Mr. Roobhenn Smith Becomes the Principal
His first year at St. Joseph Center, we will celebrate our 60th year of educating students and adults with special needs. The highlights of the year will include the Diamond Gala on October 23, 2015, and the celebration of Mass with Bishop John O. Barres on the Feast of St. Joseph Day, March 19, 2016.
The Practical Assessment Exploration System Vocational Program Opens
St. Joseph Center for Special Learning began a new program at the beginning of the school year that allows older students to discover talents and learn skills to make their way in the world. The school in Pottsville held an official ribbon-cutting at the classroom Friday with the help of alumnus James Huebner, Orwigsburg, who graduated from the school 32 years ago. He was followed by a blessing of the classroom/lab by Monsignor Edward O’Connor, pastor of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. The Practical Assessment Exploration System vocational program is not only a learning experience for the students, but…
2014 Ambassador Appeal Launches During Luncheon
St. Joseph Center for Special Learning in Pottsville launched its 2014 Ambassador Appeal on Friday during a kickoff luncheon that included a visit to the school’s newest program. The annual appeal’s goal is $38,000, which helps provide needed funding for the Catholic special education school — the only private, nonresidential school for children and young adults with intellectual disabilities in Schuylkill County and is a program of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown Office of Education. The kickoff luncheon began with grace before meals led by teacher Jean Mahall, followed by a hearty homemade lunch of minestrone soup and chicken…
Mr. Richard Webb Assumes the Role of Principal
Sister Grace Christi, SSJ, Becomes Principal
Sister Francis Helen, SSJ, Becomes Principal
Groundbreaking Ceremony on New Building
The new school officially opened its doors on December 18, 1989. It was dedicated on February 11, 1990 by The Most Reverend Thomas J. Welsh, Bishop of Allentown
Sister Kathleen McShane, SSJ, Becomes Principal
Sister Kathleen immediately became involved in the Capital Campaign to raise the local funds needed for a new school building, which was then constructed at our present location of 2075 West Norwegian Street in Pottsville.
Name Changes to St. Joseph Center for Special Learning
The school’s name changed from St. Joseph Day School to St. Joseph Center for Special Learning in order to reflect an emphasis of a learning skills center and school rather than a day care facility
Sister Susan Cunningham Replaces Sister Joan Kathleen as Principal
Sister Joan Kathleen Becomes Principal of Primary Class
Sister Joan Kathleen, SSJ, came to St. Joseph Center as principal and teacher of the Primary Class. Sister Francis Helen, SSJ and Miss Nancy Neary, taught the intermediate and advanced classes at this time. Sister Joan Kathleen was at St. Joseph Center until June of 1981. She planned the celebration of the 25th anniversary in November 1980
Sister Carmelita Becomes Principal
When Sister Elizabeth Leona received a new assignment in 1974, Sister Carmelita became the new principal. At the same time, Mr. Philip Brown became the first lay teacher and a third class was formed. Also in 1974, Mrs. Mary R. Burns, who had been volunteering her services as a dance instructor, was hired to teach dance and physical education. Mrs. Burns remained with St. Joseph Center until 1992.
Sister Carmelita, SSJ, replaces Sister Mary Vincent as teacher
Sister Elizabeth Leona Becomes Principal
Sister Elizabeth Leona, SSJ, became the new principal and teacher. The enrollment was 27 at that time and Sister Mary Vincent, SSJ, was the other teacher.
St. Joseph Day School Opens
Housed in the former Sisters of St. Joseph Convent on Mahantongo Street in Pottsville. Sister Irma Helen, SSJ, was the first principal and also taught the twenty-five children who attended St. Joseph’s. It wasn’t long before enrollment had increased and Sister Irma Helen added Sister Marie Cornelia, SSJ, to the faculty and divided the children into two classes.