Chromebook Information for Current/ Incoming St. Francis Students
All current and incoming St. Francis students enrolled in an academic summer course will receive a Chromebook prior to the start of summer school. Each Chromebook is school property; therefore, use of the device is governed by the guidelines of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and Student-Parent Handbook. Distribution will take place in Room 332 or call (916) 737-5030 Ext.130 to make an appointment. Students must submit a printed, signed copy of the AUP at time of pick-up.Non-SFHS students who do not have access to their own device will be provided an option at no additional fee, if required.
Each Chromebook comes with a limited, one-year factory warranty. It covers the cost of repair for manufacturer defects, but cracked screens and damages due to accidents or abuse can incur repair costs up to the cost of the device. Families may want to consider third party insurance. The school has contracted with Worth Ave. Group for an insurance policy designed for St. Francis. The price for insurance is $28 per year, and For Summer Program Session 2 participants, additional insurance, if desired, must be purchased by July 7th. To learn more about the policy, click here. To purchase a policy, click here
As stated in the Acceptable Use Policy, students are to not deface, write on, or add stickers to the device. There are to be no markings on the Chromebook itself. However, students are allowed to purchase plastic cases for the device. These cases can then be personalized by students. The school recommends the iPearl mCover Hard Shell case designed specifically for the Acer Chromebook R11. Students may choose from an array of colors: Aqua, Black, Blue, Clear, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, and Red.
Off Campus Summer School Credit
We encourage St. Francis students to remain on-campus for any academic classes they may take in the summer. This is the only way we can guarantee alignment with curriculum in subsequent courses. However, we also understand there may be instances in which a student wishes to complete a summer course at another Catholic high school. In this case, a St. Francis student will need prior approval from an Assistant Principal in order for a non-St. Francis course to be applied towards her graduation requirements, transcript, and GPA. With prior approval, non-St. Francis courses will be included on the student’s St. Francis transcript and factored into her on-site GPA. See your Guidance Counselor to obtain an approval form.
July 3-July 21, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
This course is suitable (upon recommendation from the Chair of the Math Department) for some incoming freshmen who will be enrolling in Geometry as a freshman, or older students who are in need of some additional preparation prior to enrolling in Geometry or Algebra 2 in the Fall. Materials for this course will be provided by instructor on the first day of class.
Geometry is the second course in the high school series. The course continues to review basic Algebra skills, but focuses on completing the common core standards for Geometry. Major topics include geometric proofs, properties of parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles, basic properties and area and volume of two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures, similarity and proportions, basic trigonometric functions, constructions, and coordinate Geometry. UC/CSU approved in the c – Mathematics category.
This course is a standard first year Algebra course. Topics covered include operations with real numbers, solving and graphing linear equations, word problems, introduction to polynomials, factoring, quadratics, and radicals. UC A-G approved – c Mathematics. NCAA approved.
Note: Incoming freshmen who do not intending on taking the SFHS Challenge Exam to be placed in a higher level math, may enroll. This course is not intended for students who have been required to take Algebra 1 Readiness or Troubie Success.
This course is the second year of a two-year course in Algebra 2. Students who study Algebra 2B gain knowledge and experience in solving systems of non-linear functions such as quadratic equations, conic sections, logarithms, exponential functions, and complex systems over a period of one year. UC/CSU approved in the c – Mathematics category.
This course is designed to teach the fundamental principles of chemistry and to prepare students for physical science classes on the high school and university level. The class stresses basic problem solving techniques and understanding the major theories in chemistry through written and laboratory work. Since chemistry is an experimental science, time equivalent to one period a week is spent in the laboratory. UC/CSU approved in the d – Laboratory Science category.
The central theme of this UC approved lab science course is the inter-relationship between matter and energy. Students will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of physics and how they relate to our everyday world. Activities and projects will drive the learning of physics concepts. One of these activities is a trip to Six Flags in Vallejo to study the structure of roller coasters and the effects of riding them. The cost of the field trip is included in the price of the course. The time equivalent to one period per week or more is spent in the laboratory. UC/CSU approved in the d – Laboratory Science category.
Class 1: June 12-June 30, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
Class 2: July 3-July 21, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
This is a beginning social studies course for secondary level students. Students develop geographic literacy and the ability to link geography and its effect on human culture, with an emphasis on global history from the ancient through the medieval eras. Students learn map reading as well as research and writing skills. This course develops basic analytical and presentation skills. There is a special emphasis on the interpretation of history as a universal discipline: a field of study which requires familiarity with the entire range of human behavior, including politics, diplomacy, economics, social relations, technology, science, religion, literature, and art. UC/CSU approved in the a – History / Social Science category.
Civics and Economics analyzes government and politics in the United States and enables students to use economic concepts in a reasoned and careful manner in dealing with the personal, community and national economic issues students confront or will confront. The course examines the philosophical and constitutional bases of U.S. government, economy and the beliefs and behaviors of citizens. St. Francis students must complete both sessions of Civics and Economics to receive credit. This class fulfills the senior year Social Studies requirement. UC/CSU approved.
Class 1: June 12-June 30, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
Class 2: July 3-July 21, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
Registration for both sessions of this course is initially open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders only. If there are available spaces, rising 9th graders will have the opportunity to register beginning February 28, 2017.
Health is a one semester required course for graduation. The course focuses on helping students understand and develop healthy behaviors. The student will assess her current lifestyle choices and set personal goals aimed at improving her quality of life. Students learn to identify teenage health risks, and investigate women’s health issues and health related careers. In addition, the student will research health risks created by poverty, domestic violence, child abuse and war.
This course is designed to help the student become a responsible driver who is well aware of and better able to manage the risks of distracted driving. With this goal in mind, responsible driving also addresses such issues as resisting harmful peer pressure and social pressure, exercising emotional control, and developing social responsibility. Course includes 25 hour class time and 5 hours of independent study; 30 hours total for course completion in compliance with DMV regulations. No absences or make-ups allowed. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to take the permit test. You must be 15 ½ years old to take the CA permit test and 15 to take this class.
What does it mean to be a Troubadour? This class is a perfect way to prepare yourself for life at St. Francis High School. Utilize your school-issued Chromebooks and traditional methods to develop high school study skills, organizational tools, and techniques for success. You’ll meet members of the St. Francis community and have fun getting to know your fellow classmates. Students will also complete a selection from the freshman summer reading list.
This course of three weeks gives the opportunity to students to review grammar rules & vocabulary that were introduced in French 1 and French 2, and to practice oral conversations. The content will cover the curriculum of French 1 and French 2 that is common to all high schools. It is perfect to reinforce notions that were not fully mastered and to prepare students to take a placement exam before entering French 2 or French 3.
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Prerequisite: French 1, or student had French in 8th grade.
This course of three weeks gives the opportunity to students to review advanced grammar rules that were introduced in French 3 or French 4, vocabulary, sentence structures, oral comprehension and conversation. In addition, the student will work on his French auditive and speaking skills in our Audio Lab. The content will combine the curriculum of French 3, Honors French 3, and French 4 that is common to all high schools. It is perfect to reinforce notions that were not fully mastered and to prepare students to take a placement exam before entering French 3, French 4 or AP French.
This enrichment course is designed to provide support to incoming freshmen in the areas of Math and English. The course will focus on strengthening pre-algebra and early algebra skills in preparation for completing Algebra 1. This course also focuses on the academic and study skills necessary to succeed at St. Francis and gives students the tools they need for their four years of high school. The goal of this course is to empower and inspire students as they transition to a new academic environment. BY INVITATION ONLY.
This course is offered for students who, by the nature of their mathematical backgrounds, can expect to learn Algebra 1 more effectively by having it presented at a slower pace. The course follows the general goals and objectives of the regular Algebra 1 course; however, the additional time will allow the teacher to give attention to the varying remediation needs of the target students. Students begin this course during the summer prior to the 9th grade. BY INVITATION ONLY.
This class supports the academic development of students in the following areas: study skills, reading comprehension, writing and vocabulary. This course is intended for incoming freshman who need to strengthen their English skills to be successful in English 9 – it is not an enrichment class. BY INVITATION ONLY
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