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.


Girls golf wins Upstate Qualifier

St. Joseph’s girls golf team posted a 351 total, the lowest at Monday’s AAA Upstate Qualifier tournament at Boscbel Golf Club in Pendleton.

The Knights were led by Emma Curran with an 81 and Kaitlyn Dumit with an 88. Caleigh Noonan shot 90 and Reagan Lillibridge had a 92. Eighth grader Marett Cole had a 112.

It was the third straight year the Knights have posted the lowest score at the Upstate qualifier. Chesnee finished second at 359.

Next up is the AAA Girls State Golf Tournament to be held next Monday and Tuesday at Carolina Springs Golf Club in Fountain Inn.

Schools had to post a score of better than 400 to make the field for the state tournament. Other teams advancing included Landrum, Christ Church, Chapman, Ware Shoals, Emerald, Pendleton, Powdersville and Ware Shoals.

Sophomore Night Shows Community Culture That Sets St. Joe’s Apart

Sophomore year comes with its own unique set of highlights and challenges. Freshman year is over, college is becoming more real, driver’s licenses are coming up, and the desire for greater independence is in full swing. For parents of sophomore students, the need for strong communication rooted in trust and love is more important than ever.

Experience, research, and the Christian life all show that children and parents who engage in a community that fosters strong relationships and character formation is highly impactful in the life of a child. Armed with this belief, St. Joseph’s Catholic School sees its capacity for good and views its mission of education as a partnership with families.

“Rightly viewed, education is not a transaction. It’s not exchanging money for information,” says Dr. Steven Jones, the Director of the High School. “Rightly understood, education is about formation, and so the community you choose matters.”

For St. Joseph’s sophomores and their families, part of that community experience is Sophomore Night. This year, over 100 parents and students of the Class of 2021 gathered at nearby Prince of Peace Catholic Church for a family retreat where they enjoyed challenging mixer games led by Coach Frank Kucinic, dinner provided by Tropical Grill, discussion, and prayer. The evening was facilitated by SJCS Campus Minister Gabe Lewis and Chaplain Fr. Jonathan Duncan, as well as Dr. Jones and Headmaster Keith Kiser.

Dr. Jones presented on the social science of iGen, a topic that has been a focus this year at the school, as well as showing Bishop Robert Barron’s perspective on the topic for those in education and ministry. The students and parents followed these presentations with small group discussion on the use of technology and what makes us happy as human beings.

The atmosphere in the room for these conversations was extremely positive, and even somewhat lighthearted as the families explored these topics together. For Dr. Jones, this is exactly what sets St. Joseph’s apart from other educational experiences in the area. “This is why you’re here,” says Dr. Jones. “You didn’t just pick this school, you picked this community.”

“When we say we partner with families, we really mean that.” says Dr. Jones. “We provide venues and opportunities to break down walls and promote good communication between parents and their kids.”

The results of this partnership speak for themselves. St. Joseph’s Catholic School enjoys a 93% retention rate, with most of those students choosing the benefits of the entire seven-year program, from the Sixth Grade Academy through graduation. “Parents are searching for more than great academics and great athletics,” says Barbara McGrath, Director of Admissions. Though the school can easily boast of both, the community and formation elements are what truly sets the St. Joseph’s experience apart in the greater Greenville area.

“We are convinced,” says Headmaster Keith Kiser, “that the most important lessons we teach, experiences we offer, and relationships we foster are those which help our students discover true meaning, purpose, and love in their lives. This happens, most often, in community.”

As Sophomore Night closed with students and parents joining together for evening prayer led by Fr. Duncan in the peacefully darkened church, that sense of purpose was tangibly present.


Terrific Tuesdays in the Sixth Grade Academy

In the Sixth Grade Academy, the study of virtue goes hand in hand with the rest of the students classwork. Each quarter, the Academy students go in-depth exploring particular virtues to transform their understanding from ideas on a page to tools they can use to become better students, friends, sons and daughters, and to grow in their relationships with God.

During the first quarter, the Academy teachers have focused on the virtues of self-discipline and courage. To help bring these virtues to life, the Academy takes one day a month – Terrific Tuesdays – to host guest speakers from the Greenville community who are living these virtues to share their stories with the students.

For the month of October, the Academy students welcomed members of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department to speak about the ways they exercise courage and self-discipline working in law enforcement, and how if the students work to grow in these virtues now, they can make the world a better place. Deputy Katie McGrath, who has visited St. Joseph’s several times before, shared her experiences both in the military and as a sheriff’s deputy and the crucial role that self-discipline plays in her life. Without it, she told the students, she would not be allowed to do the job she does.

St. Joseph’s Joins Life Chain for Respect Life Month

October is Respect Life Month, and so once again, the St. Joseph’s community participated in the annual Greenville Life Chain on Woodruff Road. Students, parents, faculty, staff and friends came out for an hour of prayer and silent witness to the sanctity of life and to stand for the dignity and protection of the unborn. Thank you to everyone who participated, and to Rick Gushue for providing photos from the afternoon.

Marett Cole Featured in the Greenville News

The Greenville News writer Bob Castello tells eighth grader Marett Cole’s story: “I don’t remember it. It’s kind of weird. It’s like I’m looking at someone else’s life, not my own.”

Marett Cole is 14 going on, well, a lot older than that. She lives a pretty normal life now, but she lived a completely different life when she was younger.

She’s in the eighth grade at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, and she’s on the girls golf team. It’s a sport that can be frustrating, but not to Marett. 

A double bogey? So what. Miss a short putt? Big deal.

Two bouts with cancer before the age of 4 sort of trumps any shot that lands in the water.

Read the full article here.

Girls Golf Wins Fourth Straight Region Title

For the fourth straight season, the St. Joseph’s girls golf team has won the Region championship.

Led by the stellar play of Emma Curran and Kaitlyn Dumit, the Knights posted a 340 total Monday at Links O’Tryon in Gowensvill at the Region I-AA tournament. That was 21 shots better than runnerup and host Landrum.

Curran and Dumit posted a 76 and a 77, respectively. Sophomore Reagan Lillibridge shot a fine 83 while eighth-grader Marett Cole used her “magic” putting to post a 104. Peyton Gillespie of Christ Church shot a 1-under 71 to win the Region Player of the Year honor. Curran and Dumit finished second and third in the individual standings earning all-Region honors. Lillibridge also made the all-Region team.

Finishing third in the team standings was CCES at 366 while Greer Middle College shot a 377. Southside Christian was a distant fifth at 465.

Next up for the Knights is the Upstate Qualifier at Boscobel Oct. 15. If SJCS shoots lower than 400, it will advance to the AAA tournament set for Carolina Springs in Fountain Inn Oct. 22-23.

Boys Swimming Wins 3A State Title, Girls Win 3rd

Boys swimming wins 3A State Championship for the second year running! Girls swimming wins third place also in 3A, their best finish ever! Congratulations Knights, we are so thrilled!
Boy took 1st in the medley relay and 400 free relay. The girls took 3rd in the medley relay and the 400 free relay. Individual finishers: Liam walker took 1st in the 200 M and 100 butterfly. Silas Crosby took 1st in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Jack Lonergan took 3rd in the 100 butterfly. Mary Kate Farrell took 2nd in the 500 freestyle and 3rd in the 100 breastroke. Girls medley relay was Katy Permanente, Mary Kate Farrell, Elizabeth Loudermilk, and Kylie Larkin. Girls 400 free relay was Elizabeth Loudermilk, Helen Norton, Kylie Larkin and Mary Kate Farrell. Boys medley was Jack Doyle, Silas Crosby, Liam walker and Preston Jennings. Boys 400 free relay was the same four boys.

Congratulations Knights! Another state championship in the books!

Green Steps Students Keeping Our Campus Clean

Our Green Steps program held their first campus clean up of the year yesterday with the 8th grade class. The students worked together during lunch recess to pick up one and half large trash bags of litter from all around the school grounds. Most of the litter gathered were small items such as plastic bottles, food wrappers, and bottle caps. The worst area was around the tennis courts.

Student participation in the litter pick up was scored by Household. The girls participated with a perfect 7 out of 7 female middle school households represented. The boys turned out with 4 out of 7 male households represented, but had two households that tied for highest participation: Mr. Tierney’s Barbarians and Mr. Thompson’s Noble Squires!


Green Steps coordinator Joanna McLucas would like to thank the students for coming out and also thank all the household deans for encouraging participation! The 7th grade clean up will take place in November.

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