Principal’s Blog 1.26.2023


Well Mr. McCormick must be running out of talented writers as he has asked me to share in this week’s bulletin. My name is Katie Patrick and I teach 3rd grade here at St. Joe’s. While I have only been teaching at St. Joe’s for a few years my relationship with the school goes all the way back to when I was 5 years old. That’s right, I am a proud St. Joe’s alumni, I attended school here from kindergarten all the way to eighth grade and then made my way out to Bishop Kelly. I didn’t know it at the time, but I had been given an amazing gift.

I know that as a young student I often griped and complained (sorry mom and dad) about the dress code, having to go to Mass, the homework, and I’m sure a long laundry list of other complaints. Little did I know that I would come full circle and find myself right back here at St. Joe’s – and I am so glad I did. As I said I didn’t know it at the time but growing up I was blessed with the gift of Catholic education. My academic and spiritual life was so profoundly impacted by my time here and at BK that I knew I wanted to become a teacher. When I graduated and moved back to Boise I had one goal – to get a job in the Catholic school system. I was given the opportunity to work here and I fell even more in love with teaching. I fell in love because this isn’t just some regular old teaching gig, no this is a vocation. I had been given yet another gift. I get to watch as my students grow academically, but also spiritually. I get to share my faith with them, and in turn they share their faith with me. I grow every single day because of my students. Sure sometimes days are tough (what job isn’t a challenge?) but my students bring me back – they are the true gift.

The reason I am sharing about growing up and finding myself back in the Catholic education system is because this upcoming school week is National Catholic Schools Week! It is a week near and dear to my heart because it is specifically designed to bring focus and joy to the gift of Catholic education. The cool thing about Catholic education is that it comes in all shapes and sizes. From spending time in Sunday school, to our tiny but mighty students at Immaculata, our Bishop Kelly kids, and finally our very own St. Joe’s students. The gift of a Catholic education can be found everywhere – what a blessing! I know now that my parents made the commitment and sacrifice to give me this gift, as many of our families today do. Please know that you are blessing your child with more than they may realize right now. Who knows, maybe just maybe one of them might make that full circle like I did and find themselves back here one day teaching and continuing that tradition and gift of Catholic education.

Randy McCormick, Principal

Amanda Kuznia, Assistant Principal

Bravely act like a Saint today!

Principal’s Blog 1.19.2023


At my home, we still have the pictures of the St. Joe’s father/daughter dance on our refrigerator door.  Time with our kids is priceless and fleeting.  This week, I handed over the bulletin duties to eighth grader Meghan McGarry.  She is the youngest of four siblings to pass through St. Joe’s and her father will have “one last dance” with her at this year’s SweetHeart Dance February 11th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the school gym.

All In,

Randy McCormick

My family moved to Boise in 2014 when my three sisters and I all attended St. Joe’s for the first time.  We all had very positive and unique experiences, both academically and spiritually as well as making friends here. The shadow program at St. Joe’s made my sisters’ move to an entirely new environment much smoother. The staff and students made us feel so welcome! I will never forget the sock hops, school assemblies, and Father/Daughter dances (coming up again on February 11th) I have attended over the past 9 years. My oldest sister Caitlyn who is now at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) was just starting 8th grade. She only spent one year at St. Joe’s before heading to BK, but that year made a big impact and to this day she talks about how her experience at St. Joe’s is the best she’s ever had.  My sister Riley who now goes to USAFA as well remembers taking part in Science Olympiad and MOSS these events helped her explore new interests such as anatomy and physiology. My sister Norah, graduating from BK this year is closest in age to me so I have always been excited to be a part of all the things that I have seen her be a part of. Although all of my sisters participated in Hallissey, Norah’s games are the ones I remember the most. I have anticipated Hallissey and Science Olympiad for years and I am so excited that I am now doing both. Talking with, and making friends, as well as seeing the teachers smiling faces is what makes me so passionate about our school. St. Joe’s isn’t the building itself, it’s the teachers and students that make St. Joe’s so special.

Meghan McGarry

Current St. Joe’s 8th Grader

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Good afternoon St. Joe’s parents,

Due to the high costs of bussing and low availability of bus drivers, and in order to be good stewards of our funds, we will be sending middle school students to the all schools Mass at St. Mark’s on Feb 1st to represent St. Joe’s. The elementary students and staff will join together in the gym and watch/participate in the Mass virtually.

Coffee with the Admin team.  Please join us after Mass on Monday, January 23rd.

Randy McCormick, Principal

Amanda Kuznia, Assistant Principal

Principal’s Blog 1.12.2023


As a St. Joe’s alum, former parent, and current teacher, the St Joes Crab Feed has always been part of my St. Joe’s experience.

The Crab Feed started back in the late 1960’s by Ben Shalz. Ben was trying to raise money for the athletic teams at the school because there wasn’t much money for equipment or uniforms. He recruited my dad, Rash Iglesias, and other St. Joe’s families. Ben would tell my dad what he needed, and my dad and others would make it happen.

The Crab Feed started as a very simple affair. There was no auction, no fancy desserts, or attire. The event was always held in the school cafeteria because the kitchen was there in order for the crabs to be prepared. The tables in the school cafeteria were covered with tablecloths and there were no center pieces adorning the tables. Crabs were flown in the night before the event from a market on 5th and Main Street, coleslaw was ordered at the Big Bun Drive Inn, and everyone brought their crab crackers.

People would come to have dinner and visit with each other, and then according to Katie Shalz, Ben’s wife, (who by the way helped me with this information), might go see a movie or go out after. The event was a way to bring people together and support our school.

Although times have changed, the mission of the Crab Feed remains, to bring our St. Joe’s and St. John’s Community together and help raise money for our school. While Ben and my dad are no longer with us, the Crab Feed has grown into an event they could not have imagined.

I hope you will join me this year in the biggest fundraiser for our school. Let’s keep their legacy and this wonderful tradition alive and make it even bigger and better for many more years to come.

Angie Howard

Kindergarten Teacher

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Good afternoon St. Joe’s parents,

Welcome back everyone! As you look for report cards tomorrow, please know that there have been some major changes in the “look” and content of your students report card. We worked with the staff as well as other schools in the Diocese to align our report cards to give a more complete picture of the success and needs of our students. We also formatted it to “look” more aesthetically pleasing. Because of these changes, quarter 1 grades will not physically appear on the 22-23 report cards, but these records are kept in your student’s electronic file and are a part of their record.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we make continuous improvements to our St. Joe’s school.

It’s also important to note, that just because a skill is listed as N/A does not mean it is not being taught, it was just not formally assessed during this grading period. All skills may not be assessed every grading period, but will be assessed at least once during the school year.

ACHD 8th Street Bikeway Update:

Thank you all for participating in the ACHD survey.  Unfortunately, ACHD staff is still recommending modified option A for adoption by Commissioners at the February 22, 2023 Meeting.

This is the option from last spring that includes the contra-flow bike (southbound) lane in front of the Cathedral and presents safety concerns for students.  We are meeting with ACHD staff to better understand why they chose this option and evaluating our next actions.

Public testimony is welcome and encouraged.  Please mark your calendars for the February 22, 2023 meeting at 6 PM.  For more information click here: ACHD link.

Randy McCormick, Principal

Amanda Kuznia, Assistant Principal

Bravely act like a Saint today!

Principal’s Blog 12.20.2022


Parents and Families,

Thank you so much for all the Christmas cheer you have spread throughout our school and church this Advent season. You can truly feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in these buildings and within the faces of the students and staff here at St. Joseph’s.

In the 2023 year we will see a few changes:

  1. We have White Cloud Communications coming out over break to enhance security within our school. Making adjustments to and installing new cameras, as well as creating “visual” alarms to exit doors that can be detected by administration mobily (much like a motion activated camera).
  2. We are migrating to a new Student Information System called FACTS in the 23-24 school year. This system will integrate and streamline our gradebook, billing and records systems. This will not be fully implemented until August 2023, but changes in the registration process will begin after the break. Please be sure to read information sent out by our amazing Registrar Annie Granvall about enrollment procedures for next year.
  3. For middle school in the 23-34 school year, we are looking at a possible block schedule. We are also looking to integrate into the middle schoolers schedules a course where they would learn study, notetaking and organizational skills, as well as good work habits and speaking skills. We feel this would assist students in the rigor required here at St. Joe’s as well as develop these skills for success at Bishop Kelly and beyond.

Thank you all again for the amazing “All In” spirit of this community. Mr. McCormick and I are truly blessed to work alongside this incredible staff, your children and you! We wish you all a very restful break and a blessed Christmas season.

Randy McCormick & Amanda Kuznia

Bravely act like a Saint today!

Principal’s Blog 12.15.2022


Mrs. George

My name is Annie George and I am the Student Support Coordinator at St. Joseph’s School. I get a lot of questions about that title and what I actually do every day at our school. I am thankful for this opportunity to share a little bit about my role as well as a new opportunity for our middle school students beginning next semester.

I graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education. I began my teaching career at St. Teresa’s Catholic School in Lincoln, NE in 2006. My family later moved to Boise and I started at St. Joseph’s School in 2018. As the Student Support Coordinator, I provide instructional support  and special education to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. I believe that all students should have access to Catholic education and my position helps to make that possible here at St. Joe’s.

With that mission in mind, I am happy to share that we will be providing additional support for middle school students beginning in January. All middle school students will have the option to attend a supported study hall during the school day. This new class will be offered everyday during lunchtime recess. Students who choose to attend, can work on assignments, receive tutoring support, or take the time to get organized. Watch the bulletin for more details or email me if you have questions.  georgea@stjoes.com  Thank you!

Randy McCormick & Amanda Kuznia

Bravely act like a Saint today!