New Program Could Redirect Your Tax Dollars to Saint Joe’s

Pennsylvania recently expanded a tax credit program, originally created for businesses, to be open to individuals. That means you could direct your state tax dollars to Saint Joe’s in the form of a donation to be used for financial aid. More than half of the students at Saint Joe’s rely on financial aid, and your participation in this program could help more students, while also freeing up funds for other areas of need. Applying for this tax credit program is quick and easy. To find out if you qualify, simply email or call Ellen Konkle at or (814) 571-0576-she will even help you complete the application!

Feast of Saint Joseph Mass

We are so grateful to have had Bishop Mark Bartchak, along with Fr. Neil Dadey, Fr. Jonathan Dickson, and Deacon Jack Orlandi, celebrate the liturgy for the Feast of Saint Joseph with us on Monday, March 19.
Students, faculty, and guests also attended. Members of the A Cappella choir provided the music led by director, Joe Hergenreder, and four musicians:  Jack Mangene, Ana Legaspi, Jameson Reigh, and Max Krasowitz.
We were blessed to have new Head of School, Jennifer Mallett with us, and she was welcomed graciously by our community.  Jennifer begins her new role on July 1, 2018.
Following Mass, guests enjoyed a light brunch in the Student Life Center while they mingled and chatted with the newest member of the administrative team.

Thank You New Donors

Since last week’s email, several families have signed up and/or expressed interest in the donation program that utilizes Pennsylvania tax credits. Donations through this program support financial aid and help Saint Joe’s to assure that a Catholic high school education is available and accessible to all local students who desire this unique, faith-based experience.

Saint Joe’s is blessed to with a strong community of supporters who believe in Catholic education and give generously on an annual basis to Joseph’s Fund. Gifts to Joseph’s Fund directly impact students by making sure they have a life-changing experience. Please prayerfully consider making a secure online gift to Joseph’s Fund, or mail your gift to: Joseph’s Fund, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy, 901 Boalsburg Pike, Boalsburg, PA 16827.

You are the Salt of the Earth… You are the Light of the World (Matthew 5:13-16)

As a Catholic high school that provides an enriching, Christ-centered education, Saint Joe’s stresses the importance of giving back to the community through volunteer service. Students are again seeking your support for The Salt & Light Serve-a-Thon, scheduled for April 17.
Adopted by Saint Joe’s in 2017, Salt & Light is a school-wide event with the purpose of raising beneficial funds for our school in a meaningful way: by serving others.  On Tuesday, April 17, more than 160 students, faculty, and volunteers will spend the day serving 10 worthwhile local non-profit organizations.
Students brought home a folder Tuesday with more information, and you can learn more by visiting–light-serve-a-thon.

The Science of Soap

Mrs. Badger shared this photo of students from the Saint Joe’s Sustainability Club watching a demonstration on soap-making using the cold-pressed process. Senior Katie McGraw conducted the demo; she completed her Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science research project on how different fat ratios affect the longevity of soap. She won a first place award at the regional competition and is advancing to states. Congratulations and good luck to Katie!

The Sustainability will begin making soap in small batches under Katie’s and Mrs. Badger’s supervision with plans to hopes sell or donate their product.

A Great Showing at Chemistry Olympiad Exam

The 2018 Chemistry Olympiad Exam took place on Tuesday, March 27. Ten students from Saint Joe’s participated along with 115 students from seven other high schools. Congratulations to Peter Forstmeier and Anna Griggs who earned the top two scores for Saint Joe’s! They will each receive a $50 gift card from the American Chemical Society. Peter also placed 4th overall and will move to the next level of competition on April 19. Way to go, Peter!

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) program is a chemistry competition for high school students designed to stimulate young people to achieve excellence in chemistry. The American Chemical Society has sponsored the program since 1984.
We are proud of all our participating students who did a fine job representing Saint Joe’s!

Salt & Light Service Locations Selected

Dean of Students Malissa Martin shares that we are gearing up for the 2018 Salt & Light Serve-a-Thon, a school-wide event with the purpose of raising beneficial funds for Saint Joe’s while giving back to our community. Support our students by making a contribution to their Salt & Light service efforts!

On Tuesday, April 17, more than 160 students, faculty, and volunteers from Saint Joe’s will spend the day volunteering for 10 local non-profit organizations. Thank you to the following for welcoming our students, faculty and volunteers:
  • Boal Mansion
  • Centre Region Parks & Recreation
  • Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM)
  • Housing Transitions
  • Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
  • Mount Nittany Conservancy
  • OLV Preschool
  • Schlow Centre Region Library
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • State College Food Bank