St. Joseph Catholic Church & School
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Power School

Power School is a student information system that St. Joseph School uses to maintain and update all student information. Power School is a web-based cross platform application that enables administrators, faculty, and staff to easily access student data. Student data is stored on a centralized, secure server accessible by a web browser.

Power School uses the internet to facilitate student information management and communication among school administrators, faculty, and staff. Daily attendance and faculty grade books are incorporated into the Power School system.Power School needs to be updated each year by parents to give yearly permissions for fieldtrips, etc. Watch for an email in the middle of August before school starts to update for the new school year.

Log in to Power School.
If you need assistance with your log-in information, please contact the School Office and we can reset your information.

New families will receive an email with their child(ren)’s Access ID and Password.

Conference Scheduling

Conferences are held in October and February of each year. The School Bookings’ conference portal will be opened 7-10 days prior to conferences. An email will be sent to all parents/guardians as a reminder to schedule conferences along with the link to sign up. The link will also be posted on this website under this section when it becomes active.

The Conference Portal for the 2019 October Conferences is open! Schedule your Conference

Home & School Association

The St. Joseph Home & School Association supports our parish and school. Their purpose is to facilitate open and clear communication between parents and the school, to foster a positive atmosphere for our school community, and to devise projects that financially support and enrich the learning experience at St. Joseph Catholic School. Through various events and fundraisers, Home and School is able to serve as an auxiliary to the school to support and fund necessary needs for the school.

Home & School meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 6:30pm. All parents, guardians and staff are welcome to attend.

Home & School events will be posted on the website, information will be emailed in Friday newsletters, and flyers will be posted throughout the school and church.

Volunteer with Home & School

Home & School Bylaws 2019-2020

Home & School Minutes

Home & School Agenda - Sunday, October 13


Monday, October 21 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Pizza Ranch Community Event

Sunday, October 27 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Trunk or Treat

The sign up below is for those that would like to be a "Trunk". It will be held in the back parish/school parking lot. Trunks should enter to line up/decorate from 1:30pm-2:30pm. Decorating the trunk is highly encouraged, older students are welcome to get together and use a parents car to hand out candy too. Each trunk is responsible for bringing their own candy/non-candy items to pass out.
Volunteer to be a Trunk

Tuesday, October 19 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Skate South Community Event

SJS Athletics

Athletic Eligibility

To be eligible to compete in the athletics available at St. Joseph Catholic School, all students are required to have a current Athletic Pre-Participation Physical Form on file with the school nurse.


Volleyball is open to girls in grades 6-8. Sign-ups usually begin in the middle of May, and practices and games start in mid- to late August. Teams will be decided once all sign-ups have been turned in; there may be multiple teams depending on the number of players who sign up. All players will be issued a St. Joseph’s jersey, and black shorts will need to be purchased. The 2018-2019 fee for Volleyball is $55 per player.

Girls’ Basketball

Girls’ Basketball is open to girls in grades 6-8. Sign-ups begin in early October, and practices and games begin toward the end of October. There are two divisions. The A Division is primarily 8th graders while the B Division is primarily 6th and 7th graders. However, the girls’ teams may be mixed between 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls depending on the number of players and skill levels. The teams will be determined by the coaches and the Athletic Director. The season ends around the first of December with a double-elimination tournament. A jersey will be given to each player, and a black undershirt and shorts are a required part of the uniform. The 2019-2020 fee for Girls’ Basketball is $80 per player.

Sign up for the 2019-2020 Season

Boys’ Basketball

Boys’ Basketball is open to boys in grades 6-8. Sign-ups begin in November, and practices and games begin in December. There are two divisions. The A Division is primarily 8th graders while the B Division is primarily 6th and 7th graders. However, the boys’ teams may be mixed between 6th, 7th, and 8th graders depending on the number of players and skill levels. The teams will be determined by the coaches and the Athletic Director. The boys’ season will end the first part of March with a single-elimination tournament. A jersey will be given to each player, and a black undershirt and shorts are a required part of the uniform. The 2018-2019 fee for Boys’ Basketball is $80 per player.


Cheer is open to girls in grades 6-8. Sign-ups begin toward the end of November, and practices begin in December. Uniforms will be issued to each cheerleader. A royal blue set of undergarments may be purchased through the Athletic Department; or you may purchase a set on your own that matches the required blue. Cheer shoes also need to be purchased; tennis shoes will not be allowed. The number of squads will be determined by the number of participants. The cheerleaders will cheer at all of the boys’ games, which are primarily played on Saturdays; there are typically two games a day. The 2018-2019 fee for Cheer is $70 per cheerleader.


Track is open to all students in grades 5-8. Sign-ups begin the end of February and, weather permitting, practices will start in March. Practices will be held 2 nights during the week along with a Saturday practice at the Dowling track. Meets are typically held on Mondays and will alternate between 5th & 6th and 7th & 8th grade teams. The track season ends with a tournament in May that will include both teams. Athletes will be issued a track jersey. Black shorts or athletic pants are to be worn with the jersey along with a black undershirt. Running shoes are suggested; cleats are optional (not many athletes wear cleats at this level). The 2018-2019 fee for Track is $50 per athlete.

Athletic Pre-Participation Physical Form
2019-2020 Athletic Handbook
Heads-Up Concussion Info & Waiver

After-School Programs

Angel For A Day

Angel for a Day was developed in Spring 2006 as a way for Dowling Catholic High School girls to connect and be role models for younger girls as both groups are developing in their faith lives. We use a variety of activities, games, and projects to interact with the girls. We will be working with 3rd and 4th grade girls. This program is held on the third Wednesday of each month, 3:30pm - 5:15pm, in the St. Joseph Room of the Parish Center.


Battle of the Books (BOB) is an extracurricular reading program designed to give students who love reading an opportunity to read some books that are not part of the school curriculum and then participate in a friendly competition at school and with other schools.  There is an opportunity for parents to assist as volunteer team coaches.

The Diocese of Des Moines will be hosting their annual Battle of the Books competition for grades 3-5. There are two levels for the competition: building level in February and diocese level in March.  The winning team(s) at the building level move on to the all diocese competition.  During the competition teams go head to head with other teams to answer questions about the books from the list. 

Students will be in teams of up to 6 students and will work as a team to read a list of books before the contest. You can view the list from the menu above - the list is comprised of most of the Iowa Children's Choice Award books and some additional titles.

A letter with more information including a sign-up form for students, sign-up form for parents to volunteer as coaches and the list of books for 2019-2020 is being sent home this week. Forms are due Friday, September 20th.

Bricks 4 Kidz

This 4-week program is open to all students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. It is held on Tuesday afternoons, 3:20pm - 4:20pm. There are four sessions held throughout the year.
Registration is now open for the Fall and Winter 1 Sessions. Register at Bricks 4 Kidz.

Girls on the Run (GOTR)

In the fall, St. Joseph School offers an after-school program, Girls on the Run, for girls in grades 3-5!  Girls on the Run is a 10-week activity where girls have fun, make friends, increase their physical activity, and learn important life skills. Practices will be held twice a week, during which time we will go through interactive lessons and running activities.  The season ends with a noncompetitive 5K event at Water Works Park on Sunday, November 10th at 2pm. Mrs. Baldwin and Mrs. Rodine will be coaches this year.

Practices will be held from 3:30pm - 5:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, September 3rd through Thursday, November 7th.


In Mock Trial, students play roles of attorneys and witnesses as they prepare and present both sides of a hypothetical legal problem. Participants are given hands on opportunity to examine the legal process and current legal issues. Mock trials also help students develop important critical thinking skills and aid in the development of fundamental research, preparation, and presentation skills. Mock trials also encourage the involvement of outside resource persons in the classroom. Attorneys, judges, law students, and other legal professionals may share their expertise with students. Other community leaders may become involved in working with participants on the content and issues involved in various cases.

Learn More About Mock Trial

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

Membership in the National Junior Honor Society is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a middle school student. Our chapter of NJHS has worked hard to bring the accomplishments of outstanding students to the attentions of parents, teachers, peers and the community. Our chapter, along with the more than 6,000 chapters in schools across the nations, strive to give practical meaning to the Society’s standards of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. These five ideals are considered as the basis for the selection of the nominations. No student is inducted simply because of a high academic average. The National Junior Honor Society strives to recognize the total student - one who excels in all of these areas.

Speech & Debate

SJS Speech and Debate is open to any middle school student.  This team offers students a unique chance to develop public speaking skills and have fun with teammates.  According to the National Speech and Debate website, “public forum involves opposing teams of two, debating a topic concerning a current event.  Students present cases, engage in rebuttal and refutation, and also participate in a ‘crossfire’ (similar to a cross examination) with the opportunity to question the opposing team.”  Students will conduct independent research about the topic. Speech events also allow students to develop excellent speaking and listening skills, and require students to use critical thinking skills. To participate, there is a $10 fee that will be used for any tournament fees, national debate team fees, and supplies.  Checks can be made to St. Joseph School. If financial assistance is needed, please contact Mrs. Rodine. Do not let the fee be the reason you do not participate.