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!
  • Sign ups in full swing for Goshen’s “Camp Curious” summer camp. Click here to find out more!
  • Sign ups for Camp Shakespeare are still open! Register for Kentucky Shakespeare summer camps held at the Downtown Campus June through July, available to ages 4-18. For details, see www.kyshakespeare.com.
  • Sign up here for St. Francis Day at Camp HiHo. As it turns out, Thursday, May 28th was the only day available this year, which means Camp HiHo Day conflicts with the Goshen Campus Graduation. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes some families.
  • 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

Welcome, Keystone Academy Friends!

Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

Renee
Hennessy, Preschool
Director

This week we hosted our Keystone Academy friends, who came on a field trip to visit our campus. Our relationship with Keystone began 20 years ago when it was named California Area Child Development Center. The purpose of the center is to provide safe and loving childcare to families in DSC_0400
need. Over the years, our families have provided holiday gifts for the children of Keystone, teacher breakfasts, coats, clothes, eggs for an egg hunt and friendship. Their director asked me in the fall if she could bring a class of 4s to visit our natural playground and see our classrooms and campus. They are currently in the process of creating a natural playground at their center, and they are implementing inquiry-based learning into the curriculum. We are so proud of our fabulous playground and even more thrilled to share it with the community! So today we
hosted 25 preschoolers, who got a snapshot of a day at St. Francis.
Each child spent time on the playground,DSC_0408 in our classrooms, visiting our wonderful garden with Christine Brinkmann (who gave them special time planting a take-home plant) and ending the day with a sing-a-long with Faith Murphy. Moments like this remind me of how great our school is and how fortunate our children are to experience hands-on learning every day.

A special THANK YOU to 6th grade students Sophie Johnson, Lily Johnson, and Audrey McClain for helping us plant mint, sage, and dill on the Preschool playground this week. Also, a huge thank you to Christine Brinkman, our garden coordinator, for helping us prepare our playground for our visitors.

Do you know a wood worker that can build things from a drawing? If so, please have them call me. We have plans for a mud kitchen for our playground and we need someone to help our vision come to life.

Parent Association News for the Week of May 11th

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!

BoxTops
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 mid-fall. Please contact Stewart Lussky with any questions.

Goshen Important Upcoming Dates
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

Downtown Important Upcoming Dates
Book Buy-Back Days are scheduled for
Friday, May 15th (for seniors) 12:00 – 1:00 & 2:30 – 3:30
Wednesday, May 27th from 11:00 – 1:00
Thursday, May 28th from 11:00 – 2:00

We would love to have a few more hands to volunteer. Click here to sign up.

6th Graders Share Their Conservation Projects

Carol Clark, Middle School Science

Carol Clark, Middle School Science

6th graders “wowed” students, parents, staff and faculty Wednesday morning with a showcase of their science conservation projects. The array of topics included:

  •   The cosmetic industry and animal testing
  •   The food and meat industries
  •   Pesticide use and misuse
  •   Cleaning our water
  •   Ocean pollution and oil spills
  •   Pollution of the Ohio River
  •   Green building designs
  •   Green solutions such as solar and wind energy
  •   Endangered species
  •   The vanishing of the bees
  •   Mountain top removal
  •   Hydraulic fracturing
  •   What happens to our trash and how we can recycle for reuse
  •   Invasive species

The purpose of doing these projects is for students to synthesize the content learned during this year of environmental science, to learn to make a professional looking presentation, to increase their ability to perform effective research using reliable Internet sites, and to deepen their knowledge and become experts about a specific topic.

Many students gained knowledge that was life-changing, such
as knowing how animals are treated and processed so we can have meat on our tables. Nyla Nawab’s project focused on the harmful effects of cosmetics. “You’re beautiful the way you are and you don’t need to wear makeup to prove it,” said Nyla after her presentation. After researching the pollution in the Ohio River, Michael Patterson said, “I definitely won’t swim in this river!”

This exposition has become an annual event. One year, 4th grader Catherine Dewberry saw a project about the making of chicken nuggets. Because of what Catherine learned, their family has never returned to McDonald’s. Our 6th grade science students have done excellent research and demonstrated one of the precepts of the scientific method: communicating and sharing their results. And we are all richer for it.

Of Capstone, Car Washes & Sports Banquets!

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 cavalcade of exciting year-end events continues on the Goshen Campus! Last Thursday night featured one of our newer entries – the Middle School Sports Banquet! I’m sure Tony and Shavar will have more to say about this feel-good evening in their comments, but I certainly wanted to add a few thoughts as well.

First and foremost, HUGE THANKS are in order to these two for their tireless contributions to our kids’ lives through athletics. They not only do all the “behind the scenes” work in scheduling and AthleticBanquet_1arranging the innumerable factors necessary to make the wheels roll, but also put in yeoman’s hours themselves, coaching and overseeing countless games and matches. We are lucky to have two such dedicated individuals championing (pun intended!) the cause of athletics for our kids.

And what I take away from the sports banquet is not who wins the trophies handed out, but the obvious sense of team spirit that pervades our student body (fostered by our many wonderful coaches). They sit together at tables and cheer for each other, no matter who “wins.” They are all “winners” – and don’t need a trophy for proof. The laughs (and tears!) shed at the banquet are what it’s all about (sorry, Vince Lombardi).

Friday morning brought the annual 8th grade Capstone presentations in Language Arts and Social Studies. After months of guidance by 8th grade LA teacher Patrick Donovan, our 8th graders present their findings and research papers to the school and parents. One of the greatest motivating factors behind the Capstone Projects is that the students choose their own topics. This clearly fosters intrinsic motivation, as they are eager to explore something that 6thGradeProjects_1has meaning to them rather than an assigned topic. As always, the showcase was quite impressive! Many interesting topics were explored, from the cerebral (“The Teenage Brain Under Construction”) to the practical (“How to Build a Canoe”). And while the displays, poster boards, and videos on laptops are eye-catching, I am always more struck by the students’ oral recitations of what they’ve learned! They can go off on long-winded discussions (rants in some cases!) about all the things they’ve learned and what it means to them. That’s where the proof is in the pudding – they have done research, editing, revisions, learned the arduous process of dealing with a term paper AND learned a great deal about a topic near and dear to them. THAT is what progressive education is all about. Here are some quotes (courtesy of Patrick) from some of the students about the Capstone process:

When I look back on all of the work I put into this project, it makes me feel very proud and accomplished. A lot of note-taking, drafting, revising and editing was really worth it because I learned so much about my subject and how to become a better writer.
Evie Boland, “Color and its Effect on People”

I especially enjoyed showcasing my project to the Lower School kids … it made me appreciate the hard work I put into the project. It also surprised me how many people did not know about lucid dreams, but once I explained it, a lot of the kids said they had had similar dreams!
Abby Waggener, “Lucid Dreams”

My topic was “depression”, which has a lot of stigma attached to it. But I had a lot of people tell me I was brave for working on this topic … it (the project) gave me a feeling of pride and accomplishment.
Evvie Cooley, “Depression”

This is funny coming from me, because I am really shy, but I really enjoyed showcasing my work for the school. I wish the presentations could have lasted longer!
Margaret Mundt, “Nut Allergies”

Kudos to the Goshen Class of 2015 – and to Patrick!

And they turned right around the next day to share in some manual labor to benefit the school with the annual Student Council Car Wash! You wouldn’t think there would be much to say about a car wash, but consider this: the previous “record” (approximately) for the car wash was in the neighborhood of $700. The Class of 2019 obliterated that mark by raising $1,170!! (One impressed patron donated $120 for his wash alone!) Sure it was a hot and sunny day at the Arby’s in Holiday Manor (a great location), but I think it is more attributable to their work ethic and drive. And it wouldn’t have been possible without the leadership of two car wash “titans” – 8th grade parents Scott McGraw and Bob Smedley – who worked the whole four-hour day and orchestrated the class’ understanding of the fine art of an effective car wash. More than half the grade was able to be there and the results speak for themselves. You will hear this a lot in the next few weeks, but the Class of 2019 is something special and we will miss them dearly!

Goodbye to Our seniors!

Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Today is the seniors’ last day of school. They will be back next Thursday, for our annual Awards Day and their Senior Luncheon, and then of course Graduation the following week. But today is their last day of school. The Class of 2015 is a group of young adults who are adventurous, compassionate, intellectual, fierce, funny, and – always – independent thinkers. Please join us for their Graduation, if you like – all in the school community are invited, and it is a wonderful chance to celebrate their accomplishments and send them off, St. Francis-style. The ceremony is Friday, May 29th at 4:00 p.m. at Actors Theatre.

Prom for all students is tonight from 8:00 p.m. – midnight in the spaces adjacent to the school in the 233 W. Broadway Building. They are the former spaces inhabited by LOT Gallery and are the spaces we will be acquiring this summer and renovating. Prom is always open to all students but planned by the senior class. This year’s theme is “Neon” and in between AP exams and finishing the rest of their work, they’ve been busy setting up (with a great deal of assistance from Callie Gray, one of their class advisors, and Ray Harris, our facilities manager). Prom-goers will enter via the Broadway entrance that – starting in 2016-17 – will be our school entrance. A number of us are chaperoning (somehow, I continue to get the late shift – note to self, must work on that next year!) and as always, it will be a highlight of the spring to share this evening with our students.

Wyvern Tennis Wraps Up Season

Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Tony Butler,
Athletic Director

Tennis
The boys’ and girls’ tennis teams completed their seasons just before Derby weekend. Following the break, both teams jumped into Region 6 tournament action. Jamie Anderson came into the tournament as the overall #3 seed, and after a first-round bye made quick work of his opponent in the second round. Ben Weaver was dominant in first-round action and played well in the second but fell to Manual’s #1 6-4, 6-4. Andrew Thurstone and Alan Ziegler managed a first-round bye but lost a tough one to Male in the second round. Nick Scarfe and Ethan Mackin played well but fell to Manual in the opening round.

Jamie was the lone Wyvern on the boys’ side to continue on to the second day. In the quarterfinal match, he was up against the tournament’s overall #5 seed. He cruised to victory 6-1, 6-1, earning him a spot in the semifinals as well as a place in next week’s state tournament. Jamie’s run ended in the semis with a loss, but his play will keep him alive for a repeat trip to the State Tournament.

Eva Borders was the girls’ #1 seed in her tournament and she did not disappoint. Eva stormed through, losing only two games enroute to her second consecutive title. She will advance to her third consecutive state tournament, with a great chance of getting a top seed. In other action during the tournament, Lucy Lv played singles and Talia Blue/Emma Boland and Shelly Lancaster/Esme Tyler all played doubles. They represented themselves and St. Francis with aplomb but did not advance past the first round.

MS Track and Field
Last week the Middle School track team played host to seven schools (West End, Rock Creek, Anchorage, KCD, OSL, South Oldham, and Walden) for the 15th annual SFS Relays meet. Perfect weather and terrific performances were turned in by all SFS athletes in this relay-only meet. The 7/8 grade girls’ team captured their 4th overall meet victory of the year, finishing in 1st place. The 7/8 grade boys’ team competed well and had their best performance yet in the distance medley. The 5/6 girls finished first overall in the meet with a 1st place finish in the sprint medley. The 5/6 boys turned in outstanding performances in 4×200 and 4×400 relay races, finishing 5th overall in their division.

Next week the team travels to Walden to compete in their final regular season meet of the year.

LS Track and Field
The boys’ and girls’ LS track team traveled to Walden for their first meet of the season.
The team did a fantastic job in the 50M, 100M, 200M, 400M and the Long Jump. Congrats to Coaches Madelyn Blue and Carey Thornburgh on a great outing by the young Wyverns.

MS Baseball
The MS Baseball team dropped a couple of games back-to-back over the past week. Undermanned with players out for various reason, the Wyverns fell to Highland Latin last Thursday and to Christian Academy this past Tuesday. They have three games remaining on their schedule, starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Fern Creek Park against Whitefield Academy.

Middle School Athletic Banquet
The Middle School Athletic Banquet was a great success on Thursday night. Many thanks to Liz Cole for her organization of the event and to all the coaches for their tireless efforts during their seasons. A list of award winners will be printed in next week’s newsletter.

Photo Gallery for Week of May 4th

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School Notes from Week of May 4th

  • High School Science Olympiad Team Places 10th at State! The High School Science Olympiad team made its HSScience_1way through the district and regional competitions to qualify for the State competition, held the last weekend in April. We came in 10th out of 24 teams (and were the smallest school in the top 10 and likely the smallest in the state competition). Top 10 individual finishes include the following:
    – 1st place Bungee Jump – Lucy Lv ‘16 and Sam Edwards-Kuhn ‘16
    – 2nd place Technical Problem Solving – Lucy Lv ‘16 and Michelle Jones ‘15
    – 4th place Entomology – Savannah Cornett ‘15 and Nina Erbes ‘15
    – 5th place Astronomy – Sam Borden ‘16 and Thomas Hall ‘15
    – 5th place Mission Possible – Lucy Lv ‘16 and Matthew Siciliano ‘17
    – 7th place Cell Biology – Charley Drew-Wolak ‘16 and Savannah Cornett ‘15
    – 7th place Scrambler – Charley Drew-Wolak ‘16 and Gaby Melendez ‘16
    Other team members included Madison Ebel ‘16, Nan Elpers ‘16, Jay Swan ‘16 and Charlie Owen ‘16. A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the science teachers and the team on this fabulous accomplishment!
  • Got dirt? Come one, come all to the SFS Goshen 8th grade car wash this Saturday! You will leave with a squeaky clean vehicle and feeling good knowing you contributed to the class gift for the wonderful Goshen Class of 2015! The car wash will be at Arby’s in Holiday Manor on Brownsboro Road from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and the weather looks perfect for it! Tell your friends, and we hope to see many of you Saturday!
  • On Wednesday, May 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m in the Multi-Purpose Room, the 6th grade will present their conservation projects. Parents, staff, faculty and students are welcome to attend.
  • Sign ups in full swing for Goshen’s “Camp Curious” summer camp. Click here to find out more!
  • Sign ups for Camp Shakespeare are still open! Register for Kentucky Shakespeare summer camps held at the Downtown Campus June through July, available to ages 4-18. For details, see www.kyshakespeare.com.
  • Sign up now for St. Francis Day at Camp HiHo.  As it turns out, Thursday, May 28th was the only day available this year, which means Camp HiHo Day conflicts with the Goshen Campus Graduation. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes some families.
  • Caffe Classico presents a flamenco dinner show, featuring St. Francis School’s very own Spanish teacher AP_FlamencoAngela Ponzio, Sunday, May 17th! A Sunday dinner show with two seatings, where guests can experience the authenticity of flamenco, born from the cradle of flamenco itself, the impeccable pairing of cuisine and innovative musical scoring, and the passion of Andalucia, Spain. Reservations are now being taken for this not-to-be-missed experience. Tickets are $40 per person. Admission includes an Andalusian-themed, four-course dinner, and the flamenco performance.
    – 6:00 p.m. Show
    – 8:15 pm Show
    – Limited to 40 tickets for each show
    – Please call 502-895-0076 to reserve tickets
  • We are pleased to announce that we have hired our new Admissions Director for the Downtown Campus: Patricia Amirault. Patricia is a Louisville native who attended the Brown School, and as such is very familiar with St. Francis, particularly the Downtown Campus. She then attended Mercer University and received a BS in Education, particularly Holistic Child/Elementary & Special Education, and then an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership, also at Mercer. Patricia also began her career in Admissions right out of college in 2010 at Mercer, and was promoted twice, last year to Associate Director of Admissions. Her territory included Kentucky, and as such, she has visited the Downtown Campus many times to recruit our students, which caused her to grow even fonder of St. Francis. Her unique combination of a background in education, her understanding and love for Progressive education, her familiarity with St. Francis, her five years’ experience in admissions, and her unbridled enthusiasm make her the ideal candidate to move our high school admissions forward. She and her husband are very excited to be returning to Louisville and she is thrilled to begin her career at St. Francis. Her first day is May 18th, so please welcome her when you meet her.
  • Help your Goshen student 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 Center is excited to provide the following support services this summer:
    – Math tutoring at the Goshen Campus for review of this year’s concepts to be ready to move forward next school year
    – Academic support with Ann Mundt on the Goshen Campus in reading, writing, and math
    – Organizational workshop for Middle School students and parents in August to start the new year off well-organized
    – Academic support with Emily Boyle on the Downtown Campus
    – Sessions (details TBD) to assist High School students with their summer reading and writing assignment.
    – Preparation for Success, our longtime offering for incoming 9th graders that focuses on academic, organizational and study skills (to be held August 3rd – 7th).
    If you are interested in knowing more about any of these services, please contact Claudia McCrocklin.
  • High School Exam Schedule:
    Friday 5/22 – Science
    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Biology and Physics
    12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Chemistry
    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

Parent Association News for Week of May 4th

BoxTops
Would you like help tidying up your kitchen? Collect your BoxTops and bring them to the front desk on either campusboxtops before 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.

From Goshen
A HUGE thank you to our wonderful volunteers! Your time, talents and treasures are truly appreciated. We had a great time at our annual PA Thank You Assembly this morning!

Important Upcoming Dates
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