- Graduation Requirements
- Graduation Ceremony
- Senior Year Timeline
- Commencement Speaker
- Graduation Attire
- All Night Party
From the St. Francis High School Counseling Office
Congratulations and welcome to senior year! This is a big year with a lot going on. It is important that parents ensure their student is on track to graduate.
Letters were sent to parents to inform them about the credit status of your high school senior in relation to graduation.
The graduating class needs to earn a total of 57 credits in all required areas and meet the state graduation assessment requirements in order to participate in the graduation ceremony and receive their diploma.
To view graduation requirements, visit www.isd15.org/graduation.
Parents, please encourage your student to keep working hard and to remain focused toward the goal of graduating. Please call the high school counseling office at 763-213-1590 or visit www.isd15.org/hscounseling for assistance.
Applications are available in the Student Union at St. Francis High School.
- All scholarship applications must be turned in to the Counseling Office by March 1, including completion of the electronic "local scholarship application" available January 2021.
Graduation will take place on June 11, 2021
More information to come regarding the ceremony.
Cap and Gown:
- Deadline for placement December 15 for Cap and Gown orders (these can be returned if needed)
- Deadline for announcement orders is January 15
- Cap and Gown Package can be purchased using the link below. It includes: cap, gown, tassel (with grad year charm) and stole.
Follow this checklist for St. Francis High School seniors graduating May 2020
Senior Year - Timeline
- Set academic goals for Senior year
- Add more challenging courses to your senior schedule
- Retaking ACT? Register for Sept/Oct. ACT www.actstudent.org (SFHS CEEB Code 242190)
- Prep for ACT? Log in to MCIS (MN Career Info System) www.mncis.intocareers.org
- Review your transcript- all graduation requirements met and scheduled
- Finalize plans for after high school (Workforce, College, Military etc.)
- Retaking ACT? Log into MCIS to study and improve your ACT score www.mncis.intocareers.org
- Arrange College Visits (you have two excused days) and check College Rep Schedule with College & Career Center
- Attend SFHS College Fair
- Start College Applications
- Make spreadsheet to track colleges applied, deadlines, additional application requirements (Essay /Letters of Rec./ACT Scores)
- NCAA Athletes- check in with counselor to review requirements
- Ensure you’ve talked with Athletic Director/ coaches and register at www.eligibilitycenter.org
- Get involved in extracurricular activities; keep a list of these
- Start and keep a list of your high school involvement; activities, awards, volunteer work, organizations and offices held
- College Knowledge Month
- Talk to teachers, school counselors, parents about their college experience
- The Financial Aid website is open beginning October 1. Please refer to the Financial Aid page.
- Attend Senior Day (last week in October)
- Set goals towards post-secondary career path
- Complete College Applications (many are free this month) and request initial transcripts at www.isd15.org/transcript
- Request Letters of Recommendation now!
- Fill out Letter of Recommendation Request Form (give recommenders your resume and letter of recommendation form)
- Make sure to write a thank you note!
- ACT Scores- Log in to www.ACTstudent.org to ensure your official scores have been sent to the schools of your choice
- Start researching scholarships if you haven’t already. Suggestions:
- Set reminder for January- local scholarships will be in the Counseling Office
- Find local and national scholarships: www.isd15.org/scholarships
- National, individualized college search: www.fastweb.com
- Retaking ACT? Register for December. ACT www.actstudent.org (SFHS CEEB Code 242190)
- Be aware of College Application Deadlines
- Financial Aid Night/ Workshop - Gain information and utilize computers to start FAFSA form
- Bring your parents and family for tax returns from the appropriate year
- Finals! Study. Study. Study!
- Many college application deadlines are coming up!
- University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is December 15
- Stay focused! Senior grades can affect admittance into the college of your choice.
Cap and Gown:
- Cap & Gown order deadline is quickly approaching. Please make sure to submit all orders and payments by next Wednesday, April 7th. If you do not order by April 7th, the custom stole for graduation cannot be guaranteed.
Please make sure to pay any outstanding invoices for caps and gowns as soon as possible as invoices will need to be paid in order for you to receive your cap & gown. Cap and Gown Orders - The website now requires payment be made up front ($39). Order yours NOW! SFHS Seniors https://www.gradsmn.org/st-
- All students who choose to wear the traditional graduation attire wear a cap, gown, stole and tassel for the commencement ceremony. Students have the option of wearing a dress shirt and dress pants.
- Honors students will wear either a gold or silver cord in addition to the cap and gown and will replace their standard tassel with either a gold or silver tassel for the ceremony.
- Honors cords and tassels will be purchased for these students by the school
- Honors qualification will be determined in late spring based on student cumulative GPA.
- If students are using the cap and gown from an older sibling or friend, they will still need to purchase the correct stole and tassel for their graduation year. Please contact Randy Storts to order these items.
Attention Seniors: All colleges/universities will require your final transcript once grades have been posted for third trimester. You can make that request now in parchment.com and enter your request as "hold for grades."
Do not hold up your college registration process because your college/university does not have your final transcript. Check that off your list of things to do and order that now!
Requesting final SFHS Transcripts
Final transcripts are REQUIRED by all colleges showing your third trimester grades. Your fall admissions will be delayed if not obtained by your college. Please go to parchment.com and order today. Your final transcript will be sent to your college once all grades have been posted.
Final transcripts MUST be requested through Parchment.
Cost per Transcript
Current Students: $6.00
(If there is some financial hardship, please see your counselor to discuss a fee waiver)
To graduate, seniors must have 57 credits total:
- 8 English credits
- 8 Social Studies credits
- 7 Science credits
- 5 Math credits (2 credits Geometry, 2 credits Algebra 2, & Problem/Statistics)
- 3 Physical Education credits
- 1 Futures Prep credit (unless you transferred here)
- 1 Health credit
- 2 Art
It is ultimately your responsibility to know that you received the appropriate credits for graduation. Your counselor is your facilitator.
If you are completing recovery credits at Saints Academy/Guided Studies, check in there to be sure you are on track there as well.
You WILL NOT participate in commencement if you have not completed all graduation requirements.
Requesting College in the Schools Transcripts
Sign in to your College Accounts using you Star ID to request
— OR —
Go to http://www.getmytranscript.com/ to order Official Transcripts from each school
St. Cloud State University
Southwest Minnesota State University
For St. Francis High School Junior and Senior Students
The Prom committee is excited to announce our plan for the SFHS High School Prom. Over the past six weeks, we have had several meetings to develop a Prom that will allow our students to experience this time-honored tradition. This plan considers the guidance given to us from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) during the March 31 statewide meeting and conferring with local schools in the surrounding area. Over the past two weeks, we have also received input from a committee made up of parents, students, and staff. Below is our plan for SFHS Prom.
Please note that this plan can change based on input from MDH and MDE.
Saturday, May 15, 2021
St. Francis High School
MDH and MDE regulations for prom:
- Masks must be worn at all times, if not eating or drinking, in a seated position.
- Dancing is allowed but limited to groups of no more than six students (student group).
- This is important because if we don’t stay in groups, then we would need to quarantine ALL the students at the dance. This would have a potential negative impact on co-curricular activities.
- Groups of six must stay at least six feet apart from other groups at all times. The student group you are signed up with can mingle as usual in your designated area.
- Eating and drinking are allowed. Students must be seated in their designated areas.
- Limit participants by not allowing guests from outside the school community.
Grand March will take place from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Two groups of six students each will start by going through the grand march in the gymnasium. Each student will be allowed to invite two family members to take pictures.
Dinner will not be served at Prom. The break is intended for students to have time to get dinner within their student group.
The dance will take place in the Cafeteria Commons/Bridge Street room from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Students that signed up ﬁrst for the Grand March will enter the dance ﬁrst. Students will enter in student groups of six and go to designated spots for the dance in the Cafeteria Commons/Bridge Street room.
If we have a large number of students sign up for Prom, then we might need to have two dances, one from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and another from 8:30-10:00 p.m. Attendance will be split according to Grand March sign-up times. If your group goes through Grand March from 4:00-4:55 p.m., you will attend the ﬁrst dance. If your group goes through Grand March from 5:00-6:00 p.m., you will attend the second dance.
Prom Sign Up Process:
SFHS seniors will have the ﬁrst opportunity to sign-up starting on Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 p.m. SFHS juniors will be allowed to sign-up beginning on Friday, April 23. If you have a mixed grade level group, have a senior student complete the sign-up form. The last day to sign up will be Wednesday, May 5.
Sing-up sheets will be sent through email to senior on Tuesday, April 20 and juniors on Friday, April 23.
One student from each student group will enter all the names of the students in their party of six and choose their preferred time slots for Grand March (options are 4:00-4:30 p.m., 4:30-5:00 p.m., 5:00-5:30 p.m., 5:30-6:00 p.m. or decide not to walk). Saints Online and Saints Academy students would need to work with Deb Parson and/or Erika Campbell to attend Prom.
Prom is only for juniors and seniors. Sophomores are allowed only if they are a guest of a junior or senior. No outside guests are permitted from the other schools or students that have graduated from high school.
All students and their parents/guardians are required to sign the 2021 Prom Rules/Procedures and Waiver Form.
The cost for Prom is $30 per student.
Hello, fellow 2021 graduate families and friends,
The last 10-12 months have been a true rollercoaster-emotions, daily changes, and learning of life’s lessons.
We have a small and mighty group of Senior Loved Ones (parents, relatives, friends, and neighbors) who have and continue to plan events for our kids this school year with the many curveballs thrown at us.
If you are wanting and able to help us brainstorm, plan and make events happen for our Fighting Saints Class of 2021, please contact Nikki Humphrey at the information below.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Proud Mom of ’21
All Night Party Chair