High School News

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

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

Alison Levine, High Impact Leadership
Author of On the Edge: The Art of High Impact Leadership. Monday, November 18, 201311:55 am - 12:40 pmAll School Assembly - Eurythmy RoomSF Waldorf High School *Parents are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to  Lisa Anderson at 415-213-6111 or email landerson@sfwaldorf.org. Alison Levine is a history-making polar explorer and mountaineer. She not only served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, but she also climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to... Read More

Wilson Meikuaya and Jackson Ntirkana
authors of The Last Maasai Warriors: an Autobiography Thursday, November 21, 20132:30 pm - 3:15 pmHS Assembly - Eurythmy RoomSF Waldorf High School  *Parents are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to  Lisa Anderson at 415-213-6111 or email landerson@sfwaldorf.org. Book signing to follow program. Wilson Meikuaya and Jackson Ntirkana are a living testament to a vanishing way of life on the African savannah. As brave warriors of the Maasai, an intensely proud culture steeped in the... Read More

The Drama Club Presents - Antigone
at the Brava Theater2781 24th Street, San Francisco November 14, 8:00pmNovember 15, 8:00pmNovember 16, 1:00pm and 8:00pm Ticket price $15.00 at the School Offices or order at Brown Paper Tickets  Antigone, on its most basic level is the story of how one of the daughters of Oedipus challenges the law of man, choosing instead to obey God’s law.  In the version Sophocles wrote, most of us would side with Antigone as she fights for the right to bury her brother Polynices, who fought... Read More

2nd Annual Moms Night at the Elks
All moms are invited to join us for our 2nd Annual Moms Night at the Elks Club! Parents Michael Nemetz and Rein Ratsep (Elks members) will host women of the community for spa, swimming, dinner and drinks. This has become a community favorite, as it allows moms of all Waldorf students the opportunity to connect in a casual atmosphere... networking allowed but not required.   Friday, March 7, 20144:00-6:30pm - Spa and Swimming ($10)6:30-8:30pm - Dinner ($25)6:30-11:00pm - ... Read More

Symphony of the Soil screening
The Outdoor Classroom is excited to be co-sponsoring a screening of Symphony of the Soil a documentary by Deborah Koons Garcia at the Greater Good Food Film Festival. Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. This screening will take place at the Randall Museum on October 24, 6:30pm  Suggested donation range: $5 to $20. SFWS community members can request... Read More

World Café: a Multicultural Council Initiative
When: Saturday, November 2, 2013, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm Where: San Francisco Waldorf High School, 470 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127 Evening Schedule:6:00 - 7:00 Arrive and enjoy hosted dinner and music together7:00 - 9:30 The World Café Bring your curiosity to learn more about who we are as individuals and how we can create a greater sense of inclusive community. The World Café is an intentional, conversational process that generates new ideas and explores possibilities... Read More

Grade 9 Habitat Restoration with Arden Wood
Our freshmen at San Francisco Waldorf High School have been doing wonderful work in their community and for our neighbors.  Last year SFWHS expanded a long-standing partnership with our backyard neighbor, Arden Wood.  The valley between our building and theirs is the largest privately owned open space in San Francisco.  It holds natural springs, a small watercourse, many eucalyptus, a few redwoods, lots of undergrowth, with many birds and other animals.  But over the years... Read More

The Outdoor Classroom Initiative - Karmin Guzder
These remarks were made at the Grade School Back-to-School Night on September 9, 2013. Karmin Guzder is the fourth grade class teacher.We all know about and appreciate the strong environmental values which live at our school.  Many call Waldorf the organic education. It is not for superficial reasons, however – the rivers run deep. Living at the heart of Waldorf Education are two sources of inspiration for our work. One has to do with the social realm and the other with our profound human... Read More

Alumni Profile: Gregory Lowell (SFWS Class of 2006)
Gregory Lowell, (Class of 2006) is a forward observer with the 3rd Infantry Division of the US Army in Afghanistan. Forward observers are responsible for all indirect fire and the communication of battlefield intelligence. Soldiers who become forward observers require a high level of training and skill, both to work with high physical demands as well as the strategic and communications aspects of their role. Because of their strategic importance, they even require a security clearance.... Read More

Student Achievement : Antinia Butler, 12th Grade
Antinia Maria Butler was recently selected for Bank of America’s Student Leaders program, an eight week summer internship and leadership summit in San Francisco and Washington, DC.  This highly competitive program provided Antinia with a paid internship at a local non-profit, helping her strengthen her extra-curricular advocacy work as well as continuing to support her in her longer term aspirations to become a lawyer. As a foster youth herself, Antinia has become very involved in foster... Read More

Teaching Physics In A Waldorf School - Dr. Paolo Carini
I was attracted to Waldorf education when I discovered that the process of teaching science in Waldorf schools was much closer to the process of doing research than to the way science had been taught to me in high school. When one faces new territory in science it is important to keep an open mind to what nature is trying to tell you. New concepts are created out of a process of observation of phenomena in order to discover and formulate the so-called physical laws. Concepts need to remain... Read More

The Outdoor Classroom Initiative
The San Francisco Waldorf School is pleased to announce the creation of a new school-wide initiative: The Outdoor Classroom. Inspired by the work of Richard Louv, the author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and the Nature Principle, our program is part of an international movement to connect students with nature.  As our field trips and curriculum demonstrate, Waldorf pedagogy has reverence for nature at its core. Our campus... Read More

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