Middle SChool

Course listings

See below for full course listings.

Questions?

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

Important Dates

  • Fall Semester: Monday 9/9/19– Thursday 1/16/19

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 $44 per hour, with these exceptions:

  • Yearbook club is free
  • 6th 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 June 7, 2019 to October 1, 2019. Please note that you will be charged a $50 late fee if you register after October 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% 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, September 09, 2019
  • Ends: Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Fee: $980
  • 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 & Kenny Graves, Fieldston Ethics & Technology Coordinator.
  • Begins: Monday, September 09, 2019
  • Ends: Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: $980
  • Capacity: 15 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!

6th Grade Musical Theater

  • Instructor: Stephanie Stone, Fieldston Middle/Upper Theater & Dance Teacher
  • Mondays & Thursday
  • Begins: Monday, September 09, 2019
  • Ends: Thursday, November 21, 2019
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: Free
  • Student attendance is mandatory

We are pleased to welcome you to The Fieldston Middle Theatre and Dance Department. One of the opportunities available to your sixth grader is this year’s SIXTH GRADE MUSICAL. This process-oriented production is designed to introduce your child to collaborative technique, theatre-making as a craft, and foundational skill-building on and off stage.

This annual event is a wonderful way for sixth graders to learn, explore and have fun together.

Rehearsal Information:

(Please make sure that the following dates work for you and your child before auditioning.)

  • Rehearsals begin in September and are held after school.
  • Students are required to be available after school on Mondays from 4-6 and Thursdays from 4-6 for rehearsal.
  • There will be a required Saturday rehearsal on Saturday, November 16th from 10-5pm.
  • Students must be available on November 18,19, 20, 21st until 6pm for Tech rehearsals.

The process culminates in a production in the Fieldston Auditorium on November 22nd at 7PM.

For further details, please contact Stephanie Stone at sstone@ecfs.org. Please note, all enrolled families will receive more detailed information in August.


Journalism & Digital Magazine

  • Instructor: TBA
  • Begins: Monday, September 09, 2019
  • Ends: Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: $980
  • Capacity: 12 students

Do you want to design and publish your own online magazine? How about vlogging? Explore the fast-changing field of journalism and digital magazine, Learn how to report important events through our interactive journalism program. From finding stories on your own “beat” to interviewing leads. Learn to write like a journalist and produce original stories. Join our student newsroom, shoot, edit video, producing audio content, and tell great stories.

First Lego Robotics Club

  • Instructor: TBA
  • Begins: Monday, September 09, 2019
  • Ends: Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: $980
  • 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.

Course Listings: Tuesday

7th & 8th Grade SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

  • Instructors: Ashley Morgan Bloom
  • Begins: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Ends: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Fee: $980
  • 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.

Science Olympiad

  • Instructors: TBA
  • Begins: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Ends: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Fee: $990
  • Capacity: 12 students

Founded in 1984, Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to 7,800 teams in all 50 states. It is designed to increase student and teacher participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). More information can be found at https://www.soinc.org/.

We will compete in science initiatives that will test the knowledge of students in areas as wide-ranging as astronomy to laser shoots, and from bridge building to Mag-Lev vehicle construction. If you love science and you love to make things to compete, join Science Olympiad.

Hip Hop & Stepping

  • Instructors: TBA
  • Begins: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Ends: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Fee: $980
  • Capacity: 12 students

This club will introduce students to the history of Hip-Hop culture through the elements of dance. The club is for the experienced and novice hip-hop dancers. The class will encompass stepping, as seen in the movies Stomp the Yard and most recently the Documentary Step, break-dancing, and body- popping with a concentration on footwork. This club encourages individualized style while staying true to the hip-hop technique.

U1 Sports Basketball (Grade 6)

  • Instructors: TBA
  • Begins: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Ends: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
  • Fee: $990
  • Capacity: 20 students

U1 Sports Program offers enrichment in various sports. Through these athletic programs, student-athletes are given every opportunity to explore the sport through quality instruction, and in an environment that focuses on the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth of each child. U1 Sports coaches/teachers nurture the development of each participant regardless of athletic abilities and emphasize sportsmanship, teamwork, self-discipline, and positive competition. Most importantly, we accomplish these goals while having fun.

U1 Sports Developmental league players learn and refine the fundamental skills of the game while broadening athletic self-confidence through clinic and league play. Led by former College and pro basketball players, clinics emphasize spacing, cutting, dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, team offense, and team defense.

Course Listings: Wednesday

Architecture & Interior Design

  • Instructor: Design 4 Innovation Labs
  • Begins: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Ends: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Time: 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Fee: $875

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.

Coder Kids

  • Instructor: Coder Kids
  • Begins: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Ends: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Time: 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Fee: $875

Coder Kids teaches girls and boys grades K-12 how to code, focusing on creating their own apps, games, and websites with their own code. Coder Kids learn strategies for analyzing, designing, and collaborating — essential skills for the 21st century.

Coder Kids will learn how to teleport, automatically build structures, and add cool effects to their character, all through the power of code. They will be able to use functions, loops, and conditionals to automatically create massive structures in their Minecraft world. They will also display a basic understanding of how Minecraft’s client-server architecture works, and explain how their mods are changing their world.

7th and 8th Grade Drama Workshop

  • Instructors: Stephanie Stone & Clare Mottola
  • Begins: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Ends: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Time: 3:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: Free

Welcome back to The Fieldston Middle Theatre and Dance Department as a 7th and 8th Grade Drama Workshop Company Member.

Our process begins in early September as students embark on a journey to further their study of acting with a focus on developing a piece of scripted material for performance. Students will be a part of rehearsals and performances, deepening their skills as a theatre-makers 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 we are thrilled to be embarking on a new project that we think will be an amazing experience for our students. We have invited Fieldston alum and playwright, Noah Parnes.

Noah Parnes is a rising junior at Yale university majoring in Ethnicity, Race and Migration. He is a graduate of Fieldston- class of 2016 His first play, eXXXtra credit, was produced at Fieldston in 2015. Since then he has written many other works including ROAD KILL (PERFORMED IN THE NYC SHORT PLAY FEASTIVAL cherry picking in 2016) The Bouncy Castle (written for the Brooklyn Generators fifth season) and Buzz also performed in Cherry Picking 2018. This past year he studied play writing with Deb Margolin at Yale. Noah is also an actor and was involved with the department of theatre and dance in every capacity during his time at Fieldston.

We are hopeful that students will find this collaborative opportunity to be meaningful, educational, and fun! Most of all, the opportunity to create an original piece allows students to explore what it means to be both an actor and a playwright. Students interested in play writing are urged to participate.

The process culminates in a performance in The Alex Cohen Theatre in January 2020.

For further details, please contact Stephanie Stone at sstone@ecfs.org. Please note, all enrolled families will receive more detailed information in August.


U1 Sports Flag Football (Grade 6)

  • Instructors: Dan
  • Begins: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Ends: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
  • Fee: $990
  • Capacity: 20 students

U1 Sports Program offers enrichment in various sports. Through these athletic programs, student-athletes are given every opportunity to explore the sport through quality instruction, and in an environment that focuses on the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth of each child. U1 Sports coaches/teachers nurture the development of each participant regardless of athletic abilities and emphasize sportsmanship, teamwork, self-discipline, and positive competition. Most importantly, we accomplish these goals while having fun.

Get in football shape through dynamic strength and conditioning exercises, followed by an intensive skill-based program focused on passing, catching, and defense. In addition to drills and skills, players will participate in league play. Athletes will receive a team uniform, will be assessed, and placed on a team prior to the start of the league.

Adventure Leadership by Design

  • Instructor: TBA
  • Begins: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Ends: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Time: 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Fee: $925

Let's bring the adventure of the outdoors to ECFS. This experiential learning program uses a unique approach to teach leadership development. With a design thinking format, our curriculum empowers and teaches students skills that will last a lifetime. The program will facilitate out of the box thinking, creativity, personal growth, self-confidence, compassion, and team-building.

Getting students to step out of their comfort zone in order to take the lead as they plan a 6-day March, Spring Break expedition to Arizona.

From map and compass to adventure planning and pack out. Our students learn outdoor cooking, canoeing, kayaking to learning the art of mountaineering, canyoneering, rock climbing, and top rope climbing. They will learn the skills needed to run and manage their own outdoor adventure program.

This program will require students to be present for four Saturdays beyond their After School commitment.

Note: Our Arizona, Expedition is a 6-day overnight. The trip will take place during the first week of Spring Break. Students participating in the program are not required to attend the excursion but are encouraged. There is an added cost associated with the trip. Trip cost TBA.

Course Listings: Thursday

MODEL UN (SECTION 2)

  • Instructor: TBA
  • Begins: Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Ends: Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Time: 3:15-5:45 pm
  • Fee: $980
  • Capacity: 15 students (This is a full year commitment)
  • Open only for 7th and 8th Grade students

After receiving feedback from our families during the 18/19 school year, we have redesigned our Model UN program (MUN).

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. Our students will participate in regional conferences, as well as conferences at Harvard College and/or Georgetown University.

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.

Note: Our Model UN Junior Ambassador trip is a 4 day overnight at Harvard College or Georgetown University. The trip will take place during the first week of Spring Break. Students participating in the MUN are not required to attend but are encouraged. There is an added cost associated with the trip. Trip cost TBA.

AFRICANS IN THE DIASPORA

  • Instructor: Keira Rogers, Fieldston Middle History Teacher/Dept Chair
  • Begins: Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Ends: Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Time: 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Fee: $980
  • Capacity: 15 students (This is a full year commitment)

The Africans in the Diaspora Club will examine the history of people of African descent and 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 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 and fun activities as we work to dismantle stereotypes about and celebrate the vast culture of this diverse continent and its descendants.

Students enrolled in the club who will be 13 by March 13, 2020 are eligible to attend our Ghana 2020 Spring Break trip. (*Students who will be 12 may also be eligible).

YEARBOOK CLUB

  • Instructor: TBA
  • Begins: Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Ends: Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Time: 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Fee: Free
  • Capacity: 15 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, September 12, 2019
  • Ends: Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Time: 3:15-5:45 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: Design 4 Innovation Labs
  • Begins: Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Ends: Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Time: 3:15-5:45 pm
  • Fee: $975
  • Capacity: 12

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.