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SJA alumna Dr. Claire Jurkowski, '66, devotes her life to a career in medicine as a way to assist those most in need

Dr. Claire Jurkowski, '66, has had a varied career experience as a physician that is nonetheless marked by the consistent themes of personal perseverance and interpersonal support. The supporters in Jurkowski's life are numerous, and have helped her along the way as she found her calling and navigated a successful career. She explained, "I believe that to whom much is given, much is expected."

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Official St. Joan Antida High School statement regarding transportation lawsuit


From Paul T. Gessner, Head of School:

"Safe and reliable student transportation is a top priority for St. Joan Antida High School families and the leadership team of the school. State law requires that Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) provide transportation as a basic need for families living within the district. Without transportation, our families do not have the option to send their children to the school of their choice.

On behalf of our families, we have requested that MPS honor its role and responsibility in ensuring that our students' transportation needs are met in the same manner that it does for students attending city-wide public schools. It is our intent to achieve a fair resolution to this issue, utilizing the court system, so that our students and their families receive the same transportation benefits as those attending public city-wide high schools."

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St. Joan Antida High School students participate in Hidden Figures of Milwaukee event


Students from St. Joan Antida High School joined members of the Women's Fund and others from the community for this intergenerational conversation. The panelists candidly addressed questions about the challenges they face in their careers and how they have successfully climbed the career ladder. They drew comparisons between their own lives and what the women in Hidden Figures experienced, and offered advice to those in attendance.

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St. Joan Antida High School receives multi-year grant from A. O. Smith Foundation for Girls in Engineering Program


St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) is excited to announce a multi-year grant commitment it has received from the A. O. Smith Foundation for the Girls in Engineering Program. The Foundation has awarded SJA a $40,000 grant, payable over the next four years, to support the work being done to encourage and prepare more young women to seek careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.

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Happy Mistakes Happen and Encouraged In St. Joan Antida High School Art Classes


It should have been a disaster — a ceramics project that exploded in the kiln, leaving one hardworking art student with a few shards of broken pottery instead of a completed piece fit for her portfolio.

But instead, it was a life lesson. "I kind of just rolled with it, and I made it into a piece that was way better than the original that I had," said Sarah Kopacz, a senior at St. Joan Antida High School and creator of the exploding dish. "Happy mistakes, I guess."

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Four College Possible grads on track to beat the odds

After living in a dorm freshman year, Peter Khanthavong, the youngest of nine children of Laotian immigrant parents, moved back home to the Merrill Park neighborhood.

He did so, he said, "to save money at first and then ... my brother (who was disabled and living at home) passed away and ... my mom needed the emotional support."

Khanthavong's widowed mother has since fallen ill and now requires kidney dialysis. He takes care of her and pays most of their living expenses.

College students such as Khanthavong, who comes from a low-income family, have to overcome so many obstacles to graduate that, nationally, only 11 percent do so in six years, according to Kelly Schaer, program director at College Possible, an organization that provides such students with coaching and support to get into college and earn a degree.

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St. Joan Antida High School is Positively Milwaukee!


Thank you to Carole Meekins and TMJ4 for featuring St. Joan Antida High School in a Positively Milwaukee segment. The piece highlights our visual arts program and how we have incorporated that curriculum into our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus to form STEAM. Visual arts is a part of the school's core subject areas within the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

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St. Joan Antida High School's International Baccalaureate students present essays to advisors in inaugural Silver Platter Ceremony


Two years after St. Joan Antida High School became an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, the school hosted its first Silver Platter Ceremony. The event, which celebrates the culmination of 18 months of intensive research, analysis and writing, features the IB students presenting their final product – an extended essay or research project – to their advisors in exchange for an IB pin.

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Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida cheer on the Packers!


The Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida have watched Packers games together every Sunday for about 10 years. And they're surprisingly loud, especially during playoffs.

"We've had a lot of fun over the years depending which sisters have been living here," said Sister Monica Fumo.

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