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  • 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.
  • Congratulations January 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 January Student of the Month recipients:
     
    Business & Technology: Megan G. 22
    English: Charlotte O. '24
    Mathematics: Abby C. '21
    Performing & Visual Arts: Michael G. '22
    P.E. & Health: Noah K. '21
    Religion: Isabella S. '24
    Science: Izzy C. '24
    Social Studies: Ashley I. '23
    World Languages: Maggie G. '22
  • School Nurse Mrs. Schmidt Receives Frontline Hero Award

    St. Francis High School is delighted to share that School Nurse, Mrs. Schmidt was recently named Magnus Health Frontline Hero! The award recognizes and celebrates those who have gone above and beyond for their schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
     
    Mrs. Anderson, Head Athletic Trainer, nominated Mrs. Schmidt noting:
    “Lyn goes above and beyond to take care of the students, faculty, and staff at St. Francis High School. She has helped create procedures so we can stay in-person for our students. She continues to communicate with our community about our progress. She answers endless questions from our community to instill calm and educate on our policies. All of this is done with a smile (behind the mask) and uplifting energy. We would not be in-person school if it wasn't for all of her hard work.”
     
    Magnus Health is the leading provider of a cloud-based Student Health Record solution which allows schools to digitally collect, track, and manage student health information.
  • Two St. Francis Choral Students Named to the ILMEA All-State Chorus

    During a typical school year, the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) invites junior high and senior high school students from all areas of the state to prepare for and attend auditions to be selected into District Band, Chorus, Jazz and Orchestra ensembles. In the Fall of 2020, the Illinois Music Education Association wanted to offer this experience despite remote learning and changes in teaching environments and launched the first-ever digital audition opportunity for music students in Illinois. Over 8500 students submitted auditions in these different areas of music education and of those submissions, over 6500 students were selected for participation in the 2020 Virtual District Festival, to take the place of an in-person performance festival. This virtual event featured masterclasses presented by expert practitioners from around the country offering performance advice, tips and techniques to participating students, as well as a keynote address presented by Professor Barry Hauser of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
     
    Students in grades 10-12 are eligible to be selected into ILMEA All-State Student Programs for Band, Chorus, Jazz and Orchestra; of the 6,000 high school students who auditioned and the 4,700 students who were selected into District Festivals, ILMEA is pleased to announce that approximately 1,500 students have been named into the 2021 ILMEA All-State Student Programs. In addition to the performing ensembles, this group also includes students who applied for and were accepted into the Future Music Educators Seminar for those students interested in pursuing careers as professional music educators, and the students who entered the ILMEA Composition Contest and were selected to participate in the Composition Track, a workshop geared towards those students who are working in the areas of traditional composition, remix, singer/songwriter and other areas of music writing and production.
     
    St. Francis High School would like to congratulate Sam C. ’22 and Linda C. ’22 for their nomination to the ILMEA All-State Chorus. At St. Francis High School, Sam is a member of the Chamber Choir and Linda is a member of the Concert Choir.
     
    The ILMEA Student Programs have been developed to encourage musical performance and creative expression and the many forms that may take for student musicians. Ensembles include symphonic orchestras, wind bands, choral ensembles, jazz bands and combos, and vocal jazz ensembles. The students named into these ensembles represent the best and brightest student musicians and the high-quality music education provided by music educators across Illinois.
  • St. Francis High School Theatre Program Presents "A Christmas Carol"

    On Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5, St. Francis High School hosted both live-stream and drive-in audiences for the 3rd annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” 
     
    The adaptation of the Charles Dickens story of the same name, is a tale of an aging businessman, Ebeneezer Scrooge, who thinks only of himself and his money.  But, after visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and of that Yet to Come, Scrooge changes to become a kind, caring and charitable person.
     
    Presented by the St. Francis High School Theatre Program, under the direction of Brandon Lewis, Performing and Visual Arts Teacher, the production featured a cast and crew who make up 10% of the St. Francis High School student body. 
     
    As COVID has forced St. Francis High School to come up with creative solutions for teaching and learning, devising a plan to move forward with the annual production was no exception. To maintain COVID safety protocols and prevent risk exposure, audience members enjoyed animated performances from the comfort of their own home and car during the real-time broadcast which was livestreamed and projected on the outside wall of the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center. There were two separate casts for the show this year and each participated in two separate performances.
  • Congratulations December 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 December's Students of the Month: 
     
    Business & Technology: Kylie Y. '21 
    English: Thomas O. '22
    Mathematics: Owen F. '21 
    Performing & Visual Arts: Kaitlyn C. '21 
    P.E. & Health: Bryn C. '22 
    Religion: Jaden B. '21 
    Science: Maddie B. '22 
    Social Studies: Michael D. '21 
    World Languages: Jessica M. '22 
  • December National Signing Day

    On Wednesday, December 16, Tyler D. '21 and Tommy R. '21, among their families, coaches and teammates, signed their National Letters of Intent to play college football. Tyler signed with Pennsylvania State University and Tommy with Illinois State University. Congratulations to these Spartan student-athletes! 
  • 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!
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