Fourth Graders Sing at Mets Game!
Seventh Graders Volunteer at Blythedale Children's Hospital
Rippowam Cisqua fourth graders sang the national anthem at Citi Field on Monday, May 3 -- what a way to start the game!
The students had been practicing The Star-Spangled Banner with music teacher Lainie Zades for months, but more that one fourth grader admitted after the performance that it wasn’t easy singing in front of such a huge audience! Parents and friends cheered the students from the stands -- the enthusiasm both on and off the field was huge, and all agreed that the singing was superb. Click HERE to watch a video!
A special thanks to Lower Campus teachers Penny Cataldo, Kimberly Fox, and Amanda Goodman, who sang with the fourth graders, and also Ms. Zades, for not only leading on Monday night, but all through the year in the music room!
RCS History Bee Dream Team Makes It to the Regional Finals – and Three History Buffs Advance to the Finals in Chicago!
On April 26, the day before leaving for Philadelphia, a group of seventh grade student volunteers from RCS spent their evening visiting Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla. The students made spring flowers and birds with children who are being treated at Blythedale. Rippowam Cisqua School's relationship with Blythedale is in its second year, and this relationship has proved meaningful to both our students and the children staying at the hospital. The students left feeling good about the time they were able to spend with the children at Blythedale and their families. As they reflected, it was clear that the students received just as much as they gave, if not more.
Congratulations to the RCS History Bee dream team! After advancing to the Online Regional Qualifying Exam round, where they took an online exam and competed against other schools, the five-student team took their knowledge of history to the Bridgeport Regional Finals on April 21 at Middlesex Middle School in Darien, CT, and had a fine showing.
RCS Students Attend Diversity Conference
“It was exciting to see the students fighting their nerves by tapping into their love of history and competing well,” said RCS history teacher and curriculum facilitator Amy Stern who, along with RCS social studies teacher Mike Kober, is an RCS History Bee Faculty Advisor.
How did the historians do? Three RCS students emerged as finalists. Matthew Cooper, Will Greve, and Margalit Patry-Martin, all eighth grade students, earned the chance to compete at the National History Bee Finals in Chicago June 9-12! Margalit Patry-Martin made it to the final round of the Regional Finals and earned one of eight championship medals for the evening.
What do Amy Stern and Mike Kober have to say about this year’s dream team?
“We particularly enjoyed the meal that we shared the night before the regional competition, and it was an excellent team bonding session before the big event. It will be sad to say goodbye to this year's team, though we look forward to cheering on our three finalists, Margalit, Matthew, and Will, if they choose to compete in the finals in Chicago in June.”
Greek Agora on the Upper Campus
Last weekend seven RCS students attended the fifth annual Fairchester Middle School Diversity Conference at Rye Country Day School. They joined students in 6th - 8th grades and faculty members from area schools for an interactive conference to explore the importance of identity and diversity. The theme was “The Middle School Mosaic: Identity, Diversity, and Our Multicultural School Communities.” The conference organizers seek to empower middle school students to create inclusive and supportive school communities within their own schools and as a network of Fairchester schools. Students participated in a range of activities including a silent movement exercise and workshops led by upper school students on the subjects of identity, media, stereotypes, privilege, race, and gender. The RCS students participated enthusiastically. They look forward to sharing what they learned and continuing these extremely important social justice conversations.
Winter tech time with Mrs. DiVenuto and Mrs. Bowlus
On Thursday evening, March 3, the Crosby-Fiala Playhouse was transformed into a Greek Agora. In early Greece, the Agora was an open-air (often tented) gathering space for citizens to discuss politics and sell their wares; sixth grade students filled the RCS Agora with their research projects, and they welcomed guests to share their learning experiences.
This event has become a wonderful tradition for RCS students, teachers, and families. The evening serves as a culminating event for the sixth graders' study of ancient Greece. The students donned togas and laurel wreaths as they presented their projects, which included impressive interactive displays on ancient Greek philosophy, theater, government, and all aspects of culture.
This project-based learning includes a five-paragraph-essay in the form of a brochure as students share their research on relevant topics of their choice. Students also demonstrated knowledge through recreating an artifact/artistic object, creating a poster, or making an online presentation using Prezi.
All of the students' hard work came together at the Agora; they became teachers and shared their expertise with parents, friends, and faculty. We are so proud of our sixth graders. They are thespians, scholars, and historians, enriching our community while having a blast in the process. Let the learning and the fun continue!
Eighth Grade Engineers Visit SUNY Maritime
During the first half of Winter tech class fifth and sixth grade students started their exploration of 3D printing using Tinkercad. Tinkercad is an easy-to-use 3D CAD design tool. After working through the tutorials in Project Ignite, an easy-to-use online app for makers, fifth and sixth grade students used Tinkercad to try their hands at designing. There were several projects to choose from, including making a ring (real gem not included), a keychain, a house, or a castle. Students then went on to create their own designs such as trains, creatures of various sorts, candy molds, name plates, variations of the Star Wars theme, jewelry boxes and skeletons, to name a few. Using Project Ignite again, the students worked through the tutorial “Getting Started with Electricity.” We then used littleBits which are small electronic building blocks that snap together with magnets, making it easy to invent things with sensors, fans, lights and more. Small groups worked on projects such as making an electronic bubble blower, a house with lights and a windmill that turned, animals with moving parts, signs that light up, and some funny faces, again with moveable parts. Everyone involved displayed their talents as designers and engineers of the future.
On February 17th, the eighth grade engineers visited the SUNY Maritime College training ship, EMPIRE STATE IV. They descended steep ladders into the upper and lower engine rooms, traveled through shaft alley, and went up to the after steering hydraulics room. Students toured the emergency diesel generator room, the capstan room, the main deck, fo'c'sle, and bridge. Five senior cadets led the tours and answered questions. Cadet Kyle Weiss said that he was impressed with our students' knowledge of the steam plant and the ship terms.
We are the only school allowed to tour the training ship after the new security regulations went into effect. This is because our students are studying ship engineering, and they are focused on the same ship systems that the cadets master at the Maritime College.
One comment that summarized the general impression our eighth grade engineers took from the field trip: "I wish we had more time on the ship. It all went by too quickly." The students are completing the designs of their nuclear powered research submarine. This excursion helped them to see and experience the size, placement, function, and control of shipboard machinery as well as the general arrangement of watertight compartments.
RCS 6th Graders Present James and The Giant Peach Jr.
Last week, on "Pajama Day" on the Upper Campus, the ninth graders held another successful, fun Red/Blue assembly in the Trustees' Gym on the Upper Campus. Scooter racing and finding the "kiss" at the bottom of a pie plate full of whipped cream was the combination. The team Captains asked for volunteers from each of the grades. The Captains, Brewster and Georgia for the Blue Team, and Ryan and Sadie for the Red Team, had all they could do to keep the enthusiasm contained. At the end of the day, we had a very happy group of kids who got to slide and glide on the scooters, fall down, pick themselves up, only to get a face full of whipped cream and a hersey's kiss at the finish line. Fun was had by all.
The 6th grade musical is an important and beloved tradition at RCS. Every 6th grade student takes part in this annual production, from acting and singing to set design, sound, and lighting. On February 10th and 11th, RCS families and friends, along with students, faculty, and staff from both campuses gathered in the Crosby-Fiala Playhouse for this year’s 6th grade musical production of Roald Dahl’s James & The Giant Peach Jr.
RCS Geography Bee Champion
Incredible sets, colorful and creative costumes, and hilarious song and dance numbers helped transport the audience on James’ magical adventure. From the opening number where our narrator Lahdalord (an anagram for Roald Dahl) tells us we are about to embark on a wild ride, to James recovering from the loss of his parents and his new life with his two eccentric and evil aunts Spiker and Sponge. We got to see the Giant Peach grow along with James’ new friends the enlarged insects, the confident Grasshopper, the sweet Ladybug, the wise Spider, the crabby Centipede and the terrified Earthworm. The cast did a wonderful job singing the score written by award winning writers Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (Their new show Dear Evan Hansen is opening on Broadway now.) What is also exciting is that this production was the Westchester premiere of James & The Giant Peach Jr.
Congratulations to seventh grader Zachary Breault who emerged as the Rippowam Cisqua School Geography Bee champion – again! As a sixth grader Zack also earned the title of Geography Bee champion, and went on to compete at the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee in Albany, New York.
Every Rippowam Cisqua student in Grades 5-8 took part in the Geography Bee. Zack was invited by the National Geographic Society to take a qualifying exam to see whether or not he will be able to compete at the state level. We will learn the results of that test in March; the online exam was taken by up to 100 students from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and U.S. territories.
Good luck as the competition continues, Zack, and a hearty congratulations to all five semifinalists who are pictured here with ninth grade teacher (and Geography Bee coordinator) Amy Stern and Head of Upper Campus Bill Barrett.
The five RCS Geography Bee finalists are: