Archives for September 2017

Student Council Elections and Back-to-School Nights

MS Student CouncilBy Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

As we look ahead to the Labor Day weekend after the usually hectic start to another school year, our 5th through 7th grade Advisors elected their Student Council representatives over the last week to join our 8th grade officers announced last spring. Every student who wanted to serve had to give a short speech stating why s/he would be a good candidate. We elect our Student Council representatives by advisee groupings so they can easily get ideas during advisory time from their classmates and report back on meeting decisions in the morning, too. Of note, in 6th grade, Brandon Doble’s advisee group elected a student new to St. Francis (Claude Mahan) to lead them! Congratulations to our Middle School Student Council who I look forward to working with and have full confidence will do a great job advocating for their peers and helping the school community in numerous ways:

8th Grade:
President – Josie Cooley
Officers – Stevaun Butler, Lily Gilbert, and Natalie Koch

7th Grade:
Hilberg – Fairleigh Jones
Kirby – Aidan Keegan
Mushkin – Carly Schramko

6th Grade:
Adkins – Mya Stevenson
Doble – Claude Mahan
Holmes – Jackson Wood

5th Grade:
Koth – Molly Waggener
Spalding – Jude Sleadd

And as we get rolling with our new work (assigning jobs to council members to help the school, holding our first meeting, etc.), we are awaiting our Lower School counterparts to join us! Their elections will take place on Thursday, September 14th during lead time. Each candidate will give a short speech prior to votes being cast. Students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades will elect a boy and a girl to represent their grade. You can see them “in action” each week leading our Lower School Morning Meetings, and they meet weekly with Sarah Dewberry and Emily Campbell to discuss issues of importance to Lower School.

Thanks to all of our Lower and Middle School parents who attended our Back-to-School Nights the past two Tuesdays! We had great turnouts, and parents were able to hear from all of their children’s teachers about the many exciting things they have in store for the year. My favorite moments included our new 5th grade Language Arts teacher Billy Spalding leading parents through “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” (with some deep knee bends thrown in for good measure!).  In Lower School, Kindergarten teachers Heather McGraw and Annette Rudd had their young charges “write” a personal page modeled after The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown, which they read aloud to the parents. Here are two sweet examples:

“The important thing about my family is they love me and I love them. I like to play with them. They take care of me. But the important thing about my family is they love me and I love them.” – Roscoe Plotts

“The important thing about my family is that my mommy tucks me in bed and my daddy always comes in when he is late from work. We have taco Tuesdays where we make tacos and I help them cook. They let me make a tradition. We bring back ornaments for our memories and I started it. But the important thing about my family is that my mommy tucks me in bed and my daddy always comes in when he is late from work.” – Lucy Kate Scantland

Wow! The excitement our teachers exhibit daily in their lessons clearly matches that of the students and is a huge part of our success! Congratulations to all our dedicated faculty for fabulous Back-to-School Nights in both divisions of the school! Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

School Notes for Week of August 28 – September 1

High School Back-to-School Night is Thursday, September 7th at 6:30 p.m. on the Downtown Campus. All High School parents are encouraged to attend to go through their child’s class schedule and meet teachers. New parents – 9th grade or transfer, anyone new to the High School – are invited to the New Parent Reception, sponsored by our Parent Association, at 5:30 p.m. just prior to Back-to-School Night. Please join us to meet other parents and school personnel!

Lower School Student Council elections are scheduled for Thursday, September 14th. Students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades will be able to run for Student Council positions beginning the week of September 11th. We will elect a boy and a girl from each grade. Students who are interested in being Student Council representatives can get forms and information from Sarah Dewberry or Emily Campbell beginning Tuesday, September 5th. Please follow the instructions below:

  • All candidates must ask a teacher to fill out a reference form, available September 5th – 8th from Sarah. Dewberry or Emily Campbell.
  • Signs may be hung in the Main Amp or Lower School areas of the building the week of September 11th -14th. Masking tape or other non-marking adhesive must be used to hang signs.
  • Candidates may not give out anything that encourages votes. Examples are candy, stickers, notes, pins, erasers, and the like.
  • All candidates will give a short speech (2 minutes or less) on the morning of September 14th.
  • Elections will be held following speeches and the results will be announced at the end of the day on September 14th.

Picture days have been scheduled for both the Downtown and Goshen Campus.

Downtown Campus
9/5 – 10th & 11th grade
9/6 – 9th grade & 12th grade (short sessions only)
9/7 – 12th grade (full senior picture shoots)
9/8 – 12th grade (full senior picture shoots)
10/18 – Retakes

Goshen Campus
9/18 – JK – 3rd grade
9/19 – 4th – 6th grade, PS 2 day 2s and 3s, and 5 day 2s and 3s, and Mr. Paul’s 4s
9/20 – 7th & 8th grade, PS 3 day 2s and 3s, and Ms. Kelly’s 4s
10/12 & 10/13 – Retakes

Goshen Campus Athletic Study Hall will be offered until 5:00 p.m. to those athletes who have a home game after school. All athletes will be expected to check in with the proctor by 3:35 p.m. in Nate Hilberg’s room. This is different than Homework Hall, and each student is responsible for communicating with his/her advisor if s/he will be going to Athletic Study Hall. Teams will be supervised until 30 minutes before the start of the game. In the event of two teams playing on the same day, students will be supervised until the first game begins and then will be sent to watch and support their teammates! This is a free option for student-athletes.

Don’t forget to add the School Portal to your phone’s home screen! The School Portal is a great resource for parents, students, and teachers alike. It’s your one-stop-shop for grades, schedules, and directory info. It’s basically an app in website form! Using the instructions below, you can make it even more like an app by adding an icon to your phone or tablet’s home screen. This will allow you to access the Portal with just one tap!

For iPhone:

  1. Using Safari, ​navigate to the Portal at (If you’re reading this email on your iPhone, you can simply tap the link).
  2. Locate and tap the icon of a square with an arrow pointing up (near the bottom of the screen). You may have to scroll to the top of the page to get it to appear.
  3. Select Add to Home Screen.
  4. Choose a name for the icon (SFS Portal is a good choice), then tap Add.

For Android:

  1. Using Chrome, ​navigate to the Portal at (If you’re reading this email on your phone, you can simply tap the link).
  2. In the top-right corner of the screen, locate the three vertical dots, and tap to open the menu.
  3. Select Add to Home Screen.
  4. Choose a name for the icon (SFS Portal is a good choice), then tap Add.

You can also refer to this web page for complete instructions on virtually any tablet or phone. The article is from 2014, but the steps are still the same. When you’re done, you’ll have an icon on your home screen for easy access to the Portal.