Middle SChool

Course listings

See below for full course listings.

Questions?

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

Important Dates

  • Spring Semester: Monday 1/28/19– Friday 5/24/19

Our after school program for middle school students includes once-a-week clubs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 rate for each club is $32.50 per hour, with these exceptions:

  • Yearbook club is free
  • 7th & 8th grade musical is free


Financial Aid

Financial aid for after school courses is available to families receiving financial aid from the school. The cost of after school course fees is calculated using the percentage family obligation for tuition.

Refunds and Cancellations

Registration is open from December 14, 2018 to February 1, 2019. Please note that you will be charged a $50 late fee if you register after February 1, 2019. Except for the non-refundable registration fee and late fees, course fees are fully refundable until the first class. After the first class, a $55 fee will be charged. Classes are 50 percent refundable after the second class, and there will be no refunds after the third class. There are no refunds for snow days or other emergency closures.

Course Listings: Monday

6th Grade SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

  • Instructors: Ashley Morgan Bloom
  • Begins: Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Ends: Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Sessions: 14 + 1 Saturday for competition
  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Fee: $835
  • Capacity: 12 students

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, advance listening, note-taking skills, and mature their ability to think and organize ideas effectively. Students will learn to research and write a speech, utilize elements of nonverbal communication and delivery skills.

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

7th & 8th Grade SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

  • Instructors: Dr. Brian Plane
  • Begins: Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Ends: Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Sessions: 14 + 1 Saturday for competition
  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Fee: $835
  • Capacity: 12 students

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, advance listening, note-taking skills, and mature their ability to think and organize ideas effectively. Students will learn to research and write a speech, utilize elements of nonverbal communication and delivery skills.

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

MAKER’S CLUB

  • Instructors: John Baglio, Fieldston Middle Engineering Teacher & Green Roof and Kenny Graves, Fieldston Ethics & Technology Coordinator.
  • Begins: Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Ends: Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Sessions: 14
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: $910
  • Capacity: 8 students per section

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!

AFTER-SCHOOL THEATER

7TH & 8TH Grade MUSICAL THEATER

  • Instructor: Stephanie Stone, Fieldston Middle/Upper Theater & Dance Teacher
  • Days: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • Begins: Monday, January 22, 2019
  • Ends: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Time: 3:15-6:00 pm
  • Student attendance is mandatory
  • Fee: Free

The 7th and 8th grade musical is a wonderful opportunity for students who wish to continue to develop their performance skills. As with the 6th grade musical, anybody who auditions will be allowed to participate. However, it is a much larger commitment than the 6th grade musical so families should seriously consider the time commitment before they commit to the production.

Auditions will take place on Tuesday, January 22nd, with callbacks on Wednesday, January 23rd and Thursday, January 24th. These dates are mandatory. Information regarding preparation for the audition will be sent out in January.

Rehearsals take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after school. Students can have no conflicts on these days. Rehearsals will be finished by 6:00 so students can catch the late bus.

Musical Theater Letter CLICK!

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

CODING CLUB

  • Instructor: The Coding Space
  • Begins: Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Ends: Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Sessions: 14
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: $910
  • Capacity: 12 students

Our Middle School Coding Club’s goal is to develop a community of thinkers, creators, problem solvers, and innovators. If you are interested in self-driving cars, drones, virtual reality, animation, and video games this is the club for you.

The club is a project-based learning environment because we believe coding is a foundational skill everyone should have just like writing and mathematics. Coding is used as a catalyst for club members to enhance their analytical thinking, creative reasoning and logic skills in a fun and interactive environment. Coding is the language of today and the future.

ELECTRONIC/DIGITAL MUSIC CLUB (SECTION 1)

  • Instructor: Russell Currie, Fieldston Middle/Upper Music Teacher
  • Begins: Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Ends: Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Sessions: 14
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: $910
  • Capacity: 12

Electronic/Digital Music is a very popular course in the middle school and upper school. Fieldston has a sophisticated digital music studio, one that is always up-to-date with new technology. Students are first introduced to EDM in the sixth grade, but there is limited exposure until upper school. The EDM Club will use programs that the students are already familiar with, such as Reason and Logic. The club will expand on the basic skills and introduce more advanced topics, including audio-recording techniques. It will be an exciting club; one where students will create original music that can be shared with other students.

MODEL UN (SECTION 1)

  • Instructor: Syed Muhasin Sayeed
  • Begins: Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Ends: Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Sessions: 14 + 4 Saturdays for competition
  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Fee: $980
  • Capacity: 12 students
  • Open only for 7th and 8th Grade students

The Model UN Prep Course is an After School program for students with an interest in participating in Fieldston’s annual Middle School Model United Nations Conference (https://ethicalmun.com/). The course starts by teaching the basics of Model UN (ie. basic procedure and vocabulary) and ends in the simulation of a real committee meeting. Priority will be given to students who did not have the opportunity to participate in the MS club this year.

Course Listings: Tuesday

THE WE CLUB

  • Instructor: Syed Muhasin Sayeed
  • Begins: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
  • Ends: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Sessions: 14
  • Time: 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Fee: $910
  • Capacity: 12 students

The WE Club is a unique service-learning program that will inspire young people to identify the local and global issues that spark their passion and empower them. The club will provide them with the skills and tools to take local and global actions.

WE is a movement of students and educators who believe that some of the most powerful learning experiences happen when WE make a meaningful difference in the world.

What is WE?

WE believes when we come together we can create an even better world. WE makes it easy for you to get involved—whether at home, school or work—by offering resources to help you create positive social change in your community and around the world. To learn more about WE visit www.we.org.

With guidance from WE, the club will:

1. Investigate and Learn: Explore your issue and learn as much as you can about it. Set a specific, measurable goal that your group can work toward.

2. Action Plan: Work out the logistics of an action that will make a meaningful difference for your issue.

3. Take Action: Get out there and make it happen! Check back with your action plan to make sure you’re staying on track.

4. Report and Celebrate: Look back at your goals to evaluate and celebrate the impacts your group made.

Club members will participate in WE Day on September 26 at the Barclay Center. To learn about WE Day: https://www.we.org/we-day/we-day-events/we-day-un/

THE ROBOTICS CLUB Section 1

  • Instructor: Tekintellect
  • Begins: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
  • Ends: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Sessions: 14 (only students who participated in the fall session are eligible to register for this section)
  • Time: 3:30–5:00 pm
  • Fee: $975
  • 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, such as robo war challenges, racing robots and more.

The Robotics Club offers a wonderful opportunity for students to work collaboratively to tackle difficult problems. Students will design, collaborate, 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.

A robot design is limited only by the imagination of its inventor. Students not only have the opportunity to compete in a prescribed problem contest; there is also an open-ended invention contest.


THE ROBOTICS CLUB Section 2

  • Instructor: Tekintellect
  • Begins: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
  • Ends: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Sessions: 14
  • Time: 3:30–5:00 pm
  • Fee: $975
  • 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, such as robo war challenges, racing robots and more.

The Robotics Club offers a wonderful opportunity for students to work collaboratively to tackle difficult problems. Students will design, collaborate, 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.

A robot design is limited only by the imagination of its inventor. Students not only have the opportunity to compete in a prescribed problem contest; there is also an open-ended invention contest.

Course Listings: Wednesday

Architecture & Interior Design

  • Instructor: TBD
  • Days: Wednesday
  • Begins: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
  • Ends: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • Sessions: 15
  • Time: 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Fee: $975

A professional program that uses S.T.E.A².M as a format for teaching architectural & interior design. This fun and rigorous curriculum uses a backwards design approach to identify the end goal. We teach students to design and construct residential spaces, retail spaces, recreational spaces, or bridges. Our students learn: to research, illustration, drafting, rendering, and model making. The ultimate goal of the program is to enhance their problem-solving, design, creativity, and collaboration skills. The program is taught by industry professionals.


Course Listings: Thursday

MODEL UN (SECTION 2)

  • Instructor: Caroline Stuart
  • Begins: Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Ends: Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Sessions: 15 + 4 Saturdays for competition
  • Time: 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Fee: $975
  • Capacity: 12 students
  • Open only for 7th and 8th Grade students

The Model UN Prep Course is an After School program for students with an interest in participating in Fieldston’s annual Middle School Model United Nations Conference (https://ethicalmun.com/). The course starts by teaching the basics of Model UN (ie. basic procedure and vocabulary) and ends in the simulation of a real committee meeting. Priority will be given to students who did not have the opportunity to participate in the MS club this year.


AFRICANS IN THE DIASPORA

  • Instructor: Keira Rogers, Fieldston Middle History Teacher/Dept Chair
  • Begins: Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Ends: Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Sessions: 15 (only students who participated in the fall session are eligible to register)
  • Time: 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Fee: $980
  • Capacity: 12 students (This is a full year commitment)
  • 6th graders who are interested in that club can still also sign up for the 6th grade after school musical production.

The children’s book Africa is Not a Country takes a look at all of the ways that Africa is a diverse landscape of people, histories, colors, languages, and foods. This book wants its audience to know that Africa is much more than safaris. The Africans in the Diaspora Club will expose you to a variety of cultures, while also looking at the many ways Africa, and its people, have influenced the broader world. We will explore how people on the African continent, and people of African descent who no longer live there, maintain important aspects of African culture, languages and traditions. We will also learn about some of the ways we interact with aspects of Africa, and its culture, in our daily lives. Join us for a year of learning, playing, dancing, eating and organizing as we try to dismantle stereotypes about this diverse continent and its descendants.


YEARBOOK CLUB

  • Instructor: Shannon McPartland, Fieldston Middle Science Teacher
  • Begins: Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Ends: Monday, May 23, 2019
  • Sessions: 15 (only students who participated in the fall session are eligible to register)
  • Time: 3:15-5:15 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.

ELECTRONIC/DIGITAL MUSIC CLUB (SECTION 2)

  • Instructor: Russell Currie, Fieldston Middle/Upper Music Teacher
  • Begins: Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Ends: Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Sessions: 15
  • Time: 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Fee: $975
  • Capacity: 12

Electronic/Digital Music is a very popular course in the middle school and upper school. Fieldston has a sophisticated digital music studio, one that is always up-to-date with new technology. Students are first introduced to EDM in the sixth grade, but there is limited exposure until upper school. The EDM Club will use programs that the students are already familiar with, such as Reason and Logic. The club will expand on the basic skills and introduce more advanced topics, including audio-recording techniques. It will be an exciting club; one where students will create original music that can be shared with other

Fashion Meets Industrial Design

  • Instructor: TBD
  • Begins: Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Ends: Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Sessions: 15
  • Time: 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Fee: $975

A professional program that uses S.T.E.A².M as a format for teaching fashion design & industrial design. Our rigorous curriculum uses a backward design method to identifying the end goal. This is done by first: sketching and creating mood boards. By doing this we are able to teach students to develop a product from concept to completion. Our students learn illustration, CAD, sewing, pattern design, technical design, and research and product functionality. The ultimate goal of the program is to enhance their problem-solving, design, creativity, and collaboration skills. The program is taught by industry professionals.