The St. Joseph’s Cross Country program was awarded the following at the South Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (SCTCCCA) winter meeting on Saturday, Jan. 12th, at the offices of the South Carolina High School League in Columbia, South Carolina:
Ava Dobson: 2018 Fastest SC Female Runner Caroline Linen: 2018 SCRunners XC Series Championships 3rd Place Girls Individual Zac Palmer: 2018 SCRunners XC Series Championships 3rd Place Boys Individual Brendan McTigue: 2018 SCRunners XC Series Championships 1st Place Boys Individual St. Joseph’s Catholic School: 2018 SCRunners XC Series Championships 1st Place Boys Team
Marie Kernell: 2018 SCTCCCA Girls 1A/2A Coach of the Year (plaque) George Carr: 2018 SCTCCCA Boys 1A/2A Coach of the Year (plaque)
Please join us for a very exciting and unique event, “A Knight with the Legends”, that will be happening in the St. Joseph’s JPII Center the evening of Saturday, February 9th.
St. Joseph’s Catholic School will be hosting an exciting slate of Hall of Fame college football coaches as they share stories and experiences in a question and answer style forum. This will be the opportunity of a lifetime to hear from four football legends!
Tickets are available, with all sales benefitting the Knights Football program. General Admission for the Speaker Panel is $20 per person, as well as a $50 Premium Ticket, which also includes dinner and a meet and greet with the coaches before the panel.
Speaker Panel will be from 6:00-8:00 PM, with the Premium Ticket events beginning at 4:30 PM.
For more information, please contact Head Football Coach Jon Wheeler.
Coach Mike Ayers, Wofford College: Concluded a 30-year head-coaching career at Wofford and a 44-year overall coaching career on Dec. 13, 2017. He finished with 218 career victories, which landed him 3rd All-Time in Southern Conference history. He led the Terriers to 10 playoff appearances and five Southern Conference Championships during his tenure. He was also the recipient of the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year in 2003 and named Southern Conference Coach of the Year five times. On March 28, 2018, Coach Ayers was inducted into the Southern Conference Hall of Fame.
Coach Willie Jeffries, South Carolina State University: Concluded a 29-year head-coaching career and a 34-year overall coaching career in 2001. He finished with 180 career victories and won three Black College National Championships and seven Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships. In 1979, he became the first African American hired as a Head Football Coach at a Division 1 football program at Wichita State University. In 2010, Coach Jeffries was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. On May 5, 1988, the Governor of South Carolina Carroll Campbell presented Coach Jeffries with the Order of the Palmetto. This is the highest civilian honor in the state of South Carolina and is awarded to those citizens who make achievements of statewide impact. He was also awarded the companion honor of the Order of the Silver Crescent by Governor Jim Hodges on October 13, 2001. This is awarded to those who make community or professional accomplishments of local significance. Finally, on Dec. 6, 2018 Coach Jeffries was presented with the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) Contributions to College Football Award during the Home Depot College Football Awards show on ESPN.
Coach Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt University and Furman University: Concluded a 16-year head-coaching career and a 34-year overall coaching career on July 14, 2010. He finished with 89 career victories. Coach Johnson led Furman to three playoff appearances and two Southern Conference Championships during his 8-year tenure. In 2001, he led the Paladins to the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship game. He was named AFCA National Coach of the Year in 2001 and named Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 1999, while at Furman. During his 8-year career at Vanderbilt University, Coach Johnson helped to build Vanderbilt to a competitive program in the Southeastern Conference. In 2008, he led Vanderbilt to its first Bowl game since 1982 and first Bowl victory since 1955. Also in 2008, he was named SEC Coach of the Year. In 2009, Coach Johnson was inducted to the Furman University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Coach Jimmy Satterfield, Furman University: Concluded an 8-year college head-coaching career at Furman and a 29-year overall coaching career in 2003. He finished with 66 career victories at Furman. Coach Satterfield led Furman to four playoff appearances and three Southern Conference Championships during his 8-year tenure. In 1988, he led the Paladins to win NCAA Division I-AA National Championship game. He was named AFCA National Coach of the Year in 1988 and named Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 1989. Coach Satterfield finished his coaching as the Head Coach at Lexington High School from 1996 to 2003. He finished with 74 career victories at Lexington and lost to Dorman in the 2000 State Championship game. In 2015, Coach Satterfield was inducted to the Furman University Athletic Hall of Fame.
On January 9th and 10th, thirty-seven of St. Joseph’s band and chorus students participated in the Diocesan Honor Band and Choir Clinic held at Cardinal Newman School in Columbia, SC. A total of one hundred thirty-three students from five schools in the Diocese of Charleston attended. In addition to St. Joseph’s, students representing Bishop England (Charleston), Cardinal Newman (Columbia), St. Anne (Rock Hill), St. Anthony (Florence), and Prince of Peace (Greenville) performed at an evening concert following their clinic work.
The event was a collaborative effort between the music educators of each school, designed to provide a special opportunity for their students to study band and choral literature together while learning from some of the nation’s leading music educators.
St. Joseph’s Band Director, Marjorie Malphrus, was part of the team that brought the event together. “I’ve been working toward this event for two years, and I’m so pleased to see it come together,” says Malphrus. “The students enjoyed it tremendously, the fellowship as well as the music. It was all I hoped it would be.”
Aside from the performance and learning opportunities, the trip also provided a chance for our students to get to know their peers from the other attending Catholic schools. Over thirty students from Cardinal Newman joined the St. Joseph’s group for dinner and fellowship.
Thank you to Mrs. Malphrus and to Choral Director Angela Hayes for their excellence in musical education and for chaperoning this trip.
The members of High School Student Council have been working very hard to prepare an excellent line up of events to support the work of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School during the 2019 Spirit Week. The students chose St. Anthony’s because of the incredible work the school does “to provide exceptional academic instruction and support faith development of all students, regardless of religious affiliation and tradition”. From January 18th to the 25th, high school student council will be offering dozens of fun activities and events to raise funds for St. Anthony’s, culminating with a check presentation at the SJCS vs. CCES basketball games on Friday, January 25th.
Here are the first 2 ways that everyone can support this cause:
Get your 2019 Spirit Week T-shirt and consider purchasing one for a St. Anthony’s student! All orders must be in by the end of the school day on Monday, January 14th.
Sign-up for the Color Run and Cookout at St. Anthony’s on Sunday, January 20th, from 2:00-4:00 PM. This will be a simple but very fun activity for the whole family. You may also make a donation to support the work of St. Anthony’s through the SJCS Spirit Week Fund.
Stay tuned for the full Spirit Week calendar of events! Question? Email Gabe Lewis.
When classes resumed on January 7, students and parents queuing up for morning carline caught the first glimpse of the campus’s new look. Over the Christmas break, work began on the new baseball dugouts and, more noticeably, the demolition of the empty building near the middle school. The unused office building, affectionately called ‘the scary building’, was a left over from the previous life of our campus and never used for anything other than storage.
Demolition progressing despite heavy rains over Christmas break.
With the building now gone, the view from the hill has widened considerably and gives a sneak peek into how grand the improvements planned for our school will be over the next few years.
The “Scary Building” prior to demolition. Photo by Will Crooks of the Greenville Journal.
The current Master Plan for the campus includes redrawing the traffic pattern, additional parking, and creating a more welcoming main entrance for our families and visitors. The new entrance is planned to include a large circular drive featuring a fountain and beautifully crafted statue of St. Joseph, visually placing our Catholic identity front and center.
Since coming back from Christmas break, our basketball teams have shown they kept sharp over the long holiday. Varsity and JV boys and girls teams took on Landrum High School and Greenville Homeschool last week before returning to classes.
The Landrum games were a great competition, with Boys Varsity claiming a 61-47 victory in double overtime. Girls Varsity lost as did both JV teams, all hard fought games. The games versus Greenville Homeschool, however, provided the Knights with a quadruple win, with victories across the board for all our Varsity and JV teams.
Be sure to come out tonight as our varsity teams face off against Blacksburg at home. Girls start at 6:30 PM, and boys at 8:00 PM. GO KNIGHTS!
In conjunction with Computer Science Education Week during December, St. Joseph’s sixth graders participated in Google’s Hour of Code from CS First. CS First is a free web-based program that exposes students to computer science through video tutorials and modules that students participate in as after-school, in-school and summer programs. Designed for grades 4-8, the clubs teach students about computer science and coding in a hands-on, learning-by-doing way.
Hour of Code is part of a nationwide effort to get kids doing computer coding, which can spark an interest in creativity and computer science. During their Foundations class with Mrs. Elizabeth Duncan, our students followed along with a video-based coding activity to create an original animated story. The instruction was very simple and engaging, requiring no experience in coding from either the students.
Thank you to Mrs. Duncan for bringing this opportunity to her class in the Sixth Grade Academy!
The Sixth Grade Academy has officially completed its first semester, with St. Joseph’s youngest students headed home for Christmas break. There are so many highlights from the first term – the hot air balloon visit, bible blessing, the Altruism in Action series with visits from the sheriff’s office and Water of Life, service projects, Day of the Dead celebration, their National Honor Society buddies in the high school – that it is hard to say which the Academy students have enjoyed the most!
As evidenced by the volume of prospective family tours given in the Academy this year, word is spreading throughout the Greenville area about the dynamic approach of the Academy, which pairs a strong academic curriculum with a unique and practical study of character and virtue. A typical week in the Academy can include discussions of the corporal works of mercy, how history class can be linked to theology, and a Foundations Class book that focuses on symbolisms of sacrifice and love.
How many other 6th graders in Greenville County got this added-values kind of education this week…in addition to a strong academic curriculum?
To get a more indepth look at what is going on in the Sixth Grade Academy, we invite you to visit this page for video content, FAQs, and samples of the weekly newsletter received by Academy parents!
Congratulations to senior Jake Johanning on committing to play Division I football for Furman University! Johanning signed on December 19 with his friends and family gathered to celebrate this achievement.
Johanning finished his high school football career with high honors as the Region 1-AA Player of the Year by the region’s coaches. He was also the first player from St. Joseph’s football program to be selected to participate in the North-South All-Star game. We look forward to following his career as he continues his education at Furman University.
To date, all SJCS athletic signings for 2018-19 have been to Division I schools. We commend the hard work of all our student athletes, their families, and coaches!
As we enter exam week on Monday, know that the prayers of the faculty and staff are will all of our students, particularly as they prepare over the weekend. Good luck and finish strong! St. Joseph, pray for us.
PRAYER FOR PREPARATION TO STUDY
Lord, I know you are with me and love me.
Give me peace of mind as I prepare for this time of study.
Help me to focus on my books and notes,
keep me from all distractions so that I will make the best use
of this time that is available to me.
Give me insight that I might understand what I am studying ,
and help me to remember it when the time comes.
Above all, I thank you for the ability to be able to study
and for the many gifts and talents you have given me.
Help me always to use them in such a way
that they honour you and do justice to myself. Amen
PRAYER BEFORE AN EXAMINATION
Dear Lord, as I take this exam, I thank you that my value
Is not based on my performance, but on your great love for me.
Come into my heart so that we can walk through this time together.
Help me, not only with this test, but the many tests of life that are sure to come my way.
As I take this exam, bring back to my mind everything I studied
and be gracious with what I have overlooked.
Help me to remain focussed and clam, confident in the facts and in my ability,
and firm in the knowledge that no matter what happens today you are there with me. Amen
Happy St. Nicholas Day! Today, the middle school celebrated with treats in the cafeteria thanks to many of our moms and Mrs. Jaraczewski. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of children and is a major saint in many European and Eastern countries. One of the old Christian traditions surrounding his feast day is for kids to leave their shoes out overnight in front of the fireplace, on the windowsill, or outside their bedroom door so that St. Nicholas can fill them with special fruits, candies, and other small gifts and treats.
The College Counseling Office recently announced that twenty-six students out of a class of 109 seniors have met the qualifications for the Palmetto Fellows Early Award. This is a tremendous achievement for our seniors, and showcases the quality of these students among their peers in the Greenville area. According to the Greenville County Schools website, the class percentage of St. Joseph’s seniors to claim this valuable state scholarship is nearly three times the local average!
Andrew Armstrong, Connor Bailey, Annika Bissinger, Annakate Blanks, Anthony Cinquemani, James Clemence, Davis Cooney, Luke Cunniffe, Emily Garceau, Anna Scott Gardner, Hannah Gertz, Branson Guest, Rachel Hall, Elizabeth Harris, Brandon Hodge, Madison Koontz, Helen Kopscik, Jack Longergan, Jadin Nassif, Elizabeth Poinsette, Joshua Powers, Emma Kate Seckinger, William Smith, Phillip Stapleton, Connor Stein, and Katherine Uprichard met the Early Award requirements by maintaining the required cumulative SC GPA and obtaining the required SAT and/or ACT score.
The Palmetto Scholarship recognizes academically talented South Carolina high school seniors and encourages these individuals to attend college in state. Each Palmetto Fellow may receive a scholarship up to $6,700 during their first year of college. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may receive up to $7,500 per year.
On Thursday, November 29th, the Sixth Grade Academy continued its Altruism in Action series with a visit from Water of Life Ministry. The students, who are currently studying the virtue of compassion, listened intently to their guest speaker Sarah Kelley as she shared the about the mission of Water of Life – to support communities in need in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and India by providing clean water through drilling new wells, sharing the Gospel, and helping to break cycles of poverty. One of the most pressing needs they face in India is the desperation of child slavery.
Mrs. Kelley explained to the students the caste system of India, and of the “untouchables,” largely familiar in the United States as those Mother Theresa served. She explained that thousands of children, average age 9, are forced into slavery in the brick and slate mines underground, often because of their families live in extreme poverty. It was very hard for our students to grasp that these children do not get to go home at night but are forced to sleep in these mines with very little food. Mrs. Kelley told the students that they are rescuing these children from the mines and are giving them medical attention, clothes and schooling so they can earn a living. Many of the little girls they rescue learn to sew and work as tailors. In order to help raise money to rescue other children from slavery, these little girls also make stuffed elephants which they sell for $15 each. Some of the money raised from these elephants also goes toward the drilling of new wells, which in turn helps to break the cycle of poverty in rural villages by sparing children and parents hours of walking each day to bring dirty water home to their families. The cost of one Water of Life Ministries well is $3,500.
The Academy students and teachers were very moved by this presentation and asked if some of the elephants could stay at the school, both for the children to purchase and to be able to help them share the story. If you would like to see or purchase them, contact any of the Sixth Grade Academy teachers!