News - May 2011 Archives
Congratulations to the Ravens Men’s Soccer team! They made a thrilling run in the playoffs, capped by a State Championship win over St. Joseph’s at Rio Tinto Stadium. This ended a great first year for head coach Tim Dolbin and a young Ravens squad. The team adds this to their shelf of Championship trophies from 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2010. Check out the press coverage on KSL, the Salt Lake Tribune, and the Deseret News.
[Photo by Trent Nelson/Salt Lake Tribune]
Capping a fantastic year for Waterford athletics, the Women’s Lacrosse team took home their first ever State Championship trophy in Utah’s Division II. Under the guidance of D-II Coach of the Year Alison Livingston, and with leadership from D-II Midfield MVP Kylee Snuffer and All-Stars Portia Cao and Zephani Huang, the Ravens were able to put together a stunning playoff run, ending with a 7-5 win over Viewmont. More photos are available here.
Photo courtesy of utahlacrossenews.com.
By Nancy Heuston, Head of School
Summer is the gift given by all the months that precede.
During this year, Waterford families have experienced a plethora of events. Most of these are routine and to be expected. Some are stunning in their suddenness and sobering in their effect. Many are joyous.
As we anticipate Commencement and the paths that radiate forward for our graduating seniors, we are united by the certainty that they will change the world that awaits. We have watched them grow — three of them beginning at Waterford in the Twos Fine Arts Program — and we know both their minds and their hearts. Although it is traditional to assess their potential influence in terms of GPA or their selected college, I suggest that they will change the world through the families they raise.
It has been thus for them.
We appreciate the homes our parents create. The principles you teach, the honor and integrity you model are the foundation on which your child stands. They become your child’s signature, the character that distinguishes each from those who flounder among too many easy choices.
Summer is at the door. As you and your family prepare to open the gift of summer, I would share a thought.
Keep it simple.
By Deanna Williams, Lower Schools Director
Many years ago my sister gave me a book entitled The Ten Best of Everything: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers. I have a great love for travel so it was the perfect gift. In part one, experts help to determine the best of everything, from luggage, organizers and travel gear to the best historical and literary journeys. I have ventured to a few of the wonderfully described delicatessens, patisseries, and chocolateries, and smiled in agreement as I savored the culinary delights of the world.
Because I’m intrigued with the idea of the “ten best” list, I would like to deliver my own list of ten — to the dedicated parents out there who day in and day out work behind the scenes to lift, build, teach, and mold their children. We know that you give a hearty sigh of relief at the end of a busy and productive school year. You have worked side by side with us and, at times, gently nudged your children from behind. Summers should be enjoyed with great zeal, as parents deserve this refreshing breather.
As reported a few months ago, we have been working on a challenge gift for the Science Program. A generous family gave $75,000 to support a long list of improvements the Science Department had planned. The family also agreed to match up to an additional $75,000 of money raised for this purpose, and we are very pleased to announce that we have matched the full amount.
There have already been many additions this term, including new data collection tools and Molecular Biology equipment. You will see much more in the fall, including a long term Water Quality Research Project, robotics equipment, weather stations, and a cart full of laptops.
Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Kathleen Nilsen is the mother of Alli ‘08, Josh ’10, Jenny ’13, Wills ’15, and Jack ’10 (that’s two graduates, and a tenth-grader, an eighth-grader, and a fourth-grader still here), and the outgoing Vice-President of the Parents’ Association. Kathleen and her husband Bob have been Waterford parents since 2005, and we regret that we will be losing them to Columbus, Ohio, where they will be living for the next three years. Kathleen (who has been known to do cartwheels across the basketball floor, and to show up on Mothers’ Visiting Day wearing her daughter’s uniform) has volunteered in many capacities in the Waterford community, including hosting the School’s first Chinese exchange student. Her generosity is typified by the fact that she recently ran the Boston Marathon to raise money for cancer research, inspired by a Waterford classmate of her daughter’s who was diagnosed with melanoma, and raised more than $16,700. We will miss her generosity, kindness, and energy, and we envy Ohio.
What was your first involvement with Waterford?
We moved here in the middle of 2005, and I was asked that spring to be a parent rep for Class IV. I worked with Susan Johnsen, who is an incredible teacher and was a wonderful introduction to Waterford. She has an amazing combination of approachability, both to kids and to parents, and professionalism. She puts her finger so quickly on the learning style of a child; I loved working with her. My experience with other teachers here has been similar; they are impressive in so many ways, and I truly respect them as teachers and friends.
Class II students give their presentations on endangered animals. Photos: Andrea Reynolds