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Do you like movies? How about a good story or a poem? If so, the English senior electives might be for you! Seniors can choose to take either Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction or Introduction to Film Studies alongside English 12.

"The Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction class is run a lot like a studio class," teacher Laura Gill explains. "We do a lot of writing and workshopping—and as the only class at Field that's solely focused on celebrating creative writing, it's a really valuable course." Students work on poetry, memoir, fiction, and nonfiction work, which is very different from analytic papers or essays that they're used to writing for other classes. They also delve into desktop publishing and editing with the Majestick Elephant, the literary magazine they create each year during 4th quarter from student submissions, and mini zines that each student creates.
"It's basically an intro writing course like you might get at the college level," Laura says. Students get exposure to reading and writing in lots of different genres, and once they get to college, they have a good sense of what writing classes they might like to take. 
If you love watching and analyzing films in class, Introduction to Film Studies might be the senior English elective for you. "The class is a survey-level course about film as a medium," teacher Julia Cohen says. "We talk about film production, film as text, and responses to film."
Students learn to watch movies with a critical eye, considering what they're seeing and hearing as they watch. They focus on reading all the elements that make up the scene, from lighting and props to costumes, hair, and makeup, the way the actors perform, and the sound editing and film score. "As an English elective, we're most often responding to films in writing and related modes of expression like presentations," Julia says. "We write essays, reviews, journal entries, and more as we learn about the many ways to respond to film as text and as a creative and entertaining medium."
If you want to stretch your creative muscles and go on a deep dive into a new genre, English elective courses might pique your interest. Stay creative!


The 14th of March each year marks a very special day in the world of mathematics: the date is 3-14, a day also known as Pi Day. Of course, there's no better way to celebrate Pi Day than with pie—a circular food that's also delicious. Field may have had a snow day on Pi Day, but our math department did a bit of recalculating so the festivities could go on.
Field math teachers put together a Pi Day celebration with a pi-themed art contest, a pie-eating contest (featuring a guest appearance by Associate Head of School David Buffum), and some great geometry-related jokes (Why is an obtuse triangle always angry? Because it'll never be right!). Contest winners got the great honor of getting to lob Field teachers Laura W and Harry in the face (gently) with whipped cream.
Pi Day is a tradition that brings art and math together, in the spirit of Field's interdisciplinary learning. The punny name doesn't hurt either. And of course, it's also a lot of very silly, delicious fun. Happy (belated) Pi Day!


As Winter Internship draws to a close, we are excited to see everyone back at school on Monday and to hear all of your stories. Interns worked at schools, repaired cars and bicycles, served their community, helped brides find wedding dresses, honed their photography and videography skills, curated at museums, waited tables, observed surgeries, got featured in newspapers, studied brains, baked cakes, and so much more. Students also put together an entire full-length theater production in only two weeks and traveled to Peru, Charleston, and around DC as part of internship trips. Given the chance to explore their interests, Field students stretched out across the world and across a broad spectrum of fascinating opportunities.

Check out a slideshow of internship photos HERE.


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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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.

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