St. Joseph School began classes Aug. 23 and principal Karen Casper-Linn, along with faculty and staff, anticipate a wonderful year.
The Catholic school provides education to 200 students in preschool through eighth grade. The curriculum includes all the standard classes and religion and uses computers, iPads, and ActiveBoards, which the students use daily. Other subjects include Spanish, art, vocal music, as well as band, health, and physical education, including a mental wellness program.
Students participate in service programs throughout the year as part of the religion program. Last year, students had a food drive, sorted clothing for Pass It On Ministries, and visited area nursing homes and the veterans home in Sandusky. Kindergarten students partnered with sixth-graders to make stuffed animals for Blessing House in Elyria.
Service projects teach students how to take care of God’s world and help others in need, according to the school. Having a PK-8 school also enables the older students to help and model good behavior to the younger students, developing a good feeling of companionship and caring.
St. Joseph Parish has a Mission Team that goes to El Salvador and one of the initiatives, Operation Rescue, a non profit, is building houses there. Each house costs approximately $2,000. This year, the whole school is raising money to see how many houses it can sponsor.
Students are required to take IOWA skills basic tests as well as a comprehensive test in religion. Students also take cognitive abilities tests and writing skills tests each year. Casper-Linn said students who stick with the curriculum score on the IOWA tests in the 13th grade level by the eighth grade and are prepared for any high school they choose.
The school has recently installed new safety and security cameras and locks.
Parent Club raised funds that were used to remodeled the girls restroom and have added a dressing area.