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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Day 141: Willy, 11th Grader

    [ By on May 14, 2013 ]

    It's always great to be able to take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to real-world problems. For example, in Computer Science, we have been learning how to program throughout the year, and now we are starting to apply our knowledge in our final projects. We can all focus on our areas of interest, and I decided to make a time tracking application (which would help you track your productivity) because I wanted to make something practical that I would use. From the class, I have learned how to implement the core parts of the application. Today, however, I came across a completely new problem: Will my application be easy to use? User interface design answers that question, ...

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  4. Day 136: Harrison, 9th Grader

    [ By on May 07, 2013 ]

    Hey! My name is Harrison  and I am a  freshman here at Riverdale. Today I learned about the future of Riverdale's technology. Today, each person in my chemistry class was assigned an iPad with which we are supposed to try to test if this technology would enhance our learning. Ideally--if this experiment goes well--the technology department is trying to get each student an iPad or something just like it. In my opinion this is really awesome! Also, I think this will be quite  productive for most students, but for others I think it might be very distracting.  And this is what I learned about Riverdale today. Harrison loves Riverdale, his friends, lacrosse, his cellphone, and ice cream. 

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  5. Day 131: Val, 12th Grader

    [ By on April 30, 2013 ]

    Today I learned that there is a lot I should've done. As a senior who has been at Riverdale for about six years, it hit me today just how soon my high school experience will be over. I was talking with a friend who is very frantic about prom planning. "What am I gonna do? I don't have a dress or a date!! This is terrible," she told me. In an effort to try and comfort her, I told her that I'd help her, but that she really had nothing to worry about because prom was in "like two months". Instead of feeling comforted, she gave me a wide-eyed look and said, "Um, Val, its more like one". Although freaking ...

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  6. Day 126: Davidson, 12th Grader

    [ By on April 23, 2013 ]

    What I learned today was more of a reminder. We like to think that what makes Riverdale special is its academic prowess. I learn this at the beginning of every spring when the classrooms get muggy and people start regretting wearing jeans. What makes Riverdale great, for me at least, is in the springtime when in-between classes I get to enjoy the fresh grass and energizing sunlight. As a city kid, I was always drawn to Riverside Park; the swings, the fountains, the piers. Riverdale simulates this experience. Had I gone to say, Dalton, during my frees I would either be cooped up in the senior lounge or I would escape with a few of my closest friends to get ...

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  7. Day 122: Andrew, Ninth Grader

    [ By on April 17, 2013 ]

    Nothing pleases me more than seeing my English teacher’s eyes lighting up along with my entire class. We were listening to another student’s short story about what the term normal really means. The story discussed a man and his wife who live in the “ideal American suburbia”. They live in a ranch-house, and the man drives to a “cubical” job every day of the week.  The couple always seems to be in a quandary, but come up with a solution to them; they can’t have children, so they get a dog. One day, the man loses his job and the couple gets divorced (sad ending, I know). Today I really discovered what normal really means, and that by no means, is ...

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  8. 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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  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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  10. Day 109: Cameron, Tenth Grader

    [ By on March 12, 2013 ]

    In my history class, a class discussion on the night before’s reading can often go off in tangents anywhere. Today while discussing the homework, I learned about what some of the Chinese think of their government. My teacher went on a sabbatical for the first half of the year and during that time she made a stop in China. Her trip to China coincided with China’s communist party meetings where a new president is appointed. My teacher told us that she discussed this event with her tour guide who was a relatively young Chinese woman. When my teacher attempted to explain to her how the election system in America works the guide was both enthralled and utterly confused as to ...

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