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  • 4th Graders Sing at Mets Game!
    On Wednesday, April 22nd, the Rippowam Cisqua 4th grade students had the opportunity of a lifetime -- they got to sing the National Anthem at a NY Mets game at Citi Field!

    In December, the students practiced for several weeks under the guidance of music teacher Lainie Zades, and they submitted an audition tape. The NY Mets reviewed the tape, and they announced to the School that the students had passed their audition with flying colors!  The students rehearsed during the weeks and months leading up to the game, and on the big day itself, they performed beautifully! Ms. Zades directed the students, and they were joined by Lower Campus teachers Penny Cataldo and Kimberly Fox. What an incredible experience for all involved! Hundreds of Rippowam Cisqua parents, teachers, and fellow students were there to cheer them on at the game. Special thanks to Ms. Zades for all of her direction and great work with the students -- and congratulations to all of the 4th graders! They did an amazing job!

    Stay tuned for a video of the performance from the Mets!
  • RCS Students Earn National Awards for Writing
    Two Rippowam Cisqua School students have been recognized nationally by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2015. Seventh grader Cameron Hackett and eighth grader Sarah Bonnem have been identified by panels of creative professionals as among the most talented young writers in the nation. This year, over 300,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level. Submissions spanned 28 categories, including flash fiction, comic art, poetry, jewelry, science fiction and fantasy, sculpture, novel writing, and video game design.

    RCS 7th grader Cameron Hackett received a National Silver Medal in the Personal Essay/Memoir category for his essay, “A Window to Another World.”

    RCS 8th grader Sarah Bonnem received a National Silver Medal in the Poetry category for her poem, “Cut it Out.”

    The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which administers the awards, will honor Cameron, Sarah, and other national winners at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 11.

    The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the country’s oldest and most prestigious awards and recognition program for creative teenagers. Over the 92-year history of the program, Scholastic Awards recipients have included Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Ken Burns, Lena Dunham, Robert Redford, and Joyce Carol Oates.

    Earlier this spring, 29 RCS students were recognized with regional awards from Scholastic. In 2014, RCS student Mairead Kilgallon was awarded a National Gold Medal in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category for her story, “The Ghost Singer.”
  • History Bee Finals
    On Tuesday, April 14th, our five History Bee Regional Finalists, Matthew Cooper, Margalit Patry-Martin, George Lawrence, Will Greve, and James Ernst, competed in the Regional History Bee Finals in Darien, CT. Two of our students, Margalit and Matthew, made it to the National Finals. Congratulations to our History Bee winners!
  • Secondary School Placement at RCS
    The week before Spring Break is when our 8th and 9th grade students, who are applying to secondary schools, receive their letters of notification from where they applied over the winter.

    Rippowam Cisqua students continue to find themselves in an increasingly competitive placement process. Their profiles are being evaluated against an incredibly talented pool of local applicants from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for day schools, and against a global pool for boarding schools.
    While admissions officers stress that the academic preparation, confidence, intellectual curiosity, and willingness to engage in all areas of school life make RCS students stand out in the admissions process, they are also quick to point out that our children’s ability to demonstrate their capacity for leadership is a real point of difference.
    Page Vincent, our Director of Placement, and Ridley Sperling, our Associate Director of Placement, the faculty, and other members of the administration work closely with families to help our students find the secondary school that will be the right fit for each child. RCS is pleased to share that the following schools have accepted members of the Classes of 2015 & 2016. An asterisk denotes that more than one student was accepted at that school.

    Boarding Schools
    Avon Old Farms School
    Berkshire School*
    Blair Academy
    Choate Rosemary Hall *
    Deerfield Academy*
    Groton School*
    The Gunnery
    The Hotchkiss School*
    The Lawrenceville School*
    Loomis Chaffee*
    Masters School
    Middlesex School
    Millbrook School*
    Miss Porter’s School*
    Northfield Mount Hermon School
    Peddie School
    Pomfret School*
    Salisbury School*
    St. Andrew’s School* (DE)
    St. George’s School*
    St. Paul’s School
    Suffield Academy*
    Tabor Academy
    The Taft School*
    The Thacher School (CA)
    The Westminster School*
    Day Schools
    Brunswick School
    The Birch Wathen Lenox School
    The Calhoun School
    Convent of the Sacred Heart* (CT)
    The Dwight School
    Fordham Preparatory School
    Greens Farms Academy*
    Greenwich Academy*
    Hackley School*
    The Harvey School*
    Iona Preparatory School
    The Key School*
    King School*
    Masters School*
    Rye Country Day School
    School of the Holy Child*
    St. Luke’s School*
    Wooster School

    Congratulations are in order for the students, their teachers, and parents. It is that triangle working together which builds a child’s confidence, and prepares him or her to be a successful member of his or her new school community.

    For more on secondary school placement at RCS, please click HERE
  • STEAM Fair 2015!
    STEAM—the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math—is alive and well at Rippowam Cisqua School, and the School's annual Lower Campus Science Fair--the STEAM FAIR--on March 12th provided the students in grades 1-4 with a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the concepts that they have learned this year and showcase this key tenet of 21st century learning.
    Over the course of several months, the students worked together in small groups to build and test their interactive and innovative projects, engaging in problem solving along the way. Creativity was also a critical component of their work in the labs, and the Lower Campus art and science teachers worked together to help the students collaborate on their projects. 
    When the day of the STEAM Fair arrived, the Sky Room was filled with eager students who served as hosts and experts for their projects. As parents, faculty, staff, and other students visited each table, the student hosts happily shared their knowledge. 
    Project based learning is marvelously messy and complicated. It lies at the heart of RCS because it builds the habits of mind that are essential to learning. This is abundantly evident in the STEAM Fair projects. The students are given the gift of time to struggle a bit to figure things out and make them work. As they do so, they express their ideas artistically, as well as verbally and in writing; they apply scientific concepts as they build models that represent their ideas; and they negotiate leadership roles around a common goal through collaborative teamwork. Each lesson learned builds the foundation that will sustain a passion for exploration and problem solving throughout their lives.
  • RCS 6th Grader Zachary Breault Named New York State National Geographic Bee Semifinalist by National Geographic Society

    Rippowam Cisqua School 6th Grader Zachary Breault has been named a New York State National Geographic Bee Semifinalist by the National Geographic Society. Zachary will compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee which will be held on Friday, March 27 in Albany, NY. This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 27th year. Each January, Rippowam Cisqua School is one of thousands of schools in the United States that participates in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society.

    Every Rippowam Cisqua School student in grades 5 through 8 participated in this year’s Geography Bee. After several rounds of competition, including a “live” finals round held in the Crosby-Fiala Playhouse on the Upper Campus on February 5th, Zachary emerged as the 2015 Rippowam Cisqua School Geography Bee champion. As a school champion, Zachary was invited to take the qualifying test to determine whether he would be invited to compete at the state level. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees. One winner from each state and territory will advance to the national competition, which will be held May 11-13 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

    Good Luck Zack!!!
  • RCS Girls Win Their 100th Basketball Game

    Over the past seven years, the RCS Girls Varsity Basketball team has a record of 100-6! They reached their 100th win today with a victory over Resurrection, and the team closed out the regular season with only one loss! Congratulations to all of the players on a great season, and also to Coach Morrissey on a great season and a tremendous milestone!
  • RCS Boys Varsity Basketball Caps Undefeated Season with Victory over New Canaan Country School

    The RCS Boys Varsity Basketball team ended their impressive 11-0 season with a victory over New Canaan Country School on Thursday, February 19. Season highlights included victories over tough teams from Buckley, Rye Country Day, Brunswick, and Greens Farms Academy. Congratulations to Coach Steve Willson, Assistant Coach Ed Clarke, and all the players for their hard work and dedication.
  • RCS 6th Graders Present Willy Wonka Jr.

    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 11th and 12th, 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 Willy Wonka Jr.

    Incredible sets, colorful and creative costumes, and hilarious song and dance numbers helped transport the audience to Willy Wonka’s magical Chocolate Factory where Mr. Wonka and his Oompa Loompas took Charlie Bucket and the other Golden Ticket winners -- gluttonous Augustus Gloop, gum smacking Violet Beauregarde, pampered princess Veruca Salt, and electronics addict Mike Teavee -- on the adventure of a lifetime through a fantasyland of pure imagination.
  • Ninth Graders Participate in the Midnight Run

    While most of us were warmly snuggled in our beds on the night of Friday, February 6th, the RCS ninth graders and their chaperones were traveling to Manhattan to participate in the annual Midnight Run. There was much work to be done before they even hit the road - making sandwiches and putting together sack suppers including hot soup and coffee, packaging up personal care items, sizing and grouping clothing, and packing up blankets.

    For over ten years, RCS ninth graders have participated in the Midnight Run. This year, two of our ninth graders, Ben Hirsch and Matt Schwartz, took on the challenge of organizing the Midnight Run as part of their ninth grade Portfolio. The Portfolio program is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore areas of interest. As leaders, Ben and Matt hosted a jeans day/bake sale to raise funds to purchase the supplies needed for the Run. During assembly that day, Ben and Matt did a PowerPoint presentation for the entire community, focusing on homelessness in the USA, homelessness in New York City, and then specifically the Midnight Run organization. In addition to helping with baked goods, parents of the ninth graders volunteered to cook soup, make hard-boiled eggs, and bake meatloaf (a sandwich staple favored by many of the homeless). Toiletries and clothing were also donated by members of the RCS Community.

    Two weeks prior to the Run, Dale Williams shared his unique perspective on homelessness in New York City with our ninth graders. Now Executive Director of Midnight Run, Mr. Williams spent nearly three years on the streets in the late 1980s. A product of a middle class family with a college education, Mr. Williams spoke about not knowing the meaning of being cold, dirty, hungry, and lonely until he faced that stark reality of homelessness. Members of the ninth grade asked a myriad of questions as they listened to his story.

    After an introduction to logistics by the Run leader, Vic Fried, the students piled into two vans and a car and headed out to the first stop. Over the course of the next three hours, they encountered a host of interesting characters, all appreciative of the donations, and most willing to chat with the kids. Conversations between the ninth graders and the men and women they met ran the gamut from sporting events to politics, music, and more. As the night progressed, the ninth graders came to appreciate the “homeless” as people with names and faces, people with more similarities to us than differences, and people who were experiencing rocky points in their lives.
  • Twenty Nine RCS Students Earn Writing Awards from Scholastic

    Each year, RCS students in grades 7 through 9 are invited to submit their work to the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative students. Students in grades 7 through 12 from both private and public schools across the country submit work that is blindly judged by leaders in the visual and literary arts who look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Selections from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are published in the National Catalog and The Best Teen Writing, which are distributed free of charge to schools and libraries nationwide. Works have also appeared in Scholastic publications including The Best Young Writers & Artists in America (PUSH), Scope magazine, Junior Scholastic magazine, Scholastic Art magazine, and New York Times Upfront magazine. Writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Maya Goldberg, and Joyce Carol Oates are all national Scholastic Writing Awards alumni.

    All submissions are judged and awarded regionally and all regional Gold Key winners are automatically entered into the national contest where their work is judged against other Gold Key winners from across the country. Each year, numerous RCS students are recognized at the regional level for their achievement in writing. In 2014, after being awarded a Gold Key at the regional level, RCS student Mairead Kilgallon was awarded a national Gold Medal in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category for her story, “The Ghost Singer.”

    The 2015 regional Scholastic Awards were announced on February 2. In the Hudson to Housatonic writing region, which serves teens from nine suburban-NYC counties (Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Ulster, and Dutchess in New York; and Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven in Connecticut), 142 Gold Keys, 208 Silver Keys, and 313 Honorable Mentions were selected from over 1500 submitted works. Twenty nine students from Rippowam Cisqua School earned awards in this region including three Gold Keys, nine Silver Keys, and seventeen Honorable Mentions. The 2015 Scholastic National Medalists will be announced on March 16.

    Gold Key
    Sarah Bonnem, 8th Grade, Gold Key in Poetry
    Charlotte Maerov, 8th Grade, Gold Key in Poetry
    Cameron Hackett, 7th Grade, Gold Key in Personal Essay/Memoir

    Silver Key
    Mairead Kilgallon, 9th Grade, Silver Key in Poetry
    Jack Kovensky, 8th Grade, Silver Key in Journalism
    Jinjee Denner, 7th Grade, Silver Key in Personal Essay/Memoir
    Isabella Giordano, 7th Grade, Silver Key in Personal Essay/Memoir
    Ethan Karas, 7th Grade, Silver Key in Personal Essay/Memoir
    Daisy Lawrence, 7th Grade, Silver Key in Personal Essay/Memoir
    Morgan LeBrun, 7th Grade, Silver Key in Personal Essay/Memoir
    Annabel Lee, 7th Grade, Silver Key in Personal Essay/Memoir
    Sami Rifai-Loewenberg, 7th Grade, Silver Key in Personal Essay/Memoir

    Honorable Mention
    Caroline Carpenter, 9th Grade, Honorable Mention in Flash Fiction
    Jake Stahl, 9th Grade, TWO Honorable Mentions in Poetry
    Karina Badey, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Poetry
    Nicholas Beaumont, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Short Story
    Blake Cote, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Personal Essay/Memoir
    Brian Fridie, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Personal Essay/Memoir
    Julia Gastone, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Short Story
    George Lawrence, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Science Fiction/Fantasy
    Ned Mattison, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Personal Essay/Memoir
    Prince Millett-Barrett, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Personal Essay/Memoir
    Paige Nespole, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Poetry
    Eric Oschner, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Short Story
    John Schrei
  • Foundations of Education - Thursday, January 29th

    Rippowam Cisqua School’s Foundations of Education Series kicks off its eighth year on Thursday, January 29 at 9:30am with a visit from educator, author, and NY Times columnist Jessica Lahey who will discuss The Gift of Failure: Fostering Intrinsic Motivation and Resilience in Kids. In her lecture, Jessica will explore the best ways to motivate students to own their education and develop grit and resilience, as well as share current research on autonomy-supportive parenting and teaching.

    Jessica Lahey ( is an educator, writer, and speaker. She has been a middle- and high school teacher of English, Latin, and writing for over a decade. She writes the bi-weekly "Parent-Teacher Conference" advice column for the New York Times and her work appears regularly in the Atlantic and on Vermont Public Radio. Her article, "Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail," went viral in early 2013 and became the genesis of her forthcoming book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, which will be published in August by HarperCollins.

    Rippowam Cisqua School’s critically acclaimed Foundations of Education Series is a dynamic program featuring informative lectures on how to raise successful, lifelong learners. The lectures are free and open to the public. All lectures take place on the Lower Campus, which is located at 325 West Patent Road, Mount Kisco, New York. For more information, please contact Ryan Smith at 914-244-1292 or
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