Spring has arrived on 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

Last Friday, as you know, was a day off for the students as all of the independent schools in Kentucky converged on The Lexington School for a day of professional development. Teachers and professionals from all over the state presented a series of informative workshops on a variety of educational topics. These days are always rejuvenating, and it is wonderful for us to experience some ongoing “education” ourselves to bring back to the classroom.  As for me, I attended a roundtable discussion among many division heads (including our very own Jennifer Griffith and Suzanne Gorman) in which we batted around many current topics (including comparing our policies and practice on the ever-increasing pace of technology). Another presentation centered on issues involving adolescent development; a third was on increasing the effectiveness of staff professional development in-house. Suzanne and I both appreciated that one and plan on incorporating some of the ideas that were shared. Also, many of our teachers presented at the conference and from all accounts did us proud!

This week has felt like the first vestiges of spring have mercifully arrived on the Goshen Campus! We finally got back outdoors for some recesses (hallelujah!). I don’t know who was more excited – the kids or the teachers! We also held our first track meet on Wednesday, which brought another rite of a Goshen spring – Mr. Black and his starter pistol! The lacrosse teams are also in action, the NCAA brackets (courtesy of Sarah Wallace) are ubiquitous, and our spring musical, Oliver! is in high gear as we frenetically prepare for our opening next Friday night! We hope to see you at one of our four performances of this Dickens-inspired classic in which nearly 50 Middle School kids are taking part! Look for a link to tickets in an email very soon!

And believe it or not, we are three-fourths of the way through the school year! And that means progress reports are BabyChick_2coming your way yet again. You should be receiving them electronically next Monday afternoon and the Effort Honor Roll will follow shortly afterwards.

And the last sign of spring? New baby chicks hatching in Carey Thornburgh’s classroom! If you are on campus soon, stop by and meet “Luna” and “Lucky” – and no doubt some new hatchlings, too!