FROM THE DESK OF ANN M. CARDON…
Dear SJPS Families,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!!
I hope you all had a great summer and are ready to get back to school because we are certainly ready to welcome you back. Every year summer seems to go by faster and faster…
As usual, our staff members have been working hard this summer attending different trainings here and afar – all elementary teachers worked together to bring clarity to our report cards which will help parents better understand how their students are growing and progressing. Many high school teachers gave their time over the summer to ready themselves for new courses and course materials, improved Advanced Placement instruction, and worked collaboratively with Lake Michigan College to ensure our direct credit courses are aligned to those of the College. Thanks to the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation, Brown School was able to send a team for further training on Professional Learning Communities. We cannot thank them enough, as this training is at the foundation of our work as professionals.
We have been super busy this summer making improvements throughout the district. The Steve Upton Field, artificial turf, has been completed at the high school; we are putting the final touches on the E. P. Clarke parking lot with a new drop-off and pick-up route; the three elementary buildings and Upton all received new cafeteria tables, and we broke ground on the new Ed Todd Innovation Center for our robotics program! We are still plugging away at updating the bathrooms at the elementary buildings, and we remodeled the kitchen at E. P. Clarke allowing us to have two serving lines.
We are excited to welcome 15 new teachers to our staff this year. Fortunately, we have many quality candidates who want to work for our great district. Our interview process is extremely rigorous, and I am pleased to report that we hired the very top candidates. It is always exciting to welcome new faces to our St. Joseph family.
St. Joseph Public Schools has many important public notices that parents should review yearly on our website. Some of these public notices include notification of pesticide application, student privacy and parental access to information, drug prevention memorandum, asbestos information, life threatening allergies and more. Please visit and click on Important Public Notices for more detailed information.
Our entire staff is looking forward to another wonderful year and can’t wait to welcome you back on September 4th. GO BEARS!!!
Your partner in education,
Ann M. Cardon