High School News

Chengdu Waldorf Grade School Receives License in China
A milestone was reached for worldwide Waldorf education on 10 January 2012 when the Chengdu Waldorf school received a full license as a grade school (as well as kindergarten) from the education authorities in Chengdu, Sichuan province. This was the result of a “Long March” and some tireless work over seven years by the whole faculty, especially the three founding teachers Li Zhang, Harry Huang, and Zewu Li (father of Mai in the SFWHS tenth grade). Zewu will be visiting the San Francisco... Read More

New Mahogany Bookshelves in HS Library
Over the Winter break, the HS received a beautiful and greatly needed gift from parent Antoine Noor Adabachi. While students and faculty relaxed into the holidays, Noor designed, built, delivered and installed 92 custom bookshelves for the southern wall of the library. The bookshelves, made of mahogany, double the current space capacity and include five columns of shelving specifically designed for book displays. The library collection had recently reached capacity due to limited shelving... Read More

Annual Fund Updates
Congratulations to K3, 3rd Grade, and 4th Grade for joining K1 and 1st Grade at 100% participation for our 2011-2012 Annual Fund campaign. This wide-based support greatly strengthens our fundraising and supports the mission of the school. Thank you! Read More

Stars Once Spoke – Eurythmy Performance
San Francisco Youth Eurythmy Troupe Program 2012Jewish Community Center SF Tuesday February 7th at 7:00 pmWednesday February 8th at 4:00 pm This new program by director Astrid Thiersch will be premiered in February 2012 with students from San Francisco Waldorf High School, 15 to 18 years old. It features choreography to music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Paul Winter. A special tale, The Dream Eater by Michael Ende, shows the magic side of sleep, and poems in several languages and humoresques... Read More

SFWHS Spirit Week 2012: Tuesday, January 17 - Friday, January 20
SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT! Come support our teams! Monday - MLK Holiday - NO CLASSES/National Day of Service Day Tuesday - PJ Day - students come to school in pajamas (don't forget your robe & slippers!)Games at lunch in parking lot! Wednesday - Sports Team Jersey Day - wear a team jersey or uniformVarsity Girls Basketball Game @ Gateway, 4pmVarsity Boys Basketball Game @ Gateway, 5:30pmGO WALDORF!  Thursday - Class Color Day ... Read More

Tuition Assistance Deadline: January 13, 2012
The Affordable Tuition Program requires an annual application. Families wishing to request a grant for the first time as well as those wishing to continue with the program must have their applications submitted to PSS by January 13 to be considered in the first round of consideration. Please contact Mona Nemetz in the business office at 415-931-2750 ext.304 or mnemetz@sfwaldorf.org if you need application information or visit the "Affording a Waldorf Education" page on our website. Read More

HS Literary Reading at The Booksmith on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012
Come and celebrate the release of Full Stop., SF Waldorf High School's biannual literary magazine!   On Friday, February 3rd at 5:30 pm, students from the SF Waldorf High School will celebrate the release of the Winter 2012 (Issue Seven)of their literary magazine - Full Stop. at The Booksmith at 1644 Haight Street. Join us for an evening of music, literary readings and delicious refreshments. Contributors Noam Baruch, Jules Christeson, Owen Christofferson, Rebecca Cohen, William... Read More

Novelist Lisa See
"Forgotten History:  The Lost Stories of Women's Lives in China" All School AssemblyTuesday, February 14, 20122:45 - 3:35 pm*Parents are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to Jessica Eicher at 415.213.6111 or email jeicher@sfwaldorf.org.Book signing to follow program at the SF Waldorf High School From Lisa See's highly regarded international bestseller Snow Flower and the Secret Fan to her bestseller, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See’s novels have been infused with her Chinese... Read More

Alumni Reunions
Join your friends at our two annual reunions this year: Annual Alumni & Family Winter ReunionSaturday, December 20, 20147 -  10 pm San Francisco Waldorf High School 470 West Portal Blvd.San Francisco, CA 94127  Summer Alumni ReunionSaturday, June 20, 20156:30 - 9:30 pm Location TBA 18+ for attendance. 21+ for cocktails, beer, & wine. Fill out my online form. // If you are interested in participating in the planning for the alumni reunions or other alumni events, please... Read More

SF Waldorf High School Winter Concert
Thursday, December 8, 6pm San Francisco Scottish Rite Masonic Center2850 19th Avenue  San Francisco, CA 94132-1602 Located one block from our high school campus, on site parking available.  All SFWS families and friends are warmly invited to the annual high school music concert featuringthe High School Orchestra, the Jazz Ensemble, the Guitar Ensembles, World Music and Drumming Ensembles, and the High School Choir.  Come and enjoy a festive celebration and a wonderful array of... Read More

SFHWS Chamber Choir Sings at Arden Wood
On Sunday, December 11th, members of the SF Waldorf HS Chamber Choir were featured in a Christmas program at Arden Wood, our neighbor through the trees. A full house was treated to their annual festive luncheon and music concert, and our singers followed the acclaimed Cypress String Quartet on the program. Directed by David Weber and accompanied by Lilia Zheltova, the Chamber Choir singers presented beautiful arrangements of traditional carols, and selections from Vivaldi’s “Gloria”. We were... Read More

Drama Club Production "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" Available now on DVD
When asked to recount the experience of directing the very successful peformance "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", high school Drama Club teacher Ms. Lacy had this to say: This group of actors are 11th and 12th graders who signed up for this year's Acting Elective class. Last June, when I was shown the class list, I immediately thought of this play but with so little class time (24 hours) it seemed unlikely we would be able to perform the entire play. We discussed it, and decided that the... Read More

SFWHS Alumnus Ben Weber receives prestigious award for teaching Social Studies
San Francisco Waldorf School is excited to announce that alumnus Benjamin Weber, Class of 2003, received the Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year award for high school from the National Council for the Social Studies. This achievement recognizes his outstanding work at the Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School in Los Angeles. Ben is committed to teaching and enjoys “the immediacy of the work at hand, learning from the students and knowing that you make a difference each and every... Read More

Comments from the NACAC Conference
This September I attended the annual conference of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) in New Orleans.  This conference is held in a different US city each year, and several thousand high school counselors and college admissions directors and representatives meet and debate current issues on the college admissions front.  One of the most interesting sessions I attended was entitled:  “Achieving Excellence: How High Schools Without an AP or IB (... Read More

Linda Fogg Phillips, author of "Facebook for Parents" to speak at SFWHS
What Parents Need to Know About Social NetworkingLinda Fogg Phillips, author of "Facebook for Parents" San Francisco Waldorf High School is delighted to be hosting this presentation sponsored by the Parents Coalition of Bay Area High Schools. All are welcome. Monday, November 14, 2011, 7:30 to 9:00pm San Francisco Waldorf High School, 470 West Portal Avenue, SF, 94127Parking on site is available$5.00 donation is requested at the door In this ever-changing world, parents often wonder: How are... Read More

Winter Fair 2011
Thank you to all the parents, faculty and students who contributed to making a festive fair on a gorgeous, sunny day. A special thank you to Mary and Joseph Manzare (parents, grade 4 and K3) who brought their extensive restaurant expertise to us this year. The food was extraordinary and the advice for moving forward invaluable!! For more of chef Joe’s masterful cooking and menu planning visit one of his four restaurants—Globe, Zuppa, Hecho or Tres—you won’t be disappointed! Winter Fair... Read More

The Life of Van Gogh: New Revelations
With Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith  All School AssemblyFriday, November 18th, 20112:55 - 3:35 pm *Parents are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to Jessica Eicher at 415.213.6111 or email jeicher@sfwaldorf.org. Book signing and Reception to follow program Eurythmy Room at the SF Waldorf High School Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith will discuss their new biography Van Gogh: The Life which... Read More

Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All In Your Head
Presented by Carla Hannaford, Ph.DSunday, November 1310 AM - 3 PM Participants in this highly experiential, scientifically informative presentation and workshop will gain a physical and intellectual understanding of why movement, music and play are so essential for brain development, learning, memory and creativity. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how human beings learn, as well as simple, profound movement tools to use in all areas of life - school, business, art,... Read More

The Acting Elective Class Presents "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
The acting elective has been working all quarter on this wonderful play by Dale Wasserman. It contains adult language and subject matter, and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 13. We're offering a second show on Saturday night only in the event that the first two shows are sold out. Please sign up for one of the earlier shows first. There is no charge for tickets, although we will gratefully accept your donations at the door! Friday, October 28, 7PMSaturday, October 29, 7PM* *... Read More

Paul Gilding, former CEO of Greenpeace International
The Great Disruption:  How the Climate Crisis will Transform the Global Economy All school assembly, Monday, November 7, 2011, 2:15 pm If you are a parent and would like to attend this lecture, please RSVP to Jessica Eicher at the high school.  2011 has brought with it many challenges to the global community, namely weather extremes pushing up record food prices, and political instability spiking oil prices. Until now our economy has been based on consumption and... Read More

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