Sacred Space Committee convened an interfaith panel

Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

The High School faculty, along with our Goshen Campus colleagues, went to Lexington last Friday to attend the KAIS (Kentucky Association of Independent Schools) Conference.  Several of our faculty (Ann Healy, Angela Katz, Brett Paice, Bob Bertke) presented (and I heard wonderful reviews of each of their sessions).   This conference is organized by teachers from each KAIS school once every four years and is a great chance to exchange ideas with our colleagues from other independent schools.  I spent much of my time there in the same sessions my Goshen counterpart Reed Gabhart attended, and really appreciated the opportunity to meet with other division heads, focus on ways to lead effectively, and hear about in-house professional development ideas.

Spearheaded by Ann Healy and Penny Ridgdill, along with Rosemary DeMarco ’16 and some other students, the annual Gender Week successfully concluded a week ago.  Highlights included a presentation from ACLU Executive Director Michael Aldridge, “Dress Like Your Favorite Woman” day, and a film screening.

This week, our Sacred Space Committee convened an interfaith panel at an all-school assembly to discuss the SacredSpacePanel_2intersection of faith and science.  Panelists included Reverend Robert S. Harvey (St. Stephen’s Baptist Church), Dr. Gulali Wali Khan (Islam), Rabbi Robert Slosberg (Adath Jeshurun), Reverend Kelly Kirby (St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church), and Brian Kirby (science teacher with a master’s degree in divinity).  The discussion was rich, continuing amongst ourselves in advisee groups today and at an optional all-school lunch meeting after Spring Break.

We also hosted a lunchtime visit from former University of Louisville/NBA basketball player and current restaurant maven Junior Bridgeman.  He came with alumni parent and former Trustee Bob Klingle as part of Bob’s “Choice Conversations” series, in which he brings a local person of interest to meet with the first 25 students who sign up.  As always, it was a JRBridgemanthought-provoking discussion and terrific opportunity for our students.

Kudos to all those involved in the Showcase of Plays – writers, directors, actors, poetry readers, the Currently Out of Order improv troupe, and the Jazz Combo musicians – on a great production the weekend before last.  And congratulations to the Governor’s Cup team on a strong showing at the State Tournament.  The Quick Recall Team fell just short of advancing to the Sweet 16, but as head coach Tom Miron said in Morning Meeting, the team’s goals this year were to win the league’s regular season, win the league tournament, and make it to State – and they did all three!

On a personnel note, our Admissions Director Lucy Wathen has decided to return to her fashion roots and leave us next month.  We are grateful to Lucy for all her contributions these past couple of years.