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SJA E-NEWS | September 30, 2016 In This Issue Student Spotlight College Corner Parent-Teacher Conferences Juniors Welcomed as Upperclasswomen Music Theory Cereal Box Test Seniors Spiritual Renewal Hispanic Heritage Celebration 2016-17 Student Council Members Oct. 19 All-School Test Day Father/Daughter Basketball Clinic Fall Spirit Wear Has Arrived Sports Highlights

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October 9 Grand Reunion/All Alumnae Mass, Noon, SJA

October 12 Founders' Day Mass 1:30-3 p.m., Formal Uniform

October 13 Pridebowl/Cookout/ Bonfire, 3:30-7 p.m.

October 15 SJA Community Service to celebrate Founders' Day with CSJs, Sign up here.

Parents: At-A-Glance Wednesday, October 5 Early Dismissal, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, October 6 Parent/Teacher Conferences, 3:30 - 8:30 p.m. By appointment only; See email sent by Ms. Ciolek on Sept. 28 or article below

Friday, October 7 No School, Office Open

Friday, October 7, Saturday October 8 and Sunday, October 9 Grand Reunion Weekend

Sunday, October 9 Mass and Homecoming, Noon

Juniors Welcomed as Upperclasswomen! Congratulations to the 171 members of the Class of 2018, now officially Upperclasswomen! Family, friends, faculty, staff and fellow classmates celebrated the juniors' rise into the higher ranks today. Social Studies teacher Mr. Jonathan Setliff was selected by the Junior Class to speak at the Juniors L-R: Anna Schubert, Anna Hongosh, event. Sr. Anne Kilbane Maggie Sweeney, Rhyan Santarelli '54, CSJ, offered the blessing of the rings. Kennedy Jenkins '18, a member of the Junior Leadership team, shared a few words as well. "Junior year, the halfway point in our years at SJA, allows our class to see and experience St. Joe's in a new way. It allows us to help out brand new Jags while supporting the other ones. Also, it lets our class continue to grow in a closer bond to one another - furthering new and old relationships with teachers and classmates," shared Kennedy. Congratulations, Juniors! Here is the link to the Facebook album of the event.

October 16 Prospective Parents & Students Fall Open House, 1-4 p.m.

October 17 Father/Daughter Basketball Clinic, 5th-8th graders, 5:30-8:30 p.m., fee to attend

October 19 All-School Testing, Early dismissal 8-11:30 a.m. Freshmen 8 a.m.- 12 p.m., Sophomores and Juniors (see article below for more information) and STarts Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Dining Hall

October 22 and October 29 Admission/Scholarship Test and Parent Forum, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Student Spotlight

Music Theory Students "Create" Their Tests Students in Music Theory are learning about theory fundamentals and music analysis through listening, performing and written exercises. Choir Director and Performing Arts Department Chair Miss Kathleen Cooper recently used an IB Learner teaching L-R: Amanda Petrasek '17, Kala Seeholzer '17, Corinne method - a studentHowery '19, Carrie Petters '20, suggested learning Olivia Martinez '19 assessment of creating something to demonstrate knowledge of the information they learned. Students demonstrated their knowledge of "Circle of Fifths" by creating cereal box graphics! The finished boxes, with names such as "Musicos" and "Musical Theoreal," included the test material, as well as very creative games, infographics and tag lines illustrating key concepts. Notes Miss Cooper, "It was Interesting to see that each box contained what each student thought was important ... and it correlated with their field of study (vocalist, instrumentalist, composer)." The students reacted very positively to the approach, enjoying the opportunity to creatively show their knowledge in a less stressful way. "I like that you didn't have to learn and play back the information a certain way. I could showcase what I learned in a way that helped me," said Olivia Martinez '19.

Seniors Find Spiritual Renewal in Nature

Name: Karli Dechant '18 Accomplishments: Karli toured Europe with the Blue Lake Fine Art Camp International Youth Symphony Orchestra as a violist for five weeks this summer. They performed in France and Germany where members stayed with host families. Karli shared, "I learned so much about what it means to be a member of the ever-shrinking global community. My host families had so many of the same worries and enjoyed so many of the same things as we do. Instead of focusing on our differences, I embraced them. This gave me a different outlook on the situation and led to a wonderful experience. I was able to make bonds that I hope to keep for many years to come!"

Twenty-four seniors received spiritual renewal while "Weaving One Heart" this week as they participated in the Towpath Retreat on Sunday and Monday. The students biked 28 miles and hiked 3.5 miles on the Rockside Road Towpath Trailhead in Independence. This picturesque trail follows the original Canal Towpath built in 1827 and connects to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park at Rockside Road. They also attended Mass at Mother of Sorrows Parish with Fr. John Terzano. "It's an opportunity to take time for God in the busyness of the seniors' fall semester, as well as to spend time together and to really enjoy creation. All of the seniors pushed themselves physically, and everyone entered into the reflective purpose of the retreat," shared CORE Ministry teacher Mrs. Elizabeth Whitmore.

Also accompanying the students was Spanish teacher Mr. Ethan Saurwein. Activities & Interests: Karli is active in orchestra, is a member of Student Council and Model United Nations and is in the Student Ambassador program. She is also active in a variety of clubs including: Shakespeare, book and chess, works on the Jaguar Beat and loves to read.

College Corner

School: Gettysburg College Location: Small town - located adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park Enrollment: 26,000 Undergraduates Strongest Programs: English, History, Psychology, Natural Sciences, Business, Political Science Fun Facts: In the film "Remember the Titans," Gettysburg College is the site of the summer football camp.

Hispanic Heritage is Celebrated! OlĂŠ! Students celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of this culture. Since its founding by Lyndon Johnson in 1968, communities nationwide have celebrated the achievements and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans with festivals, governmentsponsored activities and educational activities. On Wednesday, Spanish language and culture students went to Cleveland State University to watch a play from the great Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes titled, "El Coloquio de los Perros." The theater company, Spanish language and culture students at CSU field trip Morfeo Teatro, is from Burgos, Spain. The performance focused on two dogs having a discussion that critiqued society and the human race. Today, students were treated to a Hispanic cultural celebration, complete with traditional food, music and dancing, thanks to the Spanish Club and the Unity Club, who planned and organized the event. Then on October 8, students will demonstrate "Weaving One Heart" with a service opportunity at the Hispanic Roundtable's La Convencion Hispana, a free assembly providing education, empowerment, health and workforce development resources for northeast Ohio's Latino community. Sophomores Amanda Do and Lauren Corrigan enjoy food at the Hispanic cultural celebration

Parent-Teacher Conferences - October 6 Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Thursday October 6, from 3:30 - 8:30 pm. We will be using an online appointment system for conferences again this year. You are invited to sign up for 10 minute appointments with any or all of your daughter's teachers. If you feel that you need more than 10 minutes to meet with your daughter's teacher(s), please email them directly to set up a conference for another day. Please note conferences are not mandatory. You only need to schedule appointments with teachers you feel it is necessary to see. To sign up for an appointment please click here. You will be asked to select your daughter's

2016-17 Student Council Announced The Student Council leadership team is excited to announce this year's 2016 2017 Student Council members. The existing Student Council membership from last year now includes 11 students from each grade level. New applications were carefully reviewed and voted on as a Student Council leadership team. Here is the 2016-2017 Student Council members: Class of 2020: Claire Kapitan, Annie Gallagher, Mollie Gallagher, Cece Boushelle, Selena Alamir, Sarah Scarpitti, Marie Musser, Lauren Boling, Megan Scheller, Abigail Lewandowski and Gabrielle Kim. Class of 2019: Abby Weaver, Olenka Tymosch, Hannah Nussle, Andrea Horrocks, Cara Staresinic, Hannah Nodge, Molly Rogers, Libby Kempf, Riley Drellishak, Kaitlyn Vasil and Marlena Noeth. Class of 2018: Emily Sonby, Kayla Lenahan, Natalie Barendt, Ann Stewart, Bridget O'Boyle, Kristin Nauman, Karli Dechant, Katie Ross, Cassie Cisco, Mary Sessions and Molly Dever. Congratulations to all the new Student Council members!

teachers and enter your information including an email address. If you do not have internet access or you have any questions, please contact the main office at 216-2516788 or email Dean of Women Ms. Marie Ciolek directly here.

Mark Your Calendars - All-School Test Day on October 19 Wednesday, October 19 is an all-school testing day. Students in Grades 9, 10, and 11 will take standardized assessments, while the Seniors will use this day for college planning. Freshmen will take the PreACT, which simulates the ACT testing experience, providing scores that align with the ACT 1-36 scale. Subjects include English, Math, Reading and Science. The exam also includes an Interest Inventory, which is used to generate a personalized view of suggested colleges and careers that may fit student interests. Sophomores and Juniors will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Juniors who take the test and meet published entry requirements may enter the National Merit Scholarship Program conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT/NMSQT measures the reading, writing and language, and math skills students need for college. Exam output includes feedback on how ready students are for college, career and for 20+ AP courses. Dismissal times will vary by classes on October 19, Freshmen will be dismissed at approximately 11:30 a.m. Sophomores and Juniors will be dismissed at 12 p.m. The Dining Hall will be closed. Click here for a copy of the letter that was sent out on September 19. Questions? Contact School Counselor Miss Maryann Marek at or 216-251-6788 ext. 211.

Father/Daughter Basketball Clinic Fathers with a 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade daughter are invited to an evening of fun at SJA's basketball clinic on Monday, October 17. Players will learn the basic fundamentals needed to be a successful part of a team alongside you. The clinic is taught by Head Varsity Coach Mrs. Maggie Ferrando with assistance from her coaching staff and team. Times for this event vary by grade level: 5th & 6th graders: 5:30 - 7 p.m. 7th & 8th graders: 7 - 8:30 p.m. The cost for each session is $20.00, which includes a SJA bag. Register here. Please register by Friday, October 14. You may only register one participant at a time, but you may register more than one participant overall. For more information, contact Mrs. Ferrando at

Show Your SJA Pride with New Fall Gear Fall has arrived and the Paw Prints store has you covered for warm days and cool nights. Check out our selections which include Columbia fleece jackets, Uscape long and short sleeve tees that feature our SJA skyline, lightweight hoodies, tees, and crews from Alta Gracia (a fair trade line), purple plaid flannel pants and blankets and much more! Plan on attending the big game to support our athletic Jaguars? Our new SJA Athletics Âź zip pullover by Un1tus is the perfect spiritwear piece to show your Jaguar pride! Youth sizes are also available. Special edition Saint Joseph Academy ceramic tiles ($18 each) have just arrived and can be proudly displayed in your home or office! In addition to our regular hours, we have extended hours on these days: Monday, October 3, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 6, 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, October 7, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 8, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, October 9, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Shop anytime by clicking here.

Sports Highlights VOLLEYBALL REACHES TOURNAMENT FINAL The Varsity volleyball reached the tournament final at the Perrysburg HS "Block & Gold" tournament last Saturday. The Jaguars knocked off Olentangy and Cardinal Stritch on their way to the final where they fell to state-power Toledo St. Ursula who is ranked #2 in the state in Div. 1. The Varsity Jaguars are 14-5 in the season.

CROSS COUNTRY RUNS AT GILMOUR INVITATIONAL TODAY The SJA cross country team will compete in the Gilmour Invitational this afternoon. After a week off for the Varsity runners, they will return to action today. Last Saturday, the non-varsity runners competed against varsity teams at the Todd Clark Cloverleaf Invitational. The Jaguars were led by Meghan Hahn who finished with a time of 21:15. Margaret Grant, Liz Renner and Claudia Becker also finished second, third and fourth respectively for SJA.

TENNIS HONORS FOUR SENIORS On Wednesday, the Varsity tennis team honored its four seniors: Hannah Schuette, Maeve Chambers, Caroline Saracina and Angela Cicero. These four seniors were great leaders for the Jaguars, especially this season as SJA is enjoying a record-breaking season on the court. The Varsity team currently sits at 13-5 on the season and plays in their sectional tournament on Oct. 5 at Oberlin College.

GOLFERS WASHED OUT THIS WEEK The JV and Varsity golfers team were not able to get on the course this week as Mother Nature postponed both of SJA's scheduled matches. The Varsity Jaguars will compete in the sectional tournament on Tuesday in Avon Lake. Best of luck to our team in the postseason!

SOCCER SPLITS GAMES WITH 1 WIN AND 1 LOSS SJA soccer played a pair of games this past week against two east-side opponents. The team went on the road and topped Beaumont on Saturday by a score of 2-0, and both goals were scored the final 8 minutes. Senior Abby Logar and junior Regina Baldado had the goals for the Jags in the win. On Thursday, SJA traveled to Hathaway Brown and lost 3-1. The game was tied at 1 at halftime, thanks to a goal from sophomore Claire Horansky, but the Blazers scored two goals early in the second half to post the win. The Varsity Jaguars are now 8-3 on the season. To check out photos from the games or to see the schedules for the upcoming week, click here.


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