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He gives power to the faint,

    abundant strength to the weak. Isaiah 40:29


Health and Wellness

As part of our mission to “pass on the Catholic faith to the next generation”, the St. James Academy teachers and administration are further enhancing the health and wellness initiatives we offer our students. The Church teaches very clearly that the dignity of each human person must be protected and made manifest in the choices we make regarding our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “The human person participates in the light and power of the divine Spirit…By his reason, man recognizes the voice of God which urges him ‘to do what is good and avoid what is evil.’” (CCC 1704-1706). Living a moral life bears witness to the dignity of the person.

It is our hope that deepening our students’ knowledge regarding the choices presented to them will help them understand that “the Law of the Gospel requires us to make the decisive choice between the two ways and to put into practice the words of the Lord” (CCC 1970). Our goal is to help our students see the joy, peace, and freedom offered by “the way” of the Gospel, Jesus Christ, as opposed to “the way” of our culture, enslavement to sin.

Important Pieces

• Community System
• House and Mentor Teachers
• Virtuous Behavior Program
• Anti-Bullying Program
• Student Resource Officer
• AWOL (Away with our Lord)
• Social Emotional Counselors
• Clubs & Activities
• Athletics
• Fitness Center
• Retreat Program
• Prayer Line
• Random Drug & Alcohol Testing Program
• Professional Learning Communities

sources of strength

“I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:12-13)

The SJA community has adopted the Sources of Strength program as our guide to helping each student find the strength(s) that God has given to him/her. Identifying our individual strengths helps us find someone/something to lean on when times are tough. Through the Counselors, Counseling Department Student Team and Sources of Strength Adults and Student Leaders, the student body will be introduced to sections of the strength wheel through a variety of activities, announcements, art work, songs, videos and presentations. Our goal is to help find the positive things in our lives and use them to the fullest.

Sources of Strength Mission Statement: We are a group of diverse students and adults from many different corners and cultures of our school and community. We believe that life has ups and downs, that all of us will go through good times and tough times. Our mission is to ensure that during the rough times no one gets so overwhelmed or hopeless that they want to give up. Our mission is to spread hope, help and strength into every corner of our community. Our mission is to help students and staff turn to their strengths and their supports that are all around. We are connectors to help and strength. Our mission recognizes that our voice has great power and we use it to break the silence when someone is struggling, and to connect them to the help they need and deserve. We spread hope by focusing on stories of strength, rather than on stories of trauma. We know our most powerful impact comes from our personal actions, conversations, and messages that use our music, our art, our writing, our activities, our social media, our culture, and our voice. This gives life to our efforts. We are Sources of Strength.

Counseling Department