1st Grade Readiness – an Early Childhood Parent Evening

with Nancy Blanning, Alice Jordan & Tom Clark

1st-Grade-PosterJoin us for an informative presentation about the first grade readiness process, as well as an overview of the grades curriculum at DWS.

Wednesday, January 14
5:30—7:00 pm
in the High School Math Room

Childcare is available by request only. Please RSVP by Monday, January 12 to rachelkopfle@denverwaldorf.org, $8/child or $15/family.

Freshman Play >>

This year, the Class of 2018 will perform a selection of four short plays for your entertainment. There will be an evening performance on Saturday, January 10th at 7:00 pm, and a matinee performance on Sunday, January 11th at 2:00 pm. Admission is free, and there will be refreshments available for purchase. Please join our freshman class for an evening – or afternoon – at the theatre!


Carolyn’s College Corner – December

This past fall I attended two conferences, one in Indiana and the other in Florida, where I was able to sit in on seminars full of hot topics. From financial aid, generational differences, social media, LD issues and higher ed, my head was spinning!

While on these trips I was able to visit schools in the vicinity; in Indiana I saw Butler, Rose-Hulman, Purdue, DePauw and Earlham, and in Florida I saw Eckerd, University of Tampa, and Florida Southern College. I saw firsthand how schools are working to keep their curriculum fresh and pertinent and how they are working towards building and measuring programs that manifest into outcomes for their graduates. Here are some of the takeaways confirming what I have been observing while on the road visiting colleges and universities and professional development seminars.

1. Education = look at Career Framework =>who are you=> what are your academic options => career options

My observation is as higher education changes and becomes increasingly expensive, it is critical for colleges and universities to provide value and outcomes for their students and their families. Today’s parents want to know what the outcomes are. Will they get a job? How do you measure success in this area? Schools paying attention to trends of thought are ahead of the game as they build college/career planning side by side for each student.

2. Silos of thought or disciplines are going away. Cross pollination is evolving into an integrative approach to higher education. While STEM has been on everyone’s mind, it really is now STEAM, STEM +ART, creating innovation and creative, thoughtful problem solving.

3. We will be seeing more Interdisciplinary Incubators – innovation and growth stimulated by multiple areas of thought coming together and working toward a common goal.
Hot College Majors:

Biomedical engineering
Big data
Public policy
Forensic science

Other markets with nonlinear pathways:

Green design – city planning, landscape
Energy and water systems management
Sustainability management
Policy opportunities
Engineering – need to ask questions not just solve problem
GIS – Geographic Information Systems

6. It is not about problem solving anymore, it is about asking the right questions!
In order for colleges to be competitive for students they must adapt to the new climate
Schools are increasingly adding 4 year career counseling into their curriculum
Experiential learning
8. While a college education is our hope for our students, it would be remiss for me not to mention that not every student is meant for a 4-year college curriculum. Currently the trades and other middle skill jobs (those that require a 2-year college degree, occupational license or certification) are suffering from attrition due to workers hitting retirement and empty pipelines to replenish these skilled laborers. These middle skill jobs include, but are not limited to:
a. Coders
b. Financial service sales agents
c. Insurance and Real estate brokers
d. Technical sales
e. Machinists, tool-and-die makers
f. The trades – electricians, welders, plumbers, mechanics

Carolyn’s College Corner November >>

Carolyn’s College Corner: November 2014

As an Independent Educational Consultant (IEC), part of my job is staying current on all topics related to college admissions. Professional and educational development is offered to me all year round and as a “student of colleges” I always incorporate visits to schools wherever I happen to be visiting.

I have had a busy fall traveling; Indianapolis for NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counselors) and I just returned from Orlando where I attended the IECA conference. While these conferences offer us the opportunity to connect with others from all over the world, the best parts of school visits and the seminars we can participate in. There is no topic left unturned as part of my ongoing education; from generational trends, to social media and teens, to financial aid, to Learning Differences and the college process I receive a wealth of information to help me better serve students and their families.

My trip to Orlando gave me the opportunity to visit three schools, all very different, but each with its own distinctive “vibe”!

Eckerd College

I hate to say I have biases, but as with anything we have our favorites. I have always loved Eckerd and as this was my second visit there, I fell in love with it all over again. Located in St. Petersburg, FL, on a spit of land and surrounded on three sides by water, you can’t go wrong on this gorgeous campus. Relatively young, it was founded 58 years ago and has grown significantly in the last decade. With 1800 students, class sizes are small and student engagement is very high. They are known particularly for marine science, biological science (brand new building), environmental studies, communications and creative writing. A new arts facility is in the works housing such things as photography, film, and ceramics.

Abroad opportunities abound at Eckerd. Many students do a winter term (January) abroad with study options all over the globe, from London to China, to South America to Africa. All applicants are automatically considered for merit aid and also need based aid. About 80% of need will be met. There are scholarship opportunities in art, marine science, and business. 3-2 engineering is available as well.

Career services consist of a step by step 4 year plan encompassing internships, experiential learning and study abroad.
The students at Eckerd characterize themselves as adventuresome, global and liberal thinking.

University of Tampa

Located in the heart of Tampa, UT reminds me of the University of Denver in many ways. A private, midsized urban school, UT has more than 160 areas of study in four colleges. There is the College of Arts and Letters, College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education, College of Natural and Health Sciences and the Sykes College of Business. Tampa has 351 days of sunshine a year (beating Colorado out by a few days) and an average temperature of 72 degrees. Class sizes averages out to 21 and the student/faculty ratio is 16:1.

The Business School has an international emphasis which includes a language requirement and study abroad. The school itself has a high percentage of international students – about 20%.

The most popular majors are International Business, biology, management, and marine science. To this end there is an Entrepreneurship Center, marine science field station and nursing program.

UT has an Honor’s Program which requires a 3.5 GPA, 1200 SAT or 26 ACT. This includes an Oxford Semester, honor’s courses and research opportunities. Internships are both locally and elsewhere are available and study abroad is offered in semester and yearlong segments.

Students characterize themselves as metropolitan, active and independent.

Florida Southern College

Located in Lakeland, FL, FSC is the oldest private college in Florida.
With 2200 undergrads, FSC likes to boast of their distinctive guarantees. They are as follows:

  1. Guarantees graduation in 4 years and if your student is unable to graduate, they will cover the cost of remaining tuition.
  2. Guarantees every student an internship
  3. Guarantees every student a travel-study experience at no additional cost.

Top majors are marine biology, sports communication, marketing and management, musical theater, dance, Doctor of Education and Master of Accountancy. There is also a nursing program with a state of the art “dummy lab.” They even have a Citrus major if you are an orange grower. Pre-professional programs are available as well.

Selectivity is moderate and financial aid is very good with 96% of students receiving some kind of aid. There are merit awards up to $17,500, talent awards, awards by department and need-based aid.

FSC is beautiful campus with an active, outdoors student body. A Division II school with 27 athletic championships, including water skiing, there is no end to the activities students can participate in. Fraternities and sororities along with clubs and other organizations give students plenty to choose from. While there are many things to do, I did not sense any polarizing tension on campus. Everyone seems to get along well – a very harmonious school.

While not critical to the college list, I have to point out this was the only school I have ever been to where laundry is free.

I have posted pictures of all these schools on my Carolyn Francis Consulting Facebook page – please feel free to check them out along with articles and commentary about the college application process.

First Theater Performance in New School >>

The Sophomore Class Presents: Our Town

Please join us for the Sophomore Class Performance of Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town. This three-act play is set in the early 1900s, and is a poignant reflection on everyday life in a small town. In addition to being a wonderful theatrical experience that students and families in grades 3 and up will enjoy, this production is the first ever to grace our new Festival Hall stage! You don’t want to miss this. Admission is free, and concessions will be available for sale. Tell your friends and neighbors – let’s fill the house for our sophomores.



Where Do I Park? New Map >>

Where Do I Park? Check this map…

Please click the map below to see it full-size in a new window:



Please refer to this map when visiting our school or dropping off/picking up students. We ask that all cars enter from the south driveway entrance on Pennsylvania St. and exit via the north driveway. This will ensure that traffic moves in a one-way direction through the lot. Thank you for your cooperation!

Listen in to Rehearsal for Michaelmas Pageant >>

Grades 1-4 Rehearse Song for Michaelmas Pageant

Listen in as Mr. Jeff McClendon, music teacher, leads grades 1-4 students as they practice a special song for our upcoming Michaelmas celebration. Come see this and other school performances on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 11:00 am!