Celebrations, academics at St. Joseph’s Indian School

Dear Friends of St. Joseph’s Indian School,

Fr. Anthony, St. Joseph's Chaplain
Fr. Anthony, St. Joseph’s Chaplain

Catholic schools around the country are celebrating Catholic Schools’ Week!  Some of the activities the Lakota students will be involved with include tours of St. Joseph’s Development Office and being “teachers for a day” on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Thursday, students will wear their Catholic Schools’ Week t-shirt and we’ll have a campus-wide prayer service.  Academic games will be held on Friday afternoon prior to St. Joseph’s very first induction ceremony into our chapter of the National Honor Society. Watch for a blog post on this!

Each semester, St. Joseph’s awards a traveling trophy to the class with the highest GPA in each age group.
Katie’s second grade class won among the first to third grades with a 3.59 GPA.

Last week, several of our students took part in an Acalympics competition in Pierre, South Dakota. Our students came in seventh out of 11 schools participating.  Our principal, Kathleen, feels the students are becoming more comfortable with the procedure and also recognize those areas of study they need to focus on. The competitions are not just about book knowledge, but awareness of general topics.  It seems some sports question tripped us up.  There will be another

competition in March in White River, South Dakota, so our team will be working hard to prepare!

We also awarded attendance and academic honors last week. We had more students than ever earn a spot on the B honor roll! We also have a traveling trophy for the class that has the highest Grade Point Average. They also get a pizza party for their efforts in the classroom.

  • Katie’s second grade class won among the first to third grades with a 3.59 GPA.
  • Ron’s fifth grade class took honors among the fourth to sixth grades with a 3.23 GPA.
  • Dave’s seventh grade class captured the plaque for the seventh and eighth grade classes with a 3.34 GPA.
Each semester, St. Joseph’s awards a traveling trophy to the class with the highest GPA in each age group.
Ron’s fifth grade class took honors among the fourth to sixth grade with a 3.23 GPA.

Over the weekend, Chamberlain high school presented the one act play, Shel-ling It Out by Shel Silverstein, the author of Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree. He uses his poems to tell a story of a young girl facing a variety of ‘what if’ questions.  Several St. Joseph’s students were in the cast or working behind the scenes helping with props, costumes or music.  Tomorrow, they will

perform in Pierre for the state-wide competition. Break a leg!

Each semester, St. Joseph’s awards a traveling trophy to the class with the highest GPA in each age group.
Dave’s seventh grade class captured the plaque for the seventh and eighth grade classes with a 3.34 GPA.

The two students, Robert and Jatonne, recently attended the donor luncheon held in San Francisco, California. They were very excited to meet so many friends of St. Joseph’s and share what St. Joseph’s means to them. They also enjoyed seeing the sites in the city by the bay. A big pilamayathank you – to those who made Robert and Jatonne feel so welcome out West.

If you would like to attend a luncheon, please call 1-800-584-9200 or visit us online at www.stjo.org/luncheon. The final two events for this

school year will be in Panama City, Florida, April 25 and 26 and New York City on June 7 and 8.

Have a great week; may God’s blessings be with you and yours!

Fr. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ

Chaplain

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 89 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

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