Archives for September 2015

Alumni Reunion 2015

Photos from Alumni Reunion for Class of ’85, ’95, & ’05

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“Our Good Earth”


Please join us for this exciting event!

Photo Gallery for Week of September 14th

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School Notes for Week of September 14th

  • At Goshen, we have a new list of after-school activities available for students: Glass Art, Art with Ms. Brown, Anime with Mr. Frechette and Club Invention. Click here for more information. Register now before these programs fill up!
  • All 7th and 8th grade students and their parents are invited to attend From Goshen to Downtown on October 13th from 8:15 – 9:45 a.m. on the Goshen Campus. There will be coffee and light refreshments, as well as a panel comprised of former Goshen students and parents to introduce you to our High School, explain why they chose the Downtown Campus and answer any questions you may have! This is the perfect opportunity to learn about the next step in your child’s St. Francis journey. We hope to see you there!
  • Goshen Campus Lower School Student Council speeches will be Tuesday, September 22nd during what is normally LS Morning Meeting.


Parent Association News

From PA Presidents Andi McLeroy, Goshen Campus, and Andrea Melendez, Downtown Campus

We have had a great few weeks talking with everyone at the Back-to-School Nights on both campuses and at the Preschool Back-to-School Luncheon! Please stop by our booth tonight at the Fall Sports Picnic to pay your dues, purchase spirit wear or just say Hi 🙂

Please CLICK HERE to pay your dues. We will be accepting dues through September 30th. Thank you!

Thank you
A HUGE thank you to preschool parent Jessica Washer for organizing a very successful and fun Transportation Day!

Easy Ways to support your PA
Please CLICK HERE for a few simple ways you can support the PA. Don’t forget to share with family and friends. Thanks!

Wyvern Cart Volunteers Needed at Goshen!
Our GRAND OPENING for this school year will be the week after Fall Break on Thursday, October 1st.  We need your help! Our Wyvern Cart is open Thursday mornings from 8:20-8:40 a.m.

If you enjoy young kids, erasers, folders and smiles, this volunteer position is for you! We are looking for both parents and responsible 7th and 8th Graders to help us out.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up! Thank you!

Mark your calendars
Thursday, October 15th PA Meeting @ 8:45 a.m. (G/PS)
Wednesday, October 21st Skating Party at Champs @ 6:30-8:30 p.m. (G/PS)
Friday, October 30th Halloween Parade & Parties @ 10:00 a.m. (PS) @ 2:45 p.m. (G)

St. Francis Dragon Boat Team Races at Waterfront Park

By Bob Jones, High School Chinese Teacher

The St. Francis River City Wyverns Dragon Boat Team had a fantastic time on Saturday at Waterfront Park in the Louisville Dragon Boat Festival. 16 teams competed and we are happy to say that the Wyverns finished sixth this year, an improvement over last year. Five veteran paddlers welcomed an enthusiastic group of new team members. We want to thank the WKU Confucius Institute and Terrill Martin for sponsoring our boat.

Team members were High School students Josh Arnett, Jack Baize, Sam Borden, Lila Brown, Hanna Cobb, Charley Drew-Wolak, Nan Elpers, Olivia Ford, Clay Foye, Jesse Lanier, Owen McLaughlin, Scott Morrison, Justin Strothman, and Henry Wang; Goshen faculty Jason Chlopek; and High School faculty/staff Bob Jones, Julie Leidner, Juan Ramirez, Brian Ray, Danielle Tracey, and David Word.  Many thanks to the parents and siblings who came out to cheer us on and brought drinks and snacks for everyone.

Varsity Field Hockey Bests North Oldham

By Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Field Hockey
The varsity field hockey team traveled to North Oldham to take on the Mustangs last Thursday night. The team found victory in the road contest 2-0. Both goals were scored by Page Dabney, with an assist from exchange student Sterre Spikjer on one goal.  Dabney’s second goal came as a result of good timing and placement as she put back an offensive rebound to lead the Wyverns to victory.

On Wednesday night, the Wyverns continued to barnstorm through Louisville as they traveled to nearby district rival Manual for a match.  The Wyverns played the Crimson close in the first half, yielding only one goal.  St. Francis played hard in the second half but came up short as they fell 5-0.  

Upcoming Schedule:
Friday Home v. Holy Cross 5:30 p.m. – FALL SPORTS PICNIC
Monday @ South Oldham 6:00 p.m.

The Middle School A team played host to Holy Trinity on last Friday afternoon at Goshen.  The final was a 3-0 loss but the team continues to work hard on improving their skills.  

Upcoming Schedule:
Friday Home v. Crosby 4:30 p.m. – FALL SPORTS PICNIC
Tuesday Home v. Meyzeek 5:00 p.m.

Last Friday, the MS B team hosted Holy Spirit.  The first half ended with an exciting stick save from goalie Kathryn Denham to keep the score at 0-0.  The Wyverns played every bit as tough in the second half, but fell short and lost 3-0.  On Thursday afternoon, they took on KCD and won 3-0, with Lucy Frederick (2) and Katie Hammond scoring.

Upcoming Schedule:
Monday @ Anchorage 4:30 p.m.

The junior field hockey 3/4 team put up a tough game against a stiff opponent in KCD.  Though they eventually fell, the team is improving. Mya Stevenson had a solid effort in goal for the Wyverns.

Upcoming Schedule:
Saturday Home v. Highland Latin 11:00 a.m.

The junior field hockey 1/2 girls put up a valiant effort in a game against KCD.  Piper Kuhn scored twice in the 4-2 loss.

Upcoming Schedule:
Saturday Home v. KCD 9:00 a.m.

The varsity team found themselves in a battle last Thursday night against Frankfort at the Goshen Campus. They came out on top 4-2, with goals from Alex Resnik and Andrew Thurstone in the first half to send the Wyverns into halftime up 2-1.  In the second half, Wah Doe Moo scored from 30 yards out and Michael Malpartida put in a corner kick to finalize the victory.  Sam Erbes had an impressive game in goal, with Will Yelton and Harrison Crawford in the back protecting the lead and starting counter-attacks.  

On Wednesday, the Wyverns Varsity team hosted district rival Central in their opening district match of the season.  The last time these two teams met, it was a sloppy game played almost under water in last season’s district tournament.  The Yellowjackets prevailed in that one, ending the Wyverns two-year run to the Regional Tournament.  This time around, St. Francis was no different as the teams battled to a 3-3 tie after regulation. Wah Doe Moo (2) and Alex Resnik led the Wyverns’ offensive attack.  The game came down to penalty kicks and the Wyverns were up to the challenge.  Wah Doe Moo, Tom Soenksen, Johnny Simpson and Michael Malpartida all made their shots, and Sam Erbes saved two of the four shots he faced to preserve the win.  

Thursday night the Wyverns hosted Bethlehem in a regular season match. Going back to 2010, the Wyverns have been winless against the Eagles with a 0-4-1 record.  This season, the team notched its first win in the series in exciting fashion 3-1.  Tom Soenksen got it started with a well-placed goal off a Jonny Simpson assist.  Gabe Mutchnick and Andrew Thurstone also had goals in the victory.  The win pushed the Wyverns’ win streak to three and their overall record moves to 5-6.

Upcoming Schedule:
Friday Home v. Walden 6:00 p.m. – FALL SPORTS PICNIC
Monday V/JV Home v. Atherton 5:00/6:30 p.m.

Last Thursday, the MS A team visited Highland Latin. The final result was a tie with the score 3-3.  The goals were scored by Owen Carey, Kyle McLaughlin and WIll Cole. St. Francis was down 2-0 at halftime and came roaring back. The Wyverns held the lead until late in the game when a penalty-box foul gave Highland Latin a free kick, which tied the score at 3 each.

Last Friday, the A team defeated Waldorf 7-0.  Pepper Hilton, Connor Gorman and Luis Reyes scored their first goals of the season. Two quick goals within the first five minutes from Kyle McLaughlin, both assisted from Pepper Hilton, sealed the game for SFS.

Upcoming Schedule:
Friday Home v. Walden 4:30 p.m.- FALL SPORTS PICNIC
Monday Home v. Anchorage 4:30 p.m.

The MS B team hosted Brown this past Tuesday in a game rescheduled from earlier in the season.  They won decisively, with a final score of 6-0.  Goals were scored by Lars Barbercheck, Kennan King (2), Tyler King, Brian Haupt, and Isaiah Green.  

Upcoming Schedule:
Friday Home v. OSL 4:30 p.m. – FALL SPORTS PICNIC
Monday Home v. Anchorage 5:45 p.m.

The junior soccer team traveled to Collegiate on Saturday morning for a match against Brown School.  Team Butler and Team Whitty joined forces to take on the Bears, and they did not disappoint.  The team played well, passed the ball and assisted on a number of goals in the win.  Savion Butler led the offensive attack with a hat trick of goals.  

Upcoming Schedule:  
Friday Team Whitty v. Team Butler 3:45 p.m.- FALL SPORTS PICNIC
Saturday Team Whitty v. KCD 8:45 a.m.; Team Butler v. Collegiate 8:45 a.m.


St. Francis played Collegiate in a JV golf match on Friday last week at the Shawnee Golf Course.  Emerson Mudd, Clay Foye, Ryan Petiprin, and Jack Baize were on the course for the Wyverns.  Clay shot the best round (45).  St. Francis won the match despite rain from the second hole on.

The JV teams met again at Collegiate’s home course of Cherokee on Tuesday.   Emerson Mudd, Clay Foye, Ethan Mackin, Ryan Petiprin, Sam Edwards-Kuhn and Jack Baize formed the team for this match, with the four best scores determining the winner.  St. Francis won with a total of 216 vs. Collegiate’s 233.  Emerson had the low round, with a 50.

With a perfect record on the line, the team played its last match of the season Thursday night with a trip to face Beth Haven at Sun Valley Golf Course.  The Wyverns came out tough throughout the match.  Emerson Mudd and Clay Foye took on Beth Haven’s two players while the rest of the Wyverns played in a foursome.  Emerson and Clay went stroke for stroke with Beth Haven and were in it up until the end.  Unfortunately, their attempt to go unbeaten for the season fell short, as the Wyverns lost by four strokes, 104-108.  This is still the best season for the team by far.  St. Francis wishes seniors Emerson Mudd and Sam Edwards-Kuhn well as they have played their last match as Wyverns.  

Golf Senior Night is scheduled to coincide with Soccer Senior Night on October 1st.  The ceremony will begin following the soccer game.

Athletic Committee
The Athletic Department would like to invite any interested parents to join the Athletic Committee for the 2015-16 school year.  The Athletic Committee has a division on each campus that, as its main focus, helps organize major athletic events.  Those events include the Back-to-School Picnic, the Fall Sports Picnic, Senior Nights and banquets.  The committee also doubles as the Title IX committee on equity.  Meetings are typically monthly and can be accessed on either campus.  If you are interested or have any questions, please email Athletic Coordinator Tyler Whitchurch.



Transportation Day an Adventure for All

Renee Hennessy, Director of Preschool DSC_0318

In anticipation of Transportation Day, I asked a few of the four-year-olds what they expected to see on the big day.  Their responses were diverse and imaginative:  an ice truck (Zara), unicorn (Sage), fire truck (Ryken), and ambulance (Henry).  Our gym lot was full of vehicles. A postal truck, a police car, a fire truck, a golf cart, a semi-truck, a school bus (of course), a city bus, a forklift, a recumbent bike, an ambulance and a concrete truck all made an appearance. The Preschoolers and Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes climbed on, explored, listened to the sirens of and practiced driving EVERYTHING! I want to thank a number of parents: Jessica Washer (Zeke’s mom) for organizing the event; Lillian Brents (Lauren and Lindsey’s mom) for helping with the TARC bus; and Chad Burke (Byron and Geneva’s dad) for bringing his police car!  A huge thank you to Randall Hood and Christi and Brian Hootman for helping our teachers.  I also want to thank our very own Ms. Holly for her mad golf cart driving skills and helping with the coordination of the classes to our gym lot.  

This week you may have heard your child talk about a fire drill.  We have monthly drills and the days and times will vary.  It is important that we teach everyone how to safely exit the building in case of an emergency.  I’m happy to report that everyone exited quickly and calmly, and it was the “best” drill we have had yet.

Today, we hosted our families at the Back-To-School Parent Luncheon, our first community celebration.  Each child created a gift for a loved one, whether it was a self-portrait or a close-up of your child’s hands. Thank you to all of our families for spending time with our teachers in your child’s classroom!  This celebration of the children in our Preschool has only just begun …   

8th Graders Travel to Appalachian Symposium

Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

After a two-week recess from jury duty, I am back in the Clark County Indiana Courthouse for the second week of a civil trial. And while I’d like to tell you it’s been a very “Hollywood” experience akin to Law & Order or something, it’s been a tad more boring (okay, a LOT more boring). On the other hand, it’s a first for me and a very real look into how the wheels of justice work. And it’s given me a huge appreciation for what I get to do, and who I get to spend my time with on a daily basis! After all, this is the real world, and as involved citizens, we all play our part.

Likewise, it also has reminded me how much we strive to expose our students to the real world, too. The Chinese acrobats who visited last week were a look into an artistic culture so very different than our own, and our kids were mesmerized. Parent Liz Cole came in during the performance and remarked to me, “This is why I love St. Francis; I come in and this is going on!” Next week, our 5th grade will take a field trip to visit the Kentucky legislative halls of democracy in Frankfort. And the following week, our 8th grade will make their annual pilgrimage to the wonderfully informative IdeaFest, where they will be exposed to great thinkers and innovators from all walks of life.  These are not your run-of-the-mill field trips, but truly eye-opening experiences outside of the regular classroom. Couple them with our outdoor education program and the upcoming trips to Pine Mountain and Big South Fork, and it’s easy to see that our students are given educational, ethical and personal challenges that are unparalleled.

Another such trip took place last week led by 6th grade Language Arts teacher Shelly Jones. She will “take over” my article from here on out while I return to ruminate over evidence … sigh. See you next week, and have a wonderful, well-deserved Fall Break!

By Shelly Jones, 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher

To say that Silas House is one of my favorite living Kentucky writers would be a bit of an understatement. Our Middle School students read the environmentally-conscious novel he co-authored with Neela Vaswani, Same Sun Here, in 6th grade, and in 8th grade they read his #1 Southern Indie best-selling novel, Eli the Good. His essays regularly appear in places like The New York Times. Often considered the major progressive voice of Appalachia, House champions the Berea_5Berea_2human rights of the diverse people who call the region home. This past July, I learned that House, who is also the NEH Chair in Appalachian Literature at Berea College, had organized a free conference hosting the largest-ever gathering of Appalachian writers. Being a huge fan of House and of Berea College for its history and mission as the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, and as a native Appalachian myself, I knew I needed to attend this conference. Downtown Campus faculty Cia White and Juan Ramirez and I invited four High School students, five 8th graders and Downtown parent Britta Stokes to join us. The first gathering of its kind, The Appalachian Symposium provided a rare, two-day opportunity to hear public conversations about the literature, music, history, politics, and culture of Appalachia. We heard panels discuss topics such as “The Personal and the Political: Is Activism an Inherent Part of Writing About This Place and Its People?” and “Country Badassery: Gender Roles in Appalachian Literature.” We participated in creative writing and poetry workshops with titles like “Bread, Butter, and Hot Rize: The Fundamentals of Writing Poetry.” Other highlights included the late-night, Bluegrass jam session at Happiness Hills Farm courtesy of high school students Olivia Ford, Christina Saliga and Emmaly Saliga. We relished opportunities to meet featured writers and critics like bell hooks, Erik Reece, Maurice Manning, Denise Giardina, Amy Greene and Crystal Wilkinson. We left the conference having learned a great deal from the talented writers and performers featured in the symposium. We all gained greater appreciation for the complexity of Appalachia. I’ll leave you with the 8th graders’ reflections on the Symposium:

“Going into the Appalachian Symposium, I didn’t really know what to expect. After the experience, however, I found myself knowing more about Appalachian culture and people. Getting to see people revered as local legends in their region was somewhat surreal. The ability to listen to these writers and musicians discuss their work and their views on regional politics, Appalachian stereotypes and how it affected themselves as writers, and the future of Appalachia. All of them seemed to have the same goal: to embrace their own culture and keep the traditions passed down to them while warding off stereotypical views and people who look to invade their region. Overall, the trip made me appreciate and understand Appalachian culture better along with its people, who strive to keep their region alive and thriving.
Lorenzo Mahoney, 8th Grade

“When I first heard about the Appalachian Symposium, I was expecting it to just be listening to sometimes boring lectures and for the speakers to seem very separated from everyone else. I was horribly mistaken. First off, it was very different to be able to see and talk to the authors who just spoke to us. I remember that I was sitting right next to one of the authors who was just about to speak. Also while some of the lectures got somewhat repetitive, the majority were very interesting and informational. I never really saw the connection between major politics and Appalachian writing. The writing and poetry workshops were very useful and got me to think about new strategies in making my writing different from others’. It was such a great opportunity to hear everyone talk about their own struggles and successes. I really appreciated the invitation to attend. This is something I will remember forever and will hopefully find eye-opening. Once again, I am really thankful for the chance to hear one of the biggest collection of Appalachian authors.
Drew Perkins, 8th Grade

I feel so privileged to have been able to go to the Appalachian Symposium in Berea. I thought it was so interesting to be able to meet so many amazing Appalachian writers. I loved hearing about the process of them writing and publishing their books and how much politics and stereotypes could affect that. One of my favorite subjects was hearing about the writers choosing to involve their dialect in their writing and the effects it has had on them. Each writer had such an amazing and different story to tell about writing about their culture. It was astounding to see how much passion they truly put into their work, especially when it came to helping Appalachia. They were all representing Appalachia in their own different ways, whether it was writing about mountaintop removal or their own family’s life in Appalachia. I’m honored to have been able to attend the Appalachian Symposium.
Amelia Dimas, 8th Grade

Thank you so much for providing us with the opportunity to go to Berea! I had a lot of fun and it was not at all what I expected. I thought that we would be sitting for several hours listening to a speaker drone on about uninteresting things — this assumption was completely incorrect. Sure, we had to sit for a while, but the topics were extremely engaging and inspirational. I also enjoyed going to the book signings and meeting with the authors. Just hanging out with my friends, the high schoolers and the teachers was lots of fun as well (the car ride was also very entertaining). Overall it was an inspirational, life-changing experience that made me fully understand the struggles of Appalachian writers and I’m very glad I decided to go.
Holly Yelton, 8th Grade



A Perfect Night for a Fall Sports Picnic

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of Downtown CampusIMG_4595

I’m excited for Friday’s Fall Sports Picnic festivities!  This has been a terrific sports season so far.  The golf team is undefeated as of this writing (they take on Beth Haven on Thursday in their last match of the season); the field hockey team has a winning record; and the soccer team just defeated district foe Central in penalty kicks, their second overtime PK win of the season.  At the Picnic, we’ll get to watch the field hockey and soccer teams play and then the whole High School student body is invited to a bonfire afterward.  Looks to be a perfect night!

Last week, four of our students traveled to Berea College with English teachers Cia White and Juan Ramirez to attend the Appalachian Symposium (photo to the right shows SFS students and teachers enjoying an evening Bluegrass jam session).  Goshen teacher Shelly Jones took five 8th graders, and has contributed a wonderful recap of the event in Reed Gabhart’s article.

First-quarter interim comments came out today.  These are comments (not grades, yet) for all new students; in addition, teachers can write comments on any students they feel they need to communicate about.  If your student received interims, we sent you an email today to alert you to check the parent portal site.  All students will receive a full set of first-quarter grades and comments on Friday, October 16th.  One note about grades and comments – each time they come out (except at the end of the semesters, which are over Holiday Break and in the summer), we share them with the students first, in Friday morning advisee groups.  While the comments are definitely intended for parents, it feels philosophically important to share them with students first – after all, this is their education.  Knowing what’s in those reports rather than waiting to be told by parents is a perhaps small but nonetheless significant aspect of taking ownership of their own education.  

The Tuesday after Fall Break, a group of students and I are headed to Thrivals, the annual student-oriented day of the IdeaFestival.  This year’s theme is “Humans and the Rise of Artificial Intelligence – What Makes Us Human?”  We had much more student interest than the 18 tickets we were allotted, but are able to bring a few students from each grade level based on when they signed up.  (Parents: If your student is going, you will receive an email from me with logistical details.)

One final note from this week:  We hosted a presentation by Moshe Ohayon, founder of Louisville Tutoring Agency and Educational Justice, inviting St. Francis students to become Educational Justice Activists, an innovative tutoring program he has developed that aims to reduce the educational inequity in our community by pairing academically strong high school students with struggling middle school students for weekly tutoring.  It is an innovative and exciting program that I hope some of our students will apply to be part of!