Remember to Purchase Your Gala Tickets

Time is running out to purchase your Crystal Gala tickets! The event will be held Saturday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center. Join SJCA for An Evening in Tuscany. The event promises a unique and beautiful atmosphere, along with a delicious menu and wine pairing.

The entire SJCA community is invited to attend. Purchase your tickets now and come out and support the school!

Athletic Update: Fall Season Wraps Up

Wolf Nation,

As the fall athletic season comes to a close, the Wolves are preparing for the winter athletic season. Keep reading for updates on how the Wolves did this fall and to learn more about winter sports!

Winter Sports Meeting

Last night was the winter sports meeting. If you were unable to attend this meeting, please email Chad Walsh and your coach by Thursday so that your student will be on the roster to start the season!

If your student is participating in a winter sport, please consider visiting the important links below:

  • Team Gear Link (Wrestling, closes November 8 at midnight)

Thank you to those who were in attendance last night. Let’s have a great winter season!

Turkey Trot

Join the Nittany Valley Running Club for the annual Boalsburg Turkey Trot, held each year on Thanksgiving Day. This year, the Turkey Trot will benefit SJCA’s Cross Country and Track and Field programs, so our Wolves hope that everyone will come out and participate. This 5K course begins and ends at the Pennsylvania Military Museum. It winds along the bike paths and neighborhoods near Mount Nittany Elementary and Middle Schools, as well as SJCA. Click here to register and contact sjcaxctf@gmail.com with questions.

 

Golf

The boys fought hard at states this past Wednesday but came up short. They finished in fifth place, the second top five finish in a row. Congratulations to Jack Mangene, Matt Steyers, Ryan Peachey, RJ Marsh and Jason Thomas on great season.

Jack Mangene also played during the individual State Championships and finished in the top ten! Congratulations Jack!!

Volleyball

The girls’ season ended this past Monday, after the girls dropped three sets to Juniata Valley, coming off their best season in school history. Let’s congratulate them on a fantastic season!

Cross Country

Cross country travels to the State Championships this weekend in Hershey, PA.  Come support the team Saturday, November 3rd as the girls, along with Josh Hershbine, Carter Kauffman and Sam Palmer, race for titles.

Go Wolves!

Wolf Pack Ambassadors Represent SJCA with Pride

Prospective families considering Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy for their children can read brochures, look the school up online and check out the Facebook page, but nothing makes quite the impact of meeting a Wolf Pack Ambassadors.

A select group of some of our exceptional students who choose to step up to the plate, Wolf Pack Ambassadors make a multi-year commitment to representing SJCA with pride and integrity by embodying the four pillars.

The student ambassadors must demonstrate a strong work ethic, natural leadership abilities, strong character and a commitment to the overall SJCA mission.

These students play a vital role in attracting new students to our school and representing SJCA in the community. On any given day, you will Wolf Pack Ambassadors giving campus tours, assisting during new student orientation, mingling at student and parent events and, in general, being good stewards of the SJCA school community.

The experience of being an ambassador provides valuable lessons.  As liaisons and spokespersons for SJCA, students learn interpersonal and communication skills, problem-solving abilities and teamwork skills that are even more invaluable later on in their lives. Students also have the opportunity to meet a wide array of new people in the community, making connections with not only SJCA administration and faculty, but also with businesspeople and families. This unique experience prepares students for success in their post-secondary education and their future careers.

Hear what a few of our Wolf Pack Ambassadors have said about their experiences at SJCA, and you’ll see just how well-equipped this group of students is to represent our growing school.

“I knew SJCA would prepare me for the future and I was drawn to the strong sense of community,” says Junior Ava Starks. “At SJCA, I have the opportunity to know everyone in my school. We are smaller than most high schools, but our size allows us to know each other regardless of grade level. The teachers are amazing; they provide a positive learning environment for their students and they instill the four pillars of faith, scholarship, leadership and service into each and every one of us. Students also have many opportunities at SJCA; from campus ministry to planning events, students always have a chance to get involved and show their leadership skills. Lastly, SJCA prepares students for their futures. As a college preparatory high school, students are able to partake in SAT prep and job shadowing opportunities. What we learn in class today will help us now and in our future careers.”

Ava’s peer Aidan Badger agrees, “The school environment is great. We’re like a family here. We have small class sizes, which allows for one-on-one time with teachers. The teachers really want you to succeed, so they help you do that. It’s a college preparatory school, so the work is hard, but the teachers help you through the whole thing. Since we’re like a family, the students help you, too… Our school is growing, I hope to see more people show up here in the future.”

To learn more about why the Ambassadors love SJCA, watch the school Facebook page! Each Ambassador will be featured there with their SJCA story.

Local Business Support Provides Need-Based Financial Aid

Dean of Students Malissa Martin recently attended a check presentation at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Bellefonte from the Bridge Educational Foundation. Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy families, along with families at our grade schools, receive scholarships through this organization, which are made possible through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. We are grateful to the businesses that participate in this program through Bridge Foundation, such as Waste Management and Braskem, and to Representative Kerry Benninghoff and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman for their continued support of EITC and local Catholic education.

Mrs. Martin is pictured with representatives from St. John School, Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, Bridge Foundation, participating businesses, Senator Corman and Representative Benninghoff.

The EITC program is open to qualifying businesses and individuals in Pennsylvania, and helps provide need-based financial aid to families seeking a faith-based education. To find out if you qualify to donate your tax dollars through EITC, contact Ms. Martin for more information.

Join us for FAFSA Financial Aid Night

All parents are invited to attend Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy’s FAFSA Financial Aid Night on Wednesday November 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the student union. The meeting will walk families through the Financial Aid process. Parents can RSVP here.

Parents who are planning to attend the meeting should bring the following items:

1. Social Security number (Alien Registration Number, if non U.S. citizen)

2. 2017 Federal income tax returns, W-2s and other records of money earned. (Note: FAFSA completers may be able to transfer their federal tax return information into their FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)

3. Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)

4. Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

5. An FSA ID to sign electronically

This event is brought to parents by South Hills School of Business & Technology. SJCA is grateful for the support of South Hills in bringing this valuable information to our parents. Please contact Maryann Lingenfelter (814) 808-6118 with questions.

Athletic Update: Support our Wolves During Playoffs

Wolf Nation,

As the fall athletic season wraps up, our Wolves are competing in playoffs and preparing for winter sports. Please continue to support our Wolves as they represent SJCA with pride.

Mark Your Calendars for Our Winter Sports Meeting On October 30th at 6pm

This is a mandatory meeting for parents and athletes who are planning to participate in a winter sport this year.  We will meet in the SLC as a group before breaking out into sports-specific meetings to share information about the upcoming season.  Please plan to attend!

PAC update: Parent Liaisons

A Parent Liaison is needed for each sport. This person can help their child’s team by attending PAC meetings and sharing the information with other parents and coaches. In addition, this person can bring ideas and questions from the team to the PAC. This is one way that SJCA seeks to share accurate information to support all teams!

The next meeting will be November 8 at 6:00pm in room 204. Please attend if you’d like to learn more about becoming a Parent Liaison.

Turkey Trot

Join the Nittany Valley Running Club for the annual Boalsburg Turkey Trot, held each year on Thanksgiving Day. This year, the Turkey Trot will benefit SJCA’s Cross Country and Track and Field programs, so our Wolves hope that everyone will come out and participate. This 5K course begins and ends at the Pennsylvania Military Museum. It winds along the bike paths and neighborhoods near Mount Nittany Elementary and Middle Schools, as well as SJCA. Click here to register and contact sjcaxctf@gmail.com with questions.

Girls Volleyball

Girls volleyball awaits final standings in hopes of making districts playoffs for the first time in more than 3 seasons. The Wolves capped their season with a loss at Penns Valley, and they are sitting inside the playoff picture, ahead of this week’s deadline.

Golf

The golf team is looking to bring home the program’s first PIAA state championship, after seeing Jack Mangene medal as an individual in a tie for 10th overall.

Boys Soccer

The boys finished up the season with an away loss at Philipsburg-Osceola. The undermanned Wolves team scrapped and clawed all season to get the program off the ground. Thank you to the student athletes for their dedication to building our program for the future!

Girls Soccer

The girls lost in the first round of districts to Westmont Hilltop, 4-1. Senior Adda Fegley capped her career with a goal, but the Wolves fell short. Making the District VI Tournament in year one was quite an accomplishment, and the girls have certainly laid the groundwork for an outstanding future for the new program.

Cross Country

The Cross country teams will run on the new District VI course in Mifflin County on Saturday. The girls will look for three consecutive District titles, while the boys will look to secure their first in school history. The boys’ race starts at 12:20pm, the girls will follow.

Good luck to all of our teams as they continue to compete, and thank you to all programs who have finished their season!

Go Wolves!

@SJCA_Athletics

 

Athletic Update: The Wolves Prepare for Playoffs

Wolf Nation,

The regular seasons are all but wrapped up (Girls Volleyball and Boys Soccer have a couple games left).  Now, the Wolves are waiting to see how many qualify for playoffs.  It is looking like it is very possible that the Wolves will have the most teams in SJCA fall sports history claiming District VI playoff bids. Keep an eye out for the results, which will be posted over the next few days!  Good luck to all of our Wolves!

Mark Your Calendars for Our Winter Sports Meeting On October 30th at 6pm

This is a mandatory meeting for parents and athletes who are planning to participate in a winter sport this year.  We will meet in the SLC as a group before breaking out into sports-specific meetings to share information about the upcoming season.  Please plan to attend!

If you have not reached out to your winter coach yet, please look below for their contact information. Coaches are planning for the season and would like to know who is participating in each sport as soon as possible.

Wrestling- Patrick Flynn

wrestling@stjoeacad.org

Girls Basketball- Katie Sosnoskie

gbasketball@stjoeacad.org

Boys Basketball- Richard Ciambotti

rciambotti@stjoeacad.org

Indoor Track & Field- Jayson Jackson

xctrack@stjoeacad.org

As always, if you have questions, comments or concerns about SJCA Athletics, please contact Chad Walsh (CWalsh@stjoeacad.org).  All SJCA coaches are looking forward to a great end to our fall sports season and the start of winter.

Turkey Trot

Join the Nittany Valley Running Club for the annual Boalsburg Turkey Trot, held each year on Thanksgiving Day. This year, the Turkey Trot will benefit SJCA’s Cross Country and Track and Field programs, so our Wolves hope that everyone will come out and participate. This 5K course begins and ends at the Pennsylvania Military Museum. It winds along the bike paths and neighborhoods near Mount Nittany Elementary and Middle Schools, as well as SJCA. Click here to register and contact sjcaxctf@gmail.com with questions.

Boys Soccer

The boys fell yesterday to Belleville, but they are hoping to grab a win this Thursday in an away game against Harrisburg Academy at 4:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Girls soccer finished out the regular season with a win at home against Northern Cambria with a score of 12-1. Riley Marflak, Clare Marsh, Maggie Mangene, Sarah Watkins, Taylor Wright and Meg Bolich scored goals. The girls are hoping to go to playoffs with a record of 4-5.

Golf

The boys are making their second straight playoff appearance after a great showing against Rockwood in Regionals. The boys made a great showing, led by Jack Mangene with a 73, Matt Steyers with a 77, Ryan Peachey with an 81 and RJ Marsh with an 84. The boys will look to grab a state title next Wednesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. They would really appreciate your support.

Jack Mangene navigated the tough conditions and made it to states as an individual while Matt Steyers just fell short. Jack will be competing next Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Hills for an individual title as well. Good luck to Jack!

Girls Volleyball

This week, the girls bested both Moshannon Valley and Sugar Valley in their pursuit of their first playoff appearance in school history! Their win against Moshannon Valley was the first win against their program in 3 seasons, so congratulations to them! The team also honored seniors Anna Griggs and Michaela Maynard this past Tuesday during their game against Sugar Valley.  Let’s thank the seniors for all of their hard work, and let’s also wish the team luck as they continue to push for playoffs!

Cross Country

Cross country is off this week as they prepare for District 6 Championships on October 27th. Come out and support them on Saturday!

Go Wolves!

@SJCA_Athletics

PAC Update: Connect with SJCA Athletics

The PAC (Parent Athletic Committee) recently hosted their October meeting. The PAC is an advisory board committed to streamlining and supporting athletics at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy. During the meeting, parents discussed ways to support SJCA athletic programs and brainstormed ideas. The PAC aims to work closely with each coach and team through its team liaison.  Do you have a question, concern or a great idea about SJCA athletics?  Ask your coach to connect you with the parent liaison or attend the next PAC meeting.

Back the Pack is one of PAC’s most important initiatives; it is a valuable way for families, sponsors and community members to monetarily support athletics at SJCA.  It’s one the biggest fundraisers for SJCA athletics, and it is especially important because athletes do not pay to play a sport. Back the Pack helps to offset transportation fees, athlete and team recognition and other expenses as SJCA teams advance in competition throughout the year.

All parents are invited to join PAC for their next meeting to learn more about supporting athletics at SJCA. The November PAC meeting will be held on November 8 at 6pm in Mr. Walsh’s room (204).

Knights of Columbus Support Catholic Education in Centre County

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy is thankful for the support of the Fr. Byron O’Hanlon Council of the Knights of Columbus, which recently made a generous donation to the school. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, fraternal service organization. Thanks to the generosity of organizations like the Knights of Columbus and members of the community, SJCA is able educate the next generation of leaders in an environment of faith.

Our students and teachers give thanks for the Knights of Columbus’ support of Catholic education in Centre County.

Cheer on our Wolves During Homecoming Week

Wolf Nation,

Happy Homecoming Week! Our Wolves are representing SJCA with extra pride this week as we celebrate our school. The Athletics Department encourages everyone to come out to Homecoming competitions to cheer our Wolves on to victory. Student athletes will be coming out to support their fellow athletes for a “Support the Sports” initiative, and they would love to see all of Wolf Nation out in full force for this week’s match-ups.

  • Wednesday, October 10 – Girls Soccer vs. Northern Cambria
    • Orchard Park
  • Wednesday, October 10 – Boys Soccer vs. Northern Cambria
    • Orchard Park
  • Wednesday, October 10 – Girls Volleyball vs. Williamsburg
    • Student Life Center
  • Thursday, October 11 – Cross Country vs. Grier, EJHS, WBHS and P-OHS
    • Oak Hall Park

Keep reading to learn how you can celebrate our Wolves during Homecoming Week!

Support the Athletic Department

If you haven’t done so, please consider donating to the Athletic Department and sign-up to volunteer at home events to help with concessions and gate. Our Wolves appreciate your support!

Parent Athletic Committee (PAC) Meeting

All parents are welcome to the October PAC Meeting!  We would like to see as many parents as possible at the meeting on Thursday, October 11 at 6 p.m. in Room 204.  Come help generate ideas and see how you can help support our athletic programs!

Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting

On October 30 at 6 p.m. in the Student Life Center, the Athletic Department will hold its annual winter sports meeting.  This meeting is mandatory for ALL families with a student athlete wishing to participate in a winter sport.  Please plan to attend.  We will meet as a group and then break into team-specific meetings.

As always, please contact Chad Walsh (cwalsh@stjoeacad.org) if you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding SJCA Athletics.

Boys Soccer

The boys will be playing Northern Cambria today in a home game in Orchard Park. They’ll be returning next week with games against Harrisburg Academy and Belleville Mennonite. Let’s wish them luck!

Girls Soccer

The girls defeated Johnstown Christian School in a muddy battle 6-0 after a tough loss to Troy last week. Adda Fegley led the way with 4 goals, and Clare Marsh scored 2. Clare also had 3 assists and Riley Marflak had 1. The defense was led today by Abby Bulick, Meg Bolich and Lauren Ott.

The girls have their last game of the season at home today at 3:00 at Orchard Park. Come out and cheer the girls on to victory!

Golf 

The golf team won their second consecutive District VI Championship with a team score of 320. Jack Mangene took home the first place individual championship with a score of 72.

The boys are back in action today at the Ebensburg Country Club; they are competing for a chance to return to the state tournament this year. Jack Mangene and Matt Steyers will also be competing at the Western Individual Regional Tournament at Tom’s Run on October 15th for a shot to go to states!

Girls Volleyball

Last Wednesday, the girls hosted Juniata in their annual Pink Out match. Juniata took the JV match in 3 and SJCA won the Varsity match in 3. Our student section came out in force to participate in the Pink Out!

Yesterday, Wolf volleyball fell victim to the Glendale Vikings on Tuesday, despite strong showings from Juniors Maggie Mangene, Ruthanna McMurtrie, Emma Mallison and Senior Michaela Maynard. The girls will host Williamsburg today for the Homecoming match.

Cross Country

On a mud-soaked course, Sera Mazza led wire-to-wire for a win at the Ridgway Invitational. She was clear of the field before she crested the first hill, a little over a half mile into the race. Kate Youngmark joined her on the podium with a 15th place finish.

On the boys side, Carter Kauffman came within a whisker of matching Sera’s efforts; he led for most of the race, only to be passed in the last 600m. He held on for second place; Josh Hershbine joined him with an award-winning race as he finished in 11th place. Aidan Cross, Leland Calistri and Kadan Shirk rounded out the scoring five, which earned the team 13th place.

The Wolves will be in action on Thursday, October 11 for their annual Homecoming meet at Oak Hall Regional Park.

 

Go Wolves!

@SJCA_Athletics