Archives for August 2015

Sports Teams Return to the Field

By Tony Butler, Athletic DirectorPicnicSoccer

The start of school marked a return to the fields for our fall sports teams.  High School and Middle School teams all took to the field in mid-July for practices, and now that the first day of school is out of the way, teams have begun playing games. The Back-to-School Picnic featured Middle School clinics for field hockey and soccer, followed by intrasquad scrimmages for the Varsity teams.  

Field Hockey
The varsity field hockey team is seeing the return of 13 players, and with a young team that also includes eight new players, the 2015 team is a mix of youth and experience.  

The Red/White scrimmage was played as a 7v7 game during the Back-to-School Picnic on Saturday.  8th graders from our Goshen Campus joined the game to fill out rosters.  In a tight contest, the White Team was victorious 1-0.  Both sides played well and provided a preview of their excellent team defense.

On Tuesday, St. Francis traveled to Seneca for their first home game of the season.  The Wyverns dominated this game, playing like a team and remaining in the offensive circle the majority of the time. Seneca had one break-away midway through the first half, where the Wyverns had a defensive breakdown and allowed them a goal. Though the girls were giving Seneca’s defense a ton of action, they were not able to finish with a goal until the last 10 minutes of the game. Junior defender Sterre Spijker was pulled up to help out on an offensive corner, where she ripped a powerful shot and sent the ball straight into the goal. This took the Wyverns into overtime, 7 v. 7 for 10 minutes. Once again SFS spent most of this time on offense, and though tired, they were able to push through when 8th grader Bradley Wilson scored the winning goal with three overtime minutes to go. If this game is any indication of the St. Francis field hockey varsity team’s season, we are in store for an exciting few months!  Up next, the Wyverns will host their home opener Wednesday against Butler at the Goshen Campus.  Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.

The Middle School teams have their first matches next week.  Go Wyverns!

The varsity soccer team welcomes back 15 returning players, including six seniors.  This coming season, Coach Marshall and his team are looking to improve on their 2014 campaign.  

On Saturday, Wyverns hosted a Red/White intrasquad scrimmage on the Goshen Campus. The starting offense (Red) faced the starting defense (White), with defense eventually prevailing 4-3, thanks to Matthew Siciliano’s winning goal. Several 8th grade players joined in the scrimmage, showing that they are ready to move to the next level.  Thanks to everyone who made the event possible.  

On Tuesday, the soccer team hosted a strong Holy Cross team, losing 5-0 on the Goshen Campus.  During the first half the Wyverns controlled the tempo and had many scoring opportunities, but a few defensive mistakes and inability to finish gave Holy Cross a 2-0 lead at half.  After they scored a quick early goal in the first minute of the second half, our players were on the defensive for the rest of the game. Sam Erbes did a great job stepping into goal for Harrison Crawford, who is out with a back injury.  

Up next for the team is a JV game Friday night at Whitefield.  Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. The Middle School teams open their seasons on Friday night at KCD, with the A team (7th/8th grades) underway at 4:30 p.m. and the B team (5th/6th grades) following at 5:45 p.m.

First Full Day Was “Awesome”

By Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

Is it possible to have a first day of Preschool without a few tears?  Not really.  I did see a few parents wiping away tears from their eyes as they left the building.  On this side of the door, we had a fabulous “first day”!  Your children made new friends, read books, went to music class, played outside and as one four-year-old explained, “It was awesome!”  We know not all days will be “awesome”. Some days are harder than others, as it can take children up to six weeks to adjust to a new routine.  For now, we will enjoy the newness of the school year and celebrate our budding friendships.

Thank you for your patience as we transitioned to a new database over the summer.  We are still working through some of the details, so please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have a question. Remember to send in your child’s updated immunization forms.  Also, contracts for Early Morning, Lunch Bunch or Late Day need to be completed in the Parent Portal only if you are choosing one of the programs.  

We are excited about our second year at the Goshen Campus!  There are just a few remaining slots available in the 2s and 3s classes.  It’s not too late to join us! Send your friends; our parents are always our best ambassadors!  

If you stopped by the Back-to-School picnic and spent some time at the dunk tank, you may have seen Mr. David take an unwelcome swim.  Here are a few pictures in case you missed the fun!  



School Year Off to a Busy Start!

By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

ReedDunkedWhat a “Welcome Back” week it has been! Starting with the fabulous Back-to-School Picnic last Saturday, it has been a beehive of activity on the Goshen Campus. First, major accolades to Jim DeNicola and crew for making our campus look so beautiful and picturesque. And, of course, the main attraction Saturday was the brand new Middle School Playground! When Alexandra cut the ribbon at noon, our older kids swarmed the new addition to our recess area, exploring and trying out every station (and finding out that some were very much the challenge!). I must say I tried it all out myself (more of a “danger assessment” trip, if you will) and woke up a little sore Sunday morning! This new playground built specifically for Middle School students complements our wildly popular Lower School and Preschool playgrounds and provides more structured (and supervised!) activities for our older kids.

The picnic is such a community-building way to start the new year and meet new families, welcome back alums, and interact with students and parents of all ages, Preschool through High School. Last year’s Goshen Class of 2015 received their yearbooks and a first look at their Alumni Walkway bricks, the athletic scrimmages and games were in full swing, Chef Matt had the grill sizzling as usual,  and certain brave teachers (yours truly included) even “took a bath” in the dunking booth. I’d like to say the water was warm and toasty, but  … (all for a good cause!).

FirstDayofSchool_5Tuesday brought our first day of school and the Main Amp was ALIVE with energy as students and parents crowded in to start the new year. It was easy to see our numbers are up, and the overall sound certainly left no doubt! Many “first day” pictures were snapped, and our new students (and teachers) didn’t miss a beat. Likewise, the first Middle School Morning Meeting also demonstrated our growth! 6th Grade teacher Shelly Jones snapped a couple of pictures showing our “standing-room only” crowd. With three travel groups in most of our grades, we are clearly on an upward curve. Of course this brings a few “hiccups” in the first week, but we are ironing all those out and getting the year flowing smoothly. The new later start time has really seemed a positive change, and I hope our students will maintain their normal bedtimes to take advantage of this precious slice of extra sleep.

Finally, I took a picture of a “Thank You” card that new student Collen Torrans made for us in appreciation for coming to St. Francis (from Indiana no less!). It appears she understands our community, and the beautiful artwork and heartfelt message gave us goosebumps.

Happy 2015-16, everyone!!ReedArticle

It’s Been a Fantastic Week

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of Downtown CampusFreshman in Common Room

I LOVE the first day of school! This year, we welcomed 31 9th graders and 11 upperclass transfer students, including our four of our five international students – three from China (one of whom is a 9th grader), one from Germany and one from the Netherlands.

It’s been a fantastic week, starting with the 9th grade orientation on Monday, where we went through schedules, took a brief walk around our surroundings downtown, and spent a few hours on team-building exercises at Camp Piomingo.  Assemblies this week introduced our Community Service program, which will get underway in two weeks, and our Projects period offerings, which begin next week. (More on those to come.)

The week capped off with the senior rafting trip that is our annual start-of-school tradition.  Five other faculty/staff members and I are spending Thursday through Saturday in Ocoee, TN (near the the North Carolina border) kicking off senior year with the Class of 2016, including an afternoon whitewater rafting excursion.  

School climate is a focus for us this year.  One of the many wonderful attributes of this year’s senior class is their interest in facilitating a welcoming, positive, and open school environment.  We will be working throughout the year to promote communication and bonding within grades and among the larger school community.  

I hope to see all of our new (to the High School) parents next Tuesday at our New Parent Dinner at 6:00 p.m.!  This is a casual and fun event hosted by our wonderful Parent Association to welcome new High School parents.  See you there!



Ray Harbin ’15 awarded Petrino Family Foundation scholarship

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino formally announced recent St. Francis School graduate Ra’vonte Harbin on Tuesday as the first recipient of the Cardinal Covenant Petrino Family Foundation Scholarship to attend U of L. Full article here.


All School Back-to-School Picnic

Join us! Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Goshen Campus from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. MS Field Hockey & Soccer Clinics
11:00 a.m. Varsity Field Hockey & Soccer Scrimmages
11:30 a.m. All-School Activities Start:
Food Trucks and SFS Grill open for lunch

Face painting, bouncy house, dunk tank, alumni bricks, yearbook pick-up,and more!