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  • St. Francis High School Commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides

    On May 4, 1961 The Freedom Riders set out together on their first rides from Washington D.C. through the American south to test a 1960 Supreme Court decision that declared segregated facilities for interstate passengers illegal. Thanks to the legacy of previous activists, the first four days of the Freedom Rides were mostly peaceful. As the buses made their way into South Carolina, the Freedom Riders were met with violence. Throughout their journey activists were beaten and arrested as they challenged segregation. On November 1, 1961—seven months after the Freedom Riders began their training—the federal government finally succeeded in implementing a policy which complied with the law and ended the practice of segregated travel.
     
    May 3-7, St. Francis High School commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, learning more about the Freedom Riders' experience while ruminating on the past and present inequities existing in America and our world. A variety of research and discussion not only gave students historical knowledge, but offered a deeper understanding of what we are called to do as people of faith. As the week concluded, students, staff and faculty reflected on their own desired legacy and contemplated how they too could stand up for what is right and just.
  • Senior Honors Night

    Wednesday, May 5 St. Francis High School celebrated students' outstanding achievements in academics, leadership, and service, among others, during Senior Honors Night. Students receiving special awards given by teachers and staff were also announced. View the complete list of Senior Honors.
  • SFHS Celebrates NHS Inductees

    Monday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 4, the following students were inducted into the St. Francis High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. The purpose of the SFHS Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) is to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in students of St. Francis High School. Membership consists of sophomore, junior, and senior students who have achieved a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of no less than a 4.00 and demonstrated Service, Leadership and Character qualities both inside and outside of school.
     
    St. Francis High School is proud to congratulate the National Honor Society inductees!
  • April National Signing Day

    On Wednesday, April 14, five St. Francis High School student-athletes, among their families, coaches and teammates, signed their National Letters of Intent to play college sports.
     
    Maggie C., Lawrence University, Basketball, Division 3
    Jennifer G., St. Ambrose University, Volleyball, Division 1
    Trey G., Eastern Illinois University, Soccer, Division 1
    Michael D., University of Chicago, Wrestling, Division 3
    Jackson G., Dartmouth College, Football, Division 1
    Aiden B., Princeton University, Volleyball, Division 1
     
    St. Francis High School congratulates these Spartan student-athletes!
  • Illinois State Scholars

    The Illinois State Scholar Program recognizes students attending approved high schools for outstanding academic achievement. To qualify, students must have scored in the 95th percentile on the ACT or SAT and perform in the top fifty percent of their graduating class academically. Approximately the top ten percent of graduates from approved high schools are announced as State Scholars each year. This year, thirty-four seniors were selected as State Scholars at St. Francis High School. This number represents over twenty percent of our graduating class! Congratulations to the designated Illinois State Scholars from the St. Francis High School Class of 2021.
     
    View the list of St. Francis High School IL State Scholars.
  • Math Team Second in Regional Competition

    The St. Francis Math Team competed remotely in the ICTM Regional Competition on Wednesday, March 17. 2021. The team competed in Individual Written Events (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus), 8-Person contests (Freshmen/Sophomore and Junior/Senior), and the Calculator Team contest.  We are pleased to announce that placed second overall.
     
    View the Regional and State results.
  • Spartan Student-Gymnasts Earn 1st in State

    Abby S. '21 and Gigi S. '21, both Level 10 gymnasts, earned 1st in State with their club gymnastics team, Phenom, during the meet held March 26-28, 2021. Individually, Abby placed 5th with a personal best of 37.825 while Gigi placed 10th. Level 10 is the highest level in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics Program.
  • Congratulations April 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. We are pleased to announce the April Student of the Month recipients:
     
    Business & Technology: Jack C. '21
    English: Ella C. '23
    Mathematics: Anthony K. '22
    Performing & Visual Arts: Maddie K. '21
    P.E. & Health: Emery C. '22
    Religion: Ella H. '23
    Science: Emma M. '21
    Social Studies: Chloe T. '22
    World Languages: Grace H. '24
  • St. Francis High School Art Show

    The St. Francis High School will host the annual Art Show on Thursday, April 15, 2021.
     
    After being forced to go “virtual” last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Francis High School is delighted to welcome community members back on campus to view the “Finding Your Way Through Art” exhibit in-person. Although this year’s reservation-only show is already full, art enthusiasts may view the show virtually by visiting the SFHS Art Program’s Instagram page @sfhsstudio at 7:00 p.m.
     
    The show will feature student work from all levels of art: AP, Art 4, Art 3, Art 2, Visual Art, Studio Art, Digital Art and Communications Design.
    “It is a unique opportunity for our community to see the volume and variety of work we create in our department and the progress a student can achieve working through the entire program - the skills they build and how their work gets more sophisticated and thoughtful as they progress from Art One to AP.” says Performing & Visual Arts Teacher, Kate Doane.
     
    This year’s exhibit will be juried by two local artists and ribbons will be awarded.
  • World Language Honor Societies Inductees

    The World Languages Department celebrated the induction of students into the Chinese, French and Spanish Honor Societies. The aim of these honor societies is to stimulate interest in the study of a world language, promote high standards of scholarship and reward scholastic achievements. Additionally, these honor societies create enthusiasm for and an understanding of different cultures and civilizations, promote and perpetuate international friendships, and reward efforts toward furthering solidarity in our interconnected world. The membership demonstrate students’ dedication to the language and culture they study. Learn more about each society:

    Chinese Honor Society: The St. Francis High School chapter of the Chinese Honor Society is an organization that promotes and recognizes students who demonstrate citizenship, leadership, and community service. Members are encouraged to become life-long learners in order to gain a better understanding of Chinese language and culture, as well as play an active role as a contributing global citizen in the twenty-first century.

    French Honor Society: The chapter’s name of Société Honoraire de Français is “La Résistance” in honor of the French men and women from all social economic backgrounds who resisted Hitler’s tyranny in World War II. The participants of la Resistance jointly strived to save innocent men, women, and children victimized by the Nazi German occupation of France. These brave souls battled relentlessly to regain democracy in their Motherland. The chapter's motto is: «Avoir une autre langue, c’est posséder une deuxième âme» To have another language is to possess a second soul.

    Spanish Honor Society: The name Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is for Oscar Romero a former Roman Catholic bishop of El Salvador. He witnessed human rights violations in his country and spoke out on behalf of the poor and the victims of the country’s civil war. Romero died as a result of his beliefs and is known as a Champion for World Democracy. The Spanish Honor Society's motto is “Todos a una” or All together.

    View the list of students recently inducted to the World Languages Honor Societies at St. Francis High School.
  • IHSA Music Solo & Ensemble Contest Achievements

    St. Francis High School congratulates students of the Performing and Visual Arts Department for their achievements at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Music Solo & Ensemble Contest. Students worked in their music classes, on their own, with their private instructors, and with their peers to prepare solos and ensembles for this competition. This year, St. Francis High School submitted 50 instrumental and 59 vocal entries into the competition. All submissions were prerecorded and judged virtually. St. Francis High School placed First in the Vocal Division, Second in the Band Division, and achieved Second Place overall. View the detailed list of student achievements.
  • Student-athlete Achieves Basketball Milestone

    Kate C. ‘21 reached a big milestone on Saturday, March 6 as she scored her 1,000th career point during the Girls Basketball game against Wheaton Academy. The game resulted in Kate eclipsing 1,000 career points and a 43-29 win for the Spartans. Kate is the first 1,000-point scorer from St. Francis High School since alumnus, Antwainette Walker '18.
  • Congratulations March 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. We are pleased to announce the March Student of the Month recipients:
     
    Business & Technology: Anna P. '24
    English: Evan S. '21
    Mathematics: Taylor D. '24
    Performing & Visual Arts: Tyler S. '21
    P.E. & Health: Rocco T. '23
    Religion: Hailey M. '21
    Science:  Will L. '23
    Social Studies: Maeve K. '22
    World Languages: Anne Marie W. '21
  • St. Francis High School Student Named to IHSA All-State Academic Team

    St. Francis High School is proud to announce Katherine L. '21 has been named to the 2020-21 IHSA All-State Academic Team. Additionally, Andrew Y. '21, was elected to the Honorable Mention Team. 
     
    Friday, February 26, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced the 26 students selected to the 2020-21 All-State Academic Team. The 13 male and 13 female honorees of the IHSA’s top academic honor were chosen from a group that included hundreds of students throughout the state. “This is a tremendous honor and I hope every student who was nominated takes a great deal of pride in all that they have accomplished,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “These students are the embodiment of what it means to take advantage of the entire high school experience.”
    Each IHSA member school was invited to nominate one female student and one male student who possess a minimum 3.50 grade point average on 4.0 scale after their 7th semester, have participated in at least two IHSA sponsored sports or activities during each of the last two years, and demonstrate outstanding citizenship.
    The nominations were evaluated by a committee made up of IHSA principals, representatives of the Illinois Activities Directors Association and representatives of the Illinois Athletic Directors Association.
  • St. Francis High School Junior High Math Contest

    February 1-5, 373 students from 18 schools participated virtually in the St. Francis High School Junior High Math Contest. View the complete contest results here.
  • St. Francis High School Math Team Competition Results

    February 3, the St. Francis High School Math Team competed remotely in the Lemont High School Annual Mathlete Invitational. Students competed in an Individual written contest, an 8-person contest, and a Calculator contest. We are pleased to announce the St. Francis High School Math Team ranked 5th overall out of 21 schools.
     
    St. Francis High School Math Team results:
     
    Freshmen Algebra 1 Team - 1st Place
    Sophomore Geometry Team - 6th Place
    Junior Algebra 2 Team - 6th Place
    Senior Pre-Calculus Team - 3rd Place
    Fr/So 8-Person Team - 10th place
    Jr/Sr 8-Person Team - 5th Place
  • Congratulations February 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. We are pleased to announce the February Student of the Month recipients:
     
    Business & Technology: Coco Z. '21
    English: Amari T. '23
    Mathematics: Max M. '21
    Performing & Visual Arts: Roseann M. '23
    P.E. & Health: Sara S. '24
    Religion: Amari H. '23
    Science: Parker S. '22
    Social Studies: Linda C. '22
    World Languages: Vivian P. '23
  • St. Francis High School Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

    February 1 - 8, St. Francis High School joined Catholic schools across the country to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week. The annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States entered its 47th anniversary spreading the message of Faith, Excellence, and Service.    
    The week featured special activities and events. Students partnered together in service by raising awareness for a variety of causes and gathering coloring books, workbooks, crayons, pens and pencils for children in local hospitals. 

    The excitement continued Thursday, February 4, as we welcomed Diocese of Joliet Bishop Ronald Hicks who visited St. Francis High School for Mass to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. With current COVID safety measures in place, the all-school Mass brought everyone together in faithful celebration. A livestream broadcast of Mass with Bishop Hicks allowed students, faculty, and staff to safely participate from their classrooms, while students off campus and the larger community tuned in from home.

    The week ended with Spartan Olympics, an annual event where students from each graduating class compete in a variety of games. This year’s event was modified to a game show format and livestreamed to ensure safe participation while promoting the unique community connection the St. Francis High School is known for.
  • St. Francis High School Celebrates Faculty & Staff Service Milestones

    St. Francis High School is pleased to recognize faculty and staff celebrating service milestones. This year, 16 faculty and staff members are celebrating service anniversaries at the 5, 10, 15, and 35-year mark. Most notably is Principal, Raeann Huhn, who is celebrating 35 years of service at St. Francis High School.
    Below is the complete list of St. Francis School faculty and staff celebrating service milestones.

    35 Years of Service
    Raeann Huhn, Principal
     
    15 Years of Service
    Elizabeth Brand, World Languages Teacher/Department Chair
    Susan Fairhead, English Teacher
    Marcia Kadow, Science Teacher
    Chris Konchel, Business Office Associate
    Debbie Quirk, Gift Officer
    Kristen Ras, Religion Teacher/Department Chair
    Nina Schroeder, Performing & Visual Arts Vocal Music Director
     
    10 Years of Service
    Janet Thelen, Athletic Department Associate
    Kathleen Lembas, Mathematics Teacher
    Dan Hardwick, Director of Athletics
     
    5 Years of Service
    Becky Feltes ‘97 Fischesser, Director of Alumni Relations
    Dan Holleman, Dean of Students
    Maureen Isphording, Director of Admissions and Communications
    Tom Juliano, Science Teacher
    Ashley Lynch, Mathematics Teacher
  • Semester One Honor Roll

    St. Francis High School is proud to announce and congratulate students for their outstanding achievements during the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. Students who achieved a GPA of 4.0 or better in the first semester made the “A” honor roll and those who achieved a GPA between 3.0 and 3.99 made the “B” honor roll.
    A failure in any course for that grading period or on a semester exam makes a student ineligible for Honor Roll.
     
    View the list here.
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