By Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

By the time you read this, we will be deep into one of the most festive days in the St. Francis year! Two-Campus Field Day is a hilarious amalgam that in some ways defies description, but here goes:

  • 4th grade and 9th grade penpals getting to meet one another over lunch
  • little and big kids, divided into groups with animal names (from the exotic Hissing Cockroaches to the more mundane Goats), running around together through a water relay and a full-body rock, paper, scissors game
  • a talent share (the High School represented well by juggler extraordinaire Michael Crinot and the piano/vocal talents of Ahmad Moore and Caroline Frederick)
  • a race between faculty and staff clad in T-Rex costumes (6’5″ math teacher Brian Ray was voted on by the students as the High School representative to this endeavor) and the SFS Wyvern

The High School festivities continue with Senior Night, games for our volleyball, soccer, and field hockey teams, and our annual Bonfire (complete with s’mores, glow sticks, and a Flamin’ Hot Cheeto-eating contest, per student request).  

Next Friday, interim first quarter progress reports will be posted on the Portal for parents. These will be done for all new students, and for students who are struggling in a particular class or classes. Because we are only a few weeks into the school year, these will be narrative comments but not yet grades. Parents of new students will see reports from all classes; other parents will hear from teachers in any class where there is cause for concern. The first quarter grade reports and comments for all students will be posted on Friday, October 19th (prior to you signing up for Parent-Teacher Conferences, which will be held Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd). Our practice is always to share grade reports with students on Friday mornings, prior to posting them for parents. This is a philosophical choice, stemming from our desire to reinforce for students that this is their education for which they are responsible, and so therefore they should see the grades and comments first. As always, if you have academic concerns or questions, please reach out to the teacher of the class or to me.