Principal's e-Newsletter
April 27, 2017
In This Issue

Quick Links
Please check the OnCampus calendar on our website for the most current calendar information
Upcoming Events 
60th Anniversary Dinner

Choral Concert

Prom, The Museum of Science and Industry, 7:00 p.m.-Midnight

Microsoft Device Night
2:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

5/15/2017 » 5/17/2017
Senior Exams

Senior Faculty Dinner, Naperville Country Club, 6:00 p.m.

Graduation Day

5/22/2017 » 5/25/2017
Second Semester Exams

Spirit & Pride Golf Outing
White Eagle Golf Club in
Note from the Principal
We are honored to announce that St. Francis High School has been awarded the distinction of "Microsoft Showcase School" for fully integrating the Microsoft Surface Pro technology and the Office 365 Suite of tools and software into the classroom. 

St. Francis High School joins a select number of other Showcase Schools worldwide that Microsoft has recognized as schools "engaged in digital transformation to improve teaching and learning," as well as those that "create immersive and inclusive experiences that inspire lifelong learning, stimulating development of essential life skills so students are empowered to achieve more ("

"These schools have gone through a 'whole-school approach' transition to demonstrate innovative teaching and learning, which are shaping plans for overall educational improvement," wrote OnMSFT contributing editor and writer Kareem Anderson, who independently reports on Microsoft news.

Click here to read more about the award
pictured from left to right: Tom Bednar, President; Cindy Johnson, Assistant Principal; 
Paul Johnson, Assistant Director of Technology; Jeff Gerdeman, Director of Technology;
Colleen Kaplan, Technology Integration Specialist; Megan Wright, Microsoft; 
Raeann Huhn, Principal; Denton Green, Microsoft
Raeann Huhn Principal
St. Francis High School
Choral Concert - Sunday, April 30
3:00 p.m. in the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center
Admission is free- please bring non-perishable food
items to donate to the Neighborhood Food Pantries.

National Honor Society New Members
Congratulations to the new members of St. Francis High School's chapter of the National Honor Society! The students were recognized during the NHS Induction Ceremony on Sunday, April 23rd.
Maria Sajan Gabriella Johnson
Madeline Andras Jacob Schmitz Emma Joseph
Jack Armbrust Kevin Shannon Natalie Kuchler
Lauren Austin Emily Sparacino Megan Lombardo
Henry Breyne Caitlin Stockley Suman Manek
Grace Carragher Emma Stone Ryan Martin
John Detloff Michael Young Margaret Mascari
Briana Discipio Timothy McGowan
Rebecca Imbrogno CLASS OF 2019 Julia Mills
Jonathan Izban Jon Aquino Owen O'Hare
Olivia Kaszubski Emma Armbrust Mia Olivares
Katelyn Kautz Jessica Barthelt David Olson
Grace Keating Anna Bauer Adrian Panganiban
Bridget Killian Caroline Caesar Elizabeth Prosch
Joseph Leo Sean Conley Zachary Radel
Elizabeth Los Adam Cook Sophia Robinson
Courtney Magsanoc Lauren Douglass Noah Salinas
Rachel Marr Sabrina Eichenberger Eric Sauser
Maria Mas Sanahuja Ryan Erminio Rachel Sitley
Alison Mercola Garret Fritz Jack Toppen
Francesca Napoli Catherine Harvey Gina Vale
Shannon Nolan Lauren Harvey Lauren Vicencio
Jacob Power Chloe Hawkins Samantha Ward
Avery Resuali Emily Jania Madison Wisted
Jacob Reuter Madeline Zediker
Microsoft Device Night 5/11

Please REGISTER your family by clicking here.
We ask that interested parents please complete a
1-minute registration form for planning purposes!
Please join us from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Click here to view the Microsoft Device Fair Offerings for St Francis
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Tickets will be on sale during lunch through May 1. Signed parent letter and guest request forms are required at the time of purchase. All students and guests must use transportation provided by St. Francis. Check-in will begin at 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis with the buses departing at 5:30 p.m. Buses will arrive back at St. Francis at 1:00 a.m.

All prom attendees are subject to alcohol and drug tests; additionally, jackets, purses, and bags may be inspected by the faculty chaperones. The use of any controlled substances or mind-altering substances is not permitted. Any student/guest in violation will forfeit their ticket and are subject to arrest by the proper authorities.

Be sure to follow the proper dress requirements. Shoes must be worn at all times, please bring a change of shoes if necessary. Prom dresses should be of age-appropriate length and cut; cutouts in the dress are not permitted. The dress must completely cover from side seam to side seam. The back must not go lower than the natural waist. Two-piece dresses are not permitted. Anyone in violation of the dress regulations will be wearing their date's jacket for the evening and required to serve a Saturday detention.
From the Business Office
There are still some families with remaining balances due for the 2016-2017 school year. These invoices have previously been sent. All student fees and tuition must be current each year. Please make the necessary payments in order to avoid setbacks at the start of the next school year.  Unpaid fees or tuition will result in a financial hold on your registration and your classes will not be guaranteed. Graduating seniors must have all tuition and fees paid. Seniors failing to remit payment of tuition and fees will result in consequences per the St. Francis High School policy. This may include non-participation in graduation ceremony, withholding the issuance of transcripts or any other student records, or other consequences. If you have any questions, or need an additional invoice, please contact, in the Business Office, Bob Gorski, extension 1138 or Chris Konchel at extension 1135.
Join the 60th Anniversary Celebration

It's not too late to join us! 
You are invited to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of St. Francis High School on Saturday, April 29. Come enjoy cocktails, dinner and a special awards presentation honoring:
Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton '66
Fr. Herb Essig '64
Ron '65 and Teri Franklin '67 Kuhn
Sr. Barb Nelson IBVM '62
Click here to read more about the awardees

The evening promises to be a wonderful event honoring our shared past, and looking forward to an even brighter future for all of St. Francis High School.

Please click here to register or for more information contact Beth Wiborg
National Bullying Prevention Month
May's National Bullying Prevention Month
As part of the National Bullying Prevention Month, St. Francis High School will offer several bullying prevention activities and programs in classrooms and in the Guidance & Counseling Department throughout the month of May. National Bullying Prevention Week presents a great opportunity for schools to focus on helping students develop the skills to prevent and cope with bullying and to immerse students in anti-bullying messages and educational activities. If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact Mrs. Rupp at ext. 1104.

The National Bullying Prevention Month is also a perfect opportunity for parents to talk about this issue with their children. Since teens today are facing new and more unobtrusive methods of bullying, such as cyber bullying, it is important to discuss these particular forms of bullying with your child. Here are some tips on how Parents Can Help Kids Avoid & Deal with Cyber Bullying:

Children have access to computers and Social Media nearly all day - at school, at home, and when visiting the homes of friends. This means it's impossible for parents to continuously monitor their child's online activities. It's vital that children are made aware of the potential for online harassment, and know what to do if it happens.

If a child believes he/she is being harassed by a cyber-bully, helpful steps could include:
  • Telling parents or another trusted adult. If the child is wondering if a message qualifies as cyber bullying, it probably does. The child should be instructed to immediately tell a parent, guardian or other trusted adult if such a message arrives in his/her inbox or is posted on his/her online "wall."
  • Save all emails, MySpace or Facebook posts, text messages or instant messages that could be interpreted as threatening, violent, insulting, taunting or in any way harassing. These saved messages will serve as proof of the threats or harassment.
  • Report the messages to the Internet Service Provider (ISP), both your own and the bully's service provider. Terms of use for ISP's prohibit online harassment or threats, and the ISP will likely suspend the offender's account when evidence of harassment is provided.
Talking and Teaching Can Protect Children From Becoming Victims of Bullying. A great Website for further information on Bullying Prevention is
Glenbard Parent Series
The Glenbard Parent Series will offer a film screening of the documentary Screenagers, followed by a discuss with the movie's author, producer and director, Delaney Ruston, MD. This program will take place on Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at Glenbard North High School, 990 Kuhn Road, Carole Stream, and on Thursday, May 4, noon, at Marquardt Administration Center, 1860 Glen Ellyn Road, in Glendale Heights.

GPS will host physician and film director Delaney Ruston MD for discussion and film screening. As a physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston watched her own children became increasingly focused on technology, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span. She wondered about the impact of all the time her children spent online, and also wondered about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiations over "screen time." How much technology is too much?  How does learning, playing and socializing online affect teens developing moral instinct and self- esteem. In her award winning documentary Screenagers, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into family struggles over social media, video games, and Internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories along with surprising insights from leading authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, this film reveals the science behind how tech-time impacts kids' development, and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Delaney Ruston MD is a well-respected movie maker and a Stanford Medical School trained physician. Shehas addressed audiences around the world, as well as at the United Nations and the World Health Organization in showcasing Screenagers and her other prized films which focus on global mental health. Praised for her efforts to use film in launching advocacy movements, recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, and a primary care doctor to the underserved, Dr Ruston especially loves engaging audiences in solution centered discussions. This is an event parents and students will benefit from, as we work together to facilitate positive change in our homes, schools, and  communities. CPDUs are available. GPS is generously sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE), College of DuPage, DuPage Medical Group, Emmy Gaffey Foundation and Trust Company of Illinois.  For further information, visit or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at 942-7668 or
Mass for Mental Health and Send Silence Packing
On Friday, May 12, St. Elizabeth Seton in Naperville is sponsoring two events intended to foster awareness and healing for mental health, addiction, special needs, and suicide. St. Francis students and families are invited to these events. The first is Send Silence Packing, a traveling exhibit that will be on display at North Central College. The exhibit includes backpacks of information about college students who have died from suicide. The intent of that exhibit is to match resources to those in need, help eliminate the stigma of mental illness and prevent the crushing blow of suicide. The other event is the annual Mass for Mental Health that is held that night at 7:00pm at St. Elizabeth Seton in Naperville. The Mass is followed by a reception with speakers and mental health professionals. If you have questions about these events, contact: Deacon Gerard Erickson, St. Elizabeth Seton, c. 630-669-5653 or visit
Don't Miss the Jazz Band During the Month of April!
10th Annual Spring for a Cure Masquerade Ball
April 28, 2017; 7:00 p.m.
Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave., Naperville, IL
This event is a fundraiser for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Foundation

St. Francis High School's
60th Anniversary Celebration
April 29, 2017
Slant Dome
Summer Camps are Open!
Register today on 8to18 We have camps available for all age groups.

If you have any questions, please contact Janet Thelen