Community Garden Donation

»Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

BGardenSpring Garden recently donated several types of vegetable and herb plants to the Barberton Community Garden. The garden serves approximately 100 families every year with several low income and senior gardeners. The garden is open to both residents and nonresidents of Barberton and costs no more than $20 a plot.Bgarden2

Barberton Community Garden Coordinator, Barb Gray, was thankful for our school’s donation.

“I wanted to thank you again for your generous donation of plants. Gardeners have already started to use them.”

She also featured a thank you and link to to Spring Garden HERE.  We were so happy to help!

 

UA Athletes Give Back at Spring Garden

»Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

MulchUASGWSIn the Fall of 2013 and Spring of 2014, University of Akron Student Athletes participated in the freshman leadership program and chose to work with Spring Garden Waldorf School students. Athletes came to our school in two groups. In fall, the freshman spread 50 yards of new mulch on our playground. This was a big, difficult job, and mulching our play area is essential for the safety of our children. We are so grateful the students were willing to come do such hard work.

In the spring, the freshman athletes talked to our Grade Five class about what it means to be a college athlete. The college students spoke about the importance of sleep, nutrition, and good study habits, and the necessity for hours and hours of practice that might seem mundane, but is essential for competition. They also spoke to the importance of resilience — experiencing failure and getting up to try again. This message resonated with our fifth graders who, at the time of the discussion, were training for a multi-school Pentathlon competition.

At the end of their involvement, the UA students decided to donate $200 to SGWS. We were so moved and honored by this kind gesture after all they had already bestowed on our school. A heartfelt thanks to The University of Akron and their generous student athletes.

The Summer Garden – A Note from Mr. Grimes

»Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

10393828_10152054411066160_3005938062108704466_n (2)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 garden@sgws.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.

Thank you,
Mr Grimes

Some Spring Garden News

»Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

SGWSThankYOU1Spring Garden recently donated plants to the Barberton Community Garden. The garden serves approximately 100 families every year with several low income and senior gardeners.

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.

 

 

Welcome: Waldorf Preschool Sampler Day

»Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Curriculum, Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

PreschoolImage2If 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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Standardized Tests at Spring Garden Waldorf

»Posted by on Jun 1, 2014 in Curriculum, Research | 0 comments

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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.

 

 

SGWS Congratulates Successful Siblings

»Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Alumni | 0 comments

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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.

DanDaniel is Assistant Professor of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Notre Dame and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

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.