March 2021 Newsletter
It is official, after waiting several hours for our agenda item to be heard at
yesterday's NH DOE Board Meeting, we received an enthusiastic yes to our request
and we are now allowed to expand our grades to 25 per class AND add
Kindergarten! What does this mean? It means we were able to enroll many more
applicants from the lengthy wait lists for specific grades and we are now able to plan
for two cohorts of Kindergarten of 12 and 13 students respectively.
Introducing our new Lead Administrator: Luke Goodwin! Luke Goodwin is a Waldorf School "lifer" who has been involved with Waldorf education for over 40 years. After graduating with a Masters of Education from Antioch University, New England, he served as a class teacher at the Ashwood Waldorf School in Rockport, Maine and the Cape Ann Waldorf School in Beverly, MA.
March 2021 Special Edition - Who We Are!
Gathering Waters Chartered Public school has been a community group effort since
the summer of 2018 when the MWS High School closed its doors on School Street in
Keene, NH. A group of parents, teachers, and community members, The Friends of
Gathering Waters, came together with the shared vision of continuing Waldorf
education for high school students in the Monadnock region.
Over the next two and a half years, and after many community meetings and discussions on back porches and around dining room tables, the groundwork was set for a free chartered Waldorf high school to be born. However it also became clear that there was a growing need for affordable Waldorf Education for all ages in the Monadnock region. Just a few short weeks before the application deadline the Friends of Gathering Waters took a huge leap and rewrote the application to include grades 1-12. On December 10th, 2020 the NH State Board of Education voted yes to Gathering Waters' Charter application.
Since December 10th, there has been a flurry of activity on the part of the Board, committee members and newly hired admin staff. As they continue to work full time jobs, and take care of their families, each individual has committed their time and energy to the formation of the school and the vision that Gathering Waters brings to this community for the future of our children. The success of Gathering Waters is due in large part to the work of all those who have come before and have built such a strong network of support for Waldorf Education in the Monadnock Region.