At Oldfields, our faculty does a fantastic job keeping students engaged in learning, a task that gets more challenging as summer break draws near. Below are just a few of the extra-special academic events in which Oldfields students had the opportunity to participate during the past month:
- The National Honor Society may be almost 100 years old, but is only in its second year at Oldfields. The recent NHS Induction Ceremony, led by Priscilla DiGalbo, welcomed five new students into the National Honor Society: Danielle Flashman '19, Jaelyn Vines '19, Xuan "Amy" Wu '19, Kasey Michlowitz '20, Linghao "Lucy" Zhang '20. Congratulations to these noteworthy scholars!
- The Diversity Committee hosted a series of events during Diversity Week at Oldfields. A few highlights included the Diversity Dinner which allowed the girls to bring traditional dishes to a pot luck style gathering. The guests enjoyed authentic French crepes, Canadian poutine, and many other dishes from around the world. Another highlight of the week was when the girls watched the 1967 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner about an interracial couple meeting their families for the first time. The movie was followed by a meaningful conversation with faculty members Erin and Bez Wallace in which they shared aspects of their journey as an interracial couple today. Thank you to the girls who planned and organized such an inspirational week!
- Science Department Chair Michele Harrison and the Steam Club attended the 5th annual USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC.
- The Theme Committee, led by Ms. Christine Gilmore, joined by members of the Community Service Committee and the Green School Committee to put on the third trimester's Magical Planet Assembly. The assembly was both enjoyable and educational, as it was broken into three segments, "Tips to Help Save the Planet", "Educating about Endangered Species", and an interactive segment in which each class was led to a location on campus where they would find their very own class birdhouse! The birdhouses were donated by Math Department Chair, Betsy Isaacs, and her husband, Dr. Bob Isaacs. Once at their class location, students read a dedication and were able to sign their name on the birdhouse. The assembly was a tremendous hit!
- English teacher Ms. Ali Goldstein took her 11th grade American Lit class to the Filling Station (local, hip coffee shop) to read and discuss A Streetcar Named Desire.
- Mrs. DiGalbo's 10th grade English classes invited the community to join them for their Memory Box Gallery Walk, a culminating project for Elie Wiesel's Night.
- Whitney Schultz' s British Literature class invited the community to join them for tea and cookies while we enjoyed the students' illustrations and explanations of Romantic era poetry.
Initial course selections for 2018-19 have been entered and will be finalized in the coming month. If you have any questions, please contact your daughter's advisor or Dean of Faculty Helen Fitz at FitzH@OldfieldsSchool.org.Three new
courses were added for next year: Animal Science, Environmental Honors, and
Spanish 5 Honors.
Thank you for reinforcing the message to your daughters that although it is tempting to relax as the end of the year approaches, it is important to stay focused and continue to work hard through the end of the academic year! There will be plenty of time for fun during the final days of school. Stay tuned for a complete schedule of all the exciting activities in June!