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"Do few things but do them well, simple joys are holy
Saint Francis of Assisi
Transitioning Seniors Are Always Franciscan, Forever St. Francis
Transition Mass. This is what we call the final All-School Mass of the year. It's a touchpoint of the St. Francis experience. A day-long celebration to prepare seniors for college--full of seminars and speakers--begins with mass. The most beautiful mass. Celebrated by Fr. Ed Shea O.F.M., Franciscan Friar at St. Peter's in the Loop, who visits throughout the school year. Fluent in Spanish as well as the Franciscan virtues that identify our community, Fr. Ed's love for St. Francis students moves their hearts. He sings! And they sing too. He talks about compassion, acceptance, goodness, in simple terms that deeply resonate.
At Transition Mass, Fr. Ed reminded students they are forever Franciscan. "There are two kinds of people in the world, those who are Franciscan, and those who don't know it yet. It is a story of resurrection," said Fr. Ed. "Listen, wait, pay attention, and enter into each other's stories by being Franciscan. By being compassionate. We are St. Francis. We gather, we connect. We belong to each other. Go boldly into your new life and carry with you the peace and all good you have learned here." This is the Franciscan spirit of St. Francis High School, on full display at All-School Masses in a way that could not happen at any other school.
With Franciscan hearts, our community wished each senior "peace and all good," as Saint Francis wished for his brothers. Students processed in wearing their college t-shirts, then said goodbye to their homeroom teacher of four years. As I watched seniors hug teachers and each other, I thought of the 8th graders I meet every day, shadows of these mature seniors, but they also will get there. We celebrate Transition Mass knowing St. Francis seniors are ready to move on to college. But they will remain forever Franciscan, forever St. Francis.
Plan a visit to imagine your middle school child here at St. Francis High School.
Maureen Isphording, Director of Admissions
"I Am St. Francis"
The Parent Perspective on Choosing a High School: Five Questions for SFHS Parents Jeanette & Rod Curtis and Lori & Joe McLoud
1. Children at SFHS? What grade school did your children attend? Describe the process of selecting SFHS with your children.
Jeanette & Rod:
Elie, '18, and Caroline, '21, both graduated from Hill Middle School in Naperville, District 204. Coming from a top-rated school district, we assumed our children would attend our local public high school. Elie initiated the idea of St. Francis in 8th grade after hearing a presentation. A conversation then started in our family about Catholic education. Elie was very academically successful and involved in athletics and activities. She was open to new friends and a new atmosphere. In addition to academics, we decided on St. Francis for a life-centered focus. When it then came to Caroline, we assumed she would also enroll at St. Francis because we were so happy, but she thought she would go on to public school. Then she shadowed at St. Francis, and it made an impression on her. She also attended several SFHS summer camps prior to attending in the fall, and she made friends, which enabled a smooth transition. She was sold!
Lori & Joe: This is our 10th year at St. Francis. Our oldest, Connor, graduated in 2013, Ian graduated in 2017, and Logan will graduate in 2021. They all attended St. John the Baptist in Winfield, but Logan attended both St. John's and St. Irene's. Sending our boys to Catholic high school seemed like the obvious progression. We briefly considered the public high school with our oldest son but allowed him to weigh in on the decision. After he shadowed at St. Francis, we then all attended the open house and agreed St. Francis was the best choice. After the positive experience our first son had, the decision was easy and natural for all of us, and our next two boys couldn't wait to attend St. Francis!
2. What has been most surprising about your SFHS experience as a parent?
Jeanette & Rod:
What we find surprising at SFHS is that so many students are involved in such a variety of activities. Their interests are so varied and the school is accommodating to many of their needs. We have also really enjoyed getting to know other parents and their children. We believe our daughters have made lifelong friends.
Lori & Joe: The sense of community at St. Francis is beyond what we ever could have expected. Among students, staff, and families, there is a strong feeling of pride, support, faith and friendship. We have been a part of this community for 10 years, and this is something that has always remained a common thread.
3. What do you consider to be some of the most important characteristics of a high school community, and how does SFHS measure up?
Jeanette & Rod:
We think an important characteristic of being happy and successful at school is being included, welcomed, comfortable, and challenged. SFHS fits this model for our family. Our daughters would be successful academically at most schools, but the feeling of friends and community from students, teachers, and coaches at SFHS makes the high school experience fulfilling for them. The SFHS community is also inclusive for parents. As we tell our children to get involved, the same goes for the parents. Parents are welcome to come in and meet other parents, volunteer, attend sporting events and concerts. There are monthly Masses where you and the students can feel the spirit at SFHS. We're also involved in the activities of the Mothers' Club and Fathers' Club.
Lori & Joe: First and foremost, we were looking for a high school with an academic program that would adequately prepare our kids for college. St. Francis has gone above and beyond, not only by preparing them academically, but assisting and guiding them in making the right college choice. Going to high school in a safe and inclusive environment was also very important to us. In all of our years at St. Francis, bullying has never been an issue, with our own kids, or really any of the student body. The atmosphere of St. Francis encourages community and inclusiveness. On this same note, there are so many opportunities for the students to be involved and to make friends with kids that share the same interests. St. Francis not only offers broad sports programs but an incredible fine arts program, many clubs, student government, and still time to be involved in service. Finally, having the Christian faith a part of their daily lives has been an added benefit. And we say Christian because although St. Francis is a Catholic high school, they do an amazing job of including all of the students, regardless of their faith. Prayer is prayer, kindness is kindness, service is service, regardless of your faith, and St. Francis nurtures these values within its student body.
4. What is your hope for your children as they navigate high school?
Jeanette & Rod:
We want our daughters to be ready for the world outside of SFHS. We want them to succeed academically, to get into the college of their choice, to pursue the career that fulfills them and provides the means to live a blessed life. They may all wear similar uniforms, but SFHS allows students to be individuals. We don't know the importance of religion to the average high schooler, but SFHS provides opportunities to explore, discover, and embrace God, Christianity, Catholicism, with inclusiveness and compassion for all. Our hopes have largely been realized, our daughters have blossomed at SFHS. They've learned how to work hard to achieve and have made friendships in the process. It is an encouraging environment.
Lori & Joe: Our hope for Logan is that he is prepared for college academically. We feel that St. Francis (and we can speak from past experience) challenges the students at all levels. St. Francis also continues to expand the types of classes offered and the technology used, staying current. We hope that Logan embraces these four years of high school, by trying new things, being involved in service opportunities, and surrounding himself with good friends. We also hope that when Logan leaves high school (like his older brothers) he carries the lessons he's learned and the memories he's made with him, wherever his journey continues. We hope that his time at St. Francis encourages him to lead a well-rounded, faith-filled life as a young adult. We truly hope all our kids appreciate the opportunities afforded to them through St. Francis and stay connected as alumni.
5. What advice do you have to families with younger children beginning to consider high schools?
Jeanette & Rod:
A lot of parents assess a prospective school based on metrics like average ACT/SAT scores, which are an important part of the evaluation. We also encourage prospective parents to assess the environment and ask the question, "Will my child thrive here?" Our answer is clearly, YES! "We are ... HAPPY."
Lori & Joe: Our advice would be to thoroughly consider your options and allow your children to be involved in the choice. Also to visit the school so you can have a first-hand experience. We can promote St. Francis to everyone we know, but the feeling you get when you walk through the doors is beyond anything we can describe with words. It's truly an experience. We encourage parents and kids to attend the St. Francis open houses, parent coffees, junior high events, summer camps, and to shadow.
"We are ... EMBRACED."
|Jeanette & Rod Curtis
||Lori & Joe McLoud
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Senior Institute Day Prepares Seniors For College Transition
On April 25, Senior Institute Day presented students with a full slate of information about college experiences as well as problem-solving skills.
"I enjoyed all of the people that presented, and found most to be motivational," says
Henry P., '19
. "The presenters were full of experience and very relatable because most either went to St. Francis or had children attend. It was helpful to learn life skills in order to transition to college and be successful." Henry will be attending University of Wisconsin, Madison and majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
Here's an overview of Senior Institute Day:
- 8:00-9:15 Transition Mass Liturgy
- 9:20-10:00 Alumni Breakfast
- 10:05-10:45 Keynote Presentation: "212 Degrees" by John Donohue-Grossman. "At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, water boils. The extra degree makes all the difference in succeeding in college, achieving your dreams, and building a faith-filled and meaningful life."
- 10:50-11:30 Workshops, Session 1
- 11:35-12:15 Workshops, Session 2
- 12:20-12:45 Lunch
- 12:50-1:30 Workshops, Session 3
- 1:35-2:15 Workshops, Session 4
- 2:20-2:30 Class Picture, Cap & Gown Distribution
Institute Day Workshops (Students choose four)
- Safety On & Off Campus (Required): Ashley Klco, Director of Campus Safety North Central College
- Expect the Unexpected (males only): Jake Tibble, '12, CPA; Crowe LLP
- Preparing for Life after High School: Bill Melka, '78; Investment Management; William Blair & Company
- Women's Self-Defense (females only): Shannon Mahoney; Senior Instructor; Women's Self Defense Institute
- Staying Healthy & Happy at College Physically, Mentally, and Socially: Angelika Rupp, Pam Kiefer, Sarah Anderson
- The Career for Me: John Donahue-Grossman
- Life Lessons-Things I Wish I Knew as I Was Graduating High School: Kevin Spahn, Wealth Management Advisor
"The day had a lot of helpful workshops," recapped
Tara J., '19.
"I especially liked workshops that included financial planning, how to avoid debt, and credit cards usage. The entire day had helpful insight before going to college. It is very interesting because many speakers were alumni and they talked about their jobs, journeys, and it was really cool. Mr. Spahn talked about making sure you surround yourself with positive, good people. Good life lessons. All good things!" Tara will be attending St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
Middle School Students Earn Awards At Annual Art Show
Since 1983, "Art Show" showcases the work St. Francis art students have completed throughout the year. It also includes a Middle School category and recognized four students this year.
Congratulations Middle School Award Winners:
- First Place: Sarah B., St. Patrick C.S., 8th grade
- Second Place: Grace R., St. James, 8th grade
- Third Place: Vivian P., St. Raphael, 8th grade
- Honorable Mention: Nora T., St. John the Baptist, 5th Grade
Open to the community and juried by a panel of independent working artists, the Art Show displays student pieces from the St. Francis Art curriculum, including: Visual Art, Studio Art, Art Fundamentals II, Art III Pre-portfolio, Art IV Refinement of Skills, Honors AP Studio Art Drawing, Honors AP Studio Art 3-D Design, Digital Art, and Communications Design. Displayed works stun both students and visitors.
"It's exciting to watch Art Show visitors be amazed by the breadth, variety and quality of work created by our students," says Tia Holinger, Art Teacher. "It's also amazing to see the volume of work. We can see the different levels of Art and how students progress in their skills."
"Students surprise themselves all year with what they are capable of creating when given the time and space to do it," continues
Art Teacher Kate Doane, '97.
"One of the best parts of the SFHS Art Show is seeing the pride on student's faces as they show their work to family and friends. This event gives them an opportunity to show a side of themselves most don't know about. They have pride in their work, and we are proud of them for all they have accomplished. It is a wonderful celebration of talent!"
Congratulations Meghan W., '21, First Place:
"I really like Art. It is an important time during the day to do something other than schoolwork. I was not expecting to take Art initially. I recommend taking the time out of your day to take an art class. A lot of people wait, but it's a good time and a great experience."
Congratulations Aidan M., '19, Best in Show: "The Art program and Art teachers are amazing. Mrs. Holinger started me in Art II as a freshman, and I've had the opportunity to progress all four years. Mrs. Holinger is supportive and makes sure the arts are noticed and appreciated. I especially enjoyed working with paper as a medium; it's a simple material, but you can do so much with it. My advice to new students is to not be afraid to take an art class. It may be nice to have a study hall, but you may miss out on other things, like making new friends with people who have similar interests." Aidan will be attending Columbia (Chicago) next year for Theater Design & Technology.
2019 Art Show Award Winners
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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