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We Shall Overcome

October 5, 2018

What I love most about my role here at Waverly is having the opportunity to teach on all three campuses. Mornings with thoughtful ninth graders give way to afternoons with inquisitive elementary school students, and on Fridays after spending time with middle school students I have the chance to participate in All School Meeting. (And […]

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Reading as Social Justice

September 28, 2018

In the first weeks of school, I like to wander. Especially in the early weeks of classes, I am eager to learn about the students and the plans Waverly teachers have for them.  It is also exciting to see the individual arrangement of materials and the orientation of each classroom.  This year, I noticed a […]

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New Year Rituals

September 14, 2018

My new year always begins in September. I find I am more likely to set personal and professional goals at this time each year.  I enjoy rituals and find the school year is a good time to establish them. At the end of August, I make plans for healthier, more eco-friendly lunches, and announce to […]

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Unsung Heroes, Part One

September 6, 2018

Waverly’s summer break may feel long to students and parents, yet every day of it is very busy for those who remain. Tracey Fiss, Waverly’s Business and Facilities Manager since 2006, experiences long days during the summer overseeing an extensive list of renovation to the school. For Tracey and her crew, Carlos Aldaco and John […]

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Waverly Wonderful

May 31, 2018

 It has been a privilege this year to teach, among the 64 middle schoolers, a handful of eighth graders who were in Molly’s 3/4 class so many years ago when I subbed for her. She was on maternity leave for Aiben (who is now so tall and full of questions!), and I was taking on […]

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My Hair Speaks Louder Than I Can

May 16, 2018

I remember sitting in between my mothers knees, no longer holding back tears as she used a wide-toothed comb to untangle my hair. Bawling while simultaneously trying to pay attention to The Lion King because, an hour in and we were hardly a quarter of the way through. After each section she would take a […]

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Everyday Photos

June 2, 2016

After discovering impressionist painters when I was fourteen, I decided to become an artist. It didn’t take me long to realize, however, that I lacked any ability to create with my hand what I pictured in my mind. Soon after seeing an exhibit of photographs of the Farm Security Administration (FSA), my mother gave me […]

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Far Beyond Good Enough

May 3, 2016

About six years ago I went to a school fair in search of a middle school for our daughter. I ended up in a room with representatives from an independent Westside school. The first question a prospective parent asked was, “Where do your students go?”  The representative responded, “We have gotten students into Stanford, Harvard, […]

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Counting On

October 27, 2015

Last Wednesday, my son Charlie made a game winning touch down, passed to him by my other son Sam, at one of two middle school flag football games I missed in one week. Fortunately, there were Waverly parents there, parents who not only gave them rides, but cheered them on, and later told me all […]

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Advice From The Class of 2016

October 16, 2015

Who is better equipped to give advice to 9th graders about high school than seniors? Enjoy these 23 tips for the appreciating and finding more success in high school from Waverly’s senior class. You may feel awkward or self-conscious about yourself. You may feel that you don’t fit in or have any friends. When I […]

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