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  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. Art Teacher Participates in Bronx Museum Exhibit

    [ February 28, 2014 ]

    Artwork by Middle and Upper School art teacher Nicky Enright will be shown in Bronx Speaks: No Boundaries, the latest exhibit presented by the Bronx Arts Alliance (BxAA) that will include more than 60 artworks selected by a curatorial committee and featuring Bronx, U.S., and international artists from more than 20 Bronx arts organizations. The show will be on view March 6 through March 9 at The Bronx Museum of the Arts: Lower Gallery, 1040 Grand Concourse (between 165th and 166th Streets) in the Bronx. It is being presented in concert with New York Armory Week. An opening reception will take place on March 6, the Armory Show's officially designated Bronx Day. According to The Bronx Museum of Arts, ...

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  6. Riverdale-Backed Character Lab Launches Film as Part of Worldwide ‘Character Day’

    [ February 26, 2014 ]

    The nonprofit Character Lab is launching a short film that explores character education on March 20, a worldwide 'character day'. As part of Riverdale’s partnership with KIPP character schools and the character work being done with Angela Duckworth, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, the school has founded Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to develop, disseminate, and support research-based approaches to character that enable kids to learn and flourish. Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph, KIPP Co-Founder David Levin ’88, and Duckworth have launched Character Lab to explore the idea that character strengths such as grit can lead to academic success. Their first project, an eight-minute film, The Science of Character, explains the essential elements ...

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  7. 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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  8. Middle School Students Play Games with their Art

    [ February 26, 2014 ]

    Inspired by board games, the "Fine Line 9," a group of seventh-grade art students, recently installed a five-wall mural in the home of the Middle School, Frank S. Hackett Hall. According to their art teacher, Nicky Enright, "The imagery is drawn from numerous games, including chess and checkers, Monopoly, Candyland, and Life, and they used many elements from the actual games." One wall depicts a sleeping student, suggesting that he is dreaming of games. There are also many kinds of dice hanging around-- including the furry kind!--various game currencies, paths, and characters, and one of the actual pencils used to create the works. The illusion of the words in the title, "Life is a Game," can be seen on the central panel, making ...

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  9. 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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  10. 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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