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Technology In The Classroom
July 12, 2024 0 Comments
We can all agree that technology is here to stay. And while sometimes technology gets a bad rap, it can be a significant learning tool. At The Franciscan School, the
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Inside the Classroom: Sara Akers
June 15, 2024 0 Comments
In August of 2021, The Franciscan School had the blessing of welcoming seasoned teacher Sara Akers to our staff. Just a few days after she moved across the country from
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Rising to the Challenge: Class of 2024
May 20, 2024 0 Comments
This year’s class of 2024 has excelled in many ways: in the classroom, in the theater, on the court, on the fields, and in their communities. From athletic championships
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A TFS Family Affair
April 20, 2024 0 Comments
If you were to ask someone at The Franciscan School what makes our school special, they would more than likely respond with “the community” as one of their top answers.
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Timberwolf Fund
March 24, 2024 0 Comments
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have; God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind.” Hebrews 13:16
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Partners in Faith: TFS & St. Francis Preschool
February 26, 2024 0 Comments
Birthed from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, both The Franciscan School and St. Francis of Assisi Preschool have laid a firm foundation of faith as a pillar of
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Catholic Schools Week 2024
January 26, 2024 0 Comments
From January 28 through February 3, Catholic schools across the country will be participating in Catholic Schools Week, a time to celebrate Catholic education in the
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Inside the Classroom: Jameson White
January 6, 2024 0 Comments
TFS Music Teacher Jameson White has dedicated his life to music. As an accomplished musician and music educator, music has been an instrumental part of his life since he
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Managing the Game of Life: A 5th Grade Experience
December 3, 2023 6 Comments
Managing the Game of Life: A 5th Grade Experience
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Unlocking Potential: The 8th Grade Capstone Project
November 2, 2023 0 Comments
In the 2022-2023 school year, we started a new 8th grade tradition at The Franciscan School: The Capstone Project.
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Pursuing High-Quality Education: 2023-2026 Strategic Plan
October 7, 2023 0 Comments
“The quality of a school goes beyond its name, location, or reputation. An education institution succeeds when it supports every learner every day, offering
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Two Feet of Love in Action: Catholic Social Teaching & Service
September 8, 2023 0 Comments
As a school, we are committed to the principles ofCatholic Social Teaching (CST) and how it is intentionally incorporated into The Franciscan School. Several times
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Inside the Classroom: Patsy Thieken
August 11, 2023 0 Comments
For the last 15 years, Patsy Thieken has faithfully served as a middle school math teacher at The Franciscan School. We have been blessed by her enthusiasm, creativity,
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Science Olympiad
July 16, 2023 0 Comments
Headquartered right here in Raleigh at N.C. State University, the North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is the largest K-12 STEM competition in North Carolina and the
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Inside the Classroom | Tom Harmon
June 18, 2023 1 Comment
Tom Harmon hasn’t always been a teacher. Though he is now in the classroom with middle schoolers at The Franciscan School, Mr. Harmon’s career actually began at Ford
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Saying Goodbye to our '23 Graduates
May 19, 2023 0 Comments
May is the time of year where we sense things are changing. Flowers are in bloom, rain showers come and go, and school years come to an end. Months of packing lunches,
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Camp Hanes
April 22, 2023 0 Comments
Each year, eighth graders at The Franciscan School make a 2-hour drive to King, N.C. to spend a full day atCamp Hanes. Set in a beautiful mountain town just north of
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Catholic Social Teaching: Living Out Our Faith
March 23, 2023 0 Comments
At The Franciscan School, we are committed to teaching our students the fundamental truths that embody our faith and illuminate the characteristics of Jesus Christ. We
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Passage Home Food Drive Helps 30 Families
February 25, 2023 0 Comments
As one of The Franciscan School’s three pillars, Service is a tangible way students learn to live the Franciscan mission. It is also an integral part of their spiritual
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Inside the Classroom: Barb Dobner
February 12, 2023 1 Comment
“Every day is a new adventure.” After teaching at The Franciscan School for 15 years, Barb Dobner continues to find new ways to teach and engage her Kindergarten
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Catholic Schools Week 2023: Celebrating Families
January 29, 2023 0 Comments
We know that when parents choose to attend The Franciscan School, they do so with many great school options in the area - both public and private. And while oftentimes
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Spotlight: New Middle School Advisory Program
January 2, 2023 1 Comment
Middle school can sometimes be hard to navigate. With a change in how classes are arranged, the academic rigor that can be found, developments personally and socially,
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All in the Family
November 28, 2022 1 Comment
When Marie Leone first toured The Franciscan School, she knew it was the place for her. What she didn’t know was that eventually, each of her family members would join
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Inside the Classroom: Jamie Kirchhoff
October 24, 2022 0 Comments
For the last 17 years, Jamie Kirchhoff has poured her heart into the students at The Franciscan School. As a first grade teacher, Kirchhoff loves when her students’
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Getting Involved: Home School Association
September 26, 2022 0 Comments
At the heart of The Franciscan School lies the families that make up our community. Each year, our dedicated parents volunteer their time and talents to be a part of the
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New School Year, New Beginnings
August 29, 2022 0 Comments
Wednesday, August 17th marked the first day of our 2022-2023 school year. New kindergartners and new students walked the halls for the first time. Students entered new
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A New Era at TFS: Ushering in Principal Dawn Smith
August 1, 2022 0 Comments
The 2022-2023 school year marks a new era for The Franciscan School, a new beginning that will carry on the torch as Mike Watson begins his retirement. When students get
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Math at TFS: Solving Real-Life Problems
July 5, 2022 0 Comments
“Multiply our kindness and divide away our distractions.” The Franciscan School middle school math teacher Patsy Thieken prays this prayer each day as she immerses her
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Celebrating Principal Mike Watson
June 5, 2022 0 Comments
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”
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Overcoming Hurdles and Thriving: TFS Class of 2022
May 22, 2022 1 Comment
As The Franciscan School’s class of 2022 was finishing their first year of middle school, everything changed. Schools closed their doors, families were locked down, and
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One Book, One School
April 14, 2022 0 Comments
One Book, One School was designed to bring an entire school together through the enjoyment and fostering of community that a single book can provide. Nearly three years
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Inside the Classroom: Ann Giannini
March 11, 2022 0 Comments
When the doors to The Franciscan School opened in 2000, 4th grade teacher Ann Giannini was one of the original teachers who helped create the school’s mission statement,
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Why Do Families Choose A Catholic Education?
January 27, 2022 0 Comments
Every year, schools around the country take a week or month to celebrate Catholic education. This year, the theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Faith.
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January 14, 2022 1 Comment
STEM, STEAM, STREAM. These buzzwords have floated around the academic world for many years, but how do they apply to The Franciscan School (TFS)?
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From Yoga to Finance, Fitness and More: Middle School Electives
December 16, 2021 0 Comments
One of the most unique and lesser known attributes of The Franciscan School (TFS) is the wide range of electives offered to middle school students.
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Inside the Classroom: Chris Elliott, PE
November 19, 2021 1 Comment
Before the doors first opened at The Franciscan School, there were feelings of excitement and anticipation of the unknown.
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Building Confidence One Class at a Time
October 25, 2021 0 Comments
At The Franciscan School, specials and electives are an integral part of the overall education and character-building experience of the school.
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The Creativity of Art
September 22, 2021 0 Comments
In the fast-paced, technology-focused world around us, creativity and innovation have never been more important.
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Science with Life Skills at The Franciscan School
August 27, 2021 0 Comments
As part of The Franciscan School academic landscape, the science curriculum has always played a foundational role in the lives of students inside and outside the
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Staying Afloat and Thriving After 21 Years: School Counselor Laureen Wacenske
July 2, 2021 1 Comment
“The best school in Raleigh.” These words were spoken to The Franciscan School Counselor Laureen Wacenske 22 years ago as she was deciding where to send her son to
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A Year To Celebrate
June 17, 2021 0 Comments
The academic and spiritual foundation built here at The Franciscan School (TFS) is constructed year by year with the help of parents, teachers, friends, and all the
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Persevering to the End: TFS Class of 2021
May 20, 2021 0 Comments
Five months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the class of 2021 at The Franciscan School started their final year, unsure of what the year would hold and waiting for life to
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Not Your Mother’s Librarian
April 22, 2021 1 Comment
While media centers are typically known for holding masses of books, Kristina Kollauf, media specialist at The Franciscan School, aims to make TFS’ media center known
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Student Council Shapes Future Leaders
March 25, 2021 0 Comments
Each year, a couple of dozen middle school students at TFS put together thoughtful campaigns promising to make important contributions to the school community if they
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For the Love of Music
February 26, 2021 0 Comments
As orchestra teacher Victoria Pedroza continues in her fifth year at The Franciscan School, her passion for music has only deepened. It’s easy to happen when you’re
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Why Choose A Catholic Education?
January 29, 2021 0 Comments
Let’s Celebrate Catholic schools! We asked members for our school community to share why they believe in the Catholic school education experience.
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Ready to Launch: The Franciscan School Prepares Students for High School Success
January 2, 2021 0 Comments
In an ever-changing world, The Franciscan School recognizes the great responsibility and privilege it has to shape young lives. The staff and faculty are devoted to
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Inside the Classroom: Mr. Barbee, 7th-Grade Social Studies
December 17, 2020 0 Comments
Even as a teenager, Mr. Matt Barbee, TFS 7th-grade social studies teacher, knew he wanted to teach. Barbee is in his fifth year of teaching at TFS – the first four he
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Say Hello To The New St. Francis Parish Priests
November 6, 2020 0 Comments
The Franciscan School families may have seen some new faces on campus this year as St. Francis of Assisi welcomed two new priests to the parish community in September.
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School Advisory Council Helps The Franciscan School Fulfill Mission and Vision
October 9, 2020 0 Comments
Once a month, you’ll find a diverse group of TFS parents and advocates meeting with principal Mike Watson and the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi parish to discuss the
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