Bryce McNichol '23 cares for Oldfields horses who are recovering from injuries
Bryce McNichol '23 cares for Oldfields horses who are recovering from injuries
Bryce McNichol '23 cares for Oldfields horses who are recovering from injuries
Cecilia Schui '25 shares her Oldfields story
Alumni profile of Katherine Richardson '04, Dancer and Aerialist
Alumni Interview with Elizabeth "Liz" Lafferty Woodman '70, Publisher, Podcaster
New partnerships with Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore Forest School strengthen Oldfields.
Alumni Interview with Meredith Goldstein Marx '97, Radio Personality, Podcaster
“What’s your story?” is the thought-provoking question Director of College Counseling Michael Wagner asks students.
Congratulations are in order to the Oldfields IEA Hunt Seat Team who earned Champions at Regionals on February 11, 2023!
Students in the Winter Program, Collective Art: Community Mural created a large mural that is now displayed in the hallway of the Rodney Academic Building. After gathering feedback from the Oldfields community, a theme for the mural was selected, "Diversity through kindness and inclusion." There is a description written by the student artists hanging by the mural which provides a brief summary of the artist's inspiration and thought process in designing the mural.
The Oldfields community gathered on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, to recognize student achievement during the 2022 fall semester. We are proud of all of our students for the focus and hard work that they bring to the classroom each and every day. The Fall Awards ceremony provided us an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate student achievements in both academics and athletics.
The Oldfields community honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through both celebration and service. In the morning, Expressions Dance Company, a dance troupe based in Annapolis, MD. performed several moving and poignant dances honoring Dr. King and the Black Lives Matter movement. Student, Madison '25, shared a creative poem, "Be the Change” with our school community.
Alumni Profile: Sam Frazier '16 is an Operational Support Technician. “I currently work as an Operational Support Technician within the U. S. Department of Justice. Embedded on a team, I help in an administrative capacity to make sure that everything entering our system is done correctly so that it can be properly assessed in our system. I also work as a Task Force Coordinator, handling the partnerships and the day-to-day administrative operations that go along with the team I assist, keeping local and state partnerships in compliance with my agency's policies and procedures.” Visit our website to read her full alumni profile.
On Friday, November 11, 2022, Oldfields welcomed two special guests to campus. Madeline “Maddy” Darrell Pahr ‘06 and James Kofi Annan. Maddy is the Creative Director for a non-profit based in New York called Many Hopes. Many Hopes rescues children from oppression and raises them to be adults of influence equipped to do justice for others, causing exponential impact. Many Hopes advocates that children born into poverty can be changemakers in their communities. In her position as Creative Director, Maddy travels the globe, visiting those impacted by Many Hopes, and documents their stories to share with the world. We are so grateful to Maddy for connecting us with James, one of the incredible people that they partner with at Many Hopes.
Alumni Profile: Maddison Cole Reese ‘10 is Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM). “I provide care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period; sexual and reproductive health; gynecologic health; and family planning services, including preconception care.” Maddie shared that one of the things that has stayed with her since her time at Oldfields “the school motto Fortezza, Umilitade, e Largo Core—Courage, Humility, and Largeness of Heart. This motto is the foundation on which I have built much of who I am. It is very much a part of the way I practice midwifery and live my life.” Visit our website to read her full alumni profile.
Several of our student riders volunteered their time at the Maryland 5-Star Event at Fair Hill, MD
Welcome four strong additions to the Oldfields team.
No words can describe how amazing it felt to participate in our cherished end-of-year traditions fully in person once again! To have the campus buzzing with activity beginning with Garden Party and ending with the Class of 2022 walking down Graduation Hill was beyond special.
After four years of excellent leadership, David Perfield has informed the Board of Trustees that he will resign as Head of Oldfields School on June 30, 2022. While the Board made it clear to David that they wanted him to stay and lead the school for many years to come, they accepted his decision to return to his roots and the need to be closer to his extended family.
Board Chair Nancy Palmer P '12 has agreed to step in as Interim Head of School effective July 1, 2022 to ensure a smooth transition for the coming year. She has served on the Oldfields Board since July of 2016, and as Board Chair since July 2020. She is deeply committed to an Oldfields education and all that it provides to our students. She is a mother of two girls and the proud parent of a five-year senior, Liz Palmer, who graduated in 2012.
How lucky are we? For the first time in three years we were back on campus for an in-person Alumni Weekend! As you can see by the photos on the Oldfields website, we had a wonderful time and turnout. To all of you unable to be with us in person, please know you were missed!
Hawley Rogers was a man who changed countless lives for the better—not all at once with a grand gesture, but rather in a steady, intentional, and meaningful way, one student, one colleague, one friend at a time. Over the course of his life he vastly influenced all who knew him, helping young and old alike grow into the best versions of themselves. Hawley Rogers’ “garden” was independent schools, and the “plants” he nurtured were the multitude of students, faculty, and staff who had the good fortune to know him. In the words of long-time history teacher Maribeth Littlefield P’07, one of his many gifts was that “he saw things in us—talents, possibilities, potential—that we did not yet see in ourselves.” Hawley Rogers lived his life purposely, striving to see and bring out the best in everyone, and he was rewarded with their love and respect.
Taylor Montgomery loves being surrounded by the culture of learning at Oldfields. The small class sizes and the focus on the whole child give her an opportunity to immerse students in the material and encourage them to ask questions and make new discoveries. Teaching life science is her passion. “It’s hard for me to describe why I love the field of science so much. Science is always growing, changing, evolving. To be a scientist, you need to be passionate, curious, and work hard. You should like to work with your hands. You should be asking ‘why?’ and be okay with not getting an answer. You should be willing to change your mind. I love these qualities about science. I love learning the weird facts, hearing about new discoveries, and finding out stories about the scientists behind the discoveries. I think science drew me in because it is a way of living where you never stop learning.” Originally from Alabama, Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Auburn University and later a Master of Arts in Teaching from Loyola University. She lives on campus and says the experience has deepened her love of teaching and education.
Kristen Johnson ’10 came to campus to share how she became a medical illustrator. Kristen has her master’s degree in medical illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology and is currently the primary illustrator for the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. The students were fascinated with the process and asked question after question. A big “thank you” to Kristen for showing Oldfields students just one of the many paths your life can take after you leave Oldfields.
Taxidermy? Really? Yes, we do indeed have an incredibly interesting, passionate, successful, taxidermist among the ranks of our Oldfields alumni! Read how taxidermy plays an integral role in nature conservation.
The faculty and staff at Oldfields have become experts at balancing the necessity of health and safety protocols with the desire to maintain the traditions our students know and love. On January 21, the Fall Awards Ceremony did a great job of doing just that!
Michelle Goodrich is already an integral part of Oldfields science department, teaching chemistry, anatomy, physiology and genetics. She enjoys saying “yes” to new opportunities and encourages her students to do the same.
Who better to work in Admission than a former student? That kind of first-hand experience is tough to beat, but it is only one of the many qualifications that alumna Rayven Vinson, Class of 2010, brings to the Oldfields community! We are thrilled to welcome her back to campus as an Admission Counselor bringing her knowledge and expertise to prospective families.
Opening night is finally here! We are excited to welcome family and friends back to the David Niven Theatre for one of our three performances on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. or the matinee on Sunday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. The show is 90 minutes of pure suspense with no intermissions.
Every time of year is a great time to be a rider at Oldfields, but there is something special about the fall. Maybe it is the chill in the air that allows the horse’s breath to be seen as the rider makes their way up the hill to the indoor arena for an early morning lesson, possibly it is warm afternoon sun on their shoulders as they take a jump in the Lana duPont Wright ‘57 lower ring, or it might just be the fact that now our riders have had a little over a month to settle into the friendships and rhythm of life at the barn. Whatever the reason, 25 young riders are having the experience of a lifetime as part of one of the largest groups of riders Oldfields program has seen in recent years.
Words can’t describe how great it feels to have the classrooms bustling with activity, the quad filled with conversation and laughter, and the lights glowing in the dorm windows once again! What an incredible action-packed opening we have had as the students, new and returning, create and reestablish connections and embrace life at Oldfields. See more photos of Opening Days >
Opening Day activities kept everyone busy while students participated in a variety of activities such as the Scavenger Hunt on Saturday and Fun Run on Sunday designed to help them get to know the members of their advisory and the rest of the “Oldfields family” better. As you can see by the pictures--it worked! The weather was hot, but the students rose to the occasion, and the water balloon toss, ice cream trucks, and frequent water breaks in the shade helped! A highlight was when Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion led “What’s in a Name,” an artistic session where students created and shared their feelings about their names and what they represent. Believe it or not, by nightfall, it cooled off enough to have s’mores and music around the firepits.
Beloved by all who knew him, former Head of School Hawley Rogers P’82 GP’12, ’17 died on Friday, August 20, 2021. While the Oldfields community mourns this tremendous loss and offers deepest condolences to his wife, Wendy, and the entire Rogers family, we know his legacy lives on in each of us and in every Oldfields student—past, current, and future. Read more and view video >
Oldfields’ Graduations are always special, but this year as the girls walked slowly down the hill, dressed in white with their bright smiles and colorful bouquets, the emotions were exceptionally poignant. The joy, the pride, and yes, a bit of relief, were palpable as all were aware what an accomplishment and privilege it was to participate in this cherished Oldfields tradition.
On June 1 our community was able to come together on the Rodney Quad to celebrate our Spring 2021 Awards Ceremony. Seeing students gathered on this beautiful sunny day, sitting on picnic blankets, cheering for each other, made it feel like “old times.” After a long year of hybrid, remote, and in-person learning, the community enthusiastically honored the academic and athletic achievements of the students. No member was forgotten in this celebration, as we aired the ceremony live on Zoom for our remote students as well as held cutouts of students who were unable to attend.
Everyone’s favorite time of year is here--May Program, Oldfields’ signature experiential learning program. It began early on Monday morning as The Maine Stage pulled out of Rodney parking lot to get their creative juices flowing in beautiful Kennebunkport, ME. The activity level continued to rise as a scavenger hunt had students exploring every corner of campus while other groups headed out on an urban hike and a jaunt to nearby Kilgore Falls. Design, Build, Play tested their strength and balance on some team building games they created, while nutritionist and alumni Ashley Grimmel ’06 gave an interactive presentation to Food Science. Many more adventures are planned for the next two weeks of experiential learning. Be a part of the magic by following us on Facebook and Instagram. We will share new highlights every day, so hop on board and let our students show you where they go, what they do, and who they can become during this 50th anniversary of May Program!
Karen Miller and Oldfields School are lifelong friends. Regardless of time or circumstance, Karen has come back to serve this community and celebrate the milestones in both her life and Oldfields’ for more than forty years. In her words, “Oldfields is near and dear to my heart.”
Director of Health Services Darla Carter joined the Oldfields community in early September and has navigated this year, one unlike any other, with patience and expertise. Darla is extremely passionate about her work on campus advocating for our students and faculty and off campus advocating for accessibility through her own nonprofit. Sweet-natured with a sweet tooth, our campus is made safer and more resilient with Ms. Carter.
Optimistic and passionate, educator Mrs. Antoinette Dempsey-Waters inspires and motivates her students to see the power in voting, continuing their education, and sharing a good meal. Mrs. Waters joined our community for an interview on the importance of African American studies, the role economics play, and how the Black experience shapes American history.
Shawn Wright joined the Oldfields community at the start of the 2020/2021 school year. Effervescent and experienced, she has jumped into campus life during a very unique school year. Shawn serves as the Theatre teacher/director, teaches AP Language and Composition, is the Co-Director of DEI Committee, a member of the DEI Board Committee (and leader of the Student Life & Restorative Justice sub-committee) and a dorm parent.
The spirit of Oldfields was in the air at the Fall 2020 Awards Ceremony on February 15 as students spread out across the gymnasium floor waving green and white pom poms. The celebration had been delayed for a variety of reasons, but that did not diminish the enthusiasm as we finally gathered to honor the academic and athletic achievements of the students. Everyone was included, as remote students and faculty joined via Zoom. Faculty children held up cardboard headshots of the students who couldn’t be present to receive their award. Since we were in a celebratory mood, we took the opportunity to hold our mid-year Green and White Ceremony as well, welcoming our 12 new students to their respective teams. Having so many of us together in the same space felt both familiar and wonderful!
Here at Oldfields, learning happens both in and out of the classroom. From attitude and accountability to commitment and teamwork, some of the biggest life lessons are taught on the stage, on the athletic fields, and in the riding ring. The young women at Oldfields look up to their coaches as mentors and guides throughout their time here. Their coaches believe in and commit to educating the whole girl. And in turn, our students create unique bonds with their coaches and teammates, allowing important dialogues to happen within these unique spaces.
From her corner office on the first floor of Rodney Academic Building, Mrs. Thompson greets both students and faculty each day. She refers to her office as the “science wing snack stop” since girls frequent her office often during the mid-morning break. Mrs. Thompson loves the feel of a community like Oldfields—one where you support one another as neighbors and individuals.
On January 20, Oldfields campus was brimming with hope and excitement as the country watched Kamala Harris take the oath of office as the first Black, South-Asian female Vice President. Alongside Kamala, women were making history on so many levels. Amanda Gorman, the youngest female inaugural poet, captivated our community and country with her words, power, and poise.
During our first Monday back on campus, Oldfields community members came together for a day of activities, discussion, and service projects to honor the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As always, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. Therefore, we must pay close attention to our school culture as it directly affects the emotional and physical safety of our community members. Oldfields should always be a place that feels warm, welcoming, respectful, accepting, and inclusive of all who step foot on campus. This spring, the voices of our alumnae helped us understand—more so than ever before—how this has not always been the case for all students at Oldfields, and particularly not for many students of color.
Performers use the term “triple threat” to refer to someone who excels at all three disciplines: singing, acting and dancing. Here at Oldfields, one could consider Arts Chair Carrie Hammond another type of triple threat. Teaching, advising, and raising her two young boys, Ms. Hammond weaves her work and life together effortlessly, like ribbons on a pointe shoe.
History teacher Kate Wyvill’s classroom is a calming space, lit by strands of twinkle lights and decorated with world maps. A classroom that reflects its students, the walls are adorned with favorite quotes made by the girls, a birthday chart, and colorful student artwork. Kate shared, “I want my students to have some ownership of this space. This is a space they can bring their whole self into.”
My favorite part of Mr. Shelton’s class is the interactive learning. We never know what we are going to be doing. He always has fun demonstrations that connect what we are learning to the real world. Mr. Shelton’s teaching is one-on-one, making sure everyone is on track. He is energetic and engaging with the students! – Madi '22
Our beloved Oldfields tradition, Green and White Night, was held this year on a perfect, crisp September evening. Like always, returning students adorned themselves in bright team colors and costumes and decorated the venue with streamers, balloons, and posters, while new students and faculty practiced the School song and studied Oldfields’ history in anticipation of the ceremony. Everyone gathered on the Commons Lawn for the first full-community dinner of the year to kick off the evening.
It’s a wrap! Our community has a wonderful reopening experience under our belts, and we are looking forward to the months ahead! Move-in day went incredibly well thanks to all of you, our families, who did a great job following our health and safety protocols. A shoutout also goes to the faculty and staff who greeted the girls with smiles, helped move everyone into the dorms, and made all feel at home. However, the real rock stars of Opening Days were the students. Their attitude and energy were fantastic as we all got to know each other better through Advisory meetings, games, and of course, classes!
This is a moment to reflect carefully on the norms, practices, and behaviors that occur at Oldfields and the role we all must play to ensure that we create a true sense of belonging for all of our students—and particularly for our BIPOC students.
On June 26, Head of School David G. Perfield announced in a letter to families that all students would be welcomed back to campus on August 22. Since early spring, the School has been leveraging external expertise and evolving guidance from local and national authorities to develop health and safety protocols designed to protect the overall well-being of both residential and non-residential students and employees. This remains the highest priority.
Oldfields is committed to doing our part to address the systemic racial injustice that has long gripped our nation. We join together with our students, families, and alumnae of color, particularly our Black community, both on and off our campus, as the nation continues to fight racial injustice. We are committed to working as a community to educate ourselves, better our understanding, and lead change.
On the 25th Martin Luther King, Jr.’s National Day of Service, Oldfields is proud to say we honored his call to action by canceling classes, loading up the entire community on buses, and spending a rewarding day working alongside our neighbors in Baltimore City.