No Snow Days for Us! by Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus, Director of the SFS Drama Project

Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus, Director of the SFS Drama Project

What a stroke of “luck” we had last week, as the latest winter storms, subsequent ice, and brutal cold descended on Louisville just as we headed out to Winter Break! So while most area schools canceled an entire week of classes, we didn’t miss any instructional days (and therefore have none to make up!). Predictably, the kids didn’t share this rosy viewpoint as some groaned, “We were cheated!” Tsk tsk tsk. The real challenge this week has been having to deal with a solid week of indoor recesses (after a weeklong vacation) and keeping everyone from going stir crazy! That, coupled with students’ SnowyScene_2irresistible urge to go off the cleaned pathways and slide on the ice, has been a real challenge for the adults this week. However, these inconveniences lead to “life lessons” that are good for our kids (at least they don’t have to walk five miles to school every day … in the snow … uphill … both ways).

I want to take a moment to thank some particularly hard-working people around here! First, Shavar Cowherd, Tony Butler and all our basketball coaches for a great season on the hardwood! When I look at the number of games some of our teams played, it’s like looking at NBA schedules! We are also having far greater success at many levels than in recent years, and this is no doubt due to all of their hard work and commitment. Having games going on at two different venues is quite the challenge, and these two have given countless hours to make sure our young athletes are having a top-caliber experience. “It’s awesome, baby!”

Also, congratulations to Rachael Dobring, Kim Aberle, Sarah Dewberry, and our 4th and 5th graders for their rousing rendition of Schoolhouse Rock before Winter Break! We had a completely packed house for the evening show, and it SchoolhouseRock_2was clear the kids were having a ball singing all the songs and showing off their dance steps, AND learning a little more about grammar all at the same time! What a win-win! For the adults, it was a blast from the past (I sang “Conjunction Junction” for days in my head afterwards), and for our kids it was a wonderful introduction to what being in a full-scale musical entails. Bravo!

Finally, more of our academic teams are rolling into action! The MathCounts team competed the first Saturday of Winter Break at the University of Louisville and I went to support Erin Staley in her first year of coaching the team (what better than complicated math problems early on a Saturday morning?). Look for her recap in the newsletter sidebar. And our 5th grade Governor’s Cup team swings into action this week, culminating with a full day here on our campus tomorrow as the host school! Thanks to Misty Chanda and Heather Varda for all their work preparing our kids, and we’ll report back on that next week.