Goal completed: we walked 10,000 laps!

The William Home
The William Home

Hello everyone, this is Mike from the William Home (4th and 5th grade girls).  It is hard to believe, but we have started the fourth quarter of school here at St. Joseph’s Indian School!

The last time I was here I told you about the William Home and their walking.  Well, we made our goal of walking 10,000 laps with a day to spare.  The girls did a good job of getting their laps in and finishing what they started.  10,000 laps is equal to 500 miles.

As we set our sights on the last quarter of school we are also preparing to take a day trip with the girls.  We are very excited about going to Sioux Falls. We will visit the zoo and the Washington Pavillion to see the science exhibit and the I-Max Theater.

The weather has also allowed us to get some outside play time, and softball season will be starting in the next couple of weeks.

We hope you are all enjoying our blogs as much as we enjoy keeping you up to date on the things we do at St. Joseph’s!

Fulfillment and success at St. Joseph’s Indian School

The past few days have held a series of meetings. Before spring break, we collected letters of intent from our child services staff and know which employees will be moving on at the end of the school year. Now we have to begin figuring out how to replace them.

For some supervisory jobs, there are good candidates here who will want to move up and take on more responsibility. Some positions we will have to advertise for. We generally have need of qualified houseparents, and since we are opening another high school home next year that will be one definite need. Personnel requires more than just willing people, but must be about matching them to a position they can find fulfillment and success in.

We’re also in the ongoing process of budgets and planning for next year. The development office is particularly busy with the mail that comes in this time of year, and are also thinking ahead to the future. Our computer people have been incredibly busy preparing to switch over to a new software system that will allow us more personalization in meeting our donors’ requests and needs. We’re also exploring some corporate partnerships that will give us new possibilities of funding our programs.

On the student front, I met with high school students Errol and Kyran to prepare them for the presentations they will give to our donors next month at donor luncheons in Maine and New Hampshire. I’ve spent very little time in those states and am as excited about seeing the area and meeting folks as the boys are.

I resumed my culinary tour of the homes with suppers in Summerlee (4th-5th grade girls) and Stevens ( 6th – 8th grade girls). The students are excited that softball season begins next week, and the 3rd – 6th  can take part in a week-long gymnastics camp if they wish – it’s not required.

The 7th graders enjoyed their cultural field trip to the Middle Border Museum in Mitchell, South Dakota, which also houses the Oscar Howe art collection. It is on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University, and they toured the school and started to consider if their future might include college or vocational tech training.