4 Books We Recommend You Read

By Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus; Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus; and Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director At St. Francis, we are dedicated to lifelong learning. One of the ways we model this dedication is that the faculty and staff engage in summer reading annually just as the students do. At the High School, the entire faculty and staff reads the all-school summer reading book assigned to students, which this year was In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. In addition, the entire faculty and staff - Preschool through High School - reads one of several book options, which we then discuss at our opening faculty/staff meetings. This year we selected four titles, White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo; Help for Billy: A Beyond Consequences Approach to Helping Challenging Children in the Classroom by Heather T. Forbes; Good Life Practice: A Quick Start Guide to Mindful Self-Regulation by Dave Mochel; and Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children by Michael Thompson and Catherine Grace.    We chose these books for several reasons. This year, we are focusing on positive student climate and experience, with four “pillars” that each lead to this in different ways. The pillars are diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work; mindfulness; restorative practices; and trauma-informed teaching. The books generally correlate to one (or more) of these pillars and provided a springboard for the rich professional development sessions the faculty and staff had before the start of school. In addition, Dave Mochel [...]

2019-08-30T14:17:53-04:00August 30th, 2019|News from St. Francis School|

St. Francis School opens new 400 seat theater in Goshen, Kentucky

August 6, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE St. Francis School opens new 400 seat theater in Goshen. Community Celebration and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday 8/10/19 Goshen, KY – St. Francis School, “the School of Thought,” has completed a major renovation and addition at their Goshen Campus. The project, named Goshen Main Amp, Theater & Lobby Renovation, will provide St. Francis’ Preschool through 8th-grade students with a completely updated and much larger theater space to support their National Youth Arts award-winning performing arts program. The 4,000 square foot addition and renovation includes seating for 400 in the new theater, an outdoor amphitheater classroom space, and a revamped main entryway with a new modern canopy. Design features include the use of natural wood throughout and a large southern canopy and tall glass walls framing the campus’ verdant rear fields while keeping light and heat and heat levels manageable within the theater. The theater is outfitted with a modern digital lighting and audio system, new mechanical system, and fixed seating for the upper half of the theater, allowing for greater comfort for the audience while maintaining the child-oriented open-tiered seating for the lower half of the theater. “This project gives our School a more welcoming entrance and lobby, and a performing arts space to match the quality of our students’ talent. It is wonderful news for St. Francis, and also for Oldham County because the theater could host community concerts and plays, as well as school events. Since our enrollment has grown over 27% in the last six years, our performing arts programs, [...]

2019-08-09T11:09:29-04:00August 7th, 2019|News from St. Francis School|

13th Annual National Youth Arts Awards

The results of the 13th Annual National Youth Arts Awards for the 2017-2018 season have been announced and we are proud to say that St. Francis School earned four awards and 20 nominations! Awards: Lead Performance in a Musical: Caroline Frederick as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors Supporting Performance (Junior Division): Riley Elliott as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream Supporting Performance (Junior Division): Natalie Koch as Madame Zenobia in You Can’t Beat the House Ensemble (Junior Division): You Can’t Beat the House Nominations: Outstanding Production (Junior Division): A Midsummer Night’s Dream Outstanding Production (Junior Division): You Can’t Beat the House Lead Performance in a Musical: Thomas Simpson as Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors Lead Performance (Junior Division): Chase Erwin as Merle in You Can’t Beat the House Lead Performance (Junior Division): Jackson Sleadd as Howie in You Can’t Beat the House Supporting Performance in a Musical: Amelia Dimas as Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors Supporting Performance in a Musical: Max Jablow as Orin Scivello D.D.S./Snip in Little Shop of Horrors Supporting Performance in a Musical: Grace Malone as Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors Supporting Performance in a Musical: Teagan Morrison as Chantelle in Little Shop of Horrors Supporting Performance in a Musical: Dakota O’Bannon as Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors Supporting Performance (Junior Division): Nicolette Bert as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream Supporting Performance (Junior Division): Jamie Campbell as Conrad Spears in You Can’t Beat the House Supporting Performance (Junior Division): Amelia Gorman as Lillian in You Can’t Beat the House Supporting Performance (Junior Division): Jane McLeroy as Fern Laraby in You Can’t Beat the House Supporting Performance (Junior Division): Tsebiyah McShane as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream Supporting Performance (Junior Division): Jackson Sleadd as Bottom [...]

2019-09-17T14:00:41-04:00August 21st, 2018|News from St. Francis School|