Celebrating the Franciscan Virtues of Acceptance, Service, Generosity, Peacemaking
Published : Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | 9:55 PM
The Board of Directors, faculty, and staff of St. Francis High School are thrilled to welcome the new and returning members of the St. Francis family back on campus for an exciting 2012-2013 school year. Classes are well underway for the Golden Knights and the students are already fully immersed in a wide variety of academic, athletic, and extracurricular activities.
For new students to St. Francis, the high school transition began with a two-day New Student Orientation and education program prior to the start of school. New Student Orientation provided these young men the opportunity to find their classes, meet their teachers, develop new friendships, and adjust to a new environment prior to the start of the school year. In addition, this was the students’ first chance to plug into the LINK Program – a program focused on easing their high school transition and preparing them for a successful high school experience from the very first day.
St. Francis High School is dedicated to ensuring that the values shared by St. Francis with his brothers, steeped in the virtues taught by Jesus Christ to his disciples, are incorporated into everything we do both on and off campus. The Franciscan Virtues Program makes this goal a reality by focusing in on one of the sixteen Franciscan virtues each quarter. This year the program continues with the virtues of acceptance, service, generosity, and peacemaking. St. Francis aims to ensure that each student learns to appreciate and exemplify each one of these virtues as part of his character development.
The Franciscan Spirit and Life Program is already planning this year’s pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy. Interest in this dynamic and life-changing program has continued to increase since the first pilgrimage took place in 2009. Once again, thirty St. Francis students and a number of faculty members will travel to Assisi and Rome this spring. The experience enables the students and faculty members to better understand the life and ministry of St. Francis, and how his example can be applied to their daily lives.
The Golden Knights also look forward to a promising year in competition, both on the athletic field and in the classroom. The athletic program hopes to build on its many successes from last year, including trips to the CIF Playoffs for many of the teams. St. Francis is also pleased to announce that the school will be introducing lacrosse during the upcoming spring sports season. The school also aims to enhance its Sports Medicine Program, which has become one of the top programs in the United States. This past year the St. Francis Sports Medicine Program was a National Champion and nine members of the team were selected as Sports Medicine All-Americans. The Academic Decathlon Team is also looking forward to another successful season after placing second in the nation last year.
The Fine Arts Program will continue its award winning success with two powerful performances. The program is scheduled to present The Burnt Part Boys in the fall and West Side Story in the spring. You will not want to miss these fantastic performances!
St. Francis would like to invite the community to join the Golden Knights for a variety of activities throughout the year, both on and off campus. Back to School Day will be held on Sunday, September 9th. The 24th Annual Golf Classic will be held on October 1st at Brookside Golf Course. This year’s Homecoming Game will be Friday, November 2nd against St. Paul. Open House will be held Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. for all prospective students and parents. This year’s POSH (Preserving Our Scholastic Heritage) celebration will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on February 23, 2012.
For more information visit www.sfhs.net.