2020

News Archive

  • Updates on Remembrances for Khotso Khabele

    Ted Graf, Head of School
    Dear Headwaters Community, 

    As a community, we continue to grieve the loss of Khotso Khabele, our founding executive director. We want to share updates on some remembrances that are planned.

    When we reopen in the fall, we look forward to creating a Student Pitso to remember him in person. Pitso, incidentally, was his invention and he made it one of the defining attributes of the school. 

    The following events were organized by Khotso’s family. Please follow the links to learn more about these events scheduled for Sunday, June 7:
    Some of our current students and families were lucky to know Khotso, and those who knew him were better people for it--his ability to inspire and to dream big is reflected in them. And we hope it shines in each of us as we move forward. May he rest in peace.

    Take care, 

    Ted

    Ted Graf
    Head of School
    Headwaters School
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  • Senior Colloquium Presentations 2020

    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.
     
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  • In Memory of Khotso Khabele

    Ted Graf, Head of School
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  • Grandpa Jack by Sam Lambrecht-Stein

    MS/HS Virtual Photography Gallery

    Check out the Headwaters School 2020 Virtual Photography Gallery, a collection of works from all of Headwaters photography MS/HS students from the 2019-2020 school year. 
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  • We are Headwaters: New T-Shirt Available!

    Alexandra Penry and Keelan Wackman, Headwaters Advancement
    Share your Headwaters pride and support our families with a special edition t-shirt benefitting the Headwaters COVID Relief Fund.
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  • High Schooler Creates Zoom Music Video Set to REM's Iconic Song

    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
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  • Senior Legacy, Class of 2020

    Headwaters School
    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.
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  • OPEN National Field Day is This Friday, May 8

    Jennie Glass
    I’m excited to announce that our school community will be participating in the OPEN National Field Day event on Friday, May 8th!
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  • Giving Tuesday Now

    Alexandra Penry and Keelan Wackman, Headwaters Advanceme
    May 5, 2020 is Giving Tuesday Now
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  • Ted Talk: Gratitude for Teachers

    Ted Graf, Head of School
    This week, Ted shares gratitude for teachers and one of his favorite poems.
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  • It's almost May! Community Marketplace gifts for Mom

    Alexandra Penry and Keelan Wackman, Headwaters Advancement
    Headwaters Marketplace Now Online and Call for Auction Items
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  • Ted Talks: A Letter to the Senior Class

    Headwaters School
    Headwaters Head of School Ted Graf is back with a video to share a video message. This week, Ted shared a letter to the Class of 2020 at this link.
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  • Friends of the FUNd: Kombucha Making on May 2

    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.
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  • Ted Talks: Focusing on Three Things

    Ted Graf, Head of School
    Check out the newest Ted Talks, a Video Message from Head of School Ted Graf!
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  • Ted Talks: A Video Hello from Head of School

    Ted Graf, Head of School
    Check out the newest Ted Talks, a Video Message from Head of School Ted Graf!
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  • Metta Meditation with Marc Lionetti

    Metta Meditation with Middle and High School Counselor Marc Lionetti

    Headwaters School
    Join Marc Lionetti, Headwaters Middle and High School Counselor, as he talks about centering practices and leads a guided metta meditation at this link
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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