With an accelerated science program, an annual science symposium, and a student research laboratory on campus, it is clear that Riverdale‘s science department encourages students to delve deep into their scientific interests. These opportunities allow students to explore their passions for science outside of the traditional classroom environment with limited adult guidance and extraordinary hands-on experiences.
With summer rapidly approaching, the Class of 2019 has begun to savour their last few weeks with friends and reflect upon their time at Riverdale. While most of their peers continue regular classes, a few select seniors elect to add a final project to their legacy.
You may have gotten to know Riverdale’s science teachers in terms of their work here in the Riverdale community, but have you heard about the incredible work they have done and currently do outside of the Riverdale science classrooms?
For much of the graduating class, these final few weeks of high school are greeted with a sense of relief and delight accompanied by an increased sense of relaxation. However, for a few members of the senior class, their work has just begun.
From participating in choral, acting, and dance classes at school, to watching Broadway productions in Manhattan, the arts play a substantial role in students’ lives. With an arts education, kids are able to develop critical and creative thinking skills in addition to learning how to work as a team. However, exposure to such privileges is not universal among kids in New York City.
The celebrations come as Riverdale has experienced a growth in the number of on-campus clubs and organizations focused on feminism and women in recent years. A newly formed feminist coalition will also be integral to the day’s success, bringing energy to a month of celebration so important to many members of the Riverdale community.
Throughout the month of February, Riverdale celebrated Black History Month with a multitude of events for the whole school. Since 1976, February has been dedicated to celebrating Black History in America, and Riverdale brings this celebration to the school community.
The Body Project, run by Project Heal, is a body-acceptance based program designed to promote positive body image, focus on healthy eating, and discuss cultural messages around body image. The project has helped 3.5 million girls in 25 countries and has been used by many colleges and high schools including Riverdale. Guidance counselor Ms. Christina Young explained Riverdale’s interest in the program when she said, “We wanted to bring it in because so many of us struggle with accepting our bodies and our body image in the face of all the cultural messages we get about appearance.”
The Saturday Night Adventures program is an exceptional series of events that bring together members of the Riverdale Community and allow for an entertaining, rewarding night.
Whether it be rushing into class or multitasking, iPhones are prone to damage. To help the Riverdale community repair their valuable iPhones, the UFixIt Lab was created. This student-led tutoring center teaches members of the Riverdale community how to easily fix their impaired iPhones.
With a strong and successful start to the season, the Riverdale winter sports teams have been very competitive and hungry for the late-season wins. Each team has created meaningful memories as they strive to improve their records in the remaining weeks of the season.
After the first snow day of the year, Riverdale students’ thoughts have all been on winter weather and the joys it brings, such as no school, hot chocolate, and, of course, sledding. Although New York City is an urban environment, there are plenty of parks throughout the city which are great places to spend snowy afternoons.
Winter break is a joyous time, and Riverdale students love it mostly because it is two whole weeks of no homework and total relaxation. Many families decide to travel all around the globe during this time, but many stay in or near New York City. Staying home can sound boring to some, but many do not take full advantage of the different opportunities the city has to offer.
The boys’ football and soccer teams headed onto the fields for preseason on August 16, 2018, and the rest of the fall sports teams followed on August 20, 2018. Riverdale’s preseason is held during the last two weeks of summer, and allows student-athletes and coaches to begin preparation for their seasons.
The tenth annual Riverdale Community Action Day (RCAD) is approaching and faculty and students are preparing for another fun and important Saturday on campus. RCAD was started by Riverdale alumni who had a passion for connecting with the community that surrounded our school.
The Zagat Global Fellows program brings educators from schools worldwide to Riverdale to cultivate strong relationships between schools. This year, Phil Mapfumo, the deputy principal at Sumbandila, a school in South Africa, visited Riverdale to foster the connection between his school and Riverdale.
From veteran Mr. Al Davis to Mr. Nunez, Riverdale is extraordinarily grateful for the soldiers in its community, who have contributed significantly to this school and country.
Blinding camera flashes, never-ending lines, and overcrowded venues are just a few notable characteristics of the pop-up art exhibits that have been flooding NYC in recent months. These galleries thrive because of the free publicity they get from each visitor who documents and shares their experience online.