Superintendent's Corner






January 17, 2019


Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope this message finds you well and looking forward to the big snowstorm they are predicting for Saturday. Personally, I love a good storm on the weekend when we don’t have to make the big “snow day” decision!!

The month of January marks the observance of School Board Recognition Month. This is an opportunity to show our year-round appreciation for our servant leaders and begin to better understand how local trustees work together to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders. They are citizens whose decisions affect our children and build our community.

The men and women serving St. Joseph Public Schools and their years of service are President Barry Conybeare, member since 2016, Vice President Kerry Wright, member since 2016, Treasurer Chris Cook, member since 2010, Secretary Amy Marohn, member since 2012, and newly elected Trustees Rick Dyer, Kathy Weykamp and Brett Wier.  Thank you for your service!

As a district, we continue to have many conversations about social media, digital citizenship, screen time, internet safety and so on. We are very intentional about teaching our students the importance of being a good digital citizen and how to be safe when they are online; however, it seems that they continue to find new apps and new ways to communicate online. We are pleased to offer you a few resources to help you be more knowledgeable.

First, I am including a link to the Common Sense Media website. The site is considered the “gold standard” for information on navigating the digital world.  Everything from movie reviews, social media, and apps to watch for, to tips for parents and much more. Please watch for specific links from the building principals in their upcoming blogs.  The information shared on the site relates well to current issues and topics taking place in their buildings.

Common Sense Media

Secondly, we are happy to offer you the following opportunity… 

Parents and students K-12, please join us February 11 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the St Joseph High School’s John and Dede Howard auditorium for a viewing of Screenagers. Screenagers is an award-winning film that depicts the challenging struggles that families have over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world.

After viewing the film, we have a county expert, Joe Rommel, who will give additional updates on current social media trends and suggestions for parents on setting boundaries with their students’ social media use.

Refreshments will be available, along with free childcare offered by SJHS National Honor Society student group. Childcare is available for toddler through elementary school age children.  


Your partner in education,



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