Posts in Highlights

  1. Jazz Ensemble Transforms the Student Center into “The Maroon Note Jazz Club” 

    [ May 16, 2014 ]

    The recent Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert, held for the first time in the John R. Johnson Student Center, transported the audience to “The Maroon Note Jazz Club” for the evening. The concert featured guest artist Jimmy Owens, a trumpeter who in 2012 was awarded the nation’s highest honor in jazz, the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award, as well as solos from many of the talented student performers. The evening started with a Count Basie number, “Jumpin’ at the Woodside,” featuring soloists Emilio Modeste ’18 on the tenor sax, Sebastian Peskind ’14 on trombone, Gabe Murray ’14 on piano, and Hunter Goodin ’16 on trumpet. “Take the A-Train” was next, featuring guest performers Jimmy Owens on trumpet and Clarence Banks on ...

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  2. Lower School Concerts Spotlight 4th and 5th Graders

    [ May 15, 2014 ]

    Two recent Lower School concerts gave students in Grades 4 and 5 the chance to show off their vocal and instrumental skills. Students in Grade 5 performed a variety of songs—from Handel to Pharrell Williams—at their concert. The Strings (violin, cello, bass) entertained the audience with Handel’s “Processional,” Bob Marley’s “One Love,” Tchaikovsky’s “Andante Catabile,” Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” and Henry Mancini’s “Theme from The Pink Panther.” The Band (flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet and euphonium) started off with Michael Sweeny’s “Gallant March” and Anne McGinty’s “Windsor Overture,” and then played three crowd favorites: “What a Wonderful World,” “New York, New York,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The Chorus sang a traditional spiritual, “Joshua!” and then moved on to “A Classis ...

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  3. Spring Diversity Banquet Celebrates Affinity Group Leaders

    [ May 14, 2014 ]

    Nearly 50 students were recognized at this year’s Spring Diversity Banquet, an all-school celebration of Upper School students’ positive contributions to the Riverdale community.

    “The Spring Banquet is a time to celebrate and reflect on the year’s many successes, specifically setting aside time to acknowledge and publicly thank those student leaders who have made a positive contribution to the Riverdale community,” says Dwight Vidale ’01, Director of Community Engagement.

    “This year, we acknowledged all 20+ participants in the Riverdale Leadership Summit, as well as the 12 affinity group leaders,” Dwight adds. “We also publicly thanked seven outstanding students who were recognized by the faculty for their good work this year.”

    In addition, Emily Shorr Lesnick '07, Director of Upper

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  4. Riverdale First NY Independent School to Be Named a ‘Safe Sports School’

    [ May 12, 2014 ]

    SSS_logo_1stTeam for print (1)The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) has awarded Riverdale a Safe Sports School First Team designation. To be eligible, each school needs to meet a set of criteria on safety protocols; First Team awards are given to schools that have acted on all Recommended and Required elements of a safe sports school, while Second Team awards are for schools that have completed only required elements.

    In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, athletic programs must do the following:

    Create a comprehensive athletic health care administrative system; Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations; Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities; Plan for selection, fit, function, and proper maintenance ...

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  5. 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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  6. Riverdale to Host Special Olympics NY Basketball Skills Tournament

    [ May 09, 2014 ]

    SpecialOlympicsNYThe Riverdale Intellectual Disabilities (RID) activity group has teamed up with Special Olympics New York (SONY) to host a Basketball Skills Tournament on Saturday, May 10.

    Dave Celentano, the Senior Director of Programs at the New York City branch of SONY, says, “It has been inspiring to witness the Riverdale students’ dedication and commitment to this project.” Taylor Atkin ’16, Walter Johnsen ’14, and George Frank ’15 are the principal RID organizers for this tournament, which will feature more than 100 SONY athletes competing in a variety of divisions in three specific skills: dribbling, passing, and shooting. SONY athletes will also be paired up with Riverdale students for a unified exhibition in ...

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Grade 10 Cleans Up Orchard Beach

    [ May 06, 2014 ]

    The Class of 2016 recently spent an afternoon cleaning up Orchard Beach in the Bronx as part of a grade-wide community service project.

    After spending the morning taking the practice SAT exam, the sophomores went off campus to enjoy the great weather and help perform a valuable service to the community: cleaning up a section of nearby Orchard Beach.

    “The kids did some good work and enjoyed the afternoon,” reports Upper School teacher Valerie Keller, one of the chaperones. Thanks to Emily Schorr Lesnick, Coordinator of Upper School Service Learning, for arranging the day.

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