IDENTITY OF ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL
Through Catholic values, St. Joseph School implements an academically rigorous and spiritually rich curriculum. St Joseph students learn, in a safe and disciplined environment, to care for themselves and others and to accept responsibility for making a just and loving society through the generous use of their personal talents and gifts.
The Mission of St. Joseph School is to celebrate the uniqueness of each student through a rigorous academic program. Nurtured in a faith community blessed with many cultures, gifts and talents we build lives of service in the spirit of our Hawaiian tradition of Aloha.
St. Joseph School provides a Catholic educational community in a faith-filled environment in which tradition, culture, and knowledge are shared among teachers and students. Students are guided to realize their rights and responsibilities in accordance with Christ’s teachings. Every student is created by God with unique talents and potential. St. Joseph students become responsible men and women through the development of sound moral principles and acquisition of 21st century learning skills. The Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs) are in the SJS Handbook and are posted throughout the School. The teachers have discussed them with the students to promote the understanding of these expectations. There are two versions expressed at the language level of elementary and junior-senior high students, however both are based on five major expectations:
Excellence, Spirituality, Local and Global Connectedness, Respect and Responsibility, and School Spirit.
CODE OF CONDUCT
As members of St. Joseph School, all students and their parents as well the administration, faculty, staff and other members of the school community will conduct themselves as good representatives of the school by:
- Acting with respect toward persons and property;
- Thinking, speaking and acting with honesty;
- Contributing to the building of strong community;
- By promoting school spirit through loyalty.
SAFETY & SECURITY:
Safe Environment Policy
The “Policy on Allegations and Incidents of Sexual Misconduct” promulgated by the Diocese of Honolulu is incorporated by this reference. A copy of the policy is contained in the handbook, “To Offer Healing, To Restore Trust”, first published January 8, 2004. The handbook is available from the school. The Church endorses the mandatory reporting provisions of H.R.S. Chapter 350 concerning child abuse. All staff members and teachers are required to sign an acknowledgment that they have read and understood the ethical and personal conduct policies of the Diocese of Honolulu. Consistent with diocesan policy, St. Joseph School conducts Safe Environment training as part of the school curriculum. A meeting will be held before the class is conducted to provide parents an opportunity to review the safe environment materials. Consent for the participation in this program is included in the signed acknowledgment form located in this handbook.