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  1. Theater Arts Afternoon Celebrates Work of Upper School Dance & Theater Classes

    [ May 23, 2014 ]

    This year’s Theater Arts Afternoon featured the acting, dancing, and directing talents of Upper School students in a variety of dance and theater classes.

    The Dance as Art class kicked things off with a tap number to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and also performed “Frozen…a Dance” to music from the popular Disney movie. A trio of dance students—Kamala Hargrove ’15, Diana Stettner ’15, and Rebecca Thau ’16—also performed a routine to the song, “Say Something.”

    Students in the Musical Theater Dance class showed off their dancing prowess in two numbers: “Steam Heat” from The Pajama Game and “Forget about the Boy” from Thoroughly Modern Millie.

    The students from all three dance classes—Dance as Art, Dance as Physical Education, and Musical Theater

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. First Grade Class Hosts Pen Pal Buddies from Harlem Village Academy

    [ May 21, 2014 ]

    IMG_3867Class 1K recently spent the day with their pen pal buddies from Harlem Village Academy, a NYC charter school. Students from HVA and Riverdale enjoyed their day of fun, brought to you by the letter P: "Planting, Playground, and Pizza Party Playdate". "Thanks to parent Erica Tuft Karsch '90 for setting up this lovely partnership with our HVA buddies," said Class 1K Head Teacher Lizzy Kmetzo. "This will surely be a treasured 1K memory for years to come."

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  6. 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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  7. Girls Track Brings Home Medals at Ivy League Championships

    [ May 20, 2014 ]

    Junior Amaris Hemmings and sophomore Mikaela Cole each brought home two medals at this year’s Ivy League Championships.

    Amaris won first place in the 100m dash with a time of 12:74; as well as first place in the 200m dash with a time of 26:14. Mikaela placed first in the Novice 100m dash with a time of 14:83, and second in Novice 400m dash with a time of 69:58. In addition, junior Gabby Isom placed eighth in the 200m with a time of 28:29. “It was a great day for the girls,” said Coach Manisha Doran. “They left their hearts on the track.” Advancing to the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Championships are Amaris (100m and 200m), Gabby (200m), ...

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  8. Student-Directed Theater Night Offers Something for Everyone 

    [ May 20, 2014 ]

    Riverdale’s talented student directors and actors showcased their acting and singing chops during the recent Student-Directed Theater Night.

    First, junior Rachael Sonnenberg directed the short comedy, Family 2.0, which featured juniors Alex O’Shea, Berk Pearlstein, Ian Blow, Keifer Ludwig, and Courtney Taylor, as well as sophomore Anabel Getz.

    Then, seniors Emma Brick and Sarah Doyle presented Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World, which showcased 18 Upper School students, senior Patrick Orenstein on percussion, and Middle and Upper School Accompanist Jacob Rhodebeck on the piano.

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  9. Riverdale SMART Team Presents at Peer School’s Symposium

    [ May 19, 2014 ]

    Sophomores Renée Landzberg and Madeleine Goldberg recently presented their work about the structure, function, and history of the deadly toxin ricin at a science symposium at Fieldston School. As Riverdale’s SMART (Students Modeling A Research Topic) team, Renée and Madeleine put together a PowerPoint presentation and a large poster. Renée delivered the presentation solo (Madeleine preferred not to present), a daunting task since the other seven schools’ teams had from five to ten presenters each. Science teacher Carolyn Pocius is the faculty advisor; Dr. Michael Stark represented Carolyn at the symposium because she had a conflict.

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  10. 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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