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2020

  • September

    National Merit Commended Students

    St. Joseph’s Academy is proud to announce that Grace Kinzel '21, Rachel Esser '21 and Megan Wilcutt '21 were named “National Merit Commended Students.” They join the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

    Way to go, Angels!
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  • #SJA2022 M.O.R.E. Day

    The Class of 2022 had an eventful M.O.R.E. (Meeting, Organizing, Reflecting, Educating) Day on campus. The juniors celebrated a beautiful outdoor Mass with Father Oscar Vasquez, S.M., attended class meetings, registered for the PSAT, ordered their SJA class rings and participated in fun STUCO activities. 

    The Academy has added the M.O.R.E. Day to this year’s schedule to enhance the community experience for students.
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  • #SJA2023 M.O.R.E. Day

    During our Sophomore M.O.R.E. (Meeting, Organizing, Reflecting, Educating) Day, the Class of 2023 attended class meetings, learned about service and academic opportunities and celebrated Mass. In the afternoon, Fr. Oscar Vasquez, S.M. blessed the school, including the new Weidert Center for Integrated Sciences and the Sisters of St. Joseph Humanities Hall.

    The Academy has added the M.O.R.E. Day to this year’s schedule to enhance the community experience for students.
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  • Amelia Schneider ’21: National Merit Semi-Finalist

    St. Joseph’s Academy congratulates Amelia Schneider ‘21 for earning the status of “National Merit Semi-Finalist.” Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. 

    At SJA, Amelia is the Vice President of Diversity Club; a member of Billiken BEAMS Bridge Building Club, National Honor Society, Beta Chi Pi (Science Honor Society), Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) and SJA’s Philanthropy Team; and serves the “Dear Neighbor” through her volunteer work at “St. Joe Serves.” Two of her favorite courses at SJA have included “Honors Geometry” with Mr. Bud Stein and “Social Justice: Living the Gospel” with Ms. Ann Hammer. 
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  • SJA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

    National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean have made to American society and culture.

    SJA is celebrating Hispanic history, culture, cuisine and impact. Each day, Mrs. Veronica Washington, Diversity Coordinator, shares information with students and faculty via our digital announcements. This week’s display was about Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. 
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  • Campus Updates in the News

    Our exciting campus renovations, including the Weidert Center for Integrated Science and Sisters of St. Joseph Humanities Hall, have been highlighted in several publications! Please click the following links to see SJA in the news and to learn more about our renovations for every girl: 
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  • Nicole and Mia Rallo in the News

    Nicole ’21 and Mia Rallo ’22 were recently featured in a BVM Sports article! Please click here to read “Rallo sisters displaying their elite golf talent at St. Joseph’s Academy”
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  • SJA Remembers 9/11/2001

    Campus Ministry offered up a special prayer and pause to reflect on September 11, 2001.

    Loving God of Peace: On this anniversary of unbelievable sorrow, comfort those who mourn and guide our hearts toward healing and hope. Remind us of the love of Christ, love which leapt over cultural and ethnic boundaries to feed the hungry, seek the lost and care for the least. Make of Your children, one human family, bound together in the work of justice and peacemaking. Make us one with the Light that shines in the darkness and illuminates a path toward understanding, unity and recognition. Let our love be genuine and serving the “Dear Neighbor without distinction” be our response. Amen.

    St. Joseph our Patron, pray for us.
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  • Multicultural Lunch

    Mrs. Veronica Washington (Diversity Coordinator), Ms. Deanna Williams (Diversity Outreach Coordinator), Ms. Ann Hammer (Diversity Club Moderator), Mrs. Trisha Hasbrouck (Director of College Advising), Ms. Carrie Hill (Computer Science & Engineering Department) and Mrs. Jennifer Carpio Bisch ’92 (Science Department Chair) welcomed members of #SJA2024 to a multicultural luncheon.

    Students had the opportunity to learn about SJA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) events and clubs. Bella ’21, Diversity Club Co-President, shared past Diversity Club activities and invited each of the freshmen to join. As an added support to help navigate freshman year, attendees were introduced to faculty and staff of various multicultural backgrounds. 
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  • Dr. Rachel Dalske ’13

    Dr. Rachel Dalske ’13 virtually visited SJA’s Zoology class and spoke to current students about being a veterinarian. She was able to answer the students’ questions about pursuing a career with animals, applying to vet school, day-to-day tasks, experiences at St. Joe, and the importance of faith at school and work.
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  • #SJA2024 M.O.R.E. Day

    September 2nd was the first M.O.R.E. (Meeting, Organizing, Reflecting, Educating) Day and Welcome Week celebration for the Class of 2024. The freshmen celebrated a beautiful outdoor Mass, learned about clubs and service opportunities and participated in fun activities, including STUCO’s distribution of freshman hats.

    The beloved tradition of Welcome Week began in 1958. Each year, the freshmen receive a fun hat to wear throughout the week. This year’s hat is out of this world! 
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  • St. Joe TV

    This year, St. Joe TV is creating virtual announcements for our students and faculty. Each morning, their production includes prayer, The Pledge of Allegiance, birthday shout-outs, information about College Advising visits with college reps and more.

    St. Joe TV is a video news-style club that produces videos for the SJA community. Students of all grade levels are invited to join. For more information about clubs at the Academy, please click here
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  • St. Joseph's Academy Opens $7.5 Million of New Campus Enhancements

    ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY OPENS $7.5 MILLION OF NEW CAMPUS ENHANCEMENTS FEATURING NEW WEIDERT CENTER FOR INTEGRATED SCIENCE AND SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH HUMANITIES HALL 
     
    St. Louis, Mo., September 9, 2020 – St. Joseph’s Academy has completed and opened more than 23,000 square feet of campus enhancements at a cost of $7.5 million including the new Weidert Center for Integrated Science and the Sisters of St. Joseph Humanities Hall at the college prep all-girls high school. The new Weidert Center features 12,000 square feet of renovated and upgraded science, engineering and technology lecture and laboratory spaces on the third floor of the main school building. It is named for Barbara Weidert, a 1947 graduate, whose estate made a $3.5 million gift to the school in 2018.
     
    “The Weidert Center for Integrated Science offers a large and innovative new educational environment with state-of-the-art features and technology designed to help prepare our young women for STEM-related careers,” said Regina Mooney, President of St. Joseph’s Academy.  “Now we can provide enhanced academic experiences and opportunities for the growing number of our students interested in engineering and related fields.  We are very grateful for the overwhelming generosity of Barbara Weidert and many other dedicated donors of the SJA community for their help in making these 21st-century spaces a reality for our girls.”  
     
    The $3.5 million gift from the estate of Barbara Weidert is the largest single gift in St. Joseph’s Academy’s  180-year history. This unrestricted gift also jumpstarted the school’s ongoing Expect More Capital Campaign for Every Girl supporting long-range plans to renovate and upgrade HVAC, windows and other instructional areas including a new Visual Arts Center and Studios on the school’s second floor which has been re-named The Sisters of St. Joseph Humanities Hall.  A new Campus Ministry Center on the first floor puts St. Joseph’s Academy at the forefront of collaborative faith-filled learning. These projects include another 11,000 square feet of renovation. 
     
    The school’s Expect More Capital Campaign has provided the construction funding for these campus enhancements and is also expanding scholarship support for qualified students of all backgrounds.  These enhancements are part of the school’s plans to continue providing quality Catholic education and prepare young women with 21st century skills. 
     
    “These forward-looking investments prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s careers,” said Craig Hannick, St. Joseph’s Academy Board of Directors Chair.  “Reimagined and upgraded facilities advance our holistic education, preparing values-driven leaders, just as our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph, envisioned 180 years ago.”
     
    Construction of the new STEM education facility and visual arts center began in 2019 and was completed in time for the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester.  Hastings & Chivetta was the project architect and BSI Constructors was the general contractor.
     
    St. Joseph's Academy is a college preparatory school in Frontenac, Missouri sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Founded in 1840, the mission of the Academy is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.                                                           
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  • August

    Senior M.O.R.E Day

    The Academy has added a new day to this year’s schedule to enhance the community experience for students. Each Wednesday will be called a M.O.R.E Day, which stands for Meeting, Organizing, Reflecting and Educating. 

    On August 26, the Class of 2021 came together for their first M.O.R.E Day. The seniors participated in a variety of activities, including a beautiful outdoor Liturgy with Father Oscar Vasquez, S.M., class meetings, STUCO speeches and designing their senior capes. 
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  • Dance Team Updates!

    After attending a competitive Universal Dance Association (UDA) camp, the Dance Angels have been invited to travel to Orlando to compete against the top schools in the country at the UDA Nationals. 

    Dance teams that attend a UDA camp can also nominate members to try out for the honor of being named a UDA All-American. SJA is proud to announce that seven Angels made All-American status and have been invited to perform in London next year. 

    Way to go, Angels! 
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  • Ellie Choate ’22 in the News

    Ellie Choate ’22 was recently featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch! Please click here to view “St. Joseph's standout Choate thankful for chance to get back on tennis court.” 
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  • Freshman Days

    The Class of 2024 is “Out of this World!” SJA Campus Ministry and the Senior Class welcomed the newest Angels to campus for our “Freshman Days.” Each year, the student volunteers and Campus Ministry Team select a theme for this welcoming event. The Angels dressed up in an “outer space” theme and filled the school with fun decorations and posters to match this fun theme.

    Throughout the day, the freshmen had the opportunity to meet their classmates, visit classrooms via a scavenger hunt and learn the St. Joe cheers. Many thanks to all who helped make this tradition extra special and safe for #SJA2024!
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  • Jenna Roessler ’23

    Jenna Roessler ’23 was announced as a St. Louis Teen Talent Competition “Semi-Finalist.” Each year, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation produces a competition to showcase the talented teens of the St. Louis region.

    In addition to receiving “Semi-Finalist” status, she won a $500 scholarship through Stages- St. Louis. You may remember Jenna's outstanding performance in SJA's production of the high school edition of "Chicago."
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  • Beyond the Ballot: St. Louis and Suffrage

    The Academy's founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, are highlighted in the Missouri History Museum's "Beyond the Ballot: St. Louis and Suffrage" exhibit.

    "Women, often portrayed as secondary characters in the city’s formation, were actually key to the establishment, survival, and growth of St. Louis. Beyond the Ballot: St. Louis and Suffrage will showcase women who made an impact in St. Louis before gaining the vote in 1920."

    For more information about the exhibit, please click here
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  • Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony

    On July 30, 2020, the Class of 2020 celebrated their Commencement Ceremony in the St. Joseph’s Academy Gymnasium. While the celebration was unique to this class, the Angels, faculty, staff and guests enjoyed the opportunity to be back on campus to celebrate the accomplishments of this bright and determined group of young women. 

    Several of the highlights from the ceremony included: 
    • A welcome and address from SJA President, Dr. Regina Mooney
    • Comments from both the class Valedictorian, Mallory Kimes, and Salutatorian, Katie Kostecki 
    • Invocation by Principal of Student Affairs, Ms. Karen Davis
    • The Frontenac Voices performed “The Blessing of Aaron”
    • The presentation of diplomas
    • Closing remarks from Principal of Academic Affairs, Mrs. Jennifer Feise Sudekum ’93. 
    Many thanks to the Administration, Faculty, Staff and Facilities Team for organizing and implementing a memorable and safe occasion for our students and their guests. 

    Congratulations, Angels! 
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  • Nicole ’21 and Mia Rallo ’22 in the News

    Nicole and Mia Rallo were recently featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch! Please click here to read “St. Joseph's Rallo sisters turn sibling rivalry into golf excellence.” 
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  • Sophie Maniscalco ’21: Town & Style Student Standouts

    Senior Sophie Maniscalco was recently interviewed by Town & Style for their “Student Standouts” column! 

    "If you think science and technology are just for boys, Sophie Maniscalco is here to let you know otherwise. The St. Joseph's Academy student is the co-founder of Supergirls Code, a nation-wide organization that empowers girls through coding classes. She also was recently named to the FIRST Tech Challenge National Dean's List for her dedication to robotics."

    Please click here to view the full article.
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  • July

    SJA Reopening Plan

    The St. Joseph’s Academy Reopening Plan has been released. Please click here to access the plan. All questions should be directed to reopening@sja1840.org.  


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  • SJA Celebrates Faculty Anniversaries

    St. Joseph's Academy is recognizing faculty and staff members who are celebrating milestone anniversaries.
    • Amy Kling Madej ’99 (Fine Arts) - 5 Years
    • Meredith Metzger (Advancement) - 5 Years
    • Megan Hackmann (Social Studies) - 10 Years
    • Heather Hughes (World Languages) - 10 Years
    • Jennifer Millikan (Library) - 10 Years
    • Katie Kieffer Richardson ’99 (English) - 10 Years
    • Sarah Modde (Counseling) - 15 Years
    • David Kowalczyk (Fine Arts) - 30 Years
    • LuAnn Worrall (English) - 30 Years
    Many thanks to these educators for their service and dedication to the Academy!
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  • Margie Lodes ’20

    The St. Louis Sports Commission's Young Professional’s Group announced the recipients of the "2020 Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarships." St. Joseph’s Academy is proud to announce that Margie Lodes ’20 has been recognized as one of the six high school seniors from the region who exemplifies honesty, integrity, civility, selflessness, kindness, compassion and class in athletic competitions.

    “Margie Lodes wants more than to set personal best times during cross country runs. She wants everyone to achieve their very best. Her coach recalled, “In a meet with a challenging field of runners, Margie finished in a much slower than normal time. She explained that she had stopped during the race to assist a runner from a competing team down on the course. Margie, quite naturally, had stopped to help the girl, which of course slowed her time. She has a natural habit of conversing with others during competition to keep things friendly. It was always in her, no matter the weather, nor fatigue, to chat with competing teams’ runners and encourage or congratulate those who either were running with her or those who finished around her.”

    Actions speak for themselves, and Margie Lodes’ actions speak volumes about her personality and positive character.”

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  • Project St. Clement

    Each year, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis’ Office of Youth Ministry organizes a week-long service retreat, “Project Life,” for teens in the St. Louis region. “With limits on gatherings at parishes in the archdiocese and the cancellation of major summer youth events, parish-based youth ministers have been hard at work staying connected to the young people they serve and helping them keep strong in their relationship with the Lord.” (St. Louis Review)

    As an alternative to “Project Life,” several St. Joe students and a faculty member participated in St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church's “Project St. Clement” service retreat. They assisted with service projects around the Parish and in local neighborhoods. #NotIButWe
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  • Summer Tours

    We are very excited to invite your family, including your daughter, to come and tour St. Joseph's Academy. The Admissions Department is offering individual family tours in July and August at 1:00 p.m., as well as 3:30 p.m. before the school year officially begins. Please come and visit our updated campus, including our NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART Center for Integrated Sciences and Visual Arts Studios. Click here to register. Please remember masks and social distancing will be required.
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  • Top 10 Reasons You Should Not Attend St. Joe

    By Amanda Isom '17, Intern
    Click here to read the article.
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  • June

    Diversity Club Prayer Vigil

    On June 10, members of SJA’s Diversity Club held a prayer vigil, which included a reading from Colossians, a powerful prayer by Reverend Yolanda Pierce, personal reflections, a reading of names of those who have lost their lives as a result of racial injustices, an 8 minute and 46 second time of silence and reflection to remember George Floyd’s death and other victims, and resources about how students can make a “profound impact in the world.”

    Over 100 students, faculty, staff and family members attended this student-led event on the SJA athletic fields. The Diversity Club’s goal was to provide an opportunity to grow closer to one another and help our sisters and brothers who are suffering from racism, injustice and police brutality. The club’s officers opened the prayer vigil by saying, “We hope that tonight you are inspired, inspired to help work to end the racism that plagues our country. The racism that is easily ignored by some, but inescapable for others. Inspired to have the difficult, but necessary conversations to heal the country. Inspired to listen, learn, and grow.”

    For more information about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at SJA, please click here.
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  • College Advising Webinars

    This summer, St. Joseph’s Academy’s College Advising Department is offering a series of webinars for current students and their parents. Our expert advisors are collaborating with representatives from universities and colleges from across the country to provide SJA families with information about financial aid, majors, essays, applications and more.

    Please click here to view the upcoming webinar schedule.
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  • #TeamDelphine

    Many of our alumnae and alumnae parents know and love Delphine Williams. During her 39 years of teaching art at St. Joseph's Academy, she taught a variety of classes where she always pushed her students outside their comfort zone to create lasting beauty. She is also still known for her artistic outfits!

    In December, she was diagnosed with a rare terminal brain disease. Her daughters (Kate and Claire Williams '06) wanted to create a way for her former students to get in touch with her, show her their artwork and share the profound impact that she made on their lives. KSDK News aired a special segment about Delphine and the outpouring of love she has received from St. Joe alumnae.
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  • All-Decade Soccer and Lacrosse

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently announced the "All-Decade" Soccer and Lacrosse teams, based on high school performances between the 2010 and 2019 seasons. Congratulations to these alumnae:

    All-Decade Soccer:
    • Alli Magaletta '14 (First Team)
    • Carly Wickenheiser '15 (Second Team)

    All-Decade Lacrosse:
    • Kristen Weber '17 (Second Team)
    • Molly Zuniga '13 (Second Team)
    • Jackie Karl '15 (Second Team)
    • Katie Karl ‘15 (Third Team)
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  • Angel Connection Event: Tennessee

    On June 4, the Alumnae Association hosted the first virtual “Angel Connection Event” for alums in Tennessee. Attendees were able to connect with fellow alumnae, meet SJA Administration, hear school updates and learn about exciting campus enhancements.

    Where should the Alumnae Association go next? Please submit your city to alumnae@sja1840.org.
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  • A Call to Pray and Act as Instruments of the Holy Spirit

    Recent events, especially the death of George Floyd, have moved us to humble perplexity with the acknowledgment that racism still exists. The protests over his death and of others needlessly killed, have caused us to have troubled hearts and to pray for guidance. As a Catholic institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the St. Joseph’s Academy community is called to move always “toward love of God and love of neighbor without distinction.”
     
    In the readings proclaimed for the Solemnity of Pentecost, celebrated this past Sunday, St. Paul’s message echoes throughout our halls with “Not I, But We.” He says, “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ” (1 Cor. 12:12). A core tenet of our Eucharist participation, this unifying love of Christ binds us together and beckons us to reach beyond ourselves to advocate for all peoples. No human joy, no human sorrow, no human suffering allows the complacency of indifference to the community established by this Holy Spirit. “If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it” (1 Cor. 12:26).
     
    Consistent with the message of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, we call upon Catholics to pray and act as instruments of the Holy Spirit. “Racism is not a thing of the past or simply a throwaway political issue to be bandied about when convenient. It is a real and present danger that must be met head-on. As members of the Church, we must stand for the more difficult right and just actions instead of the easy wrongs of indifference. We cannot turn a blind eye to these atrocities and yet still try to profess to respect every human life. We serve a God of love, mercy, and justice.”
     
    We invite you to join us in prayer as we continue the mission of Christ by seeking justice and peace in the world. May the victims of racism and violence know freedom and relief from oppression. May God dissolve any hatred in our human hearts as we grow to understand how hatred is its own bondage. May we be shown how to turn our hearts toward justice and overcome indifference as we establish a season of peace called and empowered by the living God in the person of Christ Jesus.
     
    To read the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops “Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of George Floyd and National Protests,” please click here. #CatholicSTL

    Regina E. Mooney, Ph.D.
    President of St. Joseph's Academy
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  • Judith Vazquez-Perez ’23

    Judith Vazquez-Perez ’23 has been accepted to Washington University in St. Louis's innovative “College Prep Program.” The program prepares students to thrive academically and socially at college. This summer, the programming will be held online. Judith will have the opportunity to study with top faculty, learn about the college application process and reflect on her own goals and interests. 
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  • May

    Meet Our Intern: Amanda Isom ’17

    This summer, SJA is thrilled to welcome back Amanda Isom ’17 to the Academy as a summer intern! She will write stories for “Wings,” work with the Alumnae Office to plan events, assist with social media, develop marketing content and much more.

    Amanda is currently a student at Bellarmine University, where she is studying communication and plays field hockey. She shares, “I’m so happy to be back at my favorite place! It’s like I never left at all.” Please contact alumnae@sja1840.org for more information about our internship program.
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  • #SJA2020 Celebration Parade

    On May 21, St. Joseph's Academy faculty and staff celebrated the Class of 2020 with a memorable parade around campus. The Academy is beyond proud of this group of bright, ambitious and faith-filled Angels. Please click here to view several highlights from the parade. 

    100% of the graduating seniors were accepted to colleges/universities! The class received 439 acceptances to over 130 unique institutions. The Academy is looking forward to celebrating their Graduation Ceremony in the future.
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  • SJA Celebrates Mrs. LuAnn Worrall

    St. Joseph's Academy faculty, staff, former faculty, friends and family surprised Mrs. LuAnn Worrall with a parade to celebrate her retirement. After 30 years in the English Department, she retired after this school year. The Webster-Kirkwood Times recently covered the story on their website! Please click here to view their story.
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  • “Chicago” Recognized By SLHSMTA

    St. Joseph's Academy's production of the high school edition of "Chicago" received the honor of "Best Technical Execution" at the St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards! Congratulations to Mr. Brian Ebbinghaus and the show's crew for being recognized for smooth scene transitions, effective lighting and balanced/consistent sound.
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  • Golf in the News

    Three SJA Golf Angels were highlighted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    Sixty percent of the starting lineup for the four-time defending Class 2 girls golf champions have made the all-important decision about the next step in their careers.

    St. Joseph’s juniors Drew Nienhaus (Penn State) and Nicole Rallo (Central Missouri) recently made their college commitments to join teammate Grace Aromando, who just completed her senior year and will play at Seminole State of Florida next season.”
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  • Earth Angels Green Schools Quest

    SJA’s “Earth Angels” club was recently announced as the second-place winners of the 2019-2020 “Green Schools Quest.” The US Green Building Council challenges schools to devise and implement, with the help of Green Mentors, the most creative, effective and low-cost sustainable practices for their school. This honor provides the club with $400 to use for their environmental efforts!

    Their project, “Not I, But We: Environmental Justice,” examined the social and environmental impact of the clothing industry. They started a t-shirt swap program for new students and identified sustainable sourcing for school t-shirts.
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    Alexis Woodman ’20: Scholar-Athlete

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is honoring local scholar-athletes. For the 54th year, young women and men who lettered in at least one varsity sport, are in the top 25 percent of their graduating class and in good standing have been honored. St. Joseph's Academy's 2020 Scholar-Athlete is Alexis Woodman '20.

    Click here to learn about her accomplishments in both the classroom and on the tennis court.

    "And as a senior co-captain, Woodman helped bridge the gap between the Angels’ four battle-tested upperclassmen and six exuberant underclassmen, guiding the Angels to their first team state championship since 2012.
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  • Natalie Mispagel ’20: U.S. Figure Skating Award

    Natalie Mispagel ’20 has been awarded U.S. Figure Skating's top honor for seniors, the “Platinum Level Graduating Senior Award.” The Graduating Seniors Program recognizes those student-athletes who have worked hard to pursue figure skating, while maintaining their academics.

    You may have recently seen a spotlight about Natalie in the spring issue of “The Voice.” In the article, she talks about balancing life on the ice, academics and extra-curricular activities. Please click here to read more.
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  • “Funderwear” Makes a Profound Impact

    For the past 16 years, St. Joseph's Academy and Cor Jesu Academy St. Louis have come together at their Varsity Basketball game to collect socks and underwear for St. Patrick Center. This year, the SJA Angels and CJA Chargers collected 23,896 pairs!

    After seeing Mike Bush KSDK's "Making a Difference" coverage of the event, several local Archdiocese of Saint Louis grade schools were inspired to come together to make a profound impact in their community. Click here for the KSDK News article to learn more.
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  • Valedictorian and Salutatorian Celebration

    St. Joseph’s Academy is proud to announce the Class of 2020’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian. After their four years at the Academy, these two Angels’ academic work was at the top of their class. Congratulations to Mallory Kimes (Valedictorian) and Katie Kostecki (Salutatorian) for this outstanding achievement!

    To celebrate their hard work, Mrs. Jennifer Feise Sudekum ’93, Principal of Academic Affairs, and Ms. Karen Davis, Principal of Student Affairs, delivered special medals to Mallory and Katie. We are looking forward to hearing their speeches at our Graduation and Baccalaureate ceremonies in the near future. Next year, Mallory will be attending the Honors College at Indiana University and Katie will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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  • 2019-20 Underclassman Awards

    Click here to view the awards.
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  • Celestine Reflections

    On May 18, each member of the Class of 2020 virtually presented her Celestine Capstone. The Celestine Capstone is designed to assist each student in summarizing her experience of living St. Joseph’s Academy’s motto, mission and core values in an individualized and meaningful manner. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their personal experiences, challenges and accomplishments throughout high school.

    This capstone project is named after Mother Celestine Pommerel, who is considered to be the founder of St. Joseph’s Academy.
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  • Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute

    Katie Young ’20 has been accepted to Google's competitive "Computer Science Summer Institute." Participants will take part in a four-week experience, which will include live and recorded learning sessions, code-alongs, independent projects, developmental workshops and virtual social activities.

    A special thank you to Mrs. Kathy Siegel (Mathematics and Computer Science & Engineering Departments) for her encouragement and support during the application process.
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  • “I Spy” Digital Photography

    Students in SJA's "Digital Photography" class studied "flat lay" photography. A flat lay is an image or a style of photograph, in which a number of items are arranged on a surface and photographed from above. Students gathered objects and backdrops from around their homes to photograph "I Spy" flat lays. They worked with natural lighting from windows or outside to carefully craft their images.
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  • Natalie Murray ’20: National Merit Scholarship Winner

    St. Joseph’s Academy is proud to announce that Natalie Murray ’20 was named a National Merit $2500 Scholarship Winner!

    “National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this year’s National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.”
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  • FBLA State Conference

    Junior Sara Frautschi placed 4th in the “Website Design” category at the virtual Missouri Future Business Leaders of America State Conference. She was recognized for creating an outstanding website for a fictional discount air carrier.

    FBLA is the premier student business organization in the world. It helps students prepare for careers in business- and business-related fields. Our activities include business competitions, fundraising, and speakers. To learn more about SJA clubs, please click here
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  • Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

    In May, SJA’s Diversity Club invited members of the SJA community to join their celebration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress in 1977-1978.

    Throughout the month via our digital and video announcements, the club recognized several influential women, including Chien-Shiung Wu, Wilhelmina Kekelaokalaninui Widemann Dowsett, Leah Hing, Dr. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee and Tye Leung Schulze.

    For more information about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at SJA, please click here.
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  • SJA Cheers on Girls on the Run

    St. Joseph’s Academy is proud to support and sponsor Girls on the Run St. Louis.

    “The students at St Joseph's Academy are stopping in to remind you that "You can do this!" As a 5k sponsor, St. Joseph Academy is proud to support our strong, confident Girls on the Run as they grow in their learning about themselves and see how, together, they can shape the world at large!” (Girls on the Run- St. Louis)
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  • Virtual Greater St. Louis Science Fair

    The 2020 Greater St. Louis Science Fair was held virtually, with students submitting their research projects electronically. Four of our students received special recognition:
    • Margie Lodes ’20: In addition to winning a $1000 Bayer Finalist Scholarship at the Honors Science Fair earlier this year, she was recognized with a $100 scholarship through Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine’s Medical Women’s Association, a $100 scholarship though the AAUW (Ballwin-Chesterfield Branch), and a “Certificate Award” from the American Meteorological Society.
    • Emma Mueller ’20: in addition to winning a $1000 Bayer Finalist Scholarship at the Honors Science Fair earlier this year, she was recognized with a Certificate Award by the Association for Women Geoscientists and with a Certificate Award through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    • Danielle Hall ’20: In addition to being recognized as a Semi-Finalist at the Honors Science Fair, earlier this year, she received $100 through the Pfizer Top Young Scientist Award, $200 through the Bayer Scholarship of Excellence Award and a Certificate Award from the Society for In Vitro Biology.
    • Julia Castellano, ’22: In addition to being recognized as a Semi-Finalist at the Honors Science Fair, earlier this year, she received $100 through the East Central District of the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri Scholarship Award, $200 through the Bayer Scholarship of Excellence Award, an American Meteorological Society Award and a NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Earth System Science Award.
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  • #SJATeacherAppreciation

    In May, SJA celebrated “National Teacher Appreciation Week.” Now more than ever, in the midst of these trying times, some may have a glimpse into what teachers do every day for our youth. Not only can we our express gratitude, but we can also show our support. Teaching truly is a calling.
    • Members of SJA's Student Council created this special video to thank our teachers for all that they have been doing throughout “School Away From School.” 
    • Bill Daniels (Mr. George Feeny on "Boy Meets World") celebrated St. Joe faculty and staff with a special video message. He shares, “All of you have been working hard to provide meaning and connection for your students. And to live by your motto, “Not I, But We.” 
    • St. Joseph’s Academy once again celebrated #GiveSJADay and joined the St. Louis community for a day of giving. This year, in celebration of #TeacherAppreciationWeek, members of the SJA community were invited to honor all the St. Joseph’s Academy teachers, both past and present, by making a gift to St. Joe. Many thanks to all who helped make this day a success! Please click here to make a gift.
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  • Post-Dispatch “A” Students

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently announced this year's 'A' Students and we are proud to see so many SJA students on the list! Returning for its 56th year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch “A” Student Program is once again recognizing students for their hard work and unparalleled academic determination. Each student maintained an “A” average over a designated time period this school year.

    This long-standing tradition started in 1965 when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch “Newspapers in Education” (NIE) Program teamed up with the St. Louis Cardinals to reward these young scholars. To view the full list of students, please click here.
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  • Ring Drop Off

    In May, St. Joseph’s Academy’s celebrated the juniors in a special way. Faculty and staff delivered the cherished St. Joe class ring to each member of the Class of 2021. While the #SJARingDay ceremony will be celebrated in the future, the Angels were grateful to receive their rings.

    Please enjoy just a few of the photos that were taken by SJA faculty to celebrate the juniors.
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  • Sophie Maniscalco ’21: FIRST National Dean’s List Winner

    St. Joseph’s Academy and JoeBotics (SJA’s robotics team) are proud to announce that Sophie Maniscalco ’21 was named as one of the ten FIRST Tech Challenge National Dean’s List Winners! Each year, the students who earn this national status are great examples of student leaders who have led their teams and communities to increased awareness for FIRST and its mission. Prestigious colleges and universities express great interest in meeting FIRST Dean’s List’s Award Winners. The criteria for selection included:
    • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to FIRST Core Values
    • Effectiveness at increasing awareness of FIRST in their school and community
    • Overall individual contribution to their team
    • Technical expertise and passion
    • Entrepreneurship and creativity
    • Ability to motivate and lead fellow team members
    After hearing this exciting news at the #FIRSTVirtualShowcase, JoeBotics came together via Zoom to celebrate Sophie’s outstanding accomplishment.
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  • Angel Outreach Food Drive

    On May 2, St. Joseph's Academy invited alumnae, parents, students and friends to participate in a food drive to benefit St. Louis Area Food Bank. With the help of so many, SJA successfully filled over 80 large collection bins full of food items, personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies.

    Mrs. Jamie Steinhart (Campus Ministry and Angel Outreach Moderator) was interviewed by Fox2Now about SJA's motivation to serve the "Dear Neighbor." 

    Many thanks to all volunteers and participants who helped to make a profound impact in our community.
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  • Celebrating the Class of 2020

    April 20, 2020, was the last day of classes for the Class of 2020. St. Joe faculty and staff celebrated this group of intelligent, courageous and faith-filled women by dropping off special yard signs and graduation items to each senior. The students and faculty enjoyed celebrating this day together… from a distance!
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  • The Voice: Balancing the Busyness

    The Spring Issue of "The Voice" is here! The staff of SJA's quarterly print publication is proud to share "Balancing the Busyness" with the St. Joe community. Enjoy articles, special spotlights, helpful tips, creative artwork and more by clicking here.
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  • Virtual Spring 2020 Art Show

    Welcome to St. Joseph's Academy's virtual "Spring 2020 Art Show!" The works displayed in this video represent the amazing talent of our 2nd-semester students in the Visual Arts Department.

    The top ten, seen at the end of the video, were selected by the SJA Visual Arts Faculty (Mrs. Amy Kling Madej ’99, Mrs. Katie Schaefer ’03 and Ms. Mary Beth Wilson). Awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place artists. For more information about SJA’s Fine Arts Curriculum, please visit here.
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  • Sophie Maniscalco ’21: Supergirls

    As announced at the 2020 An Evening with the Angels, Sophie Maniscalco ’21 is publishing a book! Supergirls: The women who rise above the stigmas to code, build, and dominate tech is about the women in tech who use their coding superpowers and some essential traits of supergirls to break society's expectations of what it means to be a woman who codes and pave the way for the future of technology.

    Sophie shares, “I wrote this book because, as a woman in tech myself, I know how important it is to see and hear about other women in tech who have paved the way. I wanted to tell the stories of these women in order to hopefully inspire other women out there to pursue what they are passionate about - whether or not that be coding!”

    A professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business reached out to Sophie to be a part of an innovative new class that develops ways for entrepreneurship students to stand out. To learn more, please click here.
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  • Kelli Corona Bittick ’85 and Cori Corona Christiansen ’96

    SJA alumnae are living out “Not I, But We” in an impactful way. Production Products, the family business of Kelli Corona Bittick ’85 (President and Director of Research and Development) and Cori Corona Christiansen ’96 (New Business Development), is assisting the U.S. Air Force as they work to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Production Products developed and manufactured the Transport Isolation System (TIS), which was recently used by Air Mobility Command, to evacuate three U.S. contractors with COVID-19 from Afghanistan to an Air Base in Germany. This aeromedical evacuation was the first use of the TIS since it was used during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa and was the first evacuation of COVID-19 patients by U.S. Air Force planes. Click here to learn more. 
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  • Marine Science Virtual Field Trip

    Students in the “Marine Science” class took a virtual field trip via Zoom to listen to alumnae speakers, Haley Wilcutt ’13 and Maddie Page ’15. Haley and Maddie are currently Sea Lion and Seal Trainers at the Saint Louis Zoo. SJA students had the opportunity to ask them about college majors, internships and career paths. The Angels enjoyed hearing Haley and Maddie’s stories, watching videos and learning about working with animals.
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  • 3rd Annual Poetry Slam

    The National English Honor Society and Diversity Club co-hosted SJA’s 3rd Annual Poetry Slam. At this virtual event, over 90 students and teachers came together to share original poems and works from their favorite authors. Several Angels took this opportunity to uplift the SJA community with beautiful singing and instruments.
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  • April

    World Religions Recipe Challenge

    As part of the Judaism unit in the “World Religions” class, students were challenged to make Challah Bread, Matzo Unleavened Bread or Matzo Ball Soup with ingredients they already had at home. Students shared their experience by taking photos of the baking/cooking process and sharing their culinary masterpieces with their families.
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  • Celebrating the Junior Class

    The St. Joe community is looking forward to celebrating #SJARingDay with #SJA2021 in the near future. On April 3, 2020, St. Joe faculty and staff placed yard signs in each junior’s yard to celebrate the Class of 2021 and the SJA school spirit.

    This year’s #SJARingDay theme, selected by the class officers a few months ago, is “Side by side or miles apart, we are sisters connected by heart.” Check back soon for details about the rescheduled ring ceremony. 
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  • College Advisors Connect with #SJA2019

    Mrs. Trisha Hasbrouck and Ms. Christine Holladay, SJA’s College Advisors, recently checked in with several members of the Class of 2019 to see how they are adjusting to virtual and online college learning systems.

    The College Advising Department's goals are to inform, empower and support young women as they discover colleges or universities that provide an excellent fit, both academically and personally. Many students utilize their expertise long after graduation. To learn more, please click here.
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  • STUCO “Spirit Away From School” Week

    SJA’s Student Council (STUCO) organized a fun-filled week for students as the school participates in the “School Away From School” (SAS) interactive and online learning system. The spirited week included:
    • St. Louis-themed Day
    • Chef Day
    • Glimpses of God Day
    • St. Joe Spirit Day
    To learn more about student organizations, please click here.
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  • Mrs. Kelly Berry Accepted to Columbia University Program

    Mrs. Kelly Berry (English Department) was accepted to the highly-competitive 2020 TOLI Summer Seminar on Holocaust Education, through The Olga Lengyel Institute, at Columbia University in the City of New York. This eleven-day seminar only accepted a total of 25 middle school, high school and college educators from across the United States. At the seminar, educators will be encouraged to think creatively and collaboratively about how they teach the Holocaust, genocide and social justice.

    Mrs. Berry will bring this knowledge to our “Bearing Witness: Holocaust Literature of Extraordinary Lives” class. This course allows students to study the Holocaust through several different genres of literature, including memoirs, novels, poetry, primary documents and short stories.
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  • MBCS Academic All-State Team

    The Missouri Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA) is proud to select and present the Academic All-State basketball teams each school year. This year, seven of the Basketball Angels were selected for this prestigious honor.

    Congratulations to Kathryn Conaty '20, Katie Distelrath '20, Sydney Hilker '20, Alaina Novotny '20, Sarah Stewart '20, Victoria Unnerstall '20 and Allie Westphale '20! Many thanks to their teachers and coaches for their guidance and support.
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  • Graphic Design: Visual Hierarchy

    Students in our "Graphic Design" course worked with the elements and principles of design to show visual hierarchy within their images. Visual hierarchy's function is to give the viewer a focal point to start navigating through important information. Each student applied a different hierarchy strategy to six different designs using the same phrase.

    In this visual arts and applied computer science course, taught by Mrs. Katie Schaefer '03, students learn how graphic design plays a role in media, advertising, and design. They rely on design theory and photographic skills as they are introduced to a variety of computer software applications.
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  • Summer at SJA

    St. Joseph's Academy's "Summer at SJA" program was recently featured in GUIDED Saint Louis

    "These enriching, energizing camps will keep your child engaged—and avoid any possibility of a summer learning slump.
     
    Summer camp students are invited to discover their passions with sessions such as coding, creative writing, drawing, athletics, rocketry, crafting, forensics, baking and more. Registration runs until May 15. Attending a summer camp is a great way to get familiar with the campus, meet faculty/coaches and make friends with other future Angels."

    To view the full article, please click here.

    For more information about "Summer at SJA," please click here.
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  • Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

    Ms. Anna Hotop, Director of Campus Ministry, shared the following message with St. Joe students on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord:

    “The Annunciation was an ordinary young woman's acceptance of an extraordinary ask. This Solemnity of the Church celebrates Mary’s calling and choice, both of which changed the world. This was a day when Mary’s life was interrupted. Mary’s “yes” models for us a faith that leaves room for doubt and fear, but also one that pushes us to trust in the hope that lies beyond those feelings.

    The Annunciation calls us to remember that our lives are caught up in this same story. Shocking news will interrupt our plans, doubt and fear will creep in, something will happen in our lives and change everything. As we navigate this new and unknown experience of “School Away From School,” may we view the big and small moments ahead of us as Mary did: as opportunities for God to grow within us, to shower us with grace, and to change our lives for the better. Every moment, we can choose to say "yes" to our own little annunciations.”
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  • Virtual STEM Celebration

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    Our virtual STEM Celebration is now live! Students are individually recognized through the presentation. 
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  • Concentration SIM

    Science Labs During SAS

    By Dr. Rosemary Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    One way our science students are carrying out laboratory experiments during School Away from School is through online simulations.

    One site with a number of simulations is PhET Interactive Simulations which is provided free by the University of Colorado-Boulder. This site has physics, biology, chemistry, earth science and math simulations for elementary through university level.

    Here are three examples of labs that our honors chemistry students are using as they explore solutions. For each there is a screen shot of the SIM, the description from PhET, and a link so that you can try the experiment yourself.

    Watch your solution change color as you mix chemicals with water. Then check molarity with the concentration meter. What are all the ways you can change the concentration of your solution? Switch solutes to compare different chemicals and find out how concentrated you can go before you hit saturation!

    Add different salts to water, then watch them dissolve and achieve a dynamic equilibrium with solid precipitate. Compare the number of ions in solution for highly soluble NaCl to other slightly soluble salts. Relate the charges on ions to the number of ions in the formula of a salt.

    What happens when sugar and salt are added to water? Pour in sugar, shake in salt, and evaporate water to see the effects on concentration and conductivity. Zoom in to see how different sugar and salt compounds dissolve. Zoom in again to explore the role of water.

    Keep PhET in mind if you have younger students at home looking for something to do!
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  • SAS STEM Classroom Activities

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    Our fantastic teachers are putting technology to use so that our students continue to learn during our School Away from School (SAS).

    ACP Anatomy & Physiology
    Mrs. Jen Bisch’s students took a Zoom field trip to see the human cadavers through the e-learning program of Adventures in Medicine and Science (AIMS). AIMS is part of Practical Anatomy and Surgical Education in the Center for Anatomical Science and Education of Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

    Video Production
    Mrs. Amy Summers’ Video Production class is learning to adjust and still be able to create new videos. Since they cannot be together to go over some strategies for using Adobe Premiere Pro, Mrs. Summers is using Chrome Remote Desktop. She can Zoom one-on-one with a student and walk them through granting her access to their screen. Then, she can actually manipulate their computer screen while they watch. It's an amazing opportunity to work with a student in unknown territory for them. According to Mrs. Summers, “It is very hands-on work, and through this sharing, I am able to do more than simply tell them what to do. I can do it from a different location!”

    Physics
    Mrs. Julie Haddock has used the PhET Wave Intro simulation to substitute for water ripple tank analysis, and showed the 'sound' version in presentation for a good graphic on compression and rarefaction of air molecules. She plans to also use their Geometric Optics simulation as a lens lab.

    Biology
    Mrs. Rachel Kupper’s Biology classes have been talking about alleles on DNA, that code for blood type. They are carrying out the Blood Transfusion and the Immune Response virtual lab through the provider of their textbookThe students had to figure out the differences between the phenotypes of blood. Then using the lab equipment, students were able to serum, and to look at the reactions with each blood type. Based on the results of the reactions, they were able to categorize each patient’s blood type. From there they were able to distinguish which patient could receive which patient’s blood donation. Students were able to organize their data into a data table, to solve what type of blood the patient’s sample was.
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  • March

    Emma Mueller ’20

    Emma Mueller ’20 was recently interviewed by St. Louis Review about her research of “The Effect of Ionizing Radiation on Volvox carteri!” She, as well as two other St. Joe students, presented high-level research at the Ocean Science Meeting in San Diego. Emma also recently joined three Angels at The Academy of Science’s St. Louis Science Fair-Honors Division.
     
    “Emma Mueller’s love for science and medicine raises awareness of issues affecting people in St. Louis. The senior at St. Joseph’s Academy recently was recognized as a finalist at a St. Louis science fair for her research on the effects of long-term, low-dose ionizing radiation.
     
    St. Joseph’s science teacher Katie Lodes said the intersection of faith and science comes naturally for students. “It’s a schoolwide culture that they’re always looking for the bigger picture and how they can make the profound impact in the world,” she said. “They’re looking for the greater good.”
     
    The school has been sending students to the honors science fair in St. Louis for the past six years, with some presenting at other conferences alongside science professionals, such as the American Geophysical Union conference in Washington, D.C., and Ocean Sciences Meeting, recently held in San Diego.”
     
    Click here to read the full article and learn more about Emma's research.
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  • An Evening with the Angels

    On February 29, the St. Joe community came together to break school records at the Auction! The sold-out “An Evening with the Angels” was the largest and most successful in school history, raising more than $700,000 to support operations and scholarships.
     
    The St. Joe community is extremely grateful to Kristin Kostecki and Gina Hayes (co-chairs), Tom Ackerman, (Sports Director at KMOX and our emcee/auctioneer), generous sponsors and donors, dedicated volunteers, enthusiastic attendees and hard-working SJA staff.
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  • CSJ Heritage Week

    Each year, Campus Ministry celebrates our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, with a special and meaningful celebration. This year, Campus Ministry celebrated the trailblazing spirit of the CSJs and their charism in numerous ways. Several highlights included:
    • Spotlights about members of the St. Joe community who live out the CSJ charism of unifying love, right relationship and service to the “Dear Neighbor.”
    • A faith-filled “CSJ Heritage Week Praise and Worship,” where students gathered in the St. Joe Chapel for Eucharistic Adoration, student-led music and reflections.
    • A daily morning announcement about the Sisters of St. Joseph’s travels to St. Louis.
    • A round of CSJ trivia with the entire student body during Community Time.
    • The Daily Examen reflected the CSJ charism and history.
    The celebration concluded with the Feast of St. Joseph Mass with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and CSJ Associates. The school community witnessed as they renewed their commitments as CSJs and CSJAs. After Mass, the CSJs and CSJAs joined faculty, staff and students in the Sr. Mary de Paul Room for a reception.
     
    To learn more about faith life at SJA, please click here
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  • International Women’s Day

    March 8th  was “International Women’s Day.” Since 1840, St. Joseph's Academy has been providing quality Catholic education for young women in “an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others.” For more information about SJA’s 180-year history, please click here
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  • World Religions Field Trip

    On March 6, students taking the “World Religions” course visited the United Hebrew Synagogue, The Hindu Temple of St. Louis and the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis (Daar Ul-Islam Masjid). Students had the opportunity to visit and tour these places of worship to further understand and expand upon their class studies.
     
    This Theology Department course, taught by Mr. Andy Lodes, examines indigenous religions, as well as the religions of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Emphasis is placed on origins, major concepts, scriptures and important rituals of each religion. The corresponding course in the USCCB Curriculum Framework is “Ecumenical and Interreligious Issues.”
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  • Incoming Freshman Class Welcome Night

    On March 4, SJA’s Admissions Department welcomed the Class of 2024 to the Incoming Freshman Class Welcome Night. Future Angels and their parents were presented with important information and had opportunities to ask questions about the upcoming school year. The evening concluded with a curriculum fair in the Café to learn about the exciting courses that each student will have the opportunity to take during her four years at the Academy.
     
    For more information about SJA’s curriculum, please visit here
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  • Learning Virtually at St. Joe

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    Students are learning through our online and interactive learning system, "School Away From School." Our faculty are prepared for this challenge.

    The Canvas learning management system includes many great features that will assist the teachers in presenting their lessons. These include announcements, conferencing, discussion boards, collaborations and even online testing.

    Keep your eyes open for virtual art exhibits, a virtual poetry slam and more as we transition to the online environment.
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  • St. Joe Student Researcher Featured in the St. Louis Review

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    Emma Mueller ’20 was recently featured in a March 19th article by  Jennifer Brinker of the St. Louis Review about her research of “The Effect of Ionizing Radiation on Volvox carteri.”

    Emma was interested in this topic for her research because of the dumping of radioactive wastes in the St. Louis Coldwater Creek area.

    According to the article, “Reading the stories of people who have lived near the creek and were affected by various illnesses further motivated her to do the yearlong research project.”

    Emma, as well as two other St. Joe students, presented high-level research at the Ocean Science Meeting in San Diego. Emma also recently joined three Angels at The Academy of Science’s St. Louis Science Fair-Honors Division.

    Click here to read the full article in the St. Louis Review and to learn more about Emma's research.

    St. Joseph’s Academy has been sending students to the honors science fair in St. Louis for the past six years, with some presenting at other conferences alongside science professionals, such as the American Geophysical Union conference in Washington, D.C., and Ocean Sciences Meeting, recently held in San Diego.

    St. Joe had four students who entered projects at the Honors Science Fair. Two of our St. Joe students were among the top ten finalists, Margie Lodes ‘20 and Emma Mueller ‘20. Two of our students were semifinalists, Julia Castellano ’20 and Danielle Hall ‘20. Emma, Margie and Julia presented their research at the Ocean Sciences Meeting.
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  • Ash Wednesday Mass

    On Wednesday, February 26, members of the St. Joseph’s Academy community gathered in the Performing Arts Center (Theater) for our Ash Wednesday Mass. Many thanks to the Campus Ministry Team, the Advanced Chorus, Mr. David Kowalczyk and Fr. Tim Kenney, SM for bringing together students, faculty, staff and parents in prayer.
     
    For more information about the season of Lent, please click here
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  • Congratulations to Our Tyson Undergraduate Fellowship Recipient!

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    Margie Lodes ‘20 has been selected for participation in the Washington University’s Tyson Undergraduate Fellows Program for summer of 2020 with Ph.D. candidate Rachel Becknell as her research mentor. The 2020 Fellows Program is 11 weeks and Margie will receive a stipend as she works collaboratively with her research mentor and other members of the Tyson Research Team. Fellows participate in a weekly undergraduate colloquium, participate in a weekly visiting scientist seminar and a community dinner collaborate with other researchers when help is needed, and help mentor high school fellows, serving as a near-peer. Margie began her research journey at the Tyson Research Center with SIFT, the Shaw Institute for Field Training in the summer following her freshman year. From there she moved on to TERF, the Tyson Environmental Research Fellowship program for high school students in which she participated for two years, for four weeks after sophomore year and for eight weeks after junior year. Congratulations Margie!
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  • Congratulations to JoeBotics on a Great Season!

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    The SJA JoeBotics team competed in the Missouri State Championship at Missouri S&T in Rolla on March 7. According to Mrs. Julie Haddock, the team was amazing. “Our team powered through some programming challenges, robot-to-robot crashes, and judging presentations to have a very successful day. Our driving and field team of Sydney Hilker, Katie Kostecki, Katie Young, and Kate Broun really responded to the very high level of competition, and were driving superbly.”

    The team had a very successful season. 

    Congratulations to JoeBotics team member Sophie Maniscalco ’21 on being named one of FIRST Robotics in Missouri’s four Dean’s List Finalists. This is quite an honor!

    Thanks to the team and their adult mentors, assistant mentors and coach, Mrs. Haddock, for representing St. Joe at the State Championship level.

    Team Members:
    Katie Augsburger ‘20
    Kate Broun ‘20
    Amanda Favazza ‘23
    Heidi Gaertner ‘22                                                                      
    Meghan Jachna ‘23
    Sydney Hilker ‘20
    Johanna Jachna ‘23
    Shwetha John ‘23
    Katie Kostecki ‘20
    Sophie Maniscalco ‘21
    Morgan McKinnis ‘22                                                              
    Liza McMahon ‘20                                                                      
    Megan Nguyen ‘22                                                                                   
    Caitlin O’Rourke ‘23                                                                               
    Sarah Stewart ‘20                                                                        
    Madison Weishaar ‘21                                                                           
    Katie Young ‘20         
                                                                                    
    Adult Mentors: Mr. Bill Broun, Mr. Mike Goodrow and Mr. Alfred Strout                                                                                    
    Assistant Mentors: Dr. Elizabeth Burns and Ms. Sofia Chkautovich
    Coach: Mrs. Julie Haddock
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  • Caught in the Act

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    Roman and Gothic arches were designed, built and tested by the Principles of Engineering and Engineering Methods students.

    Biology Students using Agar to model the transport of materials into and out of cells of different sizes.
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  • Congratulations to our Honors Science Fair Winners!

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    The St. Louis Science Fair-Honors Division was held Saturday, February 29, 2020. This fair serves as the qualifying event for the International Science and Engineering Fair and is for students who have completed college level research. Over 40 M.D.'s, Ph.D.'s and professionals with exceptional engineering and technology expertise generously served as Honors Division Judges.

    Two St. Joe students were among the top ten finalists. Each finalist receives a $1,000 scholarship and is invited to bring her project to the K-12 Academy of Science - St. Louis Science Fair in April to compete for additional special awards.

    Margie Lodes ‘20
    The Effects of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals on Crayfish in a Freshwater Ecosystem

    Emma Mueller ’20                                                                     
    The Effect of Ionizing Radiation on Volvox carteri 

    Two St. Joe students were named as semi-finalists. Each semi-finalist student is invited to bring her project to the K-12 Academy of Science - St. Louis Science Fair in April to compete for additional special awards.

    Julia Castellano ‘22
    The Effect of UV Radiation on the Ability of Phytoplankton to Photosynthesize

    Danielle Hall ’20
    Observations of Canis Familiaris Saliva on Eschericha Coli
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  • February

    Ocean Sciences Meeting

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    Congratulations to Julia Castellano ’22, Margie Lodes ’20 and Emma Mueller ’20 for successfully presenting the results of their research at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 in San Diego. The three were part of the K-12 Youth Ocean Science Research Presentations as a part of the larger, international meeting of ocean scientists from around the world.

    According to the American Geophysical Union, which holds the Ocean Sciences Meeting, the “K-12 Youth Ocean Science Research Presentations” are important because “K-12 students are producing quality ocean and water/earth scientific research throughout the world via in-school or after-school programs. These students are readily exposed to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) practices and are involved with adults and/or senior scientists to investigate earth and ocean processes including testing hypotheses and observing the environment. Sharing their research at an international scientific conference is beneficial to them, their peers, educators and attending scientists. K-12 students who are involved in such ocean and water/earth research as lead author or co-author are encouraged to participate. The goal of this session is to give K-12 students a platform to present their ocean and water/earth related research to scientists, educators and peers in order to network and gain feedback on their presentation and research, and join the ever-growing network of ocean science researchers.”
    In addition to attending and presenting at the conference, the students and their SJA faculty sponsor, Mrs. Katie Lodes, were able to learn more about the ocean by interacting with it and touring world-renowned research facilities in the San Diego area by whale watching on a tour out of San Diego harbor on Flagship Cruises with naturalists from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and exploring the Scripps Institute of Oceanography’s Aquarium, Pier, and Mauna Loa Observatory.

    Thank you to Mrs. Katie Lodes for challenging our students to present their research at conferences such as the Ocean Sciences Meeting and thanks to our student researchers for representing St. Joe on the world’s stage!
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  • Sr. Antona Ebo Social Justice Conference

    The Archdiocese of Saint Louis sponsored the 3rd Annual Sr. Antona Ebo Social Justice Conference on Saturday, February 22, from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This year's conference breakout sessions were presented by local high school students, including Claire Price, Marion Chesterton and Sophie Maniscalco. #CatholicSTL
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  • The Miracle Worker

    Each winter, St. Joseph’s Academy presents students with the opportunity to perform in the school play. Students participate in a variety of ways – acting, set design, and graphic design. Our 2019-20 winter production was "The Miracle Worker." Many thanks to Mrs. Janine Albes and Mr. Brian Ebbinghaus for putting together another spectacular show at the Academy.

    Cast:
    • Kate Keller: Sophie Gloriod
    • Captain Keller: Justin Kennedy
    • Helen Keller: Cali Wells
    • Aunt Ev: Olivia O’Malley
    • James Keller: Ben Kinealy
    • Mr. Anagnos: Jacob Sasfai
    • Annie Sullivan: Lily Pingleton
    • Servants: Ava Niedblaski, Liv Sullivan
    • Prissy: Paris Murrow
    • Girls attending Perkins Institution for The Blind:
      • Caitlin Avery
      • Katie Cicero
      • Lauren Dignam
      • Rachel Esser
      • Makayla Plunkett
    Crew:
    • Stage Manager & Light Board Operator: Kate Broun
    • Sound Board Operator: Alanah Berger
    • Prop Crew: Ella Bannister and Colleen Davis
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  • Students Present Mission Week Check

    On February 18, St. Joseph's Academy proudly presented the 2019 Mission Week check to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In November, the Angels came together to raise funds for CSJ missions in Peru and Uganda.

    The annual Mission Week is a cherished tradition at St. Joe. Our school motto, "Not I, But We," becomes a lived reality as the entire school community joins forces in raising awareness of our missions at home and abroad.
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  • Catey Roux ’20

    Catey Roux ’20 was proud to be an honored nominee for the Metro Women’s Athletic Association Skippy Keefer Sportsmanship and Participation Award. The awardee and nominees are senior athletes within the MWAA league who exemplifiy the qualities of athletic participation and excellence in sportsmanship. 
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  • Jennifer Carpio Bisch ’92

    The Academy salutes Mrs. Jennifer Carpio Bisch ’92 (Science Department Chair and Varsity Lacrosse Coach) for receiving US Lacrosse’s “2019 Women’s Game Commitment Award!” She was recognized for her “outstanding commitment in the development of women’s game players, coaches, officials, involved parents, support organizations and leagues.”
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  • Auction Message from Tom Ackerman

    The 2020 Auction Committee is excited to share this special video message from KMOX Sports Director and our emcee, Tom Ackerman.

    To learn more about An Evening with the Angels, please click here.
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  • FBLA District Leadership Conference

    Members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club attended and competed at the FBLA District Leadership Conference at St. Louis University.

    The following Angels qualified and will advance to the FBLA State Competition in Springfield:
    • Sara Frautschi ‘21: 1st Place-Website Design
    • Ella Kertz ‘21: 3rd Place- Personal Finance
    • Allie Westphale ‘20: 4th Place- Organizational Leadership
    • Parker Lewellen ‘20: Wild Card- Advertising
    Congratulations to the following students for the outstanding work at the conference:
    • Emma Hente ‘21 and Addie White ‘21: 5th Place- Digital Video Production
    • Addie White ‘21: 2nd Place- Future Business Leader
    • Parker Lewellen ‘20 and Allie Westphale ‘20: 5th Place- Global Business
    • Ella Kertz ‘21, Millie Savage ‘21 and Allie Westphale ‘20: 4th Place- Hospitality Management
    • Lily Barry ‘21, Mia Foster ‘21 and Olivia Linsman ‘21: 3rd Place- Management Decision Making
    • Sara Frautschi ‘21: 5th Place- Public Speaking
    FBLA, moderated by Ms. Megan Hackmann, helps students prepare for careers in business and business-related fields. For more information about clubs at St. Joe, please click here.
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  • Caught in the ACT

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    This week, Marine Biology students modeled the effect of water depth on the wavelengths of light that can penetrate at that depth.

    Starting with seven layers of blue cellophane to model the midwater light available, one person removes a layer at a time and describes how depth affects the colors which she can see to her partner until she is down to no layers (the top of the euphotic zone where photosynthesis can occur).
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  • Mercy Healthcare Presentation to Beta Chi Pi

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    On February 11, Krista Jones from the Human Relations department at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, came to SJA to speak with the members of Beta Chi Pi, the science honor society, about careers in healthcare at Mercy Hospital. Ms. Jones described part-time jobs and volunteer opportunities for high school students along with part-time jobs available to college students. Most of the jobs had flexible hours that could work around student schedules. She went on to describe the incentives offered to students after they graduate from a nursing program, whether it is from a four-year college or a community college. Mercy provides a significant student loan forgiveness program and other incentives for being a nurse at Mercy Hospital. Ms. Jones concluded her presentation with tips on putting together a cover letter and a resumé along with questions to ask during a face-to-face interview.
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  • Environmental Justice Speakers

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    On February 6, Earth Angels sponsored an evening talk by Dr. Christine Ekenga of Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work.

    Dr. Ekenga’s research examines how lifestyle, environmental, and occupational factors interact to influence health and well-being, finding that people with less social, economic, and political advantage are more likely to experience the negative effects of environmental change.

    Dr. Ekenga presented details on a study which she carried out which concluded that the residents of poor and segregated neighborhoods in St. Louis are at a significantly higher risk for cancer and other negative health outcomes due to air pollution.

    Leah Clyburn from the Eastern Chapter of the Sierra Club also presented about environmental justice in St. Louis and how we can get involved.

    Teachers and students from Visitation Academy and DeSmet were also in attendance.
     
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  • National Merit Finalist: Natalie Murray ’20

    St. Joseph’s Academy congratulates Natalie Murray ‘20 for earning the status of National Merit Finalist. "The National Merit Scholarship Program has now determined which of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September 2019 have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition."

    At SJA, Natalie is a member of the Frontenac Voices, President of the National English Honor Society, President of the French Honor Society, Secretary of Earth Angels, member of the Varsity Softball Team, involved with St. Joe Theatre and has served the "Dear Neighbor" with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans.
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  • Tour of Production Products

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    On February 11, 2020, Ms. Rene DeFiore and Dr. Rose Davidson had the opportunity to tour Production Products with alumnae Kelli Corona-Bittick ’85, President and Director of Research and Development, and Cori (Corona) Christiansen ’96, New Business Development, of their family-owned business.

    Pictured are Kelli (left) and Cori (right) showing us a chamber used to fly contaminated soldiers and civilians back to the United States.

    Production Products, a female, Hispanic, family-owned business, is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with two additional facilities in Fulton and Buffalo, Missouri. For decades, Production Products has served as a world leader in the supply of integrated chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defense products ranging from shelter systems to filtration products. Their engineered defense systems have been trusted globally by allied militaries and government agencies. Their products include CBRN shelters, Medical Isolation Systems, Chemical Control Shelters and other military products. Their ability to design, manufacture and deliver quality services to the military was recognized when Production Products was named the Department of Defense “Minority Contractor of the Year” in the United States.

    Production Products also manufactures the UtiliDyne family of products trusted by the nation’s leading electrical distributors. These include an array of specialty engineered crossarms, hardware, connection, and monitoring products for utility poles.
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  • Phenomenal Woman Challenge

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    All students have been invited to participate in the Phenomenal Woman Challenge co-sponsored by the National English Honor Society, Beta Chi Pi (the Science Honor Society) and Diversity Club. The objective is to inspire the St. Joe community with a work by Dr. Maya Angelou and create a visual story and representation of her words.

    Maya Angelou was a prominent poet, memoirist, and activist who celebrated diversity and femininity. She also used her writing to raise awareness of social justice issues. She has written 167 poems. Some of her most famous works include her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and the poems “Phenomenal Woman,” “Still I Rise,” “Caged Bird,” “Human Family,” “On the Pulse of Morning,” and “Alone.”
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  • SJA Nationally Ranked for Athletics

    “MaxPreps” recently released the top US high school athletic programs and SJA is ranked #22 for girls! The top programs are selected based on several factors, including state championships, state runner-up finishes & placement in national rankings. 
     
    Congratulations to the Academy’s scholar athletes and coaches for this prestigious honor. To view the full list, please click here.
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  • “The Voice” Spring 2020

    The spring issue of The Voice has been published! The focus of this issue is “Faith lived out at St. Joe.”

    “This year’s theme for “The Voice” emphasizes the core values of St. Joe and invites everyone to celebrate them. Among these values are include leadership, balance, growth, and this quarter’s edition: faith. I think faith is one of the best qualities of our community. Together, we are able to help one another embrace its faiths and grow as more compassionate people.” -Mary Hayes ‘20, Editor-in-Chief

    For more information about The Voice, please click here.
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  • Pictured: Sophie Maniscalco ’21 and Sydney Hilker ‘20

    St. Joe Students recognized with NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Awards

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    Four of our students have been recognized for their aptitude, interest and leadership in computing by the Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois Regional Affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).

    Congratulations to Sophie Maniscalco’21 for being named a “Winner” in the local affiliate competition. She went on to represent the region in the national competition, where she was recognized with “Honorable Mention.”

    Congratulations to Sydney Hilker ’20 who was named a “Winner” in the local affiliate competition.

    Congratulations to Johanna Jachna ’23 for being named an “Honorable Mention.”

    Congratulations to Mallory Kimes ’20 for being named a “Rising Star.”

    All four students will be recognized at an event at St. Louis University on April 5th.
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  • #SJA2024

    Oh, the places you'll go at St. Joe! On January 31 and February 1, St. Joseph’s Academy officially welcomed the Class of 2024 to the St. Joe family. Each member of the class also received a special welcome sign in her yard and was invited to campus for the annual “Welcome to St. Joe Day” class party. They had the opportunity to meet their fellow classmates and shop our expanded Spirit Shop in the Sr. Mary de Paul Room.
     
    Enjoy this special video that was filmed, produced and edited in “Digital Production” class by Taylor Polcyn '21 and Nicole Rallo ‘21.
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  • Dance Team Goes to Nationals

    In January, the SJA Dance Team traveled and competed at the UDA Nationals in Orlando, FL. The National Dance Team Championship takes place at the Walt Disney World Resort and is administered by Universal Dance Association. The team competed against schools from across the country and received high praises for its outstanding performances.

    For more information about the Dance Team and SJA Athletics, please click here.
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  • Caught in the Act

    By: Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    This week, the Marine Science students were caught studying bioluminescence, and they learned about bathymetry, the measurement of depth of water in oceans and seas.

    The AP/ACP Biology students were seen diagramming the cell cycle.

    Honors Biology students used radish seeds to gather evidence that plants carry out both photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

    Chemistry students learning about different types of chemical reactions. 
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  • Mrs. Katie Lodes Recognized with Inspiring Teacher Award

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    On January 30, Mrs. Lodes was recognized as one of seven teachers for the Inspiring Teacher Awards through the Challenger Learning Center in St. Louis. These awards are in honor of the seven Challenger Space Shuttle astronauts whose legacy of inspiring the future generation of explorers and innovators continues on through Challenger Learning Centers around the world. These teachers were nominated by a current or former student for inspiring them to pursue a STEM career. Mrs. Lodes was nominated by alumna, Sarah Gebken Hurt ‘15. Sarah said, “Often students would get discouraged if their experiments for the science fair failed, but Mrs. Lodes assured us that was normal. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the help and encouragement I received from Mrs. Lodes.”
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  • Aly Trost ‘13

    The Alumnae Association recently caught up with Aly Trost ’13 to hear about her time in Miami, FL covering the Super Bowl with Sports Radio 810 WHB (Kansas City). She had the opportunity to interview several players on the Kansas City Chiefs and experience the excitement and behind-the-scenes aspects of the Super Bowl.

    At St. Joe, her love for journalism and writing evolved, which steered her towards receiving a degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. The support she received from SJA faculty and her classmates continuously impacts her life today.
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  • Congratulations to our three Mini-Research Grant winners!

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    Julia Castellano ’22, Margie Lodes ’20, and Emma Mueller ’20 have been individually selected for the Third Annual New York Institute of Technology Mini-Research Grant Award. Funds from their mini-grants are being used to offset the cost of materials associated with the students’ research projects and printing expenses for their poster presentations. Julia’s proposal, “The Effect of UV Radiation on the Ability of Phytoplankton to Photosynthesize, Margie’s proposal “The Effects of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals on Crayfish in a Freshwater Ecosystemand Emma’s proposal, “Effect of Ionizing Radiation on Volvox carteri,” were determined by the grant review committee to have scientific merit and potential impact in the STEM fields, including health. All three projects will be presented by the students February 16-21 at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 in San Diego, CA and February 28-29 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Qualifying Fair in St. Louis. Thanks to Mrs. Katie Lodes for mentoring these young researchers.
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  • International Recognition for Yearbook

    Herff Jones is recognizing St. Joseph’s Academy’s 2018-2019 Yearbook in their “best-of” international publication, “Portfolio.” This publication showcases “best-in-class” yearbook work from students across North America.

    From the thousands of yearbooks printed by Herff Jones, around 400 schools were chosen across multiple categories. Judged by industry experts on various design and storytelling elements such as theme, coverage and more, the featured staffs truly epitomize the student innovation that came from yearbook classrooms in 2019.

    "We are thrilled each year to see our students continuously redefine the yearbook landscape, and we are especially honored to showcase their achievement and creativity,” said Kelly Crouch, vice president of yearbook sales for Herff Jones.

    Congratulations to the students and Yearbook Club moderator, Mr. Tim Kohler, for achieving this impressive recognition! 
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  • Thank you to Ellen Lucchesi, Class of 2015

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    On January 26, Ellen Lucchesi ’15 presented to the student body about how she carried the CSJ Charisms and her STEM expertise to Bolivia. Ellen served in Bolivia during the ETHOS (Engineers in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities of Service Learning) program through the University of Dayton.

    Ellen, who just completed her mechanical engineering degree at the University of Dayton, spent 10 weeks in La Paz working with Funprobo, an organization that makes low-cost prosthetics for amputees unable to afford more advanced solutions. She assisted in producing prosthetic limbs, specifically through creating and assembling molds and feet and through promoting the organization on social media. Ellen shared that “When I saw a child playing soccer with her new leg, it was truly a Glimpse of God (GOG).” In addition to showing the students a documentary of her time in Bolivia and the ETHOS program, Ellen described how her time at SJA prepared her for the experience. Ellen truly embodied what we hope for all of our graduates, a strong leader, ready and capable of making a profound impact in the world.
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  • January

    Congratulations Sophie Maniscalco!

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    Congratulations to Sophie Maniscalco for being named a National Honorable Mention winner of the 2020 Awards for Aspirations in Computing. This award is given by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). Sophie had previously won the regional award for the Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois Affiliate.

    Each year, U.S. high school students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to receive recognition for their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.

    This year’s 400 national recipients rose to the top of over 4,700 applications. Of those 400, 40 were selected as National Winners and 360, including Sophie, were selected as National Honorable Mention recipients.

    Sophie will be recognized at the Regional Affiliate Award event in April. She will be inducted into the Aspirations in Computing Community—a national network of peers, supported by professionals and volunteers, provided with scholarship and internship opportunities, in addition to other prizes.

    The entire NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program is supported generously by Apple. The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, and Motorola Solutions Foundation.

    Several other St. Joe students have also applied for this award. We will be notified of regional winners by the end of March.
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  • Respect Life Club #MarchForLife

    Members of the Respect Life Club traveled to Washington, D.C. with Generation Life and the Archdiocese of Saint Louis to participate in the 2020 March for Life. While the students, faculty members and parents were in the nation’s capital, other members of the Respect Life Club held a special prayer service in the Performing Arts Center (Theater) for those participating in the march.

    For more information about clubs at the Academy, please click here
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  • Caught in the Act

    By: Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    Students from Marine Science, AP/ACP Biology, and members of Earth Angels recently went on a field trip to the newly opened St. Louis Aquarium. Thanks to Mrs. Katie Lodes for organizing the trip to the aquarium and to Mrs. Leslie Berry, Ms. Kara Kieffer and Mrs. Rachel Kupper for chaperoning.
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  • Engineering and Architecture Lunch & Learn

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    The Student Alumnae Association welcomed back four of its alumnae for a “Lunch and Learn” about their careers in engineering and architecture on January 15.

    Over 70 students attended the event, getting advice from the alumnae on high school courses that helped them the most and skills that they used in their careers.

    The alumnae panel included (pictured left to right):
    Stephanie Wehmeier Shepard '11, Junior Architectural Designer at Hasting & Chivetta Architects
    Amy Smith Burkemper ’98, CRM Technical Platform Architect at Bayer
    Liz Burns, Ph.D. ’11, Materials Processes & Physics Engineer at The Boeing Company
    Maggie Bowman '08, Liaison Engineer at The Boeing Company

    Many thanks to these alumnae for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their experiences with the Angels.
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  • JoeBotics Qualified for State!

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    On January 11th, SJA's robotics team competed in the finals of the FIRST Tech Challenge - Missouri St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley Qualifier and earned 2nd place in the "Inspire Award." This judged award earned JoeBotics advancement to the State Championship Competition in Rolla on March 7th! The State Championship will be held in the Missouri S&T Gale-Bullman Multi-Purpose Building in Rolla, MO.

    The evening of January 16th, JoeBotics welcomed fellow robotics teams and fans to the annual “Robos at Joes” competition which was held in the commons and gym at St. Joe.
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  • Spence Shine Shack

    St. Joseph’s Academy is proud to open our new student success center, the “Spence Shine Shack,” which supports the various learning needs and styles of all our students. This new program will serve our girls with tools and furnishings that support active learning, collaborative work and independent study. Every girl will be able to utilize this new program and space, which is designed to take them from where they are academically to where they can fully shine with their God-given talents.

    Two former classrooms adjacent to the Library have been transformed into a collaborative learning room and an independent study space. This project was made possible by the generosity of the Dave and Suzie Sauer Spence ’82 Family and the generosity of many through our 2019 Auction Fund-A-Need. At the dedication of the spaces, Suzie noted the scripture passage from Mathew 5: 15-16, "You are the light of the world...So let your light shine," relating it to our school as we encourage all of our students’ light to shine.
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  • St. Louis Aquarium Field Trip

    Students studying AP Biology and Marine Science and members of Earth Angels visited the St. Louis Aquarium. They enjoyed an education class through the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation, where they had the opportunity to take on the role of marine biologists as they researched sharks. Activities included tagging and tracking sharks, a virtual reality shark dive and researching threats to shark populations.
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  • Kate Broun ’20: Model of Justice Award

    Kate Broun '20 received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award! The St. Charles Lwanga Center, in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, annually presents this award to students who demonstrate a commitment to serving humanity in the broader community. Kate received her award at a special Mass and ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. 
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  • Record-Breaking Swim Team

    Congratulations to the Swim and Dive Team for their record-breaking meet at MICDS! The team won by over 100 points and two school records were broken.
    • Sarah Donahue ‘23 broke the school record, held since 1982, by winning the 100 backstroke. She also broke the school record, held since 2014, by winning the 50 backstroke.
    • Katie Kostecki ’20 took second in the 100 backstroke, also breaking the previous record from 1982.
    The following Angels qualified for State:
    • 200 Medley Relay State: Donohue, Guenther, Yelton, Sharp
    • 200 Free Relay State: Kostecki, Sharp, Smith, Yelton
    • 400 Free Relay State: Kostecki, Donohue, Smith, Guenther
    • 200 IM: Donohue
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  • Emily Lally ’21: Athlete of the Week

    Emily Lally ’21 was selected as the Schnucks High School Athlete of the Week! Please click here to learn more.
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  • Funderwear 2020

    St. Joseph’s Academy and Cor Jesu Academy Work Together to Make a BIG Difference

    On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, St. Joseph’s Academy (SJA) and Cor Jesu Academy (CJA) held their 16th Annual Funderwear Challenge. The CJA and SJA school communities collected a record-breaking 23,896 pairs of new socks and underwear for St. Patrick Center, in just eight days. The collection and challenge concluded at the CJA Chargers vs. SJA Angels Varsity Basketball Game at St. Joseph’s Academy.

    The Funderwear Challenge began 16 years ago as a way for the two schools to make a difference for an important cause in our community.

    “For 16 years, the students at Cor Jesu Academy and St. Joseph’s Academy, and their families and faculties, have fulfilled a vital need of St. Patrick Center’s mission to end homelessness,” says Kelly Peach, Senior Director of Communications at St. Patrick Center. “New socks and underwear offer dignity to our clients as they work with us to improve their lives. We feel extremely blessed by these large annual donations and the spirit with which they are given truly contributes to making our community better.”

    The challenge is a favorite among both student bodies, showcasing each school’s incredible spirit and strong desire to help those in need. Since the inception of the Funderwear Challenge, the two schools have collected over 250,000 pairs of new socks and underwear for St. Patrick Center.

    “Cor Jesu’s mission is to Share the Love of the Heart of Christ, and Funderwear allows us to do that for the homeless in our community,” says Mame Blumeyer, CJA Theology teacher and SJA alumna. “The best part is that we can double our efforts by working together with St. Joseph’s Academy.”

    The collections for the 2020 Funderwear Challenge began on January 6, 2020 and continued through halftime of the Varsity Basketball game on January 14, 2020. The total pairs of socks and underwear collected – 23,896 – was announced at halftime by St. Patrick Center representatives. It was the most successful Funderwear in history.

    "Funderwear is the perfect way for us to work together to help the homeless of St. Louis through St. Patrick Center,” says Diane Everitt, SJA Theology teacher and Spirit Club Moderator. “The event combines friendly competition and lives out the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet’s calling for us to serve the ‘Dear Neighbor.’”
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  • JoeBotics Qualifies for State

    SJA's robotics team, JoeBotics, competed in the finals of the FIRST Tech Challenge - Missouri St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley Qualifier and earned 2nd place in the "Inspire Award." This judged-award earned the team and the JoeBot advancement to the state championship competition. Congratulations to the team and coaches!
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  • Ellen Lucchesi '15

    Ellen Lucchesi '15 was recently featured in the St. Louis Review after she participated in ETHOS program through the University of Dayton.

    Reflecting on the phrase “to serve the dear neighbor” that she learned while at St. Joseph’s Academy, Lucchesi said, “it makes you think about what you’re using your talents for. We all have a duty on this earth to do something good. Seeing people in Bolivia, and how they live so simply and love so much — they’re the kindest and most loving and giving people I’ve ever met. I am privileged to have the things that I do. To give my God-given gifts to other people is important to me.”

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  • STEM Courses for 2020-21

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    Registration for next year’s courses has begun! The students have met with the Counseling Department and participated in the Curriculum Fair. Most departments have notified their students of their eligibility for honors courses. The online registration portal opens on January 27.

    Since our STEM initiative began five years ago, we have been hard at work enhancing our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math course offerings. We have streamlined the science course offerings to better prepare the students for advanced level work, changing the core requirements in the process. We have expanded the number of AP and direct college credit courses (ACC through SLU, ACP through UMSL) available for our students. We have created a new department, Computer Science and Engineering, to house the technology-based and engineering courses. We have added to the number of engineering, graphic design and computer programming courses available to our students within this department.

    Our students understand the importance of including these STEM courses in their preparation for their future studies and their careers. 99% of our students currently take STEM elective courses during their time at St. Joe. The world needs women prepared with the skills which they need to be innovators, creators and engineers. We are preparing our students to meet the challenges which the world will face in the remaining 80 years of the 21st Century.

    Science Department course offerings for 2020-21
    Three credits in science are required for graduation. The sequence of the required courses was changed, beginning with the class of 2022. For current freshmen and sophomores, the graduation requirements are fulfilled by taking Biology or Honors Biology, Chemistry or Honors Chemistry and Physics or Honors Physics. The majority of the current Juniors have taken the semester courses Environmental and Earth Science and Engineering and Physics Applications as freshmen. During their sophomore year, they took Biology or Honors Biology. This year, they currently are taking Chemistry or Honors Chemistry. They have completed their required courses but we hope that they take a fourth year of science as is recommended by many colleges.

    The Science Department offers a range of elective courses and students may double up with these electives beginning with their sophomore year. Students are discussing their science options with their current science teacher. Mrs. Jennifer Bisch, Science Department Chair, is available to discuss science course options with the students and to address any parent questions.

    Computer Science and Engineering Department course offerings for 2020-21
    The current freshmen and sophomores are required to take 1.0 credit in CSE before graduating. They have taken the first, required course of Computer Science Applications during their freshman year. They are asked to select an additional .5 credit from the electives available.

    Current juniors are not required to take any CSE courses but many of these will fulfill their Business and Fine Arts requirements. The Engineering Design Applications course is a double block course, meaning that during one semester, it meets for two periods per day. This course may be taken for 1.0 CSE credit or 0.5 credit in math and 0.5 credit in science.

    Analyzing Big Data has been dropped from the CSE department. Its content is addressed within the AP/ACC Statistics course in the Mathematics Department.

    Computer Science and Engineering Department Chair, Dr. Rose Davidson, is available to answer questions about the department’s course offerings.

    Mathematics Department course offerings for 2020-21
    Four credits in math are required for graduation. The courses taken each year are determined by the student's success in her past math coursework. Each student is provided with the math department recommendations for courses to be taken during the pre-registration period. Mr. Tom Riordan, Mathematics Department Chair, is available to answer any student or parent questions about math course selection.

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  • Curriculum Fair

    On January 10, freshmen, sophomores and juniors gathered in the Performing Arts Center (Theater) for the 2020 Curriculum Fair. Students had the opportunity to learn about courses offered in Computer Science & Engineering, Business, Fine Arts and Physical Education. Faculty members from each department shared the exciting opportunities each student has for the 2020-2021 school year.

    For more information about SJA’s college-prep curriculum, please click here.
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  • Parents in Prayer

    Parents, students and faculty members gathered in the SJA Chapel for this month’s “Parents in Prayer” gathering. Members of the St. Joe community are invited to pray the Rosary the first Friday of the month (when school is in session) at 7:15 a.m. Please check the school calendar for upcoming events. 
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  • Angels and Brothers in Prayer

    The Angels in Prayer Club invited CBC High School’s Brothers in Prayer Club to their weekly meeting. Together, they discussed the importance of community. For more information about SJA clubs, please click here.
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  • Why Girls’ Schools are More Relevant Than Ever

    “In an era where women still fight for gender equity and female CEOs still struggle to be recognized, we need places where girls are wholly seen and heard; where discussion of the endless possibilities for girls and women today is in the air the girls breathe. Places where young women are not only told they are capable of anything, but where they literally can see themselves filling every role, are more relevant today than ever before. We need all-girls schools." —Elizabeth J. McGregor, NCGS Trustee and Head of Westridge School

    Please click here to learn why girls’ schools are more relevant than ever.
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  • College Connection Panel

    On January 7, Alumnae from the Class of 2019 returned to SJA for the College Advising Department’s “College Connection” panel. The panelists shared information about transitioning to college, academics, student life and more.

    For more information about SJA’s College Advising Department, please visit here
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  • Fr. Jean Pierre Medaille, SJ

    December 30th was the 350th anniversary of the death of Fr. Jean Pierre Medaille, SJ. “He founded the Sisters of St. Joseph in France in 1650, and we are proud to be living out the same charism around the globe centuries later. What wonderful news about his possible canonization!"

    Please click here to learn more. 
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  • Merry Christmas from the Frontenacs

    Christmas Greetings from SJA! We hope your holidays were filled with peace and joy. Enjoy "Sleigh Ride" from our choral group, the Frontenac Voices. 
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  • Basketball Angels Travel to Florida

    In December, the Varsity Basketball Team traveled to Florida for a competitive tournament. The Angels finished second in the tournament championship bracket. Congratulations to the team and coaches!

    To view the team’s schedule, please click here
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  • STEM Signing Day

    By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
    Seniors planning to major in a STEM field at a Missouri college/university are invited to apply to be recognized at the Missouri STEM Signing Day Celebration on April 29, 2020. This celebration, organized by the Missouri Chamber Foundation’s Mathematics and Science Coalition, recognizes outstanding Missouri high school students who are inspired by science, technology, engineering and math and are dedicated to pursuing a STEM career pathway in college and beyond. Just like signing days for athletes, Missouri STEM Signing Day celebrates Missouri high school seniors as they sign a letter of intent to pursue a STEM degree program at a Missouri post-secondary institution. Students will be recognized for their STEM achievement by state officials, business leaders, coalition members and other special guests.

    With start-up funding contributed by The Boeing Company and supported by the Missouri business community, the program offers $1,000 scholarships to a minimum of 10 students to help them pursue their STEM education goals at a 2-year, 4-year or technical college of their choice. The funds are unrestricted and can be used for tuition, living expenses, books or technology.

    Eligibility & Application Process
    • High school students graduating in 2020 planning to pursue a STEM program at a 2-year, 4-year or technical college in the Fall of 2020 are eligible to apply.
    • Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2020.
    • Applications will be evaluated on the basis of passion for STEM learning, advancing society through STEM, high school activity involvement and scholarship.
    • Representatives from the Missouri Chamber and corporate sponsors on the selection committee will determine recipients.
    • Finalists will submit an approximately 2-minute video on what inspires and drives them on their STEM pathway.
    • Awards will be formally announced on April 29, 2020 in Jefferson City with state officials, business community representatives, students, parents/guardians and school officials.
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St. Joseph’s Academy is a private, Catholic high school for girls in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our mission is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.

St. Joseph's Academy

2307 South Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63131
Phone: 314-394-4300
Fax: 314-965-9114
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