St. Joseph Catholic School
St. Joseph School is an expression of the educational mission of St. Joseph Parish and the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle. By canon and secular law, the Pastor is responsible for the administration of the total parish, including the school. The Principal is the Chief Administrative Officer of the school, is hired by the Pastor and is a member of the parish staff. A School Commission, established by the Pastor, assists him and the Principal in policy development and long-range planning for the school. The Principal, as Chief Administrator, is responsible for the entire school including development, finance, and plant management, as well as staffing. He oversees the spiritual, academic and student life of all the children at the school. To assist him in these tasks the Principal works closely with the Administrative Team, which includes the Academic Vice Principal, the Student Life Vice Principal, Building Heads and Learning Resource Director. The Academic Vice Principal monitors the curriculum with the assistance of the Curriculum Committee and is responsible for staff development, the learning resource program, the library and all standardized testing. The Academic Vice Principal oversees the activities of grades 5-8. The Student Life Vice Principal coordinates student discipline, special assemblies and the Before and After School Enrichment Program (BASEP). Additional responsibilities include overseeing grades K-4 activities as well as school technology, the main school office, the Buildings, Grounds and Safety Committee and day-to-day plant maintenance. The School Commission consists of the Pastor, the Principal, a Pastoral Appointee, Finance, Development, Buildings, Grounds and Safety Committee Chairpersons, the President of the Parent Association and one additional representative of the Parent Association (elected by the Parent Association Board) and five to seven appointees of the School Commission. Members are chosen according to Archdiocesan criteria including: commitment to Catholic education and one's personal faith, availability for meetings and committee work, integrity, confidentiality and the ability to act for the good of the entire school community. The St. Joseph School Commission meets quarterly to discuss policies in the areas of finance, curricula, personnel and facilities. Attendance at Commission meetings is usually limited to Commission members. Persons wishing to address the Commission should make their interest known to the Principal or Chairperson of the Commission no later than seven calendar days prior to a regular meeting. Any Commission member may request an executive session excluding all non-commission members. Such a request shall be granted if approved by a simple majority of the voting commission members at the time of the request. The Buildings, Grounds and Safety Committee, the Development Committee, the Finance Committee, the Parent Association and the Endowment Committee are all standing committees of the School Commission. Committee recommendations must be made to the School Commission for final approval and action. The Buildings, Grounds and Safety Committee is in charge of plant maintenance, coordinates major renovations, and compliance with safety regulations. The Development Committee oversees all fundraising activities and all publications. The Finance Committee recommends the budget and teacher salary scale to the School Commission. It also establishes a five-year budget and monitors the budget progression. There are two Endowment Committees. One administers the funds invested by the Parish. The second is independent and self-incorporated and administers all funds not donated by the Parish. The Curriculum Committee consists of teachers supervised by the Vice Principal. This committee reviews and revises curriculum and provides in-service training for staff. Guided by the school’s mission, they make recommendations on educational curriculum to the St. Joseph’s School Commission through the administrative team. Parent Association membership includes all parents, stepparents, foster parents and guardians of all children attending St. Joseph School. A thirteen-member board, elected by the parent body, governs the Association. One of the goals of the Parent Association is to encourage participation and input from all parents. Parents and faculty are invited to attend meetings. The Parent Association raises money each year to help provide funds to the school for needs outside the appropriated school budget. Funds are raised primarily through the sale of school sweatshirts and the fall gift-wrap sale.
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St. Joseph is seeking a full-time Spanish teacher to join a highly motivated, collaborative, curious, intelligent, and passionate staff of educators. If anyone within the St. Joseph community know a Spanish teacher that would work well with our wonderful staff, please encourage them to visit the employment page on the school website. http://www.stjosephsea.org/employment
ATTENTION : This is the last day to sign up for spring conferences. Reminders: -There are no 8th grade conferences in the Spring. -7th Grade has TAKE-HOME conferences -Kindergarten and 1st grade families sign up for a conference time in the hallway by your child's classroom door. -6th grade will be doing group conferences and should sign up under Woletz or Raney.