Pasadena Waldorf School Hosts Class of 2019 Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony

Pasadena Waldorf School 8th Grade Class: Front row, from left: Katherine Chang, Nathalie Guzman, Melvin Isaacs.  Middle: Class teacher Aleide Murray, Bailee Roberts, Laurel Spear, Rose Reiner, Matthew Puls, Zevin Delaski, Roxy Moore, Helena Chirinos Carter.  Back: Anna Madruga, Giselle Balderrama, Sophie Chiara, Celia Deming-Bernstein, Zyan Ha, Van Haslett, Sora LopezSophie ChiaraMelvin IsaacsSora LopezVan HaslettLaurel SpearHelena Chirinos CarterCelia Deming BernsteinMatthew PulsBailee RobertsZyan HaKatherine ChangNathalie GuzmanAnna MadrugaRoxy MooreGiselle BalderramaRose ReinerZevin Delaski

STAFF REPORTS | Photography by Margaret Gruesbeck / Gruesbeck Fine Art Portrait Studio

11:46 am | June 10, 2015

On Saturday, June 6, in the shadows of the majestic deodar trees and historic Scripps Hall, Pasadena Waldorf School honored the 17 students in the Class of 2019 at the Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony. Eighth grade teacher Aleide Murray, who has been the class teacher since the students were in the first grade, hosted the event. The ceremony featured speeches by Mrs. Murray, and parents Jeffrey Bernstein and Roxanne Spear. Also part of the program were speeches by eighth grade class president Celia Rose Deming-Bernstein and class member Matthew Puls. Celia and Matthew took the audience on a touching and humorous look back at some of the memorable moments the class has experienced since many of them were together in kindergarten. The class also performed instrumental and chorale musical numbers.

The day after their promotion, the entire class boarded a plane bound for Oregon for their class trip to Ashland, OR. For over a year, the class has been fundraising for the annual eighth grade trip. The students stay in the dorms at Southern Oregon University and engage in a range of activities including white-water rafting and attending classes and performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Pasadena Waldorf School, founded in 1979, offers an inspired education to students from Early Childhood (Parent-Child, Preschool, and Kindergarten) through High School. Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf Education is based on an understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head. With over ninety years of experience and over 1000 schools worldwide, Waldorf Education is one of the world’s leading educational movements. For more information visit