High School News

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

Community Service Update
Our first Community Service Days are Monday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 18. These are also Faculty Grading Days and there are no regularly scheduled classes. If students plan to use these days for service, they should independently schedule hours with an organization of their choice. Below, please find a list of some organizations that our students work with regularly. This is in no way a comprehensive list, only meant to start you thinking! It is usually easy to register for... Read More

Back to School Night Remarks by Head of Administration Dan Ingoglia
This is a modified version of comments delivered at both the grade school (Sept 12) and high school (Sept.14) Back-to-School Nights.  We are excited to welcome you and your student to the 2011-2012 school year at SF Waldorf, our 14th year at the high school, and our 33rd year overall. Having just received LEED Gold certification for the high school campus—and we are the first educational building in SF to do so (see LEED article)—we are very pleased to welcome our high school families to... Read More

New High School Chair Pamela Hollings
Pamela grew up in Sydney, Australia, the youngest of four children and the only member of the family born in Australia. She attended a private girls’ school (most private schools in Australia remain single sex to this day) called Presbyterian Ladies College where “the girls” were reminded daily of the essential attributes of “young ladies”. There she experienced many examples of wonderful teaching and the benefits of daily singing in a broad, largely compulsory curriculum that included learning... Read More

SFWHS First LEED Gold Certified School in SF
As the first school in San Francisco to be awarded the coveted LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, San Francisco Waldorf High School begins the 2011-12 academic year with a tremendous accomplishment to celebrate.  The overall goal of the project was to create an environment that is in harmony with the philosophy of Waldorf Education. Perhaps the greatest reflection of this success is the fact that the building itself will be incorporated into the curriculum as an... Read More

Dakin Hall Dedication Ceremony
Dakin Hall (formerly the Main Hall) will be dedicated on Thursday, October 27 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in memory of Henry Dakin and in honor of Vergilia Dakin. Light Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to events@sfwaldorf.org, (415) 931-2750 ext. 307, or using the form below: Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire tool. Read More

PSAT for Sophomores & Juniors
On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, we will be administering the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) to all Waldorf sophomores and juniors. The PSAT test will begin promptly so that the students need to be in school by 8:30AM. There will be no academic or afternoon art classes for the sophomores and juniors that day. However, please note that Music classes and Eurythmy will be held as usual in the afternoon. The students (who do not have extended time) will be... Read More

Artistic Submissions Wanted!
The HS Literary Magazine club is accepting submissions from students for their next issue to be published in December 2011. We welcome poetry, short stories, personal essays, chapters of novels in progress, as well as paintings, drawings, and photographs. We prefer to receive the work in an electronic form but if that is too difficult we can type it (if not too long) or scan artwork. The deadline is Friday, November 4th. Please send or give work to Mary Anne McGill. Read More

Coffee Tasting & Selection
Stern Grove (19th Avenue at Sloat Blvd.)Friday, 9/30, 10:00am - 12:30pmPlease join us this Friday, September 30, for an all school assembly, preceded by a unique coffee tasting event!    All School Assembly, 11:15am - 12:30pmThis special assembly is the only time of the school year when all students (Grades 1-12) meet in one location. Many classes will perform (music, theater, etc...), so it is a great time to see what is going on in the school. Although the Kindergarten children... Read More

Volunteer Opportunity: The Presidio YMCA Youth Sports Program
The Presidio YMCA Youth Sports Program is looking for volunteers to help with their Pee Wee TBall and Basketball classes. The classes our led by our own Coach Josh Allain and take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Letterman Gym in the Presidio. The Saturday TBall class is 8:30am to 12pm and the Sunday Basketball class is 9:30am to 12pm. This is a great way to have a positive effect on the lives of kids and fulfill your community service requirements in the process! To learn more... Read More

SFWS at the San Francisco Symphony
September 29, 30 and October 1 The San Francisco Symphony will honor the San Francisco Waldorf School music department at upcoming performances, Thursday, September 29th through Saturday, October 1st by naming us in the concert program notes. This was made possible through a generous donation by high school parents Rick and Kim Beleson. The tribute performances include the following pieces: MOZART: Symphony No. 35 in D major, K.385, HaffnerADÈS: Polaris: Voyage for OrchestraSTRAVINSKY:... Read More

Stern Grove Assembly, Friday, September - Grades 1 - 12
Parents are warmly invited to a morning of activities at Stern Grove on Friday, September 30. Beginning at 10:15am the school will host a coffee tasting event. SFWS is partnering with CoffeeCSA.org to produce our own SFWS blends that will be for sale in the coming month. This organic, shade grown coffee comes directly from farmers in an arrangement that goes beyond the usual Fair Trade standards. Come taste the possibilities and help us choose our own blends! As you are enjoying your coffee,... Read More

Professional Directory is Online
We are excited to announce our new Professional Directory that features the businesses and services of SFWS friends and families. Copies of the directory can be found at the front desk as well as online. Read More

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