2020

News Archive

  • Health and Safety Update: School Closure Details

    Ted Graf, Head of School
    Headwaters School campuses will remain closed through Sunday, April 5. During this period, we will continue to follow and assess the guidance provided by the CDC and local officials.You will receive an email describing our plans for enrichment and/or distance learning by end-of-day Tuesday, March 24, and we plan to begin distance learning on Wednesday, March 25.
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  • Health and Safety Update: School Closure Announced

    Ted Graf, Head of School
    Dear Headwaters Community,

    Following the lead of AISD and due to two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the Austin area, all three of our campuses will be closed today, Friday, March 13, 2020.

    In the event that a prolonged closure is necessary following spring break, we will be back in touch about further plans. Please continue to monitor email and check our COVID-19 resources page for information.

    Please take care over spring break, 

    Ted
     
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  • Greats & Grands Event Update

    Alex Penry, Headwaters School
    Dear Headwaters Parents & Guardians, 

    We are sorry to let you know that Headwaters School has decided, out of an abundance of caution, to cancel our Greats & Grands celebrations scheduled for April 2 and 3. The recent spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has understandably raised concerns in our community. Headwaters School has been closely monitoring local, national, and international reports of COVID-19, following the recommendations of Austin Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.

    Current information from public health officials continues to state that the overall risk of COVID-19 remains low in Austin, however, in the interest of protecting the health of our community and guests, we feel that the best decision is to cancel the Greats & Grands events. 

    We hope this message allows Greats & Grands time to amend any travel plans accordingly. An emailed message has been sent to all Greats & Grands for whom we have contact information. If your loved one planned to attend, we encourage you to reach out to check in about the cancellation.

    We look forward to continuing this tradition in Spring 2021.

    Warmly, 

    Alex

    Alexandra Penry
    Senior Director for Advancement and Strategy
    512-537-2026
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  • Health and Safety Update: COVID-19

    Ted Graf, Head of School
    For the most current information, please visit our COVID-19 page on this site.
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  • Hoops Africa Screening

    UPDATE: Saturday Night Film Screening Tickets for $10!

    Headwaters School
    We have a limited number of $10 film tickets for this Saturday's film screening at Community First! Village of Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters. No meal is included with the $10 ticket. There are also still some film + meal tickets available for $20. See all the details at this link and purchase your tickets today!
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  • Guide Feature: Alexandra Gantley, February 2020

    Headwaters School
    A big welcome to Alexandra Gantley, our new Learning Specialist on the Creek Campus who will work with our Elementary program.
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  • Ted Talks: Reimagining Rigor, Part I, February 2020

    Ted Graf, Head of School
    When I was a sophomore in high school, my English teacher assigned us what would turn out to be the most rigorous assignment I had ever faced in school. I was to find a complete stranger, interview that person in depth, play the tape of the entire interview for my classmates, and then write a feature article on that person as if I were writing for the New York Times magazine. What made this particular assignment rigorous for me is that I had to identify and then introduce myself to a person I didn't know. I then had to research that person, so that I could ask thoughtful and insightful questions. Then I had to actually follow through on that and present it to an audience who mattered to me (my friends and classmates). My first attempt was a spectacular failure. I didn't prepare enough questions so the interview was completed in less than fifteen minutes; I became flustered during the interview and didn't ask any follow-up questions; I wasn't interested in the subject; I didn't check my tape recorder in advance, and I failed to capture anyone's voice--lots of white noise. And then my teacher expected me to present this string of failures to the class. Talk about adolescent humility.
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  • The Current - February 2020

    Headwaters School
    Check out the January edition of The Current, Headwaters monthly newsletter.
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  • Mani-Pedi Evening Next Wednesday 2/12

    Friends of the FUNd
    The Friends of the FUNd are having a get-together and you're invited! Join us at Lantana Nails and Spa for a Mani-Pedi evening (and dinner afterwards at Carve!) next Wednesday (2/12) at 5:30 p.m. Reserve your spot today for a relaxing evening by visiting this link
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  • Ted Talks: Moving Into Our Next Phase, January 2020

    Ted Talks: Moving Into Our Next Phase, January 2020

    Ted Graf, Head of School
    Over the past two years, Headwaters has spent a lot of time and energy reflecting on where we've been, how we've gotten to this point, and where we're headed. As a summary, we completed our required self-study for TAAPS (Texas Alliance for Accredited Private Schools) last March and earned accreditation again; we completed our first ever self-study for the International Baccalaureate and learned a lot about the evolution of our Diploma Programme; we voluntarily completed the AIM (Assessment on Inclusivity and Multiculturalism) process and generated insights and recommendations about how we can more fully live into the part of our Purpose statement that reads, "embrace diversity to bring more peace to the world." And, we recently completed our first self-study for the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS). The visiting team of 16 fellow educators from across the region were here this week exploring our delightful school.
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  • The Current - January 2020

    Headwaters School
    Check out the January edition of The Current, Headwaters monthly newsletter.
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  • Reminder: Student Early Dismissal Tomorrow (Wed. 1/29)

    Headwaters School
    Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29, we will have an Early Dismissal day for our students and a PD afternoon for staff as we wrap up our ISAS visit.

    As a reminder, here are the dismissal schedules for each campus:

    Springs Campus Early Dismissal
    There will be no lunch or Creativity Club. 
    11-11:15 a.m. - YCC students will be dismissed
    11:20-11:35 a.m. - Primary students will be dismissed

    Creek Campus E
    arly Dismissal
    There will not be Creativity Club or shuttle service that day. 
    K1 - 11:45 a.m
    EE -  12:00 p.m
    UE - 12:10 p.m

    River Campus Early Dismissal- A Day

    There will be no Cafe or Food Trailer. No shuttle service will run in the afternoon. 
    8:30-9:30 a.m. - 1st Period
    9:15-9:55 a.m. - 2nd Period
    10:00-10:40 a.m. - 3rd Period
    10:45-11:25 a.m. - 4th Period
    11:30 a.m. - Dismissed

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  • Guide Lea Comte Speak at TEDxSouthCongress This Saturday!

    Headwaters School
    Congratulations to our Early Childhood Dance/Movement Therapist Ms. Lea Comte (on the left of the image) for speaking at TEDx South Congress this Saturday! She will be spreading the word about the use of Dance & Movement Therapy tools for co-regulation to support early childhood mental health. Please help us congratulate Ms. Lea for this exciting accomplishment and wish her luck this weekend!
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  • Happy New Year!

    Ted Graf, Head of School
    We wish all of our families (old and new), students, alumni, and other supporters a happy, successful, and prosperous new year. We look forward to celebrating more joyous moments with you!
     
    We are grateful for the community we create together. Thank you for being part of the Headwaters family. And on behalf of my colleagues and friends at Headwaters, we wish you and yours a warm and joyous New Year. We all look forward to seeing students back on Tuesday, January 7.
     
    - Ted Graf, Head of School
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18 months to Pre-K
6305 Menchaca Rd.
Austin, TX 78745
Phone: 512-443-8843

Creek Campus

Elementary School
9607 Brodie Ln.
Austin, TX 78748
Phone: 512-804-2708
Fax: 512-628-4810

River Campus

Middle & High School
807 Rio Grande St.
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-480-8142
Fax: 512-480-0278