Welcome to the official start of the 2018 – 2019 School Year!

Dear Joy Families,

The 4th of July not only marks our day of Independence, it often signals the official start of a new school year. Your administrative team has been busy over the last month finalizing details for this upcoming school year. It's an exciting time filled with the hope of new opportunities and the anticipation of unexpected blessings that come with each new school year. We have already seen God move mightily on our campus giving us favor in our hiring, building of community partnerships and the chance to welcome many new families to our campus. We are so very grateful that each of you have chosen to spend the upcoming school year with us. It’s shaping up to be one of our best years yet! 

Let’s get ready to SOAR!

Mrs. Root


JCS STEM Proposal makes it to round two...

off to the GCU Shark Tank we go!

GCU STEM Impact Grant

Our JCS STEM Impact Grant proposal has been selected as one of the GCU STEM Impact Grant applicants to move on to round two. Winning round two could net the school $11,000 to assist with technology costs associated with the project. Special thanks to our current community partners Maricopa Air Quality Control, Core Construction, and STEM 101 Corporate Connections. We appreciate your partnerships! JCS Student representatives will present their project in front of a “Shark Tank” group in November. What an awesome experience this will be for our students!

Good info to know...

Middle School & High School Orientation

Mark your calendars – the MS/HS Orientation will occur on July 26th from 9:00 – 11:00am in the JCS Library/Coffee Shop. During this time students will be able to pick up schedules, purchase and order uniforms, and a whole lot more. Further details will be forthcoming from Mr. Terrall.


Uniforms getting a little tight? I bet they will be by the end of the summer! 

  • We will have a limited stock of K – HS uniforms available at the July 26th Orientation from 9:00 – 11:00am. 
  • Or if you wish, follow the link to our JCS Uniforms page on our website and get a head start on your uniform purchases. 
  • Uniforms are delivered directly to the school twice a month.

Reminder – don’t forget to donate those too tight uniforms to the

Joyful Closet located in the JCS lobby. You might just find the size your looking for!


All returning and new athletes, please watch your e-mails for coaches’ invites to summer camps and open gym times. Contact Mr. Blakesley if you have any questions regarding our Athletic Program or specific sports.  

Host Families Needed

The JCS International Student Department is looking for a few good families to host for next year. Please contact Grace Anderson at grace.anderson@joyschool.org for more details and possible tuition benefits.

Some Administrative Offices Have Moved

As we continually look for ways to serve our staff and families, we’ve decided to move a few of our administrative offices. When signing in, our front Receptionist, Chelsea, will be happy to direct you to our Principals, Human Resources Director, and Superintendent’s new locations.

Staffing Update

We are feeling so blessed that God has called such highly qualified, experienced, and caring teachers and staff to Joy. We are in the process of highlighting our teachers and staff on our school website. We have also adjusted some job responsibilities to ensure we continue to put our focus on the areas that matter most to our families and staff.  Therefore, we have added a STEM/Curriculum Director (Alicia Roberts), Dean of Students (Patrick Blakesley), and a Student Advocate/Counselor (Erica Rice). Additionally, for added alignment and focus, Diane Stair will now oversee PreK – 5th Grade, and Ron Terrall will oversee 6th – 12th Grade. 

Website Takes on New Look

Thank you to all of our parents who have helped inform us of the types of information you would like to have available on our website. We’ve made some significant changes based on your feedback and think you will appreciate the added links, layout, and information. Make sure to click on the info link “Points of Light.” This will be a running blog of all the great things happening on our campus. 

More Information Coming ...

There is so much more good news to share with you, so please be on the lookout for additional communications from each of our departments over the next few weeks.

Thank You...

Campus Beautification Projects

Over the last month and a half, many of the Joy Staff have submitted for and been awarded Thrivent Service Project Grants. The staff have used these grants to help beautify our campus. Additionally, we’ve had parents and local businesses donate to our school so even more projects could be completed. We love our school, parents, and community. Just wanted to give a great big Thank You to all who contributed to these beautification projects. 

Mark Your Calendars...

First Day of School -  August 6th

The first day of school for all K-12 students is

Monday, August 6th

Kindergartedn - 5th  |  8:00 - 3:00

Grades 6th - 12th  |  7:45 - 3:10