This course is required for students chosen to be Christian Service Leaders. This course provides students with learning opportunities to affirm, develop, and express their aspirations to grow their servant leadership competencies.The purpose of this yearlong course is to teach leadership skills and provide students with a platform to demonstrate their skills while inspiring and informing the St. Francis Catholic High School community about service opportunities, social justice, charity, and advocacy.
Prerequisite: You must be selected as a Christian Service Leader to enroll.
Study Skills is a year-long academic support program for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The overriding objective is to model and practice success attributes: self-awareness, goal setting, perseverance, emotional coping strategies, use of support systems, proactivity and self-advocacy. Short term assignments are designed to increase proficiency in core academic programs.
Level: 10, 11, 12 (By recommendation from Guidance, Resource, or Administration)
Troubie Success is a four-semester series designed to provide students with the necessary support and skills for a successful transition to the academic program at St. Francis. The overriding objective is to model and practice success attributes: self-awareness, goal setting, perseverance, emotional coping strategies, use of support systems, proactivity and self-advocacy.
Beginning in the summer prior to 9th grade, students complete 6 weeks (equivalent to two semesters) of preparation for the academic year ahead. The first three weeks focus on English 9 readiness (including assigned summer reading), study skills, and Pre-algebra. The remaining three weeks focus on Algebra 1 Readiness and strengthening early algebra skills in preparation for completing Algebra 1 during the school year.
During the school year (two semesters), the program will continue to guide students in honing their abilities in these areas while also supporting them with the rest of their academic workload. On a regular basis, students work independently and in groups to write and reflect, collaborate with others, engage in class discussion, read individually and as a class, and increase proficiency in mathematics.
This academic team offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new topic each year, ranging from national (e.g. Civil War and Great Depression) to international (e.g. French Revolution and Renaissance) topics. In addition to weekly meetings, members also attend various workshops and scrimmages. Students compete in February against other local high schools across a variety of areas (Economics, Arts, Music, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science and Social Science) all related to the annual theme. Competition includes subject tests, speeches, essay and Super Quiz. The “Aca Deca” team must consist of an equal number of members from various grade point average ranges, so all students are encouraged participate, regardless of grade point averages. Students may additionally earn 3 units of elective credit at CSUS through the Accelerated College Entrance (ACE) program
NOTE: This class meets two days a week after school.
This course may be taken in addition to other English courses but does not satisfy graduation requirements.
This course broadens students’ understanding of the media while contributing to the SFHS archives through development of The Canticle, the school yearbook. Methodology consists of creative lab experiences, layout, recording, and reporting. Goals include stimulating students’ creativity, strengthening their value of commitment, and assuming responsibility for a final product. This course may be repeated for credit. Note: Yearbook requires some after-school hours.
Students must have the recommendation of her present English teacher.
Sophomores & Juniors must have an “A” in English. Seniors who are signing up for yearbook for the first time must have at least a “B” in English; involvement in school activities, strong writing skills, InDesign computer skills preferred; may be repeated for credit.
Students on this academic team prepare for competition at events sponsored by the California and National Junior Classical Leagues, including Ludi Novembres, Carcer, and State Convention. Students learn all aspects of classical society, history and mythology, and test their knowledge against high school teams from across the state. Events include: academic tests (e.g. Latin/Greco-Roman history, mythology, grammar, vocabulary, daily life); speech events; catapult and chariot; essay and story writing. The premier event is the Certamen, a team quiz contest.
NOTE: This team meets one to two days a week after school.
This year-long course enables students to learn basic Hawaiian language, Polynesian dance, and history. Through hula basics and choreography, the students will learn discipline, grace, teamwork, and commitment to reach each dancer’s full potential in hula. Students learn techniques to dance hula gracefully through hand gestures, body movement and facial expression in addition to learning basic Hawaiian language and Hawaiian history. This class performs in many of the school events as well as some outside events. View Nā Wāhine O ‘Olu Hula performance dates here.
This course provides each student the opportunity for experience and development of her leadership knowledge and skills. It also allows the student to contribute to the St. Francis Community through the unique gifts given to her by God. Topics covered include lay ministry, leadership styles, effectiveness, communication, conflict resolution, recruiting and managing. In addition, students will create, lead and evaluate projects to build and refine their skills.Students in Ministry Leadership work within the Campus Ministry Department and its various programs including: liturgies and prayer, retreats, service, community building, and the Big Sister mentoring program. This course may be repeated in an opposite semester for credit. NOTE: This class is only offered in B Block.
The Mock Trial team prepares students to prosecute and defend a single case, serving as pretrial counsel, trial attorneys, witnesses, defendants, court clerks, reporters, bailiffs, and artists. In addition to after-school meetings, members also participate in weekend scrimmages. The team competes against other local high schools in six rounds of simulated trial at the Sacramento County Courthouse in March.
NOTE: This team meets one to two days a week after school.
Prerequisite: Application, interview/audition, recommendation and permission of instructor.
This academic team simulates the crucial business of the United Nations assembly. Students represent assigned countries, within an assigned committee, as UN delegates and become versed in their history, economy, politics and culture. Large-scale university MUN conferences simulate topics facing the international community. At these conferences, students serve on various committees (e.g. World Health Organization, Security Council.) Preconference research and position-paper writing culminates in these weekend-long diplomatic simulations scored by university students who chair the committees.
NOTE: This team meets one to two days a week after school with outside research required.
Members of FIRST Robotics Team 692, one of a few all-girls teams in the United States, specialize in project engineering, program management, electronics, computer programming, animation, web design and public relations. As participants in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), students respond to challenges, work collaboratively as a team, master time management, strengthen communication skills, and practice “gracious professionalism.” The team participates in one to two regional competitions against other teams from across the nation.
Prerequisite: Application, interview, recommendation and permission of instructor.
NOTE: This team meets one to two days a week after school in the fall and five days a week in January and February.
The Science Olympiad team competes in a series of individual and team events that encourage learning in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, problem solving and technology. While some events require knowledge of scientific facts and concepts, others rely on science processes, skills or applications. All events involve teamwork and collaboration. In the high school division, teams have a maximum of 15 students and may have additional members who participate in all practices and serve as back-ups as needed at the annual competition.
NOTE: This team meets one to two days a week after school.
The Speech team provides opportunities for students to develop public speaking abilities while furthering their critical thinking and analytical skills. Through a variety of speaking opportunities to choose from, students may write original pieces, interpret published scripts or speeches, respond to prompts about world events, or compete impromptu. Students who want to improve presentation skills, enjoy drama/theater, have a passion for world events and can choose or write scripts are encouraged to audition. The team participates in 4 tournaments per season, mostly on Saturdays.
NOTE: This team meets one to two days a week after school and/or by appointment.
Student Interns earn valuable work experience and excellent references for college applications, letters of recommendation, and job resumes. Students provide service to the school while earning 5 elective credits. Students are assigned a course grade, but this grade is not averaged into the SFHS GPA. Students should register as an intern and meet with the teacher or participating staff members to arrange for the internship. In addition to assisting teachers, students may apply to intern in the Guidance Department, Library, Institutional Advancement Office, Campus Ministry, St. Francis Admin.Office, Arts Department, and Technology Department.
Students may download an application in their TCCi Naviance Family Connection account by clicking on “Library.”
Prerequisite: You must be recommended and need to fill out the application. Download the application click on Library in your student profile.
Credit: 5mmended and need to fill out the application. Download the application click on Library in your student profile.
This course is a required class if you have been elected as a Student Body Officer or Class Officer. Students in this class will develop an understanding of leadership theory, personal development, communication, organization, community building, and ethics in leadership. The purpose of this class is to organize, manage, and evaluate school-wide activities and events, increase school spirit, participate in community activities and events, facilitate communication within St. Francis, and support the St. Francis student community.Student leaders also provide student representation to faculty, administration, and parent organizations. NOTE: This class is only offered at B Block.
Prerequisite: You must be elected to a Student Body Office or Class Office or selected as a Class Senator to enroll.
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