CWS High School Math Team Headed for State Finals!
April 30th at the University of Illinois
The high school math team’s strong performance in the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Regional Competition earned them the opportunity to advance to the State Finals. Both the Freshman/Sophomore 8 person team and Liam Lundy, as an individual, will be competing on April 30th at the University of Illinois. Students competing in the State Finals include Paco Alvarez, Alex Morson, Merci Randolph, Vlad Yourtchenko, Gabby Anspach, Liam Lundy, Rochelle Peterson and Maddie Lawson. Other math team members include Rosie Fitz, Quinn Kennelly, Jhanneau Roberts, Alice Blehart, Cameron Fife and Joanna Northage-Orr.
This is the first time that the Chicago Waldorf School has qualified as a team to attend the State Finals. As small as our school is, the Freshman/Sophomore 8 person team earned a score equal to or higher than many schools much larger in size, such as the University of Chicago Laboratory School, St. Ignatius, Lane Tech, Lake Forest, Highland Park and Glenbrook South.
Each year, the math team has grown in size and improved their performance in the ICTM Regional Competition. The team is currently coached by Katie Sullivan and Robert Wilson and was started and led by Brian Gleichauf for several years. Brian and Katie will be traveling with the team to the State Finals and are helping the team gear up for the competition in bi-weekly practices.
Submitted by Math Team faculty advisor, Katie Sullivan
Congratulations to our Math Team for their impressive performance
we wish them strong will and calm focus for their impending conference!
Sunday, March 27th at 4:00pm in Auditorium
Waldorf music teachers, Jon Feller and Brendan Finucane, teach violin and cello at the school and also instruct quite a few CWS students in private lessons after school. They’re holding a student recital in the auditorium this Sunday and all are invited to attend. The recital is free and open to the public. Come support our budding strings players!
In the latest news of schools developing Waldorf-inspired programs comes this report from Merced, California about public schools adopting aspects of Waldorf curriculum.
The article features “the Foundations Public Schools Initiative, which is creating two new charter schools: Green Valley Charter School in Los Banos and Creekside Charter School in Merced. Both schools will eventually house grades K-8, and will feature a Waldorf-inspired curriculum.”
“Our team is trying to bring about educational choices throughout the Valley, giving parents and students additional options for public education,” said the project’s lead organizer, Tisha Blackwood-Freitas.
Click here to read the full article at its source.
Announcing Chicago Catalog Choice - A Free Mail Preference Service
The City of Chicago has joined forces with Catalog Choice to offer Chicagoans a free service to reduce unwanted mail. Any resident or business can create an account at https://chicago.catalogchoice.org to reduce unsolicited catalogs, phone books, credit card offers, coupons and other marketing material received at home and in the workplace. We encourage you to participate and ask for your help in spreading the word to friends and colleagues.
“We’ve identified waste reduction as a crucial strategy to meet the goals of our Chicago Climate Action Plan (CCAP),” says Chicago Department of Environment Commissioner Suzanne Malec-McKenna. “The mail preference service with Catalog Choice will cut paper waste at the source and offers an ease of use that we know Chicago citizens and businesses will appreciate.”
Annually, Chicagoans send more than 300,000 tons of paper to landfills; material that could be diverted instead. By eliminating or recycling this material, the City can make serious gains towards the CCAP goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through its waste management strategies.
This program is supported by the Chicago Department of the Environment. If you have any questions about the service, please call (312) 744-5702 or email Chicago’s Dept. of Environment.
Teach Me Peace is hosting a 5-day intensive workshop with Nancy Mellon who will present
Body Eloquence: The Healing Power of Stories
July 25-29, 2011 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Whether a traditional or alternative healing professional, teacher, storyteller, clergy or parent, during this week long intensive course you will benefit from this training by:
Learning dynamic approaches to support diagnosis and healing through storytelling
Develop trust in your imaginative vision, intuition and capacity to be inspired
Explore story structures that correspond with specific energy and organic processes
Discover storytelling skills that are responsive to a broad range of health challenges
Learn methodology for experimenting with the healing power of stories
The training will be held in a private setting near beautiful Lake Geneva,Wisconsin—approximately one hour north of Chicago and one hour south of Milwaukee. A brochure with information and registration materials is available here.
Please come join Chicago Waldorf Teacher/Master Gardener, Patricia Holdrege and Communications Director, Jason Greenberg, as they present in this conference panel & discussion session at the Family Farmed Expo-
Teaching and Eating in the Garden: Enabling educators to utilize the school garden in their curriculum and find new models for nutrition education.
March 18, 2011 from 11:30am-1:00pm
6th Annual CFPAC Summit Food Policy Breakout Session, part of the Family Farmed Expo
At the UIC Forum — University of Illinois at Chicago
725 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607. Click for directions/map.
Purchase tickets (for single event, full day, or 3-day pass) at the Family Farmed Box Office.
Breakout Session Goals:
Establishing and incorporating gardens into schools’ curriculum is a priority. Nutrition education must embrace a broader understanding of the ecological, personal and social impact of the foods we eat. School gardens provide an unparalleled opportunity for engaging in the food system and illustrating its complexity.
Participants will come away with: Motivation and inspiration to begin growing edible plants as educational tools in a way that can scale to their needs, be that small herb plants in the classroom or a larger in situ garden.
Recognition of the school garden as an opportunity to teach a wide variety of subjects and skills including: biology, history, team work, math, writing…
Strategies to encourage student, parent, community and teacher involvement in the school garden.
Ability to instruct students in Taste Education.
Session goals, discussion issues & possible policy changes: Funding allocated for establishing school gardens.
Healthful cooking instruction included in curriculum.
Professional development for teachers to learn gardening skills, garden based curriculum & cooking curriculum.
Require nutrition education to include instruction on of food systems (where food comes from, environmental impact, social impact, etc.) in addition to personal health issues.
By presenting this session, we hope to establish a community of people with a commitment to school gardening and nutrition education who can share contact information (on a voluntary basis). Creating this access to each other’s passion and skills will bolster success in projects inspired by this session. The hope is that this group will then begin their own educational gardening and cooking projects and share their experiences and discoveries with each other.
Megan Larmer is a board member with Slow Food Chicago and the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project. In 2010 she was selected as a delegate to Slow Food International’s Terra Madre conference. Currently, Megan is training as a Master Gardener. Megan is the facilitator & organizer for this CFPAC breakout session.
Lynn Hyndman on retiring from teaching took on the challenge of starting an edible school garden at her former school. The Dawes Garden of Eatin’ begins its eighth year of operation this spring. At the heart of the program is Taste Education along with helping children understand that their food choices effect not only their health but that of the planet.
Patricia Holdredge is a special subject handwork teacher at the Chicago Waldorf School. She is also the master gardener for the school who was instrumental in developing the Sophia Garden for over 10 years and now maintains the school’s beehives and plots in the Ruby Garden in Schreiber Park. In 1999 and 2000 Mayor Daley presented the Sophia Garden with 1st place awards in the City of Chicago’s Landscape Competition.
Jason Greenberg is parent and staff at the Chicago Waldorf School. He teaches sustainable design. As an activist educator he founded the Empirical Opera, the Spring Green Bike Tour, and has collaborated with Angelic Organics Learning Center, Heifer International, Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP) and other locavoure and slow food advocacy organizations.
Jennifer Sandy is involved with Slow Food Chicago through the preSERVE project, a community garden in North Lawndale.
Imagination. Community. Independence.
These are all aspects of the Waldorf senior curriculum that were effectively demonstrated during this year’s Senior Project Presentation Week. Students each wrote a research paper, developed an artistic/technical project and gave half-hour public presentations on topics ranging from Australian Aboriginal Art to 3-Dimensional Printing. This integration of both academic learning and practical work allowed them to think imaginatively and to see information in both historical and contemporary aspects.
The auditorium acted as a showcase of creative thinking as attendees could travel back to the summer of 1968 and return to contemporary motorcycles all while listening to the calming drops of water echoing from a green flow form. Meanwhile, the seniors demonstrated confidence while presenting their projects and entertaining questions from the audience.
On a daily basis, students, teachers, families and community members were in attendance, all dedicated to supporting the development of these seniors. It was great to see that the seniors did not shy away from their peers, yet asked them for help in the development of their presentations. They used their families for support in their yearlong endeavors. And, they formed strong relationships with their faculty advisors, the mentors that led them along the way.
Apart from strong support, these students were also able to develop themselves as independent beings that are now ready to be active members of society. They have become experts on food and culture, hypnosis, and the Beatles; and the depth of their knowledge was shared with the community in their presentations. Through research, writing, art and participation, these students were able to develop on their own and guide their way through this process. Some seniors have even developed goals to continue future work according to the topics of their presentations.
Seniors, we thank you for a year of hard work and dedication. Everyone in the audience picked up some unique insights and information thanks to you!
Submitted by Brittany Aller
This story was just reported from the front office on Wednesday…
Youngest benefactors show their support for faculty.
Yesterday, CWS 1st graders, Madeline Wild & Ella Majeski, found $5.00 on the beach during park time. After consulting with each other and considering all their options, they mutually decided that they wanted to contribute their new found wealth to the Teachers, so they approached Maureen Flannery in the Main Office and asked to donate their money to the Year of the Teacher effort.
We wanted to thank our newest benefactors to the school for their gift and for the smile that their gesture has brought to our lips as we reflect on their generous act of giving.