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e-News March 13th 2014



St. Francis High School

March 13, 2014


In This Issue


Adventure Club

Rebound...An Evening with NBA Star Chris Herren

Sophomore Parents

Attention Sophomore Parents

Chicago Jesuit College Fair

Planning for College?

Looking to Get Involved?

Father's Club Event March 20th

Pastoral Ministry Updates

IHSA Solo & Ensemble contest



3-14,15 Darst Retreat - All Student Levels

3-17 'Rebound" An Evening with Former NBA Star, Chris Herron. He will speak at WWS High School 7-9pm more info

3-19 Jostens Final Senior Graduation Announcement Delivery - Lunch Periods

3-19 Parents' Organization Meeting - Rosmonowski Room - 6:30 p.m.

3-20,21,22,23 Spring Musical
more info
Link to Online Ticket Sales

3-20 Full Day of School

3-28 Spring Break Begins - End of Day (2:30 p.m.) (Returning April 7, 2014)

3-28 Young Alumn Event
more info       


Quick Links


Adventure Club

Do you love the book Divergent?  Did you know the movie is premiering this month?  Adventure Club will go out to dinner and see this movie on Friday, March 28.  Sign up with Ms. Fairhead in Room 1110.




An Evening with NBA Star Chris Herren

Wheaton Warrenville South High School invites you to a free event in which Chris Herren shares his harrowing story from NBA stardom, through his tragic downfall due to substance abuse and his eventual rebound in recovery.




Sophomore Parents

Attention all Sophomore Parents: Last week all sophomore students were trained in using our Naviance Career Planning program. Students had the opportunity to complete two interest inventories and to start exploring various occupations and career paths. We recommend that you and your child login onto our Naviance website together to find out more information for his or her career exploration. The login for the Naviance Career tool is easily accessible by going to the Guidance website and going to the "Family Connections By Naviance" link. If you need assistance or would like further information, please contact Mrs. Rupp in the Guidance Department at


Attention Sophomore Parents:

By now, you have received information about "Intensive English and Math:  Preparing for the College Boards." Taught by Mr. Kolodziej, Mrs. Johnson, Ms Pratscher and Ms Lipskis, this summer course has, for 35 years, prepared St. Francis students for all sections of the SAT and ACT.

A reminder that if your son/daughter wishes to enroll in a specific time slot, you should submit your application by March 15.  And if you have any questions, please feel free to call Mr. Kolodziej here at St. Francis or on his cell; see the brochure for his phone number.



St. Francis students are invited to attend 


Chicago Jesuit College Fair
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus
2815 Jorie Blvd.
Oak Brook, IL 60523
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.


This event will allow you to speak with admission professionals representing their institutions and explore the benefits of a Jesuit education. There will be representatives from 14

colleges including Loyola, Creighton, John Carroll, Marquette, Saint Louis, Xavier, Fordham, Regis and others. Self-parking is complimentary for the event. Please click here for driving directions.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Mary Alice Berg, Loyola University Chicago at




Planning for College?   

Open to all current Sophomore and Junior Students

Planning for College?

Attend the Illinois College Exposition!
Monday, March 24, 2014
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
North Central College: Residence Hall/Recreation Center

The Illinois College Exposition is a great way to learn about colleges and universities, and all local juniors and sophomores in high school are encouraged to attend with their families. Featuring over 200 in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities plus the armed services, ICE offers something for all in North Central College's Residence Hall/Recreation Center.

Please visit the following link for more information:



Note from the Principal

It was truly an Emerald Evening for St. Francis High School on Saturday, March 8th.  Whether you were attending the auction or bidding remotely from home, the outcome was record breaking. We raised over $20K for the Fund A Cause; Wireless Infrastructure for the Whole School. We are still accepting donations so if you'd like to contribute to this cause, please click on this auction link.


Also, there are a limited number of reservations available for the themed Sign-up Parties.


Euchre Party: An evening of cards, food, drinks and laughter at the home of John & Bonnie Dauer in Wayne on Saturday, 4/12 - $60 per person / 40 person max      


Murder & Merlot: Relive Chicago's roaring twenties with a murder mystery wine & dinner party where you are the star. Jointly hosted by John & Kim McGaw and Jim & Mary McCarthy at the McGaw's speakeasy on Saturday, 4/26 at 6:30pm - $75 per person / 24 person max      


Did you miss your chance to purchase an "Alex & Ani" inspired bracelet at the auction? This is your opportunity to purchase the one of a kind Emerald Evening bracelet. All orders will be delivered to the school within 4 weeks.


Party reservations and bracelets can all be purchase on the auction website through Thursday, March 20th.


Vote for Kelsey Robinson '09 for the 84th AAU Sullivan Award.
You need to type Robinson in the search for her to come up.
People can vote daily through March 23.


Blessings to you and yours,


Raeann Huhn 



St. Francis High School   




Looking to Get Involved?
Just a Couple More Positions Still Available!


We have had a great response, but we still need a couple of more enthusiastic volunteers, does this sound like you? Are you looking to meet more St. Francis parents?  Looking to be involved in more activities? Want to lend your time and talents to benefit the students and families of St. Francis? Then look no further--the St. Francis Parent Organization is here for you.  The Parent Org is now looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the 2014-2015 Board.  We have a variety of positions available including:


Auction Chair(s), Senior Celebration, Uniform Resale


Each of these positions require a different time commitment and involvement, including only 6 PO meetings throughout the school year. All of these positions will get you involved and you will meet lots of new faces. The Parent Org is filled with fun, like-minded people who want to help make St. Francis the best possible high school experience for both students and parents. If you are interested in any of these positions or would just like more information, please contact  Linda Griffith, PO President,  


I hope you will consider joining us!


Linda Griffith, PO President 





Father's Club Event March 20th, 7pm  


Father's Club Sponsors NCAA Tournament Opening Night Gathering
and New Coach Introduction   

The Bank
121 W. Front Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
March 20th, 2014, 7pm   

Please join the St. Francis Father's Club in welcoming our Athletic Director, Dan Hardwick, who will provide an update on the St. Francis athletics and introduce our new Football (Mike Fitzgerald), Boys' Lacrosse (Zach Stroka), Girls' Lacrosse (Natalie Nesbitt), Boys' Soccer (Kevin Ward) and Boys' Tennis (Rick Huffman) coaches.

Food will be provided along with cash bar.

Please RSVP on the link below and forward the link to all friends of St. Francis.

All are welcome - Members Free - Guests $10 Donation 




Pastoral Ministry Updates


Service Hours Online

For the 2013-2014 school year, service hours will be documented online through Naviance.

Log on to Naviance

Click 'about me' tab

Click 'Service Hours' link on left

Fill in information:

include number of hours, site, and contact information

then fill in reflection questions.


A student can save and finish later, or save and submit.

Due April 15, 2014.

Students in Religion Class will be going to the computer lab to log on and work on logging in service hours the week of March 24th.



Lenten Opportunities

Stations of the Cross-- On Thurs 10 Apr, the Student Ministry Team is hosting Stations of the Cross after school.  All are welcome to attend and reflect as we prepare ourselves for Holy Week!  Our friend, Fr. Ed Shea, will be there to lead us through this spiritual classic.


Adoration-- On Fri 11 Apr, students are invited to come into the Chapel during study halls or religion class to sit and pray in the presence of the Eucharist for Adoration.

Opportunity for Parents!  We are in need of adults to volunteer time during the day to be with the Eucharist.  If you can donate a class period of time, please contact Kristen Ras at



IHSA Solo & Ensemble contest



On Saturday, March 8,  many St. Francis Choral and Band students participated in the IHSA Solo & Ensemble contest at Kaneland Harter School in Sugar Grove. Students prepared solos and small ensemble pieces and were judged and scored individually.  Congratulations to the following students who received a superior rating "I" and excellent rating "II" for their performances. They will receive a medal from the IHSA for their outstanding achievement.


Superior Rating I, Gold Medal - Joe Pagliuco (Guitar), Jessica Bullock & Hanna Szatkowski (Vocal Duet), Dan Reczek (Guitar), Lily Defino & Mary Kate Carragher (Vocal Duet), Nathan Gartlan (Saxophone), Kira Savegnago (Voice), William Ong (Piano), Helen Prebys (Voice), Colin Smith (Marimba), Lily Defino (Voice), Emily Fritz (Voice), Rachel Oliveros (Piano), Tess Foral, Harrison Lacy, Joe Lombardo, Franco Naccarato (Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble), Tess Foral (Baritone/Euphonium), Franco Naccarato (Tuba), Michael Deaton (Guitar), Mary Kate Carragher (Voice), Josh Ackerman (Trumpet), Abbi Momot (Voice), Krissy Zayner (Voice), Helen Prebys & Michael Keilman (Vocal Duet), Franco Naccarato & Harrison Lacy (Tuba Ensemble), Elisabeth Reuter (Voice), Nicholas Rueth (Guitar), Katie Kleve (Voice), Jared Walker & Chloe Dong (Clarinet Duet), Amanda Hicks & Andrea Culotta (Vocal Duet), Serena Harnack (Violin), The St. Francis Chamber Choir (Chamber Choir). 


Excellent Rating II, Silver Medal - Jack VanBoven (Voice), Christian Lang, Michael Pelletiere & David Johnson (Trumpet Ensemble), Ellie Clare (Voice), Amanda Hicks & Jared Walker (Vocal Duet), Jared Walker (Voice), Annie Vogel (Voice), Blake Eichenberger (Trumpet), AJ Panganiban, William Ong & Peter Hevrdejs (Saxophone Ensemble), Harrison Lacy (Tuba), Theresa Finan (Flute), Larissa Masnyk (Voice), Marc Berkowicz, Erin Sweeney, Carolina Hernandez, & Colin Lang (Saxophone Ensemble), Adam Camp & Ashley Kiser (Vocal Duet), Delaney Carani & Maria Carani (Vocal Duet), Jackie Payne (Voice), Jeremy McKeown (Voice), Marirose Rueth (Voice), Harrison Lacy (String Bass), Adam Izewski (Guitar), Jared Walker (Clarinet), Julia Rotondi (Snare Drum), Genna Gruendeman (Voice), Nick Vilimek (Alto Sax), Adam Izewski, Peter Labana, Julia Rotondi, Jorge Ferrer-Ortiz, Cameron Lorenz, & Sean Garvy (Percussion Ensemble), Julia Nauman (Voice), William Ong (Alto Sax), Donna Reindeau & Madeline Derango (Clarinet Duet), Marshall Preusser, Kate Rathgeber, Justin Andeway, Michael DeRaimo, Colin Smith, Ryan Wojtanek (Percussion Ensemble), Katrina Zhao (Voice), Alex Martinez (Tenor Sax), Josh Ackerman, Blake Eichenberger & Ryan Andeway (Trumpet Ensemble), Austin Porter (Piano), Marc Berkowicz (Alto Sax), Julianna Furlano (Voice), David Lombardo (Xylophone), Jenna Jamieson, Grace Pilcher, & Maria Carani (Vocal Ensemble), Kevin Churney & Nick Broach (Saxophone Duet), and Madeline Derango (Clarinet).


Special thanks to the student accompanists that helped many of these students achieve their medals: Rachel Oliveros, Mackenzie Gora, Jared Walker, Maria Peñas, Nicholas Rueth & Renee Ramos.




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