Archives for May 2015

School Notes for Week of May 18th

  • Welcome to two new staff members! Kim Hales joined us last week as our new Director of Development. Kim has a wealth of experience in development, gained over the last eight years working for the Jewish Community Center as Director of Fundraising and Special Events, as Development Director for the U of L School of Nursing, and most recently as Development Director for the Speed Museum. Her two children will join us in the Lower School next year. On Monday, our new Admissions Director for the Downtown Campus came on board. Trisha Amirault is a Louisville native who attended the Brown School. She then attended Mercer University where she received a BS in Education and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership. Trisha began her career in admissions right out of college in 2010 at Mercer, most recently as Associate Director of Admissions. Her territory included Kentucky, so she has visited the Downtown Campus several times to recruit our students, which caused her to grow very fond of St. Francis and send us an application when we posted the position. Please welcome both Kim and Trisha to St. Francis!
  • Learn to play polo! On Saturday, May 30th, Alta Vista Farm will host a St. Francis Polo Clinic run by SFS parent Chad Middendorf. This clinic is open to everyone, and you do not have to have riding experience! Click here for more information.
  • The High School summer reading book (all grades) is Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. A particular edition is required (so that all students can use the same one in class next fall) and will be available at Carmichael’s this summer! More details about the book and particular edition will be available on the web site late next week.
  • Senior Parents: Please remind your students that Graduation Rehearsal is at 3:00 p.m. next Thursday (May 28th) at Actors Theatre, and they need to arrive at Graduation at 3:00 p.m. next Friday (May 29th) at Actors Theatre. (The ceremony starts at 4:00 p.m.)
  • A big thank-you to the 11th grade families who assisted with the Senior Luncheon or are helping out at Graduation: Edwards/Kuhn, Saliga, DeVries, Demarco/Stetson, Wourms/Johnson, Borden, Davenport, March, and Diaz. We appreciate it so much!

Last Banquet Celebrates High School Athletes

Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Tony Butler,
Athletic Director

Eva Borders’ season wrapped up with a quarterfinal match against the defending state champion.  Rallies went on seemingly forever and many games went into multiple deuces, but ultimately Eva lost 6-1, 6-1.  It was a terrific freshman season for her – congratulations!

Spring Sports Banquet
The Athletic Department hosted its final event of the school year on Tuesday night, when we celebrated our high school spring sport athletes.  The boys’ varsity and girls’ JV and varsity tennis teams had dinner and words from coaches who also handed out awards.  Individual team awards were as follows.

Boys’ Tennis Awards
Most Outstanding Performer – Jamie Anderson
Most Improved Player – Emerson Mudd
Wyvern Award – Tanner Dehler

Girls’ Varsity Awards
Most Outstanding Performer – Eva Borders
Wyvern Award – Ciana Lancaster & Anna Finkelstein
Hustle Award – Madeline Case

Girls’ JV Awards
Newcomer – Lara Bruhn
Hustle Award – Shams Shaker
Best Attitude Award – Lily Prohaska

Downtown Awards Day

End-of-the-Year High School Athletic Awards

US Army Scholar Athlete Award Recipients
Jamie Anderson ’15
Anna Finkelstein ’15

Male Athlete of the Year
Emerson Mudd ’16

Female Athlete of the Year
Eva Borders ’18
Alexis Nelson ’18

Gaby Perez School Spirit Award
James Risley ’17

Middle and High School student athletes will needed an updated physical for the 2015-16 school year to compete in athletics.  The forms can be found on the school website. Please submit fully completed forms to the athletic department.

All Middle School basketball, soccer, field hockey and track and field uniforms are to be returned to the athletic department.

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The MS Baseball team’s inaugural season is winding down and after a loss in the tournament’s opening round, the Wyverns took the field in the consolation bracket for a shot at 3rd place.  On Monday night, St. Francis faced off against familiar opponent, Whitefield Academy.  After splitting the regular season series, the Wyverns came in with confidence they could win again and did so on a night where they struggled at the plate.  St. Francis scored six runs in the game while recording only one hit (a Connor Gorman 2-RBI double) in five innings of play.  Stevaun Butler got the win after pitching three solid innings and the Wyverns took a 5-2 lead into the fourth.  Lake Mackin struck out two in the inning, holding Whitefield scoreless.  After the Wyverns tacked on an insurance run in the fifth, Lake was back on the mound with the win in sight.  In the bottom of the fifth, the Wyverns stayed focused to avoid what has plagued them all season.  The phrase “one bad inning” was used this season after each loss.  Pitching and defense sealed the 6-4 win for the Wyverns.

A familiar opponent awaited the Wyverns after their consolation bracket win on Tuesday night.  The Crusaders, who on last Thursday night knocked the Wyverns out of championship contention, were able to win the other consolation semi-final, to set up the rematch.

The Wyverns came out strong on offense to start the game scoring 4 in the top half of the first inning.  Isaiah Green started everything off with a bunt and led the Wyverns offensive charge going 3 for 3 and scoring twice in the game. Defensively the Wyverns played solid allowing only 2 runs through 4 innings.  Lake Mackin started on the mound, striking out 5 in 3 innings. St. Francis was able to pull out the win 11-6 for 3rd Place in the tournament.  Their first season was a raving success.  Congrats to coaches, players and parents for a great season.

MS Track and Field

Walden Invitational
The track team headed to Walden last Friday night for their final event of the regular season.  In combined team results (5/6 & 7/8), our girls placed 2nd overall, with the boys taking 3rd place. The girls’ 5/6 team finished 1st in their division, while the girls’ 7/8 team finished in 2nd place.  On the boys’ side, the 5/6 team had a 2nd place division finish and the 7/8 team finished 3rd.  Top individual performances are below.

Girls’ 5/6
Lily Johnson, 1st place 200 M; Olivia Hahn, 2nd place High Jump, 3rd place 400 M; Jasmin Gonzalez, 2nd place Shot Put, 3rd place Discus; Mellie Simpson, 1st place Discus

Girls’ 7/8
Ryane Jones, 2nd place High Jump, 3rd place 100 M Dash; Grace Donovan, 1st place 400 M; Sydney Ragland, 2nd place 1600 M; Chloe Church, 3rd place 200 M; Alexa Von Feldt, 2nd place Discus; Relays, 2nd place Girls’ 4×100 (Jones, Church, Hardwick-Jones, Donovan), 1st place Girls’ 4×400 (Donovan, Hahn, Payne, Ragland)

Boys’ JV 5/6
Jimmy Lancaster, 2nd place High Jump; Isaiah Green, 1st place 55 M Hurdles, 3rd place Long Jump; Relays, 1st place Boys’ 4×400 (Varda, Lancaster, Middleton, Makk)

Boys’ Varsity 7/8
Ford Middendorf, 3rd place Long Jump, 3rd place 100 M Hurdles; Caden Kirby, 3rd place Discus; Relays, 2nd place Boys’ 4×100 (Middendorf, Kirby, Perkins, Middleton)

This was one of our best seasons ever.  A special thanks to all of our volunteers who stepped in and helped this season at our home track meets.

Congratulations to the following who have qualified and will compete in the State Championships on Saturday, May 30th at the University of Louisville.




















Parent Association Week of May 18th

Goshen Campus:
Thank you to the Preschool Families for hosting a wonderful Staff/Faculty Luncheon today! Your time is truly appreciated!
Important Upcoming Dates
Wednesday, May 27th @ 1:15 p.m.: Last Day of School Ice Cream Socials for JK-3rd Grades

Wyvern Spirit Wear
Summer is here (well, according to the weather!)  Get your Spirit Wear now and show your support for SFS!
Click here to place your order online and we will deliver it to your student or you can pick it up at the Front Desk on either campus. Thank you for your support!

Would you like help tidying up your kitchen? Collect your BoxTops and bring them to the front desk on either campus boxtopsbefore the end of the school year! BoxTops generate around $500 per year for the school and are submitted in mid fall. Please contact Stewart Lussky with any questions.



WWII Veteran Visits 5th Grade

Heather Varda, 5th Grade LA/SS

Heather Varda, 5th Grade LA/SS

Last Friday, the 5th grade had a special visit from Riley Elliott’s great-grandfather. Mr. Charles Riley, after whom she is named, served during World War II in North Africa and Italy. His platoon liberated Rome in 1945, and he witnessed the death of Mussolini. He came to St. Francis to share his WWII_5th_3experiences from the war and answer the students’ questions. He also shared a few stories from his days of being a special agent with the FBI. He encouraged the kids to serve their country and remember Veterans’ Day and Armed Services Day. Overall, the students learned detailed information about World War II from Mr. Riley’s personal accounts, and we thoroughly enjoyed his visit. He noted that the kids were well prepared with the questions they presented, and he was lively and gregarious in his responses. The 5th grade class would like to thank Mr. Riley for his service to our country and his time educating a much younger and removed generation about the experiences from the 1940s! It was a special treat.

A Class with “Class!”

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

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

The last full week of school brings final tests and projects, yet also an end to homework (we’re all happy about that!), and ramped up excitement that can be felt (and heard!) all over the building! Also talent galore, as we’ve enjoyed the Middle School Talent Show last Thursday, the Lower School Talent “bonanza” this week, and the oh-so-cute Kindergarten Talent Shares the past few weeks at Lower School Morning Meetings. From hula-hoopers to comedy skits to break dancing to several hot dance moves to “Uptown Funk,” to Arabella Maki’s beautiful rendition of “Hallelujah,” the full gamut of talent has been on display to enthusiastic and proud audiences!ClassDay_2015

But on a more serious note, it’s also, sadly, the time to say goodbye and fare thee well to an unbelievable 8th grade class. This is a talented group in many areas, but I think they will be most remembered for their tightness as a group. They care about each other, their school community and the world around them. As always, we celebrated them for their accomplishments this morning at our annual Class Day ceremony. Students were recognized for their achievement in every subject area, and also awarded honors for the major awards that the faculty gives out every year. Past winners of these major awards are on plaques in the Main Amphitheater for all to see and remember. One of the highlights of the ceremony is that each and every class member has a statement read aloud about him/her that has been painstakingly crafted by a collaboration of faculty members and me. Students contribute to this honorific, and each receives a framed copy of the words accompanied by a picture of the class. It is always a special way to celebrate each member of the Goshen graduating class. And this is a class we won’t soon forget.
Below is a list of the major award winners handed out on Class Day.

It has been a fantastic year, enrollment looks rosy for next year, and we’ll be hard at work preparing for the next “St. Francis chapter” soon. As this is our last weekly newsletter for the year, have a wonderful summer and vacation time, keep those kids reading and we’ll see you before you know it!

8th Grade Class Day Awards

The Edward Y. Mason, Jr. Athletics Award is given annually to the
8th graders who show sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and dedication
to St. Francis athletics.

Mary Claire Duncan
Meredith Fleming
Arabella Maki
Maggie McGraw
Angus Middleton
Clay Smedley
Grayson Smith
Reid Varda
Alexa Von Feldt
Wyatt Ware
Avery Wilson
Alan Ziegler

The Russell D. Herr Art Award is given annually to the 8th graders who have shown excellence in the fine arts.

Chloe Church
Abby Waggener

The Ed Gupton Drama Project Award is given to those students who have demonstrated a passion for, and commitment to, the dramatic process during their middle school years. They have set aside personal ego and realized “The play’s the thing”, and they are merely a contributor to a larger artistic whole.

Lucy Biberman
Colby Boyd
Chloe Church
Scout Grass
Chris Hammond
Caden Kirby
Arabella Maki
Maggie McGraw
Clay Smedley
Sean Sullivan
Abby Waggener

The Volunteer Service Award is given annually to 8th graders in appreciation of dedicated volunteer service.

Jennifer Johnson
Erin Lyons
Margaret Mundt
Olivia Zimmerman

The Eagle Award is given annually to 8th graders who have demonstrated the motivation and perseverance necessary for achieving extraordinary progress in attaining academic success.

Clay Smedley
Wyatt Ware

The Spirit of St. Francis Award honors 8th graders whose character reflects the spirit of St. Francis, who exemplify the school’s values, and whose conduct, in the words of St. Francis, “lights the day” for others.

Arabella Maki
Maggie McGraw
Sean Sullivan

The Head of School Award is given annually to the person(s) making the greatest contribution to the school in character, leadership, scholarship, consideration for others, and excellence in everyday school life.

Chloe Church


The Cassie Stevens Memorial Award was created by the Goshen Campus Class of 2014 in honor of Cassie Stevens, a former member of the class who moved away from Louisville after the 5th grade. The award is given to the current 5th grade student who consistently greets the world with a smile and places others’ needs before their own. This student is not afraid to be themselves and harbors a refreshing spark of individuality. They seek to find the brightness in life and the beauty in everyone. In short, they have found a love of life, like Cassie Stevens. We present this award with the hope that by honoring her special qualities, we can carry on her light.

Riley Elliott


The Frank Q. Cayce Scholarship Award is given by the middle school faculty to the 7th Grade student(s) who have demonstrated throughout the year the highest scholarship work.

Aidan Campbell
Lorenzo Mahoney
Drew Perkins



A Year of Joy-Filled Days

Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

Hennessy, Preschool

It is hard to believe that the Preschool year is almost over.  We have experienced so many joy-filled days with your children.  They have explored, investigated, imagined, created, pretended, wondered, enjoyed books, counted, painted, and learned about this wonderful planet.  I know I speak for the entire faculty and staff when I say that our days this year were fantastic.  We’ve navigated through many firsts on this campus and look forward to many years of nurturing imaginations here.

I want to thank our wonderful Parent Association rep Kelli Schmidt for her coordination of all things Preschool and parent-related.  Along with the assistance of many room parents, they have hosted successful events such as Back-to-School Picnic activities for preschool-aged children, Transportation Day, classroom parties, Thanksgiving luncheons, auction projects for “Our Good Earth,” and our teacher appreciation lunch.  The support of our families allows us to enrich the experience of our smallest students.  Thank you for all that you have done to support our classrooms.BigSing_4

Finally, I want to recap the last few events we have had this week and for what lies ahead next week.  Wednesday was our last Big Sing and the children sang their favorites from the school year.  Faith Murphy and the 4s danced their final big dance to “Happy” by Pharell, which was incredibly adorable!  My favorite part was when the 2s spontaneously jumped up and joined in the fun.  Today our 4s classes celebrated one of their last days of being in Preschool with an ice cream treat.  As tradition has it, we give each four-year-old a boomerang and ask them to visit us often.

Don’t forget to stop by and watch our end-of-the-year slideshow, it will be playing on Wednesday, May 27th beginning after 9:00 a.m. carpool in the Main Amphitheater.

Dismissal on May 27th is at 1:00 p.m. for all children who typically stay for extended day; all other preschoolers will leave at noon.  Please plan accordingly, as we will not have extended care on the last day.

Have a wonderful summer. If you find that those summer days are too long and your Preschooler needs something to do, give us a call.  Our camps are packed full of wonderful activities!

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A Loving Send-Off

Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

I write this after returning from Senior Luncheon, our annual tradition in which the faculty and staff, the graduating class, and their immediate families leave the school to enjoy a formal lunch together (this year, at the Seelbach Hotel) and each faculty member speaks about one or more students. I was struck in particular this year by how aptly each student was characterized. As much as I enjoyed hearing each speech, I think I liked even more witnessing the knowing chuckles, joyful tears, and nods of appreciation from the Class of 2015 and their parents. The Senior Luncheon always feels to me like one last gift that we give these wonderful young people and their families on the way out the door; it is a send-off with all our love.

Before the Senior Luncheon, we held the annual Awards Day Assembly. Just for faculty/staff and students, this is a mixture each year of the serious, the silly and the sublime. Some awards are for academic achievement and effort; others are humorous. It is always – like the Senior Luncheon – a testament to the intimacy of this community and how well we know our students.

Awards Day always begins with the major awards for merit in particular areas; those 11th grade winners this year (and the areas in which the awards were given) are:

Book Awards
Bryn Mawr College (Purposeful Woman) – Rosemary DeMarco
Dartmouth College (Languages) – Nan Elpers
Hampden Sydney College (Purposeful Man) – David Borders
Harvard University (Math) – Lucy Lv
Princeton University (Science) – Sam Borden
Smith College (English) – Rose Gilbert
University of Louisville (Community Service) – Olivia Ford
University of Kentucky (Civic Leadership) – Charley Drew-Wolak
University of Virginia (History) – Sam Edwards-Kuhn
Yale University (English) – Zoe Koss

National Society of Arts and Letters Awards
Art – Madison Ebel
Photography – Graciela Kamar
Music – Jonny Simpson

Senior Sarah Clark was also honored by the National Society of Arts and Letters as the outstanding senior art student, and seniors Anna Finkelstein and Jamie Anderson were the recipients of the Army Scholar-Athlete Awards.

The underclassmen have exams still to go (see schedule below), through next Thursday, while the seniors continue to rest up for our final event – Graduation next Friday! Please join us at 4:00 p.m. at Actors Theatre if you can – all are invited, and it is always an inspiring and moving event. (I promise, it is unlike other high school graduations you have attended – much more fun and much shorter!)

This is our last newsletter of the 2014-15 school year, so I wish all our families a happy and healthy summer break!

High School Exam Schedule:

Tuesday 5/26 – History
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m Culture and Civilization Medieval
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Culture and Civilization Ancient and US History

Wednesday 5/27 – English
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m English I and English II
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. English III

Thursday 5/28 – Math/World Language
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m Math
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. World Language

Photo Gallery for Week of May 18th

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Eva Borders Advances to State Tennis Quarterfinals

Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Tony Butler,
Athletic Director

The KHSAA boys’ and girls’ state tennis tournament kicked off on Thursday morning in Lexington. St. Francis was represented by Jamie Anderson ’15 and Eva Borders ’18.

On the boys’ side, Jamie made quick work of his first-round opponent, winning 6-0, 6-1. Jamie went into the second round against the tournament’s #4 overall seed, unfortunately falling 6-1, 6-1. Jamie had a fantastic senior season and a high school career to be very proud of. We wish him all the best as he heads off to Vassar to play tennis next fall.

Eva played a solid opening-round opponent, winning 6-3, 6-0, and then cruised through the second round with a 6-1, 6-0 victory to advance to the round of 16. She battled rain and her opponent this morning to win 7-5, 6-0, reeling off nine straight game wins to finish the match off. At press time, she was competing in the quarterfinals against the defending champion. Go, Eva!!!

On Monday night, St. Francis played its rematch with Collegiate at KCD. The visiting Wyverns jumped out 3-0 in the top of the first, only to see the lead erased by errors in the bottom of the inning. St. Francis fell behind after the second inning 4-3 but worked its way back in the third, and faced a tie ballgame after three complete innings. The weather was threatening all afternoon and during the 5th inning the sky opened up and delivered a solid downpour, but with no more severe weather in sight, the game continued. Both teams held in the 5th and just as the Wyverns took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 6th, lightning struck to end the game in an official 5-5 tie. Isaiah Green and Lake Mackin had solid performances on the mound while Connor Gorman and Stevaun Butler led the way at the plate.

The Wyverns ended their regular season on Tuesday night at KCD against Christian Academy. This was also a rematch of a game St. Francis lost earlier in the year. This was a different night and the Wyverns were ready for the rematch as they pulled out a 7-3 victory. The defense held up, with only one error all game. Levi Tyler and Stevaun Butler handled pitching duties for the team. Connor Gorman drove in three runs and scored two more. Late-game hits from Mac Van Inwegen and Isaiah Robles gave the Wyverns the final cushion.

The team started hot in the opening round of the tournament against Christian Academy, jumping out to a 6-1 lead after 2 1/2 innings. They struggled in the 3rd inning and then battled back in the 4th, ultimately falling 12-9. The loss moves St. Francis into the tournament consolation bracket that will be played next week.

Middle School Athletic Banquet
The Middle School Athletic Banquet was held last week to celebrate athletes from all sports. This year our final banquet was a celebration of our soccer, field hockey, basketball, track and field, baseball and lacrosse teams. We also celebrated those athletes who competed on high school teams in the sports of swimming and tennis. In Middle School athletics, coaches give two awards to deserving team members. The Wyvern Award is typically awarded to the athlete who embodies everything the coach has asked out of his/her athletes. This person is usually a team leader, shows up on time, is a good model for other teammates to follow, always does what the coach asks,and takes initiative in organizing and solidifying the team. The award for Most Improved goes to the player who has shown significant improvement and has worked hard to gain such improvement. Below is a list of award winners for individual teams:


Photo Gallery for Week of May 11th

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