• We're Number One

    Posted by Lorraine Brooks at 4/23/2015
    Congratulations to Joon Seo and Charlie Lee for winning the Bergen County Debate League Championship last Friday.  The invitational tournament involved the very best teams from each of the sixteen league schools and just participating is a tremendous achievement.  After placing in the top two teams following four rounds of competition, Joon and Charlie debated a final round in front of a large audience of debaters, judges and coaches.  Despite being on the more difficult negative side of the match, Joon and Charlie scored a decisive victory and brought the first place trophy back to River Dell.  Their coach is Ms. Rachel Geschwind.
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  • SUPA Forensics at the Range

    Posted by Lorraine Brooks at 4/23/2015

    The SUPA Forensic classes were invited to the shooting range of the River Edge Police Department for a demonstration on the effects of different weapons and cartridges on varying surfaces, like drywall, wood, and motion in water. The demonstration was a follow up to a firearms and ballistics lesson developed by Sergeant Joseph Starost of the River Edge Police Department and implemented at River Dell to the forensic classes. This kind of authentic experience is invaluable to the enrichment of the learning and the effectiveness of the program. Thanks to Sergeant Starost and Chief Cariddi for making it possible.


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  • The Fed Challenge

    Posted by Lorraine Brooks at 4/22/2015

    The High School Fed Challenge is a competition designed to bring real-world economics into the classroom. Teams play the role of monetary policymakers by analyzing economic conditions and recommending a course for monetary policy. River Dell medaled for the first time by receiving "Honorable Mention," and their adviser, Mr. Matt O'Brien, is confident that next year when the new members take over the framework we've built for them, the program will continue to prosper and advance. 

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  • At The Museum

    Posted by Lorraine Brooks at 4/15/2015

    This year the Morris Museum had 460 submissions for their annual High School Student Art Exhibit, Fresh Perspectives. They selected 50 pieces to be on display from April 9 – June 7 with a reception April 15th at 6PM.

     Painting student Emma Smith’s work “Wear Your Heart On Your Cheek” was selected. Her teacher is Ms. Chris VanDerVelde.


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  • Let's Cheer Them On

    Posted by Lorraine Brooks at 4/15/2015

    River Dell Cheerleading Head coach Maureen Kiel and Varsity cheerleaders Julia Weinkauf, Melanie Thomas, and Kellie Lynch recently traveled to Memphis, Tennessee and performed for the children and families at St. Jude’s Research Hospital and St. Jude’s Target House. At UCA summer camp the JV and Varsity Cheerleaders took part in a letter writing campaign and then collected money during football games to become one of the top ten schools in the United States to raise money for the hospital.  It was an amazing experience to witness what St. Jude’s does in the fight against pediatric cancers and how their protocols in treating patients are shared freely with all other medical facilities.   The cheerleaders plan on expanding their fundraising efforts next year.  

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  • Model Congress Selects Reps

    Posted by Lorraine Brooks at 3/31/2015
    Congratulations to juniors Jordyn Rocca and Rachel Okrainsky who have been selected to represent River Dell at the Model Congress on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Ridgewood High School.  According to Ms. Dawn Rivas, the adviser, the girls will have the opportunity to learn about the legislative process, research current bills before the House and interact with the Congressional staff.  
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  • Select Choir Hits High Notes

    Posted by Lorraine Brooks at 3/23/2015
    River Dell's Select Choir performed at the 25th Annual Roxbuty Concert, Show and Jazz Choir Invitational last Saturday at Roxbury High School where 24 elite choirs from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware came together to perform for adjudication. Several students were entered into the Solo Division Competition where they sang individually and received feedback from the judges in front of a live audience.
    The Select Choir received a Silver rating, missing gold by a few points.  In the solo competition, Jordan Auriemma was selected in the show/pop category and Christian Davakis in the classical.  Special achievement awards were presented to Nooree Choi for her fine piano accompanying for the Select Choir and Christian Davakis for his tenor solo.  Congratulations to all and music teacher Kathy Zintel. 
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  • All that Jazz

    Posted by Lorraine Brooks at 3/18/2015
    Congratulations to Aidan o'Connor, who has been accepted into the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education's Region I Jazz Ensemble.  Based on his auditions, he received the highest score on tenor sax and the second highest score on alto sax in all of North Jersey.  Mr. Mike O'Reilly is his teacher.
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  • Debate Ends Season on a Win

    Posted by Lorraine Brooks at 3/2/2015

    The debate team closed out its regular season in fine style last Friday.  Senior Captains Charlie Lee and Joon Seo again captured the first place overall trophy with another undefeated performance.  Joon was awarded the second place speaker award and Charlie placed third.  Sophomore Lauren Chen was named best judge of the tournament.  The event was held at Ridgefield Park High School, with Becton Regional, Dumont, Fort Lee and Wood-Ridge also participating.  Rachel Geschwind is the debate team coach. We are incredibly proud of all of our debate team members!Kudos to their coach, Ms. Rachael Geschwind.


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  • Discovering Careers in Sports

    Posted by Lorraine Brooks at 2/11/2015
     Yesterday, Mr. Sasso took his Syracuse University Introduction to Sports Management classes to the MLB studios in Secaucus.  The students had the opportunity to see Studio 42, named for Jackie Robinson.  The studio hosts the MLB draft, all special events and guests, as well as Diamond Demo instructional segments.  Everyone agreed that this was a great learning experience.mlbtrip  
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