High School News

SFWHS Amnesty International Club: 2011-2012 Year in Review
Last year, SFWHS’s Amnesty International club experienced many changes: first, we had a change of leadership, then we formed a new partnership and increased our level of activism. These dramatic shifts led to one of our most successful years and we were very proud of what we accomplished.  First, the change of leadership went to a junior student who had formerly served as the club’s vice-president in the 2010-2011 school year. Then, the new president changed the name of the club to the... Read More

Nathaniel Anderson-Frank (Class of 2003), violinist
Nathaniel Anderson-Frank (Class of 2003) attended SFWHS for two years while his family was in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He now sits in the fourth chair of the Philharmonia Orchestra, under the direction of Principal Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.  They recently played three performances at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus in November. Although Nathaniel only attended SFWHS for two years, he considers them “two of the most enriching years of my life, and I will always... Read More

Teaching Math: The Exeter Method
A few weeks ago, high school students began to gather before their honors math class. They began pulling their homework, a set of math problems, out of their binders, actively discussing the places that they had become stuck or were able to move forward.  One student excitedly exclaimed, “I got it!” as she began to explain her discovery of Cavalieri’s principle describing the volume of solids to the rest of her peers. (See example below). At San Francisco Waldorf High School, all Honors... Read More

Tamim Ansary, Shedding Light on Afghanistan
Monday, December 10th, 2012, 1:00 pmAll School Assembly From the outside the conflict in Afghanistan has been painted as a war between pro-democracy forces and Islamist fanaticism. It is, however only one small part of the larger and much older conflict—between Kabul and rural Afghanistan, between the attraction of the modern world on the one hand and traditional Afghanistan on the other. Drawing on his Afghan and Muslim roots, author Tamim Ansary will explain a centuries-old internal... Read More

Quarter 1 Student Progress Reports
Quarter 1 Student Progress Reports were emailed to high school parents/guardians and students on Nov. 2, 3, or 4, so all families should have received the reports. If you have not found the report in your inbox, please check spam/junk folders for a subject line beginning "SFWHS", and contact our registrar, Jane Gallardo jgallardo@sfwaldorf.org or 415-213-6112 to have the report resent. Read More

Class Meetings with Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Teaching Technology in Waldorf Schools Tuesday, November 13, 7pm As recent studies show, technology works like a drug. As with any drug, it can either help by speeding up and bolstering vital processes, or it can take over the very functions it was designed to assist. In the first case, technology behaves like a dutiful apprentice to the sorcerer. In the second case, the apprentice becomes the sorcerer. How do we educate our students so that they are able to... Read More

High School Walkathon November 1
Friday, November 1: meet in Golden Gate Park SFWHS Student Council has voted to move the Walkathon to the beginning of the year! Mark your calendar for Friday, November 1 (the day after Halloween) when we thought everyone would have some sugar to walk off too. Students will meet directly in the park at Pioneer Log Cabin (please note this new location), just East of Stow Lake, off of JFK Drive (at about 17th Ave). Students arrive at 9:30am and will be dismissed directly from the park... Read More

Winter Fair Merchants
If you missed the Winter Fair or want to follow up with a vendor, please contact Seraph White at wfmerchants@sfwaldorf.org for vendor contact information. Red Circle8th Grade Coffee & Baked GoodsSanta Cruz GoldFebe’s JewelryHarmaniSFWS FacultyWreath Sales  4-Car GarageInflorescenceHannalah DesignsTurner’s Toys Whitley DesignsDivina CollectionTree SalesWreath Sales   WoodshopAfter Fair Greenery Sales  Kindergarten 2 (K2)Sophie’s MarketOf Maine WoodTruth’s... Read More

Anna Lappé: Lecture and Q&A
Co-Sponsored By: Sustainability, Sustenance and Social Change: How Sustainable Food and Farming Can Nourish the World and Transform Community Thursday, November 1st, 20126:00 pm reception with sustainable food and agricultural co-sponsoring organizations7:00 pm Lecture and Q&A, book signing to follow At the San Francisco Waldorf High School, 470 West Portal, San Francisco, CA 94127 What are the environmental, economic, and social costs of our current food system? What food system... Read More

High School Theater Performances: mark your calendar!
11th/12th Grade Acting Elective The 11th and 12th grade Acting Elective presents “Five One-Act Plays and Some Random Stuff We Like” onFri Oct 26th and Sat Oct 27th in the Eurythmy Room at 7:00. Tickets are sold at the door on a sliding scale starting at $5.00 This presentation helps fund the 11th grade trip to Ashland, so please donate generously if you can! Please note, some language in this performance may not be appropriate for young children. High School Musical: Oliver! “Please sir, can I... Read More

Students participate in International Youth Eurythmy Project in Berlin
The two performances were scheduled for August 3rd and 4th 2012 at the Freie Waldorfschule Kreutzberg in Berlin, and suddenly tickets were scarce. Phones rang and emails pinged from around the world as people tried to secure the last precious seats. The secret was out, and the buzz was loud – something very special was stirring in Berlin! Both performances were sold out. The fortunate ones in the hall were indeed moved – greatly, unforgettably, and in manifold ways. The performance began with J... Read More

Stern Grove Assembly, September 28, Parents Welcome
Parents are warmly invited to a morning of activities at Stern Grove on Friday, September 28. 10:00am - 11:00am: Parent Social with coffee & refreshments11:00am-12:30pm: Assembly for Grades 1 - 12 Beginning at 10am the school will host a community reception for parents with coffee from CoffeeCSA and snacks from SFWS parent-owned Raison D'etre Bakery. CoffeeCSA.org, a Fair Trade and farmer direct coffee company, gives 10% back to SFWS for its signature SFWS blends.  As you are enjoying... Read More

The Teen Brain – Understanding how Drugs and Alcohol Affect Teens with Dr. Abby Medcal
Mark your calendar for the first Parent Council Meeting (6:30pm) and Bay Area Parents Coalition Event (7:30pm)! Monday, October 15th, 7:30 to 9 pmSan Francisco Waldorf High School470 West Portal Avenue, San FranciscoFree parking in the school lot $5 donation for parents from member schools;  $10 for others Dr. Abby Medcalf, a gifted Bay Area therapist and mother of three, will discuss how drugs and alcohol can appeal to stressed-out teens. Even minimal alcohol and drug use during high... Read More

School Photos
Student IDs and photo orders placed in advanced are here! Even if you did not order pictures in advance, Lifetouch sent proofs for you to look at, and it is not too late to order. Many of you picked them up at Back-to-School Night. If not, we will be sending them home with your student this week. To order school pictures, please go to this link: www.mylifetouch.com You will be asked for your Picture ID or Portrait ID (listed on the proofs)   Read More

San Francisco Waldorf High School Welcome BBQ
Saturday, August 25, 1pm-3pm Pine Lake Park in Stern Grove (click for map)(the western end of the grove) For students, parents, teachers, staff & friends. Please note change in day from Sunday to Saturday. (We learned mid-summer that the Grove was not available on any Sunday during the summer because of Stern Grove Concerts). For students, parents, teachers, staff & friends. Please join us to welcome new families, catch up with old friends, and kick off a new school year! A... Read More

Class of 2012 Commencement Address
On June 9, 2012, Liv Leuthold, M.D. (Class of 2002) became the first alumni to give the commencement address to our graduating seniors. To learn more about Liv, please read the interview she gave us in February 2012. On June 9, 2012, Liv Leuthold, M.D. (SFWHS ‘02, SFWGS  ‘98) became the first alumni to give the commencement address to our graduating seniors. The following is from her speech. A speech like this wouldn’t be complete without a few words on how much has changed since I was a... Read More

Administrative Forms are Due
Please return all administrative forms to the High School office.  Digital copies of forms can be found here: http://www.sfwaldorf.org/high-school/news-and-events/for-parents/forms-handbooks Read More

Summer 2012 issue of HS Literary Magazine on Sale!
The 2012 summer issue of Full Stop, the high school's literary and artistic magazine, is now on sale at the SFWHS and SFWGS offices as well as at The Booksmith bookstore at 1644 Haight street for $6.00. This 115 page issue includes poetry, short stories, photography, paintings, collage, block prints, and scratch board drawings by 43 students from 9th to 12th grade. Full Stop., a biannual publication, is produced by the HS Literary Magazine Club. The magazine staff are senior editor: Davia... Read More

Dr. Carini Honored for Excellence in Teaching
SFWHS Physics Teacher Paolo Carini received the Herbst Foundation’s Excellence in Teaching Award this year. The award along with checks for both Dr. Carini and SFWS were presented in front of students and faculty at the May 7th High School Assembly. Below is the text of the speech Dr. Carini made upon receiving this award: It is an honor to receive this teaching award on behalf of the many teachers, past and present, who have contributed to the success of this... Read More

Jeston Lewis (Class of 2008), Music Producer
On a bright afternoon in mid-May, Jeston Lewis, SFWS Class of 2008, came by the high school and grade school campuses to visit old teachers.  He had just graduated from Stony Brook University in New York and was briefly back in the Bay Area seeing family and friends and getting ready for a cross-country drive to Rochester, NY where he will embark on his post-college career. Jeston graduated from Stony Brook with a degree in Multidisciplinary Studies... Read More

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