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Faculty/Staff Profile: Dorian Holmes

Dorian Holmes, Admissions Coordinator and Director of After-School and Summer Programs -- I've been a Wyvern since: December 2021 What do you like most about your job? Directing summer camps, with it being a lighter feel than school you get to see the kids for who they truly are. If you were an animal what would you be? A sloth, because just chillin' is my homeostasis. What is one experience on your bucket list? Driving the whole Pacific Highway. You’re happiest when? It's 5 o'clock, somewhere :)

Faculty/Staff Profile: Luke Johnson

Luke Johnson teaches Chemistry on our Downtown Campus. I've been a Wyvern since: 2009 What do you like most about your job? The conversations with the amazing people in the building - both students and colleagues If you were an animal what would you be? A cheetah What is one experience on your bucket list? Hiking the hut system through the Swiss Alps You’re happiest when? I'm outdoors with my family

Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Alexandra Thurstone

The 2022-23 school year is the 20th year as Head of School for Alexandra Thurstone. Congratulations! She has fearlessly led us through growth and change. For our first Faculty/Staff spotlight of the year, she is an obvious choice: I've been a Wyvern since: 1971 What do you like most about your job?  Getting to know all our amazing students! If you were an animal what would you be?  Black panther What is one experience on your bucket list? I love to travel, and my next top destinations are Budapest and Prague. You’re happiest when? I'm outdoors on a sunny day.

Alumni Meeting – Online!

Want to connect with fellow alumni? Learn what’s been going on at Francis Parker since you graduated? Figure out ways to support the school and current students? The newly-revamped Alumni Committee is hosting a call with any and all alumni to share what they’re up to, and how you can help out. We’re looking to talk with alumni with a variety of interests, no matter where you live, no matter when you graduated. We have lots of ideas - from mentoring current students to Lunch & Learns on campus and virtual to more diverse and fun events with fellow alumni - and want to see if you’ll join in. And we want to see what ideas you have. So - take a few minutes out of your evening, join the call, learn what’s going on, connect with fellow alumni, have your voice heard, and help continue to make Francis Parker the amazing school for alumni and students it was and is. All Wyverns Welcome! We hope to see you there!

Calling All Artists!

Francis Parker School is pleased to announce its annual art auction and fundraiser, Imagine! This unique event features local, regional, and national artists partnering with Francis Parker School of Louisville to promote the arts as well as supporting our students. With Imagine!, we are committed to cultivating opportunities for the contributing artists. We are honored to have partnered with so many artists over the past 20+ years of Imagine! and hope that you will participate by submitting your work to the auction. All artists receive 50% of the selling price of the work, and are able to set the minimum bid. This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 1 from 6:30 - 11 PM at the Omni Louisville. We look forward to returning to this format and giving our guests time to sit with your work. The Imagine! art auction is the major fundraiser to support the school’s mission. One thing that sets us apart is our commitment to financial aid. We believe that any student who meets our admissions criteria should have the opportunity to attend Francis Parker, regardless of financial means. In addition, like all Progressive schools, Francis Parker believes in a well-rounded education that includes a breadth of extracurricular experiences. In order to sustain our financial aid commitment and the abundant out-of-classroom experiences that comprise a full Francis Parker education, including athletics, drama, art, academic teams, outdoor education, and community service, we rely on the support of our community and hope you will partner with us to accomplish this. Details:  All artists receive 50% [...]

Moving Forward

Dear friends and family,  Our thriving and supportive community has stood by us through many changes. We all have been persistent in doing what’s best for our school and our students. And we’ve come a long way. Now it’s time to keep going, to keep evolving. We want to honor the people who brought us here, reinforce our mission, and reduce confusion. And we are proud to have a new name that matches our mission and moves us forward.  Francis Parker School of Louisville is ready to welcome a new generation of students, to add to and strengthen our family. We are excited to speak more clearly and boldly about who we are and why we exist. And more than ever, we are energized by change. Our new brand identity is built on elements we already love and that still communicate who we are: our tagline, our colors, and our Wyvern mascot. While our red remains the same, we have adjusted the blue to a navy for higher contrast and visibility. Our new logo is meant to evoke a number of ideas and interpretations. It might bring to mind an abstract “F” and “P” from our name. It might remind you of leaves and our commitment to outdoor education. You might see the talons of a Wyvern. And/or it might communicate abstract art — and the creativity and imagination we foster. It is designed for the rigors of a contemporary logo, working both on the side of a building and also as a small social avatar. It can repeat [...]

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:

The Camino de Santiago

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

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!

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