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By |March 21st, 2024|Categories: News from Francis Parker School of Louisville|

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 [...]

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

By |March 21st, 2024|Categories: Goshen, News from 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 [...]

Frances Club at the State Capitol

By |March 7th, 2024|Categories: News from Francis Parker School of Louisville|

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!

By |February 22nd, 2024|Categories: News from Francis Parker School of Louisville|

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)

Kentucky Refugee Ministries Drive

By |December 14th, 2023|Categories: Downtown|

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

2023 AP School Honor Roll Award

By |October 19th, 2023|Categories: News from Francis Parker School of Louisville|

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.