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Name Change Exploration: Listening Sessions Announcement

To our School community: You have spoken and the survey results are in. Thank you to the 1,417 of you who took the time to interact with the survey and share your opinion, and especially to the over 900 of you who completed it! We are so honored that you took the time to share your thoughts with us. We will spend the next few weeks analyzing the data and examining responses by constituent group, as well as delving into individual responses, so stay tuned for information on the results. We have also created a page on our website that will keep everyone apprised of the process as we move forward. Our goal is to be as transparent as possible and, again, to hear all voices on this matter. Now that you’ve done that, we want to share with you what is next. As we discussed in our earlier communication, the survey is just one part of our data gathering. The next part of our data gathering is our scheduled Listening Sessions, which with the exception of the student and faculty/staff sessions, will all be virtual to allow as many people as possible to participate. Each will be led by a Task Force member and will be attended by multiple Task Force members to ensure that multiple people hear the feedback that is shared. Please mark your calendars for the dates and times (times listed are Eastern Time Zone) that are relevant to your constituent group. *Please note we have eliminated one session (11/5, 9:30 a.m.)  and added an evening session [...]

Thoughtful Series: Supporting Gender Diversity

Please join us via Google Meet on Wednesday, October 27 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. for our next Thoughtful Series: Supporting Gender Diversity. Presenter Jess Jones of Jess Jones Education & Consulting will cover understanding gender diversity and LGBTQ+ identities, why school and family support matters, tips for supporting LGBTQ+ youth, and how to respond to your child’s questions. As a queer and transgender person, Jess is personally familiar with the challenges faced by those who are LGBTQ+. School, work, and relationships can sometimes feel uncertain. Or allies may be unsure how to best support their LGBTQ+ friends, colleagues, employees, students, and loved ones. Using a compassionate accountability framework, Jess provides guidance to those navigating these challenges. We kindly ask you to fill out this short survey prior to the presentation that will help Jess shape their presentation for our School. Thank you in advance!  https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSd4plP9QyZDEa.../viewform Join the Google Meet here: https://meet.google.com/rij-ohfn-sre

2021-10-18T15:15:00-04:00October 11th, 2021|News from St. Francis School|

Name Change Exploration | Fall 2021

As members of the St. Francis School family, you know that our Goshen and Downtown campuses are rare and special places where students learn about much more than math, art, and history. It’s where they learn to be amazing individuals -- nurtured by exceptional teachers, supported by engaged parents, and connected with peers who become life-long friends.   But many people don’t know us -- or unfortunately, think we are something we are not. Surveys, interviews, and conversations over many years tell us that our name -- St. Francis School -- is confusing, shared by many unaffiliated local institutions, and does not communicate our Progressive educational philosophy. As a result, we are likely missing out on amazing prospective students, whose families are looking for a school like St. Francis School, but don’t understand from our name who we are and what we are about.   Spurred by the strong recommendation of an independent consultant that specializes in the management of Independent Schools, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to explore the possibility of a name change. The Board formed a diverse, 30-member Task Force to gather information, listen to all our constituencies, and make a thoughtful, reasoned recommendation based on the input we receive. Our genuine desire is to hear from everyone who wants to weigh in on this decision, and we’ve laid out a process to do so.   The listening begins with the survey below. We hope you will take a few minutes to share your thoughts about what, beyond our name, makes our School so special to [...]

Wyvern Indoor Turf and Training Center | Ribbon Cutting | October 4, 2021

https://youtu.be/5nXyUS2qLm8   https://youtu.be/x57LKETZh4w   NEW ATHLETIC SPACE OPENS AT ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL’S DOWNTOWN CAMPUS WITH RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2021 Louisville, KY - As an interim step before building a state-of-the-art gymnasium adjacent to its High School, St. Francis School is excited to announce the completion of new onsite athletic facilities that will connect to the future gymnasium, including one of the largest indoor turf spaces among Louisville high schools. A portion of the basement space in the High School’s 233 W. Broadway building has been converted into 2,575 square feet of indoor turf space and weightlifting/fitness facilities that will be used for practice and training by the School’s varsity teams -- particularly field hockey, soccer, and baseball -- as well as fitness classes during and after school, and general recreation for all high school students. Please join us for light refreshments and a tour of the newly completed space at our Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: RIBBON-CUTTING DETAILS Monday October 4, 2021, 12:00 p.m. 233 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202 (Enter through the main entrance on Broadway.) The School’s urban location offers abundant opportunities for learning and exploring, but space for athletic practices and recreation has been limited, until now! Designed by local architects Luckett and Farley, and built by Buffalo Construction, these gorgeous new athletic spaces are a welcome addition to the overall St. Francis School athletic program.  In addition, moving the existing weight room to this new space creates a much-needed backstage and storage area for the School’s drama program, next to its existing [...]

2021-10-18T15:22:13-04:00October 4th, 2021|Downtown, News from St. Francis School|

Our Good Earth, Postponed to March 2021

With the safety of our School community being our top priority, we are moving Our Good Earth to the spring: Saturday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. due to the local community statistics with regard to COVID-19. As plans have changed, please disregard the invitation you have received in the mail. This important SFS community celebration raises needed funds for the School’s scholarship fund. Every dollar raised from Our Good Earth goes to directly support the scholarship fund of St. Francis School. This not-to-miss bi-annual, student- and community-focused fundraiser for St. Francis School is the cornerstone event that helps make an exceptional education available to deserving students regardless of their family's financial situation, as well as cultivating a school community that represents the diversity within the population of the Louisville community. To that end, St. Francis School awards over $3 million in financial aid each school year, and over 50% of our families receive some form of financial assistance. If you’ve already bought tickets, agreed to sponsor the event, and/or donated an item for the auction, do not fret: you will be able to use those tickets in March, and the sponsorship dollars and donated items will be used for the very same event, just a bit later. And, you do not have to wait to support this incredibly important, life-changing purpose. We invite you to help us ensure the event’s success by committing now for your tickets, sponsorships, and/or donated items by clicking here or contacting Kenisha Kelsey for more information. Thank you for your continued support as we work [...]

2021-10-01T11:20:32-04:00October 1st, 2021|News from St. Francis School|

Preschool – 8th Grade Open House – Join Us!

The Office of Admissions at St. Francis School invites prospective parents and students to our Goshen Campus to attend our Preschool - 8th Grade Open House on Sunday, October 24 at 1:00 p.m. to learn more about the collaborative and transformative educational experience we offer. St. Francis School is a secular Preschool 2s - 12th grade Independent School dedicated to critical thinking and intellectual curiosity, where students can learn HOW to think, not WHAT to think. Our interactive Open House will allow prospective families to take an in-depth look at everything St. Francis School has to offer inside and beyond the classroom, along with meaningful opportunities to connect with faculty, parents, and current students. Come see for yourself a school that is designed to foster joy, kindness, and belonging so students can become who they were meant to be. Hands-on activities, demonstrations, break-out sessions, and student-led tours will be available. Register your family today at StFrancisSchool.org/OpenHouse and receive more details about offerings! Your family’s safety is our top priority. Social distancing and masking protocols will be in place and RSVPs are strongly encouraged.

2021-09-29T16:17:17-04:00September 29th, 2021|Goshen, News from St. Francis School, Uncategorized|

Family Movie Night!

Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and join us on Saturday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. for an outdoor showing of Monsters, Inc. the fields of our Goshen Campus! Halloween costumes are encouraged! The cost is $10 per family and includes popcorn, snacks, and drinks. To pay, visit https://www.stfrancisschool.org/parent-association and go to the Events tab. Thank you to our Parent Association for hosting a wonderful event!

2021-09-29T15:57:52-04:00September 29th, 2021|News from St. Francis School|

NEW ATHLETIC SPACE OPENS AT ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL’S DOWNTOWN CAMPUS WITH RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2021 Louisville, KY - As an interim step before building a state-of-the-art gymnasium adjacent to its High School, St. Francis School is excited to announce the completion of new onsite athletic facilities that will connect to the future gymnasium, including one of the largest indoor turf spaces among Louisville high schools. A portion of the basement space in the High School’s 233 W. Broadway building has been converted into 2,575 square feet of indoor turf space and weightlifting/fitness facilities that will be used for practice and training by the School’s varsity teams -- particularly field hockey, soccer, and baseball -- as well as fitness classes during and after school, and general recreation for all high school students. Please join us for light refreshments and a tour of the newly completed space at our Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: RIBBON-CUTTING DETAILS Monday October 4, 2021, 12:00 p.m. 233 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202 (Enter through the main entrance on Broadway.) The School’s urban location offers abundant opportunities for learning and exploring, but space for athletic practices and recreation has been limited, until now! Designed by local architects Luckett and Farley, and built by Buffalo Construction, these gorgeous new athletic spaces are a welcome addition to the overall St. Francis School athletic program.  In addition, moving the existing weight room to this new space creates a much-needed backstage and storage area for the School’s drama program, next to its existing black box theater. “Having a [...]

2021-09-27T16:40:56-04:00September 27th, 2021|Downtown, News from St. Francis School, Uncategorized|

Education, Downtown Louisville

Last Friday, our High School Wyverns put the books down and participated in Community Service and Cultural Day. The freshman class visited the Muhammad Ali Center to experience “Creating Our Future”, a curriculum consisting of six modules, each focusing on a single core principle embodied in the life and work of Muhammad Ali — Respect, Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Spirituality, and Giving. The aim is to guide young people in an exploration of these six core principles, encourage the incorporation of these values into their lives, and inspire the development of a “life plan” that reflects a positive sense of self, a commitment to community, and preparation for the futur At St. Francis School, our philosophy of teaching emphasizes active, experiential learning, problem solving, self-expression, critical thinking, collaboration, and healthy discussion. Our High School campus, in Downtown Louisville, is the ideal laboratory for teens to explore and balance freedom with responsibility, under the guidance of our outstanding faculty.

2021-09-23T13:45:44-04:00September 23rd, 2021|College Preparation, Downtown|
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