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Academic Rigor at SWHS: Honors Research Class

Academic Rigor at SWHS: Honors Research Class

How does scientific progress occur? What is scientific truth? How does scientific knowledge shape the way we see the world around us? These are some of the meaty questions that the Grade 12 Honors Humanities group has been wrestling with this semester. I was excited...

Place-Based Field Chemistry

Place-Based Field Chemistry

In the spring of 2021, when we were just able to come back from online COVID education to in-person school (but only outside!) our 12th grade engaged in field chemistry. As the ultimate project in that class, the seniors created a curriculum and field guide for our...

San Juan Trip

San Juan Trip

This October the Class of 2024 and the Class of 2025 embarked on a week-long camping trip on San Juan Island. The trip took place during the first week of our Ecology of the Salish Sea block, which meant we had the opportunity to begin our study of ecology in-person....

Chess Club: Learning and Competing

Chess Club: Learning and Competing

The 1500-year-old game is alive in Chess Club. During our first weeks, we focused on learning the rules of the game and getting some matches under our belts. Then we focused on chess notation, so we could go over our old games, and so the students could take...

Reflecting on the Value of Rhythm

Reflecting on the Value of Rhythm

by Hannah Adams Rhythm is a word we come across very often in Waldorf education. There are many questions that may arise in relation: What makes rhythm different from routine or schedule? Why do we put so much emphasis on the importance of rhythm? How do I maintain a...

Teacher Spotlight: Daichi Hirata on Teaching Living History

Teacher Spotlight: Daichi Hirata on Teaching Living History

This past July, I had the great fortune to attend a week-long workshop for educators sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture program. NEH specializes in place-based education that lets participants experience parts of American history where they happened. “Heart Mountain, Wyoming, and the Japanese American Incarceration” taught educators about the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II and the related issues of the treatment of Native Americans, the racism behind many government decisions, and the settling of the American West. 

Summer Camp Fun!

Summer Camp Fun!

We are halfway through our summer program at SWS, and our campus is abuzz with activity! From Magical Crafts to Dungeons and Dragons and Outdoor Adventures, students have had fun on campus and off. Face paint, clay sculptures, tie dye, gardening, rock climbing, water...

Class of 2022 Graduation Speeches

Class of 2022 Graduation Speeches

At graduation this year, Luna Schindler-Payne and Declan Miller represented the class of 2022. Their speeches are excerpted below. "When I think about the past four years, memories of sunsets and studying flood my mind. As I sort through the joyful and the challenging...

Obstacle Course Club Teaches Life Lessons

Obstacle Course Club Teaches Life Lessons

By Mikio Shioya and Syd Shannon Cool, muddy days are giving way to warmer weather! Students in grades 1–4 are outside and blossoming, right alongside the flowers, at our spring Obstacle Course Club. Jump here, side-step there, slow down and balance on this.... The...

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