A real teacher – 30 years and counting

St. Joseph fifth grade teacher Linda Hamel has been teaching for 30 years. She remembers her first day well. It was January 4, 1988, and she was sitting with her new fifth-grade class at St. Mary’s in Kalamazoo waiting for Mass to start. “I was so nervous,” Mrs. Hamel...

“It made me happy inside.”

BCACS parents Graham Smith and Amy Young wanted their children, first-grader Ward and preschooler Rafferty, to understand the spirit of giving. “We are very fortunate,” Ms. Young said. “It is important that we show our kids that many others are not and since we are...

SCRIP goes digital

Tuition. Who doesn’t want to reduce it? SCRIP or School Cost Reduction Incentive Program has been helping families do just that without the fuss of fundraising. Families purchase gift cards from the school for places they frequent as customers. While they enjoyed face...

St. Philip’s homegrown paleontologists

St. Philip High School students Ellie Stewart, Maggie Hill and Abby Hill were working on a physics project last spring. They spotted two large bones in a bin near their workstation. There was an inscription, “Billy found 1955 Ark.” They asked their science teacher...

Having fun makes MATHCOUNTS

Can you solve this math problem? The sum of the digits of a two-digit integer is 12. The integer is equal to 15 times its units digit. What is the integer? Need help? Ask any of St. Joseph Middle School’s MATHCOUNTS club members. You’ll find them in math teacher Molly...

Saints with the intention to trick

St. Joseph Elementary and Preschool has a longstanding and very cute Halloween tradition – the annual costume parade. At the end of this year’s parade, a new tradition began. Fr. Chris Ankley sent a letter to parents, sharing the Catholic roots of All Hallows Eve and...

Staff Spotlight: St. Philip High School Principal Vicky Groat

St. Philip High School Principal Vicky Groat has a no-nonsense demeanor, but her heart bleeds St. Philip red. “She really loves the school,” Mary Rabbitt, longtime St. Philip High School administrative assistant, said. “She will do anything to make sure it’s vibrant.”...

Honesty, Caring, Responsibility, Respect, & Marshmallows

Starting middle school can be a challenge. “Friendships change, cliques start forming, and that sense of independence is evident,” said Laurie Murphy, sixth-grade advisor and St. Joseph Middle School social studies teacher. This transition is why our BCACS...

“I will never cut down my friends”

When celebrated Battle Creek artist Richard Schlatter came to St. Joseph Elementary last Thursday, it wasn’t as the ArtPrize 2017’s grand prize winner, but as a storyteller. “One of my ministries is visiting elementary schools, reading my book to second-grade classes,...
Questions? Call Cathy Erskine at 269.963.1131