1. Mini Course in Feminism

    [ By on June 10, 2014 ]

    I wrote the following blog posts as my final project for a mini-course in feminism that I took this semester. I wish it were socially acceptable to say that I am a feminist. Because I am. And the word “feminist” has such a negative connotation and is associated with man-hating women who want special privileges based on gender. Right now, we are overwhelmed with the implicit message that we’re bitchy if we speak our minds because if we do that, we fail at our job of catering to everyone else’s needs. And heaven forbid we try to take leadership roles. If a man gives directions, he is a good leader, but we are bossy if we do the same thing. Oh, ...

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  2. Constructing Olympics

    [ By on May 07, 2014 ]

    As the year is coming to a close, the 11th grade class had a chance to celebrate all our hard work in Constructing America with the Constructing Olympics. Every class and their teachers pair up to compete in games to ultimately determine which class is the champion of Constructing. This year, we played Jeopardy!, newlyweds with the teacher pairs, performed class skits, competed in a huge game of capture the flag, and ended the day with tug of war. Each class also gets to create their own shirts that they can design with inside jokes and funny pictures. Through all the tears (literally), laughs and jokes, classes create such a strong bond throughout the year it feels like we all have mini Constructing families. And as you can probably imagine, the classes get ...

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  3. Reading with Children

    [ By on May 07, 2014 ]

    Last Friday, the 9th grade, after a morning of activities, split up into three groups to do different community service activities. I chose to read and write with children, and I am very glad that I was able to have that experience. Each of us was paired with a child, and we read a fairy tale with that child and then wrote our own fairy tale in a little booklet. The child I was paired with was quiet, but he was an excellent reader and writer, and it was fun reading the story with him, having him read me a page and then reading one back to him, then asking him questions about the story. We read Cinderella, and he ...

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  4. Field Trip – Yay!

    [ By on April 23, 2014 ]

    Today, my French class is taking a field trip to the Morgan Library's "Le Petit Prince" exhibit. Last year, in French III, we read Saint-Exupery's novel. I am excited to get off campus and to see the exhibit. It should be a lot of fun.

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  5. Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday!

    [ By on April 23, 2014 ]

    Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! A faculty member organized a fun day of activities surrounding Shakespeare, including music from many of his plays, a birthday song written by a junior student, and many more. All of these activities are hosted by faculty members and all students are invited to watch (and in some cases, even participate). There are bake sales and auctions, from which all the profits will be donated to Oberlin's Children Shakespeare Project, run by a Riverdale student alumna.  Shakespeare has influenced so many people with his work, it is nice to commemorate his life and all he has done.

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  6. The New (and Improved) ILS

    [ By on April 23, 2014 ]

    Every year, the whole senior class takes ILS (Integrated Liberal Studies), a course unique to Riverdale's curriculum. It's definitely an experience that unifies the senior class because everyone has read about and discusses the same intriguing ideas. Just this year, in time for our class, ILS was changed so that it consists of 5 distinct themes. For the first four sections, we explored virtue, the self, the environment, and social justice in the context of our lives and society. For the last section, which is coming up soon, every senior is able to pick an "elective" taught by one of the ILS teachers. This is a really exciting opportunity because you get to read a book for fun with a ...

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  7. GLOW Assembly

    [ By on April 23, 2014 ]

    Yesterday at assembly we all gathered together to hear some speeches about some student's experiences with their sexuality and their experiences with other's sexuality. (GLOW is an affinity group; GLOW is an acronym that stands for Gay, Lesbian Or Whatever.) Though I do enjoy hearing from guest speakers during assemblies, it was nice to really see how articulate and passionate about the topic some of the student speakers were. The stories they told were fascinating and diverse and really showed the wide array of feelings that people have about sexuality. My friend, Tasfia Shawlin, had a speech about the differences between her mother and herself on their opinions about different sexualities and the reasons why their opinions differed. It really ...

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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