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Field's Jazz Ensemble: 20 years of AMAZING music!

Where can you find a smokin' band that plays music by Patsy Cline and Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Cannonball Adderley, Johnny Cash and Elton John, Randy Newman and Tom Waits? Look no further than The Field School Jazz Ensemble! Made up of 23 students in grades 7 through 12, the Jazz Ensemble has been putting on an amazing show for the past 20 years and brought down the house yet again last Friday and Saturday. 
 
"I founded the jazz band in 1994," explains co-director Will Layman. "We found a few kids who wanted to play and sing some difficult but fun American music, so the idea was to teach them the basics of playing and singing jazz, but also to play every kind of music that jazz is cousin to: soul, rock, country, folk, just about everything!"
 
The band has presented a spring concert in the Field theater every year since 1994. This weekend's shows are the band's 21st season. "And it should be a great one," says the other band director, Wes Lanich. "Students have been rehearsing during SHAMs all year, and we have a repertoire of about 30 tunes that cover every style you can imagine."
 
The most important thing is that the band has fun. And it is infectious. Great job, guys!
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11th Grade Annual Gettysburg Trip: Great Fun!

One hundred fifty-one years ago this June, the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia converged upon a small town in Adams County, Pennsylvania in a battle that would prove to be the turning point in the Civil War. On Thursday and Friday April 10 & 11th, Field's 11th grade embarked on the History Department's capstone trip, tracing Union and Confederate footsteps through the hallowed ground of Gettysburg.
 
How long has the History Department been taking students to Gettysburg? Well, as long as anyone can remember. The trip has seen much iteration over the years, but the trip as it exists now was the brainchild of former History teachers Emily Kleinman and Neil Gibson. In History 11, second semester is dedicated to 19th century America—and we feel that you can’t truly understand current American history unless you understand the cultural buildup to and events of the Civil War. So, simply in terms of curricular design, a trip to Gettysburg is a logical piece of the puzzle.  
 
In terms of Field culture, the trip has become a rite of passage for students. “At this point in the year,” explains Ryan Reese, “juniors are starting to think about being leaders and existing as a 'united front'. The history aspect of this trip is obviously important, but equally as important is the community building."

THURSDAY: SCAVENGER HUNT & MARCHING DRILL 

The trip begins, of course, on the battlefield. On arrival at Gettysburg, students head to Cemetery Ridge—the primary defensive position of the Union Army—for a scavenger hunt. Before the scavenger hunt begins, students are divided into Union and Confederate armies, and then into small battalions with 8 or 9 soldiers and a General (chaperone). Each battalion is responsible for coming up with a name and rallying cry. Points are awarded for creativity, style, and enthusiasm, and the battalion with the greatest number of points at the end of the day will receive an awesome Gettysburg t-shirt. Following the scavenger hunt is a marching drill, where everyone will learn to march as they did during the war.

FRIDAY: SUNRISE RUN & BATTLEFIELD GAME 

Friday begins with a three-mile optional run/walk to Little Round Top to see the sun rise. After the run and breakfast, the Battlefield Game—a civil war version of capture the flag—begins. Each battalion is given three objectives, based on finding a specific marker and collecting important information to report back to their general. On completion of each objective, battalions receive a one-word clue that will help their army solve a riddle that points to where the flag is with the other army. Once they solve the riddle, they march as a group to capture the flag. After the game, there’s a picnic lunch at Devil’s Den, students visit the visitor center and Cyclorama, and they return to school! 
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The Robotics Club is off to Iowa!

Our intrepid robotics club is on their way to Iowa (RV style!) to take on their competitors at the North Super-Regional Championships at the University of Iowa. GOOD LUCK!
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Annual 3v3 Basketball Tournament!

Saturday was our third annual 3v3 Basketball game and it was a huge success! We raised over $400 for Sarah Culberson's foundation benefitting students at Bumpe High School in Sierra Leone. Proceeds raised will make a HUGE difference: for example, $400 can buy shoes for 55 Bumpe High School students. Great fun, wonderful cause—it doesn't get much better than that.
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Community Service Day 2014: A Great Success!

Our annual Community Service Day, held on Saturday, February 22 at Kimball Elementary School in Southeast DC, was a great success! We had an amazing turn-out, and spirits were high. Thank you to our friends at City Year for making this all possible!
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WINTER INTERNSHIP IS HERE!

Winter Internship is here! For the next two weeks, students are exploring different, exciting internship opportunities. See everyone in two weeks! 
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Be Yourself at The Field School

Self-Discovery.  It's the first word in our mission statement, and its pursuit is innate to everyday life at Field.  Students are encouraged to think and learn about themselves, and to grow as individuals over the course of their time here.  They can be studious, athletic, shy, boisterous, latino, focused, whimsical, black, white or anytihng else they want—so long as they are who they truly are.

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