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Wyvern News

Congratulations, Lindsy!

By |June 24th, 2022|Categories: Goshen, News from St. Francis School|

The Oldham Era has selected our own Library Director Lindsy Serrano in a recent selection of 20 Under 40. The young professional leaders that were chosen are making a difference in our local community and their workplaces. Congratulations, Lindsy! We are lucky to have you as a Wyvern.

Wyverns are Proud

By |June 15th, 2022|Categories: Downtown, Goshen, News from St. Francis School, Preschool|

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:

The Camino de Santiago

By |June 14th, 2022|Categories: Goshen, News from St. Francis School|

And she's off! Angela Ponzio, a Middle School Spanish teacher at our School, is this year's recipient of the Henrion Professional Development Travel Grant. This annual grant is awarded to one Wyvern faculty or staff member for international travel and study. The purpose of the grant is to rejuvenate and learn abroad over the summer.   Angela's proposal - and realized trip - is to participate in The Camino de Santiago or “The Way of St. James.” This is a pilgrimage of Medieval origin to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, in the North West of Spain. People of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds walk El Camino de Santiago routes each year. The Camino is a path to greater self-discovery, as well as the chance to embrace a new challenge! There will be miles and miles of sunshine and rain, of cold and heat, of grueling physical exertion and moments of peaceful, internal reflection and blissful rest. Angela will be able to finally visit and admire historic sites and monuments, and peregrinate through a variety of landscapes such as coasts, vineyards, tiny hamlets, and mountains.   Safe travels, Angela! We can't wait to hear about your journey.

2023 Music Educator Award Nominee

By |June 10th, 2022|Categories: Downtown, Goshen, News from St. Francis School|

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!

Goats on the Goshen Campus

By |June 7th, 2022|Categories: Goshen, News from St. Francis School|

Goats from Kentucky State University are back on the 64-acre Goshen Campus! Our School has had goats eating the invasive plants in the 13-acre forested area for about 5 years. They absolutely love honeysuckle, rose flora, blackberry, and a few other plants but those three we have in abundance. They have made a huge difference in our forest, so much so that we are able to have a cross-country course this fall throughout the forest! Kentucky State University has been our partner for 4 out of the 5 years and has brought so much more to our campus in addition to the goats. From them we have regular drone pictures of the change in the canopy of our forest, help with a reforestation plan and maintenance, and many more resources that we have taken advantage of such as our 7-acres of native grasses and wildflowers. Because of our work together, KSU has learned that it is possible for them to assist other park systems and businesses such as West 6th Brewery. Goats offer a wonderful way to approach land management without pesticides, something that is more and more important as the days come. With our goats will be an Alpaca; she is just as much of a guard as an Anatolian or Great Pyrenees dog. We need a guard animal because of the coyotes. They typically don't wander too far unless they are out of food, and we move the fence when food (invasive plants) gets sparse, approximately every 6-10 days, depending. Goats are food [...]

School Safety and Talking Points for Children

By |May 26th, 2022|Categories: Downtown, Goshen, News from St. Francis School, Preschool|

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 [...]

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