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Coffee & Conversation: History Comes Alive!

»Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

 

ChurchillJoin us Wednesday, March 23rd at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. as we learn about History Curriculum and Approach for Grades 1 – 8 from experienced Waldorf teacher, Royse Crall. Royse is also the current Class 8 teacher.

She will present the path of the history curriculum in Waldorf education and outline how we approach bringing these subjects to the children in a meaningful way and at the right time developmentally. This approach helps bring relevant value to the lessons so our students can connect with their feelings and really relate to the lessons and the humanity behind the history.

Childcare will be available for the evening meeting for SGWS students ages 4 and up. Parents and friends of SGWS are welcome to attend one or both sessions. Morning Session is at 9 a.m. and registration can be done by clicking here. The Evening Session is at 7 p.m. and community members can register by clicking here.

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Why We Do Auction Class Projects

»Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

 

Class 8RhinoSometimes, parents ask why the school has each class make a unique auction project for our Benefit. The simple answer is that they are wonderful works of art that we sell at the live auction! The projects often raise large sums, but there are many other reasons we support the creation of student art for this event.

Community Building

These projects bring parents and students of each class together to support the school through a creative, valuable endeavor. The creative works that come out of these collaborations are truly priceless, not only by design, but by the spirit all bring to the task.  The effort and care brought to these projects shows.

 

Pride of Creation and Ownership

TreeThe students benefit greatly from doing this work.  Not only do they come together with their classmates to create art, but they also see the value that art brings directly to the school. They are contributing to their community is the best way possible — by learning, collaborating, and creating something beautiful and worthwhile together!

 

A Treasure Forever

This priceless work of art is a treasure that one family will get to keep forever to remember their child’s work and their family’s elementary school experience at Spring Garden.

 

Fundraising

BirdAnd yes, it’s also an amazing fundraiser. School class projects often sell for large amounts of money. So in addition to all the non-monetary value they add to the Spring Garden experience, they also often bring monetary value and profit to the school’s largest fundraiser.

Thank you to everyone in our community that contributes to these wonderful projects, year over year. We cannot express enough gratitude for the love and effort that go into these works of art.

 

 

 

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Scholastic Art Award Winners

»Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Alumni, School News | 0 comments

Congratulations to SGWS current students and alumni for their participation and recognition in the Scholastic Art awards competition. Current SGWS student, Cameron Knotek-Black and alumnus Kira Cseak, Caroline Edwards, Emma Hecky and Grace Hecky all received awards.

Winning students could receive three types of recognition for their work.

  • Honorable Mention: Artwork demonstrating creative potential.
  • Silver Key Award: Artwork demonstrating achievement worth of recognition on the regional level.  Students are recognized with Silver Key lapel pins and certificates.
  • Gold Key Award: Artwork demonstrating the highest levels of achievement in technique, originality, and personal voice.  Gold Key art is forwarded to New York City for National Adjudication.  Students are recognized with Gold Key lapel pins and certificates

Kira Cseak: Silver Key Award, Firestone High School

Caroline Edwards: Gold Key Award and four honorable mentions, Revere High School

Grace Hecky: Silver Key Award and one honorable mention, Copley High School

Emma Hecky: Honorable Mention, Copley High School

Cameron Knotek-Black, Honorable Mention, Spring Garden Waldorf School

Congratulations to all our artists!  See some of their pieces below:

Cameron Knotek-Black

Cameron Knotek-Black

 

 

 

Caroline Edwards

Caroline Edwards

 

Grace Hecky

Grace Hecky

 

 

 

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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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