School Notes for week of September 7th

  • The front office needs you! Natalie and Danielle are sometimes in need of volunteer coverage for their respective desks. If anyone is willing to add his/her name to the email distribution list, please email Natalie or Danielle and indicate your campus preference (Downtown or Goshen).  If you have questions before you commit to volunteer, please do not hesitate to call Natalie or Danielle. We really appreciate the willingness to help.
  • Downtown Campus Parents:  Please do not sit in the driving lanes of the parking lot to pick up your student!  This is preventing others from pulling in and out of spaces.  Thank you!
  • A group of 13 Spanish students is visiting the High School from September 8th-22nd.  They are from Cuellar, where our students stayed on a trip this summer.  The Spanish group will be staying with SFS families and are attending classes some days and exploring the city and region during others. We are very excited to host them!
  • Important college-related dates for Downtown Campus students:
    • September 20th: College and Career Expo (mega college fair) at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    • September 20th: Kentucky Country Day College Fair at KCD
      from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • The Learning Center at the Goshen Campus has implemented a “planner wall” that is available for any 5th-8th grade student. This wall, which is sorted by grade/travel PlannerWallgroup, is updated daily to reflect what the students have been covering in class, as well as their homework assignments and upcoming tests, quizzes or projects. The purpose of this board is to encourage students to become more organized, self-reliant and motivated when it comes to their academics. WITH PHOTO
  • Parents:  Please join us to hear Dr. Chris Thurstone address “Teens and Marijuana Use” on Thursday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m. on our Downtown Campus or Friday, October 9th at 8:30 a.m. on the Goshen Campus.   You will hear the latest research on marijuana, teenage use, and addiction from one of the doctors doing that research, and you will have the unique opportunity to hear about the repercussions of legalizing marijuana, particularly with regard to teenage marijuana use, in one of the largest “test case” states: Colorado.  All parents are invited to attend whichever presentation is more convenient for them!  He will also be presenting to students in grades 7-12 over the course of the two days.  In addition to being Alexandra’s brother-in-law, Dr. Thurstone is one of some 30 physicians in the U.S. board-certified in general, child and adolescent, and addictions psychiatry.  He lives in Colorado, where he is medical director of one of the state’s largest youth substance-abuse-treatment clinics and is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver, where he also conducts research on youth substance use/addiction and is director of medical training for the university’s addiction psychiatry fellowship program.  He has completed five years of mentored research training through the National Institute on Drug Abuse/American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry K-12 Research Program in Substance Abuse and is past president of the Colorado Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society.  Dr. Thurstone’s medical training comes from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and UCD.  Additional professional responsibilities include his role as a team physician in the National Football League and serving as a U.S. Army Major in the Army Reserves, Combat Stress Unit of the 807th Medical Command.  
  • Seniors Graciella Kamar ’16 and Nan Elpers ’16 were panelists Thursday night at the “In Her Own Words” event hosted by the Louisville chapter of CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) held at the Main Library. The event was described as “a panel of young women will share stories of oppression and discrimination here and abroad with a talk-back and experts on hand to educate on strategy and solutions and the local, national, and international level.”
  • Congratulations to (from left:) seniors Sam Borden ’16, Gilman Bagga G’12, ’16, Rose Gilbert ’16 and Zoe Koss G’12, ’16 on being honored as National Merit Semifinalists based on their performances on the PSAT last fall!  Goshen grads Lucas Asher G’12 and Braden Barnett G’12 were also honored as National Merit Semifinalists.
  • This past weekend, Eva Borders ’18 competed in the USTA Southern Clay Court Closed Tennis Championships hosted in Columbus, Georgia.  More than 100 junior EvaBorderscompetitors from throughout nine southern states competed over the course of four days in both singles and doubles.  Eva made it all the way to the semi-finals before falling to the eventual champion and finishing fourth overall.  Additionally, Eva and her doubles partner also made it to the semi-finals before losing to the eventual doubles champions and finished third overall.