Fall 2010 Issue
Feature on New Head of School
Meet Damian J. Fernandez, our new head of school. His November 10, 2010 appointment by the ECF board of trustees concluded a search begun almost a year ago that ultimately considered over 100 potential candidates for the position and involved over 400 members of the ECF community. Fernandez comes to ECF from Purchase College, SUNY, where he has been provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2008. Read Fernandez’s “Statement on Educational Philosophy,” and learn about the head of school search process and more in this exciting feature.
Also in this issue:
A Passion for Innovation
Interim Head of School Joyce Evans reflects on the newly appointed head of school, the ongoing initiatives that continue to grow out of ECF’s tradition of progressive education, and new directions in the school curriculum.
Fieldston Upper history teacher Bob Montera remembers “Fieldston’s local hero” Lou Garbus (1917-2010), who for 30 years photographed the school’s advisories, sports teams, proms, and families; the New York Society for Ethical Culture Meeting House turns 100; and more.
Fieldston Upper’s summer book (Zeitoun by Dave Eggers) inspires a Modified Awareness Day, a Fieldston student cybermentoring club attracts national attention, and much more.
Catch up with the latest from the development office: ECF gratefully acknowledges 375 Loyal Oaks, the Giving Tree makes its debut at Homecoming, and the Annual Fund sets participation goals.
Learning Outside the Classroom
Field trips play a central role both currently and historically in the ECF curriculum. What kinds of place-based and experiential learning are students from across the divisions engaging in these days? Find out here.