By: Janet Lechuga

Dear Reader,
        Josephinum Academy is a all-girls Sacred Heart high school. It was founded in 1890 by the Sisters of Christian Charity to educate the daughters of recent German immigrants. Josephinum Academy is a high school which empowers young women to become confident, faith-filled leaders. Josephinum girls are challenged to excel academically and are encouraged to be confident faith-filled leaders. Young women come from 37 different zip codes to follow their dreams to get into a good college.

        Josephinum is like a second family to me, I get a long with all the faculty and staff. I can't imagine myself anywhere else, this is where I belong. Josephinum is a really good high school; it prepares young women and helps us grow in a safe and wise atmosphere. Faculty and staff are always looking after us, to see if they could help in one way or another. I know Josephinum is going to help me accomplish my dreams, and grow into a better person.


By: Janet Lechuga

Ms. Rischiotto is a student-teacher that studies at Loyola University and currently teaches Morality and Spirituality at Josephinum Academy. She's teaching at Josephinum Academy for 2 years, and is hoping to be a teacher at this all-girls high school in the future.

Me: Good afternoon Ms. Rischiotto.

Ms. R: Good afternoon!

Me: I'll be interviewing you for my Josephinum newspaper.

Ms. R: Alright, it's a pleasure!

Me: Alright, what was your childhood like?

Ms. R: Well, I grew up at Portland, Oregon, I'm the second oldest of 5 kids, I have 3 younger sisters and an older brother. I was really close with my siblings, and I grew up in a very lovable and caring family. I believe I had a blessed childhood.

Me: When did you realize you wanted to be a teacher? Work with teenagers?

Ms. R: I realized I wanted to be a teacher in my high school years. I really enjoyed those years, and I worked at camps during the summer. I always worked with teenagers. I had a really positive high school experience, and really nice teachers, who inspired me to become a teacher.

Me: Who brought you to be who you are today?

Ms. R: The wonderful teachers I had in high school, and family.

Me: How has your experience at Josephinum been so far? Do you plan on staying here to teach?

Ms. R: I've had a wonderful experience. I'm inspired on a regular basis to keep on teaching, it's a strong community, it's ideal for me. If there's a position, yes, I will stay to teach.

Me: What inspires you to keep on going in life?

Ms. R: What inspires me to keep on going is God, my faith, and my students. I believe that everyone is here for a reason.

Me: What's important to you?

Ms. R: What's important to me is my family, friends, and God (faith).

Me: Where do you see yourself in the future?

Ms. R: Well, I hope to have a loving family, and still be close with my parents and siblings. Also, to have a job that makes me feel that I'm making a positive change in this world.

Me: If you could make one change in the world, what would it be?

Ms. R: If I could make one change, it would be for everyone to have an equal and adequate access to education.


By: Janet Lechuga

Have you ever wondered if there was going to be a new museum ever opened besides the ones we have? Well there is! Better yet, one for the memorial of all those who died on 9/11. This week it's going to be open for the family members of the ones who were affected. According to the "Chicago Tribune", "A museum memorializing the September 11, 2001, attacks opens this week to victims' family members and next week to the public after eight years of work designing the exhibits, collecting artifacts and settling disputes over how best to document the day when hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people." It sounds very cool! Eight years of work, wow! All that hard work payed off. Sadly, it's going to be opened at New York. Maybe someday we will have one of those museums opened here in Chicago! Who wouldn't like to go? It sounds very interesting.


By: Janet Lechuga

        Waking up at 7 in the morning is such a struggle, especially if you stay up late at night to work on school work. The minimum sleep time is 8 hours. Sometimes I get less than 8 hours of sleep at night. School should start at 10:00am like it does on Wednesdays. I feel so much better and concentrated on Wednesdays because I actually get enough sleep. I concentrate better when I get my sleep, and I don't daydream or zone out when I get my sleep. The school can even extend dismissal till 4:30 so we get enough hours of education.

        Another reason schools should have different school hours than it has now is because some of the students have to take public transportation. They wake up around 5:00-6:00 and that's too early to wake up. If the school extended the hour till 10:00 students who take public transportation would have enough time to sleep, because they would wake up around 8:00. Honestly, some days I'm just lying in bed saying to myself "I don't want to get up" I am really sleepy and cranky in the morning because I want to lay down all day because I was up late last night for homework or projects, or maybe because I just stayed up talking to someone, it's normal in a teenage life.

        Also, faculty and staff can have to enough sleep if school started later. They might stay up grading papers, but they don't need to get up early in the morning to go to school, they could sleep in. I hope the school takes into consideration my opinion. I know most of the students agree with me.


By: Janet Lechuga

This school year was full of memories. I am glad I belong to this wonderful community, called Josephinum Academy. The beginning of the year we started it off with a high temperature, and we had a half day on the second day of school. In the beginning of the year, in January we had J term which is a time where you take a class you find interesting, for example, runway 101 which was the class I took this year during J term. This May, our soccer team won the regionals. I'm really proud of them! Our varsity teams did a good job this year. This year was wonderful and I really enjoyed it.

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