Posts in Academics

  1. First Grade Class Hosts Pen Pal Buddies from Harlem Village Academy

    [ May 21, 2014 ]

    IMG_3867Class 1K recently spent the day with their pen pal buddies from Harlem Village Academy, a NYC charter school. Students from HVA and Riverdale enjoyed their day of fun, brought to you by the letter P: "Planting, Playground, and Pizza Party Playdate". "Thanks to parent Erica Tuft Karsch '90 for setting up this lovely partnership with our HVA buddies," said Class 1K Head Teacher Lizzy Kmetzo. "This will surely be a treasured 1K memory for years to come."

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  2. Riverdale SMART Team Presents at Peer School’s Symposium

    [ May 19, 2014 ]

    Sophomores Renée Landzberg and Madeleine Goldberg recently presented their work about the structure, function, and history of the deadly toxin ricin at a science symposium at Fieldston School. As Riverdale’s SMART (Students Modeling A Research Topic) team, Renée and Madeleine put together a PowerPoint presentation and a large poster. Renée delivered the presentation solo (Madeleine preferred not to present), a daunting task since the other seven schools’ teams had from five to ten presenters each. Science teacher Carolyn Pocius is the faculty advisor; Dr. Michael Stark represented Carolyn at the symposium because she had a conflict.

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  3. Eleven Seniors Spend their Final Weeks of High School in Senior Project Program

    [ May 12, 2014 ]

    Each year, several seniors choose to forego their last three weeks of classes to instead focus on a project that is meaningful to them. In the past, projects have ranged from creating political campaigns to staging a one-act play. This year, 11 students are pursuing their wide-ranging passions with a number of intriguing projects: Brian Swift will be doing a fashion shoot organized around the question of how the environment helps to tell the story of fashion. Gabe Murray is making a film about the role of technology in our lives. He will also be composing and recording music for the film. Matt Pasquarelli is shooting a scene from a screenplay in three different styles. The scene focuses on issues of change and ...

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  4. Latest Student Art Installation Inspired by Duchamp

    [ May 09, 2014 ]

    The most recent PICA (Projects in Contemporary Art) installation was inspired by Marcel Duchamp's infamous Fountain of 1917, which introduced the concept that a normal object could be transformed into a work of art.

    PICA’s installation consists of a series of miniature urinals filled with real spring flowers of all different colors over a blue background. Each student signed a urinal following Duchamp’s invented signature “R. Mutt.” According to the students’ artist statement, the piece represents “a sort of spring fever …evokes the destruction of the environment with waste. It may also signify rebirth – that from a bleak winter may come new hope and new life. PICA welcomes spring and all its rain.”

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  5. Grade 5 Engineers Spend a Week Building Bridges

    [ May 08, 2014 ]

    During this year’s Lower School Project-Based Learning (PBL) Week, more than a dozen Grade 5 students researched, designed, and built a miniature bridge of their own creation.

    Led by Lower School STEAM teacher John Mueser, the students used laptops, the iPad Bridge Constructor application, graph paper, and the latest high-tech learning gadget—the brain—to design bridges that they then brought to life using inexpensive materials, such as: toothpicks, straws, craft sticks, natural sticks, string or rope, balsa wood, tacky glue, or other available materials.

    “These young engineers successfully built and displayed their creative work from the suspension bridges of the East and West coasts of the U.S. all the way to Angola, and other unique styles in between,” John notes.

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  6. Grade 6 Launches iPad Pilot Program

    [ May 07, 2014 ]

    In a continuing effort to explore effective ways to use technology to enhance teaching and student learning, the Grade 6 students are participating in an iPad pilot program during the last six weeks of school.

    “Though our students have had success with using laptops in the classroom, we would like to expand their access to technology by giving them a device that is easily transportable between home and school,” explains Sean Dagony-Clark, Director of Academic Technology.

    “Because of the current structure of our sixth grade program, including quartets, and the developmental stage of sixth graders, we feel the environment is ripe for this type of exploration,” adds Milton J. Sipp, Head of Middle School. “Giving students an iPad—a flexible,

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  7. Ten Students Recognized for Their Nonfiction Writing

    [ May 06, 2014 ]

    Four Middle School and six Upper School students have been awarded prizes in this year’s Nonfiction Writing Contest.

    “It is exciting to see the excellent writing and scholarship that our students in all grades have produced, and while only a few essays have been singled out, all the submissions were impressive,” said Sarah Banks, on behalf of the committee that reviewed the contest entries.

    In the Middle School, the Grade 6 winner was Lucy Pan, "New Orleans's Water". There was a tie in Grade 7:  Daniel Betensky for “Gun Control Essay” and Michael Maffezzoli for ”The Death Penalty.” Stephanie Shwartz was the Grade 8 winner with “Falling into Despair.”

    In the Upper School, George Harvey ’17 won

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  8. Upper School Assembly Focuses on Girls’ Education 

    [ May 06, 2014 ]

    GirlRising_logoA recent Upper School assembly, sponsored by the Girls Leadership International activity group, brought to the forefront the plight of girls worldwide who are denied education. Tara Abrahams, Deputy Director of Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, was the featured speaker. In addition to explaining Girl Rising’s mission, Tara shared clips from the film, also called Girl Rising, that “journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ...

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  9. Lower School Welcomes Grandparents & Friends to Visiting Day

    [ May 06, 2014 ]

    Nearly 300 grandparents, aunts, uncles and other friends close to the hearts of our students in Grades 3 to 5 spent the morning at the River Campus recently. After enjoying breakfast, mingling with other guests, and some lovely music performed by Sarah Cion, the grandparents and special friends were welcomed by Head of Lower School Dr. Edwin P. Gordon. They were then invited to enjoy two songs from the Grade 3 Recorder Concert, “El Coqui” and “Everybody Loves Saturday Night,” as well as to sing along with the students in Grades 4 & 5 as they performed “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” and “My Favorite Things.” Finally, the students taught their guests “The Lower School Song.” Visitors also got to spend time ...

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  10. Lower School Teacher Presents at Teaching Social Activism Conference

    [ May 06, 2014 ]

    Grade 2 Assistant Teacher Sharon Paige was recently a featured presenter at the 2nd Annual Teaching Social Activism in the Classroom Conference: Empowering Teachers and Learners, held at the Museum of the City of New York.

    “My presentation focused on teaching empathy to our youngest learners, and featured information on character strengths and experiential learning,” Sharon explains, adding, “I was able to attend last year’s conference and it was fantastic.”

    The two-day conference highlighted the various tools and techniques used by teachers to engage their students in the history and practice of social change, inspired by the content of the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition, Activist New York.

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