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Jessica Li received a Gold Key scholastic award for her drawing, "Up."
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018
Jessica Li received a Gold Key for her drawing, "Up." Waterford visual artists and creative writers recently received 131 awards at the regional level of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Congratulations to our very talented students for another outstanding showing at the regional level of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards — the oldest and most prestigious program in the country. Our region includes Alaska, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington. In the Visual... Read More
Colleen Thompson takes Lower School students on experiential learning journeys through the Wasatch in the Lower School Outdoor Program.
Posted by Colleen Thompson, Class III Teacher on Thursday, February 8, 2018
Colleen Thompson (Right) with Lower School students in the Wasatch. There are few campuses that are situated in a more idyllic location than ours. As we walk from class to class, out to recess, and around school, our students have the opportunity to soak in the splendor of the Wasatch Mountains. Whether it is admiring the changing leaves, the clouds, or the recent snow, I ask my students to stop and take a moment to observe. All my life, the mountains have called to me. Whether it is skiing,... Read More
Waterford's after school homework center provides a structured environment for students to complete their homework.
Posted by Harmony Button, Academic Dean on Thursday, February 1, 2018
Homework help has arrived.  When we talk about what a great education looks like, we often look to what is happening in the classroom. We talk about the quality of the teaching and the levels of engagement that students demonstrate during class. But as teachers, we know that our face-time with students is just one part of the school experience. At Waterford, we encourage students to become independent learners, engaged and responsible citizens, and continually curious intellectual thinkers.... Read More
Lower School math is taught using the CPA method
Posted by Teri Andrach, Lower School Curriculum Director on Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Teri Andrach, Lower School Curriculum Director, teaches math to PreK-4 students using the CPA approach. Mathematics isn’t simply a set of methods; it is a set of connected ideas that need to be understood. When students understand the big ideas in mathematics, the methods and rules fall into place. -Jo Boaler, Professor of Education at Stanford University Math is an important component of the Lower School experience. Beginning in Preschool, students explore mathematical ideas daily. Lower... Read More
Tim Pettus teaches students about compromise in Waterford's physical education class
Posted by Tim Pettus, Lower School PE Specialist on Wednesday, January 17, 2018
  Tim Pettus teaches Lower School students about compromise in PE.“Goal!” “No Goal!” “That hit the post and then went in!” “That hit the post and bounced out!” “No!” “Yes!” “No!” “Yes!” Welcome to an average day and a common conversation in a Lower School Physical Education class. “Settle it in 10 seconds or less,” says Mr. Pettus. “Compromise, give in, or do a Rock, Paper, Scissors.” The health and brain benefits achieved during an active physical education class are important and should... Read More
Waterford's Girls Who Code chapter
Posted on Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Senior Haley Hammock works with girls on activity sets. It’s four o’clock in the afternoon. Middle and Upper School girls are gathered around a table, concentrating on a group of overturned red cups. Each red cup contains a slip of paper with the name of a variable. Haley Hammock shuffles the cups and then asks the girls to locate specific variables. Some guesses are correct, but most are wrong--no one can quite remember which cup holds which variable. Haley then attaches sticky notes to the... Read More
Posted by Nancy Nebeker, Middle School Dean on Thursday, December 14, 2017
After Hurricane Harvey hit the Southwest, all 215 Middle School students watched a video about the floods in Texas.  Simultaneously, we had some guided discussions on empathy and compassion. We then wrote letters to Middle School students who lived in the area most deeply impacted by Hurrican Harvey. Yesterday, the principal of Riverwood Middle School sent me the email below. Today's assembly gave me a moment to read this letter aloud to our community. It lifted my spirits, I hope it does the... Read More
2017 Waterford Educator Prize Recipients
Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017
2017 Waterford Educator Prize Recipients (L to R): Aaron Stockham, Michlle Curtis, and Ryan Judd The Waterford Educator Prize was created in 1995 to honor members of the Faculty for the quality of their teaching and for their professional contributions to their colleagues and the School. Faculty and Staff submit nominations in the Fall, and the winners are announced in December. Each receives a monetary gift toward the pursuit of an interest or a dream that is important to that individual.... Read More
Posted by Susan Johnsen, Lower School Director on Wednesday, December 6, 2017
  Emily Arnold McCully (PC: Heather Mortenson) Classes I-III were visited by Caldecott Medal Winner Emily Arnold McCully. The Caldecott is awarded each year to the "most distinguished American picture book for children." McCully won the Caldecott in 1993 for her book, Mirette on the High Wire. She has illustrated over 100 books and many of her books are based on true stories.  Students worked with McCully to write an original story, complete with illustrations. McCully spoke to students... Read More
Eliza - Scream
Posted on Monday, December 4, 2017
Mr. Waterhouse's Precalc 2 students were tasked to draw something of their choice using their knowledge of function shapes and transformations. Students worked for two weeks in class and for homework to produce their final projects. Every line is a math equation they wrote. Eliza's Scream project is over 400 equations. See the final projects below! Eliza, ScreamAdam - Ribbon ChapelEmma - Remy (from Ratatouille)Miranda - Wall-EPaul - Longboard