Be a Learner. Become a Critical Thinker.
From your first day at St Joes, your path is focused on college preparatory academics. We hope you'll use some of the resources below as you progress through your years at St Joes.
A brief explanation of our academic level rating system follows. Please note, students schedules are dynamic and may include varying levels of courses.
AP courses are college-level courses taught according to the College Board Advanced Placement program curriculum. AP courses require an exceptional quality of work and requires the approval of the Department Chair and/or College Counselor. All students enrolled in an AP course may elect to take the AP exam in May. There is a fee associated with taking an AP exam.
CL courses are college-level courses which give students the opportunity to earn college credits. CL courses are offered through UCONN/ECE, Sacred Heart University, and the University of Iowa. CL courses require an exceptional quality of work and requires the approval of the Department Chair and/or College Counselor.
- At the end of each marking period, students who achieve the required average are recognized for their scholastic accomplishments. Honors are awarded as follows:
President’s Honor Roll: A weighted grade point average of 95 or higher with no individual mark under an 90.
Principal’s Honor Roll: A weighted grade point average of 88 or higher with no individual mark under an 80.
Students who make the honor roll the first three marking periods, two of which must be the President’s honor roll, will be honored at the Academic Awards Banquet in the spring.
Transfer students are placed accordingly as determined by the St Joseph High School curriculum and requirements for graduation. In some cases, transfer students may be required to take classes with a different grade level. Transfer student credit requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis during the admission process. To earn their diploma, transfer students must meet the following requirements:
- 1.0 credit in British Literature
- 1.0 credit in U.S. History
- 0.5 credit in Civics (or 1.0 credit in AP US Government & Politics)
- 1.0 credit or equivalent in Algebra 2
- 3.0 credits in Science, including 1.0 in biological science (Biology or Anatomy) and 1.0 in a physical science (Chemistry or Physics)
- 2.0 credits in the same World Language
A senior who fails more than two full credits will not receive a diploma from St Joseph High School.
- Seniors must complete their required community service hours to receive a diploma.
- Transfer Student credit requirements will be determined on a case by case basis. Students may earn additional credits but are required to carry a full course load each year.
Media Center Guidelines
The O'Keefe Media Center offers a full range of information resources and services that support the curriculum and the mission and goals of the school. We encourage reading, viewing and listening in a climate conducive to learning.
A pass from your teacher is needed to come to the Media Center during class or you may sign out of your study period to come to the Media Center for quiet study. No food or drinks are allowed in the Media Center.
Checking Out Books
You may borrow and renew as many books or magazines as needed, as long as they are not reserved or on hold for another patron. Materials are lent for three weeks at a time. Bring your selection to the front desk to be stamped and dated.
Overdue and Lost Items
You are expected to be responsible for all borrowed materials as if they were your own. Overdue notices will be sent to you through PlusPortals. There are no overdue fines however, students are responsible for the replacement cost of lost books.
Destiny Catalogue is a search engine designed to engage students by helping them easily locate appropriate library materials that meet their classroom needs and personal interests. Please visit http://library.sjcadets.org/ to go to the Destiny Catalog. The Destiny Catalog will be available to you on and off campus.
MLA @ SJ
MLA Format is the expected standard for all written assignments across subjects unless directed by the teacher to use APA or Chicago. The National English Honor Society under the direction of Mrs Broderick, formed an MLA committee. MLA @ SJ will be an ongoing manual for all students and teachers to use. Click here to view the MLA @ SJ Manual.
Acceptable Use Policy for Internet and Network Access
All students should read the acceptable use policy for internet and network access. Access the policy here.
- You must be logged in to Google with your SJ email account to be able read the username and password list.
- (i.e. email@example.com) Only people with an sjcadets.org email address can read this document.
- To see additional library resources go to Google Classroom for the St Joseph High School O'Keefe Library Media Center page. Click + to join a class. Use class code nqwe5q7 to access the library's Google Classroom page.
- Academic Search Premier (ResearchIT CT Database)
- Access Science
- American Government (ABC-CLIO)
- American History
- Biography Reference Bank (ResearchIT CT Database)
- Biography Reference Center (ResearchIT CT Database)
- Bloom's Literature
- Classroom Video on Demand
- Columbia Grangers World of Poetry Online
- Connecticut History
- Encyclopedia Britannica
- Explora for High School (ResearchIT CT Database)
- Gale Virtual Reference Library (eBooks)
- Grove Art
- Grove Music
- History Reference Center (ResearchIT CT Database)
- Issues and Controversies (Facts on File)
- Legal Information Reference Center (ResearchIT CT Database)
- Literature Criticism
- Literature Resource Center
- MagillOnLiterature Plus (ResearchIT CT Database)
- MainFile (ResearchIT CT Database)
- Medicine and Health
- Modern World History
- Online Magazines (ResearchIT CT Database)
- Online Newspapers (ResearchIT CT Database)
- Oxford Biblical Studies
- ResearchIT CT (formerly iConn)
- Salem eBooks
- Science Reference Center (ResearchIT CT Database)
- SIRS Researcher
- World News Digest (Facts on File)
- World Religions Online
Academic Search Premier
A multi-disciplinary database of more than 4600 magazines and journals, including full text for nearly 3900 peer-reviewed titles. When accessing from home you will need your town library card #.
Provides helpful content, study tools, and innovative ways of matching current events with enduring themes of American politics and public policy at all levels—from grassroots activism to the White House.
Specially selected content on different eras, themes, and milestone events of American history—including articles, slideshows, videos, and more—provide valuable information for 500 years of American history.
Biography Reference Bank
Biographical articles and references, searchable by name, profession, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, and birth and death dates. When accessing from home you will need your town library card #.
Biography Reference Center
A collection of full-text biographies on notable personalities from around the world, including actors, authors, and world leaders. When accessing from home you will need the bar code # on the back of your town library card.
Covers reference essays and literary criticism examining the lives of great authors and their works throughout history. Also contains overviews, synopses and analyses, of thousands of works.
Columbia Grangers World of Poetry Online
This database features full-text poetry (over 150,000 poems), biographies, commentaries, critical context, and a glossary. Use Granger's to complete a homework assignment, locate a poem only partially remembered, or discover other works by a favorite poet.
Explora searches multiple magazine, newspaper, reference and database sources for curriculum relevant material for high school students. When accessing from home you will need the bar code # on the back of your town library card.
The leading online resource for music research since its inception in 2001. Includes more than 50,000 signed articles and 30,000 biographies contributed by over 6,000 scholars from around the world, Grove Music Online is the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of music.
History Reference Center
This database features full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. When accessing from home you will needthe bar code # on the back of your town library card.
Literature Resource Center
Full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews on over 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.
Contains biographical essays of the 2,500 most studied authors. More than 8,500 writers of fiction, poetry, drama, and essays are featured. More than 400 comprehensive essays on specific literary genres, themes and settings round out the collection. Includes a cross-referenced glossary of 1,800 literary words and phrases. When accessing from home you will need the bar code # on the back of your town library card.
World's largest, multi-subject full-text database.Provides coverage for more than 4,300 full-text magazines and journals and nearly 250 full-text newspapers and newswires. This databases also includes over 2,900 full-text reference books and encyclopedias. When accessing from home you will need the bar code # on the back of your town library card.
Health information from the National Library of Medicine. Easy access to health topics, medical dictionaries, directories and publications.
Research service for Connecticut residents with medical questions.
Database contains full-text consumer health magazines and reference books, including searchable full text for current health pamphlets. Covers a wide variety of subjects, including information on specific diseases as well as overall health topics.
Modern World History offers a comprehensive look at world history from the mid-15th century to the present. Thousands of subject entries, biographies, images, videos and slideshows, maps and graphs, primary sources, and timelines combine to provide a detailed and comparative view of the people, places, events, and ideas that have defined modern world history.
Includes Christian Science Monitor; Hartford Courant; New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and more. When accessing from home you will need the bar code # on the back of your town library card.
Find information in journals, reference sources and magazines. Search local libraries for books, videos, etc. Search the statewide library catalog and request materials through inter-library loan using requestIT CT.
When accessing from home you will need the bar code # on the back of your town library card.
Science Reference Center
Earth science, life science, technology, health and other popular topics discussed by today's science researchers. When accessing from home you will need the bar code # on the back of your town library card.
Helps students make sense of the world by offering relevant, credible resources aligned to standards that tell the whole story on the major issues of the day. It features thousands of relevant full-text articles and analysis on today’s hottest and most controversial social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues.
World Religions Online
World Religions Online features specially selected content on 15 of the world's religions and traditional spiritual practices, quickly guiding users to information on important topics, spiritual leaders, sacred texts, and holy days, festivals and more
SJHS Destiny Catalog
Destiny Catalogue is a search engine designed to engage students by helping them easily locate appropriate library materials that meet their classroom needs and personal interests. Click here to access the Catalog.
Noodle Tools is an integrated tool for note-taking, outlining, citation, document archiving/annotation, and collaborative research and writing. Please see the O’Keefe Media Center PlusPortals page or library staff for access information
The library collection includes hundreds of ebooks. All ebooks are accessible in school by searching the Destiny online catalog. For home access of ebooks please consult these links:
iPad Apps for Reading and Research
Summer Reading Assignment 2021
Don't forget to complete your summer reading before the first day of school! Faculty members will be incorporating these texts in their course assignments once the school year begins. Each student will read both selections outlined by grade below.
- Freshmen Students (Class of 2025)
- Sophomore Students (Class of 2024)
- Junior Students (Class of 2023)
- Senior Students (Class of 2022)
Heroes, Gods, and Monsters
by Bernard Evslin
The heroes, gods, and monsters of Greek mythology come alive in this exciting collection of retellings of the ancient myths that includes tales of Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Artemis, and many more. Written in simple, direct language, Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths is an accessible and entertaining guide to the Greek myths and their players, following fearless heroes as they battle epic beasts under the eyes of the mighty immortals who rule them.
From mortal warriors like Perseus and his impossible task of slaying the monstrous Medusa, to Zeus, the king of the Gods whose thunderbolts can shake the earth, to the minotaur, a gruesome beast, half-man and half-bull, who destroys young victims that are sacrificed to his terrifying power, this world is one of magic and adventure.
by John Steinbeck
The Pearl is the story of the Mexican diver Kino, whose discovery of a magnificent pearl from the Gulf beds means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife Juana cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to tragedy. This classic novella examines the fallacy of the American dream, and illustrates the fall from innocence experienced by people who believe that wealth erases all problems.
Of Mice & Men
by John Steinbeck
An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream. They hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina—a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sister, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna.
by Ayn Rand
Anthem takes place at an unspecified future date when mankind has entered another Dark Age. Technological advancement is now carefully planned and the concept of individuality has been eliminated. A young man known as Equality 7-2521 rebels by doing secret scientific research. When his activity is discovered, he flees into the wilderness with the girl he loves. Together they plan to establish a new society based on rediscovered individualism.
by Tatiana de Rosnay
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.
The Other Wes Moore
by Wes Moore
Two kids named Wes Moore shared much more than a name, they shared remarkably similar circumstances. Both grew up fatherless and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other became a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.
The Color of Water
by James McBride
Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother's past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage.
In The Color of Water, McBride retraces his mother's footsteps and, through her searing and spirited voice, recreates her remarkable story. Interspersed throughout his mother's narrative, McBride shares candid recollections of his own experiences as a mixed-race child of poverty, his flirtations with drugs and violence, and his eventual self- realization and professional success.