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Our Students St. Joseph's Catholic Community of Grand Rapids is a vibrant faith community located in northern Minnesota. St. Joseph's School is an important part of the St. Joseph's Catholic Community. We love our students and are privileged to work in partnership with our school families.
Academic Opportunities Academic opportunities at St. Joseph's School include Math Masters, Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Reading Rainbow Writers' Contest, Geography Bee, and numerous field trips. We value the academic enrichment these experiences bring to our children's education.
Service Activities No matter the age, our parish community embraces and serves everyone when we join together in sharing the importance of Catholic faith in our lives. Students have donated their time through a school marathon by raking leaves for those in need.Some students worked at the Food Self or collected donations for Habitat for Humanity, Grace House and the Caring Fore Kids.


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School Personnel Changes for 16-17

The following faculty/staff members will be leaving St. Joseph's School at the end of this school year.

We thank them for their dedication to the education and well-being of the children at our school.

MRS. MATURI
Mrs. Carmen Watland will be our new secretary.

MISS COOK
Mrs. Cindy Eckert will be our new preschool teacher.

SENORA CORTES
As of this date, we are not planning to have a Spanish class in 2016-2017. St. Joseph's School Board and I will review this program's structure to see if we wish to reinstate the program in 2017-2018. Parents will have the opportunity to let us know their thoughts on the Spanish program in the End-of-Year Survey that will be on School Speak in June.

MRS. HEBEISEN
Mrs. Hebeisen will return if we are not able to find a new phy-ed teacher, but has requested that we begin process of looking for a new person. Please contact our school office if you know of someone who might be interested in this position.

MR. NALAN

Mrs. Lemke will take on additional responsibilities in our library this upcoming year.


CURRENT OPENINGS FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR

Hot Lunch Cook (one person needed) 

Please contact our school office if you know of someone who might be interested in either of these positions.

ST. JOSEPH'S SCHOOL IS ACCREDITED BY THE

MINNESOTA NONPUBLIC SCHOOL ACCREDITING ASSOCIATION (MNSAA)

MNSAA is a federally and state sanctioned non-profit association whose goal is to help non-public schools to continue to provide authentic quality of education to students that adheres to a rigorous set of standards.As part of the accreditation process, schools create a seven year strategic plan which is both visionary and focused.St. Joseph's School's Strategic Plan follows below. Thank you to our School Board and Faculty & Staff who helped to create our plan.

The complete report is available for review at our school office.

Updates to our Plan that were accomplished in 2015-2016 written in blue


MEET THE ACADEMIC NEEDS OF EACH STUDENT

  • How to Create and Use Rubricswas the book the faculty and I used this year as the basis for our discussion on assessment.

• New student report cards (and reporting system) were launched this year by using an intra-school communication tool, SchoolSpeak. Efforts will continue next year to improve our use of this system which enables parents to check online how their child(ren) are doing academically.

• In the future, we will work to create a specific plan for the needs of high potential learners. If you would like to be a part of this process, please contact the school office.

INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF

TODAY'S LEARNERS

• Each teacher completed a minimum of 10 hours in technology in-service throughout the school year.

• Using a generous gift of $5000 received this spring, we will be upgrading our SMARTBoard computers, purchase replacement SMARTBoard projectors, and adding new laptops to our inventory for student use.

• We have not completed the action step of creating a Technology Plan.

If you would like to be a part of this process, please contact the school office.

ST. JOSEPH’S SCHOOL WILL MAINTAIN NECESSARY

REVENUE AND ENROLLMENT


• Parish leadership refinanced our facility mortgage to enable us to better manage our monthly payments.


• St. Joseph’s School Board focused on our school finance structure and governance. The school board conducted a parent survey, and based on the results of this survey, took two actions. They hosted a “State of the School” finance information evening and created “Three Minute Mondays”, short videos with information about our school that is posted on our student information system, SchoolSpeak.


• Spring Thaw (school’s largest fundraiser), brought in $26,000 for our school’s operating budget. Steering committee and school staff continues to upgrade and refine “operation manuals” to help new parents keep this event successful.


• We have not completed the action step of creating a Marketing Plan. School Board has this set to be a main focus in 2016-2017.If you would like to be a part of this process, please contact the school office.


ST. JOSEPH’S SCHOOL WILL ARTICULATE IN WORD AND

PROMOTE IN ACTION OUR CATHOLIC IDENTITY

Faculty, principal and School Board continue to review and work to meet the National Standards for Effective Catholic Elementary Schools. Some actions are:

• Attendance at 125th Anniversary Eucharistic Procession and Mass on 9/12/2015

• Attendance at diocesan teacher retreat 6/12/16-6/14/16

• Attendance at diocesan assembly 10/4/16

• Creation of activities and prayers each month for students that focused on Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in celebration of the Year of Mercy.

In this upcoming school year, all teachers in the Diocese of Duluth will attend four Catechetical Formation Days using the SYMBOLON program: August 25, October 20, January (date TBD), and May 26 (which will be a NO SCHOOL day for students in the Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Duluth).

SUMMARY OF MNSAA TEAM VISIT (SPRING 2013)

SIGNIFICANT AREAS OF STRENGTH

1. The St. Joseph's School Community was described by many as working and interacting together as a family. Relationships among students, staff and parents were credited in interviews as being at the heart of what makes this a great school.

2. The dedication of the staff and exemplary dedication of the principal are the foundation of the postitive, caring and energetic atmosphere throughout the school.

3. St. Joseph's pastor is to be commended for his faithful support and active involvement in the school.

4. The new facility is obviously a positive enhancement to the school program. The design of the building is very functional, and it reinforces the bond with the parish community.

5.The team commends the school on the various types of community involvement in which it participates.

AREAS OF CHALLENGE

1. The team recommends that the school develop a comprehensive marketing plan.

2. The team supports the school's plan to increase their hardware inventory, develop a technology plan, and provide technology in-service for staff.

3.St. Joseph's School is challenged to annually evaluate all staff members.

4. The team challenges the school to review and update the School Strategic Plan to ensure a reasonable timeline.

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SPRING THAW RESULTS = $26,000!

The Spring Thaw Committee would like to extend a special

THANK YOU to the following individuals and businesses

that donated goods, services, and time to make

our fundraiser for St. Joseph’s School the best ever!


We truly appreciate each of you!

Church volunteers who worked tirelessly "behind the scenes" that evening in the kitchen and dining room

ABC Quilt Company

Ace Hardware

Acheson Tire

Anderson Glass

Angel Nails

Anne Marcotte

Applebee's

Automotive ElectricÂ

Bala

Barb Schultz

BeautyCounter - Kelly Kabotoff

Benders

Bloomers Garden Center

Grand Rapids High School Hockey Team

Grand Rapids State Bank

Grand Rapids Veterinary Clinic

Grandma's Restaurant Co.

Great Clips

Great Lakes Aquarium

Ground Round

Guthrie Theater

Illusions Theater

Industrial Lubricant Co.

IRA Civic Center

Itasca Orchestra & Strings Program

Itasca Realty Lakes and Homes - Molly Tulek

Pokegama Golf Course

Ray's Sport & Marine

Reif Center

Rivertown Furniture

Rowe Funeral Home

Salmela Jewelers

Salon Brad

Sammy's Pizza & Restaurant

Schroeder Family Dental

SEH

Shannon Aultman Massage Therapy

Sonder Chiropractic

St. Joseph's School

Bob & Kristin Ryan

Bonnie Elich

Break Time Craft Studio

Brier's Clothing

Dick & Wendy Green

BST Enterprises

Café Latte

Cannon River Winery

Caribou Highlands Lodge

Lutsen

Cari Helland

Carquest Auto Parts

Casper Construction

Center

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Cherry Berry

Children's Discovery Museum

Clafton Skate & Sporting Goods

Cole's Hardware

College For Kids

College of St. Ben's

St. John's

College of St. Scholastica

Costco

Cub

Dairy Queen

Dales Autobody

Davis Oil

Deerwood Bank

Diane Lievsay

Dick's Distributing

Don Oberfoell - Oberfoell Auctioneers

Donald's Uniform and Apparel

Dorholt Tile & Home

Dr. Lee Jess DDS

Duluth Children's Museum

Duluth Huskies Baseball

Father Jerry & Father Timothy

JB Kaiser

Jean Hoshal

Jenny & Company - Tara Hallie

Jerry's Warehouse Liquors

Jim Noyes

Joe's Garage

John & Doreen Seekon

Kharma Hair Studio

Korhonen Meats

L & M Fleet

Lake Country Furniture

Lake Lovers Vintage

Lake Time Magazine

Lakes Area Credit Union

Lasting Impressions Massage & Day Spa

Lefty's Tent and Party Rental

Lemongrass Spa - Rebekah Coffield

Lloyds Landscaping

Manns Cinema

Meds-1 EMS

Miskovich Dental

Mississippi Diamond Jewelers

MN Historical Society

MN Twins

MN Wild

MN Zoo

Mobile Predictive Services New Scenic Café

Nichole Baker

Nicole Graham Insurance Advisors

NoPo Coffee

North Homes

Northern Lakes Dental

Paddle Hoppers

Pampered Chef - Nichole Arbour

Sago L & E - Misty and Joe Heinz

St. Joseph's School Students, Staff and Parents

St. Paul Saints

Suhka

Target

Tastefully Simple - Joni Namyst

Terra Reflections

Terry Lavalle State Farm

The Pines Resort

Thousand Lakes - Grant Prokop

Thunder Alley

Tim Murphy

Timberlake Lodge Hotel

Mike & Mary Ives

Tom & Deb Ryan

Travel Masters - Diane Skelly

True North Salon

Tupperware - Diane Gordon

UMD Bulldogs

Vanity Cleaners

Vertical Endeavors

Walt Disney

Wild Tree - Sherry Frick

Welding Supply

Woodland Bank

Xuan Nguyen

Flowers by Jeannie

Forest Lake Restaurant

Gail & Rob Peterson

Patti Gould-St. Aubin - Itasca Realty Lakes and Homes

Glensheen Historic Congdon Estate

Grand Rapids Gymnastics Academy

Grand Rapids High School Hockey Coach Trent Klatt


SPECIAL THANKS FROM MRS. MATETICH (on behalf of the children)

TO THE SPRING THAW COMMITTEE MEMBERS

AND ALL THE INDIVIDUALS

WHO WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE SPRING THAW

A WONDERFUL EVENT!

The Spring Thaw committee has made every effort to make sure that this list is complete. We regret any omissions or errors.

If your name is missing from our list, please let the committee know by contacting Kati @ 256-7411.


St. Joseph's School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.




 

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