High School Academics, Basketball Season at St. Joseph’s Indian School

Good afternoon from St. Joseph’s Indian School!

The Lakota students had a great time dressing up for Halloween!
A cowboy and a Smurf were some of the many characters on campus Friday.

Hope everyone survived Halloween.  We had ghosts, goblins, princesses, ninja warriors and other various costumed students swarming the campus on Friday afternoon. They collected a few treats prior to the Grand March at 4:15 PM in the rec center.  There, we had contests for the Funniest, Scariest and the Most Creative outfits.  Prizes were also given out to the homes for the best Halloween decorations and to those who had carved or decorated pumpkins.

As Chamberlain High School just finished their first quarter, it was time to give out some awards. St. Joseph’s five high school homes compete for best grade point average and the home with the highest score gets a nice traveling trophy to keep until the next quarter.  Crane Home had a 2.46 average, Giles a 2.52, Carola a 2.54, Sheehy a 2.87 and Hogebach was the winner with a 3.29.

We also want to congratulate Angela, one of our seniors, as she has a 4.17 GPA – way to go Angela!

To encourage the students to not fall behind in their class assignments, we also have a trophy for the home with the least missing assignments.  The winner this time was Crane Home with ZERO missing assignments.  It was also the first time that a home which is predominately freshmen won the award. We’re so proud of everyone’s hard work!

Congratulations Shawn on your record-breaking football game!
Shawn, a St. Joseph’s senior, established two new school records in his last Cubs football game!

Also in high school news, the Chamberlain football team is done after making it into the play-offs.  Their last game of the season was against Crow Creek and Shawn, a St. Joseph’s senior, established two new school records! He gained 280 yards on 26 carries and scored 6 touchdowns in the 65-12 victory.  The Cubs then beat Todd County 42-16 in the first round of the play-offs. Madison, the number one seed for the state in their classification, ended the Cubs’ season. Congratulations on a great run!

Football may be over, but the basketball seasons are picking up speed! Inter-city basketball has been going for two weeks and all the young men involved seem to be having fun on the court.

Yesterday our Lady Braves kicked off their basketball season.  Our fifth and sixth grade teams hosted PILC (Pierre Indian Leaning Center) and earned a pair of victories. On Thursday the seventh and eighth grade teams will also host PILC while the fourth and fifth grade teams journey up the road to take on Crow Creek for their first away game. Go Braves!

St. Joseph’s Indian School received some good news last week that we have passed inspection and were re-certified by the Council on Accreditation out of New York.  We are honored to have achieved certification so quickly. It is a great compliment to our students and staff, along with the support and encouragement YOU give us. Pilamaya – thank you!

Hope you have a great rest of the week!

Fr. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ


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.

4 thoughts on “High School Academics, Basketball Season at St. Joseph’s Indian School”

  1. Oh my goodness… such wonderful news.. congratulations to you ALL..way to go!!! Thanks Fr Anthony for this uplifting news.. (Can’t get over Angela’s 4.17GPA.. amazing)

  2. Wow! I am so impressed with so many great school accomplishments from your students! I raised four boys so I know how difficult achievement can be specially for those who struggle to learn. I must confess, I am here for another reason. During one of your fund drives I received a beautiful dream catcher along with other great goodies. I want to help so badly but we are strapped very tight right now and my better half just lost his job. Since I cannot send money may I send other things you might need? Please let me know. I must repay you for the awesome gift you have given to my two grandsons. The oldest is 9 and his younger brother is five. The five year old has been plagued with night terrors for a long time. When I saw the dream catcher I knew right away that it wasn’t for me. I talked with both boys about your school and heritage and told them what was written on the card that came with the dream catcher. The boys share a bedroom and my son placed the dream catcher on the wall at the head of the bottom bunk where the five year old sleeps. The night terrors are rare now, if at all. Even the 9 year old has told me that he sleeps much better now since he no longer has nightmares either. We are Christians and firmly believe God answers prayers in His own way on His own time table. The wonderful little dream catcher came at just the right time for the boys. I do not believe it was a coincidence. So you see, we are all very grateful here for your perfectly timed gift. I often sew for my grandsons and wonder if there is anything one or more of the children need that I can make for them? Girl or boy, it doesn’t matter. Thank you again for your kindness and generosity. Meri

    1. Thank you for your kind words and support Meri! We are so glad to have you and your family as part of our tiyospaye – extended family – and to hear of an answer to prayer for your grandsons. We keep a list of our constant and urgent needs at http://www.stjo.org/nonmonetary. You can also see a list of our affiliate programs (Box Tops for Education, Campbell’s Labels for Education) at http://www.stjo.org/affiliate. We are always grateful to receive winter gear like hats, scarves and mittens for the children, or blankets that are handmade. We are grateful for your willingness to share your gifts and your prayers! Please let us know if you have additional questions. Blessings to you and yours!

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