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e-News May 1st 2014


St. Francis High School

May 1, 2014

In This Issue
Cheer tryouts are May 5, 6 and 7th
Esco Textbook Buy Back
Used Uniform Collection Time
Adventure Club
Free SAT and ACT test available
SAT and ACT Prep
Free PSAT Practice Test May 3rd
Spring Choral Concert Sunday, May 4, 2014
Serena Harnack Invited to Attend Music Program
Roskam Presents Excellence Award to Nathan Gartlan
Congratulations National Honor Society Members
Notes from the Nurse
5th Annual Spirit & Pride Golf Outing - Monday, May 19th



5-4 Choral Concert at 3pm CAC

5-5 AP Chemistry Exam - AM 

5-5 AP Psychology Exam - PM

5-5 School Board Meeting - 6:30pm (Rosmonowski Room)

5-6 AP Spanish Language Exam - AM

5-6  AP Computer Science Exam - AM

5-6 Market Day Pick-Up - 5:00 to 6:00pm (Door #19)


5-8 AP English Literature Exam - AM


5-9 AP Statistics Exam - PM

5-9 Student Government Elections

5-9 Music Ensemble Concert 7:00pm (Kuhn Cultural Arts Center)

5-10 Prom


5-10 Senior Parent Social 


Quick Links
Cheer tryouts are May 5, 6 and 7th 

Cheer tryouts are May 5, 6 and 7th in the Slantdome from 5:30-8:00 pm. Please complete the Cheer packet (available on the SFHS website--click on the Student tab) and bring with you to the first tryout day.  If you have any questions, please see Coach Cramer or Coach Orzel.


Esco Textbook
Buy Back

Our on-campus Book Buyback for seniors is Wednesday, May 14 in the Spyglass Gymnasium from 7am until noon.  All other students can participate in the program on Friday, May 23 from 7am until noon.  Details, including 2014-2015 Booklist and link to Book Buyback website will be available before May 14.


Used Uniform Collection Time

As the school year draws to a close, do you have St. Francis school uniforms that you've outgrown, never used, or just won't need in college?  Please consider donating them to the UNIFORM RESALE.  In addition to cleaning out your closets, you will be providing affordable uniforms to next year's SFHS students. As an added bonus, proceeds are used to provide financial assistance for a St. Francis student.  It's a win-win-win all around!  Starting Monday 5/12, look for collection bins around the school. We will accept clean, gently used uniforms until Thursday, 6/12.  The UNIFORM RESALE will be held during the summer book test on June 17th.  


For questions or to volunteer at the resale, please contact Tami Martin, 630-307-0722 or


Adventure Club 

Adventure Club will be playing laser tag at Laser Quest in Downers Grove on Friday, May 2.  We will then go out to dinner at Portillo's afterwards.  Interested students should get the permission form from Ms. Fairhead in room 1110.  There are limited spots available for this very popular event, and they will be given to the first students who return the form & deposit.


Free SAT and ACT test available

Take a free Full-Length Diagnostic Test courtesy of BenchPrep.  Their full-length diagnostic tests for SAT and ACT will help you discover your strengths and weaknesses for each test.

BenchPrep offers online and mobile ACT and SAT prep courses. Use the code
PRACTICETEST to take an ACT or SAT diagnostic test for free.


SAT and ACT Prep

The June SAT and ACT are approaching quickly, and Revolution Prep is offering $200 off tutoring or $50 off any course to help you prepare! Tutors and courses are filling up fast, so call Revolution Prep's Senior Academic Adviser Josh Tillipman at 424-214-2371 to reserve your spot today! 


Free PSAT Practice Test for freshmen and sophomores on May 3, 2014

Kaplan will host a Free PSAT Practice Test for freshmen and sophomores on May 3, 2014 at various locations across the western suburbs. To locate and sign up for an event today, please visit  



Note from the Principal

Congratulations to the April Student of the Month recipients! Tommy Peplow, Business & Technology; Kate England, English; Lily Spatz, Mathematics; Lily Defino, Performing & Visual Arts; Carley Pasquale, Physical Education & Health; Samantha Cushing, Religion; Kat Kuhn, Science; Roselynn Mendoza, Social Studies; Kelsey Hanson, World Languages.


Blessings to you and yours,


Raeann Huhn 



St. Francis High School   



Spring Choral Concert     
Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 3:00pm
Remember ....Admission is free and non-perishable food items will be collected at the door for the DuPage Walk-in Ministry! 

Serena Harnack Invited to Attend Music Program


St. Francis High School sophomore Serena Harnack was one of 12 students nationwide invited to participate in the 2014 Brian Lewis Young Artist Program which is being held June 22- July 3 in Ottawa, Kansas. Through this free program, Serena will receive private instruction, time to rehearse with the orchestra, and the opportunity to perform solo with the Ottawa Chamber Symphony.


Serena's audition was a DVD recording of her performing a Tchaikovsky Concerto movement, a Bach Solo, and a Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy Showpiece.   Together with her application, list of studies, and a letter of recommendation from her private instructor, the audition was judged on a number of criteria as well as overall musicianship. Her admission to this program was highly selective.


Serena was invited and also attended this program both in 2010 and 2011.  She studied at Chautauqua, NY in 2012 and 2013.


Roskam Presents Excellence Award to Nathan Gartlan 

Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) announced the student recipients of the Sixth Congressional District Excellence Award in a ceremony at his West Chicago District Office. Each area high school was able to choose one senior for the award who demonstrated academic excellence and leadership qualities through extracurricular activities, school citizenship and community service. The student winner for St. Francis High School was Nathan Gartlan.Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) announced the student recipients of the Sixth Congressional District Excellence Award in a ceremony at his West Chicago District Office. Each area high school was able to choose one senior for the award who demonstrated academic excellence and leadership qualities through extracurricular activities, school citizenship and community service. The student winner for St. Francis High School was Nathan Gartlan.

"As parents, teachers, coaches and mentors, we strive to put in place every opportunity so that our kids can succeed," said Roskam. "So nights like tonight are extra special, because we're honoring a group of high school seniors who have not only taken advantage of the educational opportunities their schools provide but also the programs and activities in the community to go above and beyond all of our hopes and expectations. I applaud each student recognized here tonight, they have accomplished so much already and prepared themselves well for the next chapters of their lives."

Congratulations to the new members of the National Honor Society who were inducted on April 13th, 2014.  

Madison Barella  Daniel Freund  Alyssa Panganiban
Sarah Bettag  Ian Hart  Rachel Parisi
Alice Bettag  Foster Heise  Audrey Pechan
Naveen Breen  Carolina Hernandez  Thomas Peplow
Leah Brizuela  Claire Holman  Margaret Peplow
Thomas Brundage  Matthew Humes  Alexis Perez
Connor Buckley  Amanda Imbrogno  Timothy Pisarski
Adam Camp  Kelly Joniak  Elliott Pointner
Samantha Cushing  Regan Kasprak  Donna Riendeau
Nicola Dama  Samantha Kenney  Brooke Roback
Jenna Dama  Kevin Killian  Marirose Rueth
Ethan Dean  Margaret Kliebhan  Olivia Sauls
Kathryn Deneen  Katherine LaMantia  Matthew Seikel
Radha Deshmukh  Sean Malek  Jenna Sgarlata
Chelsea DiValerio  Kristamae Masiclat  Parker Sitley
Molly Doran  Narra Moreen  Hanna Szatkowski
Bridget Doran  Sarah Muisenga  Kristen Von Bampus
Madeleine Fitzgerald  Brandon O'Kasick  Stephen Yanan



Notes from the Nurse


College Bound Seniors:

  • Seniors will be notified the week of May 5th to pick up their files in the Main Office. Included in this packet will be a complete record of their immunizations along with any other health records that we may have for them. Most likely you will need a complete record of their vaccines for college entrance. Please remind your student to pick up his/her files.
  • Plan on sending your college freshman off with a first aid kit to manage minor illnesses and injuries. Click here for a list of items to pack in your college bound first aid kit.  

Your tee time is at Noon...

The Spirit & Pride Golf Outing is fast approaching... 

are you registered?


The 5th Annual Spirit & Pride Golf Outing to benefit SFHS Audio & Visual Technology Upgrades is coming up on Monday, May 19th. This is one golf outing you don't want to miss - be sure to register soon! 

We're teeing off at noon at White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville, the premier full service private country club in the Chicagoland area. In addition to 18 outstanding holes of golf, we'll enjoy lunch and dinner, a cocktail hour, prizes, auctions and much more.     


Schedule of Events
10:30-Noon - Registration, Lunch and practice time
Noon - Shotgun start
5 p.m. - Cocktail hour and Silent Auction
6 p.m. - Dinner, Raffles and Prizes
$200 per person/$800 foursome
Registration is limited to 144 golfers - reserve a place LINK for yourself or your foursome today!

Interested in sponsoring?

This popular event is underwritten by local businesses and individuals. If you would like to join that list, view the sponsorship opportunities on the golf website.


Click here to view the golf website  

or contact Dan Donati at

630-330-5142 or


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