After-School Program

We are delighted to unveil our fall 2018 after-school program, which includes once-a-week clubs on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. These classes are tied to the ECFS mission and promote an enthusiasm for learning and artistic expression, as well as the cultural competencies that we so highly value in our middle school program. Please note that enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. When enrolling, keep in mind, any student that has an interest to participate in a club, but is concerned that it conflicts with Musical Theatre should not dissuade from enrolling in both.

There must be a minimum of six students enrolled in order for a club to run. The maximum number of students in a club vary. Once a club reaches maximum capacity, it will close. The rate for each club is $30 per hour, with the exception of Robotics at $60 per hour, the Yearbook Club, and the 6th Grade Musical are free. Registration is open from June 12 to September 4, 2018. Please note that you will be charged a $50 late fee if you register after September 4. Except for the non-refundable registration fee and late fees, course fees are fully refundable until the first class. After the first class, a $55 fee will be charged. Classes are 50 percent refundable after the second class, and there will be no refunds after the third class. There are no refunds for snow days or other emergency closures.


MONDAY CLUBS

Speech & Debate Club

  • Instructors: TBD
  • Begins: Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Ends: Monday, December 17, 2018
  • Sessions: 13 + 1 Saturday for competition
  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Fee: $780
  • Capacity: 12 students

The Middle School Speech and Debate Club will cultivate a passion for intellectual discourse, mature student oracy skillset, and teach the fundamentals of public speaking and debate.

Students will engage in different debate styles, while learning to argue both sides of an issue with a view to logic. This process will foster confidence, open minds, advance listening, note-taking skills, and mature their ability to think and organize ideas effectively. Students will learn to research and write a speech, utilize elements of nonverbal communication and delivery skills.

The program is for all, from experienced to the novice, Students will compete in debate competitions. If you are ready to debate, this is the club for you.


Maker’s Club

  • Instructors: John Baglio, Fieldston Middle Engineering Teacher & Green Roof and Kenny Graves, Fieldston Ethics & Technology Coordinator.
  • Begins: Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Ends: Monday, December 17, 2018
  • Sessions: 13
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: $780
  • Capacity: 8 students per section

Do you enjoy hands-on science projects and experiments? Then you will definitely enjoy the Fieldston Middle School Maker’s Club. A “maker space” is a place where people come together to work on projects that involve building and tinkering. We will begin with simple projects, like desktop catapults, and then move on to more complex projects that range from physics to engineering to electronics. Additionally, we will utilize a variety of technological gadgets and electronics and simultaneously learn about their basic functions and safety protocols. Get ready to create!


Model UN (Section 1)

  • Instructor: TBD
  • Begins: Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Ends: Monday December 17, 2018
  • Sessions: 13 + 1 Saturday for competition
  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Fee: $780
  • Capacity: 12 students
  • Open only for 7th and 8th Grade students

The Model UN Prep Course is an afterschool program for students with an interest in participating in Fieldston’s annual Middle School Model United Nations Conference (https://ethicalmun.com/). The course starts by teaching the basics of Model UN (ie. basic procedure and vocabulary) and ends in the simulation of a real committee meeting. Priority will be given to students who did not have the opportunity to participate in the MS club this year.


Coding Club

  • Instructor: TBD
  • Begins: Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Ends: Monday, December 17, 2018
  • Sessions: 13
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: $780
  • Capacity: 12 students

Our Middle School Coding Club’s goal is to develop a community of thinkers, creators, problem solvers, and innovators. If you are interested in self-driving cars, drones, virtual reality, animation, and video games this is the club for you.

The club is a project-based learning environment because we believe coding is a foundational skill everyone should have just like writing and mathematics. Coding is used as a catalyst for club members to enhance their analytical thinking, creative reasoning and logic skills in a fun and interactive environment. Coding is the language of today and the future.


Electronic/Digital Music Club (Section 1)

  • Instructor: Russell Currie, Fieldston Middle/Upper Music Teacher
  • Begins: Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Ends: Monday, December 17, 2018
  • Sessions: 13
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: $780
  • Capacity: 13

Electronic/Digital Music is a very popular course in the middle school and upper school. Fieldston has a sophisticated digital music studio, one that is always up-to-date with new technology. Students are first introduced to EDM in the sixth grade, but there is limited exposure until upper school. The EDM Club will use programs that the students are already familiar with, such as Reason and Logic. The club will expand on the basic skills and introduce more advanced topics, including audio-recording techniques. It will be an exciting club; one where students will create original music that can be shared with other students.


TUESDAY CLUBS


The WE Club

  • Instructor: TBD
  • Begins: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Ends: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
  • Sessions: 12
  • Time: 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Fee: $720
  • Capacity: 12 students

The WE Club is a unique service-learning program that will inspire young people to identify the local and global issues that spark their passion and empower them. The club will provide them with the skills and tools to take local and global actions.

WE is a movement of students and educators who believe that some of the most powerful learning experiences happen when WE make a meaningful difference in the world.

What is WE?

WE believes when we come together we can create an even better world. WE makes it easy for you to get involved—whether at home, school or work—by offering resources to help you create positive social change in your community and around the world. To learn more about WE visit www.we.org.

With guidance from WE, the club will:

1. Investigate and Learn: Explore your issue and learn as much as you can about it. Set a specific, measurable goal that your group can work toward.

2. Action Plan: Work out the logistics of an action that will make a meaningful difference for your issue.

3. Take Action: Get out there and make it happen! Check back with your action plan to make sure you’re staying on track.

4. Report and Celebrate: Look back at your goals to evaluate and celebrate the impacts your group made.

Club members will participate in WE Day on September 26 at the Barclay Center. To learn about WE Day: https://www.we.org/we-day/we-day-events/we-day-un/


The Robotics Club

  • Instructor: TBD
  • Begins: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Ends: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
  • Sessions: 12
  • Time: 3:30–4:45 pm
  • Fee: $900
  • Capacity: 12 students

The Middle School Robotics Club will engage students in robot design, coding, and problem solving as they take on increasingly difficult robotics challenges, such as robo war challenges, racing robots and more.

The Robotics Club offers a wonderful opportunity for students to work collaboratively to tackle difficult problems. Students will design, collaborate, plan, redesign, construct, create, assemble, invent, reinvent, write, present and compete to see who has developed the smartest robot. The contest will vary based on strategies that involve speed, accuracy, sensing objects and light.

A robot design is limited only by the imagination of its inventor. Students not only have the opportunity to compete in a prescribed problem contest; there is also an open-ended invention contest.


Wednesday Clubs


After-School Theatre
7th and 8th Grade Drama Workshop

  • Instructor: Stephanie Stone, Fieldston Middle/Upper Theatre & Dance Teacher
  • Days: Wednesday
  • Begins: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • Ends: Wednesday, January 16, 2018
  • Time: 3:15-6:00 pm
  • Student attendance is mandatory
  • Fee: Free

Welcome back to the Department of Theatre and Dance at Fieldston Middle School as a company member for this 7th and 8th grade drama workshop.

Our process begins in early September as students embark on a journey to further their study of acting and focus on developing a piece of scripted material for performance.

Students will be a part of rehearsals and performances, deepening their skills as a theatre maker from acting technique to collaborative skill building.

The drama workshop offers students a safe environment to take creative risks, while having fun in our department that is both a rigorous and comfortable home for many of our students. A play will be chosen when we begin our process.

This program culminates in a performance on January 16, 2019 at 7pm in the Alex Cohen Theatre. Students should also be available on January 15 for a dress rehearsal.

Registration will be open until Monday, September 17; you can sign up here.

For further details, please contact Stephanie Stone at sstone@ecfs.org.


THURSDAY CLUBS


Model UN (Section 2)

  • Instructor: TBD
  • Begins: Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Ends: Thursday, December 20, 2018
  • Sessions: 14 + 1 Saturday for competition
  • Time: 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Fee: $840
  • Capacity: 12 students
  • Open only for 7th and 8th Grade students

The Model UN Prep Course is an afterschool program for students with an interest in participating in Fieldston’s annual Middle School Model United Nations Conference (https://ethicalmun.com/). The course starts by teaching the basics of Model UN (ie. basic procedure and vocabulary) and ends in the simulation of a real committee meeting. Priority will be given to students who did not have the opportunity to participate in the MS club this year.


Africans in the Diaspora

  • Instructor: Keira Rogers, Fieldston Middle History Teacher/Dept Chair
  • Begins: Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Ends: Thursday, December 20, 2018
  • Sessions: 14
  • Time: 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Fee: $840
  • Capacity: 12 students (This is a full year commitment)
  • 6th graders who are interested in that club can still also sign up for the 6th grade after school musical production.

The children’s book Africa is Not a Country takes a look at all of the ways that Africa is a diverse landscape of people, histories, colors, languages, and foods. This book wants its audience to know that Africa is much more than safaris. The Africans in the Diaspora Club will expose you to a variety of cultures, while also looking at the many ways Africa, and its people, have influenced the broader world. We will explore how people on the African continent, and people of African descent who no longer live there, maintain important aspects of African culture, languages and traditions. We will also learn about some of the ways we interact with aspects of Africa, and its culture, in our daily lives. Join us for a year of learning, playing, dancing, eating and organizing as we try to dismantle stereotypes about this diverse continent and its descendants.


Yearbook Club

  • Instructor: Shannon McPartland, Fieldston Middle Science Teacher
  • Begins: Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Ends: Thursday, December 20, 2018
  • Sessions: 14
  • Time: 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Fee: Free
  • Capacity: 12 students (This is a full year commitment)

The Middle School Yearbook highlights our students and chronicles yearly events, clubs, activities, sports teams, and advisories. The Yearbook Club invites students of all three grades to participate in the yearbook’s design, planning and production. Students in the club are encouraged to contribute via photography, designing page layouts, creating collages and developing an overall theme. This club is a year-long commitment, and students will be expected to invest time and effort outside of club time to complete specific assignments and attend and photograph various school events throughout the year.


Electronic/Digital Music Club (Section 2)

  • Instructor: Russell Currie, Fieldston Middle/Upper Music Teacher
  • Begins: Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Ends: Thursday, December 20, 2018
  • Sessions: 14
  • Time: 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Fee: $840
  • Capacity: 13

Electronic/Digital Music is a very popular course in the middle school and upper school. Fieldston has a sophisticated digital music studio, one that is always up-to-date with new technology. Students are first introduced to EDM in the sixth grade, but there is limited exposure until upper school. The EDM Club will use programs that the students are already familiar with, such as Reason and Logic. The club will expand on the basic skills and introduce more advanced topics, including audio-recording techniques. It will be an exciting club; one where students will create original music that can be shared with other


After-School Theatre
6th Grade Musical

  • Instructor: Stephanie Stone, Fieldston Middle/Upper Theatre & Dance Teacher
  • Days: Monday and Thursday
  • Begins: Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Ends: Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Time: Monday 4:00-6:00 pm and Thursday 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Student attendance is mandatory
  • Fee: Free

Welcome to Fieldston Middle School’s Department of Theatre and Dance and to this year’s Sixth Grade Musical. This fall we will be diving into a production of Really Rosie, book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak and music by Carole King. All actors will be a part of exciting rehearsals and performances, deepening their skills as a theatre maker from acting technique to collaborative skill building.

The Sixth Grade Musical offers students a safe environment to take creative risks while having fun, as well as an entry point to our department that is both rigorous and a home for many of our students.

Students can elect to participate in Tuesday and Wednesday after school clubs as well.

Our process begins on Monday, September 17th with a MANDATORY meeting as students embark on a journey of collaboration and creativity. We will spend our first rehearsal singing and getting to know each other. Students are asked to prepare a short song that they feel comfortable singing. It does not have to be from a musical and sheet music is not necessary. Again, all students who are signed up for the Sixth Grade Musical are required to be in attendance for the entirety of this rehearsal.

On Thursday, September 20th students enrolled in the Sixth Grade Musical must attend a mandatory rehearsal as we specify more fully and dig in more deeply into our process. Additionally, these first two rehearsals will be our time to cast the show, making full attendance crucial.

Please see below for additional details:

  • Registration for the 6th grade musical will be open until Monday, September 17; you can sign up here.
  • Participants must attend each rehearsal with a peanut-free snack, as snack will not be provided.
  • Participants who regularly use SuperTrans will be able to take the late bus at 6:15pm after each rehearsal.
  • All participants are REQUIRED to attend a tech rehearsal on Saturday, December 1st from 9am-5pm.
  • Participants are required to attend dress rehearsals December 3, 4, 5, 6 beginning after school and ending at 6pm.
  • This program culminates in a performance on Friday, December 7th at 7pm in the Fieldston auditorium.

The 6th grade musical is a terrific way to meet new students and faculty and dig into the exciting world of Fieldston Theatre and Dance. We look forward to working with you!

For further details, please contact Stephanie Stone at sstone@ecfs.org. To participate in technical theatre, please contact Emmie Finckel at ewfinckel@ecfs.org.

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Russell Currie, Electronic/Digital Music Club

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John Baglio, Maker's Club


Kenny Graves, Maker's Club

Keira Rogers, Africans in the Diaspora


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Shannon McPartland, Yearbook

Stephanie Stone, Theater