A wonderful opportunity in building a summer rhythm for your family exists outside in your home garden or here in the garden at SGWS. I invite any individuals and families to join me throughout the summer in simple tasks that care for our earth and our plants. I am planning the garden for a heavy fall harvest this year, planting many things a bit later than conventional. I will provide a schedule for each month for specific activities.
- Friday, June 13: Peppers, potatoes, potatoes, potatoes, and some cabbage. 10 am to 1 pm.
- Monday, June 16: Squashes and Melons. 9:30 am to 12 pm
- Tuesday, June 17: Squashes, Melons, Herbs. 10 am to 1 pm.
- Friday, June 20, Herbs, Lettuces, Broccoli, Carrots and Kale for the Welcome Back Dinner and September Hot Lunch. 10 am to 1 pm.
- Monday, June 23: Lettuces, Chard, Collards and Beets. 9:30 am to 12 pm
- June 24 through June 29: If there is no rain, we will need someone to turn off and on the irrigation for this time.
- Monday, June 30: Lettuces, and assorted Root Vegetables. 9:30 am to 12 pm
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, to express your interest, or simply show up. I do not maintain an on-the-dot schedule during the summer but I rarely operate more than 15 minutes off of schedule. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and I hope to see you in our garden.
The SGWS 25th anniversary Auction at Greystone Hall raised over $30,000.00 this year. Thank you to Sandra Conley and everyone who helped make this event a success.
Construction on the first phase of Spring Garden’s new roof will begin above the gym this summer. Please park away from the front entrance.
If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 4, and are interested in learning more about Waldorf preschool, please join us for a sample preschool morning on June 20th from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. On this day, you can join your child and walk through the rhythmic, warm, sensory filled experience of a Waldorf early childhood classroom The morning will include circle time, bread baking and story time lead by our Nursery Preschool teacher, Miss Kathy. This experience is offered to you at no cost, but you must register as space is limited. Please click below for more information or to register.
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Spring Garden Waldorf School is not required to give standardized tests and does not evaluate teachers based on scores; however, SGWS does administer the IOWA Test of Basic Skills once a year to students in Grades Four through Eight. We do not test children before Grade Four.
Administrative Team Leader, Tracy Edwards, explains:
“As a school, we use this test to compare individual and class progress from year to year as we move through our Waldorf Curriculum. Parents also appreciate having a quantitative measure of their child’s progress as compared with public education.”
And how does Waldorf, and Spring Garden, student performance compare to national averages?
The Nov/Dec 2011 Harvard Education Letter reports that “Waldorf students tend to score considerably below district peers in the early years of elementary education and equal to, or… considerably above, district peers by eighth grade.”
An independent five-year study of SGWS students’ IOWA test scores seems to confirm the results of Harvard’s national study. The 2014 study, 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 students’ national percentile ranks also increased as they moved through the grades. This means that 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.
There was no significant difference in the performance of male vs. female students at Spring Garden Waldorf School.
In Grades Four, Five, and Six, the unique unfolding of the Waldorf curriculum creates some discrepancies between the areas being measured on the tests and our learning goals; therefore, we give the younger students only the Language Arts and Mathematics sections of the test. However, our Grade Seven and Eight students take all sections of the test and follow the test’s required time limits, so there were no outstanding variables in the study’s Eighth Grade comparison.
Megan Hungerman, Class of ’89, and her brother Daniel, class of ’92, have both become professors. Megan teaches philosophy courses at West Virginia University, with specialties in continental philosophy, the philosophy of literature, phenomenology, existentialism, and feminism. Megan is also an animal rescue advocate and volunteer.
Daniel’s research focus includes Public Economics, in particular religion and the determinants of philanthropic activity. His work has been published in a number of journals, including the Journal of Public Economics and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.
Congratulations to both these accomplished, engaged siblings! SGWS is proud to have been part of your education.
Hannah Schurr, SGWS class of ‘06, has graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Summa Cum Laude, with Honors, and as the Outstanding Art Department Senior.
Ravi Harley and Willow Campbell were honored with awards in academic excellence at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio. Both SGWS grads have maintained a 3.5 GPA this year.
Three alumni recently received honors at Copley High School. Emma Hecky received a Scholar Award for maintaining a 4.0 or above GPA for her freshman year. Madison Deckert, a senior at Copley, received the National Choral Award, the Departmental Award for Art, and an Honor Roll award for maintaining a 3.5-3.9 GPA all four years. Emma Haney also received an Honor Roll award for maintaining a 3.5-3.9 GPA for her four years at Copley High School.
It’s news when an alumni wins a Science Fair award, but Alena Veigl has won the ACESS (Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies) Award for outstanding project at the Akron Science, Math, and Technology Expo for the second year in a row. The title of this year’s ACESS award-winning project from January was “How Temperature and Time Affect the Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide.”
In addition, she received a perfect score at the Akron Public Schools Science Fair for her project titled “The Role of Gene Expression in Cell Differentiation.” After advancing to the District 5 Ohio Science Fair at the University of Akron, she won the Akron Schools Award and a $1000 scholarship from the University of Akron. This project, which will be published in a science journal, also qualified her for the State Science Fair in May, where she received the OAS “Excellent” Award.
Alena is currently in the 11th grade at Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio. Keep up the inspiring work, Alena!