SJHS Parent Blast Oct. 3rd
Mrs. Diane Wolfe

Mr. Al Hiegel, who owned and operated Hiegel Lumber Company in Conway with his brother, Paul, for more than 50 years, turned 90 on October 1. In honor of that occasion, the students and faculty of St. Joseph School presented him a large signed birthday card during the school Mass on September 28. The card was made by members of the school's Interact service club. Hiegel graduated from St. Joseph in 1944, and he and his wife, Mary, have been married for 69 years. They have rarely missed a school Mass.

SJS Economics classes are participating in the Stock Market Game, which is a ten week investment simulator that allows them to invest in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds with a virtual $100,000. Some teams are already making money and others have been not so lucky! The competition is sponsored by Economics Arkansas.

Sophomore students interested in applying for a chance to represent St. Joseph at HOBY Leadership SeminarJune 1-4 in Magnolia, Arkansas, can pick up an application from Mrs. Breeding's office. Application deadline is October 28th. St. Joseph will send up to two representatives.

To find out information about HOBY, Faulkner County Youth Leadership Institute, College and Career Planning, Financial Aid, and much more, visit Mrs. Breeding's Counselor Website.


The Junior Honors English students read Thornton Wilder's play, Our Town, which is set during the turn of the 20th century in a small American town. One component of the project required the Honors students to work together to plan a wedding. The students were in charge of every detail, from meeting with members of the PAO to obtain a contract for the church date to planning the wedding attire, flowers, cake, rings, and reception. They have researched and planned for this event over the last month and will present it on Monday to their classmates.

Planning a wedding has strengthened the students' organizational and communication skills, and it has taught them how to break down a very large project into manageable components.

Students in the Algebra I Honors Classes are investigating several ancient number systems and are creating their own number system. They are explaining why they chose the characters and digits that they used and are demonstrating various operations using their systems.

Anatomy class began their study on the "Skeletal System". We are very fortunate to have actual human bones. These were purchased several decades ago, when these were generally available. Most schools no longer have them as they do disintegrate over time. Our students are respectful of the fact that someone donated their body for their scientific study.

Colton Brorman has been named on the Commended Student list in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are being recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their performance on the qualifying test used for the program entry. This is a great academic accomplishment to finish in the top five percent of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition.

We have several Art I (10th grade) student participating in the St. Nicholas Partners Art Contest sponsored by Catholic Charities of Arkansas. The winning card design wins $50 and will be used for the annual St. Nicholas Partners fundraiser.

The Art I and Art II students have artwork exhibited at the Conway Police Station (down town). This is in connection with the Conway ArtFest celebration that takes place every year at the end of September. The exhibit will be on display from Sept 30 - Oct 7. If you are downtown take time to see it.

Congratulations to our very own Alex (McVay) Griffith (Family and Consumer Science). Alex and Neal were married this weekend at St. Joseph Church.