News Updates: School Store transformed in makeover, Welcome Wednesday opens school to new faces


School Store transformed in makeover

With the beginning of the school year, the school store has gotten a makeover.

Some of the changes include new apparel and the elimination of snack food, since the cafeteria now has later hours after school. Additionally, the school store will be open longer hours including before school 7:30 to 9:30, during school 11:30 to 1:00, and after school 2:30 to 4:00.  There is also a new school store manager, Julie Basco.

“I love meeting [the students], and high school was my favorite time of my life so it takes me back,” Julie Bacsco said.

According to Principal Madelyn Ball, the changes were primarily made to increase sales. “Our sales have never been better,” Ball said.

According to senior Erin Hultberg, “I wish they still sold food, but I really like the new layout. I think it’s cool that the students get to decide what the new name is.”

President Richard O’Hara sent out a survey for students to vote on a name for the new school store Sept. 17. All ideas were submitted by students and the person whose idea wins will receive a prize. The name options are Patriot Shoppe, Patriot Corner, Carroll’s Corner, Carroll Apparel, Mall in the Hall, The Pat’s Shack, and The Tricorn. The survey closed on Sept. 22 at midnight.

According to sophomore Katie Golya, “all of the names are good ideas, but I really don’t pay attention to names like those. All I call it is the school store, and I rarely go in there anymore because all they are selling is clothing.”

Hope Kelly is the Editor in Chief for The Patriot and

Welcome Wednesday opens school to new faces

Prospective families and students that are interested in JC will now have the option to see the school and the different aspects of it that typically cannot be seen at an Open House or information session by visiting during school hours.

Beginning Sept. 25, “Welcome Wednesday” will take place every Wednesday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Prospective Patriots will be able to walk through the school, see what an average school day and classes consist of, have coffee, and meet faculty members or chat with members of the enrollment office. JC’s new Enrollment Assistant Susan Roarty ’95 was the individual behind Welcome Wednesday.

According to Roarty, “The purpose is to let interested families know that our door is always open. They can visit the school during a week that works for their individual schedules and tour the school ‘in action.’”

Emily Cassidy is the Promotions Chief and News Editor for The Patriot and