About Gaby P

Hi! My name is Gaby and I have been going to Riverdale Country School since Pre-Kindergarten. I am currently in twelfth grade. I play field hockey (all of the sports at Riverdale are so much fun, and I love being able to spend time outdoors at the end of every day!); I am also a tour guide and love the blogging activity group. I have a twin who also goes to Riverdale as well. I am really interested in learning different languages (I take Spanish and Latin), and I'm in honors math. During my weekends, I love to run in the park and hang out with my friends. So far, one of my favorite parts about high school has been getting the chance to meet so many nice and fascinating new members of the Class of 2014.

Posts by Gaby P

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Assembly with Jackson Katz

    [ By on February 12, 2014 ]

    Every other Tuesday, we have a school-wide assembly. The topics are incredibly varied, ranging from sustainability to English literature to politics, and sometimes speakers are brought in to speak with us as well. Yesterday, Jackson Katz came to speak with us about gender violence. Although I think many of us are educated in the seriousness, dangers, and precautions that arise from gender violence, Jackson Katz gave us a whole new angle on this topic. He focused on what is called the by-stander theory, emphasizing the power that bystanders have to control (and prevent) a bad situation. I was particularly fascinated when he deconstructed different sexist terms, such as "male-basher" (to bash is a violent action, making it horrible to call ...

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  5. New Schedules

    [ By on January 30, 2014 ]

    The start of the second semester brings many new and exciting activities! People start to hang out on Jones Lawn more, the stress of midterms is over, and new schedules start. Although I genuinely love all the classes I'm taking, I'm particularly excited about the two new electives I will be taking! Last semester, I took a Spanish course on the Guerra Civil Espanola (the Spanish Civil War), where we immersed ourselves in the poems, photos, paintings, and movies of the time period. This semester I am taking a course on Borges! I am very excited to learn more about such an interesting and influential author and feel lucky to be able to read his work in the original Spanish! I ...

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  6. #READ: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

    [ By on January 08, 2014 ]

    Today, the after-school tutoring program I am in is hosting a discussion group called #READ! Usually, we go to the Riverdale Neighborhood House to tutor younger kids who live locally. This week, we decided to add another dimension to the program. #READ gets a wide-range of Middle School and Upper School students involved in a stimulating discussion about Wonder, a moving book about a boy's transition into school. I am really looking forward to the discussion group because I think it is a great way for Middle School and Upper School students to have an open dialogue, with the freedom to exchange any idea or opinion that comes to mind! We have already created fun and interactive activities for the discussion ...

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  7. PA Grant Assembly

    [ By on October 31, 2013 ]

    For a couple of summers now, the PA (Parents Association) has given students grants, which are set amounts of money that enable students to pursue a specific interest over the summer months. In order to receive a grant, a student must come up with a proposal which not only outlines the project but also shows the student's commitment and dedication to seeing the project through. Having gotten student grants both summers now, I can say that the PA grant program is great! Last year, I built a laser-microscope, which projected living organisms in different kinds of liquids. This year, I got to pursue a totally different interest of mine: photography! I took photos of different natural elements, such as plants and ...

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  8. Carine McCandless Visits Riverdale!

    [ By on October 08, 2013 ]

    For the first time, the entire Upper School read the same book, Into the Wild, over the summer. Upon arriving at school, it seemed as though there were many different opinions circulating about Chris McCandless, a man who ventured into the Alaskan wilderness and faced a fatal end. On the one side, there was daring Chris McCandless, ready to leave society behind for the sake of finding true happiness. On the other side, there was naive Chris McCandless, favoring his sense of adventure over sensible decisions. This past Tuesday, we all heard a new perspective on Chris McCandless and his adventure story from the person closest to him, Carine McCandless, his sister. Carine provided insight into Chris' life and decisions to ...

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  9. Field Hockey!!

    [ By on September 18, 2013 ]

    So far, the field hockey season is off to a great start! We have had three games so far. The first game was at home, so it was up to us to defend our turf. By the end of the first quarter, we had already scored 3 goals! The game was fast paced since we were always transferring the ball from one side of the field to the other. I definitely got a good workout (the average field hockey player runs five miles during a game!) and also really enjoyed playing with my teammates. We won that first home game as well as the first away game by 5 goals!! The third game was a lot closer. We were tied far ...

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  10. Looking Ahead and Reflections

    [ By on May 08, 2013 ]

    A lot of exciting things are happening as summer approaches! Since it's the last activity period of the year, I thought I'd reflect on a variety of things, both past and future. Last Friday, after College Day, we had the Constructing Olympics. It was a really fun afternoon filled with relay races and trivia games! All of the classes really bonded over different events, like tug of war and pie contests. Each class wore different shirts that included pictures or jokes from their class, and they were all very creative! The weather couldn't have been nicer and I was so glad to be outside. Our class, called "Wellness" (a combination of our two teachers' names), actually won! I've really loved Constructing ...

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