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List of 20 news stories.

  • Congratulations November Students of the Month

    Each month St. Francis High School faculty recognize students for their progressive, impressive, and/or expressive classwork and commitment to their education. Congratulations to November's Students of the Month:
     
    Business & Technology: Melanie D. '24
    English: Samantha L. '22
    Mathematics: Emerson H. '24
    Performing & Visual Arts: Caroline D. '21
    Physical Education & Health: Emily B. '23
    Religion: Emma F. '21
    Science: Christopher S. '22
    Social Studies: Rebeca A. '23
    World Language: Ally S. '21
  • Illinois Music Education Association District 9 Honor Students

    The Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) has named four St. Francis High School choir students to the ILMEA District 9 Honor Choir, one student to the ILMEA District 9 Honor Jazz Band, and one student to the ILMEA District 9 Honor Band. These students were selected through rigorous virtual auditions in October and will have the opportunity to participate in the ILMEA District Festival Masterclass Day event later this month.
     
    ILMEA District 9 Honor Choir
    Kaitlyn C. ‘21
    Caroline D. ‘21
    Sam C. ‘22
    Linda C. ‘22
     
    ILMEA District 9 Honor Jazz Band
    Tyler Schmitz '21
     
    ILMEA District 9 Honor Band
    Tim Kasprzak '23
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    Spartan-athlete Named Girls Golfer of the Year

    The Kane County Chronicle has named Spartan-athlete Katherine L. '21 Girls Golfer of the Year for the second year in a row! Katherine had a great season earning medals in all 10 dual meets the SFHS Girls Golf team participated in this season. During the IHSA Girls Golf Sectional, Katherine hit a hole in one on the 155 yard Hole #5 at Arlington Lakes Golf Club. She also finished first individually at the Metro Suburban Conference meet and the Class 2A Regionals.
     
  • Fall Choral Concert

    On Wednesday, October 21, the St. Francis High School Choir Program presented their first virtual concert singing sacred music. The concert titled “Let There Be Music” brings words of hope and encouragement during this unprecedented time of uncertainty. The concert exhibits the talents of the SFHS Chamber, Concert, Mixed, and Swing Choirs.
  • St. Francis High School Announces Steven Sjobring as Orchestra Director

    St. Francis High School is pleased to announce the return of the Orchestra Program under the direction of Mr. Steven Sjobring.
     
    Steven is an experienced music educator and highly skilled performer. A graduate of Wheaton College, Sjobring studied violin/viola performance and music education. In 2001, Steven was the first prize winner of the Wheaton College Conservatory Concerto Competition. He is the Co-founder and Director of the String Academy of Chicago. He is also the founder and member of the Chicago Classic String Ensemble - performing throughout the Chicagoland area. His primary instrument is the violin.
     
    “We are excited for Steven to take over our string program at St. Francis High School.” said Bob Mamminga, Co-Director of Activities and Performing and Visual Art Department Chair, St. Francis High School. “We are excited to add Steve Sjobring to the Performing and Visual Arts Department. We are looking forward to him growing the program and allowing our many talented students to flourish in orchestra here at SFHS.”
     
    Mr. Sjobring is currently a guest lecturer at Wheaton College teaching String Pedagogy and String Technique courses. He also has experience as a guest conductor and freelance artist.
     
    “I believe this time is more important than ever to come together to make music.” says Sjobring. “Music making fosters community, provides an outlet for self-expression, and allows us to give back to the world around us. I am looking forward to sharing my passion of creating high quality string music with St. Francis High School students and to share the joy of music performance with the community.” 
     
    The Orchestra Program at St. Francis High School has been in existence since 2012.
  • Student Athlete Makes Hole In One

    Congratulations to Katherine L. ‘21, who hit a hole-in-one at the IHSA Girls Golf Sectional on Tuesday, October 13 at Arlington Lakes Golf Club. Katherine made the hole in one on the 155 yard Hole #5 with an 8-iron.
  • Congratulations October 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 October’s Students of the Month:
     
    Business & Technology: Abby S. '21
    English: Mila D. '24 (not pictured)
    Mathematics: Olivia H. '21
    Performing & Visual Arts: Peyton R. '21
    Physical Education & Health: Trey K. '24
    Religion: Abbie S. '24
    Science: Elleson C. '24
    Social Studies: Philip L. '23
    World Language: Joey C. '23
  • Student Wins Congressional Art Award

    We are excited to share that St. Francis High School student Gigi Singh, '21, was recently named the winner of the Congressional Art Competition for Illinois 6th Congressional District. Her piece, entitled ‘Quilled Portrait’ will be showcased in U.S. Capitol for a full year!
  • Students Recognized by National Merit® Scholarship Program

    We are happy to announce that several members of the class of 2021 have been recognized by the National Merit® Scholarship Corporation for their incredible academic achievements. Over 1.5 million students took the PSAT in the fall of 2019, which allowed them to qualify for this program. Of those students, 50,000 students who scored the highest are recognized for their impressive achievement. About 16,000 students with the highest scores are named semifinalists in the competition and move forward in the program. About 34,000 students are recognized as Commended Students, as well.
     
    This year, we congratulate  Aiden B. '21 and John A. '21 as Semifinalists. We also congratulate  Margaret B. '21, Owen F. '21, Katherine L. '21, Zachary M. '21, and Andrew Y. '21 as Commended Students. We are so proud of these Spartans!
  • Student Achieves Perfect SAT Score

    Emery C. ‘22 has earned a 1600 on the SAT, the highest possible score achievable. About 2.2 million students take the test each year and less than 1% get a perfect score. The average score in IL is 1011.
     
    “Emery is the type of student that teachers love to teach.” said Matt Gorski, English Teacher. “She is highly intelligent, but her skills and attributes are not limited to academics – she is also a great leader and a wonderful person who genuinely cares about helping others. Emery demonstrates an intellectual curiosity and a commitment to excellence that extend well beyond the classroom, and she is one of the most remarkable students I have ever taught.”
     
    “Emery always strives to do her best, no matter the subject areas.” adds Mike Lynch, Business & Technology Department Chair. “She is not as comfortable in a business class as she is in her science and math classes, but she looks at this as an opportunity to excel in something new.”
     
    Emery is currently a member of the National Honor Society, SALT (Student Ambassador Leadership Team), and Student Ministry Team, as well as participates in Girls Varsity Swimming at St. Francis High School.
     
    “I’m honestly not surprised.” said Bridget Buckley, Director of Counseling, upon hearing the news. “Emery is so intelligent and hardworking, in addition to being incredibly thoughtful, conscientious, and kind. I am so proud of Emery for this incredible accomplishment.”
     
    “We are very proud of Emery for achieving a perfect score on the SAT.” adds Raeann Huhn, Principal. “Emery has always been very goal oriented. She is an incredibly well-rounded student and is a great example for her classmates.”
     
    The SAT® Suite of Assessments is an integrated system of tests that measure what students are learning in class, and what they need to succeed in college. The SAT includes a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test, and a Math Test. The SAT also features an optional essay component, which some colleges will require. Questions throughout the assessments focus on skills that matter most for college readiness and success, according to the latest research. (collegeboard.org)
  • Students Are Excited to Be Back in School

    With school back in session since August, students, staff, and faculty are thrilled to return to a sense of normalcy, arriving on campus for in-person instruction among a variety of health and safety procedures implemented into their daily routine.
     
    “High school can be a tough time for kids...especially in today's society and with all the things they are exposed to.” said Mr. and Mrs. Hansen, St. Francis High School parents. “The culture at St. Francis and the support the kids receive both from their friends and the staff make even the tougher times easier to handle. As an example, during the COVID pandemic, our kids truly missed being at the school every day and couldn't wait to get back to in-person classes with their peers and teachers. We think this is the ultimate testament to what St. Francis has built.”
     
    The school reopened in a hybrid setting, allowing for the unique learning experience only found at St. Francis High School.
     
    From President Dr. Betsy Ackerson and Principal Raeann Huhn, “We have created an environment that allows students to flourish while keeping everything as safe as possible as we face an unknown future. Our plans to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year are guided by our strong collective desire to return to campus, informed by the school’s deepest educational values, and commitment to preserving the SFHS experience.”
    At its core, the St. Francis High School experience is defined and shaped by human interaction. The school’s long­standing commitment to education of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit comes to life through an experience that integrates spiritual, academic, athletic, artistic, and other co-curricular offerings. St. Francis High School remains dedicated to providing that experience even when daily school life on campus is disrupted by external events.
     
    St. Francis High School believes that in-person instruction is the best and preferred educational delivery setting to most effectively fulfill their mission. Significant safety protocols have been imple­mented for the well-being and safety of faculty, staff, and students. These protocols follow guidelines issued by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Diocese of Joliet, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
     
    “It’s really nice to be back because it is a lot easier to learn in person and interacting with peers is so beneficial on so many levels.” said Mary-Faith Murray ’21, St. Francis High School student. “I’m grateful to be able to bounce ideas off of my classmates, as you learn so much from other students in addition to the teachers. Learning in person is more enjoyable versus just being on the screen all day, every day.”
     
    The Hybrid School Setting, in which St. Francis High School is currently operating, utilizes a combination of both traditional and non‐traditional (E-Learn­ing) school settings. It allows a variety of configurations including different rates of occupan­cy and synchronous and asynchronous learning. During a five-day week, students are divided into two cohorts and attend a full day of in-person instruction twice a week. On the other two days, the out-of-school cohort follows instruction provided by their teachers for either synchronous or asynchronous learning. During a five-day week, each Wednesday the entire student body participates in full synchronous 8-period E-Learning Spartan Day, providing a stronger level of preparedness in the event of a school campus closure and an additional opportunity for campus cleaning.
     
    As a college preparatory and Microsoft Showcase School, the academic rigor at St. Francis High School allows students to refine, hone, and develop their study habits. Both in-person instruction and e-learning platform at St. Francis High School is preparing students for a smooth transition between high school and college.
  • 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.” 
  • St. Francis High School Selected as 2020-2021 Microsoft Showcase School

    St. Francis High School has been selected by Microsoft as a 2020-2021 Microsoft Showcase School for their excellence in demonstrated student outcomes resulting from its commitment to educational transformation. St. Francis High School provides both inspiration and an opportunity for all community members to see and experience the future of digital transformation in education.
     
    As one of only 39 schools in the United States receiving this honor, St. Francis High School joins an exclusive community from around the world, recognized and celebrated for their educational transformation which includes vision and innovation in teaching, learning and assessment, computational and critical thinking, creativity and collaboration, and a willingness to promote a growth mindset among educators and students.
     
    “We are honored to have been chosen a Microsoft Showcase School for the fourth year in a row,” said, Jeff Gerdeman, Director of IT, St. Francis High School. “As one of only 39 such schools in the United States, we attribute our success to the efforts of all our community – administration, faculty, students, and parents - who have all invested time and effort into maximizing our use of Microsoft solutions. In addition, our strategic partnership with the Oak Brook Microsoft Store and its fabulous team have allowed us to evangelize our Microsoft-based solution to other schools looking to provide their teachers and students with the tools to best prepare them for college and career.”
     
    The Microsoft Showcase Schools Program is an opportunity to engage with Microsoft and like-minded school leaders around the world to deepen and expand education transformation. Over the course of the next year, St. Francis High School will join hundreds of other Microsoft Showcase Schools across the globe to learn and develop best practices, activities, and participate in events while helping empower students and transform education. 
     
    St. Francis High School has gone from a desktop, lab-based school to a digitally transformed one-to-one program in just five short years thanks to our Mobile Learning Initiative (MLI). The MLI along with Microsoft solutions – both hardware and software – is not only preparing our students for college and careers but also engaging them in the classroom.
     
    “From a hardware standpoint, device does matter – and there simply is no better device than the Surface Pro,” said Gerdeman. “It gives our students a powerful, flexible, transformational device. Meanwhile, from a software standpoint, our MLI allows our students to use OneNote Class Notebooks for the majority of their classes; Adobe Creative Cloud in our digital art classes; Microsoft Visual Studio in our programming classes; Logger Pro and Arduino in our science classes; and many more applications – none of which they could do in a non-Microsoft solution.”
     
    The Microsoft infrastructure allowed St. Francis High School to easily - and successfully - roll out Teams in just three days when forced into remote learning in March of 2020.
     
    This latest Microsoft Showcase School designation comes two short months after receiving the Microsoft Showcase School Top Community Influencer Award for St. Francis High School’s work in leading the local community by sharing our usage of Microsoft Education and its impact on student learning. Through a host of Digital Classroom events and Professional Development courses, St. Francis High School has welcomed the opportunity to enlighten others on how we’ve integrated technology into our classrooms. St. Francis High School has opened its doors to educators interested in exploring Microsoft’s 1:1 technology curriculum to observe the benefits of a digital transformation.
     
    Microsoft Showcase Schools are shining examples of those applying purpose-driven innovation in a variety of ways to build connection, motivate students and to create community in and out of school,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice president, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “These schools are truly transforming learning and providing more personalized education to students, empowering them to achieve more.”
     
    As a Showcase School, St. Francis High School will continue to work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education transformation and communicate an education transformation vision, enabled by technology, through a commitment to host and mentor other schools in the local community and around the globe. 
  • SFHS Faculty and Staff Prepare for the 2020-2021 School Year

    Faculty and Staff Institute Days held on Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14 at St. Francis High School marked the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. St. Francis High School faculty and staff returned to campus for two days of training, discussion, and preparation for students' high anticipated return. With daily Student Orientation beginning August 17 and the official First Day of School on Monday, August 24, faculty and staff practice routine safety measures and review important details for the unfamiliar school year ahead.
  • 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

    2nd Semester Honor Roll
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  • 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.
  • 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!
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