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  1. 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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  2. 2nd Annual Mark Sutton-Smith ’73 Assembly Concert Features Eric Silberger & Kwan Yi

    [ January 28, 2014 ]

    Violinist Eric Silberger and pianist Kwan Yi were the featured guests at this year’s Mark Sutton-Smith '73 Assembly Concert at the Upper School, held in the John R. Johnson Student Center at 9:25 a.m. on January 28. Virtuoso violinist Eric Silberger is a prize winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2011. He has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States and around the world, and his performances have been described by critics as “spine-tingling” (The Guardian) and “so electrifying” (DC Theatre Scene). Eric plays on a rare J.B. Guadagnini violin from 1757 on loan from the Sau-Wing Lam collection. A recipient of many honors and prizes, Kwan Yi has been praised ...

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  3. 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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  4. Breast Cancer Awareness Activity Group Participates in Protect Your Girls Holiday Event

    [ January 17, 2014 ]

    Riverdale’s Breast Cancer Awareness activity group recently supported and attended the Protect Your Girls Holiday event to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Held at the 2013 Holiday House NYC on the Upper East Side, the event was run by Anabel Getz '16 and her mom, Susan Getz, and Julia Sokoloff '14 and her mom, Dr. Susan Drossman Sokoloff. It was attended by 150 people and raised $13,000. Riverdale was well represented, with eight students on the planning committee and another eight who attended the event, along with faculty advisor Amanda Eastman. Many Riverdale moms supported the event as well, including several who are breast cancer survivors. The highlight of the event was the 46 different bras that were decorated by young women ...

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  5. Historian Linda Gordon to Deliver Annual Reginald E. Zelnik Memorial Lecture

    [ January 15, 2014 ]

    "Visual Democracy: The Photography of Dorothea Lange" will be the topic of discussion at this year's Reginald E. Zelnik Memorial Lecture, presented to the juniors in the Constructing America class, as well as interested alumni, parents, and faculty on Thursday, January 16. According to history teacher Ellen Baker, "The Constructing America teachers have been especially excited at the prospect of a lecture on Lange, which will deal with Lange's democratic vision as well as the censorship of her Japanese internment camp photographs. (She was hired by the army to photograph the camps, but when the army officials saw what she actually produced, they impounded the photos. The photos were kept under wraps until Linda found them in the 1990s and published them in another ...

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  6. Theater Arts Night Spotlights Upper School Theater, Dance Classes

    [ January 13, 2014 ]

    TAN2014Nearly 50 Upper School students displayed their acting and dance talents at the annual Theater Arts Night. Dancers Fahima Alli '17, Nathalia Benitez '17, Kamala Hargrove '15, Amaris Hemmings '15, Katelyn Schwartz '17, Diana Stettner '15, and Rebecca Thau '16 performed two dance routines: one to Christina Aguilera's "Good Girl," and another to "Layers" by David Karagianis. Several students from the Intro to Theater class performed original monologues: Amanda Chiles '17, Robert Frank '17, Eliot Hawkins '17, Davis Holzman '17, Joanna Miral '17, and Matthew Slater '17. In addition, Grace Haughton '17 performed an original monologue written by Bailey Landow '17. Three Intro to Theater students performed Shakespearan ...

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  7. Art & Literary Magazine Named a 2014 Crown Finalist in Awards Competition

    [ January 10, 2014 ]

    The 2013 edition of Impressions, Riverdale's art and literary magazine, has been named a Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Silver Medalist and chosen as a 2014 Crown Finalist. According to the CSPA website, "Crown Awards are the highest recognition given by the CSPA to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence. Crown Awards are judged at Columbia by panels of invited judges, working in groups to review all entries. The Crown process is more of a 'holistic' approach to judging the entire publication, as an informed reader would do. Publications are judged on design, photography, concept, coverage, and writing. The Medalist Critique process is a detailed 'dissection' of the publication, and the completed results are returned to the school with ...

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. RCS First School in U.S. to Install Tiles that Convert Footsteps into Electrical Energy

    [ January 06, 2014 ]

    Riverdale Country School is the first high school (or college) in the United States to install Pavegen’s  tiles that convert footsteps into electrical energy. Pavegen’s CEO,Laurence Kemball-Cook, will be addressing the school about the revolutionary technology at an unveiling at Riverdale Country School on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at 9:25 a.m. The installation is in the John R. Johnson Student Center, directly outside of the school’s cafeteria. It consists of eight ramped tiles, two LED boards that give information about the technology (and also light up when students step on the tiles) and other signs, a monitor that displays the amount of energy produced every time the tiles are stepped on (as well as total yield), and a mobile phone charging stand that ...

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