Archives for September 2015

School Notes for the Week of 8-31-15

  • Please welcome new Athletic Coordinator Tyler Whitchurch, who joined us this week.  Tyler is a Louisville native and has a BS in Sport Administration from U of L.  He was also the player/president of the U of  L Lacrosse Club.  He has worked at Louisville Collegiate School, both while he was in college and since December 2014 when he graduated, in a variety of capacities, including head middle school boys’ lacrosse coach, head middle school boys’ basketball coach, an assistant in the athletic department, and assistant to the camp director. Tyler comes to us highly recommended and we are excited for his assistance with all the detail management in the Athletic Department.  
  • Both the High School jazz ensemble, which is in its fourth year, and the Middle School jazz ensemble, in its second year, have been invited to perform at the national Jazz Education conference in January. This year, the conference is in Louisville, and our students are ready to represent St. Francis on a national stage. After their performances, both ensembles will have the opportunity to learn from and work with world-class jazz musicians and educators. In addition, our jazz students will be able to attend the concerts and workshops free of charge! Details will follow about performance times, but we hope to see many SFS community members there!
  • Goshen Parent Eve Vawter is looking to start a Prospect carpool group. If you are interested, please contact Eve at 502-762-4026.

8th Graders Invited to Shadow Downtown Campus

By Trisha Amirault, Director of Admissions Downtown Campus

The High School invites your 8th grader to spend a full day shadowing a current student on the Downtown Campus. Shadows have the opportunity to get to know our students and teachers and participate in classes.   Goshen 8th graders are welcome to shadow any Monday or Friday, but specific shadow days have been set aside exclusively for them:

  • Friday, October 9th
  • Monday, October 19th
  • Thursday, October 22th
  • Monday, October 26th
  • Friday, November 13th

To arrange a shadow day, please contact the Downtown Campus Director of Admissions Trisha Amirault at 502-736-1009.

4th Grade Tours Nina & Pinta Replicas

Sarah Dewberry, 4th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher

4th Graders Tour Nina & Pinta

4th Graders Tour Nina & Pinta

On Wednesday, the 4th grade was treated to a tour of two of Columbus’ ships, the Niña and the Pinta! These replicas are the most historically accurate ones ever built and are docked in Louisville through September 7th. The class was surprised by how small the boats are, considering they carried more than two dozen men for a year. You can view them for free or take a tour for $8. Click here for more information.

Busy Season Heats Up for SFS Teams

By Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Junior Soccer
The Junior Soccer program took the field this past weekend at the Goshen Campus. The teams turned in great performances.  They are off this weekend for the holiday, but will return to action the following weekend at Collegiate.

Middle School Soccer
Last Thursday, the MS soccer team travelled to Whitefield for a pair of games. The A team lost 2-1 with a goal from Will Cole on a sliding kick to beat the keeper. The B team lost 3-0 with outstanding performances from Brian Haupt, Rex Reitz and Lars Barbercheck.

On Friday, the B team hosted Anchorage and fell 6-1.  Isaiah Green scored the lone Wyvern goal in the contest. The A team pulled out a 5-3 victory with goals from Levi Tyler, Owen Carey, Will Cole (2) and Kyle McLaughlin. Will’s goal was a header off a corner kick cross by Owen Carey.

On Monday, OSL came to Goshen to take on the Wyverns. The B team opened the afternoon with a 7-1 victory. St. Francis got plenty of offense in this one and goals came from six different players: Lars Barbercheck (2), Isaiah Green, Stevaun Butler, Rex Reitz, Tyler King and West Middendorf. Brian Haupt played a fantastic game in goal. The A team pulled out a hard-fought 1-0 win in the match. Lake Mackin and Bruce Hamilton shared the shutout in goal. Will Cole scored on a deep corner shot assisted by John Ospital’s throw-in.

Upcoming Schedule
Friday 9/4 @ St. Francis A Team v. Waldorf 4:30 p.m.; B Team v. Brown 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday 9/8 A Team @ Rock Creek 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 9/10 A Team @ Highland Latin 4:45 p.m.

Varsity Soccer
Last week the St. Francis Varsity soccer team played in the 7th Region All “A” Tournament at KCD.  On Wednesday night it took the Wyverns penalty kicks to get past Whitfield, eventually winning 3-2 after two rounds of PKs.

The win catapulted the team into a semifinal matchup with Walden on Thursday night.  
The Wolverines were no match for the Wyverns and were easily dispatched by a score of 6-1.  Sophomore Wah Doe Moe led the Wyvern offensive attack with a hat trick of goals in the game.  

After two tournament rounds, the Wyverns’ depth took a hit as a number of players were forced to sit out the championship due to injury. Goalkeeper Sam Erbes was out, forcing St. Francis to make some drastic changes for the finals against KCD.  The Wyverns fell in the finals 5-0.

Three Wyverns were named to the All “A” 7th Region All Tournament Team following the tournament:  Wah Doe Moe for his hat trick against Walden; Sam Erbes for his game-winning save against Whitefield; and Chris Malpartida for his overall outstanding play throughout the tournament.

With little rest after a busy week, the soccer team was back at it Tuesday night against district foe Manual. After another unfortunate slow start, the team regrouped and played the last 60 minutes with the passion and intensity they showed earlier in the season, building great momentum going forward. Senior Jonathan Simpson stepped into goal for this game and played well, demonstrating some solid form he picked up from his training as a freshman and blocking 14 shots on goal. Unfortunately, the Wyverns were not able to mount a comeback and fell 8-0 in the match.

Upcoming Schedule
Thursday 9/10 @ Waggener, Varsity 5:30 p.m./ JV 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 9/12 @ Fort Thomas, Varsity 10:30 a.m./JV Noon

Junior Field Hockey
The 1st/2nd grade (12) junior hockey team took the field for their first competition of the year on Saturday morning at KCD.  This was their first game of the season and the experience of playing is helping them grow. Coach Sarah Dewberry is excited about the team and its potential.  

The 3rd/4th grade (34) junior hockey team also took the field on Saturday and played a solid game.  Coach Tamara Reif has high hopes for this talented group of girls.  

Upcoming Schedule
Saturday 9/5 @ Collegiate Team 12 @ 9:00 a.m.; Team 34 @ 11:00 a.m.

MS Field Hockey
On Monday, the A team played another tough contest at CAL.  Though the team fell 8-0, Coach Misty Chanda was pleased with the effort,  “All the girls set goals before the game and all were able to accomplish their individual goals. A very impressive effort on the part of all the girls.”

MS Field Hockey

MS Field Hockey

The B team traveled to Collegiate for a match and romped against the Amazons to the tune of 6-1.  Three Wyverns scored in this contest, led by Reese Ragland, who netted four goals.  Marley Diamond and Katie Hammond also scored goals in the contest.  

Tuesday night the B team traveled to Noe for a tough match and fell 5-0.  With only four 6th graders and the rest of the team 5th graders, it was an uphill battle against an all-6th grade team, but they fought hard during the entire game.

Upcoming Schedule
Friday 9/4 A @ Anchorage 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9/8 A Home v. Lourdes 4:45 p.m.
Wednesday 9/9 A @ HIghlands 4:45 p.m.

Varsity Field Hockey
The Varsity Field Hockey team faced off in the toughest game of the season so far versus Eastern High School on Tuesday night in Goshen. Though the girls played with non-stop hustle in the heavy heat, they were unable to penetrate Eastern’s defense and lost 4-0, their first loss of the season.

Upcoming Schedule
Thursday 9/10 @ North Oldham 5:30 p.m.

Transportation Day is Coming!

By Renee Hennessy, Director of Preschool

Preschool Activities

Preschool Activities

While visiting classrooms this week, I noticed several construction vehicle puzzles, toy cars in the paint, and a fire engine or two zooming around each room.  This can only mean one thing in our world: Transportation Day is coming!

On Friday, September 11th, we will host Transportation Day, one of our favorite events of the year! This tradition was started years ago by a few teachers who wanted to share a hands-on experience with their classes. Children learn best when they are engaged in their own inquiries and explorations, which is why we have continued this tradition for more than 15 years!  It is such an exciting day, so please send your child to school dressed to spend the morning outside (think shoes to climb in and comfy clothes).  

Please mark your calendars to join us at our back-to-school Preschool Parent Luncheon on Friday, September 18th at 10:30 a.m.  You will meet your child’s teachers, experience a few of his/her favorite classroom activities at school and meet other preschool families.  

School Settles in to Regular Routine

By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

As we wrap up our third week of school, it finally feels like the “newness” is wearing off and we are settling into our daily routines (although everyone still keeps asking “When does this period end?” with our later schedule!). Highlights from this week include our 4th graders taking a fun field trip to the downtown riverfront to see history up close and personal! They went on authentic replicas of two of Columbus’ ships, the Pinta and the Niña (and no one contracted scurvy). Our fall play, The Importance of Being Earnest, was cast (after a weeklong jury duty delay on my end!) and several of our soccer and field hockey teams posted some big wins! We also hosted a very successful Lower School Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, and the last of our Parent Coffees for the Middle School this morning.

First Goshen Student Council Meeting

First Goshen Student Council Meeting

Another exciting “first” was the kick-off meeting of the Middle School Student Council. The 8th grade officers were elected last spring and have been patiently waiting for reinforcements. The 5th – 7th advisee groups held their own elections in the last week, and we convened for the first time Thursday. With three advisee groups per grade, this is the biggest Student Council in quite some time, but in my book that just means we can get more accomplished! Besides bringing student ideas to our meetings every week, the Council also discusses and brainstorms about many different issues that benefit the school. Our first such topic this week was what should be our first Buddy activity this year? The students will be finding out who their buddy from the opposite division is soon, and we, along with the Lower School Student Council, will be planning all the fun this year! Stay tuned for more info on that.

The following students have expressed interest in leadership, serving their school, and had the moxie to make a speech in front of their classmates. I commend them all!

8th Grade:
President: Lorenzo Mahoney
Hayden Jones
Ryane Jones
Eston McLeroy

7th Grade
Kirby Advisees:  Levi Tyler
Mahoney Advisees: Jimmy Lancaster
Ponzio Advisees: Isaac Davis

6th Grade
Church Advisees: J.T.  Montgomery
Jones Advisees: Isaiah Green
Staley Advisees: Lily Gilbert

5th Grade
Dobring Advisees: Tyler King
Koth Advisees: Jackson Sleadd
Varda Advisees: Peter Ronay

Goal by Napo ’13 for UK!

Napo Matsoso’s 90th minute goal gave UK a win in the first game of the season! Article and video here.


First Community Service Day of the Year

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

High School Community Service Day

High School Community Service Day

We had our first Community Service day of the year on Tuesday.  This year, we have 17 different groups ranging in size from six to 15 students, along with one or two faculty/staff members.  On three days in the fall and three in the spring, we dismiss from classes at 11:45 and head to our various sites to perform service:  Gilda’s Club, Project Warm, Christian Care Communities, the Goshen Campus, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Louisville Grows, Kentucky Science Center, Louisville Nature Center, Family Scholar House, Chestnut Street YMCA, Kentuckiana Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, New Directions Housing, Olmsted Conservancy, Americana Community Center, and Family and Children’s Place.  We also have a We Act group that plans its own activities, with one local focus and one global focus each year.  Some groups also do additional activities to benefit their organizations, outside of the designated service days.  We feel strongly about devoting school time to community service and are appreciative of all the work put into directing the program by David Word, our biology/environmental science teacher and community service coordinator.

I hope all parents can join us this Tuesday night for our Back-to-School Night! This evening affords parents the opportunity to learn more about each class your student is taking and meet the teachers.  The program begins at 6:30 p.m. – I hope to see you there!

Enjoy the Labor Day holiday!  (P.S. – World Language teachers are offering extra credit if students attend WorldFest on the Belvedere this weekend!)

Weekly Photo Gallery 9/4/15

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