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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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May 2019 Main Lesson Extension Day

For main lesson extension day on Thursday, May 2, the 9th grade visited Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick as part of the Thermal Physics main lesson taught by Ms. Swanson. They toured the Saltonstall Nature Center building and learned about their green energy features that utilize thermal physics principles, such as the "sunspace" which heats air using sunlight and circulates it through the building. They also explored the woods and waterways around the sanctuary and reflected on how our local natural environments are affected by climate change.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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