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Welcome to St. Joseph Consolidated School! We say with pride and resolve that, “Once you are a member of St. Joseph Consolidated School, you are family.” A little “family” history may provide a fuller picture of that defining characteristic.  

In May of 1869, St. Joseph opened its doors to students for the first time, becoming the first Catholic school in the Hamilton area.  The original school “house” remained in use until 1925, when the present building was dedicated.  But our story is far more than bricks and mortar.  In the 146 years that have come and gone, the many, many students and families who have passed through the doors of both of these buildings have created a rich tradition that we inherit today and upon which we continue to build.

In the late 1940’s, when St. Aloysius, Shandon, our neighboring parish in rural Butler county, went in search of a Catholic school to meet the needs of its parishioners, St. Joseph was in a position to welcome them into a new partnership.  Today, that enduring partnership, operating for the past 35-plus years as St. Joseph Consolidated School, stands as a unique example of caring and cooperation between two regional Catholic communities. Over the years, families from other Catholic communities, who lack access to a Catholic school, have been warmly welcomed into our extended school family.

In the spirit of St. Joseph, our patron, we work hard to equip every student with the tools to confidently meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world. Toward that end, we provide a rigorous academic experience in an environment permeated with Catholic values.  We believe our measurable success stems from a willingness to meet students where they are spiritually, academically, socially, and emotionally and take them as far as they can go. We never stop trying to go further;  to offer a fuller, more enduring and enriching experience.

We chose the three Latin words on our school crest Fides (faith), Consicus (knowledge), Beneficium (service)  to remind us all that our faith and knowledge should lead us to love and serve others. We sum this up in our message to graduates each year, “We hope that somewhere in the days you spent here at St. Joseph you learned the value of caring for others and the meaning of unselfish love.  No learning you may have acquired has more value than this.” We welcome any family to our community that shares this dream for their child/children.  

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St. Joseph Consolidated School Book Fair

The St. Joseph School Scholastic Book Fair, “Paws For Books” is right around the corner!

Book Fair dates: MARCH 19th-MARCH 23rd
Shopping hours: During scheduled class time, during school hours, and evening of Fine Arts Fair

Monday 3/19: Class Preview Day
Tuesday 3/20: Grades K-3 Shop the Fair 8:00-11:30 am
Wednesday 3/21: Grades 4-8 Shop the Fair 8:00-11:30 am
Thursday 3/22: Book Fair Open during School Day 7:30-2:30 pm and during Fine Arts Fair: 6:00-8:30 pm
Friday3/23: Book Fair Open 7:30-12:00 pm

Special Activities: Please see Right to Read Week Information sheet for all the fun dress up days, etc…!

Volunteers are needed for the Book Fair. Please email me at if you are interested in
helping with set up, working during the fair, and take down. Or you can sign up on Sign Up Genius.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Our
Online Fair is available from MARCH 16TH to MARCH 30TH. There are so many books to choose from! Just search
St. Joseph Consolidated School to choose our fair!
We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! All purchases benefit our school and help purchase new books for our library.

SJCS Right to Read Week Schedule

On Monday 3/19 we will have our Right to Read Week Kick Off in Gym at 7:30 am.  Mrs. Shepherd will explain National Down Syndrome Awareness Day on 3/21 and show video. And Mrs. Brossart will discuss right to read week activities and book fair.  

Week Activities:
Monday- Take your Dog for a Jog- can wear sweatpants and sweatshirt or tshirt.  
Tuesday- Hats for Cats- can wear a hat to school
Wednesday- Crazy Socks for National Down Syndrome Day
Thursday- SJCS Tradition Shirts with uniform bottoms
Friday- Jersey and Jeans- can wear any jersey with jeans

Students will have daily 15 minute DEAR (drop everything and read time) each day. We also will be having the AR challenge of getting 1500 points in 2 weeks (by March 30th).  If we make our goal, Mr. Hicks will be on the receiving end of a puppy Dog kiss in front of all students!

World Down Syndrome Day

This year at St. Joe’s we will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day. The date of the event is March 21 (3/21).  The date is significant because it represents the triplication of the 21st chromosome which is what causes Down Syndrome. The day also falls during our Right to Read Week and will fit in nicely with our planned activities.

The theme for WDSD is #Lotsofsocks. For a $1.00 donation, students/staff can wear crazy socks on Wednesday. The proceeds will go to the Down Syndrome Association. For many families that are blessed with children with Down Syndrome, the Down Syndrome Association often supports these families through many different resources.

We will distribute cookies that will also represent the day. Blue and yellow icing which are the colors for Down Syndrome. The cookies are nut free and processed in a nut free environment. Our Right to Read Week kick off will be March 19th, Monday and there will be a brief presentation to discuss the WDSD activities. We will also show a brief video

St. Joseph Day Dinner

Annual St. Joseph Day Dinner is Saturday, March 24, 2018 following 5:15 p.m. Mass in the school auditorium. Dinner tickets include a wonderful Milillo’s Italian meal, pizza, drinks and dessert. Soda, water & coffee provided. $8 Adults/High School Children, $6 Children 3 to 10, 2 & under Free.  Reservations can be made in person after all Masses at St. Joe's or by turning in the flyer to the collection basket or school office.  NO reservations will be sold at the door.  Super split the pot tickets (1 for $5, 3 for $10) will be sold at the dinner and after St. Joe Masses also.  Winner need not be present.  Questions contact Jenny Angst at 513-907-4735 or by

Live Stations of the Cross

All parents and grandparents are invited to join us as the Eighth Grade class presents Live Stations of the Cross on Thursday, March 29 at 8:00 a.m. in the school gym

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Book Fair
Date: 3/22/2018
Fine Arts Fair
Date: 3/22/2018
Right to Read Week
Date: 3/22/2018
All School Mass
Date: 3/22/2018, 8 AM 9 AM
Spotlight Breakfast Grade 2
Date: 3/22/2018, 9 AM 10 AM