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Return to School Plan 2020

Please see our Parent Guide and Return to School Plan for the 2020-21 school year. Latest revision date August 12, 2020.

Dear San Jose Catholic Church and School Families.

 We are very blessed to have our students back on campus in less than one week. As you know the recommendations and mandatory guidelines, as they pertain to COVID-19, are ever changing. Carefully reviewing procedures to ensure the safety of all students is always our priority. During these difficult times, the administration team at San Jose Catholic School is dedicated to identifying the best safety protocols for our students, their families, and our staff. In order to adhere to current guidelines, while also providing excellence in education, we have made adjustments to our Return to School Plan. The adjustments have been made with the best interests of the students, their families, and our staff in mind. 

 What changes have been made to the Return to School Plan?

  • Attached you will find an updated Plan with the updates highlighted in yellow. 

 What factors necessitated the modifications to the Return to School Plan?

  • An increased number of enrolled students who are opting for On-Campus vs. the Innovative Learning Option
  • The social distancing/ mask mandates by local officials
  • The ability to contact trace in the event of a diagnosed COVID-19 case
  • The potential shortage of cleaning supplies combined with an increased need when students transition between classes and other areas of the school. 
  • The recent spike in diagnosed COVID-19 cases in children
  • Current recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics on safely returning to school

 What have we added to our learning environment?

  • We are encouraging teachers to use outdoor learning spaces. Students will be able to properly socially distance outdoors and will therefore be able to remove their masks. 
  • Students in PreK 3, PreK 4, and Kindergarten will have clear table dividers.
  • Faculty and staff will be provided with clear face shields 

 How long will these changes be in effect for?

  • The Return to School Plan will continue to be evaluated on an ongoing basis. 
  • At this time, we expect the limited movement between classes to last the first quarter (nine weeks), at which point we will re-evaluate the safety of additional student movement.

Once again, we appreciate you entrusting your children to our care. Please know that it is our privilege and awesome responsibility to accompany you on this journey. 

Blessings.

Fr. Remek Blaszkowski & Jenny Studer

Spelling Bee

Open to Students in grades 5 – 8

Every fall, tens of thousands of schools enroll in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. During the fall and winter, schools will conduct spelling bee programs at the classroom, grade, and/or school level, and send their spelling champions to the next level of competition as designated by their local spelling bee sponsors.

Faculty Sponsor: Kate Olinto

Science Fair

All grades create science fair or Engineering Design projects for the school competition held in December.
Diocesan Science Fair Competition open to students in grades 6-8.
Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair Competition open to students in grades 6-8.
Florida State Science Fair open to students in grades 6-8.
Faculty Sponsors: Patrick Madigan and Carol Turner

Science fair is an opportunity for students to apply the scientific method to conduct independent research. The results of each student’s research is presented in a school wide science fair–or sponsored local science fair– where the student’s efforts are displayed and where students are interviewed to determine scientific merit. Students who have been judged to have used the scientific method properly and who have demonstrated thoroughness in their studies and effort are awarded prizes and are advanced to compete in regional, state, national and international science fairs.

The overall goal of the science Fair is for the students to gain lifelong skills in the areas of critical thinking, problem solving, data analysis, communication, and public speaking.

STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. 

(Tsupros, 2009)

Geography Bee

Open to Students in grades 5 – 8

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. Schools with students in grades five through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition.

Faculty Sponsor: Carolyn Moore

San Jose Hosts the National Geography Bee

Thirty-four students competed on Friday, November 30th in a school-wide geography bee that is sponsored by National Geographic.   To compete in the bee, each student had to take a preliminary test and earn a top spot in his or her grade.  The winners this year include Sean M.(1st place), Michael S.(2nd place), and Blaine P.(3rd place).  Sean M. will take a test to qualify for the state competition.  Congratulations to all the participants on a great performance, and best of luck to Sean as he continues in the process.

FIRST® LEGO® League Robotics

Open to Students in grades 6 – 8

Practices twice a week from August through February with multiple competitions.

Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO®-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

  • Elementary and middle-school students get to:
  • Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations

What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.

Faculty Sponsors: Patrick Madigan and Carol Turner

Robotics Trojans #9280

FLL Joseph Stilwell Qualifier, January 19th, 2019.

San Jose Robotic Trojans Team #9280 performed consistently in the Robot Games on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in the Qualifying Tournament held at Joseph Stilwell Military Academy. They finished second in that category, just one point behind Bolles Bots Whitehurst. Congratulations to the team on their performance!

https://youtu.be/the0NU0EGHM

FLL Robotics – Joseph Stilwell Qualifier – Practice Round! All the practice round programmed missions were successful. Can we do the same for 3 more rounds?

https://youtu.be/A0nE9ADR0XY

FLL Robotics – Joseph Stilwell Qualifier Round 1

https://youtu.be/oOVPaYgX328

FLL Robotics – Joseph Stilwell Qualifier Round 2

https://youtu.be/IKkdq8_YBAY

FLL Robotics – Joseph Stilwell Qualifier Round 3

FIRST® LEGO® League Robotics introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO®-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, thr

Brain Brawl

Open to Select Students in grades 6-8 with try-outs being held before the season

Brain Brawl is an academic competition in which Diocesan Grade School teams are pitted against one another. Teams consist of up to six players, only four of whom play at any given time. A moderator reads questions from a variety of subject areas that include humanities, mathematics, natural science, and social sciences. The Diocesan Grade School Brain Brawl Tournament is hosted by Bishop Kenny High School in November.

Faculty Sponsor: Carolyn Moore

San Jose Students Compete in Diocesan Brain Brawl

San Jose students competed in Brain Brawl, which is a diocesan-wide academic competition, similar to Jeopardy! This year’s team competed against 16 other schools and included Ryan S., Avyree S., Juliana N., Maddox F., Sean M. & Anna B. Brain Brawl is hosted by Bishop Kenny and showcases the academic knowledge of our students in a variety of subjects from math and science to literature and current events. These students put in many hours practicing and proudly represented San Jose. Congratulations to each of them on an awesome job!

Battle of the Books

Open to Students in grades 6 – 8

Battle of the Books is a Diocesan wide reading incentive program for students in grades 6th through 8th. Students read pre-selected books and come together in school teams to demonstrate their abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. Meetings and competition preparation take place during lunch. This event takes place in March on a school day whereby all participating Diocesan elementary schools come together for this exciting and fun competition.

Information available in September
Faculty Sponsor: Joann Thomy

Student Council

Open to Students in Grades 4-8

SJCS Student Council is comprised of students from grades 4 through 8. Throughout the school year, the words of St. Ignatius Loyola are the mission statement of this service group – “Love is shown more in deeds than in words.” 

Students raise funds for school-wide activities, community projects, as well as helping those in need.

Campaigning and election will take place in August
Student Council is active from September to June
Faculty advisors: Joann Thomy, Emily Montvilas, and Carol Parry

National Junior Honor Society

Open to Students in 8th grade

Five main objectives have guided chapters of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; to encourage responsible citizenship; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection at San Jose Catholic School. A NJHS membership is a distinction that holds significance throughout a student’s academic life – and beyond. Requirements are that a student maintain a 3.5 GPA in their core classes or higher throughout 7th grade and continue to maintain this standard throughout 8th grade. Students will also be required to be in good standing concerning discipline. i.e. honor code violations, attendance concerns, and reminders.

NJHS members raise money during the school year to fund various community service projects.

Faculty Sponsor: Stacey Orlando and Carolyn Moore