The countdown begins!

The countdown for the start of the new school year is underway.  The Lakota (Sioux) students who were in our summer home have returned home to their families for a break. St. Joseph’s staff will have a brief time of relaxation before we kick things off for the new school year.

Student applications are reviewed by St. Joseph’s team.
Our Admissions Team reviews the files of the Lakota students who have applied to come to St. Joseph’s Indian School.

Today, we begin orientation for all our new staff members. All staff return to St. Joseph’s Indian School for orientation August 5.

This week of special training for all houseparents, teachers, counselors and staff working with our students helps ensure that everyone is on the same page. That way, all the staff can be supportive of one another and help each other get comfortable with the procedures to be followed to keep everyone safe – especially the Native American boys and girls in our care.

The students begin arriving on August 11 when the homes open and we begin the school year on August 12.  It seems like we just had graduation and here we are getting ready to kick things off for the 2013-2014 school year!

We appreciate your prayers for a great start and a wonderful year.


Fr. J. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ


Supplies are ready for the start of the year at St. Joseph’s!
Cases upon cases of vegetables, cereal and other food items are waiting to stock the pantries of St. Joseph’s campus homes!

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 90 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.

7 thoughts on “The countdown begins!”

  1. It is difficult to find words of appreciation for God’s gifts. I am so thankful that God has placed St. Joseph’s Indian School – the students and their teachers, and the Sacred Heart fathers – in my life. I am with you in praying for fidelity in living the truth through God’s gift. Teresita Perez

  2. I remember how excited I used to get as a child as the approach of a new school year used to approach! I’m so thankful that St. Joseph’s is there for the children who are fortunate enough to get to attend school there! God bless you all as you work for Him and for the children!

  3. Wow…how quickly time passes…guess the older I get the more often I say this. Have a most fruitful, blessed year.

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