Letter from Principal
Thank you for visiting the St. Joseph Catholic School website! We hope you enjoy exploring our website to find out exactly why St. Joseph School is a great place to learn and grow. The entire St. Joseph School community is dedicated to fulfilling our mission: “St. Joseph School, following the Mission of Christ where we Learn our Faith, Live our Faith and Prepare for the Future.” Our strong Catholic identity is present and alive as we gather together for all our school masses, prayer services, and daily learning. I hope that your “virtual visit” provides you with information and insight into our mission and philosophy, as well as our programs.
As we continue through our strategic planning process, we have recognized areas needing focus within our school community. Our ultimate goal is to work in partnership with our parents to create a progressive curriculum emphasizing the on-going changes in rigorous writing programs and technology. In an ever-changing society, it is vital that we meet the needs of our children socially, emotionally, and academically. We continue to build a strong core foundation which gives them the confidence and skill set to become productive and morally-minded young men or women.
All learners are unique individuals who learn and grow at their own pace. Using our MAP testing results as a guide, we offer at every grade level, reinforcement with essential math concepts providing additional support beyond the classroom setting.
Our hope at St. Joseph is to equip our graduates to become successful individuals and leaders in our local community and beyond. Our graduates are recognized for their service, leadership, and participation in respective high schools. We pride ourselves in providing a challenging core curriculum that stimulates students to question, evaluate, discover and create. Students encounter a broad variety of learning experiences that blends the traditional and the innovative. These experiences foster every student's ability to shape the world through his or her ideas and vision. Our school offers Spanish, P.E., Music, Technology and Band as part of the curriculum in addition to the core curriculum. Striking a balance between club offerings, student council opportunities, after school programs, community service, and traditional athletic programs makes St. Joseph a great choice!
Faculty and staff at St. Joseph constantly strive for the advancement, safety, and well-being of each and every child. They choose to be teachers in a Catholic school because they consider their profession to be a mission and not just a job. Over 25% of our teachers hold master’s degrees and all are Illinois State certified. I encourage you to schedule a visit with me to learn more about SJS and take a tour with one of our staff. We also offer shadowing visits for students. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Mrs. Mary Jo Sarff