Weekly Email | Tue, Oct 3

Attendance Reminder:  Please notify the HS Office in advance by note, phone or email if your student will miss school for any reason – late arrival, early dismissal, or a full day or longer.  (The exception is early dismissal for an athletic team going to an athletic event scheduled by the school.)  Please indicate the dates, times and reason for the absence.  When we receive the information from you, we’ll issue a pre-arranged absence form which your student will take to his teachers to notify them and receive assignments as appropriate.  Teacher approval is required to excuse a student for certain kinds of absences – if you’d like more information, the relevant section of the HS Handbook is attached, including procedures and consequences for student absences.

From HS Parent Council:  HS Resource website updated!  With the new school year has come a few changes to the High School Resource website. Some information has been consolidated under Academics and Resources, the syllabi page is being continually updated with new information as it comes from our wonderful teachers, and you can follow our News blog for weekly updates.  We’ve also added a Parent Council section where you can find information as to upcoming meetings, outreach events, volunteer opportunities, fundraising, and more.  Please bookmark as a reference guide for all things High School : https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/

Also from HSPC:  Parent Volunteers Sought.  There are several amazing outreach events for our High School. We could use parent volunteers on Sunday, November 5th for the High School Open House, and Saturday, December 2nd on High School Interview Day. Both events need assistance from 12pm – 4pm. Please connect with Connie Vera at connie.vera@portlandwaldorf.org for questions, or touch base with your Parent Council Rep.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

September 29 – October 5 Grade 12 Solo Sit (seniors are excused on October 6)
Saturday, October 14 PWS Harvest Fair, 11 to 2 on school grounds
Sunday, October 29 NACAC College Fair, 1 to 5 pm at the Convention Center
Wednesday, November 1 NO SCHOOL:  Faculty in-service
Sunday, November 5 HS Open House, 1 to 3 pm, for families interested in Waldorf
Friday, November 10 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15 for teacher grading day
November 13 to 17 Project Week – watch for information!
November 20 and 21 NO SCHOOL:  Parent-student-teacher Conferences – please watch for information and scheduling instructions in late October
November 22 – 24 NO SCHOOL:  Thanksgiving break
Wednesday, November 29 HS Parent Evening at 7 in the Music Room, Class Meetings at 8 pm

Weekly Email | Tue, Sept 26

Parent Meeting!  Please join us tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 7 to join one of four discussion groups relevant to raising adolescents:  setting boundaries; gender roles; communication; young people and fear of the future. The program begins in the Music Room, and class meetings follow at 8 pm.

Our annual Michaelmas pageant will be performed this Friday at 11 am on the gym steps in front of the school.  Sixteen of our 26 seniors will participate, along with all of Grade 10 and several Grades classes.  Parents are welcome!

Pizza Tuesday is back!  Grade 8 offers pizza at lunch on Tuesdays to raise funds for their 8th grade class trip. Order in advance with the attached form – $2.50 for a slice and/or $1 for Izze’s. (A limited number of slices is also available on a first come, first served basis without pre-order). Please fill out the 2017 Pizza Order Form to place your order and return it with payment to the envelope on the HS bulletin board by 3pm on Friday. In support of the Living Lab theme to reduce waste, we will be using plates from the kitchen and ask that you please send a napkin with your student.

Thank you for the plants, please bring more! The 11th Grade Living Lab class has a goal to bring more plants into the high school classrooms.  They received several last week (thank you!) and are looking for additional donations of any indoor plants, pots, or seeds. The class believes that having plants in the classrooms creates a healthier environment for schoolwork. Plants can be brought to the HS Office or to their teacher, Jamina Shupack.

Meditations on the Platonic Solids: Geometric Sculptures, an exhibition by Martin Levin, will open at the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery in October.  Dr. Levin taught for many years at Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as Shining Mountain in Colorado and Toronto Waldorf School, and now lives in Portland. Please view the flyer for additional information. Platonic Solids – Art Opening

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, September 26 Volleyball at home vs. Country Christian, 6 pm
Wednesday, September 27 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings at 8 pm
Friday, September 29 Michaelmas Play, 11 am
September 29 – October 5 Grade 12 Solo Sit (seniors are excused on October 6)
Tuesday, October 3 School Photo Make-ups, 10 to 11 am
Sunday, October 29 NACAC College Fair, 1 to 5 pm at the Convention Center
Wednesday, November 1 NO SCHOOL:  Faculty in-service
Sunday, November 5 HS Open House, 1 to 3 pm
Friday, November 10 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15 for teacher grading day
November 13 to 17 Project Week – watch for information!
November 20 and 21 Parent-student-teacher Conferences – please watch for information and scheduling instructions in late October

Weekly Email | Tue, Sept 19

Please join us for next week’s Parent Meeting!  We’ll begin with four discussion groups centered on topics related to parenting adolescents:  setting boundaries; gender roles; ways to communicate; young people and fear of the future. The program begins at 7 pm in the Music Room.  Class meetings follow as usual at 8 pm.

A Plea for Plants from Grade 11: The 11th grade Living Lab class has a goal to bring more plants into the high school classrooms and is looking for donations of any indoor plants, pots, or seeds. We believe that having plants in the classrooms would create a healthier environment for schoolwork. If you do have anything to donate, please contact our teacher, Ms. Shupack, at jamina.shupack@portlandwaldorf.org. Your donations will be much appreciated.  Sincerely, the 11th grade Living Lab class.

Grade 9 is braving the wind, rain and occasional sun at Milo McIver State Park this week, carrying on the proud PWS tradition of camping in all weathers.  We salute them and wish them roaring but well-contained campfires and a great week in the woods.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

September 18 – 22 Grade 9 Outdoor Trip
Wednesday, September 20 Cross Country Meet at Pat Acres, 4:30 pm
Thursday, September 21 Volleyball at home vs. Valor HS, 6 pm
Friday, September 22 Volleyball at North Clackamas Christian, 6 pm
Saturday, September 23 Cross Country Meet at Camp Rilea, time tba
Tuesday, September 26 Volleyball at home vs. Country Christian, 6 pm
Wednesday, September 27 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings at 8 pm
Friday, September 29 Michaelmas Play, 11 am
September 29 – October 5 Grade 12 Solo Sit
Tuesday, October 3 School Photo Make-ups, 10 to 11 am

 

Weekly Email | Tue, Sept 12

HS Parent Council invites you to a no-host coffee social at Rohst Coffee this Friday after drop-off – 11254 SE 21stAvenue (across from the Milwaukie food carts), Friday, September 15 from 8:15 to 9:30 am.

Rohst-Coffee-Invitation

College Planning Evening Next Week: Our initial college planning information meeting will take place next Tuesday evening, Sept. 19,  from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Schumann room of the high school.  This meeting is primarily for parents but students are invited and encouraged to attend.  The meeting program includes an introduction to college counseling and post-graduation planning at PWHS and a presentation by guest speaker Judy Bothe, an alumni parent who is also a professional college counselor.  Her topic is “Eight Mistakes to Avoid in the College Admission Process.” If you have questions about the evening program or about college counseling and post-graduation planning at PWHS, contact Christopher Zinn (christopher.zinn@portlandwaldorf.org).

School Photographs for grades 9 and 10 are scheduled for 10:30 am this Friday, September 15.  Grades 11 and 12 will have their photos taken next Tuesday, September 19, also at 10:30 am.  Pictures are used for school ID cards, and individual and class photos are available for purchase – they’ll be available for viewing in a secure site online in a few weeks.  You can pay by check with the order form or order by phone and have the photos delivered to PWS to be sent home with your student; or you can order online, pay a shipping fee, and have the photos mailed to your home. Copies of the order form and instructions are attached, and hard copies are available in the HS Office.  Please let us know if you’d like us to send a form home with your student.

Please mark your calendar for the HS Parent Evening coming up on Wednesday, September 27, 7 pm in the Music Room with class meetings to follow at 8 pm.  Please watch for program information next week!

Welcome, Rochelle!   Some of you may already have met Rochelle Giametta, who will be working with Kate McGill and Michelle Averill in the HS Office this year.  She’ll be at the front desk from 10:30 to 2:30 on school days, answering questions, directing visitors, and helping to keep the HS top spinning in the right direction.  Rochelle is a parent in Grades 5 and 7, with all the resourcefulness and determination which that implies, and we’re delighted to have her!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Thursday, September 14 Volleyball at Damascus Christian, 6 pm
Friday, September 15 School photos, Grades 9 and 10 – see information above
Saturday, September 16 Cross Country meet at Highland Tree Farm, 10 am
Monday, September 18 Volleyball at Three Rivers Christian, 6:30 pm
September 18 – 22 Grade 9 Outdoor Trip
Tuesday, September 19 School photos, Grades 11 and 12 – see information above
Tuesday, September 19 College Information Evening, 7 to 8:30 pm in the Music Room
Wednesday, September 27 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings at 8 pm

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Weekly Email | Wed, Sept 6

Welcome! We served watermelon with lunch yesterday, and enjoyed the day in spite of being confined indoors for most of it.  We’re looking forward to cooler temperatures and

School Photos Next Week:  School photos will be taken on Friday, September 15, and Tuesday, September 19.  Ordering information and the date for your student will be available next week.  Grade 9, of course, will have their class and individual pictures taken on Friday, before they embark on their Outdoor trip the following week.  Photos are used for school IDs and are also available for purchase by families.

Framing needed for new wall map: We have recently purchased a fine new “physical” world map from Raven Graphics, master map makers located in Medford, Oregon.  We are asking whether there is anyone in our community who is skilled in mounting and framing and who might want to take this on as a project.  We want to get the map up as soon as possible for use in our classroom, so if you are interested, please let Christopher Zinn know as soon as possible:christopher.zinn@portlandwaldorf.org.

You can see the map and its dimensions here:  http://www.ravenmaps.com/physical-world-wh.html.  Thank you!

College Representative Visits:  It’s the season for college visit.  We have twelve visits lined up and more expected over the next two months, beginning September 20.  We’re also planning  an informational evening for students beginning their college searches next Tuesday evening.  Watch for more information next week!

 

Thursday, September 7 Volleyball at Open Door Christian, 6 pm
Tuesday, September 12 Volleyball at home vs. Southwest Christian, 6 pm
Wednesday, September 13 Senior-Freshman Overnight
Friday, September 15

Tuesday, September 19

School photos – watch for information
September 18 – 22 Grade 9 Outdoor Trip
Tuesday, September 19 College Information Evening, 7 to 8:30 pm in the Music Room

HS ANNOUNCEMENTS, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017

Sports Day Tomorrow! It’s now Senior Week in the High School and time for the Eleventh Annual Kim LaPre Sports Day!  Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, Freshmen and HS Faculty will meet on the fields for a day of games.  Six teams were posted on Monday, each with a color or pattern that students may dress in for the day –there will also be headbands in the appropriate color to clearly differentiate them.  A barbecue lunch will be served with vegetarian options (students with specific food sensitivities please bring lunch).  Talk to your student about sunscreen (we have it) and a water bottle!  The event begins after main lesson.

Please send in Payment for HS Yearbooks!  PWS HS yearbooks will arrive by Friday. Most students who signed up to receive one, and will get first priority, but there will be a few extra books available for purchase on a first come, first served basis. Cost per book is $25 — and students will not receive their book without payment! You can either pay online at https://www.paypal.me/sbaartz/25 (specify who should receive the book in the comments) or drop off cash or check (made payable to Stephanie Baartz-Bowman) with Kate McGill in the HS Office.

Student Reporting Time for Graduation Responsibilities:

Students in Grade 10, report to Ms. Blanchard and Mr. Myers on the gym steps on Saturday at 10 am.  You’ll be finished before noon.

Students in Grade 11, report to Ms. McGill in the aftercare room immediately after the ceremony ends.  You’ll be finished by 5:30.

Students in Grade 9, report to Ms. Shupack and Mr. Wasko in the gym at 4:40.  You’ll be finished by 6:30.

Orchestra members, report to Mr. Averill in the Music Room at 11:45 for final rehearsal (there will be pizza)

Choir members, report to Mrs. Averill at 1:45 in the gym

Book Drive Ends Tomorrow:  Wednesday is the last day to donate children’s books to The Children’s Book Bank, whose mission is to increase the chances for children to succeed as future readers, learners, and citizens by filling their homes and lives with quality books.  In low income neighborhoods the ratio of books to children is one book for every 300 children. Donation boxes are located in the HS and Lower School for lovingly used and new picture and chapter books for children. Thanks to Junior Austen Henry-Biskup for organizing this drive, and thank you for your help!

Last Day of School on Friday:  Grades 9, 10 and 11 are in their final week of classes!  On Friday, they will have Main Lesson and the final HS assembly of the year, when they shake hands and say goodbye to their teachers.  Then they’ll participate as volunteers in the third annual PWS walkathon (click here to donate).  They’ll provide music (a drum circle), certify laps walked, cheer the walkers on, and be dismissed at noon.  You and your student are cordially invited to the all-school picnic, beginning at noon on the front lawn.

Grades and Transcripts:  We will mail report cards at the end of June, and will also forward six-semester transcripts to students in the Class of 2018, either in the same mailing or later in the summer, so that families can review them prior to beginning the college application process.

Calendar

June 12 – 16 Senior Week
Wednesday, June 14 Sports Day, 11 to 3:45
Thursday, June 15 Farewell Assembly, 11 am
Friday, June 16 HS Assembly, Walkathon, Dismissal at noon, Community Picnic
Saturday, June 17 Graduation ceremony, 2 pm, followed by reception till 5 pm – all students participate in ceremony and set-up, service or clean-up.