The Field School



Message from Dale re: Recent Events

To The Field School Community,

The tragic series of events last week that occurred in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas underscores the continuing and painful challenges our society faces when it comes to race and highlights the great importance of our schools to teach and engage students in dialogue about race, difference, and privilege. It feels important to me that our community be reminded of Field’s commitment to addressing these issues and to share our renewed commitment—in response to these recent events, but also because we are always seeking to improve our practice—to do even better this coming school year.

Some of you may not know that in 2010 Field’s Board, administrative leadership, faculty, and staff adopted a commitment to multicultural competence and recognized the conviction as deeply embedded and central to Field’s mission and core values. Our community has made significant and important steps towards multicultural competence in the years before and since the commitment was made public. Our latest edition of our annual magazine, Field Notes, rightly and proudly details the advances our community has made in this area over the last 10 years.

This past week, Field’s leadership team was on a retreat when the tragic news reports were becoming known to us. We decided to suspend our scheduled work and took time to process and discuss the events and to reflect on Field’s commitment to multicultural competence, to seeing every student as an individual, and to our mission of Self Discovery, Skills of Mind, and Generosity of Heart.

Coming out of our leadership retreat, it is our overall assessment that as leaders and as a community, we can still do better in addressing issues of race, difference, and privilege. And we can do better in supporting our students, faculty, and staff who belong to minority populations in a school that is predominantly white, heterosexual, and affluent. We reaffirm our conviction that as we do better on these issues, it serves all in our community and better prepares all students to live a life with greater positive impact on our world.

So in the aftermath of last week’s events, which we recognize are not isolated but representative of a painful part of our ongoing national history, we are moved to respond with heart, wisdom, and strength. We commit to work with the faculty, staff, and our board this fall to further improve and hasten our work towards multicultural competence, and we commit to better communicate about these issues to our students and to the broader Field community.

We are reminded that to be silent in the face of injustice is to be complicit. I feel it is important to share our voice, to share with you our grief and frustration, to remind you of Field’s values and commitments, and to ask for your support as we plan for a new school year and the opportunities that await to build an even stronger community.

May we all find healing, compassion, conviction, and peace in the summer weeks that remain.
Aude Sapere—Dare to Be Wise.



As we transition from a rainy spring to a humid summer, Field teachers and students have dedicated time for joyous and mindful recognition of each other's success. Some of this takes 
the form of more official and traditional awards ceremonies like the sports banquet (who could forget Aaron Bachmann getting a watering-can rainshower in a plastic kiddie pool?), the academic luncheon (check out the video shown at the luncheon here), and the awards assembly. Some is from hilarious yet thoughtful ceremonies like the 8th grade ice cream social, where teachers look deep into their crystal balls to tell their students' futures. But much of it happens naturally every day throughout the year, from cheering on a fellow student's performance (we've enjoyed singing, dancing, speeches, and baton twirling lately—and the talent really is amazing!) to quiet recognition of a classmate's insightful comment or a job well done.
Generosity of heart has been on full display as award winners, performers, and good school citizens are congratulated by enthusiastic cheers, wide smiles, and many high fives from their peers. The positivity that we cultivate as a community buoys us all as we celebrate each of our accomplishments. For some of us, it's getting a paper done before the deadline. For some of us, it's finally getting that grade or score we've been hoping for. For some of us, it's finally making a basket in a game or winning a city championship relay. For some of us, it's running a student government campaign we're proud of, whether we win or lose. Field students, teachers, and staff are always working towards our own personal bests. We take this time of year to celebrate each other. Think about how far you've come since the beginning of the year! 


Rain, rain, go away, that's what all the coaches say!
Even record amounts of precipitation couldn't keep the spring sports at Field down! While many of our contests were in a constant state of soggy, Field student-athletes competed well in all of their games, matches, and meets this spring. And through all of the rain, we had one of our best seasons ever. Whether it was record participation numbers in softball, the first middle school sports championship since the 1980s, winning the inaugural year of the Washington Frisbee league, claiming the boys' tennis banner for the third year in a row, or capping off a sixth straight championship in boys' track and field, our athletes performed beyond our coaches' expectations. And with some athletes pointing towards the state and national contests, there may even be more accolades for our young Falcons ahead!

What's the scoop on Bowls for Soup?

Natalia Kormeluk's students often speak of how life-changing her ceramics courses have been for them, so it's no surprise that two of them chose to spend their Friday SHAMs working with clay for a cause. Bowls for Soup was started last school year by Jared Green '17 and Blaine Berquist '15, who wanted to have a clay-related SHAM and join what has become a tradition among potters: donating bowls to raise money for a cause.

Jared said his passion for clay was born nearly five years ago when he was at camp. "We barely touched clay," he says, "but I fell in love with it anyway." He's since devoted countless hours to honing his skill, and now he's able to coach other students during Bowls for Soup on centering their clay on the wheel, working with the clay, and other tricky aspects of creating a functional vessel. 
Other students joined in the action that year and continued the tradition this year. "It was fun and we made a lot of bowls," Jared says. Last month, those Bowls for Soup bowls found their way to the 22nd Annual SOUPer Saturday event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA, with some help from Field alum parent and ceramics artist Susan Greenleaf. The bowl-throwing do-gooders received a heartfelt thank-you letter from United Community Ministries, the event's beneficiary. The event had raised over $3,600 for the organization, and the Field Bowls for Soup team was part of that accomplishment. That's the power of the Field community working together!

How cool are these internships?

During Winter Internship, students did everything from working on the Hill to working at Hill's Kitchen. They worked with horses, dogs, turtles, small mammals, owls and elk, worked with students at schools across the country, learned the ins and outs of retail environments, learned to sew and cook, and got a taste of the music industry at recording studios. Given the chance to explore their interests, Field students stretched out across the world and across a broad spectrum of fascinating opportunities.
Winter Internship is a great opportunity for our whole community to take a step outside of the routine, reassess our priorities, and come back to school with a fresh perspective and new energy towards the rest of the school year. It's going to be a great one!

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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