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35th Anniversary Party - Celebrating Monique Grund

In honor of Monique and her service to our school, we are  of Waldorf Education in San Francisco! SAVE THE DATE Saturday, October 18, 2014 11am - 4pm Location TBDSan Francisco, CA Monique Grund has been an inspirational leader for our community since the founding of our school thirty-five years ago. Please help us celebrate her retirement and the incredible community that she has fostered over the years. Read More

"March" with Congressman John Lewis, 9/20, 2pm

The San Francisco Waldorf High School Lecture Series presents: "A Champion for Civil Rights on the Continuing March for Equality" with Congressman John Lewis of Georgia and Andrew Aydin, Congressional Aidemoderated by Adam Hochschild, UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism  Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2 PMCalvary Presbyterian Church2515 Fillmore StreetSan Francisco Congressman John Lewis of Georgia is an American icon, one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement.  His... Read More

Torin Finser - Monday, September 15, 3pm

A Second Classroom: Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School Monday, September 15, 3pmLocation: Grade School CampusFree to the Community  RSVP Here What does a healthy, successful school look like? Is it is all about measurable outcomes, test scores, and pass/fail grades set by the government? Can learning be quantified in short-term measurements or does real learning take years to manifest in a career or biography? All seem to agree that a healthy school is also a community and... Read More

Students Connect with Nature and Community

From hiking to rock climbing to kayaking, students of all ages enjoyed enhanced nature outings this year thanks to the school’s new Outdoor Classroom initiative. Parents and the community at-large also benefited from innovative educational programming, hearing lectures by renowned authors and attending documentary film screenings on environmental issues. Marking its first anniversary, the Outdoor Classroom builds on the school’s nature-rich curriculum, providing grants, teacher support, and... Read More

Nick Neumann (SFWS 2008), Documentary Filmmaker

With a duffel bag of camera equipment and a one-way ticket to Rio de Janeiro, budding documentary filmmaker Nick Neumann (SFWS 2008) and two travel companions will “embark on an epic journey around the world” in June called “Breaking Borders”. Part film project and part travel adventure, the team will chronicle the trip for their webtv series, and explore social, political, and human interest story ideas along the way.  Nick is joined by photographer and fellow alum Walker Dawson (SFWS... Read More

Waldorf Athletics: A Personal Perspective from Josh Allain, Assistant Athletics Director

I arrived at San Francisco Waldorf High School as the Head Baseball Coach in 2011, overjoyed by the opportunity and the positive school atmosphere. I had no idea that becoming a part of this beautiful community would change the course of my life forever and help to shape my philosophy towards athletics and child development as a whole. Growing up as the son of a coach, I looked at athletics from multiple viewpoints. The discussions my father and I would have on our way home from practice and... Read More

Moving with Purpose: Physical Education at the High School

~ Kim Hopper with John Jackson, HS Math and PE Faculty Like other subjects at the high school, the physical education/movement program works to support students’ growth and development and deepen their understanding of themselves and their place in the world. It’s an integrated approach in which the value of movement goes well beyond our culture’s emphasis on exercise. Of course, exercise and fresh air are an essential part of the school day, and our students get plenty of these. Through... Read More

Finding Balance: Grade School Movement Education

by Justin Ganz, GS Movement Teacher Grade school Games and Gym classes are joyful and challenging: students juggle, ride unicycles, and throw javelins; they learn folk dances and gymnastics; they play all kinds of running and ball games. In addition to these classes, a variety of movement and outdoor activities are woven into the school day. For example, children stomp and clap the times tables to strengthen their capacities in math, or deepen their understanding of botany by studying the... Read More

Alex Hart (2011), Amherst Soccer Captain

San Francisco Waldorf High School graduate Alex Hart (Class of 2011) is a junior at Amherst College, finishing up an exciting year that took her from the New England soccer fields to the Norwegian fjords, with plenty of classrooms and museums in between. We asked Alex to catch us up on her studies and travels, and to reflect on her athletic experiences at SFWHS and a competitive Division III college. What is your overall college experience so far?College has exceeded my expectations. I’m... Read More

In Sun Light and In Soul Light

The San Francisco Youth Eurythmy Troupe in Taiwan, February 13-22, 2014by David Weber Astrid Thiersch’s San Francisco Youth Eurythmy Troupe presented its nineteenth annual set of public performances on January 28 and 29, 2014 to a total audience of about eight hundred delighted people of all ages, from our own San Francisco Waldorf community and beyond. For many this is a much-anticipated highlight, and each year we hear the comment, “that was the best one ever!” It seems like a kind of small... Read More

Spring Night Thanks

Thank you, thank you, thank you Many thanks to everyone for coming to the Spring Night Benefit and participating in the online auction.  Spring Night is very important to the school as a community event and is the largest fundraiser outside Annual Fund.  We could not succeed without your involvement!   Also, the school would like to thank all of the individuals and businesses who made donations of items, funds or volunteer time.  It is your support... Read More

New Ports Ahead for Founding Teacher Monique Grund

Dear SFWS Community, In some ways this letter is one we could not imagine ever writing, and yet the time has come. Our beloved founding Kindergarten teacher, Monique Grund, will be retiring at the end of this school year. What an important transition for the school as well as a new adventure for her! Monique has devoted 35 years to SFWS, contributing with her colleagues to building it into the largest Waldorf school in the U. S. and a leading example of independent Waldorf education. Those 35... Read More

Reflections On High School Teaching

In the course of a life’s journey as a Waldorf teacher, my path has led through three grade school classes and then into high school. Each new age and grade level demands an inner adjustment from the teacher; this demand is intensified for the class teacher at the nodal points of child development—the nine-year change and the twelve-year change. The transformation of puberty presents an even greater challenge. High school opens new outer landscapes of study and new inner vistas of soul... Read More

Humanities in the Waldorf Grade School

In light of Waldorf education, what do the Humanities mean? We offer our children a way to understand what it is to be human and a way to become more deeply human as they grow. This is embedded within the curriculum from the beginning of First Grade through graduation day. Everything the teacher says, does, and holds inwardly is a face-to-face learning with the children. Waldorf schooling is humanistic and draws from the humanities, even in teaching natural sciences. All subjects are brought... Read More

Martina Brimmer (Class of 2001), Small Business Owner

“My name is Martina and I am the owner of Swift Industries. And I am also the janitor and the bookkeeper. And I am a sewer. I am the person who runs errands and drops off deliveries… along with everyone that I work with.”  This begins the story (as told on www.builtbyswift.com) of how Martina Brimmer and her husband Jason turned their passion for bicycle touring and admiration for high quality handcrafts into a successful small business making bicycle panniers and touring bags. Swift... Read More

Dr. Johanna Steegmans: Strengthening Life Forces in the Age of Technology - March 25, 7pm

Eurythmy Room, High School Campus Free to the community What are the essential ingredients to a healthy, vital family lifestyle? Dr. Steegmans will speak about cultivating and nurturing vitality, enthusiasm, and interest in life, learning and relationships in our modern world full of technology. Living a life in balance is essential to our future: ecologically, economically, and socially. How do we reconcile convenience, necessity, and freedom? How can we resolve to strengthen our vitality... Read More

Christof Wiechert: Loving Authority - Monday, March 17, 7pm

Dakin Hall, Grade School Campus Free to the community  How do we hold ourselves as parents? Christof Wiechert, a world-renowned Waldorf educator, will talk with us about the importance of developing the practice of loving authority as parents. Reminding us that it is not our job as parents to be our children’s peers or friends, he will talk about the importance of not overwhelming our children with the responsibility of too much choice. Christof will give us insights into the inner work as... Read More

Grade School Foreign Language Program

We live in a vibrant, linguistically rich, globally connected metropolis where parents value foreign language instruction for their grade school-age children. They may recognize that with language acquisition comes cultural understanding, flexibility in thinking, and clarity of expression in both native and new languages. Foreign language instruction can also strengthen comprehension in seemingly nonrelated subject areas like mathematics. At SFWS, students gain a strong foreign language... Read More

Teaching World Languages

Language learning in a Waldorf high school is an experience which nourishes head, heart, and hand.  During a typical lesson, Waldorf students engage in one or more real world activities -- conversing with their peers in the target language, interpreting music, illustrating a poem, reading news articles, comics, tweets, short stories, folk tales, plays or classics of literature -- and deepen their connection with the universal human condition.  Engagement with authentic resources,... Read More

Dilys Sun, SFWHS Class of 2006, Technology Consultant

Dilys Sun, SFWHS Class of 2006, was one of the first high school students to join our high school directly from China. Since graduating she has received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford in economics, worked for Deloitte Consulting as a technology consultant, learned to code through Codeacademy, a YCombinator-backed technical startup, and joined Airpair, a technical start-up as a Content Manager.   Although Dilys was initially nervous about studying at Stanford, she quickly found that... Read More
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