Alumni News and Events


Andrew Ravaschiere '15 is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in biology and minoring in cinema and media studies. His interdisciplinary academic pursuit, internship, and work-study is featured on Penn's news website, "Penn Today."


On Saturday, November 17th, alumni, students, parents, and faculty came together to volunteer and support local community partners for the 10th Annual Riverdale Community Action Day. Every piece produced from arts and craft activities and every item received from organized drives were donated to organizations that included Hunts Point Alliance, Bronx VA, Ronald McDonald House, and many more. RCAD was established in 2008 by RCS alumni to show students that service work in their communities does not end upon graduation. 


A rock and jazz band composed of RCS Alumni, Parents, and Friends practices weekly at the RCS Lindenbaum Center for the Arts. The band, directed by RCS music teacher Jane Getter, includes RCS alumnus and parent Mark Aaron '84, RCS parents Graciela Meltzer (married to Neal Meltzer '85) and Fritz Michel, and Gregory Flynn -- husband of RCS Upper School Dean Kelly Nicholson-Flynn. The band, which goes by the name "Betty & Veronica" after the so-named Riverdale students of Archie Comics fame, has played The Bitter End in Greenwich Village and is slated to appear in a feature film currently shooting that is a remake of the 1982 Barry Levinson classic, "Diner." 

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Jordan Barsky '11 wrote the November 1, 2018 episode "Caretaker" (20.7) of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

From the River and Hill


"Keeping kids excited about math makes math exciting for me." Jazmin Sherwood talks about teaching sixth grade math, and setting students up for asking deeper questions.


In our Upper School assembly commemorating Veterans Day, the school paid tribute to Al Davis, World War II veteran, Bronze Star recipient, and beloved teacher and coach, and then heard about the military experiences of Staff Sgt. Rudy Nunez, Upper School mathematics teacher and member of the New Jersey Air National Guard. We thank them for their service.

The Middle School musical, Lion King JR., was an ambitious production that brought together the art department, the after-school Maker Alliance, and the theater faculty from both campuses. In this video, Lexie Frare, the director, described what she hoped to accomplish with this show.

From the Development Office

Thank you to those who have already donated to Riverdale this year! If you have not yet made your gift this calendar year and plan to do so before December 31, please take note of the following:


  • Checks made out to Riverdale Country School should be mailed to 5250 Fieldston Road, Bronx, NY 10471 and must be postmarked by Monday, December 31.
  • Credit card information received by mail after Thursday, December 27 will be processed in 2019 and will not qualify for a 2018 tax deduction.
  • Online credit card donations must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, December 31. Please visit to make your contribution.

Bill Gardner '53 returned to Riverdale for his 55th Reunion this fall. Gardner grew up on Riverdale's campus as the son of D. Earl Gardner, a longtime math and Latin teacher who also served as assistant headmaster under founder Frank Hackett. Each year, Gardner demonstrates his gratitude to Riverdale by making a gift to the Annual Fund.

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