From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to the newest members of the Alumni of St. Joseph School. It should be noted that ten of the graduates are entering high school with a credit in English I, and six have earned a credit in Algebra I. Nine members of the class received the Presidential Award for carrying a 3.5 grade point average and at least an 85%ile in the Terra Nova achievement test. 

Main awards for eighth grade students were presented as listed:
American Legion Award - Krystal Waddell and Ricky Henry
St. Joseph Award - Sarah Ryals and Ben West
Highest GPA - Abigail vonAlmen
May Crowning - Stephanie Ekker, Dani Majeau, and Leah Dahmer
Siter Roselle Scholarship to STA - Stephanie Ekker
Crusader Service Award - Erin Pereira
High Academic Athlete - Abigail vonAlmen and Ben West
Presidential Award for Academic Excellence - Shelby Bagby, Leah Dahmer, Bethany Herrick, Paul Mitchell, Sarah Ryals, Abigail vonAlmen, Krystal Waddell, Raylea Willoughby
St. Joseph School Academic Excellence Award - Sheby Bagby, Bethany Herrick, Dani Majeau, Paul Mitchell, Sarah Ryals, Blaise Schillace, Abigail vonAlmen, Krystal Waddell, Raylea Willoughby.

Our expectations are that each of these graduates will do very well in their respective high schools, and they should know that our prayers go with them as they enter a new era in their lives.

In regard to the graduating high school seniors who are alums of St. Joseph, congratulations to the following for their scores on the ACT at St. Thomas Aquinas: Michael Davis and Andrew Wisecarver scored 30 or above. Andrew was in the top ten of the graduating class. As noted previously, Michael was the only National Merit Scholar from St. Thomas, and, as far as I know, the only one from Tangipahoa Parish.

This has been a very productive school year for the school. This is the first eighth grade class completing their studies from a school accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools through AdvancEd. Much of our effort this school year went into preparing for that important accreditation.

Over the next few months, the parish will be going to the diocese to present a plan for the building that is to be completely redone on the corner across the side street from the main school building. It will house two additional classrooms for the 2012-2013 school year.

The St. Joseph faculty and staff look forward to next school year when we will welcome well over 400 students. Present enrollment for the 2011-2012 school year is 416. We thank all parents for their support over the years. We are especially indebted to those who served on the School Advisory Committee, the Home and School Association including the room mothers, the School Fair chairpersons, and those who chaired and worked the Strawberry Fest Parking.

I pray that each of you have a pleasant and safe summer. Please be attentive to the children, and return them to us safely. It is a fact that summer vacation is the most dangerous time for school age children. 

-- Gerard Toups

Back-to-School Information

Please check our website under Back-to-School Information to find summer hours, summer reading, dates the library is open, supply lists, important dates, uniform regulations and so many other important things necessary to come back to school in the fall.


Yearbooks have been ordered but have not yet been received. Please check this site again for updates concerning their arrival.

Cafeteria News

Please check online or call Mrs. Gwen Klein, cafeteria manager, at 985-386-8075, for cafeteria balances. These must be reconciled by the end of the school year.

If you owe the cafeteria money, balances are due immediately. Unpaid balances will result in the parents being called to bring a bag lunch to school for the student.

If the cafeteria owes you a balance of $10.00 or more, a refund request form (from the office) must be filed with the cafeteria manager before the end of the school year.

Uniform Sale

St. Joseph is now taking donations of uniforms for a used uniform sale during the first week of June. Please check next week's bulletin for exact details. Donations of clean, gently-worn uniforms may be dropped in the school office.

The uniform sale will be Saturday, June 11, from 10:00-noon in the cafeteria.

First in Math Winners

First in Math Top Threes

3A: 1st Grace Tallo 1027
2nd Heather Habisreitinger 451
3rd Haley Faciane 372

3B: 1st Carsyn Avegno 1463
2nd Paige Bankston 1015
3rd Lance Crawford 831

4A: 1st Rebekah Currie 1508
2nd Scott Oalmann 1397
3rd Elizabeth McRae 1296

4B: 1st Justin Hutches 2408
2nd Thomas Casey 2001
3rd Chase Mack 1626

5A: 1st Olivia Maurer 3838
2nd Alex Wisecarver 2926
3rd Lane Pierson 2627

5B: 1st Joseph Pellittieri 4254
2nd Brennan Currier 4196
3rd Kennedy Martin 3237

6th: 1st Emily Ransom 3885
2nd Christina Ernst 3536
3rd Billy Walch 3245

Overall Top Three

First Place: Joseph Pellittieri
Second Place: Brennan Currier
Third Place: Emily Ransom

St. Joseph School has completed our school year in 14th place in the state!

St. Joseph Parish

Rev. John Dominic Sims, O.P. - Pastor
Larry J. Melcanon - Deacon

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil Mass - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Mass - 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5:00 p.m.

Contact Information
Address - 255 North 8th Street (P.O. Box 368), Ponchatoula, LA 70454
Phone - 985.386.3749

Vacation Bible School will be held June 6-10 and June 12, from 8:00-noon. Students may register online at

VBS costs $25/child. Late registration after May 29 will be $30. No child will be denied because of financial hardship.

Please contact Denise Arnondin at 985-386-3749 for more details.

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