Archives for October 2016

College Corner October 2016

By Kit Llewellyn, College Advisor

College Meeting with Ms. LlewellynFreshmen: 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.

Sophomores: Colleges take your grades from this year into consideration, so be sure to study hard! Begin some college research and visit with the college reps who come to school (always check the calendar in gathering space). Get involved in sports and extracurricular activities, and explore your interests! The PSAT is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. – noon on Wednesday, October 19th at St. Francis School (Kit Llewellyn has registered all students). Please bring 3 #2 pencils and a standard calculator with new batteries.

Juniors: 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. The PSAT is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. – noon on Wednesday, October 19th at St. Francis School (Kit Llewellyn has registered all students). Please bring 3 #2 pencils and a standard calculator with new batteries.

Seniors: 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.

Also:

  • Confirm all college application deadlines and obtain all applications (paper or online)
  • Finalize your list of colleges with Kit Llewellyn
  • Complete your resumes and submit them to Kit Llewellyn
  • Your teacher recommendation requests were entered in Naviance by Kit Llewellyn
  • Work on college essays as directed/guided by the English department
  • By October 19th, be ready to complete your Common Application, put finishing touches on your essay, learn some tips regarding interview techniques, and generally begin to see the light re college application deadlines
  • Determine your college costs with your family, research scholarships on fastweb.com, and 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 1st; your teacher recs and High School report forms should be in the appropriate hands by the last week of October
  • Send in rolling admissions applications – the sooner the better – particularly to the state schools

As a reminder, the registration deadlines and test dates are as follow:

ACT:

Deadline/Test Date November 4th for the December 10th test and January 13th for the February 11th test

SAT:

Deadline/Test Date – October 7th for the November 7th test, November 3rd for the December 3rd test, and December 21st for the January 21st test

Story Time!

By Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

story-timeThe annual Blessing of the Pets could not have happened on a more beautiful day last week! It was so much fun seeing the children with the pets (both alive and toy) that we have heard so much about! Thank you to Reverend Kelly Kirby for blessing our pets on the Preschool playground.

This week, local author and illustrator Amanda Driscoll visited the Preschool to read two of her books, Duncan the Story Dragon and Wally Does Not Want a Haircut. The children listened intently as Duncan learned to control his fire breathing so he could finish a book. And what preschooler can’t relate to having his/her hair cut and the troubles that can possibly occur? We heard that Wally, too, doesn’t want a haircut, and he has a problem that only a haircut can help him overcome. You’ll have to read this story to find out the ending. At the end of the presentation, Amanda drew the two main characters from her books for the preschoolers. They loved watching Duncan and Wally come alive. She gave the pictures to us and we placed them outside of the Adventurers’ classroom. On a side note, Amanda’s children attended the Preschool, and we are so happy she came back to share her new books with your children. If you would like to purchase a signed copy of her books, please return the form we sent home by Thursday, October 20th.

Our next Big Sing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th. The Preschool will be closed on Thursday, October 27th for a Professional Development Day for the Preschool teachers. Friday, October 28th is Parent-Teacher Conference Day and you can sign up for conferences with your child’s teacher by clicking here.

Two-Campus Field Day and St. Francis Day

By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

two-campus-field-dayAfter a Fall Break full of glorious weather and a chance to relax, we are back, and picking up where we left off!

But what a way to head into Fall Break! Last Wednesday brought an action-packed day on the Goshen Campus. This year we decided to combine two of our favorite events, Two-Campus Field Day and St. Francis Day. First, we had a wonderful outdoor cookout (spearheaded by Chef Matt Thomas) in which almost 600 hamburgers and hot dogs were consumed happily by nearly 500 students! After that, students from JK – 12th grade got into pre-made groups of about 25 students each, in which Goshen students got to be with their buddies, but also with grade-level classmates, buddy-grade classmates, and High School students. Each were given an animal “mascot” such as the dolphins or hedgehogs (and even hissing cockroaches – only at SFS!) and these “animals” stayed together for the Field Day. For the next 60 minutes, these multi-age “herds” played “Duck-Duck Goose,” “Sharks and Minnows,” “Simon Says,” “Freeze Tag,” and many other games. It’s always hard to tell who’s having more fun – kindergarteners weaving in and out amongst High School “giants,” or seniors, getting to revert to a less worrisome time. Either way, it’s a sight to behold and a magical way to bring our campuses physically together for a day.

After a massive group picture skillfully led from the Goshen Campus rooftop by High School photography artist-in-residence Andrew Dailinger, along with overhead drone video shepherded by parent Jim Lancaster, it was time for St. Francis Day. We thought it would be nice for the High School kids to get to witness the annual Blessing of the Pets, a favorite St. Francis tradition. And, as usual, the weather was beautiful, the clergy were professional and patient, and the animals cooperated (for the most part – our famed “Pooperazzi” clean-up crew has to earn their “paycheck” of doughnuts, of course!). But the combination of cookout, Field Day, intermingling of the campuses and grades, and St. Francis Day couldn’t have gone more smoothly, and was a very visual reminder we are one school with shared values. And we know how to have fun!

On a totally different note, at the start of this year, we decided to create a Diversity Committee on the Goshen Campus (the Downtown Campus already has one). From the adult side of things, Brian Kirby (who has a master’s degree in Religion) volunteered to be the coordinator, and Julie Marks, Salema Jenkins, Emily Campbell, and Anne Holmes also volunteered to serve.

The next step was finding students whom we thought would be a good fit and who would be interested in serving on this committee. Shelly Jones, Julie Marks, and I looked at the 7th and 8th grade rosters and came up with eight students we thought fit that bill. I met with all of them (at first they thought they were in trouble – far from it!) to explain the committee and what their role would be. We’ll have periodic meetings, and they will be the voice of the students in providing us feedback in matters where diversity may be an issue, or in examining school policies from that lens, or in planning our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly, for example. They may also interact with the High School committee at some point. As this is a new committee, it will unfold organically, no doubt, but it will be great to have such a committee to give the kids a voice and help ensure St. Francis lives up to one of its core values of cherishing diversity.

I was pleased at how positive every single one of them was at being nominated. I told them they could take a day or two to think about whether they wanted to participate, but every single one of them gave an emphatic “Yes!” right then and there. It made me proud of them – and St. Francis. Congratulations on these eight students for volunteering to serve on our new Diversity Committee:

Isaac Davis
Jasmin Gonzalez
Sydney Marks
Ali Muse
Norah Patrick
Katy Roemer
Mellie Simpson
Parker Smith

We’re All Kids at Heart

By Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

4th-and-9th-soccer-gameI hope everyone had a good Fall Break! We headed off to it in fine style, enjoying a Two-Campus Field Day where we traveled to the Goshen Campus, joined up with groups of Lower and Middle Schoolers, had a cookout, and played games. I loved seeing the little ones climb all over (literally) our High School students and enjoy the time with them. Our 9th grade and 4th grade penpals got to meet one another and enjoy lunch, some impromptu soccer time, and an art project. We also appreciated the invitation to stay for the St. Francis Day Pet Blessing, if students could get rides home from the Goshen Campus – a number of High Schoolers had pets come for the blessing and enjoyed seeing the festivities.  

This week, we had our first group of Goshen Campus 8th grade shadows and our second group of non-Goshen prospective student visitors, our third of four Community Service days this semester, a trip for some science students to the Pulse of Surgery program at the Science Center, a fabulous Senior Night for our field hockey team (with a big win), an incredible overtime penalty-kicks win in the district tournament semifinal for our soccer team, the final meeting of first-quarter Projects, and the last day of the first quarter itself! Grades and comments will be out next Friday, October 21st, given to students in Advisee Groups and then uploaded to the Parent Portal later in the day (and we will email you to let you know the reports are there).

In this newsletter are links to our Parent-Teacher Conference signups which you also saw in an email earlier today. You are welcome to meet with any or all of your child’s teachers.

A reminder that we dismiss at noon next Wednesday, October 19th.  

Have a wonderful weekend!

Photo Gallery for Week of October 10 – October 14

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School Notes for Week of October 10 – October 14

Join us for the China Trip Informational Meetings Next Week! Downtown Campus Chinese teacher Bob Jones will host a second informational meeting about the St. Francis Spring Trip to China (March 30th – April 9th) on Tuesday, October 18th at 8:30 a.m. on the Goshen Campus and Thursday October 20th at 5:00 p.m. on the Downtown Campus. This trip is open to 7th through 12th grade students and parents. Itineraries, applications, pre-departure information, and payment options will be available. Deposits are due October 31st. The trip is sponsored and subsidized by the Confucius Institute at Western Kentucky University. For more information, please email Bob Jones.

Attention, Goshen Parents: Changes to the after-school transportation daily deadline. A reminder that when your child’s after-school transportation plans change during the day, all information must be relayed to the front office as soon as possible! We will make sure that information gets to your child and the relevant adults here when this is done by 2:00 p.m. However, we cannot guarantee these changes will be communicated after that time. The exception, of course, is in cases of emergency. Thank you in advance for your attention to this!

The Halloween Dance is right around the corner! Students in grades 6th-8th are invited to join us Friday, October 28th from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Yes, we know this is a Parent Teacher Conference day!) $5 per student. Dress up for the costume contest! And if you have decorations to loan us for the event, please bring them in to Reed Gabhart or the Goshen Campus front office.