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Check back on Thursday July 16th 2020 for Video and program.
Check Back July 17th for Video and Program
See each Senior Pearl Spotlight to learn about our 2020 Pearl Graduates!
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We are sharing the spotlights on Facebook and Instagram (in no particular order), however, all spotlights in this album will be in alpha order by last name for ease of navigating the grad spotlights.
Good Evening Senior Families!
We’re looking forward to seeing the Class of 2020 and their families next week for the filming of the Baccalaureate Procession and Graduation walk! All of these individual segments will be compiled into two separate high-quality, professional videos (Baccalaureate Mass & Graduation) which you will be able to enjoy with family and friends. The final Baccalaureate Mass video will be available online at 3:00 pm on Thursday, July 16th and the Graduation video will be available at 3:00 pm on Friday, July 17th. Whether virtual or in-person, you’ll all enjoy watching these special moments with the Class of 2020.
A Few Reminders:
- Filming of the entire Class of 2020 will begin on Monday, June 22nd and continue through Thursday, June 25th. Please check with your daughter about her designated time slot for the event. That information was sent to her this evening in an email from Mr. Tholcke.
- Families can bring a total of 10 guests plus your graduate to witness your daughter receiving her diploma. Due to the nature of the ceremonies, there is no seating for guests. The ceremonies are very short in duration.
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled film time.
- We will have videographers to capture the event in its two parts, in addition to having a professional photographer to capture a photo as your graduate walks across the stage. You will receive information later next week from the photographer about Graduation photography packages.
- Safety reminders: Per the Governor’s order, we request that Graduates and families wear masks while on campus. Graduates will be able to remove their masks for the procession for Baccalaureate and Graduation. Masks may also be removed for photo opportunities on campus.
- Park in the lot near the gym foyer entrance along Elvas Avenue. Ms. Ketcham & Ms. Boylan will direct you.
- If you arrive early, please wait in your air-conditioned car until your call time (15 minutes prior to film time).
- At your call time, graduate and guests enter gym foyer to check-in area with Mrs. Poarch. Graduates should be in their cap & gown at this point (review the Student Graduate Attire Policy below). You will receive your check-in card.
- Graduates proceed to the symbol table in the gym. Ms. Fahey will help you with your Baccalaureate symbol.
- Guests enter the gym and will be directed to their viewing area.
- Ms. Fahey will direct the Graduate when to process with her symbol to the altar and process off.
- Graduate and guests then move to the Graduation section of the gym. Guests will go to the viewing area. Graduate will walk to the marked spot on stage to receive diploma cover from Mrs. Rodgers when her name is called. Graduate will then stop and pose for a formal portrait, and then process off stage.
- Next Stop: Graduate and guests will then move to the Dining Hall where they will check in with Asst. Principal Mrs. Castellano or Dr. Javier-Watson. Each graduate will receive a bag that contains her cumulative file and diploma, Yearbook, awards & certificates, and copies of the Baccalaureate Mass Worship Aide and Commencement Program.
- Students may also have artwork to pick up which will be located in the Dining Hall.
- Students who were unable to attend Senior Sunset on May 28th can also pick up their gift bag with Class of 2020 Graduation shirt in the Dining Hall.
- Photo Ops: Graduates and guests are encouraged to visit the designated areas on campus for fun graduate and family photos. We ask everyone to be considerate of other groups in photo-op areas and adhere to social distancing guidelines. The areas available for photos are: Dining Hall, Serra Court (in upper & lower), Outside of the Chapel, St. Clare Fountain, Art wall (mosaic) outside theater arts building, St. Francis statue, front doors.
Student Graduate Attire Policy
Our school tradition and policy dictate students participating in the graduation ceremony may not wear any other visible items, accessories, or regalia during the ceremony, (aside from the school-issued unadorned white cap and plain white gown).
New change in 2020: A student may wear a single stole of personal significance or expression during the Baccalaureate Procession and Graduation Ceremony. The stole may properly include a student’s personal characteristics of ethnicity, culture, religion, nationality, race, color, or ancestry. Any such expression, however, shall be consistent with the Catholic mission of the school. For those students who choose to wear a stole during the Baccalaureate Procession and Graduation Ceremony, such students and their parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to ensure that such expression is fitting for a graduation ceremony and does not distract from the formality of the occasion and students’ achievement of commencement.
Students not following policy will not be allowed to participate in either the Baccalaureate Procession or Graduation Ceremony. In this manner St. Francis Catholic High Schools creates a formal and inclusive graduation ceremony for all students, one that maintains the focus on the scholastic achievements of the entire graduating class.
Live Stream Available June 22-25
Each day’s activities (June 22-25) will be live streamed on the NFHS Network on TroubieTV and will also be available on demand. This is a nice opportunity to share the day with other family and friends. Subscriptions are not needed to view the broadcast. Here are the links for each day’s streams:
- Monday, June 22: 8:00-11:15am
- Tuesday, June 23: 8:00-11:15am
- Wednesday, June 24: 8:00-11:15am
- Thursday, June 25: 8:00-10:00am
Reminder from the Registrar’s Office
- Graduate’s diploma and cumulative file will be available for pick-up in the Dining Hall when you come to campus to film your Baccalaureate procession and Graduation diploma acceptance.
The cumulative file is the file that followed you from Kindergarten through 12th grade and may contain middle school report cards, pictures, immunization information, etc. It does not contain any St. Francis grading information, which will be sent out with the final report card and transcript in June. Please bring this completed form with you on this day. If you are not 18 at the time of pickup, the form needs to be signed by one of your parents/guardians. Please bring a photo ID to verify your identity and age.
Due to the large number of files, we will not be able to mail the cumulative files to homes. If you are unable to pick up the file on your designated date, you may arrange for pick-up during the summer by contacting Registrar Sarah Cornell at (916) 737-5034, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your official copy of your St. Francis High School Diploma. Please keep in a safe place as we do not keep digital copies of the diploma.
Update on Senior Ball
Due to the continued social-distancing restrictions in place, SFHS will not be able to host a Senior Ball this summer. Although we were hopeful that conditions would change allowing us to provide this event for the Class of 2020, it is apparent that this will not be the case. Our hearts hurt for our seniors and their families as yet another highly anticipated event is no longer an option.
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Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the implications of the COVID-19 outbreak together.
The following update is from the 6-26-20 Principal Newsletter emailed to families.
“An incredibly dedicated team of St. Francis teachers, administrators, technology, and facilities members have been diligently exploring options to create the best plan for reopening school in August. The team considered safety guidance from the county and state, the needs expressed by our students and teachers, technical and physical campus resources, and discussions happening in local school districts and private schools. Potential plans were presented to a larger group of teachers representing all academic disciplines.
Their review criteria focused on maximizing student instructional minutes and student-teacher contact points, teacher office hours and availability for students, teacher prep and collaboration time with peers, reducing student numbers to ensure compliance with physical distancing practices, as well as ease of adaptability for a full distance learning model if needed at any point in the year. The overwhelming response from the team and administration was that a new 70-minute synchronous learning model would net the best results for our students.
The health and safety of our students, families, and staff is always our primary concern, and we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. As a faculty and staff, we are especially empathetic to our students who are missing some of the traditional St. Francis High School experiences. Our goal is to continue to support the whole student – academically, socially, and emotionally. We are aware of the mental toll that this transition may take, and our Wellness, Campus Ministry, and Guidance teams are continuously collecting support resources for our community and are ready to serve your daughter when school resumes in August.
As of this writing and our current realities, we have outlined our initial plans for the 2020-21 academic year in this document. Undoubtedly, plans may be updated by future developments in public health and governing guidelines. We will continue sending the Principal’s weekly newsletter throughout the summer and posting updates outlining more details as they become available. Click HERE for the link to the Safe Return to School Plan.”
In response to COVID-19, we pivoted quickly to support our students’ academic learning with an instructor-led Distance Learning Program. Here’s what some of our students had to say about their experience:
“A lot of teachers helped us during this time, and made me feel like we were physically in class. They gave us meaningful work that helped us learn”
” Our school definitely earns an A for our transition to distance learning. Compared to nearly all of the schools in Sacramento, we were the first and fastest to begin distance learning. The schedule and “signing in for every block” also gave me a routine and sense of responsibility. It kept me productive throughout the day and gave me work that was similar to the amount I would receive at school. I certainly consider our distance learning successful”
“I would give SFHS an “A” in distance learning. Teachers made plans for their classes quickly and were still able to teach their students. Most schools did not do distance learning or simply held zoom calls every so often, but our system was a successful replica of actual school”.
Good Evening Senior Families!
Although this is not what we had hoped for in regards to our Senior Celebrations and more specifically your daughter’s Graduation, we look forward to celebrating the Class of 2020’s accomplishments over these past four years. Families can bring a total of 10 guests plus your graduate to witness your daughter receiving her diploma; we’ll also have a few photo stations around campus for some last photos.
Each year, Junior and Senior choreographers create works that are then showcased in a live performance. Due to the unprecedented situation that prevents our dancers from performing & audiences from watching this event live, Agata Grzelak, our Dance Instructor, has compiled videos of student works to share with you. We hope you enjoy it!
Watch: Drone Video by Phil Roina available on facebook here
Greetings Seniors and Senior Families!
On what would have been your graduation day, I speak on behalf of the entire faculty and staff when I say congratulations on your four years of achievements. In a couple short hours, seniors will drive their cars on to the St. Francis soccer field to spend the evening together for Senior Sunset. Even though the sun is setting on the Class of 2020 tonight, you will always be our Pearls! (Don’t forget to bring water with you!)
I hope you all were able to “tune in” for our Senior Awards Ceremony last Friday. We are honored to recognize ALL of you and your achievements. God has created each of us with unique gifts and talents that will change the world. If you missed it, click here to see the video. Congratulations to all of our senior award winners! Don’t miss the special congratulatory messages from Eleni Kounalakis ’85, Lieutenant Governor of California, and Valorie Burton, 2019 SELFe speaker, and some of our own cherished staffulty: Mark McGreevy, Naomi Lee, Debbie Austin, Nora Anderson, and MaryAnne Kelly.
Greetings Seniors and Senior Families!
We’re excited to share the Senior Awards e-Ceremony with you tomorrow! Join us at 5:00pm on Friday, May 22nd via our website to celebrate the hard work and successes of the Class of 2020! The awards and scholarships honored tomorrow consist of national recognitions, donor-sponsored scholarships, and St. Francis’ highest honors: the pillar awards of Faith, Excellence, Leadership and Service as well as the Pax et Bonum Award.
We can’t help but think how next week was supposed to be the Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation. While those events have been postponed, we’ve still got a way to honor what would have been their graduation date on May 28th. Let the celebrating continue!
It was great to see all of you at the Pearl Pick-up Parade last Friday! Photo albums have been posted on the Senior page. Thank you to all of our photographers that helped capture the special day: Phil Roina, Greg Lane, Julia Cannon ’17, Steve Shaff, and Raquel Namba! It is exciting to see so many new things on the calendar to celebrate our seniors.
We’re excited to share the Senior Awards e-Ceremony with you! Let’s Celebrate the hard work and successes of the Class of 2020!
The sun will not set on the Class of 2020 without an opportunity for our Troubies to experience it together (in COVID-appropriate style). Senior Sunset will be celebrated on Thursday, May 28. Gates open at 7:45pm for this drive-in theater style event on SF’s soccer field (in the same area where Senior Sunrise was held.) Please click here to RSVP.
It was great to see all of you at the Pearl Pick-up Parade last Friday! Thank you to all of our photographers that helped capture the special day: Phil Roina, Greg Lane, Julia Cannon ’17, Steve Shaff, and Raquel Namba!
Greetings Seniors and Senior Families!
Happy Thursday! We are looking forward to seeing our seniors on campus tomorrow for the Pearl Pick-Up Parade (and I imagine there may be some parents in the cars as well). This will be a festive, albeit unusual, way to receive their cap and gown. Seniors, remember to have your last name on a sheet of paper on your dash. Also, enjoy the Arts Recognition e-Ceremony at 8:00am tomorrow and see where your fellow Pearls are going to continue their arts education.
Greetings Seniors and Senior Families!
Happy Monday to you all! We have some senior end-of-year updates to help you with timing/planning regarding senior events. While we don’t have all the specifics yet, we heard you and are planning an in-person graduation and Baccalaureate this summer on our beloved campus. The team continues to meet regularly to finalize the best options for as many of the senior events as we can reimagine.
Greetings Seniors and Senior Families!
We miss seeing our seniors on campus more and more with each passing day; we are looking forward to the day we can come together to celebrate the Class of 2020! We will keep you abreast of senior events as plans get finalized. All information and communications sent about senior events will be housed on our website and easily accessible at www.stfrancishs.org/seniors. Please bookmark this page and use it as your “homebase” for senior happenings!
Our Farewell Mass is a very special St. Francis tradition each year. Like the rest of our events, this too has been re-imagined.
This year our Farewell Prayer Service will be shared with everyone on Friday, May 15th at 5:00 p.m. on our website (the pre-recorded prayer service will remain available on the site even after the service). Our school-year theme this year is “Journey from Compassion into Communion.” We have really been tested with the recent state of the world! While our year has not ended in our traditional fashion, we are still called to be people of compassion and communion. Communion always brings us together.
This prayer service will celebrate the Pearls and their Honor Guards. In addition, a few retiring staff members will be acknowledged. No Farewell Mass or Prayer Service would be complete without the SFHS Choir’s rendition of “At The Beginning.” You won’t be disappointed! The prayer service will be available on Friday, May 15th at 5:00 p.m. at www.stfrancishs.org/farewell-service.
Who said that drive-thrus had to be boring!? To liven things up a bit, we’ve turned this pick-up into a PARADE!
You are invited to the SFHS campus for a drive-thru parade to:
- Pick up your cap and gown
- Pick up your pre-bagged locker contents
- Drop off athletic uniforms
- Drop off choir dresses
- Return library books
- Drive down the decorated Parkway
- Surprises in store!
If your daughter has a balance greater than $10 in her MySchoolBucks account, parents will receive a personal communication next Wednesday, May 6, 2020 letting them know what the dollar amount is and options for the balance. If there is a younger sibling, the balance will be automatically transferred to the sibling’s account. If you want to check your balance before then, log into your mySchoolBucks® account.
Seniors, don’t forget to complete the Troubie For Life Survey, if you haven’t already! As you approach your final weeks at “virtual” St. Francis, we know that this isn’t the end of your St. Francis journey. While you may only be a student for four years, you are a Troubie for Life! As you prepare for the next chapter ahead, whether it be college or career, we want to stay in touch and keep you connected with our amazing 11,000+ strong alumnae network.
11 St. Francis Seniors Make Collegiate Sports Commitments in Spring
There were 11 St. Francis seniors who have made commitments to compete in collegiate sports this spring, bringing the total to 20 student athletes for the Class of 2020 to date. They would have been recognized at a ceremony at the school on April 22 that was canceled due to the school closure because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Congratulations to the following students who have committed to the Arts by majoring in a Visual or Performing Art form
Giuliana Brida | Dance and Journalism
Fiona Galvin | Ballet and Kinesiology
Aurora Giacobbe| Film and Media Production
Mackenzie Holmes| Creative Producing
Madigan Hunt| Screenwriting
Julia Long| Art History
Madison Reyes| Design
Molly Southard| Interior Design
Neda Tajlil| Film
Kathryn Uliana| Theatre
New York University, New York
Major: Dance and Journalism
“Gigi” found her passion for ballet at age two. At 11, she was the youngest dancer to be promoted as Apprentice with PH Classical Ballet. At 15 she was promoted to soloist with the pre-professional ballet company. Gigi has performed in Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Napoli, several other classical pieces, and 14 consecutive years of the Nutcracker. At 16, Gigi transferred to The School of Sacramento Ballet and is currently a member of their pre-professional training program under the direction of Cynthia Drayer.
From freshman through junior years, Gigi was a member of SFHS Dance Company and a current Dance Captain. As a senior, she is a member of the SFHS Show Choir team. This year Gigi joined the Apprentice Dance Company in order to continue dancing, as she is the current SFHS Student Body President.
In 2017 Gigi was awarded and recognized by the California State Senate for her dedication to Classical Ballet. Next fall, Gigi will move to the east coast to attend New York University where she will double major in Journalism and Dance. Gigi is grateful to her parents Linda and Greg.
She would like to thank Agata Grzelak for her unconditional support and guidance. She would also like to thank Cassey McGreevy for her leadership guidance; as well as her English Instructors Stacy McDonaldcy, Tim Gracyk, Sarah Symkowick, and Mari Kirstien for their assistance in helping her find her second passion in English.
University of Utah, Salt Lake
Major: Ballet and Kinesiology
Fiona has been dancing ballet since the age of 4 and is currently a member at Deane Dance Center and is in their Sacramento Civic Ballet Company. At Deane Dance Center, Fiona also teaches dance and is currently in the ballet of The Sleeping Beauty. Besides dancing outside of school, Fiona has been on SF Dance Company since freshman year and is serving as dance captain this year. She is also choreographer of show choir. Fiona has participated in musicals at SF including Little Women, The Boyfriend, and Chicago. This year, Fiona was assistant choreographer for The Music Man. Fiona is inspired to continue dance into college due to the support she receives from her family and friends. She can’t wait to have new experiences and try new things in the college dance environment.
The New School, New York City
Major: Film and Media Production
Aurora has been involved in the arts since a young age and continued this involvement during her time at St. Francis. She took Theatre Arts her freshman year and has been in Honors SF Players since. She performed in the One-Act at Lenaea Theatre Festival all three years she has been in the class and has also competed in the Musical Theatre category at the festival, winning bronze for her piece twice. Aurora has also assistant directed two shows at St. Francis; the 2018 production of Chicago and this past fall’s production of The Tempest. Last year, Aurora had the opportunity to create a short film for her capstone project titled The St. Francis Experience. She co-wrote, co-directed, and edited the film for class, also writing a research essay regarding the project. Aurora is continuing her love for storytelling and the arts in college by majoring in film, as she hopes to pursue a career in film or television production.
Dodge College of Film and Media Arts-Chapman University,
Major: Creative Producing
Mackenzie has been involved in theatre at SF for the past four years. She has been in quite a few productions at St.Francis; her roles this past year included Gonzalo in The Tempest and Eulalie Mckecknie Shinn in The Music Man. She is extremely thankful for her teachers especially Kiera Anderson for pushing her to pursue her passions in film. Mackenzie is excited to be attending Chapman University in the Dodge College as a creative producing major!
Madigan has been writing creatively since she could hold a notebook and pen. In 2015, she self-published her first novel and has been participating annually in National Novel Writing Month ever since. During the summer of 2017, she was accepted into The University of Virginia’s Young Writers Program – an intensive workshop with classes spanning fiction to screenwriting – where she continued to grow her portfolio of creative works. Throughout her years of schooling, she’s written for school newspapers and broadcast shows, and currently holds the position of Copy Editor of the St. Francis yearbook. Off-campus, she runs a writing blog where she posts short stories, poetry, and various tips or writing events. Her decision to pursue a career in writing for film and television shouldn’t come as a surprise to her friends who’ve had to listen to her rant about character development in every show they watch, and she’s extremely excited to make a difference in the world of screenwriting.
Major: Art History
Julia is a member of the SF Art Club. She has taken Honors Art History, AP Studio Art, and photography classes during her years at St. Francis. She is inspired by the world and people around her. Throughout her life she has been encouraged to pursue her love of art by her family and friends.
University of San Francisco
Madison has been passionate about all mediums of art for her whole life, engaging in painting and drawing at a very young age; however, her main passion for digital art stemmed from her love of watching cartoons, animated movies, and music videos as a kid. At the age of ten, she convinced her parents to buy her a drawing tablet and self-taught herself new techniques through online resources and a lot of practice. Since then, she’s grown to see the world through a new lens, appreciating design and visual aesthetics more than the average person. In high school, Madi was able to pursue her passion for art and design through AP Studio Art, her role as the editor of the St. Francis yearbook, and creating designs for club t-shirts and other items for students on campus. She was also voted Most Artistic by her classmates at junior prom! In her free time, she ventures into trying everything from designing tattoos and music promotion material to posting original drawings on her Instagram account centered around her art. She thanks her parents and friends for supporting her passion projects and encouraging her to pursue her dreams.
Northern Arizona University,
Major: Interior Design
Molly has been a part of tech for the past four years. She has enjoyed her time in various dance, choir, and art classes throughout the years. She was heavily involved in homecoming: both with her class decorations and lighting for all of the classes. She has been able to explore different aspects of theatre while at St. Francis including stage management and scenic design. She won Outstanding Set Design in this past year’s Lenaea festival for her set design of The Tempest. Molly is very thankful for the various people she has been able to work with for the past four years and the lasting friendships she has made. She is very excited to be studying interior design at Northern Arizona University in the fall.
Sacramento State University,
Neda Tajlil is excited to be majoring in film at Sacramento State University in the fall. She has always wanted to be involved in the film industry. She will explore cinematography, screenplay, and film theory at university. She developed her passion for the arts by taking several theatre classes at SFHS. She has taken Acting One her freshman year, Theatre Arts her sophomore year, and SF Players her junior year. During junior year, Neda went to the Lenaea Theatre Festival with her class for the first time. They won gold for their one-act entitled girl. Neda developed her passion for filmmaking when she and her classmates explored it in one of her theatre classes. She was inspired to become a film major due to her many wonderful experiences with the arts at SFHS.
University of South Wales or University of Chester
Kathryn has been doing arts at St. Francis all four years. She sang with the Chamber Choir, performed in Honors Theater Arts, and in the St. Francis shows. Her favorite arts experience was The Tempest.
In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) and guidance from public health organizations, the College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020, SAT® administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled March 28) are also canceled. Please contact the College Board if you have any questions.
SFHS Safe and Sober Grad Night trip to Disneyland has been cancelled. We are sorry for the loss of this experience for our seniors. If you already made a payment, please check your email for a message from Director of Student Activities, Cassy McGreevy. You can also contact her at email@example.com with any questions regarding this trip.
Dear Senior Families,
I want to thank you all for your prompt response to our senior parent survey that went out on Friday, April 24th. As of the 11:59pm deadline Monday night, we received 127 responses from parents and 164 from Seniors. We appreciate all the thought and candor that went into completing these.