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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. Art Teacher Exhibits New Painting in National Juried Show in Chelsea

    [ January 23, 2014 ]

    IMG_0458Lower School art teacher Deborah Sherman will be exhibiting a new painting in the Prince Street Gallery 6th National Juried Show in Chelsea this month. From My Studio is a circular painting in acrylic on canvas that is part of a recent series of floral subjects Deborah has completed. It is one of 63 pieces selected from 773 entries by juror Lois Dodd. The show runs from January 28th until February 22 at the Prince Street Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor. An opening reception is slated for February 1st from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. For information on the Prince Street Gallery, go to www.princestreetgallery.com. To see more of Deborah’s work, visit http://deborahsherman.net.

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  5. Kindergarten Teacher’s Article Published in Green Teacher Magazine

    [ January 10, 2014 ]

    GreenTeacherCoverKindergarten teacher Jyoti Gopal has written an article for Green Teacher, a magazine that offers perspectives on the role of education in creating a sustainable future. Jyoti's article, "Turning Rotten into Right: A Kindergarten Study of Decomposition," explains how Riverdale has created a year-long, hands-on interdisciplinary Kindergarten curriculum by weaving important scientific concepts with language arts, social studies, art, music, and technology. "We wanted to entwine the curriculum into the daily life of Kindergarten so that children could revisit the same practices and concepts throughout the year. By studying natural and managed decomposition as a part of everyday life, we encouraged young children to reflect on their own relationship to waste ...

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  6. Seniors Named to All-NYC Soccer Teams, Orlando Osorio Named Coach of the Year

    [ December 16, 2013 ]

    All_NYC_soccerForwards Jordan Brail ’14 and Madeline Hopper ’14 have been named to their respective 2013 All-New York City Soccer Teams, Second Team. Jordan was the only player from the hilltop schools to be named to the boys’ second team, while Madeline was joined by a Fieldston Eagle on the girls’ second team. In addition, Girls Varsity Soccer Coach Orlando Osorio was named Coach of the Year for the All-New York City Girls Soccer Team. According to MSG Varsity, Orlando was chosen because “There’s no such thing as rebuilding at Riverdale and Osorio makes sure of it. Despite losing several standouts from last year to graduation, including Zoe Clark, ...

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  7. Middle School Students Enjoy Visit to Daycare Center

    [ December 13, 2013 ]

    More than two dozen 7th and 8th graders enjoyed a recent visit with the children of the Mosholu Montefiore Daycare Center. Middle School Service Learning Coordinator Rachel Klein organized the trip, during which the students volunteered at Mosholu Montefiore Daycare Center. Each of the 26 students brought several books with him or her that he/she loved reading as a child. The students read in pairs to the children (aged 3-5) at the daycare center, and then donated the books to the Center after they were done reading. “We had such a wonderful experience visiting Mosholu Montefiore,” Rachel told the Center’s director, Carol Dowdell, in an e-mail. “Thank you for opening up your classrooms to our young Middle School volunteers. All 26 volunteers made meaningful connections ...

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  8. 19 Students Present at 15th Annual Science Symposium

    [ December 12, 2013 ]

    Students recently discussed their summer research projects in the fields of biomedicine, molecular biology, ecology, and evolution. Each of the 19 students created a poster with information about his or her project, and was on hand to personally explain to attendees the scope of the research project and to answer questions. Then, the  attendees and students broke up into two presentation groups, with the biomedicine and molecular biology participants heading to the Jeslo Harris Theater and the ecology and evolution participants moving to the MPR. The decision to hold concurrent sessions was made because there were so many students the science department wanted to be sure they each got enough time to present without the evening ending too late. Students in the ...

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  9. Students Attend Microloan Foundation Gala

    [ December 05, 2013 ]

    Nine members of Zawadi by Youth, a student-run microfinance organization that also is a 501c3 (nonprofit) organization, will be attending a Microloan Foundation event at Fenway Park in Boston. In addition to attending the Taste of Africa Gala, the students and their two advisors/chaperones will tour Acción, a leading microfinance organization, and attend a meeting at World Education, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education and social and economic development programs. They will also meet with Inbal Alon, who works for the Bantwana Initiative, dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support to children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS, and with representatives of the Microloan Foundation, which focuses on women entrepreneurs. Zawadi by Youth was founded at the Riverdale ...

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  10. Riverdale Alumnus to Lead Free Online Course on Teaching Character

    [ December 04, 2013 ]

    David Levin ’88, Co-Founder of KIPP, will be teaching a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on character this February. The free four-week course will feature the fifth-grade classroom of our very own Patrick Murray and Jessica Pak, and aims to explore key ideas of positive psychology and show how great teachers apply those lessons to maximize student engagement and accomplishment. Through lectures, discussions, interviews, and footage of great educators in action, students will learn how to integrate character-based objectives into their own teaching, according to the course description on Coursera. Though the course is particularly helpful to teachers, David says that “We believe this course will have broad applicability for anyone who works with kids – teachers, social workers, counselors, coaches, and ...

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