Principal’s Post 5.23.19


Thank you to Senora Vietri and Senora A and the Spanish students for their participation in the liturgy and readings at the 1 pm Spanish Mass Sunday.

Thank you to Mrs. McClure and her students for their leadership with liturgy at Mass on Tuesday.  Congratulations to all of the National Junior Honor Society students for the recognition of their hard work, character, and service.  This week, Deacon O’Neill reminds us that with God all things are possible . Thank you to everyone who came to Mass this week.  Please know, all are welcome each week.


  • St. Joseph’s welcomes Kimberly Anderson as our new art teacher.  Mrs. Anderson is a 2006 Bishop Kelly Graduate.  She has been teaching art for 8 years in the West Ada School District at Victory and Lake Hazel middle schools.  One of her principal references referred to Mrs. Anderson, “As the best art teacher he has worked with. She gets students to make awesome art!”  Kimberly is a graduate of the College of Idaho.


  • David Maxwell will be the K-5 PE teacher and athletic director for St. Joseph’s teams and sports.  Mr. Maxwell will bring his energy to the gym this next year.   Mr. Maxwell motivates students and builds rapport with them well.  He has years of coaching experience at all ages from kindergarten through varsity level in high school.  Mr. Maxwell is transitioning from middle school English teacher to this position.


  • I have been blessed to be the principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic School the last two years.  I am so thankful to work with all of your wonderful students. The kids are the highlight of each day.  However, my first vocation is to be a husband and father. At the end of this year I will be resigning as the principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  I will pray for and work with the next principal to make the transition as smooth as possible. Thank you again for choosing St. Joseph’s Catholic School for your students.  It has been an honor to work here and serve your students. Bravely act like a Saint today!-Tony Quilici

Annual St. Joseph’s Catholic School Parent Survey

Please take time to complete the following survey.  We use this information as part of our process for shaping goals and changes for next year.  Link to the 2018-2019 Survey


The 8th grade graduation Mass is Tuesday, May 28th at 1 pm. A reception for the 8th grade and their families is held afterward in cafeteria/Parish Hall.  The last full day of school for the 8th grade students is Friday, May 24. On Tuesday, May 28th the 8th grade students do not attend class.

Last Day of School for K-7

The last day of school for kindergarten through 7th grades is Thursday, May 30.  School starts at 8 am with an early release of 10 am. Students come to school and participate in our balloon rosary, grade advancement, final student recognition, and naming our Saint of inspiration for the 2019-2020 school year.


Boise finds itself as an area of continued growth.  As you gain new neighbors, and as your friends and colleagues discuss school considerations, please encourage them to take a look at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  We have limited room in early grades (k-5). Thank you for your support and for your referrals.

St. Joseph’s Class of 2015-Bishop Kelly Class of 2019 College Choices:

30/30 are College Bound and Accepted

Boise State University 4
Texas Christian University 4
University of Utah 3
Montana State University 2
University of Iowa 2
Boston College 1
College of Idaho 1
Furman University 1
Gonzaga University 1
Grand Canyon University 1
Occidental College 1
Purdue University 1
Santa Clara University 1
Shoreline Community College 1
United States Air Force Academy 1
University of California Santa Cruz 1
University of Idaho 1
Johns Hopkins University 1
University of San Diego 1
Whitworth University 1

What makes St. Joseph’s Catholic School the best school in Boise?  Snapshots of the State of Joseph’s 2019:

As I finish my second year at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, I want to share some of what we have accomplished over the past two years.  When I was hired here, I came in with the goal to maintain St. Joseph’s Catholic School as the best school in Boise. My three areas of focus include:


  • Safety
  • Faith and Community
  • Student Learning


Below are some of the enhancements, changes, processes we have done and implemented for Student Learning:

    • Professional Development  and credit opportunities for staff:
      • 2017-2018:


  • Words Their Way Book Study


      • Essential Outcomes, June
      • Rubrics, June
    • 2018-2019:
      • Engaging Classrooms, October (Stroebe)
      • Project Based Learning, January
      • Classroom Management, February
      • Differentiated Instruction, February
      • Social and Emotional Needs of Students, February
      • Curriculum Mapping, June
      • Daily 5 and Cafe Book Study
  • Piloted math support position
  • Piloted Star and Accelerated Math
  • Implemented student support position
  • Implemented Istation, testing for the Idaho Reading Indicator, using it k-4
  • Stand up desks for middle school math
  • Added tables and chairs to one of the middle school English classrooms
  • Created skills based grades on report cards for first grade, religion k-8, sle k-8
  • Launched and designed new report cards
  • Piloted and implemented Study Center, support for middle school students
  • Adopted and implemented Lucy Calkins writing resources k-8
  • Adopted Words Their Way for k-3
  • Adopted Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. for k-5

Parents of 8th Grade Students Whose Students are Going to Bishop Kelly Next Year

In order to receive the Parish Subsidy at Bishop Kelly, the linked form must be completed and provide to your registered parish.  The Parish Subsidy is due to St. John’s no later than 4pm on June 28th.  Letter from Fr. Jerry to St. John’s parishioners.

2019-2020 Proposed School Calendar

SafeStudents Online

New Activation Method

To activate your account, please visit Select our school from the dropdown list and type in the email address you have on file with our school (your SafeStudents Online account is linked to your email address). If you have any questions or trouble with the process, please reach out to

This is for our families with students in grades 5-8.  The goal is to coach and provide students a safer and healthier online experience and provide open communication between parents and students.  All you need to do is sit down with your student(s) and take less than 5 minutes to set it up.

If you still have questions, please feel free to view the video link below and call or email questions to myself ( or our counselor Mrs. Porter (

Three new apps added to list for monitoring: GroupMe, Flickr, and Kidzworld.

Link to Video Explanation



Link to Resources

Student Safety

St. Joseph’s Catholic School Community,

We have had a gentleman in the last week return to the school premises during the morning between 7:30 am-10 am.  He was noticed and addressed by school personnel.

We are working with Boise Police, and he has been told not to be on campus, including the Cathedral, during the school week.

We ask that you be aware and let the school, 208-342-4909 and BPD 208-377-6790 know right away if you see him around the school.

Thank you for your help in precautionary safety of our students and children,

Link to a recent article about how teens use burner phones to defy parents

We are preparing to rollout Family Alert from Bark.  These alerts will notify parents of concerning behavior from their student(s) on the St. Joseph’s Google accounts.  These alerts to families will be to fill the void of nights, weekends, and upcoming summer. There will be more information from this to come.

We ran a reverse evacuation drill Friday, May 3.  We were able get all students inside the building quickly.

Link to Momo Awareness

Link to an article from a safety committee that St. Joseph’s is using information and concepts from to inform and guide the plans and procedures for St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

See something, say something.  I would like to remind and urge everyone if you see something out of place, please report it to the Office as soon as possible.  It is much better to be safe and say something than to worry about it.

For information on our current terminology and practice, please refer to our

Safety Parent Letter.

Bravely act like a Saint today!

We are blessed to have a loving and supportive community.  As a Catholic community, we hold ourselves to a higher standard.  When you see someone in our community going above and beyond leading by example and bravely acting like a saint, please let me know using the following link.