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e-News September 1, 2016
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Labor Day - No School

Special Schedule: Delayed Start - School begins at 9:00 a.m.

Board of Directors Meeting; 6:30 p.m. (Rosmonowski Room)

Senior Parent Coffee with the Counselors; 9 a.m. (Rosmonowski Room)

Parent Clubs' Social and Activities Fair (Lacy Gateway Bldg)

College Financial Aid Parent Program; 7 p.m. (Kuhn CAC)

Powder Puff Game

Special Schedule; Dismissal at 12:10 p.m.

Homecoming Game vs. DeLaSalle; 5/7:30 p.m.

Pep Rally; PM Assembly Schedule

College Application and Essay Writing; 7p.m. (Kuhn CAC)

Free Practice ACT; 8:30 a.m. (North Wing)

All-School Liturgy - Feast of St. Francis 8 a.m.

27th Annual Alumni Golf Outing (Prairie Landing Golf Club) 9:00 a.m.

Columbus Day - No School

Choral Concert; 7 p.m. (Kuhn CAC)

Fathers' Club Spirit Rally (after the football game)

Alumni Association All-School Reunion - Oktoberfest
Note from the Principal
The energy and enthusiasm of the students, faculty and staff and parents is evident this year and has certainly added to the start of what I hope and pray will be another great school year. Thank you so much for your efforts and support at home. 

For those planning on attending the football game tomorrow night, 
the Father's Club will provide shuttles from Target and the Mother's Club will be selling Spartanwear. The Freshman game begins at 5 p.m. and Varsity will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy a safe Labor Day Weekend!

Raeann Huhn Principal
St. Francis High School
2016 AP Scholar Awards
Congratulations to the following current and former St. Francis High School students who were recently designated to receive AP Awards for their performance on Advanced Placements exams in spring of 2016. Forty-eight students received AP Awards for 2016 testing.

AP Scholar: These 20 students have received grades of at least 3 or better on three or more AP Exams.

Current Seniors: Elizabeth Allgaier, Anthony Clare, Katherine Kubik, William Ong, and Michael Stompanato

Class of 2016 Graduates: John Brannigan, Eric Buranicz, Chelsea DiValerio, Kevin Kaltenmark, Bridget Kiley, Elena Kovacevic, Emily Larson, Caroline Loughman, Caroline Makauskas, Sean Malek, Mark Penas, Margaret Peplow, Rachel Rahman, Nicholas Rueth, and Andrew Savage.

AP Scholar with Honor: These 11 students have received an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more exams.

Class of 2016 Graduates: Leah Brizuela, Stephen Burns, Francesco Greco, Emma Johnson, Kevin Killian, Nicholas Kurtyka, Jonathan Nocek, Nicole Popow, Faith Power, Colin Smith, and Andrew Szewczyk

AP Scholar with Distinction: These 17 students have received an average grade of 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more exams.

Class of 2016 Graduates: Joseph Ayres, Matthew Bandusky, Connor Buckley, Karina Chan, Samuel Crowell, Samantha Cushing, Daniel Freund, Nicholas Kavouris, Katherine LaMantia, Alejandro Monzon, Julia Nauman, Timothy Pisarski, Elliot Pointner, Brooke Roback, Michael Rueth, Emily Whiteside, and Annika Zdon
St. Francis High School Named Jostens 2016 National Yearbook Program of Excellence
St. Francis High School's yearbook program is being recognized for their dynamic and engaging yearbook.

Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, announced that St. Francis High School's yearbook program has been named a 2016 Jostens' National Yearbook Program of Excellence. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy.

The St. Francis High School's award winning yearbook program is led by junior Caroline Brose under the direction of Kate Doane, St. Francis High School yearbook adviser.

Jostens' National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in spring and in fall for yearbooks delivered during the school year. The Award was presented to the St. Francis yearbook program for achieving the defined criteria in each of three following categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement, and successfully managing the yearbook creation process.
Note from the Dean
Please Help Ease Traffic Congestion
As we are a few weeks into the new school year, I am sure you have noticed the amount of traffic in the St. Francis parking lots before and after school. To help ease the congestion, the Wheaton Police Department has suggested that parents drop-off before school and pick-up after school in the Target parking lot. Students will then be able to take advantage of the police crossing that is present along Roosevelt Road.
September Special Lunch: Back to School BBQ - Friday September 2
Tuition Credit Raffle
Any we're off! This year it's
WINNER'S CHOICE for a $10,000 tuition credit OR a cash prize. Only 350 tickets will be sold throughout the St. Francis High School community so go online to and buy some raffle tickets today. $100 per chance. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Ensuring Our Future auction on March 11, 2017, but the winner need not be present to win. For additional information contact Debbie Quirk at
College Planning and Admissions
Presentation September 7
On Wednesday, September 7, at 6:30 p.m., Mrs. Rigney, Director of Guidance, will present a program for parents on College Planning and Admissions in the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center. She will provide an overview of the key factors in college admission and selecton and explain the major steps in the college, scholarship, and financial aid application process. For parents who have not yet used the Naviance College Connection program, Mrs. Rigney will also review the features of this program. Because we now send all college documents electronically via the Naviance Program, it is very helpful for parents to be familiar with the steps their students must complete in Naviance. This informational program is open to parents of all grade levels but we strongly recommend that all parents of seniors attend this program. 
Library News
This year the library is hosting a "Lunch & Lit" book discussion. Students are invited to bring their lunch to the library and share in a discussion of a selected book. The first "Lunch & Lit" is in September. All freshmen are invited to participate in a discussion of "To Kill a Mockingbird," on Thursday, September 8 during A lunch. And, all sophomore, junior, and senior students are invited to join us in the library on Thursday, September 15 during either C or E lunch for a discussion of "Fahrenheit 451." Students must sign-up by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the library to attend the following day's discussion. See Mrs. Rath with any questions.
Adventure Club
Adventure Club invites students to go mini-golfing followed by ice cream after school on Tuesday, September 13. Transportation is provided and students will be back at school by 5 p.m. For more information or to pick up a permission form, please see Ms. Fairhead in room 1110.
Back to School Parents' Social
The BACK TO SCHOOL PARENTS' SOCIAL is Thursday, September 15
This event is hosted by the Mothers' & Fathers' Clubs from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in the Robinson Family Learning Resource Center. Food, Fun and Beverages will be on tap!
By now you should have received an evite. If not, please contact Debbie Quirk in the Institutional Advancement office at
Come on out for a night of fun!
Upcoming College Fairs 
September 24
NACAC Performing Arts College Fair at DePaul University, 1:00-3:00 PM
October 1
NACAC Chicago National College Fair at McCormick Place 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
October 3
College Fair at Waubonsee Community College 6:00-8:00 PM
October 4
College Fair at Elgin Community College 6:00-8:00 PM
October 18
College Fair at College of DuPage, 6:00-8:00 PM
Executive Functioning Skills Workshop at SFHS
Wednesday, October 5, from 5:30-7:30  p.m., Nurturing Wisdom will present an interactive workshop on Executive Functioning Skills for students and parents in the Rosmonowski Room. Many young people need help developing executive functioning skills like organizing, time management, studying and notetaking. Those skills are often the missing link to success. This practical and hands on workshop will give students and parents a chance to:
  • Be introduced to executive functioning skills
  • Organize binders and school materials
  • Learn study and note-taking skills
  • Build effective homework routines
  • Get tips and tricks for managing time effectively 
Sign up online by clicking Here. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Angelika Rupp at 630-668-5800 ext. 1104 or or Jeanne Rerucha at Nurturing Wisdom at 312-260-7945 ext. 7 or visit
Father's Club Service Project at Northern Illinois Food Bank 
Need Service Hours? Please join us on Saturday, October 1st from 9:00AM until Noon at the Northern Illinois Food Bank for our first serve of school year. A core value we have at St. Francis is to live out the gospel and serve those that are the "least of these" as Jesus calls us to do. The NIFB serves over 70,000 people each week and over 590,000 people per year! In Northern Illinois, 1 out of 5 children face hunger and need assistance. NIFB has a major need to fill volunteer slots and we are committing to provide 50 volunteers. Hope to see you there!

To sign up, contact Mark Petersen at
Powder Puff Signup
This year's homecoming Powder Puff game is scheduled for Thursday, September 22! Freshman through senior ladies can sign up to be on the team at 7:00 a.m. AND 2:35 p.m. on Thursday, September 1 in Room 1208. Students must sign up and turn in their money by the end of signup on September 1 to be considered for the team. The cost for the junior/senior Powder Puff jersey is $30, and the freshmen/sophomore shirt is $20. Students have been instructed to get approval from their coach before they sign up if they are a fall athlete. If they are not a fall athlete, they must be physically able to participate in P.E. in order to sign up. They must also have permission from their parents before signing up. Anyone who is chosen for the team, but who did not seek out proper approval will forfeit their money and will not be replaced on the team. Students who are not chosen for the team and do not wish to purchase a shirt if not on the team will have their money refunded to them. Powder Puff teams will be chosen by random drawing from those who signed up, and the teams will be posted outside of Room 1208 on September 6. Good luck to all!
Coffee with the Counselors
for Senior Parents
A Coffee with the Counselors for Senior Parents will be held on Thursday, September 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  in the Rosomonowski Room. During the program, Mrs. Rigney and Mr. Lindley will assist senior parents in understanding the college admission and college application process. Topics will include: steps for completing a college application, using Naviance, requesting recommendations and transcripts, the Common Application, scholarships, and time for questions and answers. If you wish to attend, please RSVP Michele LeBeau, Guidance Administrative Assistant, at   
Wendy's Scholarship
This year, Wendy's® is giving away 100 scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $10,000.

Since 1994, Wendy's High School Heisman has been supporting education and celebrating the successes of top performing high school scholar-athletes. We've awarded nearly $2 million to support education across the country, and we've recognized the achievements of more than 600,000 of the nation's most esteemed high school seniors, including students from YOUR SCHOOL.

The deadline to apply is October 3, 2016.

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