List of 20 news stories.

  • St. Francis High School Student Advances in the Global Breakthrough Junior Challenge

    St. Francis High School student Gianni P. ’21 advances to the next round of voting in the global Breakthrough Junior Challenge. The Breakthrough Junior Challenge organized by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, is an annual global competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science. Students ages 13 to 18 from countries across the globe are invited to create and submit original videos that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics, or mathematics.
    Gianni's creatively insightful video illustrating the idea of dark matter, is one of 30 world-wide entries selected to advance to next stage of the challenge – the Popular Vote. For 16 days beginning September 5 - September 20, people from around the world will be able to vote for their favorite video. The entry which gets the highest combined total of Likes, Shares, and Comments on their video posted on the Breakthrough Facebook page will be named Popular Vote Top Scorer and will automatically bypass the next round of judging (Selection Committee) and be placed in the final round of judging.
    The winner of the challenge will be awarded $400,000 in educational prizes including a college scholarship, winnings for the science teacher who inspired the student and a state-of-the-art science lab for the winner's school.
    “A state-of-the-art science lab, in my view, would provide students an area with cutting-edge equipment and technology that would encourage collaboration, discussion, and exploration for testing student-generated scientific ideas. said Dr. Tom Juliano, Science Department Teacher. “It may help students delve further into areas of astronomy, microscopy, and environmental science.” 
  • Congratulations Class of 2020!

    On the evening of Thursday, July 30, 2020, St. Francis High School held its 61st Annual Commencement Exercises honoring the Class of 2020. The intimate and socially distant ceremony was held on campus this year, with a small group of administrators, faculty and staff on hand to coordinate the evening’s events. Student's along with their parents/guardians attended in shifts to support current health and safety guidelines and ensure a safe environment for all. The evening was broadcast live for at home viewers and featured a virtual performance from the SFHS Choir and commencement addresses by Salutatorian, Annemarie Novack and Valedictorian, Alexander Modugno. The evening also included the entrance of graduates, conferral of diplomas, prayer, and final blessing.
  • 2nd Semester Honor Roll

    St. Francis High School is proud to announce and congratulate students for their outstanding achievements during the second semester. Students who achieved a GPA of 4.0 or better in the second semester and made the “A” honor roll and those who achieved a GPA between 3.0 and 3.99 made the “B” honor roll. View the list here.
  • SFHS Students Awarded in Sustainable Design Challenge

    Last month DuPage County Stormwater Management and SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) awarded the top prizes for this year’s 14th Annual Sustainable Design Challenge. The annual event, which was held virtually for the first time in its history, encourages students to construct building and landscape models using environmental and water-friendly design practices. Local professionals working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields served as judges, evaluating the students’ designs, presentations and innovation. "Masreyrod Apartments" created by St. Francis High School students Tanya M. '21, Maggie B. '21 and Brigette P. '21, was awarded for Best Energy Efficiency Design!
  • SFHS Athletic Summer Camp Registration Now Open

    St. Francis High School Athletic Summer Camps are now open for registration. A variety of athletic camps are open to any and all athletes entering 4th – 12th grades. For a complete list of current athletic camp offerings and to register please visit:
    Stay tuned for information regarding non-athletic camps coming soon!
  • SFHS Begins Summer Strength and Conditioning

    Athletes have been approved to return for strength and conditioning sessions. Each session will follow strict safety guidelines requiring routine temperature checks, group gatherings of 10 or less, and participants to maintain a distance of 6 feet.
    Sessions are strength and conditioning only. Current camps open for registration are listed as Volleyball and Football, but are open to any and all athletes in grades 9-12. Those interested in participating may register at: 
    The IHSA Board of Directors announced Monday that the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee’s blueprint for Stage 2 of the return-to-play plan was submitted to the Illinois Department of Public Health for approval. With this progress, we hope to provide more information on the opening of additional summer camps soon!
  • St. Francis High School Receives Microsoft “Top Community Influencer” Award

    St. Francis High School was recently honored with the Microsoft Showcase School Top Community Influencer Award.
    “This school has exemplified being a leader in their local community by sharing their usage of Microsoft Education and its impact on student learning.” says U.S. MIE Experts and Showcase Schools “This school is creating waves in Chicago with their Digital Transformation Summits.”
    Through a host of Digital Classroom events and Professional Development courses, St. Francis High School has welcomed educators interested in exploring Microsoft’s 1:1 technology curriculum to observe the benefits of a digital transformation.
    “Our Microsoft solution including Office 365, OneNote and Teams has not only better prepared our students for college and careers, but it has also allowed us to seamlessly transition to e-Learning in a manner of days without skipping a beat. In addition, we have formed an innovative partnership with the local Microsoft Store in Oak Brook and its team…co-hosting of events like Technology Open Houses, Startup Day competitions, and various camps.” says Jeff Gerdeman, Director of IT at St. Francis High School “We feel fortunate to have been named a Microsoft Showcase School for three years running and look forward to continuing our efforts to provide our constituents with the necessary tools to enhance learning.”
    “Microsoft has really changed our teachers’ classroom experience.” says Colleen Kaplan, Technology Integration Specialist at St. Francis High School “The most important thing we can do to help spread knowledge and awareness of Microsoft tools in education is to open our doors to other educators and administrators. When a person sees these tools in action, they see the power these tools have to transform the classroom.”
    St. Francis High School just completed its fifth year of mobile learning and is currently one of 41 U.S. Microsoft Showcase Schools in the country.
  • A Message from President Ackerson and Principal Huhn

  • Jeff Gerdeman '87 Named New Head Girls’ Basketball Coach

    St. Francis High School is pleased to announce Jeff Gerdeman '87 as Head Girls’ Basketball Coach.
    Coach Gerdeman has long been connected to St. Francis High School. As an alum from the class of 1987, Coach Gerdeman is one of seven siblings who attended St. Francis High School. Receiving his B.S. in Accounting from DePaul University and his MBA from Northern Illinois University, Gerdeman has served as the Director of IT at St. Francis High School for nearly 20 years - the architect behind the school’s Microsoft Showcase School recognition.
  • St. Francis High School Goes Mobile to Improve Student Learning

    St. Francis High School has been determined to improve student learning outcomes and prepare them for today’s workforce. Working with the local Microsoft Store, we’ve implemented a 1:1 Mobile Learning program that helps students learn new skills and complete their projects—both in and outside the classroom.
    Learn more about our Mobile Learning Initiative (1:1 program) and collaboration with Microsoft Store here.
  • St. Francis High School Named Jostens 2020 National Yearbook Program of Excellence

    St. Francis High School’s yearbook program has been named Jostens 2020 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 award winning yearbook program is led by editors Gabi Castaneda ‘21, Brigette Penrod ‘21, and Elizabeth Kapsch ‘21, under the direction of Mrs. Doane, Yearbook class advisor, Visual Arts and English Teacher.
  • Virtual Senior Honors Night

    Each year we celebrate students' outstanding academic and co-curricular achievements during their St. Francis High School career with a special night - Senior Honors Night. What is normally a momentous evening on campus in the Kuhn CAC, this year award recipients received a personal at-home delivery of their special honor. We are proud to recognize these seniors who have demonstrated exemplary performance during their time at St. Francis High School.  

  • SFHS Varsity Boys Basketball Team Plan Surprise Celebration for Mentor and WWII Veteran’s 100th Birthday

    Earlier this year the St. Francis High School Varsity Boys Basketball team met with WWII Veteran and prisoner of war hero, Howie Chittenden. The meeting came in connection to the boys’ work with the Travis Manion Foundation whose mission is to empower veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. For the team, Howie has served as a mentor in character development, teaching the boys about selfless leadership, service and respect. This month the boys teamed up with others to plan a surprise celebration for Howie’s milestone 100th birthday on Saturday, May 16, 2020. 
  • Virtual Art Show

    The Virtual Art Show opened on May 12, 2020. Since 1983, the Art Show has showcased the work SFHS art students have completed throughout the year. Virtual Art Show displayed student pieces from the St. Francis Art curriculum, including Visual Art, Art Fundamentals II, Art III Pre-Portfolio, Art IV Refinement of Skills, Honors AP Art, Digital Art, and Communications Design. Visit to see amazing pieces of art!
  • 2020 Teacher Appreciation Week

  • Spring National Signing Day Virtual Celebration

    St. Francis High School is proud to announce that 17 senior student-athletes from the 2020 class will move on to play college level sports next year. This group includes four Division I athletes and thirteen Division III athletes representing Football, Boys’ and Girls’ Lacrosse, Girls’ Soccer, Softball, Boys’ and Girls’ Volleyball, Track & Field, and Boys’ Basketball.
    During the last four years this group had 9 Regional Championships, 4 Sectional Championships, 2 Super Sectional Championships, 1 State Runner-up, 1 IHSA State Championship and a Football Semi-Finalist.
  • Spartans Unite for Tuition Assistance

    On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, St. Francis High School students, faculty and staff came together for Spartans Unite – a benefit concert to support the SFHS COVID-19 Tuition Assistance Fund.  
    The SFHS COVID-19 Tuition Assistance Fund was established to aid families who are experiencing economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All funds raised ensure current students will complete their St. Francis High School education and allow incoming students from the class of 2024 to continue on the St. Francis path.
    Through an overwhelming amount of support from the St. Francis community, over $60,000 was raised to support the SFHS COVID-19 Tuition Assistance Fund.
  • SFHS Student Receives Point of Light Award

    SFHS student Rinna Talwar, was recently nominated for a Daily Point of Light award for her service work with The Birthday Giving Program. The Daily Point of Light award is given out each weekday by Points of Light to those extraordinary individuals who are donating their time and talent to better their communities.
  • Congratulations April Students of the Month

    Each month SFHS faculty selects Students of the Month who are recognized for being progressive, impressive, and/or expressive. Congratulations to April's Students of the Month:
  • National Honor Society Induction

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