The Bulletin

Senior Presentations Articulate Research & Vision

Chicago Waldorf High School Senior Presentations

Monday-Friday, March 5th–9th with evening presentations on the 8th and 9th

in the Chicago Waldorf School Auditorium

CLICK ON THIS LINK to see the full schedule of Senior Project Presentations with descriptions of each thesis topic and their specific presenter, dates, times and locations.

All members of the CWS community and the public are invited to attend and also participate in the lively Q&A discussion sessions at the end of each presentation.

The senior year at a Waldorf school is designed to be a showcase of the High School students’ education and a preparation for their next step in life. The senior curriculum leads the students through a study of the human being’s relationship with the world while synthesizing phenomenological, comparative and analytical thinking. After picking a topic for independent study by the end of junior year, reading and research begins during the summer and culminates in March with an oral presentation before all high school classmates, faculty, family and friends. A presentation of the students’ papers and artistic or technical work is on formal display in the back of the auditorium throughout the week.

Presentation topics range from Death for Diamonds to Electronic Music and Sampling Culture. You are warmly invited to Senior Project Presentation Week. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the culmination of many months of work!

Submitted by Catherine Herzog on behalf of the High School Faculty

Model UN Team Members Recognized for Excellence in Debate

Model United Nations of the University of Chicago (MUNUC conference)

From February 2nd-5th over 2,300 students―representing about 100 schools from 17 different states and seven countries―participated at this four-day event at the Palmer House. Teams came from as far away as Singapore and the Netherlands. The Chicago Waldorf School Model UN Team was there engaging in various debate and diplomacy initiatives.

Model U.N. provides students with an understanding of the complexity of international relations. They gain experience negotiating and reaching consensus with a wide-range of people and perspectives. By tackling such topical issues as climate change, poverty, and human rights, students engage in the world and are encouraged to contribute solutions.

“At Model U.N. I got the experience of working with people who have different opinions. We learn how to come to a compromise. We learn about international affairs and why differences cause problems. We learn how to effectively voice our opinions in a concise way to get our point across. Model U.N. gives us these life skills.” 

- Anyah Akanni, 9th grade CWS team member

At the award ceremony that concluded this conference, two of our team, Anyah Akanni and Joanna Northage-Orr, were recognized for their outstanding contributions to debate. Congratulations to all members of the team who devoted many hours of research and practice to preparing for the conference!

Our CWS Model U.N. included nine participants. In the group photo above they are (as pictured from left to right):
Augie Verciglio, Sarah Price, Anyah Akanni, Liam Lundy, Joanna Northage-Orr, Paco Alvarez, Alex Morson.
(Not pictured: Armel Cazedepats, Clay Shane)

Our third and final Model UN Conference of the school year, NUMUN, sponsored by Northwestern University, takes place in April. Please join me in wishing our Model UN Team members well in their next big conference.

Submitted by David Massie, Model UN Team Faculty Advisor

Reaching Out: The Body Sense, Language and Social Interaction

A One Day Workshop with Janet Oliver
Saturday, April 21, 9am to 4:30pm

Understand how the body’s physical growth and motor skills development effects cognition and behaviors. This can effect a child’s capabilities for learning and social interactions. Much of what people associate with learning and behavior has a genesis in the workings of the brainstem. This area of the brain holds many of our automatic responses, including our reflexive motor patterns. If these patterns are not effectively integrated into the higher parts of the brain, problems can surface in our body senses, language and social interaction. If the body senses are not strongly integrated, our cognition, language and social development will be affected. Most people can find significant improvement through the approach described. This 6-hour course teaches from the sensory-motor-reflex perspective and gives simple but effective solutions.

To register or for more information contact Cynthia Trevillion at

Crafting in Community / Things That You Want to Learn


Did you know that you could look up Waldorf Doll on Wikipedia? Or you can buy one on Amazon, Etsy, or EBay?
But to a child, nothing is the same as a doll that you made yourself. So what does a bit of cotton knit, some tubular gaze, a bit of dental floss and some wool yarn add up to? Your own doll creation and lots of enjoyment in the making of it. Master doll-maker Maureen Flannery is teaching doll making every Tuesday morning from 8:15–noon in the nursery room in Early Childhood. This workshop will run until at least May Fair. Cost for supplies $100, or free if you donate your doll to Care to Share for our fundraising at May Fair. Anyone can make a doll; no previous sewing experience is necessary! So please join our growing circle of handworkers and learn a new skill or just enjoy making another doll.
Questions? Call Dru Muskovin at 773-677-5557.


Question: So what do you get when you rub 2 sticks together with some wool yarn?
Answer: A hat or mittens or a scarf or a cowl or a sweater or socks...the list is as endless as knitting is addictive. It is also a trend that can be as calming as a cup of chamomile tea or a good excuse to catch up on your favorite PBS shows. So don’t you want to learn? Here is your chance: From March through the end of the school year Megan Cummins, "knitter extraordinaire," assisted by the "knitting addicted" Lisa Rekstad will be teaching knitting every Thursday morning from 8:15–noon in the nursery room in Early Childhood.

To get started, here is a list of supplies:
•  size US 8, 24″ circular needles (wooden would be great)
•  worsted weight yarn, 180+ yards, wool, your favorite color
•  patience
•  sense of humor
•  cookies
•  errrr…. more cookies

If you already know how to knit, please come anyway.
The more folks sitting around the table the more fun
and the more we share our skills!
Questions? Call Megan at 773-640-6766.

Waldorf Student Art Calendars Are On Sale

Featuring artwork by students of different ages from a variety Waldorf schools throughout North America. 2012 Calendars and Note Cards are available in a variety of designs, sizes and sets. They make great gifts!

For the remainder of the year, all 2012 Waldorf School Calendars are half price.
$16.00 calendars are now selling for $8.00!

All proceeds benefit Chicago Waldorf School. This is a significant fundraising activity for the school.

Click Here to see visual samples of the calendar's full 14 months and also artworks for notecard sets.
Stop by the Main Office where you can purchase them on the spot. To place orders from afar, contact
Karen Brennan at 773.828.8451 or calendarandnotecards@

College Acceptance Cycle Begins for Class of 2012

So far this year at Chicago Waldorf High School, 19 of our graduating seniors have applied to college, university or art school. The schools below have accepted our graduating seniors as of 2/9/2012. Ten students have received at least one reply, although most students are still awaiting answers as many colleges do not send letters of acceptance until April 1st. Four of ten students have already received merit scholarship offers. Early “congratulations” to our seniors & their families!

  Some of the acceptances are from:      
  • Claremont McKenna College, CA
  • College of Wooster, OH
  • Colorado College, CO
  • Earlham College, IN
  • Furman University, SC
  • Illinois State University
  • Kalamazoo College, MI
  • Lake Forest College, IL
  • Lawrence University, WI
  • Lewis University, IL
  • Loras College, IA
  • Luther College, IA
  • Lyme Academy, CT
  • Prescott College, AZ
  • Rutgers University, NJ
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maine at Farmington
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of Wyoming
  • Wittenberg University, OH

Submitted by College Counselor, Diane Meinke

Strategies for Building Agreement from BIC

Community Resources from BIC (Building Intentional Community)

One way to look at mediating agreements is like a sculptor looking at a block of wood. The wood may seem uncompromising and formless at first, but the sculptor knows that inside the wood there is a work of art; balanced, harmonious, beautiful, waiting to come forth. It is the job of the mediator to help smooth the rough edges and chip away
at the hard feelings or intransigent blockages within those having conflict so that a fair agreement can be reached.

Here are a few tools:

  1. Separate the issues from the personalities. Although a person may complain about not liking
    someone, or find issue with a difficult personality, find out what’s behind the conflict.
  2. Separate the needs from the positions. Bringing focus to the true needs of the individuals will
    help soften a hard line position or opinion.
  3. Ask each person what they could change or do to help resolve the situation. This prevents
    blaming and empowers them to take responsibility.
  4. Develop trade-offs – “I’ll do this, if you do that.”
  5. Use "What if" questions. Once you have found a trade-off that you think may work, this can be
    one of the easiest ways of phrasing a compromise.
  6. Be the "agent of reality" speaking honestly about the consequences of actions.
  7. Remind them that it’s ok to agree to disagree. This takes the pressure off.
  8. Offer possible solutions by asking questions. “Have you ever thought about…?" Or “Sometimes in
    the past people have resolved this type of situation by…” “Do you think that would work here?"
  9. Sum things up. How could you handle this situation differently in the future?

Building agreement is like any work of art. It takes patience in the process, and trust that negotiating through conflict can bring forth healing, growth and harmony.

Submitted for Building Intentional Community by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, BIC parent member