High School News

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

Ed Kashi, Visual Storytelling in the Digital Age
Friday, February 8, 2013, 2:40 - 3:35 pmAll School Assembly - Eurythmy Room Award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker Ed Kashi will present a retrospective of his work documenting the social and political issues that define our times.  A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are the signatures of his work.  Kashi's work has taken him from India, where a superhighway connecting the country’s largest cities symbolizes its economic growth, to Africa’s Niger... Read More

"The Wish of all Wishes" Eurythmy Performance
Kanbar Hall, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7:00 pmWednesday, February 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm The world-renowned San Francisco Youth Eurythmy premieres its 18th annual performance, "The Wish of All Wishes", prior to touring in Holland and Belgium. Artistic Director Astrid Thiersch has prepared a program full of beauty and delight with poetry by Steiner, St. John, and Silverstein, music by Chopin, Schubert, Mozart... Read More

SFWHS to Present "Oliver!" in January at the Grade School Campus
Friday, January 18, 7pmSaturday, January 19, 2pm and 7pmSunday, January 20, 2pm Tickets on sale now at BrownPaperTickets.com or in the school offices. Bring in a non-perishable donation for the San Francisco and Marin Food Bank and get a $1 discount! Additional food and financial donations for the Food Bank will be collected at all performances.* Buy tickets for Oliver! San Francisco Waldorf High School's production of the musical theater classic "Oliver!" is not what you might expect if you'... Read More

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

High School Winter Concert - RESCHEDULED - January 9
Due to school closure in early December we have rescheduled the Winter Concert for Friday, January 9, 6-7:30 pm Thursday, December 11, 6-7:30 pm All SFWS families and friends are warmly invited to the annual high school music concert featuring the High School Orchestra, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensembles,World Music & Drumming Ensembles, and Concert Choir. San Francisco Scottish Rite Masonic Center2850 19th Avenue  San Francisco, CA 94132Located one block from our high school... 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

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