Archives for January 2016

Imagine! 2016 Tomorrow Night!

Our art auction and scholarship fundraiser Imagine! is TOMORROW! You can still purchase tickets by clicking here. Can’t stay the whole night? On a budget but want to boogie? Purchase an Entertainment Ticket at half price and enjoy the “back-porch-rock-and-roll” sounds of Niles Foley with special guests Scott Carney from Wax Fang and Teddy Abrams from the Louisville Orchestra. Purchase discounted Entertainment Tickets here.  

And be sure to check out early-bid auction items:

Spring Break in Naples, Florida
Spend your spring break in this beautiful 4-bedroom, 4-bath house in Naples, Florida. This home features incredible indoor and outdoor patios and is only a leisurely two-block stroll away from the beach and Old Naples, where you can enjoy incredible shopping and wonderful dining. Bid here.

  • BIDDING CLOSES TONIGHT – Friday, January 29th – at 10:00 p.m.!

Derby Week Done Right – (Only 30 raffle tickets will be sold!)
Win an incredible package to all of the Derby week festivities, including:

    • Thurby (Thursday before Derby) – a six (6) seat box (#319 B2), the second row back from the rail on the stretch in the 3rd Floor Clubhouse
    • Oaks – two (2) tickets in section 324
    • Derby – two (2) tickets in section 324
    • VIP tour during Oaks or Derby
    • Backside tour during Derby week
    • Derby swag basket, including a $600 gift card to Churchill Downs for food and drink
    • Purchase  $500 raffle tickets here.
  • RAFFLE CLOSES Saturday, January 30th at 10:00 p.m.

Dinner For a Year
Purchase a chance to win dinner for a year! Winner receives 12 $100 gift certificates to Louisville restaurants such as Le Moo, J. Alexander’s, Garage Bar, and Wiltshire on Market … just to name a few! Purchase $50 raffle tickets here.

  • RAFFLE CLOSES Saturday, January 30th at 10:00 p.m.

Thanks for your support of St. Francis School and our commitment to providing scholarships to current and future Wyverns!

Great Turnout for Merit Scholar Competition!

By Reed Gabhart, Head of the Goshen Campus

On Sunday, I had the privilege of attending and proctoring the Merit Scholar Competition at our Downtown Campus! The front lobby was buzzing as a pack of rising 6th and 9th graders nervously awaited their marching orders. And what a turnout! We had 35 prospective freshmen compete, with 13 coming from Goshen plus 17 other schools represented, and 24 rising 6th graders, with a whopping 19 from Goshen and five from other area schools.

I was with the 5th graders, who readily admitted to being nervous (good snacks helped, though!). We talked about how the test-taking experience in itself was a great thing for them to experience for their future, and we discussed the fact that they had a lot to gain and absolutely nothing to lose! They took a short test in Language Arts, trying to figure out analogies (after we discussed several examples), and a brief quantitative test in math. After a break, each student also had 45 minutes to write a creative story based on his/her choice of three different writing prompts prepared by Mr. Donovan. Science wrapped up the day as the students did hands-on experiments building parachutes with High School science teachers David Word and Benjamin Studevent-Hickman.  The 8th graders had similar activities – tests, essay, science experiment.  

I think I can safely speak for the students in saying that despite it being a day of “testing,” the kids by and large had fun. This was a new and exciting experience. They got to see the Downtown Campus and meet some new people and teachers. I bragged on them at Morning Meeting on Monday and had them stand up, but so many just wanted to know, “Who won??” Sorry, guys, that will take us a couple of weeks to figure out (and all judging is done anonymously).

Congratulations to all these students who were willing to take a chance and experience something new and a little daunting. It will serve them well in the future, as we all know different types of testing are a necessary part of life. I just wish it could always be this much fun – and among friends!

Parent Association

Parent/Daughter Dance: May 13, 2016   7:00-9:00 p.m.!
We are excited to announce our new date in May (no snow … hopefully!)
Mark your calendars now! More info will be sent out closer to the event. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

SFS PA is on Facebook!
Don’t forget to “Like Us” on Facebook. Also, to make sure you are seeing all our posts, be sure to “follow” us as well. Thanks!

Mark your calendars
Tuesday, 2/4  PA Meeting at 8:40 a.m. (G & PS)
Friday, 2/12   Valentine’s Day Class Parties at 11:00 a.m. (PS) and 2:45 p.m. (G)

School Notes for week of January 25-29

  • In sports news, the Maher Ratings weekly release of its rankings posted this: “Upset of the Week: The biggest upset by the numbers this week saw St. Francis defeat Whitefield Academy 42-38 on the neutral court at Brown in the 7th Region’s All “A” Classic.  St. Francis gained a whopping 2.45 scaled rating points this week even with the subsequent loss to Kentucky Country Day.  Congrats to the clearly improving Wyverns.”
  • Cat Runner ‘16 received an honorable mention in this year’s Scholastic Art Awards for his film “Stalker”.
  • The Math Help Project hosted by Erin Staley on the Goshen Campus is gaining traction!  Students are seeing this as a great opportunity to get math help while not missing out during the school day.  Generally,  5th graders may attend from 1:55-2:30 p.m.;  6th graders from 2:30-3:00 p.m.;  and 7th/8th graders from 3:00-3:25 p.m.  All students must check in with their regular project advisor to find a convenient slot of 20-30 minutes to come for help. Since this is a drop-in class, students can attend based on their needs.  Students are expected to bring a homework assignment, quiz topics, or other ideas to look over, but Erin will provide additional practice problems and step-by-step guidance. If your child needs extra support in math and would benefit from small group help, please encourage him/her to come during the Math Help Project on Fridays.  You can also directly contact Erin.
  • The Goshen Campus will host The Elegant Party for JK-2nd graders on February 9th at 9:00 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room. The Elegant Party is an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned about manners. Due to limited space, this is a parent-only event to observe our students practicing their manners.
  • Gilman Bagga G’12, ’16 submitted a play entitled Opus:  An Exploration of Meta-Narratives through Freudian Analysis to the Actors Theatre New Voices Young Playwrights contest and has been selected to have the play produced!  Eight plays were chosen in total from a record-breaking 870 submissions.  The plays will be on stage at Actors Theatre in April.  (Opus has already had its premiere, however, at our Showcase of Plays in December!)

Diversity Week is Coming!

Chipoetry_6By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of the Downtown Campus

Next week brings Diversity Week to the Downtown Campus!  Themed weeks are a tradition at the High School, helped along by our Flex times that allow us to schedule special programming with minimal class interruption.  Our inaugural Compassion Week is coming up in March and our annual Gender Week on the docket for April.  Diversity Week focuses on racial/ethnic/cultural diversity, and will include a “Diversity Fair” on Tuesday, a film screening sponsored by the Black Students Association on Wednesday, a tango exhibition (featuring our own Senora Angela Katz) on Thursday, and the annual Diversity Potluck on Friday.  (Talk with your student about what s/he would like to bring!)    Many thanks to Terri White and the Diversity Committee for planning the week’s events!

Speaking of Compassion Week, we took the first steps toward that event this week.  A number of juniors and seniors are going to Living Compassion seminars to learn more about how to truly demonstrate compassion in their lives.  These students will then learn to facilitate the exercises they go through during the seminar, and finally, during Compassion Week, lead those activities for the rest of the student body.  I accompanied four students to a seminar today and we all came away with some new perspectives.  I’ll share more information about the week’s events as we get closer to it in March.  

Art to Enhance Our Curriculum

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By Renee Hennessy, Director of the Preschool

All of our Preschool classrooms are stocked with a variety of art materials.  Creating self-directed art is a hands-on activity that helps children learn in many ways.  By drawing, making collages and using watercolors to paint, children learn about shape, color, and texture.  They are practicing making decisions about what to create and what materials they will use.  Those fine motor skills are enhanced by cutting with scissors, holding a crayon, or sculpting clay.  When children observe what their friends are creating, they are learning to appreciate the artwork of others.  

New vocabulary words are introduced when they discuss their work with adults.  We use phrases like, “Tell me about your picture.”  Preschool-aged children often create things that are symbolic of something else – for example, something they have just built in the block center or a flower they just saw outside.  The practice of using symbols will become important when they are learning to read.  Art can also enhance science concepts when colors are mixed or children see how adding paint to water can create changes.  

Creating art in any form helps children develop their imaginations and practice many skills for learning. At the Preschool, our goal is to give children the confidence to express themselves through art and to feel a part of a creative community of learners whenever they make something new.  

Doughnuts With Dad!
Dads, don’t forget that you are invited to join your child for doughnuts on Friday, February 5th.  Please come to your child’s classroom right after carpool. For those dads new to the school, this event usually lasts 30-45 minutes. If Dad can’t make it, a grandfather, uncle, or favorite friend can drop in. Hope to see you there!

Book Nook
Our 2s love the snow! They love to explore the cold, the way snow molds in their hands, and the marks they can make in snow when walking, and especially making snow angels! They also love The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. This 1963 winner of the Caldecott Medal is a timeless story with simple, bold text and whimsical collages. A young boy awakens to a world of freshly fallen snow and goes exploring. Keats captures the delight children feel in the simplest pleasures.

Strong Showing at Middle School Governor’s Cup

By Heather Varda, 5th Grade LASSGovCup

12 8th graders competed in the Middle School Governor’s Cup District competition last Saturday.  This is a strong academic team that enjoys competing, as well as reveling in each other’s company. Spirits remained high throughout the duration of the eight-hour tournament. All members of the team participated in Quick Recall, a quiz-bowl type of tournament that requires students to respond to a question prompt within five seconds after a prompt has been delivered. Additionally, all members took a challenging  multiple-choice test in a specialty area of study: math, science, language arts, arts and humanities, or social studies. (Two teammates took a written composition test). St. Francis took 3rd place in Quick Recall, after tight games against St. Aloysius and North Oldham. Lorenzo Mahoney received 3rd place in Social Studies and 2nd place in Math. Amelia Dimas placed 3rd in Arts and Humanities.

This year’s team members include:

Holly Yelton
Lorenzo Mahoney
Grace Malone
Sean Denham
Georges Ghali
Connor Gorman
Eston McLeroy
Eli Jaffe
Aidan Campbell
Drew Perkins
Ford Middendorf
Amelia Dimas

Photo Gallery for Week of January 25-29

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Alumni Profile- Trent Apple ’92

Apple staff photo“I graduated from St. Francis High School in 1992 and made stops thereafter at the University of Chicago, New College, and the Tulane University Law School, where sadly I was not on the Huey P. Long Scholarship. While living in New Orleans, in addition to being a devotee of both shellfish and second lines, I worked for the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana and for the late civil liberties lawyer Prof. M. David Gelfand.

While later practicing in Louisville, I began teaching law-related courses at Bellarmine University. Over time, I came to prefer teaching to practicing law. In 2013, I hung up my powdered wig and began teaching in the History Department here at St. Francis. These days I conduct classes in Medieval global history, AP U.S. history, and American constitutional law.

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Alumni Updates


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Newlyweds Kenneth Cohen ’84 & Christopher Conway

Congratulations to Kenneth Cohen ‘84 on his marriage to Christopher Conway on January 23rd, 2016. After graduating from St. Francis, Kenneth went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and then to med school at the University of Louisville. Kenneth now resides in and works as a Psychiatrist in New York City. 

Davis Tyler ‘91 married Marquenia Ruiz on June 20th, 2015. Davis is now in his 10th year of practicing law. He has a solo practice specializing in immigration and criminal defense. [Read more…]