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Mr. Jason Acosta

Principal
jacosta@sfcawolves.org

Welcome to Saint Francis Catholic Academy. We are so glad you have chosen to be a member of our school community, and we look forward to a wonderful year.


Ms. Sandra Fallo

Director of Admissions
sfallo@sfcawolves.org

Textbooks

Instructions for Ordering Textbooks

Textbooks can be purchased from MBS Direct. The link can also be found on our website.

  1. Do not use the course code on your schedule, refer to the course title e.g., English I, Biology, Health and Personal Fitness, Spanish, Latin, etc.
  2. Click on Bookstore on the top right of our website.
  3. Create an account. You will need this information to sell back your books at the end of the school year.
  4. Click Lets Get Started.
  5. On the bottom left, click on Show All Courses; this will take you to the screen with all of our classes.
  6. Find and select your course (some of the electives are listed first, followed by English, Fine Art, and Health Services; Math begins the second column which includes, PE, Science, Social Studies, Theology and World Languages).
  7. IF your student is taking an Honors course, please make sure the course has an H included in the name.
  8. IF your student is taking an Advanced Placement course, please make sure the course title begins with AP.
  9. Click View Your Materials to continue.
  10. For some of the courses the teachers will provide material. If you do not see a book for that course, it may state “Material Provided by the Instructor” or “Provided by the School”.
  11. You only need to purchase the materials listed as Required. You do not need to purchase material that are labeled Optional.

For questions about textbooks, please contact Ms. Iuliucci at djiuliucci@sfcawolves.org


Uniforms

Uniforms can be purchased through our SFCA Uniform Store, Campus Outfitters and Poindexter’s Uniform Company.

To order from our SFCA Uniform Store
Contact Sandra Fallo at sfallo@sfcawolves.org to check for available inventory and place your order. CLICK HERE for available apparel and pricing.

To order from Campus Outfitters
Campus Outfitters sells polos, oxford shirts, mens black pants and approved SFCA outerwear. Call Campus Outfitters at 352-336-2423 to place your order. CLICK HERE for available apparel and pricing.

To order from Poindexter’s Uniform Company
Poindexter’s Uniform Company sells our women’s skorts. CLICK HERE to visit their website for pricing and to place an order.

Uniform Reminders

  • No athletic sweatshirts or athletic jackets may be worn on Mass days.
  • Poindexter’s is currently out of several sizes of the plaid skort. If you are unable to purchase them at this time, students must wear the black shorts or black pants instead. Only the black pants (no jeans, cargos, dri-fit or bound at the ankle) can be worn on Mass Day.

Bus Service

Saint Francis Catholic Academy offers bus service from Live Oak, Lake City, Queen of Peace Academy and St. Patricks Interparish School.

TIMES
Live Oak (St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church) pick up at 6:45am
Lake City (Epiphany Catholic School) pick up at 7:15am
Drop off at SFCA at 8:00am

Leave SFCA at 3:15pm (for the time being)
Drop off at Lake City (Epiphany Catholic School) 4:00pm
Drop off at Live Oak (St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church) 4:30pm

St. Patricks Interparish School pick up at 7:05/7:10am
Queen of Peace Academy pick up at 7:35/7:40am
Drop off at SFCA at 8:00am

CLICK HERE for Live Oak/Lake City Registration Form
CLICK HERE for Gainesville Registration Form


Dr. Jill Geltner

School Counselor
jgeltner@sfcawolves.org

Please contact Dr. Geltner for the following:

  • Class selection or schedule questions.
  • Short-term counseling services.
  • Academic concerns.
  • Accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • Questions about Naviance.

Mr. Scott McDaniel

Dean of Students
smcdaniel@sfcawolves.org

Please contact Mr. McDaniel if you have any questions about the Saint Francis Code of Conduct

SAINT FRANCIS CATHOLIC ACADEMY CODE OF CONDUCT

The Code of Conduct is based on the belief that instruction should occur in an environment that is conducive to learning. Effective instruction requires good order and discipline and may be described as the absence of distraction, friction, and disturbance that interfere with the effective functioning of the student, class, and school.

The philosophical basis for the Code of Conduct is that the student assumes the responsibility for his/her actions. However, in order for effective instruction to occur, there must be a cooperative relationship between student, parent, and school. We notify parents of concerns about student life or behavior, even when off campus.

The Code of Conduct is divided into four levels: minor, intermediate, major, and flagrant offenses. Each level includes disciplinary procedures which are implemented by the deans of students. The Code of Conduct is enforceable at school-related functions whether the event is on campus or off campus.

The Dean of Students administers a progressive discipline plan. Lunch duty, central detention, and Saturday School are consequences of infractions of the Code of Conduct and are in accordance with the progressive discipline plan.

Effective education requires that the administration, faculty, parents, and students work together in a spirit of mutual cooperation so that the important task of learning may be accomplished. The expectations in this handbook seek to provide reasonable guidelines for student conduct.

The general expectation of students is that at all times each student will conduct himself/herself in an appropriate fashion and will be truthful, honest, and respectful of others; – fellow students, staff, and faculty members. It is expected that Christian values will be the guiding principle of each student’s behavior.

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

Students are expected to:

  • Represent Saint Francis Catholic Academy with pride and dignity on and off campus at all times
  • Create an atmosphere of acceptance so that all persons are encouraged to participate in all facets of the school community
  • Show pride in the school by keeping the campus clean
  • Be actively involved in their education and responsible for learning by demonstrating:
    • punctually
    • preparedness
    • good attendance
    • dress for the learning process; follow school uniform policy at all times

THE ACADEMIC CODE OF HONOR

A Student is: Honorable in Conduct, Honest in Word and Deed, Dutiful in Study and Service, Respectful of the Rights and Property of Others

The Academic Code of Honor represents a valuable educational tool for guiding faculty, staff and students in their efforts to create a sense of community and for expressing the values that are at the core of a Catholic education.

RESPECT FOR OTHERS

All students are required to conduct themselves in a manner that acknowledges and demonstrates respect for others (administration, faculty, staff and peers). Any actions that harass, demean, or subject others to any form of physical threat, psychological stress, or humiliation are unacceptable. Basic honesty is expected at all times, both within academic pursuits and in all other interactions that take place elsewhere on campus, and in the community. While exercising respect for all individuals, all students also carry a direct responsibility to assert their own rights and to communicate feelings and concerns to others through responsible means. Failure to respect an individual includes, but is not limited to:

  • Using violence or threat of violence against others. This generally includes, but is not limited to, harassment, physical assault, physical or mental intimidation, and sexual offenses.
  • Hazing
  • Exhibiting inappropriate or disruptive behavior on campus or at a school sponsored or school endorsed event off campus.
  • Hindering freedom of expression or of movement of any member of the school community or test of the school.
  • Making anonymous, prank, or harassing communications to other members of the community by telephone, in writing, by electronic means, or by any other method.
  • Trespassing or making unauthorized entry into school buildings. Failing to respect the privacy of others.
  • Interfering with the rights of others to enter, use, or leave any school facility, service, or activity to which they have been accorded access.
  • Making excessive noise.
  • Tampering with other’s personal Property.

Infractions will result in disciplinary action.

HONOR PLEDGE

All students are required to sign the Honor Pledge at the beginning of the school year.

As a member of an academic and spiritual community, I commit myself to acting honestly, responsibly and above all with honor and integrity. I am accountable for all that I say and write and the academic integrity of my work. I pledge that I will not misrepresent my work nor give or receive unauthorized aid. I commit to behave in a manner which demonstrates concern for personal dignity and the rights and property of others. I accept responsibility to maintain the Honor Code at all times.

HONOR CODE VIOLATIONS

All Honor Code violations are Level II offenses of the Code of Conduct and will be subject to disciplinary action by the Office of the Dean of Students. For the first offense, students who give or receive unauthorized aid on an assignment or test will receive a zero for the test or assignment, parents will be notified, and Saturday School assigned. A second offense during the school year will result in a one day suspension and a zero for the test or assignment. Third offense will result in the principal assembling the Administrative Review Team to determine the enrollment status (possible exclusion or expulsion of the student).

THREATS

All written and verbal threats will be taken literally and will result in serious disciplinary consequences.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Intoxicants or other controlled substances in any form, including but not limited to alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, or unauthorized prescription medications may not be brought onto, consumed or utilized on campus or at any school sponsored activity by a student.

Students who are found to possess, sell, purchase, use, transfer or be under the influence of illegal drugs or unauthorized prescription medications will be expelled from Saint Francis Catholic Academy without the option for withdrawal.

HARRASSMENT/BULLYING

Harassment/Bullying are commonly defined as intentional, repeated hurtful acts, words or other behavior.
Bullying may be physical, verbal, emotional or sexual in nature; these acts are not intentionally provoked by the victim. Cyber bullying is the use of electronic information and communication devices such as email, instant messaging, text messages, mobile phones and defamatory websites to bully or otherwise harass an individual or group through personal attacks.

With a mandate from a state law (FS 1006.147), the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act, we are required to investigate reports of cyber bullying/ harassment and stalking. The school’s responsibility is to determine if the offense is school related, which includes the use of school computers, and whether or not the offense occurred on campus or at a school sponsored function.

Allegations of harassment should be reported to the principal within two days. A disciplinary board appointed by the principal will investigate the allegations. A substantiated charge of harassment against a student will subject that student to disciplinary action that may include but not be limited to suspension or expulsion, and referral to law enforcement authorities.

Any student who knowingly and intentionally files a false complaint of harassment against an employee, volunteer, or student will be subject to immediate and severe disciplinary action.

For further information, access www.leg.state.fl.us.

HAZING

Hazing means committing an act against a student, or coercing a student into committing an act, that creates a substantial risk of harm to a person in order for the student to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization, or for any other purpose.

  • No student, teacher, administrator or other Saint Francis Catholic Academy employee, contractor, or volunteer shall plan, direct, encourage aid or engage in hazing.
  • No student, teacher, administrator or other Saint Francis Catholic Academy employee, contractor, or volunteer shall permit, condone, or tolerate hazing.
  • Apparent permission or consent by a person being hazed does not lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy.
  • A person who engages in an act that violates school policy or law in order to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization shall be subject to discipline for that act.
  • This policy applies to hazing behavior that occurs on or off school property and during and after school hours.

Saint Francis Catholic Academy will act to investigate all complaints of hazing and will discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, or other Saint Francis Catholic Academy employee, contractor, or volunteer who is found to have violated this policy.

WEAPONS

Firearms and other weapons may not be brought on to school property, even secured in a motor vehicle. This prohibition also applies to school buses and school bus stops.

A weapon is defined to include, but is not limited to, all firearms, explosives, munitions, electronic weapons (e.g. tasers), chemical weapons and knives, other than small pocket knives; a pocket knife is not “small” if, when opened, its blade is greater than 2 ½ inches in length. Razor blades or box cutters are also to be considered as dangerous weapons for purposes of this policy, unless they are possessed or used in support of a parish, entity or school-sanctioned activity.

CARRYOVER POLICY

Any disciplinary consequence that is not completed at the end of a school year will carry over to the beginning of the next school year.


Mr. David Fallo

Athletic Director
dfallo@sfcawolves.org

We at Saint Francis are very proud of the number of students who participate in athletics and extracurricular activities; we are also very proud of their records and their achievements. Participation in athletics and student organizations is a privilege that provides students with many rewards. When students choose to participate in athletics and extracurricular activities they represent themselves, their families, their student organization, their school, and their community. Students who choose to make this commitment must also assume certain responsibilities.

This year we will be using Online Athletic Clearance Forms for all required paperwork for your student to participate in sports at SFCA. Please CLICK HERE to complete the paperwork.

FALL SPORTS

Cheer

Cross Country

Football

Golf

Swim

Volleyball

WINTER SPORTS

Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball

Boys Soccer

Girls Soccer

Cheer

SPRING SPORTS

Baseball

Softball

Boys Tennis

Girls Tennis

Track & Field


Mr. Claudio Faenza

Director of Technology
cfaenza@sfcawolves.org

Please contact Mr. Faenza for the following:

  • Issues with your student’s computer.
  • Parent or student email issues.
  • Issues or questions about Canvas.

CLICK HERE to learn the difference between ParentsWeb, FACTS and Canvas.


Ms. Stephenie Brockish

Director of Advancement
sbrockish@sfcawolves.org

Volunteering at SFCA

In the Christian tradition of giving back time, talent and treasure, Saint Francis Catholic Academy students are required to perform 25 hours of community service each year. As a continuing role model for our students, we also require our families to contribute their time in volunteer service to our school. Knowing that not all families are able to spend time in volunteer service due to other family and career responsibilities, we provide a substitute of treasure for time.

For a dual parent household, 25 hours are required
For a single parent household, 15 hours are required

Please CLICK HERE to fill out the 2021-2022 Volunteer Form. Filling out this form will give us an indication of who/how many are interested in volunteering and in what areas. 


Protecting God’s Children and Fingerprinting

Diocesan policy requires that ALL volunteers working with students be fingerprinted, submit driver license information, proof of auto insurance, and complete the safe environment training: Protecting God’s Children.

CLICK HERE to begin the volunteer process.


Recording Your Volunteer Hours

All service hours for the 2021-2022 school year must be completed by May 6th. Those families who have not met their 15/25-hour commitment and have not been excused, will be billed through FACTS at $10 per hour not completed.  Any hours completed after May 6th can be applied to the following school year.  CLICK HERE to enter your volunteer hours online for the 2021-2022 school year, or download the Volunteer Form and turn it into the front office.


Events at SFCA

10th Annual Wolves Golf Classic

Our 10th Annual Wolves Golf Classic will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida. The cost is $125 per golfer which includes green fees, cart, range balls, breakfast, lunch, on-course refreshments, player gift bag, prizes and raffle.

The event will follow a 4-person shotgun start in a scramble format with one team score. This format allows for all levels of golfers to compete. Mulligans will be available for purchase and contests will be held along with a multi-item raffles.

The proceeds raised from this event will benefit the students of Saint Francis Catholic Academy by giving them the opportunity to participate in student activities and by continuing the growth and development of our Student Sports and Activity Programs.  


15th Annual Souper Fun Sunday

Souper Fun Sunday is Gainesville’s premier soup tasting competition, featuring more than 35 soups from area restaurants and catering chefs.

This year’s fifteenth annual Souper Fun Sunday will be held on Sunday, February 6, 2022, in the Saint Francis Catholic Academy gymnasium.

Local celebrity judges, along with more than 1,000 attendees will taste the delicious soups, and awards will be given out for Judges’ Choice (first, second and third place,) People’s Choice and Best Decorated Table.


4th Annual SFCA Casino Night

An Adult Evening Out, Supporting Catholic Education

Join us for our 4th Annual Casino Night in the Spring of 2022. The evening will feature delicious cuisine, a diverse selection of beverages, and an exciting assortment of silent auction items, concluding with our annual casino event.

All proceeds to benefit Student Scholarships and tuition assistance at SFCA.


Other Information of Importance

FACTS & Finance

FACTS is the parent company of RenWeb and is integrated with RenWeb for student financial accounts. If you need help with FACTS please email info@sfcawolves.org.


State Scholarships

For information or questions, please contact Ms. Donajean Iuliucci at djiuliucci@sfcawolves.org.


SFCA Lunch Program

Saint Francis Catholic Academy has partnered with Gator BTW & BOONLI to provide a secure, fast, and easy-to-use online ordering system for school lunches. Through the ordering link you can view our lunch menu, order, prepay and manage student and staff lunches from your smartphone, tablet or computer. 

CLICK HERE to for setting up an account and placing a lunch order.


School Calendar

CLICK HERE to download the 2021-2022 school calendar.


Parent & Student Handbook

CLICK HERE to access the Parent & Student Handbook