Swim Shows Strong at Splashdown Invitational

The Knights swim team competed in the Splashdown Invitational today. Though the meet isn’t scored between teams, our swimmers received 28 state cuts (automatically qualifying them to go to states) and 15 state consideration cuts, which qualifies them to go to state if there’s enough room in the pool. Congratulations to our boys and girls swim team on a strong start for the season!

Girls Golf Claims First St. Joe’s Win of 2018-19

Sophomores Emma Curran and Caleigh Noonan each posted a 41 Wednesday at GCC Chanticleer as the Knights opened their 2018 girls golf season.
The Knights beat AAAA school Blue Ridge 176-205. Kaitlyn Dumit shot a 45 and Marett Cole had a 49 for SJCS. Reagan Lillibridge of the Knights posted a 55.
St. Joseph’s is back in action at Chanticleer next Wednesday in a four-way match with Christ Church, Powdersville and Daniel.
Girls golf
Wednesday at Chanticleer
Team: 1. St. Joseph’s 176, 2. Blue Ridge 205
Individual: 1, Emma Curran (SJ), Caleigh Noonan (SJ) 41, 3. Raquel Fowler (BR), Kaitlyn Dumit (SJ) 45.
Records: SJ 1-0, BR 0-1.

Orientation Welcomes New and Returning Students

The silence of summer is officially broken, and these halls couldn’t be happier! Friday, August 17, both new and returning students arrived on campus to set up lockers, meet their teachers, walk their bell schedules, and a myriad of other details in preparation for the start of classes Monday morning.

The 2018-2019 school year celebrates the new addition of our dedicated Sixth Grade Academy, as well as the UKnight building being fully available for classes, athletic locker room use, and the relocated Guidance Suite.

The celebration continues tonight with our first football game of the season and all-school welcome back tailgate!

Used Uniform Sale: Monday, August 20

The Used Uniform Sale is BACK for 2018-2019!

We’ll hold our first sale of the school year on Monday, August 20 from 3:00PM-4:30PM in the cafeteria. We will have some of the new uniforms (Mills) for sale for $5 per piece and the grandfathered pieces (see below) on sale for $3 each or 4 pieces for $10. We’ll also have blazers for $35. Spirit wear and the new Middle School PE uniforms will also be available.

The “old” pants, shorts and dark plaid skirts will be allowed for one more year. All these pieces will be $3 each or 4 for $10 BUT they’ll only be allowed for the 2018-2019 school year. Additionally, because Mills does not offer short sleeved button-down oxfords, those will be grandfathered as well. Students can continue to wear the blue or white short sleeved oxfords from the previous uniform supplier. (PLEASE NOTE: Students may wear a WHITE short sleeved button down oxford shirt from ANY vendor.)

Because of the limited life on the older suppliers, we cannot accept them as part of our trade-in program. Only Mills pieces will be accepted for trade.

As a reminder, all proceeds from the Used Uniform Sales go directly to the SJCS Parent’s Guild. We accept cash and checks payable to SJCS Parent’s Guild.

Please see current uniform requirements for all grades before making purchases.

Get Your 2018 Spirit Wear!


It’s time for St Joseph’s Catholic School Spirit Wear 2018!

You can now purchase your items online in 3 easy steps:

1. Go to the online store at https://stjoesspirit2018.itemorder.com
2. Choose your items and add them to your cart
3. Securely checkout with your credit card

Online Store Deadline: Sunday September 9, 2018 (11:59pm EDT)

Questions? Contact Mike Miros with First Team Sports.


Campus All Set for New Year


On Saturday, August 11, over 80 volunteers from the St. Joseph’s family participated in the annual Come Back to Give Back event. Current and alumni families and students put on work gloves and tended flower beds, gave railings a fresh coat of paint, scrubbed out corners and gave the campus one last shine before students return for Orientation on August 17. Many thanks to all who came out to continue our longstanding tradition of community volunteerism and service!


24 Hour Theatre Extravaganza – August 17-18

What better way to end the summer and kick off the school year than with a Theatre Extravaganza? Students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni have the opportunity to create a show from the ground up, only limited by time and their imagination! Anyone in the SJCS school community (rising 8th grader and older) can be involved in this event, beginning at 6:00 P.M. on Friday, August 17th. The event will culminate with a performance of these plays at 7:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 18th.

 Those interested in being a part of this event can sign up for a role as a writer, actor, stage manager, crew member, or director. The number of participants may be limited based on response; up to five plays will be produced as a part of the 24 Hour Theatre Extravaganza.

Any member of the SJCS school community is also invited to produce and submit short films to be showcased between performances at this event. The deadline for registering to participate in the 24 Theatre Extravaganza is Friday, August 10th and the deadline for submitting student-produced films is Monday, August 13th.

 Visit the links below for more information and contact Teresa McGrath with any questions: tmcgrath@sjcatholicschool.org

Writers of the event will be required to utilize certain elements in their scripts based on a survey found here. Be sure to participate in the vote by Thursday, August 16th to help determine which elements will be required and then join us at the show on Saturday, August 18th to see which elements were included!

The final performances of the 24 Hour Theatre Extravaganza will be on Saturday, August 18th at 7:00 P.M.

General Admission tickets can be purchased ahead at a discounted price of of $8 per person (Online ticket sales will close at Noon on August 18). Tickets will be $10 per person at the door. All tickets include a coupon for one free Concession item.

All tickets are General Admission – doors will open to Jubilate Arts Guild members only at 6:30, followed by general admission at 6:45. Be sure to pick up your Jubilate Arts Guild member tag at check-in. Additionally, the Fine Arts Department decals will be available for purchase prior to the show!

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

On May 26, 2018, St. Joseph’s Catholic School held the Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2018. The senior class totalled 99 graduates, and boasted impressive achievements across the board.

  • 96% (95 out of 99) of the students were awarded at least one scholarship, with a class Total Award Amount of $14,455,988
  • Four students were awarded a “full ride” (full tuition or tuition and room and board) to at least one college.
  • 93% (92) of the students received a SC State Scholarship Award
  • 100% College Acceptance, and 100% College Enrollment with 99% report being happy/very happy with their college acceptances/choices
  • The students will be attending 47 different colleges in 17 different states (including DC) and 3 countries
  • 12 are enrolling into a Catholic university
  • Athletic Signings: 10 students have signed/committed to play a sport in college

The Salutation was delivered by Francesca Strathern, this year’s Father Fox Award recipient, the Senior Class Gift presentation by Jane Cajka, Alyssa Moore, and Lizzie Reinstein who represented the Senior Class Senate, and the Farewell Address was given by Andrew Lyons, the Redemptoris Custos Award recipient. For the first time, the Commencement Address was given by a SJCS alumni, Mr. Brent Myers of the Class of 1998.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! View the professional photo gallery by David Lawrence here.

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Presenting Inscape 2018

The Inscape Literary Magazine is pleased to present their 2018 edition for your enjoyment! This year’s Inscape is brought to you by Editor Sami Miller and Layout Crew Patrick Alvis, Maggie Barr, Dominic Mosley, and Maegan White, along with faculty advisor Dr. Jill Kriegel. Print copies will reach mailboxes soon, but please enjoy the online edition in the meantime.

Yearbook Staff named National Program of Excellence

The SJCS Yearbook Staff has been awarded the Josten’s National Program of Excellence!

The is the first time our school has ever won this prestigious award. Only 414 schools in the 18,000+ that Josten’s represents received the award for this school year. “I am very proud of my students who made this happen!” said Jennifer Collins, Yearbook moderator and Computer Science teacher.
Congratulations to Lizzie Latham, Helen Kopscik, Alyssa Moore, Sarah Grace Calder, Christopher Sherlock and Derek Sheldon, and (not pictured) AJ Minerva for your excellence work!

St. Joseph’s Wins 2018 2A Carlisle Cup

We are thrilled to announce that for the second year in row, St. Joseph’s  has been awarded the Carlisle Cup (formerly the Directors Cup) for Class 2A by the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association. The runner up was Academic Magnet, only 30 points behind. This award is a testament to the outstanding work of all our student athletes, coaches, staff, volunteers, and the support of all who came out to cheer!

On Friday May 11 at Irmo High School, the boys soccer team, for the second match in a row, went into a penalty kick shootout after playing 80 minutes of regulation time and 30 minutes of overtime to a 0-0 tie. Unfortunately, we came out on the losing end of the 4-3 final score to Academic Magnet HS. It was an outstanding run for our boys and Coach Kucinic, especially after being the underdog for the last couple of matches. Congratulations to Coach K and all the guys on their State Runner-up finish!

On Saturday May 12, the previously undefeated boys tennis team were defeated by Academic Magnet HS for the State Championship by a score of 5-2, with many going into tie breakers. Coach Kevin Meyer and his team set a number of school records this year including their best-ever finish in the state playoffs. After the State Tournament, Nick Loudermilk tied for 3rd in the state singles tournament (AAA-AA-A) in Cayce. He lost a close match in the semifinals of the main draw and they ended up cancelling the 3rd place match because of rain. Maclean Armstrong made it to the semifinals of the consolation bracket in the tournament. Congratulations to Coach Meyer and the whole team for an extraordinary year!

Also on Saturday, members of the girls and boys Track and Field teams competed in the State Championship Meet at Spring Valley. Our girls team finished the meet in 3rd place. Ava Dobson was an individual winner in the 1600 and the 3200 meter runs and our 4 x 800 meter relay team also won their event. On the boys side, the SJCS Knights won the State Championship for the second year in a row by scoring 31 points more than second place Woodland HS! Braydon Bennett won both the 110 meter and 400 meter hurdles. Our 4 x 100 and 4 x 800 meter relay teams were also winners. Congratulations to Coach George Carr and all of our track athletes! Additionally, congratulations to Coach George Carr for being selected the South Carolina High School League Class AA Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year by the South Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches Association!

We had two members of our boys golf team qualify to participate as individuals in the Class AA State Tournament that was held the past two days in North Augusta. Yesterday’s second round was canceled due to rain. So, the standings were determined by the first day results. Ben Loudermilk shot a score of 2 over par 74 to finish in a tie for 7th place and was also named to the All-State team and Ryan Gorman finished in a tie for 17th with a score of 77. Congratulations to both golfers!

Student Spring Concert Series

This week the Strings, Chorus, and Band students perform their Spring Concert Series in the John Paul II Center. The Strings program is led by Ms. Rachael Mantelli, Chorus by Dr. Kenneth Tice, and Band by Mrs. Marjorie Malphrus. The Spring Concerts are always a great event, especially for the younger students many of whom are picking up their instruments or trying their voices for the first time. Thank you to all those who volunteered their time with the Fine Arts Department to make these concerts a success!

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