About Blake C.

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

Posts Tagged with Upper School

  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. 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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  3. 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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  4. Microaggressions and Assemblies

    [ By on March 12, 2014 ]

    Yesterday there was a an assembly about microaggressions. What they are, how they're hurtful, and how to be more mindful of them. Naturally, after the assembly people might start to wonder if what they say that could be considered a microaggression. That's a good thing; that's the purpose of the assembly. However, I've seen several of my classmates turn this activity into a bit of joke and point out that several statements are microaggressions when they're not.  I know that not everyone does this, yet even when a few people are guilty of this it seems to ruin the point of the assembly. It makes me wonder: Do these assemblies really work? If they don't, what can be done to ...

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  5. Physics Integrated into ILS

    [ By on March 12, 2014 ]

    Half of our grade (seniors) is in the ILS unit "Climate Change". Yesterday the people involved with that unit went to the theater and a physics teacher, Dr. Stark, talked to us about the different weather patterns and how our actions are causing the ecosystems on our planet to change. There was another science teacher there, Ms. Findlay, who discussed the oceans and how our carbon emissions--as well as the glaciers melting--is heavily contributing to the rising temperatures and the changing climates on land and in the oceans. It was really interesting to see the many connections between the hard sciences and a literature course.

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  6. Snowdays on snowdays on more snowdays

    [ By on February 12, 2014 ]

    One of the perks of going to school in Riverdale and being part of the "Hill Schools" (Riverdale, Horace Mann and Fieldston) is the fact that we get an ample amount of snow days each year. For many city schools, it is pretty rare to get even one a year; however, for Riverdale students, we often have at least two or three. This year has exceeded my expectations. During the past few weeks, we have had an extensive number of snow days. Last week, we were off on both Monday and Wednesday, and two weeks before that, two out of the three midterms were canceled because of the snow (unfortunately, I still had to take both of my language exams ...

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  7. Second Semester and Class Choices

    [ By on January 30, 2014 ]

    Last Monday marked the beginning of second semester! While I am incredibly happy that the college process is over, it's pretty weird to think that this will be my last semester at Riverdale. As a senior, since I have already completed many of my graduation requirements, I have more flexibility to take classes that appeal to me. Last semester, I was able to take a Spanish class that focused on writing and composition. While I have grown up speaking Spanish with my parents at home, I had never formally taken a class, and having the opportunity to develop my grammar skills and actually write in Spanish was a very attractive option. Another class that I really enjoyed was my Global 1960s ...

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  8. 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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  9. The Falcon Games!!

    [ By on January 30, 2014 ]

    The entire Upper School is participating in The Falcon Games, also known as Assassin. I am participating and as paranoid as ever! Everyone is chasing people around the school trying to tag them with a colorful sticker, but can only complete the "kill" if no one else sees it. It is very hard both trying to avoid being killed and also killing other people. The prize for this is 5 free breakfasts and the priceless glory of winning! I really want to win but I'm neither sneaky enough nor talented enough to avoid killing or being killed. An update will come soon as to is who the winner of the Falcon Games!

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  10. The Juggling Act

    [ By on January 08, 2014 ]

    If you couldn't tell from reading my other blog posts, I'm really into theater--whether it's a play, an improv sketch, or a musical, I'll probably be involved. While I love doing all the shows I can, both inside and outside of school, keeping up with my grades and managing to balance two musicals at the same time is hard. I'm currently in Riverdale's production of Once on This Island, but I also am going to be part of a separate musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, with a theater group based in Yonkers. For about two months, during an "overlap period," I run from an RCS rehearsal to one in Yonkers, only to get home at 9:00 p.m. without having already started ...

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