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  1. Middle School Color Games Culminate in 8th Annual Field Day Fun

    [ May 22, 2014 ]

    Students in Grades 6 and 7 enjoyed a day of sports and games during the Middle School’s 8th Annual Field Day.

    A Middle School tradition, Color Games is a year-long physical education activity. Students in grades 6 and 7 are divided into four teams (Green, Red, Orange, and Blue) and throughout the course of the year the teams compete in a variety of sports, earning points for their efforts. Each May, the Color Games come to an exciting conclusion with the Middle School’s Annual Field Day.

    “Color Games ended its regular season with Blue having a commanding lead of 320 total points, followed by Orange with 253, Green with 245, and Red with 199 points,” says Doug McDonald, Chair of Physical ...

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  2. First Grade Class Hosts Pen Pal Buddies from Harlem Village Academy

    [ May 21, 2014 ]

    IMG_3867Class 1K recently spent the day with their pen pal buddies from Harlem Village Academy, a NYC charter school. Students from HVA and Riverdale enjoyed their day of fun, brought to you by the letter P: "Planting, Playground, and Pizza Party Playdate". "Thanks to parent Erica Tuft Karsch '90 for setting up this lovely partnership with our HVA buddies," said Class 1K Head Teacher Lizzy Kmetzo. "This will surely be a treasured 1K memory for years to come."

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  3. Club Unveils Solar-Powered Charging Station on Hill Campus

    [ May 21, 2014 ]

      The Architectural Design and Engineering Club recently unveiled its new solar power charging station on Jones Lawn. "We were inspired by Pavegen and thought about how we could design a charging station that worked consistently," explains Conrad de Menil '15. "Right now we only have our prototype out on Jones Lawn but we have a cool design for a 'pod' charging station which we hope to finish next year so that everyone can charge their phone and have a place to sit outside."

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  4. Student-Directed Theater Night Offers Something for Everyone 

    [ May 20, 2014 ]

    Riverdale’s talented student directors and actors showcased their acting and singing chops during the recent Student-Directed Theater Night.

    First, junior Rachael Sonnenberg directed the short comedy, Family 2.0, which featured juniors Alex O’Shea, Berk Pearlstein, Ian Blow, Keifer Ludwig, and Courtney Taylor, as well as sophomore Anabel Getz.

    Then, seniors Emma Brick and Sarah Doyle presented Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World, which showcased 18 Upper School students, senior Patrick Orenstein on percussion, and Middle and Upper School Accompanist Jacob Rhodebeck on the piano.

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  5. Spring Diversity Banquet Celebrates Affinity Group Leaders

    [ May 14, 2014 ]

    Nearly 50 students were recognized at this year’s Spring Diversity Banquet, an all-school celebration of Upper School students’ positive contributions to the Riverdale community.

    “The Spring Banquet is a time to celebrate and reflect on the year’s many successes, specifically setting aside time to acknowledge and publicly thank those student leaders who have made a positive contribution to the Riverdale community,” says Dwight Vidale ’01, Director of Community Engagement.

    “This year, we acknowledged all 20+ participants in the Riverdale Leadership Summit, as well as the 12 affinity group leaders,” Dwight adds. “We also publicly thanked seven outstanding students who were recognized by the faculty for their good work this year.”

    In addition, Emily Shorr Lesnick '07, Director of Upper


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  6. Riverdale to Host Special Olympics NY Basketball Skills Tournament

    [ May 09, 2014 ]

    SpecialOlympicsNYThe Riverdale Intellectual Disabilities (RID) activity group has teamed up with Special Olympics New York (SONY) to host a Basketball Skills Tournament on Saturday, May 10.

    Dave Celentano, the Senior Director of Programs at the New York City branch of SONY, says, “It has been inspiring to witness the Riverdale students’ dedication and commitment to this project.” Taylor Atkin ’16, Walter Johnsen ’14, and George Frank ’15 are the principal RID organizers for this tournament, which will feature more than 100 SONY athletes competing in a variety of divisions in three specific skills: dribbling, passing, and shooting. SONY athletes will also be paired up with Riverdale students for a unified exhibition in ...

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  7. Grade 10 Cleans Up Orchard Beach

    [ May 06, 2014 ]

    The Class of 2016 recently spent an afternoon cleaning up Orchard Beach in the Bronx as part of a grade-wide community service project.

    After spending the morning taking the practice SAT exam, the sophomores went off campus to enjoy the great weather and help perform a valuable service to the community: cleaning up a section of nearby Orchard Beach.

    “The kids did some good work and enjoyed the afternoon,” reports Upper School teacher Valerie Keller, one of the chaperones. Thanks to Emily Schorr Lesnick, Coordinator of Upper School Service Learning, for arranging the day.

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  8. Riverdale Community Celebrates Student Talent at Bi-Annual Event

    [ May 06, 2014 ]

    Nearly 400 parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and students gathered at the New-York Historical Society recently for a Spring Celebration of Riverdale students’ talents.

    Guests enjoyed jazz music performed by students and faculty while they perused the displays of student art. They also chatted with students who were showcasing their recent science research, as well as their passions, such as fashion design, longboards, and customized bicycles created in the new Makerspace. After mingling and cocktails, it was time for the entertainment portion of the evening. A fencing exhibition by two seniors and Coach Konate Primus turned interesting when Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph was called upon to demonstrate his fencing skills—in his suit and red socks—with one of the students. Although ...

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  9. Middle School Stages “Bye Bye Birdie”

    [ May 06, 2014 ]

    Nearly 40 students and two teachers comprised the cast of this year’s Middle School Musical, Bye Bye Birdie.

    According to director Amanda Eastman, Chair of Theater Arts, “The story is a joyful and carefree classic with tons of catchy music, a multitude of roles, and a teen heartthrob. How could I not make this our Middle School Musical?” She adds, “What young teen does not want to dance with their friends, scream at a rock star, and wear a poodle skirt?

    This truly community-supported show also featured Riverdale students, teachers, and an alumna in the orchestra, as well as an entirely Upper School student tech crew.

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  10. Lower School Welcomes Grandparents & Friends to Visiting Day

    [ May 06, 2014 ]

    Nearly 300 grandparents, aunts, uncles and other friends close to the hearts of our students in Grades 3 to 5 spent the morning at the River Campus recently. After enjoying breakfast, mingling with other guests, and some lovely music performed by Sarah Cion, the grandparents and special friends were welcomed by Head of Lower School Dr. Edwin P. Gordon. They were then invited to enjoy two songs from the Grade 3 Recorder Concert, “El Coqui” and “Everybody Loves Saturday Night,” as well as to sing along with the students in Grades 4 & 5 as they performed “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” and “My Favorite Things.” Finally, the students taught their guests “The Lower School Song.” Visitors also got to spend time ...

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