Our Winter Sports season officially kicked off this week with our first games. But before we move on to basketball, soccer, and water polo, we took time to honor our fall sports athletes. More than 300 Cub supporters gathered on Wednesday night for our fall sports banquet—and what a banquet it was, with 70 boxes of Costco pizza, 10 bags of salad and really cool centerpieces, if I say so myself! The spirited event reflected the pride we have had for the fantastic achievements of our cross country, golf, tennis and volleyball teams. Huge thanks to all who helped launched this new format.
During a week when our nation has been transfixed with mid-term elections, Mayfield students, too, took action—as prospective voters, young women of faith and student journalists intent on presenting accurate and balanced government reporting.
I love high school sports! The valuable lessons of this past week showed me why.
An exciting roller coaster ride for our Varsity Volleyball team began on Thursday, Oct. 11, when they played their senior night game in the gym and we had the great honor of celebrating the eight members of Class of 2019 and their parents. The girls were riding high as champions of the Prep League. Then we lost a great five-set match to Gabrielino.
The Mayfield Filipina Affinity Group has been awarded a prestigious grant to establish an educational and cultural exchange program with students in the Philippines who are survivors of human trafficking and children of former commercial sex workers.
They hammered at Habitat for Humanity. They packed groceries at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Others gardened and tilled soil at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center. Some served the hungry at the Fred Jordan Mission downtown.
Back in June, this remarkable week seemed so far away. No sooner had the school year ended than our fall sport athletes began grueling workouts, sometimes twice a day. Summer training seemed to drag on and on. But this week the hard work paid off big time. Three Cub teams won Prep League Championships! We are the victors in golf, varsity volleyball and JV volleyball.
The work of our Mayfield artists transformed the Student Commons into an art gallery and performing arts space, brought beautiful music to Strub Hall and turned the Pike stage into a dance and theatre performing arts house.
It has been a perfectly wonderful start to the 2018-19 school year at Mayfield Senior School. As I begin my fourth year as Head of School I feel a particularly focused and calm atmosphere here at 500 Bellefontaine. Perhaps our lovely Southern California weather that thankfully turned milder once the school year began has something to do with this. But I think it is really due to the incredible leadership that our seniors have already exhibited. I might be a bit biased because I count myself a member of the Class of 2019 as we started at Mayfield Senior School together. It has been a blessing beyond measure to watch this class blossom and flourish over the past three years—what an honor to be able to share their journey.
“Chin up a little bit...good, good. Now look into the camera and now tell me an amazing secret with your eyes,” theatre teacher Andrea Sweeney ’12 told her student. “Relax your jaw... Ah! These are so good!”
It all starts with a line, a line that can express chaos or stability, a line that is skinny or thick, straight or curved. In Mayfield’s Introduction to Art class, Cassandra Gonzales’s students are learning the foundation of art and design by focusing on principles that begin with among the most basic of elements—the line.
Our two Mayfield student ministers had the jitters. They were far from home this summer and were about to become first-time teachers in a Manhattan classroom full of antsy fifth-grade girls at the Cornelia Connelly Center.
But their apprehension melted away the moment they met the girls. Clearly, there was an instant and unique bond between our students and the children they had come to serve.
One is a deeply experienced and innovative math teacher. Another “loves teaching seniors” and values the writing process. They embrace diversity, are dedicated to social justice issues and consider it a great calling to be Holy Child educators. We welcome our new faculty members and are grateful for the extraordinary skills share with our girls.
A look inside Emily Goodell’s freshman math seminar showed anything but furrowed-brow problem solving and closed-eyed equation memorizing. Her students chatted in groups. Some drew number lines and graphs, others used picture markers to visualize a problem. They especially liked figuring out the proportions in “Nana’s chocolate milk recipe.”
We ended the 2017-18 school year with joyful celebrations! Awards Night, Baccalaureate Mass and, finally, Graduation itself filled our last week with beauty. And when I reflect on the accomplishments of our Mayfield community over the past nine months, I am filled with pride and gratitude for the excellence in education we all foster for our cherished students.
We wrap up the 2017-18 Cubs Athletic season with great history-making news! Audrey Suarez ‘21, our fast-as-light runner qualified for the Track & Field CIF State Championship, running her heart out at the Clovis meet while we were all ensconced in graduation festivities.
With inspiring words and a heartfelt message, the Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., celebrated our Baccalaureate Mass, sending forth our seniors not so much “to make a difference,” as the cliche goes, but to serve others “so that the folks at the margins make you different.”
Congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2018, who will be attending 56 colleges and universities throughout the country and abroad, a reflection of their impressive Mayfield achievements and thoughtful college application process.
Our beloved Sr. Barbara Mullen, SHCJ gave that simple advice to Kathleen Lydon when she accompanied her 8th-grade daughter Sara on a Mayfield campus tour in 2015. Ever since, those four words have been the guiding credo for their mother-daughter relationship.
The sophomores in April Garcez’s Global Studies class were given weighty goals: understand pressing global issues, grasp the current events that surround them, sharpen their critical thinking and writing skills.
The glorious voices of the Mayfield Women’s Ensemble won top honors, including the Best Overall Choir award, at the prestigious WorldStrides San Francisco Heritage festival over the weekend, elevating our singers to the highest echelons of high school choirs in the nation.
Way before fancy dresses were purchased and limos were reserved, our prom committee was learning real-time lessons in planning and organization. These Mayfield leaders well understood the awesome responsibility of delivering the most important social event of the school year—all while managing their own busy schedules.
They walked in the footsteps of Holy Child foundress Cornelia Connelly and climbed 528 stairs to reach the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral. They not only visited Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, but also learned how to act out two scenes from Romeo and Juliet at The Globe Theatre. They received a special blessing in Canterbury Cathedral, visited multiple museums and saw the hilarious West End musical, Matilda.
Mayfield celebrated our cherished rite of passage, Junior Class Ring Night, with a twilight Mass honoring 91 students who accepted their ring from Head of School Kate Morin and alumnae relatives, marking their ascendance as upcoming school leaders.
“Be full of hope and trust in God.” — Cornelia Connelly
I feel so blessed during this holiest of weeks to have the opportunity to take stock of all that has been accomplished so far this school year. We began in the fall with our hearts full of hope, and it has been a great joy to witness the excitement and enthusiasm of our students and teachers as the year has unfolded.
With the season well underway, the Cubs Track and Field team is aiming for a repeat Prep League Championship as our athletes are showing stellar results, including Audrey Suarez ’21, who is a nationally and state-ranked runner.
Two spring theatre productions within two weeks of each other brought a frenzy of artistry, drama and a lot of set changes to Pike Auditorium as Godspell and Everywoman featured two all-female casts of musicians, singers and actors on stage.
When Director of Campus Ministry Teri Gonzales announced to the Campus Ministry Council that they would be organizing a Sacrament of Reconciliation prayer service during Lent, the girls took a deep and anxious breath.
A Girls Scouts of America robotics team, in its first year of partnership with Mayfield Senior School, has earned high rankings among the top robotics teams in the West and showed off their skills at a "Super Regional" competition earlier this month.
You just can’t take your eyes off those mesmerizing masks! It’s not enough that our Theatre Conservatory students to rewrote the medieval morality play Everyman into their own powerhouse voice of Everywoman. They delved deep into artistic interpretation to design and make Commedia-style masks to represent their characters.
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Mayfield students and faculty gathered on the North Lawn in prayerful solidarity with students throughout the nation who walked out of their classrooms as part of a movement against gun violence one month after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school.
Months of meticulous planning for “The Greatest Show on Bellefontaine Street,” our spirited, vintage circus themed Benefit 2018, took a disappointing turn when the forecast called for pouring rain. What happened next speaks to the tremendous support of our Mayfield family and the unflappable, ingenious organizing team.
Laura Noriega ’18, a three-year member of the Visual Arts Conservatory, had always viewed sketching, drawing and her newfound love for watercoloring as a somewhat solitary pursuit with pencils, paint, brushes and canvas.
There’s good news on the influenza front as cases of the virulent influenza A virus are declining. However, influenza B cases are on the rise. Already two students have been diagnosed with influenza B.
When Lynda Gilbert walked up Mayfield’s driveway for the first time in April 2005, she caught a glimpse of the Cub paw on the back of a student’s shirt, prompting a spark of joy moments before she interviewed for the Athletic Director job.
“This first thing I saw was the paw on the back of a jersey,” she said. “I remember saying ‘oh my goodness—it’s a paw! I’m in heaven!’ ”
We knew things were getting serious when a note went out on a Friday announcing that Strub Hall, the Hayden Building and the library would all be closed for carpet cleaning. In less than 48 hours Mayfield would be hosting our annual Open House. Everything needed to be perfect for our guests.
Jack Blumenthal. Heidi McNiff Johnson ’84. Brittany Barnes Reeser ’05. Jim Sarni.
These cherished members of our Mayfield community have been recognized for their exemplary and selfless work as Catholic leaders. Read why Archbishop José Gomez and the Society of the Holy Child Jesus find our Mayfield friends so inspiring.
Back in September, Mayfield launched a new program with a somewhat amorphous name—Formation of Self. But in one short semester the innovative health and wellness program has become a normative phrase on campus, a course students rattle off as easily as Honors English, Chem or AP Lang.
The works of five outstanding Mayfield visual and photography artists will take a place of honor at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for the annual Robert Graham Memorial Exhibit that celebrates select work of Catholic high school students.
Breathe deep. Stand straight. Lift your head. Loosen your shoulders. Support your core. Wiggle your fingers. Project outward! When world-renowned countertenor Jeffrey Kim conducted a master class for Mayfield’s Vocal Conservatory, it looked a lot like a PE class—but with exercises that included hitting high-reaching notes and singing soaring scales.
Jared Kushner registered to vote as a woman. Fifteen pounds of frozen Italian sausages crashed down on a family’s roof. A man made $1.1 million off a Bitcoin scam selling Chuck E. Cheese tokens. A Junior theology class studying Catholic Social Teaching recently discussed these juicy topics at length. And despite the strange headlines, the underlying lesson at work is seriously teaching students what it takes to be a “faithful citizen.”
For our first all-school community meeting of 2018, Julia Watson '19 wrote and offered this prayer for her classmates. No matter how busy, stressed, excited or ambitious our schedules may be, we always take a breath at the start our meetings and assemblies to take a moment to pray.
Members of our senior class have good reason to celebrate a happy new year as most have already been accepted to one or more colleges—a credit to their Mayfield academic record and achievements, their diligent focus on submitting early applications and the guidance of our top-notch college counselors.
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.