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"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!


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!


You may have noticed "Senior Search" on the school calendar for this week 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!"


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!"


What in the world is SHAM? It stands for Study halls, Honors,Activities, and Meetings. Already this year we've had some great all-school meetings and grade-level meetings, but now it's time to kick off the H and the A—Honors and Activities! (You'll hear more about study halls from your grade heads.)
Honors classes are offered weekly during SHAM. "Honors is a program of challenging and innovative short courses," says Director of Student Activities Aaron Bachmann. "This is a 
chance where students of all ages get to see the real passions of their teachers. They get to experience a really intense and innovative approach to a more specialized topic." Teachers get to dream up whatever subject matter they want—and with few curricular restrictions, they come up with unique and fascinating choices every year. This year's offerings include courses that focus on hip-hop analysis, iconic film scenes, the Bible, photojournalism, and starting your own business. They all promise to be interesting, engaging courses. Students who want to be involved MUST attend a meeting on Monday, September 19th at 12:15pm in the Theater. CLICK HERE to check out the options for the year!
On the flip side, activities are dreamed up and run by our student population.
They are, Aaron says, "one of the best chances for student leadership at Field." Students of any age are welcome to propose an activity or club which will run once a week during SHAM throughout the year. We've had everything from House Hunters Club (yes, they watched House Hunters!) to sabermetrics (that's baseball statistics) to Ukulele Club. "They also have the opportunity to have really involved, deep discussions in groups like A.W.A.R.E. [a social justice-focused group], the GSA, and Model U.N.," says Aaron. "It’s a broad group of activities that’s very reflective of the diverse interests of our student population." Students: don't miss the Activities Fair next Wednesday!

Hands-On Science, In and Out of the Classroom

One of Field's greatest strengths is our teachers' creativity and dedication to keeping their classes active and experiential, often in unexpected ways in traditionally theoretical subjects. Students design their own cities to learn about angles in geometry and make recipes together to practice the imperative in Spanish. Applied learning is a benchmark of the Field education, not an exception to the rule. This week, science classes featured all kinds of hands-on excitement!
On Monday, 6th graders were treated to an in-school science field trip with special guest Dr. Strouse, who guided them through dissections of pig hearts ("You can put your finger through the ventricle!," demonstrated one student) and had them put electrodes on to have an EKG taken. They got to keep a printout of their own heartbeat!
Meanwhile, at the Natural History Museum, Advanced Biology students went looking for skeletons as part of their exam on natural selection and genetics. Among other finds, each was tasked with identifying which vertebrate skeleton at the museum most resembled Tiktaalik, the "fishapod" who left the ocean to climb on land—and likely the ancestor of all modern land-dwelling vertebrates.  
Physics 1 students are embarking on an engineering unit. They're taking the lessons they learned from making catapults last week to build bridges out of popsicle sticks and put them to the test! Using a bridge measuring tool, they found out how strong their bridges were by applying—and increasing—pressure on the middle of the bridge. After they evaluate their bridges, they'll work to figure out how to make them even stronger!

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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