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
  • Spring Semester: Monday 2/3/19 - Thursday 5/21/19. Registration opens 11/15/ at 6:00 pm.

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, February 03, 2020
  • Ends: Monday, May 18, 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, February 03, 2020
  • Ends: Monday, May 18, 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!

7th & 8th Grade Musical Theater

  • Instructor: Stephanie Stone, Fieldston Middle/Upper Theater & Dance Teacher
  • Mondays & Thursday
  • Begins: Monday, February 03, 2020
  • Ends: Monday, May 18, 2020
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Fee: Free
  • Student attendance is mandatory

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: TBD

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


Journalism & Digital Magazine

  • Instructor: TBA
  • Begins: Monday, February 03, 2020
  • Ends: Monday, May 18, 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: Kalimah Fergus
  • Begins: Monday, February 03, 2020
  • Ends: Monday, May 18, 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: Robert Adanto
  • Begins: Tuesday, February 04, 2020
  • Ends: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
  • Time: 3:30-5:00 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: Kalimah Fergus
  • Begins: Tuesday, February 04, 2020
  • Ends: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
  • Time: 3:15-5:30 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.

Alvin Ailey Jazz and Hip Hop

  • Instructors: TBA
  • Begins: Tuesday, February 04, 2020
  • Ends: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Fee: $990
  • Capacity: 15 students

This exciting class will have students explore the rich diversity of Broadway, jazz, and Hip Hop. This class will focus on the fundamentals of jazz movements while building upon techniques of Hip-Hop. We will begin with a basic warm-up to stretch and tone the body, followed by a fun, energetic routine while adding the classic style of Broadway including jumps, turns, across the floor progression, and stylized movement. In a judgment-free environment, students are encouraged to have fun while also learning a better understanding of the evolution of hip-hop and exploring their individuality and unique personality in order to build on their dance ability.

U1 Sports Basketball (Grade 6)

  • Instructors: Dan Pena
  • Begins: Tuesday, February 04, 2020
  • Ends: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
  • Time: 3:30-5:30 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

Sneaker Design and Engineering

  • Instructor: Design 4 Innovation Labs
  • Begins: Wednesday, February 05, 2020
  • Ends: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
  • Time: 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Fee: $990

Want to learn the process and craftsmanship that goes into creating your favorite sneaker? We will teach you the techniques for creating your own hand-made sneaker. From sketch to completion. You will walk away with your very own sneaker designed by you.



U1 Sports Flag Football (Grade 6)

  • Instructors: Dan Pena
  • Begins: Wednesday, February 05, 2020
  • Ends: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
  • Time: 3:30-5:00 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.

Course Listings: Thursday

MODEL UN

  • Instructor: Robert Adanto
  • Begins: Thursday, February 06, 2020
  • Ends: Thursday, May 21, 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

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, February 06, 2020
  • Ends: Thursday, May 21, 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.


ELECTRONIC/DIGITAL MUSIC CLUB

  • Instructor: Russell Currie, Fieldston Middle/Upper Music Teacher
  • Begins: Thursday, February 06, 2020
  • Ends: Thursday, May 21, 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

YEARBOOK CLUB

  • Instructor: Carl Smith
  • Begins: Thursday, February 06, 2020
  • Ends: Thursday, May 21, 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.