About Julia S

Hi, my name is Julia, and I am in the twlefth grade at Riverdale. I have been at Riverdale since kindergarten and have been actively involved in the community because there are so many things to get involved with based on your interests. I play sports; I am a part of One Big Thing, which is a project where students are able to pursue their interests with teacher advice and develop a project around their interests; I am an admission tour guide/panelist; I am involved in a French exchange with students from Bordeaux; and I was part of a 6th/8th grade PAL (Peer Assistance and Leadership) team to advise 6th graders about the Middle School. My hobbies consist of running, playing volleyball, baking, hanging out with friends and family, and relaxing on the beach. I have a brother, Russell, who graduated from Riverdale in 2012. Enjoy!

Posts by Julia S

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. College Athletic Signing

    [ By on February 12, 2014 ]

    Last week, Riverdale honored two seniors going to play sports at Division I colleges. I was one of the athletes being honored as I am headed to Yale next year and plan to row. Jordan was the other athlete honored; he is planning to  attend Cornell University to play squash next fall. Riverdale is very supportive of my rowing outside of school and it was nice to be honored by my teachers and classmates.

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  4. Second Semester

    [ By on January 30, 2014 ]

    Wow! It is hard to believe that we have already started second semester!! In a few short months, all the seniors will be graduating. For me, it is hard to imagine not coming to Riverdale everyday. I started in Kindergarten, so this is my 13th year attending Riverdale, but I remember dropping my brother off at school with my Mom when I was 3 years old. Looking back, Riverdale has shaped me and made me the person who I am today. I have found some of my closest friends and learned so many life lessons both in and outside of the classroom. The other day when we were measured for caps and gowns it hit me that I would be ...

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  5. Pavegen Assembly

    [ By on January 08, 2014 ]

    Yesterday, the Upper School had a really interesting assembly. Recently at Riverdale, a senior was working on a project using renewable energy, and came up with the idea of trying to install Pavegen Tiles. In case you are not familiar with Pavegen, it is a company that creates tiles which harvest renewable energy from the footsteps when people walk over them. The energy extracted from the tiles can be used to light hallways, charge phones, and light up signs. Pavegen has partnered with the Paris Marathon, certain music festivals, stores, and recently Riverdale to extract energy from the human footstep. There are a series of Pavegen tiles outside the cafeteria which power a phone charging station and a couple of ...

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  6. Updates

    [ By on November 18, 2013 ]

    It has been kind of awhile since I lasted blogged, but all the rumors about senior year fall being busy are proving to be true. College applications and interviews, on top of normal school work, are filling the minds of all the seniors. However, one thing that is really nice is that all the teachers are really understanding with school work. The faculty is really supportive throughout the whole process and genuinely want the best for everybody. We had an assembly to dedicate the 9/10 building for the Jolli Humanitarian Award winner yesterday. Pernille Ironside, a UNICEF staff member who goes into war zones to free child soldiers, had many interesting stories. It was very informative. On Friday, we have One World Day, ...

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  7. Homecoming 2013

    [ By on October 22, 2013 ]

    This weekend is homecoming at Riverdale! All the students are getting really excited. Girls Tennis, Girls Field Hockey, Girls and Boys Soccer, Boys Football, and Girls Volleyball are all playing games. In addition to sports games, alumnae come back to visit Riverdale. There is a pep rally on Friday afternoon for the students to get excited about the day! It will be a fun filled weekend that everybody is looking forward to!

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  8. Character Education at Riverdale

    [ By on October 08, 2013 ]

    Over the past five years, Riverdale has placed a large emphasis on character education and coming up with eight main character strengths. My ILS class is now focusing on the question, "What is virtue?" After reading Plato and Aristotle, we are now examining character education at Riverdale. We have read numerous articles about character education. My class met with KC Cohen and Sarah McErlean to discuss how Riverdale has implemented character education in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. The Lower School has character report cards on which students are evaluated for the purpose of research and data. The Middle School has daily morning meetings, community days, required community service activities, and leadership opportunities. In the Upper School, students have ...

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  9. Interdisciplinary Studies at Riverdale

    [ By on September 18, 2013 ]

    As you probably already know, Riverdale is unique in that it has multiple interdisciplinary courses that students can take. Last year, I had a wonderful experience in Constructing America. In Constructing America, students study American history and American literature in conjunction with the history of that time period. It is taught by two teachers and meets twice a day. One highlight of Constructing America is Constructing Olympics, which takes place at the end of the year. Your team is your class and you participate in different activities like quote identification, pie baking contest, tug-of-war, Constructing America trivia, and more. This year, every senior is required to take ILS which stands for Integrated Liberal Studies. In ILS, we seek to answer the ...

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  10. Photo Field Trip

    [ By on May 08, 2013 ]

    Yesterday, my photo class decided to take a trip during class. We left campus by foot and walked around for 50 minutes taking pictures in Riverdale. It was interesting to explore the neighborhood around our school because very often I come to school and remain on campus all day and then leave to go home. I like being able to walk around and explore. A couple of us even interacted with neighbors to the school who live across the street.  The area we were walking around was very interesting architecturally as well.  It was a fun experience that gave me ideas for my final project in photography.

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