Principal's Office

Principal - Mr. Thomas Braunscheidel
Bachelor Degree – State University of NY Fredonia
Master of Education – State University of NY at Buffalo
Career at St. Francis
Guidance Counselor 1993 – 2000
Assistant Principal 2000– 2006
Principal 2006 to present

List of 3 news stories.

  • Principal's Message March/April 2019

    Help make your son's study time more effective....

    Throughout a student's high school career, he may run into challenges with courses that he finds frustrating. Perhaps he doesn't like the material - "I always hated History - all those names and dates!" or "English - all that writing!"  Some students (and parents) claim a genetic predisposition for performing poorly in a subject area such as, "I was always bad at math, so he must have inherited that from me."

    There are productive ways that we can help our young men to take on these frustrations and challenges when dealing with classes that they are not particularly enamored with.  Here are a few suggestions when your son comes to you to complain that he just can't get it.
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  • Principal's Message January/February 2019

    ADVERSITY - Ask yourself this -
    In the face of adversity, challenge or disappointment how does your son react?  How do we as parents react to our own disappointments?  As parents how do we react to the disappointments of our children?

    I would suggest that most successful people who strive toward a degree of balance and happiness might say that it was the challenges and adversity they faced that helped shape them into the people they are today.  Of course no one wishes to be disappointed, but sometimes the things we want the most and think are so important, in retrospect may not be so important.  I have witnessed great disappointment in a student be channeled into a turning point that opened up new doors and opportunities.
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  • Principal's Message November-December 2018

    Sometimes we expect others to be mind readers.  We expect those in our lives to know what we want or need.  We expect them to know how we feel when something happens.  And when people don't read our minds we can become very frustrated, become angry and engage in conflict.  With discipline policies, we ask teachers to remind their students what they expect of them.  I think this is great advice for parents as well.   Without lecturing, sit down and talk to your son about what you expect of him and why.  I would recommend that the talk be more than just a list of "don'ts."  Tell him what kind of person you hope he will become.  Tell him why you think those qualities are important.  Give him examples of behaviors that are consistent and inconsistent with that type of person.
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