1. Day 152: Kimberly and Noa, 11th Graders and Graduation Ushers

    [ By on June 11, 2013 ]

    I learned . . . 1. How much Riverdale impacts an alum's life so many years after graduating 2. How special the bond is between a Riverdale student and the school itself 3. About the impact and importance of asking questions -Noa I learned that you should check the weather before you go to graduation...it's a good call, especially if you're planning on wearing heels! - Kim Kim and Noa are 11th graders and served as ushers at the 2013 graduation.

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  2. Day 151: LS Kids

    [ By on May 30, 2013 ]

    Our last full day of school at the River Campus celebrated our budding 4th and 5th grade performers in our annual Talent Show! Kids were busy practicing in the morning and performing in the afternoon. We hope you enjoy this video of a portion of the Talent Show. Video thanks to Jessica Kim, grade 5 teacher

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  3. Day 149: Sarah, 10th Grader

    [ By on May 28, 2013 ]

    Today in history class we focused on Roosevelt's New Deal during the Great Depression. After the stock market crashed in 1929, unemployment in the United States rose tremendously. With more people out of work, fewer people were buying goods, and businesses that were still running fared even worse. With the New Deal, Roosevelt planned to decrease unemployment rates by having the government employ citizens to build infrastructure, such as the Hoover Dam. In addition, Roosevelt created our Social Security system that is still in place today. A good portion of our class discussion was focused on current debates about Social Security and whether the age at which one can begin to receive Social Security should be increased to take into account ...

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  4. Day 148: Jacob, Music Department accompanist for the Middle and Upper Schools

    [ By on May 27, 2013 ]

    In the midst of thunderstorms, yesterday saw the last of the choral performances at Riverdale for this school year.  The sixth and seventh grade choirs performed with such excitement, that their feeling of accomplishment (of presenting their great work to a sizable and receptive audience) was palpable.  After all, this is their only opportunity to perform for the entire school year, unlike the upper school choirs, which perform each semester.  After practicing this music for the entire school year, they were more than ready to enter the stage and collectively say to the audience: “We are going to sing this great music that we want you to hear!” This experience of learning and performing music will stay with these students throughout ...

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  5. Day 147: The Authors of 1R, First Grade

    [ By on May 23, 2013 ]

    Rachel P. wrote The Little Kitty because she loves kitties. The trio of Rachel P., Isabela C. and Madison R. liked the Magic Schoolbus books so much that they named their book The Magic Schoolbus. The Sports Book was authored by Harrison G. and Jacob N. because they love to learn about and play sports. Tatiana D. likes being fancy and co-author Skye R. is a tomboy. Together they wrote We Love Being Fancy. The name of Ava's soccer team, the Rolling Piggies, served as the title of the book by Ava E., Halle C. and Olivia B. This next group included themselves in the name of their book: Emily F. and Layla B. Share about Themselves. The last of the 1R books is Bunny ...

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  6. Day 146: Christie, 12th Grader

    [ By on May 22, 2013 ]

    Today I got my first taste of multi-variable calculus. Last week, my math teacher, Mr. Evans, announced that we would be doing a final project. I immediately turned to my friend, and suggested that we teach ourselves how to integrate a multi-variable expression and then teach the rest of the class. After some research, we had mastered the mechanics of multi-variable integration, but wanted to know if there were any real-world applications we could explore. In order to complete this feat, we enlisted the help of our physics teacher, Mr. Saunders. During a meeting today, he quickly built a problem on the board that combined physics and calculus. We ...

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  7. Day 145: Carlos, Director of Grounds

    [ By on May 21, 2013 ]

    What do I think about while I am working? Mainly about my duty, what I need to do to maintain the property at the standard that is expected. There is not much time to think about anything but what I need to do. There is a lot of planning ahead; I need to analyze the soil to see what kind of fertilizer to use, figure out when to re-seed the fields, plan big projects like re-doing a whole field, orchestrating the work in such a way that it is not going to affect what people need to do here. And that’s just the fields. I work on all these plants that you see, too. I see myself as an artist, ...

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  8. Day 144: Emily, teacher and Chair of the History Department

    [ By on May 18, 2013 ]

    How do you best maintain the engagement of second-semester seniors on a seventy-five-degree May afternoon immediately following lunch?  Well, if you’re me, you break into an elaborate tap routine, spinning and falap-heel-toe-heel-step-brush–heeling your way around the room while rhythmically reciting key points from relevant Supreme Court decisions.  That always gets their attention. As I employed this desperate tactic this afternoon, it occurred to me that studying tap has made me a better teacher, and not just because there’s a significant element of egotism and performance involved in standing in front of a roomful of hypercritical adolescents every day.  I think of myself as a pretty scrappy dancer.  It takes me a long time to master the mechanics of a new step ...

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  9. Day 143: Jonathan, CC and Justin, 5th Graders

    [ By on May 16, 2013 ]

     

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  10. Day 142: Ellie, 6th Grader

    [ By on May 16, 2013 ]

    I recently visited New Orleans as part of a service learning trip with middle and upper school students. Even though I was only there for three days, I discovered how amazing the people are in New Orleans. On the first night, Adrian told us about how the people in New Orleans are so welcoming and kind, a bit unlike here in our city. He told us that if you waved to anyone passing by on the street, they’d almost always wave back. We tested it out on some people and every time, even some bikers who had their hands full managed to wave back at us. That definitely was pretty cool especially because in New York City people don’t wave ...

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