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 "Do few things but do them well, simple joys are holy.
St. Francis of Assisi

Last week's Senior Transition Mass celebrated outstanding student leaders and their excellent college placement. Because I am new to St. Francis High School, I needed to ask, "What is the 'Transition Mass?'"

Transition Mass 
1 : final school liturgy when seniors process in wearing the shirt of their intended college, then say goodbye to their homeroom teacher of four years  2 : a beautiful picture of each student's personally successful path at St. Francis High School

More than a name-dropping parade, Transition Mass joyfully celebrates the story behind each college shirt. St. Francis seniors wore a wide array of shirts-Cornell, UCLA, Notre Dame, University of Virginia, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, Coe College, St. Louis University, Dayton, Drake, Marquette, Belmont University-you get the idea. Yes, 100% of St. Francis graduates attend college, but the shirts said more than that. The shirts showed a colorful college mosaic as textured as the senior class. They represented both student success and the guidance of attentive faculty. These seniors earned excellent college placement because they became outstanding leaders at St. Francis High School, encouraged to mature each day of every year in a well-rounded, supportive, and competitive community. Congratulations on your outstanding achievement, Seniors!
Formal Shadow Days have concluded, but I receive daily applications and inquiries for incoming freshmen and transfer students. If you desire a tour while school is in session, please contact me to schedule a meeting this month. Tuesday Tours are from 9:00-10:00 a.m. or any other convenient day/time. Join me, and picture the St. Francis Path for your child. As one student told me recently, "St. Francis can take you anywhere."

-Maureen Isphording, Director of Admissions

"I Am St. Francis"
The Graduation Perspective: Questions for Seniors Morgan England and Tyler Hodgett 


1.  What college will you attend next year?

Morgan: Cornell University
Tyler: University of Illinois, majoring in Biochemistry and Pre-Med

2. What grade school did you attend?

Morgan: Saints Peter and Paul, Naperville
Tyler: Benjamin Middle School, West Chicago

3. What activities were you involved in at SFHS?

Morgan: Environmental Club, Student Ambassadors, National Honor Society, Basketball Manager
Tyler: Baseball, Music Ensemble, National Honor Society, Math Team, Jazz Band

4.  How did St. Francis prepare you for the next level?

Morgan: St. Francis allowed me so many opportunities and allowed me to stand out.  It is because they allotted me those opportunities that I could go as far as I have.  My St. Francis path was a little different because I studied first semester of my junior year at Conserve School* in Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin. St. Francis also made it a lot easier to transition back. (*Conserve School is a semester school experience for environmentally minded high school students.)
Tyler: My coursework is a lot harder compared to my friends' at other schools. My teachers are really good, too-Ms. Pratcher, Mr. Olasek, Mrs. Kustak -I learned a lot. It never was an easy A.

5.  What will you miss most after graduation?

Morgan: I will miss the community support, being able to walk down the halls and start talking to a teacher about anything. The bonds you create with people here are something that cannot be beat.
Tyler: I will miss the small school community. Everyone, especially the teachers, is approachable. And it doesn't have to be all academics, all the time-pretty much anything from stocks to life.


6. What are your memorable St. Francis experiences?

Morgan: Any time the whole school gets together, for example, games and Spartan Olympics.  I enjoy the vibe and community getting together.  We support the whole school.
Tyler: Rock concert last year. The Band playing rock songs when everyone is cheering. It's great. (Rock Concert is May 12th this year!) It was fun to hang out with Band kids.


Only at St. Francis High School
Senior Institute Day
St. Francis High School organizes Senior Institute Day to prepare St. Francis seniors for the college transition. Institute Day presents students with information about new experiences and introduces them to appropriate problem-solving skills. "Senior Institute Day got me thinking more about what college is going to be like. I learned real-world, applicable advice," says Sean Garvy, St. Raphael alum and future Hawkeye at University of Iowa.
Here's a sneak peek into this year's Senior Institute activities:
  • Transition Mass
  • Breakfast with Alumni
  • Keynote Presentation: "Seize the Day! How One Small Word ... Service ... Can Make a Big Difference in Everyone's Life" by Bill Johnson, Youth Consultant and Marmion Academy Campus Minister. "Bring your gifts and faith to life. By giving away your talents, you will ultimately experience God's love in return."
  • Institute Day Workshops (Students choose four:)
-Safety On & Off Campus (Required): Caroline Krause, Campus Security, Elmhurst College
-Expect the Unexpected (Males Only): David Cooks, David Cooks Enterprises
-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 at College Physically, Mentally, & Socially: Angelika Rupp, Donna Hoscheit, Sarah Anderson, SFHS Counseling, Nursing, and Athletics
-Catholicism in the Real World: Bill Johnson, Youth Consultant and Marmion Academy Campus Minister
-Life Lessons: Things I Wish I Knew as I Was Graduating High School: Kevin Spahn, JD, CFP, CLU, ChFC Wealth Management Advisor
  • Cap & Gown Pick-Up
  • Senior Class Photo
One grateful SFHS father summed up the day's sentiments, "Quite frankly, these last 8+ years have been the most enjoyable years for not only my children but for Molly and myself. I am so thrilled to say, the St. Francis community, staff, faculty, and priests have made me a big believer in St. Francis! I couldn't be more pleased. I say THANK YOU to St. Francis High School!" John Webb, father of Kathryn Webb '17.

Art Showcase

The Art Showcase presents the work of St. Francis High School Art students from Art I through Art IV, Advanced Placement Drawing Portfolio, Advanced Placement 3D Portfolio, and Digital Art classes. Open to the community and juried by a panel of three independent working artists, Art Showcase celebrates the accomplishments and growth of talented art students and notes the development of those who have had the opportunity to experience four years of art education at St. Francis High School.

Congratulations to Art Showcase Student Winners 2017:
Art I:  First Place-Cat Wilson, Second-Kailee Pearson, Third-Lauren Burch

Art II: First Place-Madeline Derango, Second-Lauren VonBampus, Third-Thaia Garcia

Art III: First Place-Jack Armbrust, Second-Claire Flannery, Third-Annabella Console

Art IV: First Place-Marissa Pellicane, Second-Katy Granbom, Third-Lainey Kauper

AP Art: First Place-Courtney Keilman, Second-Victoria Martin, Third-Joy Ding

Digital Art: First Place-Alyssa Carbonara, Second-Tanner Hughes, Third-Katie Kubic

Best in Show-Nick Morello (Advanced Placement Art 3D Portfolio)



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May 12
Rock Concert, Music Ensemble
May 15-17
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May 18
Senior/Faculty Dinner
May 21
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Feast of St. Francis
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Director of Admissions
Contact me at misphording@ sfhscollegeprep.org 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 

Provides opportunity for prayer and worship, retreats, justice and service, ministry leadership formation, pastoral care, and community building
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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