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Imagine! Art Auction + Scholarship Fundraiser

In partnership with Buffalo Construction, we are proud to present the in-person return of the Imagine! Art Auction + Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Omni Hotel in downtown Louisville. For over 25 years, Imagine! has consistently been one of Louisville’s premier and most popular art auctions. Guests enjoy an amazing art exhibit with opportunities to take home inspired, original works of art from locally and nationally celebrated artists, as well as chances to bid on priceless travel experiences featured in our live auction. In addition to the dazzling display of artwork, guests are also treated to signature cocktails, gourmet food, and the opportunity to mix and mingle with local artists.  Proceeds raised at Imagine! directly support financial aid and scholarships, which total more than $3 million each year. Our robust commitment to need-based tuition assistance helps make a Francis Parker education accessible to as many students as possible. Please help us make this year our most successful event yet. You can support the event in a number of ways: Help underwrite the event expenses and promote your business through event sponsorship Buy tickets and plan to attend with friends and family – this is an event for everyone, you don’t have to be a Francis Parker parent to enjoy Imagine! Join the planning committee – no matter what your skills and talents may be, we’ll find a place for you to contribute and help out If you’re an artist or you know an artist, consider submitting a piece of artwork and/or encouraging other artists to participate – artists receive 50% [...]

2022-09-09T16:09:50-04:00September 9th, 2022|News from Francis Parker School of Louisville|

Welcome Back to School!

It’s been an especially busy summer this year as we continue our work to visually transform the campuses from St. Francis School to our inaugural year as Francis Parker School of Louisville. Across both campuses, new signs have been installed, new athletic uniforms are ordered, new spirit wear has been designed, and countless other changes have been made to showcase the new Francis Parker name and brand. We’ve also been busy recruiting talented new teachers and staff members, and we are thrilled to introduce each of them to you!  Preschool Laura Wilmes is joining us as our new Preschool 4s Teacher and will be partnering with Paul Harshaw. Laura is coming to us all the way from Singapore where she and her family have been living and working since 2006. Throughout their time in Singapore, Laura has spent the majority of that time at the Canadian International School as a Senior Kindergarten teacher, a Junior Kindergarten teacher, and most recently as a Preschool teacher. She holds a B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations from Western Carolina University and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Kentucky.  Lower School In Lower School, Katie Jordan will be joining the team as our new Lower School Math Teacher. She has over 15 years of experience teaching in Louisville Catholic schools. Katie is excited about the Origo curriculum and eager to focus on Lower School. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Human Development from Boston College, an M.A. in Education from Spalding University, and a Rank 1 certificate in Mild to Moderate Learning [...]

Derby Day at St. Francis School!

On Wednesday we celebrated the return of the Run for the Roses in Goshen! We were thrilled to welcome grandparents back on campus for our Preschool Grandparents' Day Derby Race and Tea in the morning. Our youngest jockeys paraded around the front of the School before racing their handmade horses and filling little bellies with cookies and lemonade! Our 1st and 2nd graders kicked off our afternoon festivities by parading on bikes, scooters, and even a few hoverboards before the Junior Kindergarten Pegasus Parade, six adorable Kindergarten Derby races, and the infamous 8th Grade Victory Lap. Grandparents, parents, teachers, and students delighted in once again being spectators at the fastest 15 minutes in racing history. Though it was chilly and the track was wet, this did not stop our enthusiastic jockeys from keeping their eyes on the prize. Congratulations to all of our preschoolers and kindergarten students on an exciting day at the track! We hope everyone has a wonderful Derby weekend! You can enjoy more Preschool Derby photos here and Kindergarten Derby photos here.

Middle School National History Day State Competition

Last Saturday a record number of St. Francis School students participated in the National History Day State Competition at the University of Kentucky. While merely qualifying for the state competition is an incredible undertaking and impressive achievement, seven of our eight Wvyern competitors actually placed in the competition! Congratulations to the following students: Neel Dutta - 2nd place Elementary Individual Exhibit (Daytona 500) Hayden Harralson - 3rd place Junior Documentary (When Was First Contact? An Exploration Into Alien Conspiracies) Arden Lin - 1st place Elementary Paper (The History of Russia and Ukraine) Ethan Monyhan - 3rd place Junior Individual Exhibit (Does The U.S Care About the Laws of War?) Jack Norris - 3rd place Junior Paper (The History and Use of the “Big Lie” In Nazi Germany and the 2020 Presidential Election) Nolan Schmitt - 1st place Elementary Individual Exhibit (PT Barnum) Wilson Shoemaker - 3rd place Elementary Individual Exhibit (Stan Lee) Vivian Schnuerle also had a strong showing in the Junior Documentary category with her documentary on The Influence of Failed Diplomacy on the Hippie Movement. Throughout the entire NHD experience, these students exemplified every one of our Core Values. All the participants are incredibly motivated to start work next year with the goal of going to Nationals. Special thanks to Tom Skaggs, all the parents, students, and everyone who supported this group on this journey. 

“Sister Act JR.” Wows Audiences!

Hallelujah! Bravo to the cast, crew, and production team of Sister Act JR. who "raised their voices" and wowed four large crowds with dynamic performances of singing and dancing nuns, shady gangsters, and plenty of comedy and drama. There was even an appearance by the "Pope!" Live musicals are back and Sister Act JR. was a show that won't soon be forgotten by all who attended.

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

Progressive Education the Wyvern Way: Lower School

This is the fourth article in a four-part series on Progressive education at St. Francis School. By Jennifer Griffith, Lower School Director One day in March, kindergartner Lily Armour brought her favorite book to school. Lily was very excited to share the book with classmates and her teacher, Annette Rudd. The book, a children’s version of a biography about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, suddenly became a social studies lesson for the day. According to Lily, “It was National Women’s Day and I wanted to share it with the class.” After reading Lily’s book to her class, Annette took this teachable moment and shared it with her fellow kindergarten teacher, Larry Elder. They led conversations with both of their classes about the Supreme Court, the racial makeup of the Court, the gender makeup of the Court, and how both have changed over time. They also discussed how this important topic relates to our school’s focus on DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging). Students made powerful connections to what they had learned during Black History Month and Women’s History Month. To hear the questions the students posed and to see how interested they were in these topics demonstrates a true love of learning, something that we all value in the St. Francis School community.  Student voice and interest guides what happens every day in the Lower School. As a Progressive school, we believe in cultivating classrooms where discussion and questioning thrive, learning is active and experiential, and students take ownership of their education. Not only was Lily’s book a catalyst for an [...]

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!

High School Science Olympiad Competes at Regionals

The High School Science Olympiad team competed in the Regional Invitational Competition at North Oldham High School on Saturday, March 19. The team produced solid results, including a 4th place finish in the Bridge Building event, a 5th place finish in the Write-It Do-It event, and a 6th place finish in Rocks and Minerals. Team members included 10th graders Nora Bendl, Mireia Cecil, Elliott Loewy, Edward Ruzicka, AJ Stevenson, and El Willey.

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