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  • Mayfield students channel their inner superheroes in new Self Defense course

    “Seven, eight, nine, ten” THWAP.  “Seven, eight, nine, ten” THWAP. These are the sounds of Mayfield’s students warming up for this morning’s Self Defense course, the first for-credit course of its kind at Mayfield. The students are planted on their backs, laying on thick blue mats in the gym, working on their “hip escapes,” forcing their hips backwards on a powerful scoot, and the student leading the warm-up counts out the seconds inside the position, and everyone slaps the thick mats with a thunderous THWAP at the end. Following the hip escapes, students will go on to practice more active self defense moves, from the “closed guard” to the “guillotine choke hold”—to name a few. And then, under the careful guidance of teacher Lydia Arguelles, the students will move into today’s “Stress Event Obstacle Course.” It’s a high-intensity workout, which involves sprinting across the gym, scaling the stairs in the bleachers, sparring with human partners and humanoid plush “grappling buddies” alike. The girls exchanges laughter between exercises, and slow down in moments of reflection and analysis after circuits, but while they are throwing themselves into “tripod take-downs,” “elbow strikes” and “standing grip breaks,” sometimes they look less like high schoolers and more like characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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  • Tennis, volleyball, golf and cross country teams show strength and growth

    It has been a quiet week on the Cubs calendar, but the highlight was the Cubs tennis matches with Westridge on Tuesday. In 2021, Mayfield, Pasadena Poly and Westridge finished in a three-way tie for the Prep League Championship before the Cubs went all the way to the CIF Division 3 Semifinals in the playoffs. The Cubs and Tigers played on Tuesday at Muir in a key match. The winner would have the inside track to repeat as league champions. With stellar play from Samantha Frick ’23 in singles (3-0 in her matches) and last week's Athletes of the Week, Sarah Leiva ’25 and Rory Rago ’24, went 2-1 in doubles, and the Cubs came away with a huge 11-7 win over the Tigers. Not to be outdone, the JV team also defeated Westridge in a thriller, 10-8. The loss was Westridge's first loss in JV tennis in league in over 15 years! Both teams now have the inside track to win Prep League titles next month!
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  • The Gifts of the Holy Spirit 

    This September morning, Father Dorian Llywelyn S.J. stands before the entire student body in their formal uniforms, alongside the Mayfield faculty and staff all sitting attentively inside the Sister Mary Wilfrid Gymnasium for the first liturgical celebration of the 2022-23 school year—the Mass of the Holy Spirit. This is not Fr. Dorian’s first time on campus, nor his first time presiding over a liturgy at Mayfield, but he recently joined the Mayfield Board of Trustees, as well. He is not a guest speaker, offering general bromides to our community at arms-length, he is offering insight as a deeply committed member of this community. 

    Adjusting his wire-rim spectacles, Fr. Dorian begins his homily with a bit of context, “For over 500 years, Catholic schools and colleges have begun the school year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit. So today we are taking part in a long tradition, which unites us with people in Lima, Malawi, Philippines, in Sweden, and all over the world.” He adjusts his glasses and gently asks, “Why do this?” He then answers his own question with a warm smile. “Well, one of the struggles when you get a bunch of smart people together…students, faculty, staff, parents and trustees…one of the problems is that everybody has their own opinion and their own ways of doing things and the way that things should be. And we can easily fragment a community. Like a marriage or a family—or indeed a school—a community is hard work, and we need help to be united.”
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  • Bringing the “CSI” into Mayfield’s “STEM”

    When Mayfield administration chose to offer a new Forensics Science course in their STEM curriculum this year, they had to look no further than their own distinguished Dr. Laurie Kovalenko to teach. Dr. Kovalenko (or “Dr. K” to her students) went to Cornell for her undergraduate in Chemistry, received her PhD from the University of Colorado—Boulder in Chemical Physics (with research in quantum mechanics), and did her post-doc work at Stanford, analyzing the physical properties of meteorites using laser-induced desorption mass spectrometry. She worked in prestigious labs including JPL, and instructed at the university-level nationwide, before she started teaching students much earlier on their academic journeys. Dr. K has made a career of pursuing her curiosity, while applying her rigorous scientific principles to whatever new discipline she takes on. Dr. K was already teaching Mayfield’s Physics and Chemistry courses when she was approached about the inaugural Forensics Science course. She was eager to take on the challenge but admits, “I don’t even watch NCIS or CSI!” Dr. K laughs while she explains, “I am not into gore, but I do love working on a good problem!”
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    There is no question there is a media appetite for some of the work done in forensic science, and many students had their first exposure to the field from that source. Jemimah Khan ’24 explains “I heard about forensics for the first time when I was around 10-13 watching an Indian crime show…after watching the show Criminal Minds, I fell more in love with the psychological aspect of forensics.” Abby Beegle ‘23 also explains, “I was first introduced to it through TV, “Back when I was in the fifth grade, my favorite tv show and favorite character was a Crime Scene Investigator,” adding, “Ever since then I saw CSI and Forensic examiners on TV and just was really fascinated with the topic.” Allison Erickson has a similar point of entry. “I love watching true crime documentaries and learning all about cases,” she says. “So I thought it would be fun to learn about the behind the scenes of it.”

    In fact, the presentations in Dr. K’s class today might help demystify the media narrative of popular TV shows quite a bit. The twelve students in this course prepared individual slide-decks, each exploring a single profession inside the field of forensic science, and they take turns sharing their presentations to the entire class. The first student presentation was about a “DNA Expert,” the next a “Homicide Investigator,” then “Crime Scene Investigator,” “Firearms Examiner,” “Toxicologist,” “Forensic Psychiatrist” and “Medical Examiner.” The presentations bring the nuts and bolts to these specific professions, from salary, to hours, to location of that work—be it the field or the lab—and they also take into account the physical and mental strain some of these jobs entail.
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  • Mayfield's fall sports teams continue to show strength 

    Despite the more moderate temperatures, Mayfield's fall sports teams continued their hot starts to the season. Perhaps the hottest team has been the Frosh/Soph volleyball team. After today's straight set victory over Providence on the road, the team stands at 14-2 overall, 7-0 in league, and in 1st place. This was after the Cubs performed wonderfully in last weekend's Crescenta Valley tournament. In the tourney the Cubs defeated South Pasadena, Maranatha, La Cañada, and the host CV team before falling in the Championship game of the Gold Division to Chaminade.The Cubs have won 26 of the 30 sets they have played this year. The success on the court has also spread to the JV and Varsity programs. The Varsity team stands at 8-1 overall and 6-0 in league as the Cubs swept Providence in three straight sets tonight. Meanwhile, the JV Cubs are now 9-1 overall and 7-0 in league and will compete in the CV tournament themselves tomorrow.
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  • "Fos"tering our Cubs

    Mayfield’s Formation of Self (FoS) program is one of the most direct ways in which our Holy Child values foster and nurture each and every student. But especially for new students and new families, the program can be a bit of a mystery in the beginning. What are the materials shared, and what ways is that information delivered? How are lessons discussed, planned and implemented? So we sat down with two integral members of the FoS team Lyn Beecher—Learning Specialist, and Erika Mastrobuono—School Counselor—to explain how important this program is to the Mayfield community and how it is ever-evolving and ready to take on a new challenge. 

    What are the bare bones of the program? What happens in each grade?
    BEECHER: FoS is a multi-disciplinary program taught by a cohort of MSS faculty and staff, designed to serve students during all four years at Mayfield. And in a nutshell, think of the FoS Scope and Sequence as the curriculum embodiment of our Holy Child philosophy and mission. Cornelia Connelly famously said, “Be yourself, only make that self all that God wants it to be.” The curriculum strives to support our students in all dimensions of the wellness wheel: socially, physically, emotionally, occupationally, spiritually, intellectually, environmentally and financially. 

    9th grade focuses on the 360 degrees of learning—Ann Bussard is “curriculum lead” there—and she focuses on adjusting to high school and study strategies. In 10th grade, Kristina Ortega’s curriculum focuses on healthy identities and strengthening everyone’s justice and equity skillset, informed by Catholic social teaching and Actions not Words, shaping that justice vocabulary. In 11th grade, Erika Mastrobuono focuses on mental health issues and breaking down stigmas and normalizing asking/seeking help and support. In 12th grade Lynn Maloney and Amy Lareau take the lead, primarily focusing on the college application process in the fall, and in the spring the focus is on soon-to-be-graduates launching into adulthood. We have our other all-stars including Melissa Tighe (Financial Literacy) and Cathy Cota (Women’s Health), who work as guest speakers in all grades. And Ms. Mastrobuono visits all grades discussing mental health resources as well.
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Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 28 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.