6.29.20 Principal’s News

Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy summer! I hope you and your family have been able to get outside and enjoy our great Idaho summer! I know I appreciate our summer mornings and evenings! 

Class placement was sent out this afternoon (7th grade class list will be sent out mid-July after final math MAP test is given). This is a collaborative effort with input from principal, teachers, counselor, and parents. Thank you to all who helped with this very important process.

Faculty/Staff Updates

We have had one additional faculty member choose to retire, our librarian, Mrs. Shannon Phillips. Mrs. Phillips has served St. Joseph’s in so many ways. She was our PE teacher for many years. More recently, she has served as our school librarian and helped plan our weekly school Mass. Shannon is one of those people who light up the room! Her positivity and permanent smile have brightened up our school – Thank you Mrs. Phillips for your great contribution to St. Joseph’s –  you will be greatly missed. 

I would also like to thank Julie Robinson for her work as our development/marketing director. Mrs. Robinson’s last day is June 30th. 

With the complications that COVID-19 has brought, our specials (PE,art, library, Spanish) will look different next year. While we will offer those specials in some capacity when/if all students are in the building, they will become optional if we have to go with a hybrid model or distance learning. For the 2020-2021 school year, we will not be hiring for our librarian and music positions. We have not had anyone apply for our music position and with the circumstances as they are, our specials teachers will be traveling into the classrooms, that would be difficult with music . We will resume the search for a music teacher for the 2021-2022 school year in January.

We will be hiring two positions within the next two months, a part time development/marketing director and an instructional aid with early childhood/primary grade experience. These positions will be posted next week. 

Looking Forward to Next Year

We are finalizing a plan that we will implement as we start school in August. We are collaborating with other Catholic Schools here and around the U.S. and with other local public schools, including one school who brought students back in the month of May. 

St. Joseph’s Catholic School will be open next year either in full capacity, hybrid model or through distance learning dependent on state and national health guidelines. Our main focus areas in developing this plan are 

  • The health and safety of our students and staff
  • Our Catholic Identity 
  • Academic Excellence
    • Keeping students engaged in learning
    • Teaching essential content and skills
  • Our St. Joseph’s/St. John’s Community – building relationships

I will send an email out at the beginning of next week with that information. 

Happy 4th of July and God Bless!

Yours for Excellence in Catholic Education


Tammy Emerich


St. Joseph’s Catholic School