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  • In Algebra 1, ninth grade students learn systems to solve systems

    There was nothing particularly odd about the timed quiz that was taking place on a late January afternoon in Strub 115. Students in the Algebra 1 class were focused, their pencils were moving, the SMART Board was displaying their countdown clock. The teacher, Fran Smiland, walked around the room, wearing an easy smile as she wove between desks, looking over the students’ shoulders. It was only the moments of pause that seemed out of the ordinary really. When Mrs. Smiland arrived at a student, she often uttered a simple and nearly silent affirmation like “good job” or “you got this,” before she visited another desk. And sometimes students would engage her a little longer, in conversations too quiet to hear.
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  • photo: Denise Leitner

    The hellos and goodbyes of Mayfield’s Choreographers’ Ball

    Last night, Mayfield’s Choreographers’ Ball opened to an enthusiastic audience. This annual performance highlights the talents of the Dance and Technical Theatre Conservatories, with student choreography and student lighting design. This year featured choreography by Dance Conservatory’s nine upperclasswomen. And the pithy title “hello. goodbye.” brings to mind all of the in-between spaces associated at the beginning and end of things. And these choreographers have a lot to reflect on during their high school years: from the retirement of their longtime dance teacher (Denise Leitner) to the hiring of their energetic new teacher (Sarah Alaways), from the COVID lockdowns to the anxious/exciting deliberations of imagining their lives beyond the Bellefontaine campus—and much, much more. We had a chance to sit down for a round-table discussion with several of the choreographers and their Dance Teacher, Ms. Alaways, as they opened up about parts of their creation, the bitter and the sweet…
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  • Freshmen English students “see themselves in stories” in their course material

    Outside class hours, English teacher Paula Moore remarked on a recent interaction with one of her freshmen students, as her class was working their way through Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The student bashfully questioned, “I kind of like Lady Macbeth—is that wrong?” Mrs. Moore chuckled while sharing the exchange. She had been teaching English for decades, doing instructions on “Macbeth” for more than 20 years, but she is only halfway through her first year teaching at Mayfield Senior School. “I’ve never taught all-girls,” said Mrs. Moore, but explained that she had found that her 9th graders were “so savvy picking up the gender motifs… in understanding Lady Macbeth and what her position is” and that “she is this woman who is supposed to be in the background.” As a teacher, Mrs. Moore is always trying to get students involved in the subject material, and encourage them to think of characters from multiple perspectives. For a student to feel connected to a character so often painted exclusively as a villain? That displayed a lot of critical thought and personal reflection, and Mrs. Moore couldn’t disguise her pleasure in that.
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  • Cubs Athletics program is continuing its winning ways—what a season for our girls!

    With the Fall Athletic season just now behind us and the Winter season now in full swing, Cubs Athletics is continuing its winning ways. Six teams won a Prep League championship in the Fall: JV Cross Country, both Varsity & JV Tennis, and all three levels of Volleyball—Varsity, JV, and Frosh/Soph! There are only 8 titles available in the Fall and Mayfield won 75% of them! What a season for our girls. Even with the winter chill in the air, the Cubs are continuing their hot streak in the gym, pool, and on the pitch! Varsity Basketball won their league opener on Dec. 13 and now appear poised at making the playoffs for the first time since the 2017-2018 season. The Varsity Soccer team is one of the best teams in the area and will be on the hunt for their first league title since the 1989-1990 team that went on to win Mayfield's only CIF Soccer championship. The JV team is also playing very well with a 4-2 record. Water Polo is much improved in 2022-2023 and will continue the pursuit of the school's first Prep League title with games against Westridge & Chadwick this week. Lastly, the Equestrian team had their 1st IEL show of the year back in October. Six Cubs represented Mayfield with style and grace and are already looking forward to the next show in January.
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  • Head's Weekly Message — Christmas 2022

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  • How South Central LAMP has been providing light to Mayfielders for three decades 

    It was 11:00 am on a weekday, a few days before Thanksgiving, and three Mayfield students—Jackie Sanchez ’24, Fran Villarruel ’24 and Neci Dunn ’25–were hard at work off-campus. They would return to school in the early afternoon for classes but they all had the same free period, so they joined Mayfield’s Service Coordinator and loaded a van full of food and delivered it to South Central Los Angeles Ministry Project–South Central LAMP for short. Off the Vernon exit from the 110 freeway, South Central LAMP sits on the grounds of a former Baptist school. It is a gated one-story building situated between houses, two parking lots, and the ruins of a burnt church. Upon arrival, the Mayfield students coordinated with South Central LAMP staff and volunteers, as they expertly sorted food donations into categories, to create an efficient assembly line for the “Thanksgiving box,” which would be given to families before the holiday. In past years, South Central LAMP often provided these boxes to roughly 45 families. But by day’s end—and between donations from Mayfield, Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School, Notre Dame Academy and USC—there were boxes to feed 100 families.
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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.