Posts Tagged with upper school

  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, 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. 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

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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:

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  8. Spring Diversity Banquet Celebrates Affinity Group Leaders

    [ May 14, 2014 ]

    Nearly 50 students were recognized at this year’s Spring Diversity Banquet, an all-school celebration of Upper School students’ positive contributions to the Riverdale community.

    “The Spring Banquet is a time to celebrate and reflect on the year’s many successes, specifically setting aside time to acknowledge and publicly thank those student leaders who have made a positive contribution to the Riverdale community,” says Dwight Vidale ’01, Director of Community Engagement.

    “This year, we acknowledged all 20+ participants in the Riverdale Leadership Summit, as well as the 12 affinity group leaders,” Dwight adds. “We also publicly thanked seven outstanding students who were recognized by the faculty for their good work this year.”

    In addition, Emily Shorr Lesnick '07, Director of Upper


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  9. 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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  10. 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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