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|

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!

Junior Sam LeMay on Wave3!

Watch Sam and Arlo Here! October 22 is National Stuttering Awareness Day. Junior Sam LeMay was featured on Wave3 yesterday along with his service dog Arlo to increase public awareness of stuttering and the people it affects. Sam said, "National Stuttering Day is intended to bring us all together and show the world that we have a voice, too." Great job, Sam! We're proud of your advocacy work! Watch the segment here.

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

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% [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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