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"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: 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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Yearbooks Are Now on Sale

Our 2019 yearbook is now complete and for sale! This year’s yearbook is printed in full color and available as a hard or soft cover book. There is also an option to personalize several pages of the yearbook that you order with images and text. The current pricing is $20.49 for softcover and $29.99 for hardcover, not including shipping and handling. To purchase a yearbook, please order online at https://whsmb.picaboo.com. Please make sure you are ordering a 2019 yearbook. If you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Nicholl, our Yearbook Advisor at A.Nicholl@waldorfhighschool.org. Photo: Olivia Knickerbocker, Eve Bellwood & Cy Vittori-Koch working on the yearbook
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Student Council Organizes Egg Hunt

On the day before April vacation the Student Council stuffed and hid close to 70 eggs throughout the school building. During lunch, students searched for them. Symone Stephens, grade 12, discovered the Golden Egg! Inside was a homework pass - much better than candy. This is one of many fun community building events that Student Council has planned throughout the year. Thank you Student Council! Congratulations, Symone!
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Culture Day Potluck Back by Popular Demand!

Last Tuesday, student council organized the second Culture Day Potluck of the year-back by popular demand. This event highlights the range of cultures represented at our school. Many students commented that they had very full stomachs at the end of the event and that ‘Symone’s dad’s food’ was a highlight of the potluck. Thank you Evereth Stephens for all the food you have contributed to this and other events during Symone’s time at Waldorf High School.
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Masquerade Ball is ‘Awesome’

On Friday, May 10th the Waldorf High School Masquerade Ball was held at the Courtyard Downtown Boston. In the spirit of a Masquerade Ball, in addition to their beautiful clothing, the students wore masks. In true Waldorf fashion, many of them were homemade. The students reported that DJ Awesome was awesome and that the dance floor was packed. Michelle Secor, faculty sponsor commented that the students had a blast. Thank you to Ms. Secor and Student Council for organizing this yearly event for our school.
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First Immersives Week A Success

Waldorf High School students spent the third week in April immersed in the study of one of four subjects: Food and Nutrition, Math-Inspired Sculptural Art, The Human-Animal Connection and The Art of Architecture. Learning took place both on and off campus with trips to Codman Farm, Wolf Hollow, Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston planned throughout the week.
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