Class of 2024

Overview

Welcome Class of 2024!

On this page dedicated to all things St. Francis Class of 2024 you will find helpful information about freshman courses and audition schedules, Freshman Registration Night, student government opportunities, challenge tests, and more. Welcome Troubies!

Freshman Registration Night:   Wednesday, March 11, 2020

What is Freshman Registration Night?

  • A fun and engaging evening for our new Troubies and their families to come together and meet each other.
  • An opportunity to meet with representatives of many academic departments to learn about classes in freshman year and beyond.
  • Our Guidance department will lead you in the step-by-step completion of freshman course requests.
  • Parents can meet representatives of SFHS Dad’s Club, Patrons of the Arts, Boosters Club, Grandparents Club, and Parents Guild.

Schedule:

5:00 pm – 5:55 pm in the Gym
Representatives of the following departments will be available to answer your questions:
Academic Support     
Math
Modern & Classical Languages            
Ministry Leadership                
Technology                 
Visual and Performing Arts                
Science
P.E.
Athletics
Student Activities & Leadership

6:00 pm – 6:25 pm in the Gym
Class of 2024 welcome 

6:30 pm – 7:15 pm (various locations around campus)
Guidance department breakout sessions and completion of Freshman Course Request form

Freshman Course Placement Overview

St. Francis utilizes an 8 block schedule (Regular Schedule - 5 Day Week), but a typical schedule for an incoming freshman includes 7 classes and 1 free block. 

Freshman classes are organized as follows:

  • Required classes assigned to all freshman students: English, Social Studies, Theology
  • Required classes students are placed in based upon test scores: Math, Science
  • Required class that allows for student option: World & Classical Language
  • Required classes needed before graduation that can be taken in Freshman Year: PE/Sport, Fine Arts, Health
  • Electives: Technology, Leadership

At Freshman Registration Night students complete their Freshman Course Requests form. The form will have the student’s Math, Science, and (if a challenge test was taken) Foreign Language filled in.

Required Classes Assigned to Freshmen: 

ENGLISH  [Eight semesters required for graduation]
English 9 is a literature-based class that develops the skills students need to interpret, analyze, discuss and write about literature. Students participate in the “shared inquiry” method of literary analysis, which develops their literary interpretation skills. Seminar discussions promote clear communication and the use of textual support to answer interpretive questions. The writing component of the class develops competence in fundamental grammar, rules of usage, and basic paragraph and essay writing. (2 semester class)

SOCIAL STUDIES [Seven semesters required for graduation]
Historical World Geography is a one semester course designed to introduce students to the five themes of geography (Location, Place, Movement, Human – Environment Interaction, and Regions) in order to examine human socioeconomic organization through a historical perspective.  Geography and its interrelationships are viewed through the historical perspectives of Ancient Greece and Rome, Ancient China, Ancient India, the Rise of Islam, African Civilizations, and Pre-Columbian Civilizations to give students a sophisticated view of the world and an understanding of human life.

THEOLOGY [Eight semesters required for graduation]
Introduction to Scripture gives students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Christian Bible. In the course, they will learn about the Bible, authored by God through the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and its value to peoples throughout the world. Students will learn how Catholics interpret the writings found in the Bible and will become familiar with the major sections and books of the Bible. There will be a particular focus this semester on the Hebrew Scriptures, understood both in its original Jewish context, as well as in its contemporary Christian context. (1 semester class)

Christology continues the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Christian Bible. By studying the four Gospels, students learn about the birth and public ministry of Jesus as teacher, prophet, and compassionate healer. Students will also explore Christian beliefs of Jesus as the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Incarnate Word of God, and hoped for Messiah. (1 semester class)

Required Classes Students are Placed in Based Upon Test Scores:

SCIENCE [Six semesters required for graduation]                  
Based on test scores, freshman are placed in one of the following three science classes:

  • Integrated Science is a survey course that engages students in scientific inquiry while developing their natural curiosity about the world around them.  Students participate in discussion, projects, and lab investigations. The curriculum of this course is designed to provide students with a solid foundation for future lab sciences.  The class devotes one academic quarter to each of the four sciences: chemistry, physics, earth science, and biology. (2 semester class)
  • Biology  is a laboratory science course that focuses on the study of life.  The course begins with an inquiry into the chemistry of life and proceeds to an examination of the fundamental concepts of cellular biology, including in-depth study of cellular structure and function.  Biology students study photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cell growth and division, the fundamentals of DNA and RNA, genetics, evolution, and the anatomy and physiology of the human immune and reproductive systems.  The Biology course introduces students to bacteria, viruses, fungi, animals, and plants, focusing on their cellular similarities and differences. Scientific thinking, analysis, and laboratory skills are emphasized along with Biology’s connections to other scientific disciplines.  Students practice scientific writing skills and learn to think deeply in order to apply what they have learned. A time equivalent of approximately one period per week is spent in the laboratory. (2 semester class)
  • Honors Biology is designed to teach the student the fundamental principles of Biology and to prepare her to succeed in future biologically based courses on the high school and college level.  The curriculum is covered in greater depth and at a more accelerated pace than Biology. Honors Biology engages the student with numerous demonstrations, laboratory exercises, microscopy and dissections as they discover Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cytology, Molecular Biology, Genetics,  and Anatomy and Physiology. The course aims to teach students the necessary laboratory skills needed for success in science courses, such as observation, analysis of data, microscopy, and dissection. Critical thinking and communication are an integral part of this course. (2 semester class)

MATH  [Six semesters required for graduation]
Freshmen are placed in one of the following six math classes:

  • In Integrated Math 1 students formalize and extend the mathematics learned in the middle grades and explore the relationships between the standards from the conceptual categories of Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. In this course, students will begin to develop a deep understanding of the concepts of congruence and equality.  (2-semester class) Freshmen will be automatically placed into Integrated Math 1 unless they have already taken Integrated Math 1 OR Algebra 1, and qualified with the optional Math Challenge test for placement into Integrated Math 2 (or Geometry for students who have taken a course titled Algebra 1), Integrated Math 3, or Precalculus.
  • Geometry continues to review basic Algebra skills but focuses on completing the common core standards for Geometry.  Major topics include geometric proofs, properties of parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles, basic properties and area, and volume of two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures, similarity and proportions, basic trigonometric functions, constructions, and coordinate Geometry.  (2-semester class) Freshmen will be placed into Geometry if they have taken Algebra 1 and qualified with the optional Math Challenge test for placement into Geometry. *Important for Incoming Freshmen: The UC and CSU college systems require Geometry or Integrated Math 2 on a high school transcript.  Students taking Geometry or Integrated Math 2 in 8th grade may submit their 8th-grade report card to the university when applying but the report card must state Geometry or Integrated Math 2, not just Math.
  • Integrated Math 2 will culminate the conceptual standards of traditional Algebra 1 and Geometry courses, preparing students to matriculate into Integrated Math 3. The focus of Math 2 is on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions, and comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Math 1. In addition, it will introduce complex numbers, explore the link between probability and data, the relationships of right triangle trigonometry, and prove basic theorems (using a variety of methods) about circles, similarity, congruence, and triangles. (2-semester class) Freshmen will be placed into Integrated Math 2 if they have taken Integrated Math 1 and qualified with the optional Math Challenge test for placement into Integrated Math 2.   *Important for Incoming Freshmen: The UC and CSU college systems require Geometry or Integrated Math 2 on a high school transcript.  Students taking Geometry or Integrated Math 2 in 8th grade may submit their 8th-grade report card to the university when applying but the report card must state Geometry or Integrated Math 2, not just Math.
  • Integrated Math 3 is the culminating course in the Integrated Math series and develops analytic math skills. This course will focus on analyzing data and statistics to draw conclusions, analyzing functions and relationships, apply right triangle trigonometry to general triangles, and synthesize geometric and algebraic reasoning to create models. Throughout this course, the following topics will be explored: Geometric Modeling, Linear and Quadratic Functions, Polynomial Functions, Rational Exponents and Radical Functions, Exponential and Logarithmic functions, Rational Functions, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry of triangles, Trigonometric functions, Trigonometric Identities, and Data Analysis. (2-semester class) Freshmen will be placed into Integrated Math 3 if they have taken Integrated Math 2  OR Algebra 1 and Geometry, and qualified with the optional Math Challenge test for placement into Integrated Math 3.
  • While the pacing of Honors Integrated Math 3 is not dramatically different from Integrated Math 3, the depth of understanding and level of difficulty of problems done for homework and exams is significantly different, as well as requiring a commitment to 45 minutes of homework per night.  The student is being prepared for Honors Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus. (2-semester class) Freshmen will be placed into Integrated Math 3 if they have taken Integrated Math 2, and qualified with the optional Math Challenge test, scoring high enough for placement into Honors Integrated Math 3.
  • Honors Pre-Calculus is designed to help students understand the fundamental concepts of Algebra and Trigonometry, and is an honors math course, requiring a deep level of understanding and a commitment to 45 minutes of homework per night.  Algebra and Trigonometry will be used to model and solve real-life problems. A successful student will be prepared for Calculus or AP Calculus AB. (2-semester class) Freshmen will be placed into Honors Pre-Calculus if they have taken Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 3 and qualified with optional Math Challenge test for Honors Pre-Calculus.

Required Classes that Allow for Student Options:

MODERN & CLASSICAL LANGUAGES [Four semesters required for graduation]

Freshmen select between:

  • French 1 (2 semester class) 
  • Italian 1 (2 semester class) 
  • Spanish 1 (2 semester class) 
  • Latin 1  (2 semester class)

Students may take an optional challenge test to place into a second-year or higher language program. 

P.E. REQUIREMENT [Three semesters required for graduation] 

P.E. choices are:

  • Dance Styles  (1 semester class) 
  • Recreational Fitness  (1 semester class) 
  • Yoga (1 semester class) 

Audition Classes that meet the PE requirement include Dance Company, Apprentice Dance Company, Intermediate Dance, Hula Club, Show Choir, and Introduction to Show Choir. Audition Schedule Class of 2024

Participation in any level of a St. Francis High School Athletic team fulfills the PE requirement in the semester the sport is played.

There are certain non-SF sports that may also qualify for a PE waiver; please review the Non-SF Sport PE Waiver 2020  for more information and requirements.

HEALTH 
Required for graduation, may be taken any time during 9th-12th grades or in summer school. (1 semester)

FINE ARTS [2 semesters required for graduation] 

  • Drawing 1, Painting 1, Figure Sculpting 1 and Digital Photography 1
  • Theatre Arts
  • Concert Choir

Audition classes that meet the Fine Arts requirement include Chamber Singers, Orchestra
Theater Tech and Design (after school class)

Elective Classes: 
Freshmen may select (if room allows) from among the following options:  

TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
Computer Graphics (1 semester)
Computer Programming with C-STEM (2 semesters)
Digital Concepts (2 semesters)

LEADERSHIP
Ministry Leadership (1 semester; open to all students)
Student Leadership (2 semesters; required for freshman officers)

Optional Challenge Tests for Math and Language

St. Francis offers incoming freshmen optional challenge tests in Math and Modern & Classical Languages. Freshmen wishing to take Integrated Math 1 or a first-year Language class do NOT need to take a challenge test. Please click here to sign up for a challenge test.

Challenge Test dates and times
The optional challenge tests are held Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This is the schedule for the day: 
8:45 am:  Check in for Language tests in Theater foyer
9:00 am – 10:00 am: Foreign Language tests
10:00 am – 10:15 am:  Break/Check in for Math tests
10:15 am – 11:15 am:  Geometry and Integrated Math 2 tests (60 minutes; no calculator)
10:15 am – 11:45 am:  Integrated Math 3 and Honors Pre-Calculus challenge tests (90 minutes; calculators allowed)

A makeup day for Challenge Tests is held Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.

Here are the guidelines for the challenge tests:

MATH
If you wish to take Integrated Math 1 as a freshman, no math testing is necessary. Nearly half of the 2024 class will take Integrated Math 1 in their freshman year.

If you are currently taking Algebra and would like to take Geometry as a freshman, you will need to take the Geometry challenge test. The Geometry challenge test is sixty minutes long and calculators are not permitted. Geometry Placement Test List of Topics

If you are currently taking Integrated Math 1, you will need to take the Integrated Math 2 challenge test. The Integrated Math 2 challenge test is sixty minutes long and calculators are not permitted. IM2 Placement Test List of Topics

If you are currently taking Geometry or Integrated Math 2 and would like to take Integrated Math 3 as a freshman, you will need to take the Integrated Math 3 challenge test. The Integrated Math 3 challenge test is ninety minutes long and calculators are permitted. IM3 Placement Test List of Topics

If you are currently taking Integrated Math 3 and would like to take Honors Pre-Calculus as a freshman, you will need to take the Honors Pre-Calculus challenge test. Incoming freshmen may not test into regular Pre-Calculus. The Honors Pre-Calculus challenge test is ninety minutes long and calculators are permitted. Honors Pre-Calc Placement Test List of Topics 2020

FOREIGN & CLASSICAL LANGUAGES
To see the concepts covered by the Language tests, please click here:

French 2 Challenge Guidelines
Italian 2 Challenge Guidelines
Spanish 2 Challenge Guidelines

New Troubie Uniform Night:  March 25, 2020

New Troubie Uniform Night
Wednesday, March 25, 2020   3:30PM – 8:00PM

Uniforms are required for all St. Francis High School students. We have some exciting new changes to announce to the Class of 2024!

  • St. Francis High School is moving to a new uniform provider! We are excited to partner with Tommy Hilfiger School Uniforms, a company with fashion forward, high quality pieces at affordable prices. 
  • The SFHS uniform is getting an upgrade! The new uniform is VERY similar to our current style.
  • Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, uniforms will be purchased online through Tommy Hilfiger’s easy-to-navigate website (excluding the Fleece & Legacy jacket). Please note, the Fleece & Legacy jacket will be available in the Troubie Store.
  • Current students can continue to wear the existing uniform.
  • As we transition to this new platform, we will continue to offer our remaining uniform inventory while supplies last. The current uniform will be available for sale at the New Troubie Uniform Night. 
  • It is very important that all new freshmen are fitted on New Troubie Uniform Night.  You will need this information when purchasing the uniform online through Tommy Hilfiger.  Please make sure your student wears shorts or leggings and a tank top to this fitting event, as we do not have fitting rooms. 
  • Mark your calendars for an extra 10% off and free shipping on all Tommy Hilfiger online purchases June 22 through June 28, 2020.
  • The Troubie Store will remain on campus.  It is open every Tuesday during the school year from 10:00AM – 1:00PM (excluding holidays and summer) and will continue to offer logo wear and accessories.

We hope this online platform will simplify your life and is a welcomed convenience. We are here to help!  Please contact Mirjana Nikcevic (mnikcevic@stfrancishs.org) with any questions.

Class of 2024 Student Council Process

Class of 2024, join the Freshman Student Council! Selection is based on interviews and group team building activities held with a panel of St. Francis staff and students representing the Associated Student Body at SFHS. Positions include President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Spirit Coordinator, Historian, and Ministry Coordinator.

The St. Francis Student Council, comprised of Student Body Officers and Class Officers, works to promote unity among students and provide a variety of activities that enhance the development of St. Francis students and are consistent with the school’s philosophy. Student council members act as representatives of their classmates in all student issues.

Please complete the online application via this GOOGLE FORM. You must use your St. Francis High School email address for all communications; you will receive your SFHS email address at Freshman Registration Night on March 11, 2020. You will submit a Google Slides presentation at the bottom of your application. Presentations must include all of the following information:

  • Three pictures of you – one of these photos must be your most recent school photo.
  • State why you are running for Student Council. 
  • Explain what experience you have that will help you be an effective school leader.
  • List which clubs/sports/activities you have been involved in while at your current school and which ones you plan to participate in next year at St. Francis High School.
  • Use three words or phrases that describe you and an explanation of why they make you an excellent candidate for Student Council.
  • State why you are excited to be a part of SFHS.

CLASS OF 2024 STUDENT COUNCIL TIMELINE

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – All freshman council applications, including Google Slide Presentations, are due by 4:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 8, 1:30 – 4:30 pm OR Wednesday, July 15, 1:30 - 4:30 pm: Interviews for freshman class council candidates. Freshman Student Council selection will be based on interviews and group team building activities held with a panel of staff and students representing the Associated Student Body at SFHS. You will be contacted to schedule your interview day upon approval of your application.

Monday, August 3, 2020:  Mark your calendar! There will be an all-day mandatory workshop for all student council members.