We wanted to take a moment to thank each family for their consideration and empathy around COVID-19, and especially thank you for the patience you’re extending when it comes to symptoms and staying home. This is not easy for families, but we are so thankful for everyone's consideration for the people and community around them when they stay home if they are sick. Headwaters has updated and added some policies in regards to COVID-19. We ask that families read this email closely to understand any updates.
“Why does the school fundraise? Why don’t you just raise tuition to cover the actual cost?” I’ve been asked this question a time or two in my career, and I always appreciate the opportunity to have an honest conversation about the way an independent school works as a business.
In the hustle of our everyday lives, it can be easy to focus only on what is right in front of you. Pack that lunch, run those errands, do all the adult-y things... It is more important than ever to stop, breathe, and take a moment to think about the bigger picture.
The month of October has special meaning for Headwaters School, formerly Khabele School and Primavera Montessori. On October 30, 2001, we filed our Articles of Incorporation with the State of Texas, and “The Learning Community School” was born. With dedication, vision, and more than a little chutzpah, we set off on a grand journey.
Guide of the Year is a favorite student-led tradition on the River campus. Each year, students in Middle and High School vote for the guide that personifies teaching at Headwaters. With so many incredible candidates, this award is highly coveted.
Congratulations to the winner for the 19-20 school year!
Starting last year, the Senior Colloquium quickly became a favorite event for seniors and their families to celebrate their extended essay work. These presentations resemble a senior thesis in college, including an extended timeline that starts junior year. The topics are student driven and chosen. This work is what students want to learn about.
Yesterday high schooler Berkeley directed a part of his "End of the World" music video set to REM's iconic song. This music video was done on Zoom for a group submission to Austin Youth Film Festival's new online contest and involved students, guides, and parents singing and acting along. We can't wait to see the finished product! #HeadwatersAtHome
Daily Class of 2020 features are being shared to celebrate Headwaters Class of 2020. These features also include each students' Headwaters Legacy, a statement that they want to leave behind for their peers and the future. Check out out social media every day for a new post as we lead up to Commencement on Friday, May 29.
Get a ticket to the next Friend of the FUNd event before it is too late. Get on the list for a SCOBY, receive a supply list, and join us on Zoom next Saturday, May 2 to learn how to make your own cultured beverages art home! Click here to sign-up today.
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.
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.
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!
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.