News - November 2009 Archives
Congratulations to our State Champion Women’s Tennis and Soccer Teams! Waterford took home both of these 2A championships in thrilling fashion.
Our Tennis Team bested four-time defending champs Rowland Hall. The overall contest was very close, with the outcome only decided by the final match of the day. Click here for the Tribune article, including an explanation of why Coach Wade was sighted wearing pigtails the following Monday.
The Ravens Soccer Team defeated St. Joseph’s 3-1, in an exciting match played on the pitch of Rio Tinto Stadium. Waterford jumped out to a strong lead, and in the second half was able to hold off the increasingly desperate St. Joe attack. You can read the Tribune article here.
Matt Wells graduated from Waterford in 1988. He and his wife, Anita, have four children, two of whom started at Waterford this fall. The family has a Russian Dwarf hamster named Topsy and a cat named Aspen. When they moved back to Utah from California, they built their house in Sandy, in part to be close to our campus.
You graduated in 1988, when Waterford was still on its Provo campus. What do you remember about that campus compared to the one we have built in Sandy?
I was in the original Class VII with Jason Miller, Mike Johnson and company. At one point, my parents had all six of their children attending and my father, who was on the psychology faculty at BYU, served as a school counselor. This was before tuition, and classes were limited to 25 students per grade so it was a small, close-knit group. Each year prior to school commencing, we gathered for a “Waterford Work Day” and helped clean and spruce up the grounds around the single, old school building with two classroom wings that had been a Catholic school (our French class met in the chapel and we threw pots in the cafeteria kitchen area behind the gym, which never actually functioned as a kitchen so we all brought sack lunches) and the interim site of BYU’s law school when it was founded in 1973.
The NPR program From the Top recently spent an afternoon at the Waterford School (see photo). Follow the link to the radio show’s website to read the whole story. The episode of From the Top recorded at Gardner Hall with Utah Chamber Artists will air on Classical 89, KBYU-FM on Saturday, November 28 at 6pm.
James Holbrook, Professor of Law at the University of Utah, presented an Upper School Lunch Lecture about his time in Baghdad as a legal adviser to the Iraqi government. About 60 members of the Waterford community were present to hear Professor Holbrook’s deeply affecting stories.
By Nancy Heuston, Head of School
As we turn the calendar page to November, we begin the last weeks of Fall Term. Woven through the daily learning experiences have been visitors at every level who introduced us to new perspectives. These guests described their experiences far from Salt Lake City, working within cultures that, for some of us, are only now becoming more than an identifying cartographer’s mark.
Foremost among our visitors was a team of fifteen educators from the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools who spent three days on campus. They had read the Waterford School Self Study document (all 260 pages) and were assigned to review every aspect of the School. At the end of their visit, they met a second time with the Faculty and noted what had impressed them most.
They were laudatory about their observation that every constituency within the community understands that the mission of the School is to teach, guided by the liberal arts philosophy, so that students learn to think deeply and live purposefully- and that members of the community generally agree that this is occurring at a high level. The Team observed joy in learning, energy abounding, and unusual facility in the arts. They remarked the warmth and hospitality of all, including the students who did us all proud.
Congratulations to Kimberley Sorenson on the publication of two of her books! Kimberley recently penned Otto von Bismarck: Iron Chancellor of Germany and Napoleon: Emperor and Conqueror, two titles in Scholastic’s Wicked History series.