Although we are a school that is always thinking about how we can grow and evolve, we also feel that it is important to be rooted in tradition. There are several Middle School traditions we like to celebrate each year.
Throughout their time in the Middle School, Riverdale students will have the opportunity to participate in many off-campus trips.
We provide offerings that immerse students in hands-on experiences that extend their learning beyond the classroom. Many of our trips are rooted in the curriculum, such as the 6th grade trips to Inwood Hill Park and the Brooklyn Bridge.
As the 6th graders learn about the history of New York City in the classroom, these trips bring the curriculum to life and allow students to see the city as a classroom and natural extension of their on-campus learning experience at Riverdale. The culminating trip for each Middle School student is the week-long 8th grade trip, which takes students to rural Pennsylvania, where they participate in hiking, biking, and camping adventures with their classmates and teachers.
Homecoming is a day-long event, filled with athletic competitions, food, and fun activities for the whole family, culminating in the football game on the recently renovated Frank J. Bertino Memorial Field. Every reunion class will have special tables during the festive barbeque lunch where you can meet and greet old friends. Tours of the school, class photos, children’s activities, performances, and exhibitions will also be organized.
Community Action Day
Riverdale alumni, along with the RCS Alumni Office, initiated Community Action Day several years ago. It has grown into an annual event where more than 100 alumni and/or parent volunteers, along with many faculty and staff, give their time and energy to organize and run a full day of community service activities, attended by more than 500 members of the Riverdale Community. They work together to give back to our broader community.
At times, it makes sense for the school to step away from the regular schedule to focus on an issue of importance to our community through special days known as Community Day. In recent years, students and faculty have come together to plan Community Days to consider complex concepts, such as Riverdale’s place and role in the Bronx and what it means to be a hero in a community.
Middle School Community Day
Originally created for the Burning Man arts festival, the Life Cube Project came to Riverdale in October. Scott Cohen, the organizer, encouraged students to express their hopes and dreams on the Life Cube structure as a way to commit to their goals.
Color Games and Field Day
All Middle School students participate in a year-long Color Games program. Each student has been assigned a color and will compete for that team throughout the school year. The Color Games include activities (other than the typical team sports) that challenge our students to work together and display sportsmanship. Throughout the year, teams acquire points for their color team. This friendly competition culminates in late May with Color Games Field Day.
LS/MS Family Ice Skating Night
A fun event for the whole family, the Riverdale Country School Family Ice Skating Night is a wonderful community event for our Lower and Middle School families. Wolman Rink in Central Park is reserved for Riverdale alone, with activities to keep both skaters and non-skaters entertained.