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Lady Jaguars Receive CYO Sportsmanship Award

»Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

LadyJaguarsThe Spring Garden Waldorf School sixth, seventh and eighth grade basketball team, the Lady Jaguars, will be awarded The Diocese of Cleveland Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Sportsmanship Award. The Diocese of Cleveland CYO gives Sportsmanship Awards to those teams who exemplify extraordinary good sportsmanship during their competitions/games. The Sportsmanship Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, February 26th at the University of Akron in the JAR (basketball arena).

“Our girls work together very well, and demonstrate wonderful, caring attitudes toward each other, and their opponents,” says Athletic Director Nancy Stewart. “They truly understand it is not all about winning or losing, but how the game is played both competitively and socially.”   

The team was nominated by competing-team coaches from this season for their show of good sportsmanship during competition. Many are nominated, but not all are selected. Following the awards presentation the girls will have the opportunity to watch the Zips Men’s team plan Bowling Green.

Congratulations Lady Jags!




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IOWA Testing at Spring Garden

»Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Alumni, Curriculum, Research, School News | 0 comments


IOWAtestWhile the majority of the assessments at Spring Garden Waldorf school are done through observation and without formal testing, we do administer the IOWA Test of Basic Skills once a year, to 4th through 8th graders, for specific academic feedback.

The unique unfolding of the Waldorf curriculum through the grades creates some discrepancies between the areas being measured on the tests and our learning goals, so we give the students only sections applicable by grade level.

  • We do not test children before Grade Four.
  • 4th Grade students will take the Language Arts and Mathematics sections of the test. The students in 4th grade are not timed while taking the tests.
  • 5th & 6th Grade students will take the Language Arts, and Mathematics sections of the test with timing parameters to increase the validity of the data received as well as to provide the students with exposure to this kind of experience.
  • 7th & 8th Grade students will take all sections of the test and follow the required time limits.

We do not use the testing scores for evaluations of teachers or students, but do use them to compare individual and class progress from year to year as we move through our Waldorf curriculum. We also have, in years past, used IOWA test scores for our own research and study purposes.

Last year we completed an independent five-year study of SGWS students’ IOWA test scores. The analysis, conducted by the University of Akron Business Analytics department, found that test scores at Spring Garden rose as students rose in grade level, and that student’s national percentile ranks also increased as they moved through the grades.

Impressively, by Grade Eight, SGWS students well outperformed their same-age and same-grade peers nationally who took the IOWA tests.

  • 50% of SGWS Grade Eight students tested at a 13th grade equivalency, the grade level at which the IOWA test is capped.
  • 75% of SGWS Grade Eight students performed significantly above 10th grade equivalency.
  • Also notable… there were no significant differences in the performance of male vs. female students at Spring Garden Waldorf School.

This year, students will be given the IOWA test during between February 29th and March 4th. Parents are encouraged to let their children know that this is just another experience for them and that they need not be concerned about outcome.

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Expanded Parent Council Meeting

»Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

insightMany schools have a PTA or PTO, and here at Spring Garden we have Parent Council. The Parent Council serves as the voice of parents at our school and promotes community enrichment and communication between the faculty, Board, and the parent body at large.

While parents are always welcome to attend any Parent Council meeting, we wanted to extend a special invitation for the meeting next Thursday, February 18, at 6:00 p.m.

As the school prepares for our next round of strategic planning later this year, the Board and administration are seeking as much feedback as possible from parents to inform and guide our work. This Parent Council meeting will give you the opportunity to provide us with valuable input.

Please click here to sign up so that we have a sense of how many people to expect to plan for space. Hope to see you there!




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Book Sale February 9-11

»Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

BooksThe School Store Used Book Sale will be held February 9-11. Come in and browse our large and ever-growing selection of books, CDs, and DVDs. This is a great chance to add to your (and your children’s) library for very little cost, all while directly benefiting Spring Garden Waldorf School.

Paperbacks are a buck, hard-covers are two dollars, and specialty and coffee-table books are three dollars. CDs and DVDs will be priced between $1.00 and $5.00.

We will continue to accept your donations of books, CDs, and DVDs in the School Store throughout the sale, so if you’ve got an overflowing bookshelf you’re eager to clean out, now is the time!



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Auction Ticket Raffle

»Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in School News | 0 comments


auctionticketsWin a free ticket to the auction! This upcoming Friday Morning, January 29th, enter for a chance to win a free ticket to this year’s Benefit Auction, valued at $75.

Raffle tickets are $1 each and will be on sale Friday morning from 8:20 – until the start of the Assembly. After that time, tickets can be purchased in the office until the end of the school day on Monday January 31st.  The drawing will take place Tuesday, Feb. 1st.

Good Luck!




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Coffee and Conversation: Parent Teacher Relationships

»Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

coffeeJoin us at a new date To Be Determined, for Coffee and Conversation regarding parent-teacher relationships. Parents will view a webinar together, “”The Human Encounter: Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School,” followed by a question/answer/discussion period with Royse Crall and other experienced Waldorf teachers.

The relationships between our teachers and our parents represent the health and warmth of our school community. And, like all relationships, consideration, respect, and commitment to enhance the connection is essential in growing the well being of the personal kinship within the community, the success of our children, and the health of our school.

In this webinar, Dr. Torin Finser, Chair of the Education Department at Antioch University New England, explores parent and teacher relations using architectural images to represent the social architecture of communities and how they operate.

Among other things, he encourages us to remember that the relationship between teachers and parents is, “not a matter of technique. It’s a matter of learning to work together in the human encounter.”

Please join us as we view and discuss this thoughtful lecture by Dr. Finser.


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