High School News

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

Amnesty Club Write-a-thon is Wednesday, May 16
The Amnesty Club is holding a "Write-a-thon" on Wed., May 16, 2013 during the lunch period. They will set-up tables in Herbst Hall and show documentary films from Amnesty International, wearing Amnesty T-shirts and asking students to sign petitions and write letters to government officials on behalf of various Amnesty campaigns for 2013. More details on this student-led day of activism coming soon.... Read More

Sports Basement March Madness supports SFWS
March Madness continues through this weekend at Sports Basement SF Waldorf School (part of SF Schools) is leading the pack! Each year, Sports Basement has a fun and friendly competition between non-profits throughout the Bay Area, modeled off the popular NCAA Basketball March Madness tournament.  During this time, they increase giving for the non-profit community to 10% (normally 5%), while customers continue to get 10% back.  If you need something for an upcoming field trip or just... Read More

Oliver DVD's for sale
Purchase the DVD's for the 2013 SFWHS production of Oliver. The pricing for each DVD is $12.  Performance 1 with Myles as Oliver can be ordered at this link:http://kunaki.com/sales.asp?PID=PX00Z6MTRQ Performance 2 with Sophie as Oliver can be ordered at this linkhttp://kunaki.com/sales.asp?PID=PX00KGXAOE Read More

Donate to Spring Night 2013
Thank you for your interest in donating to San Francisco Waldorf School's Spring Night Benefit Auction! The Online Auction is April 17 - May 1. The Silent/Live Auction and Benefit is April 27. Online Donation FormPrintable Donation Form If you are making the same donation as last year, please use the Repeat Item Donation Form. Thank you for the generous support which enables us to continue our service to our students and families—and thank you for being a part of our community! Many in our... Read More

Tyler Iorillo (Class of 2010), Artist
When director Kelly Lacy (SFWHS Theater Program and Humanities teacher) wanted to give the high school’s production of Oliver! a more contemporary urban feel, it occurred to her to reach out to alumni Tyler Iorillo to see if he would be interested in being involved. Tyler is a SF Waldorf “lifer” who started out in Kindergarten with Dagmar Eisele and graduated in 2010 from our high school program. He is currently pursuing a combined major in Urban Studies and Illustration at the New School in... Read More

SFWHS Participates in San Francisco Urban Orchard Project
In January, SFWHS participated in a city wide event that succesfully planted over 200 trees in 25 locations including our high school campus at 470 West Portal. The tree planting was part of the San Francisco Urban Orchard Project which in turn was developed in partnership with SF Environment’s Urban Forestry and Carbon Fund programs. The goal of the program is to address both environmental and food security issues. In late 2012, Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) was awarded the most recent... Read More

Studying the Pacific Rim in Grade 9
The 9th Grade Pacific Rim main lesson saw the class take to the road for a morning at Ocean Beach. Once there, we established a comfortable place from which to view the Pacific Ocean - its wave patterns (it happened to be the high tide) and the sky above. Students sketched their own version of the water and environment and took notes on what thoughts and feelings it brought them. These notes were then turned into original poems, done with Leslie Marmon Silko’s poem, ‘Prayer to the Pacific’,... Read More

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