Spring has sprung and the campus at St. Joseph’s Indian School is coming alive! The kids have returned from their Easter break and now look toward the end of the school year. With the warmer temperatures the students are spending as much time outside as they can! There are a great many activities going on for our students, tee-ball, softball, soccer and track to name a few. The students stay busy and and their teachers, houseparents and support staff are always there supporting and cheering them on in all of their activities !
What does the end of school year mean for the Clinical Services Department? Well, we spend the rest of the school year helping the kids stay focused on school and helping the older students finalize plans for driver’s education, summer employment, INMED (Indians in Medicine), Gear Up and plans for next year. We also work with our eighth grade students to to prepare them for high school.
As spring gives way to summer, we will start working on new student admissions for next school year. The Family Service Counselors travel in the summer to visit our students and meet new prospective students and families. Traveling around the state to visit with old and new students is always a great part of the summer.
As another year begins to wind down, I am thankful for the time I have been able to spend with our Native American students. The students get excited to go home and be with their families, but hopefully they know we will miss them while they are away for the summer!