Trips & Traditions


At St Joes, you will find a happy, safe community where everyone is celebrated and everyone belongs. Students define their individual aptitudes outside the classroom through endless involvement opportunities. Our school calendar is always full – student clubs and activities, global immersion trips, social events, fine and performing arts showcases, service opportunities and more. Here you will develop a legacy, refine your moral compass, and meet lifelong friends.

Class-Specific Activities

Freshman Activities


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More information about upcoming events (for both students and parents), your go-to-people, as well as how best to prepare for college!



Freshman Class Moderators:

Special Events for Freshman:

  • Freshman Social, September 6
  • Freshman Retreat, September 27
  • Freshman Trip (2-days), Sept 28-29

Sophomore Activities

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More information about upcoming events (for both students and parents), your go-to-people, as well as how best to prepare for college!



Sophomore Class Moderator:

Special Events for Sophomores:

  • Sophomore Class Trip, March 7-9
  • Sophomore Family Mass, March 22
  • Sophomore Retreat, March 23
  • Spring Fling, March 28

Junior Activities

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More information about upcoming events (for both students and parents), your go-to-people, as well as how best to prepare for college!



Junior Class Moderator:

Special Events for Juniors:

  • Junior Ring Mass, November 7
  • Junior Ring Dance, November 9
  • Junior Class Trip, February 15-18

Senior Activities

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More information about upcoming events (for both students and parents), your go-to-people, as well as how best to prepare for college!



Senior Class Moderators:

Special Events for Seniors:

  • Senior Mass & Homecoming Assembly, Oct 25
  • Senior College Visit Day, November 20
  • Senior Prom, May 8
  • Senior Outing, May 26
  • Last Bell, May 20
  • Class Day, May 28
  • Senior Class Picnic, May 29
  • Baccalaureate Mass & Commencement, May 30

Class Trips

Freshman Class Trip - 9/28-9/29

The 2019 Freshman Class Trip was held September 28-29.

The class visited Gettysburg  & Philadelphia where students learned about American History, made new friends, and created lasting memories!

Sophomore Class Trip - 3/7-3/9

This year's Sophomore Class trip to Washington, D.C. will be held March 7-9, 2020.

Additional Info to Come!

Junior Class Trip - 2/15-2/18

The Junior Class trip to Quebec will be held Saturday, February 15 through Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Additional Info to Come!

Senior Class Trip - 10/11-10/14

The 2019 Senior Class Trip to Toronto and Niagara will be held October 11-14.

Toronto, Canada

Highlights Include:

  • Toronto City Tour
  • Niagara Falls, downtown Niagara excursion, and Niagara City Tour
  • and more! 

Interested in Attending?

Payment in full must be received no later than September 19. Payment can be made online  using the form below or to Mrs Piatak in Room 315.


Boston Freedom Trail Trip - Nov. 8 - FULL

PLEASE NOTE: THIS TRIP HAS SOLD OUT. We thank you for your interest! Should you have any questions, reach out to Dr Valois. 

On Friday, November 8, 2019, St Joes will host a trip to Boston, where students will walk the Freedom Trail. Students must pay for their own lunch. Click here for a full itinerary

This trip is first-come, first-serve, and there will be a maximum of 52 students allowed. A wait-list will be created once we have reached capacity. 

Interested in Attending?

Students must secure their spot on the bus with either  a cash/check payment directly to Dr Valois, or by completing the online payment form below. 


  • Students will reserve their space in the order their payment is received. Should you fill out an online form after capacity has been reached, you will be placed on the waiting list. 
  • Should you pay online and be unable to go on the trip due to space restriction, your $35 will be refunded.
  • All students must also print and return the following forms to Dr Valois: 


All-Student Activities & SJ Traditions

Welcome Week

Typically in August - Click here to view our current SJ calendar. 

Welcome Week begins one week prior to the start of classes. All students are required to arrive in uniform. An official Welcome Week Schedule will be emailed, but during the orientation, you will be able to:

  • Log in and test drive your Plus Portal. We can also assist you during orientation. Each student must have their iPad charged and ready for use on the SJ network for the first day of school!
  • Review the school calendar, freshman guide opportunity, community service, fall sports schedule, and our list of 50+ clubs!
  • Receive your class schedules.

A Few Quick Tips for Parents:

  • When you drop your student off, please make sure to use the "drop off" lane that directs you to the gym lot. The gym entrance will be open for use.  All buses will be in service beginning the first day of classes.
  • There is no school supply list for students, apart from the iPad. Some teachers may require a specific item to be used in class, and if so, this will be discussed during class specific orientations. Please wait to purchase additional supplies until discussed in class.


Back to School Night

September Event - Click here to view our current SJ calendar. 

Back to School Night is an event for current parents to meet faculty, staff and administrators and St Joes. Parents will rotate through their student's schedule to meet faculty members and learn about classroom goals for the year.

Pep Rallies

Fall, Winter, & Spring - Click here to view our current SJ calendar. 

St Joes Prep Rallies are a powerful demonstration of our community and a great show of support for our athletic teams. During the pep rally, individual teams are introduced and cheered on! 

And it wouldn't be a St Joes Pep Rally if we didn't end with a singing of our Alma Mater and Battle of the Classes!

Spirit Week

October Event - Click here to view our current SJ calendar. 

St Joseph High School's Student Council works hard to bring new initiatives and excitement to each year's Spirit Week! During one week in the Fall, each day is themed and all students are encouraged to participate.  Past themes have included: Get Your Pink On (Dress Down Day to support cancer awareness); Hawaiian Day; and Color Wars.

Spirit Week activities also include our Annual Walk-a-thon, Field Day, and Powder Puff Game (see below).

At the end of each Spirit Week, SJ Cadets celebrate at our homecoming assembly, game, and dance! 


October Event - Click here to view our current SJ calendar. 

Lace up your sneakers and get ready to walk!

Each year, the St Joes community joins together to have some fun while raising money for the school. This is the sole student-based fundraiser to benefit the school, so participation is both expected and appreciated. All money raised supports our school’s mission and provides funding for St Joes academics, athletics, and physical improvements to school.

Past contributions include air conditioning in the Cold & Hot Food Cafeterias (Classes of 2010, 2011 & 2014 ), the completion of the SJ Broadcasting Room (Class of 2012), the remodeling of the Kenny Commons (2015), and the building of the new Health & Wellness Center (2016). Walkathon has a rich history of more than 30 years.

Prior to Walkathon, there will be collection days in student homerooms with fun incentives and prizes.

Students and parents should also check PlusPortals regularly for up-to-date announcements and forms regarding Walkathon.

Field Day

October Event - Click here to view our current SJ calendar. 

Field Day typically takes place during Spirit Week and after SJ's Walkathon. 

During Field Day, students are broken up by class year and participate in various activities around campus. Past activities have included: tug of war, egg toss, musical chairs (featuring our live student band), and a BBQ. 

Powder Puff Game

October Event - Click here to view our current SJ calendar. 

The Powder Puff Game typically takes place during Spirit Week and after SJ's Walkathon.  The junior and senior girls go head to head in a game of flag football. Powder fills the stands as students cheer on their classmates. Every year we are impressed with the speed, skill and school spirit our Cadets display!


October Event - Click here to view our current SJ calendar. 

Who doesn't love the Fall? The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping, and it is the perfect time for SJ Alumni to visit their Alma Mater! There are so many opportunities for St Joes Alumni to relive their glory days! 

All Alumni are invited to join us for our Homecoming Game, where special attention is given to anyone celebrating their 50th Reunion! 

Kairos Retreat

Beginning 2018, St Joes is pleased to offer a new retreat opportunity for juniors and seniors. Our Kairos Retreat is modeled off the Ignatian Kairos model.

Kairos is a student-led retreat that helps participants understand their relationship to God, themselves, and others on a deeper level through:  senior Peer Minister witness talks;  faculty witness talks; and small group discussions. 

For more information on our Kairos Retreat, or to register, click here. 

Christmas Tree Lighting

December Event - Click here to view our current SJ calendar. 

Great for families! Join St Joseph High School as we celebrate the Christmas season by lighting one of the trees in our courtyard. 

Hot chocolate and a surprise "special guest" complete this great event!

Fine Arts Night

December Event - Click here to view our current SJ calendar. 

Join us for a concert showcasing the hard work of our SJ musical students as well as a showcase of Cadet artwork. It's a great time for families to come together and celebrate the fine arts at St Joes!

Christmas Sweater Day

December Event - Click here to view our current SJ calendar. 

It's a day that brings smiles to all our faces! Christmas Sweater Day is typically the Friday before Christmas vacation and faculty, staff, and students take part.  

Jeopardy: Students vs Faculty

Times Vary Throughout the Year 

The Jeopardy Club is fairly new at St Joes, but that doesn't make it any less popular! 

Twice a year, students will challenge faculty/staff to a real-time game! Questions are designed for high school students and come from past Jeopardy Teen Tournaments. 

St Joseph Feast Day

March Event - Click here to view our current SJ calendar. 

Celebrating The Feast of St Joseph is one of our most cherished traditions. Classes are cancelled, and instead all students, faculty, and staff take part in a day-long celebration that includes Mass, service projects, and various engaging activities for our students. 

The day typically begins with our Grandparents Mass and reception. All Grandparents of current SJ students are invited.

Students are then divided into groups and rotate around the school to different stations: three of which will always included meal-packing, creating Easter baskets, and a street festival lunch. 


Mr Student Body

Date Varies - Click here to view our current SJ calendar. 

Mr Student Body is a St Joes tradition that has been around for more than 10 years! Senior Boys are encouraged to sign up and showcase their dancing skills, individual talents, and trivia expertise as they compete for the title of "Mr Student Body." 

Mr Student Body strengthens friendships while raising awareness and funding for The Center of Family Justice.

Dodgeball Tournament

March Event - Click here to view our current SJ calendar. 

There are few events as exciting as our Dodgeball Extravaganza!

The tournament does have a fee per team (consisting of 10 people - 4 female students, 4 male students, 1 female faculty/administrator/coach, 1 male faculty/administrator/coach). Teams are often mixed from different grades and members can only be on one roster. 

During the tournament, each team is guaranteed to play 2 matches. Each match is 5 minutes in length. The top team in each pool will advance to the playoff round which will be single elimination.

Class Day (Underclassmen)

May Event - Click here to view our current SJ calendar. 

Class Day is a St Joes tradition that gathers the entire school to celebrate our underclassmen! Academic awards and scholarships are announced and parents are invited to join us. 

New Student Orientation

May Event - Click here to view our current SJ calendar

St Joe's New Student and Parent Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Orientation is a great opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and  future classmates. We will prepare you for an easy transition to high school.

* Tip: You do not have to purchase SJ gear in advance, but feel free to wear anything maroon, gold or gray to show your school spirit!

Here's a preview of the event: 

  • Learn what's expected during your first weeks as new students!
  • Speak to our Bursar regarding all tuition questions and paperwork.
  • All students will be given their tentative class schedules at orientation.
  • Our school nurse will be on hand to address any medical questions or concerns.
  • Receive your summer reading lists and sign up for Summer Programs or Sports Camps.
  • Get in the game: all Athletic Coaches will be on hand for summer practice schedule sign ups.
  • Register for Bus Transportation and learn more about Carpool to School with our office secretary.
  • Speak with a representative from Blake's Uniform, who will be on hand to take your uniform measurements and place orders.
  • Meet the Director for Extracurricular Activities and Director for Campus Ministry to learn about involvement opportunities and service guidelines.
  • Parents: meet the Office of Advancement to see how parents get involved!