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

We look forward to building more school spirit, beautifying the campus and creating a new senior tradition here at St. Francis Catholic High School. Seniors will be allowed to creatively paint their individual parking space for the 2019-2020 school year. This spot will be reserved for the individual student (this space is only reserved for the student during regular school hours,  it is not for parents or anytime outside of the regular school day).  The proceeds will benefit the St. Francis Fund*.

Cost:

  • For reserved painting & parking permit = $250
  • For a standard parking pass, no reserved space, no painting = $80 [Spring/Fall semesters] 
  • For a standard parking pass, non reserved space, no painting= $40 [Spring Semester only] 

The process:

  • Parking permits with the Senior Painting option must be purchased online on a first come first serve basis. Apply Here
  • The actual space design template submitted no later than July 12, 2019.  All designs must be submitted on the template. Senior Parking Template PDF.
  • The designated painting day is August 10, 2019, 8am
  • 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 10th, 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. Download/ View: Parking Zone Schematic 

What students will need to bring on painting day:

  • Students will be required to supply their own paint. Standard exterior house paint is to be used, all colors allowed (except Reflective/Fluorescent).
  • A broom to sweep your area clear before you paint
  • Chalk if you want to sketch your design before painting
  • Ruler or tape measure to mark the boundaries of your design
  • Buckets and/or small containers to mix your individual colors.
  • Paper towels, rags etc… to help clean up spillage.
  • Paint brushes, rollers, trays, tape, stencils, trash bags and any other painting supplies as needed.
  • If it is a hot day, please wear a hat, bring lots of water and sunscreen and portable shade/umbrellas.

Students may NOT bring:

  • Reflective/fluorescent paint
  • Spray paint
  • Airless paint sprayers
  • Glitter or clear coat (this becomes slippery when wet)

Painting must be 8” inside the borders of the parking space (4 inches of the white pre-designated lines and 4 inches of border inside the white).  If you are painting over a previously painted spot you can use those borders as an outline.

You will be required to paint over the design at the end of the year (prior to May 18, 2020).  Students are required to paint over their parking space (cover paint will be provided by the school).  Failure to do so will result in $100 fee and a hold will be placed on your diploma/accumulation file until this is completed.

Revoking of painted spaces

The reserved and painted parking spaces is a senior privilege rather than a right. Students are responsible for their spots.  If a student paints something inappropriate (violation of the SFHS Handbook rules) on the spot, it will be painted over and money will not be refunded.  Students are responsible to immediately notify the administration as to any vandalism of their spot.

*This is not considered a tax deductible donation.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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NEW: Troubie MUN 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 Plus, you can win awards and fun prizes , and make new friends !

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Get to Know: Lacrosse’s Rachel Wick

Q&A with Senior Rachel Wick – Rachel Wick is in her second season with the varsity team and fourth overall in the program. Wick, who scored 18 goals last season, started playing in the sixth grade with the Sacramento Stingers. She has two brothers, Kyle and Taylor. Rachel’s fun fact is she broke her arm twice (2 and 4 years old). Both stories involve one of her brothers and a stolen shoe and a pool tool. She hopes to continue playing lacrosse in college in Southern California. She loves to spend time with horses in her free time.

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Chamber Singers Compete in Golden State Choral Festival

We are excited to announce our SFHS Chamber Singers received a third-place award at the Golden State Women’s Choral Competition on Friday March 9, in the Bay Area. This was our first time participating in the competition (or any) and we are thrilled to have received such an honor. We were competing against 9 other bay area choirs, many whom are well know throughout the region for choral excellence and we really held our own!

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Certamen at CARCER 2018

On Sat March 3rd, 2018, Dr. Briggs and 16 SF certamen students traveled to the California Regional Certamina Rounds (CARCER). CARCER is a certamen tournament held simultaneously in one location in Northern California and one in Southern California. We had a team of four students competing in each of the four high school levels. The top nine teams overall advance to the semi-final round at Latin Convention in April.

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SFHS Students practice for Golden State Choral

Mrs. Harris invited staff to join her Chamber Singers class today as an audience in preparation for the Golden State Women’s Choral Competition on Friday. They are incredible, here is a quick sneak peek from the rehearsal.  

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Track and Field Continues to Make Strides

Photos by Phil Roina

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team won six individual and relay events at the Matador Invitational on Saturday to complete an exciting and busy week for the team.

Junior Chanel Grimes won the 100 meters with a personal-best 12.88, while the Troubies captured three field event titles. Sophomore Meghan Ladd took the pole vault with a season-best 10-11.5, while sophomore Isabella Palchak cleared 5-0 feet. Senior Isabella Rudis won the triple jump with a personal best 34-1.75.

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Student Service Hours

If your daughter was not at Homeroom on March 1st, ask her to stop by the CLC to pick up her service hours report if she hasn’t done so already. If the report needed corrections and the student has spoken to or emailed with Stephanie Villanueva, she can pick up the new report in the CLC.

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Lacrosse Falls to Davis on Late Goal

DAVIS, Calif. – The St. Francis lacrosse team got a pair of goals by senior Rachel Wick and junior Jade Borg but fell on a late comeback by the Blue Devils Thursday night.

“We are not playing as a team quite yet,” said Head Coach Julia Southard. “The season is long so we have time to make progress but we are out there individually right now and that will not work against a strong opponent.”

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Senior Arts Recognition Ceremony (Thursday, 5/3)

You are invited to attend this ceremony which acknowledges the senior students who have committed to majoring in an art form at their college of choice. This event is on the St. Francis Stage at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 3rd. The seniors will be wearing their university or college shirt. They will be telling us about their arts experience thus far and where they want to go with it. This honoring event is free.

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Swimming and Diving Defeats Pleasant Grove

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis swimming and diving team posted 118-50 victory over Pleasant Grove on Wednesday at Jesuit High School.

“Today was the first time having all of our USA swimmers from the area together and see what our relays look like stacked and loaded,” said Head Coach Richard Levin. “They are solid.”

The Troubadours opened the meet winning the 200-yard medley relay with sophomore Kendall Houck, sophomore Emma Hollenbach, junior Hannah Parulan and sophomore Chloe Beebout combining for a time of 1:55.33.

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MUN Competes in 2018 BMUN Conference

Model UN had another great conference experience this spring. Our 16-person team attended the UC Berkeley Model United Nations Conference (BMUN) during March 2-4, which hosted over 2300 high school students this year. The girls presented their research and practiced their negotiation skills with a vastly diverse and incredibly talented pool of students.

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2017 Water Polo Team Highlights

  • St. Francis was selected to play in the first-ever CIF Northern California Division 1 Championships, losing to top-seed and eventual champion Miramonte 16-1.
  • St. Francis was the No. 2 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I bracket, posting wins over No. 3 St. Mary’s (4-3), No. 7 Oak Ridge (10-7) a d No. 10 McClatchy (10-3). The Troubadours lost to champion Davis 14-2 in the finals.
  • The Troubadours posted a 20-9 overall record, including a 5-1 record and home and 4-1 record on the road. St.
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Track and Field Opens at Sacramento State Classic

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Sydney Vandegrift opened the season with a win in the 3200 meters Saturday at the Sacramento State High School Classic at Hornet Stadium.

“I was very happy it was not raining today and to come away with the win,” said Vandegrift. “It helps build up my confidence. It was a good opening time for the season.”

Vandegrift ran in second for the first half of the race before taking it out.

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Red Carpet Viewing Party – Donations Needed

We are still in need of more items for our Red Carpet viewing party for this weekend. There are signups open on MVP for the following items so if you need to fulfill your volunteer hours, please consider donating these items. For more information and to log into your account, click HERE. Thank you much!

Popcorn Kits (1 box from Amazon)

Peppermint Patties (1 box from Costco)

Gold Chocolate Stars (from Amazon)

Cases of Sprite from Costco

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Principal’s Message (3/02/18)

Dear St. Francis Families,

The recent shooting in Parkland, Florida, has left many of us reeling and wondering what to do in the face of such tragedy.  As teachers and administrators, we too, are confounded, and our hearts break over the senseless loss of life that continues to plague our schools across the country.

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Mom Prom – I Love You to the Moon and Back

You are invited to attend St. Francis Highs School’s Mom Prom. Come dance the night away with the special women in your life! Join us for music, dancing, dessert, games, photos, and lots of love.

Purchase tickets HERE. Tickets are $25 per mother/daughter and $5 for each additional daughter/aunt/grandma/guest. If a student’s mother is unable to attend, she may bring an adult female relative or female family friend in her place.

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March SFHS Dads Club Meeting (Thursday, 3/15/18)

The next Dads Club meeting will take place on Thursday, March 15th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall, with social time beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Our special guest speaker at this month’s meeting will be our Wellness Counselor, Chyrissee Lee, MFT.  Ms.

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Junior Commissioning Mass

Save the Date! Junior Commissioning Mass will be on Wednesday, May 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. We will officially bless the Class of 2019 to be the seniors and leaders for 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 at Campus Ministry, mmurray@stfrancishs.org  

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Going, Going, Gone – Last Chance to Purchase

Here’s your chance to get in on the action – even if you missed Revelry! There are a few items still available for purchase including golf packages, yoga sessions, or dance lessons. You could also get tickets for one of our fabulous sign-up parties including an Indian Cooking Class, Bikes & Bubbles or a Poker Party. View what’s available here

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Freshmen Registration Night Volunteer Help Needed

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Time: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Admissions Department is looking for 8 current parents to help with setting up the check-in tables for Freshmen Registration Night, staffing the table during registration, distributing folders and t-shirts, and cleaning up the tables. Thank you for volunteering for this event and for helping us welcome the Class of 2022 and their families to the St. Francis Family! Click HERE to log in and sign up.

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Athletic News (3/02/18)

Lifetouch will be on campus to shoot individual photos for the following spring sports:

March 12 - Softball (JV/V), Swimming, Diving
March 16 – Lacrosse (JV/V), Track and Field

If your daughter cannot make her assigned day, please have her report to the other opportunity. There will be no makeup days.

Picture Day ID: CR017443X0

https://order.lifetouchsports.com

Customer Service: 1-916-535-7799

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2018 Soccer Team Highlights

  • The Troubadours advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinals before losing to Granite Bay 1-0. St. Francis defeated Oak Ridge 4-0 in the playoff opener. The Troubies posted a 16-6-4 overall record.
  • St. Francis finished third in the Delta League with a 10-3-1 overall record. SF was 8-2-2 at home and 5-4 on the road with a 3-0-2 neutral field mark.
  • St. Francis tied Davis 0-0 on Feb. 1. The Troubies were one of two teams to hold the team scoreless on the season.
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Important Safety Information

You may have already seen the TV news, social media, or read about it in the paper. Yesterday afternoon, a man wielding a knife in the area of 63rd and Elvas Avenue was arrested by Sacramento Police Department. This person was also later involved in another incident in the area of Mercy Hospital and Sacred Heart School.   We want to be very clear, no SFHS students or adults were involved, this message is strictly a safety message.  While these events are very rare in our area, it does remind us to always look at our personal safety, no matter where we are.

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Track and Field Opens at Pitman Distance Wars

Pitman Distance Wars Results

TURLOCK, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team opened the season with the distance group competing at the Pitman Distance Wars.

St. Francis won the featured Distance Medley Relay with a team featuring Erica Cradeur, Hanna Hekkanan, Haley Silva and Sydney Vandegrift winning in 13.23.49. The event features four legs including the 1200-400-800-1600.

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Spring Play – “2 Gentlemen of Verona” by William Shakespeare

The set is in the 1960s with lots of color, crazy lights, and fun. Opening Night is Friday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m., with two more shows on Saturday at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. The following weekend, shows are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. Get your tickets online since these shows will sell out. Only 150 seats, general seating on the stage. Food trucks will be here before the short 80-minute show on Thursday and Friday nights. To purchase tickets, click HERE.

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Sophomore Family Mass (Sunday, 3/11/18)

Sophomore Family Mass is Sunday, March 11th at 10:30 a.m. There will be picture opportunities before Mass for all families, a class video, and a blessing of the class rings or family mementos. The girls will check in with their homeroom teacher before Mass. Parents play a role in the blessing ceremony. The collection at Mass will be for our sister school in Ghana, Africa.

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Second Saturday Art Opening – 3/10/18

Come to the Second Saturday Art Opening on Saturday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the SF Theatre Lobby Gallery.  This is a free event and is open to the public. This show is the best of the best art work done this year. The student artists and their families will be here while the Patrons host appetizers and sweets. See you at the Art Opening!

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LAST CHANCE for Revelry Volunteer Hours

If you have not completed your hours or have not even started your hours, please remember that Revelry is the last major event that has a lot of volunteer opportunities available. Active volunteer service must be done for at least 13 of your hours. We still have many volunteer opportunities available on Saturday, February 24, Sunday, February 25, and Monday, February 26.  

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Friday, March 2 – New Schedule

Friday, March 2nd is NOT an Early Schedule 5 day.

We have changed the online calendar to correctly reflect that Friday, March 2nd is a late start to accommodate us for First Friday Mass. Dismissal time is 3:00 p.m.  

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Collection for CRS Rice Bowl

We are currently collecting funds in our homerooms for the Catholic Relief Services efforts to feed the hungry in our world. During each homeroom period, we are asking students to contribute some change that they have saved up during the week to share with those who have little. If your daughter asks to participate, please encourage her. It is one more way that we are a voice for the voiceless.

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Athletic News (2/23/18)

Soccer Advances to Quarterfinals with 4-0 Win

The St. Francis soccer team advanced in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs with a 4-0 win over No. 11 seed Oak Ridge on Wednesday. Read the full release HERE.

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #34 Sydney Galvan

Sydney Galvan is in her first full season with the varsity team. She recently posted a scoreless shutout against the 19th-ranked Davis team. She is big fan of both Wicked and Hamilton. She plays for Davis Legacy during club season.

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Basketball Falls to Antelope in Quarterfinals

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – The eighth-seeded St. Francis basketball team lost to Antelope 81-51 in the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs on Thursday night.

“We could not stop their dribble penetration,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton. “We played hard and I am happy with the effort that we gave. Lauren Pank and Ally Gage played outstanding games.”

The Troubadours fell behind 7-0 to start the game but responded with a 9-0 run after a timeout.

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Soccer Advances to Quarterfinals with 4-0 Win

Four Troubies Score to Advance in Section Playoffs.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team advanced in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs with a 4-0 win over No. 11 seed Oak Ridge on Wednesday.

“I am very proud,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “It took us almost 25 minutes to find ourselves. This is a group that is very connected and they really want to do well for each other. We found ourselves and played St. Francis soccer and then we got some chances.”

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Two Gentlemen of Verona Opens March 9

St. Francis Catholic High School’s production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” is Abridged by Bill Tordoff from “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” by William Shakespeare, and set in the style of 1960s Archie Comics. 

The two “gentlemen” of the title are Proteus and Valentine, who are taking leave of one another as the play opens. Valentine travels to Milan, where he falls in love with Silvia, daughter of the Duke. Proteus, meanwhile, hunts after love and remains in Verona, pledged to faithfulness to his beloved Julia. 

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Basketball Advances over Roseville with 11-0 Run to Close Game

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Trailing 37-30 with three minutes on the clock, St. Francis closed the game on an 11-0 run to advance past No. 9 seed Roseville in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.

“The last three and half minutes were fantastic,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton. “The first 28 and half was not quite up to our standards.”

The Troubies trailed 37-30 after managing just eight points in the third quarter but turned up the pressure to get back in the game in short order.

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Basketball Advances over Roseville with 11-0 Run to Close Game

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Trailing 37-30 with three minutes on the clock, St. Francis closed the game on an 11-0 run to advance past No. 9 seed Roseville in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.

“The last three and half minutes were fantastic,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton. “The first 28 and half was not quite up to our standards.”

The Troubies trailed 37-30 after managing just eight points in the third quarter but turned up the pressure to get back in the game in short order.

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Safety Response
See Something - Say Something

When incidents such as the Florida shooting, which occurred Wednesday, happen, students and their families want to know what to do. At SFHS, we help students to not be fearful, but to be prepared. While the odds of an active shooter scenario are small, we do educate our students about active shooter lockdowns and shelter in place scenario. We follow the FBI Run/Hide/Fight protocols, which was demonstrated at the last student Safety Assembly.

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Soccer Wins Season Final, Preps for Playoffs

ELK GROVE, Calif. – Haley Blakeman and Ella Sloss each scored two goals each as St. Francis closed the regular season with a 6-0 win over Monterey Trail.

Sloss opened the scoring with the first goal off an assist by Elise Urkov. Haley Blakeman scored back-to-back goals off assists by Urkov and Emily Billena to give the Troubadours a 3-0 at the half.

Sloss scored her second goal in the second half off an assist by Barger, who added a second assist on Anna Huber’s goal. Allie Cloninger completed the scoring with a goal assisted by Huber.

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Principal’s Message (2/16/18)

Dear Families,

This week we celebrated a beautiful Ash Wednesday Mass in our gymnasium, and we welcomed a record number of parents, grandparents, and family members. I am always moved by the beauty of our service and the involvement of our Troubies. We are truly blessed to have such a dedicated parent community that supports and cherishes our Catholic values. 

As we begin our Lenten Season, I offer you this prayer:

Heavenly Father,

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Get to Know: Basketball’s #21 Ally Gage

Ally Gage is in her second season on the varsity team and third season in the basketball program. She has scored in double figures in four games this season, including three of the last five overall (career-high 12 points vs. Elk Grove). She can speak fluent Spanish and likes to go on runs in her free time.

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Friday, March 2 – New Schedule

Friday, March 2nd is NOT an Early Schedule 5 day.

We have changed the online calendar to correctly reflect that Friday, March 2nd is a late start to accommodate us for First Friday Mass. Dismissal time is 3:00 p.m.  

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Basketball to Host Roseville in SJS Division II Playoffs

Tickets Available Online on GoFan Digital Huddle Tickets

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis basketball team earned a No. 8 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs and will host ninth-seeded Roseville on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

 

The Troubadours enter with a 17-10 record after tying for the Delta League title with a 12-2 league record. Leading scorer Marlee Nicolos, who led the team with a 14.5 scoring average, is out for the season.

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Athletic News (2/16/18)

Spring Sports Adidas Order Information

Deadline is Sunday. Now is the time to get your St. Francis Adidas gear to support your daughter’s spring sports team. Orders will not be accepted after the deadline to take a look at the offerings today. There are sites for
student-athlete order and the Troubie parents for each sport. Click HERE to order.

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Traffic Issues – Please Read

As a reminder, the pedestrians have the right of way in the drop off/pick up lane. It is the responsibility of the driver to watch for students exiting vehicles or crossing to and from the curb.  Do not speed, use your cell phone, or do anything that would distract you when driving on campus (5 mph zones).  In addition, parent drivers are cutting in front of other parent drivers who have been patiently waiting to pick up their daughters when moving through and out of the cell phone lot.  Please take a moment to be safe and courteous for all concerned.  Thank you.

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St. Francis Summer Registration is Open!

If you have a 5th to 8th grade daughter, have her spend her summer on campus at St Francis Catholic High School! Camp Troubie is for girls 5th – 8th grade to enrich their summer both mentally and physically. With a wide range of classes, both academic and extracurricular, Camp Troubie participants will learn and grow, all while building community and new friendships!

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Parent Service Hours for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are due 4/30/18

Parent Service Hours are due for freshmen, sophomore, and junior parents on April 30, 2018. 

Please do not wait too long to schedule your parent volunteer opportunities-you may run out of available activities. Parents of non-seniors are committed to 25 hours of service, half of which may be fulfilled with donations, while the rest must be completed with active service.  There is no pro-rating of service hours.

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Basketball Clinches Share of Delta League Title

Watch the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoff Annoucement at 4 p.m. on Thursday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Adrienne Graybill scored a varsity career-high 11 points among three players in double figures as St. Francis defeated Grant 66-30 on Tuesday. The win clinched a share of the Delta League title with Davis as both teams finished at 12-2 on the season.

“It was super exciting because I scored my career high and we got the win on senior night,” said Graybill.

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Get to Know: Basketball’s #3 Megan Austin

Megan Austin is in her third season on the varsity. She has had her junior season interrupted by a concussion but she is positive about her rehab process ahead. She is working to be back for spring ball and ready for next year. She will swim for St. Francis in the spring, specializing in freestyle.

What is your basketball story?
“I started playing basketball in middle school in first grade. I played Red Raiders and it was where I met all my friends, teammates and girls. Here I am on varsity basketball and will finish off senior year.”

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Birthdays

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING GIRLS CELEBRATING THEIR BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK! 
Freshmen: Mary O’Callaghan, Anne Sedar, Emma Lyons, Saniyiah Williams, Ariana Ocon, and Hannah Carsey. 
 
Sophomores: Grace Mellberg, Peyton Spellacy, Annika Remme, Grace Jones, Ciara Colgan, and Kiera Deak. 

Juniors: Rachel Cabral, Anneke Zegars, Rose Conlin, Chantal Nguyen, and Megan Russo. 

Seniors:  Sarah Huggins, Carly Simpson, Mayrin Gonzalez, Rebecca Phelan, and Penelope Zavala.

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Bagatelos Hits Eight Triples in Win over Monterey Trail

Senior Nika Bagatelos Scores a Career-high 26 Points in Win

ELK GROVE, Calif. – Junior Nika Bagatelos hit a career-high eight three-pointers as part of a career-high 26-point effort in a 69-41 victory over Monterey Trail Friday night.

“I missed the first couple but then got hot taking a few drives to the basket to get my shot going,” said Bagatelos. “I just kept shooting.”

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We’re in Need of Some Couches

Maybe you’ve recently upgraded your family room furniture, or maybe you’re downsizing and have furniture you don’t need. St. Francis is in need of donations of gently used couches to make our Student Rec Room even more inviting. Please send a photo of any furniture you would like to donate to Bill Hanrahan, bhanrahan@stfrancishs.org. If we can use the furniture, Bill will arrange to have it picked up. Thanks for creating a welcoming and warm place for our students.

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St. Valentine’s Day Reminder

Please remember that the front office does not accept deliveries at school for students for St. Valentine’s Day, other holidays, or birthdays. Please give those treats to your daughter at home. Thank you!

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Revelry Tickets / Volunteers Needed / Wine Donations

Revelry Tickets Selling Quickly

If you have not purchased your Revelry tickets yet, now is the time! Tickets are selling quickly and you do not want to miss your opportunity to attend this beautiful event to support your daughters and the educational programs at St. Francis. Click here to purchase tickets!

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Principal’s Message (2/09/18)

Dear Families,

The month of February is here and while the current weather is a little misleading, it is not spring yet. There are 13 weeks left of this academic year and plenty of work to do in the remaining weeks of the semester. Let’s encourage our Troubies to keep their eyes on the prize and not lose sight of the finish line, whether it be graduation or completing their respective grade level.

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Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Advisory

This advisory letter is to inform you that a single case of Pertussis (whooping cough) has been reported at St. Francis Catholic High School. The student is home recuperating and on a treatment of antibiotics. We have also provided the link (below) to the Sacramento County Department of Health concerning Pertussis.

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Freshman One Day Retreats – 2/13/18

Freshman One Day Retreats continue next week. The girls are assigned to a specific day based on their Theology class. They are already registered for their date. Freshman One Day Retreat is a requirement of their Theology class. The remaining date is below. Parents, it is your responsibility to drop off and pick up your Troubie at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, where our retreat will take place.  Drop off is at 8:00 a.m., and pick up is at 2:30 p.m. Please be sure to drop-off and pick-up on time so that the day begins and ends smoothly. The girls may wear free dress that day.