Green and White Gazette
Oh, What Fun We Had at the NYC Gathering!

It wouldn't be early December without a visit to New York! Many thanks go out to Christine Wilmer Barkus '73, who sponsored the Oldfields party at the Colony Club, and to Board member Liza Lee, who was our hostess. Alumnae, current parents, alumnae parents, and Trustees joined Head of School Ansley Smithwick for a delightful Oldfields get-together and a wonderful party in the Big Apple!

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Christine Wilmer Barkus '73, Ansley Smithwick, and David Carroll P '13

Beloved OS Tradition...The Sugar Plum Fairy!
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The Sugar Plum Fairy, aka Malena '17, made her appearance at our holiday party December 12! Luckily, the magic wand deemed almost everyone "nice" and sugar cookies were enjoyed by all!

 Oldfields Weekend Trips!

Remember all the weekend trips you took during your time at OS? Here are the girls displaying their purchases from Walmart, their favorite destination!  Other recent weekend activities included attending a mixer at St. Timothy's, volunteering at a "Girls on the Run" race, and learning the science behind making rock candy. What a variety!

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Whether your holidays are green or white,
may you be touched by the
beauty of the season.
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The already beautiful Oldfields looked absolutely enchanting with the first snow of the season covering the campus. The girls made the most of it, enjoying such activities such as sledding, snowball fights, and a winter horseback ride. Fun was had by all!

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 Term I Academic Awards Ceremony
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December 6, 2017 marked the start of a new tradition here at Oldfields, the Academic Awards Ceremony. Although the girls were not exactly sure what to expect as they gathered in the theatre, you could feel the anticipation in the air as all wondered who was going to receive those star trophies sitting up on the stage? What exactly were all those certificates with the gold seal, stacked neatly on the table? A hush fell over the audience as Dean of Academics Christine Gilmore explained just as we acknowledge and celebrate our athletic talent every trimester, we wanted to acknowledge and celebrate our academic talent as well.

 

All the students who made Honors were individually called to the stage. Twelve girls made First Honors by maintaining a term average of 95 or above and having no grade below a 90. Another 15 earned Second Honors by maintaining a term average of 93 or above and having no grade below 87. Click here to view Honor Roll students.

 

Sometimes excellence and hard work doesn't translate into a top grade. For that reason, each academic department had the opportunity to choose  students to receive an award for outstanding performance or achievement in the classroom. Faculty met to determine which students have, in their own unique way, gone above and beyond in contributing to the classroom environment. It was extremely touching to see some of the OS "unsung heroes" walk across the stage and be recognized for their efforts. Special awards were also given to recognize other key aspects of successful boarding school life such as residential life, college counseling, admissions, and day student leadership. Click here to view Academic Department Awards.

 

The ceremony concluded with a special teacher award that was presented to English teacher Priscilla DiGalbo for her dedication and devotion to her students. While all of the students were delighted with their awards, none matched the surprised joy (and a tear or two) on Mrs. DiGalbo's face as she accepted the award.

 

As the audience drifted out of the theatre, you couldn't help but think, "I wonder who will be called up to the stage in Term II." My guess is that everyone left the ceremony a little more determined to strive for their personal best than when they entered.

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Wishing you abundant love, laughter, and joy
during this holiday season
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Anne Ragland Finney P'97

Director of Development

443-662-1016

FinneyA@OldfieldsSchool.org

 

Joan Carter '81 P'15

Director of Alumnae Affairs

443-662-1018

JermakianJ@OldfieldsSchool.org

 

 

Maria Askey

Development Assistant

443-662-1027

AskeyM@OldfieldsSchool.org

 

 

 
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