9th Graders Enjoy Walking Tour, 10th & 11th Graders Practice for PSAT

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of the Downtown Campus9thGradeTrip_2

This week brought the national PSAT Day on Wednesday, so our 10th and 11th graders spent the morning taking this practice test.  As many of you know, Progressive philosophy – and certainly St. Francis’ in particular – does not believe that students’ intelligence is measured by their ability to fill in bubbles with #2 pencils.  However, standardized tests are a part of American educational culture and, most importantly, a requirement to get into most colleges.  So we want to prepare our students to do as well as possible on these tests and we certainly honor their achievements.

The 12th graders got to spend the morning working with their college advisor, Kit Llewellyn, on completing the Common App, and with their English teachers on college essays.  The 9th graders had the most fun of all, setting out on a walking tour that coincided with their Louisville history unit in my class.  We visited the statue of Louis XVI on the corner of 6th and Jefferson (a gift from our French Sister City, Montpelier); viewed KentuckyShow! at the Science Center; saw the contemporary art in the galleries at 21C; examined some of the architecture, cast-iron tree guards, and limestone “doormats” along West Main Street; and ended on the Belvedere to see the statue of George Rogers Clark (where, every year, the 9th graders pose for a picture.  Last year’s seniors went back to the Belvedere to recreate it from their freshman year!)  This is the kind of easy access to downtown places so cherished by the High School community.  

Our field hockey and soccer teams are wrapping up their seasons, with the soccer team already having secured a berth in the Regional tournament after the District tournament victory over Central earlier this week.  The varsity Quick Recall team is off to a 2-0 league start with wins over St. X and Trinity.  Math League competition will be underway later this month, along with Showcase of Plays auditions, and next month the Kentucky Youth Assembly group attends its annual three-day program event.  

Grade reports will be posted online Friday afternoon (you will likely receive an email before this newsletter even hits your inbox). As a reminder, the grades that go on transcripts and in GPAs are semester grades, with these quarter grades being a progress report since we are halfway through the semester.  The faculty and I look forward to seeing you at Parent-Teacher Conferences next Thursday after school from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.and Friday during the day from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.!