Habits That Bring Happiness And Success

(Upper School Head Dr. Kelley Nicholson-Flynn addressed students on the opening day of school yesterday. Here is an excerpt from her remarks.)

I say often that my job is simple. I look for ways to say yes to help you succeed. I want to add a new twist to that. I want to help you develop habits that I think will help you change in ways so that you’ll be successful and happy in the long run.

First, I hope you’ll develop the habit of putting yourself in environments that will help you…

Posted by llocksley in Head of Upper School on Wednesday September 9, 2015 at 09:59AM
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The Importance Of Being Independent, Positive, Demanding Of Oneself And Humble

(Head of School Dominic A. A. Randolph addressed the Middle and Upper Schools today as a new school year began.)

Welcome to all of you. Welcome to our new students this year. It is just great that you are here.

Welcome back to our faculty and staff who work to make all of our days here better. I would also like to offer a special welcome to the new faculty and staff members who are joining Riverdale this year.

Welcome back to all students (with a special welcome to the great Class of 2016. …

My Riverdale Experience: It All Comes Back to My Little Brother

The following is adapted from a senior speech presented to the Class of 2015 by Courtney Taylor.

I originally wanted to talk about my experiences at Riverdale but I couldn’t figure out exactly what to say. And since it all pretty much comes back to my little brother, I’m just going to talk about him. For those of you who don’t know, I have a 17-month-old brother named Leighton. 

I am not sure if you know what it’s like to hold a three-pound baby, but it is pretty …

Posted by mludemann in Student Voices on Friday May 22, 2015
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A Place Where I Never Had to Give Up Any Part of Myself

The following is adapted from a senior speech presented to the Class of 2015 by Hannah Gallen.

In reflecting on my 13 years at Riverdale, I decided it made sense to start at the beginning.

I was a very spacey kindergartener.

I was definitely happy. I enjoyed where I was in life, but it was a regular habit of mine to zone in and out of whatever was going on in reality. And at the time, reality meant either in the classroom or on the playground, maybe during music lessons, and so on.

At one …

Posted by mludemann in Student Voices on Thursday May 21, 2015
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Thoughts from the First TEDx Riverdale Country School Conference

by David Silverman, Grade 12

On Tuesday, Riverdale hosted the first TEDx Riverdale Country School Conference. Seven students—Caroline Cline, Joshua Rothstein, Ali Wasserman, Lion Lee, Kyle Sharp, Sara Kutscher, and I—gave TED Talks on a variety issues, from “Woman in STEM” to “The Importance of Sleep” to “The Use of Filler Phrases.” Led by our faculty advisor, Dr. Jed Silverstein, we brainstormed, researched, and practiced for Tuesday’s …

Meta-lessons from Design Thinking

by Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph

I visited with IDEO San Francisco last week in order to work on two new projects with them. As always, it was great to be in their offices and meet various team members. I am really excited to be working with them again. As you may remember, we developed the Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators with them a few years ago. Even though the work is inspiring and interesting, the most interesting thing of working with them are the “meta-…

Posted by mludemann in Head of School on Wednesday March 4, 2015
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Middle School Diversity Conference 2015: Excellence is the Antidote to Prejudice

By Erxi Lu, Grade 7

I really enjoyed the Middle School Diversity Conference this year. I felt that the keynote speaker, Tuskegee Airman Roscoe C. Brown, was very inspirational. He taught us that preparation + persistence + pride = excellence and that excellence is an antidote to prejudice. This showed us that as long as we put forth effort in a certain matter, we can combat any prejudice. Mr. Brown also talked about how sometimes an escape is a win in and of itself. I think the Middle School …

Posted by mludemann in Student Voices on Monday February 9, 2015
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How My Political Views Have Changed Over My Time at Riverdale

The following is adapted from a senior speech presented to the Class of 2015 by Cameron Koffman.

When I began writing this I had no idea what I wanted to say. I knew there were plenty of corny and trite messages that I could relay to you while also glazing over funny memories of my Riverdale experience. I also knew that I could probably write a whole thing about my qualms with administrational policy, but I’ve decided to save those so I can continually bug Ms. Choi every time I see her. I…

Posted by mludemann in Student Voices on Friday February 6, 2015
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The Class of 2015: My Audience and My Muse

The following is adapted from a senior speech presented to the Class of 2015 by Miranda Hoyt-Disick.

“When you’re telling a story, you’re trying to connect to people in a particular way … The way in which you guys have inhabited this world, this universe, has made you part of it, part of the story…I think that’s what the world is like. … The story is our lives.”—Joss Whedon '83 

One of my favorite writing instructors, a sage-like …

Posted by mludemann in Student Voices on Tuesday January 27, 2015
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Moments of Change

by Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph

I’d like you to think about a moment that transformed you, a moment that changed the trajectory of your life. Was there someone who changed your way of thinking, was a great role model for you, made you understand something that you have made a part of the way you live your lives? Think about this and conjure that moment or person in your thoughts.

Let me share with you some …

Posted by mludemann in Head of School on Tuesday November 11, 2014
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