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To access the current school calendar, use the "rSchoolToday Activities Calendar" link on the right-hand side of the Home page.
This calendar will have a slightly different appearance, but you should be able to easily find information regarding school activities. The calendar has weekly and monthly views. More information about the activities can be viewed by clicking on the the event.
If you use Google calender you can import the rSchoolToday calender into your Google calender.
Go to the rSchoolToday activities calendar https://www.northwestkansasleague.org/public/genie/454/school/7/date/2019-08-22/view/week/
Click on VIEW SCHEDULES in the column on the right hand side of the screen.
Select the calendar entries by clicking on the boxes for the entry then click VIEW
A new screen will pop up and in the upper right hand corner will be an icon that looks like a calendar page. Click on the icon to open another window with 3 options.
Click on the icon for the calendar you want to add the entries too (i.e. Google Calendar, Icalendar, or Outlook calendar).
Follow any instructions given on the next screen.
If you are adding to Icalendar it would be easier to be on the device that Icalendar uses Icalendar as it’s default calendar. If not it will try adding the entries to the default calendar (i.e. google).
Android phones, you may have to go into the calendar settings and make sure “sync” is enabled to get it to show on the phone.
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The final edition of the school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year is now available. (PLEASE NOTE: This printed school calendar will likely have some changes as the school year progresses.) Every effort will be made to keep the digital calendar updated on the the school website. The digital version can be found on the right-hand side of Home page by clicking on the "rSchoolToday Activities Calendar" link.
Also, the "Activity Updates" section of the school website will have information regarding changes to the calendar and specific schedules for activities as needed.
If you would like to have a copy of the school calendar, the initial calendar is available in PDF form by clicking 2020-2021 School Calendar.pdf. The link will allow you to download and print a copy for personal use.
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Dear Lord, We come today with open arms and pray for all of the times that you have helped us along the way to get to where we are. You have opened many doors for all of us throughout high school. We know you will continue doing that as we go through life. We ask that you be with us as we go through new stages in our lives that you give us strength, and guide us to achieve every goal we have set for ourselves.
In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen
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Dear Lord, Thank you so much for this day of celebration and to be able to come together. I pray you guide and bless each graduate and their families as they end one chapter, but start a new one. I pray that as each of us embark on our own journey that you give us wisdom and continue to be a light in our path. Please let us not forget the blessing behind us like this wonderful school, teachers, classmates, this community, and our families.
Please bless this day and everyone here. In Jesus name, Amen.
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Good Morning everyone! I am so happy to be here to speak to all of you today. I want to start by saying thank you. Thank you to all of our families and friends for showing up and supporting us always. And, of course, thank you to our teachers that could have chosen to pursue any career, yet you choose to help us and to teach us. We are so grateful for each of you here today.
It was just four short years ago we walked into SFCHS as timid freshmen with new locker numbers, a slight fear of Mr. Olofson and the impression that Mr. Jenkins daily DQs were going to be the. Worst.
Today, we are confident, strong and determined people who now adore Mr. O and all of our teachers we have grown up around and been supported by. We also learned that DQ’s weren’t so bad after all and that Mr. J knows all the best stories.
During these last four years, countless memories have been made and so many laughs have been shared that we will cherish forever.
Yet, many things are different today than they were four years ago. For example, thanks to Amazon’s six dollar ear piercing kits, almost every girl in our class has more piercings today than they did as freshmen. Our wardrobes have also had some new additions. Like extra-large tie-dye shirts that we made together in my garage. We then wore these shirts for homecoming week that we paired with shorts that were much too short, that is for the boys, at least. Speaking of shirts, our biology class will forever be Mr. Olofson’s duckweed dealers and yes we all have the bright blue shirts to prove it.
We are so lucky to have so many wonderful memories to look back on, like the ones I just mentioned, but also, our class get-togethers when Brady wrote a song for each individual person on the guitar or when the girls in our class sat around and talked for hours. We have always been a close class and have supported each other and I know we will continue to as we move into our next phase that will consist of more changes.
Sacrates once said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
We have already lived through some incredible changes, whether it be physical, mental, or emotional. Our senior year was even changed drastically due to a national pandemic. We are the class that has endured some changes to say the least, but in the next few months we will be experiencing some of the greatest changes of our lives. These changes may come in the form of moving to college, joining the military, or jumping straight into the workforce.
At some point we are going to be on our own for the first time with decisions to make and questions to answer, like who or what we want to be, what we stand for or against, and even a simple question like how long has that food been in my fridge.
No matter the form that change occurs in, we must choose to build on it and embrace it.
These changes are what shapes us and helps us to grow and improve as people. Change pushes us to do what is uncomfortable and allows us to see what talents give us the best shot at success.
We can’t predict our future or even know what tomorrow holds, but we can control how we experience life right now. We get to control how we respond to change. We control the words we use and the way we treat others. We get to control our thoughts about ourselves and those around us. We get to choose how we embrace our future.
Class of 2020, I feel so thankful to receive my diploma while standing among all of you. We have always attacked things head on and I hope that is one thing that never changes.
The last thing that I want to leave everyone with today is a quote by Mary Oliver. My cousin and great friend Ashleigh loved this quote and kept it with her as a reminder. It asks, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” To me, that is exactly what life is; wild and precious. I hope you all embrace the changes and live your lives to the fullest. Congratulations Class of 2020. Thank you.
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As most of you know, on March 17th, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly canceled school. Seniors overwhelmed with senioritis came to the realization that their last day of high school had flown by without them even knowing. Their last day to goof around like high school students, walk the oh-so familiar halls lined with perfectly tacky, yellow lockers, say good morning to their teachers (like they always did), and hug their friends that tend to be taken advantage of, all slipped by without a trace. We lost the last sweet moments we assumed were promised. We didn’t get to leave each class with tears in our eyes. We didn’t get to hear the last advice our teachers had to give us. We didn’t get to tell everyone how much we loved them or how far we’ve come because of them.
Many wonderful things were lost that fateful Tuesday. However, this isn’t unique to just Saint Francis. The ‘Rona took away many good things all around the world. Yet, despite them all, we, as a community are overcoming it. Saint Francis is special because of the people sitting with us today.. It’s July. It’s not ideal, but we’re extremely grateful for your company. You are the people who have gotten us to this point. We’re graduating as a tight knit class, each one of us from different backgrounds, surrounded by the people we care about most. What more could any of us ask for? Our class really is lucky. Thank you for the endless support. Welcome to the graduation ceremony of 2020.
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First of all, I would like to thank everyone for coming to our commencement ceremony today, though it was later than expected. A few months ago, we quite literally thought this day would never come. And though many things have been taken from the class of 2020, we also have so much to be grateful for.
I moved to Saint Francis in March of 2016, terrified of beginning high school with new people and completely starting over. However, I soon found that I had nothing to worry about. Not only did my classmates accept me with open arms, but teachers gave me new and exciting academic challenges that allowed me to rise to my full potential. There were beautiful and joyous times throughout high school that I will never forget.
Nevertheless, we all had times where school felt a little boring and never-ending, especially during our senior year. On March 13, 2020, otherwise known as our last day of normalcy, of walking down these hallways as students, I had a similar feeling; I was burnt out, unmotivated, and debated not coming to school at all. Looking back, I wish I would have savored every moment a little more, lived in the moment as much as I could, and appreciated how incredible my life truly was before it changed forever. We didn’t say too many goodbyes that day, assuming that we would see everyone once again after spring break. As all of you know, this was not the case.
And so, we traversed the new territory of online schooling with sadness in our hearts. I know I speak on behalf of all my classmates when I say that we missed our teachers, coaches, and friends dearly. Fortunately, as an inborn introvert, I was able to pull some positivity and lessons from the weeks of quarantine, some of which I would like to share with you today. First of all, I learned that it is important to only surround yourself with those who bring you true joy. Anyone who takes away from your energy and happiness is not worth your time of day. This does not mean to be with people who never give you criticism or contrary advice, but rather those who help you grow as an individual and care enough about you to tell you the truth. Secondly, and most importantly, never take life for granted. As we steam ahead into the next stage of our lives, it is important to take every opportunity that comes to us and put our heart and soul into living our lives to the fullest. Tell people you love them and thank them for their kindness. Don’t let your life become a movie that you’re watching from the sidelines. Make choices, take risks, and have fun.
As we leave here today, there are a few names I must mention. Mr. Jenkins, thank you for teaching us with an unmatched passion for so long; you will be greatly missed. Mr. Morrow, you have been a kind and fair principal and friend to all of us and we are incredibly grateful. To all of our teachers, coaches, custodial and administrative staff here at Saint Francis, thank you for giving us a wonderful place to grow up and thrive in. Though we are no longer students, the friendships and connections we made within these walls will never be forgotten. We will try to continue to live up to your expectations for us in order to repay you. And again thank you for coming.
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Please click on the link to see the Grade School Supply List for 2020-2021