FROM THE DESK OF ANN M. CARDON…
Welcome to the 2017-2018 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. This summer in particular seemed to go by quickly!
We have been busy this summer making some improvements throughout the district – the gymnasium at Upton was painted, new bleachers installed and the floor was refinished. The bathrooms at Upton, as well as all three elementary buildings, are being updated and fencing was installed around our elementary playgrounds. The tennis courts at the high school were completely reconstructed - and they look fantastic.
As usual, our staff members have been working hard this summer attending different trainings here and afar – especially our middle school science teachers. For the second year in a row, the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation provided the funding for each of our buildings to send a team to receive further training on Professional Learning Communities. We cannot thank them enough – this training is at the foundation of our work as professionals.
We are welcoming a new elementary principal and eleven new teachers to our staff this year. We are fortunate to have so many quality candidates who want to work for our great district. We have a very rigorous interview process 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.
Our entire staff is looking forward to another wonderful year and wants to welcome you back on September 5. GO BEARS!!!
Your partner in education,