Michaela Byrne, Jenna Davidson, Juliette DeTitta received awards from Roscoe Orman, who played Gordon on Sesame Street, at the Montclair Film Festival KIDZ SHORTZ Awards Ceremony on Feb 27th. The students, along with Dan Doran, Caleb Herbst, Soon Kwon, and Mike Totera won honorable mention for their short films. The films will be shown at the Montclair film Festival in May Ms. Stephanie Griffin is their tv/media teacher.
Please join me in congratulating Matt Candrilli and Willie Davidson for being named Honorable Mention Award Winners in the 2014 White House Film Festival. This is the first-ever film festival at the White House which received over 2,000 film entries from across the country. Their film is currently being featured on the White House website along with other Honorable Mention Award Winners. (http://www.whitehouse.gov/filmfestival) Their teacher is Mr. Anthony Traina.
The project can also be seen HERE on the RDTV’s YouTube page.
The River Dell HS Art and Media Departments Exhibition opens this Sunday, March 2nd, at the River Edge Cultural Center. The opening is from 2-4 PM and we would love to see you there.
Also eleven photography students will have their self-portraits on exhibit at Professional Women Photographers 2014 PWP Student Exhibition from March 15th to March 22nd at Calumet Photographic, 22 W. 22nd St., New York City. That opening is Saturday March 15th from 2- 3:30 PM.
Two of our students had their work selected for the Fresh Perspectives Exhibition at the Morris Museum – Mackenzie Drummond and Ciara Enright. That opening reception is April 10th, a Thursday. The show runs through June 1st.
Congratulations to Michaela Byrne, Jenna Davidson, Juliette DeTitta, Dan Doran, Caleb Herbst, Soon Kwon and Mike Totera whose two short videos won an honorable mention in The Montclair Film Festival. These students are in a Media 2 class taught by Ms. Stephanie Griffin. The students will receive their awards on February 27th at reception in Montclair.
Congratulations to Eagle Scout Christopher Fong who spoke to hundreds of guests at the annual Eagle Recognition Dinner on January 9th. His service project was selected as Northern New Jersey Council's Eagle Scout Project of the Year. Hundreds of projects are submitted each year and only a few are selected. Christopher's project involved collecting school supplies for a school in the Dominican Republic. A local Rotary Club agreed to distribute the supplies and to date those supplies were sent to additional schools in the Dominican Republic, Norfolk, Virginia, Elmwood Park, NJ, and Paterson, NJ.
On January 7th, actress and author Cameron Diaz, visited River Dell to speak about her book, "The Body Book." Juniors and seniors attended the presentation and had the opportunity to ask questions about the book, which emphasizes living a healthy life style. Students and staff who purchased the book had them autographed by Ms. Diaz and took a picture with her.
This award hosted by the NJASC (New Jersey Association of Student Councils) recognizes ten (or sometimes eleven) schools each year for outstanding projects or activities that they conduct in their schools.
The River Dell High School Student Government Organization entered this contest with their RD Mobile App Project and won!
River Dell High School RD MOBILE APP
This SCHOOL SPIRIT project brought together students, teachers, parents, and alumni in the River Dell Regional High School community. The idea of a school mobile app for smartphones was born out of a need to create an accessible high school “guidebook” to help new students. Since then, the RD Mobile App has been adopted by students, teachers, parents, and alumni to give quick and easy access to news, upcoming events, and more. For students, this app will be most helpful in remembering the drop rotation schedule, important dates, or even the cafeteria menu. The app also features club descriptions, teachers’ page, special bell schedules like half-days or delayed openings, and quick access to e-mail and the online grade book. Teachers and coaches are able to use the app for its notes feature and sports schedules. Parents and other community members can get this app if they are interested in the dates and times of athletic events, concerts, plays, and board meetings. More students have joined the RD Mobile Project Team not only to expand its functionality but raise more awareness as well. As of the end of November, over 300 students have downloaded the app representing around 30% of the student body and this number continues to grow every day. The app was a huge success, thanks to the advertising and enthusiasm by the student council members. Above all, the RD Mobile App allows anyone to be connected to everything River Dell – all in the palm of your hand.
A total of 10 out of 1086 (1%) students participated in the project, 19 out of 19 (100%) Student Council members were involved in the project, and 5 out of 95 (5%) teachers were involved in the project. In the words of Principal Lorraine Brooks, “the influence of the RD Mobile App extends beyond our school; it provides faster and more efficient communication to our school community and allows all River Dell stakeholders to stay connected to the school.”
On December 18th. Ms. Carrie Jacobus was honored as one of New Jersey's outstanding teachers of science. The ceremony took place In Trenton and Ms. Jacobus received a plaque and high praise for all that she has done for her students.
Mackenzie Drummond, a Junior, had her photograph selected for the 2013 Drexel University High School Exhibition which runs from Feb. 8 through March 10, 2014 at Drexel University in Philadelphia. High school students from all over the country submitted work but only a limited number were chosen for exhibition. The photograph is entitled "Innocence." Her teacher is Ms. Gale Sasson.