Archives for March 2016

Photo Gallery for Week of March 14-18

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Lots to Report, Lots to Look Forward to

By Reed Gabhart, Head of the Goshen Campus

As we head towards our spring parent-teacher conferences, we have a handful of students to recognize and some things to look forward to as well!

First, I hope you were able to make it to the High School Campus to see their first-ever musical, Avenue Q: School Edition, last weekend!  It was a perfect choice for their inaugural musical: irreverent and edgy and full of wonderful songs and inspired performances by both High School and Goshen theater students! Congratulations are in order to 8th graders Amelia Dimas, Caroline Frederick, Eston McLeroy and Carolyn Siegenthaler for taking on the opportunity of performing in the chorus of a High School production! And, of course, congratulations are in order to Director Rachael Dobring and Musical Director Bob Bertke for their excellent work.

CarolynSArtworkAnd speaking of Carolyn, she is really on a roll! She found out this week that a piece of her artwork won an award in the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Student Art Contest! Carolyn drew a beautiful picture of a Pegasus and will get to attend an awards celebration later this month. Kudos to her and art teacher Alex Taylor for making this opportunity possible.

Our 6th grade girls’ basketball team are getting a unique honor this week! Coach Shannon Ragland has arranged for our undefeated girls to take a trip to the state Capitol in Frankfort to be recognized! They will meet Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, and will also be honored on the floor of the state Legislature!
Wow! Thanks to Shannon for setting this up; I’m sure this is an experience the girls will always remember.

Finally, four of our 5th grade Governor’s Cup team members who finished in the top five in local competition are competing in the regionals this Saturday! Best of luck to Lucy Frederick, Amelia Gorman, Jack Rutherford and Meredith Snyder! Go Wyverns!

P.S. We’re also having a SFS “March Madness” Dance on Friday, March 18th here from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.! Prizes will be awarded for “Best 3-Point Shooter” and “Best Fanatic!” $5 for grades 6-8. Students should wear their team’s colors!

Goshen Summer Academic Recommendations

By Claudia McCrocklin, Director of The Learning Center

It is hard to believe summer is just around the corner. The Learning Center is excited to offer several options to keep students’ skills sharp! For some students, it is essential that they do something academically over the summer to maintain their reading, writing or math skills. All students would certainly benefit from academic enrichment. Click here here for information about what is available for rising 1st-8th graders.

The Math Department recommends the Summer Solutions Workbooks for all students as a great way to practice multiple skills in a short amount of time.  By doing one page a week for the entire summer, students will have practiced 50 to 60 problems that spiral through all topics they need in order to be prepared for the upcoming school year.  If you aren’t sure what grade level is appropriate, feel free to reach out to your current math teacher and he/she will be sure to help.  Other fun ways to keep math on your child’s mind over the summer include encouraging your child to practice some “real life” math skills!  Ask him/her to help you calculate the cost of your family’s ice cream bill at Dairy Queen, calculate the total time spent doing a particular activity (and practice reading a clock!), or estimate how much time it will take to arrive at a destination going 60 mph. Happy Math-ing!

**For rising 4th and 5th graders:  Please review multiplication tables over the summer!**

School Notes for Week of March 7th-11th

  • Goshen Summer Camp information has been posted to the website! We have a lot of options for students this summer, so please take the time to check it out. We are certain there is something for everyone. Please click here for more information on K-8th Grade Camps and here for Preschool Camps.
  • Angela Ponzio, MS Spanish teacher, will perform in the brand new atrium of the JB Speed Art Museum on Saturday, March 12th at 3:30 p.m. with her musical ensemble, Lunares. This wonderful showcase is in celebration of the grand re-opening of the Speed Art Museum. Lunares will be sharing the atrium space with Louisville Ballet Company, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Squallis Puppeteers, to name few. This event is free to the public and all are welcome to experience true Spanish flamenco song (cante) and dance (baile) performed by Kentucky’s premier flamenco ensemble, Lunares Flamenco.FOTF2F4
  • Brad Devlin, local mixed media artist, debuts his recent work this Sunday, March 13th at Galerie Hertz using Exit signs from St. Francis School that would have otherwise been discarded. The signs have been repurposed by the masterful Devlin into a cool mixed media piece that is sure to intrigue. Come see his latest body of work, titled “Salute,” at this weekend’s opening reception at Galerie Hertz, 1253 S. Preston Street from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The show runs through April 30th.

Avenue Q Performances Incredible!

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of Downtown CampusAvenue Q

I hope many of you got to see Avenue Q: School Edition last weekend – it was absolutely marvelous!  Many of the other faculty and staff and I were blown away by the students’ incredible work (under the direction of Rachael Dobring and Bob Bertke, with a major hand from Juan Ramirez, primary puppet-maker, and Melanie Pugh and Lindsy Serrano).  

At our Parent Association meeting this week, a question was raised about how students are using the Reading Room, which of course was furnished in part thanks to a PA grant.  The English Department remains thrilled with the space, taking their classes weekly to spend time reading there.  In a world of screens, time spent just focusing on literature seems to be ever shrinking, and we are so grateful to have this wonderful space with book selections carefully curated by our English faculty.

The Women’s Retreat begins today (overnight, into tomorrow) and the female faculty/staff and I are looking forward to sharing food and discussion with 30 or so of the SFS teenage women.  We are on our 14th annual event and it is always a really wonderful time.

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Science Olympiad Team to Compete at State Competition

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of the Downtown Campus

Congratulations to our Science Olympiad team for finishing fourth at the Regional Competition and moving on to the State Competition in April!  Individual accolades include Sam Borden and Sam Edwards-Kuhn winning 2nd place in Hydrogeology and Lucy Lv and Matt Siciliano taking 3rd place in It’s About Time.

Last week, I attended the NAIS Annual Conference in San Francisco. along with Alexandra Thurstone, Luke Johnson, and our Goshen Campus colleague Jennifer Griffith.  The day before, we visited The Bay School, a progressive high school in the Presidio area of San Francisco.  They may have a lovely view of the Golden Gate Bridge, but inside the school, backpacks and students filled the halls just as they do at St. Francis, so we felt right at home!

The two major keynotes at the conference were both superb.  Randi Zuckerberg opened the conference on Thursday with an address on technology and the future.  She noted that the workplace our students are preparing for is a creative, mobile, on-demand one and clearly one in which technology plays a role; she cautioned, though, that the push toward technology should never replace the time children and adults need to spend outdoors, playing, relaxing, etc.  Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, related tales of his work as an attorney who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, which examines issues of race and poverty while focused on fighting unfair application of the death penalty and life imprisonment for children tried as adults.  He shared the incredible statistic that since 1972, the number of people incarcerated in the United States has gone from 300,000 to 2.2 million.  He advised that in order to actually change the world, we must get proximate with those in the margins; change the narratives that sustain the problems; remain hopeful; and be willing to do uncomfortable things.  I read Just Mercy a few months ago and highly recommend it.  

5th Grade Governor’s Cup Team Scores!

By Reed Gabhart, Head of the Goshen CampusGovCup_12

Last week I highlighted our MathCounts team’s performance over Winter Break, and then last weekend we had another big performance from our 5th grade Governor’s Cup team! Under the coaching of Misty Chanda and assistant coach Andrew Frechette, our 5th graders came in 3rd place overall for Quick Recall. We also had a slew of strong individual performances in individual testing areas! Here are the highlights:  

Arts & Humanities:
1st place – Amelia Gorman
3rd place – Lucy Frederick

Language Arts:
2nd place – Amelia Gorman

5th place – Jack Rutherford

Social Studies:
3rd place – Jack Rutherford
5th place – Meredith Snyder

These medal winners, along with all the other students who competed, were honored during Monday’s Morning Meeting. The medal winners advance on to the regional competition on March 12th. Other team members, who either competed at Governor’s Cup or scrimmaged against Louisville Classical Academy and Goshen Elementary, include Jane McLeroy, Kameron Julian, Jackson Sleadd, Jordan Gilford, Fairleigh Jones, and West Middendorf.  Go Wyverns!

Also competing last weekend was our Middle School Science Olympiad Team. This was our first fielding of a Science Olympiad Team in many years, and the program was resurrected by science teacher Jason Chlopek. Students in Science Olympiad create contraptions to try and produce specific results (for example, a ping pong ball catapult that was “tested” at Morning Meeting!) and also take tests in many scientific areas. While our very small and young team didn’t bring home the hardware this year, these intrepid young scientists were able to pursue their passions further, which is really what academic teams are all about. I’m sure the program will grow in the years to come! The Olympiad team members who competed or participated in building include Grayson Karleski, Gray Owen, Ali Muse, Isaiah Green, Harrison Aberle, Sam Swift, Robert Boyd, and Cameron Gant.


Please Support Our Spring Egg Hunt

By Renee Hennessy, Preschool DirectorPreschoolYay

We are asking for each child to donate two dozen plastic eggs filled with one item. The eggs will be for our hunt on March 25th, and we will donate half of the filled eggs to Keystone Academy (formerly California Area Child Development Center).  We have supported their spring egg hunt for more than 10 years. Due to food allergies, we request that you do not use chocolate candy to fill the eggs.  A few items we recommend are play-doh, stickers, printed Band-Aids, erasers and non-chocolate candy.  Keep in mind that the eggs you donate could possibly be “found” by a two-year-old or a five-year-old.  We recommend that you tape the eggs shut for ease in hiding and finding them.  As always, we are very thankful for the great parents at our Preschool. There will be a box in my office for the donations.  Our collection deadline is Monday, March 21st.  If you are interested in helping with our spring egg hunts, please send me an email.  

Parent/Teacher conferences are Friday, March 11th. Please note that the Preschool will be closed. You can click here to sign-up for a conference with your child’s teacher(s).

These dreary, snowy days have our thoughts drifting to the warm, sunny days of SUMMER.  Preschool summer camp dates and information are now up on our school’s web site (click here).  Our one-week sessions feature a summer full of outdoor activity, imaginative learning and creative fun!  Camps will open up to the public next week, so reserve your spot today.  

Next week, I will be out of town, so please contact your child’s teacher directly if you have any questions or changes to his/her daily schedule.

College Corner

By Kit Llewellyn, College Advisor


  • Begin visits to nearby colleges/universities     
  • Research interesting and challenging summer courses, jobs and activities                
  • Use Spring Break to visit colleges along the way, if you are traveling   
  • Take virtual tours online


  • Take SAT reasoning test this month, if you registered                    
  • Sign up for May or June SAT, June ACT or June SAT Subject tests, if applicable
  • Use Spring Break to visit prospective colleges    
  • Keep reading and finish up strongly this year
  • Meet with Ms. Llewellyn to look over your preliminary list of suggested colleges and share with your parents through Naviance
  • Compile your activities/community service into a resume on your Naviance account


  • Report any issues to Ms. Llewellyn
  • If colleges require additional information, send it immediately   
  • If accepted, denied or wait-listed by a college, notify Ms. Llewellyn
  • All colleges should reply with financial aid packages/scholarships by April 1st or at least early April
  • Meet with Ms. Llewellyn and parents to discuss which college is the best match
  • Consider financial aid packages carefully!!
  • Try to revisit colleges where you have been offered a place
  • Listen to the advice of parents and Ms. Llewellyn, but insist on your choice, if it feels right to you
  • Follow acceptance/housing instructions carefully
  • Students on wait-lists should write letters expressing interest and send additional  information