Student News


Returning to Campus August 2020

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 PDF”

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”.


SFHS Listening Session – #1

As a Catholic community, we believe our faith in Christ must guide us to healing and reconciliation. Racism is a sin that divides the human family. It has hurt our St. Francis Catholic High School community. 


Fall Bookstore Open July 6

The summer bookstore will open on May 11, 2020.  Students may purchase books from any site, but the ISBN must match the one posted on the SFHS website. 

The fall bookstore will open on July 6, 2020.  Free shipping for orders over $99 will be offered between July 13 – 19, 2020.

To view our online bookstore, click here.


Junior Family Mass Message

Due to the Coronavirus circumstances, we are not able to gather as a community to celebrate our Simbas and  to commission them into their leadership role on campus. In order to gather as a community on campus, we are postponing the Family Mass and Commissioning Ceremony until the start of the school year. We will confirm with you a date when one becomes available. Until then, know that we love you dearly, miss you even more, and can’t wait to celebrate this moment with you. 


Textbook Buy Backs

BNC (formally MBS) will still be buying back textbooks from our students. Students can sell their books through the BNC website, and use their free shipping label to return their books.  You can view step-by-step instructions on how to sell back books on the SFHS Website.  


Nursing, Pre-Med, and Pre-Health Webinar Opportunity for SFHS Sophomores and Juniors

We have a wonderful opportunity for sophomores and juniors to gain some insights into applying for and being a student in nursing, pre-med, and pre-health programs.  The host is Anne Harty from Creighton University.  She is our local representative, and she is also a graduate of St. Francis!  

Nursing, Pre-Med, and Pre-Health Students: This webinar is for YOU! Monday, May 4, 3:00 p.m.


St. Francis Safe and Sober Grad Night 2020 – Disneyland

UPDATE 4-21-20 We regret to inform you that due to Covid-19 the SFHS Safe and Sober Grad Night trip to Disneyland has been cancelled. Families that have already made a payment will be receiving an email from the Director of Student Activities, Cassy McGreevy, with information about refunds.We are sorry for the loss of this experience for our Seniors and wish you all well!

Join us for a fun-filled trip to Disneyland with your Troubie sisters to celebrate Graduation.


SFHS Christmas Tree Lane Models Wanted

Applications for this year’s Christmas Tree Lane are due August 28 and 29, during lunch in upper Serra Court. Completed apps will be numbered in the order received. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications may be found on the Jesuit website or via the link below.

Modeling questions, please contact Jen Peters (916) 996-6488, or email

Application link HERE.  Christmas Tree Lane Flyer HERE.


Join Science Olympiad!

Science Olympiad is an academic team of 15 that competes in 23 events. Each team member competes with a partner in 3 events. We spend our year preparing for our regional competition in March. Events include build events such as Gravity Vehicle where a car goes down a ramp and stops on a spot and  study events in topics such as circuits, forensics, earth mapping, and fossils. Students get to dive deeper into topics that they may have studied in classes and some topics that don’t get taught at the high school level. LEARN MORE

Meetings are on Fridays from 3:15 to 4:30pm. Students are expected to study and work on their build event in between meetings also independently. There is also one required Saturday meeting per semester. Informational meetings will be held on Tuesdays Aug 20 and 27 at lunch in Room 343. Our first official meeting is Friday Sept 6 after school. If you have questions, email Mrs.MacDonald at Parents, If you have engineering or medical expertise that you could share and can make the Friday meetings, we would love to have you!


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

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

Afternoon pick up procedures

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


Gerwigs’ latest film coming to theaters soon!

Coming soon to a theater near you: SFHS Alumna, Greta Gerwig ‘02, brings Little Women to life on the big screen as only she can do! Another well directed and cast film, Gerwig has Saoirse Ronan playing the heroine Jo March; Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, and Eliza Scanlen playing the sisters; Laura Dern is Marmee, and Meryl Streep plays their forbidding, rich Aunt March. Timothée Chalamet (another Lady Bird carryover) plays heartthrob Laurie, the literal boy next door who develops an intense friendship with Jo.