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St. Joseph Parish School - Home of the Falcons

St. Joseph Parish School - Home of the Falcons


Conveniently located off State Route 8 Exit  5 (Broad Blvd.), St. Joseph Parish School is found in the third block on Broad St. in Cuyahoga Falls, just five minutes north of Akron.  A Catholic elementary school for grades preschool through eighth, the school allows children to not only learn and grow in academics but in faith and as children of Christ.  St. Joseph’s offers several community service projects throughout the year to teach empathy and compassion for others.  It's mission is to proclaim the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, and help students apply that message in their daily lives while growing in faith, knowledge, and stewardship.  

Named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Saint Joseph's offers classes in traditional subjects as well as art, music, band, physical education, Spanish, and technology. The curriculum includes X-STREAM learning which, like STEM, integrates content subject areas into cohesive learning projects based on real-world applications. SJS also partners with community neighbors including Kent State University, University Hospitals, Millapore Sigma, University of Akron, and Snapology to provide hands-on discovery across all grade levels.Through its CYO program, St. Joseph students are able to participate in a complete sports program.  

St. Joseph Parish School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


 "...where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."  ~Matthew 18:20

Congratulations 8th Grade Graduates


Congratulations to our 8th Grade students on graduating and best of luck with what comes next!




Annual Christian Award Recipients Named

Saint Joseph Parish students grades 1 through 8 received Christian awards based on their fellow classmates voting. We areproud to present this year's recipients: First Graders Georgia Victory & William Victory, Second Graders Amelia Fedak & Ryan Gaffney, Third Graders Brennan Davis & Zoe JaneMcKenzie, Fourth Graders Isabella Bryant & Ezra Babb, Fifth Graders Dominic Oden & Cassidy Serdinak, Sixth Graders Grady Lehman & Seraphina Nyitray, Seventh Graders Emma Bryant & Ryan Tackett, and Eighth Graders Connor Maxwell & Elena Rizzo.  Congratulations, to these students who consistently live out the Tenets of a St. Joseph Parish School Student and make them a part of all they do.


Science Fair Winners Announced

The 5th grade science fair consisted of many different projects created by students where they came up with their own hypothesis and put it to the test. The 1st place winner is Clare Mack with a perfect score. In 2nd place is Adam Zou and 3rd place is Christopher Davis. Congratulations to these students on creating unique projects and testing their hypotheses.



8th Grade Students Dissect Cow Eyes


8th grade students got close up dissecting cow eyes. The cow's eye is very similar to the human eye and students were able to see the many different parts like the cornea and iris.




Students Create Working Prosthetic Hands for the Needy through Hands of Gratitude Project 


Saint Joseph Parish students grades 6 through 8 created working 3D-printed prosthetic hands for those in need as part of the Hands of Gratitude project, a nonprofit that provides prosthetic hands to people all around the world. Our fifth grade students designed  bags and cards to accompany the hands when distributed to recipients. 




PreK through Second Receive Hands-On Training for EdBlock Coding from Community Partner Kent State University 


As part of it's X-STREAM learning curriculum, Saint Joseph Parish School teams up with Kent State University.  Professor Tom McNeal engaged students in grades pre-kindergarten through second with a coding lesson using EdBlocks. The Edison EdBlocks are programmable robots students code themselves to follow a line, avoid obstacles, and more.  Each student learned about the basic functions of the robot and how to use them.



Annual Penny War Raises $1,300 to Support Open Arms Adoption



Each year a friendly competition between grades is held to raise money for a worthy local non-profit organization.  This Penny War lasts for a couple of weeks as first each grade works to collect as many pennies as possible.   Then the fun starts as opposing grades deduct from the penny totals by adding silver coins and dollars to their opponents' penny jars!  For the second year in a row, the 7th grade collected the most pennies, however, the 3rd grade penny jar collected the most money.   Most importantly, $1,300 was raised for Open Arms Adoption. 



X-STREAM Program Receives $14,990 GAR Grant

Miss Megan Fearon, X-STREAM Science Teacher, and Mrs. Corrine Mack, Technology Teacher, were awarded a $14,990 grant from the GAR Foundation Educator Initiative Grant for the project: Building Community through Coding and Real-World Problem Solving.

Miss Fearon and Mrs. Mackwork with students and staff members on projects that trengthen our students’ 21st Century Learning skills: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Innovation; while strengthening their skills in writing and the new literacy of Coding.  

St. Joseph Student  Spotlight

St. Joseph student, John Meyers, has stepped up in a time of need!  John recognized an opportunity to assist first responders and other essential employees by printing face mask straps with his 3D printer.  He has printed more than 1100+ face mask straps and donated these face mask straps to doctors, nurses, and essential employees locally and across the country.  Keep up the Falcon-tastic work and continue to pray for all those affected during the health crisis. 





Faculty Helping Those in Need

Sunday Mornings often bring together the faculty at Saint Joseph Parish School to celebrate in worship at Saint Joseph Church but much has changed during the uncertain times due to COVID-19. One thing has remained consistent for this group of educators, the desire to serve others.

St. Joseph Art teacher, Jamie Stewart-Coley, and her husband Curt spearheaded a collection drive in order to continue their mission to serve the homeless and needy during the COVID-19 crisis.  “They do not have any means of getting 3 meals a day and with churches closing and other volunteer organizers no longer serving, we are left to Akron Food Bank that requires registration and an ID which our folks do not have nor transportation” stated Stewart-Coley. 

Our educators will continue to assist in this service throughout the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.  Students at St. Joseph Parish School regularly participate in-service days and other service opportunities to create care packages and bagged lunches for the hungry in Akron throughout the year.

Distance Learning - Band


Mrs. Wenmoth won't let distance learning stop her from teaching students about music.  She has kept her band schedule as consistent as possible while schools are not physically in session.  She and her students interact in weekly Google Hangout video sessions, emails, and video/audio recordings. Everyone is eager to return to band next academic year. 



Saint Joseph Parish CYO

CYO 8th Grade Basketball
Congratulations to our 8th-grade boys basketball team who won the Tier V Cleveland Diocese CYO Basketball Championship! The Falcons defeated St. Joseph of Avon Lake 62-45.



Falcon Cheerleaders

Congratulations to our Falcon Cheerleaders as they attended their first-ever competition the questioned, for fun to win? Win they said, and win they did! Veteran Captain,Mary Zackasee, and newcomer Erika Schmitt, led the Falcon Cheerleaders to a victory at the Diocese of Cleveland Cheer Competition. They took 1st in the Dynamic Dance category and 3rd overall. Grace Frieman took 2nd in the jumps competition, out-performing 66 other athletes. 




3rd Grade Boys Basketball

Congratulations to our 3rd Grade Boys Basketball team! Led by the example of Coach Gaffney and Coach Schulda, the 3rd-grade boys had a perfect 8-0 season in their division and went 12-2 overall!


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University Hospitals Provides 8th Graders with Hands-On Heart Training

St. Joseph Parish School (SJS) teamed up with University Hospitals (UH) in an exploratory STEM unit of the human heart and transplants that included the onsite teaching and dissection of pig hearts led by members of UH’s surgical team.

UH’s CardioThoracic Certified Surgical First Assistant Michael W. Morrison, BS, CST, CSFA and Registered Nurses Meredith Hogan and Sara Jakub, taught students about heart surgery and transplants through the discussion of real-world case files.  Morrison then directed students as they dissected pig hearts to better understand the workings of the human heart. 

Students prepped like surgeons wearing surgical masks, gloves, gowns, and used real-world surgical instruments for the dissection.  


2nd Grade Service Day

Our 2nd graders participated in a special service day opportunity by preparing 45 lunches for the homeless in Akron. Thank you to the parents for donating all of the supplies. The students decorated the lunch bags with pictures and messages of God’s love. Mrs. Coley and her crew delivered the packed lunches and bottles of water to the homeless. The students loved doing this thoughtful act of service for others. Let J.O.Y. guide your life - Jesus, Others, You! Mrs. Kaminski was very proud of each of them.


Big Catholic Schools Week Challenge 

Students battled each other in a fun and friendly game of Falcon Family Feud! They went head to head, answering various educationally enriched questions. We saw brother vs. brother, student vs. principal, all while our Fr. Jared emceed the event. 



A Christmas Near & Far

Our Saint Joseph Parish Early Childhood Learning Center participated in a special service opportunity after learning that one of our Pre-Kindergarten students has a father deployed in the military overseas during the Christmas season.  The students were delighted to engage in some early holiday cheer! Ms. Herideen, our ECLC Director, decided to ship Sergeant Eskew and the H Company a real Christmas tree, and to go along with it, the students even made ornaments and cards!

Just last week, we received a picture from Sergeant Eskew and the H Company! They greatly appreciated the package from Preschool/ Pre-K. The Christmas tree arrived in Kuwait to some surprised soldiers! May God Bless all of our Armed Forces, especially those that will be away during this holiday season!



Veteran's Day Prayer Service and Purple Star Celebration

Prayers, Celebration, and Gratitude are just a few items of reflection that St. Joseph Parish School students took home on Veterans Day Weekend after being awarded Purple Star Designation by the Ohio Board of Education.  

On Friday, November 8, St. Joseph Parish School invited Veterans to join them as they started their day with a Prayer Service for Veterans and Active Military Personnel followed by the Purple Star Assembly and Reception.  Honored guests received a patriotic bouquet and prayer while the families that invited them received a special patriotic prayer bear. Mr. David Schklar, USA, LTC (ret), from the Ohio Department of Education’s Purple Star Organization presented Mrs. Carrie DePasquale with a certificate designating St. Joseph Parish School as a Purple Star School.  Mr. Schklar was pleased to present St. Joseph Parish School as the first Catholic school in Summit County to receive the designation! St. Joseph Parish School designated Mrs. Rhonda Wilson, a 7th-grade teacher, as the point of contact for military students and their families.

The Purple Star Award recognizes military-friendly schools that show a major commitment to serving students and families connected to our nations’ armed forces.

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Mrs. Nowak, a dental hygienist from Dr. Mark Grucella, DDS and Dr. James George, DDS Family Dentistry, stopped in to visit our 2nd grade to teach the students more about dental hygiene.  The students enjoyed a brief video highlighting the importance of brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day to be a Dental Defender from the Plaque Attack! Remember, Stribe for 'Sparkle Time!' After the video, the participated in an activity to make choices of which food are good and bad decisions for teeth and practice brushing on the dental Dino.


Celebrating the Feast of Saint Josep

v15r3jl6khlmrpybpf749ouiirl.JPGOn Tuesday, March 19 St. Joseph Parish School students celebrated St. Joseph Day in honor of its patron saint. Students attended a special mass to celebrate the solemnity with Bishop Perez.  Later in the day, the St. Joseph students participated in the St. Joseph Table. Just as St. Joseph proclaimed his faith through actions instead of words; students created a traditional St. Joseph Table to do the same. The table contains a statue of St. Joseph, flowers, candles, breads, and sweets. There are many legends about people who prayed to St. Joseph in time of famine, and miraculously they were provided food.

With their St. Joseph Table, students provided food to the Labre program, St. Bernard’s hunger center, and a check for $162.95 to the Peter Maurin Center.

Celebrating 100 Days of School

In February, our Students celebrated 100 Days of School! Mrs. Haubert's Kindergarten Class had a list of activities from counting to 100 to building a 100 plastic cup wall. Mrs. Kaminski's 2nd-grade class also had a number of 100-day activities and even dressed up for the day!


It's Students vs. Faculty in Basketball Tournament

 Another exciting day at Saint Joseph Parish School! There were four sets of basketball games for Student vs. Teachers!  While we all had a fun time with the Big Catholic Schools Week Challenge, the students did make the game a challenge for the teachers. Referee Orndorff (aka Fr. Jared) ensured that a fair and fun game of “F-A-L-C-O-N-S” was played by all groups.   All students and Faculty/Staff played well, but we’d be remiss in not sending a Shout-Out to 6th grader Logan Leenheer for hitting the only three-point shot in any of the games! 


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Prayers and Pastries with Parents 

As a model for our children, we invited families to attend a morning activity of Prayers and Pastries with Parents.  We gathered bright and early in the morning before school for a prayer service in the School Theater followed by pastries in the School Cafeteria.  Thank you to all the parents and families that came out for this delightful morning!


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Students participated in an all-school retreat that focused on the theme, We are anchored in Christ as we walk with Him.  The day started off with a video and discussion about the Mass with Fr. Jared, a rotation of activities, and concluded with a prayer service!


St Joseph Partners with Walsh Jesuit on Labre Projects


 Students at St.Joseph’s School “walked with Jesus” as they made bologna and cheese sandwiches to go out to those on the streets of Akron who are experiencing homelessness.  Ed Plaspoh, from Walsh Jesuit’s Labre program, spoke to our students and staff bringing awareness and education concerning homelessness. The Students made over 200 sandwiches that will help provide a meal to over 100 of our friends living in the extreme weather this winter without shelter and food. The WJ Labre program has been ministering to those in need each Monday for 11 years and graciously appreciate the meals that our students help to provide. Please keep those who we stand in solidarity and communion within your prayers this week as temperatures become extreme.


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St. Joseph Parish School’s ECLC and First Grade participated in a children’s ballet presented by the Ballet in the City.  The presenters bring a passion for and knowledge in ballet as well as young children with a presentation structured around literacy, movement, and response to music.  The presentation featured the story Max by Rachel Isadora along with the music, movement interaction with the children, and a live performance by talented young ballet dancers. 


Christmas Concert 2019

On Wednesday, December 19, Saint Joseph Parish School held the annual Christmas Concert. This performance highlighted our Preschool/PreK, Kindergarten, and all even grades.

STU Crew Spreads Christmas Cheer at Danbury - 2019


The Saint Joseph Parish School STU Crew (aka Student Council) made time to bring some holiday cheer and goodwill to the residents of Danbury Woods Assisted Living and Retirement Home in Cuyahoga Falls. The students put on a Christmas pageant complete with Christmas carols, dance numbers, and stand up comedy.  Afterward, the students socialized with the residents, praying with them and wishing them a Merry Christmas. Saint Joseph Parish School educates students in grades preschool through eighth.



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St. Joseph choir & band members participated in Cuyahoga Falls Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 24 to announce the start of the Holiday Season.  


Journey to J.O.Y.

St. Joseph Parish Middle School Students spent the day participating in a Journey to J.O.Y. - a Treasure Hunt Falcon Style! Our pirate groups traveled throughout Cuyahoga Falls on a scavenger hunt using smartphones to navigate to locations where they learned more about the strengths and selflessness of members of our community and forged new friendships among themselves. "Let J.O.Y. - Jesus, Others, You - Guide Your Life" is one of the three guiding tenets of a St. Joseph Parish School student. more photos



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Congratulations to our St. Joseph Parish School Christian Leader Award Recipients. We are pleased this year to again honor those students who have exceptionally demonstrated living as a faith filled disciple of Christ here at St. Joseph Parish School. A boy and a girl from each classroom in grades 1 - 8, selected by her/his peers and teacher, were recognized for their charity in dealing with fellow classmates. It honors those students whose actions are centered in our Gospel values by practicing kindness and consideration towards others at all times.



4th Grade Mathletes Raise $775 for St. Jude's

St. Joseph Parish School Fourth Graders raised  $775 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital through their annual Math-a-Thon. To raise money, s tudents ask friends and family to sponsor their completion of an entire math workbook, usually during the six weeks of Lent.  This is the 17th year St. Joseph Parish School has held the Math-a-Thon.  To date, students have raised more than $28,000. Students pictured in the front row are Carter Jansky, Gabriela Pluto, Lexie Jansky, Tommy Gaffney.  In the back row are Chase Voorhees, Ryan Tackett, Abigail Zackasee, Emma Bryant.



Students Construct More than 60 Easter Baskets for Summit County Childrens Services

St. Joseph Parish School students gathered items to create more than 60 baskets to be distributed through Summit County Children Services for Easter.  St. Joseph works with Summit County Children Services every year on this worthwhile project.  Pictured with the baskets they constructed are (front row l to r )  Nick Herbele, Kya Epps, Ryan Sharp, Haleigh Schulda, Paiton Hagen, (back row l to r) Joe Bee, Annika Nichols, Nick Melchioris, Joe Conti, and Zack Reed.


Students Make a Big SPLASH Raising Awareness and Money for LLS

Saint Joseph students participated in many activities to raise awareness and money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).  They listened to a LLS rep at an assembly, had a dress down day, put on a Penny War, and raffled off chances to soak the pastor (Fr. Jared Orndorff), the principal (Mrs. Carrie DePasquale), and the X-STREAM science teacher (Miss Megan Fearon).  The students brought in so many pennies, we are still counting to come up with the total money raised!  So far, the students surpassed their $750 goal with $1,000 in donations alone.  

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St Joseph Partners with Walsh Jesuit on Labre Projects

St Joseph Parish School Partnered with Walsh Jesuit High School earlier this month to assist with the Labre Project, a ministry to the homeless.  St. Joseph students from all grades made & packaged bologna sandwiches to be distributed to Akron's homeless. 



Home & School Donates $7500 to Raise the Roof Initiative

St. Joseph Home & School Association President Shelly Zackasee (right) presents Fr. Jared Orndorff, pastor and Carrie DePasquale, principal with a check for $7500 for the Raise the Roof Initiative.  The Home & School Association is the parent organization that works to build community and fundraise for various school needs.  Raise the Roof is an ongoing effort during fiscal year 2018 to beautify the St Joseph Parish Campus including new roofs on most of its buildings.  The goal is to raise $200,000 with this initiative.  To date, more than $30,000 has been raised.


St Joseph Parish School Readers Beat the Heat with Ice Cream Social

Avid reader Nathan Booker is treated to an ice cream sundae for his participation in Saint Joseph Parish School’s Summer Reading Challenge.  Students who elected to participate had to read a required number of books during their summer break to be invited to the social. The number of books was dependent on the student’s grade level.  88 students were eligible to attend.



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In August, Blue & Gold Committee members (R to L) Pete Feisthamel, Melissa Ruegg, and Kristin Domonkos presented Principal Carrie DePasquale and Pastor Fr. Jared Orndorff with a check for $30,000 to pay for phase 1 of St. Joseph Parish School's 2017 through 2019 Technology Initiative which includes creating a 1:1 for grades 6, 7, & 8 as well as creating chromebook work stations for grades 3, 4, & 5. 



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