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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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  • 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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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
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