Posts in Middle School

  1. Middle School Color Games Culminate in 8th Annual Field Day Fun

    [ May 22, 2014 ]

    Students in Grades 6 and 7 enjoyed a day of sports and games during the Middle School’s 8th Annual Field Day.

    A Middle School tradition, Color Games is a year-long physical education activity. Students in grades 6 and 7 are divided into four teams (Green, Red, Orange, and Blue) and throughout the course of the year the teams compete in a variety of sports, earning points for their efforts. Each May, the Color Games come to an exciting conclusion with the Middle School’s Annual Field Day.

    “Color Games ended its regular season with Blue having a commanding lead of 320 total points, followed by Orange with 253, Green with 245, and Red with 199 points,” says Doug McDonald, Chair of Physical ...

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  2. Middle, Upper School Music Students Present Spring Concerts

    [ May 22, 2014 ]

    Riverdale’s talented musicians performed recently at several concerts.

    The Orchestra, under the direction of John Lettieri, played four pieces, including the Preludio and Allemanda from Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in F Op. 6, No. 9; Mozart’s Lucio Silla Overture K. 135; Edward Elgar’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2.

    Riverdale’s Wind Symphony, including science faculty members Phoebe Coles and Alan Pike, performed  several selections, including Michael Oare’s “Cyclone,” John Phillip Sousa’s “Semper Fidelis,” Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” “The Best of Queen,” Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday,” and Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound.” The Wind Symphony is under the direction of Jason Curry and Rob Susman.

    The Middle School String Ensemble presented six selections: “Alla Hornpipe” from The Water Music by Handel;

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  3. Club Unveils Solar-Powered Charging Station on Hill Campus

    [ May 21, 2014 ]

      The Architectural Design and Engineering Club recently unveiled its new solar power charging station on Jones Lawn. "We were inspired by Pavegen and thought about how we could design a charging station that worked consistently," explains Conrad de Menil '15. "Right now we only have our prototype out on Jones Lawn but we have a cool design for a 'pod' charging station which we hope to finish next year so that everyone can charge their phone and have a place to sit outside."

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  4. Spring Choral Festival Showcases Several Middle and Upper School Vocal Groups

    [ May 16, 2014 ]

    Spring-Concert-for-websiteStudents from the Middle and Upper School’s various vocal ensembles and student-led vocal groups recently performed at the Spring Choral Festival.

    Arioso, the 8th and 9th Grade ensemble, sang a number of show tunes, including Irving Berlin’s “Steppin’ Out with My Baby” from Easter Parade, “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” from Guys and Dolls, “Song of Purple Summer” from Spring Awakening, “Steam Heat” from The Pajama Game, and a medley from Hair. Other selections included Fun’s “Some Nights” and The Kiki Dee Band’s 1974 classic, “I’ve Got the Music In Me.” Intermezzo, comprised of 10th and 11th graders, also performed a couple of Broadway classics: a medley of Les Miserablessongs and “Blow Gabriel Blow” from Anything Goes. The group also sang “Here’s Where I Stand” and ...

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  5. Service Learning Program Featured on Faculty Recruitment Firm’s Blog

    [ May 16, 2014 ]

    Riverdale's service learning work has been featured on Carney Sandoe's blog.Carney, Sandoe & Associates, an educational recruiting firm that works with private schools across America and around the world, spotlights teachers, schools, and their programs on its blog, "The Puzzle." Carney, Sandoe previously named Riverdale its School of the Week in December 2012: http://ow.ly/gvBeB.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Riverdale Community Celebrates Student Talent at Bi-Annual Event

    [ May 06, 2014 ]

    Nearly 400 parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and students gathered at the New-York Historical Society recently for a Spring Celebration of Riverdale students’ talents.

    Guests enjoyed jazz music performed by students and faculty while they perused the displays of student art. They also chatted with students who were showcasing their recent science research, as well as their passions, such as fashion design, longboards, and customized bicycles created in the new Makerspace. After mingling and cocktails, it was time for the entertainment portion of the evening. A fencing exhibition by two seniors and Coach Konate Primus turned interesting when Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph was called upon to demonstrate his fencing skills—in his suit and red socks—with one of the students. Although ...

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  10. 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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