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Students Brew Farm & Wilderness Tea

On the Friday before break students in the Farming & Forestry Program conducted a taste test of four different teas that they brewed from herbs they grew and pine needles they collected at Codman Community Farms. The four teas were Rosemary Thyme, Thyme Mint Pine, Pine & Rosemary Mint. The tea made from pine needles won with the thyme-mint-pine tea coming in a close second. Guided by the principles of food sovereignty, Dr. Bellwood, our Farming teacher, is working to build relationships between our students and the land and between food providers and those who consume it.
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What is Main Lesson Extension Day?

This past fall, we began incorporating "main lesson extension days" into our curriculum, which increase the opportunities for experiential learning overall in our program. During Extension Days, our faculty and students are able to take advantage of the excellent resources provided to us in the greater Boston Area. Once a month, main lesson faculty may plan an outing or extended activity for their class to enrich their learning experience and deepen their connection to course material.
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Surgery Students ‘losing dexterity to stitch patients’

In a recent article, the BBC reports that surgery students are arriving to medical school without the manual dexterity to stitch or sew up patients. Roger Kneebone, professor of surgical education at Imperial College, London says ‘young people need to have a more well rounded education, including creative and artistic subjects, where they learn to use their hands’. We imagine that Professor Kneebone would be happy with the Waldorf High School curriculum. We not only offer Practical Arts such as Knitting and Bookbinding, that directly strengthen manual dexterity, but the creative arts are infused throughout our curriculum.
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Student Council Organizes Spirit Week

All of us who live in New England know that the last weeks of March, as we wait for the warmth of spring, can feel quite long. In order to inject some energy into this time - or in their words ‘spice’ - the Student Council planned a Spirit Week. Examples of planned days include: Pajama Day, Twin Day and Student Dress Up/Teacher Dress Down Day and Games Day. Peels of laughter could be heard in the hallway every morning, as students arrived and outfits were admired. Thank you Student Council for your thoughtful planning of this week for all of us.
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Mary Ann Wells Theater & Speech Arts Fund: Thank you!

On Friday, March 15th, the "Mary Ann Wells Theatre and Speech Arts Fund" was launched immediately preceding the Grade 10 play. In introducing it, Mara White, School Director spoke of how ‘drama has been an essential part of our program since its founding’ and that former teacher Mary Ann Wells’ work in establishing our drama program is ‘woven deeply into the fabric of the school.’ Sandra Ruggiero, who taught in the classroom across the hall from Mrs. Wells, reminded us of Mrs. Wells’ humor, high expectations for her students and personal integrity. Mary Ann’s daughter, Laura Wells Conti, WHS Class of 2000, and her husband, Phillip Wells, were in attendance and recognized during the evening. It was a fitting and loving tribute to Mary Ann Wells. Thank you to all who came out for the dedication and contributed to the fund.
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Third Trimester Friday Electives Begin

TGIF takes on a whole new meaning at Waldorf High School with our Friday afternoon Electives and Practical Arts. Offerings this spring include Farming at Codman Farm, Journey into Wilderness, Robotics, Drama Workshop: Scene Study, Printmaking and Ultimate Frisbee and other games. Photo: students exploring the land at Codman Farm
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Immersives Week

Waldorf HS students are spending this week 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 will take 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. In Food and Nutrition students will be guided by the following questions: What do we need from food? How does it sustain us? How much is enough?
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Show Your Support For Our School!

Thank you to all the families that have already made their gifts to this year’s Annual Fund! It is not too late for other families to participate. Outside organizations and nonprofits look at the number of current parents and families that donate to the Annual Fund as a sign of support and confidence in the school. A donation of any amount helps to drive this percentage higher. If you haven’t already, please consider a donation to the school. 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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Main Lesson Extension Day: Revolutions

The 9th graders extended their studies of the Industrial Revolution in the Revolutions main lesson by learning about some local history at the site of the Waltham Watch Factory, which was internationally famous for being the first to mass produce watches under one roof, and was also exemplary in supporting their employees. They also visited the Charles River Museum of Industry and learned about the history of the textile industry in Lowell and saw a variety of intriguing machinery.
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Girls Basketball

The Waldorf High School Girls Basketball Team recently wrapped up their season. Coach Nicholl says: "Congrats to our Girls Varsity Basketball Season! Our team played their hearts out in every game and made our school community proud! We look forward to another successful season next year.” Go Comets!

Photo: (Left to right) Laylanie Matos, Coac Nicholl, Julie Oliveira, Jehanne Fitzsimmons, Symone Stevens, Olivia Knickerbocker. Missing from team photo: Saidah Bien-Aime
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