Middle SChool

Club listings

See below for full course listings.

Questions?

Contact Keeniun Brumskill at 718-329-7317 or kbrumskill@ecfs.org.

Important Dates

  • Fall Semester: Monday 9/19/22–Friday 1/27/23.

  • Registration will open on 06/15/22 at 5:00 pm.

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Our After School clubs are in-person.

  • The club meeting time is at 3:00/4:00 pm.

  • All classes will meet for an hour or an hour and a half.

  • All school holidays are observed.

  • Extended stay is offered

There must be a minimum of six students enrolled in order for a club to run. The maximum number of students in a club varies; once a club reaches maximum capacity, it will close.

  • The Yearbook club and the 6th or 7th and 8th grade musical are free to join. There are no costs associated with club participation. However, you must register to join.

  • If you participate in a full-year club, you will be asked to register again for the spring semester.


Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to families receiving financial aid from the school.

Refunds and Cancellations

Registration is open from June 15, 2022, until October 15, 2022. Please note that you will be charged a $60 late fee if you register after October 15, 2022. Except for the non-refundable registration fee and late fees, course fees are fully refundable until the first class. After the first class, a $65 fee will be charged. Classes are 50% refundable after the third class, and there will be no refunds after the fourth class. There are no refunds for snow days or other emergency closures.

Club Listings: Monday

SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

  • Instructors: Ashley Morgan Bloom & Dash Polzik

  • Begins: Monday, September 12, 2022

  • Ends: Monday, January 23, 2023

  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm

  • Fee: $980

  • Capacity:

    • 12 6th grade

    • 12 7th-8th grade

The Middle School Speech and Debate Club will cultivate a passion for intellectual discourse, mature student oracy skillset, and teach the fundamentals of public speaking and debate.

Students will engage in different debate styles while learning to argue both sides of an issue with a view to logic. This process will foster confidence, open minds, advanced listening, and note-taking skills, and mature their ability to think and organize ideas effectively. Students will learn to research and write a speech, and utilize elements of nonverbal communication and delivery skills.

The program is for all, from experienced to the novice, Students will compete in in-persin or in online debate competitions. If you are ready to debate, this is the club for you.

6th Grade Musical Theater

  • Instructor: Stephanie Stone, Fieldston Middle/Upper Theater & Dance Teacher

  • Mondays, and Thursdays.

  • Begins: Monday, September 26, 2022

  • Ends: TBD

  • Time: Monday 4:00-6:00 pm, Thursday 3:30-6:00 pm.

  • Fee: Free

  • Student attendance is mandatory


This year the 6th grade will once again perform a musical on the main stage! Students will have the opportunity to have a say in staging, costumes, and props and be a part of a piece of theater that is truly ensemble centered. We will announce the Musical later this summer as well as start dates and rehearsal commitments.


This process-oriented production is designed to introduce your child to working collaboratively, theater-making as a craft, and foundational skill-building. This is a great way for students to get to know people in their grades and to welcome new students to ECFS. Everyone is welcome and all are cast.

For further details, please contact Stephanie Stone at sstone@ecfs.org.

Maker's Club & Engineering

  • Instructors: John Baglio

  • Begins: Monday, September 12, 2022

  • Ends: Monday, January 23, 2023

  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm

  • Fee: $940

  • Capacity: 12 students

Do you enjoy hands-on science projects and experiments? Then you will definitely enjoy the Fieldston Middle School Maker’s Club. A “maker space” is a place where people come together to work on projects that involve building and tinkering. We will begin with simple projects, like desktop catapults, and then move on to more complex projects that range from physics to engineering to electronics. Additionally, we will utilize a variety of technological gadgets and electronics and simultaneously learn about their basic functions and safety protocols. Get ready to create!

Esports Club

  • Instructors: JoLynn DeBois & Zaj Vidal Burgie

  • Monday & Wednesday

  • Begins: Monday, September 12, 2022

  • Ends: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

  • Time: Monday 4:00-5:30 pm, Tuesday 3:30 pm until 5:00 pm

  • Fee: $880

  • Capacity: 12 students


Our goal is to play games that encourage students to build real-world skills such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving.


Students are invited to come and experiment with a multitude of the board and electronic games. The tabletop aspect will be predicated on creativity, storytelling, and imagination, taking a step away from the modern virtual world. the electronic aspect will be the congruence between the physical aspects of building electronics and how that relates to the process of computing as a whole.

Extended Day

  • Monday - Friday

  • Begins: Monday, September 12, 2022

  • Ends: Friday, January 17, 2023

  • Time: Monday 4:00-6:00 pm, Tuesday- Friday 3:00-6:00 pm.

  • Fee: $595

  • Drop-in $25.00


This is for students who plan to be on campus beyond 3:30 for late pickup, study sessions, or to watch a game will check-in at the first floor Academic Center.

Club Listings: Tuesday

The Art of Djing

  • Instructor: Aubrey Callabrass & Zaj M Vidal Burgie

  • Begins: Tuesday, September 13, 2022

  • Ends: Thursday, January 26, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:30 pm

  • Fee: $980

  • Capacity: 12 students

If you are a new DJ or looking to learn more skills this is the class for you. This class takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Whether you are into hip hop or techno, in this class, immerse yourself in the art of being a DJ. We teach the fundamentals of beatmatching, mixing, and blending. You will learn the basics of Serato Scratch Live.

First Lego Robotics Challenge

  • Instructor: Kevin Ortiz-Pena

  • Begins: Tuesday, September 13, 2022

  • Ends: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-6:00 pm

  • Fee: $1100

  • Capacity: 12 students

The Middle School Robotics Club will engage students in robot design, coding, and problem-solving as they take on increasingly difficult robotics challenges. Our students compete in the First Lego League Robotics competition.

The Robotics Club offers a wonderful opportunity for students to work collaboratively to tackle difficult problems. Students will design, plan, redesign, construct, create, assemble, invent, reinvent, write, present, and compete to see who has developed the smartest robot. The contest will vary based on strategies that involve speed, accuracy, sensing objects, and light.


MODEL UN for Experienced Students

  • Instructor: Caroline Stuart & Dasha Polzik

  • Begins: Tuesday, September 13, 2022

  • Ends: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: $880

  • Capacity: 16

  • Open only for 7th - 8th Grade students

The Model UN Prep Club is an After School program for students with an interest in exploring the field of international relations. We will teach students to hone their public speaking and communication skills, and learn the art of debate.

MUN students will learn about some of the challenges we face in the world, from topics ranging from extreme poverty to human rights or even climate change. They collaborate to explore solutions to major problems, learn about different countries and cultures, and become UN diplomats.

This is a year-long commitment. Those students who register will also register for the spring. This program will require students to be present for Saturday conferences.


Club Listings: Wednesday

YEARBOOK CLUB

  • Instructor: Carl Smith

  • Begins: Wednesday, September 14, 2022

  • Ends: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: Free

  • Capacity: 12 students (This is a full-year commitment)

The Middle School Yearbook highlights our students and chronicles yearly events, clubs, activities, sports teams, and advisories. The Yearbook Club invites students of all three grades to participate in the yearbook’s design, planning, and production. Students in the club are encouraged to contribute via photography, designing page layouts, creating collages, and developing an overall theme. This club is a year-long commitment, and students will be expected to invest time and effort outside of club time to complete specific assignments and attend and photograph various school events throughout the year.

MODEL UN for Beginners

  • Instructor: Caroline Stuart & Dasha Polzik

  • Begins: Wednesday, September 14, 2022

  • Ends: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: $1100

  • Capacity: 12 students

  • Open to 6th - 8th Grade students

The Model UN Prep Club is an After School program for students with an interest in exploring the field of international relations. We will teach students to hone their public speaking and communication skills, and learn the art of debate.

MUN students will learn about some of the challenges we face in the world, from topics ranging from extreme poverty to human rights or even climate change. They collaborate to explore solutions to major problems, learn about different countries and cultures and become UN diplomats.

This is a year-long commitment. Those students who register will also register for the spring. This program will require students to be present for Saturday competitions.


Chess in Motion

  • Instructor: TBD

  • Begins: Wednesday, September 14, 2022

  • Ends: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: $980

  • Capacity: 12 students

Chess in Motion is designed to improve chess skills whether students are interested in casual or competitive chess. Instructors use a range of teaching tools including demo boards, worksheets, stories, and computers.

New players learn rules, notation, and the opening, middle, and end games. Advanced players develop a vast repertoire of complex strategies and the ability to apply them in-game. Chess players in the club will benefit from improved problem-solving, critical thinking, and concentration. Students hone their skills through game-play and tutoring for competitive chess tournaments and exciting team competitions.

Japanese Language and Culture

  • Instructor: Jack Monness

  • Begins: Wednesday, September 14, 2022

  • Ends: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: $880

  • Capacity: 10 students


This program is created to give students an introduction to Japanese and an appreciation for the cultural dynamics that the syntax-rich language represents. We will cover basic language elements such as counting and self-introductions, as well as cultural aspects of Japanese like politeness/formality levels in speech, traditional vs modern Japanese, etc.


Anime, in particular, is already largely popular with many middle school-age students and will be a major emphasis of this program; giving students after school time to analyze their favorite series from a linguistic perspective will help fuel their creativity and add color to the way that they consume this media going forward.


7th & 8th Grade Drama Workshop

  • Instructor: Stephanie Stone, Fieldston Middle/Upper Theater & Dance Teacher

  • Wednesdays.

  • Begins: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

  • Ends: TBD

  • Time: Wednesday 3:00-6:00 pm.

  • Fee: Free

  • Student attendance is mandatory


Our process begins in September as students embark on a journey to further their study of acting and focus on performing a piece of scripted material for performance. Students will be a part of rehearsals and performances, deepening their skills as theater-maker from acting technique to collaborative skill-building. The drama workshop offers students a safe environment to take creative risks while having fun in our department that is both a rigorous and comfortable home for many of our students.

This year the drama workshop will perform a play that will be chosen by the actors in the group during the first few weeks of the meeting. Rehearsals will take place on Wednesdays after school from 3-6. We will communicate with families in terms of the start date in the upcoming weeks. The final performance will be in January 2024.

For further details, please contact Stephanie Stone at sstone@ecfs.org.

Club Listings: THURSDAY

Odyssey of The Mind

  • Instructor: TBD

  • Begins: Thursday, September 15, 2022

  • Ends: Thursday, January 26, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: $980

  • Open only for 6th - 8th Grade students.

  • Capacity: 12 students (This is a full-year commitment)

Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to develop and use their natural creativity to become problem-solvers. Imagine being faced with a problem that requires an original solution. It can be frightening. Now imagine not being afraid to solve that problem – that is what OM members learn. This skill and self-confidence will carry over to all areas of their lives. OM brings the classroom to life as students apply what they learn and combine it with their interests and passions to solve our unique open-ended problems. OM also emphasizes teamwork, budgeting, time management, public speaking, and so much more. Our students will then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World levels. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.

The Art of Djing

  • Instructor: Aubrey Callabrass & Zaj M Vidal Burgie

  • Begins: Tuesday, September 13, 2022

  • Ends: Thursday, January 26, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:30 pm

  • Fee: $980

  • Capacity: 12 students

If you are a new DJ or looking to learn more skills this is the class for you. This class takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Whether you are into hip hop or techno, in this class, immerse yourself in the art of being a DJ. We teach the fundamentals of beatmatching, mixing, and blending. You will learn the basics of Serato Scratch Live.

Mock Trial

  • Instructor: Dasha Polzik

  • Begins: Thursday, September 15, 2022

  • Ends: Thursday, January 26, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: $980

  • Capacity: 10 students


The mock trial's pedagogical focus is to develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as a knowledge of legal practices.


We believe that success in legal advocacy is acquired through a balance of proper pre-competition preparation and knowing how to think on your feet. Our program is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop their skill-sets through participation in interactive coaching and practical drills.


In our mock trial meetings, each student will be given the opportunity to perform as both an attorney and a witness. All participants will construct opening statements, conduct direct and cross-examinations and give a closing argument.

DJI Robo-Challenge

  • Instructor: TBD

  • Begins: Thursday, September 15, 2022

  • Ends: Thursday, January 26, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: $1100

  • Capacity: 10 students

The Robo-Challenge Program provides competition and loads of fun as young engineers learn to innovate in a hands-on experience in the field of robotics and drones.

Our future engineers will learn to code and create a variety of different robots to compete. Future engineers gain valuable technical skills as well as critical thinking skills throughout the class. They are able to combine theory and practice and build advanced intelligent robots to face off in a fun competition. Robo Battles!!

Club Listings: FRIDAY

MULTISPORTS

  • Instructor: TBD

  • Begins: Friday, September 16, 2022

  • Ends: Friday, January 27, 2023

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Fee: $980

  • Capacity: 16 students

Our premier sports program’s primary focus is skill development and gameplay for all levels through group instruction and clinics. Our expert coaches will emphasize the fundamentals of Flag football, Basketball, and Soccer. The students will have an opportunity to rotate through each sport to develop a broad overall toolkit of skills.