DWS to Relocate to New Campus on S. Pennsylvania St.
School celebrates 40th anniversary with larger campus, more amenities, including gyms, fields and theater
The Denver Waldorf School (DWS) is excited to announce their relocation to a new, larger campus at 2100 S. Pennsylvania Street in Denver. This move is an important milestone in the 40-year history of the school, and corresponds with the school’s upcoming accreditation by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools.
At more than 80,000 square feet, this new building is nearly double the size of the school’s current facility. The new campus offers two gymnasiums, a full theatrical stage, and abundant outdoor playing fields. The campus is located adjacent to Harvard Gulch Park, which provides access to natural open space that will further enhance The Denver Waldorf School’s educational programs.
“With the additional space, we can now realize our full vision for the school’s curriculum. This campus is full of amenities, including dedicated spaces for practical and performing arts, two gyms, science labs, and a library, among other highlights. We can expand our enrollment, particularly in the high school, which will foster a more vibrant experience for our students,” said Judy Lucas, the Administrative Director of The Denver Waldorf School.
DWS entered into a contract with Denver Christian Schools to buy the property. Denver Christian Schools are consolidating their three existing campuses and moving to a new location in Lakewood.
“This new campus gives our kids the chance to have a Waldorf education enhanced by even more space and greater resources. We are truly looking forward to this new opportunity,” said Anne Macomber, parent of two DWS students. DWS expects to open its doors on the Pennsylvania St. campus on August 29, in time for the start of the 2014-15 school year.
6th Grade Poets Consider Past and Future
Students in Brianna Kaiser’s 6th Grade class wrote poems that examined their experiences this year and anticipate the changes ahead in the upcoming year.
by Hugh Justice
by Max Christensen
by Makana Aiu
by Ian Rowland
by Zoe Garcia
by Alaina Johansson
by Jaden Price
by Sumanje Chigwenembe
by Walt Jones
by Nikos Salinas
by Ivy Secrest
by Sophie Clark
by Vander Georgeff
by Oliver Sumners
by Colton Opyd
by Aiden Gustafson
by Niko Sandusky
by Simone Wahl
by Annika Ceder
by Will Roberts
by Bryn Creager
by Vincent Gibbons
by Kayla Neill
by Ruby Rodriguez
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Xcel Energy Projects Near DWS
The Denver Waldorf School received a notice from Xcel Energy about upcoming maintenance work in our neighborhood. We expect this gas line repair and street maintenance to temporarily disrupt our traffic flow and change the availability of street parking. They have told us to expect street closures on Fillmore St. and 10th Avenue, and possibly other streets adjacent to the school. We appreciate your patience with this necessary city infrastructure improvement project.
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Waldorf Senior Relishes Drama Experience
by Jake Smith ’14
After 11 years of class plays at The Denver Waldorf School, I am at the pinnacle of my acting career there and eagerly rehearsing for my final production. The drama program is a vital part of the Waldorf curriculum. Each year, every class performs a play. In the early grades, our plays were recited as a class in unison and always related directly to our studies. For example, in 3rd Grade we studied the Old Testament and performed the story of Moses.
Each year, the plays are more advanced. Students progress from speaking in unison to sharing parts with other students. By Middle School each student has an individual part. Diverse Middle School productions range from Shakespeare to Broadway musicals. In 8th Grade, our class performed “Fiddler on the Roof,” by Jerry Block. I played the role of Motel the tailor, husband of Tevye’s eldest daughter. This play really bonded our class and showed me that no matter how good my individual performance was, it took the whole class to put on a quality show.
In High School, an even tighter class with more acting ability has enhanced my theater experience. As Sophomores, we put on the comedy “Servant of Two Masters,” by Carlo Goldini. I enjoyed developing better comedic timing, and after the show, a friend said it was so funny, it made him cry.
Our Junior play, Sophocles’ tragedy “Antigone,” provided the test of a more serious role. It was much more difficult to transport myself into the role of a messenger who delivers the news to a father that his son has died. However, playing this sad part made me a better actor.
This year, I am excited to go back to comedy. Our Senior class will be performing “You Can’t Take It With You,” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., on March 6 and 8 at 7 pm. I play the part of Grandpa, an eccentric but happy old man. It will be difficult to embody an old man, but I am excited to meet the challenge.
Senior Play: You Can’t Take It With You
The familiar comic strip Dilbert has a twisted logic that contemporary readers understand to be an exaggerated version of reality. This year’s Senior class play, George S. Kaufmann and Moss Hart’s Pulitzer Prize winning romp You Can’t Take It with You, might be viewed as the Dilbert of the 1930’s.
Set in a time in history when undercurrents of fascism and communism seemed to threaten American freedoms, this madcap comedy is chock-full of eccentric characters who follow their passions, no matter how absurd they may seem.
These eccentric characters range from Mr. DePinna, who came to deliver the ice a few years back and never left, to Essie, who dreams of being a ballet dancer, to Penny who wants to write plays because a typewriter was accidentally delivered eight years ago.
Penny can’t finish a play and Essie will never be a good dancer, because, as her boisterous Russian ballet coach tells Grandpa, “She stinks.” Grandpa’s response goes to the heart of the play: “At least she’s having fun.”
And that is just the point. Why go through life serving up the daily grind when you could be doing what you truly want to do. Follow your passion! After all, you can’t take it with you.
The Senior class play is one of the jewels in the crown of a graduating class. Let’s support the Class of 2014 by giving them a full house as they take the stage for the last time in their Waldorf careers!
Thursday, March 6th & Saturday, March 8th at 7:00 pm
The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver
(one door off the SE corner of 37th Ave. and Navajo St.)
Wood, Wool & Wax – The Original Alumni Newsletter
In 2005, recent alum Terrill Legueri ’01 initiated the first DWS Alumni newsletter, Wood, Wool & Wax.
“I felt that Alumni really wanted to see what everyone was up to, so when Kristi Fraum [the Development Director at the time] approached me about putting something formal together, I took on the challenge,” Terrill recalls.
These early newsletters provide a great look back in time – browse through all three issues below:
Wood Wool And Wax – March 2005
Wood Wool And Wax – April 2005
Wood Wool And Wax – May 2005