Sixth Grade Academy Kickoff – Join us Jan 23

Beginning Fall 2018 – An educational experience that will allow sixth graders to grow and flourish during their middle school years.

Open Interest Meeting

Join us January 23, 2018

7:00 – 8:00 PM

Is your family looking for a truly unique and empowering 6th grade experience that will set your child on a strong foundation for their middle and high school years? We are pleased to introduce our new Sixth Grade Academy, starting Fall 2018. The Academy is designed to not only ease the transition of this critical year in your child’s education, but to ensure that they are surrounded by caring and dedicated teachers who create a supportive environment to encourage your child’s love of learning.

• The Academy will offer a contained space within the school, devoted exclusively to sixth grade classrooms.
• The Academy will help sixth graders become more independent by promoting a love of learning and by equipping students with the executive functioning skills and study habits that have proven effective in education.
• A dedicated team of sixth grade teachers will allow faculty to know each student well and therefore promote a sixth grade learning atmosphere that is responsive to each student’s needs.
• The Academy will create a learning community where each child will be known, loved, and valued for what he or she brings to the group.
• A series of community and team-building activities will allow each individual student to develop better relationships with teachers and other students.

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Varsity Basketball Triple-Overtime Win over CCES

Tuesday January 9, 2018 is one for the record books! Coach Paul Assinesi and his Varsity Knights claimed a 63-61 victory at the end of a grueling triple-overtime game, coming right down to a missed last-chance buzzer shot by athletic rival Christ Church. Junior Weeks Poole nailed the three that sent the game into overtime. Senior Emilio Trocha scored with four seconds left to tie the score in the first overtime, and junior Walker Pace sunk two free throws to make it 57-57 in the last two minutes of the second overtime. Finally,  junior Connor Bailey put the Knights up 63-61 with seconds left in the third overtime, winning the game as CCES was unable to answer with their final shot.

Bob Castello with The Greenville News covered the game and quoted Coach Paul regarding the rivalry game saying “This one’s like being at Duke-(North) Carolina,” Assinesi said. “You’re right in each other’s back yard, and it’s a strong rivalry in every sport you do. To come out on top is great, but to have that kind of game is greater.

“If it’s a blowout, it doesn’t matter. But a rivalry is when you go back and forth, and to go to triple (overtime) is the epitome of a game. And if he hits the three at the end, we lose, but it becomes an even better game.”

Read the full article here and see the video interview with students Bailey, Poole, and Trocha.

Middle School “Bring A Friend To School” Day – Feb 16

Would your son or daughter like to see what life is like at St. Joe’s?  Students currently in grades 5-7 are encouraged to visit our middle school for a half day of classes and lunch on Friday, February 16, 2018. 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.  

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Please Note: Online Registration must be completed by parent of visiting student by Friday, February 9, 2018



DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Parents of visiting students must complete the online form no later than Friday, February 9, 2018.  Due to classroom size, we reserve the right to limit the number of visitors, and forms will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis. We have been filled to capacity in years’ past, and in order to adequately plan for this event, we simply cannot accept requests after February 9th.

FRIEND ATTENDS/DOES NOT ATTEND SJCS: If your child has a middle school friend who currently attends SJCS, and this SJCS friend has agreed to host your son/daughter, please indicate that on the registration form, along with the name of this friend’s parent and email address. If your child does not know a SJCS middle school student but would like to attend this event, please indicate this option on the registration form and we will pair him/her up with a current SJCS middle school student who has volunteered to host.

TWO HALF-DAY SESSIONS: Indicate your choice of morning or afternoon session (see arrival and pickup times below). When one session fills up, you will be notified that your child will need to attend the other session.  

DRESS GUIDELINES: Visitors may dress casually and may wear denim. Visitors should also wear tennis shoes to participate in PE class.

LUNCH: Please indicate your child’s lunch option on the registration form, indicating whether your child will bring a bag lunch or $5.00 to purchase food in our cafeteria. This will assist us in planning how much food to have on hand that day. Our Chef will be offering “mac and cheese” on this day as the featured entrée. Other “meatless” options will be available for purchase.

FRONT OFFICE CHECK-IN AND PICK-UP: All friends are visitors; therefore, friends must check in and be picked up at the Front Office. Friends may not enter or exit through any other door.  

ARRIVAL/PICK-UP TIMES: Morning session visitors should arrive at 7:30 AM and must be picked up at 11:20 AM. Afternoon session visitors should arrive at 10:30 AM and must be picked up at 3:00 PM. Visitors may attend only one session (either morning or afternoon) in order to leave spots open for all students who wish to attend.

QUESTIONS: Please direct any questions to Jenny Starks, Admissions Associate, at

RSVP for Saturday, February 3!

Mark Your Calendars for the Best Birthday Party of the Year!

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, the St. Joseph’s family will come together to celebrate the blessings of our first 25 years. Current and past families, alumni, former students and staff members, friends, benefactors, and everyone whose lives have been touched by what God has done through St. Joseph’s Catholic School – we hope that you will all join us for this evening of celebration!

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St. Joseph’s Named to Catholic Education Honor Roll School

We are pleased to announce that St. Joseph’s Catholic School has once again been named to the Catholic Education Honor Roll. The national Honor Roll program is directed by the Cardinal Newman Society and has recognized over 300 high-performing Catholic high schools nationwide since the program’s inception in 2004.

This prestigious honor is awarded to St. Joseph’s Catholic School following a thorough internal and external review of its comprehensive program offerings. The Catholic Education Honor Roll recognizes our strong integration of Catholic identity throughout all our efforts, and our commitment to the Principles of Catholic Identity in Education.

Principles of Catholic Identity in Education articulates elements the Church expects to find in all Catholic schools and which distinguish them from other schools. The principles are derived from Church documents related to education, including the documents of Vatican II, documents from the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, and the writings of various Popes. The five principles are:

  • Inspired by Divine Mission
  • Models Christian Communion
  • Encounters Christ in Prayer, Scripture, and Sacraments
  • Integrally Forms the Human Person
  • Imparts a Christian Understanding of the World

“The Honor Roll is a helpful tool for families and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school. It is external validation that a school is both focused and successful in meeting the high calling of Catholic schools to serve the well-being and salvation of students and to serve the common good.”



– Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society


To learn more about this program and to see the current list of schools awarded, please visit

Greenwood Genetics Center Visits Genetics Class

St. Joe’s was recently visited by the Greenwood Genetics Center. The GGC travels around the state to educate students and teachers about medical genetics by holding free labs so the students can have hands on experience. GGC came to St. Joseph’s with a Cancer Gene tracing lab in which the students had to use specific gels to determine if the gene was family inherited. The students enjoyed their hands on experience and we are so thankful to the Greenwood Genetics Center for coming to visit.

SJCS Students Participate in SC Theater Association Convention

St. Joseph’s students had a successful weekend at the SC Theater Association Convention this past weekend. SCTA hosted the ​fourth​ annual Tech Olympics. Teams from schools across the state competed in ​five​ technical theatre events, including rigging, hanging and focusing a light, sewing a button, ​prop change, and drop folding. ​At this year’s event, the team ​representing SJCS included Philip Mosley, Jacob Kiser, Dillon Spikings, Luke Perham, Jada Lucero, and Dessa Jones. The team placed third in the state with the fastest time for folding a drop and Philip Mosley placed third for fastest time in hanging and focusing a light. We had ​two students audition for college and university theatre programs throughout SC. Among the ​nine schools they auditioned for, our students received a total of ​8​ callbacks. Sydney Read’s student-directed play, Antic Spring, performed along with 31 ​other high schools from across the state. Dessa Jones and Josh Read both received recognition as an All Star Cast members​.



Thank you SJCS family for all you do to support our programming and the opportunities for involvement in educational theatre!

Spanish Class Celebrates “Dia De Los Muertos”

Senora Lumbreras’s class spent their class period celebrating the Day of the Dead last Wednesday. The celebration welcomed a few guests, including alumni Hugo Hernandez (Class of ’17). The class also welcomed a guest that built and explained the history behind a traditional altar used in Celebration of the day. Students were then asked to write a report about El Dia de los Muertos. Students also had the opportunity to make “Calaveras,” a skull that is made of sugar and decorated in celebration of the feast day. Thank you to our guests who helped make this day so special!

SJCS Students Travel to Furman to Listen to Former Head of NASA

A group of SJCS National Science Honor Society students and faculty member Ryan Koon went to Furman University to listen to astronaut and former head of NASA, Charles Bolden. Bolden spent 34 years in the United States Marine Corps and he spent 14 of those years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. He traveled to orbit four times, commanding two of the missions and piloting the other two. He was named head of NASA in 2009 and retired last winter. Thanks to Mr. Koon for organizing this great opportunity!

March for Life Registration Open

Registration for the 2018 SJCS March for Life Trip is open now through December 8th. Last year, 70 of our students attended this powerful demonstration in Washington D.C. and we hope to take even more for 2018! Please read the testimony of SJCS parent Brandi Koontz on why this was a life-changing experience for her family, and we hope you will join us in January.


Itinerary and Registration


Dear Parents of SJCS Students, 

In January 2017, I had the privilege of attending the 44th annual March For Life with my daughter and our SJCS family. I wasn’t quite sure what it was all about but just a few days before the March, I felt the call in church to take my daughter. While I have always considered myself pro-life, I had never felt the need to travel to D.C. in the cold of January to demonstrate my support for the unborn. Honestly, I secretly wondered “who really goes to the March For Life?”  In addition, I realized that I had never shared my personal reasoning for my pro-life belief with my children. I simply assumed that they knew, and agreed with, how I felt.

What I saw and heard at the March For Life changed me forever.  Students of all backgrounds from almost every state in the US coming together for a common purpose. Students joyously and proudly declaring “I am the pro-life generation!” 18,000 students singing and worshipping together at the Mass for Life and Youth Rally. Listening to congresswoman Mia Love of Utah share the story of her struggling Hatian immigrant parents choosing life.  Their choice produced the first black female Republican congresswoman to serve in Washington. I heard Benjamin Watson of the Baltimore Ravens calling on men to stand up for women and the unborn. Finally, I heard Kellyann Conway speak about supporting and loving women who have chosen abortion because Christ called on us to love our neighbors.

This year the SJCS group has decided to depart Greenville on Wednesday, January 17 after dismissal from school. This will allow students and chaperones to spend Thursday touring museums, sites and memorials in DC, something many students have never done. We will return the evening of January 20th.  In January we had 70 students and 10 chaperones attend the March For Life. That is an awesome number but we would love to increase our attendance in 2018.

I want to encourage you to come to the March For Life, not simply as a chaperone but also as a participant. The March For Life is a positive and uplifting event that gives me great hope for the sanctity of life in America.

Brandi Koontz, on behalf of Campus Ministry

SJCS Duke TIP Qualifiers for 2017-18

Congratulations to the thirty-six SJCS seventh graders, representing 49% of their class, who qualified for participation in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP):

Hannah Adams, Bianca Alabau, Martha-Glen Boggs, Chloe Bradley, Maxwell Bridges, Anne Cole, Emma Cumby, James Delo, Morgan Fayssoux, Allison Gerac, Edward Gillespie, Riley Gopalakrishnan, Matthew Hall, Sylvia Kucinic, Joshua Lagleva, Thomas Leong, Jackson Lux, Caroline Lyerly, Isabella Maddox, Cole Marlar, Claudia Masters, Roman Monitto, Karolina Montalvo, Elaina Mulholland, Jack Murphy, William Pender, Reilly Poole, Katherine Saunders, Margo Schellinger, Kyle Schott, Colin Slater, Meghan Spikings, Anna Stuart, Colleen Taylor, Jackson Velky, Meredith Wiper, and Joshua Zannino

These seventh graders became eligible by their achievement on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) or other standardized tests that they took in sixth grade, having scored in the top five percentile in one of the qualifying verbal, math, science, or social studies sections.  They are now invited to take the SAT or ACT in December, February, or March for academic recognition.

2017 AP Pass Rates Announced

The College Counseling Office recently reported that SJCS students scored a 78% pass rate on Advanced Placement (AP) exams completed during the last three years.  Of the 765 AP exams taken, SJCS students scored a “3” or better on 599 of the tests.  St. Joseph’s AP students are required to take AP exams each May after completing these college-level courses. 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.  The state and national pass rate averaged 57% over the last three years.

AP Scholars

Forty-four 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 2017.  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. 

  • Sophie Coburn, Demetri Coundoussias, Jackie Curry, An Dang, Shane Dunlavey, Christian Gillespy, Travis Griffin, Hugo Hernandez, David Lewis, Drew Luzatti Thomas Poteat, Jared Rex, Nick Rodriguez, and Sara Slaughter 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.  
  • Sydney Hyer, Spaulding Latham, Davie Marchant, Joelle Saunders, and Katherine Sokol 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. 
  • Patrick Alvis, Kathleen Brown, Kelly Burns, Sam Cumby, Luke Erbrecht, Cole Fesler, Riley Fesler, Diego Franco, Travis Garceau, Cece Hendricks, Katie Hudak, Catalina Lindstrom, Drew Lyons, Katie Malone, Alexandra Masters, Dominic Mosley, Matthew Nassif, Emily Pares, Sydney Read, Blake Rogers, Megan Rozelsky, Megan Seidel, Francesca Strathern, Anna Thompson, and Caroline Wright all qualified for the “AP Scholar Award” by completing three or more AP Exams, with scores of 3 or higher. 


2017 Color Run Together for Greenville – Sign Up TODAY!

The 3rd Annual CCES & SJCS Color Run is upon us again! St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Christ Church Episcopal School are teaming up together for Greenville and this year, the money raised by the schools will be donated to The Family Effect, an organization working to reduce addiction as a leading cause of family collapse and harm to children in the Upstate. The Color Run is the main source of the money raised during Spirit week, and we need you to sign up today! With live music, prizes, snacks, games, and all the colors of the rainbow, this is definitely one event you DO NOT want to miss.

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SJCS Visits Model UN


Over Fall Break weekend, 9 high school students attended their first High School Model United Nations hosted at Clemson University. The students represented the countries of China, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. Environmental, Economic and Social issues were debated and resolutions written, all with an eye towards sustainability. SJCS hopes to continue to participate in Model UN conventions.

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Boys and Girls Cross Country State Champions

SJCS Boys and Girls Cross Country both brought home the State Championship titles in the state cross country meet Saturday at Sandhills Research Center!

Last year, our Lady Knights became the first girls team to win seven consecutive state titles in the Class AA/A championship, and didn’t slow down one bit for this year, claiming five of the top ten finisher slots.

Boys and Girls Cross Country State Champions

SJCS Boys and Girls Cross Country both brought home the State Championship titles in the state cross country meet Saturday at Sandhills Research Center!

Last year, our Lady Knights became the first girls team to win seven consecutive state titles in the Class AA/A championship, and didn’t slow down one bit for this year, claiming five of the top ten finisher slots.

For girl’s Coach Marie Kernell, this is a landmark victory –  ten straight championships, beginning with two in SCISA before SJCS joined the South Carolina High School League.

Sophomore Ava Dobson had a dominate year as a first-timer in cross country, crossing the finish line Saturday with a time of 18:35, nearly a full minute ahead of second place. Dobson has been named to the all-state team along with Annika Bissinger (third, 20:01), Caroline Linen (fourth, 20:01), Bryn Bissinger, sixth, 20:27) and Brigid Alvis (tenth, 20:48).

The Boys Cross Country victory is their third straight state title and fifth in six years, with five runners named to the all-state team: Brendan McTigue (second, 16:41), Dylan McTigue (sixth, 17:09), Tristan McTigue (seventh, 17:10), Zac Palmer (tenth, 17:15) and Josh Powers (fourteenth, 17:24).

In an interview with the Greenville News, Coach George Carr noted “And I don’t even have any seniors, so this is what you get to look forward to next year.”

Congratulations to both teams and coaches for a dominant victory at the State Finals!

Volleyball Captures 7th Straight State Title

Saturday, November 4, the Knights Varsity Volleyball team swept Academic Magnet 3-0 at Chapin High School to capture its seventh consecutive state volleyball championship. This was the second straight in Class AA after five in a row in Class A.

Co-captain Kyra Thompson kicked it off with with seven kills in the first set with sophomore Sydney Nobarak closing it down 25-15 with three straight kills.

The second set finished at 25-12, with the Knights dealing out a decisive victory in the third, winning 25-6. Senior and co-captain Allison Whitten delivered six kills in the third set.

Congratulations to the entire team and to Coach Jan Carino for another tremendous season and State Championship victory! GO KNIGHTS!

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