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"Holy simplicity confounds all the wisdom of the world and the flesh. "
Saint Francis of Assisi
Welcome
" Look for "Statistics" and "Spark" at Open House "
                                                                                 
When parents attend the St. Francis High School Open House this Thursday, I invite you to group all the details you absorb into two categories-"statistics" and "spark"-because the secret of school fit lies in the space where facts and school philosophy overlap. Statistics and spark hold equal importance, but the dynamic between the two will help you decide if a school will ignite the college prep spark in your child.

Let's use extracurricular activities as an example. The activities a school offers list statistics, but the spark considers your child's opportunity to get involved and stay involved throughout high school. The number of AP and honors classes is another example of statistics, but the spark takes into account the quality of these classes and a student's access to them without tracking.

This Thursday's Open House is a unique chance to compare the statistics you read with the St. Francis spark you see on campus, among students, and from teachers and staff. Before you visit, think about what opportunities will help your child mature, in and out of the college-prep classroom. What environment will encourage your child to succeed? These questions will help you weigh the statistics and the spark on a personal level, then recognize the school that matches your child's aspirations.

Attend the St. Francis Open House this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Click here to register. Talk to students. Visit teachers and classrooms. Discover the opportunities and the difference of our joyful Franciscan spirit, which sparks each student's motivation to prepare for college. If you can't make it this Thursday, join us Sunday November 4 at 1:00 p.m. Click here to register. You also may call me to schedule coffee and a school tour any convenient day (630) 668-5800 x 1120 or to arrange a shadow day for your child with a St. Francis student host. I look forward to meeting you!

Sincerely,

Maureen Isphording, Director of Admissions


"I Am St. Francis"
The Professional Athlete Perspective: Five Questions for Kelsey Robinson, '10 and Eric Stout, '11

 

1. What is your current occupation? Where have you recently traveled?

Kelsey: I'm a professional volleyball player. I play for the United States Olympic team during the summer, and then I play overseas for professional teams around the world. Currently, I am in Tokyo, Japan, for World Championships. It's a five-week tournament competing against the best teams in the world. 
Eric: Professional baseball player for the Kansas City Royals; in the off-season I am working out every day at a local training facility and will travel to Arizona for more training in a month.
 

2. How did St. Francis prepare you for your university studies and career? 

Kelsey: St. Francis prepared me by teaching me to be a well-rounded student, athlete, and person. They created an environment that made it easy to want to be the best in all things that I do. I was fortunate enough to have my volleyball career take me really far, but I never felt that being a volleyball player was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Because of the tools I learned at St. Francis, I know I can do so much more once I retire. 
Eric: St. Francis prepared me in so many ways - I especially liked the school's size because it gave me an opportunity to get involved but also to self-advocate and meet with teachers. Due to the relationships built at St. Francis and the personable teachers, I received individual attention. The teachers helped with my strengths and weaknesses - especially with the pressures of ACT, SAT, and college planning.
 

3. What teachers stood out at SFHS? What were the most fun and/or useful classes you took?

Kelsey: Peg Kopec was one of the many people who made me who I am today. She works tirelessly to push her students to be the best version of themselves. I also enjoyed my classes with Mr. Harper. He always made learning about history interesting and entertaining. 
Eric: I especially enjoyed classes with Mrs. Abbott. We always had fun and she could handle my sarcasm and was a great teacher. Ms. Pratscher was my Kairos leader and English teacher. My English skills were not strong, but she made it a lot easier by providing one-on-one help. She would help with time management by breaking down chapters of books we were reading and gave me tips with how to take good notes. Both Mrs. Abbott and Ms. Pratscher would come in early and stay late to assist me.
 

4.  What is your favorite memory during your time at SFHS?

Kelsey: My favorite memory was playing in State. That was my first moment of playing in front of a huge crowd, and I knew I wanted to do that for a long time. I also enjoyed the dances and homecomings. It's very rare to grow up with such a strong sense of community, and I think the students who attend St. Francis are lucky to experience this. 
Eric: Winning sectionals for baseball was a huge highlight. The Super Sectional game was in a big stadium, and there were a lot of Spartans there supporting us. It was the best atmosphere of anywhere I played. Even families that didn't have a baseball player came out to see us play.  Awesome experience!
 

5. Why are you proud to be an SFHS alum? What one word encapsulates your St. Francis experience?

Kelsey: SFHS is a family. From the time I went to school until now, I continue to receive support and love from people all over. No matter where you go or where you live, there are always alum nearby. It's really special to have that especially when I'm living somewhere new every year. The word that encapsulates my St. Francis experience is "Growth."
Eric: St. Francis is a prestigious school in the area. The teachers and staff mold students to be well behaved and give them an amazing education. The teachers are fantastic people that students really look up to. "Family" encapsulates my St. Francis experience. The friends I met here are the best of friends I will have for the rest of my life.





Only at St. Francis High School
Classroom Spotlight for Parents -  Introducing Honors Physics with Dr. Tom Juliano

Honors Physics
Eligible Grade Level: 11
Prerequisites: Completion of Biology and Chemistry; 98% average or above in previous college preparatory science coursework or 88% average or above in previous honors science coursework and all previous math courses; and consent of the instructor and/or Department Chair
1 Credit
 
This laboratory-oriented course teaches the major principles and concepts involved in Physics. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, circular motion, energy, momentum, rotational motion, electricity, magnetism, vibration and waves, light and sound. Class also devotes time to the study of current topics. Given the strong emphasis on quantitative problem solving, this course is intended for students with very strong math skills. It serves as a good foundation for the AP Physics 1 exam, with some additional outside study.
 
Water Balloon Lab with "Target" and Teacher, Tom Juliano: "We performed this extra credit lab to tie in the concepts we are studying. We were looking at free fall motion and trying to predict, using Physics, how to drop a water balloon so it hits a moving target. To make the lab fun and interesting, I became the target, and 14 students were able to hit me."
 
Making It Personal: "I want to do as many activities as possible where students are able to see the tie-in and view the math, the equations, and the analysis. I also try to have activities where students use their Surface Pro to collect data and visually see and then analyze the data. I like to have students talk to each other. It provides an opportunity for them to exchange ideas and bring in new thoughts to share."

Student Shannon C., '20: "While I was happy to get extra credit for hitting Dr. J with a water balloon, I was also able to experience a hands on experiment learning about velocity and acceleration and had fun at the same time!"
 
Student Bryce W. '20: "Physics is a challenging class; however, Dr. J tries to make it interactive and more fun than just looking at a powerpoint. Between what we studied in class and calculating the right amount of seconds (to drop the water balloon on Dr. J), it ended being the perfect drop."



 

Club Spotlight for Parents -  Introducing Ping Pong Club 
 
Open to: All students as personal schedules permit
Meets: Every Monday during Activity Period (breaks mid-December through mid-February)
(Activity Period is 2:35-3:10 p.m.; practices/rehearsals begin at 3:15 p.m.)
Moderator: Mr. Reist

Why do St. Francis students love Ping Pong Club? Moderator, Tim Reist, tries to explain some reasons for the club's popularity, especially among freshmen. "Not too many kids are super great at Ping Pong. There's no pressure to win, so most kids just come for fun. Kids are as competitive as they want to be.  Some play strictly for fun, some play hard to win. Even if they're not playing, the kids congregate around and it gives them something fun to do. It's nice to see them interacting in the real world doing something they choose to do without their heads down over a computer screen."
 
Student Anna M., '20: "It's super chill and a great way to relax and have fun after school."
 
Student Kyle S., '22: "I really like Ping Pong Club. I have met new people, especially freshman, but students from all classes are friendly."






 
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Upcoming Events
 
Campus Tours:
Call (630) 668-5800 for reservations

Shadow at SFHS
 Click here to register

October 18
Open House at 6:30 p.m.

October 25
Fall Play Middle School Night, Peter and the Starcatcher 7:00 p.m.,
Kuhn Cultural Arts Center
Click here to register

November 4
Open House at 1:00 p.m.

November 10
Rise Up, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 8th Grade Leadership Day with National Honor Society Members
Click here to register

December 1
Class of 2023 Entrance Exam

 

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Feast of St. Francis
We hope you enjoy our talented choir singing the prayer of St. Francis




Thanks for reading 

 
Maureen
Isphording

Director of Admissions
Contact me at misphording@ sfhscollegeprep.org or (630) 668-5800x1120
 
St. Francis High School Fast Facts

COLLEGE PREPARATORY: 
Enrollment: 720
CLASS OF 2018-
100% of graduates were accepted to colleges or universities
Earned $33 million in college scholarships

ACADEMIC
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 

PASTORAL MINISTRY
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 





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