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Why does SF have clubs?

St. Francis High School encourages the education of the whole person, and clubs provide opportunities for students to work towards our Integral Student Outcomes (ISOs). Organizations and clubs are plentiful, providing something for everyone: school and community service, academic competitions, cultural interests, spirit building, publications, and the development of special talents. 

Why would an SF student want to be in a club?

Extra-curricular activities allow students to develop leadership skills, pursue individual interests, and just have fun!

How do students know what clubs are active on campus?

Active clubs are listed above and in the Campus Life Center. This list is updated every quarter. The list provides the club’s name, president, moderator, contact information, and a few details about the club’s activities.

What do students need to know to start a club?

Active clubs are listed above and in the Campus Life Center. This list is updated every quarter. The list provides the club’s name, president, moderator, contact information, and a few details about the club’s activities. 

Students must be a junior or senior to start a club.  Applications are emailed in the Spring and should be returned to the Director of Student Activities, Laura Hanusek, in the Student Government Office or emailed to lhanusek@stfrancishs.org

What do moderators need to know for a new club?

New moderators will receive a Club Moderator Handbook, which outlines the duties of a club moderator. Each club moderator must turn in a moderator duties form that highlights the duties of the moderator for his/her particular club. This form is due within one quarter of the club’s acceptance.

What does a club have to do to stay official?

It is the goal of the Activities Office that clubs provide opportunities for students to develop their talents and interests within the scope of the St. Francis community. Clubs must continue to remain active throughout the school year in order to fulfill the purpose of the club and its constitution.

What could cause a club to be placed on probation or to be revoked?

A club may be placed on probation for one semester if members violate the club’s constitution, or if the club is inactive for an unreasonable amount of time. A club may be revoked if its members violate school rules. The Principal’s Council will determine whether a club is placed on probation or revoked. A club is not official if it does not have a faculty or staff moderator.

How can clubs promote themselves?

Clubs may promote themselves in a variety of ways. An officially recognized club may set up a table on Clubs Day in September. Clubs may also post flyers around campus, advertise in homeroom announcements, and use the Haiku internet resource to create a group website. At the discretion of the Director of Activities, clubs may also have the opportunity to give presentations in assemblies.

What does a moderator have to do to stay a moderator?

A moderator must fulfill all the duties outlined in the Club Moderator Handbook. This includes ensuring that the actions of the club supports the school’s philosophy, mission statement, and Integral Student Outcomes (ISOs). Moderators are responsible for the safety of students, maintaining a roster of student members, attending all club events (including official meeting, off-campus events, practices, conferences, and competitions), ensuring fiscal matters are handled properly, and communicating with the Director of Student Activities as requested (including attendance at meetings and timely return of documents).

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Academic Teams FAQs

Parents of team members are reminded that they must have fingerprint clearance, driver forms, and diocesan code of conduct if working directly with students. Contact the Dean of Students or the front office for forms and information.

May I join more than one team?

Membership on more than one team must be approved by the coaches.
I have never belonged to an academic team. Will I be welcomed?
Definitely! Teams depend upon an influx of new members each year.

If I am a freshman, should I wait a year before making a commitment?

The earlier you join, the more skillful you will become over your four years. If you wanted to play on a sport team, you would try-out as a freshman, not wait for a year or two. Think of academic teams in the same way.

Would participating on an academic team help me get into college?

Colleges value students with specific skills such as public speaking, proven leadership, and commitment.

How is my team membership recorded?

Coaches submit a progress grade each quarter of the year, with the culminating grade and one credit recorded on your transcript at the end of the year.

If I join a team, can I drop out if I find that I don’t have the time or interest to commit?

Keep in mind that these are teams, not clubs. Your commitment after an initial settling-in period during first quarter is to your team members (just as on an athletic team).You may drop out before October 15 without penalty (except Speech team for which you must audition and commit in August). After this deadline, your commitment is firm and if you drop out, your grade will be negatively affected. These are full-year teams.

Do I have to have high grades to belong to an academic team?

You must have and maintain a 2.5 GPA with no F’s and no more than one D.

How often does a team meet?

Teams normally meet after school, once or twice weekly. During competitions, teams will practice more frequently. For most teams, competitions are held in January or February.

Do I have to attend every practice from September through March?

Attendance is a part of your grade. Coaches will offer you some flexibility.

How does membership on an academic team compare with membership on an athletic team?

Both teams compete with teams from other high schools; both are dependent upon the firm commitment of team members; both provide coaching that enhances skills; both offer students opportunities to make new friends,enjoy competitions, and learn to cooperate as a productive member of a team.

How does membership on an academic team differ from membership on an athletic team?

Most academic teams do not meet every day, until immediately prior to competition. The academic team season extends from late August through February or March.

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