Congratulations Class of 2012

The Saint Francis High School Class of 2012 received their diplomas during their recent Commencement Ceremony held at the Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, Saturday, May 19, 2012.  Guests were welcomed by Matthew Casseday (Emory), Valedictorian and Robert Sterling (University of Miami), Salutatorian.  The graduates were offered words of wisdom from special guest speaker, Mark Arum, Newstalk WSB TV/ Radio and a special music presentation by Ms. Susan Naylor and Ms. Deborah Scarazzo from Reinhardt College. After the presentation of scholarships, awards and special recognition, the presentation of diplomas was made by Drew Buccellato, Headmaster and Colette Staak, Principal. 



CONGRATULATIONS to the Saint Francis High School Class of 2012 and to the following award recipients:
Valedictorian:  Matt Casseday
Salutatorian:  Robert Sterling
Star Student:  Matt Casseday
Taranto Family Aspiration Award:  Mark Mongell
Andrew Buccellato Perseverance Award:
  Chris Bisio
James Starr Moore Memorial Award:  Robert Sterling
Parent Association Award:  Mark Schulte and Rebecca Treadaway
Atlanta Journal Constitution Cup: Emily Peek
Peter Carriuolo Memorial Scholarship Award:  Steven Tommasello, Joseph Rollins, Shelby Light, and Molly Drescher


Saint Francis Middle School Athletics has been named 2011 – 2012 AAA NAML CUP CO-CHAMPIONS!!!

The North Atlanta Metro League Cup is a yearly award to the best overall sports program in the
A, AA, and AAA divisions. Each school accumulates points based upon their finish in each sport.

Congratulations to all Saint Francis Middle School Athletic Teams on a job well done!!!

Saint Francis School to Host Medal of Honor Recipient

Saint Francis School will be welcoming Medal of Honor recipient Donald E. Ballard to visit with our students and speak to them on May 10, 2012 from 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm at the Saint Francis High School Auditorium located at 13440 Cogburn Rd., Alpharetta, GA  30004. This is a rare opportunity for our community to meet and pay our respects to a true hero.

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the president, in the name of Congress, upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.”  Due to the nature of its criteria, it is often awarded posthumously (more than half have been since 1941). Sadly, there are currently fewer than 80 Medal of Honor recipients alive today in the United States. 

For information about this special event, please contact Mary Schoppman, 770-641-8257 x19 or

Saint Francis Parent Association Donates Monitors to School

Saint Francis High School offers its sincere thanks and appreciate to the High School Parent Association for their donation of flat screen monitors to the High School Technology Class Rooms.

Pictured: (back row) Lynna Lee, Stan Tommasello, Allison Waller

(middle row) Lorelei Fischer, Susan Connor, Lylian Voss, Sonia Mitropoulos, Lee Ann Wynns

(front row) Kelly Christian, Patti Fredlund, Kathy Schimler, Fern Mitropoulos, Ruth Casseday




Senior Nick McKinnon Achieves Rank of Eagle Scout!

Congratulations to Nick McKinnon for Achieving the Rank of Eagle Scout!


IMPROV 2012 – Live at Saint Francis High School

Saint Francis Drama teacher, Jennifer Foster, once again takes her Improv cast through the paces in their live IMPROV performances April 25, 26, and 27. Improvisational comedy includes performing a shortform game based on direction from the audience requiring quick thinking and reaction to fellow cast members.

Performances begin at 7:30 pm in the high school auditorium.  Tickets are on sale at the door for $5.00. For more information call 678-339-9989 x0.

Safe Driving Presentation by Mr. Norman Miller

Saint Francis Counselor Amber McConnel, Mr. Miller, and Counselor Chris Fix

On April 19th a presentation on Safe Driving was given by Mr.Norman Miller, a local attorney. Mr. Miller’s presentation was part of a nationwide effort during the month of April 2012, which is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The goals of this effort are to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and help our students make safer driving decisions.

During the presentation, Mr. Miller spoke to our students about the many types of driver distractions and discussed their experiences with distracted driving. Mr. Miller also explored strategies for speaking up when someone is a passenger and their driver starts to practice unsafe driving behaviors. Students should be aware of the consequences of distracted driving and understand how we can drive safer by keeping cell phones with us for emergencies, but not using them while driving, texting or making and receiving calls.

Thank you to the Saint Francis Counseling Department for coordinating this very important presentation.

Middle School Swimmers – 2011-12 NAML Champions

Our Middle School Swimmers, led by Head Coach Marisa Barth, Matt Buckley and Patrick Bradford, glided through their Regular Season meet schedule with continuous hard work and dedication.  Their motivation was to improve on last year’s 4th Place overall finish at the NAML Championships. 

What a motivation THAT turned out to be!  This year’s Girls Squad finished as NAML Champions and the Boys team took home the 3rd place trophy.  However, who ever said swimming wasn’t a TEAM sport?  In order to award an OVERALL NAML TEAM Champion, the COMBINED performances of BOTH the Girls and Boys teams are tallied. 

This year, we are very proud to announce that the St. Francis Middle School Swim Team is the OVERALL North Atlanta Metro League Champions!  Congratulations to all of our swimmers, the coaches, and the parent volunteers, who make our Swim Program so successful!

Middle School Wrestling – Repeat as Champions of NAML

Our Wrestling Program had another outstanding year and REPEATED as Champions of the North Atlanta Metro League!  This event, hosted for the first time on our Roswell Campus, saw teams from five (5) other NAML schools converge for an exciting day of grappling on the mats.  When the dust settled, it was the St. Francis teams taking their place atop the podium to receive Championship trophies in both the “A” and “B” Divisions. 

One week later, the wrestlers headed down to Woodward Academy to wrap up their season at one of Atlanta’s most prestigious scholastic wrestling tournaments, The North Chattahoochee Championships. Sixteen schools from all over metro-Atlanta attended this year’s tournament and our team finished in 3rd place overall, only Lovett (Runners-Up) and eventual Tournament Champions, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy finished ahead of our boys in this highly competitive event.  Congrats to Head Coach Eric Pawlish and his fine staff of coaches, Bill Bailey, Lawrence Smith, and Lance Ancar for all they do throughout the long winter season to keep our boys focused and determined to improve their performance each week!

Elementary Chorus Sings at the Gwinnett Gladiators Hockey Game

Our St. Francis elementary school chorus sang The National Anthem at the Gwinnett Gladiators Hockey game on February 12th.  Money raised from ticket sales was donated to Ruth Ministry, a charity chosen to honor the middle school administrative assistant Kathy Shonkwiler. Special thanks to Mrs. Ballance, music teacher, for organizing this special event.