We’d love to share with all of you the newest video made for prospective parents of the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School. Shot above a bucolic landscape of the campus with the rolling hills of our surrounding area, the video shows how lucky Steiner students are to grow and thrive in such a glorious environment… It was edited by Renannah Weinstein. Enjoy!
We are delighted to share with our community some of the college admissions results from the Berkshire Waldorf High School’s Class of 2018. Many of these students also attended GBRSS from early childhood through the 8th grade. It is so pleasing to know how far-reaching Waldorf students are in their choices for higher education. We were thrilled to hear the inspiring speeches from two members of the Berkshire Waldorf High School’s class of 2018 (who are also Steiner alums) at our Rose Ceremony on June 8th: Daniel Papscun and Solomon Bennett.
Solomon Bennett will attend the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst, where he plans to study political science.
Laura Coe will attend Harvard University. For her senior project, she transformed her barn loft into a dance space. Last year, she rebuilt the damaged engine of one of our school vans.
Thornton Fernbacher will attend Champlain College, where he plans to major in game programming.
Bram Fisher will attend the Eastman School of Music, where he plans to study viola performance and music composition.
Ezra Gudeon will attend Hampshire College, where he plans to study film.
Nadzieja Janota-Wilt will attend the University of Portland, where she plans to study biology. This year, she interned with an herbalist in Oregon, studying healing plants.
Dimitri Koufis will attend Clark University, where he plans to study geography.
Sebastian Lamond will attend Bennington College, where he plans to study English literature.
Michael Angelo Losardo will attend Elms College and will study education.
Valentino Major will attend Green Mountain College after spending a gap year at the Natural Gourmet Institute. He plans to study culinary arts and sustainable agriculture.
Daniel Papscun will attend American University, where he plans to study journalism, history, and political science.
Noah Pott will attend Bates College, where he will study music, theater, and film. This year, he interned with Sundance award-winning film director Diego Ongaro in pre-production for a new film.
Abigail Stearn will attend Dickinson College, after doing a project this year involving surveys and qualitative data analysis under the direction of Eric Martin, Professor of Management at Bucknell University.
Other schools to which the graduates of 2018 were accepted include:
Bard College, Wheaton College, Boston University, New England Conservatory, Rice University, University of Vermont, Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY (Albany, Purchase, New Paltz, and Oneonta, University of Maine, University of Mary Washington, University of Oregon, University of Pudget Sound, University of San Fransisco, Drew University, New England Culinary Institute, DePaul University, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Summer Camp at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner is an incredible Waldorf-inspired day program for children ages 4-14. Come join us in the beautiful Berkshires, as there is still time to register!
The Discoverers program for children aged 4- 6 follows an imaginative, playful and explorative structure. Click here for a sample of last year’s daily schedule. Please note: children must turn 4 by August 1, 2018.
*Circle of song, verse and imagination
*Snack preparation and picnics
*Imaginative indoor and outdoor play and exploration
*Gardening in our vegetable and flower gardens
*Supervised water play along the Green River and Forests
*Weekly donkey rides on campus with Blue Rider Stables
Adventurers (Grades 2-4)
The Adventurers thrive on the challenges and new adventures each week brings:
*Outdoor games, craft projects, and special events
*Pool swim with lessons, river exploration
*Full day trip to Lakeville, CT for swimming and beach fun
*Local hikes on area trails
*Weekly recreational or informative field trip
*Gardening in our biodynamic gardens
*Weekly Circus Arts classes at nearby Berkcirque (excluding Week 4/July 16-20)
Explorers (Grades 5-8)
This on and off-campus program for Explorers offers an active week of outdoor challenges & camaraderie such as:
- Team sports, tennis, biking and hiking local trails
- Full day trip to Lakeville, CT for picnicking, swimming, kayaking/canoeing
- Swimming at special swimming holes and nearby pool
- Special events like rock climbing or a water park trip (additional fee may apply)
- Participation in the Explorers requires moderate endurance and adequate biking skills
Register here for summer at Steiner.
Each session runs Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Weekly rate is $300.
Groups fill up, so enroll early! When you register, you must pay a non-refundable deposit of $100 for each week enrolled (balance is due by the Monday of each session), or you may pay in full. We recommend a minimum of two weeks enrollment.
Head counselors are adults experienced in working with groups of children, who have the support of an assistant counselor.
Swimming lessons take place at Simon’s Rock College. Weekly lake trips are to Lakeville, CT. There is a lifeguard present at both locations. Transportation to off-campus activities is through GBRSS mini-buses.
For answers to questions, please call (413) 528-4015 ext. 0 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer@Steiner 2018 Schedule
Week 1: June 25-29
Week 2: July 2- July 6
Week 3: July 9-13
Week 4: July 16-20
Week 5: July 23-27
Week 6: July 30-August 3
The Discoverers must be PreK or Grade 1 in the fall of 2018
The Adventurers must be in Grades 2-4 in the fall of 2018
The Explorers must be in Grades 5-8 in the fall of 2018
Steiner alumni Oskar Hallig graduated from the school in 1989 as a member of Bob Norris’s first class. After Steiner, he attended a private “prep” high school, Northfield Mount Hammond (NMH) in Western Massachusetts, and then attended Fordham Manhattan, where he earned a double major in Comparative Literature and Communications, focused on “reading, writing and thinking.” He earned a Master’s degree at the New School, also in Manhattan, in nonprofit management and urban policy, after which he moved to Berlin, worked in German television, and also met his husband, Mike Zippel.
Since 2013, Oskar and Mike have been hosts and entertainers in the Berkshires, with their event production company Only in My Dreams, where Oskar is billed as “a problem solver who is able to provide solutions to even the most difficult situations.” He also teaches five business classes at Berkshire Community College, and has been helping to gather his classmates to honor their teacher Bob Norris at this year’s Steiner Spring Gala. He said, “The most important thing Bob gave me was staunch support through my various ‘comings of age.'” When asked if he has advice for current Steiner students, Oskar joked, “It’s a great irony for anybody who knew me at Steiner, that I would become a teacher. Never pigeonhole yourself!”
Are You Googley?
What does it mean to be googley? It’s the state of having googliness, of course, and the majority of Google employees worldwide possess its qualities. But since only Google knows for sure, here’s the rundown from former employee Jens O. Meiert.*
1. Doing the right thing.
Includes not doing anything to harm someone else or that puts another at a disadvantage.
2. Striving for excellence.
Mediocrity is not googley. At Google, unsurprisingly, you find the desire for excellence right at the core, reflected by the goal to “do one thing really, really well.”
3. Keeping an eye on the goals.
Googliness means being focused, and striking a balance between short-term and long-term objectives.
4. Being proactive.
Google’s Code of Conduct says “if something is broken, fix it.” Being proactive means anticipating moves ahead of time so as to take action preemptively. Being proactive also applies to the business itself—how can we go further, what can we do to get there? What being proactive doesn’t mean is waiting for others to make something happen.
5. Going the extra mile.
Jens’s favorite googley skill. Take the following example: Someone emails you for a project change. Such updates may normally be filed through a request management system. One response: asking the requester to file the request through said system. More googley response: filing the request oneself, and sending the requester a status update at the earliest convenience. The difference this makes is huge, yet easily overlooked.
6. Doing something nice for others, with no strings attached.
Being googley means thinking about and doing something for others, not necessarily expecting something in return.
7. Being friendly and approachable.
Google is famous for being friendly and open. Jens notes that “Googlers were at some point explicitly encouraged to just join co-workers they didn’t know for lunch, to talk to and get to know them. That certainly rings googley.” Similarly, the most successful managers at Google maintain “open door” policies; it’s googley to be friendly, open and approachable.
8. Valuing users and colleagues.
It’s googley (and something Google “knows to be true”) to put the user first, and similarly to help a co-worker. It’s not googley to let either down.
9. Being humble, and letting go of the ego.
It’s okay to talk about achievements, but it’s not googley to boast (which can be a fine line). Being googley means thinking of the users, the company, the team and then oneself. That’s accompanied by the belief that everything else, including rewards and promotions, will follow.
10. Being transparent, honest, and fair.
Non-transparency, dishonesty, unfairness and secrecy are inherently ungoogley.
11. Having a sense of humor.
It’s googley to play. (Notice the number of and great efforts behind Google’s hoaxes, jokes, and Easter eggs in this regard.)
Now, you may be asking, can googliness be taught?
Waldorf schools don’t specifically teach googliness, but execs at Google, Yahoo and Facebook recognize that what their children learn through Waldorf education boils down to the same thing: highly desirable qualities such as creativity, collaboration, innovation, internal drive and motivation, the ability to visualize problems and solutions in three dimensions and in real time, comfort with risk-taking and failure, entrepreneurship and a sense of fun and adventure. Many parents who work at Google send their children to Waldorf school since rigorous academics + arts + character education + collaborative learning = googley culture right from the start.
I spoke with Steiner School alum of the month for December 2017, Rupert Young, senior director of software engineering for data compilation and identity at Neustar, Inc., and asked him how attending a school that delays the use of technology influenced his career in Silicon Valley.
Q: Clearly you are in a high tech industry, in a high tech world. Did you find any challenge coming from the Steiner School, where children learn without digital technology?
Rupert Young: I never found any challenge. We had done a lot of math, and my Dad, in the mid-‘70s, took this correspondence course on electronics repair, and he was always fixing VCRs and TVs. There were these Heath kits that you could order by mail.
Did you build a TV?
Rupert Young: Yes, we made a TV.
That’s what they do in the Waldorf High School now, they take a computer apart and put it back together. They de-mystify it. They see that it’s actually a tool, and not magic.
Rupert Young: So even though I wasn’t learning that kind of science in school, we did observational biology, going out and drawing the different types of grains and stuff like that – I remember that particular exercise. But the math was quite strong. We finished algebra successfully enough that I was able to pass out of it when I got to Berkshire [School]…. I was always more balanced, and that is a more unique skill in my career. I have both the technical understanding as well as the business and the people understanding, which is why I’ve done quite a few different types of things. I spent most of my career not on the engineering side, despite having a master’s degree in computer science.
The honest truth is, no school can predict exactly what skills, characteristics and talents employers of the future will seek, since many of those jobs may not have been invented yet, but googliness is a good start for going just about anywhere. In fact, NPR’s Marketplace recently reported that the most “robotproof” job is entrepreneur. – Robyn Perry Coe
*Jens O. Meiert is a professional web designer, developer, and author who has until recently worked for Google. The concept of “googliness” is excerpted of Jens’ article originally published on his site and republished on Business Insider.