St. Joseph Regional Jr. High School

St. Joe's Journal - Week of May 17, 2021

St. Joe's Mission Statement

St. Joseph Regional Jr. High School is a Catholic, co-educational, inclusive learning community in which students learn and grow in respect for God, themselves, and others, engage in academically rigorous curricula and a wide-range of meaningful service and enrichment experiences.

Nice and Handy! Our ATTENDANCE FORM

Please use this form to report your student is absent whether you need to dismiss them or they are ill. This form can also be found on our website.

NWEA Testing

Over the next two weeks, students will be taking NWEA standardized tests. Please help your child be prepared for these test by ensuring they are well rested, eat breakfast, and arrive to school on time.

Because of the testing, student will not receive their usual amount of homework.

Diocesan Virtual Summer Institute. Click to learn more.

A virtual summer program for remediation and enrichment for students in grades K-8.

June hot lunch/milk ordering deadline is May 23rd!

Hot lunch includes milk. Do not order milk if you order lunch.


The Virtue of Zeal

Virtue of the Month: Zeal

Zeal comes from your heart. What you choice to focus on and think about will determine your zeal. What occupies your mind and to what extent to you act upon it? Be aware and consciously ponder this week about what consumes your time. Then question yourself, is this what I want to be focused on? Sometimes your zeal will point you to your heart, so look at your behaviors and what you get excited about. Bring God into the process by asking for the grace to pursue healthy zeal.

Romans 10:8b-10

The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is the word of faith that we preach). For if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your hear that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Faith in the heart leads to justification, confession on the lips to salvation.

God Bless


Zeal Week 2

Sports News:

We are really enjoying our volleyball games and getting ready for the tournament on May 27 when everyone will wear their shirt and play volleyball!

Student Council:

With the help of Mrs. Jones and Sister Mary Joseph, we are planning the crowning of Mary on Friday May 28.

We are also planing a talent show. We have 10 acts and hoping to share that talent with our classmates on June 3rd during recess. We also hope to be able to share the show on line with parents.

Graduation News:

The Awards Assembly will take place after our Mass on June 11th. Each teacher will award individual subject award certificates and students who were on the Honor Roll all year will be presented a certificate and a pin for the Presidential Academic Fitness Award.

The Graduation Dance will be June 11th, 7:00-10:00. It will be indoors with masks. It is a dress-up dance. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The theme is “The Red Carpet.” We are sure the 8th graders will have a great time.

Graduation is Tuesday, June 15th at St. Joseph Cathedral. Because of the social distancing in the church, there is limited seating. Each student will receive 3 tickets to the graduation.

Practice will be at the Cathedral 8:00-9:30 AM. Students will report to the church at 8:00 with their caps. Parents should plan to pick up there student at the church at 9:30. The graduates are free for the rest of the day. All students should plan to return to the church at 5:30 with their caps and gowns. The Mass and ceremony should be over by 7:15.


We finish our unit on the Holocaust by looking at those who chose to act. We will be looking at Fr. Maximilian Kolbe and Sir Nicholas Winston and read about others in our Holocaust books. The test for this will be on Monday/Tuesday May 24/25.

In our economics books we will talking about protecting yourself — insurance.


We finish our unit on Canada and Central America. The quiz will be on Wednesday/Thursday. Next week we will be have a Map and Capital quiz. Students will identify countries of North and South America and provide the capital city.

Story of Jesus grade 7:

Jesus proclaims his mission when he says, " This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel" (Mk 1:15). Everything God had promised his people through the Old Testament covenants and the prophets is now taking place through his Son, Jesus Christ. The students examined the crucifixion through The details in John's gospel. Jesus appears to his followers for 40 days after the Resurrection. The eyewitness testimony of those who saw him resurrected is crucial to the spread of the good news and the building up of the kingdom. Next week we begin diving into the first gospel, the gospel of Matthew.

We continue to honor Mary this month by learning about the story of Our Lady of Fatima. A new movie called 'Fatima' came out just last year in 2020 and we watched the movie trailer for it. The students added Our Lady's feast day to their liturgical calendars they have been creating all year.

In the upcoming week, in honor of the Month of Mary, all students will participate in a Stations of the Cross through the eyes of Mary in their Religion Class.

Church History 8th grade:

The students enter the time period of 1500 - 1800 AD. The Protestant Reformation, ushered in by the Catholic monk, Martin Luther, will again split Christianity. The Church's promise to reform the abuses within the Church are left unfulfilled. Luther removes 7 books from the Old Testament (the Deuterocanonical Books) that the Catholic Church has held onto even today. The Age of Enlightenment, beginning in the early 1700's, was a period of philosophical ideas in Europe that affected science, government and religion. People turn from the Truth of Jesus Christ and seek to define truth individually. The fact is that we can know God through reason, but we need to be enlightened by revelation in order to know Him more fully. Next week we examine the lives of several Saints from this time period; St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Thomas More, St. Theresa of Avila and St. Peter Claver.

In the upcoming week, in honor of the Month of Mary, all students will participate in a Stations of the Cross through the eyes of Mary in their Religion Class.

This week in Math 7

We will continue to work on Geometry Bootcamp. We are learning so much about area, volume, and surface area, and as students finish the second packet, they take the practice test and then the test.

This week in Pre-Algebra

We will learn how to write equations for lines based upon different criteria. Then, we will learn about function notation, which is an important technique for writing about functions especially when dealing with several different functions at the same time. One of the scenarios in which students will see multiple functions is when solving systems, which we will learn to solve via graphing!

This week in Algebra

We will continue to work on the Snacks and Systems projects, and by the end of the week, we will start looking at one variable inequalities. We are going to solve and graph one variable inequalities.

7th Grade Life Science:

This week we will be continuing our photosynthesis unit. We will be having a discussion about the chapter and working on several activities to reinforce the concepts about photosynthesis and how energy transfers from one organism to another. We will also discuss a small amount of chemistry so that students understand the chemical equation of photosynthesis.

8th Grade Earth Science:

This week we will be continuing our discussion on energy in the atmosphere. This will cover types of heat transfer from one object to another (convection, conduction, radiation). This will also include discussing the greenhouse effect with the atmosphere. We will be working on several activities to help reinforce these concepts.

French II

We are finishing our unit on food and picnic vocabulary with the culminating activity of having a French picnic! The students will be asking for and offering food, drinks, and other items using French. In addition, they will have conversations in French about plans for the weekend, the summer, and the future. They will receive speaking grades for their effort. Next week we will begin to review many of the basics that they need to end the year with a solid foundation: particularly days of the week, months, dates, er, ir, re, and the irregular verbs avoir, etre, faire, and aller. They will role-play, and play review games. Activities will include listening

native speakers, watching cultural videos, and completing writing assignments. Assessments will include the 4 skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Spanish I

We will continue learning about Latin American foods and eating customs. The students are creating menus for a cafe or a restaurant. We will use those menus in the next week or so when they perform restaurant skits. One student will be the "waiter" and the others in the group will be the "customers." They will receive speaking grades for this activity. Other activities will include listening practice, watching cultural videos, completing writing assignments, and playing games. In addition to learning about the foods and customs, the class is learning to use "er" and "ir" verbs. Assessments will include the 4 skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Spanish II

We will continue learning to talk about vacation activities and to use the preterite (past) tense. As a writing activity, the students will describe a vacation that they took. They will ask and answer questions about trips that they experienced. Activities will include role-playing and acting out the vocabulary, as well as playing games, watching cultural videos, and listening to native speakers talk about vacations. Assessments will include the 4 skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Big picture

  • May 28th: Volleyball tournament 1:00pm

  • May 31st : Memorial Day- No School!

  • June 1st: Theme day- Hawaiian day

  • June 11th: Awards day 9:00 am- More details to come
  • Graduation Dance - 7:00pm- 10:00pm In the school yard theme "red carpet"

  • June 15th: Last day of school 11:30 Dismissal
  • 6:00pm- Graduation @ Cathedral more details to come!