2021-22 Harvest Festival Snapshot

Festivals are an important aspect of Syringa Mountain School and part of our Waldorf-inspired school culture. Our festivals celebrate seasonal change, rites of passage, and values that we strive to cultivate in our students.

Our first festival of the year was Harvest Festival, also known as Michaelmas.

As Waldorf Schools of New Orleans noted:
“Waldorf Schools around the world celebrate Michaelmas, which began as a harvest festival in the Middle Ages. (Michael) is a symbol of good triumphing over evil, courage over cowardice. The celebration of this holiday teaches the importance of facing fears and strengthening resolve.

Michaelmas falls near the autumn equinox, marking the end of the harvest and the summer…This shift marks a time of turning inward, a time of gathering strength to face the growing darkness.”

We hope you enjoy this brief video showing the hard work and joy that the festival brings our Syringa community.

Anthony Miller

Anthony was born in Iowa, raised in a military family that gave him the opportunity to grow up in England, North Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and California. After having kids, Anthony and his wife Jessica decided to plant their roots and raise their family in the valley for the small town and outdoor lifestyle they grew up with.

Anthony studied marketing and advertising at UCSD and built a career in digital marketing working in corporate and agency roles. Today he owns and operates Tower33, an advertising agency that specializes in acquisition marketing services for industries that include education, nonprofit, real estate, and tourism. In his advertising career, he’s had the opportunity to work with hundreds of companies that include United Way, Trex, Rip Curl, Olukai, Qualcomm, and The University of Arizona.

Outside of his work in advertising, he serves on the board for the EO Idaho (Entrepreneurs Organization) Accelerator program and the board of directors for a private for-profit corporation. Anthony has served as a local chapter President for the American Advertising Federation’s AD2 and The San Diego Advertising Fund for Emergencies.

Anthony looks forward to bringing his experience to help serve at Syringa Mountain School.

Janessa Corrao-Bal

Janessa, like many other faculty at Syringa, was raised here in the valley. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2020 with her bachelor of social work she returned to the Wood River Valley. Last year she spent her time substituting and skiing before taking a full-time position at Wood River Middle School as an academic coach. There she fostered a love for teaching and being part of a school community. Since then, Janessa has started her journey towards becoming a teacher and is currently working towards a masters in arts education. She could not be happier to be a member of the Syringa community this year!