Joseph Catholic School was in existence
from September, 1962, until June, 2010. Prior to the completion of the
new church and school on Pioneer Trail, Fr. Hughes opened St. Joseph's
first "school" in the basement of the church at 4571 Prospect
St. (grade 1) and the facilities across the street loaned by the Hilltop
Christian Church (grades 2-4). Climaxing nearly a century of spiritual
service to the Catholics of Mantua, St. Joseph's formally dedicated
its new church and school (current facility off Pioneer Tr.) on July
28, 1963. In September of 1963, St. Joseph School had five grades and
continued to add another grade each year. Since 1983, the K-8 program
included an all-day Kindergarten and a middle school approach to the
upper grades that addressed their unique needs.
these years, St. Joseph School developed a reputation as a progressive
learning institution providing a well-rounded curriculum complimented
with a Catholic based foundation of equal importance. St. Joseph's offered
an open and welcoming environment to members of the school, parish,
and surrounding communities. Collectively, St. Joseph offered a place
to worship, a place to learn, and a place to gather with family and
sadly, in 2010 St. Joseph School had to close due to declining enrollment.
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A REFLECTION ABOUT
ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL
Many of our diocesan and public schools either started or will start
around this time of year. What was known as St. Joseph School will not
be one of them. It would take millions of words for each of us to express
both positive and negative thoughts and feelings about this.
to the "stuff"?
The 8/15/10 bulletin had pictures and an article showing the removal
of the mobile unit, which is now located by Crestwood High School. The
teachers from Crestwood came "shopping" here at SJS in June
and will have more wonderful resources for their (some will be our)
students. Sts. Mary and Joseph in Newton Falls have some of the math
books for the older grades (Ms Folan, our sixth grade teacher, will
be teaching at this diocesan school). St. Patrick School in Kent came
for almost all of the text books for grades 5-8. Fr. Luoni and a dedicated
group of parishioners from Kent State Newman Center packed a "pod"
full of all of our art supplies, textbooks, grades K-4, and everything
else that was left and shipped it to El Salvador. It was so wonderful
to hear them talk about how every ribbon, every piece of cardboard,
"every everything" will be used in those homes and at the
school. It is affirming to know that the "stuff" of SJS will
be put to good use.
School was about children. What is happening to the children?
All of our SJS students' records have been transferred to their new
schools except for eleven, who are still undecided. Even during these
past few weeks we know that circumstances like job down-sizing, relocation
out of state, etc. have affected and changed families' original plans
for their child's education. However, because students had an opportunity
to work through the "grieving" process here at SJS and families
went to visit and shadow at new schools, their transition may have minimal
anxiety. Many are excited and looking forward to a new "adventure"
while wishing they were coming here to their "best" school.
We are inviting
all former students from SJS presently in grades 1-8 to the dance and
PSR Social on Friday, September 17, 6:00-8:30 p.m. The former teachers
and staff will also be invited. In addition, they will be welcomed at
the Respect Life Walk (October 21, 2010) and the retreat (March 19,
2011). Watch the parish bulletin for more news about how many students
ended up attending what schools and what is happening with all our faculty
Our hope is that
all of our parish children and all of our SJS Alumni stay connected
as a strong part St. Joseph's, no matter where they are.
For 47 years St.
Joseph Parish, with the help of all our support parishes, has given
students a solid, well-rounded, individualized, faith-grounded, Catholic
experience of education. The only thing that happened on June 5 was
that the building closed. Those thousands who "walked" through
this building are going to take the experience of St. Joseph School
and use it to enter into a new part of their life. As we know, change
will always be part of their experience. All of us, teachers, staff,
administrators, pastors, Home and School leaders, and families pray
that each and every one of them,
Joseph School in Mantua Closed at End of 2009-2010 School Year
Joseph School in Mantua will close at the end of the current 2009-2010
school year. Declining enrollment was a major factor in the decision.
In mid-March, only 59 students in kindergarten through eighth grade
registered for the 2010-2011 school year. Reverend Michael Garvey, pastor,
informed parents of the decision by letter on March 26, 2010 and during
weekend Masses on March 27-28, 2010.
Saint Joseph Parish was founded in 1864 and the school opened in 1962.
The staff includes Principal Beth Frank, seven teachers and several
part-time aides. In announcing the closing of the school, Reverend Garvey
acknowledged that "Saint Joseph School has been an important part
of the Catholic communities of northern Portage County for almost 50
years. It has remained an outstanding school to this day."
Reverend Garvey encourages parishioners to seek other area Catholic
schools for their children and promises that the parish will make every
effort to support them. In his letter to parents, he stated: "Miss
Frank and all Saint Joseph staff members will work very hard to ensure
a smooth transition for your child/children." To that end, there
will be a Parent Information Night on Thursday, April 15, 2010.
Reverend Garvey thanked the parents, professional staff members, and
parishioners for their loyal support of the school since it opened in
1962. Monsignor Siffrin, Vicar General of the Diocese of Youngstown,
also recognized the efforts of the parish community. He said: "It
is evident that the Saint Joseph Parish community has made extraordinary
efforts to support and maintain the school despite declining enrollment."
He also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the many priests,
religious, lay men and women who staffed the school over these many
years, and the countless families who entrusted their children to Saint
Joseph School. Dr. Michael Skube, Superintendent of Catholic Schools,
added that the Diocese of Youngstown continues to be committed to providing
Catholic education to those who desire it and will make every effort
to provide a smooth transition for the students from Saint Joseph School
to other Catholic schools. For more information, contact Dr. Skube,
Office of Catholic Schools, 330.744.8451.
Closing Parent Letter (3-26-10)
Closing Bulletin Insert (3-28-10)
School in Mantua to Close This Year (Record Courier article 3-30-10)
Lesson for Students (Record Courier article 3-31-10)
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