A Perfect Night for a Fall Sports Picnic

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of Downtown CampusIMG_4595

I’m excited for Friday’s Fall Sports Picnic festivities!  This has been a terrific sports season so far.  The golf team is undefeated as of this writing (they take on Beth Haven on Thursday in their last match of the season); the field hockey team has a winning record; and the soccer team just defeated district foe Central in penalty kicks, their second overtime PK win of the season.  At the Picnic, we’ll get to watch the field hockey and soccer teams play and then the whole High School student body is invited to a bonfire afterward.  Looks to be a perfect night!

Last week, four of our students traveled to Berea College with English teachers Cia White and Juan Ramirez to attend the Appalachian Symposium (photo to the right shows SFS students and teachers enjoying an evening Bluegrass jam session).  Goshen teacher Shelly Jones took five 8th graders, and has contributed a wonderful recap of the event in Reed Gabhart’s article.

First-quarter interim comments came out today.  These are comments (not grades, yet) for all new students; in addition, teachers can write comments on any students they feel they need to communicate about.  If your student received interims, we sent you an email today to alert you to check the parent portal site.  All students will receive a full set of first-quarter grades and comments on Friday, October 16th.  One note about grades and comments – each time they come out (except at the end of the semesters, which are over Holiday Break and in the summer), we share them with the students first, in Friday morning advisee groups.  While the comments are definitely intended for parents, it feels philosophically important to share them with students first – after all, this is their education.  Knowing what’s in those reports rather than waiting to be told by parents is a perhaps small but nonetheless significant aspect of taking ownership of their own education.  

The Tuesday after Fall Break, a group of students and I are headed to Thrivals, the annual student-oriented day of the IdeaFestival.  This year’s theme is “Humans and the Rise of Artificial Intelligence – What Makes Us Human?”  We had much more student interest than the 18 tickets we were allotted, but are able to bring a few students from each grade level based on when they signed up.  (Parents: If your student is going, you will receive an email from me with logistical details.)

One final note from this week:  We hosted a presentation by Moshe Ohayon, founder of Louisville Tutoring Agency and Educational Justice, inviting St. Francis students to become Educational Justice Activists, an innovative tutoring program he has developed that aims to reduce the educational inequity in our community by pairing academically strong high school students with struggling middle school students for weekly tutoring.  It is an innovative and exciting program that I hope some of our students will apply to be part of!