Posts in Campus Life

  1. Fencing Team Finishes Season Strong; Two Students Awarded Medals for Individual Records

    [ February 28, 2014 ]

    With strong team finishes and a couple of individual medals, Riverdale’s fencing team rocked the recent championship fencing meet. The girls épée team finished the day--and the season--in second place with a 10-4 (74 victories and 54 defeats). The boys saber team also had an exceptional season, clinching the runner-up position for best saber team in the league. “With identical records (10-2), it came down individual victories, where we lost 79-74 to eventual champion The Masters School,” says Director of Athletics John Pizzi. John Vingoe ’14 won best individual record in the league for the boys, while Olivia Irby ’14 won a bronze medal for the third-best individual record. Congratulations!

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  2. First Grade Show Takes Audience into ‘Mrs. Greller’s Garden’

    [ February 28, 2014 ]

    In their first Riverdale play, this year’s first graders explored the world of Mrs. Greller’s Garden, teaching the audience about all of the insects and animals that help and hurt the plants that grow. The three first-grade classes each tackled an aspect of the garden ecosystem. Class 1R (including teachers Isabel Rodriguez and Siu Lung) showed the audience how pollination works, with the students playing the roles of pollinators and flowers. Class 1S (including teachers Natasha Schmemann and Michael Powers) explained which insects help and which insects harm the flowers that grow, while Class 1K (including teachers Elizabeth Kmetzo and Nicholas Iacobelli) introduced the audience to all of the creatures who live under the garden, including the decomposers, aka the FBI: ...

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  3. Boys Varsity Basketball Beats Poly to Advance to Semifinals of NYSAIS Tourney

    [ February 28, 2014 ]

    The Boys Varsity Basketball team scored a big win against rival Poly Prep, setting up a seminfinal showdown against #3 seed Dalton on Friday, February 28. The Falcons beat Poly Prep 58-33, a huge score against the #2 seed in the New York State Association of Independent Schools' (NYSAIS) annual tournament. Riverdale, the #7 seed, will now look to keep the upsets going, as the Falcons face #3 seed Dalton in a seminfinal showdown at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28. Go Falcons!

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  4. Upper School Students, Faculty Share the Stage for Talent Show

    [ February 28, 2014 ]

    At the recent Upper School Talent Show, sponsored by the Student-Faculty Council, several students and faculty entertained their peers. The Faculty Jug Band and Typewriter Service kicked things off with an amusing song about exam week and snow days, getting most of the students and faculty to sing along for the chorus. The Jug Band was followed by Scott Rodeo ’14, who sang and played the piano. Jordan Knitzer ’16 also played the piano and sang, performing an original song. John Cicco ’16 had the crowd in stitches with his comedy routine; he was followed by Alex Seigerman ’17, who noted that he was a hard act to follow. She played the piano and sang a pop music song that was well-received. Juniors ...

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  5. Outdoors Club Hikes the Palisades

    [ February 26, 2014 ]

    Several students and faculty recently braved the snow to hike in Palisades Park, along the Hudson River. According to Beth Pillsbury, one of the faculty advisors for the Outdoors Club, "It was a short but difficult hike in the Palisades Park. While some students couldn't attend because of injury and other issues, we had a nice group of four students and three faculty who came on the hike. With ice stabilizers on our boots and plenty of snacks, we had a fun and challenging hike in the snow and beautiful sun."

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  6. Junior Soccer Player Named Top Goalkeeper in the Nation for Her Age

    [ February 26, 2014 ]

    Goalkeeper Penelope Edmonds '15, who has played for Australia’s U20 squad, "could be the best goalkeeper in the class ," according to TopDrawerSoccer.com. Penelope has already committed to playing college soccer for Stanford University, as noted in this news story.

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  7. Three Students Recognized at Model UN Conference in Boston

    [ February 25, 2014 ]

    At the recent BosMUN 2014 conference, three Riverdale students (from the nearly 1400 delegates who attended) were singled out for their work. Congratulations to Forrest Simpson ’15, who was selected Best Delegate in his committee, the Department of Homeland Security; to Zach Halem ’14, who was awarded Honorable Mention for his work on the simulation of the Democratic National Convention, 1968; and to Dylan Frank ’16, who was recognized for composing the Best Position Paper, Disarmament & Security Committee. Nearly 1,400 delegates attended the thirteenth annual session of the Boston Invitational Model United Nations Conference (BosMUN), hosted by the International Affairs Association of Boston University at the Boston Park Plaza in late February. More than 75 schools were ...

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  8. Student Art Project Sports Olympic, Political Theme

    [ February 25, 2014 ]

    The latest Projects in Contemporary Art (PICA) installation, "From Russia, with Pride," celebrates the Sochi Olympics and all of its participants, regardless of sexual orientation. Inspired by the contradiction in this year's Olympics--where antigay laws are being enforced at an internationally recognized competition that urges acceptance--PICA turned the Olympic rings into gender symbols. According to the students in PICA, "the rainbow colors reference the international nature of the Olympics as well as the 'gay flag' for LGBT rights. Likewise, the word 'pride' is spelled out within the rings to simultaneously evoke national pride and gay pride. This project is a specific representation of acceptance and inclusiveness at this Olympics, but it is also generally anti-discrimination."

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  9. Guambo Finishes Season Strong; Individuals Win Races & Set School Records

    [ February 14, 2014 ]

    Several Riverdale swimmers brought home medals at the recent 2014 Ivy League Swim Championships at Lehman College. Jenna Wilf ’16 was the champion in the 100 breaststroke, with Gabrielle Isom ’15 finishing second in the same event. For the boys, Scott Rodeo ’14 was crowned the league champion in the 100 free, while Jackson Karofsky ’17 captured the medal in the 500 free. Jenna set another school record in the 100 breaststroke, breaking her own record set earlier this season (which broke one that stood from 2007) with a time of 1:08.97. In the 200 medley relay, Phillip Wong ’17, Scott Rodeo ’14, Borun Sun ’14, and Avery Hoffman ’17 set a school record with their time of 1:43.17, replacing a record that ...

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  10. Gender Education Pioneer Jackson Katz Speaks at Assembly, Parent Evening

    [ February 12, 2014 ]

    Jackson Katz, Ph.D., acclaimed pioneer in the fields of gender education and critical media literacy, recently addressed an Upper School assembly as well as parents from RCS, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and Trinity School about “Gender on the Agenda: The Socialization of Boys and Girls in a Culture of Violence”. Emily Schorr Lesnick, Director of Upper School Service Learning and one of the people who organized the student assembly and parent evening, noted after the assembly that "Katz's passionate presentation implicated us all in the world of gender norms and expectations, and called students, faculty, and staff alike to be a force for working together to end gender violence." Head of Upper School Kelley Nicholson-Flynn said she appreciated the fact that Dr. Katz ...

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