The On-Campus Mills Uniform Sales Event Monday, April, 16th. Mills Uniform Company will be on campus for a Mobile Store Event in our gym. They will bring a fully-stocked Mobile Store directly to our campus, complete with Mills staff, sizing specialists, portable fitting rooms, and a full-selection of garments for try on and purchase. The hours will be from 10am-6pm for parents, and students would be able to shop with their parents during lunch or after school. Students will not be allowed to miss class to go over to the gym.
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Congratulations to SJCS rising ninth graders Mia Kim and Zana Norton, who were recently selected as the recipients of the St. Joseph’s Scholar Award. This merit-based scholarship, awarded annually to two incoming freshmen, recognizes academic excellence and covers one-half of high school tuition. Both girls are current eighth graders at SJCS.
During this Lenten season, the students of St. Joseph’s have taken many opportunities to engage more fully in their faith, both Catholic and non-Catholic students alike, beginning with all-school Mass on Ash Wednesday.
Each Friday during Lent, several teachers including Mr. Karl Orbon and Mrs. Lynn Connelly, take their classes to the chapel or the John Paul II Center to pray through the Stations of the Cross together. Mr. Orbon’s theology class reads a different version each week, reflecting on the Passion of Christ through the scriptures and the various writing of different authors. This has also been a wonderful opportunity for other faculty and staff members to join the students as they are able and observe this Lenten practice together.
In addition to the regular weekly confession schedules which offers three separate opportunities throughout the week, St. Joseph’s once again hosted a Lenten Penance Service on March 15. Both the Middle and High Schools attended an hour of silent adoration before the Blessed Sacrament while priest from many of the surrounding parishes so generously attended to give of their time to hear confessions at private stations throughout the gym. It was truly beautiful seeing so many of our students take advantage of the sacrament!
The next issue of the student newspaper, The Knightly News, is now available! Please see the entire issue by clicking the preview below.
Congratulations to Andrew Lyons and Carson McAbee who were named National Merit Finalists and ranked in the top one percent of the nation’s high school students, and Anna Catalina Lindstrom who was named National Merit Semifinalist.
The National Merit Scholarship Program, a privately financed academic competition for recognition and scholarships, bases its awards on high school student results on the PSAT.
Congratulations to seniors Christian Castillo, Dominic Mosley, and Megan Seidel, who have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students placed among the top 50,000 of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT).
Congratulations to Christian Castillo and Anna Catalina Lindstrom, who have been named National Hispanic Scholars. These students scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in the region.
On Thursday, March 15, St. Joseph’s band students participated in the South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA) Annual Music Festival. The spring Music Festival involves over 1,100 talented students from SCISA member schools.
St. Joseph’s entered 2 groups in the Large Instrumental category. The 6th grade band with twenty-nine student members and the audition only Festival Band consisting of forty-five 7th and 8th graders, each performed two selections for a professional music judge. Both groups were awarded a Superior rating by the judge, who provided feedback to the group immediately following the performances. Band Director Marj Malphrus commented, “This is a nice experience for our students and we can continue to make improvements for our spring concert on May 10”. The Festival Band will travel to Charlotte, NC for another festival in May.
The Catholic Education Foundation hosted its 28th annual Salute to Catholic School Alumni Dinner at the Galt House Hotel on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. The Salute honored six graduates of Catholic schools who have had an impact on the community. Among this list of honorees was our own Barbara McGrath, one of the original founders of St. Joseph’s who currently serves as the Director of Admissions.
Established in 1990, the Catholic Education Foundation Salute raises funds for families, parishes and schools to provide tuition assistance for families as well as grants for religious education, professional development of teachers and advancements in technology. In the fall of 2017, the Foundation and its funding partners awarded an all-time high $6.5 million in tuition assistance to a record 3,000 students in Catholic elementary schools.
Learn more about the Catholic Education Foundation here, and hear more of Barbara’s story in the founding of St. Joseph’s here in her video interview at the bottom of the page. Congratulations for this recognition of your tremendous and continuing work on behalf of Catholic education!
We are pleased to welcome Mr. Eric Nash to St. Joseph’s as our upcoming Athletic Director! Coach Nash will be starting in June following the retirement of our own RJ Beach. Coach Nash is coming to us from a very successful career with the Wofford College football program, where he has served for fifteen years as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator under Coach Mike Ayers, as well as academic advisor and budget manager. “I’m very happy to be undertaking a new opportunity with new challenges,” said Coach Nash. “After fifteen years in college athletics, the chance to work with high school students and being able to make a positive impression on them earlier in life is very exciting.”
Coach Nash is very involved as an active member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Spartanburg, the Knights of Columbus, and also gives generously of his time to supporting St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School. “Catholic education allows you to develop the whole person – academically, physically, and spiritually. I’m very passionate about how athletics contributes to that, and how perfectly the St. Joseph’s mission fits with that philosophy.”
Coach Nash will be on campus periodically throughout the spring before his first official day on June 1, so please be sure to welcome him if you see him!
Varsity Girls Basketball (5th in Region)
All-Region: Joelle Saunders
PAA Greenville County All-Star game selection: Joelle Saunders
Varsity Boys Basketball (2nd in Region, 2nd Round Playoffs)
All-Region: Colin Burns & Jonathan Heijjer
PAA Greenville County All-Star game selection: Jonathan Heijjer & Emilio Trocha
Region Coach of the Year: Paul Assinesi
Wrestling (3rd in Region)
Most Outstanding Wrestler: Conley Poole
Knight Award: Cian Rusnak
MVP: Reagan Chittum
Knight’s Award: Ashley Caputo
Leadership Award: Camille Hoover
Most Spirited Award: Lorena Cicale
St. Joseph’s Catholic School held a student-led service at 10:00 AM to stand against violence in schools and show solidarity with the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The entire student body was present in the athletic stadium, along with the faculty and staff.
“We wanted to join this national moment in a safe and powerful way that would create an impact,” said SJCS junior Maegan White, who coordinated the event. “It was extremely important to us [the students] to incorporate our Christian faith into how we approached showing our support.”
Seventeen students read the names and a short biography of the seventeen victims in Parkland, Fla., invoking prayers of eternal rest and observing a moment of silence following each name. Other students led a prayer to end violence, and recognized the victims of each US school shooting since Columbine in 1999.
Headmaster Keith Kiser remarked immediately following the event that it was a tremendously moving experience. “As a school, we wanted to provide a positive environment for the students to engage in this national conversation. They planned everything, and it was perfect.”
Tickets are on sale for the spring musical, Little Women: The Broadway Musical! Performances will be March 22-25.
- Thursday, March 22 @ 7:00 (Preview Performance, discounted price)
- Friday, March 23 @ 7:00
- Saturday, March 24 @ 7:00
- Sunday, March 25 @ 3:00
Based on the classic novel of the same name, journey into the lives of the March family. The bonds of sisterhood run deep as the wild stories and antics unfold among the four sisters. The girls struggle with maintaining a connection to their family’s roots as they fight to fulfill their dreams.
St. Joseph’s Track and Field teams performed extremely well at prestigious Chick-fil-a Invitational at Eastside on Saturday, March 10th! Annika Bissinger set the new Meet record of 2:19.69 with a win in the Girls 800 Meter Run, besting her own previous Meet record of 2:28.73 set in 2015. Ava Dobson, in her first year running track, set the new Meet record of 10:55.35 with a first place finish in her first-time-ever racing in the Girls 3200 Meter Run besting the previous record of 11:35.54 set in 2016 by Madison Ellis of Eastside. Other notables include Braydon Bennett’s 2nd place finish in the Boys 110 Hurdles with a time of 15.46 and 3rd in the Boys 400 Hurdles with a time of 54.11, as well as Madison Turcotte’s 3rd place in the Girls 400 Hurdles with a time of 1:12.03. The St. Joseph’s Girls and Boys teams both finished 12th out of 21 schools participating.
Senior golfer Ben Loudermilk posted a 37 to tie for medalist honors Monday in a tri-match at the Preserve at Verdae.
The Knights (3-2) narrowly lost to Christ Church 166-167. Landrum posted a 215 total. Junior Ryan Gorman fired a 40 while senior Greg Hazelhurst and eighth-grader Joey Clary shot 45. Carly Lyvers had a 47 and CJ Sahlman a 59 for the Knights.
St. Joseph’s will be playing this Saturday in the Ninety-Six Invitational tournament.
Monday at The Preserve
Team: Christ Church 166, St. Joseph’s 167, Landrum 215.
Individuals: 1. Rafe Reynolds (CC), Ben Loudermilk (SJ) 37, 3. Ryan Gorman (SJ) 40.
Records: CC 2-0, SJCS 3-2, Landrum 0-5
Other SJCS scores: Greg Hazelhurst 45, Joey Clary 45, Carly Lyvers 47, CJ Sahlman 59.
Every year, the typical schedule here gets turned upside for a week to allow for a time of special exploration and discovery. Minimester allows the students to explore topics outside the classroom in a unique way, and also gives the faculty an opportunity to share their diverse interests. Last week, Minimester 2018 brought a fantastic offering of special courses for the high school students to choose from, including Civil Rights History Tour, Philosophy of the Twilight Zone, Rocket Science for Non-Rocket Scientists, The Magic of Physics, NASCAR, Marine Biology, History of US Fashion, and Middle Earth and Beyond, just to name a few.
While most trips stay in the local area, a few each year take the students to special destinations to immerse in the experience in a different way. For Megan Koon‘s group of twenty students, The Magic of Physics took them behind the scenes at Walt Disney World. They participated in two programs, Energy and Waves, which took them behind the scenes of the Haunted Mansion to learn about Pepper’s Ghost Effect, and Properties of Motion, in which the students rode Space Mountain with the lights on and then off to learn about the effect of light and sound on perspective. During that program, they also rode Big Thunder Mountain to discuss centripetal force.
Another exceptional trip out of town this year was led by Jennie Neighbors and Meby Carr, taking ten students to Alabama for a Civil Rights History Tour. The group traveled to Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma, visiting the the Equal Justice Initiative, 16th Street Baptist Church (bombed by the KKK in 1963), Rosa Parks Museum, Southern Poverty Law Center Memorial, the Alabama State House, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church (where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was pastor from 1954 to 1960), and more. So many unexpected and powerful moments came out of the trip, such as our students meeting a man who marched from Selma to Montgomery with Dr. King. While at Dexter Avenue, students had the opportunity to hear from tour guides and to read passages from Dr. King’s addresses from behind his podium, truly bringing the experience to life!