Alumni News and Stories
Riverdale has joined the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign, which launches nationwide on March 6.
The purpose of the campaign is to encourage middle schools and high schools to prepare students to be positive community members. Participating schools agree to take a new action or build on an existing action that deepens students' care for others and their communities, increases equity and access for all students in the college admissions process, and reduces excessive achievement pressure.
In a letter to parents, Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph said: "This campaign allows us to deepen and renew our commitments to ensuring that joy, wellbeing, and character, as well as the intellectual development of our students, are at the core of what constitutes a Riverdale education. We are proud to be part of national and global movements that commit to the truly human endeavor of teaching and learning."
Riverdale Is A Caring School Because ...
What makes a caring school? Members of the Middle and Upper School communities weigh in.
Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph and more than 100 heads of New York independent schools published a full-page ad in The New York Times on Sunday condemning gun violence.
"We implore you, Mr. President and our national legislative leaders, to do everything necessary to stem this tide of senseless gun violence," read the statement, published on Feb. 25. "Address, and ultimately deny, unrestricted access to weapons and ammunition that have no legitimate sporting, recreational or protective purpose. Recognize that the proliferation of military-grade guns and ammunition leads to more gun violence and more gun deaths. The statistics are compelling and cannot be ignored."
The heads of schools took out a similar ad in The Times five years ago after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Conn. According to The New York Times, since Sandy Hook there have been 239 school shootings in this country, injuring 438 and killing 138.
Sparked by a standpoint performance by Michael Gardner '15, the Johns Hopkins University basketball team defeated top-seeded Swarthmore College on Feb. 24 for the 2018 Centennial Conference men's basketball championship.
Gardner hit six straight free throws in the final 21.5 seconds to lift Johns Hopkins to victory, 61-57. The team had been behind by nine points going into the second half of the game.
Earlier in the month, Gardner was the team's player of the week after he led his team to a pair of double-overtime victories. Assistant Head of School and Middle School Head Milton Sipp has been following Michael's season and attended a recent game in which Michael scored 18 points to help his team to victory. (photo below)
With the victory, Johns Hopkins advances to the NCAA Division III tournament. The bracket for the tournament will be announced on Feb. 26.