Archives for January 2015

Wyverns Abroad 1984

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Goshen Weekly Photo Gallery

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Alumni Profile – Michael Trager-Kusman ’02

Alumni Profile

Michael Trager-Kusman ’02

Michael left his job at the Department of Treasury in Washington D.C. to move to New York and pursue his passion. From starting as an unpaid pizza delivery boy, he climbed his way up to become a line cook at one of New York’s most premier gastropubs, The Breslin, where he met Tyler Morris, now executive chef of MTK Productions.  Michael had gotten the crash course needed to pursue his dream of starting a restaurant in his hometown of Louisville.  RYE on Market opened in the NULU district in early 2012, followed by Atlantic No. 5 in the summer of 2013.

Briefly describe your career after leaving St. Francis.

St. Francis was a great help in opening my mind to different career paths and not limiting myself based on pressure or expectations.  After college, I spent time in both Washington D.C. working in the Department of Treasury, and then in New York City as a chef.

Looking back at your time at St. Francis, what stands out?

The creative freedom to learn in different ways.  I felt like I was stronger because St. Francis created an environment that allowed me to be independent and learn the way I needed to.

Do you recall a specific teacher or friend that influenced you in some way?

Mikulak teaching Walden had a huge impact on me. At the time I had no clue what he was talking about, but it really began to mean something later in life.

How was your experience at St. Francis a factor in determining your career path?

It allowed me to think outside the box and chase my true dreams.

What are the highlights of your career thus far?

Opening RYE – my first restaurant.

What are you currently working on?

Always looking for opportunities to educate about and provide “good,” clean food.

How do you define success?

Being happy in what you do, which I believe happens when you care deeply about what you are doing day-to-day.

At RYE, we believe food should be approachable yet challenging; something that pushes the senses and comforts the soul. Founded on the conviction that our most valued social experiences are created around food, RYE believes food exudes an energy that is, at times, indescribable. We believe that local and regional food simply tastes better. Capitalizing on the unrivaled products of our local farms, RYE focuses on using sustainable, seasonal, unadulterated ingredients, allowing us to provide you with a fresher, cleaner, more flavorful cuisine. Beyond what we believe, you can trust that we are focused on being the very best at what we do.

Atlantic No. 5 features an innovative take on lunchtime classics and coffee by local roasters Sunergos. Grab a quick bite while you’re on the go or pull up a chair, plug in your laptop and stay awhile. Join us for breakfast, lunch, and after-work drinks, and check out our upcoming music events.


Parent Association News

-Kroger Plus Card
Does the bottom of your Kroger receipt say “Community Rewards: At your request we are donating to St. Francis krogerSchool”? If not, please register your card today! Click here for instructions.

-BoxTop check to the PA for $531.10!!!
Thank you to everyone who continues to send in BoxTops
(donation container in the Front Office).
Please keep them coming!

-Spirit Wear: Order Online NOW!
Click here to order online now and pay via PayPal! We will put your order in your child’s backpack. If you prefer to pick it up at the front office, just let us know! Thank you for your support!

-PA Dues: PAY ONLINE with PayPal!!!
If you have not yet paid your 2014-15 PA dues, it’s not too late! Please click here.
We are requesting $50 per family, regardless of size.

-Upcoming Events
Friday, February 6th: PA Meeting, Goshen Campus @ 8:05 a.m.
Friday, February 6th: Preschool Donuts with Dad @ 9:00 a.m.
Friday, February 6th: Staff/Faculty Luncheon hosted by the 2nd Grade
Friday, February 13th: Lower School Valentine’s Day Parties @ 2:15 p.m.

As always, please contact Andi McLeroy at with any questions or concerns!
Have a great weekend!

School Counselor Julie Marks

FCD Presentation for Middle School Parents
As a part of our Healthy Choices program, we have invited a prevention specialist from FCD (Freedom From Chemical Dependency) to meet with Middle School students on Monday, January 12th and Tuesday, January 13th. 5th and 6th graders will meet with the Prevention Specialist Rodney Poole one time, while 7th and 8th graders will meet twice. FCD is a nonprofit organization that provides substance abuse prevention education for schools. This is our ninth year partnering with them, and we are looking forward to working with Rodney again this year.

In addition to the student education component, Rodney will also present a parent workshop to offer support and guidance in helping your children enjoy a drug-free adolescence. This program presents a perfect opportunity for gaining information that will allow you to discuss alcohol and drug-related issues with your children, as parental involvement is crucial in reducing the risk teenagers face. Rodney will offer the parent presentation on Tuesday, January 13th at 8:10 a.m.


Athletics from Coach Cowherd


Girls’ 7th/8th Grade Basketball
In their final home game of the season, the girls faced KCD in what would be the game of the year!
The Wyverns would trail the entire first half, but would remain within striking distance all throughout the second half. At halftime, the score read Bearcats 17, Wyverns 13 after a Maggie McGraw bucket.  All year long, the girls have struggled with putting together a complete game.  They had shown flashes of brilliance, but would later relinquish leads and momentum late in the second halves.  Things were different this time around.  Although down by four points, they dug deep for the remainder of the game to knock off the athletic Bearcats.  Olivia Zimmerman caught fire for four clutch third-quarter points to cut the deficit to one by the end of the third quarter.  In the fourth quarter, Alexa Von Feldt contributed with seven critical points to make this a seesaw battle with KCD.  In the final seconds of regulation, the Wyverns made an impressive defensive stop to force overtime with the score knotted up at 28 all.  The crowd was in a frenzy as the game headed into an extra period.  In the overtime period, Mary Claire Duncan rose to the occasion, scoring four points in OT and make heady plays and decisions, clinching the Wyvern win, 36-32!  Six girls scored in the game:  Alexa Von Feldt (18), Mary Claire Duncan (6), Meredith Fleming (4), Olivia Zimmerman (4), Arabella Maki (2), and Maggie McGraw (2).  The win was their fifth of the season. They look forward to tournament play this weekend at OSL.

Boys’ 7th/8th Grade Basketball
The boys’ team played host to Our Savior Lutheran in their home finale.  Earlier in the season the Wyverns knocked off the Panthers, looking to repeat the previous outcome would be no easy task.  The game started off with all four 8th graders making the start (Clay Smedley, Angus Middleton, Matthew Melendez and Wyatt Ware) in their final home game of their Middle School careers.  The lineup would conquer the first quarter lead, 10-3.  In the second quarter, the Wyverns switched to a full-court press, creating turnovers and easy scoring opportunities.  The team played flawlessly from that point on to capture the 32-14 victory over OSL.  Half of the players who dressed for the game scored:  Michael Patterson (9), Connor Gorman (8), Will Cole (6), Bruce Hamilton (3), Angus Middleton (3), Clay Smedley (2), and Lake Mackin (1).  The win gave the Wyverns their 13th of the season, with the OSL and Anchorage postseason tournaments ahead.

Boys’ 5th/6th Grade Basketball
The boys’ 5th grade basketball team went 1-2 over this past weekend.  On Friday night they avenged their Whitefield Championship loss to CAL, beating the Centurions 30-29.  On Saturday morning they faced CAL again and didn’t fare as well, falling 53-24.  It was the first game of a double-header for the boys that day.  They also lost to KCD in their second game of the day, 33-20.

The boys’ 6th grade team won handily against Walden on Saturday, despite being without a number of key players.  Isaac Davis and Owen Carey led a team that included a number of 5th graders to the 40-20 victor.  On Sunday they played their opening-round tournament game in the MidAmerica open division league, falling to Fall City Select.

Girls’ 5th/6th Grade Basketball
The girls’ team lost a close game, 14-11, to Collegiate.  They were without their leading scorer Ayda Marshall due to injury, but still managed to almost pull off the win despite her absence.  The team has a 6-8 overall record and are just a couple of baskets away from being 10-4 or 11-3.  The team will take on Our Savior Lutheran this Saturday at home.

Girls’ 3rd/4th Grade Basketball
The 3rd and 4th grade girls played Portland Christian over the weekend and gave it everything they had.  They couldn’t pull out the win and lost 23-8 to the Eagles.  In the second game of the double-header, the team played CAL and won 16-8.  All of the girls are getting more confident, taking more shots, and playing more cohesively as a team – important ingredients to do well in the upcoming tournament.  The team will be back in action this Saturday for another double-header at 10:05 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at CAL.

Boys’ 2nd/3rd Grade Basketball
The boys’ 2/3 basketball team opened tournament play on Sunday evening against SC Future.  For only the second time this season, they were down at halftime 14-7.  The Wyverns battled back behind stellar team defensive play, as they pulled out the 18-14 victory. They advance to face overall #1 seed GHITP on February 8th at 5:00 p.m.

Kindergarten/1st Grade Basketball
This past weekend the young Wyverns played a great game against a team from their St. Matthews League. Led by the defensive effort of Piper Kuhn, the game stayed close through the first half. Much of the scoring was led by Tonya Amini and Micah Patrick, who had six points each. The team also got on the board with their newest player, Mya Booker, who went one of two from the free-throw line. Although the final score was 13-22, it is not indicative of the hard work put in by the squad this game. They continue to move forward and learn each week.


School Notes

  • The 8th grade science class shared their roller coasters and knowledge of physics with the 4th and 2nd graders. The 4th graders impressed the 8th graders with their knowledge of Newton’s Laws of Motion. The 2nd graders loved learning more about roller coasters and motion from the big 8th graders. Lots of fun in the science world! ​
  • Summer camp dates have been decided! Our Camp Wyvern Day Camp, Preschool Camps and Fine Arts Camps will start June 8th and run through July 31st. Sports Camps will be the weeks of June 15th and July 6th. Stay tuned for more details!
  • Congratulations to 8th grader Sydney Lattis, whose club volleyball team won first place in the gold division in the Central Zone Invitational in Indianapolis last weekend! Game, set, match, Sydney!

  • Don’t forget, St. Francis will host the LISC dance Friday, February 6th. If any parents would like to chaperone, please contact Reed Gabhart.

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News from Preschool Director Renee Hennessy

ReneeHennessyA few summers ago as a staff we read the book Blessings of a Skinned Knee by Dr. Wendy Mogel. In her book, Dr. Mogel gives parents practical solutions to the “blessings” that surround some common parenting obstacles we face each day. While using her psychological insights and sense of humor, Dr. Mogel discusses teaching and developing self-control, independence, and expectations that match your child’s temperament, coping with frustration, and avoiding over-scheduling. She will be speaking at KCD on February 5th at 7:00 p.m. I hope to see some of you there.

The Preschool lunch menu can be found here. You can access it by selecting “Default 11/24 – 3/06/15” on the Select a Menu tab. If you click on the Daily or Weekly tabs you will see a detailed menu for Preschool lunches. We also post a printed menu on the Parent Information Board located right outside of the 2s/3s classroom.

We are in the process of re-enrollment for the Preschool. Please remember to log in to the Parent Portal and make your selections for next year to ensure that your first choice is available.

Weekly pictures from Preschool:






Imagine! 2015







Make sure to get your ticket to this season’s most extraordinary event – Imagine! 2015.

You won’t want to miss a wonderful selection of art and jewelry in the silent auction, a fun live auction, exciting raffles, and, of course, amazing food and drink provided by Wiltshire Pantry.

Get your tickets here!


– Sponsorship opportunities
– Live auction trips/experiences
– Volunteers

We cannot hold this event without help and support from each of our families!  Please let us know how you would like to get involved!  Contact Emily Carter-Essex to let her know how you can help out.


Head of Campus Reed Gabhart

Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus, Director of the SFS Drama Project

Last week on the Goshen Campus, we began a new initiative that we have tried before with mixed results: composting our lunch waste! Under the direction of Garden Coordinator Christine Brinkman and science teacher Carol Clark, our 6th graders are heading up this program and learning environmentally sound principles at the same time. Here is a description from Christine:

“As the Garden Coordinator, my job cannot be successful without the students and the teachers taking advantage of the outside education we have available to us on 64 acres of land.  Carol Clark and I recently decided to continue what the 6th graders experienced at Pine Mountain: take only what you can eat and be conscious of the environment around you.  Learning and talking about decomposition, soil nutrients, the school’s waste, nitrogen, carbon, and the overall bigger picture is part of their curriculum.  So we built some indoor worm bins (vermicomposting) and dug out one outdoor worm bin – another will come once the weather changes.  The students are busy every day collecting coffee grounds from the teachers’ lounge and food waste from the cafeteria. The 6th graders made informational posters and presented at morning meeting about what is and is not acceptable to compost. The waste we are collecting is oil- dairy- meat- and citrus-free. The good news is the chickens love what the worms can’t eat!  And the kids are teaching their peers how it all works. To be in an environment that supports this education is exciting.  To see the kids get motivated by this kind of education is incredible!”

I couldn’t agree more! They actually look like they’re having fun collecting the scraps each day (after getting over the “yuck” factor!). Look for some great pictures showing them in action!

Also, below you will see the Effort Honor Roll chart for the second quarter. It was read at last Friday’s full assembly for our “Readathon.” Congratulation to all of these students for their hard work in the classroom! (And remember, to make the year–end Elizabeth Archibald Effort Honor Roll, a student has to make two out of the first three quarters AND the final quarter!).

Finally, I will be away next week, Sunday through Wednesday, on a school accreditation visit to the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago. I look forward to helping a fellow Independent school in this critical process, while also gaining a fresh perspective on how other independent schools operate. I’ll share any noteworthy findings soon.

Effort Honor Roll

8th Grade7th Grade6th Grade5th Grade
Lucy Jane Biberman
Eve Rudd Boland
Colby Boyd
Chloe Church
Evie Cooley
Mary Claire Duncan
Meredith Fleming
Cassidy Gilvin
Christopher Hammond
Jennifer Johnson
Sydney Lattis
Erin Lyons
Arabella Maki
Margaret McGraw
Margaret Mundt
Sean Sullivan
Reid Varda
Alexa Von Feldt
Abby Waggener
Wyatt Ware
Alan Ziegler
Olivia Zimmerman
Olivia Beach
Cloey Beardsley
Aidan Campbell
Ella Davis
Amelia Dimas
Grace Donovan
Caroline Frederick
Georges Ghali
Connor Gordon
Connor Gorman
Emma Grace Harvey
Eli Jaffe
Hayden Jones
Ryane Jones
Gary Jurige
Natalie Lancaster
Lorenzo Mahoney
Grace Malone
Eston McLeroy
Ford Middendorf
Izzy Payne
Drew Perkins
Sydney Ragland
Carolyn Siegenthaler
Rachel Silberman
Ellie White
Bradley Wilson
Holly Yelton
Audrey Brinkmann-Piuma
Owen Carey
Jake Chanda
Noelle Dry
Jasmin Gonzalez
Caleb Hennessy
Sophie Johnson
Lily Johnson
Emma King
Jimmy Lancaster
Lake Mackin
Audrey McClain
Bennett Middendorf
Stuart Middleton
Teagan Morrison
Nyla Nawab
Bella Nugent
Norah Patrick
Jack Plaxe
Emery Richards
Bentlea Schwartz
Drew Siciliano
Parker Smith
Natalie Stewart
Levi Tyler
Theron Varda
Nate Waggener
Lars Barbercheck
Nicolette Bert
Stevaun Butler
Josie Cooley
Kathryn Denham
Marley Diamond
Riley Elliott
Caroline Essex
Maddy Francis
Lily Gilbert
Olivia Hahn
Katie Hammond
Anna Hardwick-Jones
Poppy Kuhn
Sydney Marks
Ayda Marshall
Kyra Mefford
Camille Ogden
Lauren Prys
Reese Ragland
Isaiah Robles
Piper Shiflet
Ian Von Feldt