High School News

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

College Counseling Update
Lauren Rudsten, College & Academic Counselor College Information Sessions for Students and Parents:   Upcoming College Visits at the High School These college visits are open to both juniors and seniors. Students are encouraged to attend to learn more about colleges they may want to apply to, but they must obtain permission from a teacher first if they will be missing part of class. Lawrence University, Friday, November 15 at 11:30AMCalifornia College of the Arts, ... Read More

High School Commencement Speeches
Once again, congratulations to the SFWHS Class of 2013. We are happy to share the transcripts of the following speeches: Commencement Speaker - Rahul Brown Henry Carges - Class of 2013 Barbara Horning - Class of 2013 Read More

The 2013 HS Literary Magazine - Now on Sale!
The 2013 Spring/Summer issue of Portal, the literary and artistic magazine of the S.F. Waldorf High School, is now on sale at the GS and HS campus offices for $6.00.   This new issue features excerpts of novellas, personal essays, poetry, a short story, rap lyrics and paintings, drawings, photography, scratch board drawings and pottery of students from grades 9 through 12.  Themes range from explorations of nature to tales of love and family.  Portal is... Read More

Class of 2014 – College Acceptances
Bard College*Beloit College Boise State University University of Buffalo CSU, East Bay CSU, Channel Islands CSU/Long Beach UC, Davis UCLA* UC/Riverside* UC, Santa Cruz University of Colorado, Denver Columbia College of Chicago Connecticut College Cornell College Cornish College of the Arts* University of Denver Drexel University* Eugene Lang College Eastern University Emerson College Georgetown University* George Washington University Gonzaga University Goucher College Hampshire College*... Read More

SF Waldorf High School Literary Reading
With Music & Songs at The Booksmith  - Friday, May 24th, 5:30 PM Come and celebrate the upcoming release of "Portal", the SF Waldorf High School's annual literary magazine, at The Booksmith book store on Friday, May 24th at 5:30  pm!   Join us for an evening of poetry, prose, and music featuring student writers Nehemiah Aldrich, Noam Baruch, Jules Christeson, Lionelle Erlewein, Haley Grey, Miranda Hollingswood, Julia Ingoglia, Davia Schendel,... Read More

Senior Project Presentations 2013
Friday, May 17, 2:45-4:45pm in Eurythmy Room 2:45pm:         Sophie Kawada, The Anatomy of the Heart3:15pm:         Noam Baruch, Urban Poetry3:45pm:         Elle Casey, Saint Michael and the Dragon4:15pm:         Jackson Stewart, Financial Derivatives Saturday, May 18, 9:00am-4:00pm in Eurythmy Room9:00am:         Eli Yesovich... Read More

Our Town: The Senior Play
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Thornton Wilder said, in his preface, "Our Town is not offered as a picture of life in a New Hampshire village...it is an attempt to find a value above all price for the smallest events in our daily life." As we send our seniors off to college, and life outside "our village", we hope this wisdom will travel with them! Come see the class of 2013 put their urban twist on Our Town, while keeping true to the playwright's sentiment and intention. Good for all ages. Please note:... Read More

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