Since its inception, Headwaters has always been willing to try different approaches to "doing school," especially when our students speak up and speak out. Before it was popular, the school was actively teaching and practicing mindfulness. Intuitively, we knew that students who could self-regulate would be better prepared to learn. Furthermore, we knew that social and emotional learning was important to us and that it was an "inside job," and that emotionally intelligent people could become peacemakers.
Following the planet-wide and student-ledclimate change strike on September 20, and following the UN's International Day of Peace focused on climate action as a vehicle for peace, and reflecting on Dr. Maria Montessori's 150th birthday, I am grateful to the teachers and parents who had the courage to start The Khabele School and, soon after, Primavera Montessori School nearly twenty years ago.
Over the past two summers, we have begun what I hope will be a longstanding tradition for Headwaters as we reopen school. Instead of bringing in an inspiring outside speaker to kick off the year or having an administrator give a pep talk, we look inward and invite a guide to inspire us by telling his/her teaching story.
With July winding down and as we return from adventure and play, back-to-school preparation is picking up across our three campuses. Before highlighting some of our summer projects, I hope you have enjoyed your summer and that you have gotten to play.
One of the great joys of my job is that I get to participate in the end-of-year ceremonies on each of the campuses, which means that I often get to have unplanned conversations with parents, grandparents, and friends of the students.
Welcome to the first edition of the Student Thread, Headwaters student newsletter! The Student Thread is a project from the High School Community Leaders and is curated by Elliot Pearson and edited by Louisa Baldwin. We’re so excited to share our first issue with you all and continue this in the upcoming school year.