Posts in Upper School

  1. Gender Education Pioneer Jackson Katz Speaks at Assembly, Parent Evening

    [ February 12, 2014 ]

    Jackson Katz, Ph.D., acclaimed pioneer in the fields of gender education and critical media literacy, recently addressed an Upper School assembly as well as parents from RCS, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and Trinity School about “Gender on the Agenda: The Socialization of Boys and Girls in a Culture of Violence”. Emily Schorr Lesnick, Director of Upper School Service Learning and one of the people who organized the student assembly and parent evening, noted after the assembly that "Katz's passionate presentation implicated us all in the world of gender norms and expectations, and called students, faculty, and staff alike to be a force for working together to end gender violence." Head of Upper School Kelley Nicholson-Flynn said she appreciated the fact that Dr. Katz ...

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  2. Student Team Places Third in NYC Coding Event

    [ February 11, 2014 ]

    HackTrin_sansCharlieTwo student teams represented Riverdale at HackTrin, a recent all-day coding event held at the Trinity School that featured teams of one to four students from schools around the city, all of whom were tasked with designing and implementing an app that would be useful to high school students. Riverdale was represented by two teams: “Osmosis,” consisting of seniors Saranya Vijayakumar and Willy Papper, and “Youniversity,” comprised of juniors Alex Stillman, Charlie Davis, and Margaret Corn. Osmosis is an app that runs on Android phones and lets a student learn by osmosis. The student enters flash card information (questions with answers) using the app. Then at regular intervals, Osmosis creates notifications. When the user ...

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  3. Latest Class Art Project Looks at Consumerism

    [ February 07, 2014 ]

    The students in Projects in Contemporary Art (PICA), a student art elective, recently explored consumerism with "You(r)Ad(here)". "This project was the love child of capitalism and consumerism," according to the students' statement about the project. "PICA explored consumerism in our everyday lives, and in a school setting, with this evolving work." It began by painting "Your Ad Here” and installing it on the PICA wall. Over time, advertisements and logos encroached until they consumed the entire billboard. Then a silhouette of the "Jordan Brand" logo was cut out. This resulted in two silhouettes: one engulfed by ads, the other composed of them. "They may represent modern citizens surrounded by ads, drowning in them, being shaped by them, or ...

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  4. Senior Athletes to Play Division I Sports at Two Ivy League Schools

    [ February 06, 2014 ]

    Two Riverdale Country School athletes will be playing sports for Ivy League teams this fall: Jordan Brail '14 will play squash for Cornell, while Julia Sesler '14 will row for Yale. Jordan Brail will suit up with Cornell’s Big Red Bears. He is currently ranked in the top 50 in the U.S. Squash Association’s Boys Under 19 division, as well as in the top 25 of the Adult Men’s 5.0 division. In addition to being a key member of Riverdale’s Boys Varsity Squash team, Jordan was also Co-Captain of Riverdale’s Boys Varsity Soccer team this fall, earning a spot on the 2013 All-New York City Soccer Teams, Second Team. Julia Sesler, Co-Captain of the varsity team at ...

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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. Sophomore Wins Annual Schoolwide Shakespeare Competition

    [ February 06, 2014 ]

    Nick Giancaterino '16 is the winner of this year's schoolwide Shakespeare monologue contest; he will represent RCS at the city-wide contest next week. Placing second was junior Madeline Meyer, with senior Olivia Irby coming in third. An honorable mention was awarded to sophomore Juliana McCombe. "This year we had a wonderful turnout for our schoolwide Shakespeare contest," said Amanda Eastman, Chair of the Theater Arts Department. "Kudos to the 24 students who participated; it was the strongest showing we have seen in the past 10 years!" Congratulations to all, and best wishes to Nick as he prepares for the citywide competition the week of February 10th.

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  7. Six Seniors Named to Field Hockey National Academic Squad

    [ February 06, 2014 ]

    Six students have been selected to the 2013 Gladiator by SGI/National Field Hockey Coaches Association High School National Academic Squad, and one has been recognized as a Scholar of Distinction. Olivia Goldring, Jennifer Goodell, Sydney Lipsitz, Gabriella Papper, Monique Reichenstein, and Katherine Shifke were all named to the squad, with Katherine also being named a Scholar of Distinction. The High School National Academic Squad program recognizes high school seniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2013-14 school year. New in 2013, the Scholars of Distinction designation is given to high school seniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.9 out of 4.0 or ...

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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