Great Energy Helps Begin Second Semester

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of the Downtown Campus

Welcome back!  Hope everyone enjoyed the break.

The second semester has begun with great energy.  We’ve enjoyed many visits from young alumni home on break from college this week.  We also have welcomed three new students:  Alessandro Santucci, an exchange student from Italy; Caroline Parker (9th grade), and Ethan Mattingly (9th grade).  We are glad to have them and their families as part of the St. Francis community!

Last Monday, before the students returned to school on Tuesday, the faculty and staff enjoyed a rich day of professional development.  The theme was essentially the resources we can provide to one another, so the day included presentations from our Counselor Terri White (as well as the Goshen Campus counselor Julie Marks) on depression, anxiety and suicide prevention; Benjamin Studevent-Hickman about the upcoming publication of his book about a group of ancient cuneiform tablets; Ralph Marshall regarding his pedagogical inspiration, the late professor Bibhuti Yadav; and college counselor Kit Llewellyn and Centre College associate director of admissions (and former SFS Admissions Director) Annie Murphy on the all-important college recommendation letters that faculty spend innumerable hours on every fall.  We also spent time within academic departments with our colleagues from the Goshen Campus, from 1st through 12th grade, which we try to do several times each year because of the wonderful opportunity such meetings provide to exchange ideas and discuss curriculum and pedagogy.

In this week’s Counselors’ Corner article, you will see information about next week’s visit from a Freedom from Chemical Dependency educator, Stephanie Kootsikas.  Each student will have two sessions with her, and we invite you to a parent session on Wednesday, January 13th at 8:30 a.m.  Please join us if you can!