Wyverns are Proud

Calling all, Wyvern Families! This Saturday, June 18, you’re invited to join the Middle School and High School Queer Student Association (QSA) and faculty and staff as we celebrate Pride at the Kentuckiana Pride Parade sponsored by the University of Louisville and UofL Health. If you would like to help decorate our truck and walk in the parade with us, please email sjones@stfrancisschool.org so we can plan for how many folks to expect. We will meet up at the High School parking lot at 9:00 a.m. to decorate (bringing decorations, streamers, etc.) If you would like to walk behind the truck in the parade, please meet at the High School Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. We will depart the High School parking lot at 10:30 a.m. to head over to get in line. The parade starts at 12 Noon. Students 13 and under should have a parent/guardian along with them. Families welcome! Wear your Wyvern wear with Pride accents, and be sure to bring a water bottle. Parents/guardians of students 13 and up should make plans to pick their students up from the “Finish” area of the parade. Here is the route the parade will follow:

2023 Music Educator Award Nominee

Congratulations to our own Bob Bertke on being named a legacy applicant for the 2023 Music Educator Award, a national recognition that is a joint partnership and presentation of the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum. Bob teaches music to our Middle and High School students and has been a Wyvern for 15 years. In total, nearly 1,500 initial nominations were submitted. In addition to the 207 quarterfinalists, 125 legacy applicants from 2022 will also be eligible to win the award this year. The semifinalists will be announced in September. The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators — kindergarten through college, public and private schools — who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. The recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY Week 2023, which takes place ahead of the 2023 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 65th GRAMMY Awards. You're amazing, Bob! We are so lucky to have you!

2022-06-10T13:07:16-04:00June 10th, 2022|Downtown, Goshen, News from St. Francis School|

School Safety and Talking Points for Children

Dear St. Francis School Families: The recent news out of Uvalde, Texas hits close to home for us all, and we stand alongside the Uvalde community in mourning the devastating losses from these tragic events. We are a community of teachers and families dedicated to providing a safe, warm, joyful place for our children to learn and grow together. This news is jarring for every single one of us and threatens our sense of security. Just so you’re aware, St. Francis School personnel meet regularly with local police to go over security and safety plans for each campus, including how best to prepare for and respond to an intruder situation.  As you know, a fundamental part of our Mission is to cultivate a joyful and compassionate community. From our classroom interactions to our family-school partnership, we are on this journey together. For now, we want to share with you a few resources that you may find helpful in processing difficult news with your children should they have questions:  Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers from the National Association of School Psychologists School Shooting Resources from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Helping Students After a School Shooting from the American School Counselor Association As we move into the summer break, please know that we are already hard at work preparing for the next school year in order to welcome your children back on campus in the most joyful and safest way possible.  We wish you a restful and relaxing summer!  Sincerely,  St. Francis School Leadership Team [...]

Our New Name Is…

To the St. Francis School community:  After nearly a year-long process, we are pleased to announce the results of our name change exploration with you. As a recap, last summer the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to explore the possibility of a name change. A Task Force was created to research all that this possibility would entail including all potential costs and benefits. A survey was conducted as well as multiple listening sessions to ensure we had broad feedback from all involved with the School. The Task Force also conducted research with college admissions officers, faculty/staff search firms, and other schools and nonprofits that have changed their names. Based on that research, in January 2022 the Task Force unanimously recommended to the Board of Trustees that we change the name of the school; and the Board voted unanimously that same month to change the name. Next, we embarked on the process of determining a new name for the School. We hired a naming and branding firm, Bullhorn, a Louisville and Lexington firm, to guide us in the process. They spoke with numerous constituents from the school, examined all the research from the fall, and got to work. They presented 15 potential names to Board and school leaders, and the list was narrowed down to three finalist names: The Francis School, Francis Parker School, and The Bridges School. Those three names were then tested through surveys with internal and external audiences, as well as more listening sessions with internal audiences. A Name Selection Committee was formed, including the Board Executive [...]

2022 Governor’s Scholars Program, Governor’s School for the Arts, and Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs

Join us in congratulating the Wyverns who have been accepted into the 2022 Governor's Scholars Program, Governor's School for the Arts, and Governor's School for Entrepreneurs! Governor's Scholars Program - Jackson Sleadd Governor's School for the Arts - Jane McLeroy (music - bass), Alex Miguel (creative writing), Jack Scantland (film and photography) Governor's School for Entrepreneurs - Jack Scantland

2022-04-28T14:19:23-04:00April 28th, 2022|Downtown, News from St. Francis School|

High School Science Olympiad Competes at State

It was an untraditional year with the official Science Olympiad Regional Competition canceled and a Regional Invitation put on in its stead; thus anyone was eligible to participate in the State Competition. Several students participated in the invitational, and then 10th graders Elliott Loewy and AJ Stevenson competed at State. Elliott participated in Bridges, where students design and construct a bridge within certain parameters and then see how much weight/mass it can hold. The score is based on the ratio of bridge mass to mass held. AJ built a vehicle and ramp, which had their own parameters, for an event called Gravity Vehicle. He released his vehicle from a certain height on a ramp and attempted to have the vehicle stop as close as possible to a designated spot. Elliott placed 12th in Bridges and AJ placed 3rd in Gravity Vehicle. AJ also took an astronomy test and earned 17th place. Nice work, Wyverns!

2022-04-14T18:19:40-04:00April 14th, 2022|Downtown, News from St. Francis School|

Name Change Survey & Listening Session Update

To the St. Francis School Community: We shared on Mar 31, 2022 details of the Name Change process and the dates of the upcoming Listening Sessions. Today we are happy to share with you a survey to gather your feedback on the top finalists for our new name. Our genuine desire is to hear from everyone who wants to weigh in on this decision. Our goal is to be as transparent as possible and, again, to hear all voices on this matter. In addition to submitting the survey, we invite you to join one of the three virtual listening sessions listed below (times listed are Eastern Time Zone and the link will connect you to the Google Meet). Saturday, April 16, 2:00 - 3:00  p.m.: All SFS Constituencies, Virtual Monday, April 18, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.: All SFS Constituencies, Virtual Tuesday, April 19, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: All SFS Constituencies, Virtual We will also be conducting in-person Listening Sessions with our faculty and staff, middle and high school students, and Board of Trustees. Our team from Bullhorn will lead the Listening Sessions. Upon completion of the Listening Sessions and surveys, we will summarize the data for the naming committee. The committee will then choose the new name based on that summary.  The committee will then present the new name to the Executive Committee for a vote on Monday, April 25 and then to the full Board of Trustees for a vote on Wednesday, April 27.  The new name will be shared with our community soon after that.  Thank you [...]

Wyverns Support Ukraine

Wyverns Support Ukraine! Under the leadership of High School Spanish teacher (and native of Ukraine) Angela Katz, students brainstormed ways to fundraise for and support the Ukrainian people. Peter Blevins '24 designed this t-shirt, which says "We Stand With Ukraine" in several languages and has a couple of Wyverns to boot! PRE-ORDER! Shirts should arrive by 4/26/22. All proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go to SOS, a local nonprofit, for Ukraine relief. Shirts come in toddler, youth, and adult sizes. Please consider purchasing SFS' We Stand With Ukraine shirts for yourselves and your students!

2022-04-13T09:55:29-04:00April 13th, 2022|Downtown, News from St. Francis School|
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