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  • Pass It On!

    Final book deposit date is April 17th!
  • Spring Open House on the Lower Campus
    Wednesday, April 9th, from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Rippwriters Earn Writing Awards
  • Students Shine in Geography Bee
  • RCS Teachers to Lead STEAM Webinar
  • Bestselling Author Ashley Merryman to Speak at RCS
    Rippowam Cisqua School’s Foundations of Education Series continues on Wednesday, January 15th, at 10:00 a.m. with a visit from bestselling author and award-winning journalist Ashley Merryman. With Po Bronson, Merryman has written two New York Times bestselling books – Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing and NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children. Together, they've won nine national awards for reporting. Merryman has been on countless radio and television shows, while email, Facebook, and Twitter are filled with demands to read her essays, such as "Losing is Good for You," "How Not to Talk to Your Kids," and "Creativity Crisis." 
    On the 15th, Merryman will speak at Rippowam Cisqua about “Top Dog: The Science of Competition” and she will explore questions such as:

    Why does one person thrive under pressure, while another panics?

    What makes someone a good competitor?

    How can we motivate our children? And how can we help our children cope with losing and setbacks? 

    What makes someone a winner?

    A question and answer session and book signing will follow the lecture.

    This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Sky Room on the Rippowam Cisqua School Lower Campus (325 West Patent Rd., Mount Kisco, NY  10549). 

    The presentation is part of Rippowam Cisqua School’s Foundations of Education Series, a series of informative discussions with experts in the field of education and parenting. These discussions are designed to offer parents insights and strategies for raising successful, lifelong learners. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ryan Smith at 914-244-1292 or To read more about the Foundations of Education Series, please CLICK HERE.
  • Holiday Festivities at RCS
    On Thursday, December 19th, the Rippowam Cisqua School community celebrated the holidays with several festive performances and gatherings. In the morning, students in grades 1-4 took part in the annual Holiday Assembly. The Sky Room was filled with parents, grandparents, friends, and other family members, and the students performed several beautiful holiday songs.

    In the afternoon, young alumni from the classes of 2010-2014 gathered in the Music House on the Upper Campus for the annual Young Alumni Holiday Party. Several members of the faculty and the 9th grade class attended the gathering as well, and all enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect. 

    In the evening, students and faculty on the Upper Campus celebrated the arrival of winter with the traditional performance of Revels, which included wonderful vocal and instrumental performances, as well as beautifully choreographed dance performances. 

    You can CLICK HERE to view some videos from the Lower Campus Holiday Assembly. And you can CLICK HERE to view the RCS holiday video card that was sent to the entire community!

    Stay tuned for photos and video from Revels!

    Happy Holidays from all of us at Rippowam Cisqua School!
  • Fourth Graders Visit Kensington Assisted Living in White Plains
  • Foodplay Visits the Lower Campus!
    On Wednesday, students on the Lower Campus enjoyed an afternoon assembly featuring Foodplay, an Emmy Award-winning live theater group that uses fantastic feats of juggling, music, magic, and audience participation to turn kids on to healthy eating and active living. The kids had a blast! Through songs, dancing, and astonishing displays of juggling skills, the Foodplay performers taught the students about the importance of eating balanced meals, nutritious breakfasts, and getting lots of exercise, and they taught the students about the negative effects that sugary foods and drinks can have on their bodies and their energy levels. The students left feeling excited and informed about healthy eating!
  • STEAMing Ahead at RCS!
    At Rippowam Cisqua School, the year-long 8th grade physics project is an important focus of the 8th grade curriculum, and it serves as a wonderful example of STEAM—the cutting-edge integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math—in the classroom. This year, Mr. Charlie Duveen’s 8th grade physics students are working in teams to design a nuclear powered submarine. On Tuesday, November 19th, Mr. Duveen, along with several RCS teachers and parents, took the students on a field trip to visit the EMPIRE STATE VI, a cargo ship with a real steam propulsion plant. Visiting this ship enabled the students to become familiar with equipment used to shift from one form of energy to another. These energy systems are the main focus of the RCS physics course for the year, and the examples on this ship will help the students as they move forward with their submarine design work. Below is an article from Charlie Duveen with some highlights from this fantastic trip--and thanks to RCS parent Rhonda Spevak for the great photos! 

    Getting underway
    On Tuesday we loaded up on the bus and pulled out of the Upper Campus driveway at 8:30am on the dot - our scheduled departure time. Everyone had their bag lunch and we headed to the SUNY Maritime College to board the steam cargo training ship, EMPIRE STATE VI, arriving at 9:30am.

    Going aboard
    We walked the gangplank to the quarterdeck, where we met Capt. Rick Smith, Commanding Officer of the vessel and Commandant of Cadets at the College. Our tour of the vessel took us from the depths of the engine room to the heights of the bridge; from the anchor chains on the fo'c'sle to the stern lines on the fantail. The cadets who led four groups on the tours are taking naval architecture, marine engineering, electrical engineering, and other maritime courses. They took time out of their day to show us the details of the major ship systems. Prior to this trip, we spent a good two weeks drawing the schematic diagram of the ship's steam plant. Getting aboard this vessel to experience the reality of size and space helped to crystallize the technical material we covered.

    Next day's debrief
    In our debriefing on Wednesday, we listed what stood out on the various tours. Here is a short list of items that our young engineers picked up: Huge galley spaces; color coded valves; firefighting equipment and lifeboats; really steep ladders to the engine room; the size of the main engines and the main condenser; the thrust block and shaft alley; bridge navigation and remotely-operated, water-tight doors; three level bunks in the berthing compartments; anchor chain links almost the size of your waist; the engine order telegraph - just to name a few.

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, this experience was worth a billion.

    What's next?
    Designing a nuclear powered research submarine is a daunting task. Now that they have seen the equipment that powers a ship, our engineers can feel more confident in their planning. In the next few weeks, we will tie up some loose ends (Archimedes' principle and Newton's law of gravitation) and then kick off the engineering project before we break for the December holiday.

  • RCS Lecture Series Kicks Off
    Rippowam Cisqua School’s 2013-2014 Foundations of Education Lecture Series kicks off on Wednesday, November 20th, at 10:00 a.m. with a visit from Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD, an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant, and author. Dr. Steiner-Adair will speak about “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age.” She will share her insights into the battle with device dependence, and offer advice that can help parents “achieve greater understanding, authority, and confidence as they come up against the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms.”

    This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Sky Room on the Rippowam Cisqua School Lower Campus (325 West Patent Rd., Mount Kisco, NY 10549). The presentation is part of Rippowam Cisqua School’s Foundations of Education Series, a series of informative discussions with experts in the fields of education and parenting. These discussions are designed to offer parents insights and strategies for raising successful, lifelong learners. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ryan Smith at 914-244-1292 or
  • Author Carole Geithner Visits the Upper Campus
    On Wednesday, November 6th, Young Adult author Carole Geithner, wife of Tim Geithner,  visited with all three of Rippowam Cisqua's 6th grade Language Arts classes.  Ms. Geithner's goal was to talk to students about the writing process, and get them excited about writing.  Ms. Geithner is the author of If Only, a young adult novel about a young girl who copes with grief and loss after losing her mother to cancer.  The RCS community is grateful to parent Jimin Han, who teaches at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, for serving as the liaison to arrange this exciting visit.  An important part of the 6th grade writing curriculum includes nurturing young authors who recognize that writing is a process.  Additionally, teachers encourage students to consider writing as a possible profession in the future.  To facilitate this goal, several guest authors typically visit with individual writing classes periodically throughout the year.

    Ms. Geithner's visit included a “show and tell” in which she talked with the students about the inspiration for her book which was partly rooted in personal experience since her own mother passed away when Ms. Geithner was 25 years old.  Her ideas were also a result of her own personal experiences with the challenges faced by young adults who she encounters every day through her work as a counselor and social worker.

    Ms. Geithner read an excerpt from her novel and she shared with the students that, “When you're going through a hard time, it's important to find someone to talk to. Another way to feel less alone is to read about others who have gone through similar experiences.”  She also showed students a portion of her manuscript with many edits from her editor so students could see that even "real writers" struggle with many rounds of editing and revision.  Writing is about the process, not just the final product.  Ms. Geithner talked with the students about the editing process, and she talked about the experience of sharing her work at a writer's workshop when she was still knitting her story together. 

    The students then worked with Ms. Geithner on a writing exercise and were eager to share their work with the class by reading their writing out loud and responding to each other's work. Throughout the sessions, they had the chance to ask questions, which Ms. Geithner answered candidly.  Her words of encouragement and insight provided them with great inspiration for their own future development as writers. “Writing takes patience and commitment,” Ms. Geithner told the students, “but it is very fun to create or invent something, and I encourage you all to follow your passion to write.”
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