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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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Main Lesson Extension Day

On Main Lesson Extension Day (January 17), the 12th grade Optics class travelled to Westford to visit two observatories operated by MIT: Haystack Radio Observatory and Wallace Optical Observatory. At Haystack, the students learned about tracking space debris and imaging black holes, and got a tour inside the "radome" (the giant white geodesic ball) to see the 37 meter radio telescope. At Wallace Observatory, they saw the retractable-roof astronomy lab where MIT students conduct observations, learned about light pollution and how it relates to the spectra of light bulbs they studied in class, and observed the sun through a telescope with a solar filter. It was exciting to hear from working scientists and to see all of the impressive facilities hidden out in the woods so close to Boston.
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Spotlight: Optics Main Lesson

In the Optics main lesson the 12th grade began exploring the mysteries of light by experiencing total darkness, and moved on to studying pinhole projections, prisms, color filters, and the electromagnetic spectrum. After building spectroscopes and looking at spectra of various light sources, they delved into making sense of the sharp narrow lines of spectra from gas atoms, which led into the bizarre world of quantum physics.
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Grade 11 Science Fair a success!

On January 24, the 11th grade class presented their student-chosen independent research projects at our school science fair. The students have been working on these projects since early September in science track classes with Ms. Swanson and Mr. Oliver. During this time Ms. Swanson and Mr. Oliver guided them through the process of selecting interesting scientific research questions and designing their own experiments to try to answer them. Ms. Swanson says, “It has been an interesting and challenging journey for these students to design, develop and complete their own independent projects, and it was exciting to see their findings across a diverse range of scientific topics, including electromagnetic transportation, optics, the chemistry of crystals, rust, bread, and cement, and tools and toys for people with special needs.” Well done 11th grade. Well done, Ms. Swanson and Mr. Oliver. Congratulations all!
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Annual Giving Update

Annual Giving season is still in full swing! Thank you so much to those who have contributed to our Annual Giving Campaign. To date, we have raised $28,000 against our $73,000 goal.
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Alumni News

Congratulations to the following alumni on their achievements!

- Michael Valenti '01 and his wife Christine Stratton Valenti welcomed baby Theodore Francesco on October 16, 2018. Theo had an early morning arrival at 2:18 am, weighing 6 lbs 10 oz and measuring 19 inches.

- Luke Morris '00 married Danielle Quinn on August 24, 2018 in Harwich Port, Massachusetts.

- Sarada Hernandez '01 married Keith Martell on May 28, 2018 at the Waldorf School of Lexington.

- Colin T. White P.E. '02 began a new position as Project Engineer at HNTB Corporation, an engineering/infrastructure solutions firm located in Chelmsford, MA.
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