About Blake C.

Blake is a junior at Riverdale. She's been at the school since 8th grade.

Posts by Blake C.

  1. 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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  2. The Start of the College Process

    [ By on February 12, 2014 ]

    The second semester of junior year is in full swing and that means the college craziness is about to commence. The junior class just received our college advisors and first few assignments to prepare for the application process. Not to mention, everyone has already started to prepare for their SATs or ACTs, and some early-birds have even taken the exams. I will admit that the process is intimidating, but that is why we have advisors to hold our hands as we stress out. Receiving our college counselors isn't all bad news, though. This process symbolizes a transition in our lives. We are growing up from being high school students and preparing ourselves for a new and exciting phase. Dealing with some extra stress now will pay off in the long run, ...

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  3. Junior Class Trip to Washington, DC!

    [ By on January 30, 2014 ]

    While everyone has been raving about how midterms were cancelled due to the snowy weather, the highlight of the past week for me was definitively going to Washington, DC, with the whole 11th grade class. In Constructing America, everyone waits patiently to finally get to the midway checkpoint and celebrate with a fun (and yes, educational!) trip to the country's capital. This trip allows for time to bond with classmates and teachers, apply our knowledge about the country, and learn more new information as we visited a long list of museums. We also had the opportunity to visit some of the most interesting and well-known monuments and memorials. Although we did arrive during the "polar vortex", we all enjoyed the many sites we visited with an extra cup of hot cocoa in our system. In my ...

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  4. Snow Day!

    [ By on December 11, 2013 ]

    Riverdale had our first snow day of the year! Waking up for the call at 5:00 A.M with the sound of Mr. Randolph's voice is music to our ears. The snow day was much needed to help set the tone of winter as the holiday break is quickly approaching, as well as catch up on homework. It is typical for me to set high goals as far as how many things I plan on accomplishing on snow days, however, they are always a bit unrealistic since I always spend the whole day in my pajamas with hot chocolate watching movies. A lot of kids in the city will go sledding in Central Park or attempt to play in the slush that covers the sidewalks, while kids in the ...

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  5. Constructing America

    [ By on October 31, 2013 ]

    Constructing America is an interdisciplinary course combining history and English literature of America from the 1600's to the present. I heard that it was going to be a lot of hard work, but I have never loved English and history more! What makes it unique is that we have two teachers instead of one. My pair, Mr. Gatch and Ms. Moore (aka Gatchmoore) creates a discussion-based class where everyone participates in interesting conversations. Because this class replaces the normal history and English courses, we typically have Constructing twice a day. My pair is amazing, especially because they bring in food when we have the classes back to back! Although some people think this course could be too difficult or requires a lot of hard work, the teachers always have some ...

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  6. Big Changes in Fencing

    [ By on October 08, 2013 ]

    A lot has been going on in the little fencing room this year! As you may know, fencing has been a two-season sport for as long as the coach of 50 years can remember. But this fall, the school no longer has a fencing "team" but a "club". This just means that fencing is not considered a two-season sport. There are some up's and down's to this change. In a club, player's aren't required to go practice, but that means all your valuable gym frees are gone. It seems like a fine trade off, but what the coaches did not take into account is guilt. As a junior I have a lot of homework, and never enough time to do it ...

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