Parent Testimony

“When I met my two college roommates (both Rice Lake natives) and many of their friends at UW-Eau Claire during my freshman year of college, I can recall thinking that I’d love to raise my family in a community like Rice Lake if the caliber of people raised in that community was anything like the people that I had met in college.  Little did I know, my college roommates and all of their friends all happened to be classmates and alumni of St Joseph School in Rice Lake.  Fast forward several years later when I found myself in Rice Lake married to Shane, a SJS alumni, and with a family of our own. There was no doubt in our minds where we wanted our boys to attend school.  Looking back at his time at SJS, Shane valued the small class size, the faith based learning, and the nurturing, family environment that makes SJS feel like home.  We are so thankful to be able to send our children to SJS. Perhaps some day in college, their friends will also wonder how these Rice Lake kids turned out so great!” – Aubert Family

2023 Student Testimony

Hi! My name is Harper S. and I am in the eighth-grade class at St. Joseph School.  This is my third year attending school here. 

My favorite teacher here is Sister Claudine.  I have loved having her as an English and religion teacher because she has continually pushed me and helped me grow in so many ways.  After having her I truly believe I am now a better student, friend, and child of God.  All of the teachers here have taught me so much in subjects and in life lessons. 

Out of so many memories here at St. Joseph, my favorite was this year’s home volleyball tournament.  It was so fun to play with some of my best friends.  I love representing my school and playing for God.  

The thing I am going to miss most about st joes is definitely the small class sizes.  I have loved growing deep relationships with my classmates and now they all feel like siblings to me.  Everyone in my class always makes me laugh and has taught me how to be a better friend.  I am so grateful for all of them. 


If I could give any advice to my younger self, it would definitely be to not focus so much on what people think of me.  Coming to St. Joe’s later in my life really scared me.  I was scared of being judged and not fitting in as most middle schoolers do.  However, the second I got here I instantly felt welcomed.  It took some time to get used to a new school but now I am happier than ever.  My peers have helped me gain so much confidence.  I wish I could have worked on overcoming my fear sooner.  I now work on glorifying God and spreading kindness to His children instead of censoring my every move.  I am now excited to bring this mindset into high school next school year.  I am so excited to see all of the new coming Josers grow in their faith, and become children of God.