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Thomas Edward White, Sr., Thomas Edward White, Jr., and Thomas Edward White, III celebrate at Kindergarten graduation.

Three Generations Celebrate Kindergarten Graduation at St. Joe

St. Joseph School celebrated the graduation of 37 kindergarten students on Wednesday, May 30th. A pleased crowd enjoyed kindergartners performing several songs they had learned … Read more ›

St. Joseph 1st grader and ballerina, Natalie DiBartolo dances with fellow ballerinas as soloists perform, When You Wish Upon A Star.

St. Joseph VIP Day 2012 – Dance, Dance, Dance!

Written by St. Joseph fourth grade journalists, Martynas Barsketis, Brenna Cohoon, Anne Harbauer, Grace Jaworski, Abby Ryniec and Claire Venard Each year at the end … Read more ›

The May Crowning court included eighth graders, Megan Geraghty, Sophia Chaulk, Aimee Dragas, Kelly Flavin, Sarah Hodshire, Jessica Novotny, and Jill Wagner.

St. Joseph School Honors Blessed Virgin in May Crowning

St. Joseph School in Downers Grove held its annual May Crowning ceremony honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. The annual May Crowning is a tradition within … Read more ›

Balanced on his heels, St. Joseph 3rd grader, Peter Eschenbach directs the fire hose as he sprays the side of the school.  Helping Eschenbach is Downers Grove Firefighter/Paramedic Nick Gilbert.

Downers Grove Third Graders Complete Fire & Life Safety Training

Downers Grove Fire Department Public Education Officer, Marsha Giesler, finds the month of May a busy one. That’s because it brings closure to this year's … Read more ›


St. Joseph Celebrates 102 Confirmandi

St. Joseph Church celebrates the Confirmation of 102 eighth graders on Sunday, April 23, 2012. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Joseph Siegel, D.D. Concelebrants … Read more ›

St. Joseph School alumni, Jessica DeBruler (Class of 2000), has moved in a direction of study directly related to her eighth grade science fair project.

St Joseph Alumni Prove Science Fair Can Mean Future As Current Students Bring Home Six Gold Awards from State Competition

Students from St. Joseph School in Downers Grove brought six (6) Gold Awards back from the Annual State Exposition of the Illinois Junior Academy of … Read more ›

Fourth grade parent, Kathryn Chaulk poses with her daughter, Grace upon completing their art awareness segment focusing on Andy Warhol.

Art, Awareness and Awards!

Borrowing Sir Isaac Newton’s discovery, St. Joseph School art teacher, Ginny Clark, recently helped her young first grade students discover the full spectrum of color … Read more ›

Southwest Airlines Pilot, Captain Art George poses with winners from his paper airplane competitions. Pictured are (L) Capt. Art George with his grandson, John Provenzale, Matt Porcelli, Drew Eschenbach, John Petrick, Michael Metzler and Regina McLain.

Adopt-A-Pilot Captain Art George on Final Flight With Fifth Graders

In his 11th year at St. Joseph, Southwest Pilot, Captain Art George again inspired the fifth graders to think to the future as he challenged … Read more ›

St. Joseph School first graders, (L) Shea Weltler and Julia Lindemann learned about rainbows through prisms to help prepare them for their rainbow art project.

Prism Provides Understanding of Rainbows

When white light enters a prism, the light bends or refracts and colors are produced. St. Joseph School's art teacher, Ginny Clark brought this understanding … Read more ›

St. Joseph School second grade teacher, Mary McGlone receives an Excellence in Teaching award from Bishop Joseph Imesch on Wednesday, March 14th at St. Francis University in Joliet.

St. Joseph School Teacher Receives Bishop Imesch Excellence Award

The University of St. Francis annually honors an outstanding elementary or secondary Catholic School teacher with the Bishop Joseph L. Imesch Award for Excellence in … Read more ›