St. Joseph Parish & School
Catholicism came to Conway Springs only two years after the city's birth. The nucleus of the parish was formed in 1886 when six Catholic families came from Illinois and settled in this area. Despite the fact that there was no church, a priest from Wellington made sure that their spiritual needs were met. The home of Andrew Leddy was used as a chapel, and the first Mass and baptism (Leddy's son, John) took place there.
In 1906, the upstairs of the Bon Ton Bakery in Conway Springs was offered as a chapel by the owner, Frank Konecny. Mass continued there for four years.
All teachers are "Highly Qualified," with an average of 10 years of experience.
Full time paraprofessional in 1st & 2nd grade and part-time paraprofessional in Kindergarten and grades 3-6.
We are a Title I school with an on-site ILP aide/teacher to assist students with tutoring. Additional tutoring is also available after school three days a week.
Special services for academics, speech, psychology and occupational therapy are available through a cooperative agreement with USD 356.
Students receive Vocal Music, Band, and P.E. through the local district.
- That the Catholic school is the best means available to parents and to the Church for the education of children and young people, because only in a Catholic school can Jesus Christ be taught daily in every subject and activity, experienced daily in prayer, celebrated daily in worship, witnessed daily by Catholic adults, and lived out daily in service.
- That the Catholic school must integrate faith into the entire life of the student (spiritual, intellectual, moral, and physical) as part of a lifelong process of conversion and maturity.
- That the purpose of education is to help the student respond to God’s unique plan for them so that they can live their vocation for the glory of God in service to all humanity.
- That education must teach youth about right and wrong, a better and worse way to live, by infusing moral norms into daily living. Before we make children smarter, we must first help them to be good.
- That parents are the first and the best educators of their children. Catholic schools help parents best when parents, teachers, and parish cooperate together.
- That it is our teachers who determine by their witness and teachings whether or not Catholic schools accomplish their mission.
- That curriculum and instruction is the vehicle by which teachers craft a culture that forms the whole human person instead of merely transmitting academic content.