Posts in September 2010

  1. MS and US Parents’ Day Speech-September 2010

    [ September 25, 2010 ]

    I have thought seriously these last three years about the identity of the school we are becoming. Riverdale is a great place, but, in some ways, communities and cultures have to develop like people—it takes a while for one to be sure about what distinguishes you from others. It is the same here. I think many of us are starting to feel what makes this school special, what makes it unique. We develop minds in certain ways—getting young people to use their brains to think deeply and broadly while connecting ideas that may not seem immediately connected. We appreciate passion—the adolescent spirit of incredible curiosity, wide-ranging interest and enthusiasm is still raging in many of the adults who act as ...

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  2. IDENTITY OF Riverdale Country School: MIND, CHARACTER, COMMITMENT & COMMUNITY

    [ September 24, 2010 ]

    When I interviewed here over three years ago, I heard again and again that this was a good school, but that it lacked a strong sense of identity. Again and again I heard the refrain that Riverdale is “neither…nor”. Neither Horace Mann, nor Fieldston, and I felt in those meetings and when I came here that there was a strong desire on the part of the community to develop a firmer sense of identity that differentiated us from other schools and also capitalized on our strengths. What I am going to remark on are trends, an emerging sense of self, and also aspirations as we move forward. We have not necessarily arrived, but I hope that these resonate with you all. ...

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  3. Student Speeches-September 2010

    [ September 13, 2010 ]

    My name is Dominic A.A. Randolph. I am the Head of School here. I wish you the best for this school year, and I hope that you will make an effort to come and see me in my office or in the Student Center. I want to talk about three things with you this morning. One—we are a community. That is special. It means that you have the privilege of attending one of the best schools in NYC and the world. You are an amazing group of people and we are proud of the leadership the Class of 2015/2011 offers us all. Along with this privilege comes responsibility. We all hope that you will enjoy the classes, the campus, and ...

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