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MD students participate in first MUN conference

MD students participate in first MUN conference

Gabby Kepnes

February 6, 2018


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Middle Division Model United Nations (MUN) just hheldad their largest conference, HoMMUNC Jr., where Upper Division students hosted and organized a conference for middle schools in the area. UD MUN team members try to grow the MD program by getting more kids involved. “When making positions, we...

Middle Division focuses on student mental health during annual Wellness Wednesday

Middle Division focuses on student mental health during annual Wellness Wednesday

Tenzin Sherpa

February 6, 2018


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MD students participated in activities as part of Wellness Wednesday this past week. This year, some of the main activities that the students were able to perform were sleep activities, which included watching a video on sleep, drinking nutritious smoothies, writing letters of hope, and making their...

Emotions run high in Lions v. Tigers rivalry games

Eliza Poster and Nelson Gaillard

January 30, 2018


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The rivalry between the school and Trinity has been growing over the last few years, peaking at Trinity’s Homecoming games last Friday and Saturday. As they made their ways to the basketball courts, the school’s Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams were greeted by walls plastered with taunting...

Middle Division Spanish students learn the art of flamenco

Julia Robbins

January 30, 2018


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In the first few rows of the Recital Hall during C and D periods last Tuesday, students’ hands were up, motioning along to the movements of flamenco dancers and castanets. All students taking Spanish Middle School Level 1 attended a flamenco workshop run by outside artists, Foreign Language Department...

Geo Bee contestants advance

Noah Phillips and Marina Kazarian

January 30, 2018


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On Thursday, C period in Gross Theatre, nine Middle Division students competed with an audience of their peers and faculty in the seventh annual Geography Bee. The nine “Geo Bee” contestants and other hopefuls previously underwent two rounds of testing and assessment to gain entry into this third...

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with 13! Writer Jason Roberts Brown

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with 13! Writer Jason Roberts Brown

December 10, 2017


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Jason Robert Brown is a Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, and playwright. He wrote the music and lyrics for “13: The Musical,” the Broadway show starring an all-teenager cast and band which the Middle Division is performing this week. Megumi Iwai-Louie (7) had the chance to discuss the musical...

Middle schoolers star in… 13! The Musical

Middle schoolers star in… 13! The Musical

Julia Robbins

December 10, 2017


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Laughs follow accidental kisses, singing Rabbis, and love triangle drama in 13! The Musical, this year’s MD production. The musical focuses on a 13 year old boy named Evan Goldman, played by Matthew Aponte (8), who moves from New York City to the Midwest, Director Benjamin Posner said. “He has...

Red team triumphs in Middle Mania dodgeball tournament

Edwin Jin

December 3, 2017


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Looming over the atrium in Rose Hall are giant, painted banners that signify the beginning of the annual Middle Mania competition. Middle Mania, which culminates in a day of competition in the spring, also includes events during the school year. Two weeks ago, the entire Middle Division gathered for...

Sixth graders explore astronomy at Museum of Natural History

Sixth graders explore astronomy at Museum of Natural History

Abigail Salzhauer

December 3, 2017


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This past Thursday the sixth grade visited the Natural History Museum’s Rose Planetarium to enrich their knowledge of meteors and astronomy. They were able to begin touring the museum before it was open to the public, Middle Division science teacher Jodi Hill said. In the classroom, the sixth graders...

Nichols shares research on executive function with parents

Nichols shares research on executive function with parents

Gabby Kepnes and Abigail Goldberg

December 3, 2017


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Two weeks ago, Middle Division psychologist Dr. Christina Nichols and Riverdale Country School psychologist Christina Young presented their recently published book about executive function at a coffee hour with Head of the Middle Division Robin Ingram. The hour was a time for parents to listen and ask...

Eighth graders take theater games class at Black Box Theatre

Eighth graders take theater games class at Black Box Theatre

November 18, 2017


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This Thursday, the eighth graders participated in a Theatre Games class in the Black Box Theatre. Theatre teachers Ben Posner and Alexis Dahl co-teach the class, which is actually based on a theatrical concept called “TheatreSports” invented by Keith Johnstone. Johnstone developed the concept of...

Middle Division students explore different cultures at the annual International Food Festival

Middle Division students explore different cultures at the annual International Food Festival

Jeren Wei

November 18, 2017


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MD students gathered in the atrium this Wednesday to experience the diverse cultures of school at the Middle Division International Food Festival (MDIFF). Co-Chairs of the event Jacqui Weidman P ‘24, Cathy Trentalancia P’ 23, and Nancy Pretsfelder P ‘22 said that the event was a celebratory experience...

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