Join us on the St. Francis path
 "The journey is essential to the dream." 
St. Francis of Assisi

Like the Easter Season, our 7th Grade Shadow Days are in full bloom. We have added one more full-experience Shadow Day on Wednesday, April 26, by popular demand. Please schedule your child to join us. I will pair your child with one of our welcoming Student Hosts and tailor the visit to fit his or her interests. This is a great way to experience the joyful journey of St. Francis High School.
Also this spring, Microsoft has designated St. Francis High School as a "Microsoft Showcase School" for successfully integrating Surface Pro technology into the classroom and is partnering with St. Francis to further enhance technology for education. I invite you to read more about SFHS's partnership with Microsoft in the "Only at St. Francis" section below.
Please join me for a tour while school is in session so you can better picture the St. Francis path for your child.  Tuesday Tours are from 9:00-10:00 a.m. or any other convenient day/time. Contact me to schedule coffee and a tour or an admissions meeting this month (630) 668-5800 x1120.
Wishing you Easter Blessings from St. Francis High School, 

-Maureen Isphording, Director of Admissions

"I Am St. Francis"
The Physics Perspective: Q & A Insights with SFHS Engineering Club Moderators and Physics Teachers

Meet Dr. Tom Juliano and Mr. Tom Galla, who share thoughts on SFHS's blossoming Engineering Club, science, and teaching. 
Dr. Tom Juliano: Moderates Engineering Club; teaches Honors AP Physics, Honors Physics, Physics; and earned 2004 Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering from Drexel University and 2001 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago.
Mr. Tom Galla: Moderates Engineering Club, teaches Physics, coaches both Boys' and Girls' Swimming, and earned 2012 Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Education from Bradley University.

Q: How do your students experience hands-on learning? 
A: We utilize a lot of labs that help students experience a concept before their own eyes as we are teaching the ideas behind it. This type of learning always occurs in a group environment, where students can discuss ideas together and learn from each other. Two projects we did this year that everyone seemed to enjoy were building mousetrap cars and electric motors. These are challenging projects, and students feel a lot of satisfaction when they reach success.
Q: Why do you choose to teach at SFHS?
A: Strong, positive community atmosphere where it is easy to talk to everyone. Students take pride in their education, and parents have strong buy-in and are willing to help the process by building a strong learning environment at school and at home. 
Q: How do you challenge your students?
A: Our students are challenged by performing some of the hands-on projects and also by having to synthesize abstract concepts and communicate with each other. We challenge students by presenting them with problems that don't always have a set answer and requiring them to think in new ways. They usually need to apply a combination of logic, math, observation, and tie-in to everyday experiences. 
Q: Engineering Club specifics: How many new members?  What do you do? How often are meetings?
A: The new SFHS Engineering Club has about 20 members and growing. Students receive a project or goal to complete by the end of each meeting, then design or build something to meet that goal. For example, we have built hot air balloons, catapults, aluminum foil boats, and toothpick towers. Meetings are every other week. This year, we competed at College of DuPage Engineering Olympics for high school students, and the students enjoyed it a lot.
Q: What word encapsulates your experience at SFHS?  I AM ...
A: Dr. Tom Juliano: "I AM ... WELCOMING."
Mr. Tom Galla: "I AM ... EXCITING."



Only at St. Francis High School
SFHS Set Apart as "Microsoft Showcase School"

Microsoft has designated St. Francis High School as a "Microsoft Showcase School" for successfully integrating technology into the classroom and is partnering with St. Francis to further enhance technology in education. St. Francis joins the global community of Microsoft Showcase Schools that exemplify innovative leadership, school capacity for professional development, highest level of integrated teaching and learning standards across a curriculum, and technical capacity to integrate technology into the curriculum.
"These schools have gone through a 'whole-school approach' transition to demonstrate innovative teaching and learning, which are shaping plans for overall educational improvement," writes On MSFT contributing editor and writer, Kareem Anderson, who independently reports on Microsoft news.
St. Francis applied for Microsoft Showcase School status after implementing the Microsoft Surface Pro for student use two years ago, and the innovative technology has transformed the student experience. Because the Surface Pro functions like a laptop computer in tablet form, it emphasizes personalized learning for students through the use of 1:1 learning devices and current technology, such as Office 365 Education, Office Mix, OneNote, and more. An amazing tool, especially useful in the classroom, the Surface Pro teaches computer literacy skills students can transfer to a workplace, and allows students to quickly navigate among multiple programs that boost learning and studying success.
St. Francis will continue to partner with Microsoft to train school leadership teams to amplify the use of technology, driving further schoolwide transformation. They also will continue to host visitors and share best practices of using Microsoft technology for teaching and learning. "The Showcase school means we've achieved a level of distinction that we are fully integrating the Office 365 Suite. We will collaborate with Microsoft teams from across the world and be showcased at international events as an invited speaker/presenter or through the eduCast series," explains Colleen Kaplan, SFHS's Technology Integration Specialist. "We will have access to partner product trials and Microsoft early adoption opportunities and also partner with Microsoft's Oakbrook location for special events and training."
"We've been working with St. Francis for several years and have formed an incredible partnership," explains Denton Green from Microsoft's Oakbrook location. "There are very few Microsoft Showcase Schools in the U.S. It is a result of St. Francis taking the technology and running with it."

National Signing Days

Congratulations to St. Francis High School student athletes who committed this year to playing sports in college.
November 9: Spartan Volleyball players Alexia Byrnes-Hosey, University of Louisville; Rebecca Fernandez, Murray State University; Delaney Malloy, University of Illinois at Chicago; Kamryn Malloy, Indiana University; and Jessica McCall, Illinois Wesleyan University.
February 1: Shane Walker, Murray State University, Football
April 7: Nicholas Amodeo, Illinois College, Swimming; Greg Bogdanski, University of St. Thomas, Football; John Brundage, Lake Forest College, Football; Carney Herard, Illinois Wesleyan University, Soccer; Mia Mazza, Holy Cross College, Basketball; Molly McCarthy, Coe College, Track & Field; John McGuire, Dominican University, Volleyball; Colleen McShea, Loras College, Cross Country/Track & Field; Gabe Meyer, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Football; Andrew Olson, St. Norbert College, Football; Sebastian Garcia, Illinois State University, Cheer; Molly Tuskey, University of Illinois, Dance; Amanda Peterson, Augustana College, Track.



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Every Tuesday
Tuesday Tours for prospective parents 
9:00-10:00 a.m.
April 20
Art Showcase, Library at 7:00 p.m.

April 22
Incoming Freshman Placement Test Mathematics at 8:30 a.m., World Languages at 10:00 a.m.

April 26
Band Concert

April 27
All-School Liturgy
8:00 a.m., Senior Institute Day

April 29
60th Anniversary Dinner, Happy Hour 6:00 p.m., Dinner and Awards Presentation 7:00 p.m. in Slant Dome Gymnasium
April 30
Choral Concert
Admissions Video

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

Thanks for reading 


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

Enrollment: 750
CLASS OF 2016-
100% of graduates were accepted to colleges or universities
Earned $33 million in college scholarships

79% of faculty have advanced degrees
Class of 2016 average ACT score = 27
Top 50% = 31
117 Full year and semester course offerings
34 Honors courses
15 Advanced Placement (A.P.) courses (81% of last year's students scored 3 or better)

98% student participation in at least one activity
24 sports programs: 12 boy and 12 girl
9th Place Division 2A State Math Team
63% of students participate in the performing arts
65% of students participate in athletic programs 

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SFHS Bus Service This Fall
St. Francis High School will offer a transportation option to students beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.  The school will provide 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