Bookmark this page to view to most current updates for Seniors Class of 2020 and their families. We will post all communications via email as well as news posts that pertain to Senior Families on this page.
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.
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 awards and scholarships honored 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.
Pearl Spotlights will be in no particular order, so keep checking back to see who will be next
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!
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.
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!
Dear St. Francis Families,
After consultation with the Bishop’s Office, and public health officials, our Executive Director of Catholic Schools, Lincoln Snyder, directed all schools in the Diocese of Sacramento to be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. While school buildings will remain closed to students, parents, and faculty/staff, instruction will continue via our established Distance Learning (DL) platform. For your reference, I am attaching a for the remaining weeks of the school year.
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.
The Sacramento County Public Health Officer has issued a new Public Health Order effective at 11:59 p.m., May 1, and will be in effect until 11:59 p.m., May 22, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended in writing by the Health Officer.