In a windowless room behind the theater at Regis College’s performing arts center, Henry Muller ’19 is attempting to explain the difference between cold and a cold. It’s confusing, he concedes, because, as he tells his listeners, “When I have a cold, I might feel cold.”
What sort of a world will today’s Rivers students inhabit in 10 or 15 years? Apparently, one in which they expect to feel nostalgic for Red Sox and Patriots championships, scrunchies, turf, and fidget spinners.
Difficult conversations are just that: Difficult. Rivers is committed to engaging our community in difficult, courageous conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion—and to providing tools to facilitate those conversations. Toward that end, last Wednesday, February 20, saw the launch of Rivers’s Parent Diversity Speaker Series, sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
The students of Enrico Fermi High have all the typical teen concerns: classes, after-school activities, who’s dating whom, and, of course, zombies. In the Nonesuch Players’ recent production of Zombie Prom, mounted at Regis College’s performing arts center, those topics were animated (or reanimated) with color, style, energy, razzle-dazzle song and dance, and copious quantities of ghoulish humor.
A group of Upper Schoolers spent a recent lunch hour sorting essays into piles. “This one’s a no,” said one. “I thought this one had potential,” remarked another. “Maybe yes for this,” said yet a third.
The Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards were announced recently, and Rivers students once again made a great showing. Overall, the students garnered 33 awards—six Gold Keys, nine Silver Keys, and 18 Honorable Mentions.
If you want to annoy high-school seniors, just ask them what they want to be when they grow up. The 20 alumni who returned to campus this week for “Rivers Connect: Life Beyond Winter Street” seemed to recall the feeling vividly.
On Monday, February 11, during the annual Day of Consideration, the Rivers community grappled with questions surrounding the American Dream and worked toward creating ways to make the dream work for all Americans.
The Rivers School’s inaugural Day of Giving, held on Tuesday, February 12, set an ambitious goal, one that would eclipse any previous such effort at the school: To garner 495 gifts – one for each currently enrolled student – in a 24-hour participation challenge. It would take effort, focus, and teamwork to get there.
Andy Delinsky ’93 recently became the newest member of The Rivers School Board of Trustees. The Delinsky family has deep ties to Rivers: Delinsky’s older brother, Eric, graduated in ’87, and their father, Steve Delinsky, served as board president during Delinsky’s years at the school.
Some days – maybe most days – the hardest question most of us face is choosing an outfit or deciding whether to eat that second cookie. The students in Julian Willard’s Exploring Ethics: Language, Literature, and the Brain, a senior interdisciplinary studies elective, are grappling with bigger issues: Organ transplants. Bias in artificial intelligence. Palliative care. Euthanasia.
Their shirts bore the words “Game Changer,” and that’s what the 10th grade students of Rivers set out to do last Sunday: Change the game for the 20 Massachusetts Special Olympics basketball teams visiting campus to compete in the state qualifying tournament.
For Estelle Luong ’19, the answer mirrors the punchline of the old joke: Practice, practice, practice. The accomplished pianist, a student in the Conservatory Program of The Rivers School, was awarded a first prize in the Crescendo International Youth Competition audition round in November.
That point was made passionately at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day assembly, held on Monday, January 14. In his introductory remarks, faculty member Bruce Taylor said the gathering was “an opportunity to address the ongoing presence of hateful language.”
To be or not to be a part of the National Shakespeare Competition? That was the question answered in the affirmative by seven Rivers students recently as they each recited a monologue from one of the Bard’s plays, in hopes of capturing the school crown and moving on to the state semifinal round.
It’s been 15 years since David Tierney created a program that fills a special educational niche in the region. His brainchild, the Conservatory Program at The Rivers School, offers a unique blend of academic rigor and intensive music education, and on Saturday, January 5, a group of conservatory program alumni gathered to celebrate the program’s 15th anniversary.
Just prior to the holiday break, students in John Adams’s statistics class had a chance to video conference with a data visualization expert who made contact with the class after becoming a fan of the class’s Twitter feed, @RiversStats.