Open House Saw an Incredible Turnout

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Another busy week!  Thanks so much to all the parents and students OpenHouse_1who helped out with our Open House on Wednesday night.  I love Open House for the chance it gives us to show off our amazing school to all kinds of new people.  The support we get from our existing parent and student body is the biggest vote of confidence I can imagine – so thank you!  It was an incredible turnout with 50 students and their families in attendance.

On Thursday, students got to hear from former English teacher Dean Robertson, who visited to tell tales of life at St. Francis in the 1980s and talk about her new book Looking for Lydia, Looking for God.  When she showed the students a blooper video of her attempts to make a YouTube promotion for the book, it brought down the house.  

The keynote addresses from our ISACS conference were both fascinating.  Thursday’s talk featured Michael Fosberg, author of the memoir Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery (a copy of which I bought and brought back to school in case any faculty or students would like to read it).  He grew up a white middle-class man and discovered in his 30s that he has an African-American father.  The book chronicles his journey and the intersection of identity, race and heritage.  Friday’s keynote showcased Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.  Quiet has garnered a lot of press in the three years since its publication; in it, Cain lauds the traits inherent to introverts in a world that tends to push extroversion. Interesting fact:  the vast majority of the High School faculty are introverts!  (I give the 9th graders the Myers-Briggs test every year to help them understand their learning and communication styles, and as part of that, I give them their teachers’ Myers-Briggs types.)

Tonight is our annual Taste of St. Francis event – I am looking forward to seeing many of you there and bidding on the seniors’ always-exciting silent auction items!