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Senior Projects are approaching…

Thursday, February 2011

2010-11 Senior Project Presentation Week

The twelve-year Waldorf curriculum has been compared to a climb up a spiral staircase inside a tall tower. In first grade the students enter through the ground level door and wind their way upwards. Each year provides a higher window and a different perspective on the outside world. In their senior year, the students arrive at the summit of the tower and step out onto the roof and view the entire vista stretching out far beyond them.

The senior year at a Waldorf school is designed to be a synthesis of the 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 the high school themes of phenomenological, comparative and analytical thinking.

A highlight of the senior year is the senior project. Towards the end of their junior year, the students pick a topic for independent study. Reading and research begins during the summer months and culminates in March of the senior year with an oral presentation before classmates, faculty, friends and family. The completed project also includes a research paper and an artistic or technical component. An array of the students’ papers and artistic/technical work is on display in the back of the auditorium throughout Senior Project Presentation Week.

This year’s seniors will present their projects Monday, March 7-Friday, March 11 in the Chicago Waldorf School Auditorium. Topics range from Combat Trauma: Brain Chemistry and PTSD to The History and Zen of Motorcycles. You are warmly invited to Chicago Waldorf School’s Senior Project Presentation Week. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the culmination of many months of work! Lively Q&A sessions follow each presentation. Its a great way to see—and support—the expert knowledge our seniors are sharing with the community.

Monday, March 7

  • 10:45                Welcome
  • 11:00-12:00      Naomi Muskovin         Combat Trauma: Brain Chemistry and PTSD      (Grade 9 and up)
  • 1:00-1:45          Nick Park-Reynolds   Art Theory                                                            (Grade 8 and up)
  • 2:00-2:45          Olivia Juarez               Australian Aboriginal Art                                      (Grade 6 and up)

Tuesday, March 8

  • 10:45                 Preview of Day
  • 11:00-12:00       Blake Palder             The Festival of Life: Chicago in the Summer of 1968 (Grade 8 and up)
  • 1:00 –1:45         Hannah Prinz            The Art of Beer                                                     (Grades 9 and up)
  • 2:00 -2:45          Lena Smith               Hypnosis: An Altered State of Mind                     (Grades 6 and up)


Wednesday, March 9

  • 10:45                 Preview of Day
  • 11:00-12:00       Laura Holdrege        Orphans: A Perspective                                        (Grades 7 and up)
  • 1:00-1:45           Jackson Hallman     John Muir and the Creation of the National Park System (Grade 6 and up)
  • 2:00 – 2:45         Elodie Betend           Exploring Five Countries Through Food and Culture   (Grades 6 and up)

Thursday, March 10

  • 10:45                Preview of Day
  • 11:00 –12:00     Silvana Poole             Tarot: A Map of Divination                                   (Grades 7 and up)
  • 1:00 –1:45         Seth Brav-McCabe    Chicago Street Gangs                                        (Grades 9 and up)
  • 2:00 –2:45         Michael Moratto        3-Dimensional Printing                                        (Grades 8 and up)

Friday, March 11

  • 10:45                Preview of Day
  • 11:00- 11:45     Mike Wright               The History and Zen of Motorcycles                     (Grades 7 and up)
  • 12:45-1:30        Oliver Beirne             True Stories of Real Fakes; The Power of Persuasion (Grades 8 and up)
  • 1:45-2:45          Rachel Osran           The Evolving Music and Artistry of the Beatles       (Grades 8 and up)
  • 2:45                  Closing