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Head of School Publishes Article on Character in Schools
10/22/2014
Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph argues that schools should create tools to assess intellectual, character, and social skills in an article published by the Center for Children and Family at the Brookings Institute.
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Alumni Lead Career Panels for Junior and Seniors
10/20/2014
Nine members of the Class of 1989, celebrating their 25th reunion, led career panels for juniors and seniors, reflecting on how their Riverdale educations led them to their chosen professions.
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Riverdale Community Celebrates Homecoming
10/20/2014
Hundreds of alumni, faculty members, parents, and students celebrated Riverdale's Homecoming on Saturday, October 18
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Boys Cross Country Team Runs Circles around the Competition
10/7/2014
The Riverdale freshman boys cross-country team took third place yesterday in a meet at Van Cortlandt Park that attracted teams from public, parochial, and independent schools in the city.
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Riverdale to Help Develop Character-Based Assessment Tool for Admissions
10/7/2014
Riverdale Country School has joined a national pilot project to create an admissions tool for evaluating character skills that contribute to success in school and in life.
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Middle School Community Day Brings Students Together to Discuss Growing Up in the Digital Age
10/3/2014
Designed to bring the students together and get them talking about worldwide issues that have a personal effect, Community Day takes service learning to the classroom. 
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Middle Schoolers Learn about Online Safety
10/1/2014
At an assembly today, Middle School students learned that they need to tread carefully in their digital lives.
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Harrie Bakst '03 Discusses Benefits of Corporations and Nonprofits Working Together during Upper School Assembly
9/30/2014
Harrie Bakst '03, a founding partner of Weinstein Carnegie Philanthropic Group, told Riverdale Upper School students today that corporations and nonprofits benefit from working together. To view his talk, click here.
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Riverdale Trustee Publishes Memoir
9/29/2014
Riverdale Country School Trustee Charles M. Blow has published a memoir about his childhood in the Deep South entitled Fire Shut Up in My Bones.
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Head of School Encourages Parents to Help Their Children Develop 'Toolkits for Change'
9/22/2014
Riverdale Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph encouraged parents to help their children develop a "toolkit for change" during the annual Parents Day at the Hill Campus on September 20.
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Lower School Opening Assembly Celebrates Community
9/18/2014
Community is one of the three main principles that guide everything we do at Riverdale Country School (the other two being Mind and Character), and the Lower School’s recent opening assembly took that theme to heart.
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Evening Arts Classes Bring Riverdale Community Together
9/17/2014
Join your neighbors, colleagues, alumni, and friends in creation: Riverdale is offering two exciting evening arts classes this fall.

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Riverdale Prepares to Launch New Website
9/13/2014
A new school website is in the works that will provide dynamic news content, photo galleries, videography, and comprehensive school information for prospective parents and students and Riverdale families.
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Dance Company Celebrates Human Rights Successes with Middle School
9/12/2014
Award-winning dance company Abraham In Motion brought the history of global human rights successes to life during a recent Middle School assembly.
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New Director of Outdoor Programs Aims to Blend Outdoor Experiences with Classroom Studies
9/8/2014
Outdoor education at Riverdale is taking off.
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Students Challenge Themselves during White Mountains Backpacking Adventure
9/3/2014
In June, a group of Riverdale students backpacked in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, facing challenges they had never before attempted.
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Riverdale Bids Farewell to the Class of 2014
7/8/2014
On June 10, the Class of 2014 walked onto Frankel Field one last time at Commencement.
 

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Two Student-Athletes Named to All-Bronx Softball Teams
7/8/2014
Two members of the Girls Varsity Softball team were recently honored for their athletic prowess.
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Middle School Sends 8th Graders Off to Upper School in Style
7/7/2014
The Middle School recently said goodbye and good luck to its 8th graders, who are moving on to the Upper School this fall.
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Fifth Graders Celebrate Their Transition to the Hill
7/3/2014
On June 9, the fifth graders celebrated their transition to the Hill Campus with a closing ceremony honoring their time on the River.
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Improv Team Performs at Del Close Marathon to Rave Reviews
7/1/2014
Riverdale's Improv Team performed in front of their biggest audience yet at the Upright Citizens Brigade Chelsea Theater in the Del Close Marathon recently.
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Summer Program Uses NYC as Its Classroom
6/27/2014
RCS students in the Project Knowmad summer program take advantage of New York City every day, turning the streets of the Big Apple into their classrooms.
 

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Riverdale’s Film Festival Highlights Film Students’ Work
6/9/2014
RCS once again celebrated the work of several talented, creative Upper School filmmakers with its annual Film Festival.
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Lower School Students Movin’ On Up….to the Hill Campus (Not the East Side)
6/6/2014
With apologies to the writers of theme song from the iconic TV show, The Jeffersons, the Lower School’s fifth-grade graduates are now “Movin’ On Up”.
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The Lower School's Got Talent
6/6/2014
The 2014 Lower School Talent Show consisted of more than 80 students showcasing a variety of performance skills.
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Cellist Named Runner-Up in Young Bronx Artist Contest
6/4/2014
Cellist Ethan Cobb ’17 has been named a runner-up in the Bronx Arts Ensemble’s Young Bronx Artist Contest for 2014.

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Upper School Art Students 'Sign Off' on Final Project
6/3/2014
The closing of the school year inspired PICA’s latest and last installation of the year, titled “SIGNature.”
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Improv Team Kills It in Final Performance
6/2/2014
In their fourth and final improv show of the year, the improv team knocked it out of the park.
 

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FEST Showcases Original Student Work
5/30/2014
Riverdale’s annual student play festival, also known as the Festival for Excellent Student Theater (FEST for short), recently showcased the writing, acting, directing, and producing skills of several Upper School students.
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Student Organizes House to Home Service Learning Event
5/29/2014
From the outside, Riverdale Country School junior Samantha Gordon looks like your everyday teen girl. But on the inside she has a heart of gold—and some would say that she has the heart of a modern day Robin Hood.
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Five Senior Athletes Honored with Awards
5/27/2014
In addition to handing out varsity letters and team MVP awards at the Spring Varsity Sports Awards Night recently, five special awards were handed out to deserving senior athletes as well.
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Middle School Color Games Culminate in 8th Annual Field Day Fun
5/22/2014
Students in Grades 6 and 7 enjoyed a day of sports and games during the Middle School’s 8th Annual Field Day.
 

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Club Unveils Solar-Powered Charging Station on Hill Campus
5/21/2014
The Architectural Design and Engineering Club recently unveiled its new solar power charging station on Jones Lawn. 
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First Grade Class Hosts Pen Pal Buddies from Harlem Village Academy
5/21/2014
Class 1K recently spent the day with their pen pal buddies from Harlem Village Academy.
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Girls Track Brings Home Medals at Ivy League Championships
5/20/2014
Junior Amaris Hemmings and sophomore Mikaela Cole each brought home two medals at this year’s Ivy League Championships.
 

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Riverdale SMART Team Presents at Peer School’s Symposium
5/19/2014
Sophomores Renée Landzberg and Madeleine Goldberg recently presented their work about the structure, function, and history of the deadly toxin ricin at a science symposium at Fieldston School.
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Spring Choral Festival Showcases Several Middle and Upper School Vocal Groups
5/16/2014
Students from the Middle and Upper School’s various vocal ensembles and student-led vocal groups recently performed at the Spring Choral Festival.
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Jazz Ensemble Transforms the Student Center into “The Maroon Note Jazz Club”
5/15/2014
The recent Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert, held for the first time in the John R. Johnson Student Center, transported the audience to “The Maroon Note Jazz Club” for the evening.
 

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Lower School Concerts Spotlight 4th and 5th Graders
5/15/2014
Two recent Lower School concerts gave students in Grades 4 and 5 the chance to show off their vocal and instrumental skills.
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Spring Diversity Banquet Celebrates Affinity Group Leaders
5/14/2014
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.
 

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Eleven Seniors Spend their Final Weeks of High School in Senior Project Program
5/12/2014
Each year, several seniors choose to forego their last three weeks of classes to instead focus on a project that is meaningful to them.
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Riverdale First NY Independent School to Be Named a ‘Safe Sports School’
5/12/2014
The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) has awarded Riverdale a Safe Sports School First Team designation.
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Grade 5 Engineers Spend a Week Building Bridges
5/8/2014
During this year’s Lower School Project-Based Learning (PBL) Week, more than a dozen Grade 5 students researched, designed, and built a miniature bridge of their own creation.
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Grade 6 Launches iPad Pilot Program
5/7/2014
In a continuing effort to explore effective ways to use technology to enhance teaching and student learning, the Grade 6 students are participating in an iPad pilot program during the last six weeks of school. 
 

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Lower School Welcomes Grandparents & Friends to Visiting Day
5/6/2014
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.
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Middle School Stages “Bye Bye Birdie”
5/6/2014
Nearly 40 students and two teachers comprised the cast of this year’s Middle School Musical, Bye Bye Birdie.
 

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Riverdale Community Celebrates Student Talent at Bi-Annual Event
5/6/2014
Nearly 400 parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and students gathered at the New-York Historical Society recently for a Spring Celebration of Riverdale students’ talents.
 

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Riverdale to Host Special Olympics NY Basketball Skills Tournament
5/6/2014
The 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.
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Middle School Hosts Community Dinner for Hunts Point Residents
5/5/2014
Students, faculty, and parents from Riverdale’s Middle School recently came together to host the third annual Community Dinner for Hunts Point and PS/MS 279.
 

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Riverdale Organizes Symposium for Young Men of Color
5/5/2014
More than 100 students from schools throughout the NYC area attended Riverdale’s 2014 Young Men of Color Symposium, “Capturing Our Passion; Strengthening Our Voice.”
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Scientific Journal to Publish Manuscript Written by Students, Teacher
4/30/2014
A manuscript written by two Upper School students and their teacher was recently accepted for publication in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology.
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Six Students Present Research, Facilitate Discussion at Roundtable Conference
4/29/2014
Members of Riverdale's YPAR (Youth Participatory Action Research) group recently presented their research at a roundtable conference held by the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives at UPenn.
 

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Lower School Celebrates Earth Day
4/26/2014
On April 22, aka Earth Day, the Lower School celebrated planet Earth is several ways.
 

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Local Author Visits Early Learning Classes
4/25/2014
Andrew Kranichfeld, a local children’s book author, recently visited the students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2 to discuss Karen’s Garden, the book he wrote as a tribute to his mother.
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Yale Professor Delivers Annual Jan Falk Carpenter ’71 Lecture
4/24/2014
Advanced Science students heard from Vincent Pieribone, Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Neurobiology at Yale School of Medicine, as part of Riverdale's annual Jan Falk Carpenter ’71 Lecture.
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Hill Campus Celebrates William Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday in Style
4/23/2014
It was a day of all things Bard-related at the Hill Campus on April 23, when the Middle and Upper School students and faculty celebrated William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with a variety of fun and interactive events.
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Student Organization Hosts Social Entrepreneurship Conference
4/23/2014
Zawadi By Youth, Riverdale's student-run microfinance organization, recently hosted a conference on social entrepreneurship.
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Artist Shantell Martin Spends the Day with Riverdale Art Classes
4/22/2014
British visual artist Shantell Martin, best known for her stream-of-consciousness drawings and light projections, recently spent a day with Riverdale's Upper School art students.
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Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell '61 Returns to Campus
4/22/2014
Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell ’61 recently addressed the Upper School at an assembly. For highlights of his speech, click here. To see his full speech, click here.
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Art & Literary Magazine Receives Gold Crown Award
4/11/2014
The 2013 edition of Impressions, Riverdale's art and literary magazine, has won the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Gold Crown award, the highest award bestowed by the organization.
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Riverdale Country School Announces Class of 1957 Alumni Speaker Series with Former PA Governor Ed Rendell ’61
3/17/2014
Riverdale Country School is proud to announce its new Class of 1957 Alumni Speaker Series.
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Grade 3 Recorder Concert Features Folk Songs from Around the World
3/14/2014
The third grade classes transported the audience around the world during their recent recorder concert.
 

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2nd Annual Best Buddies Friendship Ball a Success
3/12/2014
The junior class and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Club, led by Walter Johnsen ’14, recently hosted students and teachers from all over the metro NYC area for an afternoon of dancing, crafts, food, and fun.
 

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Pre-K & K Students Celebrate Planet Earth
3/11/2014
The Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes recently presented “What a Wonderful World,” a musical celebration of their favorite planet.
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Upper School Stages 'Once on this Island'
3/4/2014
Nearly 40 Upper School students pooled their efforts to put on this year's musical, Once on this Island.
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Boys Varsity Basketball Team Makes the NYSAIS Championship Finals
3/1/2014
The Boys Varsity Basketball team made an unlikely run to the New York State Association of Independent Schools Boys B-Division Championship game this year.
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Boys Varsity Basketball Beats Poly to Advance to Semifinals of NYSAIS Tourney
2/28/2014
The Boys Varsity Basketball team scored a big win against rival Poly Prep, setting up a seminfinal showdown against #3 seed Dalton on Friday, February 28.
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First Grade Show Takes Audience into ‘Mrs. Greller’s Garden’
2/28/2014
In their first Riverdale play, this year’s first graders explored the world of Mrs. Greller’s Garden, teaching the audience about all of the insects and animals that help and hurt the plants that grow.
 

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Outdoors Club Hikes the Palisades
2/26/2014
Several students and faculty recently braved the snow to hike in Palisades Park, along the Hudson River.
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Riverdale-Backed Character Lab Launches Film as Part of Worldwide ‘Character Day’
2/26/2014
The nonprofit Character Lab is launching a short film that explores character education on March 20, a worldwide 'character day'.
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Three Students Recognized at Model UN Conference in Boston
2/25/2014
At the recent BosMUN 2014 conference, three Riverdale students (from the nearly 1400 delegates who attended) were singled out for their work.
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Guambo Finishes Season Strong; Individuals Win Races & Set School Records
2/14/2014
Several Riverdale swimmers brought home medals at the recent 2014 Ivy League Swim Championships at Lehman College.
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Gender Education Pioneer Jackson Katz Speaks at Assembly, Parent Evening
2/12/2014
Jackson Katz, Ph.D., acclaimed pioneer in the fields of gender education and critical media literacy, recently addressed an Upper School assembly as well as parents.
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MS Robotics Team Wins Champion’s Award at Bronx First Lego League Qualifier
2/12/2014
Eight Middle School students beat out 25 other teams for the coveted Champion’s Award trophy.

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Student Team Places Third in NYC Coding Event
2/11/2014
Two student teams represented Riverdale at a recent all-day coding event in NYC.
 

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RCS Celebrates Lunar New Year
2/6/2014
Lunar New Year celebrations included a Lower School assembly featuring Taiko Japanese drumming and an all-school gathering complete with food, dancing, and crafts.
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Senior Athletes to Play Division I Sports at Two Ivy League Schools
2/6/2014
Two Riverdale Country School athletes will be playing sports for Ivy League teams this fall: Jordan Brail '14 will play squash for Cornell, while Julia Sesler '14 will row for Yale.

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Lower & Middle Schools Collect More than 200 Coats for NY Cares
2/4/2014
Riverdale's Lower and Middle Schools recently collected more than 200 coats to deliver to those in need this winter through NY Cares, a partner organization of ours.
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Carly Mensch ’01 Addresses Middle School, Acting and Film Classes
1/31/2014
As the inaugural speaker in the Class of 1957 Alumni Speaker Series, Carly Mensch ‘01 recently spoke to the Middle School during grade meeting and met informally with Upper School students in acting and film classes.
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Grade 7 Students Enjoy Day of Hip Hop Workshops
1/30/2014
After spending the day learning the four elements of hip hop, Grade 7 students performed for a group of faculty judges to determine which of the four Riverdale crews reigned supreme.


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Riverdale to Utilize Hit Count® Program to Monitor, Minimize Brain Trauma for Student Athletes
1/29/2014
Riverdale’s Director of Athletics, John Pizzi, and the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a partner in Riverdale’s effort to prevent concussions and brain damage in contact sports for its student athletes, recently launched the Hit Count® certification program at a press conference at the 2014 Super Bowl Media Center.
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2nd Annual Mark Sutton-Smith '73 Assembly Concert Features Eric Silberger & Kwan Yi
1/28/2014
Violinist Eric Silberger and pianist Kwan Yi were the featured guests at this year’s Mark Sutton-Smith '73 Assembly Concert at the Upper School.
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Historian Linda Gordon to Deliver Annual Reginald E. Zelnik Memorial Lecture
1/15/2014
"Visual Democracy: The Photography of Dorothea Lange" will be the topic of discussion at this year's Reginald E. Zelnik Memorial Lecture.
 

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Students Called to Action Via 'At the Table with Dr. King'
1/9/2014
"At the Table with Dr. King," a multimedia experience that uses Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life as a model for social responsibility, recently sent a powerful message to students in Grades 4-8.
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RCS First School in U.S. to Install Floor Tiles that Convert Footsteps into Electrical Energy
1/6/2014
Riverdale Country School is the first high school (or college) in the United States to install Pavegen’s tiles that convert footsteps into electrical energy.
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School-Wide Literary Initiative Kicks Off Winter Break
12/17/2013
#READ is a brand-new school-wide literary initiative designed to reach across all three divisions and connect the campuses, students, faculty, and parents through our common love for books and the celebration of community-building.
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Swim Team Beats Fieldston, Sets Two Records in Rival's Pool
12/17/2013
Riverdale's boys and girls swim teams recently beat Fieldston in their pool, sealing the victory with five Riverdale seniors setting two Fieldston pool records.
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Seniors Named to All-NYC Soccer Teams, Orlando Osorio Named Coach of the Year
12/16/2013
Forwards Jordan Brail ’14 and Madeline Hopper ’14 have been named to their respective 2013 All-New York City Soccer Teams, Second Team.
 

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19 Students Present at 15th Annual Science Symposium
12/12/2013
Students recently discussed their summer research projects in the fields of biomedicine, molecular biology, ecology, and evolution.
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Jazz Ensemble to Play at Jazz Standard Jazz Club in January
12/11/2013
The Riverdale Jazz Ensemble has been invited for a special performance at the Jazz Standard jazz club in January.

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Technology Department Offers Hour of Code Tutorials during Computer Science Education Week
12/11/2013
To prove that programming, robotics, and game design aren’t as hard as one may think, the technology department is offering Hour of Code tutorial sessions for Middle and Upper School students this week.
 

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Students Attend Microloan Foundation Gala
12/5/2013
Nine members of Zawadi by Youth, a student-run microfinance organization that also is a 501c3 (nonprofit) organization, will be attending a Microloan Foundation event at Fenway Park in Boston.
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Riverdale Alumnus to Lead Free Online Course on Teaching Character
12/4/2013
David Levin ’88, Co-Founder of KIPP, will be leading a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on teaching character this February.
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Two Dozen Students Participate in Princeton Model U.N. Conference
12/4/2013
Twenty-four Upper School students will join committees and discussions at the four-day Princeton Model United Nations Conference.
 

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Six Students Attend Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Washington, DC
12/3/2013
Several juniors and seniors are traveling to Washington, DC, to attend the joint Student Diversity Leadership Conference/People of Color Conference for four days.
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All-Ivy League Honors Awarded to 26 Fall Student-Athletes
11/22/2013
A total of 26 student-athletes have been selected for various All-Ivy League honors for their respective fall sports.
 

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Speaker Inspires Middle School Students, Parents to Consider Ways to Stop Bullying
11/21/2013
Dr. Michael “Mykee” Fowlin, an actor, psychologist, and poet, recently performed at a Middle School assembly, as well as at a parent evening for parents of children in Grades 5 to 9.
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Guest Speaker Discusses Affordable Care Act with Economics Class
11/20/2013
During the recent government shutdown, a guest speaker from MetLife addressed health insurance and the Affordable Care Act with Kevin Bailey’s economics class and economics activity group.
 

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Middle and Upper Schools Come Together for Best Buddies Assembly
11/19/2013
Anthony Kennedy Shriver, the Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International, recently addressed the Middle and Upper Schools at an assembly.
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Upper School Goes “Into the Wild” at 2013 One World Day
11/19/2013
One World Day (OWD) is an Upper School tradition whereby students and teachers forego classes for one day to focus on activities and events organized around a common theme.
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Dance, English Teachers Collaborate on Dance/Writing Lab
11/8/2013
Upper School English teacher Sarah Banks and dance teacher Stephanie Simpson recently collaborated on a movement class, team teaching Sarah’s writing seminar in the dance studio.
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Lower School Celebrates Diwali at Dance Assembly
11/8/2013
Bani Ray, a classical Indian dancer/storyteller, recently performed at a Lower School assembly.
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Pernille Ironside Named 2013 Jolli Humanitarian
11/8/2013
UNICEF child protection agent Pernille Ironside has been awarded the fourth annual Jolli Humanitarian Award.
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Students Utilize RCS Makerspace to Turn Ideas Into Working Projects
11/8/2013
The RCS maker program, based in the RCS Makerspace in the Linda M. Lindenbaum Center for the Arts, combines design, engineering, art, and technology to allow students to turn ideas into working projects.
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Upper School to Stage "Rites: A Children’s Tragedy"
11/8/2013
The Upper School will present the American Premiere of the new adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening: A Children’s Tragedy, November 13-16, 2013.
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