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Supporting Our Students

We are in the midst of the holy month of Ramadan and and we wanted to share the ways in which we endeavor to support our students during this time. At Francis Parker, we hope to foster an inclusive environment where every student feels respected and supported in the practice of their faith. Ramadan, a sacred month for Muslims worldwide, is a time of reflection, prayer, fasting, and community bonding. It's a period in which our Muslim students may observe fasting from dawn till dusk, engage in additional prayers, and participate in charitable activities. Recognizing the significance of Ramadan, Francis Parker is committed to ensuring that our Muslim students have the necessary support and accommodations to fully participate in their religious observances while maintaining their academic responsibilities. Here's how we're supporting our students during this sacred time: Spaces for Prayer On the Goshen Campus, students, with faculty and staff support, have created a space for prayer. The School has communicated with all our Muslim students, letting them know where they can go for prayers if they desire to do so, and teachers have been notified about when and where prayers will be held. At the High School, our Sacred Space is a room dedicated to matters of religious and spiritual reflection, which is open to Francis Parker community believers and nonbelievers alike. The Sacred Space has times posted year round for Muslim prayers, including, of course, during Ramadan. Observant students are welcome to excuse themselves from class as they prefer in order to pray in the Sacred Space. The [...]

Chaka Cummings Named New Middle School Director at Francis Parker School of Louisville

As you may know, our Middle School Director of these past four years, Dr. Zak Cohen, is leaving us in July to move to Chennai, India, where he has a thrilling opportunity to work in another international school (he came to Francis Parker from an international school in Johannesburg). As he and his family embark on the next phase of their journey, we wish them much success and happiness. Thank you, Zak, for all that you have given to the School – our students and faculty have been the beneficiaries of your talent and dedication. We look forward to celebrating you before you depart in July and to hearing of your contributions at your new school and in the broader world of education! In our comprehensive search for a new Francis Parker Middle School Director, we found ourselves in the extremely fortunate position of having many strong candidates from across the country and from here in Kentucky, too. We are thrilled to share with you that Chaka Cummings will join the Francis Parker community this summer as our new Middle School Director! Chaka would like to introduce himself to you in this video! Chaka is a native of Harlem (NYC). He earned his BA from Berea College in Educational Studies and has worked in several different Independent Schools in various states, beginning in 2002. Chaka has continued to come back to Kentucky in his post-college life, furthering his education at the University of Kentucky, first earning an MBA and now pursuing his Ph.D. as a Diversity, Equity, and [...]

Frances Club at the State Capitol

Please join us in recognizing an amazing group of students from the Frances Club who recently visited the state Capitol in support of a bill (HB 148) providing menstrual products to all Kentucky public schools, as well as eliminating taxes on period products. Students met with Speaker of the House David Osborne’s Chief of Staff and Representative Lisa Willner, the sponsor of the bill, to lobby for its passing. In both meetings, students were asked to articulate why eliminating period poverty was such an important issue. Both meetings quizzed students on their knowledge of the bill. In each instance, students spoke confidently and knowledgeably. All the adults who came in contact with the Frances Club remarked on how well-spoken and well-informed our students were. Period Y’all, the organization Francis Club partnered with in our fight against period poverty, was so blown away by the impact our students made in these meetings that they’ve asked us to come back and lobby next year. Furthermore, one of the leaders of Period Y’all shared with us that the success of our Taylor Swift birthday party/menstrual product fundraiser held in December inspired them to create a statewide “period party” initiative and they are hoping to someday make the initiative national. How amazing is that? Our students are making a statewide and possibly nationwide impact! Our students were also featured in this article on Spectrum News 1. Check it out!

Congratulations to Our 2024 Merit Scholarship Competition Finalists!

Congratulations to our 2024 Merit Scholarship Competition finalists! Approximately 40 students participated in our Middle and High School Merit Scholarship Competition this year, making the selection process challenging and exciting! The academic accomplishments, extracurricular involvement, demonstrated leadership, and teacher recommendations we reviewed for each participant were quite impressive, and there were many deserving candidates. In the rising 6th grade competition, students participated from schools all over Louisville, resulting in five finalists, three of whom were from Francis Parker. Buster Morse (Francis Parker) and Gibran Neimat (Francis Parker) were named finalists. Our 2024 Middle School Merit Scholars are:  Stella Russell (Francis Parker) Etta Walsh (Virginia Chance) Betty Clark (Bloom Elementary) In the rising 9th grade competition, students participated from schools all over Louisville, resulting in six finalists, five of whom were from Francis Parker. Carter Heck (Francis Parker) and Liam Knaebel (Francis Parker) were named finalists.  One student earned an Honorable Mention Scholarship: Amar Tucakovic (Friends School).   Our 2024 High School Merit Scholars are: Carnighan Math-Science Merit Scholar – Jack Norris (Francis Parker) Cipinko Humanities Merit Scholar – Vivian Schnuerle (Francis Parker) Francis Parker Merit Scholar – Jack Slattery (Francis Parker)

2024-02-22T13:31:43-05:00February 22nd, 2024|News from Francis Parker School of Louisville|

Kentucky Refugee Ministries Drive

During the month of January, the High School is running a drive gathering donations of household and certain personal items for Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM). KRM is a refugee resettlement agency that works with the UN High Commissioner on Refugees and the U.S. State Department, and it has settled more than 16,000 refugees. With so many conflicts worldwide, the need to support KRM and its efforts has never been greater. Francis Parker already partners with KRM for community service and looks forward to expanding its commitment to this worthwhile cause through this supply drive. The High School grades will be competing for a pizza lunch for the most donations, and any donations from families at the Goshen Campus are also most welcome. Please join us in helping KRM make Louisville home for refugees. A list of needed items is included below. Household items may be new or gently used. Boxes will be located at each campus near the front office areas. Sheet sets (twin, full, queen) Bath and kitchen towel sets Blankets and comforters (for beds) Bathroom trash cans Toilet paper Paper towels Silverware Feminine hygiene pads

2024-01-11T12:08:00-05:00December 14th, 2023|Downtown|

2023 AP School Honor Roll Award

Francis Parker School of Louisville has been recognized for the 2023 AP School Honor Roll for developing an AP program that creates a college-going culture and gives students opportunities to earn college credit and to maximize their college outcomes. The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools that have done outstanding work to welcome more students into AP courses and support them on the path to college success. Francis Parker was also honored with the 2023 AP Access Award for demonstrating a commitment to equitable access to advanced coursework for all students.

2023-10-20T11:42:42-04:00October 19th, 2023|News from Francis Parker School of Louisville|

Mike Kelley Named New Athletic Director at Francis Parker School of Louisville

LOUISVILLE (KY) - Francis Parker School of Louisville recently named Mike Kelley its new Athletic Director. Kelley, who is originally from Newark, New York, takes over the Athletic Department and is eager to elevate Wyvern athletics to a new level. Kelley has led the development of athletic culture and successful basketball programs at all levels, from teaching beginning athletes in middle school to coaching competitive college teams. His involvement in athletics began early in life. As a basketball player in high school, his talent earned him a place in the Newark High School Basketball Hall of Fame. In college, he was a team captain and four-year varsity letter winner at St. Lawrence University, where he earned his BA in sociology. As a coach, Kelley brings an outstanding history of excellence to Francis Parker. After studying Athletic Administration at the University of Richmond, Kelley became the assistant athletic director at Sullivan County Community College. He then became Sullivan’s men’s basketball coach, compiling a .755 winning percentage over three seasons. In his first season as a coach, he led the team to a National Championship in the 1995-96 NJCAA Division III. Kelley was named the Mid-Hudson Conference Coach of the Year for the 1995-1996 season and the National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1996. Kelley then continued coaching throughout his career at a variety of public and private schools. In the last decade, he has built competitive and winning programs at a top-ranked academic high school (Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston, South Carolina, where his boys’ varsity [...]

Congratulations to Our 2023 Merit Scholarship Competition Finalists!

Congratulations to our 2023 Merit Scholarship Competition finalists! A total of 40 students participated in our High School and Middle School Merit Scholarship Competitions this year, making the selection process challenging and exciting! The academic accomplishments, extracurricular involvement, demonstrated leadership, and teacher recommendations we reviewed for each participant were quite impressive, and there were many deserving candidates. In the rising 9th grade competition, students participated from schools all over Louisville, resulting in six finalists, three of whom were from Francis Parker, and three of whom were from other schools.  Two students were named Finalists in the competition: Abby Walker (Francis Parker) and Connor Sage (Friends School). One student earned an Honorable Mention Scholarship: Max Wright (Francis Parker).   Our 2023 High School Merit Scholars are: Carnighan Math & Science Merit Scholar - Connor Lin (Francis Parker) Cipinko Humanities Merit Scholar - Maren Loewy (Noe Middle School) Francis Parker Merit Scholar - Evan Williams (Friends School) In the rising 6th grade competition, we named three Middle School Merit Scholars:  Zach Endashaw (Francis Parker) Iris Beale (Francis Parker) Henry Norris (Francis Parker)

2023-02-03T15:06:51-05:00February 3rd, 2023|News from Francis Parker School of Louisville|

Wyverns at KYA!

Our High School delegation recently attended the Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) and did a wonderful job asking questions, making speeches, and getting involved in debate. Our two bills – abortion legalization by sophomores Lillie Hale and Siggy Gross and ranked choice voting written by juniors Mae Wilson and Jack Scantland and presented by seniors Emma Todd and Xavier Shelley – passed both House and Senate and were signed into law! The following individuals were also recognized at the event: sophomore Lillie Hale for Outstanding Speaker; sophomore Zelda Wheeler for Outstanding Delegate; senior Alex Horner for Outstanding Magazine Delegate and Outstanding Media Delegate; and senior Jackson Sleadd for Governor's Chief of Staff.  All of our Wyverns debated, argued, and made their voices heard — bringing to life our Core Values of Critical Thinking and Expression. Congratulations on a job well done, Wyverns!

2022-23 Annual Fund Parent Campaign

Today is the start of the 2022-23 Annual Fund Parent Campaign! Over the next few weeks we have asked families to share what Francis Parker has meant to them and why they support the Annual Fund. To start, we have this year’s Annual Fund Chairs and current parents, Stewart Lussky and Bob Jones. If you have already given this year, thank you! If not, consider showing your support by giving today! “We sit in awe of our son every day, marveling at how he has navigated his growing up years with wise guidance and support from the faculty. Francis Parker has been transformative for him, providing space for him to explore his wide and varied interests and to grow into a young man ready to take charge of his own future. This school will always hold a special place in our hearts and we happily support it, helping to ensure that it is here for future students. We are honored to chair this campaign and ask that you join us in supporting Francis Parker.” GIVE TODAY!

2022-11-01T13:05:07-04:00November 1st, 2022|News from Francis Parker School of Louisville|