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FIELD STUDENTS EAT, SLEEP, AND (MOSTLY) BREATHE SCIENCE

If you saw some strange objects sticking out of the ground around campus recently, you may have been witnessing a science experiment in progress! 
Students in Field's Environmental Science class recently used homemade particulate catchers to "catch" some of the air around campus and bring it back to the lab for testing.
 
"Particulate matter, an air pollutant," Environmental Science teacher Laura Franklin explains, "is composed of solid or liquid particles that are small enough to be suspended in the atmosphere and can damage respiratory tissues when inhaled." Dust, soot, sulfates, and nitrates can all produce particulate matter. Yuck!
 
After collecting the samples, students looked at the particulate matter under a microscope to see what they'd caught. The sample shown here is from a particulate catcher junior Jaye put under the Field sign on Foxhall Road. Laura explains that the particulate matter shown is likely a mix of road dust and combustion products. "It's not too bad as far as particulate concentration goes," she says. "I imagine that we'd see a much higher concentration if we did this in some other parts of town. And if we had done this in a city known for high levels of air pollution like Beijing, then our catchers would probably be coated too thickly to see anything."
 
Woah! Talk about a fun way to practice collecting and examining samples in our own environment. Hypothesis proved: Environmental Science at Field is super-cool!
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MUSIC AND MORE MUSIC!

A group of parents volunteering at Field during the monthly First Friday last week (yes, it's a super fun volunteer opportunity on the first Friday of each month!) got an awesome surprise in the form of a visit from Field's a capella group. David Buffum and his class of singing sensations gave a preview of some of their spring repertoire to great excitement! You'll have to attend Studio Day or the a cappella group's year-end concert for the full performance, but suffice it to say that "Love Potion #9" is going to be a big hit.
 
Later that evening, the Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) hosted their annual GSA Cabaret—which turned out to be a pizza party, open mic night, and a concert from a local band all in one. Students and teachers alike performed poetry, delivered stand-up comedy routines, sang songs, played guitars and ukuleles, and—in true Field fashion—supported each other wholeheartedly. Check out a little sample of their performances HERE!

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SNAPSHOTS FROM CLASS

In a SHAM called Life Honors, hands 
went up in the air with questions for the guest speaker—board member and alum parent Timur Tunador, the president & CEO of Atlantic Coast Mortgage. Timur presented and took questions about mortgages, collateral, and finances. 
 


Meanwhile, French students were interviewing Heather Garvin, who works in the Advancement Office, about 
le déjeuner—Field's lunch program. They planned to bring their findings back to class and present them as part of a unit on the environment. Now there's a cool way to practice your French!
 
Speaking of food, renowned chef Alice Waters stopped by with Chef Cathal Armstrong to take a look at Field's lunch program and meet Field students. Adam Diaz, who taught an Honors course, The Politics of Food, last year, introduced Alice to some of his students, who said she was lovely!
 
Of course, there were also sports games to play and watch. Middle schoolers formed a strong cheering contingent for their classmates last Friday, watching the games as part of the Middle School Late Night. They made signs, cheered heartily, and watched a movie together. Sounds like a fun night!
 
Inside the classroom and out, students engaged with their studies and with each other. What a week!
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FIELD'S ALUMNI PROGRAM BRINGS THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER

Who's excited for their high school reunion? Field alumni are!
 
It's not just one reunion, though. You might be surprised to hear that Field has a robust alumni program, much like many college programs—we provide opportunities for Field alums to connect with current Field students, former teachers, and of course their fellow alumni. 

Once you're part of the Field family, you're always part of the Field family! We meet up with each other online, on campus, and at gatherings around the country. It's a great way to stay connected—and Field students stay connected for life.
 
What are some ways our current students and community have access to alumni (and their wisdom)? We host alums as guest speakers in classrooms and at all-community events like our Speaker Series. Seniors get even more structured 
access through a program that helps prepare them for the next chapter in their journey. Starting in January, seniors are treated to the Senior-Young Alumni Lunch, where alumni 
return to speak about life after Field, from college roommates, study habits, making friends, advocating for yourself in a new environment, extracurricular activities, and more. We often have young alumni speak about their gap year or other options as well. Then in the spring, we gather a panel of alumni with creative, interesting career paths to speak to seniors at Career Day. Students always find this day inspiring!
 
Through volunteering their time, participating in community events, or giving back (all alumni gifts go directly to financial aid!), alumni are able to make new friends, tap into professional networks, inspire and support current Field students, and have a darn good time doing it.
 
The shared experience of a Field education is powerful—it connects people across decades. Already this year, Field alums have volunteered and gathered together at Homecoming, the Annual Fund Launch Party, and regional events in DC and Chicago. Next week, alums will come to campus for a friendly game of basketball with students at the Thanksgiving Alumni Basketball Game. Come out to watch or play!
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10TH GRADERS SERVE FOOD—AND THEIR COMMUNITY

Last Friday, a day of community service for the 10th graders kicked off a yearlong focus on service and making an impact. "Our values for the 10th grade—accountability, leadership, and advocacy—relate a lot to the classroom, of course, but we also want students to take those values into their community," says 10th Grade Assistant Head Laura Gill. "This yearlong commitment to service will help them be accountable to their community, leaders in their community, and advocate for their community."

The kickoff day was a big success; 10th graders split up into three groups to lend a hand at the Capital Area Food Bank, Food & Friends, or Seabury/Age-in-Place. They packaged meals, did some gardening, and made deliveries for the elderly. Afterwards, they shared out what they had learned. 

Julia Cohen, Head of the 10th grade, pointed out to them what a difference they had already made. "Each of the students individually did three hours," she said, "but collectively, we did dozens and dozens of hours. That makes a difference in the life of an organization and in the DC community." Each of our contributions matter—and when you look at them all together, we can really make a difference!
 
Over the course of the year, the 10th graders will host speakers to talk about volunteerism and the meaning of service. Don't be surprised if Julia or Laura reach out to you to be involved!
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PEER TUTORING!

What's one thing you want people to know about Peer Tutoring? "It's the best!," say Amanda Simmons '17 and Sara Silber '17. The Peer Tutoring Center is open during SHAM every Tuesdaythrough Friday to help any student with any subject.
 
All 11th or 12th grade students are welcome to apply to be a tutor. "The application has questions about why you want to be a tutor, what subjects you can do, and why you feel peer tutoring is important," shares Thea Hurwitz '18.
 
This year's 21 tutors began the year by preparing and training for their role. "We have training sessions before the Peer Tutoring Center kicks off, in which we go through practice scenarios and facilitate discussions on what makes a good session," says faculty sponsor Fiona Riley. "We focus on ways to get the tutee to get to an answer or concept themselves rather than just telling it to them." Now that they're up and running, students from any grade can drop in to A202 (across from the Admissions Office) during SHAM for help on any subject. No need to sign up beforehand—they're always there to help!
 
In addition to their tutoring work, the students running the center also host open mic nights, which are popular evenings for students to display their talents in a super-supportive environment. They started these events to draw attention to the Peer Tutoring Center, which is now in its third year, and to create a greater sense of community at Field. "It also helped make us approachable," says Julia Gutman '17, "because last year we had to perform and we made complete fools out of ourselves doing a Spongebob song." Putting themselves out there makes the tutor/tutee relationship less intimidating and—the tutors hope—will help welcome students in to the tutoring center. 
 
Speaking of super-supportive environments, peer tutors pride themselves on creating a fun, friendly, and welcoming space at the tutoring center. "It's a really open environment," says student tutor Daniela Bernstein '17. "There's no judgement or pressure," Julia adds.
 
If you're having trouble with a word problem, lab report, or history lesson—make the Peer Tutoring Center your first stop! As Daniela says, "We're really excited to help people!"
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Be Yourself at The Field School

Self-Discovery.  It's the first word in our mission statement, and its pursuit is innate to everyday life at Field.  Students are encouraged to think and learn about themselves, and to grow as individuals over the course of their time here.  They can be studious, athletic, shy, boisterous, latino, focused, whimsical, black, white or anytihng else they want—so long as they are who they truly are.

Field is a place where you can be yourself.
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