2024

  • February

    The Rivers Select 1 Combo won the Mingus Spirit Award for best embodying the spirit of Charles Mingus.

    Outstanding Spirit and Lots of Passion: Rivers Combo Earns Success at Annual Mingus Festival

    The Rivers School Select Combo 1 earned great honors at the 16th annual Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival, held February 16–18 at the New School in NYC. Created to uphold the legacy of legendary jazz composer and musician Charles Mingus, one of the most important figures in 20th-century American music, the festival brings together top high school bands from across the country. Under the leadership of director Philippe Crettien, Rivers’ Select Combo 1 won several distinctions, coming away with the Mingus Spirit Award, Outstanding Front Line Award (for the front line team of Arianna Martinez Cavero ’24, Ethan Kasparian Weisman ’24, and Jack Benson ’24, and an Outstanding Soloist award, given to Kasparian Weisman. 
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  • Boys' Varsity Basketball clinched the ISL Championship outright on Wednesday, giving the team the first outright championship since 2014.

    Winter Sports: Red Wings Earn Championships as Varsity Teams Head to the Playoffs

    The season is wrapping up for Rivers’ winter athletics teams, and the Red Wings are soaring! Varsity teams are hopeful to head to the playoffs next week, with Middle School and Junior Varsity teams ending the season tomorrow, February 23. 
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  • Students in the Bioethics program watched a virtual visit from bioethicist Lori Bruce of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale.

    Yale Researcher Visits Rivers Bioethics Program

    “Whose ethics matters?”

    The question posed by the woman on a Zoom in a Revers classroom this week wasn’t simply rhetorical. The students—all participants in the Special Program in Bioethics—had been grappling with that and similar issues all year, and the virtual visitor, Lori Bruce of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale, was one of several guest speakers who have addressed the group as they try to find clarity around the complicated issues facing bioethicists.
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  • Associate Head of School for Development and External Relations Krissie Kelleher P'22, '25; Head of Upper School Melissa Anderson P'25, '25; Head of School Ryan S. Dahlem; Head of Middle School John Bower; and Board President Alan D. Rose, Jr. '87 spoke at last week's State of the School event.

    An Evening of Community and Connection: Charting the Path Forward at Rivers

    The Rivers School held an evening event for parents and caregivers, “Community and Connection: A State of the School Update,” on Wednesday, February 7, providing an overview through a range of lenses: strategy, governance, finance, development, academics, and more. The speakers painted a picture of an institution on an upward trajectory, building on the momentum of Head of School Ryan S. Dahlem’s first six months at the helm.
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  • Katherine Shaw ’26 will advance to Lincoln Center in April to compete in the national finals.

    The Play’s the Thing: Katherine Shaw ’26 Advances to National Finals in Shakespeare Competition

    Last Saturday, Katherine Shaw ’26 took first place in the Massachusetts state finals of the National Shakespeare Competition. Katherine will compete in the national finals at Lincoln Center on April 15, 2024. 
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  • Rivers students cheered on the visiting athletes from the sidelines.

    Grade 10 Hosts Special Olympics Event

    This past Sunday, February 11, Grade 10 students had a chance to learn just what makes Special Olympics so special. As it has for many years, the grade hosted a Special Olympics of Massachusetts basketball tournament on the Rivers campus, with athletes from all over the state taking to the floor in Benson Gymnasium.
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    Frederick Wiseman ’47 Ventures into Culinary Arts with New Film

    Acclaimed documentarian Frederick Wiseman ’47 has been making films for over 50 years, and was once hailed by the New York Times as “One of the most important and original filmmakers working today.” This month, he adds a new film to his portfolio—the French-made documentary Menus-Plaisirs—Les Troisgros, following in depth three restaurants that are owned by the same family. 
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  • Tera Kull '03 spoke at an Alum Speaker Series event on Tuesday.

    Alum Speaker Series: Tera Kull ’03 Helps Support Pediatric Cancer Patients and Their Families

    Tera Kull ’03 is no stranger to the lemonade-from-lemons process. Kull, who has a long track record of turning challenges into opportunities, shared her story on Tuesday, February 6, at this year’s inaugural Alum Speaker Series event. The lunchtime event showcases the efforts and accomplishments of Rivers graduates who are actively engaged in their communities and working to uplift social justice values.
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  • The Rivers Coffeehouse welcomes performers of all kinds.

    The Rivers Coffeehouse: Led by Students, Enjoyed by All

    More wide-ranging than a talent show, more inclusive than a polished concert, more improvisatory than a play or musical, the Rivers Coffeehouse is a place where anyone can take to the stage and receive a warm response. From first-timers to old hands, from nervous ninth graders to fun-loving faculty members, everyone in the Rivers community is welcome in the Black Box theater three times a year, and while the event itself can be freewheeling and unpredictable, a supportive audience cheering for every performer is guaranteed.
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  • Boy's hockey notched a victory against Nobles for the first Friday Night Lights game of the season.

    Winter Sports: Report from the Rink, the Court, and the Mountain

    Late January was a great time to be a Red Wing! We’ve passed the halfway point in the winter season, and Rivers athletes are going strong.
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  • January

    Brad Belin '03 returned to campus last spring to receive the Young Alumni Achievement Award.

    Brad Belin ’03: The Accidental Educator

    No one seems more surprised about Brad Belin ’03’s career trajectory than Belin himself. Looking back on his years at Rivers, Belin—the most recent recipient of the school’s Young Alumni Achievement Award—says, “I wasn’t a model student or necessarily someone who thought of school as a place for education. School was a convenient place to play sports and hang out with friends.”
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  • Lucas Malo envisions a robust community engagement program for Rivers students serving the community.

    Meet Lucas Malo, New Director of Community Engagement

    By Sarah DuBard ’25
    Lucas Malo joined the Rivers community at the beginning of the 2023–24 school year as the director of community engagement. Associate Editor of The Rivers Edge Sarah DuBard ’25 sat down with Malo to talk about his passion for serving the community and his pathway to Rivers. 
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  • The McCartney Scholars recently traveled to Gillette Stadium to meet with members of the Kraft Analytics Group.

    McCartney Scholars: Creating a Legacy Through Math

    There are countless places the study of math might lead. On a recent rainy Wednesday morning, it led a group of Rivers students to Gillette Stadium, where the current cohort of McCartney Scholars met with members of the Kraft Analytics Group (KAGR) to learn about the use of data science in the sports and entertainment industries.
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  • The Rivers delegation visited the Spanish mission to the United Nations as part of the conference.

    Rivers Model UN Tackles Crises and Diplomacy at CMUNCE conference

    Eight delegates from Rivers Model UN, along with faculty advisor Arturo Bagley and faculty member Robin Sallie, traveled to New York City last weekend to attend the CMUNCE conference at Columbia University, which ran from Thursday through Sunday. In addition to spending many hours in committee sessions as part of the conference, participants also visited the Spanish mission to the United Nations and attended symposia featuring panels and interviews with UN personnel on Columbia’s campus, taking full advantage of its proximity to the UN Headquarters in midtown Manhattan.
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  • Both varsity basketball teams had a chance to play at TD Garden on Sunday.

    Rivers Basketball Teams Play at TD Garden

    As Carnegie Hall is to music, Boston’s TD Garden—with its fabled parquet floor—is to basketball. And on Sunday, January 14, Rivers basketball players lived out a dream by participating in the Andrew James Lawson Foundation Invitational at the Garden.
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  • Strategy, Access, and Fun: A Q&A with Director of Enrollment Management Yassine Talhaoui

    Ask Director of Enrollment Management Yassine Talhaoui about his role, and you’ll certainly hear the word “strategic”—along with the words “magical” and “fun.” Since joining Rivers in July of 2022, Talhaoui, a native of Germany who speaks five languages, has taken up the challenge of strengthening the school’s position in an ever-evolving admission landscape. But, he says, it’s the joy of seeing students thrive at Rivers that keeps the work fresh and exciting. We recently caught up with Talhaoui to ask a few questions about enrollment management at Rivers.
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  • Visiting artist Joan Hall spoke with students in an Intermediate Printmaking class.

    Visiting Artist Joan Hall: Inspired by the Sea

    Joan Hall, this year’s visiting artist at The Rivers School, grew up in Ohio and never saw the ocean until she was in graduate school. But, as she shared with students at an Upper School assembly on Tuesday, the ocean—its beauty, its fragility, and the environmental threats it faces—has been the subject of her art for decades.
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  • jamele adams visited Rivers on Monday for an MLK Day presentation.

    MLK Day Speaker: “At Our Best, We Are One Family”

    The national holiday that commemorates the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. falls on the third Monday in January. But at Rivers, it is observed on the second Monday of the month, in an all-school assembly that serves to inspire the community and remind them of King’s legacy.
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  • Head of School Ryan Dahlem, left, scaled Antarctica's highest peak with his father, John.

    Cold Comfort: A Head of School’s Lessons from an Antarctic Adventure

    Climbing Antarctica’s highest peak—where average temperatures hover around -20F and base camp is reached by taking two unusual flights from Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost point—might not be everyone’s idea of a good time. But for Head of School Ryan Dahlem, who scaled the Vinson Massif years ago with a team that included his father, John, the challenges of the climb were part of what made it a life-changing experience for him.
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  • Students in Sarah Cohen's Grade 6 Humanities class use water as a lens through which to view the world.

    Grade 6 Humanities Views the World Through Water

    It’s not unusual for middle school students to learn about the water cycle: Evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and so on. But at Rivers, students in Grade 6 Humanities go way beyond that to a broader “water cycle” that studies humanity’s relationship to water, both past and present, and looks at the role of water in global conflicts, power struggles, and opportunities.
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  • AI in the Classroom: Challenges and Opportunities

    ChatGPT appeared on Michael Schlenker’s radar last November, when it first became available to the public. The Rivers science faculty member reports, “A student who had taken my AP computer science course the year before said, ‘Hey, Mr. Schlenker, have you checked out ChatGPT yet?’ And I said, ‘No. Have you?’ And she said, ‘Yeah, I just asked it to write my video game project from last year.’”
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  • Student Newspaper The Rivers Edge Is Here

    This year’s first issue of The Rivers Edge, Rivers’ student-run newspaper, is now in circulation. The 14-page edition includes a broad range of Rivers news: interviews with new members of the professional community (such as history faculty member Stephanie Kay ’12, who also serves as the faculty advisor for the Edge), fall sports, performing arts highlights, and more.
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