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2021

  • Head of School's Message — Easter 2021

    Dear Mayfield Community,

    It seems amazing that just over a year ago we said goodbye to our students thinking that we would be apart for only a few weeks. Little did we know how much our lives would be changed over the following months. We have all been touched in different ways by the pandemic. We have endured loneliness, anxiety and loss. We have missed holidays with loved ones, postponed celebrations, and cancelled vacations. Graduations, proms, birthday parties and baby showers all went remote. Most tragically so many lost loved ones, often forced to mourn alone.
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  • Freshman English: ‘Prepare yourselves, we are in Kahoot! mode…’

    Julie Brehove ’11’s freshman English class had just finished their reading of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and the subject of today’s class discussion was “Who’s to blame?” in this tragedy. The Montague or Capulet parents? Friar Lawrence or the Nurse? The lovers themselves? Mrs. Brehove will soon be giving every student an opportunity to give their best arguments for who was most guilty, and why. But she encourages all aspects of the debate, asking everyone to defend and blame at will, and to change allegiances at any point. But before the incrimination-fest begins, Mrs. Brehove primes the day with a game, of sorts. “Prepare yourselves,” she teases the class, “We are in Kahoot! mode.”
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  • We stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community

    Dear Mayfield Community,
     
    I write to you with a message of solidarity, as the recent attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Atlanta have been weighing heavily on my mind. 
     
    In the wake of these horrendous murders, we must acknowledge the alarming rise of violence directed against members of the AAPI community nationwide. This has taken place in person and online, involving verbal and physical attacks, and much of this abuse has been inflicted on AAPI elders, immigrants and other vulnerable members of our society. We condemn these heinous acts of bigotry and hate in the strongest terms.
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  • Spring brings new life to Mayfield’s performing arts 

    As our community comes closer to in-person learning this spring, the performing arts Conservatory programs at Mayfield have been pioneering new ways to rehearse, perform and engage with audiences, while abiding by pandemic restrictions. This week, vocal music instructor Andrew Alvarez conducted rehearsals as part of a “car choir” with members of the Women’s Ensemble, and theatre director Maryanne Householder launched the first-ever Cubs Cabaret, which was open to all Mayfield student artists who wanted to take on some of Broadway’s milestones in monologues, dances and songs. We caught up with Mr. Alvarez and Ms. Householder to hear more about their recent projects.
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  • U.S. History: Inspiring figures of the past and history in the making

    April Garcez’s U.S. History class was about to begin a unit on “The Progressive Era,” and these 11th-graders were about to be assigned presentations on figures like W.E. Bois, Ida B. Wells, Upton Sinclair and others who helped shape American history in fundamental ways. But when Ms. Garcez watched the recent presidential inauguration, she quickly decided to rewrite her next class plan to take advantage of what she considered a valuable learning opportunity. “We had to address the fact that it was momentous to have the first Black, South-Asian Vice President woman and Amanda Gorman as a speaker,” she said. “We had to stop the history lesson as it was.”
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  • Student Diversity Council: decentralized leadership and a mandate for “Actions Not Words”

    It is the first Student Diversity Council (SDC) meeting of February, and Avalon Dela Rosa ‘22 calls the session to order. Today’s agenda is packed. The plan is to discuss the virtual Black History Month assembly the group hosted online during the advisory period just an hour before. Avalon, who shares the title of SDC Co-Head with Frances Burton ’21, gets quickly to the subject at hand. “We're just going to debrief about how the assembly went and you can share something that went well or something to work on for next time,” she says, in a relaxed tone. “We have a lot of people today, so I was thinking about doing a round robin...”
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  • Virtual Career Day, actual career experts

    Career Day is always an exciting event at Mayfield, and this year’s was even more so. For our first Virtual Alumnae Career Day, we welcomed almost 60 alum professionals—more than double last year's number!—to talk about their work in the arts, business, engineering, entertainment, media/journalism, law, marketing/communications, health/medicine, and psychology. (Scroll down to see the full list.)
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  • Conceptual Physics during remote learning: challenging concepts, simple connections

    It’s the first class of the day, the first day of the second semester, and Billy Abdallah is instructing his ninth-grade Conceptual Physics class from his backyard. He checks in with each student one by one—his tone energetic, his gestures expressive. He’s beginning a new unit on motion, which he knows is often a tricky topic for first-time physics students. He introduces the topic of mechanical equilibrium in a way the entire class can readily understand. He asks each freshman about her “ideal day,” listening and responding, encouraging everyone to understand their own personal sense of what equilibrium is, before moving on to the scientific definitions.
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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.