Where We Excel
Where We Excel
The development of self-confident, articulate students is the pride of St. Joseph School. The students demonstrate their individual gifts when they win top prizes in local and regional forensics competitions, Mind Bowls, and writing contests such as ‘What Prejudice Means to Me’. Gifted and Talented programs, such as The Workshop on the Arts and Math Marathons also provide many of our qualified students enhanced academic opportunities.
On all grade levels, St. Joseph School students consistently score in the top quartiles on standardized tests. The Iowa Assessments of basic skills are administered in March to grades two through seven. In addition, students in first grade take individualized reading and language assessments and the Cooperative Exam is administered to the eighth grade students.
St. Joseph School also excels in the development of the students’ social conscience. Through their faith-based Catholic education, students actively engage in service and community projects. Learning to make decisions based upon morals and values is an integral part of their education. Initiated by the students, themselves, our service projects have yielded great results for our surrounding community. In recent years, students raised money for the Market Street Mission, a local charitable organization, collected needed supplies for our service men and women in Afghanistan, and provided Christmas gifts to the families of a Paterson Preschool. Additionally, through the Student Volunteer Program, students prepare food for soup kitchens and spend time with the elderly at a local nursing homes to create crafts and present scenes from the yearly spring musical.
Another strength of St. Joseph School is the commitment of the parents to support the school’s mission. A vast majority of parents volunteer, daily, for a long list of activities. They provide assistance to the staff, enhance the educational program, and raise funds to provide materials and equipment to expand the academic and STEAM programs. Parent volunteers also prepare communication folders, assist in the cafeteria and on the playground, make presentations in the class, and work with teachers on spiritual life and academic projects. In the library, parents assist with circulation, book selection and story time. Parents arrange and chaperone trips, coach sports, direct the Christmas and spring musicals, and engage in several fund-raising activities, including a highly successful golf outing and auction.
Parental involvement in the school environment is essential to the inclusive, warm, family environment in which St. Joseph School prides itself.