High School News

Thoughts On Giving
by Jeanette Cool, Alumni Parent and Executive Director of The Sam Mazza Foundation  The word ‘philanthropy’ unfolds into a simple and beautiful definition — the love of people — and yet that love that requires an action: giving, helping, easing, improving, and creating.  As a child growing up on a farm in very rural Nebraska, “philanthropy” was all around my family — sharing garden produce with others; bringing labor to a fellow farmer who had fallen ill, helping a family less... Read More

Room to Grow: The Architecture and Design of School Spaces
By Laurence Jaquet and Kim Hopper At San Francisco Waldorf School, the built environment — our buildings, classrooms, and outdoors spaces — is a reflection of our character, community, and curriculum. Each of these spaces, from the nursery through the high school, is designed to support students in their education and their growth, just like the subject material and the teaching approach.  The interior classrooms of the early years are homelike and compact in scale. Active nursery and... Read More

Making a Case for an Endowment
In today’s ever-changing economic environment, the fiscal health of any organization has never been more important. Many in our community understand the critical role of Annual Fund and fundraising events to provide income that ensures the quality of our educational programs and daily operations.  While these provide funding for SFWS on a yearly basis, there is a significant need to ensure the long-term financial stability of the school. This source is called an endowment. Gifts to an... Read More

HS Sponsored Clothing Drive for St. Anthony SF
Jan. 21 - March 21  The HS' Students for Social Justice club are sponsoring a Clothing Drive for the St. Anthony's Foundation San Francisco from Tuesday, Jan. 21st through Friday, March 21st at the high school.  St. Anthony's has the largest free clothing program in S.F.  The program provides free like-new clothing to 29,000 men, women and children each year at its Mission street location and at the St. Anthony's Dining Room in the Tenderloin.   Items needed-... Read More

SF Waldorf High School Literary Reading with Live Music & Songs
at The Booksmith  - Friday, January 31st, 5:00 PM Come and celebrate the upcoming Winter 2014 release of Portal, the SF Waldorf High School's bi-annual literary magazine, on Friday, Jan. 31st at  5:00  pm at The Booksmith bookstore located at 1644 Haight Street. Join us for an evening of poetry, prose, and live music featuring student writers Arianna Adabachi, Nehemiah Aldrich, Marie Calhoun, Jules Christeson,  Sahara Ndiaye, Jeremy Engels, Haley Grey,... Read More

Announcing Dr. Caleb Buckley as Administrative Director
Dear Parents and Friends of SFWS,I am pleased to announce that the San Francisco Waldorf School Board of Trustees, in collaboration with the College of Teachers, has appointed Dr. Caleb Buckley as Administrative Director. For the past 10 years, Caleb has served as the Director of the Yuba River Charter School, a Waldorf-inspired school in Nevada City, CA. Dr. Buckley also co-founded, and was a history teacher at the Austin Waldorf High School in Austin, TX, where he served as a member of the... Read More

Waldorf and College: Interview with Andre Amarotico (Class of 2012)
by a 10th Grade Parent As our 10th grader begins thinking a bit about college, including the possibility of choosing a competitive university, I began to wonder what it would actually be like for her to attend one coming from a Waldorf education. I’ve enjoyed reading various alumni interviews that touched on life in college and beyond, so when I ran into 2012 SFWHS grad Andre Amarotico I asked if he would share his impressions after his freshman year at Stanford. He graciously agreed. After... Read More

Teaching Thinking to the Tenth Grade: A Mini Play
Golden Gate Park on a beautiful autumn Sunday afternoon.  Two teachers from the Waldorf High School pass each other.  Dr. Burket is holding a bunch of papers, while Mr. Wong clutches a round dish-shaped object. Wong: Well, hello there Dr. Burket, nice to see you out of doors in this fine weather. Burket: Good day to you, Mr. Wong. Yes, it's a relief, though I sense that things might be changing soon. W: Strange how things suddenly change, though in this town it seems there's always an... Read More

In Sun Light and In Soul Light
Eurythmy Performance for 2014 by the San Francisco Youth Eurythmy Troupe Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:00 pmWednesday, January 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm Kanbar Hall, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street Tickets: BrownPaperTickets.com and San Francisco Waldorf Grade/High School officesadults $20 advance/$25 doorchildren $12 advance/$15 door Program previews the Troupe’s tour to Taiwan, February 13-22, 2014 From exercises in coordination and harmonious movement in the... Read More

Holiday Lunch 2013
The holidays are upon us and that means our annual high school HOLIDAY LUNCH will be here soon! Thank you, dear parents, for your support of our seasonal celebration for faculty, staff and students, a high school tradition of many years. We ask parents to help host the event and provide a choice of desserts. On Thursday, December 19 at about 1pm (following the11am presentation of the Shepherds’ Play at the SF Waldorf Grade School), faculty and students will return... Read More

All School Skating Party
Monday, December 16, 2013 6:00 - 7:30 pm  Embarcadero Skating Rink  Free for SFWS Community A gift to the community from SFWS Dads  Read More

Winter Concert 2013
Friday, December 6, 6-7:45pm  Please join us for an evening of music and song. All are welcome! Annunciation Cathedral 245 Valencia Street  San Francisco, CA 94132 Located between 14th street and Duboce st. Admission is free and we have plenty of room — bring your grandparents, neighbors and friends! There is NO PARKING at the church. PLEASE USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. Muni lines 14, 22 and 49 stop very close to the church The M train is a longer walk but easy from the High... Read More

Winter Fair
We would like to thank everyone in the community for participating in the 35th Annual Winter Fair at San Francisco Waldorf School.  The crisp air, clear skies, and good cheer made this one of the loveliest Winter Fairs ever. Many thanks to everyone for helping make this such a successful community building and fundraising event.   Appreciations & Thanks Winter Fair would not be possible without the incredible volunteer effort from the school community. Thank you for all of the... Read More

Sports Basement Family & Friends Fundraiser Happy Hour!
Get ready for winter adventures Friday, December 13, 5:00 - 7:00 pm Sports Basement, Presidio (across from Crissy Field)610 Old Mason StreetSan Francisco, CA 94129 Please drop by for: Relaxed social time with friends over complimentary beer,wine, and child-friendly drinks and nibbles 10% off your purchase AND 10% donated back to SFWS (5%more than usual) A chance to win a $75 gift certificate to Sports Basement justby signing in at our event. Great holiday gifts for the outdoor enthusiasts in... Read More

Support The High School Student Council
Shop The Booksmith (or booksmith.com) Tuesday, December 3rd & Raise $$ for SFWHS! On Tuesday, December 3rd -- from 10 AM to 10 PM -- you can earn money for the Student Council program that supports Student Clubs via purchases at The Booksmith book store. When you shop at The Booksmith on Dec. 3rd, located at 1644 Haight Street, or online at www.booksmith.com: Simply mention the “SF Waldorf High School” or  enter "benefit  the SF... Read More

Turning Education on Its Head: A talk with Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D.
What Modern Brain Research Says About How Children and Young Adults Learn Tuesday, November 19   7:00 - 9:00 pm Free to the community Eurythmy Hall San Francisco Waldorf High School 470 West Portal Avenue San Francisco, CA 94127  onsite parking available Recent neuro-scientific research shows that the brain behaves less like a “hard-wired” computer, more like a dense forest in which pathways appear through repeated use and disappear through neglect. The... Read More

Joseph Lacap (SFWS 2010), Physics Major
Joseph Lacap graduated from SFWHS in 2010 already knowing that he wanted to major in physics in college. Learning how the universe works has always been enjoyable for him and he loves knowing how and why things he uses in his daily life operate. He is currently studying at Beloit College in Wisconsin and is in his senior year. One of his main reasons for choosing Beloit was the excellent staff in the physics department. Last summer he did research at Bucknell University under the NSF’s REU (... Read More

High School Steering Report (HSSC)
The High School Steering Committee holds the broad perspective on pedagogical activities at SFWHS. This work often begins in a Steering conversation, filters out to either the full faculty or a task group for input, and then comes back to Steering for a final decision. This year, we have focused on formalizing the Professional Development Committee, a committee that ensures that processes are in place to allow regular education, mentoring and evaluation of our teachers. Also this fall,... Read More

From the High School Parent Council
The mission of the Parent Council (PC) is to strengthen Waldorf’s parent-to-parent network, facilitate communication between parents and the administration, provide support for student activities, and create opportunities for parent education.  The PC leadership and steering committee is comprised of at least two parents per class. We meet monthly with each other and with the high school administration. We have an all-parents general meeting at least once a year. Some of our current... Read More

Using Art to Teach Chemistry in a Waldorf High School
Caroline Alba, SFWHS Chemistry Teacher When I introduce myself as a Chemistry teacher, I typically get two reactions: “Oh, I failed chemistry in High School” or “I loved chemistry: I was really good at balancing equations!” My own answer would be more like “I hated chemistry but was very good at balancing equations!” What is it about chemistry, or rather about the way chemistry is traditionally taught that generates these reactions? Piaget observed that to learn, students need to engage with... Read More

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