New sisters in China
By Rebecca Cordier, Head of School
Having four of my own, I didn’t think I would ever go looking for more sisters-but they found me! In March 2018, I was invited to meet with the leaders of a school in Suqian, Jiangsu, China and potentially establish a sister school partnership. That request turned into a 13 school, 5 city tour and we were honored with not one but two new sisters schools.
Subei Middle School is in Suqian, newly industrialized farm country situated between two lakes. It’s a city of 5 million people, but is considered rural by Chinese standards. Subei has several thousand students including day and boarding students in grades 5-9. I was treated to their morning exercises that was a mix of martial arts, recorder music, and hip-hop! On the day we signed the agreement, there was a televised presentation by student performing groups, the signing, and a fancy dinner to celebrate.
Suqian is North of the Yangtze River and our other sister school, Wuxi Experimental Elementary School, is South. Even though all schools in China must follow the national curriculum, some schools find creative ways of presenting it that depart a bit from the typical lecture/recite classroom experience. At the Wuxi school I was toured by a 2nd grade student through their museum highlighting a special blue dyed cloth that is a regional folk art. The school’s museum is also open to the public and students study this art there. A 4th grade student was my docent through their Fine Art museum featuring local artists, famous Chinese artists, and artists from other countries. Every year, one of their featured artists spends time at the school teaching and giving master art classes.
In reciprocation, we hosted the Wuxi school leaders in May and sent 3 of our teachers to Subei School to teach conversational English this past summer for a month. Continued plans to meet and collaborate are in the works. Things look bright for Green Fields and our new sisters!
Alumni Holiday Party Saturday December 22nd, 2018
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Alice in Wonderland
Friday February 8th, 2019
Green Fields School CPA
The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!
*This show is appropriate for all ages!
85 years of friendship,
memories & excellence.
85 years of Green Fields.
Our Middle school girls volleyball team celebrating the end of a successful season! They made it to the second round the the post season tournament before being eliminated.
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COLOR WAR RETURNS TO GREEN FIELDS
By Jennifer Lynn, Athletic Director
Way back in 1950, Green Fields began hosting an annual athletic event of epic proportions...Color War! This event took place at Green Fields from 1950 - 1966. In 2018, we brought it back to life! In essence, Color War is a culmination of activities, events, and memories that come together at the end of the school year in one glorious day of competition. The entire school, faculty and students, is divided up into two teams - Green vs. White. Each team competes in a variety of events such as banner making, tug-o-war, yarn ball un-raveling, ice cube melting, fruit roll up eating, balloon building, relay racing, lip sync battles, and more! Great care is taken to divide teams evenly and ensure that there is an activity for everyone. Teams earn points not only for winning an event, but also for sportsmanship too! As the Athletic Director, my personal goal for Color War is to allow those whose passions lie in every and any area to have the ability to contribute to the success of their team. With numerous competitions in a variety of subject matters, Color War allows those with unique skills to shine. Last year’s Color War was an amazing day of friendly and fun competition. Green team took the win, but a great time was had by all. Color War 2019 will be held on Friday, April 12th.
Top: High School students competing on the soccer field; Middle: The original Color War bowl gifted to the school from the class of 1949; Bottom: A photo from a color war game The Selfie Challenge.
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Two students using the new MakerSpace for the Robotics Interim 2017.
Top: Former Headmasters Nancy Masland and Phineas Anderson with current Head Becky Cordier; Middle: Alumni Jessica Lazzeroni '13 and Ivan Pemberton '13; Bottom: Birthday candles are lit for Green Fields!
MAKERSPACE AT GREEN FIELDS
By Helen Reynolds, Science Teacher
You might be wondering why we are making a MakerSpace at Green Fields --
Don’t we have space for making? What are we going to make that needs a special space? A MakerSpace is a fantastic multi-purpose space for students to develop new skills, complete projects that can’t be done in a classroom or combine ideas for a range of areas in one place. We have been lucky enough to be able to re-purpose a large room (Room 28) which has plenty of space for a range of projects. The room will be used extensively during student preparations for the Science Fair, and is currently used by students working on Robotics as a follow on from Interim last year. As they gain expertise they will then be able to teach other students producing a cascade effect. The layout of the room is completely flexible and, by the end of the year, should have seen the following action!
Take Apart club/lessons
As a science teacher I am very aware of the power of hands on science and engineering. We are building up our big box of things to take apart, and tools for taking them apart, with a view to giving students an opportunity to see the ‘insides’ of some everyday objects, from fans to CD players. If you have anything that is not working that falls into this category, please consider donating it! We will need a continuous supply…
We have a green wall! What better things to do than to make our own news reports or documentaries with a backdrop of a real newsroom or place of interest.
Putting the A in STEAM
The MakerSpace is a great place to bring together the arts and sciences. We are building up a collection of materials for students to add an artistic dimension to their work. Creativity crosses all the disciplines for which the MakerSpace can be used.
… and we have a lot of cardboard! Perhaps we need a Rube Goldberg machine that starts in the MakerSpace and goes all around the campus! Now there’s an idea…
Green Fields Board Members
Anthony Marshall President
Josh Snider Vice President
Harmony Hayes Secretary
Becky Cordier Head of School
Sarah Ozols Member at Large
Tom Wilson Member at Large
Daniel Thrall Member at Large
DINNER ON THE GREEN
By Chloe Weeks, Community Relations Coordinator
This year, as Green Fields celebrated its 85th Anniversary, our annual Dinner on the Green event was celebrating its 5th Anniversary as part of our Green Fields traditions. Although the dinner did not take place outside due to immense rain from Tropical Storm Sergio, our twinkly night sky remained as we celebrated Green Fields inside our gym. Among our dinner tables were alumni, former headmasters, and a number of current parents. At the end of the evening, we celebrated Green Fields together with a special 85th anniversary dessert; a griffin cookie with a sweet cream honeycomb ice cream and a birthday candle for each guest. Once all the candles were lit, the gym filled with the sound of singing as the entire gym sang happy birthday to Green Fields and each guest blew out their birthday candles.
It was the perfect ending to a
wonderful night. Thanks to
everyone who attended and
helped us celebrate this special
milestone in our schools history.
Thank you to our generous community of donors!
It is you, our community of parents, teachers, students, grandparents and alumni that have cultivated this special place. We are proud to celebrate this milestone in our rich history and proud to have you be a part of it.
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Mrs. Amanda Ellsworth!
The 2nd Grade class, Mrs. Amanda Ellsworth pictured on the right.
"I write songs and listen to other bands. I stay active in music as a session musician. I feel grateful to be able to follow my dreams and my goal each day is simply to do something to improve my craft."
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Second Grade, Lower School Lead Teacher
B.S. Elementary Education, Northern Arizona University
Mrs. Ellsworth has always had a passion for children, knowing at a young age that she would be a teacher. She is invested in teaching the whole child and provides a hands-on environment for exploration and learning. Before Green Fields, Mrs. Ellsworth taught in the Marana and Amphitheater school districts. A Tucson native, she loved growing up in the desert, spending her days with her brothers outdoors. Now, she spends her time trying new recipes, hiking with her husband, and lots of reading!
We are excited to have you as a part of our Green Fields family!
- Cancion Franklin
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CANCION FRANKLIN, Class of 2010
Since graduating from Green Fields in 2010, Cancion Franklin has been taking some big strides on his path towards his career as a musician. His musical life began when he first heard the blues as a child. "I heard Howlin' Wolf as a kid and it blew my small mind wide open. I tried to emulate him along with my other heroes throughout the years, which helped me to create my own unique style and sound. What has developed out of this is something that lives between blues, rock and classic country." Currently living in New York City, Cancion originally moved to New Jersey back in 2010 at the age of 18 to attend college. Cancion was drawn to the musical epicenter that is New York City and performed his music wherever he could including dive bars, bathrooms, train stations, barns, the list goes on... Every gig got him closer and closer towards his goal and has helped him truly hone his musical craft. Cancion and his trio, aptly named Cancion Franklin and the Family Band, have risen to playing full houses at even larger venues throughout NYC -- a long ways from playing in train stations and bathrooms. They are pleased to be releasing their second EP on November 2nd, 2018. Their first EP, titled "True as Time Allows," has been getting played on over 60 radio stations around the world and has charted on both the Roots Music Report and with the Americana Music Association. Currently, Cancion is working on his upcoming 2019 tour dates, working as a session musician, and writing new songs.
Music from Cancion Franklin and the Family Band can be heard on their YouTube page, Spotify and iTunes. Lookout for their newly released EP on November 2nd, 2018.
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