ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SCHOOL

STUDENT LEADERSHIP, CO-CURRICULAR, and SERVICE OPPORTUNITY HANDBOOK

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Phoenix, AZ 85012

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (PK-8)

HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS ASSISTANCE (8)

MATH TEAM (2-6)

MUSIC ENRICHMENT (PK-8)

READING RESOURCES (K-3)

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE SERVICES (PK-8)

THEATRE/DRAMA CLUB (3-8)

THEATRE/DRAMA - EIGHTH GRADE PLAY (8)

XAVIER TUTORING (1-8)

JUNIOR HIGH ACADEMIC DEAN (6-8)

ATHLETICS

KIDS HEALTHY LIFE STARS (PK-8)

CYAA ATHLETICS (5-8)

SERVICE-FAITH-LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

COMMITTED TO DOING JUSTICE - SERVICE PHILOSOPHY (PK-8)

EIGHTH GRADE GRADUATION SERVICE REQUIREMENT (8)

BLANKET CLUB  (K-7)

BUDDIES (PK-8)

EIGHTH GRADE BE A BLESSING RETREAT (8)

EIGHTH STAND BY ME RETREAT (8)

FIFTH GRADE DAY OF KINDNESS RETREAT (5)

JUNIOR VINCENTIANS (MINI VINNIE’s) at SFX (St. Vincent de Paul) (5-6)

LEADERSHIP RETREAT (8)

MAGIS COMMITTEE (4-8)

MAGIS COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (8)

MATTEO RICCI NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY (7-8)

SEVENTH GRADE RETREAT (7)

SIXTH GRADE BE INSPIRED RETREAT (6)

STUDENT COUNCIL (4-8)

YEARBOOK   (8)

CAMPUS MINISTRY

CAMPUS MINISTRY TEAM  (8)

CURA PERSONALIS

EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES

CATHOLIC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION CHRISTIAN SERVICE AWARD (6-8)

PARISH FALL SERVICE PROJECT

T.A.C.S.C. SUMMER LEADERSHIP CAMP (6-8)

Thank you to the following St. Francis Xavier School community members for collaborating on the Student Leadership, Co-Curricular, and Service Opportunity Handbook. We appreciate your dedication and hard work in bringing this valuable information to students and parents!

Handbook Committee Members:

Molly Carson

Kim Cavnar

Carla Consoli

Kathleen Graham

Dan Long

Patty Taylor

Deborah Westerfield

Contributing Staff Members:

Sylvia Avery

Betty Caldwell

Ashley Ezell

Lexi Good

Anna Gould

Nancy Grucky

Bryanne Lauck

Kelsey McKone

Sue Milano

Brian Mitchell

Mary Musgrove

Nancy Nemeth

Mary Ellen Olivieri

Katy Regester

Megan Ryan

Anne Sanford

Cari Sheedy

Jessica Skipper

Patti Thoeny

Kathy Valladao

INTRODUCTION

St. Francis Xavier School fosters a learning environment in which students learn to appreciate God’s presence in the world and respond generously in action to God’s love. In the Ignatian tradition, St. Francis Xavier School sees spiritual formation as integrally connected to the academic, social, emotional and physical development of the whole child. The excellent educational traditions of St. Francis Xavier School are strongly supported by the families in the community, many of whose roots at the school go back three generations. St. Francis Xavier School challenges students to embark on a life-long journey of discovery of their God-given gifts and to share these gifts in service to God.

St. Francis cultivates the Principles of Jesuit Education, the Student Learning Expectations, the Discipline with Purpose Skills and the school’s motto through extensive leadership and service programs.  St. Francis Xavier students are empowered to be leaders at all times, without taught for recognition or reward in formal and informal ways and in big and small tasks.

St. Francis Xavier School has a curriculum rich with service to others in order to give students the opportunity to live out the student learning expectation of committed to doing justice.  One of the principles of a Jesuit education is to send out our children to be men and women for others.  St. Francis Xavier School strives to instill these ideas through actions, words and opportunities.

The purpose of this Student Leadership, Co-Curricular and Service Handbook, in conjunction with the St. Francis Xavier School Family Handbook is to inform students and parents of the many opportunities students have available to enhance and enrich our curricular program.  At St. Francis we use the Ignatian practices of reflection and discernment to constantly review and evaluate existing and new programs in order to bring the best opportunities to our students.  While this handbook is meant to be a “living document” that evolves as new opportunities emerge and changes are made to enhance programs, please recognize that opportunities for everyday leadership, additional program information, or changes to programs are communicated verbally to students.  


ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (PK-8)

Mission:

The St. Francis Xavier Enrichment Program aims to provide students with extracurricular opportunities to explore a variety of engaging activities designed to foster students’ creativity, health, and academics.

Description:  

A variety of enrichment programs will be available each semester and in Summer School. After School Enrichment Programs will be taught by both St. Francis Xavier Staff and outside vendors. Classes run for 12-15 weeks depending on the course and are priced individually. There are many programs available for all students that encourage learning and growth through fun, hands-on activities, games, and creative opportunities.  

Application/Selection Information:

To enroll in enrichment classes, visit http://school.sfxphx.org/enrichment and complete the registration form.

Moderator:

 Mrs. Lexi Good lexi.good@sfxphx.org

 

HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS ASSISTANCE (8)

Mission:

St. Francis Xavier school is dedicated to assisting all students through the high school admissions process.

Description:  

Moderator:

 Mr. Dan Long dan.long@sfxphx.org 

MATH TEAM (2-6)

Mission:

The SFX Math Team offers highly motivated students the opportunity to practice solving complex math problems both individually and in groups to further develop their math content skills and math practices.

Description:  

Students in grades two through six are eligible to participate.  Teams meet for ten weeks each season (Fall and Spring) and participants compete in the national Noetic Math Challenge at the end of the season.

Application/Selection Information:

Applications are available from the student’s math teacher.

Moderator:

 Mrs. Kathy Valladao kathy.valladao@sfxphx.org

 

MUSIC ENRICHMENT (PK-8)

Mission:

The music program supports the Jesuit tradition of using music and the God -given talents of students for the Greater Glory of God.

 

Description: 

Students in PK-3 participate in an evening Christmas and spring concert.  Students in third through sixth grade can become members of the advanced recorder group. 

Students in grade 4 and the advanced recorder group provide the music for the Stations of the Cross during Lent.

 

Symphonic Band is open to all 6, 7, and 8th grades.  The Symphonic Band is designed to provide students with an experience on band instruments. The course is designed for a range of experience from students with no experience to students who played in band in previous years.

Jazz Ensemble is open to all 7th, and 8th grades is offered for students who wish to learn to play basic styles of jazz.

Worship Band is open to all 6, 7, and 8th grades.  This ensemble is an opportunity for students to become musical leaders during mass. The students will help lead the music during junior high

and all school masses . Instrumentation for this band will include vocal performers, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion, and any other wind or string

instruments (flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, etc.).

Application/Selection Information:

The Advanced Recorder Group is open to any student in grades 4-8 who has completed at least one year of recorder study.  

Moderator:

Grades PK-5  Mrs. Nancy Nemeth nancy.nemeth@sfxphx.org 

Grades 6-8  Mr. Mike Epping mike.epping@sfxphx.org 

READING RESOURCES (K-3)

Mission:

St. Francis Xavier Reading Resources were developed to provide our K-3 children the opportunity to develop as individual readers.

Description:  

Using our Superkids Reading Foundational Strategies, students who are recommended by their teachers benefit from structured small group work to develop necessary reading skills. To provide enrichment opportunities for  advanced literacy skills, other students will participate in literacy circle discussions following the Great Books Reading program.

Application/Selection Information:

Participation in these programs is based upon Star Reading Testing Scores and teacher recommendations.

Moderator:

Mrs. Sylvia Avery sylvia.avery@sfxphx.org

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE SERVICES (PK-8)

Mission: 

St. Francis Xavier is committed to teaching the whole child and ensuring students of all different learning styles and challenges find success at school.

 

Description:  

The Educational Resource Specialist will collaborate with students, educators, and parents in order to best remediate and assist students with learning differences. 

 

Application/Selection Information:

Recommendation by the Child Study Team

Moderator:

Ms. Sue Milano sue.milano@sfxphx.org

THEATRE/DRAMA CLUB (3-8)

Mission: 

St. Francis Xavier desires to give students across the grade levels multiple opportunities to experience live theatre and to use skills needed for performance to enhance personal and academic growth.  

 

Description:  

Students in grades three through eight have the opportunity to audition, rehearse, and perform in a school play in the fall. Students will learn the basic elements of theatre; from audition strategies, to set construction, lighting necessities, costume essentials, and the fundamentals of a performance. Instruction meets quality experience.

 

Application/Selection Information:

Students audition for roles in a play and are placed in roles that will challenge them and compliment their current talent.

Moderator:

Mrs. Anne Sanford anne.sanford@sfxphx.org 


THEATRE/DRAMA - EIGHTH GRADE PLAY (8)

Mission: 

St. Francis Xavier desires to give students across the grade levels multiple opportunities to experience live theatre and to use skills needed for performance to enhance personal and academic growth.  

 

Description:  

Students in grades eight have the opportunity to audition, rehearse, and perform in a school play in May. Students will learn the basic elements of theatre; from audition strategies, to set construction, lighting necessities, costume essentials, and the fundamentals of a performance. Instruction meets quality experience.

 

Application/Selection Information:

Participation in the eighth grade play is mandatory for eighth grade students.  Students audition for roles in the play and are placed in roles that will challenge them and compliment their current talent or interview for support roles (set design, makeup, lights. etc.). An after-school commitment is required.

Moderators:

Mrs. Anna Gould anna.gould@sfxphx.org and Ms. Kelsey McKone kelsey.mckone@sfxphx.org

Mary kate Martin (SFX ‘11) - Student Director

XAVIER TUTORING (1-8)

Mission:  

To support the Saint Francis Xavier Students academically and to provide a positive example and encouragement to students.

Description:  

Xavier College Prep high school tutors work with St. Francis Xavier students after school from 3:00-3:45 on scheduled Tuesdays.

 

Application/Selection Information:  
By teacher recommendation only

Moderator:
Mrs. Patti Thoeny  Patti.Thoeny@sfxphx.org

JUNIOR HIGH ACADEMIC DEAN (6-8)

Mission:

Rooted in Ignatian education, the office of the Junior High Academic Dean promotes quality and effective classroom instruction through partnership and reflection of instructional practices.  

Description:

Through collaboration, educators will have the opportunity to refine instructional methods, develop resources, and create opportunities for differentiated instruction within their classes. The Junior High Academic Dean is also a resource and support for students in grades 6-8.

 

Academic Dean:

Mr. Dan Long  Dan.Long@sfxphx.org 


ATHLETICS

KIDS HEALTHY LIFE STARS (PK-8)

Mission:

For 10 years, Healthy LifeStars, has helped lead the effort to overcome childhood obesity by growing kids into LifeStars using its innovative and nationally scalable LifeStar Challenge program. We do this by teaching the three Healthy Life Habits:

Description:  

Healthy Life Stars run two days a week Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7-7:30. The first session starts mid September and it runs until mid December. The second session starts mid February and ends the end of April. The goal is to have healthy lifestars run 50 miles by the end of the year! For every 5 miles completed healthy life stars get a STAR to add to their lanyard.

 

Application/Selection Information:

Anybody Can Join!!

Moderators:

Mrs. Bryanne Lauck, Girls P.E. teacher Bryanne.Lauck@sfxphx.org

Ms. Jessica Skipper, Girls P.E. teacher Jessica.skipper@sfxphx.org

 

CYAA ATHLETICS (5-8)

Mission:         

The main objectives of the Catholic Youth Athletic Association program should be that of developing qualities of leadership, good sportsmanship, and promoting a Christian atmosphere in which students will grow in respect and concern for others in their own environment as well as in society as a whole.

Emphasis should be placed upon the development of game fundamentals. Principals, coaches, and parents should encourage players to give their best, improve their skills, and have fun when playing a game. 

Description:  
Our 5th -8th graders are eligible to play in the CYAA. Sports include cross country, volleyball, football, basketball, softball and baseball. Students must be passing classes with a 75% or better in order to play. There are no “cuts” and every student is required to play in each game.

7th-8th Grade Girls have the option to tryout for the JV or Varsity volleyball team OR they can participate on the intramural team. Each team at the 7th-8th grade level will participate in the CYAA tournaments.

Boys Sports: Flag Football, Basketball, baseball, Cross Country

Girls Sports: Volleyball, Softball, Basketball, Cross Country

 

Application/Selection Information:
The no pass no play policy means the student athlete must keep a 75% or better in all classes in order to participate. If the student athlete scores a 74.5% or lower in a class he or she has two weeks from the grade check to bring up the grade. During these two weeks the student athlete may not participate. If the grade is not above a 74.5% at the second grade check the athlete may not participate in any out of school programs including practices or games for the remainder of the season.

Moderators:

 Mr. Brian Mitchell, Boys Athletic Director brian.mitchell@sfxphx.org 

Ms. Jessica Skipper, Girls Athletic Director jessica.skipper@sfxphx.org 

Mrs. Bry Lauck, Assistant Athletic Director Bryanne.Lauck@sfxphx.org 

 


SERVICE-FAITH-LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

COMMITTED TO DOING JUSTICE - SERVICE PHILOSOPHY (PK-8) 

As a school committed to creating loving, respectful, compassionate, and empathetic students who are committed to doing justice, St. Francis Xavier School holds the Ignatian principle of service to others in utmost regards. The motto of St. Francis Xavier School “Kids for Others” is taken from the 1973 address of former Jesuit Superior General Pedro Arrupe who stated that “our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others”.  With this in mind, students at St. Francis Xavier School are called to be a kid for others in all they do and in every arena of their life: classroom, playground, and community. St. Francis Xavier students are taught the importance of serving others in age appropriate ways from preschool through eighth grade.  In the Ignatian tradition, students are taught to live out the Prayer of Generosity by freely giving out of a place of gratitude without seeking reward. Jesuits have a strong commitment to humbly serving our brothers and sisters in Christ who are marginalized or in need, so we encourage our students to engage in similar service. This dedication to serving others is demonstrated by one of the school’s learning expectations “committed to doing justice”.  

All St. Francis Xavier students participate in Christian service opportunities either at the voluntary or mandatory level.  Voluntary school-wide activities involve classroom service projects, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Christmas Gift Mass, Advent and Lenten almsgiving drives and special collections for needs of the parish, Diocese, local and global communities.  In addition, third grade students perform service with their families as part of their sacramental preparation. All seventh and eighth grade students participate in the Arrupe Project, where students partner with a local charity.  As part of their graduation requirement, eighth grade students are required to perform at least 20 hours of christian community service (see below).  As partners with parents in their child’s education, parents are encouraged to help their child select service opportunities and/or to participate in service as a family.   

For questions email Campus Minister Deborah Westerfield at deborah.westerfield@sfxphx.org 

EIGHTH GRADE GRADUATION SERVICE REQUIREMENT (8)

As part of their graduation requirement, eighth grade students must perform at least 20 hours of Christian community service. As partners with parents in their child’s education, we seek to teach students about the importance of service in one’s faith life.  Parents are encouraged to help their child select a service opportunities and/or to participate in service as a family.  

Jesuits have a strong commitment to serving the marginalized and those in need.  The eighth grade service requirement is designed to challenge our students to leave the confines of their comfort zone, both geographically and in terms of experience.  We ask our students to work with agencies that will enable them to grow in their spiritual journey by going out into the world and living their faith. While we value organizations that work with animals, we want our students to work only for organizations that serve our brothers and sisters in Christ and allow them to experience the Catholic Social Teaching of solidarity. There are many agencies that do great work and need volunteers but that might not present either the desired challenge to our students or the opportunity to directly serve the marginalized and those in need, so please select work that fulfills the mission of the program as described above.

We encourage students to participate in a variety of service opportunities and go beyond the 20 hours required.  However, at least ten hours must be performed at an approved agency that serves the marginalized and those in need.  Hours worked on the Arrupe Project do NOT count towards the 20 hour requirement.  The Arrupe Project challenges our students to do the magis and is therefore above and beyond this requirement.

At the end of seventh grade, the Campus Minister meets with seventh grade students to discuss the service requirement philosophy, guidelines, and required forms.  This information is then communicated to parents via email.  The service hour agreement (signed by parents and students) and the service hour form is available to students through Google docs.

For questions email Campus Minister Deborah Westerfield at deborah.westerfield@sfxphx.org 

BLANKET CLUB  (K-7)

Mission:

To provide hand-made blankets for sick children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Description:  

On most Fridays after school kids teach other kids how to make blankets by tying together and knotting fabric to make baby blankets, toddler blankets and snuggle blankets for older kids. Last year 60 blankets were made and given to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Application/Selection Information:

Moderators:

Mr. and Mrs. Rascon  carlosandaddey@msn.com 

held in Mrs. Grucky’s room nancy.grucky@sfxphx.org

 

BUDDIES (PK-8)

Mission:

The St. Francis Xavier Buddy program empowers students in grades 4-8 to be leaders and demonstrate the student learning expectations as they personally care for and interact with their younger buddy.

Description:

The SFX Buddy Program is a way for students to develop one on one relationships and build community with students in different grades. Teachers assign an older “buddy” for each younger student in the buddy class.  Buddies meet once a month and incorporate the SLE's. Every grade progresses with their buddy grade throughout their years here at SFX, but individual buddy assignments may change each year . Within the school year, Buddies will meet as a whole to participate in educational activities as well as attend field trips and certain Masses together.

Buddy assignments are:

Application/Selection Information:

All students participate

Moderator:

Ms. Kelsey McKone kelsey.mckone@sfxphx.org

EIGHTH GRADE BE A BLESSING RETREAT (8)

Mission:

This retreat helps students prepare for their remaining months at SFX and how they can be a blessing to those around them.   Activities focused on standing up for what you believe, living the Magis, discernment, being whole & holy and finding God in all things.

Description/Selection: 

This retreat is held in the fall during school hours on campus and Brophy for all eighth grade students.

Moderator:

Mrs. Deborah Westerfield  deborah.westerfield@sfxphx.org

EIGHTH STAND BY ME RETREAT (8)

Mission:

The focus of this retreat is to help students deepen their relationship with God as they focus on faith, friendship and the transition from grade school to high school.  

Description/Selection: 

The eighth grade class spends a wonderful prayerful day on retreat at the CASA. Parents join us for a special Mass that includes a parent-child blessing. After Mass the 7th grade parents host a reception for students and parents as we come together as a faith community to celebrate the class and upcoming graduation festivities.    

Moderator:

Mrs. Deborah Westerfield  deborah.westerfield@sfxphx.org

FIFTH GRADE DAY OF KINDNESS RETREAT (5)

Mission:

This retreat is designed to help fifth graders develop a culture of leadership dignity and focuses on their relationship with God and others.

Description/Selection: 

This retreat is held during school hours on campus for all fifth grade students.

Moderators:

Mrs. Betty Caldwell betty.caldwell@sfxphx.org 

Mrs. Katy Regester katy.regester@sfxphx.org 

Mrs. Deborah Westerfield  deborah.westerfield@sfxphx.org

JUNIOR VINCENTIANS (MINI VINNIE’s) at SFX (St. Vincent de Paul) (5-6)

Mission: 

Junior Vincentians engage in the mission of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul to feed, clothe, house and heal the homeless and working poor.

Description:

St. Francis Xavier fifth and sixth grade students are be eligible to be a part of this group, which will meet four times per year to do service, learn about challenges in their community and develop philanthropic values. While the focus is on students, the goal of the volunteer opportunities is to engage the entire family in the work of spirituality, fellowship and service.

Application/Selection Information:

All fifth and sixth grade students are invited to join

Moderators:

Julie Wilson julie@jfwcomm.com 

Anne-Marie Alameddin alameddin@cox.net 

LEADERSHIP RETREAT (8)

Mission:

The retreat  (Using Our Gifts In Unity to Serve Others) focuses on helping students to recognize and value their own gifts as well as the gifts of others, and how they can come together in unity to use their gifts selflessly to serve others.

Description/Selection: 

This retreat is held during school hours on campus for all eighth grade students.

Moderator:

Mrs. Deborah Westerfield  deborah.westerfield@sfxphx.org

MAGIS COMMITTEE (4-8)

Mission:

The mission of the Magis Committee is to seek the magis in our deeds as we care for the soul of the school.

Description:  

Magis Committee is offered to students in grades 4-8. The St. Francis Xavier Magis Committee is a student-led campus ministry team compromised of students, parents, and teachers. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, wrote that “love ought to manifest itself more by deeds than by words.”

 Ministries of the committee include: worship, retreats, formation, social justice and Christian Service. Students attend a monthly service oriented meeting after school from 2:45-3:15.

Application/Selection Information:

“All are welcome!”.  To participate complete the Magis Committee Application and return it to Mrs. Gould or Ms. Ryan.

Moderators:

 

Mrs. Anna Gould anna.gould@sfxphx.org 

Ms. Megan Ryan megan.ryan@sfxphx.org

MAGIS COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (8)

Mission:

The mission of the Magis Committee is to seek the magis in our deeds as we care for the soul of the school.  The Leadership Council plans, organizes and leads all Magis events and meetings.

Description:  

The Magis Leadership Council plans, organizes and leads all Magis events and meetings.

Magis Committee is offered to students in grades 4-8. The St. Francis Xavier Magis Committee is a student-led campus ministry team comprised of students, parents, and teachers. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, wrote that “love ought to manifest itself more by deeds than by words.”

Ministries of the committee include: worship, retreats, formation, social justice and Christian Service. Students attend a monthly service oriented meeting after school from 2:45-3:15

Application/Selection Information:

The Magis Committee is looking for rising eighth grade students who would like to be considered for a role on its Leadership Council.  To be considered, please complete this form and attach a typed paragraph that states the position you would like to be considered for, why you want to be considered and what you can contribute to the position.  A committee of teachers and administrators will select candidates based on their submitted paragraphs and demonstration of our school SLEs.

Moderators:

Ms. Megan Ryan megan.ryan@sfxphx.org
Ms. Kelsey McKone kelsey.mckone@sfxphx.org

MATTEO RICCI NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY (7-8)

Mission:

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding junior high students.

More than just an honor roll, NJHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

Description:

The Kristin Spucces Chapter of the Matteo Ricci* National Junior Honor Society will, like its namesake, focus on immersing students in the social and economic realities in the local community.  Student leaders will be commissioned to adapt to the customs and feel the economic struggles of those with greatest need.   It is an invitation to better know a community in order to make oneself, like Matteo Ricci, an accessible leader with the desire to "serve first and only then, to lead; seeing the big picture and acting upon it for the common good."

NJHS members will be required to meet approximately 2 mornings a week at 7am.  This time will be spent serving the SFX school community. The chapter meeting will be held one Friday a month from 12:30-3:00.  This meeting is mandatory and will serve as planning time for upcoming events in addition to occasionally hosting speakers and visiting off campus organizations.  In addition, NJHS members are required to participate in service events throughout the year requiring the commitment of approximately one weekend day a month.

*Matteo Ricci, SJ, was a was an Italian Jesuit priest, and one of the founding figures of the Jesuit China Mission, as it existed in the 17th–18th centuries. His current title is Servant of God. As a Jesuit missionary Ricci brought his mathematical and astronomical knowledge to China and immersed himself in Chinese culture fully.  This allowed him to share both intellectual and religious viewpoints and Ricci left China with over 2,500 Catholics.  Ricci modeled servant leadership by putting his own customs aside and embracing those of others.

Selection Information:

As a select society the minimum GPA requirement is set at the top 5% of the class.

At the end of the second trimester, all seventh grade teachers are asked to recommend students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship and have performed in the top 5% of their class for the past two trimesters.   Once second trimester grades are released an invitation to be considered for NJHS selection is submitted to students who were nominated by their teachers, have no repetitive behavior issues and have an overall cumulative GPA that falls above 3.75, or 94% in their courses, for the past two trimesters.   Once an invitation to be accepted is extended, students complete and submit additional information for review.  If selected, membership is extended at the end of seventh grade.

Moderator:

 Mrs. Cari Sheedy  cari.sheedy@sfxphx.org 

 

SEVENTH GRADE RETREAT (7)

Mission:

The theme of the retreat, “Who do you say I am” based on Luke 9:20a helps students come to a deeper understanding of themselves and their classmates as they journey through the joys and struggles of adolescence and junior high.

Description/Selection: 

This retreat is held during school hours on campus for all seventh grade students.

Moderator:

Mrs. Deborah Westerfield  deborah.westerfield@sfxphx.org

SIXTH GRADE BE INSPIRED RETREAT (6)

Mission:

The retreat, themed “Be Inspired” focused on helping students and parents with the transition to junior high.

Description/Selection: 

This event is held during school hours on campus and at Brophy for students and at least one parent. We start our day with opening prayer led by Fr. Dan, and then spent the morning in breakout activities focused on being inspired to lead, finding God, presuming goodwill, moving from fear to faith, stepping into another’s shoes, and exploring the SLEs through faith.  To close out our day we returned to Brophy Chapel for a special closing prayer service.  

Moderator:

Mrs. Deborah Westerfield  deborah.westerfield@sfxphx.org

        

STUDENT COUNCIL (4-8)

Mission: 

Student Council represents all St. Francis Students with the goal of inspiring faith, promoting school spirit, modeling academic success, developing leaders and unifying all members of the St. Francis Community. 

Description:

Time Commitment of Members:  Officers are expected to commit time for meetings, pledge and prayer and events such as National Catholic Schools' Week, Back to School Events, Auction, Fun Fest and various fundraisers. We hope that elected officers will attend leadership camp during the summer prior to 8th grade.

Meeting Times:  Twice a month meetings, after school. One of those meetings will include representatives and one a month will be the executive board. 8th grade officers are expected to arrive early to school (about 7:20) to prepare for pledge and prayer. Sometimes we have last minute meetings as needs arise.  

Application/Selection Information:

Officers and Members at Large are elected at the end of 7th grade and have to have all passing grades (C or above) for the two trimesters leading up to elections. They may not have more than 2 behavior logs in Gradelink that show a repeating pattern of behavioral issues. There will be one representative for each homeroom in grades 4-8. Applications are available prior to elections. Voting in the homerooms is at the discretion of the teacher. Voting for officers includes a 50% popular vote after a speech given to the student body, and 50% vote on a blind essay that discusses how the student can help better the school and the community.

Officers:  Students in the last quarter of seventh grade may run for the following positions on the executive board:  President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer/Parliamentarian, and Activities Coordinator (appointed by the faculty moderators.

When are elections?  Elections for Representatives are in the Fall, around September First. Elections for Officers are in the Spring around the middle of April.

Moderators:

Mrs. Anne Sanford:  anne.sanford@sfxphx.org

Mrs. Ashley Ezell:  ashley.ezell@sfxphx.org

YEARBOOK   (8)

Mission:

Member of the Yearbook Committee assist the staff moderator in planning, designing, and creating a yearbook that documents the school year and celebrates the best of St. Francis Xavier School.

Description:  

All eighth grade students who enjoy writing and design and work well under deadlines are invited to apply to join the yearbook staff. Yearbook meets occasionally at lunch and after school. The Yearbook staff consists of approximately 10 students.

Application/Selection Information:

Interested students should see Mrs. Olivieri the last quarter of 7th Grade for an application.

Moderator:

Mrs. Mary Ellen Olivieri:  maryellen.olivieri@sfxphx.org

CAMPUS MINISTRY TEAM  (8)

Mission:

Members of the Campus Ministry Team work with the campus minister to support and assist with Masses, prayer services, Christian Service opportunities, and retreats.  

Description:  

The Campus Ministry Team is a small group of eighth grade students who work with the campus minister to support and assist with Masses, prayer services, Christian Service opportunities, and retreats.  

Application/Selection Information:

There is not a big time commitment outside of school hours, however students are asked to assist with some out of school events such as First Reconciliation and First Communion.  

Students on the campus ministry team may be pulled from class periodically, so they must be responsible for completing missing work and communicating with their teachers to make sure missing class is in their best interest.

Participation on the Campus Ministry Team is a ministry of the Church and School.  Students are given a great deal of responsibility and high expectations are placed on them as school and church leaders.  As such, candidates must be self-directed and self-disciplined.  

Interested students submit a written request about why they want to serve and what gifts they can bring to this ministry during the last trimester of 7th grade.  Teachers are asked to give input and recommendations about the interested students, and the final selection is done by the school administration.

Moderator:

Mrs. Deborah Westerfield  deborah.westerfield@sfxphx.org

CAMPUS MINISTRY

Mission:

Campus ministry seeks to support and strengthen the Catholic Identity and Ignatian traditions and spirituality of St. Francis Xavier school by partnering with the parish, students, parents, staff, and teachers to provide meaningful liturgies, faith formation, sacramental preparation, prayer experiences and service opportunities for all members of the school community.  

Description:

With support from the campus minister, teachers, and priests, students are empowered to plan, set-up, and facilitate prayer, Mass, and retreats.  Students are actively engaged in leading the school in many traditional and spontaneous forms of prayer and worship.  Catholic traditions and rituals such as the Rosary, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and Stations of the Cross are celebrated.  Special Masses and celebrations are held during the liturgical year.  Students in second grade prepare for and receive the sacrament of Reconciliation.  Third grade students prepare for and receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

A rich retreat program has grown out of the SLEs: New Parent Retreat, Leadership Retreat (8th grade), Reconciliation Retreat (grade 2 students and parents), Sacraments of Initiation Retreat (grade 3 students and parents), Day of Kindness (5th grade students), Sixth Grade Be Inspired Retreat (6th grade students and parents), Seventh Grade Retreat (7th grade students), Be A Blessing Fall Retreat (8th grade students), Stand By Me Retreat (8th grade students and parents). Seventh and eighth grade students have the opportunity to lead retreats as follows:

In addition to the service opportunities listed above, a capstone service-learning project is the seventh and eighth grade Arrupe Project.  Based upon Catholic Social Teaching, Scripture (Matthew 25), and the Corporal Works of Mercy, the goal of the Arrupe Project is to empower students to become men and women for others through faith, service, and justice as they demonstrate our school’s Student Learning Expectation of Being Committed to Doing Justice. Through this project, students “pay it forward” by becoming personally engaged in their response to social injustice.  During their religion class, students research local organizations that are actively engaged in ending inequality.  Students begin their project by earning $10, which is then matched by the school through grants.  These start-up funds are used by the students in their fundraising efforts, which range from selling small homemade items at the Arrupe Marketplace (7th grade), to creative student-organized fundraisers (8th grade).  As their Arrupe Projects conclude, students use their funds to purchase items needed by the organization, then personally deliver those items.  

The campus minister serves as a member of the Cura Personalis Committee, and works with 7th and 8th grade students regarding discipline in order to help students be their best self and learn from their challenges and mistakes.  

Campus Minister: 

Mrs. Deborah Westerfield  deborah.westerfield@sfxphx.org

CURA PERSONALIS

Mission:

A hallmark of Ignatian Spirituality and Jesuit Education, Cura Personalis is a call for you and me to love ourselves and others: the gift of life given to us. With the help of a companion, or companions along the way, Cura Personalis emphasizes the formation of the unique person in his or her entirety, leading one to a life rich in intellectual curiosity, sound health, and compassionate choices.  

Description:

Cura Personalis, the Latin term for “care for the entire person”. In the Jesuit tradition of educating the body, mind, and spirit, the Cura Personalis Program seeks to support school community members with academic, social, emotional, or physical needs.

Every teacher is an adjunct member of the Cura Personalis Team. In addition, the principal, counselor, nurse, academic dean, student support specialist, campus minister, and Director of Cura Personalis meet weekly to reflect on, identify, and determine how to best support those in need.

Application/Selection Information:

Recommendations into the program may be made by a parent, student, teacher, community members, or the Cura Personalis Team.  

Cura Personalis Director:

Mrs. Patti Thoeny  patti.thoeny@sfxphx.org


EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES

CATHOLIC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION CHRISTIAN SERVICE AWARD (6-8)

Eighth Grade Students (students in 6-7 should be tracking hours and preparing to apply)

The purpose of the Christian Service Awards is to recognize practicing Catholic 8th grade students who are registered within the Diocese of Phoenix and who demonstrate Christ-centered behavior through volunteer service to parish, school, and community. These prestigious awards are accompanied by an $8,000 grant to the Catholic High School the student will be attending.  

In the last four years, we have been blessed to have thirteen St. Francis Xavier students receive this prestigious award.  The deadline for applying is October 15th, but the process is involved, so parents and students are encouraged to start planning and tracking service in 6th and 7th grade in anticipation of applying during fall of eighth grade.  Please click on the link below to find out more about the award and to get started on the application.  All requests for recommendations must be made by September 15th (see below).  Questions should be directed to Campus Minister Deborah Westerfield.  

http://www.ccfphx.org/christian-service-awards

Guidelines for recommendations during the 8th grade application process:

We are so proud of our students and are happy to help them pursue the Christian Service Award.  Writing the recommendation is something we take very seriously and commit a large amount of time to, so please respectfully follow the following guidelines:  

2016 Christian Service Award  Recipients:

Grae Fischer

Sofia Sweiss

2015 Christian Service Award  Recipients:

Talle Donley

Aidan Sanford

2014 Christian Service Award  Recipients:

Alex Fessler

Maddie Reinhart

Tatiana Rosales

Allison Scardello

Patrick Schramm

2013 Christian Service Award  Recipients:

Molly Donohue

Emma Gelinas

2012  Christian Service Award Recipients:

Ellie Fessler

Lauren Scardello

Hailey Schramm

2011 Christian Service Award Recipients:

Emily Jordan

Mary Kate Martin

Cecilia Siqueiros

PARISH FALL SERVICE PROJECT

Each year members of the parish and school come together for a service immersion weekend.  In the fall of 2014 students went to St Joseph’s Shire in Yarnell, AZ. The 70 year old facility was severely damaged by the wildfires in 2012, and the students were able to restore several areas around the campus. In 2013 students volunteered on the Navajo Indian Reservation and made tangible differences for the people who live there. The trip typically takes place on a Saturday and Sunday in November. An orientation session date and information about signing up for the 2015 trip will be coming soon.  For more information contact Kim Morales at kmorales@impressinprint.com.

T.A.C.S.C. SUMMER LEADERSHIP CAMP (6-8)

The Association of Catholic Student Councils (TACSC) is a non-profit, faith-based, membership organization that is committed to developing life leadership skills in young people so they can lead more effectively and make a difference in the communities where they live.

For nearly 30 years, TACSC has delivered a wide variety of leadership development programs for Catholic elementary and junior high schools throughout California and across the US. More than 15,000 students and hundreds of school administrators have participated in TACSC leadership activities.

To help make leadership an integral part of young Catholics’ lives, TACSC provides education and training resources and programs to:

The TACSC Summer Leadership Conference program provides the opportunity for incoming 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to find their voice as leaders, whether acting in Student Government positions or in other leadership roles in their schools or communities.  The curriculum for this intensive five day conference delivers valuable life leadership lessons in:

Student delegates also learn the importance of community service by participating in the TACSC Magis Program. “Magis” is Latin for “doing more.” This program provides an opportunity for students to apply their leadership skills to conceptualize, plan, and implement a meaningful service project back in their own community.

For more information and to register:

https://tacsc.org/programs-services/summer-leadership-conference/