Posts in April 2013

  1. Day 121: LaShawn, Middle and Upper School Library Director

    [ By on April 15, 2013 ]

    Today is commemorated as Jackie Robinson Day.  Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in modern Major League Baseball.  On this day 66 years ago, Robinson ended segregation in baseball by playing with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Before then, African American players were relegated to the Negro Leagues. Last year, Jackie Robinson's daughter, Sharon Robinson, visited Riverdale and shared memories of her father through stories and pictures.  She shared her father's strong sense of family through vivid images recreated by Kadir Nelson, an author and illustrator. Today I learned that it is Jackie Robinson Day.  I remembered Ms. Robinson's visit and was reminded how we benefit from his sacrifices.  We enjoy the diversity of the Riverdale school community because of the ...

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  2. Day 120: Peter, Art Teacher & Chair of the Visual Art Department

    [ By on April 12, 2013 ]

    Today is One World Day. It has always been one of the most exciting things we do at Riverdale. I remember organizing the first One World Day. It seemed like a controversial and dangerous thing to do. We met with all kinds of resistance for students, and faculty. All it takes is one administrator to take a risk. It ended up being two days and a rousing success. People still talk about it. Now OWD has become an institution, and we take it for granted. It’s still a good idea. For one day all the business and demands of our daily lives are set aside, and we as a collective community take some time to examine some aspect of what it means to be human. There are no ...

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  3. Day 119: Elsa, Sixth Grader

    [ By on April 10, 2013 ]

    Several Middle School students and I recently traveled to Philadelphia to attend the Middle School Student Diversity Leadership Conference with the theme “A Journey of Identity and Inclusion.”  After the long bus ride, we entered a big room filled with curious students.  After an inspiring welcome speech by Mykee Fowlin, we split up into discussion groups. We talked about many different things, but there are a few topics that touched both me and my peers. There is a huge difference from what you are supposed to do, and what you need to do. You shouldn’t stop to talk or smile to strangers you see walking down the street, but you can brighten up their day with a quick smile or ...

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  4. Day 118: Cameron, Tenth Grader

    [ By on April 09, 2013 ]

    Today, for the first time ever in my life, I watched gospel music performed live. The way that they portray it on TV shows and in movies is nothing compared to the real thing. From the moment that I walked into the gym I knew that the assembly was going to be something special. The whole school was together, which almost never happens, and there was a kind of a buzz in the air. Soon after I arrived Ms. Nicholson-Flynn introduced the leader of the organization who came to perform and the show had begun. The choir came out with a bang, rousing the whole audience to its feet on its second song and getting the crowd to clap in unison many times. This was one of ...

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  5. Day 117: Susan, Director of Global Studies

    [ By on April 08, 2013 ]

    This is my third year at Riverdale as Director of Global Studies. While I have planned and organized dozens of trips, I only just finished chaperoning my sixth trip abroad with students. I must say that I am continually impressed with how well Riverdale students embrace the immersion experience and grow from it. I watch as students, who seem to be on the quieter side in class, come out of their shells and emerge as true group leaders and pioneers. I always love learning about and seeing the other sides of students, the parts of them that we do not get to see in the classroom. I will say that our student body has so many hidden and glorious talents. ...

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  6. Day 116: Andy, Director of Upper School Community Service

    [ By on April 05, 2013 ]

    Where do we get our ideas about what it means to be male or female? Where do our ideas of beauty come from? Are there different expectations for males and females in contemporary American society? I've been lucky enough to explore some of these questions with a great group of students -- and a very thoughtful co-teacher -- as part of a mini-course this semester on documentary film and social justice. Twice a week, five students and two teachers meet to watch documentary films and reflect on their messages. We have already watched "Miss Representation" and "Tough Guise," two films that address the questions raised above. Today, we began watching a new documentary: "The House I Live In," which focuses on ...

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  7. Day 115: Laurie, LS STEAM Integrator

    [ By on April 04, 2013 ]

    This space is usually filled by the wonders of the day as seen through a lower school child's eyes. Today, I had the pleasure of sharing the morning (and again this evening) with parents. Together we explored what it is like to be a lower schooler at the River. Since we were simulating what it was like to be a student here, I figured that gave me authoring rights for today! This image is of a portion of the Riverdale Mission Statement. Take note of the portion in bold. …abundant play in the open… Children learn from playing and by playing. This ongoing play happens throughout the day at the River. ...

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  8. Day 114: Katie, Seventh Grader

    [ By on April 03, 2013 ]

    I learned today that you should not cram for tests and quizzes—instead you should start studying when you first hear about them.  I know that everyone is always telling you not to cram, but until recently, I did not really get why you do not want to cram.  One week, I had an org+ final on Wednesday, a Latin quiz on Thursday, and a math quiz and science test that Friday.  It was a very stressful week.  Now, I will definitely study ahead of time. If I had studied ahead of time, then I could spend more time doing what I wanted instead of studying like crazy the last few days before my tests and quizzes.  Ms. Terkeltaub always says, "It ...

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  9. Day 113: Amanda, Twelfth Grader

    [ By on April 02, 2013 ]

    Today was the typical first day back from spring break – almost.  As usual, we received the essays and tests that were painfully crammed in to the last week before break, tried to remember what on earth was going on in each of our classes, and attempted to seem like we were alert and understood what was on the board (when really we had no idea and just wanted to go back to sleep).  This year, however, I also happen to be a senior on April 2nd, which adds a new flavor to the mix. For those that have yet to experience the joys of the college process and therefore may not know some of the implications of today’s date, let ...

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