Photo Gallery for Week of April 25-29

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School Notes for Week of April 25-29

  • All items in the Lost and Found ​at the Goshen campus ​will be laid out beginning the morning of Monday, May 2nd, and will remain out until after school on Wednesday, May 4th. Students will have the opportunity to look through the items during those three days, but parents are also
  • Art Show Flyer 2016strongly encouraged to come look as well. All items not claimed by Wednesday afternoon will be donated to a local charity.
  • AP Exams begin on Monday!  Parents, please note that before or after an AP Exam, students need to be at school only if they have a class for which the AP exam has not yet been held.  Good luck to all our exam-takers!
  • Camp HiHo Day returns! The annual SFS-only event is open to grades JK-8th and will be Friday, May 27th. Click here for more info or to register.
  • Mark your calendars for the Middle School Sports Banquet on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. on the Goshen Campus. Tickets to the banquet can be purchased here.
  • Be sure to join us Wednesday, May 11th at 5:30 p.m. on the Downtown Campus for the annual Student Art Show/Senior Project Showcase. All are invited!
  • Registration for rising 9th graders is also Wednesday, May 11th at 5:30 p.m. on the Downtown Campus!
  • 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 for information about what is available for rising 1st through 8th graders. Registration has been extended to May 13th.

Preschool Readies for Their Big Race

By Renee Hennessey, Director of Preschool BigSing_2

At the Preschool this week, it has been all things Kentucky Derby. The floats are being painted and prepped for the parade that will precede our races next Wednesday. Our jockeys are creating their horses from some very interesting materials. The Parent Association will be sending out a sign-up sheet via email this week for items needed to make this a special day for all of our guests.  Please respond right away so they can fill in any last-minute details.  

Don’t let the rainy forecast keep you away from one of Louisville’s Derby traditions this weekend: the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair.  Our Preschool’s very talented Paul Harshaw will have his own booth displaying his wonderful paintings that are perfect for a child’s room or playroom.  I’m sure your child would love to see him in his other element – the art world!

If you are considering going to the Pegasus Parade, the best spot on the route, in my opinion, is at our Downtown Campus.  I took my son to view the parade there several times when he was younger and it offered easy access to parking (right next to the school), indoor restrooms at the school (no long lines), food, and being with other school families, which made it a great experience for us.  And if it wasn’t already great enough, now there are bouncy houses! Contact Kim Hales in the Development Office if you would like additional information.

Important upcoming dates to note:

May 4 – Preschool Grandparents’ Day 10:45 a.m.
May 13 – Muffins with Mom 9:00 a.m.
May 17 – Crocodile Creek Visits Preschool
May 25 – the Last Big Sing of the year!  Slide show begins at 9:00 a.m.  It’s also the last day of school.  All children will leave at their regular dismissal times, except those who stay for extended day.  All extended day children will need to be picked up by 2:30 p.m.

From Testing to TALENT!!

By Reed Gabhart, Head of the Goshen Campus

Last night was our always entertaining Middle School Talent Show sponsored by the 8th Grade Class. I have to say last night was one of the best ever! We had a wonderful variety of acts ranging from the usual singing, dancing, and piano solos, but also some more exotic fare such as a karate demonstration (Emma Rose Farber), a violin solo (Reese Ragland), Rubik’s cube solving (Jordan Gilford), a spectacular magic act (Jamie Campbell), and even Irish dancing (Elijah Foye!).  Kudos to all who were brave enough to face an audience of 150 and our 8th Grade Class raised close to $500 for their Class gift! Bravo!!  

It’s been a different sort of week on the Goshen Campus. As we have been administering the ERB standardized tests to all students in grades 4 – 7 during periods one and two, we haven’t had our usual Morning Meetings in Middle School. It points out to me just how valuable these gatherings are. Without getting everyone together first thing for typical school business, celebratory announcements, news about sports teams, service initiatives, and even birthdays, we feel a little disconnected. The “family” atmosphere Morning Meetings foster in both Lower and Middle School are priceless in my opinion and a big part of our community feel. I look forward to their return soon!

And as far as the testing goes, it has basically been very productive and efficient. While standardized testing is not exactly a “barrel of laughs” for anyone, our teachers report that our kids have approached them with positive attitudes for the most part and are giving them their all. I think they understand the necessity of these tests in the “real world” and are putting their best foot forward. Kudos to school Counselor Julie Marks for organizing and leading the process so well!


On a related note, can you believe quarter four interim grades will be emailed out this Friday to those who receive them in Middle School? You know what that means – only about four to five weeks to go! It may be a cliche, but time really does fly (when you’re having fun!).


And on a “happy preview” note, celebrated Louisville Orchestra conductor Teddy Abrams is visiting our campus next week! Fresh on the heels of meshing the Louisville Orchestra with “Thunder over Louisville,” he will talk to our students in a short assembly to start and then visit with a couple of smaller ensembles in a very hands-on environment. Our jazz band and Middle School Graduation Choir will benefit from his expertise and knowledge in small, breakout sessions. Of course, we have Bob Bertke to thank with his ever-growing network of connections for making this special event possible!

Advisee Games, Talent Show Entertain

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of the Downtown CampusHSTalent_2

This is one of the most entertaining weeks of the year at the High School – Advisee Games on Tuesday and the Talent Show on Wednesday!  Advisee Games involves a trek to Seneca Park for the entire High School around noon.  We have a pizza lunch followed by a costume contest, and then the games begin – tug o’war, 50-yard dash, wheelbarrow race, distance race, three-legged race, and water balloon toss.  At newsletter press time, calculations as to the winning group were still being done, but it is worth noting that the fabulous dozen students that I get to hang out with every Friday morning in Advisee Group exhibited amazing teamwork and real dedication in winning BOTH the costume contest and the tug o’war, so we are eagerly awaiting the final overall scoring results!

The Talent Show is one of my favorite events of the entire year, and it’s not just because we have amazingly talented students.  Really, it’s because of the reaction each act gets – wild, enthusiastic, genuine applause.  This year had to be one of the best:  students singing and playing everything from Bob Dylan to the Beatles to Adele to Frank Sinatra to bluegrass; a cameo by Benjamin Studevent-Hickman on the drums; and even an act unlike any I’ve seen, a student holding a pole with one finger and balancing items (books, a glass, a glass full of water!) atop it.  Freshmen through seniors took part, and it was a fabulous performance start to finish.  

Mammoth Cave, Here We Come!

By Reed Gabhart, Head of the Goshen Campus7thGradeMammoth_2

Mammoth Cave National Park received a “double dose” of St Francis this week! First, our 7th graders took their annual three-day camping/caving/hiking expedition from Monday through Wednesday, and then our 5th grade swapped buses with them for their first-ever class journey to Mammoth Cave for Wednesday through Thursday. (Look for more on the 7th grade trip soon.)  

I went along on the 5th grade trip to be a part of this inaugural outing and see how the 5th graders would respond to tent camping for one night. (Before this year, our 5th grade trip has been an overnight at Natural Bridge State Park, staying in lodge rooms.) I can honestly say there were highs and lows involved – and that is exactly one of the reasons we take our students on outdoor education trips. Mammoth Cave was spectacular, and many of our students had never been in a cave before. I was impressed at how many of the guide’s questions our students could answer (go, Science Department!). However, as we were on sold-out tours, we had to continually remind them to be respectful of the other people (mostly adults) who were with us.  In terms of camping, cooking, cleaning, and socializing, I would give them mixed marks. The highlight occurred around the campfire after dinner. We were very honest with them about their successes and their challenges. We told them where they fared well, and where exactly they need to improve as a class. This was the most attentive they were during the trip. Many kids spoke up and agreed with us and stated their feelings in this “safe” environment. We took a vote on whether they had “earned” s’mores afterwards and they voted “no.” Due to their ability to assess themselves honestly, we exercised our  “veto power”  and made s’mores anyway. (As one little darling said, “I don’t think we deserve them, but I really want one.”). From the mouths of babes.

5thGradeTrip_3Likewise, at Bernheim Forest on the way back Thursday, we played a Peace Education game (thank you, Julie Marks) nicely led by Sarah Dewberry. It involved the kids working in teams of four to traverse “alien slime” with their only tool being teamwork – and the creative use of bandanas. It was interesting the kids assumed it was a competition and race, even though that wasn’t stated. It was simply about working together to figure out a solution. Some did. Some didn’t. We talked about that at the end, and again, they listened well to the deeper meanings of the activity.

I share this partly so you’ll know some of the things we do on these trips, and to point out the social-emotional growth/class bonding we hope to impart. It is fascinating to watch a particular group of students grow and evolve over four years in Middle School, and these trips play a key role in that process. Thanks to Patrick Donovan for leading both trips this week and to the other adults who were willing to work 24/7 for several days with our kids: Jason Chlopek, Michael Mahoney, Angela Ponzio, Heather Varda, Sarah Dewberry and Christine Brinkmann (who went on both!).

School Notes for Week of April 18-22

  • EvaDressKudos to Eva Borders G ’14,’18, who designed a dress for the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft’s Couture runway show last weekend!  Eva made her dress from old encyclopedia pages, inspired by a project in artist-in-residence Julie Leidner’s class.  The dress, modeled by classmate Christina Saliga, earned rave reviews.  Beautiful job, Eva!
  • Join us for the Middle School Talent Show next Thursday night, April 28. The show begins at 7:00 p.m., and we hope to see you there!
  • Intensive Summer Chinese Language Program: Free! The Asia Institute at Crane House is sponsoring an intensive three-week Chinese language immersion program this summer. It is open to rising 5th to 8th graders. Funded by the U.S. government, the program is free to participants. The dates are June 13 to July 1, and the program will be held at Field Elementary School in Louisville. Applications will be accepted until all spots are filled. This is a unique opportunity for any student who is already studying Chinese or for those interested, to see if they like it. For more information and an application, go to the Asia Institute/Crane House website ( and look for StarTalk. Students need a referral from a teacher to participate.

Photo Gallery for Week of April 18-22

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Gender Week Opens Up Dialogue

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of the Downtown CampusHSGenderWeek

We had our third and final themed “week” of the year; following Diversity and Compassion weeks, April 18 – 22 brought Gender Week.  Events included a panel of students talking about their experiences with gender; a presentation from GLOW (Greater Louisville Outstanding Women); and a group of boys led by Juan Ramirez and Brian Ray discussing at an assembly men’s roles in negative gender stereotypes and resultant actions.  The point of Gender Week, as with the other themed weeks, is to educate, to understand one another better, and to make space for dialogue.  Thanks to Gender Studies teacher Jenn Buck, her class, and the other students who planned the week’s activities.
You should have received an email from Alexandra this week with a link to our ISACS Constituent Survey. This is a key component of our upcoming accreditation process; please take 20 minutes to fill it out!  We truly need and appreciate everyone’s input.

Good luck to our Science Olympiad Team as they head to State on Saturday!  Advisee Games is next Tuesday (always hotly contested!), followed by the Talent Show on Wednesday.  We will also be registering for 2016-17 courses, so parents of 9th, 10th, and 11th graders, stay tuned for more information on that (and don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have questions).

Preschool Plants in Honor of Earth Day

By Renee Hennessy, Director of Preschool PSEarthDay2

We spent Earth Day outside planting sunflowers, wildflowers, carrots, marigolds, and dill. Preparing our garden and playground for spring and summer were the highlights this week. The children loved getting their hands dirty and moving the earth with their shovels. When children can participate in helping us with work they see as adult work, they are often eager and excited to practice their developing skills. This week, the preschoolers have learned what it means to take care of our planet, and how everyone can do something to help.  

Wednesday, May 4th is Grandparents’ Day for the Preschool.  Each child may host up to four guests for a “day at the races”.  We will meet in front of the school for a parade and races, followed by light refreshments.  Please RSVP to your child’s teacher.  Arrival time is 10:45 a.m. with festivities beginning promptly at 11:00 a.m.  

You should have received an email from Alexandra earlier this week about our ISACS Constituent Survey; it is an important part of our re-accreditation process. I would like to personally ask that you take 20 minutes to fill out the survey this upcoming week.  Thank you in advance for your participation.

Today is the last day to receive the early bird discount when registering for summer camp. Click here for more information about our summer offerings.