Tuesday News - September 10, 2013

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Upcoming Events

We recently learned that Douglas Gerwin will be giving this lecture to kick off the opening session for Foundation Studies at Merriconeag. This opening session is open to the whole community as well as the Foundation Studies participants. All faculty and parents love to hear Dr. Gerwin, an excellent speaker and former Waldorf pupil, who is now in several international positions in his Waldorf work.

Turning Education on Its Head: What

Modern Brain Research Says about

How Children and Young Adults Learn

A Talk by Douglas Gerwin

Friday, September 13, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd., Freeport

Open to our whole community as well as the Foundation Studies participants!

Donations for the talk are welcome and will go to the Center for Anthroposophy. They will be used for scholarship for the local Foundation Studies cluster.
      Recent neuro-scientific research shows that the brain behaves less like a "hard-wired" computer, more like a dense forest in which pathways appear through repeated use and disappear through neglect. The implications for education of this paradigm shift are huge, especially since the cortical functions of children and young adults do not fully develop until they reach their early 20s.
      In this ground-breaking talk, Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D., explores how Waldorf education helps children and adolescents unfold their powers of intelligence through a curriculum designed to nourish their developmental needs from pre-school through the high school years.
Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D., has taught history, literature, German, music, and life science at college and Waldorf high school levels for the past 35 years. As Director of the Center for Anthroposophy, he divides his time between adult education and teaching adolescents, as well as mentoring Waldorf schools across North America.

     Himself a Waldorf graduate, Douglas is the founder of the Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program at the Center as well as Executive Director of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education. He is author of numerous articles on education and anthroposophy, as well as editor of six books on Waldorf education. At present, he resides in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife Connie, a Waldorf high school teacher of mathematics.


From the College Chair

Greetings from David Barham, Chair of the College of Teachers at Merriconeag

     I wanted to make sure the Merriconeag community knew that in addition to my teaching up at the high school, I am also the Chair of what we call the College of Teachers. In later editions of The Tuesday News, I will be writing articles on the mission and purpose of the College of Teachers. In a nutshell, the College is a self-selected group of teachers and staff who form the pedagogical leadership body of the school. This group makes all final decisions concerning hiring and firing of teachers, curriculum and program issues, and acceptance of students.

     I want to let the school community know that I am going to be holding College Chair office hours this year. Though anyone can schedule a time to meet with me at any time that works for both of us, I felt it important to hold a regularly scheduled session as well.

     When I am teaching morning lesson, office hours will be at 2:00 on Thursdays in the office portable.
When I am not teaching morning lesson, office hours will be at 8:30 in the office portable.
The office hours will usually be on the Desert Road campus. However, the first meeting time will be at Pineland at 2:00 on Thursday, September 12. There will not be office hours on Thursday, September 19 as I am away on the 9th/10th grade trip. Office hours will be at Desert Road in the afternoon on September 26 and October 3.
I will announce in The Tuesday News when future office hours are.
      These conversations can be about what is on your mind- questions about Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf pedagogy, the relationship of Merriconeag to the wider North American and international Waldorf movements etc. I would love to answer questions about the work of the College of Teachers, the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (I am the school's delegate to that association) and really, whatever is a burning topic for you. If there are issues that I/we feel should be brought to other faculty/staff, I would like to help move those conversations along. If there are questions that could be better answered by one of my colleagues, I will help get that question to the right person.

     Dropping in is fine, but it would be better to schedule a time and date with me by e-mail (dbarham@merriconeag.org) or phone (688-8989/high school)

I look forward to these conversations!

Thank you, David Barham

To read David Barham's Orientation Address to our new families on 09/03/13, please click here and scroll down.


From the Business Office

gift card.jpgHelp raise money for Merriconeag by simply shopping for your groceries! Purchase a Hannaford/Bow Street Market Gift Card at school and we earn 5%.Great news! Merriconeag has raised nearly $2600 from the sale of the Hannaford gift cards in just six months. We place our order for new cards and reloading existing cards every Thursday morning as long as we meet the minimum order of $1000. Grocery cards are a great way to buy your food supplies AND support the school. Simply take your payment to Lisa in the Grade School office and note new grocery card or reload on the memo line of your check.We will let you know when the purchase/reload is done. Contact the Business Office, Ext. 151, with any questions.
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Also Available: Scrip Gift Cards 
Merriconeag is also a member of ScripZone, an online retailer of Gift Cards. With your purchase of gift cards, and there are hundreds to choose from, Merriconeag receives a percentage of the total amount of your purchase. We do accept credit cards!
Enrollment: Enrollment in ScripZone is easy to do right from your own computer.
1. Go to ScripZone.com
2. Click on the NEW USER option
3. Create your own Secure Online Account; after registering
4. Enter our Unique Group ID: 207865MWS
Entering the Unique ID will link your purchases to Merriconeag, every purchase you make will result in benefit to the school.
Payment: Payment for your order can be made online by credit card, ACH (bank withdrawal) or by dropping a check off at the office. By paying through ACH you have the option of having your order delivered directly to your house. If you choose ACH, you will need to click on MyScripPayment Center to set up your account. 
Do I have to Enroll to participate? No, you do not have to enroll at ScripZone to participate. If you are interested in purchasing gift cards you can simply go to Scripzone.com and scroll through the Retailer List located on the right side of the screen. Simply make a list of what you want and quantities and email to the business office. Your order will be processed once we receive a check. Alternatively, we can email a list of retailers to you.


Wildflower Assembly 2013

 The Classes of 2014, 2018, and 2025 were celebrated at the Wildflower Assembly!





News From the High School

High School "Tangled Up in (Mt.) Blue"
Last week the entire high school caravanned (in nine vehicles!) two hours north to Mt. Blue State Park for its annual opening-of-school camping trip. Pouring rain, a dead battery, a flat tire and a missing math teacher at the outset of the trip did not cast a shadow for long. Students' spirits soared throughout the trip; in addition to a challenging hike up Tumbledown Mt., students also participated in a goal-sharing campfire, performed community service by staining picnic tables at the campground, and engaging in a creative "willderlympics" organized by the senior class. Four student perspectives on the trip follow:

Ninth grade—Emma Goldberg-Courtney
I woke up in the morning to the cold, wet tent pressed against my face. It was bitterly cold outside, so bundling up in all the layers I could, I quickly rushed over to the sound of voices and the smell of campfire smoke coming from behind the tents. When I reached the fire, I was met with a series of cheery good mornings, an offer of hot chocolate, and the grumblings from certain persons about the various downsides of camping. One of the aforementioned people had made quiche, which we warmed up for breakfast by the fire as we watched other campers gradually struggle out of their tents and come over to join us. At the agreed-upon time of seven o’clock, Mr. Sloan with his harmonica, Mr. Barham and Mr. O’Brien with their guitars, proceeded to march amongst the tents playing their instruments very persistently, calling out a wake up song of their own invention, and quite thoroughly shaking the tents to guarantee success in leaving no one asleep. Although it was very amusing to watch, I think I preferred my wet awakening to the louder one that was thrust upon many drowsy students.

Tenth grade—Phoebe Dolan
Yet again the Merriconeag Waldorf High School set off on our first week of school trip. After we drove through a large rainstorm, we came to our cozy camp at Mt. Blue state park. It had not rained up there and the sky was blue. After some preparation we got back into the vans and drove to the base of Tumbledown mountain. This justly named climb gave us as a whole school quite a run for our money: large boulders, moosewood trees, and some small rocks crossing streams. At the top there was a sublime view and a tempting lake, which some of us swam in even though the air was cold. Then we tumbled down the mountain back to our camp. It was quite a jovial hike in the good company of my fellow peers!

Eleventh grade—Lincoln Samuelson
When you think camping, you think best friends, family, or maybe you just go alone and hang out with the guy next to you. But only at Merriconeag do we have the opportunity to be with our entire school when we go camping. Though the temperatures dropped below 40 degrees, we all huddled around a wonderful camp fire and had an amazing time. We all went around the camp fire and shared a wish for either ourselves or the school or even both if we felt so inclined. As we did this, everyone respected everyone else’s wishes, and everyone was heard when and how they wanted to be heard. As we sat there, a feeling of such general love seemed to radiate from the fire. Living in the present moment was a goal shared by a girl entering her sophomore year. That present was so present at that campfire that it could have been perpetual presence, and it would have been sublime. It was a one in a million (well, not actually because one in a million really isn’t that great. Think about it. If there are 7 billion people in the world, and it’s one in a million, then it’s really like seven thousand others in the world. So veto that.) It is a priceless experience that you cannot get from books, movies, or magazines, and it will remain with us as long as we can remember.

Twelfth grade—Lily Tupper
      What happens when you leave a group of Waldorf high school students and a few teachers to wait in a parking lot to wait for an indefinite amount of time for the last hikers to return? They play “Wah” and “Camouflage” and eat popcorn, of course.
      A group of about fifteen of us found ourselves in this situation last Thursday after our hike up Tumbledown mountain. After a strenuous hike up and knee-jarring trip down, we were all in various stages of fatigue. Some people had even gone swimming in the pond at the top of the mountain while a frigid wind whipped around the rest of us. Most of us had thawed out by the time we got to the parking lot, although a few still sported layers of rain jackets and sweaters. After enjoying a snack of popcorn that had somehow not been unloaded with the rest of the food at the campsite, a game of “Wah” was suggested. And when I say “game,” I mean an all-out competition where those with slower reflexes and wandering minds will not survive. The culminating event is a traditional veggie-off, in which participants imitate a vegetable of the judge’s choosing. After having exhausted our voices from screaming “wah!” at one another, we moved on to a game of camouflage. We found hiding places behind trees and parked cars and inside of vans in attempts to outwit the seeker. A word to the wise: if you are going to hide behind a car, make sure that you do not go to a school small enough that everyone has everyone else’s shoes memorized.
      And so it was after these snacks and games, the last hikers returned, and we drove back to the campsite, somewhat refreshed and ready for an evening full of wilderlympics, food and song.


School Community Updates

Circus Atlantic: Circus Arts After School Classes at Merriconeag!

There are still some openings. Contact Trace today!    (Trace.Salter@CircusConservatory.org)

We are excited to share the news of a collaborative venture with Circus Atlantic this school year. The school is thrilled to be renting the Community Hall for circus arts classes that will build and support the work that has been developing for many years here at Merriconeag.

Mondays and Wednesdays
September 9-December 11 (No class Columbus Day or Thanksgiving week)
Cost: $425.00; sibling discount available; half-payment due by 9/9/13, remainder due by 10/21/13

Track 1: Grades 2-5; 3:30-4:45 pm
Track 2: Grades 5 and up; 5:00-6:15 pm

Registration & FMI: CircusAtlantic.com
Contact: Trace Salter, 207/756.9212,Trace.Salter@CircusConservatory.org

     Circus Atlantic, fresh off a wildly popular summer camp season, is offering a full semester of circus arts lessons at Merriconeag. Whether your child is keen to learn the circus basics or whether they are ready to delve deeper into their disciplines of interest, our highly accomplished coaches are ready to help students of all abilities.

     The classes will be led by Master Coach Sellam el Ouahabi, the Touring Coach of the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour (09-13). Sellam and his Assistant Coaches will meet each individual at their own level, whether beginning, intermediate or advanced. Each student will have individualized attention and be coached according to their ability. Aerials, acrobatics, juggling, diablo, unicycling, pyramids and performance techniques are just some of the skills students will have the opportunity to develop.

     Two classes will be offered each Monday and Wednesdayafternoon beginning September 9. One class will include grades 2-5 and the other class will be for grades 5 and up. Each class will be 75 minutes in length. The semester will provide each student with over 30 hours of circus training under the direction of a world-class Coach.

     We anticipate continuing this program at Merriconeag with a second semester that will run from January-May 2014.

     Circus Atlantic will also be offering evening classes at another location for advanced youth and adults beginning in September. In addition, our coaching staff are available for private lessons. Please visit CircusAtlantic.com for more information and to register.

Sellam el Ouahabi: Master Coach: Born in Tangier, Morocco, Sellam began tumbling in the traditional style on the beaches with local masters as a small boy. By the age of 12, he was selected by the Ben Karim Troupe for his first professional touring contract. Sellam was literally raised in the circus world and spent over 30 years on tour performing extensively throughout Europe, parts of Asia, and South America. In 2008, Sellam transitioned from performance to full-time coaching, and has since enjoyed working with students at Circus Arena in Denmark; CircoMedia and Wookey Hole Circus School in the United Kingdom; and New England Center for Circus Arts in the United States. In addition, he has been Touring Coach with the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour since 2010. His coaching expertise includes hand balance, adagio, straps, trapeze, pyramids and tumbling. He specializes in building strength and flexibility in his students, focusing on what he calls "natural exercise" to rapidly tone the core and build coordination. Sellam motivates his students to develop a balance of physical and mental discipline. Sellam enjoys working with both young and mature students, spanning all levels of experieince. He especially enjoys helping his students to realize their learning goals?whether it be the pursuit of simple fun, or a career as a circus performer.

Amity Stoddard: Assistant Coach: Amity has worked in the traveling circus industry for nearly ten years in a variety of roles. In her time with Circus Smirkus, Big Apple Circus, and Cirque du Soleil, she has loaded-in, set-up, torn-down, pulled stakes, cooked meals, justified ledgers, tracked down props, secured visas, driven big trucks and finessed fine print for her circus families. A former competitive gymnast and student of Pilobolus founder Jonathan Wolken, Amity brings a background in tumbling, dance, and partner acrobatics.

Circus Atlantic is an affiliated enterprise of the Circus Conservatory of America.


Foundation Studies starting this weekend at Merriconeag and it's not too late to join!

Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts provides the prerequisite background for those planning to enter a Waldorf teacher education program and eventually become teachers in Waldorf schools.

     It is also an opportunity for those interested in discovering Rudolf Steiner’s Science of the Spirit and how this path of enquiry of knowledge can guide their work in the world. Over the years, many Merriconeag parents have completed Foundation Studies in their search for a more complete understanding of "why Waldorf works." 

     Through seminars, ongoing group work, artistic activities, and weekend workshops, the Foundation Studies courses address at many levels the broad themes of human development and personal growth.

     We are fortunate to have another Foundation Studies program beginning this coming weekend here at Merriconeag. Don't miss out on your opportunity, which will not come again for several years here in Maine. Contact Barbara Richardson at brichardson@centerforanthroposophy.org or Tricia Toms at triciatoms@gmail.com for more information.

To read the welcome letter and program click here.

Registrations taken at the website: www.centerforanthroposophy.org


Parking Reminders: The speed limit in all parking lots is 5 miles per hour. If you will be getting out of your car, please pull into a parking space. Standing cars are not allowed as they impede the flow of traffic. A parked car needs to be in a parking space. At the grade school campus, u-turns are not allowed. Only parents of first and second graders may park alongside the driveway by the lower school building. Please ensure your car is parked facing the correct direction.
      The sidewalk below the Community Hall has been extended for drop off and pick up ease. There is no parking allowed along the sidewalk between 7:30 and 8:30 in the morning, or between 2:30 and 3:30 in the afternoon. Please remain in your car when you are in line for drop off and pick up.
      Parking and use of the barn lot is reserved for faculty and staff use only. When visiting the farmhouse, please park in the first lot on the ECC/Admissions driveway (60 Desert Road). 
      Parking lots are inherently hazardous places, and with the activity and congestion that accompany the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times we must all use utmost care, courtesy and attention while in these areas.


Athletic News

High School Cross Country

The team had their first meet of the season at Twin Brook in Cumberland on Friday, September 6. Greely hosted the meet with NYA, Kennebunk, Poland and Merriconeag participating. The boys finished second and the girls fourth in this kick off race.

     Please join us at the Pownal Road Recreational Field (on Pownal Road in Freeport, just west of Landfill Road) this Friday, September 13, at 4:30 p.m. to cheer on the cross-country running team as they race against Freeport, Poland and York.

Click here for the complete race schedule.


Alumni News

Class of 2013 alumni Teagan Wu and Emelie Chace Donahue have embarked on gap year semester programs through Where There Be Dragons. Emelie will be traveling to the Middle East and Teagan will be traveling to Nepal.The three month program consists of several components such as rugged travel, trekking and wilderness exploration, service learning, survey of developmental issues, internships and independent study projects, language study and introduction to philosophy and comparative religion.

Emelie and Teagan's progress can be tracked at: http://wheretherebedragons.com/yak-yak/

Teagan: Himalaya Patan Fall 2013 Semester
Emelie: Middle East Fall 2013 Semester


Class of 2013 alum Holly Perkins continued to receive great press for her senior project right into the summer .

Merriconeag senior brings ballet gear to Africa
By John Balentine jbalentine@keepmecurrent.com
Lakes Region Weekly, Friday, June 21, 2013




Class of 2013 alum Ben Tindall was awarded the Town of Durham Scholarship. This $1,000.00 Scholarship was available to any Durham resident entering their freshman year of post-secondary education. Congratulations to Ben!

See more.




Class of 2013 alum Tim Morse and his sailing team earned First Place in the Downeast Regatta and were crowned the Maine Schools Sailing Champions.

In his June letter nominating Tim for the NESSA Sailing "Stephen B. Leslie Sportsmanship Award" Greg Koman, Head Sailing Coach at Brewster Academy wrote if we are nominating particular sailors, then senior Tim Morse. He is a sailor who truly exemplifies the qualities we all strive for in our sailors: sportsmanship, courteousness and compassion for other sailors, a love for the sport, a hunger to learn and just being an all-around gentlemen. . . I think the ideal candidate would be a student and Tim has really displayed one of the most sportsmanlike attitudes I have ever seen in my many years of high school and college coaching. That certainly describes the Tim we know!


Read (Listen to or Watch) This

Did you catch this on CNN or on our Facebook page? If not, be sure to watch it now!

Enrollment up in no-test, no-tech school

CNN/Sanjay Gupta MD|Added on August 26, 2013
Waldorf education is catching on from coast to coast. Dr. Sanjay Gupta examines this innovative approach to learning.

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