An Important Note from Clarke
December 13, 2022
Reaching out to share with you some important information that I presented at the parent education meeting on Monday. I want to use this letter to share with you some specific and important developments for our school.
Waverly received a transformational gift of $4 million this fall. This gift from an anonymous donor is transformative for Waverly, because it allows us to take major steps towards realizing our mission. We remain steadfast in our commitment to progressive pedagogy and social justice education and will use the gift to strengthen our program and invest in our mission.
There are four specific areas that are immediately impacted by this gift:
- Campus expansion and improvements
- Professional development for faculty and staff
- Compensation for faculty and staff
- Launching the Waverly School Endowment
This gift allowed us to purchase the property immediately adjacent to the middle school on Waverly Drive. Our campus expansion will have an immediate schoolwide impact. Any of you who have experience with schools know that campus expansion to adjacent properties is essential when possible and will permit us to make changes and improvements without relocation. This is a huge win for Waverly.
What is most important is that the acquisition will have an impact on every Waverly student and family. In the near term we will use the new property for office space, storage, and outdoor space for our middle school students. By shifting offices to the new property, we will open up new meeting spaces and breakout space for elementary school students and teachers.
In the longer term, we will start a process of envisioning how we want to use the property. What is certain is that we need new spaces to support our visual and performing arts program and develop a larger library to serve students. Developing these spaces will also free up the elementary school art room and allow elementary school teachers more space for our youngest students. New construction and buildings will be used for all Waverly students and will require the collective wisdom and contributions of all community members.
I want to make an explicit connection between what is happening with this transformative gift and the Waverly Fund. They go hand in hand. The Waverly Fund will be the fuel that feeds the engine of new, exciting projects. The Waverly Fund can also help us get critical components that will make our school better: a new pair of vans or buses, laptops for students, repairing roofs on school buildings, sending students to Costa Rica, and the support of faculty goals can all be funded with a contribution to the Waverly Fund. 100% participation in the Waverly Fund also demonstrates that our community understands why we need to raise funds, supports our projects, and is invested in our long-term growth. This opens up the possibility of increase foundational support for our school. Waverly is an awesome place that should be a regional leader in progressive education. Partnering with you all to make that happen is an honor and a great source of excitement. If you haven’t taken a moment to pledge, please do so. Your personal participation matters.
In closing, I want to note that this major gift is a reflection of and a testimony to the work of a generation of Waverly families, faculty, parent volunteers, students and board members and community members. The work of Heidi Johnson as Waverly’s long-time Raven-In-Chief cannot be underestimated. I know that I personally and we collectively owe her a debt of gratitude for her courage, enthusiasm, and care for this wonderful school. It is our task to build on the collective efforts of Waverly’s past to forge a future that deepens progressive pedagogy and social justice education in the years and decades to come.
Wishing you all a positive end to the calendar year, I look forward to speaking with you soon and invite your ideas on how we build together. Please be on the lookout for ways to be involved.
Head of School