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SJA E-NEWS | September 16, 2016 In This Issue

Parents: At-A-Glance

Student Spotlight

Wednesday, September 21

College Corner

Early Dismissal and STARTS Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Board Room

AP Scholars National Merit SemiFinalist Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Commissioned Sr. Phyllis Celebrates 50th Juliblee Grandparents Day Forms Register for the HSPT Test Prep

Friday, September 23 Freshmen Welcome, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28 Upperclass Induction Ceremony, 1:45 p.m. Formal Uniform

Friday, September 30 School Picture Retake Day

8th Grade Shadowing

Record-Breaking 61 Students Named AP Scholars!

CLE Unites Poster Winner

Congratulations to all of the students recognized this week as AP Scholars, including a school record of nine student receiving the top award, AP Scholar of Distinction. In all, a school record 61 students were honored in the 2016 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards, which recognizes high school students who have demonstrated collegelevel achievement through AP courses and exams.

Sports Highlights

Quick Links School Calendar Paw Prints Store Calendar

October 1

Most colleges accept AP courses for college credit. Plus, students who take AP courses are better prepared for college, thus making them more likely to succeed in college.

High School Placement Test (HSPT) Class 9 a.m - 3:00 p.m., SJA

Among our AP Scholars this year are 25 members of the Class of 2017, 41 percent of all honorees. Since the results are from the 2015-2016 academic year, they include 36 AP Scholars who were members of the Class of 2016 and graduated in June.

October 5

Here is a full list of students who achieved this honor.

Early Dismissal, 2 p.m.

October 6 Parent/Teacher Conferences, 3:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. By appointment only; more details to come from Ms Ciolek

October 7

National Merit Society Semi-Finalist Announced

No School, Office Open

October 7-9 Grand Reunion Weekend Here is a list of events for the weekend.

Student Spotlight

On Wednesday, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that Maggie Seikel '16 is a Semifinalist in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Maggie competed with 1.6 million students from 22,000 high schools who took the PSAT/NMSQT, the initial screen for National Merit Semifinalists. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. She now has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. Maggie lives in Rocky River, is a graduate of Saint Christopher School and is the daughter of Dr. George and Mrs. Shannon Seikel. Congratulations, Maggie!

Seniors Commissioned Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Students, faculty, staff and families gathered Wednesday in The Academy Center to witness the commissioning of 43 seniors Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion. The students can now distribute Communion at all school Masses, as well as in their home parishes. Fr. John Miceli, pastor of St. Mark Catholic Church, presided at the Mass.

Name: Tori (Victoria) Smith '17 Accomplishments: Tori interned in the Prosecutor's Office at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center for 8 weeks this summer. Says Tori, "I was impacted the most by seeing the immense amount of effort the Prosecutor's Office puts on rehabilitating juvenile offenders, while at the same time helping victims of crimes receive justice for the wrongs done to them.. Activities & Interests: Tori co-founded SJA's first Mock Trial Team this year and is a team captain. She is also a Student Council member, the VP of the Chess Club and is Jaguar Beat's Sports Page Co-Editor.

College Corner

At this Mass students gave first Communion to their parents and family members for the first time. Congratulations to the following seniors: Mary Boland, Mia Bella Callari, Molly Chambers, Angela Cicero, Anne-Marie Crawmer, Mary Kate Curry, Colleen Drellishak, Britta Eldridge, Julieann Fioritto, Rita Flanagan, Catherine Gallagher, Aracely Ginorio, Sarah Girard, Bayleigh Good, Katherine Gorsek, Victoria Gorsek, Meghan Hahn, Amanda Hancock, Clare Helmer, Mary Hyland, Rachael Ialacci, Riley Justice, Grace Kanary, Kathleen Keck, Amanda Lutterbaugh, Kathryn McAfee, MaryGrace Millar, Sarah Presley, Teresa Reardon, Sonia Rogozinski, Lainey Sage, Stephanie Saldana, Jessica Schuler, Alexandria Sly, Laurel Slawinski, Frances Smith, Maggie Sullivan, Rebecca Toth, Ellen Vichill, Alana Vovk, Emily Welshhans, Annie Wolodzko, Lauren Zawie. May God bless you all!

SJA Celebrates Sister Phyllis, 50th Jubilarian Sister Phyllis Di Fuccia, SSJ of the Congregation of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Vice President of Mission at Saint Joseph Academy, will celebrate her 50th Jubilee with the Sisters of Saint Joseph on September 24, 2016. Students, faculty and staff celebrated the occasion with her this week at our school Mass. Sr. Phyllis taught French at Villa Maria Academy and Villa Maria College, Erie, where she also served as Dean for Adult Learning. She served as Principal and Administrator at Villa Maria Academy, as well as Director of Mission Effectiveness at Saint Vincent Health System.


Sr. Phyllis also spent 18 years in Chicago as an independent consultant for

Syracuse University Location: Syracuse, NY (5 hrs. from Cleveland); Medium-sized city Enrollment: 12,000 Undergraduates Strongest Programs: Communication, Business, Engineering Fun Facts: SU students seek to complete a list of "44 Things To Do At Syracuse Before Graduation," including things like the "Dome Stomp." To accomplish the Stomp, a student should stand between the vertical ridges of the outer walls of the Carrier Dome and jump. It makes an interesting sound...inspiring enough for Star Wars sound engineer Ben Burtt to invent the lightsaber sound outside the Dome!

organizations, specializing in participative processes and systems. She served as a member of the SSJ Leadership Team from 1999 - 2003. Sr. Phyllis has a Master of Science in Organization Development from Loyola University Chicago, a Master of Arts from Middlebury College and a Bachelor of Arts from Gannon University. This is the fifth year Sr. Phyllis has been a member of our SJA community. Sr. Phyllis reflected on the importance of devoting time and energy to our spiritual lives. She says, "It is my relationship with God that keeps me open and leads me on a path of transforming love. Prayer for me is like breathing. My life suffocates when I haven't spent time in prayer and contemplation." May God continue to bless Sr. Phyllis in her ministry!

Last Chance to Sign Up For Grandparents Day! Don't miss out - Monday is the final date to turn in contact forms. Help your freshmen daughter create a memory at our annual Grandparents' Day. This is a very special event that will be remembered by the both grandparents and their granddaughter. Mike O'Malley, Barb O'Malley, Riley

The annual Grandparents' Day includes Drellishak '19, Maillie Drellishak '18, Gene Drellishak the celebration of our All Saints' Day mass and a special afternoon reception, being held this year on Tuesday, November 1, from 12 to 3 p.m. To ensure you receive an invitation for this event, please complete the contact form for your daughter's grandparents and return it to SJA. Here is a link to the form that was provided at the Freshmen Parent Meeting on August 24. The deadline for submitting forms for this event is this Monday, September 19! Students may drop off their contact sheets to the Main office Monday morning. Questions? Please contact Advancement Assistant Mrs. Donna Corrigan Ernst '80 at

Help Your Daughter Score Higher On The HSPT The High School Placement Test (HSPT) Preparation Class helps students prepare for taking the entrance test for Catholic high schools. It is a fact that students who receive higher scores on high school admissions tests: Gain admission to their #1 high school choice Qualify for scholarship opportunities Test into more advanced curriculum choices, including Honors and Advanced Placement classes Students who attend this class will: Take the actual, timed, full HSPT under testing conditions Be prepared for the HSPT at Saint Joseph Academy or any other area Catholic school Receive lunch, manual and instructional materials Testing is on Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saint Joseph Academy in the Dining Hall. Fee is $149. For information and to register, go to

Do You Know an 8th Grade Girl Considering

Attending SJA? Shadowing is a great way for an 8th grade girl to experience what is like to be a student at SJA. The experience provides an opportunity for them to spend a full school day at Saint Joseph Academy - attending classes alongside their shadow host (another student), touring the campus, and meeting many teachers and students. There are select dates for shadowing are available starting next week through November 29. To register for a shadowing day, click here.

Student Wins CLE Unites Poster Contest Kiara Hoefsmit '18 is a member of the Catholic Students for Peace & Justice (CSPJ) Club and a winner in the high school artist category of the 5th Annual Art Challenge offered by the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking. Her winning poster design was featured at the "CLE Unites to End Human Trafficking" luncheon held on Thursday, September, 15 at Windows on the River. Kiara attended the luncheon, as did President Mrs. Corrigan-Davis and several officers of CSPJ. The mission of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking is to educate, advocate and connect services on behalf of trafficked persons. Human trafficking has become the second most profitable industry in the world after drug trafficking and many young girls become involved at 12 and 13 years of age. For several years the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph have been involved with initiatives to end human trafficking. In 2015, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) reported Ohio had 289 cases and more than 1,000 calls.

Sports Highlights Our fall sports team continue to shine! Below is a recap for each team.

Cross Country Posts Impressive Win at Tiffin The state-ranked Cross Country team won the Tiffin Carnival meet last Saturday, which is one of the largest and best meets in the state. The team was led by Sydney Seymour '18, who finished 10th.

Soccer Teams Now 11-2 The soccer teams are combined 11-2 on the season (JV is 6-1 and V is 5-1). The Varsity Jaguars fell on Wednesday 2-0 in a hard fought game against Magnificat, which saw the Jags and Blue Streaks tied at 0-0 at the half. Both JV and Varsity host Rocky River on Saturday for big matches.

Volleyball Teams Now 27-7 The state-ranked volleyball team swept Revere on Monday evening in Freshman, JV and Varsity action. Then on Thursday, the Freshman and JV Jags both posted wins against Gilmour Academy. The Varsity also played on Thursday, falling to the Lancers, the defending state champs and #1 ranked team in the state in D3, in four

tough sets.

Tennis Team State-Ranked for First Time in Program History The state-ranked tennis team posted a big win over a 12-1 Mayfield High School team on Thursday. Earlier in the week the Jaguars were ranked #9 in the state in Division 1 Tennis by Ohio Tennis Zone, marking the first time in program history the program has been ranked. The win moved the Jaguars to 12-2 on the season. SJA has a big week ahead against some talented teams.

Sophomores Step Up for SJA Golf The golf team finished second on Wednesday at Shaker Country Club. Mollie Tirpak '19 led the way for the Jaguars shooting a team-best 48, while fellow sophomore shot an impressive 49. To check out photos from the games or to see the schedules for the upcoming week, click here.


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