SGWS Science Whiz Alena Veigl

»Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Alumni | 0 comments

ID-100240265It’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!

Girls on the Run Season Wrap-Up

»Posted by on May 21, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

By Joanna Caley, GOTR Coach
Photos courtesy of Tyra Scott and Loucile Powers

The weather was perfect for a great 5K race on Sunday. After gathering in Lock 3 and checking in at the SGWS sign post, the girls were invited to have their faces and hair painted to “show their colors.” Then, all the race participants were invited to the main stage for the race kick-off and stretching. We heard encouragement from Mayor Don Plusquellic and Sarah Shookman from WKYC, and were led in a very enthusiastic stretching session by one of the GOTR coaches and teams.

Front (left to right): Lydia Welton, Maya West, Caroline Martin, Grace Pryor Back (left to right): Catherine Greer, Clara Woods, Mia Scott, Sophie Grubb, Bella Castner, Riley Monaco, Gabriella Stimpson, Nora Greer, Caitlyn O'Malley  Far (left to right): Coach Caley, Coach Richardson Not Pictured: Ciara Daugherty, Kiera Daughtery, Coach Mann, Coach Stimpson, Coach Scott

Front (left to right): Lydia Welton, Maya West, Caroline Martin, Grace Pryor
Back (left to right): Catherine Greer, Clara Woods, Mia Scott, Sophie Grubb, Bella Castner, Riley Monaco, Gabriella Stimpson, Nora Greer, Caitlyn O’Malley
Far (left to right): Coach Caley, Coach Richardson
Not Pictured: Ciara Daugherty, Kiera Daughtery, Coach Mann, Coach Stimpson, Coach Scott

The race was done with a color wave start to accommodate the hundreds of racers. Our purple wave was the last wave to start so we waited a bit to get on the course. But it was very exciting when we did get started! The course took us through the streets of downtown Akron and on to the Towpath. It was an interesting course with lots of cheering supporters all the way.

Many of our girls ran with family members – moms, dads, and uncles! – or ran together with their friends. All the coaches were in the race – even coach Stimpson with her triplet sons – with the exception of Nancy Mann, who was enjoying vacation with her family.

The best part was rounding the turn at Lock 3 to the finish line with the huge crowd cheering us on. Everyone received a medal when crossing the finish line, along with lots of high fives! It was amazing to see our girls be part of a larger community, all participating in the same great program. I’m sure the memory will last a long time!

We are set to have a Fall session of GOTR at Spring Garden (we will not be having it next spring). Sign-ups begin in August. Look for more details as the sign-up date approaches!

A Stellar Season for Our Track Teams

»Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

By Nancy Stewart, Coach and Athletic Director
Photos courtesy of Dana Welton

It has been a successful and rewarding track and field season for Spring Garden Waldorf School, with one more meet to go.

Track2On Saturday, Grade Eight athletes participated in the Cleveland preliminary meet against Akron and Cleveland schools. Congratulations to Simon Welton, who qualified in the mile for the championship meet thisThursday, May 22, at Brecksville/Broadview Heights High School at 6:00 p.m. Please come cheer Simon on as he represents SGWS!

Congratulations also to Luke Kapitan and Jerome Hume for their outstanding performances at the meet. We saw the significance of 9/100ths of a second making the difference at the end of a race.

Grade Six and Seven athletes participated in their championship meet on Sunday, with another outstanding representation for SGWS. Congratulations to Kira Cseak, Sarah Caley, Eli Hansen, Jules Christensen-Diehl, Grace Hecky, Hayden Matias, Maya Miller, Jena McIntyre, Megan May, Rominy Moss, Willa Moss, Bethany Hecky, Grace Rossi, and Andrew Scott for finishing in the top ten in their events, and to Sarah Caley for finishing first in the 400.

It has been a very successful season for the athletes! Their hard work has truly paid off. Thank you, parents, for your support and dedication. Thank you also to our coaches, Greg Beck, Tom Humes, and Bryan May, for helping lead the athletes to success.

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Parent Appreciation Night

»Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Just For Fun, School News | 0 comments

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Congratulations to our Accomplished Alumni

»Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Alumni, School News | 0 comments

Ian Lim-bonner

Ian Lim-bonner

Former SGWS student, Ian Lim-bonner (class of 06) graduated Allegheny College with honors with a BS in Environmental Science.  Ian recently interviewed with OPWALL and said, “This [job] would allow me to conduct biodiversity research in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean (fingers crossed). Tomorrow I leave for a four week backpacking trip around Europe. Life is so good.”

Ian is not the only one heading to Europe. Julie Chlysta (SGWS Class of ‘06) and Allyson Chlysta (SGWS Class of ‘03) get to spend some time together traveling through Europe. Julie is currently studying overseas for school and Allyson has joined her for traveling.

Tim Fries, SGWS Class of 2007, is currently attending Muskingum University and has just been inducted into Kappa Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honorary society.

And we also send best wishes to SGWS graduate (‘10), Todd Rexroad, who just received the Omnova Solutions scholarship — “dedicated to math and science education today that creates innovators of the future.”

Great job everyone! Do you have some SGWS alumni news? Please email Amy Hecky: admissions@sgws.org

In Session Class Tour May 14th

»Posted by on May 7, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

InSessionMay14Experience Waldorf first hand by walking through in-session classes on Wednesday, May 14h. See our teachers doing what they love and see students loving to learn. Administrators will be available to answer questions both before and after our in-session tour which begins at 9am. Come Experience the Waldorf Difference.

Can’t come on the 14th? Click Here to Watch a Vrtual Tour of our school as seen on the TV Show Sustainable Life.

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Meet Ms. Paul – Upcoming Class One Teacher

»Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

Spring Garden Waldorf 2014 Auction Catalog (1)This Wednesday, May 7, at 9:00 a.m., please join us in the School Store for a tea and reception to meet next year’s Grade One teacher, Marie Paul. Ms. Paul is one of Spring Garden Waldorf School’s founding teachers, and she has extensive knowledge of both our school and Waldorf education in general.
 
Ms. Paul has a B.S. in Education from the University of Akron, has received her Waldorf Certification and has been with SGWS for 31 years. While at Spring Garden, she has taken two classes from Grade One through Grade Eight; in addition, she has taught a combined Grades One/Two class through Grades Five/Six; one class from Grade One through Grade Three; one class from Grade Six through Grade Eight; and the current Class of 2014 in Grades Seven and Eight.
 
Ms. Paul has taken numerous courses in Anthroposophy and Waldorf education over the years, and her knowledge and experience are truly one of our school’s greatest treasures. Recently, Ms. Paul was honored in the My Favorite Teacher Contest, sponsored by Barnes and Noble. Her former student, Sarah Welton wrote an essay about Ms. Paul that won the 9-12 grade essayist category.
 
We encourage you to stop by and say hello, especially if your child will be in Grade One next fall!