Archives for December 2017

School Notes for Week of December 4 – December 8

The High School Exam Schedule is below:

Thursday 12/14 – History
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Culture and Civ Ancient, US History
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Culture and Civ Medieval, AP US History, AP European History

Friday 12/15 – World Language
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Chinese, French
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Spanish

Monday 12/18 – English
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – English II, English III
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – English I, English IV, AP English  

Tuesday 12/19 – Math
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Algebra I, Algebra II, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Geometry, Precalculus

Wednesday 12/20 – Science
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Chemistry, Biology, AP Chemistry
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Physics, AP Physics, AP Environmental Science

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2005 production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

“To be (in the SFS Drama Project’s spring play)…or not to be (What? And miss out on Shakespeare?). That is the question (all 5th – 8th graders need to ask themselves). Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune (A Midsummer Night’s Dream – now that IS fortune!), or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing (you’ll really miss out!), end them.” Calling all actors! Auditions for the NYA award-winning SFS Drama Project’s spring play, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream are next Wednesday, December 13th after school until 5:30 p.m. Click here for the surprise announcement at Morning Meeting!

Perhaps the most produced of all Shakespeare’s plays, this rollicking comedy has it all: Royalty, star-crossed lovers, elves and fairies, simpleton townsfolk, magic, mistaken identities –  and more! If your child can’t make that day, or is absent, callbacks are scheduled for Thursday, December 14th either during the day or after school. Students may get audition forms and role descriptions from Reed Gabhart, and a meeting was held today to give the kids all the information they need. If this is indeed our last show on this old stage, there’s no better “encore” than A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Interested in helping Garden Coordinator Christine Brinkmann with our animals over weekends and school breaks? Sign up hereIn appreciation for your help, the free range, farm fresh eggs are yours to keep. Please email Christine Brinkmann with any questions.

Trailblazers Spend Time in the Woodshop

Preschool Bird Houses_2_2MPBy Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

On Monday, as I was walking up to the school, I noticed one of the Trailblazers’ birdhouses hanging from the big tree by the playground. It was lovingly created by their class last week in anticipation of wintry weather. They were constructed of wood and drilled together with the help of their teachers. The woodworking skills of the Trailblazers has increased since the beginning of the school year, with Paul Harshaw and Kelly Pfeiffer ensuring that each child is comfortable using small tools. Young children love using tools that they see the adults in their lives use (vacuums, brooms, rakes). Using real tools, not just pretend versions, helps build confidence and self-regulation in children. We look forward to observing the birdhouses throughout the winter and providing food for our friends in nature.

The Adventurers have been busy creating a wintery scene (although winter is playing hide-and-seek) on their wall with white lights and shimmery trees. The Pandas are busy exploring sensory bins filled with potato flakes and rice, painting with blue and green, and using glue (their current favorite).

Our Holiday Big Sing is coming up on Wednesday, December 20th at 9:10 a.m. This is always a festive morning for everyone.

6th Grade Quick Recall Team Soars and Scores!

6th Grade Quick Recall_1_2MPBy Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

At Middle School Morning Meeting on Monday we applauded our 6th grade Quick Recall team for their stellar showing at the 6th Grade Showcase last Saturday! While our team was the smallest there in terms of numbers, they made up for it in knowledge, skill, and heart! Team members included Micah Ghiassi, Zack Mushkin, Allie Rahman, AJ Stevenson, and Mya Stevenson. Here is a summary of their success from coaches Anne Holmes and Debbie Adkins:

Overall Finish: 3rd Place
Quick Recall Finish: 2nd Place (Lost in the final in overtime!)
Science & Social Studies: AJ Stevenson, 1st Place
Arts & Humanities: Allie Rahman, 1st Place
Math: Zack Mushkin, 6th Place

And a comment from Anne on this scrappy team:

“There is only one word to describe the performance of this team in Saturday’s competition: Wow! These five scholars had just returned from a week away at Pine Mountain and were awesome academic competitors. The Showcase competition is made up of three parts: written composition, written assessment, and quick recall. Our team was unable to compete in composition due to the trip to Pine Mountain, so the fact that we placed third overall is truly outstanding.”

I couldn’t agree more! We love to give our talented students academic competition opportunities and this team is a great example why. And a BIG thanks to Anne Holmes, Debbie Adkins, Lindsy Serrano, and Misty Chanda for spending a Saturday with these go-getters and coaching them so well!  

Photo Gallery for Week of December 4 – December 8

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A Busy Week Back from Break!

9th & 12th Pizza Lunch_2MPBy Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

After Thanksgiving break, we all returned to school life with a bang! The Showcase of Plays premieres Friday night, with a repeat on Saturday night – come out to see our talented playwrights, actors, directors, and improv troupe, at 7:00 p.m. both nights. Our basketball teams kicked off their seasons at Brown, with a resounding win for the boys and a hard-fought (came back from a double-digit deficit) two-point loss for the girls. The 9th and 12th graders shared a pizza lunch on Thursday, along with the chance to get to know one another better and for the seniors to give the freshmen some advice on exams and school life. And on Friday, we welcomed Representative Attica Scott (D-41), whose district in the Kentucky House includes the Downtown Campus. Rep. Scott reached out to us through the America’s Legislators Back to School Program, a nationwide event sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), with the goal of helping students understand the value of democracy.  

Exams are coming up in just a week and a half; the schedule is listed under School Notes and each student should also know his/her schedule. The school will be open normal 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. hours during exams. Students only need to be here for their specific exams, but they are welcome to be at school anytime during those usual hours.

Our Director of Admissions/Diversity Kisha Watts and School Counselor Terri White (along with Goshen Campus Spanish teacher Salema Jenkins) are attending the NAIS People of Color Conference this week; I look forward to hearing what they learn and seeing how we can use it to the benefit of student culture and school environment.

Our Preschoolers “Try On” Kindergarten

K-Try-On Day_1_2MPBy Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

Starting kindergarten is an important life event for a child (and for parents), and to facilitate a smooth transition, we wanted to give our preschoolers an opportunity to visit kindergarten with their current preschool teachers. Our Trailblazers class of four- and five-year-olds spent the morning “trying on” kindergarten while parents attended an informational coffee with Head of School Alexandra Thurstone and Lower School Director Jennifer Griffith. The children had the opportunity to visit several specialty classes like PE, art, music, and Spanish, as well as spending time with the JK/K teachers in their classrooms. The morning was complete with a tour of the cafeteria and each child receiving a snack through the lunch line. Learning more about kindergarten will help set our preschoolers up for success as they make the transition to Lower School. A few comments from the children following their “try on” included “I want to stay in kindergarten forever” and “That was fun, I liked art.” Each child was energized by the change in routine and is looking forward to what the future holds.

We Thank You
Our Coat Drive ended today and Elyse Folley said that she may need to borrow a bigger car to deliver our donation. This is exciting news! Thank you to those who took the time to dig through those closets and contribute coats to this cause. We also want to thank Highland Cleaners for donating their services. Deena Neimat and Elyse Folley, Coat Drive Co-Chairs, were instrumental in making our Coat Drive 2017 a success!

Thank you to all of the families who donated books to the Preschool through the Scholastic Book Fair.

Did You Know?
You can find the medicine permission form in the Parent Portal. Save time at drop-off by completing it at home.