Middle School Student Council Elected

By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

Middle School Morning Meeting

Thank you to all of our Lower School parents who attended our Back-to-School Night this past Wednesday! We had a great turnout, and parents were able to hear from all of their children’s teachers about the many exciting things they have in store for the year. A few of my favorite moments included Señora Salema Jenkins making the 3rd grade parents speak Spanish in her presentation, Tina Brown giving her Art speech in the same classroom where she learned to read and write some years ago, Emily Campbell telling 1st grade parents how their kids now know the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates (and can use cicada shells to illustrate the concept of exoskeletons), and watching Judy Riendeau struggle to stay under the five-minute limit allotted while describing her passion for teaching art to 2nd graders! The excitement our teachers exhibit daily in their lessons clearly matches that of the students. Congratulations to all on a fabulous Lower School Back-to-School Night!

While our athletes sweated out our latest heat wave, and we all looked ahead to the Labor Day weekend, our 5th through 7th grades elected their Student Council officers to join our 8th grade officers announced last spring. Every student who wanted to serve had to give a short speech or state why s/he would be a good candidate. We elect our Student Council representatives by advisee groupings so they can easily get ideas from their classmates during advisory time and report back on meeting decisions in the morning, too. I think it is also noteworthy that in 5th grade, both advisee groups elected students new to St. Francis to lead them. Congratulations to our Middle School Student Council, who I have full confidence will do a great job advocating for their peers and helping the school community in countless ways.

8th Grade:
President – Jimmy Lancaster
Officers – Sophie Johnson, Stuart Middleton, and Theron Varda

7th Grade:
Hilberg – Natalie Koch
Kirby – Grayson Karleski
Mushkin – Lily Gilbert

6th Grade:
Chlopek – Jack Rutherford
Doble – Hayden Jones
Farra – West Middendorf

5th Grade:
Adkins – Zack Mushkin
Varda – Anna Smith

And as we get rolling with our new work (already planning a Halloween Dance and assigning jobs to council members to help the school), we are awaiting our Lower School counterparts. Their elections will take place on Friday, September 16th during lead time. Each candidate will give a short speech prior to votes being cast. The students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade will elect a boy and a girl to represent their grade. You can see them “in action” each week leading our Lower School Morning Meetings, and they meet weekly with Sarah Dewberry and Salema Jenkins to discuss issues of importance to Lower School. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!