Posts in Community

  1. 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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  2. Middle School Hosts Community Dinner for Hunts Point Residents

    [ May 05, 2014 ]

    Students, faculty, and parents from Riverdale’s Middle School recently came together to host the third annual Community Dinner for Hunts Point and PS/MS 279. Head of Middle School Milton J. Sipp explains, “We continue to enjoy a wonderful partnership with an organization called The Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC). HPAC does tremendous work on behalf of families in the neighborhood of Hunts Point, located in the South Bronx. They also took part in our Community Action Day in November. This February, the MS Student Council traveled to Hunts Point to meet with representatives from HPAC and with students from St. Ignatius Middle School nearby. The students from St. Ignatius and Riverdale spent significant time together and had the chance to brainstorm ideas regarding work on which they can collaborate ...

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  3. Riverdale Organizes Symposium for Young Men of Color

    [ May 05, 2014 ]

    More than 100 students from schools throughout the NYC area attended Riverdale’s 2014 Young Men of Color Symposium, “Capturing Our Passion; Strengthening Our Voice.”

    “This symposium was a leadership conference for young men of color in independent schools in grades 6-12 in the NYC area,” explains organizer Dwight Vidale ’01, Riverdale’s Director of Community Engagement. “The day featured workshops and opportunities for participants to learn skills geared toward self-advocacy and academic achievement. The goal of the event was to create a collaborative community of schools serving young men of color.”

    Keynote speaker Dr. Howard Stevenson set the stage for the day by creating a safe space for the young men of color to be honest, vulnerable, and authentic. Dr. Stevenson is Professor of Education and Africana Studies and former Chair of ...

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  4. Theater/Film Teacher Nominated for Several NY Theater Awards

    [ April 27, 2014 ]

    MurderforTwo_yellowMiddle and Upper School theater/film teacher Kellen Blair and his smash off-Broadway musical, Murder for Two, have been getting a lot of love.

    “Nominees have been announced for most of the big New York theater awards, and I'm excited to report that I've received a handful,” says Kellen. Here's the tally:

    Outer Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Musical (off-Broadway) Drama League Awards: Nominated for Best Musical (of- Broadway and Broadway) Drama Desk Awards: Nominated for Best Book of a Musical (off-Broadway and Broadway) “All modesty aside, this has come as a huge surprise to me and it has been a very thrilling last couple of days,” Kellen adds. We will keep our fingers crossed that Murder for Two brings ...

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  5. Lower School Celebrates Earth Day

    [ April 26, 2014 ]

    On April 22, aka Earth Day, the Lower School celebrated planet Earth is several ways.

    First, guitarist Mike Messer played “earth friendly” songs while the children got off the bus. Director of Early Learning Rebecca Greller greeted them in an adorable flower costume, while Director of Upper Learning (Grades 3-5) Ellen Greengrass sported a sun costume that could rival the one in the Jimmy Dean commercials. “Many children gathered to sing along, as well as play rhythm instruments. It was a joyous occasion,” notes Educational Environmental Facilitator Ella Pastor, who wore a plant hat.

    Each child cut out a hand shape and wrote on it a pledge that they personally could make regarding helping the earth (i.e. recycling, saving water, trees,

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  6. Four Students Receive Awards for Excellence in Science

    [ April 25, 2014 ]

    Two juniors and two seniors were recently recognized for their outstanding achievements in science and mathematics.

    Junior Robert Proner won The Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award for excellence in science, while classmate Kirk Thaker was awarded the Rensselaer Medal for excellence in science and mathematics. Seniors Jill Shah and Zachery Halem both received the Charmatz Award, which is presented to those seniors who have demonstrated four years of excellent work in science courses.

    The Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, sponsored by the University of Rochester, recognizes outstanding academic achievement in science by high school juniors; the junior who is selected must have completed three years of excellent work in science, and preferably has done or is

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  7. Hill Campus Celebrates William Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday in Style

    [ April 23, 2014 ]

    It was a day of all things Bard-related at the Hill Campus on April 23, when the Middle and Upper School students and faculty celebrated William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with a variety of fun and interactive events. Faculty members Erica Babad and Sarah Banks started things off with music from Shakespeare’s plays, played on the recorder and violin, respectively. Corey Morrison ’15 followed with an original composition for Macbeth, and Assistant Director of Middle and Upper School Admission Joy Hurd oversaw “Vote with Your Head,” a portrait contest. Miranda Hoyt-Disick ’15 entertained with “Mr. Shakespeare,” a birthday song, followed by some faculty entertainment: “MacSclafanis in the Kitchen,” featuring history teachers Emily Sclafani, Mike Sclafani, and Blair Parker, and “Ill Met by Moonlight, Proud KNF,” featuring ...

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  8. Artist Shantell Martin Spends the Day with Riverdale Art Classes

    [ April 22, 2014 ]

    British visual artist Shantell Martin, best known for her stream-of-consciousness drawings and light projections, recently spent a day with Riverdale's Upper School art students. Shantell shared her story with several art classes, producing one of her signature black-and-white line drawings in each class. She also joined the Projects in Contemporary Art (PICA) students in creating an installation on the PICA wall in the lobby of the John R. Johnson Student Center.Shantell encouraged students to do what they love and continue to break the rules (at least when it comes to their artwork). By sharing her story she hopes to inspire other creative spirits to follow their dreams.  

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  9. Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell ’61 Returns to Campus 

    [ April 22, 2014 ]

      Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell ’61 recently addressed the Upper School at an assembly. In addition to discussing some of the points he made in his recent book, A Nation of Wusses, Mr. Rendell urged students to consider a career in public service. He answered several pointed questions from students, including one about fracking and alternative energy sources and another about prison reform. To see his speech, click here.Ed Rendell was the second alumnus this year to visit the school as part of the new Class of 1957 Alumni Speaker Series, which aims to bring up to four Riverdale alumni a year to ...

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  10. Middle, Upper School Students Spend Four Days in New Orleans on Service Learning Trip

    [ April 18, 2014 ]

    NOLA_trip2014_01Recently 43 students in Grades 6 to 12 participated in the annual four-day trip to New Orleans, where they did lots of service learning projects, meet with local businesspeople, worked in a school and with a youth organization, and spent time at both the Cowen Institute and the Center for Public Service at Tulane University. The students were joined by Head of Middle School Milton J. Sipp and Riverdale parents Jill Cornet, Joanne Stone, and Barbara Cicco.

    This is the seventh NOLA trip the school has made since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Crescent City in 2005. “When Hurricane Katrina hit NOLA and its surrounding areas and states almost 10 years ago,

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