2019

  • March

    Johnny Kantaros '19, left, helps teach an ESL class at Regis College

    Seniors Teach English, Learn Life Lessons

    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.”
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  • February

    Students shared the contents of their time capsules at an all-school meeting

    Time Capsules Speak to Future Alums

    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.
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  • Parents, faculty, and other community members attended the Parent Diversity Speaker Series, featuring Dr. Liza Talusan

    Parent Diversity Speaker Series Launches

    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.
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  • The Zombie Prom cast at last week's dress rehearsal

    Upper School Musical Zombie Prom Brings Undead to Life

    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.
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  • Rivers students read and evaluated more than 150 essays to help choose a Max Warburg Courage Curriculum winner

    Upper Schoolers Support Max Warburg Courage Curriculum

    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.
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  • The Injustice System by Jay Dieterle '20, a Gold Key winner

    Rivers Takes Multiple Prizes at Scholastic Art and Writing Awards


    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.
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  • Julia Robinson '02 (left) and Chris Curtis '02 (center) spoke with students at Rivers Connect

    Alumni Address Seniors at “Rivers Connect”

    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.
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  • Day of Consideration keynote speaker Steven Tejada shared an excerpt from his one-man show

    Day of Consideration Takes On American Dream

    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.
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  • Social media, like this image that filled Rivers's Instagram feed throughout the day, played a big role in the initiative's success

    Day of Giving a Great Success

    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.
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  • New Board of Trustees member Andy Delinsky '93

    Andy Delinsky '93 Joins Board of Trustees

    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.
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  • Carol Powers, of the Community Ethics Committee, spoke with students during a visit to Julian Willard's Exploring Ethics class

    Big Questions: Guest Speaker Addresses Ethics Class

    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.
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  • January

    Rivers students handed out medals at the Special Olympics awards ceremony

    Rivers Students Host Special Olympians

    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.
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  • New Positions Announced

    Head of School Ned Parsons recently announced the creation of two new administrative positions: an assistant dean of faculty and a director of educational technology.
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  • Estelle Luong at an earlier Carnegie Hall appearance

    Conservatory Student to Perform at Carnegie Hall

    How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
    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.
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  • Members of the African Diaspora affinity group addressed the school at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day assembly

    Students Steer MLK Day Assembly

    Words matter.
    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.”
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  • Maggie Monaghan at the Shakespeare competition

    Students Take On Shakespeare Competition

    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.
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  • Several alumni returned to RSC for the 15th anniversary of the Conservatory Program.

    The Conservatory Program at The Rivers School Celebrates 15 years

    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.
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  • Using the new video conferencing system in the Center for Community and Civic Engagement, students in Rivers's statistics class chat with data visualization expert Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic. View more photos from the class at https://theriversschool.smugmug.com/Learning-at-Rivers/Statistics-Class/i-9tSBnTc/A.

    Statistics Class Gains Followers on Twitter

    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.
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