Archives for March 2015

School Notes week of March 16th

  • The final round of Math Olympiad on the Goshen Campus occurred and offered just the right amount of challenge.  It’s been a fun competition throughout the year, and listed below are the top three scores for each grade level.  A pizza party will be offered in a few weeks to reward the students.  There was a total of five points on each of the five tests given once a month over the past few months.  5th and 6th grade students competed in one division, while the 7th and 8th graders competed in a different division.
    5th Grade:  1)  Lily Gilbert, Poppy Kuhn, 8 points  2)  Kathryn Denham, Katie Hammond, and Anna Hardwick-Jones, 6 points  3)  Nicolette Bert, 5 points
    6th Grade:   1)  Sophie Johnson, 18 points  2)  Audrey McClain, Jimmy Lancaster, 13 points  3)  Caleb Hennessy, Emma King, and Stuart Middleton, 11 points
    7th Grade: 1)  Lorenzo Mahoney, 17 points  2) Connor Gorman, Georges Ghali, 14 points   3)  Eli Jaffe, 13 points
    8th Grade:  1) Chloe Church,15 points  2) Jennifer Johnson, 13 points  3)  Lucy Biberman, 11 points
  • The Owsley Brown II portable planetarium from the University of Louisville, along with members of the Planetarium_2planetarium staff, recently paid St. Francis a visit. Last Monday, March 9th, they stopped by to teach a variety of earth and space science topics. The students rotated through stations, learning about the relationship between the earth-moon-sun, patterns in the sky, and seasons. They made rockets and recorded data, and even participated in a scale walk of the solar system. The crowd favorite was definitely the planetarium where 1st through 4th grades experienced the night sky firsthand. They had a great time and wore smiles on their faces as they traveled to each station.  This was a great experience for our students and hopefully they have a deeper appreciation for our planet and a greater understanding of the vastness of space.
  • Summer camp brochures will be coming home in backpacks today! This year we are offering a 5% discount for early registration through May 9th. Use the code EARLYBIRD. Click here to register. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Erika Schneider for JK-8th grade camps or Renee Hennessy for Preschool camps.
  • Goshen Derby Camp registration is up and running! Derby Camp is for students in 5th through 8th grade looking for a fun way to spend Derby weekend. Activities include Lazer Blaze, Bluegrass Indoor Karting, a movie, a pizza party, and a trip to Kings Island. Only 36 spots (total) available! Click here to register or contact Walter Denham for more information.
  • Savannah Cornett ’15 was honored with a Regional Award (Silver Key) in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, personal essay/memoir category.
  • When the Supreme Court hears on April 28th oral arguments regarding the Kentucky court decision (along with those in three other states) on marriage equality, they will have already read an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief featuring SFS students Jillian Morrison ’17 and Teagan Morrison ’21 and their sister Kinsey Morrison ‘14.  (Because they are minors, Jillian and Teagan are noted in the brief only by initials – J.M. and T.M.)  If you’re interested, the brief is here.
  • Congratulations to Michelle Jones ’15 for placing 8th in math at the State Governor’s Cup Tournament!
  • 2nd graders Emmy Sower and Zara Jaffe recently wrote a letter to Princess Kate Middleton, inviting her to visit St. Francis to see the Goshen Campus tulip installation. The Duchess of Cambridge won’t be able to make an appearance, but she did send the girls a letter.
  • Nothing works on the stage like a well-crafted tale, and Oliver! is just such a show. Based on the Dickens novel Oliver Twist, centered on the misplaced orphan Oliver, the story is captivating with its pathos and drama, while also delighting everyone with its outstanding musical numbers: Food, Glorious Food, I’d Do Anything, Where is Love?, Consider Yourself, As Long As He Needs Me, Who Will Buy and Reviewing the Situation are musical theater classics. Dickens’ characters are brought to life — perhaps larger than life — with all their facets glowing in this classic production. The National Youth Arts award-winning SFS Drama Project’s spring play opens Friday, March 27th at 6:30 at the Goshen Campus. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students. You can purchase your tickets hereWe look forward to seeing you there!
  • Lunchroom Volunteers

Parent Association News

The Derby Pegasus Parade is coming up!
It will be Thursday, May 1st at 4:00 p.m. Be on the lookout soon for how to purchase your tickets and sit directly in front of all the action at our Downtown Campus! There will be face painting, a “jumpy,” a food truck, swag for sale, and much more! It is sure to be a blast! If you would like to help out with this fun afternoon, please email Andi McLeroy.

Goshen Important Upcoming Dates:
Friday, March 20th: Staff/Faculty Luncheon hosted by the 1st Grade
Wednesday, April 1st at 9:00 a.m.: Preschool Egg Hunt
Thursday, April 2nd at 2:15 p.m.: Spring Parties for JK-2nd Grades
Friday, April 24th: Staff/Faculty Luncheon hosted by Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten
Thursday, May 1st at 4:00 p.m.: Derby Pegasus Parade
Friday, May 15th at 8:10 a.m.: PA Thank You Assembly
Friday, May 22nd: Staff/Faculty Luncheon hosted by Preschool
Wednesday, May 27th at 1:15 p.m.: Last Day of School Ice Cream Socials for JK-4th Grades


Counselor’s Corner

Terri White, Director of Student Services - High School

Terri White,
Director of Student Services – High School

Parents of juniors and seniors! You are cordially invited to a discussion on the transition from high school to college. In a few short months, our seniors will be starting a new chapter in their lives, and many juniors are already touring college campuses. Rus Funk, an educator, speaker, and activist (formerly of Menswork), is collaborating with the University of Louisville PEACC (Prevention, Education, and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community) Center and will be leading the next Parent Discussion Group. Campus safety, collegiate social behavior, the risks involved in the transitional year of college, and subjects to cover with your student before they leave will be addressed. He will also welcome all of your questions and concerns.

The next Parent Discussion Group at the Downtown Campus will be Tuesday, April 14th at 8:15 a.m. If you are the parent of a junior or senior, I do hope you will come be part of this discussion.


Tennis, Track & Field and Baseball

Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Tony Butler,
Athletic Director

On Monday, March 9th, the girls’ tennis team took to the courts to scrimmage Presentation and was able to pull out a win 3-2.  Lucy Lv and Anna Finkelstein played one and two singles respectively.  Lucy fell to her opponent, but Anna was able to pull out the win.  Esme Tyler and Shelly Lancaster played #1 doubles and won, working well as a team and exhibiting great communication.

That Wednesday, the boys’ tennis team opened its season with a match against our Goshen neighbor North Oldham, falling 4-1. Jamie Anderson at #1 singles started strong with a wicked kick serve and a solid ground game to take the first set. He stumbled briefly, then closed out the match for a  6-0, 6-3 dominant win.

Both the boys and girls were in action against North Bullitt on Thursday, winning handily.  On the girls’ side, Eva Borders played #1 singles  and easily clinched a win 6-0, 6-0.  Lily Tierney also pulled out the win: 5-7, 6-2, 8-10.

The boys dropped less than 10 games total in the entire match.  Jamie Anderson, Ben Weaver, Emerson Mudd, and 7th grader Georges Ghali took their singles matches, while Andrew Thurstone/Ethan Mackin and Nick Scarfe/8th grader Alan Ziegler were victorious in doubles.

This past Monday, March 16th, the girls defeated Male and the boys beat DeSales.  Eva Boland and Esme Tyler won their singles matches, while Talia Blue/Emma Boland won a tiebreaker to come out on top in #1 doubles and secure the victory.  For the boys, Ben Weaver, Alan Ziegler and Ethan Mackin pulled out wins

On Tuesday, the boys and girls beat Bullitt Central.  Jamie Anderson at #1 singles continues to take on every opponent’s best player, dominating in a quick win 6-0, 6-0. Alan Ziegler at #3 singles was never threatened in an overpowering 6-0, 6-0 win.  Ethan Mackin and Andrew Thurstone were able to get a windy 8-2 win in doubles action.  For the girls, Eva Borders at #1 singles wasted no time in warm-ups and was able to dominate the court and finished 6-0, 6-0.  Lily Tierney was up and down at #2 singles winning 6-0, 6-4 after winning an impressive five consecutive games to close it out.  At #1 doubles, Emma Boland and Talia Blue continued to show strong groundstrokes and smart net play, winning the match 6-3, 6-2.

Track and Field
On Wednesday, the Middle School track and field team performed well in their first meet of the season.  We welcomed Walden, Collegiate, West End School and Our Savior Lutheran to the Goshen Campus.

The MS Varsity Girls pulled out the win in the event, scoring 44 points as a team, 11 points better than the second-place team.  Grace Donovan and Ryane Jones led the Wyverns with solid performances in their events.  The MS JV girls finished second overall behind a solid team performance.

The MS Varsity Boys finished 3rd overall behind great performances from Ford Middendorf and Theron Varda, while the MS JV boys finished in second place behind solid performances from their entire team as well.

The St. Francis MS baseball schedule has been released and the Wyverns are hard at work preparing for their first game.  The team is comprised of mostly 5th and 6th grade players, but there are several 7th grade boys on the team as well.  They will play their opening game on Tuesday, March 24th against KCD at 5:30 p.m.  All SFS games will be played at KCD and the league includes other non-public schools: Whitefield, Christian Academy, and Highland Latin.



4s class learns about Matisse

Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

Hennessy, Preschool

Last week was a busy one with our teachers preparing for parent-teacher conferences and then heading to Lexington for the KAIS conference.  One presenter we enjoyed was Dr. William Mosier from Wright State University, where he is currently the director of Research in Child Development.  He entertained preschool and kindergarten teachers with his humor and energy.  We appreciated that, because you need a little of both to work with young children!  His research in child development focuses on behavior and positive guidance.  Dr. Mosier shared his tips on guiding behavior with the 12 Levels of Behavior Intervention for Implementing Positive Child Guidance. AndrewFrechetteSome of his suggestions included ignoring unwanted behavior, looking at your classroom environment, using circle time/story time to address behavior, and positive feedback on observing behaviors that are acceptable,  He also discussed a few other classroom suggestions to deter disruptive behaviors.  Andrew Frechette, our JK teacher, was a great sport and demonstrated some unwanted behaviors for us.  It was a great opportunity for us to come together as a group and learn from one another.

PS_Matisse_1Starfish parent Leigh Stine (Stella’s mom) shared her passion for art with the 4s classes on Friday.  She showed the children a picture of Matisse and a few of his earlier works, and  she talked about how he “painted with scissors.” Leigh also taught the children about space and how small pieces can make a whole picture. Thank you, Leigh, for sharing your talent with the preschoolers!  We will display our Mini Matisse in the Preschool area next week.

Don’t forget “Spring” eggs are due for our annual egg hunt and donation to Keystone Academy. We are asking every family to bring in two dozen filled plastic eggs by Friday, March 27th.

Registration for summer camp is up on our website. You can click here for a direct link. This year we are offering a 5% discount for early registration through May 9th. Use the code EARLYBIRD.


Spring has arrived on campus!

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

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

Last Friday, as you know, was a day off for the students as all of the independent schools in Kentucky converged on The Lexington School for a day of professional development. Teachers and professionals from all over the state presented a series of informative workshops on a variety of educational topics. These days are always rejuvenating, and it is wonderful for us to experience some ongoing “education” ourselves to bring back to the classroom.  As for me, I attended a roundtable discussion among many division heads (including our very own Jennifer Griffith and Suzanne Gorman) in which we batted around many current topics (including comparing our policies and practice on the ever-increasing pace of technology). Another presentation centered on issues involving adolescent development; a third was on increasing the effectiveness of staff professional development in-house. Suzanne and I both appreciated that one and plan on incorporating some of the ideas that were shared. Also, many of our teachers presented at the conference and from all accounts did us proud!

This week has felt like the first vestiges of spring have mercifully arrived on the Goshen Campus! We finally got back outdoors for some recesses (hallelujah!). I don’t know who was more excited – the kids or the teachers! We also held our first track meet on Wednesday, which brought another rite of a Goshen spring – Mr. Black and his starter pistol! The lacrosse teams are also in action, the NCAA brackets (courtesy of Sarah Wallace) are ubiquitous, and our spring musical, Oliver! is in high gear as we frenetically prepare for our opening next Friday night! We hope to see you at one of our four performances of this Dickens-inspired classic in which nearly 50 Middle School kids are taking part! Look for a link to tickets in an email very soon!

And believe it or not, we are three-fourths of the way through the school year! And that means progress reports are BabyChick_2coming your way yet again. You should be receiving them electronically next Monday afternoon and the Effort Honor Roll will follow shortly afterwards.

And the last sign of spring? New baby chicks hatching in Carey Thornburgh’s classroom! If you are on campus soon, stop by and meet “Luna” and “Lucky” – and no doubt some new hatchlings, too!


Sacred Space Committee convened an interfaith panel

Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

The High School faculty, along with our Goshen Campus colleagues, went to Lexington last Friday to attend the KAIS (Kentucky Association of Independent Schools) Conference.  Several of our faculty (Ann Healy, Angela Katz, Brett Paice, Bob Bertke) presented (and I heard wonderful reviews of each of their sessions).   This conference is organized by teachers from each KAIS school once every four years and is a great chance to exchange ideas with our colleagues from other independent schools.  I spent much of my time there in the same sessions my Goshen counterpart Reed Gabhart attended, and really appreciated the opportunity to meet with other division heads, focus on ways to lead effectively, and hear about in-house professional development ideas.

Spearheaded by Ann Healy and Penny Ridgdill, along with Rosemary DeMarco ’16 and some other students, the annual Gender Week successfully concluded a week ago.  Highlights included a presentation from ACLU Executive Director Michael Aldridge, “Dress Like Your Favorite Woman” day, and a film screening.

This week, our Sacred Space Committee convened an interfaith panel at an all-school assembly to discuss the SacredSpacePanel_2intersection of faith and science.  Panelists included Reverend Robert S. Harvey (St. Stephen’s Baptist Church), Dr. Gulali Wali Khan (Islam), Rabbi Robert Slosberg (Adath Jeshurun), Reverend Kelly Kirby (St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church), and Brian Kirby (science teacher with a master’s degree in divinity).  The discussion was rich, continuing amongst ourselves in advisee groups today and at an optional all-school lunch meeting after Spring Break.

We also hosted a lunchtime visit from former University of Louisville/NBA basketball player and current restaurant maven Junior Bridgeman.  He came with alumni parent and former Trustee Bob Klingle as part of Bob’s “Choice Conversations” series, in which he brings a local person of interest to meet with the first 25 students who sign up.  As always, it was a JRBridgemanthought-provoking discussion and terrific opportunity for our students.

Kudos to all those involved in the Showcase of Plays – writers, directors, actors, poetry readers, the Currently Out of Order improv troupe, and the Jazz Combo musicians – on a great production the weekend before last.  And congratulations to the Governor’s Cup team on a strong showing at the State Tournament.  The Quick Recall Team fell just short of advancing to the Sweet 16, but as head coach Tom Miron said in Morning Meeting, the team’s goals this year were to win the league’s regular season, win the league tournament, and make it to State – and they did all three!

On a personnel note, our Admissions Director Lucy Wathen has decided to return to her fashion roots and leave us next month.  We are grateful to Lucy for all her contributions these past couple of years.


Wyverns in the U.S. Supreme Court!

From left: Kinsey Morrison, Jillian Morrison and Teagan Morrison.

From left: Kinsey Morrison, Jillian Morrison and Teagan Morrison.

Kinsey Morrison ’14, Jillian Morrison G’13, ’17, and Teagan Morrison G’17, ’21, are participating in an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief that has been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the pending case of Obergefell v. Hodges. The brief, which lists the Family Equality Council, COLAGE, and Kinsey Morrison as named amici, argues that children of same-sex couples who are denied marriage equality can themselves suffer from marriage-ban discrimination. They are asking the Supreme Court to rule that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment.

Here is a link to the brief itself.

Oldham Era Article 3/11/2015

Thank you Oldham Era for this week’s article on our Lower and Middle School
basketball teams and the impact our new Gym has made.

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