1. 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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  2. Day 140: Dorothy, Assistant to the College Office

    [ By on May 13, 2013 ]

    The first thought that comes to my mind when I am asked about my job is, “Don’t stress.” Everybody who comes through here, especially the students, is stressed. The moment that they step in here, they think about how stressful the process is and wonder what the outcome will be. I guess the one thing I want to say is, at the end of the process they will be settled in a place where they ought to be, so what matters is to take advantage of that moment as a beginning, not an ending. The real question is: what will you make of your life? It’s a lot more than this process. The point is to make the best of ...

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  3. Day 139: Rachel, Director of Middle School Service Learning

    [ By on May 10, 2013 ]

    I attended the Lower School Service Learning Assembly this morning to hear about all of the important service learning work that has been happening at the Lower School this year. Not only did the Lower School students wow me with their presentation and the sheer amount of money that they were able to raise for many different charities, but they also impressed me with their incredible passion for doing nice things for others. I believe in giving back to our community. I believe that any act, no matter how big or how small, can make a difference in the lives of others. I believe that each of us has in us the ability to create change. And, I believe that this ...

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  4. Day 138: Hannah and Maya, 4GW

    [ By on May 09, 2013 ]

    We are writing a book for our Kindergarten buddies. A lot of us wrote about our buddies in our stories. The books are picture books and they have only two sentences per page because they are for Kindergarteners. You got to choose your topic, so everybody has different topics. What we did in the beginning was we interviewed our buddies about what they liked and wrote our stories about that. Then we brainstormed and then we made our beginning, middle and end. Then we started writing our actual sentences in a notepad. It was a really creative experience. Hannah: My buddy's name is Phoebe, so my story is about Phoebe going to the ...

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  5. Day 137: Rachel, 8th Grader

    [ By on May 08, 2013 ]

    The last night of the Nola 2013 trip, we were all sitting outside of an Italian restaurant expecting nothing but an ordinary dinner reminiscing about the spectacular trip we had had so far.  During our meal, we all suddenly turned around surprised, as a bike-riding musician, calling himself “the biker ballad,” stopped by our restaurant to belt out a few tunes. We each gave a few dollars to the man, not only for the great show he put on, but for the comfort and warmth he brought us and the joy of the night as we all sang along to some of our favorite songs. Through cracking jokes like, “If you want my newest record, you can find it in ...

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  6. 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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  7. Day 135: Georgina, Food Service Staff Member

    [ By on May 06, 2013 ]

    This is a wonderful place to work. All the departments are wonderful—maintenance, security, everybody. You have somebody behind you helping all the time—it’s wonderful. The kids learn a lot from their teachers because very professional people work here. They teach the kids to be better people, to be nice. The kids get a good education here, and they learn to be kind. The kids have very good behavior here in school. Outside of school, I don’t know what they do, but here, they are good. I love these kids like they’re my own, and I learn a lot from them. One thing I learn is the language; my English is getting a little bit better because I practice with the kids. ...

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  8. Day 134: Ella, Lower School Environmental Education Facilitator

    [ By on May 06, 2013 ]

    Project-Based Learning Week at the Lower School

    This past week, the Lower School took a break from programming as usual and embarked on its first Project-Based Learning Week.  Each grade picked a theme (and in some cases, more than one) and explored it with projects, as the name infers.  It was a beautiful spring week and the campus was buzzing with children working – many outdoors – on projects of their design. The Hudson River was the focus of several grades, with projects ranging from trips to sites along the river, such as The Science Barge and The Little Red Lighthouse, to a re-creation, by kindergarten, of the Hudson River using paint, sculpture, and shovels to dig out a replica ...

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  9. Day 133: Sage and Ria, 4th graders

    [ By on May 02, 2013 ]

    This is Project Based Learning week at the Lower School. Sage and Ria eloquently explain what they have been doing in 4th grade. Sage and Ria are interested in 3D printing and are curious about what types of materials can be used for printing. Ria likes to write fantasy. Sage likes to hoola-hoop.  

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  10. Day 132: Caroline, 8th Grader

    [ By on May 02, 2013 ]

    Grow Dat Youth Farm in partnership with Tulane University and the Edible Schoolyard creates job opportunities for high school students in order to support public health, local economies and a sustainable food system in South Louisiana. The farm provides a healthy and supportive work environment for high school-aged youth from New Orleans who face limited job opportunities. Through a structured application process, Grow Dat Farm conscientiously recruits a mix of students: 20% of whom have already demonstrated leadership skills inside or outside of school, 20% of whom are at- risk of poor performance at school, and 60% of whom are students that are neither excelling nor failing at school. Success in the program is defined by students’ consistent participation, their ...

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