Archives for October 2015

“Our Good Earth” 2015

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Photo Gallery for Week of Sept. 28

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School Notes

For the week of September 28th 

  • We want your photos! If you have some great pictures that you think would be good additions to our school yearbook, we would love to have them. And you can even do it through an app on your phone! Click here for more information.
  • Smile! Picture day is coming to the Goshen Campus! Monday, October 12th will be for JK-3rd grade. Tuesday, October 13th will be for the Preschool and 4th – 6th grades. Wednesday, October 14th will be for the Preschool and 7th-8th grades. More information here.
  • Picture Day on the Downtown Campus will be Tuesday, October 20th for 9th – 11th grades.  Seniors will sit for a 20-minute session on either October 22nd or October 29th (they will have the opportunity to sign up for the sessions).
  • Goshen Lower School Student Council members have been announced (see photo to the right):StudentCouncil_3
    • 2nd grade: Kennedy Julian and Micah Patrick
    • 3rd grade:  Cosi Karleski and Hunter Fleming
    • 4th grade: Mya Stevenson, Mae Wilson, and Hawkins Maki
  • Goshen Fall Play in need of props! If you have anything you think we might be able to use, please get in touch with Reed Gabhart.
    • Victorian-style furniture (Queen Anne-type chairs, couches, ornate coffee tables, end tables, umbrella stand, hat-rack, etc.)
    • Outdoor garden furniture (lightweight wicker preferred, two chairs and a small table.)
    • Rolling tea cart (tea service on wheels – important!)
    • Different size serving trays (silver, round, smaller and rectangular etc)
    • Tea service (two cups and teapot)
    • Walking sticks, parasols.
    • Women’s “diaries” of era
    • Men’s cigarette case,
    • Large black doctor’s bag
    • Old-style suitcases
    • Watering can of the era
    • Pocket watches
    • Butler’s bell
    • “Sherry” decanter and two glasses
    • Opera-style glasses or lorgnette
    • Large hardcover books with no modern writing on cover
    • Old texts, three or so
    • Likewise, any Victorian era looking clothing. High-necked, long-sleeved dresses for the women,  Butler tuxedos, white gloves, Priest’s outfit, top hats, black funeral suit for Earnest, more colorful suits and cravats for Algernon.

Varsity Field Hockey, Soccer See Wins at Fall Sports Picnic

By Tony Butler, Athletic Director

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The varsity field hockey team faced Holy Cross at home during the Fall Sports Picnic. The support of the fans really helped get the team pumped up and ready to play. They scored in the first half and were able to hold their lead for the remainder of the game. They got the win, 1-0.  The lone goal was scored by senior forward Page Dabney in the first half.

The team had a slow start at South Oldham the following Monday, but managed to finish with another win! The goal was scored when Page Dabney dribbled down the field and made a quick pass to senior forward Mariah McCrocklin, who had perfect positioning and was able to slip the ball right in, scoring her first goal! The Wyverns won, 1-0.

MS A Field Hockey

Before Fall Break, the MS A field hockey team took on Anchorage in a regular season match.  The team played very well. Grace Donovan was on fire, tackling and cutting for the ball.  As the season has progressed, the team’s skill level has grown. Coach Misty Chanda was quoted as saying, “This was one of our better games working as a team.” Goalie Caroline Frederick had 12 saves despite the Wyverns’ 4-0 loss.  

At the Fall Sports Picnic, the A team came out strong and scored the game’s first goal against Crosby. Bentlea Schwartz put the Wyverns on the board as they took their first lead of the season. Unfortunately the Wyverns could not hold the lead and eventually fell 5-1.

The team traveled to Barrett on September 21st.  Bradley Wilson scored in the second quarter. The Wyverns dropped this one 5-1, but keeper Caroline had 16 saves in goal.

The A team continued its great play on September 22nd when they played Meyzeek in their regular season finale.  The Wyverns had a number of chances to get the ball in the cage but were not able to finish as they lost 2-0.  

After Fall Break, the A team immediately began its tournament, taking on 5th-seeded JCTMS.  In what would be one of their best performances of the season, the Wyverns fought tough behind goals from Bradley Wilson and Bentlea Schwartz.  A third goal was wiped off the board after Natalie Lancaster’s stick was ruled not to have touched the ball.  The Wyverns went on to lose the game 4-2.  The girls seemed to have high spirits following the game, and the Athletic Department commends them on a season well played.    

MS B Field Hockey

The MS B field hockey team wrapped up the remainder of their season by winning two out of three matches. They had wins over KCD and Anchorage but lost to Crosby 1-0 in the opening round of the tournament . In the win over KCD, the Wyverns outscored the Bearcats 3-0. Lucy Frederick had two goals and Katie Hammond had one. In the 4-0 win over Anchorage, the Wyverns got two goals from Kameron Julian, one by Lucy Frederick and one by Meredith Snyder.  It’s been a great season!  Each player showed improvement and finished with her best outings of the season.

Junior Field Hockey

The 3/4 team took on a tough CAL team on Saturday.  They played hard but came up short in a close one, losing 2-1.  Julia Koloff scored the lone goal for the Wyverns, who will wrap up their season this coming weekend in the Fall Sports Finale at our Goshen Campus.  Games start at 8:00 a.m. Saturday.  

Varsity Soccer

The Varsity soccer team faced Walden for the second time this season during the Fall Sports Picnic.  Unlike the first game, which was won despite some sloppy play, this game showed the discipline and versatility of the Wyvern squad that Coach Marshall and Coach Johnson were looking for.  The result was an 11-1 victory.  The lack of cards or conflict during the game speaks to the sportsmanship both teams demonstrated before, during and after the game.

Last Monday evening, the Wyvern soccer team played Atherton.  After winning three games in five days, the players were a bit tired mentally and physically; nevertheless, they played well through the first half, ending it trailing by one.  During the beginning of the second half, fatigue caught up with the Wyverns and a short lapse of concentration allowed the Rebels to score two quick goals.  They later added one more to make the score 4-0 with 22 minutes to go in the game.  At this point, the team could have thrown in the towel, but they didn’t.  They battled and eventually were able to get a goal to make the final score 4-1.

MS A Soccer

During the Fall Sports Picnic, the A team played Walden and won 4- 2. St. Francis had two goals from Ford Middendorf, and great defense from fullbacks Connor Gorman, Eli Jaffe, John Ospital, Drew Siciliano, Lake Mackin and Stuart Middleton. The game was won on both sides of the ball with Wyvern hustle and MSSoccerdetermination.

The team played Anchorage on September 21st and were victorious with late-game goals. They then played a tough game against Collegiate on Monday that gave the Wyverns only their third loss of the season. A late goal from Kyle McLaughlin tried to start a come-back but time ran out.

The team played host to Rock Creek on Wednesday night in their regular-season finale. The 8th graders all started their final regular game of the season and scored three goals in the first half. Bruce Hamilton and Luis Reyes shared a shutout in goal as the Wyverns defeated the Lions 4-0. The Wyverns finished the regular season 5-3-1. Congratulations to the 8th graders for a fantastic season: Bruce Hamilton, Kyle McLaughlin, John Ospital, Ford Middendorf, Connor Gorman, Lorenzo Mahoney, Eli Jaffe, Michael Scheen and Will Cole!  The LISC Tournament begins next week at the Goshen Campus.  

MS B Soccer

The B team played really hard during the Fall Sports Picnic against a difficult Brown team. The Wyverns played with a lot of emotion and heart but came up short. On September 21st, the team took on a challenging Anchorage team. Again, they played with a lot of heart and had a chance to come back with a late goal from Lars Barbercheck, but time ran out. On Monday, the Wyverns played a tough Collegiate team.  Another late goal from Lars Barbercheck and fantastic defense from Isaiah Green, Stevaun Butler and Aidan Keegan kept the game close early.

The B team played with heart, responded to well to directions, and faced an opposing team holding numerous intimidating advantages when they took on Rock Creek on Wednesday night. They rallied and played truly impressive Wyvern soccer. We are proud of how the team came together. The Wyverns are looking forward to closing out the season in the LISC tournament at the Goshen Campus next week.  

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The Junior Soccer team took on and beat Brown on Saturday at Walden.  This was the second time the Wyverns had a chance to take the field as one team and their play was outstanding.  As separate teams, both have been formidable, but together they were something to see.  They will play in the Fall Sports Finale this Saturday at Goshen. Team Butler plays at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; Team Whitty will play at 11:00 a.m. and noon.

Wyvern Alumni – Collegiate Athletes (from left)

Alum Trio

Claire Johnson graduated from St. Francis in 2011 (and the Goshen Campus in 2007).  She currently in her fifth year (after redshirting her freshman year) at Michigan State. In 2014, Claire was named to Academic All-Big Ten Team. She appeared in 15 games last year, scoring in back-to-back games against Maine and St. Joseph’s. To start the 2015 season, MSU played Central Michigan. Claire had a pair of goals that led to the Spartan victory, 5-1. MSU is 3-7 on the season thus far.

Cole Jordan graduated from St. Francis in 2013 (and the Goshen Campus in 2009) and now plays field hockey at Centre College. In the 2014 collegiate season, she finished with three goals and two assists while playing in 18 games. She had the game-winning goal against Lynchburg in the NCAA D-III Tournament. In 2015 thus far, she has one goal and two assists while playing in seven games.  Centre College is 4-3 on the year.

Napo Matsoso graduated from St. Francis in 2013 and continued on to play collegiate soccer at the University of Kentucky.  As a midfielder for the Wildcats, he was named 2014 First Team All-Conference USA and NSCAA All-Region and finished with five goals and four assists. He had a hat trick in a win over South Carolina. For the 2015 season, he was named a preseason All-American.  To date, Napo has two game-winning goals, against Marshall and Valpo. His goal against Marshall came at the 11-minute mark and that was enough to hold off the Thundering Herd. Napo produced some late-game heroics as his goal against Valpo came in the closing minutes to win the game.


5th Grade Takes In the Capitol

By Heather Varda, 5th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies 5thGradeCapitol_1

The 5th graders enjoyed an historically informative tour of Frankfort last week. They toured the Thomas D. Clark History Museum, viewing artifacts from the Civil War and other historical artifacts relating to Kentucky history. Students were especially impressed with Abraham Lincoln’s watch, used in the movie Lincoln, and hearing accounts of how divided our state really was during the Civil War.

We walked down the block to the Old Capitol building, built in 1834. The kids participated in a mock trial in the Senate chamber, thinking about the pros and cons of a bill proposed in 1850. They debated about a bill proposed to enclose the property with an iron fence. Each 5th grader re-enacted the role of either a senator, visitor (taxpayer), president, or a secretary. The visitors decided that the Old Capitol should not be fenced with tax money; however, they discovered that it was in fact fenced, as the the senators eventually got their way. Then the kids walked across the hall and discovered artifacts in the House of Representatives’ desks, items that were carried by Representatives 185 years ago. The students learned that there are 100 representatives and 38 senators in Kentucky’s legislature, just as there have been for more than 180 years.

Next, we ventured over to the current Capitol. Students admired the wood-paneled Supreme Court chamber, thoroughly learning about our justice system. They now know about the three branches of government, after visiting all three branches and discussing the responsibilities of each. Lastly, the 5th graders learned that our Capitol ranks 3rd in aesthetic beauty, behind the Washington D.C. Capitol and Philadelphia’s Capitol. Overall it was a fun and informative field trip!

Big Sing a Rockin’ Good Time

Renee Hennessy, Director of Preschool BigSing_1

Our first Big Sing was Tuesday and we had a rockin’ good time. Ms. Faith led us in a sing-a-long of songs that the children are learning in her classes.  It was great to see so many families in attendance. This is a Preschool tradition that is guaranteed to make your day, so don’t miss our next Big Sing on Wednesday, October 21st!

The Preschoolers have noticed the changes in nature and are collecting artifacts from their adventures outside.  Each classroom has its share of leaves, acorns, sticks and rocks discovered from exploring this beautiful campus.  Our walks to the gym and time spent playing outside are providing them with many learning opportunities.  Ask your child open-ended questions about their day like, “What do you think about this?” or “I wonder how the leaves change colors?”  Your children are very inquisitive and we want to encourage them to develop critical thinking skills.

A Busy Week with Field Trips and St. Francis Day!

By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus8thGIdeaFest

It’s been an active week on the Goshen Campus! Two great field trips in 6th and 8th grades and the always heart-warming St. Francis Day on Thursday! As St. Francis Day occurred a few hours after “press time,” please look next week for the wonderful pictures of the kids and clergy, and, of course, a myriad variety of pets in action! Dr. Doolittle would be proud! (And on a sentimental note, new art teacher Judy Riendeau was walking her 12-year-old dog down the hall and told me,”This is so special! Everything in my life is coming full circle today!”).

Earlier on Thursday, I had the privilege of once again accompanying the 8th grade class to IdeaFest Kids at the  Muhammad Ali Center downtown, along with Patrick Donovan, Rachael Dobring and Bob Bertke. We have taken our 8th grade to IdeaFestival ever since its inception, as it is always interesting – and, more importantly, inspiring. This year was no exception. We were treated to talks, slides, and interactive activities from an astronomer, a journalist, a young entrepreneur, a magazine editor, an actress and singer, and “The Rise Group” – four young professionals who help businesses to “think out of the box” when launching new initiatives. This is the very essence of the IdeaFest!

The first speaker’s very colorful presentation was centered on the Voyager Space Station’s incredible journey across our solar system and all the things NASA has discovered as a result. He dropped some incredible facts and concepts on us, including how scientists employed  the idea of “gravity assist” from planets to turn what would be a 40-year odyssey into only 12! Some of the “stars” of this scientific journey turned out to be the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

For instance, Io is covered in volcanoes, while Europa is a surface of ice, underneath which lies a 62-mile deep ocean. Even more amazing is that scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are currently working on the idea of sending a drone-type craft to this moon with the intention of sinking it into this ocean and landing on the floor to see what is there! The larger point to the kids is that “someone” has to engineer and design these feats of technology (just as with the Voyager in our generation) and who better than the kids in the audience? What once seemed unthinkable to us is now being mapped out by our students and future generations.

The students were also very interested in Maci Peterson, a  young African-American woman who followed her childhood dream of being a businessperson to incredible success! She and her team have designed a smartphone app called “On Second Thought” that allows users to recall text messages sent within a 60-second window (and don’t we all wish we’d had that app sometime in our lives!). While in the process of formulating this idea, she won “Best New Idea” at the prestigious South by Southwest Conference. She now has 45,000 users and growing, and hopes to help underfunded business owners in the Caribbean to get their ideas off the ground. Her last piece of advice for our kids? Learn coding.

The magazine editor and actress snared everyone’s attention by name-dropping celebrities whose paths they have crossed, including Michael Jackson, Jay Z and Beyonce. They pointed out that while their lives sound glamorous, much of the time it simply involves old-fashioned hard work. Our very own Caroline Frederick asked a very insightful question, “Has being a woman in this industry ever held you back?” She received a very mature answer that was basically, “Don’t compromise your moral principles to get ahead” – a wonderful message for both genders.

Finally, The Rise Group “stole the show” with a 30-minute lesson on…candy. Yes, candy. They teamed the kids up and ultimately guided them through designing their very own candy bar. Much to the kids’ surprise, they had to consider things like their target audience, which type of candy bar, why they would want to select certain ingredients, where these ingredients would come from (did you know the tiny Ivory Coast produces 37% of the world’s cocoa?), how they would choose a name for their product (and the history behind many candy bar names, which was fun), what price point to charge for it, and finally the artistic design of the wrapper! When all was said and done, the kids were able to see that in something so near and dear to their lives (candy), language arts, science, geography, history, math, and art all came into play! Who knew school really had value in the “real world?!” I collected a handful of our kids’ designs and found candy bars for “everyone, dogs, depressed teens, and old people (ouch!).” Designed by Lorenzo Mahoney, Grace Malone, and Drew Perkins, “Re-Vitalize” includes bacon, jelly, dark chocolate, cinnamon – and a dose of daily vitamins! The cost? $25.00 per prescription! I think these guys are on to something.

I hope you can see the value and purpose of IdeaFestival. It inspires our kids to think, ask questions, follow their passions and dream about “what If?” Shouldn’t we all?

Thrivals at IdeaFest Continues to Fascinate

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of Downtown CampusThrivals

22 students and Spanish teacher Angela Katz and I attended Thrivals 8.0 this week.  This always-fascinating day kicked off this year’s IdeaFestival.  The Thrivals theme this year was “Humans and the Rise of Artificial Intelligence”.  Speakers included Dr. James McLurkin, formerly of Rice University and currently at Google, who is a leader in the robotics field and demonstrated some of the capabilities of a fleet of small robots; Dr. Zeynep Tufekci, whose twin interests in sociology and computers have led her to research the information social media sites glean from our use of them and the ways in which that information can be used; Soroya Chemlay, feminist scholar who took a step back from the questions of artificial intelligence to focus on the essence of being human and how gender is viewed in our society; and Ken Jennings, record-setting Jeopardy! champion, who talked about his experience playing IBM’s Watson computer.  Janelle Monae and the Wondaland Arts Society were there to help facilitate, as always, along with emcee Angie Fenton and a couple of appearances by Mayor Greg Fischer.  It was an incredibly thought-provoking day, as speakers explored the essence of what is different between humans and machines, whether machines can ever equal human abilities, and where the lines should be drawn.  

I also took my We Act community service group to the Louisville We Act kickoff on Monday, featuring Hannah Alper, a 12-year-old blogger and environmental activist whose message is that there’s no such thing as “too young” to make a change in the world.  Our group continues to raise money toward the $10,000 we need to fund the building of a school in Haiti.  

I’m looking forward to the Dr. Chris Thurstone parent talk on teenagers, marijuana and addiction next Thursday, October 8th, at 7:00 p.m. here at the Downtown Campus.  (See the flyer in this newsletter for more information.)  He is giving the same talk Friday, October 9th at 8:30 a.m. at the Goshen Campus – please attend whichever one is more convenient for you!  I’ll be at the Downtown one and hope to see many of you there.

College Corner

By Kit Llewellyn, College Advisor for Downtown Campus


  • Get acquainted with your teachers, the coursework, and the activities available for Wyverns
  • Know that how you perform and how you get involved this year are strongly considered by colleges/universities.


  • Colleges take your grades from this year into consideration, so be sure to study hard!
  • PSAT at school from 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14th. (Mrs. Llewellyn has registered all students). Please bring 4 (#2) pencils, a calculator and $15.00 (cash or check) to school this day.
  • Begin some college researching and visiting with the college reps who come to school (always check the calendar in gathering space).
  • Get involved in sports and extracurricular activities; explore your interests.


  • PSAT at school from 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14th. (Mrs. Llewellyn has registered all students). Please bring 4 (#2) pencils, a calculator and $15.00 (cash or check) to school this day.
  • October 22nd: Financial Aid Seminar for St. Francis School parents of juniors at Walden School at 6:30 p.m. featuring Heather Boutell, Financial Aid Advisor from Bellarmine University
  • Begin reviewing your personal preferences, strengths and weaknesses in order to make your college search meaningful and thorough
  • Accumulate data for your brag sheet/resume so that during your senior year you do not omit any activities or extracurriculars


  • Take the SAT  and/or ACT, and if required, register for SAT Subject tests; remember many selective colleges require literature, math, and possibly a third subject test of your choice
  • Confirm all college application deadlines; obtain all applications (paper or online)
  • Finalize your list of colleges with Mrs. Llewellyn
  • Complete your resumes and submit to Mrs. Llewellyn
  • Turn in your teacher recommendation request forms to Mrs. Llewellyn
  • Work on college essays as directed/guided by the English department
  • October 22nd: Financial Aid Seminar for St. Francis School parents of seniors at Walden School at 6:30 p.m. featuring Heather Boutell, Financial Aid Advisor from Bellarmine University
  • Determine your college costs with your family; research scholarships on; obtain all related financial aid forms from each of your colleges/universities
  • If you are planning on applying early decision or early action, the usual deadlines are November 1; your teacher recs and high school report forms should be in the appropriate hands by the first week of October
  • Send in rolling admissions applications – the sooner the better – particularly to the state schools

Also remember that the registration deadlines and test dates are as follows:


Deadline/Test Date  November 6th for the December 12th  test and January 8th for the February 6th test


Deadline/Test Date  October 9th for the November 7th  test, November 5th for the December 5th  test, and December 28th for the January 23rd test

Parent Association News

Thank you

A HUGE thank you to 8th grade parents for providing a delicious luncheon for our Goshen faculty and staff. Your time is greatly appreciated!

Goshen Campus: Picture Day Help Needed

We are in need of help with Picture Day! If you are able to help at the below time(s), please contact us. Thanks for your consideration!

Monday, October 12th, 8:30-11:15 a.m.
Tuesday, October 13th, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 14th, 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Goshen Campus: Wyvern Cart

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

Easy Ways to support your PA

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

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)