Joel 2:12-13

R     Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory!

Even now, says the Lord,
return to me with your whole heart;
for I am gracious and merciful.     R

From the Principal

In the picture - Our Duke Girls - (from left) Shelby Bagby, Krystal Waddell, Danita Majeau, Bethany Herrick, Sarah Ryals, Abigail vonAlmen, Leah Dahmer, and Alexandra D'Amico.

Dear Parents,

Thanks to everyone who worked and supported the Fair last weekend. The fair was off to a wonderful start on Friday and had a good afternoon on Saturday when the rains came. The cold on Sunday dampened the spirits a bit. We will have a complete report on the profits hen the final results are calculated.

Each year the seventh graders who qualify take the ACT with the juniors and seniors in high school who are preparing for college as part of the Duke University Talent Identification Program. In order to qualify to take the test, students must score a 95 percentile or better in reading English or math on the sixth grade Terra Nova. The following students qualified to take the test: Shelby Bagby, Leah Dahmer, Alexandra D’Amico, Bethany Herrick, Danita Majeau, Sarah Ryals, Krystal Waddell, and Abigail vonAlmen.

Duke recognizes the seventh grade students across the state that score higher than 50% of the high school juniors and seniors in one are more subject at a ceremony at Northwestern University in Natchitoches.

The following students will be recognized for their placement in English: Shelby Bagby, Leah Dahmer, Alexandra D’Amico, Bethany Herrick, Danita Majeau, Krystal Waddell, and Abigail vonAlmen.

The following students will be recognized for their placement in reading: Leah Dahmer, Alexandra D’Amico, Bethany Herrick, and Abigail vonAlmen.

Bethany Herrick and Alexandra D’Amico were also recognized in Science.

Duke recognizes students who score higher than 90% of the juniors and seniors taking the ACT at a special ceremony held at Duke in Durham North Carolina. Alexandra D’Amico will be invited to that ceremony because of her score in English.

We are most proud of the accomplishment of all these students. 

Also, students from the Algebra I and English I classes represented St. Joseph School at the district literary rally held Saturday, March 20, at Southeastern State University. Scores on the content tests were outstanding.

Zac Barrient took first place in Algebra I. He qualified to take the state test later in the year.
Eric Alphonso brought home a fifth place in Algebra I.

Emily Buddy and Luke Bleakley were fractions of a point apart and come in at fifth and sixth places respectively.

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

Thursday, March 25
Field Trip Grades 1-2-3-4
Reconciliaton Grade 5

Friday, March 26
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
Stations of the Cross @ 1:55 - All are invited to attend.

Tuesday, March 30
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.

Wednesday, March 31
Field Trip - Grades 6 & 8 

Friday - Monday, April 2 - April 5
Easter Holidays

Tuesday, April 6
Classes Resume

Tuition Loan Papers

Parents wishing to finance all or part of the 2010-2011 tuition may fill out the loan papers included with today's packet. Directions are included with the papers.

Loan papers are to be returned to the school office on or before Monday, May 3.

District Literary Rally Winners

In the picture - (from left) Zac Barrient, Eric Alphonso Luke Bleakley (seated) Emily Buddy

Please see "From the Principal" for rally results.

Congratulations to our students!!

Alumni Rally Results

St. Joseph School alumni were also busy March 20 taking district rally tests for their various high schools. We are proud of their continued academic achievement.

St. Thomas Aquinas High:
Maria Alphonso - Algebra II
Seth Bleakley - English III **
Christopher Boyle - Spelling
Catherine Costa - Algebra I
Frank D'Amico - American History **
Micheal Davis - Chemistry **
Christopher Ekker - Physics **
Nicholas Ekker - Journalism **
Kimberly Latino - Civics **
Matthew Latino - American History
Michael Prenger - Spelling **
Alexandra vonAlmen - World Geography
Andrew Wisecarver - Chemistry **

Ponchatoula High School:
Troy Connolly - Biology I
Taylor Ransom - World Geography **
Nathan Waller  Word Geography
Peggy West - Consumer Homemaking I **

** Students qualified to take state test. Only one student per subject per school may take the state test.

Math Competition Winners

In the picture: Algebra I Competition Team - (from left) - Austin Henderson, Zac Barrient, Brody Pinion, Eric Alphonso

On Saturday, March 12. SJS participated in a friendly math competition against other northshore schools: Kehoe France, Lake Castle Slidell, Lake Castle Mandeville, St. Scholastica, St. Paul, and Our Lady of the Lake. This was our first year in the competition.

The results are as follows:
middle school math - Katelyn McKneely - 5th place
Algebra I - Zac Barrient - 5th place

Katelyn McKneely, Kitch Taylor, and Christopher Ballard made up our middle school team.

Zac Barrient, Austin Henderson, Brody Pinion, and Eric Alphonso comprised our Algebra I team.

St. Joseph placed 5th on the whole school test and fourth for the sweepstakes (most points).

Way to go, Crusaders!

Middle School Math Competiton Team

In the picture (from left) - Christopher Ballard, Katelyn McKneely, and Kitch Taylor

Please see the article above.

Accelerated Reader Update

Our Accelerated Reader lists and pictures have been updated!

At the end of the third quarter, we now have two students in our 500 Point Club: Emily Buddy, eighth grade, and Lauren McKneely, sixth grade.

Seven students have achieved the 250 Point Level: 
Shelby Bagby - seventh grade
Thomas Casey - third grade
Leah Dahmer - seventh grade
Harmony Hermida - eighth grade
Katelyn McKneely - sixth grade
Catherine McRae - seventh grade
Emily Ransom - fifth grade.

The 100 Point Club currently has 22 students. 

Their pictures are on our website in Photo Albums, Accelerated Reader Points Clubs.

Boys' Baseball Schedule

Come out and cheer on our boys' junior varisty team! Home games are played at Ponchatoula Recreational Park on Hoover Road.

Thursday, March 25 ..... SJS v St. Peter @ 5:00 in Ponchatoula

Wendesday, March 31 ..... SJS v Mater Dolorosa @ 5:00 in Ponchatoula

Thursday, April 1 ..... SJS v St. Peters @ 4:30 in Coquille

St. Joseph Parish News

Parish Website


Saturday evening at 5:00

Sunday morning at 8:00 and 10:30

Sunday evening at 5:00


Vigil at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 3

8:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 4

10:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 4

Prayer for Priests

The Year for Priests 2009-2010

Dear Lord,

We pray that the Blessed Mother wrap her mantle around Your priests and through her intercession strengthen them for their ministry.

We pray that Mary will guide Your priests to follow her own words,
"Do whatever He tells you." (Jn 2:5)

May Your priests have the heart of St. Joseph, Mary's most chaste spouse.

May the Blessed Mother's own pierced heart inspire them to embrace all who suffer at the foot of the cross.

May Your priests be holy, filled with the fire of Your love, seeking nothing but Your greater glory and the salvation of souls.


St. John Vianney, pray for us

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