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Convocation Speeches, 2018

By Admin on Dec 8, 2018 10:38:29 AM

At Convocation on September 22, we warmly welcomed 31 new students to Waring. What does it mean to be a part of Waring? Take a look at this year's Convocation Speeches to learn what it means to members of Waring's senior class, faculty, administration, and parents.

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Waring School Teaching Pedagogy: the first in a series of articles by our teachers

By Tim Bakland on Dec 8, 2018 10:24:45 AM

Dear Waring Community and Friends,

Just over a year ago, the "Waring Way Study Group" (a task-force of the Board of Trustees) commissioned a series of articles to be written over the course of a few years on elements of teaching pedagogy at Waring School -- how our practices both build off of and inform best practices in the larger world.

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Head Of School Journal: Faculty Reflections From Camping Trip 2018

By Tim Bakland on Dec 8, 2018 10:11:51 AM

Dear Waring Community,

We have now just begun our official classes (what most schools would mark as the “start” of year), but we have also just come off a wonderful week at Northwoods Camp in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. This journey into the outdoors is where the Waring year really begins.

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Eight Reasons Why Waring Endterm Rocks

By Graham Pearsall on Dec 8, 2018 10:04:09 AM

This spring, Waring students built a skiff, interviewed political candidates, created a video game, wrote novellas, sewed rompers, travelled to Canada, designed theater sets, programmed robots, studied the World Cup, recreated historical photographs, and pondered the good life as part of a three-week Endterm for grades 6-10. The term is intensive, experiential, and often involves off-campus or travel experiences.

What makes it great? Why does it fit Waring’s core philosophy?

In their own words, eight Waring students explain why:
Topics: students Endterm
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Celebrating Our Roots; Words and Images Featuring Waring's Founders, Philip and Josée

By Tim Bakland on Dec 8, 2018 9:58:11 AM

From Tim Bakland's remarks at the 2018 Auction: 

In anticipation of this evening’s celebration of Waring’s roots, I had the pleasure of traveling to Tampa, Florida where I spent a day with Philip and Josée, our school’s founders. We spoke at length about the earliest days of the school, La Petite École in Rockport, and then the move here to Beverly.

Topics: History
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3/11/18: An Open Letter on Behalf of Independent Schools of New England

By Admin on Dec 7, 2018 7:26:18 PM

An Open Letter on Behalf of Independent Schools of New England, We, the heads of independent schools, comprising 176 schools in the New England region, stand in solidarity with our students and with the families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The heart of our nation has been broken yet again by another mass shooting at an American school. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who died and are grieving for the loss of life that occurred.
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The Brick Wolves: Waring's First Lego League Team by Francis Schaeffer

By Waring Faculty on Dec 7, 2018 7:11:53 PM

On December 9, 2017, Waring’s First Lego League Team, the Brick Wolves, headed off to Revere High School for a day of competition. Fourteen nervous students, two teachers (Erin Thomassen and me), along with several parents, and lots of Lego, traveled south from Waring on a cold, snowy, Saturday.

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Catching up with Alumni Athletes, by Mike Kersker

By Mike Kersker on Dec 7, 2018 7:06:21 PM

When students are interested in pursuing their education at Waring School, we often times get questions about sports and the level of competition our students participate in. All members of our community are athletes in some way. One of the many beauties of our school is that we offer the novice athlete opportunities to become members of our sports teams, and under the same umbrella, we graduate some of the most competitive athletes on the Northshore. Our end goal is to create an environment here at Waring where being active in sports and activities transcends any school, institution or work place; where being active becomes a mainstay in our alumni’s lives, creating lifelong habits for good health.

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The Duct Tape Network at Waring Downtown, by Sarah Carlson-Lier

By Waring Faculty on Dec 7, 2018 7:00:16 PM

Making and doing has been an integral part of Waring’s approach from the early days of the school when a student’s day might include taking care of the goats, woodworking, baking or typesetting, as well as academic work. The opening of the Waring Industrial Park (WIP) this fall is a natural extension of this original vision of experiential, creative learning and gives students space and tools to work on their own projects, as well as the opportunity to participate in new initiatives such as FIRST LEGO League.

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Radium Girls, by Elizabeth Gutterman

By Waring Faculty on Dec 7, 2018 6:53:47 PM

While home in Providence for Rosh Hashanah, I saw an elderly family friend in temple who asked me what I was working on. I told her that we were currently rehearsing Radium Girls, and when I started to tell her about it, she nodded and looked at me intently. Then she teared up. She knew the story, and not because she’d Googled “large cast plays for high school students.”

Topics: theater faculty
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Earth Science at Singing Beach, by John Wigglesworth

By Waring Faculty on Dec 7, 2018 6:00:58 PM

Waring is a school that thrives on the challenge of blending innovation with tradition. The things we do such as, Camping Trip, All-School Meeting, Tutorial, and Soirées are part of our past but equally critical to our future if we are to remain true to our soul and culture as a school. To keep these programs fresh we continually try to think differently about them, cautious of the status quo. All areas of our program are in the constant effort to be innovative with tradition; and one example is the Earth Science Program for Group 1. This fall marks the 15th year of the Singing Beach Project. In that Earth Science helps students understand how the spheres of the land, the ocean, and the atmosphere interact to make our planet function as it does, studying the impact of seasonal weather on the profile of Singing Beach has been a tradition of the Group 1 science for many years. What better place to study to the interaction of land, ocean and weather than the beach?

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Convocation Speeches, 2017

By Admin on Dec 7, 2018 5:55:57 PM

Please enjoy these Convocation Speeches and pictures from 2017. The full video of the event is available here:

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A Parent's View on Waring's Value Proposition

By Admin on Dec 7, 2018 5:10:25 PM

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Waring Parent, professional magazine editor, John Knowles, who discussed what he sees as Waring's value proposition -- what sets Waring apart from other learning institutions. You can view video excerpts here:

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Framing the Waring Experience, by KB Breiseth

By Waring Faculty on Dec 7, 2018 5:02:15 PM

All artists know that it is the limitations that create art. By narrowing our focus, the world, somehow, seems to expand. This is why our students use viewfinders to frame a more digestible piece of the abundance that surrounds them, and why using only black and white can open their eyes and provide access to the visual complexity that gives structure to everything. Limits create challenges, challenges beget creativity, creativity bestows gifts both unpredictable and limitless. These gifts are not always objects or ideas or connections to keep, but they move us forward, propel us towards the next – possibly wondrous – thing. Paradoxically, it is structure that can offer us tremendous freedom.
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Maker Mondays

By Admin on Dec 7, 2018 5:00:00 PM

We have started our new pilot schedule - a three week period where we are testing out the addition of some more experiential learning. Part of this is on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday where we have a "focus flex" time, during which students are encouraged to read a book, work with a partner on a project, play chess, or participate in any number of other activities.

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All School Activity: Collaborative Drawing & Listening Session

By Admin on Dec 7, 2018 2:04:40 PM

Recently, during the afternoon following Grandparents & Special Friends Day, the students gathered to clean campus after our big event, to talk about the importance of kindness, and partake in an activity that allowed them to explore a type of art they don't often generate.

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A Day in the Life

By Waring Alum on Dec 7, 2018 1:59:01 PM

This is a guest post by Caroline Baxter, Waring class of 2000, currently a Senior Project Associate at RAND Corporation in Washington, D.C. Caroline was a classmate of mine, and when I wasn't begging her to play one of her amazing piano compositions, I was marveling at her wit and intellect - something that thanks to the miracle of Facebook I am still able to do daily. Huge thanks to Caroline for letting us in on her high powered life for a day... (Becky Schaeffer '00)

Topics: alumni
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#goatscaping

By Admin on Dec 7, 2018 1:48:06 PM

Goatscaping: a green solution to managing poison ivy, invasive plants, tough inclines, stone walls, ledge, and overgrown areas.

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On Camping Trip

By Waring Faculty on Dec 7, 2018 10:37:19 AM

From the journal of a faculty member:

And then the first car turns up the driveway and the first kid climbs out, lugging a bag half their size and twice their weight and already forgetting something, probably the sleeping bag, so that a parent has to bang open the Volvo’s tailgate and fish it out and hand it over, slippery and overlarge and already escaping from its carrying case, not unlike the parental heart as the kid joins two, three, four other kids--maybe they met three days ago at their first preseason, maybe this preseason was their last and they’ve been in and out of each others’ business for (can it be?) six years--swirling and eddying up the School steps. And you watch the parents drive away and you hear the voices rise and you remember: oh yes, these people, the ones already scuffing the freshly-varnished floor, the ones making all this noise. These are why.

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WaringBlog Landing

By Admin on Dec 7, 2018 10:26:04 AM

Welcome to the new Waring School Blog!

The school year here on campus is well under way. We've come and gone from Camping Trip, our annual Convocation is in the books, and our visit with our professional goatscapers is over (#goatscaping).

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