pass the torch to the middle school team. It was recently announced that Jake Johanning has made the North-South All-Star game on December 15 at Noonat Coastal Carolina University. He is the 1st St. Joseph’s football player to make the North-South game, an exceptional honor for our senior!

The third quarter picked up the Knights momentum again with #30 Rashad Luckey back at it with another 7 yard TD, and extra point by Nassif. The final quarter really showcased the Knight’s endurance, with #9 Mark Lyons pushing the ball through for one last touchdown, bringing the score to 35-3 with the extra point. The Cavaliers made a long pass bid for a chance to add to their score but were shut down by a fabulous tip of the fingers interception by #1 Kyle Lonergan. Christ Church did make it onto the board with one last touchdown, but the Knights had already secured the victory with a final score of 35-10.

 

The Knights enter the playoffs against Blacksburg this Friday, October 26th. Blacksburg is coming off two consecutive losses.

Alumni Sally Cade Holmes Returns to Greenville with Broadway musical “Anastasia”

The Broadway musical “Anastasia” will premiere at the Peace Center today, bringing home to Greenville one of the show’s producers and SJCS alumni Sally Cade Holmes. The St. Joseph’s Theatre Department celebrated the upcoming show several weeks ago by offering group discounted tickets to school families. We hope many of you took advantage of the early pricing, and that all who are interested will get to see the show!

Christy Altomare, Derek Klena and the original Broadway Cast of Anastasia, Photo by Matthew Murphy.

The Greenville Journal wrote a story on Holmes where her roots with St. Joseph’s are mentioned. See the expert below and follow the link to read the full story!

Excerpt from ‘Anastasia’ shares message of strength, perseverance by Sara Pearce

“I distinctly remember one moment when the set moved, a ship came out over the audience, and I thought it was the most magical experience that I had ever had,” she recalls. “I don’t even remember how old I was, but it was so spectacular.”

It was a South Carolina Children’s Theatre production of “The Little Mermaid,” and she says it sparked for her what would become a lifelong interest in theater.She became active in the Anderson community theater scene and her passion for theater grew.

She then went to St. Joseph’s Catholic School where she was encouraged to pursue a path in the arts. “I became really involved in the theater department there and also at SCCT,” Holmes says. “From there I started looking at colleges for theater because my school theater program was supportive and made it seem like a viable field of study and something that I could actually make a career of.”

ACT Practice Test – Nov 10, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018
9:15 AM – 1:15 PM
Meeting Room 409

Register by Monday, October 29

Important: Bring two wooden #2 pencils, a calculator, a fully-charged smartphone or tablet, and a snack/water.

This test is geared toward juniors who have not yet taken the ACT, but interested sophomores may also attend. A fee of $25 will be charged to the student’s account for participating in this event.

Why take an ACT Practice Test? Through this unique event, students will have the opportunity to experience “the other” college admissions exam. Results will provide a performance analysis detailing a student’s strengths and weaknesses, and can be used as an ACT score predictor prior to sitting for the actual exam. This practice test will also help students know what to expect in a test-like environment and provide a glimpse into this style of exam.

If you have further questions please contact Melissa Broering, or Heather Najmabadi.

Come Out for Final Football home game vs CCES

The final home game for Knights Football – and senior night – is tomorrow! We face off against our athletic rivals Christ Church at 7:30 PM. Get to the game early to be entered in a chance to win door prizes, courtesy of our Adidas sponsorship and the Athletic Booster Club! All SJCS students who arrive before the first 5 minutes of the first quarter will be entered in the drawing. GO KNIGHTS!!

Video courtesy of the SJCS Audio/Visual Club.

Register for Bring A Friend Day by October 26!

Online Registration must be completed by parent of visiting student no later than Friday, October 26, 2018

Would your son or daughter like to see what life is like at St. Joe’s?  Students currently in grades 5-7 are invited to visit our middle school for a half day of classes and lunch on November 6th!

Greenville County Schools have this day off, and we open up our middle school classrooms to visitors on this day to allow prospective or current middle school students the chance to spend time on our campus as the guest of one of our students. Don’t know a St. Joe’s middle school student? No worries! We will find a host for your child. Read full visit guidelines here.

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NEHS Students Travel to the Home of Flannery O’Connor

On Tuesday, October 16, members of National English Honor Society traveled to Andalusia, the farm of Flannery O’Connor, located in Milledgeville, GA. The group toured the house and the traveling Soboroff Typewriter Exhibit, which included typewriters once owned by writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Maya Angelou.

Thank you to Mrs. Megan Koon for organizing the trip!

Boys and Girls Cross Country Wins Region Championship

Yesterday both our Boys and Girls Cross Country teams claimed the 2A Region Championship hosted at Christ Church. Despite threats of rain, the meet continued and gave the Knights a chance to sweep the board! The list of individual accolades is lengthy for both teams this year and promises to bring a very strong showing to the 2A State Qualifier at The Clemson Sandhills Research Center in Columbia on October 27th. Congratulations to all our runners and to Coaches George Carr and Marie Kernell, both of whom were awarded Region Coach of the Year!

Girls Cross Country 
All-Region Team
Brigid Alvis
Lili Jaraczewski
Caroline Linen

Region Champions
Brigid Alvis
Annika Bissinger
Averi Brice
Lili Jaraczewski
Skylar Lewis

Caroline Linen
Caroline Lyerly
Karolina Montalvo
Elizabeth Poinsette
Jenna Zuchowski

Region Runner Up of the Year
Lili Jaraczewski

Region Coach of the Year
Marie Kernell

Boys Cross Country
All-Region Team
Brendan McTigue
Dylan McTigue
Tristan McTigue
Zac Palmer
Josh Powers

Region Champions
James Clemence
Isaac Hine
Alex Malvern
Brendan McTigue
Dylan McTigue
Tristan McTigue
Zac Palmer
Josh Powers
Jeffrey Werth

Region Runner of the Year
Josh Powers

Region Coach of the Year
George Carr

2018 AP Pass Rates and Scholars Announced

2018 AP Pass Rates

The College Counseling Office recently reported that SJCS students scored an 82% pass rate on Advanced Placement (AP) exams completed this past spring. The state pass rate was reported at 59% and the national pass rate was 58.5%.

Of the 291 AP exams taken by 156 SJCS students, they scored a “3” or better on 239 of the exams. A score of “4” was earned on 94 of the exams, while a score of “5” was earned on 59 exams. SJCS students took the AP exams in May of 2018 after completing college-level courses at St. Joseph’s. Students must score between “3” and “5” on a five-point scale to earn college credit. Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement, or both based on successful performance on these exams.

2018 AP Scholars

Forty-six SJCS students earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in May of 2018. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both based on the successful performance on theses exams.

Patrick Alvis, Riley Fesler, Jonathan Heijjer, Katie Hudak, Dylan Lane, Catalina Lindstrom, Drew Lyons, Carson McAbee, Dominic Mosley, Sydney Read, Joelle Saunders, Megan Seidel, Francesca Strathern, Brandon Vogt, Lauren Willoughby, and Caroline Wright qualified for the “AP Scholar with Distinction Award” by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Lucas Baumgarten, Anthony Cinquemani, Brendan Cummings, Luke Cunniffe, Daniel Klosowski, Lauren McTigue, Jonathan Nipert, Maddie Starks, Ian Tennant, Ben Williams, and Connor Williams all qualified for the “AP Scholar with Honor Award” by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Katherine Alber, Annika Bissinger, Christian Castillo, James Clemence, Miguel Cordi, Jessica Crosby, Ethan Felkel, Anna Scott Gardner, Sarah Harris, Cece Hendricks, Madison Koontz, Robby Matlock, Nathaniel Meglic, Anthony Minerva, Caroline Morris, Joshua Powers, Gabi Sammon, Katherine Uprichard, and Ashleigh Werth all qualified for the “AP Scholar Award” by completing three or more AP Exams, with scores of 3 or higher.

 

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