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Spring Arts Evening

On Wednesday evening our community came together to celebrate Spring Arts Evening. The evening began with a rousing performance by this year’s Destination Imagination team that left the audience laughing and cheering. It was followed by a series of stirring readings by the participants in the Creative Writing Elective. Not only were the written pieces themselves complex and powerful but there was clearly great thought given to the presentations themselves.
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Celebrating the Waldorf Centennial

September 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the first Waldorf School in Stuttgart, Germany. Waldorf schools and organizations around the world are marking the centennial in a myriad of ways. The International Forum for Steiner/Waldorf Education has produced the film “Learn to Change the World”. This film shows people from around the world who work on the big pedagogical tasks of our time based on Waldorf/Steiner pedagogy.
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In the news….

"All together now: singing is good for your body and soul"
In a recent article in the The Telegraph, Sarah Rainey cites many studies related to the beneficial health effects of singing in a choir. Studies have shown that singing in a choir has been proven to boost the immune system, reduce stress levels, aid in the management of chronic pain, increase life expectancy, improve sleep and help those afflicted with dementia access memories. Wow! At Waldorf High School every student participates in the all school choir and group singing is incorporated into many main lesson blocks. Anyone who has ever sung with or been treated to a performance by our choir knows that it lifts our spirits to hear them sing. However, we probably never guessed, until now, the extent of its benefits. To read the article in its’ entirety, click read more.
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Main Lesson: Senior Play

For the last main lesson block of their career at Waldorf High School the seniors select and perform a play for the school community. The selection of a play, rehearsal of it and performance for the community is the culmination of the four year dramatic arts curriculum at Waldorf High School. This year the senior class has selected Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing" and Demetra Tseckares, a local actress and Waldorf High School parent, is directing the play. The seniors are deep into line memorization and rehearsals and the students can be overheard talking about it in the hallways, over lunch and before and after school. It is clear that they have taken ownership of it. The seniors will perform this play at the school for the Waldorf High School community on Monday, June 3rd. There will be a reception at 8 pm with a curtain call of 8:30 pm. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.
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Destination Imagination team prepares for Globals!

In late May the Waldorf High School Destination Imagination (DI) team, led by Ms. Swanson, will head to Kansas City, Missouri to compete in the Destination Imagination Global Finals! In order to be invited to Global Finals DI teams have to advance past both regional and state tournaments. Over 1,400 DI teams from more than 45 states and 14 countries will compete and it is expected that over 17,000 people will attend the event. Our team is hard at work building and rebuilding their flying quadcopter, a team built aircraft, in preparation for this exciting event.
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Main Lesson: College & Career Readiness

In the College and Career Readiness main lesson, taught by Ms. Secor, the 11th graders explored different college and career paths. Various guest speakers joined the class to share their experiences in their profession and the path they took to get there. The careers represented were: lawyer, social worker, video game designer, police officer and business analyst. Students also researched careers they are interested in and shared their results with their classmates. During the main lesson extension time the class traveled to Brandeis University for a campus tour and presentation.
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Boston Theatre Company Performs "Hamlet" for WHS Students

Recently, the Boston Theatre Company performed their unique female-driven production of "Hamlet" for the entire school. Professional actors from the company performed this Shakespeare play with a new twist. By reversing the gender of many of the characters, the company aimed to ‘showcase powerful women while maintaining the show’s original themes.’ The performance was followed by a talk back session with the actors.
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"Parcival" Main Lesson

The reading and study of "Parcival" during this main lesson block, taught by Mr. Nicholl, is a highlight of the junior year at Waldorf High School. Taking elements of the well-known and often-told Arthurian legends, this book tells the story of Parcival’s individual journey. It weaves together aspects of the East and West and other ‘opposites’, allowing us to imagine the balance of polarities of all kinds. It is a picture of not only what we might strive for as individuals, but for humanity as well. Some aspects explored through this story are: separation from what we are, reflection on what we do, acknowledging our expanding orbits of experience, recognition of our effects on others and the world, and ultimately, compassion for others as a necessary part of becoming truly human. Students respond to these topics in essays, main lesson books and by creating an artistic project based on their individual journeys.
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Art of Poetry Main Lesson

In this block, taught by Ms. Bettencourt, students explored the creative and formative power of the word, the energy of language as rhythm, as movement, as music. In addition to the origins of language and the history of poetic forms, students read, analyzed and wrote poetry. The block culminated in a coffeehouse style poetry slam-reading. All students read poems they wrote and we were even treated to a reading in Hungarian by our exchange student Dorca. Ms. Bettencourt praised the students energy, trust and openness.
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