Congrats to the SFHS Boys' Volleyball Team - 5th Place at the Brother Rice Smack Attack Tournament.
Keep it up, Spartans, currently ranked 12th in State
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"In prayer we speak to God, and we hear Him speak to us."
Saint Francis of Assisi
Using a Student's Name Key for High School Success
Is it important for high school teachers to use students' names? Most of us expect that in younger grades, but do teens outgrow this need? Simply put, using students' names causes recognition and inspires response from high schoolers. Sometimes that surprises parents, who admire the respectful, tight-knit community at St. Francis but may not understand the academic correlation. Using names during class positively impacts a student's performance. Creating a name-friendly environment shows students they belong and have the ability to succeed. When asked tough questions in class by name, students rise to the challenge, research indicates. Academic success, all because of a name.
Using a high schooler's name implies respect, recognizes individuality, promotes inclusivity, and encourages genuine relationships. We see this dynamic here at St. Francis High School. Because cultivating community is a Franciscan value, teachers naturally use students' names, showing another way in which they care and hope in the capabilities of their students. I became curious about the name Saint Francis of Assisi, so I looked up "names" in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and it even noted the effect of a patron's name, explaining "we are assured of his intercession." When I consider that Saint Francis was a popular, welcoming man of vision and persistence, who walked a simple path with extraordinary outcome, I can sense his charitable influence on this community. All because of a name? I guess that one's a mystery.
At St. Francis High School, we use students' names, and young people feel respected, recognized, deeply loved, and they respond by earning great outcomes. Students who shadow get it, regularly commenting on how people knew their name by the end of day. Schedule your child's 7th or 8th grade Shadow Day. Or meet me for coffee and a tour while school is in session to discuss your child by name (630) 668-5800 x1120.
Maureen Isphording, Director of Admissions
"I Am St. Francis"
The Freshman Perspective: Five Questions Reflecting on Freshman Year for Roy M., '22 and Tatiana R., '22
1. What grade school did you attend? What activities are you involved in at SFHS?
Roy: I attended All Saints Catholic Academy. Here at SFHS I am a proud member of our Football team, Wrestling team, and Men's Spirituality Group.
Before starting at St. Francis, I attended St. John the Baptist Catholic School. When I first came to St. Francis, I joined several sports and clubs that I was very interested in. I am currently a member of Student Ambassador Leadership Team. I am also a part of Marian Park tutoring. We go next door to help children with their studies. As for sports, I am a part of the SFHS Cheerleading team.
2. Why did you choose SFHS for your high school experience?
Roy: I chose SFHS because of the environment. When I came here I felt very welcome and everyone was friendly and helpful.
Tati: St. Francis is part of who I am and who my family is today. Not only has my family attended SFHS, but when I was shadowing, I truly felt part of the family here. The whole community was welcoming and made me feel like I was meant to be here.
3. How was your transition from 8th grade to St. Francis?
Roy: My transition to SFHS went very smoothly; the only challenge was initially adapting to the amount of homework, especially since my schedule is mostly honors. I had to learn to balance it all out, but the transition went smoothly. I met new friends, got into the swing of my classes, and everything has gone well since.
Tati: Initially, I was nervous because I would not be seeing the same faces that I was used to. On the first day of school, I decided to put myself out there, and I was able to form a close group of friends right from the start.
4. What has been most surprising about your SFHS experience?
Roy: The most surprising thing about my SFHS experience so far has been how generous the people have been. I live pretty far from the school and couldn't get a ride from my parents' home after practice (and to certain events), but I had kind people volunteering to drive me home every day so I could participate in wrestling and football.
I think the most surprising thing to me has been the teachers. They are responsible for teaching so many students, but they always find a way to make me feel important. I thought that I would have to do things all on my own, but I am able to drop by any time and get the help I need. I admire their dedication and appreciate how well they are able to do their job.
5. What have you enjoyed most about your experience so far? What is one word you would use to describe your feelings toward St. Francis?
Roy: I honestly cannot pin down a most enjoyed experience I've had so far. I've had so much fun between Football, Wrestling, and Men's Spirituality. Each one has been unique and taught me things along the way. My most enjoyable class is God's Revelation (Religion). It is a class with low homework and high learning. I have learned so much from it, and it always gives me something to think about. If I had to use one word to describe St. Francis, I would use the word "loving." "I am LOVING St. Francis."
The thing I have enjoyed the most about my St. Francis experience so far is the environment. I love the positivity of the people around me and everything the school has to offer. "I am LOVING St. Francis."
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Service Hours Allow Students to Serve Others
At St. Francis High School, each student completes a minimum of 15 Christian Service Hours each year. "There sometimes is a confusion between volunteering and service. Service focuses on the corporal works of mercy and going to the margins," explains Diane Mercadante, SFHS's Director of Pastoral Ministry. "To serve on the margins, we meet people who are not like us. Spiritually speaking, that is where change happens. St. Francis students go to the margins each week-feeding people who may be homeless, tutoring neighbors at Marian Park-in addition to serving their individual hours."
"We think of Christian service differently," explains Diane Mercadante, SFHS's Director of Pastoral Ministry. "It's formational. It complements the curriculum. It's integrated. You learn, read stories, take tests, but until you experience God in your life ... that's where the transformation happens."
SFHS requires students to complete 15 hours of service, and the school's Naviance college software records the students' service resume, making it ready to access for scholarship opportunities and college applications. Students log their hours in April, and each year the student body's total amounts to more than double the required hours.
Christian service at St. Francis is an outgrowth of spirituality based on the examples of Saint Francis of Assisi. Students plan service options themselves, although the Student Ministry Team facilitates opportunities for students to perform together in groups. One regular participation involves tutoring neighbors who live in the Marian Park apartments next door and need help with homework. Says Yesenia T., '19, "I got involved junior year because I remember seeing little kids around the school and I knew I wanted to help. The kids attach and you form connections while working on their homework. I really enjoy being able to help."
Students also provide a music ministry for people with mental illness who live nearby. Josh O., '19, notes, "We had the Music Ensemble play for about 45 minutes. We played pieces we were working on for a concert and handpicked a few songs we thought would be nice. We were so happy because we interacted with the patients. They were so joyous we played for them, and we were happy we could have the experience to do that."
St. Francis students also have the opportunity to attend Brown Bag lunches for information and advocacy on half days. Says Matthew K., '21, "I learned about Catholic Charities. I wanted to go because it's a half day and doing something is always meaningful and a good option." Other
lunches included representatives from People's Resource Center, Corbella Clinic, Healing Hands Mission, and Naomi's House.
Class of 2022 at Feed My Starving Children
Club Spotlight for Parents - Introducing Photography Club
Open to: All students as personal schedules permit
Meeting: Twice Monthly during Activity Period (or before school as needed)
(Activity Period is 2:35-3:10 p.m.; practices/rehearsals begin at 3:15 p.m.)
Moderator: Erica Benson, Erica Benson Photography
Photography Club at St. Francis has a professional edge with moderator, Erica Benson, a Chicagoland photographer who specializes in photojournalism, portraits, and events. After working in the newspaper industry, she currently freelances as a photography instructor at SFHS as well as College of DuPage and Morton Arboretum. This past week, Erica covered the topic of "Lens" with students, discussing 600mm (good for keeping a distance in nature) vs. 300mm (food for sports, Friday night football games). As part of the club instruction, Erica shares information about how the camera operates and how to take a variety of pictures, including sports, nature, and portraits. Students store images on Surface Pro devices, to which Benson has access and can individually view.
Ella D., '22:
"I have always had an interest in photography. We have done a lot with the club this year. I especially like learning about how the camera actually works. We are going to the (Morton) Arboretum next week to take pictures. I'm so excited!"
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St. Francis High School Fast Facts
CLASS OF 2018-
100% of graduates were accepted to colleges or universities
Earned $33 million in college scholarships
72% of faculty have advanced degrees
Class of 2018 average ACT score = 27
117 Full year and semester course offerings
20 Honors courses
14 Advanced Placement (A.P.) courses
CO-CURRICULAR: ACTIVITIES & ATHLETICS
98% student participation in at least one activity
24 sports programs
10th Place Division 2A State Math Team
65% of students participate in the performing arts
66% of students participate in athletic programs
Provides opportunity for prayer and worship, retreats, justice and service, ministry leadership formation, pastoral care, and community building
SFHS Bus Service
St. Francis High School offers bus transportation. The school provides two-way bus service in the northern, western and southern suburbs, with students arriving to St. Francis High School by 7:25 a.m. and departing school after the Activity Period at 3:15 p.m.
For more information, fees, route schedules or questions, please contact Bob Gorski at (630) 668-5800 x1138 or at