Administration News

Dr. Melanie Battistone Appointed Waterford's New Lower School Head
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Dr. Melanie Battistone has been selected as Waterford’s new Lower School Head for the 2018-2019 school year.  Melanie is a skilled and experienced school leader who was selected from an extremely strong candidate pool following a collaborative search by a team of parents, faculty and administration. After five inspirational years of leadership, Susan Johnsen will return to the classroom next fall.  Susan’s dedicated care and thoughtful wisdom have resulted in so many wonderfully formative... Read More
The Waterford Dance Academy trains dancers in modern, classic, and ballet from age three through high school.
Posted by Andrew Menke, Head of School on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Students amaze at Waterford Dance Academy's The Sleeping Beauty. PC: HCMLike the whole of our program, there are very few schools that can claim the extraordinary depth and phenomenal breadth of the Arts present here at Waterford. Our arts program is, in a word, world class--from strings, to choral, to dance and theater to painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics, and photography--Waterford’s commitment to excellence in the Arts is unparalleled. Earlier this winter, Waterford students earned... Read More
Research has shown reading makes students better writers.
Posted by Susan Johnsen, Lower School Director on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a sp​ark.” -Victor Hugo Some of our 500 Club readers from the month of April. In the Lower School we challenge students to increase their independent reading time. Students are invited to earn a spot in our 500 Club each month by reading 500 plus minutes. Alumni visit our monthly reading assemblies to share their passion for reading with our students and to explain how reading inspired them pursue their professions.... Read More
Posted by Harmony Button, Academic Dean on 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.  Because your student will grow, and as they grow, they will be known anew, not just for who they have... Read More
Head of School Andrew Menke
Posted by Andrew Menke, Head of School on Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Five years ago we began a tradition of Class XII lunches to initiate the process of self-reflection as our seniors complete their journey at Waterford. As you might imagine, these meals affirm the amazingly powerful experience enjoyed here at Waterford.  Without fail, every student extols the virtues of our talented faculty, universally crediting their teachers for their growth and transformation as students and human beings.    Waterford faculty care deeply about their craft, and about the... Read More
Posted by Brandon Bennett, Associate Head of School on Wednesday, January 25, 2017
One of the easiest things for adults to appreciate is also one of the hardest for kids to learn: that everything is connected, that one thing leads to another, that nothing happens in isolation. A teacher’s job is to help students recognize, appreciate, and build on the connections that are everywhere around them. It takes time. For long stretches, it feels like students are treating everything in isolation. School is school, with little or no connection to life at home or with friends. Even... Read More
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


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