After-School Program

Fieldston Middle is delighted to unveil its spring 2018 after-school program, which includes once-a-week clubs on Monday 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. There must be a minimum of six students enrolled in order for a club to run. The maximum number of students is 12, with the exception of Electronic/Digital Music Club (13 students per section) and Maker’s Club (8 students per section). The rate for each club is $30 per hour, with the exception of the Give-Back Club and Yearbook Club, which are free. Registration is open from December 22 to January 7. Please note that you will be charged a $50 late fee if you register after January 7.

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

Electronic/Digital Music Club (Section 1)

  • Instructor: Russell Currie, Fieldston Middle/Upper Music Teacher
  • Begins: Monday, January 22
  • Ends: Monday, May 21
  • Sessions: 15 (no club on February 19, March 19, and March 26)
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: $900
  • Capacity: 13 students

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.

    Maker’s Club

  • Instructors: John Baglio, Fieldston Middle Engineering Teacher & Green Roof Coordinator (Section 1); Kenny Graves, Fieldston Upper Technology Integrator (Section 2); Ingrid Sabogal, Fieldston Middle Ethics & Technology Integrator (Section 3)
  • Begins: Monday, January 22
  • Ends: Monday, May 21
  • Sessions: 15 (no club on February 19, March 19, and March 26)
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: $900
  • 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

  • Instructor: Olivia Becker
  • Supervisor: Jonathan Richer
  • Dates: January 22, February 26, March 12, April 23, and May 14
  • Sessions: 5
  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Fee: FREE
  • Capacity: 20 students

The Model UN prep course is an after-school program for students with an interest in participating in Fieldston’s annual Middle School Model United Nations Conference. The course starts by teaching the basics of Model UN (i.e., basic procedure and vocabulary) and ends with the simulation of a real committee meeting. Priority will be given to students who did not have the opportunity to participate in the FM club this year.

    Percussion Club

  • Instructor: Jim Mola, Director of the Fieldston Summer Percussion Camp
  • Begins: Monday, January 22
  • Ends: Monday, May 21
  • Sessions: 15 (no session on February 19, March 19, and March 26)
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: $900
  • Capacity: 12 students

Jim Mola has co-led the Fieldston Percussion Summer Camp for three years, and the response has been great. He is on the faculty at The Collective, a prestigious New York City music school, and is a member of the Sabian Education Network and the Percussive Arts Society Drum Set Committee. He has accompanied jazz and pop stars such as Tony Bennett and Weird Al Yankovic and has recorded extensively for television, film, and commercials. Jim has taught at the University of Bridgeport and travels the country as a clinician. He also records extensively as a vocalist and voice-over artist for clients such as Family Guy, Goldfish, and Disney/Pixar and is the voice of the Jolly Green Giant. His work is featured in the Smithsonian Museum and the Baseball Hall of Fame and is heard regularly on radio and television.

Percussion Club members will learn some basic drumming skills and fundamental grooves that will get them playing right away. While the Percussion Camp is crafted to raise the skill level of current percussion students, this club will focus on a lighter, more fun-filled vibe, with exercises that are more universally inclusive. Emphasis will be placed on group interplay over personal technical development on the instruments. Additional emphasis will be placed on learning rhythm as students might learn any other language and becoming conversational, if not fluent, in the Global Language of Rhythm.

    Give-Back Club

  • Instructor: Stuart Quart, Fieldston Middle Math Teacher
  • Begins: Monday, January 22
  • Ends: Monday, May 21
  • Sessions: 15 (no session on February 19, March 19, and March 26)
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: FREE
  • Capacity: 12 students

We all love Fieldston and benefit from its spaces, structures, people, and ideas. In this club, we’ll work to give back to this inspiring community. While this club will be student-driven in terms of what we decide to take on, some ideas might be to help facilities or the dining hall staff, recognize members of our community that are often overlooked, think of ways to create a culture of giving back in the school, plan schoolwide events, and more.

    Yoga: Zero-Stress Zone

  • Instructor: Julianne Dow, Fieldston Middle/Upper Ethics Teacher
  • Monday, January 22
  • Ends: Monday, May 21
  • Sessions: 15 (no session on February 19, March 19, and March 26)
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: $900
  • Capacity: 12 students

The Zero-Stress Zone Club has been happening in the middle school since 2011 and is now expanding. Need a break from all the busy-ness in your life? Feeling crazed and want to find ways to relax and let go that really work? Want to stretch, hang, and chill with friends? Then this is the after-school club for you. Classes are designed for you to relax, let go, and experience different ways to de-stress. We will start with a Hatha yoga practice, doing a variety of postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayamas). We will end with yoga Nidra (sleep), where you will lie in savasana and sink into a deep restorative state of relaxation. We will also integrate into our practice a variety of self-care techniques for health and wellness that are used in the medical world (jin shin jyutsu and medical qigong). This club is designed for you to totally relax into yourself, and to feel good. Chill-ax with us!


      THURSDAY CLUBS

      Africans in the Diaspora

  • Instructor: Keira Rogers, Fieldston Middle History Teacher/Department Chair
  • Begins: January 18
  • Ends: April 26
  • Sessions: 13 (no session on March 22 and March 29)
  • Time: 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Fee: $780
  • Capacity: 12 students (only students who participated in the fall session are eligible to register)

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.

    Electronic/Digital Music Club (Section 2)

  • Instructor: Russell Currie, Fieldston Middle/Upper Music Teacher
  • Begins: January 18
  • Ends: May 24
  • Sessions: 17 (no session on March 22 and March 29)
  • Time: 3:15-5:15pm
  • Fee: $1,020
  • Capacity: 13 students

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.

Yearbook Club

  • Instructor: Shannon McPartland, Fieldston Middle Science Teacher
  • Begins: January 18
  • Ends: May 10
  • Sessions: 15
  • Time: 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Fee: FREE
  • Capacity: 12 students (only students who participated in the fall session are eligible to register)

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.

After-School Theater

Grades 7 & 8 Musical

  • Instructor: Stephanie Stone, Fieldston Middle/Upper Theater and Dance Teacher
  • Dates: Monday (4:00-6:00 pm), Wednesday (3:15-6:00 pm), Thursday (3:15-6:00 pm)
  • Student attendance is mandatory.
  • Fee: FREE


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Russell Currie, Electronic/Digital Music Club

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John Baglio, Maker's Club


Kenny Graves, Maker's Club


Ingrid Sabogal, Maker's Club



Jonathan Richer, Model UN


Jim Mola, Percussion Club


Stuart Quart,Give-Back Club


Julianne Dow, Yoga: Zero-Stress Zone

Keira Rogers, Africans in the Diaspora


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Shannon McPartland, Yearbook

Stephanie Stone, Theater