A message from Alexandra and Ken Edwards

thurstoneWe write to you today with heavy hearts. From Alexandra’s perspective as an alumna, an alumni parent, and the Head of School for 15 years, and from Ken’s perspective as an alumni parent and the Chair of our Board of Trustees, we are deeply committed to St. Francis, its students, its alumni, its faculty and staff, and its Mission overall. A school should be a safe, welcoming, and affirming place, and we at St. Francis have worked very hard over these last 50+ years to ensure that it is.

In January 2015, two of our alumnae came to the School with allegations relating to inappropriate sexual conduct in the 1980s by a then and current high school faculty member. When these allegations were brought forward, the School retained an investigator to conduct an investigation of these allegations. Based on the conclusion of that investigation, the School handled it as a personnel matter internally, determining not to dismiss the faculty member in question. During the investigation, no other allegations of misconduct by this faculty member were disclosed.

Recently, however, we have reflected on evolving standards in addressing such concerns at Independent Schools like St Francis. Upon reviewing this seriously, we acknowledge that the prior investigation may not be adequate under these evolving standards and best practices of today. Recognizing the importance of addressing these issues with the utmost compassion and transparency, we have decided to engage a new independent investigator to re-execute the investigation and place the faculty member on leave until the investigation is complete.

We have retained an experienced investigator, Sarah Worley, to do this important work in line with our principles. Specifically, we are guided by the following goals:

  • Ensuring the safety of our students;
  • Protecting the privacy of and showing compassion for any victims;
  • Treating our faculty and staff fairly; and
  • Being as transparent as possible with the community, while preserving the School’s duty to preserving the safety of students, well-being of any victims, and privacy of faculty and staff.

Sarah’s website, www.worleyconflictresolution.com, contains detailed information on her background; she has extensive experience in this area as a certified Civil Rights and Title IX investigator, and, as an example, served as the lead mediator in the Boston Archdiocese case. Sarah can be reached by phone at 617-419-0900, or via email at sarah@worleyconflictresolution.com. We encourage anyone in the St. Francis community to contact Sarah directly with information about these allegations or any other allegations.

It took great courage and strength on the part of these two alumnae to come forward, and we thank them for doing so. The nature of these allegations is deeply unsettling. However, this is also difficult because the allegations involve a faculty member who has served the community for many years. So we take these allegations very seriously, recognizing our responsibility and obligation to treat everyone involved with compassion and fairness. It is our commitment to ensure that we conduct a deep and thorough investigation and come to a just resolution for all parties involved. We ask all in the community to do your part to help us do so.

The spirit of St. Francis School is one of compassion and self-reflection, and it is that compassion and self-reflection that will lead our community forward together.

Sincerely,

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Alexandra S. Thurstone, G’80, ’84, Head of School 

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Kenneth F. Edwards, Chair, SFS Board of Trustees

Admissions Open House!

Open House Feature ImageCome to our Admissions Open House to meet current parents, students, teachers, and staff, so you can see why they wouldn’t think of going anywhere else! For questions and to RSVP contact Kelli Carter at 502.795.3464 or KCarter@StFrancisSchool.org, Preschool (2s – 4s) – 8th grade, or Kisha Watts at 502.736.1007 or KWatts@StFrancisSchool.org, 9th – 12th grade.

Downtown Campus
Tuesday, November 7
th at 6:30 p.m.
9th – 12th Grade

Goshen Campus
Tuesday, November 14th at 9:00 a.m. 

Preschool (2s – 4s) – 8
th Grade

Join us in the fields of St. Francis!

Marigold and OGEEach fall, with the help from a wonderful committee of volunteers, St. Francis hosts its Annual Gala. We have two galas that rotate annually — Our Good Earth and Imagine! Art Auction + Scholarship Fundraiser. This year’s event is Our Good Earth, an outdoor farm-to-table dinner and auction that is set in the fields of our Goshen Campus. There are many opportunities to get involved, including serving on the committee, sponsoring the event, donating or procuring auction items, and, of course, attending the event. This is our largest fundraising event of the year and we hope you will participate. If you would like to get involved please contact Kim Hales. To purchase tickets click here.

The SFS My School Color Run is Back!

SFS Flyer (2)The My School Color Run is a fun walk/run with music and color everywhere!

Sponsored by the Middle School and High School We Act Groups, with all proceeds benefiting an orphanage in Ghana with which SFS is developing a partnership. The We Act Groups are student-driven service learning clubs that focus on serving their local and global communities.

Registration includes t-shirt, color packets, and lots of fun!

Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Run/Walk Start Time: 9:30 a.m.

Faces of St. Francis School

Faces of St. Francis SchoolWatch our video to see what your dollars can do by giving to the Annual Fund! If you’ve already given, we thank you for your support! If not, or if you would like to make an additional gift, there is still time to help us cross the finish line as we try to meet our Annual Fund goal by June 30th.

Make your gift today by clicking here!

Every gift at every amount makes a huge impact on our School community and we couldn’t do all that we do without the support of our parents, alums, and friends like you!

Thank you for your continued support!

Save your Spot for the Pegasus Parade!

KDFFront-row seats or bleacher seating, parking, dinner, face painting, a bouncy house, private restrooms, and more! St. Francis will host the Pegasus Parade viewing area in front of the High School again this year on Thursday, May 4th. Secure your spot and join us for a great family outing!

Guests may begin arriving at 3:45 p.m. The parade comes by the school beginning at approximately 5:15 p.m. There will be a direct bus from Goshen to the High School for any Goshen students attending the Pegasus Parade!

Click here to purchase your tickets. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tamara Reif.

The SFS Drama Project Presents Anything Goes!

Anything Goes_4x6Music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of “Boy Meets Girl” – no musical puts it on stage better than Anything Goes! And the St. Francis Drama Project is proud to present this hilarious shipboard romp as our spring musical!

The story centers around madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to English dandy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin, aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. The musical is wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores and introduced such songs as “Anything Goes,” “You’re the Top,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You” to the American public. Please plan on joining us for Anything Goes, a show that is quite simply “Delightful, Delicious, and De-Lovely!”

Performances are Friday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 28th at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, March 29th at 6:30 p.m. Tickets online are $9.00 for adults and $6.00 for students and can be purchased here. Tickets at the door are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students; however, we cannot guarantee that seats will still be available.

Please plan on joining us for Anything Goes, a show that is quite simply  “Delightful, Delicious, and De-Lovely!”

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

083016__FB_POST (1)St. Francis School and the SFS Parent Association are excited to announce an upcoming Parent Education opportunity. We will be showing “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” a documentary film about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help families minimize harmful effects and find balance.

As stated on the website, “Award-winning ‘Screenagers’ probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.”

There will be screenings followed by discussion for parents on both the Goshen and Downtown Campuses, and parents from either campus are encouraged to attend whichever screening is more convenient. We do ask that you register below for a free ticket. These showings are for parents only. The film will be be shown to Middle and High School students during the school day.

Tuesday, March 7th at 6:30 p.m.
Goshen Campus
Click here to register for your free ticket.

Thursday, March 9th at 6:30 p.m.
Downtown Campus
Click here to register for your free ticket.

You can find more information at www.screenagersmovie.com.

Sophomore TJ Richardson’s Story Inspires

TJ RichardsonSophomore TJ Richardson, who transferred to St. Francis School after the Holiday Break of this year, shares his remarkable story on overcoming obstacles and motivating others! Click here to read the article from WHAS11.

Alexis Nelson ’18 Climbs the Ranks as the State’s Top Scorer

Alexis Nelson '18 FPWave 3 covers Alexis Nelson ’18 who notched her 1,000th career point in January and stands atop the Kentucky state standings for average points per game scored this season in girls’ basketball. Click here to read the article.