Archives for October 2015

Parent Association


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A HUGE thank you to 7th grade parents for providing a delicious breakfast for our Goshen Campus faculty and staff. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated!

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Champs Skating Party! We had more than half of our Goshen Campus students attend!

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Mark your calendars
Friday, November 13th Senior Auction/Taste of St. Francis @ 5:30 p.m (D)
November 17th-24th Scholastic Book Fair  (PS & G)
Friday, November 20th Thanksgiving Luncheon @ 11:00 a.m. (PS)
Tuesday, November 24th Grandparents’ Day @ 12:45 p.m. (G)

College Corner

By Kit Llewellyn, College Advisor


  • Focus on your academics
  • Begin reviewing your personal preferences, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Talk to your “older” friends about their applications and college visits


  • Work on a resume; keep it updated throughout the year
  • Chat with college representatives who visit our school
  • Begin searching possible colleges
  • Use weekends for short exploratory trips to nearby colleges/universities
  • Focus on your academics


  • Finish taking your SAT, SAT Subject tests, and ACT
  • Early Action and Early Decision deadlines are usually November 1st
  • Mrs. Llewellyn will send your teacher recommendations, high school reports, transcripts, school profiles, and additional outside recs electronically via Naviance
  • Students will send (paper or electronically) application, fees, essays, supplements, resumes, and any other additional portfolios, writing samples or video/tapes by link
  • Students are responsible for sending their official test scores directly to colleges by contacting ACT and/or SAT and/or TOEFL
  • Most applications and school submissions will be sent by December 1st
  • Send in rolling admissions and state school apps — the sooner the better
  • Keep working on January/February deadline applications
  • Research scholarships offered by companies, parents’ employees, civic and church groups
  • Polish your essays with Brett Paice, Cia White and Juan Ramirez
  • Focus on your academics
  • Plan to schedule interviews with local alum or by Skype if visiting the campus is not possible(arrange by calling the admissions office)
  • If you have any questions at all, communicate with the Admissions Offices so that they know that your interest is genuine and deliberate.
  • Then … submit FAFSA and CSS Profile (if required beginning now!). Financial Aid forms beginning January 1st

Open House!

By Richard Butcher, Director of Admissions – Goshen Campus

Please share the details of our upcoming Admissions Open House with family and friends who you think should consider St. Francis School!

  • Goshen Campus – Tuesday, November 17th at 9:00 a.m.

Our annual Open Houses are the best way to gain a comprehensive view of the St. Francis School experience. Many current students and parents are present to share their experiences and answer questions. Visitors will also receive a guided tour and have the opportunity to meet with our talented faculty, coaches, and fine arts instructors to learn more about the school’s outstanding programs. More information can be found on our website.

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Preschool Excited for Halloween!

By Renee Hennessy, Director of Preschool PSHalloween_6

We have had a lot of excitement in the Preschool this week in anticipation of the Halloween parade and parties.  All of our classes had a great time parading in costume with parents, grandparents, and special friends watching.  After the parade, the children enjoyed special snacks and fun parties in their classrooms.  Thank you to all of the parents who helped with the parade and parties or who came to be our spectators!  

Did you know?
In each of our Preschool classrooms, we have dedicated centers for dramatic play.  They may contain dolls, baby furniture, items for pet care, dress-up clothes, pretend cash registers, or other materials that invite children to use their imaginations and pretend.  Supporting this type of play gives our Preschoolers an opportunity to “pretend” the different roles they see each day.  In the classroom, our teachers may observe children working through concerns or conflicts by role-playing.  It’s through these play experiences that children work through conflicts with their classmates and practice skills such as planning and problem solving.  You can support imaginative play at home by providing props for your child’s recent interests.        

Congratulations to Rosalind’s family on the arrival of their baby boy, Jakob.  We also want to send our best to Emmerson’s family who welcomed a baby girl on Tuesday.

An “Earnest” effort from the SFS Drama Project!

By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

I hope you were able to get out to one of the four performances of the SFS Drama Project’s fall play The Importance of Being Earnest. We wrapped up a four-show run Wednesday night, and the show was quite “smashing,” if I do say so myself. Many patrons remarked on how difficult this production must have been for middle school students to pull off, and I think that’s what makes us most proud about this choice. While the script was edited just a little, some of our actors had to memorize more than 300 lines, with difficult and archaic vocabulary tossed in for good measure. Their appreciation for the subtle (and at times scathing!) humor grew during the rehearsal process, and by show’s end they sounded like real London aristocrats from a bygone age.


What is especially gratifying to me is how much the kids want this authentic type of experience and challenge! While we routinely bemoan the fact that kids are glued to their video games and phones, these adolescents are choosing to participate in a laborious rehearsal schedule (with five-hour weekend dress rehearsals), spending countless hours working on their lines, and all for two performances (in most cases). It is obvious they are proud of what we have achieved as a company, and the skills they are learning will serve them long after the lights are dimmed (not to mention all the heart-warming memories). To all the actors, crew, adults, and parents who helped with Earnest, I candidly say, “Thank YOU, sir.”   Respectfully yours,  Mr. Bunbury.

And as we look ahead to next week, I want to wish our large group of KyACDA All-State Choir kids the best of luck on their trip to Bowling Green to perform! We are so proud of them and look forward to hearing about their concert. And, of course, the 8th grade will be heading out for our annual pilgrimage to Big South Fork for a week’s worth of backpacking and life lessons. I will be with them this year and look forward to all the adventures that await us. At press time the weather looks pretty promising! I’m sure we’ll flood (bad choice of words!) everyone with pictures and tall tales!

Fall Sports Banquet Celebrates Athletes

By Tony Butler, Athletic DirectorSportsBanquet_2

Fall Sports Banquet

On Tuesday, the High School fall sports season officially came to an end with the Fall Sports Banquet. It was a packed house, as each team celebrated their athletes in style. Several awards were given to athletes on each team:

Varsity Soccer

Most Outstanding:  Michael Malpartida
Top Defender:  Chris Malpartida, Will Yelton
Best Offensive Player: Wah Doe Moo
Most Improved:  Andrew Thurstone
Wyvern Award:  Jonny Simpson
Newcomer Award:  Tom Soenksen

JV Soccer

Wyvern Award: Brownie Southworth
Most Improved:  Henry Harkins

Field Hockey
Wyvern Award: Jillian Morrison
Most Outstanding: Sterre Spijker
Most Improved: Lucy Lv
Newcomer Award: Maggie McGraw and Megan Read


Most Outstanding: Clay Foye, Emerson Mudd
Wyvern Award:  Sam Edwards-Kuhn


The Wyverns finished second in their district and advanced to the 7th Region Tournament last week.  On Tuesday night, they opened play at St. Xavier against the home team.  They gave the Tigers a real shock, going into halftime only down 2-1.  The Wyverns continued to attack into the second half, but the large field and the St. X depth took their toll.  The final score was 8-2 but it was one of those games that was closer than the score suggests.  It was thrilling to watch and a wonderful way to end the season.  The Wyverns finish with a 9-12 overall record.

Field Hockey

The Wyverns opened regional play last week against Butler, dominating offensively and winning 5-0.  This was perhaps the team’s best game of the season, as evidenced by their quick passes and strategic play.  They then advanced to the regional semifinal against Manual.  The Wyverns held the Crimson off for a short while, but then a few breakdowns led to a 5-0 Manual lead at halftime.  St. Francis held Manual scoreless in the second half to finish in style.  They finish the season with a 9-7 record.  


The golf squad completed their fantastic 4-1 season with an outing against the High School faculty, a 9-hole match at Shawnee Golf Course.  The Faculty team won the event handily. Coach Benjamin Studevent-Hickman passed out Kleenex to all players to assist with stemming the tide of their tears.  

Winter Sports Season Underway!


The bowling teams started their seasons October 12th. The Wyvern bowlers will have a new home at Ten Pin Lanes in St. Matthews for 2015-16.  Vernon Lanes, the Wyverns home for the program, is expected to be sold and likely close later this year.

The practice schedule for the 2015-16 season will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until matches begin.  The practice times are from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.  The match schedule will be completed in the upcoming weeks.

Team Pictures will be on November 9th. Be sure to wear your bowling uniform.

The boys’ and girls’ coaches are new this year!  We welcome Chris and Sarah Boggs.

Chris is a native of Corydon, Indiana, with a degree in business administration with a concentration in finance & management from Indiana University Southeast. He is currently a Technology Analyst at Humana. Chris is an avid skier, swimmer and loves the outdoors in general.  Chris can be reached by email.

Sarah is an identical twin with a love of tennis, dance, the beach and writing. Sarah is an SFS Goshen grad (’00) and graduated from Bellarmine University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Sarah is currently an Assistant Salon Director for Sun Tan City.  Sarah can be reached by email.


The varsity girls’ basketball team returns three starters for the upcoming season. The team will continue to rely heavily on sophomore Alexis Nelson, who was a top 10 scorer in the state, averaging 29.2 points per game.   Head coach Dean Zangari expects the key to be the further development of the remaining players on the rosters.  Teams often focused the vast majority of their defensive effort toward stopping Alexis last season.  Further development of the rest of the team should relieve some of the pressure teams can apply.  

The varsity boys’ team returns three seniors plus leading scorer James Risley and two other juniors.  This year’s roster has been bolstered by the addition of five freshmen and three more juniors, adding great depth to head coach Richard Butcher’s squad.  New assistant coach (and SFS athletic coordinator) Tyler Whitchurch has been leading conditioning and the seniors made it a goal to be in better shape this season.  

St. Stephen’s Family Life Center is again the Wyverns’ home for practices and games.  Practices began on October 26th and the first scrimmage will be on November 14 in the Wyvern Shootout.

The season has begun on the Goshen Campus for teams in grades 3-8 this season.  Teams in grades K-2 will begin their seasons after the new year in the St. Matthews League.

Head coach Rosanne Conlan and the 7/8 girls have had a few weeks of practice as they gear up for the 2015-16 season. They will begin their season on November 12th against AIE.

Head coach Shavar Cowherd and the 7/8 Boys have also been working for the past few weeks. This past Friday night and early Saturday morning, the team held its annual Midnight Madness (lock in) to celebrate the start of the season.  3-point contests, dunk contests, half-court-shot competitions, 2-on-2 matches, games of Knockout, and a full-court scrimmage dominated the evening (and wee hours!).  They begin their season this weekend with the West End School Pre-Season Kickoff Classic and the South Oldham Jamboree this weekend. Their first regular season game will be at Sayers Classical Academy on November 10th.

Grades 3-6 started playing games this past weekend in the Whitefield League, with games played at various independent schools, including St. Francis, on Saturdays through December.

The 6th grade girls, coached by Shannon Ragland, beat KCD #1 17-10.  Reese Ragland had a near triple-double with nine points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals.  Ayda Marshall added eight points. Anna Hardwick-Jones had 10 rebounds and Katie Hammond had 10 steals.  They face Highlands Latin at Goshen on Saturday at 11:10 a.m.

The 6th grade boys’ team opened the 2015 season against KCD. The teams were evenly matched to open the game, the Wyverns maintained a slight edge at the half 14-11 and after three quarters were up 22-19.  St. Francis played a solid game to that point but the fourth quarter they showed how good they could be.  The Wyverns used a 21-0 fourth quarter to put the Bearcats away 43-19.  Six players scored in the game. Stevaun Butler and Robert Boyd led the way with 11 points apiece.  Lars Barbercheck pitched in nine as well.  The team will face Wheeler on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. with an off week in the Whitefield League this weekend.

The 5th grade girls had their season opener against OSL.  The girls played hard and won 26-0.  Elizabeth Boyd, Aidan Keegan, Abigail Runyon, and Carly Schramko tied for top scorers with six points each.  The team’s tremendous defensive effort was lead by Elizabeth’s numerous steals and intense defensive pressure.   These are some smart, strong Wyverns! The girls will play Christian Academy of Louisville on Saturday at Whitefield at 9:05 a.m.

The 5th grade boys were in action against Sayers. Facing a mere five-point deficit heading into the final quarter, the Wyverns didn’t have enough to pull it out, falling 21-12.  The boys will take on Wheeler on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. at home.  Then on Saturday they will play Highland Latin Blue at 10:05 a.m. at home.  

The boys’ 3/4 team opened its inaugural season in the Whitefield Elementary School League against Highland Latin SM-White.  St. Francis came out of the gates strong, mounting a 8-0 lead after the first quarter and cruising 31-9 for the victory.  Quentin Johnson and Carroll Mackin led the team in scoring with 10 and eight, respectively.  On Saturday the boys will play against Highland Latin CH-White at 9:00 a.m. at home.

Go Wyverns!

School Notes Week of October 26-30

  • Thanks to Bob and Gabby Smedley for being our ghoulish DJs at the recent Goshen Halloween Dance, and to Pam Jones for providing and setting up many of the scary decorations! Our Halloween assembly/Buddy Day, coupled with dress-up days in both Lower and Middle School, were also frightening events this week!
  • Please join us Friday, November 13th at 5:30 p.m. for the annual High School’s Taste of St. Francis! Bring your favorite dish (of any kind) to share and enjoy time with other St. Francis parents! We also hold the Senior Class Auction in conjunction with the Taste of St. Francis. The seniors auction off items like gift cards and services in order to raise money for the all-school Prom and they would love your support. This evening is always a casual and fun event. Click here to sign up for the potluck.
  • Mark your calendars for Grandparents’ Day Tuesday, November 24th at 12:45 p.m. This SFS_GrandparentsDay_Goshen_2015event is for grandparents only, but parents are invited to join us for “Parent Preview Day” Monday, November 23rd (time to be announced soon). Both events will be in our school gymnasium. We hope to see you there!
  • The Learning Center on the Downtown Campus offers Homework Hall after school every day from 3:30 – 5:15 p.m. for students who need support managing and completing their assignments. Emily Boyle proctors Homework Hall and is available to help students organize, prioritize and complete their assignments. Once enrolled, students can notify Emily in advance when they plan to attend so that she can follow up with teachers about their assignments. The daily rate for Homework Hall is $25, and there is a partial rate for students who do not wish to attend the entire session. Please contact Emily for more information about enrolling your student.
  • The first LISC (Louisville Independent School Council) dance of the year will be Friday, November 6th at KCD from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. for grades 6 – 8.
  • Host Families Sought for Visiting Chinese High School Students. St. Francis School will again welcome 10 Chinese high school students for a week, from January 23rd – 31st 2016. The Sino-American Youth Ambassador Program, sponsored by the Ameson Foundation of Washington, D.C., promotes educational and cultural exchange between the United States and China. Students will stay with host families for the week, attending classes at the High School campus and giving cultural presentations to the school. One of the criteria for students’ selection is their superior English skills. St Francis needs only to offer host families that can provide room and board, a separate bedroom, daily lunches, internet access and transportation to and from school.
    Despite some adverse weather conditions, last year’s visit was very successful. If you are interested in hosting a student, please contact Chinese language teacher Bob Jones.
  • For their service-learning project, the 6th grade has chosen to help Kentucky Refugee Ministries by sponsoring a coat drive. The class is taking coats for any age, infant through adult. If you have any coats in your house that don’t fit or that you don’t want anymore, please bring them in! Drop-off boxes will be in the Middle School Amp and Math/Science Wing. The coat drive begins October 28th and runs through November 24th.
  • Dean Robertson, beloved former St. Francis High School English teacher and now author, will be in Louisville on November 12th and 13th. At 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13th, Dean will read from (and sign) her book Looking for Lydia; Looking for God at Carmichael’s Bookstore. She will also visit the High School on Thursday, November 12th to make a presentation and answer questions about the book, as well as to reunite with former colleagues and meet current faculty and students. Parents and alums are invited to a drop-in meeting with Dean that day beginning at about 8:45 a.m. in the new English Department Reading Room. (Dean will bring a small number of copies of the book for sale, and they can also be ordered via her website.) Students, faculty, and staff will attend an all-school assembly with Dean later that morning.
    Some praise garnered by Looking for Lydia: Looking for God

    • “[It] is a story for anyone who is getting older, for anyone with parents who are getting older, for anyone afraid of getting older. It is a story for anyone interested in the Bible or in history. It is, in short, a story for everyone.”
    • “Readers will find that, whether they seek a lost relative or answers to life’s biggest questions, Looking for Lydia may lead them to find that exploring the questions can be as satisfying as finding the answers.”
    • “Storytelling at its finest.  Dean Robertson uses the ancient stories of the Bible to inspire intellectual curiosity and reflection on their own life stories among a group of elderly Southern women. Added to this is the tantalizing mystery of the historically elusive Lydia Roper for whom the women’s retirement home is named.”


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Join Us for our Taste of St. Francis!

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of the Downtown Campus

The faculty and I really enjoyed seeing many of you last week at Parent-Teacher Conferences.  And we hope to see you again two weeks from today (Friday, November 13th) at our Taste of St. Francis event!  Please mark your calendars and join us from 5:30 – 7:30 for this casual and fun event.  It’s a potluck – so bring a favorite dish of any kind to share – and during the event, the seniors host their Senior Auction, which raises money for the all-school prom and their class gift.


Some highlights of this week: the annual Halloween costume contest was held to great fanfare, involving 25 students and one dog; Grammy nominee and former Buddy Rich Big Band arranger John La Barbera visited school to work with our jazz combo; the Biology students attended the Pulse of Surgery program at the Kentucky Science Center, where they viewed via webcam an in-progress surgery; our Fall Sports Banquet celebrated the end of the season (more on that in Tony Butler’s article); the freshmen sold over 200 “boo-grams” (notes with candy delivered in advisee groups today); and we are on hamster-baby watch, as the rescued hamsters living in the Biology room are expecting additions to their family any day now.  (On which note, if anyone would like a baby hamster, please let us know!)

In addition, we completed our last Community Service day for the semester this week; we’ll resume in the spring.  (Our Community Service days are clustered in the fall and spring, avoiding winter, because we have a number of outdoor sites.)  One ongoing initiative is the We Act group’s local focus this year on animal welfare.  The group is asking students over the next few weeks for donations of dog and cat food, bowls, collars, and leashes, as well as cat litter, plastic storage bins, and gallon-size Ziploc bags, all to benefit an organization called My Dog Eats First, which helps support the pets of homeless people.  They would love your help if you can send anything in!

I’ll be out Tuesday afternoon – Friday of next week at the ISACS Conference in St. Paul, MN.  Before the conference starts, several of us are visiting two local Independent schools to look specifically at how they use technology in the classroom and administratively.  There are several sessions I’m really looking forward to at the conference, and I’ll share any interesting tidbits in next week’s newsletter.

Alumni Profile- Joanna Richards ’01


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Describe your path after leaving St. Francis. 

After St. Francis rescued me from a life of destructive delinquency, I went to Oberlin. Like St. F, it was a perfect place for a natural troublemaker to channel her rebellious energy in productive directions. The one I eventually stuck with was journalism (my first internship, at LEO, hooked me). Writing, learning, talking to people, and sticking it to authority on occasion are my enduring loves, and reporting gives me license to do those things.

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