All are welcome to attend the documentary screening of the film, “Screenagers,” Thursday, May 5th at 7 p.m. at the Copley High School Auditorium. This event, free and open to the public, is hosted by Spring Garden Waldorf School and sponsored by Integrative Neuropsychology.
The thought provoking documentary by physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston, explores parenting children in this digital age and focuses on offering solutions on how families can find balance.
Learn more about the film here at ABC News.
Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.
Delaney’s own daughter explained why she wanted a phone: “I would be cool. And I’d be able to look busy in awkward situations.”
Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.
Click on the link to watch the trailer: http://www.screenagersmovie.com/about/
Join 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.
The multidisciplinary, age-appropriate curriculum in Waldorf Education helps meet individual student’s needs and unlock each child’s true potential. Since each child is unique and learns best in different ways, we offer an Educational Support Team (EST) to help give extra attention to the learning needs of struggling students.
The EST at Spring Garden is made up of the Academic Tutor, Extra Lesson Teacher, and Speech and Language Pathologist. This team works in collaboration with teachers, parents, and outside service providers to develop and implement accommodations to support the academic success of all students.
Accommodations may include modifications within the classroom, strategies and techniques implemented by the classroom teachers, and interventions by EST members. Parent permission is needed before any child can work with the EST, and the EST and the student’s teacher will monitor the student’s progress and the effectiveness of the accommodations and communicate this to the student’s parents.
The following information outlines the services we currently offer through our EST program:
Speech and Language Services –
Our Speech Language Pathologist, Dawna Lee, informally screens all students entering Grade One, students new to SGWS at any grade level, and any students recommended for screening by their teacher.
Students who may benefit from speech intervention in the areas of articulation, voice, and fluency are identified by the SLP based on developmental nouns and/or evidence based best practice. Students with language disorders are identified through formal assessment procedures, coordinated by the Education Support Team. If a student qualifies to receive speech and language services, a Services Plan is developed and implemented with parent permission.
Academic Tutoring Services –
Our Academic Tutor, Diane Miskinis, works with students in grades 3-8 providing reading language and math support. In Grade Three, she works with the main lesson teacher to provide support for reading classes two periods per week for all students. This work also helps identify any students who may need additional services.
After Grade Three, students requiring tutoring services in language or math skills are identified by the Main Lesson teacher and referred to the academic tutor with parent’s permission. Diane Miskinis works with parents and the main lesson teacher to establish information regarding the time that sessions will be held, the areas of focus, goals, and a timeline to re-assess the need for services. She also provides twice a year written updates with regards to activities done and progress being made.
Extra Lesson Services –
Our Extra Lesson Teacher, Jennell Woodard, works with every student in Kindergarten, Grade One, and Grade Two. Her regular involvement with the younger students provides the opportunity for long-term observation, which helps identify students who may require additional services in later grades.
After Grade Two, students who would benefit from additional movement activities, individually or in small groups, are identified by Ms. Woodard with input from the Main Lesson teacher. From there, a plan is generated by the Extra Lesson teacher, including information regarding the time that sessions will be held, the areas of focus, goals, and a timeline to re-assess the need for services. Parents agree to, or waive, these services before sessions begin.
If you are a prospective parent with additional questions about support services, please contact our Admissions Director with questions. Current parents can refer to the Parent Handbook or speak with their child’s Main Lesson Teacher.
Sometimes, 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.
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
The 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.
And 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.
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:
The 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!
While 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.