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Welcome to St. Joseph Catholic School

Private Institute For Pre-K to 8th Grade Scholars: Achieving Excellence. Serving Christ.

Faculty and Staff

Pastor

Rev. Reynaldo S. Taylor
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Principal

Mrs. Dionne Partee
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Dean of Primary & Intermediate Scholars/ Athletic Director

Mr. Vaughn Johnson
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Dean of Instruction

Mrs. Ashley Eggers
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Dean of Junior High Scholars/ Technology Coordinator

Mr. Rickey Younger
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Dean of Scholars/ Social Worker

Mr. David Montgomery
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School Secretary

Ms. Barbara Houston
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School Business Manager

Mrs. Gwendolyn Baskin
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Administrative Assistant

Ms. Ellen Jackson
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Pre Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Krystal Hayes-Pompey
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Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Christine Moorman
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11st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Regan Casto
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1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Alexandria Raeburn
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2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Amy Grider
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3rd Grade Teacher

Ms. Shanan Barga
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3rd Grade Teacher

Ms. Mackenna Rife
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4th Grade Teacher

Ms. Sheila Richardson
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5th – 8th Grade Math Teacher

Mrs. Darlene Burse
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5th – 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Shelley Walker
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5th – 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Ms. Angela Randolph
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5th – 8th Grade Science Teacher

Ms. Amber Mitchell
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Music Teacher

Mrs. Shon Hubble
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Art Teacher

Mrs. Elaine Hoblik
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Physical Education Teacher

Mr. Jamar Mosley
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Cafeteria Staff

Ms. Ashley Love

Plant Manager

Ms. Margo Aug

Maintenance Staff

Mr. Randy Moore

Mr. Marcus Thompkins

Mr. Henry Haley

Mr. Edde Keys

Instructor’s Aides

Mrs. Gloria Beacher

Ms. Karen Whitlow

Ms. Minnie Jones

Achieving Excellence. Serving Christ.



Mission and Values

The community of St. Joseph Catholic School accepts the challenge to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to provide the scholars of St. Joseph Catholic School with the religious and moral values and the academic, social, and civil skills necessary to become productive and literate citizens. We place an emphasis on developing the cultural heritage of each individual within the multicultural framework of our world.

faith


noun \ˈfāth\

: strong belief or trust in someone or something

: belief in the existence of God : strong religious feelings or beliefs

: a system of religious beliefs

com•mu•ni•ty


noun \kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē\

: a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood

: a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc

: a group of nations

re•spect


noun \ri-ˈspekt\

: a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.

: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way

: a particular way of thinking about or looking at something

per•se•ver•ance


noun \ˌpər-sə-ˈvir-ən(t)s\

: the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult

: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition : the action or condition or an instance of persevering : STEADFASTNESS

 

History

In March of 1846, land was purchased at Linn and Laurel Streets. St. Joseph Catholic Church was the first to be established, and St. Joseph Catholic School began a year later, combining the two. St. Joseph Catholic School, a member of CISE (Catholic Inner-City Education Fund), an affiliate of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, assists in sustaining the support of our school. With the help of many pastors and educators, the school has since then continued to develop and achieve in our mission in Christ.

 

Admission

If you are interested in enrolling your child for the upcoming school year, please call the school office at 513-381-2126. Spaces are filling quickly, so we encourage parents/guardians to contact the admissions team as soon as possible.

The enrollment process includes:
  • a screening test for each child, which varies based upon the child’s grade level
  • principal reviews for acceptance
  • completion and submission of registration and financial aid packets

 

Tuition and Financial Aid

We are able to provide significant assistance with tuition based on income. This assistance requires completion of forms and receipt of certain documents. We receive assistance from CISE (Catholic Inner-City Education Fund), ODE Ed Choice Scholarship, Children’s Scholarship Fund, Center for Youth Empowerment, St. Joseph Sponsor-A-Student, St. Joseph Church, ESAP and other sources, so we are able to provide you with a guaranteed tuition rate based on your income.

For more information regarding financial aid, please contact the school business manager.

 

Curriculum

Our curriculum is in compliance with the Archdiocesan Graded Course of Study, which aligns with the Ohio Department of Education Common Core Standards. Our remedial services department accommodates the special needs of our scholars by providing reading and intervention specialists, a speech pathologist, a school psychologist, and a school nurse. Our school is constantly striving to make a difference and advancing in education is a top priority.

Due to our focus on advancing in academics, St. Joseph has been selected for a blended learning program through Seton Education Partners. Blended Learning combines small group instruction with computer based individual work to allow each scholar to learn at their own pace. It collects information about scholar progress and produces data that teachers can use to tailor lessons for each scholar. This benefits scholars dramatically regardless of their skill level. Based upon the results from other schools using blended learning, benefits are seen in many ways, including through standardized testing. We expect similar results through tests such as IOWA, CogAt, NEWA MAP, and OAA, which scholars take to evaluate their progress.

 

Blended Learning

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning is a classroom instruction model that blends:

  • direct instruction from a teacher,
  • collaborative learning among students and
  • individualized learning on computers or laptops.

At the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, Saint Joseph began partnering with Seton Education Partners to implement blended learning - the concept of data-driven instruction based on the integration of online learning and traditional teacher-lead instruction- in kindergarten through 8th grade

As one of the first Catholic schools in the country to commit to integrating online learning into its core curriculum, blended learning at St. Joseph consists of students spending approximately a third of their class time working online and the rest offline. Per the Seton model, St. Joseph uses a “rotation model,” where students split into sub-groups that rotate between:

  • Self-directed, independent study using cutting-edge online curriculum including iReady, Achieve3000, ThinkThroughMath, and Dreambox, among others.
  • Teacher-led small group and one-on-one instruction
  • Independent individual or small-group study offline

Blended learning has many benefits, including:

  1. Individualized instruction: Students begin each online session by logging on to an secure, individualized account; our online curriculum providers recognize each student and deliver content and questions that push each student regardless of his or her level. Students who are behind grade level can catch up more quickly; students who are ahead of grade level continue to be challenged.
  2. Increased teacher effectiveness: Online content providers handle student assessment automatically, so teachers spend less time grading papers and more time with students. Teachers can analyze the data in near-real time and use that information to organize small groups for more effective instruction offline.
  3. Reduced cost: The economics of education technology follows that of other forms of technology - costs continue to drop as products also become more powerful. Additionally, with half the class working independently online, the cost of a teacher can be spread out across larger class sizes while delivering more-effective, individualized instruction.

 

For Parents

  • Seton Education Partners is the organization behind our ground breaking Blended Learning program.
  • St. Joseph Catholic School is the oldest Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
  • The CISE Foundation is a partner of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati This foundation ensures that a stable, permanent source of funding is available, now and in the future, to support Catholic education for less fortunate children in Cincinnati.
  • Schoolbelles is the school uniform vendor where parents/guardians can order (online or in store) regular school uniforms. Please see the uniform section below for more information. St. Joseph’s school code for Schoolbelles is S1967
  • OhioEd Choice provides students from under-performing public schools the opportunity to attend participating private schools, such as St. Joseph. This voucher provides tuition assistance for qualifying families.

Volunteer Hours

Each school year, a parent/guardian must complete 15 hours of volunteering per each first child. For families that have more than one student enrolled, 15 hours are required for the first child and 5 hours for each additional child.

Uniform Requirements

St. Joseph Catholic School strives for excellence in many different areas. If students are set up to succeed, they will succeed. With the assistance of our parents/guardians, we are asking that this begin with the way students are dressed when coming to school. Our Dress Code ensures a professional appearance of students during school hours. Therefore, students need to be in dress code at all times on any part of school property, including arrival and dismissal. Parents/Guardians are asked to assist the student to be in proper uniform daily. Clothing must be cleaned and orderly. Students out of uniform will be asked to call home for a necessary uniform item. Under rare circumstances, an emergency may occur. This requires a note or phone call from home.

The principal and staff reserve the right to prohibit any type of dress or “fad” not specifically mentioned in this policy, if they do not feel it is appropriate for the school. If a parent/guardian is unsure about whether an item is a part of uniform, feel free to call the office to speak with a Staff Member BEFORE YOU PURCHASE THE ITEM(S).

We thank you for your cooperation in improving the overall look of our students and of our school. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office, 513-381-2126.

  1. Girls
  2. Boys
  3. Everyone
  4. Gym Days

Blouses: MONOGRAMED white or navy blue polo or button-down collared blouse, short or long-sleeved. It must be clean, pressed look, tucked in, and sized to fit. Only solid white, black or navy blue undergarments under blouse may be worn.

Jumper/Skirt/Skort: Uniform plaid, navy blue or black jumper, skort or skirt. Must be no more than 2 inches above the knee.

Pants: Dress twill or poly-cotton navy blue or black only.

Socks: Plain white, black, or navy blue, non-sheen tights (no lace or ruffles, etc.)

The following are inappropriate and considered OUT OF UNIFORM:
  • Jeans or jean-like material
  • Pants/shirts/blouses containing holes, rips, or missing buttons.
  • Leggings, Stretch or Capri pants. (However, leggings, in solid white, black, or navy blue, tight fitting (i.e., no sweats, warm-ups, or flared), may be worn in the winter months under uniform jumper or skirt.)
  • Oversized or baggy clothes.
  • Skintight pants
  • Nylon/parachute type slacks)

Schoolbelles is the school uniform vendor where parents/guardians can order (online or in store) regular school uniforms. Please use code S1967 when ordering.

Shirts for grades Pre-K - 5: MONOGRAMED white or navy blue polo or button-down collared shirt. It must be clean, pressed look, tucked in, and sized to fit. Only solid white, black or navy blue t-shirts under shirts may be worn.

Shirts for grades 6-8: White Oxford button-down collar, short or long sleeved shirt. Plain, all white traditional, tucked in, sized to fit, clean, with pressed look. Boys in the junior high level must wear a St. Joseph School MONOGRAMED tie. The first tie will be given. A replacement tie must be purchased at the school for $7 each. Boys will be permitted to wear white or blue polo shirts in May.

Pants: dress, solid navy blue or black, twill or poly-cotton blend. Non-faded, no pockets below the hip, hemmed to a respectable length must be worn at waist.

Socks: Solid color black, navy blue or white.

The following are inappropriate and considered OUT OF UNIFORM:
  • Jeans or jean like material
  • pants/shirts containing holes, rips, or missing buttons
  • Oversized or baggy pants
  • Skintight pants
  • Pants worn below the waistline.

Schoolbelles is the school uniform vendor where parents/guardians can order (online or in store) regular school uniforms. Please use code S1967 when ordering.

Shoes: Black, brown or navy rubber-soled shoes MUST be worn daily except for students in Pre-Kindergarten. Gym shoes MUST be brought, not worn, to school only on gym days. Students will have different gym class date and times beginning this year. Please refer to your child’s schedule at the beginning of the school year.

Shoes Not to be Worn: BOOTS, Sandals, clogs, backless shoes, heels or platform shoes. Shoelaces are to be kept tied and straps to be kept fastened.

Belts: Solid black, brown, or navy blue belts with a standard buckle must be worn through belt loops with belt-looped pants/shorts/skirts. Lost belts are to be replaced within (3) school days.

Sweaters/Sweatshirts: Navy blue, monogrammed Cardigan, v-neck, or crew neck, with or without sleeves, may be worn over collared shirt with collar showing. Must be waist-level. Must be purchased at school through ProStitch Lettering. Coats and jackets may not be worn in the classroom.

Shorts: Uniform shorts may be worn in August, September and May. They must be navy blue or black twill or poly-cotton, non-faded. Shorts must be at or no more than 2 inches above the knee and styled to fit. NO SKINTIGHT, OVERSIZED OR BAGGY APPAREL

Earrings, Jewelry, Hairstyles, Hats, Fads, Etc.: NO JEWELRY except stud earrings for the girls. Students are also not permitted to wear makeup or lip-gloss. No teeth jewelry and caps are allowed.

All haircuts and styles must be deemed “school appropriate”. No changes in natural hair color in any way are acceptable. No streaking, highlighting or alteration to natural color. Boys may not have Mohawks or other designs in their haircuts.

No hats, hoods, sweatbands, headbands (including those worn across the forehead), bandannas, or do-rags are permitted.

No purses, cologne or scented lotions may be worn. We have many students with allergies or asthma; scents may trigger an asthma attack of those students. Unscented lotion is permitted.

Schoolbelles is the school uniform vendor where parents/guardians can order (online or in store) regular school uniforms. Please use code S1967 when ordering.

Only students in pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade may wear gym attire to school on gym days: Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students in grades 3 to 8 will have an opportunity to change for gym during their scheduled gym day and time. They will also have a place to store their gym clothes and shoes during the school day. Students may wear the St. Joseph School gym uniform that may be purchased at the school or they may wear navy blue t-shirts, shorts or sweatpants.

Most regular uniform items may be purchased at Schoolbelles located in Price Hill. Other items may be purchased at, but are not limited to: Wal-Mart, Sears, Fox’s Clothing Company, etc. Regular school uniformed shirts/blouses, sweaters, sweatshirts, ties, etc. for students in grades Pre-kindergarten through 8 MUST have the school’s monogram. The gym attire must be ordered through the school or ProStitch Lettering.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are your school hours?

All scholars, K through 8th grade, are required to be in school by 9:15am. Scholars are dismissed at 4:15pm each day. Prekindergarten scholars need to be in school by 7:00am each day. Their day ends at 3:00pm.

Do you have yellow bus service to and from school?

Yes, we have transportation available for scholars who live within the Cincinnati Public School district.

Does St. Joseph offer child care before the school day?

Morning care is offered beginning at 7am each school day for scholars Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Is there an after school child care program (Latchkey) at St. Joseph?

Yes. Latchkey is provided for Pre-kindergarten scholars from 3pm to 6pm and for scholars in Kindergarten through 8th grade from 4:15pm to 6:00pm.

Is there a way for parents to volunteer or stay involved in the school?

Yes, each parent/guardian at St. Joseph School is required to complete 15 volunteer hours per child. For families that have multiple children, parents/guardians will need to complete 15 hours for the first child, and 5 hours for each additional child.

Do students need to be Catholic to attend St. Joseph?

No. St. Joseph welcomes students of all faiths. This is one of the most commonly asked questions here at the school.

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Contact the School

School Office Number:
513.381.2126

School Fax Number:
513.381.6513

School E-mail:
info@saintjoeschool.org
School Address:
745 Ezzard Charles Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45203


School Office Hours:
9:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Parish Phone Number:
513.381.4526

Parish Fax Number:
513.381.5244

Parish E-mail:
stjosephchurch@fuse.net
Parish Address:
745 Ezzard Charles Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45203


Parish Office Hours:
9:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday