Archives for April 2015

Chinatown Bus by Emmaly Saliga ’16

Emmaly Saliga ’16 is one of three prize winners from Word Hotel, the literary journal of the Spalding University BFA program. Emmaly’s poem is titled “Chinatown Bus”.

“Chinatown Bus”

I count Waffle Houses

too many tangled up in Owenton

and then Ohio walled in with them

The fire escape is open leaking

rain into mauve and blue velvet

static hair stuck in patterns

a man changes a tire

on the side of the road

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Photo Gallery for the Week of April 13th

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School Notes for Week of April 13th

  • Get Your Tickets Now! St. Francis School is hosting our annual Pegasus Parade event at the Downtown Campus. We’ve got front row seats or bleacher seating, parking, face painting, a bouncy house and private restrooms! Come join us for a great family outing! For more information and to sign up, click here.
  • This week the Goshen Campus was treated to a visit from Velocity Indiana’s Maker Mobile. The MakerMobile is a modified 32-foot trailer that houses “a variety of maker tools, including 3D printers, laser cutters, a vinyl cutter, a CNC machine, laptop workstations and electronics kits. The unit is designed for community outreach and education within the Kentuckiana area.” Students visited in travel groups for 20-minute sessions to learn about the Maker movement and get a close-up look at how 3D printers and laser cutters work, and they learned how these machines can enhance their creative endeavors. We are Maker7very grateful to Velocity Indiana for taking the time to come out and educate our students and for encouraging them to seek out their own Maker experiences. See photos in this week’s gallery.
  • On Monday, April 13th, the 5th grade class, along with Ms. Varda, Ms. Staley, and Ms. Jay, took a field trip to The Challenger Learning Center located at The Academy @ Shawnee High School and UofL’s The Rausch Planetarium. At the Challenger Learning Center, students ran a simulated mission to study a comet. Students used computers and lab facilities to run the mission as a team, to collect data, and Challengernavigate their route through space. It was a great experience in actual science exploration and work! The Challenger Center is an interactive space science learning center founded by families of the crew of the Challenger Space Shuttle that tragically exploded on January 28th, 1986. Our trip there was funded by UPS through a grant science teacher Pattie Koth received from UPS. At the Rausch Planetarium, located on the University of Louisville campus, we enjoyed a planetarium show that included a trip through our solar system with some 3D visual effects and great projections. It was a great day of science and adventure for the 5th grade students!
  • Author and former Goshen resident Amanda Stone Norton visited Friday with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students to talk about how she became a creative writer, what kids can do to become a writer and her new book Muddy Madeline Meets an Arach-a-doo. Copies of the book will beavailable to order. For more information, contact the library!
  • Get ready for the Summer Reading Book Fest May 4th-8th! Can you believe that it is almost time to pick up your summer reading books?? This year, the library has teamed up with Carmichael’s Books for a book fair starting on Monday, May 4th! This book fair will have copies of all the books on your student’s summer reading list, as well as exciting new titles handpicked by St. Francis faculty and the Carmichael’s staff! Proceeds will go towards the library’s Reading Room renovation project!
  • Avoid the summer slump! Summer Break is just around the corner! If you are looking for a way to keep your children academically engaged over the summer months, please consider purchasing Summer Solutions Workbooks. Each practice book contains 30 lessons along with Help Pages and an answer key for self-checking. The books can provide the necessary review and practice that allow students to retain important math and language arts skills. You can find more information, including sample lessons, help pages, and list of skills here. It is recommended that the students complete a lesson three times per week over Summer Break. There are a variety of workbooks to choose from. If you would like to place an order, click here. If you order by May 10th, the workbooks will come right to school and then into your child’s backpack! The books are reasonably priced at $12 per book and shipping is free when books are ordered through St. Francis School. Please contact Ann Mundt if you have any questions.
  • The Learning Resource Center is excited to provide the following support services this summer:
  1. Math tutoring for review of this year’s concepts to be ready to move forward next school year
  2. Academic support with Ann Mundt in reading, writing, and math
  3. Organizational workshop for middle school students and parents in August to start the new year off well-organized
  4. Emily Boyle will be available at the The Learning Center-Downtown Campus to provide the academic support services for any interested students as well.
    If you are interested in knowing more about any of these services, please contact Claudia McCrocklin.
  • To aid cancer research and care, the 7th grade recently went trailblazing. On March 31, they completed the bulk of their service-learning project by clearing trails in the school’s Nature Preserve and walking around the perimeter of the Goshen Campus. The Workathon-Walkathon helped raise money for the life-saving work of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Armed with clippers, the 7th graders cut back vegetation, uprooted invasive honeysuckle, and cleared sticks and limbs from the trails. St. Francis teachers Michael Mahoney, Lon Church, Jason Chlopek, and Alex Taylor, with some much appreciated help from parents and grandparents, led this effort. Few schools can boast an expansive Nature Preserve. The trails, which are now more accessible, provide access to a wooded wonder of the Goshen Campus. After the work session, the 7th graders then walked the campus perimeter under beautiful blue skies. The students had a thoroughly enjoyable, productive afternoon and in the process raised money for a great cause. See photos in this week’s gallery.
  • A belated congratulations to 5th grader Nicolette Bert. At the end of March, Nicolette won the Kentucky USA Gymnastics State Meet Level 3, including 1st place All Around, 1st place Bars, 1st place Vault, and 1st place Floor. Way to go, Nicolette!
  • Looking Now for Host Families for the 2015-16 School Year! Our fabulous Lucy Lv is going to be a senior! 11th Lv-001Lucy has been with us since 9th grade, spending every school year at St. Francis and returning home to China for the summers. She needs a host family for her final year! Lucy is an outstanding student, plays multiple sports, and would be a wonderful addition to any SFS family. We are also welcoming Sterre, a 16 year old from the Netherlands, for a one-year exchange. She has been speaking English for five years, and is eager to learn about the U.S. culture. She plays field hockey and enjoys all outdoor activities. “I want to go to the SterreUSA because last summer I went to the USA and to Canada and I had an amazing time. I really love the USA, and I think it is a great country to learn English. I want to live in a family because you really get to know the culture of the land.”
    Who Can Host?
    One thing that unites all host families is a strong sense of the importance of cross-cultural understanding in today’s world. Host families are curious, open-minded, caring, and willing to help a young student adjust and thrive in a new environment.
    As A Host Family, You:
    Welcome a student into your home as a family member for 10 months.
    Provide a bed and bedroom (can share with same gender close in age)
    Provide appropriate place to study
    Provide three meals a day
    Provide necessary transportation
    Benefits of Being A Host Family:
    Broaden someone’s horizons – share all that your family, your community, and the U.S. have to offer a young person
    Learn about the world – open your family’s eyes to cultures and languages from all over the world
    Globalize your community – your student will bring the world to your community
    If you are interested in becoming a host family, please contact Suzanne Gorman for more information.
  • The High School improv team, Currently Out of Order, only has two shows left this season! Please plan to join us on April 25th and May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at The Bard’s Town. This event fills up quickly, so please call The Bard’s Town at 502-749-5275 to make reservations. Our April 25th show is Derby-themed and we encourage our audience to wear their funkiest Derby hats for a chance to be included in one of our sketches.
  • Congratulations to 8th grader Sydney Lattis and her KIVA 14 White Volleyball team are the 2015 JVA World Champions! They won nine matches over the weekend to bring home the Gold Medal.
  • Kudos to 7th grader Caroline Frederick, who was accepted into both the Joffrey Ballet School’s Summer Intensive Program and Interlochen’s School for the Arts Summer Musical Theatre Workshop! Caroline will be attending Interlochen (in northern Michigan, founded in 1928) for three weeks, bringing her total to five weeks of musical theater this summer after doing Into the Woods at St. Francis! Broadway beckons!
  • Another pair of Goshen alums were honored recently with Scholastic Gold Key Art Awards. Click here to see some breathtaking artwork from Cassie Taylor G’11 and Emma Collins G’11! It is ironic that last night was Fine Arts Evening at Goshen, where these two talented artists began their training in the arts!
  • Congratulations to Jillian Morrison G’13, ’17 and Emmaly Saliga ’16, who were named one of three prize winners from Word Hotel, the literary journal of the Spalding University BFA program. Jillian’s poem is “Everything You Loved About Me Has Changed” and Emmaly’s is titled “Chinatown Bus”. They will be honored at an awards ceremony in June. Click here to read Jillian’s poem.

Parent Association News Week of April 13th

We hope to see you at our last Goshen PA meeting of the year, next Friday, April 24th at 8:10 a.m. We will meet in the conference room.

We also want to thank everyone who volunteers at Goshen throughout the year — we couldn’t do anything without you! You are cordially invited to our annual PA Thank You Assembly on Friday, May 8th at 8:10 a.m. A light breakfast will be provided. Please note the new date.

Important Upcoming Dates (Goshen Campus)

Friday, April 24th: Staff/Faculty Luncheon hosted by Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten
Friday, April 24th @ 8:10 a.m.: PA Meeting (Final one of the school year)
Thursday, May 1st @ 4:00 p.m.: Derby Pegasus Parade
Friday, May 8th @ 8:10 a.m.: PA Thank You Assembly (NEW DATE!!!)
Friday, May 22nd: Staff/Faculty Luncheon hosted by Preschool
Wednesday, May 27th @ 1:15 p.m.: Last Day of School Ice Cream Socials for JK-3rd Grades


Wyverns’ Track & Field Meet a Great Day

Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Tony Butler,
Athletic Director

Track and Field
The MS track and field teams were at Assumption Green on Saturday afternoon to compete in the Derby MS Track Meet.  The cool morning air let way to some breezy spring weather as the afternoon progressed, and the Wyverns had a great day.

The girls finished 4th overall as a team out of the 24 girls’ teams at the event.  Their finish was highlighted by a number of outstanding performances.  Individually Ryane Jones, Grace Donovan and Alexa Von Feldt paced the Wyverns throughout the day.  Ryane placed in her three individual events, 1st in the 200M, 2nd in the High Jump and 3rd in the 100M, as well as 2nd in the 4X100M Relay.  Grace, a member of that same 4X100M relay team, also placed 2nd in the 400M and 6th in the 100M.  Alexa placed in both throws events, 5th in the Shot Put and 7th in the Discus. The 4X100M team was rounded out by Chloe Church and Anna Hardwick-Jones.

The boys did not place as a team but did have a number of outstanding performances.  Ford Middendorf and Angus Middleton both placed in two events – Ford was 3rd in the 110 Hurdles and 6th in the 800M.  Angus finished 4th in the High Jump and 6th in the Triple Jump.  Isaiah Green and Caden Kirby also placed in the Triple Jump and Shot Put respectively.

Before the break, the girls’ and boys’ tennis teams played a number of matches.  Here are the final scores from those matches.

Girls’ Tennis Home vs. Simon Kenton
St. Francis 1 – Simon Kenton 4

Girls’ Tennis @ North Oldham
St. Francis 0 – North Oldham 5

Boys’ Tennis @ North Oldham
St. Francis 1 – North Oldham 4

Boys’ Tennis Home v. Collegiate
St. Francis 4 – Collegiate 1

Girls’ Tennis @ Collegiate
St. Francis 0 – Collegiate 5

Girls’ Tennis @ Oldham County
St. Francis 0 – Oldham County 5

Boys’ Tennis @ Oldham County
St. Francis 3 – Oldham County 2

Girls’ Tennis @ Manual
St. Francis 1 – Manual 4

Boys’ Tennis @ Manual
St. Francis 1 – Manual 3

Girls’ Tennis @ KCD
St. Francis 3 – KCD 2

Boys’ Tennis @ KCD
St. Francis 3 – KCD 2

The MS Baseball team played host to Collegiate on Tuesday night as one of their two true home games of the season played at Buechel Ballpark on Goldsmith Lane.  The boys faced a tough-hitting team in the Titans, falling behind 3-0 after the first inning.  They regrouped in the second to take the lead 4-3 behind good hitting from Stevaun Butler, who drove in three runs on a single to centerfield.  But in the top of the 3rd, the Titans started hitting the ball well and stretched their lead to 11-4.  Levi Tyler scored the final run for the Wyverns on a wildly-pitched ball.

The MS Baseball team was back in action on Wednesday night at KCD taking on Highland Latin.  The Wyverns jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.  Defense and pitching was solid all afternoon, shutting Latin out through four innings.  The offense clicked, scoring multiple runs in four of the teams five at bats. Connor Gorman led the offense, going 2 for 2, scoring three runs while also netting an RBI.

Mark Your Calendars for Grandparents’ Day Tea & Preschool Derby Races

Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

Hennessy, Preschool

Thank you to everyone who helped make our spring egg hunts so much fun.  Thanks to Terry IMG_0345Boardman for donning the bunny costume, Kelli Schmidt for organizing classroom parties, and to all of the parents who helped the “Bunny” hide the eggs.

We have several events coming up that are special to the Preschool, like Grandparents’ Day Derby Races & Tea and Muffins with Moms.  This year at Muffins with Moms we will be honoring two of our teachers who have been with us for 20 years, Ms. Penny and Ms. Mary Pat! Both teachers have been with us since the Preschool first opened in 1995 in Harrods Creek.  We’re very fortunate to have had their expertise and consistency in our classrooms over the years.

Mark your calendars for our Grandparents’ Day Tea & Preschool Derby Races on Wednesday, April 29th.  A parade of class floats will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.  Then we will “Run for the Roses” by class, beginning with the Twos, and then join our special guests for refreshments.

Muffins with Moms will be Wednesday, May 6th at 9:00 a.m.  All moms are warmly invited to join us right after morning carpool to share a muffin or two with your child.


SFS Drama Project’s Oliver! A Huge Success!

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

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

Fresh off a wonderful Spring Break, we are all now gearing up for the infamous “stretch run” of April and May – which usually feels more like an avalanche! But before we look ahead to the ending of another wildly successful year and the graduation of a truly remarkable class, let’s look back a week or two.

Prior to break, the SFS Drama Project wrapped up our spring musical, Oliver! No small feat, this production involved creating three platforms (Go, Jim DeNicola and crew!), learning many DSC_9174complicated songs, a great deal of choreography, assembling an awesome orchestra pit (Go, Bob Bertke!) and renting a ton of costumes and set items – not to mention all the line and blocking memorization! But, ever the troopers, our 50 Middle School students in the show brought it all together to deliver four rousing performances (three of which were sell-outs!). The combination of talent and commitment from all the parties responsible (including our amazing parents!) is always inspiring.

And I can’t recall ever mentioning a cast party in a show recap before, but this one took the cake (no pun intended!). After Arabella Maki made a presentation and thanked all the adults involved in Oliver!, she invited other 8th graders to speak about what SFS drama has meant to them. What followed was about 30 minutes of testimonials that were truly touching, capped off by five 8th grade boys, with arms linked in solidarity, describing how drama has given them self-confidence and a bunch of wonderful memories. It was a moment I won’t soon forget. We ended the cast party with the students singing karaoke versions of the show’s songs – but not ones they were in! It showed that everyone knew all the songs and just how much they supported each other. At 2:55 p.m., the entire cast and crew took to the stage to sing one final giant version of “Food, Glorious Food!”

Now that’s how we do cast parties at St. Francis! Here are some thoughts from of our graduating drama members:

I think looking back on my SFS drama experience I have grown so much; not only as an actor but as a person. I have become so much more outgoing since I auditioned for the cast of Our Town four years ago. On my last night as Mrs. Sowerberry, I thought about the little girl who stood there four years previously and how far I have come since. In my last show, the cast and I have challenged ourselves tremendously, and I think our hard work has really paid off. I have made such great memories, and I will look back fondly of my time in shows here.”
Lucy Biberman

“I really enjoyed the production of Oliver!. Usually, I’m a little bit more of a fan of the smaller cast plays, because you’re closer with people. But with this play I became friends with a lot of people. And we all came together to make all four plays amazing, because we were like a family. I really liked Oliver! and I’m going to miss it.”
Chris Hammond

“Oliver! was really special to me. In all the plays I’ve been in at St Francis, this was by far my favorite. I really wanted to enjoy it because it was the last one I’d be doing.  I loved being around my classmates, thinking of them less as classmates and more like family. Drama, for the past four years, has been everything to me. I don’t play any school sports, so I have always given it all my time and effort. Not only has drama here given me acting skills, it’s great to have fun with my friends and bond with them. It’s made a big impact on me, and now I know what a good cast party looks like!”
Abby Waggener

“I’ve had so much fun acting in the SFS drama program!  The casts I get to work with, the directors and the enthusiasm everyone puts in is amazing.  The whole experience has made my life richer, and I’m so glad I’ve been a part of it. We, everyone together, are a company of talent and support for one another, making the four shows I’ve acted in the best experience a middle schooler could wish for!”
Chloe Church

“Before attending St. Francis, I did not have the confidence to be in a play like the ones that we have done in the SFS Drama Project.  However, Mr. Gabhart’s and Mr. Church’s confidence in me led to my own confidence, and I am proud to say that I participated in as many shows as I did.  I am so glad that I was able to be a part of the SFS Drama Project, and I will always have fond memories of it.”
Clay Smedley

“The St. Francis drama program, for me, made me more confident as a public speaker, performer, and even quick thinker. I am sure there is no other drama program that is as fun, as well as productive, as the one at St. Francis. Thank you, St. Francis!”
Alan Ziegler

“Ever since 5th grade, I have been acting in the St Francis Drama program and have loved every minute of it. Thanks to our amazing directors, I have been able to participate in plays and experience what it is like to act in front of an audience. I’ll surely miss this.”
Sean Sullivan

The St. Francis drama program has taught me so much. Every year I have tried out for our wonderful plays. I didn’t make it in a few, but as Mr. Gabhart says, “No one loses in drama.” Even as an audience member, I benefited from all the plays. I have so much fun, and I can never stop laughing at all the jokes we share. I think drama is one of the best things at St. Francis. I know I have more confidence in myself. I encourage more students to try out. I have dyslexia. This makes it very hard for me to read. At first it was hard for me to remember my lines, but I kept going, and I loved it. I thought my dyslexia would hold me back from acting, but the directors told me to be myself. Everyone that was involved with any of the plays, thank you all for your hard work.”
Maggie McGraw

I also announced at our cast party that Lon Church has a new title: Associate Director of the Drama Project. This is a title Ed Gupton gave to me many years ago and Lon has certainly earned this through his passion for theater, his gift in imparting it to kids, and his commitment to SFS Drama. And if you didn’t know, he is also the artist who created our wonderful set backdrops the last two years, including the wonderful Victorian London skyline for Oliver! We look forward to many more collaborations together!

And, unfortunately, some of our actors couldn’t attend our cast party, but they had a good reason – they were off to CHINA! In a first-time venture and cross-campus collaboration, six of our Goshen students, Sean Denham, Amelia Dimas, Georges Ghali, Connor Gorman, Carolyn Siegenthaler, and Holly Yelton, traveled to Beijing and Xi’an, China over Spring Break along with 11 Downtown students, Bob Jones and Suzanne Gorman, and some parent chaperones. From all accounts this was a spectacular trip, and our students handled the long flights, delays, and usual travel headaches (including, for five of them, a one-day delay and 30-hour flight/bus odyssey home) like consummate professionals. They took three days of language classes on the campus of North China Electric Power University; visited the Great Wall, Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the site of the Terra Cotta warriors and more; haggled in markets; ate delectable cuisine; played pickup basketball with Chinese college students; took two overnight train trips; and practiced their burgeoning Chinese language skills.  Check out the great pictures in this newsletter!


China Trip “An Incredible Experience”

Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

I am writing this fresh from Spring Break in China with six 7th graders and 11 high schoolers (Charlie Owen, Maris Woldin, Ellison Reynolds, Clay Foye, Will Edwards, Kate Jones, Carter Wooton, James Risley, Ellie Davenport, Sam Borden, and Madison Ebel), plus Chinese teacher Bob Jones and some fabulous parents.  Some of my favorite moments included biking around the top of the ancient city wall in Xi’an (and watching a group of boys pedal furiously to beat Bob’s stated record of 45 minutes around the 13-kilometer wall – and yes, they succeeded!); seeing all the attention our group garnered everywhere we went (particularly Ellie Davenport, with her long blond hair – she had a line going IMG_3840outside the Forbidden City of Chinese tourists wanting to take pictures with her!); watching the students speak Chinese in the markets and bargain with shopkeepers; sharing Peking duck, dumplings, and other culinary delicacies with the students; watching a group of middle and high school boys connect with Chinese college students to play pickup basketball games on a nightly basis; and spending time with parents and students on our two overnight train trips.   It was an incredible experience, and as I told the group, I’d take them abroad again any time.

We finished up Community Service for the year on Tuesday, with our sixth and final half-day of service work at various sites  This week also saw the conclusion of a few efforts beyond the normal assignments.  The Family and Children’s Place group headed by Angela Katz did a drive for clothing and toiletries to help stock a closet at their site; they took all the items collected and arranged them on the shelves as part of their work on Tuesday.  The We Act group that I lead collected 47 pairs of pants to take to We Day (an annual celebration of community service among students in Louisville, also attended by several grades on the Goshen Campus) to be donated to JCPS students in need.  We held our final fundraiser of the year (still working toward the $10,000 needed to fund the building of a school in Haiti) on Thursday – a lunch cookout.  Our High School students have accrued well over 2,000 hours of community service through our school program this year.

Next Tuesday brings our annual Advisee Games.  We will have classes in the morning and then head to Seneca Park for lunch and contests.  The current weather forecast is good!  (Rain would bring a postponement to Friday.)  Students will be dismissed from Seneca Park at 3:10 p.m., though anyone needing a ride back downtown can get one.  If you have any concerns or questions, please let Danielle or me know.

One other planning-ahead note: The Pegasus Parade rolls down Broadway on Thursday, April 30th.  (Elsewhere in this newsletter, you’ll see the flyer to purchase tickets – join us if you can!)  High School students not staying for the parade need to plan to leave school ASAP upon dismissal, as the streets around school will begin closing.


Jillian Morrison ’17 a winner from Spalding’s Word Hotel.

Jillian Morrison ’17 is one of three prize winners from Word Hotel, the lit journal of the Spalding University BFA program, for her poem “Everything You Loved About Me Has Changed.”

Everything You Loved In Me Has Changed

I’m eight

when I watch the sun travel down the hill so green

and my mind wanders from the splendid vision of the bottom of the sea

to the marking of a bumble bee, a clear yellow sting

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