Sr. Rose Mary Balappa - Principal - Saint Joseph Catholic School - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521
Sr. Rose Mary Balappa, S.O.L.M.

Dear Parishioners, Students, Parents and Guardians,

Saying goodbye to all of you makes me so sad. You are my community, my family, my friends and you have made my past four years as Principal of Saint Joseph Catholic School very special. Since day #1 you have embraced me and my mission. We have worked hard together and invested much to make Saint Joseph Catholic School one of the best in the Archdiocese of Denver. Thank you for your constant help and support.

Know that I will cherish my memories of all of you and my time here for years to come. I wish great joy and success for this beautiful school and for all of you. Please continue to invest in Catholic education. It really will make a difference in the life of a child.

I look forward to hearing nothing but great news in the years to come.

May God continue to bless and keep you.

In union with Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Sister Rose Mary Balappa, S.O.L.M., Principal
St. Joseph Catholic School

Read about our school’s new principal, Dr. Charles Hubbeling.


Dr. Charles Hubbeling - named principal - St. Joseph Catholic School - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521 - May 31 2016
Dr. Charles Hubbeling

FORT COLLINS – The Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Denver and St. Joseph Catholic Church today announced the appointment of Dr. Charles Hubbeling as principal of St. Joseph Catholic School.

“The hiring of Dr. Hubbeling exemplifies our desire to invest in the best leaders who are dedicated to sustaining and growing Catholic Education far into the future,” said a joint statement from Kevin D. Kijewski, J.D. , Superintendent of Schools and Rev. Steven Voss, Pastor, St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Outstanding educator and catechist

“Dr. Hubbeling brings with him an outstanding reputation as an educator and catechist,” Fr. Voss later added. “Under Dr. Hubbeling’s leadership, Saint Joseph School, noted since 1926 for quality academics backed by Catholic tradition, stands poised for a bright future.”

Dr. Hubbeling replaces Sr. Rose Mary Balappa, S.O.L.M, who announced earlier this year that she had been reassigned by her mother house.

A meet-and-greet reception for Dr. Hubbeling is planned 3 – 4 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, June 1 in the outdoor courtyard of the school, 127 N. Howes St., Ft. Collins, CO, 80521.

Originally from South Dakota, Dr. Hubbeling moved to Colorado in 1993 to work as an engineer. He holds a doctoral degree in engineering at Colorado State University. Dr. Hubbeling transitioned to teaching with a position at the Poudre School District and then St. Joseph Catholic School in 2005. While at St. Joseph, he taught religion, science and biology.

Created CSU, Woodward, HP science partnerships

Since 2010, Dr. Hubbeling has taught at Liberty Common High School where he developed an engineering curriculum in conjunction with CSU and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Hubbeling created a high school internship program in which students are placed with CSU, Woodward Governor, and HP Enterprise.  His students have placed first in the state for the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science.  He is also a women’s soccer coach, winning championships five out of the last nine years.

Dr. Hubbeling teaches class for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and has led youth groups to Steubenville of the Rockies, missions to Honduras and Confirmation retreats.  He also earned a four-year certification by the Catholic Biblical School.  He and his wife have four children.

Saint Joseph Catholic School focuses on rigorous academics, reinforced family environment, a nurturing community and Catholic faith formation. To schedule a tour, call (970) 484-1171.

Read also: St. Joseph Catholic School students’ ITBS scores reflect exceptional learning environment

FT. COLLINS, Colorado – St. Joseph Catholic School students flexed their academic muscle again this year with outstanding scores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).

Marianne Aiken - teacher - Saint Joseph Catholic School - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521
Marianne Aiken – Science Teacher

“Saint Joseph Catholic School has a big focus on academics – we set the bar high and give all students the support they need to be successful. Our test scores prove it,” said science teacher Marianne Aiken

Each February, students in 2nd – 8th grade take the ITBS. These standardized tests, similar to the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) used in public schools, are used to measure student learning and achievement as well as improve teaching.

As this link to a printable .pdf of ITBS results indicates, Saint Joseph Catholic School provides an exceptional learning experience. When measured against Archdiocese of Denver Catholic Schools and the national norm, our students are consistently top performers.

However, while these test scores are impressive, they fail to tell the whole story of the benefits of a Catholic education.

Sr. Rose Mary Balappa - Principal - Saint Joseph Catholic School - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521
Sr. Rose Mary Balappa – Principal

“Academic excellence is only part of our success,” said principal Sister Rose Mary Balappa, S.O.L.M. “Our job is to educate the whole child — mind, body and spirit — in a safe and nurturing environment, which promises to prepare our students to be intelligent, self-possessed leaders after the mind and heart of Jesus Christ.”

Saint Joseph Catholic School, established in 1926, focuses on rigorous academics, reinforced family environment, a nurturing community, and Catholic faith formation. The school is currently enrolling preschool – 8th grade for the 2015-2016 school year. To schedule a tour, call (970) 484-1171.