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Welcome... the first Wellsprings Way issue of the 2018/19 academic year!

A big thank you to all of the students who worked on and contributed to the publication last year! Well done! 

Thanks to all for reading and keep the ideas coming!


Calling all students!

We need you to help create the Wellsprings Way! Come check it out on Wednesdays (except not next Wednesday, Halloween, as we won't meet that day) at lunch time in the library. Bring your food, have fun, and if you decide you like it, start earning some credit. It's really casual, no pressure, and geared to your interests. Give it a shot!


"What's different about Wellsprings?"...from a first-year student's perspective... 

I had the opportunity to sit down with Joscelyn Martin for a few minutes during lunch one day to ask her about her first impressions since joining Wellsprings this year. She had previously attended a local high school for two years. One thing that struck me during our conversation was how much her experiences parallel what I have heard from her fellow students.

While she is still learning everyone's names she has really been enjoying how friendly everyone is. She, like so many of the students here, is experiencing significantly less stress and anxiety due to the more relaxed and supportive atmosphere. At times she's been surprised to be feeling happier about her life and herself. She's been enjoying her classes; Math taught at her pace, Recycled Arts, Writing, History of Guitar Slingers, Human Sexuality, and Sewing in which she is currently working on earrings with chain mail. She is loving that creativity is encouraged at the school.

When I asked her what she would tell a student interested in Wellsprings she mentioned the following: You can move at your own pace, pick classes from the schedule, take home work if you want to, have a good breakfast and lunch, and help people in the community through community service.

She also mentioned the Friday morning group circle which includes fifteen minutes of silence. She said it allows her the space to ask herself, "What do I need to clear?", and then gives her the time to clear her mind.

Thanks again for your honesty and for sharing with us some of what you like about Wellsprings, Joscelyn!


Student Art

In Chanci’s art class the students are encouraged to explore various art mediums. Here's a drawing-in-progess by Sheyanne.


25th Year School Anniversary!

This year marks the 25th year of our school's existence! Many hundreds of people have been touched by the tens of thousands of hours that teachers, administrators, students, board and community members, parents, and untold others have contributed to making this school the special place that it is. How to honor this momentous year?

One step in marking this year's milestone was to develop a logo that could be used all year long to rally around. With the help and guidance of Roger Durant, Storm Kennedy and crew of Stormy Communications, the crew of Funk/Levis & Associates, and others an idea was hatched of a logo contest open to anyone near and far. A cash prize of $500 (given to the school for this purpose by a generous donor) would be awarded to the winning logo designer.

Five folks dedicated to Wellsprings and its mission volunteered to be on the logo selection committee: Lisette Ewing (board member), Bob Schlichting (teacher), Dennis Hoerner (Head of School), Storm Kennedy (marketing professional), and James Cloutier (local artist). 

Six graphic artists responded and submitted nine entries. The artists hailed from our local community, the Midwest, and as far away as the Philippines! And indeed, the winner of the contest and the designer of the above logo was from.....the Philippines! His name is Jevon Florendo (pictured below) and he lives in Taguig City. He finds competitions to enter by searching the internet and Facebook. Thank you so much for your beautiful design, Jevon!


...this term! Check out this impressive selection brought to you by the dedicated teachers and staff of Wellsprings!

  • Math
  • Guitar
  • Reading Circle
  • Recycled Art
  • Short Stories
  • Hiking
  • Writing 101
  • Government
  • Biology
  • Literature: Animal Farm
  • Figure Drawing
  • Team Sports
  • Cooking
  • Physics
  • Human Sexuality
  • Community Resources
  • Creative Writing
  • History of Communism
  • Sewing
  • Global Awareness
  • Improv
  • Space Force Studies
  • History of Guitar Slingers
  • Chess and Strategy


October 26th
Extreme Energy

From Bureau of Lectures & Concert Artists comes an interactive science show/assembly program. From potential energy to (controlled) explosions, from thermal cameras to people-power, students will explore where energy comes from, and where it ends up. How do we generate the energy we use every day and how do the choices we make affect our environment? This is one of the most exciting and hands on science based assembly programs touring the country today.

November 2nd 
Class Registration

November 8th
Last day of Term

November 9th
Grading Day - No school

November 12th
Veteran's Day - No school

November 16th, lunch time 

Wellsprings Thanksgiving
School and Family Feast!
Volunteers needed!

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We want to hear your…
…thoughts, story ideas, anecdotes, suggestions, and contributions! We want to hear all of them! Perhaps there is something you've been wondering about that the Wellsprings Way team could investigate? Hit "reply" to this newsletter, let us know what it is, and we'll "get on it"!

Wellsprings Way Newsletter Group: Chris Meeker (Ben’s dad), Dawn Meckelson, Dennis Hoerner, Gen Schaack.

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