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AWS Awareness - May 2013 AWS Awareness - May 2013

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Date added: 04/29/2013
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The Adaptibility of AWS by Lisa Grupe, Ph.D.

What does AWS have in common with bacteria? Adaptability! Bacteria continue to proliferate, adapt and morph even in the face of modern medicine. They are amazing microorganisms, adapting to almost any threat and emerging stronger as a result. In its almost 30 year history, AWS has met many challenges and, as a result, it has become more streamlined, more nimble, and more efficient. 

 

Waldorf Olympics 2013 by AWS Parent, Dave Hall

Dave Hall participated in the 5th graders' 2013 Southeastern Waldorf Olympics as a chaperone. In this excerpt from his blog post he writes about how the experience went beyond his expectations

"...What I didn’t know was how drawn in I would become, how in two short days I would come to care for and take a special interest in kids I’ll probably never see again, or how vital I would come to see this experience and how awesome it is I have a wife who’d be so insistent that this is the way our children would be educated."

AWS Awareness 2010-04 AWS Awareness 2010-04

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Date added: 04/09/2010
Date modified: 05/23/2012
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Monday, April 5, 2010

3rd Grade Gardening
from Melissa Downs

“We have been using Wednesday afternoons to prepare and plant our garden. Each student had three square feet of space and chose three different vegetables to plant. Before we ever put seeds in the garden, we tilled the soil, added some soil amendments,  and built little one-foot fences to mark out the different garden plots. Then we planted our cool weather vegetables – carrots, peas, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, beets, radishes, and onions. And just before spring break, we were rewarded with the sight of many seedlings!”

AWS Awareness - Feb 2013 AWS Awareness - Feb 2013

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Date added: 02/27/2013
Date modified: 04/05/2013
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Biennial State of the School Address: Where we're going and how we plan to get There!

 

On Thursday, February 7th, parents and teachers met in the school auditorium to hear Administrator Lisa Grupe’s biennial State of the School address. After being asked to complete a brief survey (see results in the sidebar), Dr. Grupe led a powerpoint presentation which gave a brief overview of the school’s historical benchmarks, how we got where we are today, and what we need to do to become sustainable, both as a nonprofit business and an educational community. 

 

 

Astronomy in Grade 6

The following is an excerpt from a typical 3-week Astronomy Block Rotation. This particular Astronomy block was taught in Ms. Grupe’s combined 5th/6th grade class...“The skills that the students develop with compass and straight edge will be put to use again as we depict the arcs and circles that describe the paths of the stars in different quadrants of the sky.  Our study of Astronomy will be based primarily on observations made with the unaided eye."

 

AWS Awareness 2010-05 AWS Awareness 2010-05

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Date added: 01/25/2012
Date modified: 01/25/2012
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Administrator's Ad Lib

When I was first a Waldorf teacher, I thought it was the students that were different.  Different in a good way.  Thoughtful.  Open.  Inquisitive.  Other-oriented.  Ready to challenge.  Honest.  By the time 5th grade rolled around, I realized it was the parents who were different.  Parents who had chosen a feeling-based, whole-child education for their children.

 

Happy Days Are Here Again!
With winter neatly tucked up in the attic, it is time to come out of our cocoons and enjoy the Spring Festival called Holi. Holi - the festival of colors - is undoubtedly the happiest and most fun-filled Hindu festival. It is an occasion that brings joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, a delicious variety of foods and, of course, lots of bright colors!

AWS Awareness - July 2013 AWS Awareness - July 2013

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Date added: 07/15/2013
Date modified: 07/18/2013
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What does an Age-Appropriate Curriculum REALLY mean?  by AWS Administrator, Lisa Grupe, Ph.D.

One hundred years ago when Rudolf Steiner founded the first Waldorf school, he created an academic curriculum based around milestones in child development. This past April, AWS Administrator Lisa Grupe, Ph.D. led a discussion about how the Waldorf teaching method incorporates principles of child development and important rites of passage in the classroom each year...

 

6th Grade History, by AWS teacher Melissa Downs

“The changes that the students experienced this year were well-met by the sixth grade curriculum, which did an excellent job of anchoring the students in the world. We focused on Ancient Rome and the Middle Ages – time periods in which humans became much more grounded in the realities of earth and more separated from the spiritual world of the gods. Though the Romans worshipped their gods and could be very superstitious, they were more firmly anchored to the material world than the Greeks that we studied in fifth grade..." 

 

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