George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science
September 4, 2017 News
"The more you read, the more you'll know. The more you know, the more places you'll go." - Theodor Geisel (a.k.a Dr. Seuss)
Important Dates (download 2017-18 calendar)
September 4 - No School in Observance of Labor Day
September 6 - GWC Guild Meeting 6-7:30 p.m. in Room 203 see article
September 14 - Back-to-School Night 6-8 p.m.
September 16 - Great American River Parkway Cleanup 
September 29 - Day of Courage 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Principal's Note
Carver students and teachers prepare to welcome this year's 9th graders with the gauntlet.
Muriel Rukeyser writes in her poem "Elegy in Joy:" 

Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.
Not all things are blest, but the
seeds of all things are blest.
The blessing is in the seed.

We begin as every year blessed. Perhaps our gathering today is a form of blessing for our school year -- our 10th year! A decade old!

We welcome our dear 9th graders. With some sentimentality and sense of impending loss, we honor our 12th graders, the class of 2018! And we relish the returning of our beloved 10th and 11th graders!

As your teachers, we are well versed in the idea that we are planting seeds. We hope that the ideas and the conversations and the experiences and the learning that happens each school year are seeds for your future self to harvest as nourishment and inspiration. It is no accident that we have a garden here at Carver bursting with seeds and seedlings and food to nourish us throughout the year.

Last week all the teacher and I went on a retreat in the forest,  high in the hills near Placerville. We talked and ate and folk danced and stargazed into the Milky Way! We talked a lot about language and how we speak to each other. We thought a lot about the protests this summer where speaking to each other was violent and dangerous and unproductive.

Our hope and our goal is to work together to communicate clearly, to learn to listen to each other, to learn to hear the truth of what each of us is saying. Our intention is to work together as a community to create a Safe Haven school, to develop our compassion and support of one another.

Join the Parent Guild!
Every parent/guardian is automatically a member of the GWC Guild -- no forms, no fees! We will meet 6 p.m. THIS WEDNESDAY, September 6 in Room 203 to elect officers, adopt a budget and plan ways to celebrate Carver's 10th anniversary.

PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT SOUGHT! The GWC Guild is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which supports public Waldorf education at Carver. If you're interested in serving as President or Vice President, please email or show up Wednesday!
Seen At Carver
Tenth grade Chemistry students practicing problem solving by skills building Marshmallow Towers the first week of school! Photo: Melanie Jaramillo
Bell Schedule
School hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Thursdays are an early release day for all schools in SCUSD. Carver runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. on Thursdays.
Student Opportunities & More
Carver is offering a free SAT prep class on Saturdays for juniors and seniors! Please contact Astrid Kinn to sign up at Classes are held 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert invites Sacramento County high school students to apply for the 3rd Annual Youth Academy, which is now accepting applications. Students will learn about the criminal justice system and engage in open communication between law enforcement and themselves concerning issues that affect youth today - including race as a factor in the criminal justice system, use of force, gun violence, gangs, dating violence, human trafficking, marijuana, crime scene investigation and evidence, and distracted driving. A career fair will be held at graduation. The program is open to current Sacramento County high school students. Eligible students can apply for either the South, North, East or Elk Grove/Galt area academy. They must submit a completed application, which can be downloaded at The deadline to apply is September 8, 2017.  Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis. For questions, please email
Safety Center's Youth Advisory Council was established in 2016 with the purpose of making a difference in communities throughout California by using peer influence to outreach directly to the world's youth and preparing young adults to lead by example for future generations. We meet once per month, either in person or by Skype. Students participate from all over California making a difference while developing business skills to advance their futures. Entry deadline is September 22, 2017 for all California Students!  2017-18 Application
Prospective Students and Families:

You are invited to join us for Sacramento State's Future Hornet Day 2017 on Saturday, October 14th from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

Future Hornet Day is designed especially for prospective undergraduates and their families. You can tour the campus, meet with many of our dedicated faculty and staff, and attend information sessions on admissions, housing, financial aid, and more. Meet and mingle with some of Sac State's finest throughout the day - students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends.                                                      
      Register Online Here Today!

* Meet a representative from one of our 52 majors and get all of your questions answered!
* Learn more about Sac State's admissions process
* Participants will receive an early admission decision
* Take part in fun activities-food, games, photo booth
* Enjoy guided tours of the campus, Housing, the WELL and the Upper Eastside Lofts. See and hear first-hand about some of our dynamic facilities and programs from current Sac State students. Register for one of these popular tours using the links provided in your event confirmation email - they fill up fast!
* . . . and much more!
Be sure to come by the check-in table in the Housing Quad when you arrive and pick up your welcome packet, which includes special Future Hornet discount coupons for use at campus merchants to help you make the most of your Sac State visit.    
Plan to stay and enjoy watching the Sac State Hornet Football Team play in our Homecoming Game. Kick-off is at 6:00pm. Homecoming always brings out the Sac State Hornet Spirit with lots of festivities, music, food and fun for the whole family. Homecoming festivities begin around 3:00pm and continue thru game time - featuring live music, a kid zone, a parade led by Herky which includes the dance team and the marching band. For more information on all the Homecoming festivities, visit the Homecoming page.  
How You Can Support Carver
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Giving to Carver shows your support of our diverse programs. As a public Waldorf school, we rely on donations to provide funding for all the "extras" for our students every day such as the high-quality art supplies students use every day in their classes. Your donations have helped pay for a music program, the mobile kitchen and chalkboards. Our next goal is shaded outdoor seating!
Dr. Allegra Alessandri, Principal | Email Me |  916-395-5266
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