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A NEW FIELD FOR FIELD

This winter, Field’s athletic field will be under construction and 
by spring, we’ll have a brand-new turf field. “We’re really excited about it,” says Nancy Anderson, Director of Facilities, who worked with our Athletic Directors and the Building and Grounds Committee to choose the new materials and plan the project. “It’s going to be a fully revitalized athletic field with a good warranty and a great maintenance plan to boot!”
 
Have you ever wondered how a turf field is built? 
It’s pretty interesting, actually. As Nancy explains, it’s kind of like laying a carpet. The green grass is actually a network of fibers that help to hold the rubber pellets, or infill, in place. The pellets help give the field its softness and bounce. Once the fibers (grass) start to break down over time, you start to lose more and more of that rubber infill and thereby the softness of the field—you may have even shaken some out of your shoes after a game!
 
“These fields typically last eight to ten years, and we got 

almost ten years out of ours,” Nancy explains. The facilities team works hard to maintain the field, giving it a deep grooming up to twice a year to keep the field safe and high-performing for student athletes to play on. But eventually after lots of enthusiastic use, the field needs to be replaced. “We work very hard to be good stewards of what we have and to take good care of our school,” Nancy says. “We also have a Board of Trustees subcommittee specifically focused on buildings and grounds that helps oversee everything related to facilities and maintenance, and the Board's Finance Committee builds these critical costs into the school's budget each year.”
 
"Our field sees so much use that a new turf will really benefit our whole school community, not just our sports teams, as the field is used almost daily by students during lunch and SHAM," says Jesse Gaylord, Field's Athletic Director. The revitalized turf will be better for running and drills as well as diving to catch a frisbee, nailing a corner kick during a soccer game, and scooping up a lacrosse ball. "You'll also have fewer rubber pellets in your home," Jesse adds. "It's going to be awesome!"
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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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VOLLEYBALL COLLABORATION IS A GREAT (GAME, SET) MATCH

"The net was set up for a JV game, and middle school volleyball and varsity volleyball both had practice in the gym," MS volleyball coach John Cichello explains. "Emily, the varsity coach, said, 'Let's just practice together.'"
 
And that's how sharing space one day became a collaboration between middle school and varsity volleyball that has helped both teams learn and become stronger.
 
Field Falcons are always supportive of each other, and volleyball is a proud member of that tradition. Last year was the first year Field offered middle school volleyball, and the varsity team was there for them, high-fiving the new athletes as they climbed onto the bus for their first game. 10th grader Izzy Seka, who plays on the varsity team, has also been working with the middle school team in her free time, introducing the middle schoolers to new drills and getting them excited to play. So maybe it was only a matter of time until a more official collaboration emerged—but no one expected the amount of growth both teams would show after just one practice together.
 
"We drilled together and in 30 minutes working with the varsity girls, our middle schoolers made so much progress," John says. "And Emily thought it was great for the varsity girls as well; by teaching a skill you reinforce it so much in your own mind."
 
Middle school volleyball athlete Fev Aklilu cited this collaboration as her favorite part of the season. "Because they're a lot more experienced, they taught us a lot. It was cool to see their tips and tricks!"
 
The teams practiced together twice this year, but plan to join up more often in the future. "It's a great way of keeping the school small," John says, "and having the high schoolers connect with middle schoolers in a real way."
 
Watching members of both teams laugh together as they worked on their overhand serves showed that this collaboration is an ace!
 
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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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WHAT IS SENIOR SEARCH?

You may have noticed "Senior Search" on the school calendar and wondered what it's all about. We're so glad you asked!
 
Students have many options when it comes to college, so it's key to figure out which schools might be a good fit for their own unique needs, talents, and personality. Senior Search is a designated time (usually a week or a few long weekends) when seniors are excused from class and are free to work on applications, visit schools to get a sense if they'd be a good potential fit, or anything else they might need some extra time for in the process. "Senior Search is a time when students can really do a first visit, a final visit, and finish all the paperwork involved in the application process without the distractions and time constraints of homework or daily classes," says Sonya Ohlsson, our Director of College Counseling.
 
And it's a particularly special opportunity, too: "Senior Search Week is an incredible gift that I've never seen done at any other high school," says Assistant Director of College Counseling Jordi Rozenman. "Having a whole week off, completely excused, solely to focus on college is hugely helpful for seniors."
 
2016 alum Evie Geary agrees: "It was good to have time to look at colleges while they were in session, because there's a big difference between going to an empty campus and going to a full campus." Evie is pictured here showing Jordi photos from the college she chose after visiting during Senior Search!
 
By providing students with a dedicated time to focus on their next steps, we hope to allow our seniors to focus on school when school is in session and have fewer distractions and missed classes during the rest of the year. According to Sonya, "The vast majority of seniors will come back from Senior Search with applications completed, and while they may still add or remove colleges from their lists, they rarely have to spend too much more time filling out forms or writing essays. And then they are free to enjoy the rest of the year!"
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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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