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 6 news stories.

  • March/April 2021

    Well we have made it to March.  About a year has passed since all our routines and daily lives have been turned upside down by the pandemic.   It seems as though there is light at the end of the tunnel, but we must remain vigilant to protect our school community against the worst impacts of COVID.  It seems the wider spread of cases that our school and community experienced over the past few months have subsided, but we are still experiencing members of our student body and staff testing positive.  Over the past two weeks, we have had a member of the Sophomore Class and a member of the Junior Class test positive.  Additionally one of our faculty members who primarily teaches Seniors has tested positive.  
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  • January/February 2021


    We have been conducting COVID-19 testing on campus as is required of all schools offering in person instruction in an Orange Zone.  Testing occurs during Homeroom a couple of days per week.  Students are randomly sampled across grade levels.  Thus far, we have NOT had any positive cases.  We will continue to conduct our random testing as long as it is required by New York State.  Parents are only contacted if there is a positive result.
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  • November/December 2020

    Now that we have a number of weeks of instruction under our belts and most students have had their first test in many of their classes, I am fond of saying the honeymoon is over!  For the most part, the newness is gone and the reality of  day to day course work, homework and tests are again part of each student's reality.  Amidst all the chaos of pandemic 2020 our students have settled into a new routine.  To the extent possible, I believe we are witnessing a return to normal, albeit with a few new protective measures.  When asked, our students tell us almost unanimously that they want to be learning here, not at home doing remote instruction.  I guess that is really no surprise as we all yearn for as much normalcy as we can get in these crazy times.  Our students, faculty and staff have been an inspiration.  They are all in and are the ones making this new day to day routine work.  I have found, over my 28 years at the school, that when provided proper expectations and clear communication our students rarely disappoint.  I am so proud of their dedication to each other - to the Brotherhood.
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  • Appreciating Diversity as Part of Brotherhood

    Recently I heard a statistic about Western New York.  Apparently, on a day to day basis, a resident of WNY has a 90% chance of going through their day without having a meaningful interaction with a person from a different culture or race.  This makes you wonder about what impact this has on our students.  In a world that is growing more interconnected through technology and commerce, I believe it is important that our young people be informed about other cultures and races, and fully appreciate the richness of diversity.
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  • January/February 2020

    As we approach the end of the second quarter, we find ourselves at the mid point of the academic year.  This is a great time for parents and students to sit down and take stock of what progress has been made thus far.  Brush off the plan that you made at the beginning of the year and ask yourself, "Is my plan working?"  If not, make changes.  Write the new plan down.  Hang it on the fridge or on the mirror in your son's bedroom.
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  • Helping Your Son Set Healthy Limits

    Sleep deprivation is a chronic problem amongst the general population, but it is particularly troublesome amongst high school aged students.  An alarming number of students are being identified as chronically sleep deprived.  This sleep deprivation first and foremost may be putting young people in danger when they get behind the wheel to drive.  Driving in a sleep deprived condition can be as bad as driving under the influence.  Adequate sleep is also required for maximum cognitive functioning.  So, a sleep deprived student is simply not capable of doing as well as he would when rested.  Please talk to your son about a reasonable time in which the computer, TV and text messaging stops so he can get the rest he needs.  Most teenagers require at least 8 hours of sleep or more.  Most teens will tell you they don't get it.  Don't let him waste your tuition dollars - make sure he gets the rest he needs.
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