2020

  • March

    Newly named boys' hockey coach Freddy Meyer

    New Coaches Hired for Boys’, Girls’ Varsity Hockey Teams

    When the Rivers hockey teams take to the ice next season, there will be a couple of new hands at the helm—for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. Athletic Director Bob Pipe recently announced the appointment of Freddy Meyer as head boy’s hockey coach and Courtney Sheary as his opposite number for the girls’ hockey team.
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  • Oliver Carswell '22, painting

    Student Artwork and Writing Recognized

    Rivers made a strong showing at this year’s Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, announced in February. In total, students earned 20 awards in the prestigious competition: six Gold Keys, six Silver Keys, and eight Honorable Mentions.
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  • New Approaches to Teaching Leadership Skills

    While most educators would agree that it is important to teach students how to be leaders, few have thought more deeply about the best way to do that than Rivers Middle School teacher Melissa Dolan ’98.
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  • February

    In the Kennedy Institute's replica of the U.S. Senate chamber, students pondered their legislative options.

    Students Get a Taste of Politics at the Kennedy Institute

    Ever wonder about the legal or political ramifications of having a superpower? Maybe not, but that was exactly the task laid before 28 Rivers students when they paid a recent visit to Boston’s Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
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  • Legally Blonde Showcases Talent, Energy, and Heart

    Legally Blonde: The Musical is a show that demands strong lead performances, crackerjack ensemble work, and unflagging energy on the part of cast and crew. Fortunately, the Rivers School Nonesuch Players possess all those qualities, amply on display in the opening night performance of the Upper School musical on Feb. 20 at the Eleanor Welch Casey Theater at Regis College. 
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  • Second Annual Day of Giving Sets Records

    The Rivers School’s second annual Day of Giving, held on Tuesday, February 11, was a smashing success—inasmuch as it smashed all school records for one-day giving.
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  • LGBTQ activist and educator Philip McAdoo (center) chatted with parents before his Monday evening presentation.

    LGBTQ Activist Addresses Students and Parents

    An LGBTQ activist, author, performer, and educator, Philip McAdoo has a long list of credentials and accomplishments to his name. But, he told an audience of Rivers parents at a Monday evening roundtable discussion, it was a much more personal experience that really brought all his work into focus.
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  • Field hockey coach Janna Anctil was named New England Region Coach of the Year and Massachusetts State Coach of the Year.

    Field Hockey Coach Anctil Receives State, Regional Honors

    Rivers field hockey coach and associate athletics director Janna Anctil was sitting at lunch when the word came, via Twitter. Her colleague Susanna Donahue was the first to offer congratulations and to share the news: Anctil had just been named New England Region Coach of the Year and Massachusetts State Coach of the Year by Max Field Hockey.
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  • Students prepare to partake in a

    Student Group Hosts Lunar New Year Presentation

    The first lesson to learn about Chinese New Year is that it isn’t just Chinese New Year. The Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout Asia, not only in China, and each country brings its own customs and traditions to the party. To share some of those customs with Rivers students, the Asian American Pacific Islander Affinity Group this week welcomed Shirene Aman-Karim P’20 to campus. Aman-Karim, mother of Yasmin Myers ’20, explained how the new year is celebrated in her native Malaysia.
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  • January

    Rivers School Conservatory faculty member Zaira Meneses is artistic director of the upcoming Latin American Music Festival.

    Guitar and Much More: Latin American Music Festival Lands at the Conservatory

    The week of February 10 is sure to be cold outside, but inside The Rivers School Conservatory, the forecast is definitely warm and sunny. From February 10 to 15, the Conservatory will play host to a Latin American Music Festival featuring performances, master classes, workshops, and more.
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  • Holocaust survivor Marika Barnett (center) visited a Rivers classroom to share her story.

    Holocaust Survivor Visits Rivers Class

    The path that led Marika Barnett to a Rivers classroom last week was a long and convoluted one. The 85-year-old Holocaust survivor—one of an ever-dwindling cohort—was born in Hungary in 1934, made it through the war years by dint of sheer luck and resourcefulness, losing many family members to the concentration camps, and arrived in America to start anew in 1957. Last Thursday, under the auspices of the Facing History and Ourselves program, Barnett came to campus to speak to students enrolled in an interdisciplinary course on the Holocaust.
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  • Rivers students met with diplomats at Ireland's mission to the UN.

    Model UN Conference Teaches Real-World Skills

    Sports have their championship tourneys, musicians have their festivals and competitions, plays have their opening nights—and Model UN has CMUNCE, the Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition. “This really is the jewel of what we do—the highlight of the year,” says history teacher Arturo Bagley, who serves as one of Rivers’s Model UN coordinators and who accompanied the school’s team of eight students to the New York City competition last weekend.
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  • Kalifa and Koliba performed at the MLK Day assembly.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrated in Song

    The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is broad and deep, and there are many ways to honor that legacy: Solemnly, thoughtfully, sadly, hopefully. At the annual Rivers MLK Day assembly, held on Monday, student organizers chose to do it joyfully, commemorating the slain civil rights leader through music.
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  • Magdalena Richter

    Bidding Farewell to RSC String Department Chair Magdalena Richter

    On Friday, January 10, at 7:00 p.m., friends, students, and colleagues will gather in Rivera Recital Hall to bid farewell to RSC string department chair and violinist Magdalena Richter. Richter’s music will be the focus of the evening, as she presents her final public performance before joining a contemplative order of Catholic nuns in Andover, Mass.
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  • Rivers School Shaken by Death of Beloved Teacher

    The Rivers School community was plunged into mourning this week over the sudden death of longtime math teacher Dan McCartney. According to his family, Dan passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 4, as a result of complications arising from his recent battle with a chronic illness.
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