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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

Senior Year Planning Timeline - Follow along on this simple check list of "To Do's" for Seniors

Information For 2018-2019 Graduating Seniors

Graduation Attire:

All students who choose to wear the traditional graduation attire wear a cap, gown, stole, and tassel for the commencement ceremony. Students do 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 can be purchased for additional fee of $8 each.
Honors qualification will be determined in late spring based on student cumulative GPA.

This can be purchased on Jostens website. A link can be found below that will bring you to the correct page for our school.

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. This cannot be done online and will need to be completed during one of our payment dates.

Important Dates:

  • Order for Official School Graduation Announcements


  • Jostens On-site For Payment and Order Assistance

January 18, 2019

  • Order must be placed for Cap, Gown, Stole, and Tassel

February 15th, 2019

  • Jostens On-site For Payment

April 12, 2019

  • Final Payment for Cap, Gown, Stole, Tassel

May 1, 2019

  • Distribution Date of Graduation Attire

May 17, 2019 During Lunch

  • Graduation Rehearsal (Mandatory)

May 31st, 2019 Arrive @ 9:00 AM

  • Graduation

May 31st, 2019 Arrive @ 6:30 PM

Official School Graduation Announcements:

If you are interested in purchasing the Official School Graduation announcement you can follow the link below. Jostens recently announced that there is no deadline for purchasing these

Please see Amanda Stene with questions

Here is the link:
User ID: 410463677

SFHS Yearbook Information

Preorder your 2019 yearbook - $75.

Seniors: If you use a photographer other than David Bank Studios for your senior portrait, then you must upload the portrait to our yearbook website. See the attached senior portrait info for instructions.

Yearbook Order Form

Senior grad ads are on sale now through February 1st.

Order your Yearbook Recognition Ad today! St. Francis High School Deadline: 2/1/2019

Dear Parent or Student,

Yearbook recognition ads are a great way for parents, families and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. In addition, revenues from recognition ads help our school to create a better yearbook. To purchase your ad online, follow the instructions on the form below. Jostens is managing your school's yearbook ad sales so please do not contact or send materials to the school. Please take into account our school's ad content guidelines on the bottom of this form during the creation of your ad online. All ad orders must be placed online by 2/1/2019. Sincerely, St. Francis High School Yearbook Staff

Grad Ads Form

Questions about the yearbook? Email the adviser, Joel Olson, and

August 2018

To the Parent or Guardian of:

Congratulations and welcome to senior year!! This is a big year with a lot going on. Please review this letter to help ensure your student is on track. The purpose of this letter is to keep you informed about the credit status of your high school senior in relation to graduation. The graduating class of 2019, 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 our website at

Credits Earned:

Please see your current schedule to ensure all remaining graduation requirements will be completed by the end of the year.

(If your student’s schedule is missing a graduation requirement they should set up a meeting with their counselor at the beginning of the school year.)

Total Recovery Credits needed in addition to SFHS schedule:

(If recovery credits are needed, student should set up a meeting with their counselor in September)

All seniors should begin to explore post-secondary plans and we are happy to assist throughout the year. Additional information can be found by visiting our Senior Saints webpage at and signing up for Enews updates at > District > New & Information > Enews to receive helpful information regarding your student’s senior year and planning for post high school.

Please encourage your student to keep working hard and to remain focused toward the goal of graduating. If we can be of any assistance, please call (763) 213-1590 or visit our website at

Senior Year - Summer/Fall Timeline


Set academic goals for Senior year

Add more challenging courses to your senior schedule

Retaking ACT? Register for Sept/Oct. ACT (SFHS CEEB Code 242190)

Prep for ACT? Log in to MCIS (MN Career Info System)

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

Arrange College Visits (you have 2 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

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 Oct. 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

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 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:

National, individualized college search:


· Retaking ACT? Register for December. ACT (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!

Transcript Request

If you need to request your transcript to be sent to a college, scholarship, yourself, etc. Please click the link below. For your first request you will need to set up an account before you can log in.

Cost per Transcript:

  • Current Students: $5.00 (If there is some financial hardship, please see your counselor to discuss a fee waiver)
  • Alumni: $7.00
  • Scholarship applications
    can be found under the "Counseling Office" tab.
  • To graduate you must have 57 credits total:

8 English credits

8 Social Studies credits

7 Science credits

5 Math credits (2 cr Geometry, 2 cr Alg 2, & Prob/Stats)

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 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 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

Requesting College in the Schools Transcripts:

  • Sign in to your College Accounts using you Star ID to request


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