More than 100 parents, alumnae, past parents and friends joined us on campus earlier this month to kick off a year of centennial celebrations for our beloved Strub Hall. It was a day of familiar faces in beloved spaces—a mini Mayfield family reunion! Author and historian Ave DeVanon Bortz ’61—an alumna and longtime Mayfield teacher—gave a fascinating presentation that brought the history of our Bellefontaine Street home to life, and students in the Mayfield History Club led tours of the mansion at the heart of our campus.
Our Cubs cross country runners had a terrific Saturday last weekend, coming away with two tournament wins and a third-place finish in another race. The Varsity team camped out under the stars in Ojai on Friday night and then ran in the Ojai Invitational Saturday morning.
Caroline Squire ’23 and Annie Tighe ’19 never attended Mayfield at the same time, but their paths crossed at robotics competitions when Caroline was a student at Clifton Middle School in Monrovia. Her school team, the “Hippie Bots,” competed in the same league as the “JavaBots,” Mayfield’s Girl Scouts-sponsored team. It was at one of those robotics competitions that Caroline and her family saw Mayfield in a completely new light—as a high school that offered so much more than the strong STEM curriculum they already knew they wanted.
Last year’s Fall sports teams had a lot of early season success. A number of factors contributed—certainly talent, hard work and dedication—but one of the most important elements was experience. Each team had seniors who had been in the program for years, so when the games, matches, and meets started, the Cubs won early and often!
The September opening of the senior visual art show gave the Mayfield community a glimpse of the talent that the Class of 2020 has to offer. “The show is a beginning point, with a combination of work they have done at Mayfield that could be in their portfolio,” said AP Studio Art teacher Amy Green. “Starting things at the top of the year, they can see their history and are able to see—hopefully—at least one piece that has a spark for their investigations.”
“Mr. Marshall Builds a House”—thus begins the eighth chapter of Ave Maria Bortz ’61’s book: Mayfield: The Early Years, 1931-1950. Mayfield’s Strub Hall was originally named Marshallia, a nod to its owner, E.J. Marshall, who commissioned the lavish home and expansive 7.5-acre grounds in 1914. Marshall amassed his vast wealth in real estate, oil investments, banking, and cattle. The 30-room mansion was completed in 1919, when newspapers heralded it as one of the most magnificent houses in the West.
The Cubs cross country team finally had their first meet of the year last weekend, with the Varsity and JV teams both running in sweltering hot conditions at the Rosemead Invitational. The unique format has competitors race by grade level rather than traditional Varsity/JV distinctions. The Cubs proved they will be a force once again in 2019. The Class of 2020 placed three runners in the top seven, led by Emma Cadena’s third-place finish out of 174 runners! Cameron Gomez (5th) and Maggie Kiechler (7th) also ran extremely well.
On Sept. 6, Mayfield celebrated our annual Mass of the Holy Spirit. As the call to prayer, the Campus Ministry Council team focused on Holy Child Goal 5: "creating a learning climate based on trust and reverence for the dignity and uniqueness of each person." And the theme of this specific celebration was: "Diversity in our Gifts."
The weather wasn't the only thing that warmed up this week! All four fall sports teams were in action with some great wins. Tennis has led the way so far this season with the Varsity tennis team 2-0 on the season after a convincing 12-6 win over Webb on Tuesday.
On the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 26, Head of School Kate Morin stood outside Pike Auditorium welcoming every student—with a wave, a kind word, or one of her legendary hugs. Once inside Pike, in the first all-school assembly of 2019-20, Mrs. Morin issued a different kind of greeting, one embedded with a challenge for the year: “Do something scary every day.”
With great pride and much love, Mayfield Senior School conferred 89 diplomas on members of the Class of 2019, young women described by Head of School Kate Morin as “a blessing beyond measure,” who are destined to change the world for the better.
Congratulations to the Class of 2019, whose members will be attending 55 colleges and universities throughout the country, an affirmation of their strong academic preparation at Mayfield and a thoughtful college application process.
During the final Mass of the school year, seniors received blessings from the school community, which sent them forth on their week-long service projects, celebrating their final Mayfield work as acts of “love, courage and kindness” to those beyond the Bellefontaine gates.
What a day we had on Tuesday! In the biggest team sporting event in many years, the Cubs hosted Westridge at Brookside Field in the CIF Semifinal softball game. The league rivals had split their two games during the year and the winner of the rubber match would advance to the CIF Championship game for the first time in either school's history.
In celebration of their skill, leadership, and sportsmanship, four Mayfield athletes announced they have committed to playing sports at the collegiate level during a signing ceremony marked by one last round of raucous cheers from their Cub friends and family.
The Mayfield Class of 2023 are volleyball and soccer players; they have a flair for theatre and photography; they are student council leaders, skillful debaters and fledgling journalists. But most notably, they are smart! Our 87-member freshman class has 67 honor roll achievers.
In a capstone assignment for sophomore World History II classes, Hayden Student Commons was transformed Thursday night into a lively think-tank of innovative, mission-driven ideas as students presented their final project that called on them to create a fictional NGO, a non-governmental organization.
An epic softball match-up will unfold next week when the Cubs, fresh from a massive quarterfinal playoff win, take on our cross-Orange Grove rivals, the Westridge Tigers. Meanwhile, Track & Field Cubs continue their stunning domination as they head to CIF Finals.
When alumna Ann Kennedy ’87 reflects on her Mayfield years, she attributes “so much of the woman I have become” to her education and experiences at 500 Bellefontaine. Her daughter, Samantha Kennedy ’20, says that her own high school years are giving her valuable tools “to be a faith-filled, bubbly, hard-working young woman.”
Championship season is upon us! After months of pre-season conditioning and challenging workouts, the payoff is finally here. This week all four spring sports teams already have or will compete for league and CIF titles.
Mayfield artists pushed outside the familiar gates of Bellefontaine this spring, taking a bold step to put their art “out there” before critics, adjudicators and the public. The results are worthy of a standing ovation:
In a delightfully entertaining show of talent and heartfelt emotion, the Dance Conservatory’s 2019 Choreographers’ Ball showcased the skills of our junior and senior dancers and our Technical Theatre members who created the 100% student-run show.
In a four-day mega-event, the Mayfield/Girls Scouts of America robotics team immersed themselves in a world of transformative STEM experiences, interacting and learning with the top 5% of student robotics teams on the planet. Yes, planet!
Championship Week did not disappoint! The Cubs Swim & Dive and Track & Field teams BOTH competed in the Prep League Championships this week with stunning results that reflect our competitive standing in athletics.
What a year it has been for our sports teams at Mayfield! We have more students participating on athletic teams than ever before, a reflection of how Mayfield encourages and welcomes our students on their high school journey of discovery. Soccer, Swim/Dive, and Volleyball took in 50-plus athletes and we actually had to add a second JV team to our soccer program. What continues to distinguish Mayfield Athletics is not only our glorious wins but our growing competitiveness, incredible “sportswomanship” across all teams and the sheer grit and spirit among our student-athletes.
Faith. Community. Curiosity. Justice. Respect. Growth. Tradition. These words represent the Catholic, Holy Child goals that distinguish Mayfield and speak to the heart of all we do. This Holy Week, our community was blessed with special days of reflection and renewal as five educators from Holy Child schools throughout the country visited campus to evaluate our commitment to our Holy Child education.
Our acclaimed Women’s Ensemble received among the top scores at a national choir festival following their three-song performance that earned seven “perfect tens” for blend, balance difficulty and rhythm.
Beneath the black cape a screaming, mean old Witch is a student overcame stage fright. The musicians tucked in the orchestra pit had never experienced the rigor of playing for a live stage production. Those three massive moveable trees on stage? Our technical theatre students started building them back in January, pneumatic staplers in hand.
The diversity of activities on campus last Saturday stands as an example of Mayfield’s excellence and determination in mathematics, arts and science. This “Actions Not Words” day in education, albeit wet and gloomy, offers an impressive look into what Mayfield learning is all about.
Our determined teams are assembled and practicing after school in the computer lab. These young statisticians, graphic designers, mathematicians, and research specialists have been training for months for a marathon event on Saturday—14 consecutive hours in which they will solve a real-world issue by applying their math skills to the biggest problems of our time.
It’s 3:30 on a Friday afternoon. Campus is quickly clearing out. It’s been an exhausting week—studies, tests, sports, theatre rehearsals. Yet a group of students are gathered in Hayden for one final meeting.
Two Mayfield poets wrote from the heart, personal messages they hold dear. A student photographer captured a poignant moment with her grandmother, a shot she treasures. A painter took a risk with a multimedia project and decided to put her work and vulnerability on display.
Any other high school would call this gathering an assembly—announcements, calendar items, club meeting times, sports updates. But this is Mayfield. We call our Monday morning school gathering “Community.” And we mean it.
Every day, every meeting, every gathering at Mayfield starts with a prayer. We ask, “Lord, hear our prayer” and we ask our founder, Venerable Cornelia Connelly to pray for us. The integration of prayer in our daily lives defines so much of who we are as a Catholic, Holy Child school developing young women of faith.
Our College Counseling office calls it “The Good News” list—the spreadsheet showing that, as of this week, more than 85% of Mayfield seniors have received early acceptance notices from colleges and universities including Bates College, Boston College, Duke, Fordham, Georgetown, Harvard, Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara and Stanford.
During a school-wide Mass to celebrate the birthday of our founder, Cornelia Connelly, students honored the courage of a woman ahead of her time, a woman who compassionately and joyfully dedicated her life to education.
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 21 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.