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  1. Senior Athletes Named to NYC Mayor’s Cup Lacrosse All-Star Teams

    [ May 22, 2014 ]

    022_MC_Lacrosse_flyer_2014Seniors Madeline Hopper, Samantha Light, Sydney Lipsitz, and Jake Margolis have been chosen to represent the independent schools at the NYC Mayor’s Cup Lacrosse All-Star Games at Poly Prep in Brooklyn, May 31-June 1. For the most up-to-date information about the games, visit Facebook.com/NYCMayorsCup.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Lower School Teacher Presents at Teaching Social Activism Conference

    [ May 06, 2014 ]

    Grade 2 Assistant Teacher Sharon Paige was recently a featured presenter at the 2nd Annual Teaching Social Activism in the Classroom Conference: Empowering Teachers and Learners, held at the Museum of the City of New York.

    “My presentation focused on teaching empathy to our youngest learners, and featured information on character strengths and experiential learning,” Sharon explains, adding, “I was able to attend last year’s conference and it was fantastic.”

    The two-day conference highlighted the various tools and techniques used by teachers to engage their students in the history and practice of social change, inspired by the content of the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition, Activist New York.

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  5. Scientific Journal to Publish Manuscript Written by Students, Teacher

    [ April 30, 2014 ]

    A student/teacher collaboration, a manuscript entitled “Evidence for Intraspecific Endocrine Disruption of Geukensia demissa (Atlantic Ribbed Mussel) in an Urban Watershed,” was recently accepted for publication in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, a top tier, fully peer-reviewed journal that publishes on molecular and biochemical processes in diverse species. “A big congratulations is in order for Zach Halem ’14 and Dustin Ross ’14, who dedicated an enormous amount of effort to the research, the lab work, the writing, and the revising,” says Dr. Rachel Cox, who co-wrote the manuscript with the students as part of her work overseeing the Summer Science Research Program. “This acceptance clearly signals the relevance of our research program to the greater scientific community, and forms a solid base for our future ...

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  6. Six Students Present Research, Facilitate Discussion at Roundtable Conference

    [ April 29, 2014 ]

    YPARconference2014Members of Riverdale's YPAR (Youth Participatory Action Research) group recently presented their research at a roundtable conference held by the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives at UPenn.

    Seniors Emma Brick and Olivia Irby, and sophomores Nicole Beckman, Stephen Brand, Madeleine Goldberg, and Kayla Waterman, facilitated a research-supported discussion on how Riverdale's Middle School curriculum influences students' character development. Riverdale’s YPAR group was one of three to do an actual presentation; other schools presented posters of their work.

    Riverdale’s research project was the culmination of two years of research, all done by the students, notes Dr. Sarah McErlean, Riverdale’s Institutional Researcher and the YPAR faculty advisor. The YPAR students evaluated data from ...

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  7. Ten Student Photographers Featured in Citywide Show

    [ April 28, 2014 ]

    The work of several Upper School students recently was chosen to represent Riverdale at a city-wide show of photographs called Independent Visions, sponsored by the Joint Schools Association. Congratulations to Caillin Campbell ’15; Andrew Davidson ’16; Olivia Descanvelle ’16; Laura Fuchs ’15; Samantha Gordon ’15; Madison Kahn ’15; Jacqueline Laret ’15; Noah Stern ’15; Brian Swift ’15; and Sarah Tiffany ’15 on their selection.

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  8. Theater/Film Teacher Nominated for Several NY Theater Awards

    [ April 27, 2014 ]

    MurderforTwo_yellowMiddle and Upper School theater/film teacher Kellen Blair and his smash off-Broadway musical, Murder for Two, have been getting a lot of love.

    “Nominees have been announced for most of the big New York theater awards, and I'm excited to report that I've received a handful,” says Kellen. Here's the tally:

    Outer Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Musical (off-Broadway) Drama League Awards: Nominated for Best Musical (of- Broadway and Broadway) Drama Desk Awards: Nominated for Best Book of a Musical (off-Broadway and Broadway) “All modesty aside, this has come as a huge surprise to me and it has been a very thrilling last couple of days,” Kellen adds. We will keep our fingers crossed that Murder for Two brings ...

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  9. 6th Grader Receives A Better Chance Young Leaders Award

    [ April 24, 2014 ]

    ABC_scholar_awardsLucy Pan '20 is one of only a half-dozen middle school students nationwide to be awarded A Better Chance Young Leaders Award for 2014. The annual award is presented to middle school A Better Chance (ABC) Scholars who demonstrate academic excellence as well as leadership within their school community. The award is presented to up to six ABC Scholars – two per grade – nationally. Each winner receives a gift of $250. Lucy's parents, Yumei and Jian, told the school they are "very proud of her achievements in Riverdale Country School. We really appreciate the help and the support she has received. We hope that Lucy ...

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  10. History Teacher Participates in University Symposium

    [ April 24, 2014 ]

    HistorySymposiumShawnUpper School history teacher Shawn Redden will participate in an upcoming roundtable discussion at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE).Shawn will be a participant in a discussion on "The Utility of Theory, Theorizing Utility" as part of the 10th Annual Graduate Student Symposium, "Illuminating France's Nineteenth Century," being organized by SIUE's Department of Historical Studies.

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