Join Us for our Taste of St. Francis!

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of the Downtown Campus

The faculty and I really enjoyed seeing many of you last week at Parent-Teacher Conferences.  And we hope to see you again two weeks from today (Friday, November 13th) at our Taste of St. Francis event!  Please mark your calendars and join us from 5:30 – 7:30 for this casual and fun event.  It’s a potluck – so bring a favorite dish of any kind to share – and during the event, the seniors host their Senior Auction, which raises money for the all-school prom and their class gift.

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Some highlights of this week: the annual Halloween costume contest was held to great fanfare, involving 25 students and one dog; Grammy nominee and former Buddy Rich Big Band arranger John La Barbera visited school to work with our jazz combo; the Biology students attended the Pulse of Surgery program at the Kentucky Science Center, where they viewed via webcam an in-progress surgery; our Fall Sports Banquet celebrated the end of the season (more on that in Tony Butler’s article); the freshmen sold over 200 “boo-grams” (notes with candy delivered in advisee groups today); and we are on hamster-baby watch, as the rescued hamsters living in the Biology room are expecting additions to their family any day now.  (On which note, if anyone would like a baby hamster, please let us know!)

In addition, we completed our last Community Service day for the semester this week; we’ll resume in the spring.  (Our Community Service days are clustered in the fall and spring, avoiding winter, because we have a number of outdoor sites.)  One ongoing initiative is the We Act group’s local focus this year on animal welfare.  The group is asking students over the next few weeks for donations of dog and cat food, bowls, collars, and leashes, as well as cat litter, plastic storage bins, and gallon-size Ziploc bags, all to benefit an organization called My Dog Eats First, which helps support the pets of homeless people.  They would love your help if you can send anything in!

I’ll be out Tuesday afternoon – Friday of next week at the ISACS Conference in St. Paul, MN.  Before the conference starts, several of us are visiting two local Independent schools to look specifically at how they use technology in the classroom and administratively.  There are several sessions I’m really looking forward to at the conference, and I’ll share any interesting tidbits in next week’s newsletter.