High School Resources

This page serves as a resource for both parents and students to find helpful forms, information, and guides to various activities.

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Looking for class schedules, rotations, or syllabi? Those are available under Academics. 

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Scholarships, events, and other reference material will be updated regularly in the College & Beyond section.

ACADEMICS

FORMS & INFORMATION

COLLEGE & BEYOND

Directory Information

from Home or On-the-Go

Parent and teachers can log in to our school database to access the school directory, class information, and more. Click below to access the log-in portal and to download instructions for adding the Veracross app to your smartphone.

High School News

Our weekly High School Bulletin offers a important dates and information on upcoming events, field trips, parent resources etc.  Check back weekly for updates.

November 12, 2018

There’s still time to schedule a parent-student-teacher conference for next Monday or Tuesday, November 19 – 20!  To schedule, please reply to kate.mcgill@portlandwaldorf.org, or call 503-654-2200, extension 218.  You and your student will meet as a group with two to four teachers who have taught your student this fall in various disciplines, including his or her advisor whenever possible.   If there is a particular teacher you would like to have included, please let Ms. McGill know and we will do our best to arrange it.  Conferences last 25 minutes and available times begin on the hour and half-hour – slots are available from 9 am to 4 on Monday (last conference begins at 4 pm) and 11:00 to 5:30 on Tuesday (last conference begins at 5:30). Conferences are voluntary, and you are always welcome to make an appointment with any of your student’s teachers throughout the year.

Wreath Sale! It’s the final week to order wreaths, swags and garlands for your family, for gifts, or to sell to your friends and neighbors! Click here to order online or use the paper forms (attached, and available at the Main Office). Orders are due this Friday, November 16. Wreaths will be available to pick up on December 6, or you can arrange to have them delivered by UPS.  Please contact David Renzema at renzianni@aol.com or 503-380-3773 with any questions. Proceeds are used by the PWS Parent Association to benefit the school and our students and families.

Sex Education and the Spirit:  Please see the attachment for more information about this talk by Lisa Romero tomorrow evening, November 13.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

November 12 – 16Project Week – a week of cross-grade, interdisciplinary projects
Sunday, November 18Winter Market, 10 to 3 – scroll down at

http://portlandwaldorf.org/school-store/ for information

November 19 and 20Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, NO CLASSES
November 21 – 23Thanksgiving holiday, NO CLASSES
Friday, December 21Solstice Assembly and Banquet, Early Dismissal at 12:45 – please watch for

Information in December!

Sunday, December 23Alumni basketball game, 2 pm
December 24 – January 4Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Thursday, January 17Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18Semester ends; grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Arts Center – participation required!

November 5, 2018

Parent-Student-Teacher conference sign-ups are open! We’re holding conferences on Monday and Tuesday, November 19 and 20.  To schedule, please reply to kate.mcgill@portlandwaldorf.org, or call 503-654-2200, extension 218, by Wednesday, November 15. You and your student will meet as a group with two to four teachers who have taught your student this fall in humanities, math or science, and foreign language, arts or movement, including his or her advisor whenever possible.   If there is a particular teacher you would like to have included, please let Ms. McGill know and we will do our best to arrange it.  Conferences last 25 minutes and begin on the hour and half-hour from 8:30 to 4 on Monday (last conference begins at 4 pm) and 10:00 to 5:30 on Tuesday (last conference begins at 5:30). Conferences are voluntary, and you are always welcome to make an appointment with any of your student’s teachers throughout the year.

 Project Week begins next Monday!  Students are each signed up for a cross-grade, interdisciplinary project in which they’ll engage with teachers next week instead of regular classes.  Topics include transitory art, roller derby, reading, adaptability to climate change, kettlebell skills and martial arts, and assisting Mr. Myers to install a window in the Woodworking room.  Hours will normally match regular school hours, and there will be field trips – please watch for permission forms!

School Photo orders are due November 12!  View your student’s photos and order at https://www.amythelen.com/school-photography, Please let us know if you have questions.

Grand Friends Day: Each year we are delighted to welcome grandparents and other special friends of students to visit classrooms throughout the school and attend an assembly in their honor.  The High School is again in Project Week, so there is no main lesson, but grandparents are welcome to visit and learn about the projects!  Please reply for more information. To RSVP for the event, please write to addie.buck@portlandwaldorf.org or call 503-654-2200, extension 200, by November 10. This year’s event will also feature a talk by our alumni parent, noted author and psychologist Robert Biswas-Diener, offering insights into how we improve with age and how this affects our ability to positively contribute to society.  We’ll start at 8:30 am and conclude by 11:15 am on Friday, November 16.

 Wreath Sale! Wreaths, swags and garlands are available for purchase or sale to your friends and neighbors! Proceeds benefit the Parent Association, which uses them to support our school in many important ways.  . Click here to order online or use the paper forms (attached, and available at the Main Office). Orders are due Friday, November 16. Wreaths will be available to pick up on December 6, or you can arrange to have them delivered by UPS.  Please contact David Renzema at renzianni@aol.com or 503-380-3773 with any questions.

Sex Education and the Spirit:  Please see the attachment, from last Friday’s Weekly Bulletin, for more information about this talk by Lisa Romero on November 13.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

November 12 – 16Project Week – a week of cross-grade, interdisciplinary projects
Sunday, November 18Winter Market, 10 to 3 – scroll down at

http://portlandwaldorf.org/school-store/ for information

November 19 and 20Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, NO CLASSES
November 21 – 23Thanksgiving holiday, NO CLASSES
Friday, December 21Solstice Assembly and Banquet, Early Dismissal at 12:45 – please watch for

Information!

Sunday, December 23Alumni basketball game, 2 pm
December 24 – January 4Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Thursday, January 17Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18Semester ends; grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Arts Center – participation required!

October 29, 2018

NO SCHOOL ON THURSDAY! PWS is closed this Thursday, November 1 for teacher in-service.  We will resume normal classes on Friday.

 We hope to see you at the Community Meeting tomorrow night at 6 pm in the Music Room!  Join administrative, pedagogical, board, and parent leadership for an inspiring look at our school—where we are, and where we’re headed.  We’ll hear from the College of Teachers, Board of Trustees, Administration and Parent Association.  The meeting with adjourn at 7:30 for a reception.

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences are now open for scheduling!  Conferences will be held Monday and Tuesday, November 19 and 20.  Conferences last 25 minutes and will be scheduled on the hour and half-hour from 8:30 to 4 on Monday (last conference begins at 4 pm) and 10:00 to 5:30 on Tuesday (last conference begins at 5:30). You and your student will meet with two to four teachers who have taught your student in different disciplines this fall, including his or her advisor whenever possible.   Conferences are voluntary, and you are always welcome to make an appointment with any of your student’s teachers throughout the year.

To schedule, please reply to kate.mcgill@portlandwaldorf.org, or call 503-654-2200, extension 218, by Wednesday, November 14. If there is a particular teacher you would like to have included, please let Ms. McGill know and we will do our best to arrange it.  Please note that it will take a few days to confirm conference times this first week.

Open House this Sunday:  If you know families with students who would benefit from a Waldorf education, please invite them to our HS Open House this Sunday from 1 to 3:30!  We’ll have sample classes and a panel discussion to give visitors a picture of the curriculum and its importance for the developing adolescent.  Current parents are also warmly invited and encouraged to attend.

 Grand Friends Day is scheduled for Friday, November 16 from 8:30 to 11:30 am.  Each year, Portland Waldorf School welcomes our students’ grandparents and special friends to share a morning on campus. Grades 1 through 12 will open their doors to welcome visitors from 8:30-9:30 am, then Grand Friends are invited to an inspirational talk with author, speaker, and PWS alumni parent Robert Biswas-Diener, and an assembly of student performances in the gym. Grand Friends who have visited before and provided their contact information will receive an invitation directly from PWS. Invitations are also sent to parents, who in turn may invite grandparents and special friends to this event. Parent volunteers are always welcome to help as greeters, provide refreshments, and lend hallway support – please reach out to Rochelle Giametta at rochelle.giametta@portlandwaldorf.org for more information.

Classes have changed! Visit the new High School Resource website at www.portlandwaldorf.org/high-school-resources/ and scroll down the Academics page to Block Rotations to see the new main lesson and the second quarter classes in Humanities and Electives/Other Classes.  Art classes will change on December 3.  The website includes syllabi, class schedules, permission forms, Veracross instructions, the HS Handbook, News, and much more!  You can also find it through the main school website under the Current Parents tab at High School Resources.  Individual student schedules are available in the parent portal.

Veracross Training: If you missed Shanti McCarter’s Veracross training last week and would like to attend training on a future date, please email shanti.mccarter@portlandwaldorf.org.  We’ll schedule another training if there’s sufficient interest.

Pre-arranged absence forms will now be emailed to parents, in cases where missed assignments have been noted.  Students are encouraged to make a copy before turning them in to the HS Office.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, October 30PWS Community Meeting, 6 pm in the Music Room
Wednesday, October 31Whitman College, 1:15 pm
Thursday, November 1In-service and grading day, NO CLASSES
Sunday, November 4HS and All-school Open House, 1 to 3:30 pm
Monday, November 5University of Puget Sound, 1:15 pm
November 12 – 16Project Week – a week of cross-grade, interdisciplinary projects.  Watch for more information next week!
November 19 and 20Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, NO CLASSES
November 21 – 23Thanksgiving holiday, NO CLASSES

OCTOBER 17, 2018

PWHS Cooking Club Starts this Month!   Ms. Shupack is starting a cooking club for the high school. The club will meet once per month on a Sunday from 3 to 7pm. The students will learn basic cooking skills, be encouraged to challenge themselves in the kitchen, and will work to hone their instincts. The fee for this club will cover all of the ingredients (which will ideally cover their Sunday night dinner plus some leftovers to take home) as well as 5 hours of Ms. Shupack’s time (4 hours of cooking and cleaning plus 1 hour of shopping/prepping). The fee is $40/session or $140 for the first semester (4 sessions). Typically fees will be due at least 6 days before each meeting, but the deadline for the Oct. 21st meeting will be Thursday Oct. 18th. The dates for the first semester are: Oct. 21, Nov. 4th, Dec. 9th and Jan. 13th. Please contact Ms. Shupack with any questions.

How to Use Veracross to Find Assignments and Grades: Shanti McCarter will offer a workshop next week on Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30pm. Learn how to find your student’s assignments and grades, as well as reports, class schedule, upcoming events, handbooks, syllabi and directories for teachers and families. Bring your own laptop or borrow a school laptop.

College Visits Continue: Quest University will visit tomorrow morning (Tuesday), and University of Oregon will be here Wednesday at lunch time. Over the next three weeks we’ll also host representatives from Landmark College (for students with different learning styles), Colby, Hampshire, Agnes Scott ,and Whitman Colleges, and the University of Puget Sound. Juniors and interested Seniors will also be visiting the NACAC College Fair on October 29.

Pizza is back! Grade 8 sells slices of cheese, pepperoni, veggie, or gluten-free cheese pizza and Izze’s drinks at lunchtime on Tuesdays. They’re generally available for purchase while supplies last, or you can pre-order with a check and the attached order form by Friday at 3 for the following Tuesday. Pizza is $2.50 per slice ($3 for gluten-free) and drinks are $1. Pizza sales are a fundraiser for the Grade 8 class trip.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Monday, October 15

Volleyball at Open Door Academy, 6 pm

Tuesday, October 16

Volleyball at home vs. Country Christian, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, October 17

Volleyball at City Christian, 5 pm

Sunday, October 21

Ultimate Frisbee, 4:30 pm at Glenhaven Park

Friday, October 26

Quarter ends – grades will be available in mid-November

Sunday and Monday, October 28 and 29

NACAC College Fair (“the big one”) at the Oregon Convention Center
Sunday 1 to 5 pm, Monday 9 am to noon.

Tuesday, October 30

PWS Community Meeting, 6 pm in the Music Room

Thursday, November 1

In-service and grading day, NO CLASSES

Sunday, November 4

HS and All-school Open House, 1 to 3:30 pm

November 12 – 16

Project Week – a week of cross-grade, interdisciplinary projects.

November 19 and 20

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, NO CLASSES – watch for information in late October

November 21 – 23

Thanksgiving holiday, NO CLASSES

Friday, December 21

HS Solstice Assembly and Banquet, Winter Assembly, Early Dismissal at 12:45

December 24 – January 4

Winter Break

Wednesday, January 9

HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room, Class Meetings at 8 pm

Thursday, January 17

Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm in the Music Room

Friday, January 18

Fall Semester Ends – grades will be available in early February