In honor of our centennial we are collecting stories that capture what Rippowam Cisqua School has meant to our alumni and friends throughout the School’s history. We invite you to share your story below.
Submissions will be considered for use in print and digital publications celebrating our centennial year.
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Jennifer Lee Graves '63
Rippowam was a family tradition! My Father, Putnam Lee, Uncle, Day Lee, Aunts Damaris Lee and Gayle Lee Gall all attended. My Aunt Gayle remembers being excused often in the 1930's for tardiness with the all forgiving phrase, "excuse me M'am, the hunt was late". But they could remember their latin verbs through their old age, so they got some "larnin" done!
Things had tightened up a bit when my sister, Latane Lisle Lee and I attended. in the early '60s. My cousin Mark Gillispie attended at the same time, but his sister, Synge, and brother Putnam, had to be different and attend Cisqua. I remember the agony of having to learn ALL of Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" which Mr. Hennessey assigned over Easter Vacation. But I remember to this day, "The curfew tolls the nell of parting day..." but I won't go on with ALL 32 stanzas!
Kathleen McNamara, Former Faculty
My favorite memories at RCS range from ten years of living on campus with my husband, Jihad Mirza, and our children, Hannah Mirza '06 and Alex Mirza who left after 6th grade to move West; of Field Days and tugs of war; of teaching English and French; of thesis papers and student writing accomplishments; of trips to Italy and Greece; of outdoor ed with Missy Swan, Bill Barrett, Page Vincent and Chris Perry; of countless faculty meetings where teachers fretted over student progress and shared their deep love and admiration for children and families over a 12 year journey.
RCS alum, Alex Pall '00 from the Chainsmokers sent RCS a Centennial shout out. To view click HERE.
Happy 100th RCS from alum Will Reeve '07. Click HERE to view.
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