St. Joseph Catholic School took part in the international celebration of Catholic Schools Week, which began on Jan. 26.

For the week, the school chose to have themed days to celebrate.

“Catholic Schools Week is the best week of the whole year,” Principal Autumn Helland said. “It’s a week that we celebrate who we are and what we value.”

On Sunday, the day consisted of celebrating the parish. The school encouraged all students to attend unity Mass at 10 a.m.

On Monday, the school celebrated the nation. They started the day off by praying for their country and then had veteran dads speak to the students.

On Tuesday, the school celebrated the students. They celebrated by giving students extra recess time, yummy desserts for lunch and no after-school homework. Students were also given the privilege to wear "regular" clothes, as opposed to the uniforms normally required.

On Wednesday, the school celebrated the community. SJCS participated in its second annual day of service. From pre-K to eighth grade, every student was involved in serving.

On Thursday, the school celebrated vocations. An open house was held in the morning and catered to any community member interested in enrolling a student. Then at 1:45 p.m., the Deacon came and talked about vocations in the church.

“One of our jobs in Catholic school is spiritual formation in the Catholic faith,” Helland said.

On Friday, the school honored the faculty and staff. Students wrote nice notes for their teachers, staff and volunteers. Then at 9:30 a.m., they participated in the "Living Museum," where they dressed up as historical figures and people from native Texan tribes.

On Saturday, the school is scheduled to celebrate their families. Students are encouraged to thank their parents for everything they do that allows them to be able to attend Catholic school.

The purpose of this week is to celebrate the school and invite the community to see what the school is all about.

“It’s basically the week where we just celebrate anyone that is involved in Catholic schools and ourselves and who we are,” Helland said. “We’re proud to be Catholic school students, teachers, families.”