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    B Team Boys Win in Dighton

    The junior high boys basketball teams traveled to Dighton on Thursday, November 16, to play the Hornets. The teams returned with one victory. The B team defeated Dighton in an exciting game 30-26. The A team boys lost to the Hornets 12-47. The C team boys battled Dighton to a 1-1 tie in a 10-minute running-clock contest.

    In the A team game, St. Francis failed to score in the first period. Dighton scored 20 in the period; mostly from close range. In the second period, St. Francis received two treys from Preston Witzel and a free-throw from Ben Busse to trail 7-30 at halftime. 

    The Indians did not score in the third period, and Dighton extended their lead to 7-41. In the fourth period, the Indians earned two free-throws by Witzel and a trey by Jordan Smull. The Indians lost to a good Dighton team 12-47.

    St. Francis was led in scoring by Preston Witzel with 8 points.  Jordan Smull added 3 and Ben Busse 2. Dighton was led by Bauer with 24 (14 in the 1st period and 8 in the 2nd period).

    St. Francis won a close B team contest 30-26. Preston Witzel and Ben Busse scored all of the points for St. Francis.

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  • Winter Sports Practices Underway

    November 13 was the first day winter sports practice as mandated by the Kansas High School Activities Association. St. Francis teams have begun preparing for the upcoming winter sports seasons in three high school sports and the days of competition will soon be here. The basketball teams will open competition on Friday, December 1, when the teams play Quinter in St. Francis. The wrestling team will open competition on Saturday, December 2, when the Indians host the St. Francis Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

    The girls basketball team has eleven team members this season. The team will be coached by Shaylinn Zweygardt and Matt Bandel. Serving as managers for the team will be Matthisen Witzel and Cassidy Busse. Team members include:  Seniors - Reagan Beims, Hanna Bracelin, Emileigh Dinkel, and Jylian Laten; Juniors - Lauren Johnson and Lindsey Johnson; Sophomores - Karly Bandel, Alondra Gomez, Taighe Weeter, and Hannah Zimbal; Freshman - Emma Johnson.

    The boys basketball team has twenty-two members. The Indians will be coached by Cory Busse and Devin Dinkel. Team members include:  Seniors - Tate Busse, Jake Faulkender, Wyatt Hackler, and Dalton Straub; Juniors - Wyatt Hilt, Draven Houtman, Richard Johnson, Connor Keller, K. C. Krien, Bryce Raby, Jordan Raby, and Tayton Weeter; Sophomores - Brady Dinkel and Isaiah Lee; Freshmen - Jesse Baxter, Rylan Doyle, Doyle Easter, Jasper Hunt, Adam Krien, Cutler Mayer, Colton Neitzel, Brady Schoenrogge, and Kobe Tice.

    Ten athletes have reported for high school wrestling practice. They include:  Seniors - Trayton Doyle and Luin Norris; Juniors - Cody Baxter and Tiernan Poling; Sophomores - Seth Hilt, Aaron White, and Perla Yanez; Freshmen - Shadryon Blanka, Garin Cooper, and Tyson Poling. Audrey Meyer will serve as team manager. The wrestling team will be coached by Dylan Loyd and Kyle Buffington.

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  • Kansas Communities That Care Survey

    Attention Parents and Students in Grades 6, 8, 10, & 12


    Kansas Communities That Care Survey


    As part of the new Kansas Educational Systems Accreditation (KESA) system USD 297 is choosing to implement Social Emotional Learning curricula at all grade levels beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.  Part of the process involves screening our students for factors related to social emotional health.  A tool that is highly recommended as a screener is called the Kansas Communities That Care survey.  The data collected from this anonymous survey are used for various purposes throughout our state, and will be used by local staff to recognize  trouble areas and to determine how to most appropriately help our students.  More information can be found at this link:  http://kctcdata.org/


    On December 13, 2017, 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students in St. Francis will participate in the online survey.  We ask that parents complete and return the required permission form on or before December 8.  Even if you do not want your student to participate in the survey, we ask that you return the form with the appropriate box checked with your signature and date.


    The more students that participate in the survey, the more accurate our results will be.  We care about our students and want to provide for their needs as much as possible. 


    Permission forms and an Information for Parent document will be sent home with all students.  If your student(s) does not bring the forms home, click on the links below and print a copy for yourself.  Students will be directed where to turn in forms, or parents may drop them off at the high school office.

    English Permission Form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-t_XnwyLeWR5yPsdsKkrmeDfUeOjD5Q7gsWMhixmLPE/edit?usp=sharing

    Spanish Permission Form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K1e4pYKHU5uQqlKmV4-UaW0MxxSNTW18wnd6Hmu5x1M/edit?usp=sharing

    English Information for Parent: http://kctcdata.org/Documents/2016/KCTC%20Information%20for%20Parents.pdf

    Spanish Information for Parent: http://kctcdata.org/Documents/2016/KCTC%20Information%20for%20Parents%20-Spanish.pdf

    Thank you for helping us with this process.  We are confident we will gain valuable insight into our students’ needs.




    Mr. Schiltz

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  • Drama Class to Present Double Feature


    This year's SFCHS Drama Production is offering a double feature! The Drama Class will present two one-act plays on two dates in December. The opportunities to see this year's Drama Production are Sunday, December 10, at 3:30 p.m. and Monday, December 11, at 7:00 p.m. Performances will be held in the St. Francis High School Auditorium. Your support of the arts at SFCHS is sincerely appreciated.

    The two plays being presented are Trifles and '65 Mustang. Trifles by Susan Glaspell is a murder mystery of sorts, but more of a social commentary play written in 1916. It will most likely cause some controversy and some conversation. At least we hope it will.

    The second play, '65 Mustang by Burton Bumgarner, is a lighter look at life, told via the evolutions of a 1965 Mustang and the people who possess it over a forty year time span. (As an inside, I am fully aware that the car on the posters is not a '65 Mustang. We bought the posters from the script company. It bothers me, too.)

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    Local FFA Teams Compete

    Last week on November 9th, FFA members went to compete at Hays, Kansas, in Food Science and Dairy Foods. Mason Schmid, Coy DeWaal, Reagan Beims, Emileigh Dinkel, Marlo Jensen, Wyatt Hackler, and Jylian Laten were the seven participants that competed for both teams. Overall in Food Science, the team placed 4th, and Coy placed individually 3rd. In Dairy Foods the team placed 4th as well.

    In Food Science, each individual had to complete two tests; mathematics and terms. They then proceeded on to the triangle test, which is quite simply, which of the three foods/drinks are the same and which is different. After three triangle tests they moved on to the aroma test. The contestants have a list of different aromas and only five on the list are on the table which they have to smell to find out what they are. The final test the participants had to complete was food safety. There was five pictures on a table and they had to know what was wrong with the picture.

    The second contest the team participated in was Dairy Foods. This contest also required members to take two tests; mathematics and terms. They had to identify cheese samples based on appearance, taste, and smell. The members also used their senses to distinguish milk defects, including rancid, bitter, acidic, and no defect. They had to test samples to figure out different fat contents.

    CDE’s allow members get a glimpse of careers in these areas and build their FFA resume. Members of these teams will have another chance to compete in May at the State CDE’s. The next competition on the agenda is Vet Science CDE in Stockton at the end of the month.

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    Junior High Boys Defeat Wallace County

    The junior high boys earned two wins against Wallace County on Thursday, November 9. In games played in St. Francis, the B-team boys earned earned a 34-22 win over the visiting Wildcats, and the A-team boys defeated Wallace County (WC) 41-17. The C-team boys lost a two-quarter contest 6-7.

    The B-team contest was played at the Grade School. St. Francis jumped out to an early 13-1 advantage and led 16-6 at halftime. The Indians received 9 points each from Ben Busse and Preston Witzel in the third period and extended their lead to 34-10 by the quarter break. The Indians defeated Wallace County 34-22.

    Scoring for the Indians in the B-team contest were:  Preston Witzel 15, Ben Busse 13, Jordan Smull 3, and Conner Hathaway 3. Wallace County was led by 7th grader Cade Johnson with 6 and 6th grader Tharyan Hawkins with 5.

    St. Francis also jumped out to a comfortable lead early in the A-team contest. Two buckets by Ben Busse gave the Indians a 5-1 advantage, and with the addition of a few baskets by Preston Witzel, the margin increased to 12-3. Ben Busse scored 9 points in the quarter. St. Francis led 16-6 after one quarter of play.

    In the second period, the Indians extended the lead to 27-8 getting two scores by Witzel and three by Busse. The only basket scored by the Wildcats was made by 7th grader Blake Snow on an offensive rebound.

    Wallace County trimmed the lead in the third period, getting baskets from 8th graders Connor Kulhman and Ethan Korbe as well as additional baskets by Johnson and Hawkins. Jordan Smull accounted for the only St. Francis basket, a trey from the top-of-the-key. St. Francis led 30-15 after three periods of competition.

    St. Francis outscored the Wildcats 11-2 in the final stanza making the final margin 41-17. Preston Witzel scored 9 points in the quarter.

    Scoring for the Indians in the A-team game were:  Preston Witzel 21, Ben Busse 17, and Jordan Smull 3. Wallace County was led by Johnson with 6 and Hawkins with 5.

    The Indians will play Dighton, in Dighton, on Thursday, November 16.

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    Junior High Girls Sweep Wallace County

    St. Francis defeated Wallace County in all three junior high girls basketball contests played on Thursday, November 9 in St. Francis. The A-team girls earned a 39-17 victory in the High School Gymnasium, and the B-team defeated the Lady Wildcats 47-18 at the Grade School. The C-team Lady Indians won a two-quarter contest 9-6.

    In A-team action, Wallace County opened the scoring on a post basket to lead 0-2. The Lady Indians responded with 10 consecutive points to take a 12-2 lead. The Lady Indians received 4 points from Jordan Faulkender and two each from McKenna Poling, Talexa Weeter, Ellee Krien, and Lyden Lampe in the run. Wallace County scored late in the period to move the score to 12-4 at the break.

    Two assists by Mia Morrow led to baskets by Poling and Faulkender to open the second quarter. Kendalynn Miller (8th) answered with a baseline jumper. The next assist by Morrow led to another Faulkender basket on a break. A driving basket by Weeter closed the first half. St. Francis led 20-11 at halftime.

    The Lady Indians continued to widen the margin in the third period. The Lady Indians scored 7 points getting baskets from Jordan Faulkender and Mia Morrow to extended the lead to 24-11 and closing with free-throws by Faulkender (2) and Talexa Weeter (1). St. Francis led 27-13 after three quarters.

    Wallace County opened the final period with an offensive rebound basket by Breanna Medina (8th). St. Francis then added a left wing trey and drive by Talexa Weeter and a driving basket by Lyden Lampe to extend the margin to 34-15. Another post basket by Medina ended the run. Weeter scored 9 points in the final period. St. Francis defeated Wallace County 39-17.

    Scoring for St. Francis in the A-team game were:  Talexa Weeter 14, Jordan Faulkender 12, Ellee Krien 4, McKenna Poling 4, Lyden Lampe 2, and Mia Morrow 2, and Miah Hackney 1. Wallace County was led by 8th graders Jesse Smith with 5 and Breanna Medina with 4.

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  • Lip Sync and Talent Contest Approaching

    The St. Francis Music Department is hosting a Lip Sync and Talent Contest on December 18 in the High School Auditorium. Entries are being requested for the program. If you are interested in entering the contest, pick up a bight pink entry form in the High School Office window or in Mrs. Morrow's music room. Cost of entry is $5.

    The contest will have four categories. The categories are:  Junior High Talent, Junior High Lip Sync, High School Talent, and High School Lip Sync. Plans are to award prizes to the top three performances in each category. Students and faculty of St. Francis Jr.-Sr. High School are eligible to enter.

    Plan YOUR entry now and join the fun!  If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Morrow.

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  • Students Selected for District Honor Choir

    Several St. Francis High School music students were recently selected to participate in District Honor Band and Choir. The following student-musicians were chosen to perform with the KMEA Northwest Kansas District High School Honor Ensembles:

    Chosen by audition for the band:  Nick Paulsen (8th chair trumpet) and Jessica Confer (9th chair trumpet).

    Chosen by audition for the choir:  Soprano April Fernandez, altos Echoe Lennox and Audrey Meyer, tenor Alex Queen, and low bass Doyle Easter.

    The students will participate in a clinic and then perform in concert on Saturday, December 2, at Fort Hays State University, in the Beach-Schmidt Performing Arts Center.


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