Athletic Update: Preparing for the Winter Sports Season

Wolf Nation,

We will be previewing the winter sports season next week, so be sure to check that out as we gear up for the start of competitions on December 7!  For now, please keep reading for important updates about Athletics.

Athlete Registration Forms Needed

Winter athletes who have not turned in the Athlete Registration Form should do so ASAP.  These forms allow us to submit mandatory PIAA eligibility lists for each season.  Please be sure to turn the forms in to the main office by Monday, December 3.

Message from the PAC

Did you know there is a way to get involved in SJCA athletics as a parent?

The Parent Athletic Committee is a fun, easy way for you to help your son or daughter’s team and all of the athletes at SJCA.  This growing group of parents meets once a month, has members that represent each sport and is open to anyone who wants to participate.  PAC organizes special events and volunteering opportunities and raises money for all of the athletic programs.  If you are interested in participating in this group, please feel free to come to one of the meetings, which occur on the second Thursday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm (the next meeting is on December 13 in room 204).

Additionally, please consider donating to the Back the Pack sponsorship program.

Finally, if you have any questions about the PAC’s initiatives in support of our athletic programs, please email us at

Fall Sports Surveys

Please take a few minutes to provide us with some valuable feedback about this year’s fall sports season.  These surveys are important to our improvement as an Athletic Department!  Thank you for your time and thoughtful responses!

Athlete Survey:

Parent Survey:

As always, please reach out to Mr. Walsh ( if you have any comments, questions or concerns.

Go Wolves!



Teacher Recognized as an Outstanding Educator

SJCA English teacher Laura Cunningham has been nominated as a Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics outstanding educator. Nine local educators were honored at the Nittany Lions’ Senior Day game vs. Maryland on November 24.

Head of School Jennifer Mallett notes that “Laura is enthusiastic and professional, yet very flexible.  She works with students in her roles at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy to spark their interest in English and Business Marketing…She is also an excellent role model for the students.” Mallett adds that Cunningham is “quick to volunteer for collaborative projects and has a keen interest in the workings of the school as a whole.  Quite frankly Laura is just a good person and deserves this recognition.”

Educator Appreciation Day honors and recognizes outstanding educators for their dedication and service to their local community. Nominees during the past two years have included teachers, principals, coaches, guidance counselors and many others that have a positive impact on education in their communities.

Congratulations to Laura Cunningham on this outstanding achievement! SJCA is proud to have dedicated teachers like Cunningham, who work hard to prepare students for success.

A Gift to SJCA Lasts a Lifetime

Thank you to all the dedicated donors who supported SJCA yesterday for Giving Tuesday. If you missed your chance yesterday, you can still make a secure, online gift to SJCA today or anytime of the year.

Your generosity directly benefits students, giving them an educational experience that will prepare them for college, career and life. With your help, SJCA can provide tuition assistance to make sure every family can afford a Catholic high school education.

Your gift to SJCA truly lasts a lifetime.

Make a gift now. 

New Television Ads Highlight Four Pillars

SJCA is coming to a television screen near you! Four television spots will air over the next several months, highlighting each of the four pillars. Timed for Thanksgiving, the Service spot will kick off the campaign, following by Faith, which will air around Christmas. Leadership and Scholarship will follow as we approach Catholic Schools Week. Students, faculty and staff did a spectacular job during filming and we are excited to showcase them and our Four Pillars for the community.

Annual Gala a Great Success, Thanks to You!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Gala, An Evening in Tuscany. Your generosity makes a difference every day for SJCA students! Special thanks again to our Gala Chair Liz Forstmeier and the members of our hardworking committee. It was a lovely and fun-filled evening, and we can’t wait to see you all next year! Stay tuned for this year’s photos and next year’s Save the Date!

Giving Thanks for our School Community

The faculty and staff of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy wish a happy and blessed Thanksgiving to all students and their families. Everyone at SJCA gives thanks for the generous support of the community. There will be no school from November 21 to 26; classes will resume on Tuesday, November 27.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Colossians 3:17

Reminder: There’s Still Time to Register for the Boalsburg Turkey Trot

Start a new family tradition this Thanksgiving and register for the annual Boalsburg Turkey Trot! The Turkey Trot is fun for the whole family, and this year’s proceeds benefit SJCA’s Cross Country and Track and Field programs. 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 with questions.


Live Auction Items

Pittsburgh Penguins Game Tickets for Four

Donated by Wampum Hardware

Leave Hockey Valley behind for the night and enjoy a game on the ice at PPG Paints Arena. See the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Ottawa Senators on Friday, February 1st. Game time is 7:00 p.m. and seats are in Loge 1 Row B.

Maine Bay and Berry Dinner

Donated by Maine Bay and Berry

Throw and incredible 5 course dinner for 8 without lifting a finger.  Maine Bay and Berry, in partnership with a local chef, will make you and your guests an incredible meal using the freshest seafood from Maine.  Date must be mutually agreed upon.

Scott Mangene Private Party Live Music

Donated by Scott Mangene and Pizza Mia

Impress your guests at your next party with this dinner and music package. Enjoy a delicious dinner from Pizza Mia for 20 people, paired with the musical talents of Scott Mangene.

Your guests will enjoy Scott Mangene’s diverse genre of songs and styles and an amazing dinner. Perfect for graduation, celebrations, family events or just summer fun. Dates must be available for Scott and a weeks notice is needed to schedule the dinner.

In his own words, “I have been in love with music my whole life. It’s howI express my true self the best. I was a classically trained vocalist as a child and grew up in choirs and music theatre. I have been playing professionally in town since 1993 in all sorts of different acts and styles from rock n roll, folk, country, and probably everything in between.

Make your next event special with this party package and live music by Scott Mangene!

Diamond Pendant

Donated by Confer’s Jewelers

A statement piece that is perfectly understated! This rose and white gold diamond pendant has 19 diamonds with a total carat weight of .46 and hangs on a 14k rose gold chain.

You won’t find a more perfect gift this holiday season for yourself or for a loved one.

Dinner for Eight in Your Home

Donated by Father John Gibbons

Enjoy an incredible dinner for eight, cooked in your home, by Father John Gibbons. The winner will have the choice of two menu options and will work with Father John on a mutually agreeable date.

Menu Option 1
Caesar Salad
Beef Tenderloin
Asparagus with Lump Crab Meat Sauce
Roasted Potatoes
Pie and PSU Creamery Ice Cream

Menu Option 2
Caesar Salad
Rack of Lamb with mint jelly
Roasted potatoes
Steamed seasonal Vegetables
Pie or Cake and PSU Creamery Ice Cream

One Week Stay in Martha’s Vineyard

Donated by Christopher and Kathleen Hulburt

Winnetu Oceanside Resort

Mattakesset Unit A-2 | Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard

Available dates (*One week runs Thursday to following Thursday)
Available dates are: May 9 – 16, 2019
May 30 – June 6, 2019
September 26 – October 3, 2019
October 3 – October 10, 2019

About the Resort:
The Winnetu Oceanside Resort is located where everyone visiting Martha’s Vineyard wants to be… at South Beach in Edgartown. “The Vineyard” is New England’s largest island – consisting of six towns with plenty to do – everything from shopping to dining to spectacular beaches, bicycle paths and sightseeing activities. For more information on the resort and the Vineyard visit

About Townhome Unit A-2:
This newly renovated townhome offers a master bedroom, guest room with three twin beds and a loft that can sleep two. It also has a pleasant deck and a convenient private outside shower. Just steps away from the front door, is the bike path that takes you directly to South Beach or downtown Edgartown.

If you have any questions or want to reserve your trip dates, please contact Kathleen or Christopher Hulburt at 814-308-8669 or

**This unit is in a rental pool. To ensure you reserve the dates you want, please contact us no later than February 15, 2018.

 Diamond Cross Necklace

Donated by Kranich’s Jewelers

A perfect gift of faith for someone special in your life. This 18kt. white gold diamond cross with a Diamond Weight 0.42 ct is sure to make someone’s holiday sparkle.

Athletic Update: Remember to Register for the Boalsburg Turkey Trot

You can give back to the Wolves and SJCA Athletics this Thanksgiving by registering for the annual Boalsburg Turkey Trot, held each year on Thanksgiving Day. 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 with questions.

Ski with SJCA

This winter, SJCA will offer a ski intramural program. Interested students should see Mrs. Badger for a registration form and for more information. Ski sessions will be held from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. on January 11, 18 and 25 and February 1, 8 and 15. The early registration deadline is November 16 and the regular registration deadline is November 30.

Athlete Paperwork

If your student is participating in a winter sport, please be sure to complete the athlete paperwork as soon as possible.

Students Live Four Pillars During Enrichment Day

Students recently put the Four Pillars into action during the first Enrichment Day of the year! Enrichment Days offer students an opportunity to live out the Four Pillars—Faith, Scholarship, Leadership and Service—through full-day activities that are designed to give students learning experiences that go beyond the classroom. The freshmen grew in faith during a retreat at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. The sophomores braved the cold weather to serve at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. The juniors took scholarship on the road with a trip to Washington D.C. The seniors honed leadership skills at Krislund Camp through a number of teambuilding activities. SJCA is proud to have students that dedicate themselves to putting the Four Pillars into action in every aspect of their lives.