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e-News November 6th 2014
Principal's e-NewsletterNovember 6, 2014 
In This Issue
Fall Play - Almost Maine
November is Youth Suicide Prevention Month
Men's swim team looking for a few good men
College Athlete Eligibility and Recruitment Information Night
FASHIONPALOOZA Early Bird Deadline Tomorrow
Engineering Career Program
Culinary Club News
Time Out for Reading
For Parents of 8th Graders

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What to Wear on Fridays
Upcoming Events
11/7/2014 » 11/9/2014

Fall Play; 11/7-11/9


11/10/2014 » 11/11/2014

Junior Retreat; 11/10-11/11



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



Jostens Sophomore Class Ring Order Information Assembly


11/11/2014 » 11/14/2014

Boys' Kairos; 11/11-11/14



Time Out for Reading Day (see Bell Schedule)


Alumni Association Meeting - 6:30 pm (Rosmonowski Room) 


Jostens Sophomore Ring Order Collection


Jostens Make-Up Senior Cap, Gown & Graduation Announcement Orders Collection

NCAA Eligibility Information Program for Student Athletes & Parents; 7:00 pm

Open House; Program begins at 6:00 pm

Parents' Organization Meeting; 6:30 pm (Rosmonowski Room)

Jostens Make-Up Sophomore Ring Order Collection

Fashion Show


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


11/26/2014 » 11/28/2014
Thanksgiving Vacation - NO SCHOOL; 11/26-11/28

Father's Club Boxing Event - 6-9:00 PM

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Note from the Principal  

Good Luck to the Cast and Crew of Almost Maine! Tickets will be available at the door.


Good Luck to our Spartan Athletes:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm - The Girls' Volleyball Team will play Johnsburg High School in the IHSA Sectional Semifinals at Vernon Hills High School.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 12:00 pm - The Boys' Cross Country State meet is at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm - The Football Team will play Lakes High School (in Lake Villa) in the Round 2 IHSA Playoffs.


Go Spartans!


Blessings to you and yours, 

Raeann Huhn 


St. Francis High School

St. Francis High School 
Almost Maine

Friday, November 7 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, November 9 at 1:30 pm

tickets can be purchased at the door 
$8 for Seniors and $10  for adults
November is Youth 
Suicide Prevention Month

As part of November's National Youth Suicide Prevention Month the Guidance and Counseling Department is offering several programs throughout the month. For more info, please contact Mrs. Rupp at


When do the normal ups and downs of adolescence become something to worry about? How can you know if suicide is a risk for your family? And if you are worried about it, what can you do? The first step is to learn about the factors that can put a teen at risk for suicide. The more you know, the better you'll be prepared for understanding what can put your child at risk.


Preventing Youth Suicide - Tips for Parents

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth between 10 and 19 years of age. However, suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress. Most important is to never take these warning signs lightly.


Suicide Risk Factors-Certain characteristics are associated with increased suicide risk. These include: Mental illness, Family stress and situational crises.


Suicide Warning Signs-Many suicidal youth demonstrate observable behaviors that signal their suicidal thinking. These include: Suicidal threats; 

Suicide notes and plans; Prior suicidal behavior; preoccupation with death and changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts and/or feelings.


What to Do-Youth who feel suicidal are not likely to seek help directly; however, parents, school personnel, and peers can recognize the warning signs and take immediate action to keep the youth safe. The following actions should be taken: ask the youth directly if he or she is thinking about suicide; Listen; Reassure them that there is help and they will not feel like this forever; Get help


Resources Available Online;

Men's swim team

Attention:  Men's swim team is looking for a few good men. Want to get in shape for spring sports and turnabout dance? 

No tryouts and no prior swim team experience necessary. All practices are after school except for a few on Saturdays. Fun times and good competition. Come see what it is all about. Contact Coach Galla @ x 1128.

College Athlete Eligibility and Recruitment Information night


On Tuesday, November 18th at 7 PM in the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center, St. Francis High School will be hosting a NCAA, NAIA, and athletic recruitment parent/student-athlete information night. This will be a very informative event for our student athletes and their parents. All athletes should attend so they can plan for the future. Please contact Mr. Lindley at 630-668-5800 ext. 1114 if you have any questions. Below is a biography of our presenters. This year's format for presentations will be three 30 minute presentations, then a panel discussion at the end. Please see the information below about the speakers for this event:

  1. Shane Rosenberry is a Northern Illinois University compliance officer and will talk specifically about NCAA Eligibility. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing at NIU. He wrestled at NIU for 5 years and is currently in his second year in the Sports Management Master's Program at Northern Illinois University. He is one of the two Compliance and Student Services Graduate Assistants at NIU.
  2. Cara Currier is the Compliance Coordinator for NAIA and will talk about eligibility standards. One of the winningest active coaches in NAIA volleyball, Cara Currier enters her 13th season at St. Francis in 2014. Currier, who also serves as USF's assistant director of athletics, received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in both mathematics and secondary education from Augustana College in 1990 and a Master of Science degree in sports management from Western Illinois University in 1998.
  3. Cecil Martin works at NCSA Athletic Recruiting Network in Chicago. He earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to play football. He was a 4-year starter, captain for Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship team, co-MVP, and also earned a Big Ten title on the track team. He was a 2- time winner of the NFCA (National Football Coaches Association) Good Works team for community service and graduated with a degree in communications.

Upon graduation, the Philadelphia Eagle drafted him into the NFL. As a 4-year starter with the Philadelphia Eagles He earned the NFL Unsung Hero award 2 years in a row and also earned the Ed Block Courage award, both for community service and leadership. He would go on to play with the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has since been speaking in schools all over the country the past 15 years. Martin will guide parents about the benefits of playing collegiate sports, understanding whether an athlete is being recruited, strategies on how to maximize an athlete's recruiting potential, Timelines for college recruiting, The importance of character and keeping good grades, and The five things every potential college recruit must do.

Early Bird Deadline Tomorrow!

Been putting off buying your ticket to the annual St. Francis Fall Fashion Show? VIP pricing ends tomorrow so now's the time to return your reply card or register at to get your tickets to this fabulous event! New this year- the Platinum Experience which includes admission, raffle tickets and a chance to win a VIP table for you and your friends. Platinum Experience and VIP Admission pricing end on November 7. See you on the runway!

Engineering Career Program

Engineering Career Program:  St. Francis students are invited to 7th annual Explore Engineering Night on Friday, November 21st, 6 PM to 9:30 PM  at College of DuPage, SRC Room 2000.  More than 10 speakers from both academia and industry are scheduled to discuss the work they perform as engineers. The speakers received their degrees in Bio, Chemical, Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, and Industrial Engineering.  It is a free event that was designed to introduce students to the different majors and learn what an engineer does on the job.  It will be a great experience for students who are thinking about pursuing engineering after high school. Representatives from several university engineering programs in Illinois will also be available.  

Culinary Club News
After school on Tuesday, November 11,  the Culinary Club will learn about the newest food craze when they visit "Nothing Bundt Cakes," in Wheaton Town Square.  Space is limited, so students should  stop by the library to  sign-up and get a permission slip from Mrs. Rath.
Time Out for Reading

The Second Quarter Time Out for Reading will be held on Tuesday, November 11th in the LRC.  The title to be discussed will be "The Metamorphoses," by Franz Kafka. This is the strange story of a man, who overnight, is transformed into a monstrous bug.  Why and what are the consequences will be explored in the discussion.


All students planning to attend either discussion, must sign up in the library by 3:00 on Monday, November 10th.

For Parents of 8th Graders 

Rise Up is an opportunity for all current 8th graders to participate in a St. Francis High School, National Honor Society run day of leadership, teamwork, character building, and service to prepare for high school and beyond. 

When: Saturday November 15, 2014
Check-in: 9:30-10:00a.m. at St. Francis
Pick-up: 2:30p.m. at St. Francis

Cost: $10 includes a Leader T-shirt and lunch, online registration is required to ensure we have a t-shirt and lunch for you.



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