On March 10th and 11th, the theatrically-inclined students gave a rendition of “The Pirates of Penzance JR” in the SFS Auditorium. Set on the rocky coast of Cornwall, England, The Pirates of Penzance begins with a group of pirates who are celebrating the birthday of one of their own, Frederic (Played by Caesar Amasol), who has reached his 21st year. Finally, having served his full length of his required time with the pirates, he decides to strike off on his own and become an upstanding citizen. Thus, bridging the pirates to justice could be a tricky prospect indeed, especially when Frederic’s freedom is called into question.
Dear Boys, This is how to make your girl feel like a princess. Besides summer break, Prom is one of the most exciting events to come around in the school year. It only comes around once or twice in our whole high school careers and it is something I have been looking forward to my whole life. Wearing the right dress, having your hair and makeup perfect for the night; it just seems so special. What would make us girls feel even more special is the perfect prom date. Boys, if you’re reading this, this is how you make your girl feel like a princess for the whole night. Pick her up before the night starts. Girls love some good old-fashioned chivalry. To tell you the truth, there are more guys that don’t have chivalry nowadays than guys who do. This is probably what is going to make you stand out the most during your date. Tell her she looks absolutely stunning and give her flowers. It's a such a simple gesture. Pick her up and open the door for her, whether it be your car, your parents car or a limo. On the way there, break the ice. Don’t be scared to ask her about her day or anything about herself really. It’ll show her that you’re actually interested in her and that you care. When you get to prom, try to make the night special for both of you. Be yourself around her and open up. She’ll have a great time with you that way. When you dance, sweep her off her feet. If she steps on your toes and gets embarrassed, tell her she’s doing great and encourage her to dance some more. Wait for the slow dance to come on and really win her over by looking into her eyes. Tell her you had a great time and how much the night meant to you. As one of my friends who wish to keep anonymous said, “Make me feel like I’m in a fairy tale.” Pictured above: Princess Haley Yoshioka and Prince Jarred Yara at the 2016 Junior/Senior Prom.
When our school’s namesake, Francis of Assisi, was young, he wasn’t the greatest example of a Christian. He led a life of worldly pleasure, enjoying the riches he was born into in a carefree lifestyle. It was only after coming back from a war that he had a spiritual awakening to become the saint we know today. He began to turn his back on his previous way of life, choosing to live serving God and his fellow man. In fact, he began donating so much of his monetary inheritance that his father disowned him. In his travels that followed, Francis converted many to Christianity and preserved nature, adhering to the ways of Christ for the rest of his days, building a reputation as the patron saint of animals and the environment. Make-A-Difference Day is an annual event at our school that allows students to help around the school. However, it isn’t simply an event - it’s an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to be more like Saint Francis and, by extension, Jesus Christ by helping our community. Make-A-Difference Day is an opportunity to improve ourselves by working to better the world around us and we should begin to see it as such. Many of us make the mistake of approaching community service as a chore when it should mean so much more to us. Community service is just that: a service to the people around us. Helping others is something that should be relished, not lamented. With all this in mind, I challenge you to enjoy the next act of community service you take part in. I challenge you to think of the difference you are making in the lives of those you are helping and the days that you may have just brightened by choosing to lend a helping hand. I challenge you to be eager to make a difference, just like Saint Francis, and just like Jesus Christ.
Being a freshman can be kind of scary, but here at Saint Francis School we have a way to make the transition from middle school to high school a little easier. One of the many traditions we have is our Big Sibling/Little Sibling event. This event consists of a senior (big sibling) being paired up with either one or two freshmen (little sibling/s). Over the span of two cycles, big siblings and little siblings exchange letters and gifts, such as candy, gift cards, food, and stuffed animals. The fun part of this tradition is that this gives freshmen a chance to try and guess who their older sibling is. Freshman Isaiah San Diego says, "I look forward to meeting my big sibling. I kind of have an idea of who they are, and I'm really excited to see if I'm right or not." Many teachers believe that this is a great way to get freshmen more comfortable with being high schoolers. Senior Homeroom Teacher Señora Rivas Roblin says, "It is a tradition that is fun to watch as the seniors welcome the freshmen to high school. It helps to bond the divisions that are three years apart." Freshmen see this event as something fun and exciting. They can't wait to meet their big sibling. Seniors anxiously look forward to the event as well. Senior Class President Tiare Guerrero says, "I expect to take away a relationship between my little sibling and I, as well as the bond between the senior and freshmen class." On August 31, 2016, Freshmen will have a chance to meet their sibling. It will also be the first and last time that they are permitted to step foot in the senior courtyard until they are seniors. This bond and relationship will be an unforgettable experiences for both classes.