My name is Shana and I’m the Director for the High School Program here at St. Joseph’s Indian School.
I’m in my fourth year here at St. Joseph’s Indian School and we’ve seen many positive changes and improvements in our program during these years.
The girls basketball team just finished up a successful season and one of our St. Joseph’s students was co-captain of the team, she’s a senior and her last game was very emotional as it’s one of her first good-byes during the end of her senior year.
Tonight is our boys District basketball game with our Chamberlain High School rival Crow Creek. The homes are all excited and ready to go cheer our team as well as our St. Joseph’s Indian School boys who play on the varsity team. I just left our high school learning center and the students there were busy trying to get some homework done before they left for this evenings game. They were full of smiles and warm welcome, which is not always the case when students are doing homework.
Our houseparents recently attended our student’s parent teacher conferences at Chamberlain High School and then our students enjoyed a four-day weekend. Many of our homes scheduled their home skiing trip for this long weekend, but due to blizzard conditions had to postpone their ‘family vacation’. There were some disappointed students and staff, but it’s better to be safe than sorry on our South Dakota roads during the winter.
The homes are trying to find another weekend for skiing. Prom is fast approaching and some of the girls have already picked out their dress, this is always a fun weekend and Chamberlain High School has a post prom party to ensure it’s also a safe weekend. There is never a dull moment in our high school program for our Lakota youngsters!
To learn more about our Native American children in need, please visit us on our St. Joseph’s Indian School’s website.