Posts in Middle School

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. MS Robotics Team Wins Champion’s Award at Bronx First Lego League Qualifier

    [ February 12, 2014 ]

    Natures-Fury-Logo-SMEight Middle School students beat out 25 other teams for the coveted Champion’s Award trophy. Riverdale’s team participated in the Bronx First Lego League (FLL) Qualifier at Horace Mann on February 11, and their win means the team will move on to the NYC FLL Championship at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in early April. Robotics team members Obioha Chijioke ’20, Ellie Cooper ’20, Nolan Flynn ’19, Ethan Gray ’20, Ben Kaufman ’19, Justin Kretschmann ’19, Noah Rubin ’20, and Dashiell Slamowitz ’19 participated in the Nature’s Fury Challenge, in which the team had to identify a community that could experience a natural disaster; identify a problem that happens when ...

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  5. RCS Celebrates Lunar New Year

    [ February 06, 2014 ]

    Recent Lunar New Year celebrations at Riverdale Country School included a Lower School assembly featuring Taiko Japanese drumming and an all-school gathering complete with food, dancing, and crafts. The Lower School enjoyed learning about the Japanese musical tradition of Taiko, which features a variety of percussion instruments, at an assembly on January 31. On February 1, families from all three divisions gathered for a Lunar New Year celebration. In addition to Chinese food and Chinese New Year music, guests enjoyed a lion dance, calligraphy by RCS Chinese students, and making a simple lantern to bring home. The Lunar New Year celebration was sponsored by the International Parents Committee of the Parents Association.

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  6. Six Students Win 2013-14 May Sarton Writing Awards

    [ February 06, 2014 ]

    Students in Grades 6-12 were awarded prizes for their poetry and prose. In the Middle School (Grades 6-8), eighth-grader Stephanie Shwartz won first place for her piece, “Your Beloved,” while sixth-grader Lily Wellington came in second for her short story, “Queen Bees.” In the 9-10 division, sophomore Jack Tien-Dana was awarded first place for his piece, “Happy,” while freshman Jack Carlos Mindich received the second-place prize for his poem, “There is No Forever for Me.” Junior Miranda Hoyt-Disick won first place in the 11-12 division with her poem, “Marlowe,” and senior Maria Carrasco came in second for her short story, “The Beach.” According to Ron Murison, Chair of the English Department, “The entries for this year’s May Sarton Creative Writing Contest were impressive and ...

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  7. Carly Mensch ’01 Addresses Middle School, Acting and Film Classes

    [ January 31, 2014 ]

    As the inaugural speaker in the Class of 1957 Alumni Speaker Series, Carly Mensch ‘01 recently spoke to the Middle School during grade meeting and met informally with Upper School students in acting and film classes. Carly used the Middle School theme for the year, Voice, as the basis for telling the Middle Schoolers her story. She traced her development from Riverdale athlete and captain of the soccer team to the accomplished professional writer that she is today. In addition to a clever visual presentation and clips from her scriptwriting work on Weeds, Carly’s presentation included enlisting the help of some talented Middle School actors to bring some of her plays to life. Throughout her address, Carly encouraged Middle Schoolers to find their voices, and ...

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  8. Grade 7 Students Enjoy Day of Hip Hop Workshops

    [ January 30, 2014 ]

    Recently several members of H2C2 (Hip Hop Cultural Center) worked with Grade 7 students, teaching them the four elements of hip hop with a hands-on Hip Hop 101 Training Course. The 87 students were broken down into four different crews, each of which went through a hip hop workshop/boot camp. The students, several faculty members, and the H2C2 staff in each crew worked together to create a crew name and identity, produce a graffiti mural, learn to DJ and beat box, choreograph a break dance/hip hop dance routine, and create a rap. In addition, each crew was challenged to incorporate some of the words and themes related to their study of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. (Not an easy ...

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  9. Riverdale to Utilize Hit Count® Program to Monitor, Minimize Brain Trauma for Student Athletes

    [ January 30, 2014 ]

    Riverdale’s Director of Athletics, John Pizzi, and the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a partner in Riverdale’s effort to prevent concussions and brain damage in contact sports for its student athletes, recently launched the Hit Count® certification program at a press conference at the 2014 Super Bowl Media Center. Hit Count® builds on the progress that head sensor device companies have made in developing devices that can measure acceleration of the head. Current products used on the field are focused on alerting coaches, medical professionals, and parents when a potential concussive impact occurs. Inspired by Pitch Counts baseball, which set limits to the number of times a player throws from the mound to prevent arm injury, Hit Count® Certified Devices will have a ...

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  10. Students Called to Action Via ‘At the Table with Dr. King’

    [ January 10, 2014 ]

    "At the Table with Dr. King," a multimedia experience that uses Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life as a model for social responsibility, recently sent a powerful message to students in grade 4-8. Featuring the award-winning band Dave LeMieux and House of Soul and the national champion slam poet Ayinde Russell, "At the Table with Dr. King" dramatizes the “kitchen table moment” in Dr. King’s life, using it as both model and catalyst for what can happen when one person hears the call to serve his or her community, overcomes obstacles, and lives it out. "'At the Table with Dr. King' approaches social responsibility from a standpoint of 'call and response,'" explains Milton Sipp, Head of Middle School. ...

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