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Our Amazing Students & Faculty: April 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Matthew Douglas has been accepted to present at the following conferences:
Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Conference, “A Politicized Reformation? French Huguenots and English Catholics in an Era of Religious Intolerance” - Grand Junction, CO
University of Utah, Gateway to Teaching Workshop, "Aspects of the Renaissance and the Transformation of European Society, 1300-1650"

Reimagining Physical Education

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Coach Tim Pettus of Waterford models correct form in PE class.
Coach Pettus replaces elimination with fitness activities to keep all students involved.

"Not to alarm you, but America is going softer than left-out butter. Exhibit 9,137: Schools have started banning dodgeball. I kid you not. Dodgeball has been outlawed by some school districts in New York, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

C. Blue

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The sunset bloomed like spilled ink on wet paper the evening she died.
The brightest copper-gold, a deep burgundy rose, orange like the fruit.
I remember looking out the window, 
worrying and then not thinking at all,
just seeing the colors 
like it was the first time they’d risen from the falling sky.

My mother cried from the neighboring room. 
She’s dead, she said. Your grandmother’s dead.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Lighthouse

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A lighthouse keeper,
A foolish dream,
A trade of times past.
Yet the desire is as present
As the beacon in the night.  

A light of comfort in purport,
It served only to frighten me.
The siren call of the tugboat
Haunts into my reveries.

Life sacrificed for a lighthouse,
What a folly thought.
Was the tale a parable,
Or did neurosis truly save
That which could give no thanks?

Reaccreditation at Waterford

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I gave a talk last week about the cultural influence of Waterford’s early days. It was a time of tremendous creativity, of great innovation, of deep belief and of courageous vision. In 1980, our founders Nancy and Dustin Hueston conceived a school that began as a learning laboratory and prodigiously evolved into the best college preparatory, liberal arts educational experience in Utah.

Why Waterford Upper School

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Because big growth happens in small settings, in through small moments, under the warmth of individual care and in the presence of great mentors and models. Because at the moment when adolescents might want to disappear into a crowd, to be seen as just the same as all their peers, and to dismiss adults as out of touch, your child will be seen and known by teachers they will respect and trust.