• November

    Jordan Clark addressed students at a recent all-school meeting.

    Rivers Marks Native American Heritage Month on Several Fronts

    In recent years, it’s become increasingly popular to acknowledge that much of what we think we know about Native identity in the U.S. is wrong or incomplete. Recent research indicates that the “first Thanksgiving” was not necessarily the feast between settlers and Indigenous people that it is often understood to be and that there is still much we don’t know about what actually took place in 1621. Native Americans are not figures from the distant past but modern people living in every U.S. state. They don’t conform to Disney-informed images ranging from Tiger Lily to Pocahontas or resemble athletic mascots in feather headdresses.
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  • Seven Rivers seniors signed Division I Letters of Intent this week.

    Seven Student-Athletes Sign DI Letters of Intent

    For the Class of 2022, senior year is just getting under way. But for seven of its members, next year’s plans were sealed this week, when they committed to DI colleges as recruited athletes on National Signing Day on Wednesday.
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  • Aimee Schechter '15 paid a virtual visit to David Burzillo's Big History class.

    Aimee Schechter ’15 Shares Big Picture in Big History Class

    The interdisciplinary studies course Big History is dubbed “big” for good reason: It starts with the Big Bang and traces history through the formation of galaxies and our solar system, moving on through human history up to the Industrial Revolution and ending by looking at the future of the universe. It’s a lot of ground to cover, and this week, students in the class were assisted by a virtual visit from alumna Aimee Schechter ’15, a PhD candidate in astrophysics at the University of Colorado Boulder.
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  • October

    Visitors took in the artworks at last week's RiversOUT opening.

    Campus Art Exhibit Explores LGBTQ+ Themes

    Art can communicate, celebrate, and commiserate; it can educate, edify, and energize. On the Rivers campus last week, it did all that—and helped give a voice to members of our community who sometimes feel silenced.
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  • Keira Thompson '22 with her Boston Medical Center mentor, Dr. Stein.

    Summer Science Internships Provide Experience and Insight

    When Keira Thompson ’22 displayed a particular slide from her summer science internship during a recent Upper School assembly, there was an audible gasp from the crowd.
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  • Matt Heck, the new director of the Conservatory Program.

    Conservatory Program Hires New Director

    Matt Heck has only been at Rivers a few weeks, but he’s already developed a handy way to describe the school’s Conservatory Program: “It’s varsity music.”
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  • September

    Philippe Crettien recording his new CD last spring.

    Marrakesh and Memories: Jazz Program Director Philippe Crettien Releases New CD

    As a teenager living in Rabat, Morocco, Rivers jazz program director Philippe Crettien rode to school on a moped. Years later, the propulsive beat of that motor inspired one of the seven tracks on his new CD, The North African Suite. Crettien’s original jazz composition, created as his thesis for his master’s degree in jazz composition at UMass Amherst, travels musically through Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco, where Crettien, the son of diplomats, spent his formative years.
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  • Director of Counseling and Wellness Sarah Knortz introduced faculty and staff to the Rivers/McLean Partnership.

    Rivers/McLean Partnership Program Promotes Positive Mental Health

    Navigating adolescence has never been easy—but imagine doing it during a global pandemic, under the glare of social media, in the midst of societal upheaval, and with the looming threat of catastrophic climate change.
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  • July

    Rivers to Host Bay State Games Events

    This month, sports fans will have the opportunity to watch high-level athletic competition involving participants from far-flung locations—not at the Tokyo Olympics but at the Bay State Games, now in its 39th season in Massachusetts. And for the first time, Rivers will serve as a venue for two of the events, hosting volleyball July 10-11 and girls’ basketball July 16-18.
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  • June

    The graduates' caps and gowns formed a sea of Rivers red in front of the stage.

    Graduation 2021: Traditions Old and New

    In an unprecedented year, it was an unprecedented graduation—not least because of the unseasonable weather. But lashing rain and temperatures in the 40s could not dampen or chill the spirits of the 96 members of the Class of 2021 or the family and friends who gathered on May 29 under the big tent on the Revers turf to cheer them on.
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  • Head of School Ned Parsons saluted students in the Prize Day recording.

    Prize Day 2021: Celebrating a Year Like No Other

    Last year’s Prize Day, pre-recorded and shared online, felt like a foray into a strange new reality. This year’s Prize Day, pre-recorded and shared online, felt like the kind of event that’s become familiar during the long pandemic year. Live-streamed on May 27 (the recording can be viewed here), Prize Day served as an opportunity to recognize outstanding contributions from students, faculty, and staff.
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  • May

    Student Artwork Honored in Competition

    When Wellesley’s Page Waterman Gallery, owned by alumnus Sturdy Waterman ’74, celebrated its centennial in 2017, the gallery decided to look forward as well as back. That year, Page Waterman launched its Next Up! art competition for high school students in Wellesley and surrounding towns. The highly competitive event tends to draw serious art students and is juried by a distinguished panel of working artists. Even in this disrupted pandemic year, the show went on—and Rivers students garnered an impressive number of awards.
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  • The new semester schedule is designed to help dial down academic stress.

    On Schedule: Rivers Shifts to Semester System

    When students return to campus next fall, various high-profile improvements to campus infrastructure will be underway or completed. But another change in the works, though less immediately visible, will also have a significant impact on student experience.
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  • Finn McCusker '22 and Marin Broderick '22 took part in the Day of Silence and the accompanying video.

    Louder Than Words: Students Observe Day of Silence in Support of LGBTQ+ Rights

    If silence can indeed speak volumes, it did so recently at Rivers during the annual Day of Silence. For many years, this annual demonstration protesting the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination against LGBTQ+ students has taken place on campuses around the country and around the world. Students take a one-day vow of silence to support those who have experienced harassment, bullying, and name-calling because of their gender expression, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
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  • April

    Former Rivers student Terrence Clarke was a star basketball player at the University of Kentucky.

    Community Mourns Loss of Former Student

    Members of The Rivers School community today are mourning the tragic death of former student Terrence Clarke, who was killed in a car accident on Thursday in Los Angeles. The 19-year-old Clarke was a gifted basketball player who played for the University of Kentucky and was in the process of preparing himself for early entry into the NBA draft.
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  • This rendering shows one of the renovated classrooms in the Prince Building.

    Next Phase of Campus Improvements to Begin May 17

    It’s going to be a noisy summer on campus—in the best way possible. This week, a final timetable for the renovations to the Prince, Lewis, and Carlin buildings was announced, and the long-awaited work is scheduled to get underway May 17.
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  • Sophie DuBard '22, Hannah Lapides '22, and Amanda Freeman '23, the founders of EMPWR.

    New Campus Club Empowers Female-Identified Students

    There are clubs of every stripe on the Rivers campus, from chess to robotics to fishing. But until this winter, there was no club that specifically addressed the concerns and issues of girls and women. That changed in January with the launch of EMPWR (Enacting More Positive Change with Women at Rivers).
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  • Jack Trompetter (top left) and Rachel Fish (top right) spoke at an all-school meeting, moderated by history department chair Andrea Diaz (bottom).

    Guest Speakers Address Antisemitism

    Yom HaShoah—Holocaust Remembrance Day—urges people around the world to never forget the extermination of six million Jews in Nazi Germany. To mark the commemoration, which  this year began at sundown last night and continues today, Rivers welcomed two guest speakers to a special all-school meeting on Wednesday. Their message? Antisemitism did not begin or end with the Holocaust. At a moment when antisemitic incidents are on the rise at home and abroad, that message was especially timely.
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  • Jillian Dempsey '09 and the Boston Pride won the NWHL national championship, with Dempsey taking MVP honors.

    Jillian Dempsey ’09 Leads Team to National Championship

    Baseball has its World Series, football has its Super Bowl, and the NWHL—the National Women’s Hockey League—has its Isobel Cup, awarded to the league champions each year since 2016. And this year, for the second time in its history, the Boston Pride, helmed by Jillian Dempsey ’09, has its Isobel Cup, after a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Whitecaps last weekend. To top it off, Dempsey—also a member of the Isobel-winning 2016 team—took home MVP honors.
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  • March

    Ava Archibald, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, asked a question of Ibram X. Kendi at the AISNE forum.

    Ibram X. Kendi Addresses Independent School Forum

    Just before spring break, more than 100 members of the Rivers community joined some 9,000 attendees at an AISNE-hosted webinar titled “Go Beyond an Awareness of Racism.” The large turnout was driven in part by the high-profile featured speaker, prominent author and activist Ibram X. Kendi. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author, winner of the National Book Award, and director of the Boston University Center for Anti-Racist Research.
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  • Gregg Dennison '21 prepares to try out his surgical skills.

    Students Get a Leg Up on Neuroscience

    What is the sound of one cockroach leg flapping? Students in the second trimester elective Neuroscience recently found out—and were startled by what they heard.
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  • February

    Chelsea Yan '25's

    Rivers Students Make Strong Showing at Scholastic Art Awards

    The Scholastic Art & Writing awards have been recognizing and inspiring student creativity for nearly a century, since their founding in 1923. This year’s recently announced state-level awards saw 16 Rivers students garnering 21 prizes for photography, drawing, painting, and other forms of visual art. Among them were two Gold Key awards, which are automatically entered into the national competition.
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  • The cast of Bring Back the Broadway Lights gave it their all and created a joyful, special show.

    Bring Back the Broadway Lights: Winter Musical a Triumph

    Put on a musical during the era of masks and social distancing? Impossible, you say? Not for the intrepid team that makes up the Nonesuch Players. With the type of can-do spirit celebrated in countless Broadway musicals, they brought Rivers a show full of joy, humor, hope, and good old-fashioned razzle dazzle—all in the virtual space.
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  • A portion of the Padlet displaying artwork by students in the

    Rivers Hosts Middle School Diversity Conference

    Sydnie Schwarz, Middle School DEI coordinator at Rivers, vividly remembers the first diversity conference she attended. “I was in eighth grade. I remember feeling like this world had opened up,” she says today. “Going to workshops, meeting kids from other schools—I was so excited.” It’s the kind of experience she hoped to bring to Rivers Middle School students by offering to have Rivers host the AISNE Middle School Students of Color Conference earlier this month.
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  • Alumni gathered on Zoom to share their thoughts and experiences with Rivers seniors.

    Rivers Connect: Alumni Share Words of Wisdom with Seniors

    If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that predicting the future can be a tricky business. But laying the groundwork for the future is another matter. With that in mind, last week’s Rivers Connect event brought together graduating seniors and Rivers alumni to discuss life after high school.
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  • Meghan Kerfoot, Keira Thompson, and Caroline Butter, all Class of '22, were among the students who helped with a book drive for IFSI.

    Rivers Students Build Community Connections During COVID

    Rivers students typically embrace a number of community engagement opportunities throughout the year. But nothing about this year has been typical, with many nonprofits and other organizations unable to host or accommodate would-be volunteers. There’s one noteworthy exception, however: Since April, more than 50 Rivers students have volunteered with Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI), an organization that supports immigrant families.
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  • January

    Revers Center Wins Construction Award

    It’s not as easy as ABC to win an ABC Award, given annually by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Massachusetts. At the organization’s virtual awards ceremony last month, only 12 firms in Massachusetts were recognized for a project reflecting “overall excellence in project execution, craftsmanship, safety, innovative elements and challenges, and client satisfaction”—and one of them was Bowdoin Construction Corp. for its work on our own Revers Center for Science and Visual Arts.
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  • Xavier Massarotti '25 (upper left), Anya Carroll '26 (lower left), and Jordan Felice '25 (right), from their METG competition audition tapes

    Rivers Students Shine in Musical Theater Competition

    Theater, like sports, teaches participants resilience, teamwork, and grit. And, like athletes, theater students engage in competition from an early age. The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG) has been holding student theater contests for years, but this year, for the first time, the group added a solo musical theater category.
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  • Ben Leeming, shown teaching in November 2019, will translate the Nahuatl Sermonary during his NEH Fellowship year.

    Faculty Member Ben Leeming Wins Prestigious NEH Fellowship

    The National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship is a prestigious, highly competitive program that supports scholarship in the humanities for up to a year. Among the 8 percent of applicants who were chosen for the fellowship this year are university professors, scholars affiliated with museums and other institutions, foundations—and one high school teacher.
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  • Faculty member Arturo Bagley addressed the school at a virtual Martin Luther King Day assembly.

    MLK Day: King’s Work Marches On

    Over the years, commemorations of Martin Luther King Jr. Day have taken different forms at Rivers—sometimes with guest speakers and performers, sometimes with powerful statements from students and other members of the community, sometimes with service projects that honor the legacy of the slain civil rights leader.
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