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2021

  • Mock Trial team explores long-standing legal precedents with present-day implications

    The facts of the case are timely: a COVID-related job loss, the subsequent inability of a tenant to pay rent and a pending eviction. A snake in a mailbox as a murder weapon does bring some sensationalism into the midst but it certainly adds to a lively discussion. What if the snake slithered in the mailbox by itself? Or could this have been a prank gone wrong? And if it was placed there intentionally to injure, could it be considered a premeditated murder, even though snake bites are rarely fatal? This is the heated discussion of Mayfield Senior School’s Mock Trial team, as they are preparing for their upcoming case this March.
     
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  • When winning a league championship might be considered a team's second-biggest achievement of the week...

    Some periods of time are quiet on the athletics front and there just isn’t as much to report from the sidelines. But today is not that day! It’s basically unheard of that winning a league championship might be considered a team's second-biggest achievement of the week. But that describes our volleyball season right now. On Tuesday night, the Cubs traveled to La Canada and defeated Flintridge Prep in straight sets to finish 11-1 in the Prep League and win their first league championship since 2018.
     
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  • Students embrace the financial literacy "revolution"

    When Melissa Tighe arrived at Mayfield, she had some teaching experience under her belt, but much of her professional background was in finance. Over her 27 years on campus—as a math teacher, department chair and now Director of Innovation and Community Partnerships—she has been looking for ways to share her financial expertise with Mayfield students, beyond a brief lecture during Senior transition week.
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  • Ethnic Studies: A curricular redesign with a faculty dream team

    On first glance the Strub 113 classroom is a somewhat workaday location compared to the many newly renovated spaces flourishing on the same floor of the building—like the Senior Lounge, the redesigned art rooms, the flex spaces being used for study hall, and the new classroom carved from the corner of the library which has all of the aesthetic appeal of a childhood treehouse. But although Strub 113 is not displaying any element of physical redesign, it is a site for an exciting curricular re-think.
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  • Mayfield's faculty and staff join in the Loaves and Fishes effort

    Campus Ministry: Welcoming the Holy Spirit while embracing “starting over”

    For families new to Mayfield, the morning drop-off line this Friday, Sept. 10 was probably a surprising sight. Suddenly trunks were being popped open en masse by students and faculty members. Scores of brown paper bags were being quickly ferried away in effort to mitigate any disturbances to the traffic flow. Parents who were unfamiliar with the procedure may not have realized it in the moment, but this strangely choreographed routine was actually the return of Campus Ministry’s wildly successful lunch donation program, Loaves and Fishes.
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  • Meet our new faculty and staff! We extend a warm Mayfield welcome to these new members of our community.

    In a year like no other, we are overjoyed to welcome twelve new faces to 500 Bellefontaine for the 2021-22 year, including two Mayfield alums. There are additions to the art department, world language department, our student support team, and our Development office. As always, the one thing our new faculty and staff all share? A commitment to our Holy Child educational mission—and to our Mayfield families. Please read more about our growing Mayfield community!
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  • The graduation of the Class of 2021 and the values of hard-fought joy

    Last weekend on the Mayfield Senior School campus was pure magic. With the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, June 5 and the Graduation on Sunday, June 6, the events had the "pinch-me-am-I-dreaming" kind of quality. It has been over a year of challenges and pivots—with students, families, faculty and staff always adjusting to the many adaptations that have come our way. But at long last, we were able to celebrate our graduates. And during the course of the events of this graduation weekend, time and again, it was clear that the experiences of the Class of 2021 have made them wise far beyond their years.
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  • Oh the places they’ll go! Read the list of where the Class of 2021 is bound...

    Congratulations to the graduates of the resilient Class of 2021, who lived through an unprecedented high school experience, and are now bound to their next adventures.

    The members of the Class of 2021 will be attending 51 different colleges/universities in 18 states plus Washington, DC. 46% will attend college in the state of California; and 21% will enroll at a public university in the state of California. 25% will attend a Catholic college. Every graduate will be matriculating to a four-year college or university.
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  • Class of 2021: Making up for lost time with IRL moments and a pandemic prom

    The Class of 2021 knew that their prom might not happen this year, let alone the Senior Movie Night, Senior Sunrise or the Senior Tea. But as COVID infection rates started going down, Mayfield’s event planning team went into overdrive, and faculty and staff did everything in their power to create opportunities for Seniors to reconnect and revel in each other’s company.  
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  • Liesl Pike Moldow ’83 (center) with Kate Morin and Angela Howell '76

    Liesl Pike Moldow '83, Co-Founder of SafeSpace, will speak at the Class of 2021's commencement about ‘giving teens the mic’

    When Liesl Pike Moldow ’83 got the invitation from Head of School Kate Morin to speak at Mayfield Senior School’s 2021 graduation, Liesl admitted to being “flabbergasted” by the request—but she also couldn’t hide her delight. Later, she hopped on a Zoom call with several members of Mayfield’s Class of 2021, where she quickly fell into reminiscing about the time she spent on the Bellefontaine campus as a Mayfield student herself. She exhibits a genuine ease in talking with this age group, partially because she has children around this age, but also because the non-profit she co-founded, SafeSpace, serves this age bracket as well.
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  • Alum musicians give Mayfield students a glimpse into musical life after high school

    Last Friday, we welcomed a panel of five alum musicians to participate in Mayfield’s first-ever alum-student music summit, hosted by Clarabelle Sullivan ’21 and Michaela Sinclair ’21. This virtual meeting was a chance for recent grads to answer burning questions from student musicians about their post-Mayfield musical journeys.
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  • A message from Kate Morin, Head of School

    Dear Mayfield Community,

    There are so many moments in recent memory in which I have been compelled to recognize the profound and pivotal time we are living through, with history being made around us. Yesterday was such a day. It has been almost a year since the murder of George Floyd, and after the trial of Derek Chauvin had its closing arguments on Monday, the jury delivered their verdict in less than 24 hours. 
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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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  • Our Cubs are back in action, and we're gearing up for our biggest-ever spring sports season

    When I walked off the pool deck at Buckley High School on March 11, 2020, all I was thinking was that it was nice to get our first league win of the swim season, and how the next few weeks were going to get much busier with badminton matches, softball games, and track & field meets crammed together before we went to Spring Break. Two days later the world changed for all of us, and that turned out to be the last Mayfield athletic competition to be held... until this week!
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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.