Head of Campus Reed Gabhart, Thoughts

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

In January, a local puppeteer group, Squallis Squallis 1
Puppeteers, treated us to a week-long artist-in-residency! (If you’ve ever been to Forecastle, you’ve probably seen their handiwork floating above the crowds in the form of whimsical puppets.) Thanks go to Fine Arts Department Chair Jenni Pollard for arranging this fantastic opportunity for the whole Campus! Having periodic Artists-in-Residence has become a regular addition to the arts curriculum at St. Francis. Our students have experienced working with pottery, clay, fabric, metal sculpture, and even chainsaw carving art over the past 10 years or so! They can now add puppet-making to that illustrious list! To top off their stay, Squallis treated us to a full-school assembly that was a sheer delight! It was a fabulous assembly that had the kids (of all ages!) enthralled, as puppets “ate” on stage while also imparting a valuable lesson about making healthy food choices.

Also, January is a month of very meaningful curriculum supplementation. Our 5th through 8th graders spent time with Rodney Poole, a prevention specialist from the organization Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD). Mr. Poole met with all students to provide the latest information from the field of substance abuse prevention. This is a program that School Counselor Julie Marks arranges every year and is invaluable for both our students and parents. Also, Julie leads our Middle School kids in educational classes designed to help them make “Healthy Choices.” These topics (which include relationships, gender issues, body image, and sexuality) are very informative, yet handled with respect and taste. They are always a crowd favorite!

MLKpresentation_3We held our annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. assembly, honoring the great civil rights patriot. The whole school sang uplifting songs (with our kindergarteners leading us in one!), students read famous quotes from Dr. King, and we listened to an excerpt from his famous “Mountaintop” speech. It was inspirational to see our kids begin to clap after nearly every one of his sentences. His oratory, beliefs, and impact upon our society live on – and are being passed on to our children.


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Our 6th grade class recently began heading up a composting program during lunch. Collecting our food waste and scraps will help feed our worms outside, educate the rest of the community about the benefits of composting, and feed our hungry chickens!

A CONGRATS to MS science teacher Jason Chlopek and his wife Megan on the birth of their son Everest.

Also, below you will see the Effort Honor Roll chart for the second quarter. Congratulation to all of these students for their hard work in the classroom!


Effort Honor Roll

8th Grade7th Grade6th Grade5th Grade
Lucy Jane Biberman
Eve Rudd Boland
Colby Boyd
Chloe Church
Evie Cooley
Mary Claire Duncan
Meredith Fleming
Cassidy Gilvin
Christopher Hammond
Jennifer Johnson
Sydney Lattis
Erin Lyons
Arabella Maki
Margaret McGraw
Margaret Mundt
Sean Sullivan
Reid Varda
Alexa Von Feldt
Abby Waggener
Wyatt Ware
Alan Ziegler
Olivia Zimmerman
Olivia Beach
Cloey Beardsley
Aidan Campbell
Ella Davis
Amelia Dimas
Grace Donovan
Caroline Frederick
Georges Ghali
Connor Gordon
Connor Gorman
Emma Grace Harvey
Eli Jaffe
Hayden Jones
Ryane Jones
Gary Jurige
Natalie Lancaster
Lorenzo Mahoney
Grace Malone
Eston McLeroy
Ford Middendorf
Izzy Payne
Drew Perkins
Sydney Ragland
Carolyn Siegenthaler
Rachel Silberman
Ellie White
Bradley Wilson
Holly Yelton
Audrey Brinkmann-Piuma
Owen Carey
Jake Chanda
Noelle Dry
Jasmin Gonzalez
Caleb Hennessy
Sophie Johnson
Lily Johnson
Emma King
Jimmy Lancaster
Lake Mackin
Audrey McClain
Bennett Middendorf
Stuart Middleton
Teagan Morrison
Nyla Nawab
Bella Nugent
Norah Patrick
Jack Plaxe
Emery Richards
Bentlea Schwartz
Drew Siciliano
Parker Smith
Natalie Stewart
Levi Tyler
Theron Varda
Nate Waggener
Lars Barbercheck
Nicolette Bert
Stevaun Butler
Josie Cooley
Kathryn Denham
Marley Diamond
Riley Elliott
Caroline Essex
Maddy Francis
Lily Gilbert
Olivia Hahn
Katie Hammond
Anna Hardwick-Jones
Poppy Kuhn
Sydney Marks
Ayda Marshall
Kyra Mefford
Camille Ogden
Lauren Prys
Reese Ragland
Isaiah Robles
Piper Shiflet
Ian Von Feldt