Archives for October 2015

“Our Good Earth” 2015 a Success!


Thank you to all our supporters for an incredible “Our Good Earth”!

This year’s “Our Good Earth” had our highest ever attendance and we exceeded our fundraising goal for athletics and extracurricular programs!

Thank you to our incredible co-chairs, Kim Diamond & Denise Ragland, and their committee. It was a fun and beautiful evening for everyone!

Thank you also to our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors
Buffalo Construction

Platinum Sponsors
Dace & King Stubbs

Gold Sponsors
Commonwealth Bank & Trust
Lancaster Built Homes
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Silver Sponsor
Office Resources, Inc.
Ladybug Gifts
Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers

Many of you asked to see the video again featuring our students; here it is. We will also be posting more event photos, and the historic 50th anniversary photos, on our Facebook page and website.

Photo Gallery for Week of October 5th

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Senior Night for Field Hockey and Golf

By Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Senior Night for Field Hockey and Golf: Monday, October 12th
On Monday night, the field hockey team will play a home match against Seneca at the Goshen Campus.  It will be a special night for a group of seniors on both the field hockey and golf teams.  Senior Night festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is invited as we send them off in style.

Be sure to wear pink in support of our “Pink Out” event. We will be having a fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.  Our “Pink Out” Challenge is to see which Senior Night generates the largest amount of donations.  The soccer team had an outstanding showing and the field hockey/golf teams are up next.  

The Athletic Department appreciates the following group of seniors and we wish them well in their future endeavors.
Field Hockey: Bailey Chapman, Page Dabney, Rose Gilbert, Lucy Lv, Mariah McCrocklin and Sterre Spijker (exchange student)  
Golf: Sam Edwards-Kuhn and Emerson Mudd.

Varsity Field Hockey
The varsity field hockey team had a tough road game against district opponent Holy Cross last Thursday. The Wyverns, who beat the Cougars in their first matchup of the season, tried to complete the season sweep.  Holy Cross scored early on, and tough field conditions kept the Wyverns from capitalizing on a number of opportunities.  

The 1-0 score mirrored the first match but the Wyverns were on the other side this time.  

The Wyverns played a makeup game versus district opponent Presentation on Tuesday. Presentation scored a goal within the first minute, and two more later in the first half. Shelly Lancaster tipped a goal in on a powerful assist from Page Dabney. Though the girls played like a different team in the second half, they were not able to come back from the three goals and lost 3-1.  Their loss dropped them to the 4th seed in the district, likely matching them against Butler in the first round of the tournament that starts in two weeks.  

On Tuesday, St. Francis played host to cross-town rival Atherton. The Wyverns played shorthanded due to injury and sickness but fought hard in the 5-1 loss.  The lone goal was scored by Hanna Cobb.

Thursday night, the varsity team took on North Oldham in a match at the Goshen Campus.  The Wyverns defeated North on their home field in September 2-0, and looked to complete the season sweep on this night.  St. Francis defeated the Mustangs 2-0 once again.  Up next is Seneca on Monday night at 5:00 p.m.  Senior Night festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m.  

Varsity Soccer
The soccer team celebrated their Senior Night in conjunction with the inaugural “Pink Out” against North Bullitt. The crowd arrived early in support of the seniors as they kicked off to start the game. It was an intense battle on the pitch.  Michael Malpartida scored two goals to tie the game in the final minutes before North Bullitt scored the go-ahead goal in the closing minutes to go up 3-2.  The JV beat North Bullitt with a score of 2-0. The goals were scored by Sam Erbes and Gabe Mutchnick.

Last Saturday, the team traveled to Nelson County to take on the Cardinals. Harrison Crawford scored off of a throw in from Michael Malpartida in the fourth minute to take the lead. The Wyverns eventually fell to the Nelson County 2-1. The JV team held their ground against Nelson County and fell 1-0.

On Monday, St. Francis traveled to Fern Creek to challenge a tough Tigers team.  They played together as a team but were defeated by Fern Creek 9-0.  The JV team lost 2-1. The lone goal was scored by Will Yelton.

On Tuesday, St. Francis traveled to Walden on their Senior Night. The starters played sparingly throughout the game. The rest of the team had to carry the workload as they won 2-0. The goals were scored by Tom Soenkson and Jonny Simpson.

Middle School Soccer
The A team beat Rock Creek 4-0 as the 8th graders took the field for the final regular season home game. We had a great season and finished 6-3-1 overall.

The B team lost to Rock Creek 2-1. The Wyverns fought hard to overcome the deficit but ran out of time. Lars Barbercheck scored for the Wyverns late in the second half and motivated his team in the second half. Brian Haupt had a fantastic season as keeper, saving countless volleys from opponents.

LISC Soccer Tournament
The 2015 Louisville Independent Schools Conference Tournament is annually held at the Goshen Campus.  The tournament features two divisions of play for middle school soccer, Silver and Gold.  The 8-team Gold Bracket highlights 7/8 teams from KCD, Collegiate, Walden, Highland Latin and, of course, host St. Francis.  The 4-team Silver Division is comprised of 5/6 teams from Meredith Dunn, Walden, KCD and St. Francis.  

The A Team opened the tournament strong against Walden on Tuesday night, winning 5-0 against the Wolverines.  Pepper Hilton set the pace of the game early on and ended up with a hat trick of goals by game’s end.  Kyle McLaughlin and Will Cole also scored goals. Bruce Hamilton did a fantastic job in goal, shutting out the Walden team. Excellent coordination throughout the field aided the scoring players and goalie, making Tuesday night’s game a true team win. Other standout performances include Connor Gorman, Owen Carey, John Ospital, and Lorenzo Mahoney.

Their win matched them with familiar opponent Collegiate on Wednesday night.  They fought valiantly against a strong Collegiate team and made an excellent showing. The teamwork and heart on display were top notch, but in the end this night drew the A Team’s season to a close as the Wyverns fell 4-0.  Final team record is 7-4-1.  

The B team also opened the tournament against Walden.   The Wyverns jumped out early with a quick goal from Lars Barbercheck early in the first half.  The Wolverines came back to tie the game midway through the period and took a 2-1 lead into halftime.  St. Francis came out poised in the second half as they controlled the ball and tested Walden’s defense for much of the half.  Isaiah Green scored early in the half and then Isaiah Robles connected on a free kick. The team finished the game off with great defense behind keeper Brian Haupt and eventually won the game 3-2.  

The win on Wednesday meant the team advanced to the Silver Division Championship on Thursday evening against Meredith Dunn.  The Wyverns fell short against the Eagles in their regular season match.  Early on both teams played with grit and it took a while for the first score by Meredith Dunn.  Lars Barbercheck scored a breakaway goal and the Wyverns went into halftime down 2-1.  Meredith Dunn proved a formidable opponent and eventually won 4-2.  This year marked consecutive trips to the Silver Division Championship for St. Francis.  Congrats to all the players, coaches and parents for a season well played.  

LS Basketball
We are still in need of coaches for the 3/4th grade girls’ team. If you are interested in coaching, please contact Tony Butler or Tyler Whitchurch.

If you are interested in playing basketball at any level, please contact Tyler Whitchurch to be added to the roster.

School Notes for Week of October 5th


  • Welcome May Khoo! We are happy to welcome a new face to St. Francis this week! May comes to us from the Yale-MayKhooChina program and is a Teaching Fellow.  She will be at Goshen assisting Qianxin Zhu (and teaching a section of 6th grade Chinese) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and on the Downtown Campus assisting Bob Jones on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  May is a native of Malaysia who received her B.A. in English Studies and B.Ed. in English Language Education from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she co-founded several student organizations and was actively involved in volunteer programs within and outside the university. Prior to the fellowship, May served at a school, a non-governmental organization and a multilateral organization in various capacities. With her wide-ranging experience in the education sector and keen interest in human capital development and cultural exchange, May aspires through her fellowship to forge partnerships between communities in the United States and Asia for better understanding and overall advancement.
  • Friday, October 16th is Goshen’s annual Halloween Dance for Middle School students in Grades 6th – 8th. The fun will be from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. in our Multi-Purpose Room, and admission is $5, with proceeds benefiting the Class of 2016 Class Gift. There will be a costume contest with prizes for the Best Boy and Girl costume in each grade. Parents, we’d love some help with decorations! If you have some appropriate (but not too scary!) Halloween decorations you can loan us, we’d appreciate it! Drop them off late in the week in the Multi-Purpose Room or at the front office and we’ll take it from there.
    We also need several Middle School student volunteers to help decorate from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please email Reed Gabhart
  • All 7th and 8th grade students and their parents are invited to attend From Goshen to Downtown on Tuesday, October 13th from 8:15 to 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!
  • Head to Hermitage Farm on Saturday, October 17th for a day of thrilling competition and family-friendly activities at the 6th annual Hermitage Classic! Activities include a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, terrier races, food truck village and biergarten. Tickets are $10/carload and are available now! Tickets to the VIP Observation Deck are also available! Enjoy open bar and local gourmet bites from Wiltshire Pantry while taking in breathtaking views of Hermitage Farm and the competition course. Visit for a full list of weekend events and VIP experiences. Net proceeds to benefit the Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University and Limestone Land Trust. For volunteer opportunities, email Danielle Aamodt.


Preschool Closed Oct. 22nd & 23rd

By Renee Hennessy, Director of PreschoolPreschool_4

On Thursday, October 22nd our teachers will be participating in professional development.  Our class will be led by Lindsey Jones, an occupational therapist with The Learning Center.  Some of the topics we will cover are development of sensory integration, self-regulation and social thinking.  The Preschool will be closed and no childcare will be provided.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up for the Preschool on Friday, October 23rd.  We have aligned the skills sets of the developmental areas (physical, social, emotional, cognitive) on a continuum.  This will allow you to look at the long and short range goals for each area.  The Preschool will be closed and no childcare will be provided on conference day.  

You can sign up for conferences with your child’s Preschool teacher here.

I hope to see many of you at “Our Good Earth” this weekend!

Leadership Initiative Aims to Build Community

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

We kicked off a new initiative this week at the High School, called Senior Leadership.  Inspired by a similar program at a fellow Progressive school, Senior Leadership at St. Francis pairs up two advisee groups (so about 20-24 students) during a Flex period for discussions led by the seniors in those groups.  The goals are both to build community among grade levels within the school and to give seniors a venue to step up and learn some communication leadership skills.  Beforehand, Terri White and I met with the seniors twice, talking about group discussion dynamics and brainstorming topics they could use if they liked.  When I asked students after the Senior Leadership meetings how they thought it went, many liked it; some thought it was awkward or – on the seniors’ end – difficult.  I wasn’t unhappy to hear this, because that’s part of the point – these are not skills easily learned, so this is a great opportunity to practice!  I think Senior Leadership a very St. Francis thing to do and look forward to seeing how it builds community as we continue discussions monthly throughout the school year.  

Speaking of fellow Progressive schools, science teacher David Word (along with Goshen science teacher Jason Chlopek) is at the Progressive Education Network bi-annual conference, visiting another Progressive school, attending sessions, and talking with teachers from Progressive schools all over the country.  Can’t wait to hear what he comes back to share!

Dr ThurstoneOn Thursday, we heard from adolescent addiction psychiatrist Dr. Chris Thurstone, who presented a multitude of research on why tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana have detrimental effects on the adolescent brain.  Because some teens acknowledge the truth of this with tobacco and alcohol but not marijuana, he focused on marijuana, detailing studies using rats, with humans, and via MRI of human brains.  He also showed the students statistics from Colorado, where he lives, about the effects of legalizing marijuana for adults and the resultant increasing amount of usage among adolescents.  The presentation was scientific and powerful, and I’m so grateful our students had the opportunity to hear it. Chris made a similar presentation for parents on Thursday evening; thanks to all who joined us for that.  Chris’ web site is and he has many resources available there and invites you to check it out.

Next Wednesday, October 14th, the High School has a 12:15 p.m. dismissal. That is the PSAT day for 10th and 11th graders (we have a college-related morning planned for 12th graders and a field trip for 9th graders).  Students will be finished at 12:15 and then the faculty and staff have professional development for the rest of the afternoon.  

Today marks the end of the quarter, so grades and comments will be out next Friday, October 16th.  You will have already received an email from Danielle to sign up for conferences on Thursday, October 22nd (after our regular school day) and Friday, October 23rd..  It is entirely up to you whether you meet with some or all of your student’s teachers, so please sign up for a schedule that best works for you.  

Who’s Your Buddy?

By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen CampusBuddyDay_JK_1

One of the truly endearing “extras” at St. Francis is a longtime tradition of “Buddy Days”! I can’t recall having written about this in a long while, and many newcomers may not really be familiar with the initiative, so I thought this week would be most appropriate as we kicked it off on Tuesday.

As long as I’ve been a member of the SFS community, there has always been the Buddy Program. Each student in Lower School is paired with a “buddy” in Middle School. To make it even more charming, the 8th grade gets paired with kindergarten and junior kindergarten, the 7th grade with 1st graders and so on down the line. Every four to six weeks or so (usually centered around holidays or special days at St. Francis), our buddies get together and engage in an activity. It may be as simple as reading to each other, or just playing outdoors, or “trick-or-treating,” but the relationships that form are often very strong. One of the “fringe benefits” of such a program is the pro-social bonds it creates on both sides of the building. The LS students look up to their “big” buddies and almost idolize them, while the MS kids get to know the feeling of taking care of or looking out for someone other than a younger sibling (if they even have one!). I often see buddies high-fiving in the halls or even hugging in between classes. How cool is that? And I can’t tell you how many times alums have come back to visit, and they may not recall certain things about the school, but they can almost always remember who their buddies were!

In a twist for this year, instead of the teachers planning the “Buddy Day” activities, we decided to have the two student councils be involved in the planning! And they came up with a great one to get us started! On Tuesday our  buddies “officially” met for the first time and planned to dress alike on Wednesday. Thus, Wednesday became “Twins-Day” (hear the rhyme?) as our buddies became lookalikes who enjoyed snack together, took some photo ops in our amps and then a recess together on a beautiful day! How “St. Francis” – an activity that is fun, positive and relationship-building. Look for some wonderful pictures of our “twins” in this week’s photo gallery! 

And speaking of positive, Monday we hosted our annual philanthropy fair! Many service organizations and nonprofit organizations came to school and set up shop in the Main Amp. All of our students ServiceLearning_4circulated among their displays to learn about the mission of each group and then decide as a class which one to support for their annual Service-Learning Project. This program seems to grow each year and the collective good we do for the local (and global!) community is quite impressive! (Not to mention the “good” it does for our kids!) Kudos to Librarian Lindsy Serrano for organizing a very successful Service-Learning Fair this year!


Parent Association News

Easy Ways to support your PA

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Goshen Campus: Wyvern Cart

Our Wyvern Cart is now open Thursday mornings from 8:20-8:40 a.m.

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)

5th Graders Welcome Civil War Visitor

By Heather Varda, 5th Grade Language Arts/Social StudiesCivilWar_2

This week the 5th graders had a special visitor who time-traveled from 1864. Our guest was a private in the 4th Infantry Ohio, from the Civil War … Of course, this was our High School faculty member Bob Jones, who teaches Chinese; however, he was disguised as a German immigrant Union soldier. The kids were able to experience a simulation of “living history”, and the discussion helped reinforce facts the kids have learned in social studies recently about the Civil War.

BRAIN LOVE: Marijuana and other influences on brain development

Please join us to hear Dr. Chris Thurstone address BRAIN LOVE: Marijuana and other influences on brain development on on Thursday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m. on our Downtown Campus or Friday, October 9th at 8:30 a.m. on the Goshen Campus. You will hear the latest research on marijuana, teenage use, and addiction from one of the doctors doing that research, and you will have the unique opportunity to hear about the repercussions of legalizing marijuana, particularly with regard to teenage marijuana use, in one of the largest “test case” states: Colorado.   

More Information Here