Where is Mr. Garrick reading the summer articles this week?! At the beginning of the school year, you can submit all the locations he has been this summer, and those with the correct answers will be entered into a prize drawing.
All students are required to read these articles by the first day of school.
Dr. Joe Brettnacher, the Episcopal Moderator and Superintendent for our Diocese, tendered his resignation to relocate to Indianapolis where he will serve as Principal of Scecina Memorial Catholic High School. Dr. Brettnacher has been a staunch supporter of Saint Francis DeSales High School during his tenure with the Diocese of Columbus. The Diocese will be conducting an Open House for Dr. Brettnacher today, Wednesday, August 2 from 1-3 at the Diocesan Education Office (197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio).
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Congratulations to Mrs. Jean Garrick for receiving the Ohio Council of Mathematics Secondary Teacher Award for the Central District. She will be recognized at a banquet later this fall.
Mary Polemeni-McGovern (Class of 2021) served as a Student Ambassador for IPERC's 2017 Multicultural Summer Experience. IPERC is an educational exchange organization located in Columbus that promotes cultural exchange and immersion throughout the United States and China. Student ambassadors collaborated with their Chinese counterparts for a week of academic activities, educational travel, and leisure-based excursions. Students visited the Air Force Museum, toured OSU's main campus, hiked in the Hocking Hills, and learned about Chinese and American language and culture.The highlight was a family dinner hosted in the homes of the ambassadors. Mary is pictured here with her new friends Wei "Viviann" Qiang and Jifan "Fiona" Zhang.
On Monday, the Core Team, made up of the sophomores, juniors, and seniors who will be leading future retreats, gathered to go on a retreat themselves. The retreat was led by Ms. Fox, Mr. Welsh, Dani Guanciale '16, Teresa Woods '16, and Rocco Iacabone '17 (not all core team members are pictured). Representatives from Student Council as well as Student Ambassadors have stopped in to SFD this summer to participate in some pre-planning and training too!
Congratulations to sophomore Paige Verfurth who has been selected to receive the Donald Barcza Memorial Scholarship. She will receive $2,500, and will be honored this Sunday at the Bishops' Golf Classic reception.
We welcomed back several alumni at the annual Night of Tradition last Saturday. The senior football players enjoyed meeting some of our alumni from the 1997 State Championship team. A special thanks to Tom Weilbacher '98 who spoke to the crowd that evening.
Senior Spirit Day
When: August 8 beginning at 2pm at SFD
Where: SFD and St. Matthias
Senior parents are invited to join their son/daughter at 6 p.m. at St. Matthias Church for a prayer service. The Senior Picnic will be held for both students and parents directly following the prayer service.
Parents of Athletes Meeting
When: August 9 at 7pm
Where: SFD Gymnasium
Athletic Reminders: Every student planning to participate in a sport during the 2017-18 school year needs to have a pre-participation physical completed by their doctor.
Download a copy here
. Also, new this year, every student-athlete and parent of athlete must watch an informational video on Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training (Lindsay's Law), review the handout, and both (parent and student) complete the signature form. All pertinent information can be found on the OHSAA website at
Please turn in the completed signature forms to your student-athlete's head coach.
Freshmen Prayer Service, Icebreaker Dance and Freshmen Parent Social
When: August 10 beginning at 6pm with the Prayer Service
Where: St. Matthias for Prayer Service, SFD Gymnasium for Icebreaker, Senior Courtyard/Cafeteria at SFD for Parent Social
We invite you to join our administration and members of the St. Francis DeSales High School faculty for an introductory meeting and prayer service. This event, for both parents and students, will take place at St. Matthias Church, followed by the dance and social at SFD.
Fall Sports Picture Day
When: August 11
Coaches will let student-athletes know of their specific picture time.
When: August 16 from 9am to 2pm
All incoming freshmen are required to attend the Freshmen Orientation. Check-in will take place in the Theater Lobby on the south side of the building starting at 8:30am. During the orientation, you will receive your class schedule, locker assignment, homeroom, and will have the opportunity to explore the building. The spirit shop will be open to buy locks and Physical Education uniforms.
Athletic Hall of Fame
When: August 25 - Inductees will be honored at halftime of the Varsity Football game; August 26 - Induction Ceremony and Dinner. To purchase your tickets to the induction ceremony and dinner, please click here.
SFD Positions Available
Mass Appeal is in search of a cafeteria worker for the kitchen at DeSales for prep work and line serving. Should have some food service experience. Please call Rhonda at 614-596-3038 if interested.
SFD is currently looking to fill an Athletic Maintenance position. This is a full-time position, with benefits. If interested, please contact Athletic Director Tom Neubert at
Stallion Sponsorship Opportunities
You choose where the money goes when you become a Stallion Sponsor! Support one of your favorite clubs or sports teams, and receive great advertising benefits for your company.
Stallion Sponsorships are dedicated to providing financial support for St. Francis DeSales High School co-curricular programs including athletics, band, drama, and over 30 scholastic and interest-based clubs. While your sponsorship directly impacts SFDHS co-curricular programs, it also provides your business with targeted marketing to a loyal group of parents, alumni, and friends of the St. Francis DeSales community.
Plus, the co-curricular program which you designate will receive 50% of the sponsorship revenue.
Thank you to all who participated in the 4th Annual Lennon Loop. While the weather was a bit soggy it did not detract from a very successful event. We had 499 registered participants, which is the second highest total since the inception of the event. The event was a great example of the sense of family that is a foundational piece of this special place.
Heavenly Father, in these days of summer, may seeds planted sprout and grow. Where there has been storm or drought, may renewal in hope soon follow. Through these days of summer, please bless the children at play. May they always trust in You, who desire that none go astray. While the days of summer bring longing to be carefree, please comfort all who suffer, whether in soul or mind or body. Thank You for summer days, offering again the chance to see in Your creation a reflection of love's abundance. Amen.