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*Contributed by Francine Hodges

Wednesday, October 5, the Lady Wolves battled and beat St. Norberts with an amazing amount of enthusiasm.  The entire team was cheering on the bench and with the incredible skills of Lauren G and Annie F the girls beat St. Norberts.

On Monday the Girls A Volleyball team battled it out with La Purisima on their courts and were again victorious.  In the third game Erica H and Alexis W did a terrific job against the other team.  Brooke A also helped out with aterrific serving streak.  Keep up the good work.

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*Contributed by Patty Weller

Snatched from the jaws of victory. That’s the best way to describe the Girls B Volleyball game against Holy Family on Wednesday. Down by four players and dealing with a toasty climate, the girls did a spectacular job of weathering the elements and pulling off a win in the second game after a heart-wrenching loss of the first game. Hanna C and Anna S demonstrated some very strong offensive serving strategy, nailing several serves in a row. Defensively, Alyssa J and Morgan E demonstrated some strong Wolfie energy by keeping some balls in play to secure the win. Many balls were passed and hit by two players before being passed back over to Holy Family, a clear sign of the strength and progress of the St. Francis team. The third game was played hard and the lead rotated back and forth between Holy Family and St. Francis. It was a nail-biter and all the parents were glued to the edge of their seats but ultimately, the Wolves suffered the loss.  The match went to Holy Family. While disappointing, the Holy Family coach summed it up best when she said what a great team we have here at St. Francis, and how very nice and spirited our girls are on our B team. Today, everybody was a winner.

The Wolves B Volleyball Team played a tough game at La Purisima on Monday. With the sun directly in their eyes for the first game, the Wolves were having a hard time and a tough start to the game.  Of course the Wolves would have none of it. Sunglasses were pulled out and put on by the girls, they rediscovered their energy, and regained the lead, winning both games. The match went to St. Francis. Morgan E’s defensive plays helped turn the first game around, and Hayley A’s save of what would have been a lost ball, won us the final point of the first game.  Amazing serving by Avery H secured the second game.  What a great show of perseverance by the Wolves. Madison B did a great job in the third game, demonstrating great defensive strategy on the court.

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Dear parents,

Eighth grade parents, students and teachers are gearing up for the high school admissions process.  All parents should pay attention to this message even if your child is not in eighth grade.  Selecting a school for your child is a very important decision and the impact of the decision increases at each level, elementary – middle – high school and college.  It is never too early to learn about what options are available and what the best fit is for your child.

The eighth grade students recently met with the admissions directors from Santa Margarita, Rosary, Servite, Mater Dei, Connelly and JSerra.   The good news is that your kids have great options to continue their Catholic education and they are well prepared.  These schools offer excellent academic, extra-curricular and faith formation programs.  The bad news is that you have to make tough decisions based on academic aptitude, admissions criteria, extra-curricular interests and family finances.  I certainly recommend attending a Catholic high school where the investment in your child’s formation will continue to pay dividends.

To make the best choice for your child’s secondary education you need to understand their strengths, interests, and goals and match them with the high school that provides the environment where your child will flourish.  There are many ways to do this.  To start, visit the school’s website, review the curriculum and admissions materials and talk to students and parents who attend the school.

Other steps you should take include attending events sponsored by the school and shadowing (eighth grade students) during a school day.  Also, each school hosts an Open House.  These are great opportunities to meet with current students, teachers, coaches, and administrators as well as tour the campus.  Attending an Open House can be a great motivator for younger students as they get excited about their future.

Students can best prepare for the rigors of high school by giving maximum effort to their studies and by getting involved in extra-curricular activities.  The most successful high school students have good study habits and organizational skills.  They set goals and work every day to achieve them. They immerse themselves in a variety of activities in and out of the classroom.  St. Francis graduates are successful because they develop these traits throughout years of formation at St. Francis of Assisi School.  Kudos to students, parents, and teachers!

Orange County Catholic High School Open House Dates:

Cornelia Connelly

Tuesday, November 15, 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Sunday, December 4, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Sunday, November 20, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Sunday, December 4, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mater Dei

Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 10, 7:00 pm

Santa Margarita

Sunday, October 16, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm


Thursday, November 3, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, January 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

*Please confirm dates and times by visiting the high school websites.

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In October, the St. Francis teachers learned how to harness the power of the Wikipedia in their classrooms.  Seventh grade teacher Mr. Fernando led this training with teachers representing multiple grade levels.

To read more of what was covered, please click on the Wikipedia Newsletter.

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*Contributed by Jim McMahon

The boys football B team had a very good performance against La Purisima.  The final score was 36-20 but the game was never that close, it was 36-6 at the end of the third period.  Today’s game was extremely rewarding for me as a coach because the boys all gave their best effort each and every time they were out on the field.

We had exceptional performances from Logan Awho played as aggressively today as I have seen him play all year; he came up with a very big play on a critical fourth down late in the second period to stall a La Purisima drive.  Joel S also had a notable game making several big plays at both the left safety and right safety positions.  Brian A gave his best effort of the year and I look forward to him building off his performance today.  Nick M had another very strong performance with four runs over 20-yards and a touchdown, he also made several big plays on defense.  Nick R had another strong game and broke up a long touchdown pass in the end-zone by diving to knock the ball down.  Brandon L had a very strong showing on defense and disrupted the La Purisima quaterback all afternoon.  

Reilly C continues to make big catches each and every game; he caught a 20-yard pass and made a move on the safety to score a 40-yard touchdown.  He also made a great catch on a two-point conversion by tipping the ball to himself, definitely an ESPN highlight.  Ryan K continues to shine on both sides of the ball and made several big plays on defense on third down as well as making key blocks on offense to spring both Nick Mauthe and TJ M for long runs.  TJ McMahon continues to be our leader on the field, he ran for three touchdowns today, threw another and made several big flag pulls on defense from his middle-linebacker position.

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This year’s Blessing of the Animals was featured in Wednesday’s Orange County Register.  The front page of the local section features Deacon Bob Soikkeli blessing one of the many dogs present that day.

To see the full feature article, pictures, and some video, please visit the OC Register website.


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Contributed by Jim McMahon

The B-boys had another strong showing on Monday.  We started the game off with a bang by scoring on the first play.  Nick M ran 55-yards to get the scoring started. Nick had another very impressive game, also returned a punt for a TD (his second of the year).  Jacob D continues to good a solid job as our center and is continuing to develop as a blocker, he plays hard every play.  TJ M continues to distribute the ball to numerous teammates from the QB position.  Reilly C, Ryan K, Nick M, Sean Lugo and Nick R all caught passes.  Our first team defense continues to play very well as a group and has only allowed 1 TD in 4 games.  Timmy B and Joel S were our captains this game and both made nice plays on defense to help the team.

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