Saint Joseph High School is a Catholic School which believes that human beings are created in the image and likeness of God and therefore have inherent individual value and personal worth. This belief creates a well-defined moral environment of mutual respect which is necessary to educate the total person in the Catholic tradition -- a tradition which believes that education enlightened by the wisdom of Christian revelation can be fuller, richer and more humane than any other kind of education.
Saint Joseph High School exists as a partner to parents, who have the first responsibility for the education of the child, so that adolescents may engage in the process of identity formation, secure in the knowledge that home and school share the same commitment to the Catholic Church and its teachings and to the value of personal responsibility and initiative in all areas of the curriculum. Saint Joseph High School is committed to providing an atmosphere in which each student prepares not only for further formal education, but also for lifelong learning.
Saint Joseph High School strives to provide its students with the opportunity to see themselves and those in the world around them as integral members of the Mystical Body of Christ so that the awareness of the struggles of any portion of mankind will prompt their active participation in meeting the challenges of building a just society in the spirit of Jesus Christ.
Since 1915 in a tradition of
excellence, Saint Joseph High School has offered a college preparatory education
grounded in the Gospel values of Jesus Christ and served the families in the
Alle-Kiski Valley. The school creates an environment that nurtures the whole
person by encouraging spiritual growth, academic excellence, extracurricular
participation, and service outreach. Our mission is to graduate men and women
who are committed to holiness, justice, integrity, and learning.
High School exists to nurture the faith and moral growth of our students. We
make every effort to remind ourselves of our Mission of Sanctity.
Students in the Student-Ministry Council work to create authentic experiences in
Christian community among and for students, faculty and staff. It is a program
of liturgical, pastoral and educational services that gives witness to the
Gospel message. By integrating the school's mission and philosophy with
community service and leadership, the Student Ministry Council works to create
an environment for members of the school community to "be Christ" to the
community it serves. Members of the Council oversee and implement many of the
activities of Campus Ministry.
A part-time chaplain is available to serve the spiritual needs of our students
and school community.
It is expected that over the course of four years each student makes a
contribution of 100 hours to community service. This program nurtures Christ's
own example of leadership through service.
At the beginning of each school day during the Homeroom period, the entire
school community begins the day with prayer and The Pledge of Allegiance. This
is a most important time and all students are expected to respect this
opportunity for community prayer and citizenship.
SJHS makes every attempt to arrange for the entire school community to gather
for liturgy once a month. All students are required to attend these religious
services. From time to time there may be individual class liturgies. Students
are expected to attend all liturgies and behave in an appropriate manner.
Parents are always welcome.
SJHS is a Catholic high school and is, therefore, dedicated by its nature to
Christian philosophy. The program of religious education is the most important,
and, is in fact, the integrating discipline in the school curriculum.
In keeping with the mission of SJHS, a retreat is scheduled for each class
during the school year. These days are required school days to which the normal
policies of attendance and tardiness apply.
Twice a year, during Advent and Lent, students have the opportunity for the
Sacrament of Reconciliation.
JOSEPH - PATRON
Saint Joseph the Worker is the Patron Saint of Saint Joseph High School. We
celebrate the feast day of Saint Joseph on March 19th. Our prayers usually end
with a plea for his intercession on our behalf: "Saint Joseph.... Pray for
The seal of Saint Joseph High School is symbolic of the motive and purpose of
religious education as expressed in the initials of our school, SJHS,
which stand for our four values: Sanctity, Justice, Honor,
and Scholarship. The Lantern of Saint Joseph serves as a reminder
that he is our Protector and will assist us on our journey as we continue
to search for the wonders of God’s knowledge and wisdom.
The athletic and drama programs are important to the atmosphere and life at SJHS.
Yet they are only secondary to what must happen in the academic
classroom. SJHS applies standards for athletic eligibility that exceed the
guidelines of the P.I.A.A. and W.P.I.A.L.
with a failing grade, continued absenteeism, consistent tardiness or a
disciplinary issue will be declared ineligible to participate in all
extracurricular activities. Eligibility for extra-curriculars may be reinstated
if the teachers have indicated that the student has made significant effort to
improve. The Assistant Principal will give notification of the reinstatement of
The Scholar Program enables students to earn college credit through La Roche
College for the following courses: English IV, Civilization II, US History,
Macroeconomics, and Art History. Students may earn college credit through the
University of Pittsburgh's College in High School Program for the following
courses: Calculus I, Calculus II, Statistics, Latin IV, and Computer
Programming. Students may earn college credit through Saint Vincent College for
courses in Psychology and Catholic Social Justice.
All of the
above classes require the payment of fees determined by the college or
university and are not covered by SJHS tuition. Successful completion of
college courses may require students to attend programs outside of regular
school hours and to complete work in addition to that required for high school
credit. Students enrolled in the college credit classes must meet the
requirements of the program to receive college credit.
Students are responsible for finalizing their course selections each spring by
the announced deadline. Failure to do so will result in a late registration
charge. The Parent indicates approval of the student's choices by signing the
Course Selection form.
not permitted to drop or change any course after September 5 without the
approval of the Guidance Counselor and the Assistant Principal and a processing
fee. No changes will be made after September 9.
- 4 Credits in Religion
- 4 Credits in English
- 4 Credits in Social Studies
- 4 Credits in Mathematics
- 4 Credits in Laboratory Science
- 3 Credits in Foreign Language (4th year strongly encouraged)
- 4 Credits in Approved Electives
- 1 Credit in Physical Education
- 1/4 Credit in Drama
Conferences are scheduled each school year in early November. The purpose of
these conferences is to provide an opportunity for each parent and student to
speak with teachers about the student's status in any course.
Students are required to be
present at the conference.
parents with teachers. Using a web browser, parents simply enter a unique
username and password to access information about their child's grades,
assignment status, and attendance. Parents can get a snapshot of their child's
progress at any time right from their home or office computer. Parents can then
use this information to discuss academic expectations with their children.
During the year, parents may contact teachers at school by phone, by e-mail on
the school website, or e-mail through PowerSchool.
Report cards will be distributed to students quarterly at the end of each
academic marking period. Semester and Final course grades are recorded on a
student's Permanent Record Card. Parents will be notified five weeks into each
academic quarter if their child's academic performance is poor.
Progress Report is notification of the student's poor performance in a
subject with suggestions on how the student can improve.
Academic Deficiency Notice is notification of a failing grade in a
particular subject. Academic Deficiency Notices and Progress Reports are
indicators of serious academic problems and parents should encourage their
children to take immediate, positive action to remedy the situation.
FAILURE & MAKE-UP
All students are expected to successfully complete all courses attempted to the
best of their ability. At the very least, a minimum passing grade of "D" is
necessary. Dropping a course is not a solution. Students learn by
dealing with adversity. No course may be dropped after the first deficiency
course not successfully completed will need to be repeated in the summer in
order for the student to return to St. Joseph High School in the fall term.
There are no
summer classes at SJHS. It is the student's responsibility to locate a
comparable course and have it pre-approved by the Guidance Counselor and the
Principal. An official transcript verifying the successful completion of the
repeated course must be sent to SJHS before the student returns in the fall.
student who fails summer school, or an approved alternate, is not permitted to
return to SJHS.
must pass all subjects during their senior year in order to graduate.
who fails a first semester course may not remove the failure during the second
who fails the equivalent of three or more courses will be required to withdraw
from Saint Joseph High School. Students who fail out of Saint Joseph High
School will not be readmitted.
that are rigorous and intense are offered at the beginning of the sophomore
year. Because of the increased level of difficulty, these courses are awarded
an extra quality point in the computation of the Q.P.A. and may require teacher
As stated in
our Philosophy, it is our belief that a well-defined moral environment of mutual
respect is necessary to educate the total person in the Catholic tradition. We
expect our students to be responsible, honest, respectful, and well behaved.
Although the following regulations to many student rights and responsibilities,
they obviously do not and cannot cover every conceivable situation. Saint Joseph
High School is not responsible for omissions in the handbook.
Final authority rests with the
school administration in all matters.
Absences deprive the student of opportunities for learning.
If a student must be absent
from school, parents are required to phone the school before 9:00 am on the day
the student is absent.
(724/224-5552). Either inform the secretary or leave the following
information on the answering machine: student's
name, date, reason for the absence.
SJHS office personnel will call those parents who do not call.
returning to school a note signed by a parent/guardian stating the date(s) of
absence and the official REASON for the absence MUST be presented to the
Assistant Principal before going to class, If the student fails to present an
absent note within one week, the absence will be regarded as an unexcused
accordance with Pennsylvania law, students absent twenty or more days will be
required to attend summer school before being promoted or awarded a diploma.
Exceptions to these attendance standards due to special circumstances may be
made by the school administration. For illness or hospitalization, a competent
medical professional must verify on a prescriptive note the nature of the
illness and the dates missed due to the illness. This note must be provided to
the Assistant Principal within five school days after the student's return to
absences, regardless of the circumstances, become a part of the student's
permanent record. This document, including the attendance record, is used when
providing references to colleges and prospective employers. Absences are
recorded as EXCUSED, UNEXCUSED or ILLEGAL.
• Death in the immediate family
• Impassable Roads
• Exceptionally urgent reason that affects the student and does not include
“work at home”
• Three pre-approved college visit days (seniors only)
• Family trips that have an educational value and are pre-approved by the
• Blamed on parent or guardian
• Car problem
• Missing the bus
• Unapproved trip or college visit
• Being absent from a class or classes without permission or authorization
• Falsifying a phone call
or written note
• Class "cut days"
are not a recognized valid excuse for absences. Students are to refrain from
taking vacations during school time especially during mid-term and final exams.
If a trip can be shown to have some educational value, pre-approval must be
requested at least one week in advance for the days absent to be
considered "excused" absences. When a trip has been approved by the
Administration, the student must notify all his/her teachers and receive any
assignments. Teachers will be under no obligation to provide make-up work or
tests. However, the teacher has the final determination and will set the
student’s schedule for make-up work.
student missing any time from school for any reason is obligated to be
responsible for any work missed. It is the student's responsibility to make
arrangements with the teacher to make-up missed work.
When absent, the student should
call a friend or visit the teachers' websites for assignments.
absence is deemed UNEXCUSED or ILLEGAL, students do not have the right to make
up material missed nor are the teachers obligated to provide such opportunities.
A student who has been absent from school for a total of twenty (20) or more
school days during a semester shall not be eligible to participate as a member
of any athletic or non-athletic activities until he/she has been in attendance
for a total of sixty (60) days following his/her twentieth (20) day of absence.
The exception would be medical documentation for a confining illness.
On a day when a student is absent, he/she may not participate in or attend any
extra-curricular activity that day.
Early dismissals are discouraged and should be requested only when absolutely
necessary. If an early dismissal for a doctor/dentist appointment is
unavoidable, the following procedure must be followed:
The student must present to the
Assistant Principal before 7:45 AM a note signed by the parent/guardian
requesting an early dismissal for that day and a telephone number(s) where the
parent/guardian can be reached for verification. Upon return, verification from
the doctor/dentist must be presented to the Assistant Principal. Failure to
follow these procedures will result in refusal to honor future requests.
The school cannot
accept responsibility for the welfare of the student once he/she has left the
property in such an instance.
Students reporting to school after 7:45 AM are to report to the office for an
admit slip and must present a written excuse from the parent. Students who are
often tardy on days following school activities may also be suspended from
participation in the activity.
Assistant Principal will make all determinations as to whether the tardiness is
excused or unexcused.
student is consistently tardy, the Assistant Principal will review his/her
Written parental excuses are required for all absences, early dismissals, or
tardiness. Parental excuses must contain the following information:
1. Full name of student
3. Reason for the absence or early dismissal
4. Signature of the custodial parent/guardian
5. Daytime home or business phone number
Students are expected to act in a
Christian way. They are expected to respect each person's racial, cultural,
ethnic and religious heritage and to be courteous, respectful and kind. Certain
behaviors are unacceptable in light of Gospel values.
of behaviors are not only immoral but can also carry civil and criminal
penalties. Students are expected to behave in the appropriate manner both in
school and at outside school activities and events. Major violations that are
subject to disciplinary action include, but are not limited to the following:
Hazing has no place in the Catholic school experience. It is the antithesis of
the purpose and mission of Catholic education where students are called to grow
in their commitment to God, to one another, to the Church, and to the wider
defined as any intentional, knowing or reckless act meant to induce pain,
embarrassment, humiliation, deprivation of rights or that creates physical or
mental discomfort, and is directed against a student for the purpose of being
initiated into, affiliated with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in
any organization, club, athletic team sponsored or supported by any parish,
elementary or secondary school in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. It does not matter
whether such hazing practices were mandatory or voluntarily entered into by any
student or organization in question.
following are examples of hazing and may not only be limited to these offenses:
• Recklessly or intentionally endangering the physical health, mental health,
safety, or dignity of a person.
• Willful destruction or removal of public or private property for the purpose
of initiation or admission into affiliation with, or as a condition of continued
membership in any organization.
• Forcing or requiring the drinking of alcohol or any other substance.
• Forcing or requiring the eating of food or anything an individual refuses to
• Calisthenics such as push-ups, sit-ups, jogging, and runs.
• Paddling or striking in any manner.
• Treasure or scavenger hunts, road trips.
• Marking, branding, or shaving the head or body hair.
• Preventing/restricting normal personal hygiene.
• Sexual harassment such as "teabagging," causing indecent exposure or nudity at
• Physical harassment such as pushing, cursing, shouting, etc.
• Requiring uncomfortable, ridiculous, or embarrassing dress.
• Requiring the carrying of items.
• Requiring personal service or acts of servitude.
• Treating a person in a degrading or demeaning manner.
• Requiring New Members to practice periods of silence.
• Conducting "interrogations" or any other types of
It is the
responsibility of students and supervising adults not to stand silently if they
observer hazing. Silence condones these activities and may make the observer
just as guilty as the hazers themselves. If a hazing incident is witnessed by a
student or supervising adult, it is his/her responsibility to report the
incident the principal. Individuals or groups found in violation of this policy
will be subject to disciplinary action that could include suspension or
expulsion from the school.
Students represent SJHS on all buses transporting them. Students are expected to
conduct themselves appropriately at all times. Loud boisterous behavior,
objectionable language, or lapses in courtesy are never acceptable. Students
must obey rules established by the bus companies/resident school districts for
the safe and effective operations of vehicle. Failure to do so could result in
the termination of bus privileges.
In light of our Mission Statement, cheating will not be tolerated whether on
exams, tests, quizzes or projects. It is considered an extreme violation of the
educational process and code of honor. It is required that each student avoid
anything that calls into question the validity of any schoolwork. In addition
to academic sanctions by the teacher, the administration reserves the right to
impose disciplinary measures as well.
academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:
• Talking to another student during a test or quiz
• Any form of communication between students during a test or quiz
• Looking at the paper of another student during a test or quiz
• Giving or receiving information about specific test or quiz questions
prior to the administration of the test or quiz
• Copying homework or allowing another to copy one’s homework
• Homework completed by family members or friends
• The use of “cheat sheets” in any form at any time
• Any type of plagiarism including downloading material from the Internet and
submitting it as one’s own work
• Adding a name to a group project of an individual who has not made a
significant contribution to the development of that project
• Taking course materials from a teacher’s desk or computer files.
DISRESPECT IN ACT OR SPEECH
Students are expected to show COURTESY, RESPECT and CONCERN not
only for each other, but also for the entire SJHS Community to include teachers,
secretarial, janitorial and kitchen staffs as well as visitors and guests.
Disrespect or defiance is unacceptable and such actions are subject to
Sale, use, transfer, possession or aiding the possession of alcohol, and other
illegal drugs or related paraphernalia on school property or school-sponsored
activity, is absolutely forbidden. Saint Joseph High School fully adheres to
and supports the Pittsburgh Diocesan Abuse Policy.
REPUTATION OF THE SCHOOL
As a student of St. Joseph High
School, each student represents the SJHS Community and is responsible for the
good name of the school. Students who bring discredit to themselves and/or the
school through any unlawful activity outside of school are subject to serious
unethical activity includes, but is not limited to, membership, involvement, or
association with a group or gang that engages in violence, harassment or
intimidation of others; the use or sale of illegal substances; theft; possession
of a weapon; the use of print, visual or electronic media (such as blogging or
e-mail) for harassment, intimidation, defamatory statements, etc. Wearing gang
paraphernalia, using gang signs, symbols or graffiti will be considered evidence
of gang association.
actions will result in stern disciplinary action, including possible expulsion.
Once on the school grounds, any student leaving the school grounds without
permission from a school administrator is subject to serious consequences.
VIOLENCE OR HARASSMENT
No student may touch another student with the intent to harm him or her. Nor
will inappropriate contact or behavior be tolerated. If involved in this type
of activity, both students will be sent home immediately and the
parents/guardian will meet with the Assistant Principal before the students may
return to school. If the actions continue, the students may be asked to leave
are cautioned that if at any time another student threatens them they are to
bring the matter to the immediate attention of a school official.
POSSESSION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS
Fines for possession and/or use of tobacco on school time or on the school
grounds (including all areas in sight of the school building) or at school
functions will be levied. The fine for the first offense is $50.00 with a
$100.00 fine and penalties for any succeeding incidents.
DISPLAY OF AFFECTION
Inappropriate display of affection is forbidden. Kissing, inappropriate
touching, embracing, etc. are considered public displays of affection not
permitted at SJHS.
Stealing is a very serious offense as it breaks down the trust of our
community. The student will be expected to return or make restitution for any
property taken. In addition, there will be other penalties for this behavior.
A parent or guardian must accompany students who are truant before being
readmitted on the following day. Students will NOT be given the opportunity to
complete missed academic work or tests due to truancy. Students who forge a
parent note for absence or early dismissal may be also considered truant. The
school administration reserves the right to pass judgment on the validity of all
The student will be assessed any expenses and costs caused by destroying or
damaging the property of the school or that of another student.
VIOLENCE or HARASSMENT
Verbal violence is defined as any spoken or written words that by their very
nature belittle the dignity of the person. Derogatory racial, sexual or ethnic
language, comments or slurs to include intimidation, threats or any type of
bullying are all examples of verbal violence. Verbal violence is a serious
matter and carries the same penalties physical acts incur.
No weapon may be brought onto school property, including, but not limited to,
the school building, outdoor areas, school buses, or to any school related
activity. A weapon is defined as a gun, knife, or any other article that could
be used to cause injury. If a student is found in possession of a weapon, his
parents will be immediately notified. The matter will be referred to the local
police if the school Administration considers it appropriate. After a review of
the facts of the incident, the Administration will decide the appropriate
disciplinary measures, including possible expulsion (Diocese of Pittsburgh
The discipline system at SJHS is
an attempt to develop in the student the practice of self-discipline
characterized by a sense of responsibility, maturity and respect of others. Our
regulations are designed to help students develop the qualities of a responsible
students are expected to know the school policies and behave appropriately.
When violations occur, such violations depending upon their severity may be
handled in any of the following ways:
DISCIPLINE BY TEACHERS
Teachers ordinarily handle relatively minor infractions incurred by students
inside or outside the classrooms on a one-to-one basis. Teachers will make
contact with parents when necessary. Students are expected to report to
scheduled classes, study halls, etc. on time and equipped with all materials
necessary for learning. Once in the classroom, students are expected to conduct
themselves in a manner conducive to education and the education of their fellow
students. Similar responsible behavior is expected in the halls and other
nonacademic areas of the school campus.
student act in a manner which creates a disturbance within the classroom or
disrupts the learning of another, that student will be subject to the
disciplinary action on the part of the classroom teacher such as: private
conferences, written improvement plans, detention, calls to parents, etc.
require a student to stay after school to resolve an academic or discipline
issue. This is generally scheduled for Friday but may be scheduled on another
day at the teacher's discretion. Difficulties with after school jobs or
transportation are NOT acceptable excuses.
serve either lunch time detentions or after school detentions will result in a
loss of privileges.
must act on resolution of the problem within two days and will not be permitted
to participate in ANY extracurricular activity as long as an unresolved
discipline or academic problem exists. If a student fails to work toward a
resolution, the parent/guardian will be notified and other disciplinary action
of Student Work: Our
Mission Statement that includes the value of HONOR states, “We believe that each
person is called to act with integrity.” Students are expected to complete and
submit assignments, test, and quizzes that reflect their own understanding of
the concepts taught or researched. A student who submits illegitimate or
plagiarized work is subject to any or all of the following:
• A zero for the assignment
• Loss of weighted academic credit for the course
• Grade for the course dropped by one letter
• Requirement to submit legitimate work
• Disciplinary action and/or academic ineligibility
• Saturday Detention
DISCIPLINE by the ADMINISTRATION
When repeated inappropriate
behavior or blatant violations of school policies occur, intervention by the
administration will take place. When a student's behavior falls into the
major infraction category, or if he/she presents clear and immediate danger to
him/herself, other students or the school community in general, administrative
intervention takes place.
CONSEQUENCES for MAJOR INFRACTIONS
Students who commit a major infraction against school regulations are subject to
any or a combination of the following consequences:
2. Suspension (In-school or Out-of-school)
Student will not be permitted to participate nor
practice at any extra curricular activities including athletic, drama and
Student must complete missed academic work by the third day
of the student's return to classes.
4. Probation and/or Discipline Plan
Student may be ineligible for participation or practice at
any extra curricular activities including athletic, drama and social
Student may become ineligible for Student Ministry Council
and/or other positions of honor or leadership.
Probation period ends only if teachers have indicated that
student has made significant academic or behavior improvement.
The student and parent must sign a letter of acknowledgement
that includes the steps the student is required to fulfill in addition to
all other academic and behavioral obligations as set forth in the School
Handbook and directives of faculty and administration in order to remain at
Saint Joseph High School. The student and parent(s) acknowledge that the
student’s continued enrollment is conditional and is subject to reviews at
6. Requirement to seek professional counseling or education through an outside
7. Student may be referred to the Student Assistance Program, Guidance Counselor
or Social Worker.
8, Saturday Detention: 9:00-11:00 AM.
or physical force towards any school personnel or their property; possession of
a weapon; transfer of illegal substances; conviction of crime; repeated
violations of school policies – WILL BE CAUSE FOR IMMEDIATE EXPULSION FROM ST.
JOSEPH WITHOUT APPEAL. The Principal is the final recourse in all disciplinary
situations and may waive any disciplinary rule for just cause at the Principal's
Qualified applicants regardless of race, nationality or religious background are
admitted. The Guidance Counselor must be contacted and appropriate academic
records and documentation must be submitted. Interviews with the Admissions
Committee may also be required.
Teachers and all other adult members of the school staff are to be addressed by
their proper title at all times: (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Sister).
Students are discouraged from driving to school. Parking in the school lot is a
privilege, not a right, and may be revoked if the following regulations are not
• Students are to park in the student parking area only.
• Students are not permitted to go to any vehicle during school hours nor
permitted to loiter in the lot or in parked cars.
• Students are not
to change clothes in the lot.
• The speed limit of 5 M.P.H. must be maintained.
drop off or pick up their children at school should be aware of traffic patterns
in the parking lot and take care not to block the entrance way located at the
bottom of the ramp.
All students are required to report to the cafeteria for the assigned lunch
period Monday through Thursday. Students are not to make purchases in the
cafeteria on Fridays. Students are not permitted to go to their cars,
congregate on the stage, nor loiter in the stairwells to include the outside
church steps or elsewhere on the property during their lunch period.
and a spirit of cooperation demand that the cafeteria be a pleasant, clean place
where all can enjoy a break from the day's routine in the company of friends.
Students are expected to
be polite and considerate of others and to leave tables clear of all trays,
paper, and crumbs. Throwing food, loud and rude speech or actions to fellow
students or cafeteria personnel will not be tolerated.
Underclassmen will be asked, on a rotating basis, to help wipe cafeteria
tables. If the student assigned to lunch tables is unable to meet this
obligation, he/she is to find a substitute for the day.
weather is fair, students are to go outside after they have eaten. During
inclement weather students are to remain in Patterson Hall.
or drink is to be consumed outside the cafeteria to include Patterson Hall, the
parking lot, the halls or the classroom.
The only exceptions may include:
breakfast in the homeroom, a lunch meeting with a teacher, Friday snack break,
or an approved special celebration.
Any change of address, telephone numbers or emergency telephone numbers should
be reported immediately to the school office.
Chewing Gum is prohibited at SJHS because of the maintenance and health problems
it creates. Many illnesses can be spread from student to student through
contact with pieces of used gum stuck on desks, chairs, railings and elsewhere
in the building. Fines may be levied for infractions.
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATING DEVICES
Students’ possession of certain electronic devices is restricted as follows:
use of, which includes having the device turned on, or having in hand
a cell phone by a student on school grounds, during school hours, to include
during lunchtime and in the restrooms is prohibited. The phone must be
turned off and left in the student’s car or locker. Phones may not be
carried in purses, bags or pockets. If removed from the locker or car during
school hours, the device will be confiscated. A fine will be paid and a
detention will be served before the confiscated item can be returned to the
parent. The first offense is $25 and a Friday detention. Each additional
offense incurs an increase of $25 as well as a Saturday detention that is held
once a month.
The possession of
telephone paging devices, commonly referred to as beepers, shall be prohibited
on school grounds, at school-sponsored activities and on school busses. These
items will be confiscated and returned only to parent or guardian. (Pennsylvania
School code, Sec.1317.1)
tape players, C.D. players, etc. are not permitted during school hours and will
also be confiscated.
• A student may not attend or participate in any extra-curricular activity if
absent from school that day.
• Arriving at school late the day following an athletic or other event is not
• The student must be current in all classes and in good standing. The student
will not be permitted to participate in any extra-curricular activity if there
are any unresolved discipline or academic issues.
• Students are held to the same standards of behavior for extra-curricular
activities as when they are in school.
• All students participating in athletics must have
the proper medical and parental
authorization. No student will be admitted to practice without this
authorization in place.
EDUCATION RIGHTS & PRIVACY ACT
Access to student
records by parents and/or students is governed by Diocesan school policy which
is in compliance with the State Board of Education Regulation on Pupil Records
and consistent with the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley
Act). Please contact the school for further information.
Field trips are curriculum enhancements and activities. However, leaving the
building is a privilege and students may be denied this privilege if they do not
meet the requirements necessary to participate.
(official Diocesan form) must be submitted to the sponsor of the trip three days
prior to the date of the trip.
will not be permitted to attend without this completed official
permission slip. School uniforms are to be worn.
mandates that fire drills be conducted as quickly as possible. When the fire
alarm sounds, leave the room quickly and quietly. Leave the building using the
route posted in every classroom. Students are to wait quietly for the all-clear
signal. Compliance is necessary for everyone's safety.
Card playing, betting, and gambling are forbidden on school property.
Students are not to be in the corridors or at their lockers while classes are in
session. A student must sign the Sign-out sheet located near the door in each
classroom before and after using the restroom. Students sent to the office
during school time for any reason must have a Pass signed by the teacher.
When a student becomes ill during school hours, he/she must seek permission from
the teacher to go to the office to call home. Students are NOT permitted
to leave the school premises without reporting to the office.
circumstances may student absent him/herself from class, call a parent to
release him from school, or leave school grounds without proper permission.
Each student will be assigned a locker at the beginning of the school year. All
lockers must be secured with a school-issued lock at all times. Lockers
should never be left unlocked. There is a $2 fine for failing to lock the
locker the first time and $5 fine for each subsequent violation.
Non-school locks will be removed.
not share lockers. Students are not permitted to switch lockers with other
students or place belongings in an empty locker without approval from the
is responsible for his/her own lock and combination. Care should be taken that
no one, except the student using the locker, knows the combination.
caught tampering with another person's locker will face serious disciplinary
measures. The school is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged
articles under any circumstances.
only use lockers before homeroom, before and after lunch and at dismissal.
Administration may confiscate materials and books from an unlocked locker and
hold them until the lock is replaced. All lockers are the property of Saint
Joseph High School, not the student.
school administration reserves the right to inspect lockers at any time.
Marking devices for personal use (felt-tip markers, paint spray cans, paint
markers, etc.) containing permanent ink and paints are forbidden for personal
use on campus.
Students are not permitted to carry prescriptive or non-prescriptive medication
with them during school. It is advisable that all medications be given at home
and that physicians be urged to schedule the administering of medication before
or after school hours.
medication must be administered during school hours, the following procedures
will be followed:
All medication should be taken to the Assistant Principal clearly marked with
the student's name on the container provided by the pharmacist.
The container must include:
a. name of medication
d. schedule of frequency of administration
A student who uses an oral inhaler or insulin will be permitted to carry
these with him/her.
For all medications (prescriptive and non-prescriptive) taken in school,
parents must sign an Indemnification Agreement.
(Aspirin, Tylenol, Cold Medication, etc.)
1. No medication will be supplied by school personnel.
2. If a parent wishes that a student takes non-prescriptive medication while in
school, procedures 1 & 4 above must be followed along with verbal permission
each time the student requests medication.
St. Joseph High School admits students of any race to all the rights,
privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to
students. It will not discriminate on the basis of race in administration of
its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, loan programs,
athletic nor other school programs.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires all secondary school students to take
physical education. To be excused from an individual physical education class,
the student must present a note from a parent to the P.E. TEACHER. Students
with a medical gym excuse who do not participate in athletic activities for that
day will be required to attend the class and will be responsible for completing
an assignment. Students should never take valuables to the YMCA
All posters, banners or signs of any type must be approved by the Administration
before being posted. Under no circumstances may they be hung on a wooden or
painted surface; only the brick walls or a bulletin board may be used. Any sign
not approved will be removed.
To assist in maintaining a safe and secure learning environment, the school
reserves the right to search a student, his/her locker, belongings, or vehicle
parked on school grounds. Although a search may occur at any time, it is
usually conducted on the basis of reasonable suspicion of violation of civil or
criminal law and/or school regulations.
Any delay in the start of school or cancellation due to weather will be
announced on KDKA Radio from 5:30 AM. Be aware that St. Joseph is under
the heading of and follows the Highlands School District with regard to
delays and closings due to weather. Follow the delay for your school district
if you ride the bus provided by your school district; but follow Highland's
schedule if you drive, are driven to school or ride either the New
Kensington/Arnold bus or the Oakmont/Penn Hills bus.
Students are expected to respect school property. All books must be covered.
If books or other items are found about the building, you will be assessed a
fine to redeem them. You are responsible for the replacement cost of lost
books, calculators or materials. You will also be fined for damage to books,
materials and any other school property.
When students are attending a school-sponsored event, either on or off-campus,
they are subject to the same rules and regulations that govern the student body
during the school day. Students of SJHS always represent the school. It is to
their credit that they represent the school in a positive way.
of SJHS students are subject to the same rules and regulations that govern the
student body during the school day, or a school sponsored events both on and off
campus. Dances held off the property are usually date dances (semi-formal,
prom). All persons attending SJHS sponsored dances are subject to all rules and
regulations regardless of age. Dancing that is considered lewd or vulgar is
prohibited. Written guidelines will be issued for all date dances. Please
note that all school events are nonsmoking for both our students and their
If a student needs to leave a study hall to meet with a teacher or guidance
counselor, he/she must have a note from the teacher or guidance counselor
beforehand. The following rules for the study hall will be observed by all
students and enforced by all faculty:
• Students must report on time with books or materials.
• No food or drink is permitted.
• Playing of games, cards, listening to headsets is not permitted.
Only in emergency cases will phone messages be delivered to students. Parents
should not phone the school office with requests to deliver non-emergency
messages to students during the school day. Students will not be summoned to
answer telephone calls.
Students are responsible for all textbooks and materials in their possession.
Should a book or school item be lost or damaged, the student will be required to
Work permits must be obtained from your local public school.
ALL VISITORS upon arrival, are required to register at the office. All visitors
must comply with all rules and regulations on campus.
It is the purpose of St. Joseph
High School, in establishing and enforcing a dress code, to inculcate in
students a sense of pride in their appearance as well as a sense of discipline
that will serve them well in the larger world. It allows us to focus on
academics rather than appearances.
expected to be in compliance with the uniform dress code at all times during
the school day, including arrival and departure. This also includes all
field trips and off campus school activities.
found by a teacher or administrator to be in violation of the Dress Code and
unable to correct that situation may be sent home to correct the situation and
will be assigned detention for classes missed. The school reserves the right to
set the following standards as well as those it may deem necessary during
the course of the school year in the best interest of the student body.
UNIFORM for BOYS
1. Gray, navy, or khaki trouser. No cuffs.
2. Trousers are to be belted at the waist.
3. Navy blue blazer with school insignia sewn on the breast pocket.
4. White or blue button-down Oxford cloth shirt which must be tucked inside the
5. White/blue knit pullover shirt with SJHS insignia worn during the months of
Aug/Sept and May/June.
6. Dress socks.
7. Blue, red, or striped school tie.
8. Navy blue "V" neck long sleeve sweater is optional and may replace the
blazer on Thursdays.
10. Shoes should be soft-soled and appropriate for the uniform. Dress or casual
leather shoes of a distinctly non-athletic nature.
UNIFORM for GIRLS
1. Navy blue, Blackwatch plaid, skorts, or kilts are to be no more than two
(2) inches above
2. Gray, navy, or khaki trousers. No cuffs.
3. Navy cardigan, pullover sweater, or sweater vest with school insignia.
4. White or blue button-down Oxford cloth blouse tucked in at the waist.
5. White/blue knit pullover shirt with SJHS insignia worn during the months of
Aug/Sept and May/June.
6. Above ankle socks, knee socks, or opaque tights in white, black, forest
green, burgundy, navy, red or gray. Neutral hosiery is also permitted.
7. School tie is optional and is the same tie boys wear.
8. White turtleneck is optional for winter months but is not to replace the
blouse or the sweater.
9. Shoes should be soft-soled and appropriate for the uniform. Dress or
casual leather shoes of a distinctly non-athletic nature.
Students in grades 11-12
may wear uniform items previously purchased from Crill-Tog. All other items are
to be purchased from Campus Outfitters.
white T-shirts, free of printing and graphics, may be worn under the uniform
· Coats, jackets and
outerwear may be worn when walking to and from the Annex.
Permission to remove blazers,
sweaters and ties will be announced by the Administration.
Students may wear tennis shoes only with a doctor's request that includes a time
frame and is submitted to the Assistant Principal. (Students with medical
excuses for tennis shoes or special clothing may not participate in
athletic/cheerleading activities for the duration.)
· Slit, frayed, or
unhemmed uniforms are not acceptable.
· Extreme hairstyles such
as outlandish colors or dyes, Mohawks, shaved heads nor hair with a cut-in logo.
· “Flip-Flops,” sandals,
athletic shoes, boots, bare feet or shoes with heels more than 2 inches high.
· Baseball caps, hats,
Body piercings are to be visible
in the ears only.
· Chains, clamps &
excessively large key holders or long belts used as wearing apparel.
Clothing which displays pictures or advertisements of alcoholic beverages,
drugs, sexuality or any other message contrary to Christian values.
· Colored T-shirts worn as
Facial hair, goatees, beards,
mustaches nor sideburns longer than the bottom of the ear.
· Below the ankle socks
are not permitted.
· Visible tattoos
minor violations, including but not limited to: torn, unkempt and dirty
uniforms, untucked shirts and blouses, shortened skirts, hanging belts,
excessive jewelry will result in fines and/or detentions.
cases, the administration reserves the right to determine and curtail
unacceptable articles of dress, jewelry and hairstyle.
faculty members have the responsibility to enforce the dress code.
DOWN / RED & BLUE SPIRIT DAYS
On designated days, students may wear uniform slacks and a shirt with a Saint
Joseph High School logo.
On designated days students may come "dressed up.”
students: dress shirt, tie, dress slacks, belt, dress shoes, dress socks, dress
jacket or sweater. Female students: Dress or skirt and dress blouse, stockings,
Required gym attire includes only SJHS logo T-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts or
sweatpants. Socks and tennis shoes are also required for physical education
classes. The P.E. teacher may forbid an unacceptable article of clothing or
jewelry even if it is not mentioned specifically in the handbook.
COMPUTER, TELECOMMUNICATION, AND
NETWORK ACCESS POLICIES
High School considers the many levels of ability and diversity of talent in
students as personal resources that can be maximized to the fullest potential of
the individual. Curriculum options are open to all students to better prepare
them to identify to specific career and educational goals beyond secondary
education. These options are directed to providing classrooms that are
workplaces for students and teachers to interact and share learning
student/teacher learning experiences should include the tools used in the
technology rich society of today. Practice with technology tools and
comprehension of technology concepts will enable students to gain
self-confidence and develop problem-solving skills that will be utilized in
their technological workplace. By learning to identify and heed the indicators
of change, students will be more likely to ensure a lifelong learning style of
self-improvement and fulfillment.
been able to bring into the classroom computers, software, and multimedia
equipment that have immensely changed the learning environment for our
students. Our primary goal has been to engage student in using the computer as
a learning tool that will process information and enhance critical thinking
skills and creative expression. This goal of creating classrooms in which
students and teachers work together solving problems is being realized with
rich classrooms are possible at SJHS through grants and donations. Only
maintenance expenses are calculated in the budget. Therefore, it is important
that students realize and appreciate the work, time, and effort necessary to
acquire this equipment. Uses not pertaining to educational purposes, vandalism
of any kind, and abuse or misuse of any technology equipment will result in loss
of the privilege to use this equipment. If replacement or repair is necessary
due to the above actions, the student and parent will be expected to bear the
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Acceptable Use - The purpose of using the Internet in our school is to
support education by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity
for collaborative work. The use of school accounts must be in support of
education and consistent with the educational objectives of Saint Joseph High
School. Transmission of any material in violation of school policy or any U.S.
or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to:
copyrighted material and threatening or obscene material.
Privileges - The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and
inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. The
faculty member in charge will deem what is inappropriate use, according to
school philosophy and policy, and his or her decision is final.
Network Etiquette - Students are expected to abide by the generally accepted
rules of network etiquette as outlined in the Student Agreement.
Copyright - Students are expected to abide by the general accepted rules of
copyright as outlined in the Student Agreement.
Security - If a student identifies a security problem on the Internet, he or
she should notify a teacher immediately. The student should not demonstrate the
problem to other students. Students may not use another individual's account at
any time. Attempts to logon to the Internet as anyone other than himself or
herself will result in cancellation of his or her Internet privileges. Any
student identified as a security risk will be denied access to the Internet.
Vandalism - Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism
is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user,
network, or agency that is connected to the Internet. This includes, but is not
limited to, the uploading of any computer viruses, attempts at gaining
unauthorized access, or changing on-line materials without permission.
parent and student must sign the Student Agreement at the beginning of each
school year before the student will be given access to equipment and services
available at SJHS.
The Student Agreement form is included in the First Day Packets,
which are distributed at the beginning of each school year
SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY STATEMENT
The secondary schools of the
Intermediate Unit Consortium and the Diocese of Pittsburgh, recognizing that
chemical abuse is a serious problem, adopt the position that students must be
chemically free to develop in the most productive manner.
therefore, the intent of this policy to prevent and to prohibit the possession,
use, sale, distribution and/or intent of distribution of any illegal or
controlled mood-altering medication or chemical. These are prohibited on school
property and at any school sponsored event.
of this policy may result in the following consequences:
Appropriate disciplinary response consistent with the school's philosophy
· Notification of
· Notification of
municipal authorities when appropriate
· Suspension or expulsion
· Referral of student to
appropriate drug and alcohol agency
will be implemented through the cooperative efforts of administration, faculty,
parent/guardian, staff, student and community.
secondary education system within the Intermediate Unit Consortium and the
Diocese of Pittsburgh recognizes that chemical abuse and dependency seriously
impair the ability of individuals to develop their full potential. We also
recognize that problems created by chemical abuse and dependency have adverse
effects on the ability of all members of the school community to achieve
personal educational goals.
is based on the belief that chemical dependency is a life threatening illness
that affects individuals in all areas of their lives, emotionally,
intellectually and socially. Because it is our conviction that chemical
dependency is a treatable illness, the substance abuse policy on the
following page has been adopted.
addition SJHS strives
to serve students and to promote the total well being of each student. In
response to the Diocese of Pittsburgh, members of the administration and faculty
have formed a Student Assistance Team.
cases of drug and/or alcohol abuse a mandatory evaluation will be required with
a professional drug rehabilitation agency within five (5) days. Students and
parents must demonstrate a willingness to comply with the recommendations of the
agency prior to the student's readmission. Refusal to comply with school's
recommendations may result in immediate dismissal.
The SAP Team is a group of faculty members who have received training through
the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to recognize behaviors inhibiting the
educational process of our students. The inappropriate behaviors could indicate
a problem with chemical abuse, depression or adjustment. The SAP Team is not
punitive, disciplinary or diagnostic in nature. The Team assists only in
identifying inappropriate, nonproductive behavior, and making positive
recommendations to help correct or eliminate the non-productive behavior.
High School strives to enable any student who desires a Catholic education to
attend SJHS. All students are subsidized since the tuition is much less than
the cost per pupil. The financial policies are strictly enforced and contribute
to the affordability of tuition and the solvency of the school.
options exist for payment of tuition:
Option 1: Single
Payment due July 1 preceding the school year.
Option 2: Two equal payments due July 1 and December 1. (The
school will assess a fee of $41 for late payments in options #1 and #2.)
Option 3: Monthly Payments through F.A.C.T.S. (Fast Automatic Cash
Transfer System). Payments begin in June (12 payments) or July (10
A limited amount of financial aid is available for those students in need of
financial assistance. Application with documentation (Income Tax Forms) must be
made to the PSAS (Private School Aid Service) by March 1 preceding the school
year for which you are applying.
TRANSCRIPTS, REPORT CARDS & STUDENT ACTIVITIES
No transcript of grades or report card will be released unless all tuition and
other financial obligations are met. Students will not be permitted to return
for the following year nor permitted to participate in summer extra-curricular
activities until financial obligations are met.
It is fair
and just that tuition accounts be current before a student attends the Christmas
Semiformal, Prom or receives other non-required purchases.
with outstanding balances will not be permitted to participate in graduation.
If a student
chooses to or is asked to withdraw, tuition payment shall be due for each
quarter up to and including the one in which the withdrawal occurred. Refunds
will be made for any full quarter of nonattendance after the date of
withdrawal. Contact the school office for further information.
7:55 - 8:45 Period 1
8:45 - 8:50 Announcements
9:40 -10:30 Period 3
10:30 -11:20 Period 4
11:20 -11:50 Lunch
11:50 -12:40 Period 6
12:40 - 1:30 Period 7
1:30 - 2:20 Period 8
(On Fridays the upperclassmen are dismissed at 11:20
and the underclassmen at 12:20)
7:45 - 7:55 Homeroom
7:55 - 8:35 MATH LEAGUE or Period 1
8:35 - 8:40 Announcements
8:40 - 9:20 Period 1
9:20 -10:00 Period 2
10:00 -10:40 Period 3
10:40 -11:20 Period 4
11:20 -11:50 Lunch
11:50 -12:40 Period 6
12:40 - 1:30 Period 7
1:30 - 2:20 Period 8
MINISTRY MEETING SCHEDULE
7:45 - 7:55 Homeroom
7:55 - 8:40 Period 1
8:40 - 8:45 Announcements
8:45 - 9:30 Period 2
9:30 -10:15 Period 3
10:15 -11:00 Period 4
11:20 -11:50 Lunch
11:50 -12:40 Period 6
12:40 - 1:30 Period 7
1:30 - 2:20 Period 8
ONE-HOUR DELAY SCHEDULE
8:55 - 9:30 Period 1
9:30 - 9:35 Announcements
9:35 - 10:10 Period 2
10:10 - 10:45 Period 3
10:45 - 11:20 Period 4
11:20 - 11:50 Lunch
11:50 - 12:40 Period 6
12:40 - 1:30 Period 7
- 2:20 Period 8
HOUR DELAY – “A” SCHEDULE
9:45 - 9:55 Homeroom
9:55 - 10:35 Period 1
10:35 - 10:40 Announcements
10:40 - 11:20 Period 2
11:20 - 11:50 Lunch
11:50 - 12:40 Period 6
12:40 - 1:30 Period 7
1:30 - 2:20 Period 8
DELAY – “B” SCHEDULE
9:45 - 9:55 Homeroom
9:55 - 10:35 Period 3
10:35 - 10:40 Announcements
10:40 - 11:20 Period 4
11:20 - 11:50 Lunch
11:50 - 12:40 Period 6
12:40 - 1:30 Period 7
1:30 - 2:20 Period 8
All hail to St. Joe's
High! Noble and strong.
Through the dear portals lies the truth of our song.
Fly thy colors, red and blue, Wisdom echoing.
Lead on, O guiding light, of thee we sing.
All hail to St. Joe's
High! Our voices raise.
To the Alma Mater, the tribute of our praise.
Live, O Alma Mater! Humble hearts we bring.
Bearer of truth and light of thee we sing.