May Program Descriptions
The Horse’s Influence
Faculty Sponsor: Amy Phillips
Come explore two vastly different worlds of the horse and the different ways in which they are used. The first week will be based at Oldfields’ barn and will focus on the horse as a performance animal and/or a sport horse. The second week we will visit a working cattle ranch in the West and focus on the horse as a working animal.
Although the sport horse is familiar to the students at Oldfields, this program will go in-depth into the different performance disciplines here in the mid-Atlantic, including dressage, hunter/jumper, eventing, steeplechasing/foxhunting, flat track racing, and polo.
The second week we will visit a working cattle ranch in the West and focus on the horse as a working animal. The working ranch provides extensive educational opportunities revolving around how working horses are integral to daily life on a working ranch.
Faculty Sponsor: Frederic Bielaszka-DuVernay
Up to ten students and two chaperones will go on a two-week tour through France. The first week will be spent in Paris, where the girls will have an opportunity to walk the historic neighborhood of Marais, visit the Sainte-Chapelle, Notre-Dame of Paris, Eiffel Tower, Tomb of Napolean, Musee Rodin, and the Louvre. The students will travel to Montpellier during the second week to spend time with a host family and tour Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
The Yucatan Adventure
Faculty Sponsors: Gaby Davis and Jeremy Jernigan
The Yucatan Adventure May Program is a 12-day, 11-night program that explores four major cities and towns (Cozumel, Tulum, Valladolid, and Isle Mujeres) in Mexico's Yucatan region. The program will focus on learning about Mexican and Mayan history as well lots of time spent scuba diving and snorkeling. The program also spends two full days providing service to a local community near Tulum and affords an excellent opportunity for students studying Spanish to practice in a native environment. Program participants must be willing to attend pre-trip meetings and complete pre-trip readings, research, assignments, and take a PADI scuba course.
The Story of the United States
Faculty Sponsor: Maribeth Littlefield
Explore Washington, DC, Baltimore, and New York City (the epicenter of diversity!) as we embark on a journey to learn and celebrate the different cultures and peoples that have made us, sociologically, the most varied and culturally rich population in the world. Through examination of the history of many groups, we will strive to understand their experiences when they came to this country, the lives they have built here, and the countless contributions they have made. Not only will we study their histories, but also their languages, customs, foods, religions, and other aspects of life that make them unique. If we have a better understanding of the immigrant experience of various cultures and peoples, we will be a more tolerant, understanding, and kind nation
SWEAT Dance Intensive
Faculty Sponsor: Carrie Roemer
This program gives students the opportunity to work with local dance professionals. Classes in various dance styles will be offered, such as jazz, hip hop, musical theater, and ballroom. Other topics covered will be the specific health needs of dancers, how to audition, and careers in dance.
Faculty Sponsor: Cynthia Krohn
Living in Maryland affords a unique opportunity to explore the events and battlefields of the Civil War. Students in this program will visit Harpers Ferry, WV, site of John Brown's raid on the federal arsenal; Manassas, VA, site of two major Civil War battles; Antietam, MD, which provided President Lincoln the cover to issue the Emancipation Proclamation; and Gettysburg, PA, site of a turning point in the Civil War.
Law and Order
Faculty Sponsor: Taylor Montgomery
Throughout the program, considerable emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking skills that will serve the students well whether or not they choose to pursue further study and/or a career in law. Activities seek to focus student attention on the legal profession, the courts system, philosophy and ethics as they apply to the practice of law, investigatory and evidentiary practices in support of law enforcement and the law, constitutional law, government, and the practice of law.
Faculty Sponsor: Drew Shelton
Explore the history and science of space exploration, including the earliest pioneers of spaceflight, the moon landing, modern rocketry, and the future. We will visit the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution and contains many historic spacecraft and aircraft as well as thousands of space-related artifacts. We will study the history of spaceflight and space exploration, including the major NASA missions. We will see documentaries and recreations of major moments in space exploration.
On-campus, we will have a series of competitions throughout the week based on actual principles of spaceflight. We will build and launch reusable model rockets. We will design and test heat shields with a propane torch to protect a simulated astronaut from the heat of reentering Earth’s atmosphere. We will design and test lunar landers and rovers and build an accurate model of a future lunar base. After exploring the scale of our solar system and the unique properties of each major planet, we will build, paint, and decorate models of our favorite planets. Expect lots of new information throughout the week and some great space-based souvenirs by the end.
Wordsmiths at Work
Faculty Sponsor: Rebecca Bloom
This program will explore the aspects of poetry, both written and spoken word. Students will walk through the literary heritage of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood and see the aspects of influence for many of Baltimore’s writers. Through an investigation of poetic devices, theme options, and effective performance techniques, students will create their own slam poetry about a current issue of importance to them. Students will wander the quirky art collection of the American Visionary Art Museum for inspiration and workshop their piece at the Charmery. Ultimately, the week will culminate in a mini-poetry slam where students will show off their week of wordsmithing.
Flora and Fauna
Faculty Sponsor: Taylor Montgomery
This program focuses on the importance of educating students to value and be stewards of our planet. Hike through the woods of Maryland and learn how to survive on only what you see, learn about and handle live animals, learn about the different worldwide conservation projects underway, and kayak the Susquehanna River to observe the natural world right here in Maryland! This program will open eyes to the many different opportunities to survive and thrive alongside nature. Finally, students will learn the underlying principles of nature and wildlife and their roles in responsible citizenship.