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Posted by Andrew Menke, Head of School on Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Andrew Menke gave these remarks at Waterford Night on December 16. Good evening. Thank you for being here. We come together tonight to enjoy each other’s fellowship and to say thank you. Waterford Night is a wonderful tradition begun eight years ago to thank you, our most loyal donors. Before we begin, I would like to acknowledge two people who have given so much, certainly in the spirit of this evening, of their time, wisdom, courage, and vision. With us here this evening is Waterford’s... Read More
Posted by Nancy Smith Nebeker, Middle School Dean on Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Is there anyone alive who remembers their Middle School years with fondness? I’m afraid the answer to that question is not many. Even I, the woman who loves her work with Middle School students, remembers reaching Upper School at my independent school in New York City and thinking “Phew, I never have to go back there again.”  “There” was Middle School and the distance was but one floor in the nine story building that constituted my school campus on the edge of Central Park. I smile at the... Read More
Posted by Andrew Menke, Head of School on Wednesday, November 30, 2016
At Monday morning’s assembly I, along with Upper School students, enjoyed a breathtaking performance by Class XII student Sarah Shipp of Chopin’s Scherzo in B flat minor. It was one of those gatherings, moved from the 600 building to the Concert Hall to make room for the ever popular Book Fair, that wove together the routine – a few announcements about college visits and a thoughtful, yet direct, reminder about appropriate audience behavior – with the awe-inspiring. It is the Waterford Way,... Read More
Help the Waterford Fund to reach new heights!
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Click the image to learn more! Congratulations to Lower School ​F​aculty and ​S​taff for reaching 100% participation in the Waterford Fund. Middle and Upper School ​F​aculty and ​S​taff are close behind, and we hope to reach 100% ​employee ​participation​ before the holiday break!  Did you know that your gifts to the Waterford Fund immediately support the people and programs that make Waterford special?  ​For example, ​your gifts to the Waterford Fund support: Our Ravens Athletics program... Read More
Posted by Harmony Button, Academic Dean on Wednesday, November 9, 2016
As a Class VI Humanities teacher, I would say it to students and parents all the time: This is the perfect time to make this mistake. Whether it was finding the flaws in an organizational system, discovering a setback on grammar, or making a social misstep, the mistakes of Middle School were real opportunities for growth. I would regularly applaud my students for their mistakes, thank them for sharing them, and then ask the most important question: So, what will you do differently next time?... Read More
Posted by Andrew Menke, Head of School on Wednesday, November 9, 2016
On my third day on the job, near the end of a get-to-know-you meeting, a frequent occurrence in these early months, a colleague asked if I planned to change Waterford’s mission. As you know, mission statements serve to articulate an organization’s fundamental reason to exist. Ideally, a mission statement informs, inspires and guides decision-making. Waterford’s aspirational mission centers on inspiring students to embrace “learning to learn,” and because learning is communal, to accept the... Read More