Communications Department

The Communications Department at St. Joseph Schools works very hard to spread the word online, through traditional print methods and with our digital community sign.  We have many wonderful things happening in our schools every day and we want you to know about them!

For additional information please contact Sue Patzer, Secretary to the Superintendent, for St. Joseph Schools at 926-3101 (

Community Sign


Bear Pride Shines Bright on Lakeshore Drive

Located on the west side of the high school, on Lakeshore Drive, a full color, digital 4' x 12' sign has been constructed. This sign allows the St. Joseph School administration and the City to announce local events and happenings.

The School Foundation* worked hand-in-hand with the City of St. Joseph to build this state-of-the-art billboard.

Logo Usage and Standards

The St. Joseph Public Schools logos must be used as they exist in these standards, no changes of the shape, position of the words or the fonts is allowed. The integrity of the font and art must remain legible and open at all sizes.

We do not require approval for the logo's usage, however random monitoring of usage will be conducted and privileges for the mark will be revoked if the standards are not followed.


Fun Facts About St. Joseph Public Schools, est. 1837

175years funfacts


  • First school board meeting April 10, 1837.
  • A contest was held during the 1933/34 school year to decide on a mascot. The vote between the Vikings, Seagulls or Bears.
  • The current fight song was written in 1940 by then band director Franklin "Red" Wilste. There were two other fight songs before this one. "The Yellow and the Blue" was written in 1915 by Oscar Hatch Howley. Click here to download the sheet music.
  • 1972 was the 100th class graduated from SJHS
  • 2022 will be the 150th
  • Maize and blue became the school colors in approximately 1913.
  • Below is an article published in the Herald Palladium in January of 1981. (This is local attorney, Bob Ehrenberg's great aunt)

Summer Food Service Program

Welcome to the Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) site locator. The SFSP was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs. Use the SFSP site locator to find a SFSP site near you