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Parents’ Guild – Dessert Donations For Back To School Night and First Parents’ Guild Meeting

Parents’ Guild will be hosting desserts during Back to School Night.  Please check the Volunteer Opportunity website to sign-up to donate desserts for this important SF event.  We will also have a booth there, so please stop by, and find out how you can get involved.   We look forward to meeting all of our new Troubie Parents.

Parents’ Guild will also be holding their first meeting on Tuesday, August 21st at 8:15 a.m.  We still have some leadership opportunities available,  Please join us to learn more about what we do for our girls, parents, and staff.

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Epicurean – Troubie Taco Tuesdays

Starting Tuesday (8/21) after school in Serra Court, we will have Troubie Taco Tuesdays! Chef Manager, Roberto, will be serving up delicious carñitas tacos and hot tortas.  Your choice of carñitas tacos or hot tortas comes with Spanish rice, chips, salsa, and Agua Fresca for $6.00.

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Parent Volunteer Information

There are links below to learn how to sign up for our volunteer program, log into your account, and view the volunteer opportunities available.

  • Click HERE to learn how to sign up for MVP. 
  • Click HERE to log into MVP.
  • Click HERE to view the Volunteer Opportunities available.
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Costa Rica Field Trip – Spring Break 2019
April 22 – 30, 2019

Registration is still open for this fabulous 9-day trip touring the country of Costa Rica.  Students will see many animals and plants, and learn all about the country and people of Costa Rica.  We will travel by private bus, zipline, and boats, meeting and interacting with local people, and doing fun activities like zip-lining, snorkeling, swimming in pools and in oceans.  We will be immersed in the language, culture, and nature of this beautiful country, including rainforests, a volcano, rivers, Caribbean and Pacific Oceans, local villages, schools and churches. You do not have to speak any Spanish to go on the trip, but you will learn a lot as we go along. The trip will be from April 22 – 30, 2019. Any questions?  Email: idiver@stfrancishs.org

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Build the Theatre Set on Stage

Come to the theatre to help construct the set. Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closed-toe shoes. The work varies, but overall it is construction work such as carpentry, painting, cleaning, and a small amount of welding. 

Come for a 2-hour minimum. Sign up on MVP HERE. Be sure to have your SFHS parent volunteer  requirements completed before you arrive.  Theatre Set Build - Saturday, October 13th  8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

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Important Information About Driving, Drop Off/Pick Up Around Campus, and Parking Lot Volunteers

No U Turn in Trenchless Company Parking Lot

We have received complaints that parents are making U turns in the Trenchless Company parking lot, which causes a hazard.  Please do not do this. It is always important that we are good and safe neighbors for our community.  Thank you, Mrs. Cost  

M Street  

It is important that we fulfill our contractual commitment to our neighbors about the use of our M Street entrance.  M Street passes are only for students who walk or bike to school from the neighborhood or St. Mary’s.  At no time may a student be dropped off or picked up on M Street. If she is dropped off or picked up she will have to serve Saturday school.  

Parent Parking/M Street Volunteers

If you are interested in earning parent service hours, we have daily one hour shifts from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. (or applicable late start times) or 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. for the afternoon shift. To participate in either program please, email Cynthia Cost at ccost@stfrancishs.org.  All Diocesan requirements for fingerprinting and Safe Haven must be completed prior to participation.

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Athletic News (8/17/18)

Fall Sports Parent Meeting Set for Tuesday, August 21 at 6 p.m.

All parents of fall sports student-athletes are encouraged to attend the Fall Sports Parent Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21. The meeting will be followed by individual sport meetings and Jersey Ceremonies for Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, and Water Polo.

Holy Court Ticket Sales Start Saturday, August 25

Holy Court ticket sales to St. Francis students, parents, fans, and alumnae will open on Saturday, August 25 at 6:00 a.m. (limit 2 per person). A passcode will be sent to your St. Francis student’s email account on Friday, August 24, to access the tickets. Tickets will be $7 with a $1 service charge.

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Weekly Wellness: Back-To-School Tips for a Successful Year
By: Chyrissee Lee & Kym Weinandy, SFHS Wellness Counselor

Remind your Troubie that the old saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is never more true than when you’re going to school. Students are more alert and perform better in class if they eat a good breakfast. 

Encourage your Troubie to get enough sleep. Studies show that teens need at least 8½ hours of sleep each night to feel rested. Sleep deprivation can lead students to fall asleep in class and can also make it hard to concentrate. It can be more productive to get the sleep they need than it is to stay up late cramming. A recent study found that students who got adequate sleep before a math test were nearly three times more likely to figure out the problem than those who stayed up all night.

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Win a $100 Troubie Store Gift Certificate or a $100 Dining Hall Credit

St. Francis shares a lot of great information about the school and our wonderful students through our social media platforms. If you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter you’ll not only be up to date on all things St. Francis, you’ll help us spread the word about our school. Your friends and online followers may also see our posts, and that helps us share our story with a broader audience. 

If you haven’t already, please consider following us on Facebook , Instagram, or Twitter. We will have a drawing on Friday, August 31st, at noon, for all followers on these platforms. You could could win a $100 gift certificate for the Troubie Store or a $100 Dining Hall credit for your daughter. 

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Back To School Night
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Agenda for Back To School Night:

5:00 – 5:40 p.m.  Reception in Serra Court

5:45 – 6:00 p.m.  Formal Welcome in Gym

  • Elias Mendoza, Principal
  • Nancy Doyle, Guidance Department Chair
  • Theresa Rodgers, President

6:15 – 8:00 p.m.    Class Visits

Passing times will be announced.

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Welcome Mass
Wednesday, August 22nd at 10:00 a.m.

Our Welcome Mass is on Wednesday, August 22nd at 10:00 a.m. All are welcomed to attend the Mass. Please sign in at the front office before joining us in the Gym.

The offertory collection at the Welcome Mass) will benefit Mercy Pedalers. Donations will be collected during Mass. Cash or check is accepted. As expressed on their mission statement, “Mercy Pedalers is a ministry of presence based on the Works of Mercy and powered by people like you and me, who pedal through the streets of Sacramento connecting with men and women who are experiencing homelessness.”

Donations will be used to help purchase everyday necessities for the homeless in the streets of Sacramento, such as food, sanitary essentials, etc.   

Thank you! Have a great weekend.

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Keep in Prayer

If you wish to be included in our prayer intentions, please click HERE. Those prayers that are marked “public” will be added to the Principal’s Newsletter.

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Senior Parking Lot Painting Day

We have received questions about the painting day tomorrow (Saturday, 8/11/18).  At this point, we are moving forward tomorrow from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  However, we strongly suggest that you consider stopping no later than 1:00 p.m. as as the afternoon air quality deteriorates.  There is an additional parking painting day on Monday, August 13 from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (same situation).  We do not know when the air quality will improve (it may be several weeks) so coming earlier and leaving early is the best.  If we need to open an one additional painting day, it will be towards the end of September.    

We do not want to have students with health issues to feel they have to paint at this time. If you need to move to the end of September, please let me know.  Parents, you should discuss if it is safe for your daughter to participate. Participate only if you both agree that it is safe.  If you cannot stay the entire time to paint tomorrow, but you feel you can come to pick your space and paint your name, feel free to do so.

We look forward to seeing you bright and early tomorrow morning, Mrs. Cost

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Fall Musical Workshop (Chicago: High School Edition)

“Chicago: High School Edition” is the fall musical. A workshop for anyone interested in performing or teching the show is THIS COMING Thursday, August 16th after school, in the choir room (Room 405). At the 3:30-5:00 p.m. workshop, students will learn the rehearsal schedule, see the set design, practice a dance, and learn a song from the show. Auditions are after school on August 21st and 22nd. 

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Athletic News (8/10/18)

Holy Court Ticket Sales Start Saturday, August 25

Holy Court ticket sales for St. Francis students, parents, fans, and alumnae will open on
Saturday, August 25 at 6:00 a.m. (Limit 2 per person). A pass code will be sent to your St.
Francis student email account on Friday, August 24 to access the tickets. Tickets are $7
with a $1 service charge.

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MobileServe

On Monday, July 23, 2018, students were emailed information regarding MobileServe, our new service tracking app that will help Troubies more accurately record, manage, and report their impact in the community. Attached is information regarding MobileServe and an information sheet informing students how to set up an account. All accounts must be set up by Friday, August 17, 2018, and the email address associated with the account must be a TroubieMail address. 

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Athletic News 8/03/18

Athletic Registration on Final Forms

We are very excited to announce that St. Francis Catholic High School has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time. For more information, click HERE.

Fall Adidas Athletic Spirit Gear Available

Support your daughter’s team with official St. Francis Adidas spirit gear from Athletics Unlimited. Each fall sport has team-specific gear available online. There are no exceptions to the deadlines and all proceeds from the sales benefit the St. Francis Athletics Department. For more information, click HERE.

St. Francis Wins First Delta League All-Sports Title

The St. Francis Athletics Department won the 2017-18 Delta League All-Sports title for the first time in the three-year history of the award. The Troubadours won or tied for five league titles during the year and recorded two second-place finishes. The Troubies captured team titles in cross country, golf, tennis and volleyball, while sharing the basketball title with Davis. St. Francis, which also finished second in water polo, swimming, and diving, tallied 64.5 points to Davis’ 64 to edge the Blue Devils. Pleasant Grove and Elk Grove were tied for third with 42 points. Click HERE to read the release.

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Student Emergency Card and Mandatory Forms

An email was sent out to all current parents on Friday, July 27th, with access instructions for your daughter’s Emergency Card, which includes the mandatory electronic forms (Student-Parent Handbook Agreement, Confidentiality Agreement, Parent Volunteer Agreement, and Medical Release). Thank you to those parents who have already completed the emergency card and signed the forms.

If you have not received that email, please check your SPAM folder before contacting the school. If you’ve checked your SPAM folder and have still not received it, you can contact Lori Ansell at lansell@stfrancishs.org.

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Wine Donation Drop-Off at Back to School Night

Get a head start on your family Revelry Donations!  Come visit the Advancement table to drop off your wine donations.  We’ll be in Serra Court at Back to School Night on Thursday, August 23rd! Bottles should have a value of at least $25 and will be used in our Silent Auction section at the Revelry Gala and Auction on March 9th, 2019. Please be sure to sign up on our MVP website before donating.

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You’re Invited to a Blessing for the Outdoor Math Classroom
Wednesday, August 15th, 3:45 p.m.

Please join us on campus on Wednesday, August 15th, for a blessing ceremony and celebration:

3:45 p.m. - Mass for the Feast of the Assumption

4:30 p.m. - Blessing and opening of “The Grove” outdoor math classroom

RSVP HERE

Outdoor education provides an opportunity for our budding mathematicians to learn in the elemental environment that inspired Euclid to proclaim, “The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.”  Thank you for creating this space for today’s and tomorrow’s Troubadours. We look forward to seeing you at the blessing ceremony!

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MobileServe – New Student Service Accounts
All students are required to set up a MobileServe account by Friday, August 17, 2018.

Campus Ministry is pleased to announce that Christian Service hours are now being tracked using MobileServe. The MobileServe app helps organizations like ours more accurately record, manage, and report our impact in the community. Application features allow students to share their service experiences via social media, invite fellow Troubies to volunteer together, and easily sign up for group service events.

All students are required to set up a MobileServe account by Friday, August 17, 2018. Students are required to use their TroubieMail addresses for their MobileServe account.

Download MobileServe Announcement & Instructions (PDF) or view below

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Grandparents’ Club Important Dates!
Join the Grandparents' Club at the following meetings & events

**Grandparent Service OpportunitiesHelp your family earn their required parent service hours by volunteering at any asterisked event. 

  • Saturday, September 22: St. Francis Day Community Celebration
  • Tuesday, September 25:  GP Club Meeting + Meet-A-Parent/Grandparent for Lunch (A-L)
  • Thursday, September 27:  Meet-A-Parent/Grandparent for Lunch (M-Z)
  • **Thursday, October 4:  St. Francis Day Student Celebration** Volunteers Needed for Tie-Dye Booth setup, operation, and breakdown for event**
  • **Thursday, October 11: Thankful Thursday** Volunteers will welcome families at drop-off, phone calls w/granddaughters, and thank you note writing**
  • **Sunday, October 14 : Open House **Volunteers to Welcome families and promote Club**
  • Wednesday, November 14: GP Club Meeting
  • Tuesday, November 20:  Thanksgiving Prayer Service and Grandparent Celebration
  • Wednesday, January 30: GP Club Meeting + Pax et Bonum Mass
  • Saturday, February,  2nd: Crab Feed
  • Wednesday, March 6: GP Club Meeting + Ash Wednesday Mass
  • Saturday, March 9: Revelry Gala & Auction “Paris in Bloom”
  • Tuesday, April 4: End Of Year GP Club Meeting + M-Z Meet a Parent/Grandparent for Lunch
  • Wednesday, May 1: Easter Celebration Mass
  • Wednesday, May 22: Baccalaureate Mass

​View the full calendar here

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Online Mandatory Forms

In the Back-To-School Checklist, which was mailed with your daughters’ class schedule, the due date for the Online Mandatory Forms was July 20th. However, due to unforeseen circumstances with our K-12 system, the email inviting parents to fill out the Online Mandatory Forms has been delayed. We expect this email to go out within the next few days, and the deadline for completion of these forms has been extended to Monday, August 6th. 

Please note that the Online Mandatory Forms is not the same thing as the ‘Update Your Information’ link on our website. If you have any questions about the Online Mandatory Forms, please contact Lori Ansell at lansell@stfrancishs.org.

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Troubie Store Training

August 8, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and August 9 2018 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Attend the mandatory two-part classroom training on August 8th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on August 9th from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Do you love shopping and talking to people?  Volunteer your talents in the Troubie Store.  You’ll get to try out your new skills … working the register and helping customers.  It’s a lot of fun!  You’ll earn service hours for both.  To sign up, email Mirjana Nikcevic at mnikcevic@stfrancishs.org.

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August Guidance Events

Troubie College Day

Students and parents of all grade levels are welcome to join us on Saturday, August 18th from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm for our Eleventh Annual Troubie College Day. Choose from nine workshops and meet with representatives from colleges and universities from throughout the United States.

​Sophomore Guidance Parent Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Location: Theatre 
Time 6:00- 6:50 p.m.

Overview of the 2018-2019 Academic year, transcript, tutoring, testing, Naviance, and upcoming Guidance Department events.

Freshmen Guidance Parent Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Location: Theatre
Time: 7:00 – 7:50 p.m.
Overview of the 2018-2019 Academic year, transcript, tutoring, testing, Naviance, and upcoming Guidance Department events.

Junior Guidance Parent Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Location: Dining Hall
Time: 6:00 – 6:50 p.m.

What to expect this year including information on testing, searching for colleges, and college fairs.

Senior Parent College Night

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Location: Dining Hall
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Updated college admissions and other need-to-know information about the application process. It’s also a great opportunity to share your questions and experiences with other parents. 

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Freshmen & Transfer Student Orientation
Monday, August 13

Freshmen Student Orientation: 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. 

Transfer Student Orientation: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Uniform skirt and red polo shirt are required for ID pictures. Students need to have their Chromebooks with them. They may bring their books to put in their lockers.

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First Day of School – Special Schedule

The first day of classes for all students is August 14th. Uniforms and books (hard copy and digital) are required.

Homeroom: 8:00-8:20
A - 8:25-8:55
B - 9:00-9:30
C - 9:35- 10:05
D - 10:10-10:40
Class meetings and Assembly- 10:45-11:55
Lunch - 11:55-12:40
E - 12:45-1:15
F - 1:20-1:50 
G - 1:55-2:25
H - 2:30-3:00

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St. Francis Student Planners

Students can purchase the 2018-2019 St. Francis Student Planner in the Troubie Store on the first day of school between 10 am and 1 pm.  They will also be sold at Freshman Overnight (8/10) and Freshman Orientation (8/13).  Cost: $10.00.  Quantities are limited and planners are available for student purchase until supplies run out.  After August 31st, planners are available for parent purchases.  Please view the online calendar for details on daily schedules and events.

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Purchase Textbooks for Summer Reading and the Fall Semester

Students are responsible for securing their textbooks prior to the first day of school and completing their summer reading assignments. All books can be found on the St. Francis Catholic High School MBS Online Bookstore.  While students are not required to purchase books through MBS, the ISBN purchased must match exactly.  We do encourage parents to shop around for the best price.  Unfortunately, due to publisher restrictions, some books/ebooks may only be purchased through MBS. 

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Summer Reading & Summer Assignments

This is a reminder that students need to complete their summer reading and summer assignments prior to the first day of classes.  There may be additional work for some honors, AP, and specialty classes.  Your daughter’s teachers for next year should have already shared information with them prior to summer break.  For a list of reading and course assignments, please visit the SFHS website. Click HERE.

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Katie Garnett ‘12 First Flight full of Troubies!

Alumna Katie Garnett ‘12 had her first flight for American Airlines Saturday. Her day included the Chicago-Sacramento route which was boarded by members of the returning Chicago Service Trip. Katie, who went on the New Orleans Service Trip as a Troubie, recently graduated from Sacramento State and relocated to her base New York City. Thank you to our Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information Steve Shaff for the photo and all that you do for our Alumnae Community.

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Alumnae Spotlight Eleni Kounalakis ’85
Troubie. Businesswoman. Activist. Diplomat. Mother. What's Next, Lieutenant Governor of California?

Congratulations to alumna Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis ’85 on her election to Lieutenant Governor of California! If you missed the article on Eleni in the Spring 2018 issue, read it here:

We know Troubadours are women who change the world; we had a chance to catch up with Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis ’85 to hear where her post-St. Francis journey has taken her and what lessons from her alma mater she has taken on the journey.

Always a woman who wanted to experience the world, Eleni spent her sophomore year at a boarding school in Lugano, Switzerland before embarking on her Troubadour education. While transferring schools mid-way through high school can seem intimidating, Eleni found her St. Francis home to be warm and welcoming and affectionately remembers the many friends she made while a student here. Troubies who remember her debate performance as Walter Mondale*, alongside Claire Chatfield as Geraldine Ferraro, will not be surprised that Eleni is currently campaigning to be the next Lieutenant Governor of California.

“A part of running for office is reviewing your old files. I pleasantly found a report I had written in high school about the 1984 election. There was no question the work we were doing at St. Francis was very relevant,” Eleni reminisces. Her social studies teacher, Trisha (Garretson) Uhrhammer, had connections at the Capitol through her graduate work in history and government. She was also involved with the League of Women Voters and encouraged her students to be informed and active in government. She made a big impact on Eleni.

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Ivanna Forero Pretto ‘19 Artwork in the Crocker

Congratulations Ivanna, your artwork “Cremes” is wonderful! Everyone should head over to the Crocker Art Museum Kingsley Inspirations show before Sept. 2, 2018 to check out Ivanna’s piece, which drew from Wayne Thiebaud’s “Boston Cremes”. 

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Parking & Drop-off Protocol
Parent & Student Drivers, Please Read:

We ask that you familiarize yourselves with the regular school year drop off and pick up procedures. It is very important for everyone to read, study the maps and follow the  procedures. Morning will be similar to summer, however, all students must be dropped off after the brick wall closer to the gym.  The afternoon is a completely different traffic pattern, please review below.  Thank you for all of your assistance, Dean Cost

Afternoon pick up procedures

Please refer to the map below when reviewing the following instructions: 

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Reanna Klanseck ‘14

What’s new with our 2014 Troubies? Just four short years ago they were accepting their diplomas from St. Francis High School on stage at Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium. Now they are graduating from colleges across the nation. Send us your graduation news to Dawn Winston ‘91 at dwinston@stfrancishs.org

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MacKenzie Campbell ‘14

MacKenzie Campbell ’14 graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations with minors in English and Communications. She worked at Hudl (a sports software company) as an intern her senior year of college and she used her lacrosse knowledge from playing four years at St. Francis to help develop their lacrosse marketing. After graduation she transitioned to a full-time role at Hudl as a Project Manager for the Marketing Technology team. #TroubieForLife

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Meredith Ray ‘14

Meredith Ray ‘14 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Santa Clara University in Communication and Spanish. She is headed to Seattle in August for a full time job with the Seattle Seahawks in their Digital Media department. #TroubieForLife

Wow! That is an exciting industry to work in and we will follow up with Meredith in the fall for an update on her new career with the Seahawks. 

We are so proud of all our Troubies and want to share your news too! Send an email to Dawn Winston ‘91 at dwinston@stfrancishs.org

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Women’s Schools Together

Every year the Northern California & Bay Area Women’s Catholic High Schools gather for ‘Women’s Schools Together’. It is a wonderful way to stay connected, share best practices and brainstorm ways for all of our schools to serve young women and accomplish great results. We were elated at the opportunity to host this years meeting, and we want to thank Notre Dame High School in Downtown San Jose, Mercy High School Burlingame, Mercy High School -San Francisco @MercyHighSF, Presentation High School and ICA Cristo Rey Academy for ​traveling to ​join us today.

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Sisterhood in Seattle!

Alumna Sarah Lewicki ‘09 and  Rebekah Fenton(Lucien) ‘08 discovered they are both working at the Seattle Children’s Hospital; Sarah a nurse in the PICU, and Rebekah is a pediatrics resident! Way to Go Troubies! 

Do you work with your Troubadour Sisters? We would love to feature you – send a photo into our Alumna Director, Dawn Winston ‘91, at dwinston@stfrancishs.org. #TroubieforLife

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Kayla Morrow ‘15

Kayla Morrow ‘15 is currently studying Strategic Communication with a double emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising at Northern Arizona University. This summer she will be attending Regionals and Nationals with her Flagstaff baton team where she will compete in solo and team events. The medals she is wearing are from placing in her solo routines at a competition in April. She has been twirling since she was 7 and her teacher was Danielle Muller ’00. Kayla’s sister, current Troubie Olivia ‘20 is also a twirling student of Mrs. Muller.

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Alumna CycleBar Gathering

Troubies who spin together sweat together! On Saturday Alumnae gathered at CYCLEBAR for a special Troubie Ride hosted by Briana Telford ‘09. They celebrated afterward with light bites, Mimosas and friendship. #TroubieForLife ❤️

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Cristina Morales ‘19 Competes for Miss CA Outstanding Teen

Congratulations to Cristina Morales ‘19 who received Miss Sacramento County’s Outstanding Teen Award. Cristina is currently competing for the Miss California Outstanding Teen. Her passion and platform is Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Finals are later this month. Best of success Cristina!

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Habitat for Humanity

Today we began our build day for Habitat for Humanity. The girls have been busy waterproofing the fence.  #troubietakeover#habitatforhumanity #buildforothers

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Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis ‘85

Congratulations Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis ‘85. Eleni moved one step closer to Lieutenant Governor of California in the Tuesday June 5th primary election.

We are proud of all of our Troubies! Share your Troubie news at dwinston@stfrancishs.org

 

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2018-2019 Senior Parking Space Painting

We look forward to building more school spirit, beautifying the campus, and continuing the new senior tradition here at St. Francis Catholic High School.  SFHS is designating special parking spaces for members of the senior class to purchase.  These seniors will be allowed to creatively paint their individual parking space for the 2018-2019 school year. This spot will be reserved for the individual student (only during regular school hours).  It is not reserved for parents or anytime outside of the regular school day.  The proceeds will benefit the St. Francis Fund. Painting Day is scheduled for Saturday, August 11th

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Olivia Nice ‘10 Performs in “Once”

St. Francis Performing Arts Department chair Cheryl Watson traveled to Ashland, Oregon and had the pleasure of watching alumna Olivia Nice ‘10 perform in Once at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. The musical is not only an audience favorite but received glowing reviews throughout the region. Congratulations Olivia we are so proud of you! 

Photo ~ Cheryl Watson & Olivia onstage after the show
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Miroslava Zaragoza ‘21 Recognized at MVP Academy

Miroslava Zaragoza '21 with Advancement Director Mary Ann Kelly

SFHS Troubie, Miroslava Zaragoza ‘21, was recognized this morning at a special graduation ceremony of her elementary school, MVP Academy, for her successful first year as a St. Francis Troubadour. We’re very proud of the work and dedication; Miroslava is a great example of St. Francis’ values of faith, excellence, leadership and service.

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Alumnae Miranda Myers and Lauren LaRocco Make Hometown Returns
LaRocco Qualifies for NCAA Championships in the 10,000 Meters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The public address announcer at Hornet Stadium recognized the hometown returns of St. Francis alumnae Miranda Myers ’15 and Lauren LaRocco ’14 before reach raced for their respective schools at the NCAA Track and Field West Preliminary Saturday night at Hornet Stadium.

“It definitely helped hearing I was a local athlete and made me feel at home,” said Myers, a junior at Northern Arizona. “It brought back memories when I was in high school and I had everyone here supporting me. It was really nice.”

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Important Final Transcript Information for Parents of Seniors

A final transcript showing the date of graduation is required by colleges and universities. To ensure SFHS sends your daughter’s transcript to the appropriate college or university on time, please ask your daughter to log into her Naviance Family Connection account, and confirm that the correct school is listed as her college of attendance. She needs to follow these simple steps:  

Log in to Naviance

Choose the “Colleges” tab

Click on “Colleges I’m applying to”

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Wilson Finishes 13th at CIF State Diving Championships

CLOVIS, Calif. – Senior Molly Wilson finished 13th at the CIF State Diving Championships on Saturday. It was her third consecutive appearance at the meet.

Wilson finished second at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships, earning her berth in the field. Wilson was 10th at the state meet in 20017 and 16th in 2016.

She will dive for Cal Poly next fall.

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Get to Know: Softball’s #2 Victoria Cimino
Victoria Cimino is a two-year varsity letter winner. She will attend CS-Monterey Bay in the fall and major in communication design. She hopes to be a game designer. She enjoys photography in her free time.

How is your senior season going?

“It is going good. I enjoy being part of a team and having the love and support of another family.”

What is your softball story?
“I started in first grade and played thru sixth grade. I stopped for a couple years but started again my freshman year.”

What does it mean to you to wear the St. Francis uniform?
“I like representing my school.”

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2018 Lacrosse Highlights

  • St. Francis went 11-6 on the season under Head Coach Julia Southard, advancing to the North Coast Section playoffs. SF was defeated by 17-6 in the first round by Oak Ridge.
  • The Troubadours lost to Oak Ridge in the semifinals of the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse League playoffs after finishing in fourth in the league standings.
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Swimming Takes Frosh/Soph Section Title, Fourth in Varsity Meet

LODI, Calif. – The St. Francis swimming and diving team won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Frosh/Soph title and finished fourth overall in the varsity meet, completing a successful two days at Tokay High School.

“It is a fulfillment of all the hard work, early mornings, countless yardage and an overall whole team effort,” said Head Coach Richard Levin.

St. Francis won the Frosh/Soph title for the second consecutive season, taking the Division I title in the new format that divided the meet into three different divisions.

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18 Troubadours Earn SportsStars Magazine All-City Honors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis athletic department had 18 student-athletes recognized on the SportStars™ Magazine All-City team presented by the Sacramento River Cats prior to Sunday’s River Cats game at Raley Field.

St. Francis had the second-best total in the section, trailing only Davis (21), and one of four schools with more than 10 honors including Oak Ridge (13) and Granite Bay (10) on the girl’s teams.

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Junior Commissioning Mass 2018

The Junior Commissioning Mass will be on Wednesday, May 16, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., where we will officially bless and commission the Class of 2019 to be the seniors and leaders of the 2018-2019 school year.  The girls will also receive a special Four Pillars Pin that represents the foundation and mission of St. Francis. All family and friends are invited to attend. Any questions, please contact Maggie Murray in Campus Ministry at mmurray@stfrancishs.org.

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Swimming Sets Stage with Section Trials Performances

LODI, Calif. – Senior Emily Bartylla accomplished what every athlete hopes for in their final performance, swimming a personal-best in her signature event.

“She did a 1:10 as a freshman and she had not broken it since in high school,” said Head Coach Richard Levin. “To do that in her final swim, we both shared a tear together. It was a great way to send her off.”

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Summer Basketball Starts June 4

Summer Basketball Schedule (PDF)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis summer basketball starts June 4 with practices and summer league games. All student-athletes must get a physical on file with the athletic department by June 6 or attend Sports Physical Night.

All three levels will be attending a camp at Chico State June 15-17 and the varsity team will play in a tournament in South Lake Tahoe.

For more information on the Frosh first practice, contact Brian Montes at 916-600-8210.

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New Grandparents’ Club – Launching this Fall 2018
(First meeting on August 15th)

We love having our grandparents involved on campus!  The St. Francis Grandparents’ Club is a growing group of grandparents who want to get more involved, get to know each other, learn more about St. Francis, and enrich the granddaughter/grandparent relationship.  As a member, you will be added to regular Grandparents’ Club communications and receive updates about club meetings and events. All grandparents of our students and alumnae are welcome!

Our next meeting is August 15th at 9:30 a.m. Discussion topics will include: how to earn service hours for your granddaughter’s family, Back to School Night, St. Francis Day Celebration, and The Grove ribbon cutting. All are welcome to join the group for a no-host lunch immediately following the meeting at OBO’ Italian Table and Bar (3145 Folsom Boulevard, 95816). Visit here to sign up and learn more about future Grandparents’ Club events. For more information, please contact Ann Gregory at agregory@stfrancishs.org or call 916-737-5016.  

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Clearance Cards – Reminder from the Business Office

Clearance Cards are required for students to take their semester final exams. On Thursday, April 26th, Clearance Cards were distributed to the students in Homeroom. If your daughter has not received her Clearance Card, it may be due to unresolved items such as:

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Athletic News (5/11/18)

Upcoming Important Athletics Dates

Track and Field Banquet, Monday, May 14, 6:00 p.m. (Dining Hall)
Varsity Lacrosse Banquet, Monday, May 14, 4:00-6:00 p.m. (Off Campus)
Softball Banquet, Tuesday, May 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Off Campus)
Swimming and Diving Banquet, Wednesday, May 22, 12:30 p.m. 

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2018-2019 Parking Painting FAQ
Senior Painting Parking Spaces - St. Francis Fund Fundraiser

Cost:

  • For reserved painting & parking permit = $200
  • For a regular parking pass, no reserved space, no painting = $60

The process:

  • Parking permits with the Senior Painting option must be purchased online on a first come first serve basis, starting: May 22, 2018 at 3:00pm, any sign ups for painted spaces prior to that date and time will not be accepted.
  • The actual space design template submitted no later than July 20, 2018.  All designs must be submitted on the template. Senior Parking Template PDF.
  • The designated painting day is Saturday, August 11, 2018,  from 8:00am to 4:00pm, with a make up date on August 13, 2018.  There will be no other make up dates.
  • Students may personalize their parking spot by creating a design that reflects their interests and/or shows school spirit.  Be creative. Designs must be approved by the Administration prior to painting and cannot violate the tenants of the St. Francis Catholic High School Student Handbook.
  • Students will be notified via email if there is an issue with the submitted design. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm the notification (only if there is a design issue); failure to confirm may nullify the design.  Students must follow this design exactly – no changes.
  • Students will be asked to select their parking zone on a first come, first served basis (registration is time stamped), and each zone will close when full.  Upon arrival at 8:00 am on August 11th, students will choose their specific spots within the preferred zone. An administrator will be present if there is a concern over a specific space (it all worked great this year, so problems are not expected). Refer to attached schematic for designated zones.
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Softball Clinches Section Playoff Berth

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis softball team won their last two Delta League games highlighted by a 10-0 win over Monterey Trail Tuesday in the Senior Game to clinch a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth.

“We are extremely happy,” said Head Coach Kevin Warren. “Our backs were against the wall. They came back in yesterday’s game against Franklin and hit the heck out of the ball.”

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Lacrosse Battles Oak Ridge Tough in NCS Playoffs

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – The Oak Ridge lacrosse team, the No. 2 seed in the North Coast Section playoffs and ninth-ranked team in the nation, defeated St. Francis 17-6 in a first-round game Tuesday night.

“Today we showed what type of team we were and we can compete at this level,” said senior Juliette Vielhauer.

The Troubadours opened a 4-1 lead on the Trojans, who had eliminated the team from the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse league playoffs last week.

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Junior Varsity Lacrosse Selects Team Awards

RANCHO MURIETA, Calif. – The St. Francis junior varsity team celebrated their record-breaking season with their awards dinner on May 6. The team finished with an 11-3 overall mark, the most wins by the JV program in school history. The team finished the season with an 8-6 win over Davis, a team that defeated St. Francis 15-4 earlier in the season.

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Track and Field Second Entering Delta League Finals

Elk Grove, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team was led by pole vault champion Meghan Ladd in scoring 18 points Friday in the opening day of the Delta League Championships. The Troubadours scored 18 points on the night in three finals and advanced 18 student-athletes in the trials to next week’s finals.

Ladd won the pole vault with a clearance at 10-11 and the Troubadours received a fourth-place finish by Isabelle Rudis in the triple jump (34-9.25) and sixth-place by Sarah Healey in the shot put (29-7) in finals contested Friday.

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Senior Molly Wilson Finishes Second at Sections

Updated Results: After an error was discovered in the calculation of the results, Wilson was determined to be in second place to Melia Stout (447.95-445.60).

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Molly Wilson won her third straight Sac-Joaquin Section diving title on Friday with an 11-dive total of 415.60 and will advance to the CIF State Diving Championships.

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Senior parents – Class of 2018 – Option to Purchase Chromebook

You have the option to purchase your daughter’s Chromebook for $95.  If you elect not to purchase the Chromebook, your daughter will need to return it in good working order and without physical damage during the last week of school in May. 

The Worth Avenue Insurance will cover your Chromebook through the summer, and you can get a new policy next year for continued coverage.

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Lacrosse Loses to Oak Ridge in SVL Semifinals

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – Junior Jade Borg and freshman Maggie Price each had two goals but St. Francis lost in the semifinals of the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse League playoffs 12-6 to top seed Oak Ridge on Tuesday night.

“I coached a team that believed they could win the game,” said Head Coach Julia Southard. “They were an inspired group led by our seniors. It was a fun game to watch and be part of. Our kids truly feel they can compete with any team in our league.”

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Athletic News 5/04/18

Upcoming Important Athletics Dates

  • Softball Senior Game vs. Monterey Trail, May 8, 4:00 p.m.
  • Track and Field Banquet, Monday, May 14, 6:00 p.m. (Dining Hall)
  • Varsity Lacrosse Banquet, Monday, May 14 (Off Campus)
  • Swimming and Softball Banquets, Wednesday, May 22, 12:30 p.m. 

Athletics to Host Annual Sports Physical Night on June 6

St. Francis will be hosting Sports Physical Night for the 2018-19 school year on June 6 with registration starting at 5 p.m. The cost of the physical is $25 per student.

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ACT Prep Class – leading up to the June 2018 ACT for the Class of 2019

Mr. Chen is offering a ACT Prep class in preparation for the June ACT.  Registration forms and payments must be turned into the Guidance office. The ACT class will meet on the following dates: Tuesday, May 29, Wednesday, May 30th, and  Monday, June 4th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, June 5th to Thursday, June 7th from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The cost for the prep class is $200. Due to class size limitations, registration will be on a first come, first served basis. 

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Swimming & Diving Finishes Second at League Meet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis swimming and diving team finished second overall to Davis at the 2018 Della League Championships. The Blue Devils out-scored the Troubies 615-504 at American River College. Overall, the team placed 18 swimmers in ‘A’ Finals and recorded eight top-three finishes in the meet including relays.

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Track and Field Continues Top Performances at Halden Invite

DAVIS, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team continued to post top performances at the Halden Invitational last Saturday hosted by Davis High School.

The spring group had Isabelle Grassel (12.42) and Chanel Grimes (12.70) finished second and fourth, respectively in personal-best times. Senior Amanda Roina also posted a season-best in the event (13.83).

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Diving Takes Top Spots at Delta League Meet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis diving team took the top two spots in both the varsity and junior varsity diving league champs on Thursday.

Senior Molly Wilson repeated as champion with a score of 447 (All American Qualifying Score) and sophomore Maddy Miles was second with a 342 score for her 11 dives. Wilson earned All-Delta League status with her win.

Freshman Sydney Smith won the JV meet with a personal-best 303, while freshman Sammie Calagna was second with a 289.

Delta League Varsity Results

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Parents of the Class of 2018

Please share the message below with your daughter:

Good afternoon seniors,

As you only have a few weeks left as Troubies, I wanted to send out this quick reminder. Prior to May 19th, make plans to paint over your senior parking space to avoid unnecessary fees/holds.

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Costa Rica Field Trip 2019

This is a 9-day trip touring the country of Costa Rica. Students will be immersed in the language, culture, and nature of this beautiful country.  We will travel by private bus, zipline, and boats to see the rain forests, volcano, rivers, Caribbean and Pacific Oceans, local villages, schools, churches, and Costa Rican people. The trip will be from April 22 – 30, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Sra. Diver,  idiver@stfrancishs.org.

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Clearance Cards – Reminder from the Business Office

Clearance Cards are required for students to take their semester final exams. On Thursday, April 26th, Clearance Cards were distributed to the students in Homeroom. If your daughter has not received her Clearance Card, it may be due to unresolved items such as:

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AP Exams (May 7 – May 18, 2018)

AP Exams begin on Monday, May 7th and will run through Friday, May 18th. If your daughter is signed up to take an AP Exam, please encourage her to check the schedule so she knows the date, time, and location of her exams. A copy of the schedule is attached and has been emailed to your daughter. Your daughter is also encouraged to check her Troubiemail daily for exam details and any changes that may occur.  

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Track and Field Celebrates Seniors at Final League Meet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team celebrated their 15 seniors Wednesday before the final regular season home meet against Franklin and Pleasant Grove. The student-athletes and their families took the field before the meet to be recognized for their tie and dedication to the program. 

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Athletic News 4/27/18

  • Track and Field Letters to Dad, April 30 at 6:00 p.m. (Jesuit)
  • Softball Booster Que, May 1 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Albie Aware Softball Game vs. Christian Brothers, May 5
  • Junior Varsity Lacrosse, Sunday, May 6 (Off Campus)
  • Softball Senior Game vs. Monterey Trail, May 8 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Track and Field Banquet, Monday, May 14, 6:00 p.m.
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Senior Uniform Donation (5/01/18)

On May 1, 2018, senior students can donate at least one gently used, clean, uniform item each in exchange for free dress privileges for the rest of the school year.  These used uniform items will be sold and the proceeds used for financial aid.

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Volunteers Needed for Many Activities in May

We are in great need of volunteers for many activities in May. What a busy month!  Please take advantage of the great weather, and get your parent service hours started and/or finished for the 2018-19 school year.  Check out the graduation activities and the uniform sale activities in particular as these need to be filled!

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Get to Know: #26 Libby Price

Libby Price has been a four-year member of the program and two-year letter winner for the Troubies. She will be attending Boise State in the fall and is undecided on her major. She has played with her sister this year for the first time on the varsity team. She has two dogs, Hank and Cricket.

Tonight is your final regular season home game. What are your thoughts?
“I am little nervous but I feel we will be able to pull through to do our absolute best. It is sad it is our last official home game. It is weird being a senior.”

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Lacrosse’s Bauman Back on the Field after Brain Tumor Scare

Bauman Has Scored 21 Goals This Season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Less than 10 months ago, sophomore Gabby Bauman was diagnosed with a cavernoma in her brain. While she had successful surgery, she temporarily lost the use of her left arm and needed to relearn how to walk. Today you could never tell things were so scary just a few months ago after watching her have a successful season of lacrosse.

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Spring Fling 2018

MAY 4,  2018   

7:30 – 10:30 PM

Freshmen and Sophomores are invited to attend the Spring Fling.

Theme: April Showers Bring May Flowers  

Tickets can be purchased HERE and are  $15 for an individual and $25 for a couple. 

Guest passes can be found on the ticketing website. 

*Location: SFHS 

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Senior Ball 2018

May 12, 2018

7:00 – 11:00 PM

The Class of 2018 is invited to enjoy an evening at THE PAVILION AT HAGGIN OAKS.

Theme: Secret Garden

Appetizers, Dinner, Dessert, Dancing, and a Photo Booth will be provided. 

Tickets can be purchased HERE and are $65 per person and $130 per couple. 

Guest passes can be found on the ticketing website. 

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Junior Prom

May 11, 2018

7:00 – 11:00 PM

The Class of 2019 is invited to enjoy an evening at THE PAVILION AT HAGGIN OAKS.

Theme: Tale as Old as Time

Appetizers, Dinner, Dessert, Dancing, and a Photo Booth will be provided. 

Tickets can be purchased HERE and are $65 per person and $130 per couple. 

Guest passes can be found on the ticketing website.  

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Lacrosse Wins Battle of St. Francis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – For the second time in as many years, the two local Catholic schools in Northern California named in honor of St. Francis met on the lacrosse field. The Troubadours of St. Francis prevailed on Saturday over the Lancers of Saint Francis located in Mountain View.

“We played really good as a team and a family,” said senior Libby Price. ‘It made me really happy. At the end, we came together and focused on the game plan and executed.”

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Volleyball’s Schildmeyer Named Esmark High School All-America

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Mady Schildmeyer was named an Esmark High School All-American.

Schildmeyer, who is from El Dorado Hills, was an All-Delta League first team selection in 2017. She led the league in assists with 1,107 over 114 sets for a 9.7 per set average, ranking sixth and ninth statewide in Division I.

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Summer Programs 2018

Summer Registration is OPEN!!!!  

SAT Prep for Incoming Juniors and Seniors: (June 11- June 22) 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Junior and Senior College Workshop: (July 9-13) 

APP Development with SWIFT: (June 11-July 6) 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. OPEN TO 9th-12 grade

Science Courses: Chemistry and Physics

For Incoming Seniors: Economics and Civics (June 11-July 20) 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

REGISTER

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Interested in Carpooling Next Year?

Is your carpool situation changing for the 2018-19 academic year? Fill out the carpool interest form! All families who complete the form will receive a spreadsheet of all participating families, sorted by zip code. Whether you want to join a carpool or you anticipate having room for additional students in your current carpool, this is a great way to make connections with other St. Francis families in your area. 

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New Date for Annual Used Uniform Sale (5/10/18)

The annual Used Uniform Sale has a new date!  This year the sale will be on May 10, 2018, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Weather permitting, the sale will be held near the main school entrance. 

The gates will open promptly at 4:00 p.m., no sooner.

There will be NO sale of used uniforms at Sports Physical Night.

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Softball Wins Second in a Row Behind Hatch

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior pitcher Arden Hatch pitched the Troubies to a victory for the second consecutive game this week as St. Francis defeated Grant 14-1 Thursday.

“I was sticking to what I know and the pitches that work for me,” said Hatch. “I was keeping the ball off the plate and keeping the batters off balance, mixing in different pitches.”

Hatch threw six innings, allowing just one run (unearned) on two hits with a career-high 13 strikeouts, equaling her total from her entire sophomore season.

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Athletic News 4/20/18

Congratulations to our Track and Field and Swimming seniors who were recognized at their final home competitions on April 18.

First Hall of Fame Class to be Honored This Fall

The St. Francis High School Athletics department will induct its first Hall of Fame class this fall on November 17, 2018. We are looking for nominations of Troubadour alumnae, coaches, teams and contributors.

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34 Seniors Honored at Swimming Senior Meet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis swimming and diving team sent their 34 seniors out right with a 171-29 victory over Monterey Trail on Wednesday in the final regular season meet at Jesuit High School. Athletic Director Mark McGreevy greeted the seniors before the meet with their proud parents and families in a ceremony to recognize their dedication to the program over the last four seasons.

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Diving Completes League Schedule; Preps for Jesuit Invitational

RIO LINDA, Calif. – The St. Francis diving team completed their final regular season meet against Monterey Trail on Wednesday with senior Molly Wilson posting the top score with a 250.55. Maddy Miles was second with a 188.40 and Sydney Smith was third with a 177.45.

St. Francis will compete in the Jesuit Invitational on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. The SF Booster Club will be on hand for their annual Booster Que.

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Get to Know: Softball’s #7 Alexis Assad

Q&A with Softball Senior Alexa Assad  - Alexis Assad is in her second year in the softball program. She transferred to St. Francis for her sophomore season from Pleasant Grove. She will be attending San Francisco State next fall and plans study economics based on inspiration from Mr. Pitton. She also played competitive soccer prior to St. Francis. She has a dog, Allie.

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Senior Awarded First Place Choral Scholarship

SFHS Senior Nicole Young was awarded a first place scholarship (age 17-19) in the Asya Pleskach Scholarship for Young Choral Singers, sponsored by the Sacramento Master Singers. Nicole competed against 12 other area high school singers. She performed a classical Italian art song for adjudicators and completed an interview regarding her leadership skills and commitment to choral music. Nicole will be performing her solo in the Sacramento Master Singers upcoming concert, ‘Listen to the Heart’. Nicole will also be a Voice Major at CSU Sacramento in the fall. Congratulations Nicole!!

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Diving Takes Top Six Spots vs. Christian Brothers

RIO LINDA, Calif. – The St. Francis diving team competed against Christian Brothers on Wednesday at the Capital Diving Center, recording the top six finishers in the meet.

Senior Molly Wilson won the meet with a score of 242.0. Sophomore Maddy Miles had the second-best score with a 181.10 six-dive total. Freshman Sydney Smith was third overall with a score of 158.560.

St. Francis will host Monterey Trail on April 18 before the annual Jesuit Invitational on April 21.

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Troubie MUN 2018

St. Francis Catholic High School invites 6th, 7th and 8th Grade students to participate in this exciting half-day Model United Nations conference led by the SFHS MUN team! 

Practice your speaking and negotiation skills by taking on an assigned character and debating as that character. Maybe you’ll be Ron Weasley discussing Muggle rights… Or the main suspect in a puzzling Murder Mystery… 

This Year’s Topics

Rights of the Youth, Harry Potter, Murder Mystery, and Greek Gods Plus, you can win awards and fun prizes, and make new friends! 

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Lacrosse Posts 20-4 Victory over Rio Americano

RANCHO MURIETA, Calif. – The St. Francis lacrosse team had five players score two or more goals in a 20-4 victory over Rio Americano Tuesday night.

“We took what we needed to do and put it all together,” said Vielhauer. “In the beginning, we could not make it work but at the end we came together and figured it out.”

Sophomore Grace Barger led the team with five goals and nine draw controls, while junior Jade Borg tallied four scores to help in the winning effort.

“We worked together really well especially coming off spring break,” said senior Rachel Wick.

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Senior Alana Reyna to Run at Sonoma State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior runner Alana Reyna will attend Sonoma State University and run for the Seawolves cross country and track and field programs.

“I picked Sonoma because it instantly was a good connection when I visited and met with the coach and team,” said Reyna. “I think I will be very comfortable and a good fit for me.”

Sonoma State University is an NCAA Division II member and part of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The Seawolves reached the NCAA West Regional last fall, finishing 28th overall.

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Athletics Department Celebrates Spring Signing Day

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Nine St. Francis Catholic High School seniors representing seven different sports made commitments or signed National Letters-of-Intent to play sports in college next fall at a ceremony at the school today.

“It was what I have been waiting for,” said senior Logan Kelly from Rio Linda, who signed with Lewis & Clark College. “It was exciting and I was so glad to get to sign with all the girls from my class. It was a really neat ceremony and I am so grateful for everyone who was a part of it.”

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Senior Emily Bartylla to Swim at Occidental

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis swimmer Emily Bartylla will swim at Occidental this fall and is excited to compete for the Tigers next year.

“When I visited on my overnight, the team did everything they could to make my visit really special,” said Bartylla. “I attended five classes with four different people and I got to get in the pool with them. I really got to experience their atmosphere and how they balance their practices with academic success. It was the main factor in my decision.”

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Lacrosse Defeats Gunn 8-7

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – The St. Francis lacrosse team held on for a 8-7 victory over Gunn of Palo Alto Saturday night to improve to 4-2 on the season.

“Today was hard as a team because we were not able to finish our shots,” said sophomore Grace Barger. “A win is a win and we were able to pull through for the victory. Looking forward we need to start connecting our passes in the middle, not forcing it and making our shots.”

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Soccer’s Anna Huber to Play at Wheaton College in Massachusetts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Anna Huber will continue her soccer career at Wheaton College in Massachusetts next fall.

“I really like the town,” said Huber of the Norton, Mass., campus outside Boston. “I was looking for a small-town college feel. When I went on my overnight, it had that small-town, college feel.”

Huber will play for Head Coach Bobby Desilets. He led the team to the NEWMAC semifinals in his first season as the Lyons posted a 15-3-1 overall record. The Lyons compete in the NCAA Division III.

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Soccer’s Anissah Surita to Play at Folsom Lake College

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Anissah Surita missed most of her senior season on the field but she as not ready to hang up her cleats. The Sacramento native will play again next fall at Folsom Lake College.

“I am super excited and I am playing with three of my club teammates,” said Surita, who will study kinesiology and hopes to become a physical therapist.

Surita suffered a torn Achilles tendon during club soccer season that eventually sidelined her for most of the high school season.

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Senior Elizabeth Stodden to Ride for Fresno State Equestrian

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Elizabeth Stodden has been on horses for as long as she can remember and her talent on them is taking her to Fresno State to compete for the Bulldogs.

“I definitely did not think (riding horses) would lead me to college,” said Stodden. “It is super cool. I have done it competitively but it was a passion and fun thing to do. I used to play soccer but I enjoy riding way more.”

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Softball’s Baccay to Sign with Providence

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Softball’s Mary Baccay will sign a National Letter-of-Intent to join the Providence softball program on the Spring National Signing Day on April 11.

“It is really exciting,” said Baccay. “They were my first choice. I really love the coaches and teammates. When I went on my visit, I felt like the right pick for me. Something I felt more than at any of the other schools was how comfortable the coaches and players made me feel.”

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Senior Isabella Rudis to Compete for Chapman University

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Isabella Rudis will attend and compete for Chapman University in the fall.

“Competing for Chapman means a lot to me,” said Rudis. “It was my top school academically and my favorite school to go to. When I found out there was an option to compete there, it was 10,000 times better. They do not give athletic money so I had to get in the school first and they offered me the spot on the team. I was really excited especially after meeting a few girls on the team.”

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Softball Posts 5-0 Shutout over Davis

Caldwell Records a Career-High 13 Strikeouts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Caitie Caldwell pitched a shutout with a career-high 13 strikeouts and helped her cause with two extra-base hits and three runs batted in and a run scored in a 5-0 win over Davis Tuesday at Schuster Field.

“I was really nervous at first but I buckled down because I knew I had a really good defense behind me,” said Caldwell. “We really needed the win for league (standings).

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Cradeur to Join Creighton Cross Country Program Next Fall

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis Senior Erica Cradeur will run at Creighton next fall.

“It means a lot to me because I really just started my running career,” said Cradeur. “I have taken it more seriously over the past couple of years and my times have reflected that. I think with running in college I am going to keep improving.”

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Get to Know: Softball’s #15 Makayla Scott

Makayla Scott has been a four-year player for the Troubadours. She had a career-high 13 hits last season including her first home run. Fun fact about Makayla is she can touch her tongue to her nose.

How is your senior season going and what are your goals for the season?
“My goals are to keep sticking with it and encouraging and leading the younger players so they can fill the shoes when they are seniors.”

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Johnson Breaks Freshman 100m Hurdle Mark at Stanford

Photos by Phil Roina

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Freshman Reyna Johnson clocked a time of 15.08 in the preliminaries of the 100m hurdles Saturday afternoon at the Stanford Invitational, breaking the school’s freshman school record in the event and became the fourth-best performer in the event in school history.

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Q&A with Alumna Kaitlyn Cozens ‘13

St. Francis Alumna Kaitlyn Cozens ’13 is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan. She was a four-year letter winner with the Water Polo program and graduated from the School of Kinesiology with a degree in sports management in April, 2017. She was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and received the U-M Academic Achievement Award twice. She finished her career with 51 games played with 11 goals, 11 assists, 22 points and 13 steals and was a member of two CWPA Championship teams and two NCAA appearances.

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Important Dates for 2018-19 Academic Year

Here are some important dates for you to consider, as you make plans for the upcoming academic year.  We hope that by providing you with these dates in advance, you will be able to schedule family vacations and college visits, while minimizing missed days of instruction.

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Additional SFHS Summer Internships

Two additional summer internship opportunities are now available at the California State Library.  All current juniors are eligible to apply and have received an email with the new internship descriptions and application.  Click here to view a description of all of the available internships.  St.

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Student Beginner & Advanced Self-Defense Class (4/28/18)

Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (SFHS Gym)

At this free self-defense workshop sponsored by Dragon Fire Martial Arts, students will learn to identify potential threats, assess hostile situations, establish and enforce personal boundaries, and learn effective physical techniques. Students who attended this class last semester will have an opportunity to learn advanced self-defense techniques.

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Athletic News (3/30/18)

Spring NCAA Signing Date on April 11

St. Francis will hold an event on Wednesday, April 11th at 8:30 a.m. for the Collegiate Signing Day. There will be a  celebration in the St. Francis CLC to honor our students who have committed to play sports next fall in college.

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April SFHS Dads Club Meeting (4/19/18)

The next meeting of the Dads Club will take place on Thursday, April 19th, from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Dining Hall, with social time beginning at 6:00 pm.  Mark McGreevy, SFHS Athletic Director, will be our special guest speaker. Mr. McGreevy will speak about the mission of the Athletics Department, and share information on the scale of scope of his department.  There will also be an opportunity to learn more about our Sports Ministry program. This is the final meeting of the school year, and we will be honoring our Class of 2018 dads at this meeting!

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2017 Golf Highlights

St. Francis Head Coach Bert Jones was named the Delta League Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.

The St. Francis golf team placed fourth-place finish at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament after advancing from the SJS Division 1 North Tournament with a fourth-place finish.

The team qualified for the postseason by winning the Delta League title for the second consecutive season, posting an undefeated dual and center match record.

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2017 Cross Country Highlights

  • The St. Francis cross country team posted the fifth-best GPA in the Sac-Joaquin Section with a 3.61 cumulative average. The team ranked behind only Oak Ridge (3.84), Oakmont (3.75), Gregori (3.70) and Lodi (3.66).
  • The St. Francis cross country team finished sixth overall in the girls Division II race, recording their sixth consecutive Top 10 state championship finish. The Troubadours finished with 225 points with three runners among the top 35 scoring finishers, placing behind Claremont (69), Saugus (100), Granada (102), Capistrano (123) and Serrano (166).
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27th Annual International Night (4/18/18)

The 27th Annual International Night is a celebration that showcases the various cultures of the St. Francis family.  Join us for an evening of food, music, and song! Tickets on sale now!  Adults $12, Students $5;  Purchase Tickets Here 

Parent Service Hours available on MVP, including double-hour shifts. Click HERE to log in and sign up.

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Spring Music Concert (Tuesday, 5/01/18 at 7:00 p.m.)

The Spring Music Concert will be put on by the SF Choirs and Orchestras with guests from Jesuit’s Orchestra. The concert is a beautiful medley of songs, which will delight the audience and end the school season on a wonderful note. Chandos Tacos will be here before the show. Come have dinner with the musicians. Limited to ages 4 and older. 

Tickets are available at www.stfrancishs.org/tickets

Parent Volunteers Needed:

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2017-18 Basketball Highlights

 The St. Francis basketball team lost at eventual section champion Antelope 81-51 in the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals. No. 8 seed St. Francis opened with a win over No. 9 Roseville 41-37. The Troubadours finished the season with an 18-11 overall record.

 St. Francis won the Delta League Championship for the third consecutive season and 15th overall in school history. The Troubadours recorded a 12-2 league record.

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Logan Kelly to Play Basketball at Lewis & Clark

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior basketball player Logan Kelly will play at Division III Lewis & Clark in Portland, Ore., next fall, making her commitment official on April 11 at the St. Francis Spring Signing Day celebration.

“I am extremely excited and kinda nervous too,” said Kelly. “Playing basketball in college was something I always hoped I could do. Coming into my senior year, Lewis & Clark was where I wanted to be. After visiting over the summer, I got a feel for the campus and the people were amazing. It was exactly what I was looking for (in a school).”

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2017-18 Basketball Highlights

  • The St. Francis basketball team lost at eventual section champion Antelope 81-51 in the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals. No. 8 seed St. Francis opened with a win over No. 9 Roseville 41-37. The Troubadours finished the season with an 18-11 overall record.
  • St. Francis won the Delta League Championship for the third consecutive season and 15th overall in school history. The Troubadours recorded a 12-2 league record.
  • Seniors Marlee Nicolos and Logan Kelly joined junior Nika Bagatelos on the All-Delta League First Team. St.
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Volleyball’s Edwards Earns Second National Honor, Makes College Commitment

Standout Sophomore Earned National Recognition from PrepVolleyball.com and MaxPreps

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Alexa Edwards has verbally committed to play volleyball at Pacific in 2020.

“I am so excited to announce my commitment to play D1 volleyball at the University of the Pacific,” said Edwards on Instagram. “Thank you to my family, teammates, and coaches who have been there to support me in making my decision. I can’t wait to be a Tiger!!”

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Track and Field’s Ladd Breaks School Record, Palchak Wins Fifth High Jump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Meghan Ladd set a St. Francis school record Friday night at the Bronco Distance Carnival with a 12-0 clearance in the pole vault, breaking a 16-year old record. She broke the mark held by alumnae Laura Huarte (11-9, 2002) and equaled by Ingrid Kantola (11-9, 2004).

In other action at the Bella Vista meet, sophomore Haley Silva placed fourth in the 800 meters with a personal-best 2:19.96. She also placed fifth in the 3200.

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Sophomore Emma Hollenbach Leads Seven Troubie Three-Sport Standouts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Busy schedules are common on the St. Francis campus. From homework to extracurricular activities to service, the Troubadours keep their calendars filled. Sophomore Emma Hollenbach took it to a new level on March 21st as she competed in two sports on the same day. With her participation in cross country in the fall, she is one of seven Troubadours to compete/play in three sports this year.

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Get to Know: Softball’s #19 Gabbi Guerrera

Gabbi Guerrera is in her third season on the varsity team. She is 5-for-14 this season in the first five games after a two hits and two RBI yesterday against Grant. It was the fourth multi-hit game of her career. Gabbi also played basketball during her sophomore season, scoring 94 points and posting a single-game best of nine points against Sheldon. Her sister Daniella joined her on the team this season.

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Freshman Sage Davis Leads Victory over Grant

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Freshman Sage Davis went 3-for-3 with two home runs and seven runs batted in to lead St. Francis to a 12-2 win over Grant in the Delta League opener.

“It feels good and exciting after starting 0-for-5 last weekend,” said Davis. “It felt good to get back in the routine of things.”

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Principal’s Message (3/23/18)

Dear St. Francis Families,

The Easter Break officially begins this afternoon, and I hope all of our Troubies are able to enjoy a restful and relaxing break. I know the next two weeks will most likely fly by and the return to school on Monday, April 9th, will bring some angst at the realization the end of the academic year is only a few weeks away.

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Parents of the Class of 2018

Please share the message below with your daughter:

Good afternoon seniors,

As you only have a few weeks left as Troubies, I wanted to send out this quick reminder. During break, take some time to make plans to paint over your senior parking space when you return to campus.

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Order Your Homecoming DVD

Order your Homecoming DVD and remember Homecoming Week 2017 for years to come!  DVD includes Food Drive, Sports Rally and Homecoming Rally.  The DVD is $8 and is professionally filmed and edited by The Film Squad. Click HERE to purchase yours DVD online. The order deadline is April 13th and 
DVDs will be delivered to your Homeroom on April 19th so don’t miss out!

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Honor Guard

The Honor Guard email has been sent out to students. Please make sure that your daughter has completed the form!

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Eucharistic Adoration – 4/11/18

On Wednesday, April 11th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 12th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, Eucharistic Adoration will take place in the SFHS Chapel. As we live out the Easter Season, think about spending some quiet time in prayer with the Blessed Sacrament. Please check in at the front office prior to heading to the chapel.

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Campus Ministry Leadership Applications

The Campus Ministry Leadership application is out (Christian Service Leadership, Big Sister Leadership, Retreat Team Leadership). These are positions for the Class of 2019 only. Applications are due by April 11th at 11:59 p.m.

One of the requirements is that students HAVE to be able to attend an interview from April 16-20. Also, you may apply for multiple positions: however, you can only pick one if given multiple options. For any other questions, please contact Campus Ministry.

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Calling All Delegates to TroubieMUN 2018

St. Francis Catholic High School invites 7th and 8th Grade students to participate in this exciting, half-day Model United Nations conference led by the SFHS MUN team! 

Practice your speaking and negotiation skills by taking on an assigned character and debating as that character. Maybe you’ll be Ron Weasley discussing Muggle rights… or the main suspect in a puzzling murder mystery… 

This year’s topics are …. Rights of the Youth, Harry Potter, Murder Mystery, and Greek Gods. Win awards and fun prizes , and make new friends ! 

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Athletic News (3/23/18)

Basketball Head Coach, Vic Pitton, Retires

St. Francis Head Basketball Coach, Vic Pitton, has decided to retire from coaching the Troubadour varsity team and teaching at the school. He will be moving to Mississippi with his wife, Susan, at the completion of the academic year to be near his daughter and their two grandsons.

Read the release HERE!

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Summer Program 2018

Summer Registration is OPEN!!!!

  • Musical Theatre (5th-9th grade): Theatre-Music-Dance, Oh My! This hands-on, interactive camp encompasses theatre, music, and dance. 
  • Camp Troubie (5th-9th grade): Students may join us for half-day and full day programs. Morning classes focus on academics, and afternoon classes offer fun enrichment activities. 

Academics:

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Sports Physical Night – June 6, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

The Boosters would like to announce the return of our popular Sports Physical Night, complete with guest speakers and FREE Booster Que BBQ for all!  Over 70 volunteer positions are now in MVP for parents who would like to get a jump on their 2018/2019 commitment.  MD/RN volunteers earn TRIPLE HOURS at this annual event. Participants may enter at 5:00 p.m. through the front gates of the school, where they’re checked in, given a number, and then sent to the gym. Volunteers can enter through the Gym lobby.

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Senior Maggie Pinkston to Play Lacrosse at Benedictine University

Senior Goalie to Sign with Benedictine on April 11

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior goalie Maggie Pinkston will play at Division III Benedictine University outside Chicago next fall.

“I am excited to play in college because of the team,” said Pinkston. “It was a different environment. They are there because they want to be and love lacrosse. It made me super excited to go there.”

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Senior & Junior Parents

If you have a daughter attending Kairos from April 24-27, please check your email to ensure you get all the information pertaining to your daughter’s participation in the retreat.  If you have not received an email or have questions, please contact csandoval@stfrancishs.org.

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Get to Know: Lacrosse’s #5 Juliette Vielhauer

Juliette Vielhauer is a four-year varsity player. She has scored 37 goals in 56 career games. She has been playing the game since the fourth grade, enjoying the tough nature of the sport. She is still awaiting college decisions but is hopeful to continue to play the sport in some fashion in college.

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Track and Field Dominates Field Events at Husky

ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team had three event winners at the Husky Invitational on Saturday.

Sophomore Meghan Ladd cleared a personal-best 11-6 to win the pole vaulty, tied for the second-best mark in school history and three inches off the school record. Sophomore Isabella Palchak cleared 5-3 in the high jump for a new personal best mark to win her event, while Isabelle Grassel leaped 17-2 to win the long jump ahead of third-pace finisher Isabelle Rudis with a personal-best 16-7. Rudis was also third in the high jump and triple jump.

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Get to Know: Softball’s #12 Chloe Smith

Chloe Smith is in her third year on the varsity team. She has committed to play at Villanova after she graduates in 2019. She has gone 5-for-6 to start the season, including three triples, and is a .421 career hitter (54 games).

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SFHS Student Summer Internships

All current juniors are able to apply to four new summer internship opportunities! These unpaid internships are shadow opportunities that provide students with practical career experience and training.  The four internships include the fields of Medicine, Construction Management, and Governmental Affairs and Relations. St.

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Rescue & Jessica Book Tour – Sacramento, CA

Jessica Kensky ‘99 and her husband Patrick Downes were among those injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Jessica is a double amputee and her husband lost his left leg. Their life now includes a black labrador service dog named Rescue. Jessica and Patrick have authored a children’s book about an 11-year-old girl named Jessica adjusting life with prostheses, wheelchairs and crutches with her service dog by her side. 

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Principal’s Message (3/16/18)

Dear St. Francis Families,

As this week draws to a close, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you just how emotionally charged this week was for students and staff alike. The national Walkout Day, on March 14th, opened some deep seated emotions across the country, and even here at St. Francis High School.

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ATTENTION Senior Parents!!

The due date for GRAD NIGHT deposits has been extended to Friday, March 23rd. The Grad Night trip to Disneyland costs $300 with the option to pay in two $150 installments.  Please follow this link for more details about the trip. 

We are looking forward to this great trip!!

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Wellness Assembly 3-16-18

Today’s Wellness Assembly focused on diversity, and inclusivity of all. How our words can have lasting ripple effects both positive and negative. Student volunteers participated in short skits to highlight and start meaningful dialogue about tough situations and the common stereotypes our students and greater community face. Students in the audience were asked to share ways we can respectfully communicate, and even disagree with those of differing opinions. As Dean Cost stated, this is a first step and we must all make efforts to be a part of the change we want to see.

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Basketball Head Coach Vic Pitton Retires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis Head Basketball Coach Vic Pitton has decided to retire from coaching the Troubadour varsity team and teaching at the school. He will be moving to Mississippi with his wife, Susan, at the completion of the academic year to be near his daughter and their two grandsons.