News Archive


  • December

    Fall Back to Ripp

    November 26 – Over seventy alumni from the Classes of 2015-20 gathered together in the Upper Campus Innovation Center to honor a favorite RCS tradition, the pre-Thanksgiving Fall Back to Ripp reunion.
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  • Animal Ambassadors

    November 21 – At a student assembly designed to encourage kindness, tolerance, and respect, animal ambassadors helped our youngest students draw parallels between the creatures they were meeting and themselves.
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  • Fall Sports Awards

    November 25 – Athletic Director Vincent Kwarula recognized Ripp student athletes at the annual Fall Sports Awards Assembly.

    “It was a very successful season,” Coach Kwarula said. “Both in terms of the students’ attitudes, which were great, and also in parents coming to watch the games. It was excellent.”
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  • November

    Puzzle Partners

    November 18 – Director of Innovation Miles Cameron suggested we bring SPK and seventh grade students together for a hands-on project inspired by his digital fabrication curriculum. We both knew that SPK students love the challenge of puzzles, which develops spatial sense and fine motor skills. And Miles was planning to introduce the seventh graders to the laser cutter and teach them new Adobe Illustrator skills in the Innovation Center. So puzzles became the goal.
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  • “It’s Abstract!”

    November 6 – When Kindergartners visited the Katonah Museum of Art to see the exhibit Sparkling Amazons: Abstract Expressionist Women of the 9th St. Show, they weren’t strangers to the Abstract Expressionistic art movement.
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  • Disfruta las Cosas Buenas (Enjoy the Good Things)

    October 29 – Zumba! Eighth grade Spanish students have been singing and dancing with Señora Perry.
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  • Social Justice Conference

    November 2 – The Masters School and Rye Country Day School hosted an all-day Summit on Social Justice, and Students Emerson Casper ’21, Remy Lipman ’21, and Eve Doran ’20, along with teachers Sara Malekzadeh and Marie Pena, were there.
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  • Nines in New York

    November 5 Ninth grade students on a Learning Immersion Day visited the Museum of the City of New York to explore the Activist New York and New York at Its Core exhibits.
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  • Halloween...Boo!

    October 31– A little rain didn’t stop Ripp’s Lower Campus community from enjoying the annual Halloween parades!
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  • October

    Open House Tours Led by Student Ambassadors Leave Prospective Families in Awe

    October 26 – The Admissions team welcomed families interested in JPK through Grade 8 for Open House Tours of RCS last Saturday and also on Thursday, October 17.
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  • A Real-Life Hero

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  • Fourth Grade Overnight Trip

    October 2-3 – When the fourth grade embarks upon a journey to Camp Jewell in the fall, the excitement is palpable.
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  • Girls Varsity Volleyball

    October 11 – Girls varsity volleyball is growing by leaps and bounds – the team has more than doubled since RCS added the sport to its fall roster three years ago.
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  • Kindergartners Exploring the Seasons

    October 2 – Kindergartners took a one-mile nature hike over streams, through pine forests, and across meadows with naturalist Jim Nordgren at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.
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  • Flag Football Jamboree

    September 23 – RCS fifth and sixth grade football enthusiasts pulled on their cleats and headed to Meyers Fields for the inaugural RCS Flag Football Jamboree.
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  • September

    Fall Harvest

    September 17 – Students who have been getting their hands dirty in the Lower Campus garden since last spring are now harvesting beans, carrots, potatoes, chives, zucchini, peppers, and sage.
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  • Flower Power

    September 11 – Third graders in Sandy Jordan’s Lower Campus science lab have been discovering how plants reproduce by exploring the process of pollination and fruiting.
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  • Ripp Rally Day 2019

    September 13 – This favorite Ripp tradition brings partners from both campuses together for not only games, relays, and races, but also a Creation Station for a little artistic expression and (new!) yoga in the Pole Barn (led by Grade 6 humanities teacher and Upper Campus Wellness Director Katrina Harriman).
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  • Back to School!

    September 6It’s an incredibly exciting time of year; big smiles, handshakes, old friends, new friends, and the RCS Owl greeting students at the front door. 
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  • Identity and Leadership: The Reason for Ropes

    September 10 – “They started on some of the lower challenges,” Grade 9 Dean Chris Perry said. “But one of the instructors showed them how to clip in and clip out; then they were moving through the trees.” 
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  • July

    Congratulations, Graduates!

    June 13 – Rippowam Cisqua School’s one-hundred-and-first academic year concluded with a moving and memorable Graduation ceremony.
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  • June

    Bye Bye Birdie

    May 8 & 9 – Rippowam Cisqua School fifth through ninth graders presented Tony Award-winning musical Bye Bye Birdie this spring – singing and dancing with so much enthusiasm it was contagious! 
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  • Class of 2012 Reunion

    June 5 Members of the Class of 2012 along with some of their parents, siblings, and friends returned to Rippowam Cisqua School for a class reunion.
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  • May

    Around the World with First Grade

    May 15 – First graders who have been learning to make thoughtful observations about cultures beyond their own followed a map around the world in a performance that showed the audience how much they have discovered this year.
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  • 2019 Hyperbole Final Competition

    May 10 – The 2019 Hyperbole finalists met in the Playhouse last week for the climactic end to the competition – and this year, two winners emerged: Ceanna Hidalgo ’21 and Rafe Reinstein ‘21.
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  • Walk to Cisqua

    May 3 – This annual RCS tradition provides us with a great opportunity to gather as one school community, Head of Upper Campus Matt Hall said about the 4-mile walk from the Upper Campus to the Lower Campus.
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  • Welcoming Our Newest RippKids!

    May 2 & 9  Over the last week, we had the opportunity to welcome many incredible new students and families to Rippowam Cisqua School at our annual Who's Hoo pizza and ice cream parties.
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  • Sevens in Philadelphia

    April 24-26 – Seventh graders studying the history of America in school spent three days in Philadelphia exploring the birth of a nation. Head of Upper Campus Matt Hall joined them. “It was a great opportunity to connect with students outside the classroom,” he explained. “As a history teacher, it’s also a topic that I’m passionate about.”
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  • April

    Third Annual Cardboard Boat Races

    April 5 – Kate Daly’s eighth grade science students discovered that with two sheets of 4x8-foot cardboard, two rolls of duct tape, two wooden dowels, and two empty 2-liter soda bottles, they could design and build a boat seaworthy enough to carry one team member across a 75-foot-long pool.
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  • Ocean in Motion

    April 4  The Sky Room was an "Ocean in Motion" on Thursday when Tina Boudreau's SPK students brought their under-the-sea songs and poetry to the stage! 
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  • March

    STEAM Fair 2019

    March 14 The students of Rippowam Cisqua School’s Lower Campus hit new heights at this year’s annual STEAM Fair!
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  • Greek Agora

    March 7 – Toga-clad sixth graders marked the end of their study of ancient Greece with an evening in the Agora (our Playhouse, transformed!) with family and friends.
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  • Kindergartners Coding

    March 8– Kindergartners are learning to program with colorful Bee-Bots, little robots designed to teach young students counting, sequencing, estimation, and problem-solving. And they’re fun!
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  • Night Party

    February 22  Kindergartners were “over the moon” to return to school at night for the culmination of the Night Unit: our Night Party.
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  • Squash Intra-Squad Tournament

    February 28 – The varsity squash season ended on Thursday with the finals of the RCS Cup, an intra-squad tournament organized by Coach Sednaoui.
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  • February

    Imagine Ice Skating Fun

    February 22 – There was one thing apparent at the Imagine Skating Party on Friday – our RippKids sure know how to brighten a room and have some fun while theyre at it! What a joy it was to see and be a part of such a fun community event.

    Photos: Rhonda Spevak

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  • Storyteller Jonathan Kruk

    February 8 – As part of our Visiting Artists Series, Lower Campus students, faculty, staff, and attending parents were enchanted with award-winning master storyteller Jonathan Kruk.
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  • Candy House Decorating

    February 8  Its an annual favorite on the Lower Campus!
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  • My Life: Fifth Grade Memoirs

    February 14  Fifth graders were inspired to try and craft their own memoirs after RCS hosted New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan on the Upper Campus last fall.
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  • Welcome, First Grade!

    February 6 – Fifth graders invited their first grade partners to visit the Upper Campus for classroom visits, story hour, and lunch in the middle school Dining Hall.
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  • Ninth Graders Help Homeless on Midnight Run

    January 25 – While many in the RCS community were in bed, ninth graders and their chaperones spent a cold Friday night traveling to Manhattan to participate in the annual Midnight Run.
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  • January

    2019 RCS Geo Bee Champion

    January 16Congratulations to eighth grader Sam Federman, the RCS Geography Bee champion – for the second year in a row.
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  • Alum Chris Hanson '06

    January 16 – When RCS squash coach Jen Sednauoi found out that alum and two-time defending U.S. champion Chris Hanson ’06 would be competing in the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions against World No. 3 Omar Mosaad, she not only planned to go watch the match – she also arranged to take members of Ripp’s squash team with her.
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  • Boys Varsity Basketball

    January 16 – Ripp’s Upper Campus gymnasiums come alive each winter with basketball.
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  • Glow-in-the-Dark Leadership

    January 17 – RCS seventh graders and Kindergarteners have teamed up to design and build a miniature golf course together. And not just any mini golf course – this one will glow in the dark.
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  • Grade 3 Meets Weaver Helena Hernmarck

    January 9 – The highlight for third graders visiting the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, was meeting (and seeing at work) tapestry artist Helena Hernmarck.
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  • Holiday Concert & Revelry

    December 20 – What a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season! RCS families and friends enjoyed a day of music, skits, and dances with first the Grades 1-4 Holiday Concert on the Lower Campus, and then the Grades 5-9 Winter Solstice celebration, Revelry, on the Upper Campus.

    PHOTOGRAPHY: Rhonda Spevak
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