Welcome to St. Joseph School!

St. Joseph School welcomed students to the 2014-15 school year on August 21. All the students were very excited to be back! We at St. Joseph School want to thank you all for choosing a Catholic education for your child(ren). Catholic education illuminates and enriches a student’s experience of God, life, and culture. We at St. Joseph’s strive for this everyday, educating our students intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically.  

SJS Alum Jared Schimmelpfinning Headed to Purdue University

2010 SJS alum Jared Schimmelpfinning is headed to Purdue University next year with a scholoarship in swimming. While at Peoria Notre Dame, Jared was a 7-time IHSA State medalist, the PND Swimmer of the Year during his junior and senior years, and the 2013 and 2014 Peoria Journal Star Swimmer of the Year. He has also earned numerous school, club, and pool records. We wish Jared the best of luck as he begins a new chapter at Purdue!

Electives Present Opportunities for Junior High!

The SJS Junior High recently completed a series of electives! The students were able to choose from such courses as hairstyling and cosmetology, cooking and cake decorating, teacher aides, photography, multi-media production, and pottery. Each course was taught by an expert in that field. The students in the photography course produced a DVD of their pictures, the multi-media group produced sports presentations for the classes to watch, and the cooking and cake decorating group came away with some recipes and satisfied appetites.Special thanks to Miss Moore, Mrs. Dare, and everyone who helped make these electives great! Click here or on the picture at left for more!

A Visit from America's Got Talent Finalist Matt Wilhelm!

St. Joseph students were recently visited by America's Got Talent finalist Matt Wilhelm! Matt gave a talk about how to stick to your goals and achieve your highest dreams through hard work and dedication. He amazed the entire school with stunts on his bike, even inviting a few lucky students up to try out a few stunts as well! After the show, several students were invited to stay after to get autographs and pictures taken with him! Click here or on the picture at left for more!

Catholic Schools Week: Faith, Knowledge, and Service

While St. Joseph School once again had a snowstorm to deal with during Catholic Schools Week, we all managed to make this very special week a great one! Here’s a look at how we celebrated, from vocation talks and the Book Fair to volleyball games and spelling and religion bees! Pulling together to celebrate, we made it one of the best we’ve ever had! Click here or on the picture at right for more!

Preschool Olympics!

It's that very special time again: it's time for St. Joseph School's very own Olympics, Preschool style! Held in the school gym, the preschoolers were challenged with events such as hockey, ice skating, bobsledding, and ski jumping. All the students did a fantastic job and were awarded medals during the closing ceremony! Click here for a You Tube video of the events or on the picture at left for more!

Annual SJS Christmas Program a Festive Hit!

The annual Chistmas Program was held Thursday, December 20 and Friday, December 21 in the school gymnasium. The theme this year was "What Christmas Means to Me," and while there was plenty of singing and dancing, there were also spoken parts, giving students the chance to explain what Christmas means to them. The program concluded with a live Nativity and Christmas carols sung by everyone. Thanks to our music teacher, Nicole Ferree and all who helped create another amazing show! Click here or on the pic for more!

Honoring Our Veterans at SJS!

While many schools were closed on Veterans Day, St. Joseph School was busy honoring our veterans with a Mass, a presentation and sing-along in the gym, and special talks for our students. The veterans shared many of their experiences with our students and fielded lots of very good questions. We thank our veterans for their priceless service to our country! Click here or on the picture at left for more!

The Carnival Comes to SJS!

The Carnival recently came to the St. Joseph School gym and cafeteria! Students enjoyed attractions like the inflatable obstacle course, soda ring toss, balloon animals, movies, face-painting, and drawings and prizes. One of the most popular attractions was the inflatable "rat maze!" Thanks to everyone who made this carnival one of the best St. Joseph School has had! Click here or on the picture at right for more pictures!

Walkathon a Huge Success!

The annual St. Joseph School Walkathon was held at James Field on Friday, September 13. Organized into teams with colorful shirts, the students walked several times around the track, stopping occasionally to enjoy stations of trivia and dancing! Everyone had an amazing time, and we can’t wait for next year’s Walkathon! Click here or on the picture at left for more!

Back to School with Team-Building!

The junior high started off the year with several team-building activities! Teachers Mrs. Dare and Miss Moore designed activities focusing on working together and communicating in order to help the students accomplish various tasks. At the end of the experience, the students came away not only knowing each other better, but also knowing they can count on one another! They are ready now more than ever to take on this year's challenges! Click on the pic at right for more!

The Heart of St. Joseph Website

Stop by our Heart of St. Joseph website for information on this year's golf outing which was held Friday, May 17 at the Pekin Country Club. The theme for the outing was "Family Game Night," and it was very exciting! The website contains information on auction items, our fundraising goals, and the Toyota Prius C car raffle. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this event successful!

St. Joseph School Parent Information Page

We are beginning a page that will feature various informational items about the status of our school. Some of the items that will be covered are Education Commission budgets, agendas, and minutes as well as Extra-Curricular minutes and agendas. These items will help us keep you informed about the health of our school as well as what is covered in our committee meetings. Feel free to read them at your leisure. If you have any questions, please contact us. Click here or on the image at left for this information.

Introducing Classroom Webpages!

St. Joseph School is now bringing you our very own classroom websites! Each classroom has its very own website where you can get specific news, additional information, and links. The sites are listed below. Be sure to check back often for updates!

Music Program

3rd Grade

7th Grade


4th Grade

8th Grade

1st Grade

5th Grade


2nd Grade

6th Grade


St. Joseph School Goals

To build a sense of values in keeping with the spirit of the Gospels.
To develop a healthy self-image by providing experiences and a positive atmosphere through a planned curriculum that enables the student to realize success.
To help the child become aware of the meaning of responsible behavior and to apply this knowledge when making decisions.
To foster a sense of pride in being responsible to self, fellow classmates, teachers and parents.
To create an environment that develops an enthusiasm for learning.
To assist parents with the challenge of educating each child to meet the mental, moral, social and physical responsibilities of today.





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