Posts Tagged with middle school

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Service Learning Program Featured on Faculty Recruitment Firm’s Blog

    [ May 16, 2014 ]

    Riverdale's service learning work has been featured on Carney Sandoe's blog.Carney, Sandoe & Associates, an educational recruiting firm that works with private schools across America and around the world, spotlights teachers, schools, and their programs on its blog, "The Puzzle." Carney, Sandoe previously named Riverdale its School of the Week in December 2012: http://ow.ly/gvBeB.

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  5. Grade 6 Launches iPad Pilot Program

    [ May 07, 2014 ]

    In a continuing effort to explore effective ways to use technology to enhance teaching and student learning, the Grade 6 students are participating in an iPad pilot program during the last six weeks of school.

    “Though our students have had success with using laptops in the classroom, we would like to expand their access to technology by giving them a device that is easily transportable between home and school,” explains Sean Dagony-Clark, Director of Academic Technology.

    “Because of the current structure of our sixth grade program, including quartets, and the developmental stage of sixth graders, we feel the environment is ripe for this type of exploration,” adds Milton J. Sipp, Head of Middle School. “Giving students an iPad—a flexible,

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  6. 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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  7. Riverdale Organizes Symposium for Young Men of Color

    [ May 05, 2014 ]

    More than 100 students from schools throughout the NYC area attended Riverdale’s 2014 Young Men of Color Symposium, “Capturing Our Passion; Strengthening Our Voice.”

    “This symposium was a leadership conference for young men of color in independent schools in grades 6-12 in the NYC area,” explains organizer Dwight Vidale ’01, Riverdale’s Director of Community Engagement. “The day featured workshops and opportunities for participants to learn skills geared toward self-advocacy and academic achievement. The goal of the event was to create a collaborative community of schools serving young men of color.”

    Keynote speaker Dr. Howard Stevenson set the stage for the day by creating a safe space for the young men of color to be honest, vulnerable, and authentic. Dr. Stevenson is Professor of Education and Africana Studies and former Chair of ...

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  8. 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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  9. Hill Campus Celebrates William Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday in Style

    [ April 23, 2014 ]

    It was a day of all things Bard-related at the Hill Campus on April 23, when the Middle and Upper School students and faculty celebrated William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with a variety of fun and interactive events. Faculty members Erica Babad and Sarah Banks started things off with music from Shakespeare’s plays, played on the recorder and violin, respectively. Corey Morrison ’15 followed with an original composition for Macbeth, and Assistant Director of Middle and Upper School Admission Joy Hurd oversaw “Vote with Your Head,” a portrait contest. Miranda Hoyt-Disick ’15 entertained with “Mr. Shakespeare,” a birthday song, followed by some faculty entertainment: “MacSclafanis in the Kitchen,” featuring history teachers Emily Sclafani, Mike Sclafani, and Blair Parker, and “Ill Met by Moonlight, Proud KNF,” featuring ...

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  10. Middle, Upper School Students Spend Four Days in New Orleans on Service Learning Trip

    [ April 18, 2014 ]

    NOLA_trip2014_01Recently 43 students in Grades 6 to 12 participated in the annual four-day trip to New Orleans, where they did lots of service learning projects, meet with local businesspeople, worked in a school and with a youth organization, and spent time at both the Cowen Institute and the Center for Public Service at Tulane University. The students were joined by Head of Middle School Milton J. Sipp and Riverdale parents Jill Cornet, Joanne Stone, and Barbara Cicco.

    This is the seventh NOLA trip the school has made since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Crescent City in 2005. “When Hurricane Katrina hit NOLA and its surrounding areas and states almost 10 years ago,

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