Many people became familiar with the “House System” through the popularity of the “Harry Potter” books and movies because the students at Hogwarts School were divided into houses.
Objective of the House System
This quote from Henry Ford sums it up best:
"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
Houses at St. Joseph School
House of DuchesneSt. Rose Philippine Duchesne
House of CabriniSt. Frances Xavier Cabrini
House of SetonSt. Elizabeth Ann Seton
House of NeumannSt. John Neumann
House of DrexelSt. Katharine Drexel
House of TekakwithaSt. Kateri Tekakwitha
Goals of the House System
- To build the core values of leadership, to help students reach their academic potential, and to help students grow in faith and service to their community.
- To improve student involvement in extracurricular and co-curricular activities at the school and to become more involved in their parish or church life.
- To recognize the gifts and talents God has given them and to be proud of these gifts and to want to share them with others.
- To use their individual gifts and talents for the good of the school, the church, and the community.
- To learn teamwork and the importance of being a part of a team (or a group), recognizing how the gifts and talents of others affect their life and their ability to be a part of a team or group.
- Working with a group that is outside their own grade level or class.
- Getting to know all the middle school students, not just their classmates.
- To develop a feeling of pride of St. Joseph School.
How the House System works at St. Joseph School
- The houses will have members that are from all grade levels (6,7,8), each teacher will be a mentor for a house, and each house is named for a Saint.
- We have chosen 6 Saints that although they may not have been born in America, their life and work for the church was done in America, and they all had some impact on the development of the Catholic School System in America.
- The teachers have chosen a “motto” for their house.
- The members of each house have chosen house colors, a house mascot, and house cheer. Each house will also design a banner that will hang outside the classroom of the mentor teacher.
- Team members will be given a T-shirt in their house color. The shirts will be worn to school on days of “House Meetings”.
- Houses will compete against each other by earning points. Houses and its members can only earn points. Points are never deducted. Students can earn points for parish and church activities, community service, participation in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, attendance and/or participation at SJS events and athletic competitions, and being on honor roll.
- Ms. Quinlan, our school counselor, is the “Coordinator of the Houses”. She puts together the point sheets and distributes them, tabulates the points each month, and with Mrs. Lange designs the “House” challenges and activities.
- Once each semester the houses will participate in a “Day of Caring”. Each house will choose an agency in the Bowling Green/Warren County community, which they will visit and provide service to the agency.