News & Announcements

New Board of Trustees Members

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the Waldorf High School Board of Trustees. Please join us in welcoming: David Schmahmann and Dana Dilworth! Click the read more button below to view our new Board members' extensive backgrounds. We deeply appreciate having David and Dana join our Board and look forward to our work together to advance Waldorf High School. David and Dana join fellow Board members: Bruce Miller, Dan Raizen, Dan DeHainaut, Robin Nachman, Tom Vance, Cedar Oliver and Mara White.
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Mary Ann Wells Drama & Speech Arts Fund Launches

On March 15th, at the performance of “The Monster in the Labryinth”, we will introduce the Mary Ann Wells Drama and Speech Arts Fund in honor of Mary Ann Wells, one of our high school’s founders and long time drama and English teacher. More details to follow soon!
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Annual Appeal Update

Annual Giving season is still in full swing! Thank you so much to those who have contributed to our Annual Giving Campaign. We need everyone! Your participation counts. How do I give? You may give online at WaldorfHighSchool.org, mail a check, or leave your gift or pledge card in the front office. Thank you for your support!
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History Through Art - Grade 9 Main Lesson

Throughout our time on earth, human beings have expressed themselves through various forms of art. During Ms. Delaney's History Through Art Main Lesson, the 9th Grade explored the foundation and development of Western art from earliest times through the 17th century, concentrating on the space arts of painting, sculpture and architecture. Classes within this block, were a combination of presentations, discussions, the viewing of slides and prints, drawing and recitation. For their main lesson books, students wrote essays on material presented in class and copied works of art from the periods studied.
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Senior Internships

For the two to three weeks in late January and early February, the seniors were out of the classroom interning in a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations including the Massachusetts State House, a private company specializing in drone photography, a commuter ferry in Casco Bay, Maine and a sushi restaurant. Jehanne Fitzsimmons described her time interning on a commuter ferry in Maine as “a lot of work and a whole new experience”. Liz Owens spent three weeks shadowing a public defender. Before her internship she thought she might want to pursue a career in criminal law. Now she is sure of it. Ms. Anastasia Elliot, the faculty internship coordinator, praised the students' devotion and focus.
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Heroes and Monsters – Grade 11 Main Lesson

What makes a hero? How have our cultural lore and storytelling used heroic narratives to define our ideal selves? How have the monsters and villains of those stories, in conflict with heroic virtue, taught us to distinguish between acceptable and transgressive behavior? In the Heroes and Monsters block, taught by Mr. Joseph O’Donnell, students explore these questions through some of the most iconic and memorable heroes and monsters in our literature: Gilgamesh and Beowulf, the first human and English stories, but also Don Quixote, Superman and Spiderman, Dracula and the Wolfman, and such anti-heroes as Jay Gatsby, Willy Loman, and Holden Caulfield. The class examines how the archetype of the hero and monster/villain has changed through time, leading to our modern iterations of the superhero, the anti-hero, and the modern monster (the vampire, man-wolf, and zombie) as the enemy from within.
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Early Winter Main Lessons

Throughout January and February, students and faculty will focus on the following Main Lessons:
Grade 9: History Through Art (Ms. Delaney) and Revolutions (Mr. Nicholl)
Grade 10: Embryology and Cell Biology (Mr. Booth) and Dramatic Production (Mr. O'Donnell)
Grade 11: Chemistry: Nature of Matter (Mr. Oliver) and Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightenment (Ms. Delaney)
Grade 12: Physics: Optics (Ms. Swanson) and Senior Internships (Ms. Elliott)
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Embryology & Cell Biology Grade 10 Main Lesson

In the Cell Biology and Embryology main lesson, taught by Mr. James Booth, the 10th grade class explored the structure of cells, genetics, and the question of how a complex organism grows from a single cell. Looking through microscopes, students observed their own cells, dividing cells, and the amazing ability of planarian flatworms to regenerate body structures: cut off their heads and they grow them right back!
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In the news

The recently published New York Times opinion piece by David Brooks titled “Students Learn from People They Love” is quickly making its’ way through the field of education. Recently, a Waldorf High School parent sent it to our director, Mara White, commenting that it reminded her of our school. In this piece Brooks puts relationship quality at the center of education. He writes: "The key job of a school is to give students new things to love — an exciting field of study, new friends. It reminded us that what teachers really teach is themselves — their contagious passion for their subjects and students. It reminded us that children learn from people they love, and that love in this context means willing the good of another, and offering active care for the whole person."

With our small class size and engaged faculty, we work hard to make this happen at Waldorf High. We couldn’t have been paid a higher compliment.
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Alumni News & Student Filmmaking Opportunity

Hallie Fernsebner a Waldorf High School graduate is working on a project at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard University titled "Hold the Phone!". The project consists of a short course taught by local filmmaker Bob Glover. Glover teaches students how to make movies about social justice issues in their community on their smartphones. Fernsebner and her colleagues are looking to recruit high school students who are interested in taking this course with Glover and working on this project. If you would like to pick up some filmmaking skills while becoming a more engaged citizen this could be the project for you. Please contact Ms. Bettencourt, our Fine Arts teacher, for Fernsebner’s contact information.
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