Head of School's Welcome

Head's Weekly Message — May 20, 2022

Dear Mayfield Senior School Community,
Although we find ourselves almost at the end of this amazing school year, there are still so many exciting and wonderful happenings for our beloved Mayfield Senior community!
Last Sunday’s exquisite vocal concert was for me a highlight of the year. Our students sang with such skill and heart—I found myself continually tearing up as I listened to the beautiful music they created together. A special thanks goes to our outstanding director, Andrew Alvarez for all his care and dedication. Over the years, he has created one of the most excellent high school choral programs in the country—we are so blessed.
Our Mayfield arts program will be shown off this coming weekend too. This afternoon, we are all invited to enjoy our visual and creative writing Spring Arts Festival—followed by the culminating performance of our Advanced Acting Class production of “Bad Business”—a short play that the students wrote, directed and staged themselves. And on Sunday, we are all in for a real treat when our instrumental music students will be presenting their final performance of the year at 2:00 p.m. in Pike Auditorium. What a great way to end this year of arts at Mayfield!
Our athletic program has also had amazing success this school year. So many of our teams and athletes excelled, as was witnessed yesterday evening at our Spring Sports Awards Dinner and Ceremony. Congratulations to all our athletes and coaches—and a special thank you to Steve Bergen for leading with such energy and enthusiasm. Go Cubs!
One of the things that I am particularly grateful for this year is the dedication that our community has shown to service this year. Our “Loaves and Fishes” program has been particularly outstanding feeding thousands of our brothers and sisters who would otherwise have gone hungry. I am thrilled to let you know that last Friday we collected a record 1,200 lunches! What an amazing testament to our community’s generosity and commitment to living the Gospel message of love.
On Wednesday, I heard a good deal about our seniors living this Gospel message through their service projects as we welcomed the Class of 2022 and their mothers back on campus for our Senior Tea. What a joy it was to celebrate together on our beautiful Strub terrace. We were even able to serve the delicious food from our beautifully restored Strub Hall living room. While there is a bit more work to finish up—our renovation project is almost done. I just can’t wait until we can welcome everyone back to see and experience the completion of this labor of love—starting with our senior parents and grandparents next Thursday, for our celebratory “Margaritas at Mayfield” party.
As we enter our final week of classes, I would like to draw your attention to our new way of notifying families about COVID-19 cases reported on campus. Please read all emails from Cathy Cota carefully so that we can have the healthiest end to the school year.
And, as we look forward to the 2022-23 school year, I am thrilled to introduce you to our new Director of Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion—Amber Gravely. With degrees from Loyola Marymount University and the University of Southern California, Amber has been working for many years to help area schools develop best practices to ensure that all students feel loved and nurtured. Read more about Amber here.
Finally, May is the month when many of our sophomores will participate in the Sacrament of Confirmation through their parishes. I am so proud of our students who complete this important spiritual journey, and I know you will all join me in holding them in our prayers—especially this Saturday which is Confirmation Day at St. Philip the Apostle. I send blessings to all.
With Love and Gratitude,
Kate Morin

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.