In the News

A Message from the President and Principal

Dear Saint Francis Families,

Late last evening we were made aware of a highly offensive, racist Instagram account that appears to be affiliated with recent graduates of Saint Francis. We are outraged and sickened by the content, and deeply sorry for the trauma and pain it has caused to our community. We immediately worked to get the site taken down and initiated our disciplinary investigation. We want our families to know that we take this matter extremely seriously, and that our response has been immediate and swift. It is not our normal practice to comment on school disciplinary actions, and our investigation is still ongoing, however the seriousness of this incident and its impact on our school community demands an immediate response.

Any allegations or incidents of racism or other offensive behavior on our campus are in direct contradiction with our Holy Cross values and who we are called to be as a Catholic school community. We will continue to take seriously and respond strongly to this behavior whenever we encounter it, and appreciate your trust and partnership. We know that creating true change is only possible through education, solidarity with the oppressed, and ensuring our systems and practices on campus reflect a commitment to equity and inclusion in all facets. We continue to grow in this space, and are grateful for all of the student leaders, educators and parents who are helping us to move our school forward.

We have been working closely throughout the week with our student leaders and SJEI (Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion) Team to put together resources for our students, educators and families to help educate and provide tangible actions to respond to racial injustice. We will be sharing those resources along with ways to engage in this important work now and throughout the summer in our planned community message tomorrow. We did, however, want to send a message to our families immediately in the wake of this incident.

In partnership,

Katie Teekell

Jason D. Curtis