1. Student Musical

    [ By on April 11, 2014 ]

    This year's student-run musical or "Stu mu", Songs for a New World, is going to be an amazing show! Directed by two awesome seniors, the show will be a bit different from musicals in the past. This year is even more student-run with little help from any adults (including musical directors and pianists). In addition, the show has extremely difficult music by composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown, which should prove to be difficult and rewarding. This show is also a large revue, which is great because everyone gets something. "Stu Mu", as it is called by the "theatre kids," is a chance for all of the students to really showcase their talent. In this case, I think everyone will be showcased ...

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  2. The Beginning of the End

    [ By on April 10, 2014 ]

    It's crazy to think that we only have a month and a half left of school! Ever since we came back from break, it has really began to sink in that this truly is the beginning of the end. While don't get me wrong, I'm incredibly excited for the summer and to graduate high school, it is also a bittersweet experience. Whenever Ms. Moore, our dean, mentions anything about graduation and end of the year festivities, I find myself getting a bit sentimental. High school has literally flown by; to be honest, I'm still sort of in shock that I am not going to be attending Riverdale next year. Yesterday, at a track meet, it hit me that this would be ...

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  3. Ed Rendell

    [ By on April 10, 2014 ]

    Yesterday the entire Upper School gathered together for an assembly to hear Ed Rendell speak. He spoke about his accomplishments, his ideas, and how important it can be to help people. I found his speech to be captivating and interesting. Sometimes during assemblies I won't pay attention because the speaker just doesn't catch my interest, but this time I found myself actually listening to what he had to say. His accomplishments fascinated me, and its interesting to see the things that people can do when they truly care about what they're doing, and when they care for people. I usually don't care much for politics, but he actually seemed like a good person. I believe this was one of the ...

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  4. Stu-Mu News!

    [ By on April 10, 2014 ]

    Every spring, Riverdale puts on its student-directed musical (or stu-mu, as it's affectionately called.) This year's production is Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown. Although we have a small group (the cast is about 20 people) everyone is really close-knit and we're all psyched for the show. We've only had one rehearsal so far, but it already seems like we're going strong! I can update soon about the status of the show, but I can't wait to how everything turns out!

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  5. As the weather gets warmer…

    [ By on April 10, 2014 ]

    Everyone always gets excited when the weather gets warmer on campus! Many people are out playing sports on the field, eating lunch on the outdoor patio, and just hanging out with friends on the lawn. Riverdale even has a new "outdoor classroom" (a circular grouping of benches arranged on Jones Lawn). The warm weather definitely lifts up everyone's spirits. Many more students will come out to cheer on their fellow classmates in sports games. I think the seniors in particular enjoy the warm weather! We can enjoy time outside during free periods in the senior courtyard, which recently got a hammock! Seniors will bring speakers to play music on Jones Lawn during free periods, which is always nice to hear ...

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  6. Africa

    [ By on April 10, 2014 ]

    The title of the post might be misleading. Africa is a class that I am taking. It is a 7-person class that is based on collaborative learning from a research paper. I am writing about the South African apartheid; other people are writing about the AIDS crisis in Botswana, the commodification of coffee in Africa - concentrated in the Ethiopian area - and the Rwandan genocide. The learning in this class is done through the students presenting their research that they are gathering in order to write a term paper. I have learned more about Africa from this class than I think I could learn in a normal class setting. The vast array of topics allows for a more meaningful learning experience. I ...

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  7. Ed Rendell Assembly

    [ By on April 10, 2014 ]

    Yesterday, the Upper School had a very interesting assembly. Ed Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania, gave a speech about courage and taking risks. He talked about current political issues including Medicare, climate change, the deficit, etc. Rendell attended Riverdale and was class of 1961, so it was really cool that he came back to speak to current students.

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  8. Yearbook

    [ By on March 12, 2014 ]

    Riverdale has great ways to commemorate the end of the year. A couple weeks before school ends, there is a school-wide meeting (outside!) where Impressions (a student-made art book) and the Yearbook are presented! This year, I was on the yearbook staff. I knew that I really wanted to make the most of my last year at Riverdale and remember all the great things that have happened. As an editor of the yearbook, I met with other seniors and upperclassmen twice a week to discuss everything ranging from the theme, feature pages, and design during advisor periods. During school, we were busy taking pictures of all the events going on at school. After school, we spent time together actually designing the ...

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  9. New Unit of ILS

    [ By on March 12, 2014 ]

    A couple weeks ago, all the seniors switched from examining the self and virtue to two new topics: social justice and climate change. Right now, I am studying social justice. We are reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and are examining policies of Stop and Frisk in New York City. Our class is mostly discussion based, which keeps everyone engaged.  At the end of our unit on social justice we are supposed to take a stance on Stop and Frisk and write an editorial and then submit it to The New York Times. It is an interesting alternative to a more traditional, analytical essay.

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  10. Post-Show Sadness

    [ By on March 12, 2014 ]

    Now that Once on this Island is done, everyone in the cast seems a bit sad. I mean, I don't blame them: We worked together as a group for such a long period of time (almost four months!) and everyone grew closer. For me, spring break is on its way and I still have an outside production of Legally Blonde to perform in, so I wasn't as disappointed and I definitely didn't suffer from "show withdrawal." But everyone grew as a cast and did really well in our performances. Even though we had a few mishaps, as all shows do, things went pretty smoothly and we had some pretty enthusiastic crowds. It was interesting to see the different reactions to the show, ...

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