Posts in September 2008

  1. Parents' Day Speech

    [ September 20, 2008 ]

    Welcome to you all. I think that most of you know me, but for those of you who do not, I am Dominic Randolph, the Head of School. I am appreciative of working here with great colleagues, marvelous students and wonderful families. I wish you all the best for this new school year. As I got to know Riverdale during my first year here, I came to understand what a strong school community we are, but felt that we needed to be clearer where we stand on things. As we have moved forward with a strategic thinking process, we have also come to clarify what we stand for as an intellectual community. I would like to share some of those ideas ...

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  2. School Outcomes

    [ September 06, 2008 ]

    ⇒ DEVELOPING MINDS (LEARNING + THINKING) •    read actively, applying different reading strategies to different types of texts •    learn to manage one’s time and develop effective study skills •    learn + think independently, innovatively, creatively, critically, actively (apply knowledge in useful experiential tasks, evaluate information and evidence, see patterns, generate novel responses, ask good questions, analyze and construct arguments, learn how to organize your thoughts in different ways, question assumptions and accepted “truths”) •    develop independent research skills and learn how to apply such skills to research in different contexts. ⇒  LEARNING + THINKING IN AND ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES (responsibility of the academic departments) •    acquire disciplinary knowledge while mastering the language of each discipline •    understand the key conceptual frameworks, the essential questions and the ...

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  3. Speech to Upper School Students September 2008

    [ September 05, 2008 ]

    Welcome to all. I hope that you had a great summer. I also want to say that I had a great year getting to know many of you last year, and I hope to work with you all and especially the student leadership here to make this an even better school community. I want to congratulate the Class of 2009 on reaching their senior year. I wish you all the best as you end your time at the school. Live up to the leadership that you have already established in the school. I wish all the other classes well and want to give a special welcome to all our new students. My name is Dominic Randolph, and I am the Head ...

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  4. Speech to Pre-K through 1st Grade Parents September 2008

    [ September 05, 2008 ]

    Welcome to you all this evening. I hope that you had a good summer and that you are looking forward to beginning the school year as much as we are. My name is Dominic Randolph, and I am the Head of School at Riverdale. I started here last year as Head after ten years as a senior administrator at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and years as a teacher and administrator in K-12 international schools before that. My wife, Kris, our daughter, Elsa, and I are happy to welcome you to this school community. I appreciate the opportunity to talk to you for a few minutes and hope that you will forge a special partnership with the school and the ...

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  5. Summer Parent Update Letter

    [ September 04, 2008 ]

    Dear Parents, I hope that you have all had a wonderful summer with your children, and I welcome you back to the school for another year of learning, community events, and discussion. I wanted to write to you all outlining areas where I think my administrative and faculty colleagues have made plans and improvements last year at Riverdale and our upcoming areas of focus for this next academic year. Last year we started a “strategic thinking” process to give us a road map for future work and improvements at Riverdale. For your information, I have included a copy of our current strategic planning document on the website listed at the end of this letter, if you are interested. It has been intriguing ...

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