The Parent Board represents the leadership of the St. Joseph Marquette Parent Club, which is made up of each member of our school community. The Board’s primary function is the development and oversight of the fundraising and social events for the school community. The Parent Board helps to facilitate communication among members of the school community. Each family is a member of the St. Joseph Marquette Parent Club. The Parent Board meets once a month in the Marquette Library at 7p.m. To facilitate communication, the school has a Parent bulletin board located in the St. Joseph building.


The following brief explanations and descriptions of the fundraisers planned for the upcoming year.

Furthermore, if you have an idea of a fundraiser, please call the President of the Parent Board so that you can present your idea at the next parent board meeting. All monies earned by the Parent Board from the fundraisers, goes directly to the general operating budget of St. Joseph/Marquette.

To keep St. Joseph Marquette Catholic school tuition as affordable as possible, the parent club raises funds through the following events:

Magazine Sale: September

Students ask family, friends, and neighbors to renew current subscriptions or subscribe to new magazines and periodicals. The magazine sale is scheduled to last about two weeks

Raffle: September

The raffle is also scheduled for the fall. Students and parents sell $1.00 raffle tickets around the Yakima Valley for a new vehicle. Each family is asked to sell no less than 100 raffle tickets. The drawing takes place after Thanksgiving

Salmon Dinner/Auction and Dance:

Salmon dinner /auction and dance is held off campus in October. This is an all you can eat B.B.Q. style salmon dinner with all of the trimmings ; but wait that is not all.

You can participate in the silent or oral auction and conclude the evening by dancing to your favorite tunes.

Christmas Tree Lot: November

Christmas trees are for sale at the St. Joe’s Bingo parking lot, 3112 Main St. Union Gap.

Crab Feed: February

Come to the Selah Civic center and enjoy an evening of fun! Feast on crab, cole slaw, baked potato, garlic bread. Adult beverages along with sodas are served. Stay to dance and buy a change on the 50/50 raffle. This is such a popular event you must purchase your crab feed tickets early because they sell out fast.


As the flowers are sprouting, the students are running! Students collect donations for laps that they intend to run. School pride make this event a success.

Golf Tournament:

If you love to golf this is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday in May. You can golf 18 holes at one of the local clubs, participate in lots of fun raffles, mini- side tournaments, and have dinner. Sponsors and donations are solicited.


Math and Science Night takes place in the spring on the school campus. The Marquette Middle School students make hands on experiments and facilitate the younger students with the experiments. The Art department have students art on display along with some hands on projects for participation. The eighth grade parents host a BBQ dinner for a nominal fee� the dinner proceeds help with the eighth grade year end festivities.

Parents Meetings:

Once a year in January, all parents are asked to attend a mandatory meeting. The reason for the meeting is to bring all parents together as a community to hear plans for the upcoming school year. Reports from the finance committee, parents board, and the Sister Rebecca Berghoff Foundation are given and members are available to answer questions. Alumni students return to speak of their accomplishments while in high school, hear their future plans and to give testimony to the excellent foundation they obtained while at St. Joseph/Marquette.

The SRB Foundation owns and operates the St. Joe’s Bingo Hall in Union Gap.

You may work your volunteer hours off at Bingo by calling Theresa Smith at 248-3112.

At this time, the hall is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sundays from 9:00 AM until 11:30 PM.

School Commission

The St. Joseph Marquette school commission is an advisory board that works in collaboration with Principal to develop policies along with short and long range plans for the betterment of the school. In addition, commission members may volunteer to serve on the Finance Committee and or/ Personnel Committee. The School Commission meets once a month in the Marquette Library at 7pm.

Meeting dates are set for the third Thursday of each month beginning in august and ending in June (with no meeting in December). Each year three new members are elected to the School Commission to serve a three year term.

The Personnel committee assists the principal in interviewing, hiring and terminating personnel. Teachers are hired according to the philosophy and objectives of the school, as well as their academic preparation, and according to federal, state, and diocesan guidelines.

The Finance committee works together for the financial stability of the school. They are involved in the approval of major expenditures. They research and suggest better ways of putting the financial needs of the school before the public. They work closely with the parent’s board officers, who are the chief fundraising group of the school. The Finance committee also prepares and presents a budget to the school commission for its approval each year.