Bestselling Author Ashley Merryman to Speak at RCS
Holiday Festivities 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 email@example.com. To read more about the Foundations of Education Series, please CLICK HERE
Foodplay Visits the Lower Campus!
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!
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!
RCS Lecture Series Kicks Off
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.
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.
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.
Author Carole Geithner Visits the Upper Campus
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Signature Project Comes to RCS!
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.”
On Friday, November 8th, Lower Campus students and faculty experienced a unique and exhilarating art display and performance. Faculty members joined a million other people as they left their mark on The Signature Project.
Lower Campus Celebrates National Food Day!
The display and performance took place during the Lower Campus assembly on Friday, and students were able to take part in a little bit of history in the making. Irish artist Patrick Dunning shared with RCS his Signature Project--a unique, multi-faceted, "more than meets the eye" digital tapestry. At its core is a huge 76-foot by 36-foot mural layered with hidden secrets revealed with Morse code, ultra violet light, x-ray and phosphorescent paint. One layer of the finished painting will be composed entirely of individual signatures, including those of Rippowam Cisqua's Lower Campus faculty. This monumental project involved a poweful live performance, and is a combination of theater, performance art, visual arts, music, mathematics, science, technology, and cultural diversity--and it evokes a range of emotions among those who experience it.
Mr. Dunning conceived of The Signature Project in 1992. His goal is “to create a new art form, a digital tapestry that could be completed only by collaborating with over one million people.” The students and teachers were thrilled and moved by their experiences with The Signature Project, and the live performance had a powerful impact on all in attendance.
Parents: Ask your child about his or her experience with this new art form. Learn what impressed your child the most! What moved them? What inspired them? What did they find most interesting about the project and performance? For additional information on this project, please visit www.signatureproject.com.
Special thanks to William LaConte, 1st Grade Intern, for bringing this innovative project to the School's attention!
On October 24th, the Lower Campus took part in National Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. In addition to great read-alouds in the classrooms, here are some of the fun and educational events that took place throughout the day:
• Students in JPK made pumpkin muffins from scratch. They particularly enjoyed tasting the results!
• During lunch, students sampled three different types of local apples from Salinger's Orchard in Brewster, New York - McIntosh, Gala, and Macoun.
• Second graders were introduced to Spanish vocabulary for familiar foods using the Eno Board to provide visuals, and they learned proper pronunciation as well as key Spanish terms such as "me gusta/no me gusta" (I like/I don't like) using the new food vocabulary.
• In PE, students discussed healthy choices in food selection and why it is important to make them. The discussion culminated in a "fill my plate with healthy choices" relay race. Students raced to one end of the Sky Room and picked up a card with a picture of a food on it and ran with it back to their team. When all the cards were collected, each team discussed and then divided them into healthy and not so healthy choices. Thanks to Mr. Gagner for making the food cards used in the relay race!
• Fourth graders tested four beverages to determine the amount of Vitamin C content. They used a blue indicator test solution made from cornstarch, water and iodine (prepared by the teachers.) When Vitamin C is added to this test solution, it will turn colorless. The fewest number of drops needed to turn the blue indicator colorless, means the highest amount of Vitamin C content in the beverage. This titration experiment yielded the following results: Orange juice had the highest amount of Vitamin C with only 20 drops needed to turn the blue test solution to colorless. After adding 100 drops or more, Fanta, Sprite and Gatorade did not turn the test solution colorless. Lesson learned: the pictures of oranges, lemons and limes on beverages do not always mean that they contain Vitamin C!
• Kindergarten, First and Second grade Science: Kindergarteners were introduced to the five food groups by learning about the "MyPlate" image. The students learned what foods make up the building blocks for a healthy diet. They then "shopped" for foods to make their own "healthy plate." First graders used previous knowledge about the "MyPlate" image to brainstorm foods from each food group and draw and write them in their own healthy plate. They also read nutrition fact labels to compare calories, fat, and sugar in different foods. Second graders were able to cut and trace templates for each food group to compare the serving size of each. They also "shopped" for healthy foods from each group to fill their plate.
Check out the photo gallery to see some highlights from the day!