May 10, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
Boys Varsity Lacrosse SENE Semifinals: Wednesday, May 15 | 5:30 PM | RHS
Much Ado About Nothing – Spring Play: 
Wednesday, May 15 | 6:00 PM | Goddard Park Carousel – East Greenwich
Co-ed Varsity Golf Championship:  Thursday, May 16 | 12:30 PM | The Aquidneck Club
Boys Varsity Lacrosse SENE Finals:
Friday, May 17 | 4:00 PM | RHS
Much Ado About Nothing – Spring Play:  Friday, May 17 | 7:00 PM | Hope Artiste Village – Pawtucket
Orient Express Gala:
Saturday, May 18 | 6:00-11:00 PM | Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport
Preschool Garden Night: Monday, May 20 | 5:30 PM | Preschool
All-School Art Show Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 21| 3:30-5:00 PM | Sharpe Gymnasium
Annual Corporation Board Meeting:  Tuesday, May 21| 4:00-6:30 PM | Flynn Lecture Hall
All-School Art Show
:  Tuesday, May 21 – Friday, May 24 | Sharpe Gymnasium
Girls Varsity Lacrosse Quarterfinal:  Friday, May 24 | Details to come
NO SCHOOL – MEMORIAL DAY: 
Monday, May 27

Orient Express Spring Gala – May 18
The School’s largest event of the school year is just over a week away. The event is packed with fun including a cocktail hour, live music by Mystique, delicious food, and an outstanding live and silent auction. All proceeds from the event support the amazing journey of our students. So, get on board and join the fun…it’s not too late. Cant’ make it in person but want to make a difference? Send in your absentee bids by Friday, May 17th to mwalker@rockyhill.org and we can bid on your behalf. New items are being added to the preview so check in regularly!

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Register online today: ORIENT EXPRESS GALA

Annual Corporation Meeting
Tuesday, May 21| 4:00-6:30 PM | Flynn Lecture Hall
Join the Board of Trustees, faculty, and administrators for the Annual Corporation Meeting. This open board meeting is an opportunity for parents and alumni to hear reports from the Board and administrators about the school year and plans for 2019-20.

Rookies Rising Festival
Wednesday, May 29 | 7:15 PM | AS220 – Providence
RHS junior, Max Lehouiller, is the mastermind behind an upcoming music festival, Rookies Rising, being held at AS220 on May 29th. Rookies Rising came to life when Max brought to light the idea of a festival celebrating all aspects of music. He gathered a group of peers and worked to bring his concept of elevating young, up-and-coming artists to life as well as bringing together communities through a shared love of music. The team consists of RHS students Nick McConnell ’20, Pascale Burnett ’20, Mo Danmola ’19, Grady Sumrall ’19, Neha Basu ’20 and advisers Emily Serotta and Matt Gnolfo. The festival serves to foster the growth and creative spirit of both the performers and the attendees while creating overall positive energy to support young artists. The event will showcase five musical acts from across Rhode Island including RHS rap group GameBoyz. Check out their website at www.rookiesrising.org and follow them on Instagram @rookiesrising.

Maker Class Grants Wish for Girl with Cerebral Palsy
Last week, Rocky Hill School’s Maker class presented Brookie Reynolds, a 9-year old girl from Cumberland with cerebral palsy, with a customized mobile chair designed especially for her. The class spent the last few months tinkering, designing, prototyping, and engineering a power-wheels chair for her that is easy for her to use in her home and in outdoor spaces with limited accessibility. The students incorporated personalized touches such as a hot pink joy-stick, which was designed and printed on the School’s 3D printer. Thanks to an extensive amount of modifications, and lots of ingenuity, the students were ready to present the new chair to Brookie. “This was a life-changing gift these students gave my daughter,” said Brookie’s mother Allison. It was a great day for the students and an even better one for a special little girl. The project made the news as well. See the Channel 10 story above and the Channel 12 story HERE.

Block Island Wind Farm and North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce School Collaboration
The Environmental Science students went to the Coastal Resources Center at URI’s Bay Campus to learn about the planning process for the BI Windfarm. The students, in collaboration with students from North Kingstown High School and Block Island High School, researched stances and mitigating plans for different stakeholders involved in the planning process of the BI Windfarm. Each group then presented to the rest of the students about their findings. In class, the students have been learning in class about renewable energies and have started a project where they have to plan, site, identify stakeholders, create a working model turbine, and submit a proposal for a new wind farm/turbine location in Rhode Island.

Junior National Honor Society
On Sunday, April 28th, the members of the National Junior Honor Society volunteered at Imagine Walk for Autism which was held at Goddard Park. The members put together several thousand lunches and also helped at the bounce house and the cotton candy machine. The members all agreed that it was a satisfying and fun day.

Senior Internships
Last week we celebrated our seniors by sharing the vast selection of excellent colleges to which they have been accepted. On Friday, we bid our seniors farewell as they prepared to embark on their month-long internships, the culmination of their Upper School careers.

This year our seniors are interning with a range of professionals at the forefront of innovation and advancement in their respective fields: Dr. Irene Piryatinski, neuropsychologist, and faculty at Harvard Medical School; Dr. Yana Reshetnyak, Professor of Physics at the University of Rhode Island; Dr. Laura Meyerson, Professor, Invasion Biology and Restoration Ecology at the University of Rhode Island; and Kelly Ramirez, Co-Founder and CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse, to name a few. In this week’s eCurrents and the next, we will share feedback from the students. CLICK HERE for a full list.

In their own words:
Xuan “Ellen” Guo: Neuropsychological Testing and Evaluation
During my first week of the internship with neuropsychologist, Dr. Irene Piryatinski, I learned different kinds of cognitive testing including WAIS-IV, NAB, and Rey–used to investigate age-related differences in the predictability of intelligence with executive functions–along with the scoring of each test. I was very fortunate to be able to sit in and observe two intakes of patients on Wednesday and will observe a couple of other intakes and testings on Friday. I look forward to practicing and observing more testing sessions. During my second or third week, I will be conducting tests on patients as well.

Cameron Osbrey: Veterinary Medicine
During my internship at South Bay Veterinary clinic, I have been assisting Dr. Caroline Bowater in her daily activities, appointments, and surgery. Working closely with many different animals is exciting. I am looking forward to working through the rest of this month and learning as much as possible about the veterinary field.

Emily Atanasoff and Hanbing “Cici” Jia: Art Exhibitions: Curation and Management
On May 7th and 8th, Cici and I helped pack up the art at Art League Rhode Island’s “Twisting Fibers” exhibition. It was challenging to pack the art in boxes because we did not want to damage any of the fragile pieces in the takedown process. Even though it was difficult handling the delicate pieces, I enjoyed experiencing all the different textiles up close. The “Bubble Dress and Mask” Shown in the image is one of the pieces from the exhibition. Thankfully this piece could be molded to fit inside the box. Working with Art League Rhode Island has been such a fulfilling experience so far!

Grady Sumrall: Video Production and Marketing
So far at my internship with Emily Bucci of DRUM, I have participated in various conference calls and the steps taken prior to the approval of a large scale advertisement. While we work on a larger project, we are also working on smaller tasks like filming b-roll and editing short video projects. Emily has given me an insight into how helpful it is to have many connections and how going above and beyond what you’re asked can only benefit you and your company.


Sam Weiler Recognized by Trinity Rep
Congratulations to Sam Weiler ’20 whose play, A Cryptic Brunch, was one of only four plays chosen for Trinity Repertory Company’s Write Here, Write Now! Student Play Festival. The festival is scheduled for May 21st at 7:00 p.m. and open to family and friends to come and celebrate! LEARN MORE

Spring Concerts Impress and Move the Audience

Mr. McNamara recognized senior Jaylene Lanzot

Kudos! Bravo! Brava! The Performing Arts Department had a busy few weeks as they presented the Spring Instrumental and Choral Concerts to an eager audience. Their hard work and dedication paid off as the students prepared and delivered an impressive array of music. From classic music by the strings ensemble to a powerful rendition of the Star Wars theme song, the band sounded amazing.


The Choral Concert brought together all three divisions that shared current hits, an original rap song, and a moving, all-school performance of We Are the World. Thank you to our students and their faculty Emily Serotta, Jack McNamara, Matt Gnolfo, and Julie Cox.

Spring Play Much Ado About Nothing
Our spring production, William Shakespeare’s, Much Ado About Nothing, will be held off campus on Wednesday, May 15th and Friday, May 17th. Both shows are free of charge and run approximately 80 minutes long with no intermission. In lieu of admission, they will be collecting canned goods for RI Food Bank.

Wednesday, May 15 | 6:00 PM
Goddard Park Carousel | 1095 Ives Road, East Greenwich, RI

Friday, May 17 | 7:00 PM
Hope Artiste Village | 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI Suite 711A

Olivia Massotti ’20 Honored
Student work was submitted to the Senator Jack Reed Art Competition including a photo by Rebecca Arabian ’20, a mixed media artwork by Olivia Massotti ’20, and a pastel drawing by Sara Laurent ‘21. Olivia Massotti received Honorable Mention for her piece. The work will hang in the Warwick Mall from May 13-19th and there will be a closing reception on May 19th at 6:00 p.m.

Recognizing Our Seniors‘Tis the season for our spring senior recognition games. This week we honored our Boys Lacrosse seniors Peter Chen, Jason DeGerlia, and Jake Watson. Girls Lacrosse and Tennis will be honored on Wednesday, May 15th.

Boosters Potluck TailgateKim Zito, Jim Hill, Chris Cote, and Elissa Contillo
The rainy weather was no match for our Mariner pride as spring sports teams gathered for food and fun this week for the spring tailgate. Many thanks to the Boosters for organizing, parents for supporting, and our student-athletes and coaches for their efforts on the fields each day!

Upper School Teams Going Strong

This spring our varsity teams are not only showing great sportsmanship and leadership on the field, but they are also contenders for championship play in Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Tennis, and Golf. Our Boys Lacrosse team clinched first place in their division with an undefeated league record. The golf team is undefeated as well and the Tennis team is currently in first place in their division. The Girls Lacrosse team has just one league loss and is ready for a rematch in championship play. Please come out and support our students and teams, and don’t forget to wear your blue and white!

Three-season Mariners Honored
On May 3rd, the Athletic Department honored our three-season Mariners with an ice cream social and special T-shirts to recognize their commitment to participating in every season this year. #NO_OFF_SZN. Thirty-one Middle School and twenty-three Upper School students were celebrated.

 

Athletes of the Week
Max Lehouiller ’20 – Boys Lacrosse
This Boys Lacrosse player continues to impress his comrades with his motor and effort on game days. He has forced dozens of ground balls this season and has become a more physical presence as well.

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Lily Kerachsky ’22 – Tennis
This Varsity Tennis player battled in practice to put herself into number two singles. She had a great redemption match against STM and also continues to work very hard in practices.

 

Alex Lawton ’22 – Boys Lacrosse
This young student-athlete achieved legendary status during the week of April 15th, proclaiming himself a “defensive god.” His industriousness and scrappiness were essential to a good week of practice and a solid result against Brimmer and May.
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Aviva Beringhause ’19 – Girls Lacrosse
Her coaches wanted to publicly proclaim her growth in technical skill last week, coupling two great games with attention to detail in practice.

 

E-sports Finishes Successful First Year
The spring E-Sports team’s playoff run came to an end against the leagues #1 seeded Hendricken Hawks team. They had a great first year and are looking forward to being even more competitive next year!

Students Shine at Essay Competition
The 9th Annual Rhode Island Gandhi Essay Award Ceremony sponsored by The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies was held at the University of Rhode Island on May 3rd. Honored as finalists this year were Genevieve Bradley ’23 and Isabel Guastella ’23. The essays were written by eighth-grade students throughout Rhode Island to celebrate the life teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and to think critically about, personally connect with, and be challenged by his legacy of nonviolence. Isabel’s essay was awarded third place and Genevieve’s an honorable mention out of 135 submissions. We are so proud of both finalists as they wrote outstanding essays!

Junior Marshall and Senior Class Officers Announced

At our heartfelt Senior Send-off, the School community took time to recognize our outgoing senior class and wish them well on their senior internships.  In addition to a fun video and a rousing rendition of Somebody to Love by the Upper School chorus, the Junior Marshall and the Class of 2019 Alumni Officers were announced. Congratulations to Heyuan Ma ’20 who was selected by the seniors to be Junior Marshall, and to the following class officers: Secretary – Johnette Williams, Treasurer – Nina Zheng, Vice President – Faythe Schulte, and President – Jason DeGerlia.

Ben Rosenberg ’19 Competes in National Robotics Competition
Ben Rosenberg  ’19 went to the FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) World Championship in Detroit with his team from NUWC in Newport. His role was lead strategist and CAD designer. The team ended up ranked 4th in their division after qualifying rounds and made it all the way to the semi-finals. In the picture, Ben is with members of his alliance (three other teams from Ontario, Virginia, and Connecticut).

Students Accepted to ACLU Advocacy Program
Rocky Hill School students Eve Weiner ’20, Janessa Ya ’22 and Willa Goeghegan ’20 have been accepted to participate in the ACLU’s Summer Advocacy Program in Washington, D.C. The program brings together high school students from across the country to participate in a week-long, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates!


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April 26, 2019

Mark Your Calendars
LS Let’s Glow Family Spring Fling: Friday, April 26 | 6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
PTL Gala Meeting: Monday, April 29 | 8:30 a.m. | Hopelands
Spring Instrumental Concert: Tuesday, April 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
Spring Tailgate Potluck: Friday, May 3 | 5:15 – 7:00 p.m. | RHS Fields
Middle School Game Night: Friday, May 3 | 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. | Gym
Prom:
 Saturday, May 4 | 7:00-10:00 p.m. | Biltmore – Providence

Senior Internships Begin:
Monday, May 6
Senior Game for Boys Lacrosse:  Monday, May 6 | 4:00 p.m. versus Pilgrim
AP Exams Begin: Tuesday, May 7
ACE Educational Series: Wednesday, May 8 | 3:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
All School PTL Meeting: Thursday, May 9 | 8:30 a.m. | Middle School Commons
Choral Concert:
 Thursday, May 9 | 6:30 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Orient Express Gala: Saturday, May 18 | 6:00 p.m. | Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport

Summer camps and programs are open for registration at rockyhill.org/sea.

Spring Brick Orders Due May 1st
Looking for a great year end teacher gift? You can give a RHS brick in honor of a teacher, past or present, who made an impact on your educational experience. Seniors, don’t forget to get your name on a brick. The deadline for ordering bricks for the spring installation is Wednesday, May 1st.

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Parent Education Series
Supporting Students with Learning Differences: Assessment, Treatment, Classroom Accommodations, and the College Testing and Planning Process
Wednesday, May 8 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall | Open to all RHS Families

Please join Neuropsychologist Dr. Mary Lynne Kennedy ’80; ACE Director Holly Cotta; and Director of College Counseling Tara Dowling to learn how an educational evaluation provides a road map for determining a student’s strengths, weaknesses, and overall learning profile. Learn how recommended classroom accommodations play an important part of a student’s experience at Rocky Hill School during the college process and beyond.


Final PTL Meeting of the Year
Don’t miss the final PTL meeting of the year on Thursday, May 9th at 8:30 a.m. in the Middle School Commons. Hear from Diane Rich, Megan Williams, Emily Serotta, and Meg Stowe; vote on final budget allocations; review the new slate of officers; and help us recognize our out-going officers for a job well done.


PTL Volunteer Positions for 2019-20
Spring has finally sprung and as we enjoy the remaining months of the school year, we are looking ahead to next year, too. The Parent Teacher League is working to fill the volunteer PTL positions for 2019-2020. Anyone who would like to be a Classroom Representative to contact Julie Hayes at hayesfamily2000@gmail.com. If you are currently a Class Rep and would like to continue, please let Julie know. They would like to have as many families involved as are interested!


Orient Express Spring Gala – May 18th
The hotel at Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport is offering one-night room blocks until this Saturday, April 27th for guests of the event. After Saturday, a two-night minimum will be in effect. Call 236-2020 directly and reference the Rocky Hill Orient Express Gala when booking your reservation.

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Spring Into Reading
5th Grade took advantage of the beautiful spring day and worked in their book groups outside on campus.


A Trip to the Zoo
Students in Honors Endangered Species Management went to the Roger Williams Park Zoo and attended a class on Species Survival Plans. Drawing on their class knowledge, they took part in the gorilla SSP activity and determined the best mate match for a captive gorilla by looking at animal behavior, genetics, studbook information, and logistics.


Journée Internationale de la Francophonie 2019
On Monday, April 15th, the Rocky Hill School community celebrated La Journée Internationale de la Francophonie (the International Day of the Francophone). The day celebrates all of the Francophone (French-speaking) countries around the world. Faythe Schulte ’19 organized various events throughout the day, some of which included: a crêpe sale organized by the French Club that raised $148 for the Women’s Refugee Center; Community Period events for the US and MS (cooking, soccer, handball, art, dance, etc.); Belgian waffles for the lower schoolers; a Francophone themed lunch; and more. Merci Beaucoup to everyone who made this day possible: Madame Rich, Chef Jay and FLIK, Mrs. Pontarelli, Mr. Jedrey, Mr. Gwaltney, all of the teachers that supervised these events, and everyone who participated.


A Fairytale Extravaganza
On April 23rd, the 1st Grade and Kindergarten students, accompanied by the 5th Grade students, presented A Fairytale Extravaganza to our parents and the Lower School community. The 1st Grade worked on reading fluency, understanding parts of a story, and sequencing events through this exciting readers’ theater project. They also worked on developing their skills as communicators and problem solvers. The Kindergarteners developed self-awareness and communication skills as they helped with props and songs. The 5th Grade improved their innovation skills by writing three original songs that fit perfectly into the show. They also provided programs to pass out to the audience. Ms. Lee shared, “We enjoyed the challenge of working together and sharing our learning with our families. Thank you so much to Mrs. Serotta, Ms. Seddon, Mrs. Dumas, and Mrs. MacDonald for making this project possible!”


5th and 6th Grade Math Building Project Showcase
Over the past two months, the 5th and 6th Grade students worked on a Math Building Project, with the driving question: How can we, as 5th and 6th Grade engineers, designers, architects, and mathematicians, design a family friendly space at 6975 Post Road? During this project based learning experience, the students studied measurement, scale, shapes, and proportions to create scaled models of stores and playground items for the shopping center. The culminating piece was a showcase of their shopping center, built to scale, setup in the Middle School Commons for parents, teachers, and students.


8th Grade Visits Mayor Fung
Students in Mr. Greenwood’s 8th Grade government class went to City Hall in Cranston to visit with Mayor Fung. They experienced the inner workings of local government and Mayor Fung even sent out a Tweet about the visit!


The Physics of Judo
The Discovering Physics class recently completed a project focused on the connection between judo and physics. They interviewed multiple judo players, including US Latin teacher Matt Gnolfo and other members of the Mayo Quanchi dojo. Members include Pascale Burnett ’20, Zhaofan Chen ’20, and Christoff Bandele ’20CLICK HERE to see what they learned this semester.


Behind the Scenes at WPRI News
Students in 1st Grade visited the set at WPRI 12 Eyewitness News. They spent time with Traffic Reporter and RHS parent Melissa Sardelli and her colleagues for a behind-the-scenes look at the morning news. 


Extra Special Eggs
The kindergarteners patiently waited and watched their eggs for 21 days. They learned about the life cycle of a chick, as well as other animals that begin life in an egg. They successfully hatched 10 chicks and love them so much! The class excitedly welcomed to the world Charlie, Douglas, Max, Bumble Bee, Mr. Taco, Ted, Anna, Coco, Lianna, and Sunshine.


8th Grade Connection With Atria Harbor Hill
The 8th Grade visited our friends at Atria Harbor Hill in East Greenwich to share and discuss poetry, reminisce about best friends, share old family photographs, and much more. The students and residents greatly enjoyed their time together.

Embedded Entrepreneurs Impacting Students K-12
Lower School students explore the Chinese language for the first time with the founder team of Hihilulu, a language teaching app, as part of our Embedded Entrepreneurs after school program. In addition, Yulan Qiao ’19 is completing her senior internship as a Hihilulu team member and facilitator of this program. The after school opportunity will run for seven weeks in the Lower School this spring. Feel free to stop by to see this work in action on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.

Portfolio Art Show

Students in the Portfolio Art class showcased their work last week in the Carriage House. The students shared ceramics, painting, drawing, and photography, and presented their work to the audience. 


8th Grade Portrait Project
8th Grade is completing their Memory Project portraits. The Memory Project invites art classes and artists to create portraits for children facing challenges around the world. The students each drew a portrait of a child who resides at an orphanage in Pakistan. The portraits will be sent to the children after the All School Art Show in May. The art classes used this project as an opportunity to learn more about the country of Pakistan and Islam, the predominant religion in the area. The Memory Project provided RHS with this wonderful teaching resource so they could learn more about the children and where they live.

Spring Sports Off to a Great Start
Our spring teams are all having great seasons. We are excited that both Girls and Boys Varsity Lacrosse and the Golf teams are all undefeated so far this season! Check out these lacrosse highlight reels produced by Mr. Lee.



Boosters Spring Potluck Tailgate Party
Don’t miss the Boosters Spring Potluck Tailgate Party on campus (near the Galley) on Friday, May 3rd from 5:15 – 7:00 p.m.  Enjoy lawn games and food with your friends. Hamburgers and hot dogs are provided, compliments of the Boosters. CLICK HERE to sign up to bring an item.


Athletes of the Week
This player has been a hero of Mariner #lacrosse in the first three weeks, stepping into a new game and a new position, and acquitting himself with honor. Last week, he showed an impressive degree of composure and a quick reaction time in his first two games in net. Congratulations, Kirk Webster ’22!

During a tough week, Charlotte Boss ’22 stepped up for the team in the Classical High School game dominating the draw controls, and posting seven goals, while assisting her teammates five times. Charlotte currently leads the state in overall points and assists. Way to represent RHS!


ProJo All-State Winter Independent Team
Congratulations to our basketball players who earned All-State honors this year! Steven Lora ’19, Ptolemy Tassone ’19, Jay-Juan Hayes ’19, Kaeley Zito ’22, Mo Danmola ’19, and Charlotte Boss ’22


Congratulations Prefects
The Upper School Prefects were announced last week. A group of distinguished and accomplished juniors presented speeches and took questions from the student body related to how they would help lead the school as seniors. Students in grades 8-12 voted to select their representatives. Congratulations to Heyuan Ma (Head Prefect), Bella Robinson, and Nick McConnell! 


Faythe Schulte ’19 Signs with Allegheny College
Congratulations to Faythe Schulte ’19 who signed to play field hockey for Allegheny College this fall. #theMarinerWay


Rome Kirby ’07 is Helmsman for SailGP
Rome Kirby ’07 is the helmsman for the U.S. team in SailGP races. This nation-vs-nation format has teams racing on 50-foot foiling catamarans at speeds up to 57 MPH. We’re rooting for you, Rome!  READ MORE


Erica Santos ’11 Completes Boston Marathon
Rocky Hill alum Erica Santos ’11 successfully completed the Boston Marathon in a time of just over four hours. She ran to raise funds for the Tufts Friedman School and their mission to address some of the enormous burdens caused by unhealthy food and poor nutrition, both in the US and globally. Erica is a graduate of Tufts and serves as a member of the RHS Alumni Association.


Sabrina Dumas ’16 Interviewed

Check out this news clip of Sabrina Dumas ’16 who was interviewed as a spectator of the Boston Marathon. Her segment begins around the 2:00 mark.

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April 12, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
Portfolio Art Show Reception: Tuesday, April 16
Upper School Coffeehouse: Thursday, April 18 | 6:00 p.m. | Flynn Nautilus
School Closed: Friday, April 19 – Monday, April 22
LS Let’s Glow Family Spring Fling: Friday, April 26 | 6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center: LET’S GLOW REGISTRATION
Spring Instrumental Concert: Tuesday, April 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
Prom: Saturday, May 4 | 7:00-10:00 p.m. | Biltmore – Providence
Choral Concert: Thursday, May 9 | 6:30 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Orient Express Gala: Saturday, May 18 | 6:00 p.m. | Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport

Did You Know?
Did you know that your business can sponsor the athletic program and receive on-campus recognition for that support? LEARN MORE here and please share this information at your place of business or with companies you think might be interested in the program.

RHEA Spring K-5 Art Workshops
The following courses will be offered by MS Art Teacher Mrs. Armentano to Lower School students throughout the spring:
      • Rainbows and Robots for Grades K-5 on 4/17
      • Springs Things for Grades K-5 on 5/1
      • Doll & Fairy House Fun for Grades K-5 on 5/10
      • Art Fun for Little Ones for Nursery-3 on 5/16
Each course runs from 3:30-5:15 p.m. in the MS Art Room in the Carriage House. This drop-in model allows students to sign up for one class or several. CLICK HERE for more information and pricing. If you would like to register your child, please email cmacdonald@rockyhill.org.


SEA – New Nike Sports & High School Offerings
Summer camps and programs are open for registration! Register today: rockyhill.org/sea

NEW THIS YEAR – HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Ages 14-18
High School programs in Art or Business, including SAT prep and college tours.

SUMMER CAMPS: Ages 3-14
We offer week-long camps for children ages 3-14 to learn and explore through sailing, kayaking, robotics, art, theater, woodworking, cooking, sports, and much more. Extended day options available. Also, Nike US Sports Camps, Lead the Way FH, Stingrays Soccer, and Top Edge Tennis.

Hihilulu’s founder offers RHS senior internship and after school RHEA offering to test their product
RHS senior Yulan Qiao ’19 will complete her senior internship this spring with LearnLaunch startup Hihilulu. Alongside Meg Stowe, Yulan will facilitate RHEA’s after school program where students in K-3 will explore the Hihilulu app, the Chinese language, and culture, as well as Yulan’s Chinese snacks and personal stories. Please email ppontarelli@rockyhill.org to sign up.

Orient Express Spring Gala – May 18th

All aboard! Please mark your calendar for the Orient Express Gala and Auction on Saturday, May 18th at the Atlantic Resort Newport. This signature fundraising event is sure to surprise and delight and is not to be missed! Register online today: ORIENT EXPRESS GALA

 

Spring Brick Orders Due by May 1st

April showers bring May flowers, but what did the Mayflower bring? No, not Pilgrims. It brought RHS bricks to give to that someone special who puts a “Spring” into your step. The perfect year-end gift for that special teacher. ORDER ONLINE


Parent Info Session

Supporting Students with Learning Differences: Assessment, Treatment, Classroom Accommodations, and the College Testing and Planning Process
Wednesday, May 8 | 3:30-4:30 | Flynn Lecture Hall | Open to all RHS Families

Please join Neuropsychologist Dr. Mary Lynne Kennedy ’80; ACE Director Holly Cotta; and Director of College Counseling Tara Dowling to learn how an educational evaluation provides a road map for determining a student’s strengths and weakness and overall learning profile. As a result, educational evaluations offer recommendations that will help learning specialists and classroom teachers use this profile to leverage children’s strengths while remediating areas of weakness. Learn how classroom accommodations recommended in evaluations play an important part of a student’s experience at Rocky Hill School during the college process and beyond.

Hackathon 2019 Save the Date: November 15 & 16
To support, volunteer, or get involved, please email Director of Innovation Meg Stowe at mstowe@rockyhill.orgREAD MORE

Beowulf: Heorot Revisited
“If poetry and the arts do anything, they can fortify your inner life, your inwardness.” – Seamus Heaney, poet, and translator of Beowulf.

Following the reading of Heaney’s translation, students in Ms. Snyman’s English elective, Telling and Retelling, each took on the role of the scop (storyteller) to interpret, reimagine, and retell the classic epic poem. The product was a collective reenactment of the telling of Beowulf, in Anglo-Saxon England. Each tale, within the tale, was skillfully accompanied by selected images and punctuated with music and sound clips. The video captures snapshots from each of the tales as told to the warriors and their king.

Change Makers – Matt Sarnoff ’04 Presents to US
This Thursday, we were excited to welcome back to campus Matt Sarnoff, who graduated from RHS in 2004. He shared his journey as a Rocky Hill student and alum—from designing the school’s first “homework hotline” as a student back in 2002, to studying computer science at Carnegie Mellon, to taking on Silicon Valley. Matt took those experiences with him to Glowforge, a company that helps bring laser cutter technology to homes and schools, with one of the most successful kick starter campaigns in history. Matt tied his success, and the success of Glowforge, back to the Student Competencies, noting how interpersonal skills and mindset far outweigh any facts or knowledge people bring to their roles. He was excited to see that his alma mater is fostering these skills in students. Matt expressed his appreciation for discussion based learning and the opportunity to create and tinker while he was a student here.

Maker Class Adapts PowerChair For Brookie!
For several months, the amazing students in the Maker course, under the leadership of Andy Hoffman-Patalona, have been busy designing, engineering, and prototyping a power-wheels chair for Brookie, an 8-year old girl with cerebral palsy. Brookie is a vibrant and energetic girl. She has a mobility chair that won’t fit through doors in her home, but which moves around perfectly well outdoors. Our students have been personalizing and tweaking this power-vehicle to accommodate the size of her house and her personality, right down to the hot pink joy-stick, which was designed and 3D printed right here at school. Stay tuned for an update on a visit from Brookie to RHS to try out her new power chair.

Culture Caravan Visits 3rd Grade
On Monday, April 1st, the Culture Caravan from the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology visited the 3rd grade to present “Native Peoples of the Southwest: The Hopi.” The students had the opportunity to explore artifacts and traditions, learn a dance, and make pinch pots. The experience offered the 3rd graders a lot to think about as they prepare to answer the driving question: “How can we as museum curators expand our community’s understanding of the Native Peoples of North America in the past and present?”

Accepted Student Days
Last week Rocky Hill hosted two Admitted Students events:

On April 2nd, current RHS 8th graders joined newly accepted students to the Class of 2023. What a fun welcome! Breakfast, scavenger hunt, polaroid photos, making pottery, and enjoying a student panel filled the entire morning. Everyone left with a new Class of 2023 T-shirt.

On April 3rd, current RHS 5th graders welcomed incoming middle school students for an afternoon of ice cream and games. Everyone left with a new friend and great anticipation for starting RHS Middle School in the fall.

JustLearn’s founder brings Planet Box to RHS

Students in all three divisions recently set up a Planet Box. We were honored to have JustLearn founder Djimo Serodio share these ecosystems with us. They are living models of our planet that make learning science fun. PlanetBox uses the science of aquaponics ecosystems with the integration of fish, bacteria, and plants to expose students to the largest cycles on our planet.

1st and 3rd Grade Buddies Build Bridges
The 1st and 3rd grades partnered up during the last week of March to explore architecture and engineering. On Monday, the students read Rosie Revere, Engineer and discussed the qualities of good problem solvers and the emotions that accompany the innovation process. On Tuesday, they traveled to The Vets theater to see Rosie Revere, Engineer live on stage. In the performance, Rosie and her friends had to build a bridge when they got stranded on a field trip. When the 1st and 3rd graders returned to school, their teachers challenged them to work in teams to design and build their own bridges out of marshmallows and toothpicks. The project wrapped up on Thursday when the students tested the bridges to see how much weight they could hold. The students did an amazing job communicating and thinking critically as they engaged in this fun collaborative project.

State Archives PBL
As part of their continuing project based learning experiences, 4th and 5th graders will be participating in an advocacy campaign to build a new State Archives. Through their ongoing relationship with Mrs. Lane Sparkman, Associate Director of Education and Public Programs at the RI Department of State, students will be provided with facts and figures they can use to make their arguments for a new State Archives. They will write postcards to their legislators in support of a new facility. This experience helps reinforce the importance of maintaining important state archives while also providing an opportunity to serve as engaged citizens.

Kids’ Night In/Parents’ Night Out
Fun was had by all at Kids’ Night In/Parents’ Night Out on March 29th. Thank you to all who participated. And, a huge thank you to our faculty chaperones (Mr. L., Mrs. Fairchild, Miss Rizzo, Mr. Mike, Mr. Wyzga, and Mrs. Walker) and the Catallozzi Family, and Switch Photo Booth for donating to the event. CLICK HERE the photo booth photos–super cute!

Portfolio Art Show – April 16
Don’t miss these impressive presentations by the US Portfolio Art class. Stop by to view their work or stay for the full program.

Athletes of the Week

Kaeley Zito ’22 – Girls Lacrosse: Kaeley posted an amazing week in both practices and games while taking on a leadership role and showing extraordinary effort.

 

Grace Starociak ’21 – Tennis: Grace exhibited pride and attention to detail in her training last week, as well as displaying resiliency in the face of injury.

 

 

RHS Took Over LineSider Brewing Company
Thanks to everyone who came out to LineSider last week. The crowd was filled with parents, alumni, faculty, students, and even families enrolled for next year. Many thanks to Megan Williams for organizing. 


RHS Students Compete in Model UN
Mia Zheng ’21, Nicholas McConnell ’20, and Ding Wen ’19 competed in the Model United Nations at Wheaton College this past weekend. They represented the interests of Argentina, Rwanda, and Liberia in a crisis committee and general assembly setting. Mia, Nick, and Ding represented RHS extremely well, and Ding Wen brought home one of the honorary awards. They were led by Profesora Abregu and Bryant University students.

Alyssa Grayson ’19 – Best in Show

Alyssa Grayson ’19 was recently honored at the RI 4-H Photo and Fine Arts Fair. She received a blue ribbon and Best of Show for her acrylic painting “Bengal” and a blue ribbon and Best of Show for her photo, “Tala Von Alexa”

Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 Swims at Nationals
Cort Meyerson ’20 qualified for and competed in the 2019 YMCA National Swimming Championships, swimming in six races, including time trials, during the week-long competition in Greensboro, NC from April 1st-5th. Fighting a lingering respiratory illness, Cort couldn’t surpass his stellar results at the New England Championships at M.I.T. two weeks previously, where he placed 3rd in the 100-yard freestyle and 4th in the 50-yard freestyle, with an excellent time of 21.73 seconds. At the Nationals, Cort competed against the top 15-18 year-old swimmers in the United States in each event. His three female South County teammates were a vital and supportive part of the Rhode Island delegation, which included about a dozen swimmers. Cort looks forward to next year’s National Championships and the upcoming Long Course season, which begins in May.

Bridget Kist ’17 Headed to Tanzania for Internship
Bridget Kist ’17 was named the 2019 winner of the $5,000 scholarship that will fund her nursing internship in Tanzania this coming May. Bridget wrote to Ms. Snyman to say, “I am so grateful for your help in writing a recommendation letter and for your efforts in grooming me into the person I am today. I will be working this summer at SEA Camp, and hope to see you so I can thank you in person. Best wishes for a successful end to the school year!”


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March 29, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
Upper School PTL Meeting: Tuesday, April 2 | 8:30-9:45 a.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
Lower School PTL Meeting: 
Thursday, April 4 | 8:30-9:45 a.m. | LS Blue Room
RHS Night at LineSider: Thursday, April 4 | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | LineSider Brewing Co. | 1485 S. County Trail, East Greenwich, RI 02818

Preschool Pot Luck: 
Thursday, April 4 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. | LS Blue Room
Gala Committee Meeting:  Friday, April 5 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Hopelands
Middle School PTL Meeting:  Tuesday, April 9 | 8:30-9:45 a.m. | MS Commons
Portfolio Art Show Reception:  Tuesday, April 16

Looking ahead…

School Closed: Friday, April 19 – Monday, April 22
Spring Instrumental Concert: Tuesday, April 30
Prom: Saturday, May 4
Choral Concert: Thursday, May 9
Orient Express Gala: Saturday, May 18

Yearbook FINAL Deadline – Monday, April 1
Don’t miss your chance to receive a yearbook. The yearbook highlights all divisions and is a wonderful keepsake. To place your order:

      1. Visit www.coffeepond.com and select “Order Yearbook” under the yearbook menu at the top of the page.
      2. Enter the Rocky Hill School password: TheCrest2019.
      3. Follow the prompts to complete your order.

Please note you will not be able to place an order after April 1st at 11:59 p.m. The cost is $80. If you are not sure if you ordered a book, simply enter your email address after selecting “Order Yearbook” to check. You can also email Ms. Basu at kbasu@rockyhill.org.

RHS to Host Mindfulness Conference – June 21
Rocky Hill School is hosting this year’s Mindfulness Conference along with Center For Resilience and Middlesex School With 27 presenters, 25 topics, and 3 keynote speakers, this conference is not to be missed. The conference is perfect for parents, as well as educators interested in bringing mindfulness practice into their lives and work. Register today to reserve your spot for this amazing event REGISTRATION, #mindfulness #selfaware

SEA – New Nike Sports & High School Offerings
Summer camps and programs are open for registration! There’s something for everyone – boating, sports, arts, building, computers, you name it, we have it. Register today: rockyhill.org/sea

NEW THIS YEAR – HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Ages 14-18
High School programs in Art or Business, including SAT prep and college tours.

SUMMER CAMPS: Ages 3-14
We offer week-long camps for children ages 3-14 to learn and explore through sailing, kayaking, robotics, arts, theater, woodworking, cooking, sports and much more. Extended day options available. Also, Nike US Sports Camps, Lead the Way FH, Stingrays Soccer, and Top Edge Tennis.

RHEA & RHEA+ Spring Registration Open
Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) is a before and after-school program that provides academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for K-8 students in the community. RHEA+ is an opportunity for adults to take courses. For more information contact Caitlin MacDonald.

Spring RHEA & RHEA+ 2019 Session Basics:
April 8 – May 29 (each course is six weeks unless noted)
3:30 – 4:45 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
Register by Thursday, April 4, 2019
RHEA REGISTRATION | RHEA+ REGISTRATION

RHEA Courses: 
Outdoor Pursuits (Grades K-3) | Outdoor Adventures (Grades 4-8)
Fun and Games (Grades PreK-5) | Learn to Play Violin II (Grades PK-3)
Punch and Paint (Grades PreK-5) | Hihilulu (Grades K-3)
Patty Cakes (Grades 3-6) | RHS Percussion Club (Grades 3-8)
Click here for course descriptions and register!

RHEA+ Course: 
Raku Pottery, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Donate Your Travel Hygiene Products
Did you stay in a hotel over spring break? Middle School is collecting hotel amenities as well as any size personal hygiene products for Amenity Aid. Products such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes are all welcome. Products should be unused. Collection bins are located in Hale and the Carriage House.

Amenity Aid provides toiletries for shelters across Rhode Island. Liz Duggan, the founder, came to speak to the Middle School in January about the organization and why she started it.

Orient Express Spring Gala – May 18th
All aboard! Please mark your calendar for The Orient Express Gala and Auction on Saturday, May 18th at the Atlantic Resort Newport. This signature fundraising event is sure to surprise and delight and is not to be missed! Look for your invitation to come in the mail soon or register online today! ORIENT EXPRESS GALA

Lower School Family Spring Fling  

Don’t miss the Lower School Let’s Glow Family Spring Fling on April 26th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. This fun-filled night is for all Lower School students and their families. RSVP online today!

AAA – Shifting Gears
Seniors and juniors participated in an interactive presentation called Shifting Gears: the Blunt Truth about Marijuana and Driving presented by AAA. Students learned about the impact of driving under the influence of marijuana. The program included an opportunity to attempt the simple task of catching a ball unimpaired, and then while wearing goggles that impair the participant’s ability to accurately perceive color. This lack of perception means the participant does not have all the necessary information to successfully complete specially designed activities. This models recreational marijuana’s true effects by diminishing the user’s capacity to make quick, accurate decisions, which causes them to miss important external cues that could lead to a crash, if driving under the influence.

Sproutel Partnership Continues
Students and parents engaged with Sproutel this week. The team was on campus to conduct testing and provide feedback to explore their next product, designed to help those experiencing stress or anxiety. Nick Mead worked with a parent and faculty group while Hannah Chung came to lunch to vote on some preliminary names for the plush companion toy. #realworldlearning

Pop Music, Politics and Protest
During the first semester, students in “Pop Music, Politics, and Protest,” a history elective offered this year, completed a PBL that reflected the musical genres of the 1960s. The goal of the project was to create EPs (3-4 song albums), complete with album art and write-ups that channeled the culture of protest embedded in the music and artists the class studied. Some of the songs were originals, while others were covers with sonic approaches that differed from those of the original recordings. VISIT THEIR WEB PAGE TO LEARN MORE

College Tour
Eight adventurous juniors joined Director of College Counseling Ms. Dowling on a three-day college exploration tour over break. Traveling in a mini-bus driven by chauffeur extraordinaire, Mrs Karah Chartrand, they looked at colleges of a wide variety of types, sizes, and locations that included Trinity College, University of Connecticut, Yale University, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, and Fairfield University, where the group had lunch with RHS alumna Maddie Dutilly ’18. Students learned how college visits work, what types of questions to ask tour guides, what demonstrated interest is, and how to differentiate among various college environments, missions, and selectivity rates.

Ms. Dowling noted, “I was tremendously proud to be with Rocky Hill students, who asked the best questions and served as excellent ambassadors of our school. We had some fun, too, partaking in the famous home-made ice cream at UConn’s Dairy Bar and then finishing up the tour with a group dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.”

Leadership RI Team Visits RHS
This Wednesday, ten members of the current Leadership Rhode Island class visited RHS as part of their education day. The team heard from Diane Rich, Mike Gwaltney, and Meg Stowe about the ways in which the School is re-envisioning education, to provide deeper and more impactful learning, with a focus on the Student Competencies. 

LEEP Week, Version 1.0
(LEEP: Learn, Explore, Envision and Present)
The Middle School launched its first ever LEEP Week during the week leading up to Spring Break. During this week, the students were placed into mixed grade groups, with each group being given a longitude and latitude and the following driving question; “How can Rocky Hill students develop sustainable solutions for global issues?” Each group was then charged with designing a solution that addressed a particular issue or challenge facing the location they were given. During the week, we heard from innovators and entrepreneurs about some of the processes that they went through in designing their products. The week ended with the student groups each presenting a one-minute pitch of their ideas to parents and faculty. The students collaborated well and did a great deal in such a short amount of time. LINK TO PITCHES

Middle School Wall of Awesome
The Middle School got its own “Wall of Awesome” over break, thanks to US senior Faythe Schulte ’19 and the maintenance team. The Wall of Awesome was launched last year in the Upper School as a means to share good news, words of encouragement, and accolades among students and faculty.

Endangered Species Management

Lou Perrotti, the Director of Conservation at Roger Williams Park Zoo,  presented to the Endangered Species Management class. Mr. Perrotti spoke about his work around the reintroduction of the Timber Rattlesnake, the overall management and conservation of endangered species, and his experiences, travel, and field work as a conservationist.

Arts Showcased at National Art Education Convention
Over break, Middle School Art Teacher Rachael Armentano presented a talk highlighting the Empty Bowls art project and the service learning event hosted by the Middle School. Rachael delivered her talk, titled “Filling Empty Bowls with Empathy,” on the big stage of the Hynes Convention Center, as part of a session called “Curriculum with Criticality: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” at the National Art Education Association Annual Convention. She focused her talk on how she evolved the traditional Empty Bowls format into an opportunity to teach students about poverty, empathy, social justice, and taking action toward positive community change through art.

Also at the conference, Rachel and Sam Weiler ’20 presented with Dr. Patty Bode in a session called “Transgender Identities and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies”. They addressed 50 educators from around the country. Dr. Bode spoke about affirming transgender identities when she, as a middle school principal, brought a traveling photo exhibit featuring an array of portraits of transgender individuals to her school, and shared research and resources with the audience. Rachel interviewed Sam for the second half of the presentation, facilitating as he highlighted his personal story and ways schools and educators can support transgender youth. Sam spoke about the many ways Rocky Hill School has encouraged him and the positive impact the arts have provided.

Rachel Armentano Presents at Highlander Institute
Over spring break, Rachel Armentano presented on the Middle School Empty Bowls art project, installation, and PBL efforts at the Highlander Institute in Providence as a presenter for the PBL RI monthly meet up.

Winter Athletics Awards
Congratulations to our student athletes who were recognized at the Winter Athletics Awards ceremony and to all of our teams for a great season.

Middle School
Boys Basketball
A Team Resiliency Award: Hadley Martinez ’23
A Team Effort Award: Brennan Hill ’24
A Team Pride Award: Derek Block ’23

B Team Resiliency Award: Maxwell Brooks ’24
B Team Effort Award: Josh Bowater ’24
B Team Pride Award: Cole Brown ’24

Middle School Girls Basketball
Resiliency Award: Lexi Cote ’23
Effort Award: Skye Connell ’24
Pride Award: Katie Kerachsky ’23

Upper School Sports
Co-op/ Individual Varsity Sports
RIIL Swimming: Cortlandt Meyerson ’20
RIIL Ice Hockey: Benjamin Liebermensch ’22

RIIL Varsity E-Sports
Offensive Player of the Year: Benjamin Pogacar ’20
Defensive Player of the Year: Jiapeng “Rahn” Chen ’19
Mariner Award: George Gabro ’21

SENE Girls Varsity Basketball
Offensive Player of the Year: Kaeley Zito ’22
Defensive Player of the Year: Charlotte Boss ’22
Mariner Award: Taylor Cote ’21

SENE “All League” Award: Kaeley Zito ’22, Charlotte Boss ’22, Ptolemy Tassone ’19
SENE “All League” Honorable Mention: Paige Johnson ’22

SENE/NEPSAC Boys Varsity Basketball
NEPSAC Tournament Class D Runner-up
Offensive Player of the Year: Steven Lora ’19
Defensive Player of the Year: Jay-Juan Hayes ’19
Mariner Award: Mohammed Danmola ’19
SENE “All League” Award: Jay-Juan Hayes ’19, Steven Lora ’19, Mohammed Danmola ’19
NEPSAC “All League” Award: Jay-Juan Hayes ’19, Steven Lora ’19

SENE/NEPSAC Boys JV Basketball
Mariner Award: Nicholas McConnell ’20
Mariner Award: Jeremiah Malone ”21
Mariner Award: Dante Garcia ’21

Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to our first spring Athletes of the Week in Girls Lacrosse.
Sara Laurent ’21 displayed great effort and attitude during preseason and impressed coaches not only with her improvement but also her confidence with the ball.

 

Eve Weiner ’20 posted a tremendous preseason and showed great hustle in drills and smart play in scrimmage sessions.

 

 

RHS Takes Over LineSider Brewing Company
Calling all families and friends of Rocky Hill School! Join us for an exclusive RHS night at the new LineSider Brewing Co., located at 1485 S County Trail in East Greenwich. Rocky Hill School will be “taking over” on Thursday, April 4th, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. There will be no cover charge and food will be available on site from Paco’s Tacos. Craft beer, great food, great company, music, and games — what could be better on a Thursday night!

Ben Rosenberg ’19 Sailing Success
This past weekend, Ben Rosenberg ‘19 and his crew Sidney Charbonnet, took 3rd place in the Nacra 15 Midwinters West held at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. With racing canceled on Sunday, due to light wind, Team Rosenberg/Charbonnet were only one point away from 2nd place and four points away from 1st.

Stefy Andreev ’21 Artwork Recognized
Congratulations to Stefy Andreev ’21 whose painting “Paul McCartney”, was selected for the Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition. Her work was on display from February 2nd – March 17th  in the Museum’s historic Griswold House. This year’s jurors were Dr. Helen Burnham, the Pamela and Peter Voss Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and Dr. Leora Maltz-Leca, Chair of the Department of Theory & History of Art & Design at RISD and Curator of Contemporary Projects at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum. This is a significant achievement since the competition was for professional artists of all ages.

Sabrina Dumas ’16 Playing LAX at Wellesley
Sabrina Dumas ’16 (number 13) is a starting defender on the Women’s Lacrosse team at Wellesley. She is enjoying college-level lacrosse and the team recently traveled to Memphis, TN for Spring Break where they played Rhodes College.

 

Allison DeGerlia ’16 Published in Professional Annual
Allison DeGerlia ’16 submitted a manuscript, “Interruptions in Gender in TV Political Commentary,” to The Pennsylvania Communication Annual, a refereed journal of the Pennsylvania Communication Association. She recently learned that her submission was accepted for publication. The acceptance rate was less than 34 percent. Allison is also studying in India for the semester and loving it.


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March 1, 2019

RHS Nominated as a Top Private School in RI

Rocky Hill School has been nominated for the Providence Journal Readers’ Choice Awards, Top Private School in RI. The winner is decided by you, the voters, so please visit the poll and cast your vote daily for RHS from now until March 20th. Share on your social media networks and ask friends and family to vote for RHS as well. CLICK TO VOTE


Mark Your Calendar
STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES RELATIVE TO THE BASKETBALL GAME AND MUSICAL. A WEATHER ADVISORY WILL BE SENT IF ANY DATES OR TIMES CHANGE.

Curtains – US Musical:  Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2| 7:00 p.m. | Campbell Center
Boys Varsity Basketball NEPSAC Semi-Finals:  Saturday, March 2 |  6:00 p.m. | RHS Sharpe Gymnasium
Middle School L.E.E.P. Week: March 4 – 8, Student Presentations Friday, March 8 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
ACE Parent Coffee:  Monday, March 4 | 8:30 a.m. | Campbell Conference Room
Gala Committee Meeting:
Tuesday, March 5 | 8:30 a.m. | Hopelands
All-School Pajama Day:  Thursday, March 7 (read more below)
Spring Break College Tour for Juniors:  March 11 – 13
Spring Break:  March 11 – 24
Kids’ On-Campus Party: March 29 | 6:00-9:00 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium

Admission Office Update

We had a very busy admission season and are excited to report that applications are up by 46% over this time last year. We would like to thank our faculty, staff, parents, and Nathan Hale tour guides for their amazing support and advocacy for RHS. Here’s a sneak peek at one of the acceptance videos going out to our future Mariners. Many thanks to seniors Grady Sumrall and Jason DeGerlia for filming and producing the videos.

ACE Parent Coffee:
Reading Comprehension Strategies For All Ages

Please join us on March 4th from 8:30-9:30 a.m. for coffee and discussion about effective approaches to teaching reading comprehension to children of all ages. From early and pre-readers to Upper School seniors, there are approaches that can help our children enjoy reading as they become more confident readers.

Pajama Day for Paradise, CA – March 7th
Photo: Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle
The Interact Club is hosting a special Pajama Day to raise funds to support students from Paradise, CA who have been impacted by the wildfires. Eight Paradise Unified school sites and nearly 9,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed in the town. The Club has partnered with the Paradise, CA Rotary Club who are helping them find meaningful ways to connect with and support students from the town. Students in Lower, Middle, and Upper School as well as faculty, and staff can wear pajamas on Thursday, March 7th with a donation of $2 for the cause.

College Counseling News
Landmark College in Vermont is hosting a Post-Secondary Fair on March 28th for students who learn differently. DETAILS

Parents’ Night Out – Kids’ Party at RHS
Up to forty RHS children (grades K-8) will enjoy a lively night on campus with friends while parents get the night out. Faculty members Mrs. Fairchild, Ms. Rizzo, Mr. Laurent, Mr. Mike (Lawson), and Mr. Wyzga will be on hand to supervise a three-hour extravaganza complete with a bouncy house, a movie, photo booth, pizza, popcorn, and assorted games in the Sharpe Gymnasium. Don’t miss out! Spots are limited to first come, first served. The price per child is $50 and the event runs from 6:00-9:00 p.m. All proceeds support RHS students and faculty. CLICK HERE to register and see who’s coming.


Learning in Action

At Rocky Hill School, our students are engaged in deep learning every day. Whether they collaborate with outside experts, engage in Project Based Learning, or act as good citizens, we celebrate the impact they have on their learning and the world around them.

Hear to Speak – Learning Diversity Through Music

Greg Tatevian ’20 accompanying the band.

In honor of Black History Month, the entire school was treated to a performance by an incredible group of musicians, led by Greg Sherrod on vocals, with Paul Williams on Guitar, Willie Moss, Jr. on Bass, Osi Brathwaite on Drums, and our own Matt Gnolfo accompanying on the Keyboard. Sherrod discussed the roots of blues music and how black musicians have influenced many other musical genres. The performance supports this year’s diversity theme, “Hear to Speak,” focusing on music as an art of authentic listening. WATCH VIDEOS

Lessons in Leadership
On February 19th, Pam Herath and Sara DuPont from Strive came to talk about leadership and culture development with some students and the coaching staff. Strive is an organization that offers a research-based, customizable curriculum that begins with self-knowledge, moves into culture building, and ultimately instills the habit of rigorous leadership practice.

2nd Grade Gets Serious About Chemistry
Recently, the 2nd grade has been studying properties of substances in science.  This week, they visited the Upper School Chemistry room to separate a mixture of sand, salt, popcorn kernels, and iron filings using different properties, such as size, magnetism, and solubility.

Middle School Prepares to L.E.E.P. Into Action
Next week, the Middle School will be immersed in L.E.E.P. Week, led by Middle School teacher Jennifer Randall. Students placed themselves in small, multi-grade groups and will be given a set of coordinates to a location somewhere in the world. Their job throughout the week will be to uncover the needs of a selected community and, with the assistance of faculty and experts, will develop an idea that could help the community. The students will pitch their solutions on Friday. We are excited to see what solutions the students will develop. Middle School parents are invited to come for the pitch event on Friday at 1:00 p.m.

1st and 2nd Graders Visit Eric Carle Museum
1st and 2nd graders traveled to Amherst, MA to visit the Eric Carle Museum. The mission of the museum is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. From a celebration of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the Illustrated Owls: A Who’s Hoo from the Museum’s Vault exhibit, the students enjoyed this experience linked to their interdisciplinary PBL about being an author and illustrator.

6th Graders Go Greek
Sixth graders study Ancient History, including Greek mythology. The unit culminates with a summit where students dress and present themselves as Greek gods and goddesses. Who wouldn’t want to be Athena, goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill?

“Double, double toil and trouble!”
Photo courtesy of Mark Turek

On Tuesday this week, Ms. Snyman and the English 10 Honors students wrapped up their study of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth—or should we embrace the curse and say that “Scottish play”—by attending a non-traditional performance of the bard’s famous tragedy at Trinity Rep. The students’ familiarity with the text and language, as well as their deep understanding of the themes and the resonant motifs led to lively feedback and thought-provoking critique over burgers and wraps at the Trinity Brewhouse.

3rd Graders Kick-off Indigenous Peoples Study
On Wednesday, February 27th, the Culture Caravan from Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology came to the 3rd grade classroom to present “Native People of the Arctic.” This presentation kicked off the 3rd grade unit on the history and culture of the Indigenous Peoples of North America. The students had the opportunity to interact with artifacts from the Yup’ik and Inupiaq people in Alaska, play games, and create snow goggles. The presentation inspired the students to think about the connection between the land and how people live.

Don’t Miss Curtains 

The Deckhands Theater Company invites you to see the musical comedy Curtains this Friday, March 1st and Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Campbell Center. This parody of the 1950s “whodunnit” mysteries tells the story of a detective who investigates a series of murders that take place behind the scenes of a fictional cowboy musical, Robbin’ Hood.


Athletes of the Week
Kudos to Paige Johnson ’22 (Varsity Girls Basketball) who received Athlete of the Week for her second time this season and third time this year. Paige showed amazing strength and effort in the final match-up of the season against an aggressive offense. She balanced working hard in practices all season, along with her commitment to the Deckhands Theater Company.

Congratulations to Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 who put a cap on his successful swim season grabbing third place overall in the state in the 50 Free. Cort practiced late in the evening and traveled all season, showing pride in his craft and great resiliency.

Boys Basketball NEPSAC Semifinal Game
Wear your blue and white and come out to cheer on the Varsity Boys Basketball team in their quest for the New England Class D Championship. They are the #2 seed and hosting Chase Collegiate School for the home game. The game is scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd in the Sharpe Gymnasium at 6:00 p.m. (note new time).

Spring Sports Practice Reminder 
Mark your calendars—Varsity Girls Lacrosse practice will begin on March 20th and all other spring sports will begin March 25th.

Nike and Competitive Sports Camps This Summer

Ms. Williams is excited to announce that Nike Sports Camps are coming to Rocky Hill School this summer. This is part of our effort to bring great training to RHS. She has worked with Nike Camps for the past five years and heralds them as some of the best summer experiences on the market for young athletes (Nike Flyer). Aside from our Nike Field Hockey, Soccer, and Boys Lacrosse opportunities, we will also be bringing in stellar programming in Girls Lacrosse, Boys Basketball, and Girls Basketball, as well as opportunities like Tennis, leadership, and speed & agility training. Registration for summer camps start March 4. For more information visit our Summer Enrichment Academy page.

Bella Robinson ’20 represented RHS with pride at TEDxURI this past weekend. Bella was the first and only high school student to present at a TEDx event in the state. Bella shared, “I was so fortunate to get the opportunity to speak at TEDxURI this year! I felt so much support from the entire Rocky Hill Community, and couldn’t have done it without the support of Ms. Snyman, my friends, and family.” Watch the live stream HERE. (Note:  Bella’s presentation is at the 200:10 point in the broadcast)

Congratulations to Alex Greim ’21 and Kristina Greim ’23. Both are in their fifth year studying Taekwondo and recently earned their Decided Black Belts.

Félicitations to Upper and Middle School French teacher Mackenzie Pham and her husband Tri who welcomed baby Emerson on February 13th. Welcome to the Rocky Hill family!

Look who had an accidental twins day – Mrs. Fairchild and Ms. Runshe!

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February 15, 2019

Chinese New Year Celebration

The entire school assembled last week to watch a wonderful array of performances to celebrate Chinese New Year. The program was designed by students and included musical performances, artwork, poetry, and videos. This is a favorite event each year and a fabulous way to honor cultural traditions.


Mark Your Calendar
Presidents Day Weekend:  February 16 – 19 – NO SCHOOL
Boys & Girls SENE Semifinals Double Header: February 20 | Sharpe Gym | Girls begin at 4:00 p.m. | Boys begin at 5:30 p.m.
RI Boys State Swimming Championship:  February 23 | 10:30 a.m. | Brown University 
US Musical Curtains:
 March 1-2 | 7:00-9:00 p.m. | Campbell Center

New Afternoon Pickup Procedure
As we continue to evaluate and tweak the procedure for afternoon pickup, we are making the following changes effective next Wednesday, February 20th:

  • All students from all divisions will be picked up in the front near Hopelands.
  • Only buses will be allowed in the back parking lot for afternoon dismissal.
  • Cars will be allowed to pickup in the back parking lot after 4:30 p.m.
  • Morning drop-off will not change.
  • Parent parking is allowed only in the spaces adjacent to Hopelands or in the labeled spots near the tennis courts. The rest of the spaces are assigned faculty/staff parking spots.
  • Parking in the back for after-school athletic events is still permitted after dismissal time.
  • This does not impact student parking in the back lot.

We will have RHS personnel outside at pickup time to assist with and monitor the process. Thank you for your cooperation as we strive for improvement!

Re-enrollment Contracts Coming Soon!
Be on the lookout for re-enrollment contract notices to arrive via email at the end of February. We are excited to roll out our new online registration process which means you will not receive a paper contract this year. Contracts should be submitted by April 8th. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Admission Jan Cooney at 884.9070 ext. 104.

A New Look for the Middle School Commons
Over the last month, the Middle School Commons has been under construction. Thanks to donations from Middle School parents, the Fall Classic, and the PTL, this important assembly space was painted and had new carpet installed. It all came together just in time for the MS Art Show. Stop by to see the new space.

Last Call for Yearbook Tributes
Don’t forget that the deadline to order and submit Yearbook tributes is TODAY -Friday, February 15th. Your tribute can include quotes, personal messages, and/or photos to celebrate your graduate. Sponsors are also welcome to send their good wishes to graduating seniors while promoting their business. Prices:  full page – $250, half page – $140, quarter page – $75. Design assistance is available.  LEARN MORE

Food for Thought
Get caught up on some of the articles our faculty are reading. This week, Upper School faculty reviewed How Do Schools Train for a Workplace That Doesn’t Exist Yet? (Hechinger Report). Experts believe that so-called “soft skills”—critical thinking, problem solving, and communication—are key and will serve young people no matter how their jobs evolve with new technologies. For educators, the big challenge is figuring out how best to teach students not just to receive knowledge, but also to apply it. Some states have begun mandating that schools teach soft skills. Project Based Learning encourages collaboration and solving complex problems that have real world applications.


Learning in Action

At Rocky Hill School, our students are engaged in deep learning every day. Whether they collaborate with outside experts, engage in Project Based Learning, or act as good citizens, we celebrate the impact they have on their learning and the world around them.

Nature’s Classroom

The 7th grade participated in the annual adventure to Nature’s Classroom in Charlton, MA last week. As part of a three-day program, the students explored the forests and trails, learned how to make coyote and owl calls, and made a campfire in damp conditions. They also solved group challenges and explored a variety of science topics through experimentation. A highlight of their time at Nature’s Classroom was the “On the Streets” exercisewhich was a simulation that focused on the challenges of homelessness, and more specifically, trying to get out of a homeless situation.  The students were each given a character profile, and they had to visit various offices (Employment, Housing, Health Services, etc.) as that person, and spend a “day” trying to work through the system.

Upper and Middle School Connections
Each year, a team of Upper School students serve as buddies to students in the Middle School. This provides opportunities for Middle School students to learn more about life at the high school and to make connections with older students to ease the transition. Recently, the 11th and 7th grade buddies got together for some team building fun.

Kindergarten and 6th Grade Garden Buddies
The kindergarten students paired up with their 6th grade garden buddies to get their hands dirty and learn about horticulture. We are all excited to see how the garden will grow this spring with this team of gardeners tending the soil!

8th Grade Takes Annual Trek to Quebec
Mr. Jedrey and Ms. Rich took a team of excited 8th graders to historic Quebec City for a three-day immersion where they experienced the history and culture of our neighbors to the north. The trip was packed with unforgettable activities including skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and tobogganing; visiting the Fields of Abraham, Montmorency Falls, and the Village of Huron; and tubing at Val Cartier.

Their third and final day was spent enjoying bowls of chocolate chaud, dog sledding, and visits to the Notre Dame Basilica, Morin Center, Place Royale, and Cabin de Sucre. The group also spent time at le Bon Homme du Carnival with their fellow Rhode Islanders from PCD who joined them on the trip.

Robotics Team Competes at States

The US Robotics Team recently qualified to compete in the state finals for FIRST Robotics. While they did not come away with the win, it proved to be a valuable learning experience. Everyone had a good time and the robot performed very well, it was a great day overall. The team is eager to compete next year and build upon a very successful season.

Chinese New Year Trip to Boston
Last week, Ms. Shen and Mr. Chatterley took our international students on a trip to Boston to celebrate Chinese New Year. A visit to Chinatown and a great meal were part of the day.

3rd Grade PBL Field Trip
On February 13th, the 3rd grade class went to 5 Wits in Foxboro, MA. The field trip was one of eight trips the 3rd graders planned at the start of the year, as part of their Field Trip Project Based Learning experience. 5 Wits is a live-action adventure experience that requires participants to make decisions and solve puzzles. The students relied on their skills as ethical navigators and communicators to solve their mission. As you can see in this picture, they had a blast!

Student Work at Hera Gallery Honored

A selection of Upper School artwork is on view at the Hera Gallery’s 29th Biennial Young Adult Exhibition in Wakefield from February 2nd to February 23rd. We are pleased to announce that several students received awards of excellence.

Stefy Andreev ’21 with her award-winning painting

Congratulations to the following RHS student-artists:
Ceramics: 1st Place – Jasper Summers ’20, 2nd Place – Steven Lora ’19
Collage:  2nd Place – Molly Pierson ’22, 3rd Place – Beatrice Bevalacqua ’22
Painting:  2nd Place – Stefy Andreev ’21, Honorable Mention – Sara Laurent ’21

Middle School Empty Bowls Event & Art Show
The Middle School students have turned a year-long, multi-disciplinary Project Based Learning study of poverty. The powerful artwork display encourages viewers to think deeply from multiple viewpoints and think about what we can do to reduce the impact of poverty on the future of our community. The Empty Bowls Project is an international, grassroots, crafts-based effort to end hunger. On Wednesday, February 13th students shared their projects with their families and teachers. Staying true to the traditional Empty Bowls format, families brought donations for the local food pantry and enjoyed an evening of soup and artwork.

The 6th grade connected their ceramic bowl project to their exploration of farms, schools, and food pantries. The 7th grade created papiermâché bowls with artwork that empathetically conveyed the emotions of young people with and without sufficient basic needs. The 8th grade created a full art installation featuring their ceramic bowls that taught viewers about food insufficiency. In addition, the 7th grade math and health classes came up with soup recipes, calculated ingredients and nutrients, and presented them to board members from the North Kingstown Food Pantry as options for their recipe bag program. They cooked in the Flik kitchen and served two of the recipes for guests Wednesday evening. Rather than sending a bowl home with each family at the event, like a traditional Empty Bowls event does, students left the bowls on view as part of this educational art installation for the duration of the Middle School art show on display all week.

Mrs. Armentano would like to thank all of the teachers, parents, and students who contributed. Additionally, she is looking for testimonials from parents and visitors. If you visited the event or show and would like to share a few lines about your experience, please email her at rarmentano@rockyhill.org.

Upper School Chorus Performs at Higher Ground
The Upper School Chorus performed at Higher Ground in Providence. Higher Ground is an inter-generational social service NGO that advocates and provides programs for West African immigrants, refugees, and marginalized communities in Rhode Island and rural villages in Liberia, West Africa.  The students performed seven African songs, sang, and danced with the Liberian women who are part of the organization.


Athletes of the Week
Kobe Polley ’20 – Basketball:  Kobe snagged the honors in the last week of January for his effort in practice and his leadership role in a AAA match-up where he also dropped three 3’s.

Ptolemy Tassone ’19 – Basketball:  Ptolemy dominated last week, playing and practicing with focus and a high basketball IQ, helping her team to a two-win week.

Mo Danmola ’19 – Basketball:  Mo rose to the occasion last week, playing against tough opponents and taking a leadership role on senior night, all while displaying resiliency and pride.

SENE Semifinal Double Header
It’s official – we are hosting a doubleheader SENE semifinal varsity basketball night on Wednesday, February 20th. Girls will tip off at 4:00 p.m. and boys will follow at 5:30 p.m.
…and it is a BLUE OUT! Dust off your best blue outfit, get the face paint out, and get ready to show your Mariner PRIDE! Aside from excellent playoff basketball, the night will also feature:
– Full concession stand, including pizza, and RHS Spirit Wear
– Free blue & white face-painting
– Free spirit giveaways
– Halftime competitions during BOTH games
– Free cookies for the first 100 RHS students who show up in BLUE

– Free school snack passes raffled off during both games, courtesy of Chef J

State Championship in Boys Swimming 
Good luck to Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 who will be swimming the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke in the upcoming RIIL State Championship swim meet. If you want to cheer him on, he will hit the water at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 23 at Brown University. Please note it is a ticketed event.

Jump Rope for Heart a Success
Lower schoolers spent the morning jumping and dancing, all for a great cause! The students learned about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle for heart health and also raised funds to support the American Heart Association during their annual Jump Rope for Heart program. So far, they have raised $3,707. The drive ends next Friday.

NEW! – Athletics Corporate Sponsorship Program
The Athletic Department is excited to announce a new opportunity for corporations and businesses to sponsor the athletic program and receive on-campus recognition for their support. Please share this information at your place of business or with companies you think might be interested in the program. LEARN MORE

Athletic Leadership Workshop
On Tuesday, February 19th, Rocky Hill School Athletics will be hosting a student-athlete leadership workshop, led by Pam Hearth, former Director of Curriculum for Strive and former Director of Positive Coaching Alliance. Pam will be running this workshop for us as a kickoff for the subsequent leadership trainings that we will be offering our student-athletes throughout the rest of 2019. Student leadership training is an important focus of the athletic department.

Gregory Tatevian ’21 recently auditioned for and was selected to participate in the Rhode Island Music Educators All-State Senior Division Orchestra. In addition to this prestigious accomplishment, another audition was held among the top four violinists to determine Concert Master, which is the 1st chair, 1st violin seat. We are so proud to announce that Greg was the winner of that audition and is now the 2019 All-State Orchestra Concert Master. On behalf of the entire RHS community, we offer our sincere congratulations to Greg!

Congratulations to Aviva Beringhause ’19 who officially committed to Massachusetts Maritime Academy and will play both soccer and lacrosse.

Former RHS teacher Kathy Priest is pictured with John Leyden ’14. John was an ACE student for years and credits the program with preparing him for the rigors of college. Kathy was invited to John’s graduation in December from Barry University in Miami, FL. He graduated Cum Laude in arts and sciences. He plans to become a psychologist and go to graduate school. Congratulations, John!

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February 1, 2019

Robotics Team Moves on to State Championship
From left to right: Kaitlyn Jandrucko ’22, Ding Wen ’19, Ben Rosenberg ’19, David Zhang ’19, Ben Liebermensch ’22

This past Saturday, the RHS robotics team had their qualifier for the RI state championship. They finished the qualifying rounds in second place and ended up in the finals of the elimination rounds. This means they are heading to the state championship on February 9th at NEIT in Warwick. The team also picked up a design award and was the third place nominee for the Inspire Award (an award of  high honor for these competitions). We’ll keep you updated on how States turn out. Wish them luck!


Mark Your Calendar
8th Grade Quebec Trip:  Thursday, January 31 – Sunday, February 3
US Chinese New Year Trip:  Monday, February 4 | Boston, MA
PTL Executive Committee: 
Tuesday, February 5 | 8:30 a.m. | Head’s House
7th Grade Trip to Nature’s Classroom:
  February 6 – 8
Middle School Dance: Friday, February 8 | 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
8th Grade Parent Social:  Friday, February 8 | 6:30 p.m. | Head’s House
Middle School Art Show:  February 11 – 15 | Hale Building
MS Empty Bowls Event:  Tuesday, February 12 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. | MS Commons
All School PTL Meeting:  Tuesday, February 12 | 6:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
US Parent Conference Day:  Friday, February 15 – NO SCHOOL FOR US
President’s Day Weekend:  February 16 – 19 – NO SCHOOL

Students Plan Chinese New Year Celebration

Rocky Hill Fund
Thank you to the many donors who have already given to the Rocky Hill Fund, our most important fundraising effort each year that supports academic programs, faculty/staff, campus needs, arts/athletics, and tuition assistance. Our goal of $400,000 can only be reached when we all pitch in.
There are several ways to make a gift:
Give a gift online
Mail a check made payable to Rocky Hill School
Make gifts of stock or securities
Give using the RHS Mobile App

There is still time to become a volunteer! Our upcoming Phonathon dates are February 13th and 27th. If you are interested, please contact Director of Alumni Relations and the Rocky Hill Fund Liz Isdale.

Save the Date…ACE Parent Coffee:
Reading Comprehension Strategies For All Ages
Please join us on March 4 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. for coffee and discussion about effective approaches to teaching reading comprehension to children of all ages. From early and pre-readers to Upper School seniors, there are approaches that can help our children enjoy reading as they become more confident readers.

Yearbook Tributes
Don’t forget that the deadline to order and submit Yearbook tributes is Friday, February 15th. Your tribute can include quotes, personal messages, and/or photos to celebrate your graduate. Sponsors are also welcome to send their good wishes to graduating seniors while promoting their business. Prices:  full page – $250, half page – $140, quarter page – $75. Design assistance is available.  LEARN MORE


Learning in Action

At Rocky Hill School, our students are engaged in deep learning every day. Whether they collaborate with outside experts, engage in Project Based Learning, or act as good citizens, we celebrate the impact they have on their learning and the world around them.

French 3 PBL: La Grande Guerre
This semester, the French 3 students spent time studying World War I from a European perspective and learned about how the Armistice is celebrated in France. To share what they learned with their peers and answer the question, “How can we teach people about the events that shaped World War I?”, they created a board game.

From left to right: Olivia Massotti ’20, Ms. Elena Rich, Pascale Burnett ’20, Nick McConnell ’20

On January 18th, they presented their prototype to a small group of students who got to play the game and provide feedback, and to Human Performance Tools Training and Consulting Founder James Newman (see his blog post on “How important is feedback when designing a learning game?” that talks specifically about the French 3 students’ game). Students will continue to perfect their board game and are looking forward to presenting the newer version to the students.

Civil Rights Poetry
To prepare for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the 6th graders read challenging texts from the Civil Rights era (newspaper and magazine articles, a letter from one activist to another, a lightly-adapted version of the Brown vs. Board of Education court ruling, the first part of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Washington speech, and more) and turned them into poems by extracting some words before reformatting the poems in verse. Here is a poem constructed by Jillian Pogacar ’25 from a letter written by Daisy Bates to Roy Wilkins on December 17, 1957.
Kindergarten and 4th Grade Pair Up to Code
Mr. L’s 4th graders paired with kindergarten tech buddies to practice programming, coding, and direction words, using Spheros. Everyone had a ball!

6th Grade Guest Speaker
From left to right: Sophie Holland, James Tillinghast, Jillian Pogacar, Katie O’Neil, Esme Reveron

The 6th grade welcomed Erin Tortura, co-founder of the WhatsGood app, website, and delivery service that connects local people with local products and fresh food year round. She taught students about the “push” and “pull” supply chain, demonstrating various ways that food gets from a farm to a consumer. This information ties in with their studies in English and Art.

US Students Travel to LearnLaunch Conference
During day one of the LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference, students explored trends in education, competencies, and experiences driving innovation. The conference, now in its 7th year, brings together a community to transform learning through innovation. Educators, entrepreneurs, education leaders, investors, education companies, and technology innovators from New England and beyond attend this annual event to discuss the burning questions of the day. A second team of students will travel to the conference on Friday. Many thanks to LearnLaunch for including our students and faculty at this important regional conference.

Lower School Visits Mother Goose at PPAC
Preschool-4th grade students and faculty enjoyed a wonderful morning at the Island Moving Company’s ballet performance of Mother Goose at the Providence Performing Arts Center. The kids reunited with Mother Goose herself, performed by “Miss Lisa”, our former Head Preschool Teacher who now lives in Arizona.

French Immersion
The French students had two wonderful experiences this past week. The Upper School French 2, 3 and 4/5 classes were able to visit the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, where they learned about the Quebecois/French Canadian presence. They also enjoyed a traditional Quebecois lunch at a restaurant near the museum.

From left to right: Lillian Liebermensch ’24, Mara Newkirk ’24, Orabel Piccoli ’24

The 6th and 7th grade French students attended an all-day French Immersion Day at Bancroft School in Massachusetts this past Saturday. They attended a French cooking workshop, a presentation about French street art, and an African drumming workshop with a professional drummer from Mali.

Math and Design
5th and 6th grade kicked off their Math Building Project Based Learning experience with a trip to an empty lot on Post Road and the Jamestown playground. The classes are using the empty lot as the location for their family-friendly space. They will create scaled models of shops and playground structures. Stay tuned for details of their final showcase this spring.

2nd Grade PBL for AnimalsThe 2nd grade students ended their PBL project with a return trip to the Providence Animal Rescue League. The children raised money with a bake sale at school and made toys for the animals. They also painted rocks and made posters and fliers to help raise awareness. All the 2nd graders love animals and had a wonderful time helping the Rescue League.

Students Work on Display at Hera Gallery

A selection of Upper School artwork is on view at the Hera Gallery’s 29th Biennial Young Adult Exhibition in Wakefield from February 2nd to February 23rd. See the gallery website for hours.

Artwork by: Olivia Massotti ’20, Molly Pierson ’22, Sara Laurent ’21

Work on view:
Ceramics work: Jasper Summer ’20, George Kass ’20, Kobe Polley ’20, Steven Lora ’19
Charcoal portraits: Sinead Burnett ’21, Ptolemy Tassone ’19
Collage self-portraits: Beatrice Bevilacqua ’22, Molly Pierson ’22, Bennett Fine ’22, Steven Miao ’22
Drawing: Olivia Massotti ’20
Paintings: Stefy Andreev ’21, Sara Laurent ’21, Val Sian ’21

Middle School Art Events
The Middle School Art Show will be in the MS Commons from Monday, February 11th through Thursday, February 14th.

Empty Bowls returns on Tuesday, February 12th from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Middle School students and families are encouraged to attend Empty Bowls, a meaningful evening of art, food, and social awareness to support the North Kingstown Food Pantry. Students’ PBLs, which explore different facets of poverty through art, community activities, and interdisciplinary research, will be on display. Admission fee for families is a bag of non-perishable items for the North Kingstown Food Pantry. The students have decided to focus the collection on afterschool snacks and items that can be used to make nutritious dinners, but any donations are welcome.

Parents who would like to contribute a refreshment to the event should  CLICK HERE.


Athlete of the Week – Cort Meyerson ’20, Swimming

Cortlandt Meyerson earned a 1st place finish in the 50-yard freestyle at the Read-Watmough meet at Roger Williams University, with a time of 22.02 seconds. This qualifies him for the YMCA National Swimming Championships in April in Greensboro, NC.  He also had ten top-five finishes at the Boston University Winter Carnival, including 1st place in the 1650 yard freestyle and 1st place in the 200-yard butterfly at the Northeastern Winter Championships.

Senior Basketball Games
Join us as we celebrate our senior student athletes.
Boys Basketball – Thursday, February 7 at 5:00 p.m.
Perry Clark, Peter Chen, Tedrick Wilcox, Steven Lora, Mo Danmola, and Jay-Juan Hayes
Girls Basketball – Wednesday, February 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Aviva Beringhause, Ptolemy Tassone, and Johnette Williams

RIIL Leadership Workshop
On January 28th, Tamira Lopes ’21, Davis Lee ’22, Kobe Polley ’20, and Jordan Lanowy ’21 attended the Winter RIIL Leadership Workshop at the URI Ryan Center.

This week, Ben Rosenberg ‘19, and his crew member Sidney Charbonnet, were the youngest competitors in a field of over 500 past Olympic medalists and 2020 Olympic hopefuls in the Hempel Miami World Sailing Cup. The two held their own, with several mid-fleet finishes against the older, more experienced sailors. This event is a prelude to several upcoming events, leading up to the US Youth Championship, and Youth Worlds later this summer.

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Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org by noon on Tuesday for publication on Friday.

January 18, 2019

8th Grade Expos Underway
The 8th grade students began their Exposition presentations this week, a culmination of more than three months of research, presentation design, and practice. The 8th Grade Exposition is one of the signature achievements of a student’s Middle School experience. Speaking without notes in front of nearly one hundred students, faculty and parents, students will present their expositions to the community each week until early March. As is the case each year, the first speakers were exceptional, setting the bar for those that will follow.


Mark Your Calendar
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:  Monday, January 21 – NO SCHOOL
LS PTL Meeting:  Thursday, January 24| 3:30 – 4:40 p.m. | Perkins Blue Room
Junior College Night:  Thursday, January 24| 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Flynn
End of Semester:  Friday, January 25
Admission Open House:  Sunday, January 27 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Lower School Book Chat:  Tuesday, January 29 | 8:30-9:30 p.m.
8th Grade Quebec Trip:  Thursday, January 31 – Sunday, February 3

Admission Open House – Share the News!
Our best advertising always comes from word of mouth. If you know a great student who would benefit from a Rocky Hill School education, make sure to tell them to come to the Open House next weekend. Guests can pre-register at rockyhill.org/oh

Parents’ Night Out
Friday, March 29
This fun night out was offered as an auction item at the Fall Classic. If you’d like to join in on the fun it’s not too late. Up to forty RHS children (grades K-8) will enjoy a fun night on campus with friends and parents get the night out. Faculty members Mrs. Fairchild, Ms. Rizzo, Mr. Laurent, Mr. Mike, and Mr. Wyzga will be on hand to supervise a three-hour extravaganza complete with a bouncy house, movie night, photo booth, pizza, popcorn, and assorted gym games. Don’t miss out! Spots are limited to first come, first served. The price per child is $50 and the event runs from 6:00-9:00 p.m. All proceeds support RHS students and faculty. CLICK HERE to register.

Online Re-enrollment
This year we are changing to an online re-enrollment process. Each parent/guardian will receive an email on February 15, 2019 with a personalized link. This link will open our new re-enrollment portal with information that is specific to your family. More information will be available closer to our release date.

Attendance
A New Year reminder…you can report absences, late arrivals, and early pick-up in the Family Portal in Veracross. There is a Report Attendance link at the top of the Family Portal where you can provide us with this information.

College Counseling Webinar
Next Thursday, January 24th, at 7:00 p.m., while the juniors participate in College Night, freshman and sophomore families have the opportunity to attend an AMAZING webinar presented by an expert consultant and hosted by a nationally respected author, Ethan Sawyer. The title of the workshop is “What Should I Be Doing Right Now?” The presenters will cover topics such as:

  • How to pick the “right” classes (and what that even means)
  • Major/career exploration
  • College visits
  • Which extracurricular activities you “should” do
  • Planning an awesome summer

The webinar is free but you must register.


Show Your Love With a Brick!

Yes, you read that right. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Forget the chocolates and the flowers, they don’t last nearly long enough. Instead, make a lasting impression by giving a personalized RHS Brick inscribed to that special person in your life. Your brick will be placed in the beautiful Garden Classroom walkway this spring. If you order a brick by noon on Monday, February 11, we will send a message to your special someone to let them know a brick in their name is on its way. Contact Liz Isdale in the Alumni Office with any questions. CLICK HERE to order your brick.

Save the Date for the Spring Gala
All aboard! Please mark your calendar for The Orient Express Gala and Auction on Saturday, May 18th at the Atlantic Resort Newport. This signature fundraising event is sure to surprise and delight and is not to be missed! Details forthcoming.

Reclaim Your Cookie Platters
Thank you to all our families who brought in or contributed towards the delicious cookies and treats for the annual Faculty/Staff  Holiday Cookie Swap! There are several trays and containers upstairs in Hopelands if you would like to reclaim yours.

Inclement Weather Notifications
Even though we haven’t had much inclement weather yet, please make sure we have your current mobile phone number and email address on file. You can check this information in the Family Portal under “Update My Household” at the top of the screen. All inclement weather notifications will be sent using the information on your household profile.

Save the Date…ACE Parent Coffee:
Reading Comprehension Strategies For All Ages
Please join us on March 4 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. for coffee and discussion about effective approaches to teaching reading comprehension to children of all ages. From early and pre-readers to Upper School seniors, there are approaches that can help our children enjoy reading as they become more confident readers.

Yearbooks Tributes
Don’t forget that the deadline to order and submit Yearbook tributes is Friday, February 15.  Your tribute can include quotes, personal messages, and/or photos to celebrate your graduate. Sponsors are also welcome to send their good wishes to graduating seniors while promoting their business. Prices:  full page – $250, half page – $140, quarter page – $75. Design assistance is available.  LEARN MORE


Learning in Action

At Rocky Hill School, our students are engaged in deep learning every day. Whether they collaborate with outside experts, engage in Project Based Learning, or act as good citizens, we celebrate the impact they have on their learning and the world around them.

Forensic Science Students Collaborate with the Founder of the New England Innocence Project
Pam Matson’s Upper School Forensic Science students collaborated with the Founder and Executive Director of the New England Innocence Project, Radha Natarajan, to explore the complex nature and inexact science of using forensic evidence in criminal prosecution cases throughout New England. In groups, students researched an exoneree and through that process learned about the cognitive bias of investigators and prosecutors, reliability of DNA analysis, fingerprinting, eyewitness accounts, and proper handling of evidence. This extensive and deeply meaningful project will continue, with students working to make a difference in Rhode Island, over the course of the semester.

Celebrating Dr. King’s Legacy of Service
Today, the Upper School heard from an array of panelists who shared insights into the service work they and their organizations do in the community. The theme of the day, service to others, is inspired by the central tenets of Dr. King’s mission during the Civil Rights Era.
Grades 9 & 10:
Joan Valcourt, Communities for People
Laura Jaworski, House of Hope
Jennifer Esterle, Edesia
Samantha Irizarry, Year Up Rhode Island
Nicole Anderson, Ronald McDonald House
Grades 11 & 12:
Heather Strout, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
Joe Wilson Jr, Trinity Rep
Michael Van Leesten, The Opportunity Center of Rhode Island

 

Medical Physics Up Close
On Friday, January 11, the AP & Honors Biology classes and the Honors Human Physiology class visited Dr. Yana Reshetnyak (parent of Stephanie Andreev) at the Medical Physics research labs on the URI Campus.  Rocky Hill School students were able to view HeLa cells, the immortal cell line from the harvesting of cancer cells from Henrietta Lacks. The students were able to listen to graduate students discuss and describe their research with the Phlip protein and mouse antibodies, and to witness high-tech instruments using light to measure various aspects of solutions.

LS Robotics Team in the News

Before winter break, the LS Robotics team hosted an astronaut from NASA via Skype to share ideas about their project and gain insight into the NASA space program. The class also invited students from Curtis Corner Middle School and Pier Middle School to join them. The North Kingstown Independent wrote an article about the experience. READ MORE

SMAC Talk
On Wednesday, January 15, Upper School members of SMAC continued their reading work with the Lower School. Organized by Isabella Robinson ’20, the activity was focused on ways to look at commercials that target their messages along a gender binary spectrum. The students were inspired to think of ways to make the messages of those same commercials more inclusive and representative of all genders. For more information on the Equity and Inclusion program at Rocky Hill School, please contact Matt Gnolfo, Director of Diversity, at mgnolfo@rockyhill.org.

Current Events Visit News Channel 10
The US Currents Events class got an up-close and personal look at how NBC Channel 10 produces a newscast. RHS alumna Megan Mooney was excited to welcome the class to the station and show them how the station is run. She even sent a Tweet!

Students Win BIG at RI Scholastic Art Awards
The Rocky Hill Art Department is pleased to announce that several students won RI Scholastic Art Awards!
Honorable Mention:

Stefania Andreev – painting
Cole Larimar – ceramics
Steven Lora – ceramics

Silver Key:
George Kass – ceramics
Olivia Massotti – mixed media
Helen Pan – photography
Gold Key:
Jasper Summers – ceramics
Jasper Summers ’21

Middle School Art Events
The Middle School Art Show will be in the Commons from Monday, February 11 through Thursday, February 14.

Empty Bowls returns on Tuesday, February 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by a Middle School PTL meeting. Middle School students and families are encouraged to attend Empty Bowls, a meaningful evening of art, food, and social awareness to support the North Kingstown Food Pantry. Students’ project based learning efforts which explore different facets of poverty through art, community periods, and interdisciplinary research will be on display. Any parents interested in offering assistance to Mrs. Armentano (supplies or hands-on) please CLICK HERE.

Mugs by Chatterley

If you purchased a mug but didn’t have a chance to send in your payment or if you would still like to purchase a handmade 2018-19 Rocky Hill School mug please email rarmentano@rockyhill.org. Mugs are $25 and made by Mr. Chatterley (with his trademark thumb-placer on the handle).


Athletes of the Week
Abby Tillinghast ’21, Girls Basketball
Abby has impressed coaches and teammates with her intensity and effort in practices and games, taking on a new role and aggressive playing style.

Cort Meyerson ’20, Swimming
Swimmer Cort Meyerson has been dominating the RIIL Independent swim meets, coming in first and qualifying for states!

Hawaiian Night at Basketball Games
Come support the JV (@4:00 PM) and Varsity (@5:30 PM) basketball teams tonight. Wear your Hawaiian or beach attire, win swag, and cheer on the teams against St. Thomas More.

Both of our varsity basketball teams are currently undefeated in league playGO MARINERS!

Willa Geoghegan ’20 and Elsa Block ’20 have been working on a program at EG Animal Protection League in which young kids who struggle with reading and reading aloud have the opportunity to read to shelter animals. This program is offered at multiple shelters around the country. They are hoping to start the program now that we are back from break, but in order to do so, they need children to participate! The program is completely free, and EGAPL is excited to start! Contact Willa or Elsa about the program at booksandbarksri@gmail.com.

Ryan ’13 and Jamie ’11 Gilbane checked in from Everest Base Camp, Kathmandu, Nepal! “The trek was long and high, and we saw four different people getting evac’d via rescue helicopter due to altitude sickness. Huge thanks to @angdorjeesherpa for bringing showing us his part of the world!

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December 21, 2018

Spreading Holiday Cheer and Good Will
From our Winter Solstice Wishes for the World, to visits in the community spreading good cheer, to an impressive outpouring of kindness for displaced children, the Rocky Hill School community gave back in many ways this holiday season.
Once again, students from all divisions contributed to the Providence organization, Communities for People (CFP), to help make the season special for disadvantaged teens. The Lower School collected toiletries, games, and art supplies. The Middle and Upper School advisories and staff collected gifts to fulfill the wishes of 20 teens. All of the gifts were wrapped, loaded into a minibus, and delivered by Ms. Fairchild, Ms. Armentano, and Ms. Eaton.
Mrs. Chartrand’s advisory group busy wrapping gifts for a child at Communities for People.
The Middle School Chorus visited Atria Harbor Hill in East Greenwich for a Christmas carol sing-a-long.

Mark Your Calendar
Winter Break: December 22 – January 6
Alumni vs. Varsity Basketball Games: January 5 | Girls @ 10:30, Boys @ 11:30
US PTL Meeting: Thursday, January 10 | 3:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
Bring a Friend to School Day
: Friday, January 18 (grades 6-8)

Winter RHEA and RHEA+ Registration Open
A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Thursday mornings and afternoons, and led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors.

RHEA Winter 2019 Session
January 14 – March 7 (days and times vary)
Register by Thursday, January 10, 2019

Courses
Engineering Club (Grades 5-8)
Baking and Crafts (Grades K-5)
Toy Hack Club (Grades 3-5)
Learn to Play Violin (Grades K-5)
Full STEAM Ahead (Grades 2-5)
Pottery (Grades 1-5) – FULL
Sleepover Sewing (Grades 3-8)
Creative Business (Grades 6-8)
Paper Maché (Grades K-5)
Theatre by the Bay (Grades 3-5)
Winter Adventure Club (Grades 5-8)

RHEA+ Winter 2019 Session
Pottery for Adults:  Wednesdays, January 16 – February 20

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Hackathon 2019 Date Announced
Save the date now for Rocky Hill School’s 2nd Annual Statewide Hackathon. The planning will begin soon for a 2019 Hack for Social Good on November 16-17, 2019. Mrs. Stowe and Mrs. Fonseca Lanham will once again work directly with students to design the program and decide on the theme:  LEARN MORE

Share Your Civil Rights Movement Stories
In anticipation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 21, 2019, we are gathering comments and stories from those who were in the United States during the civil rights movement, to learn how it impacted them and their community. If you or someone you know would like to share a story with our Upper School and Middle School students, we thank you and ask that you do the following: record a video of your story (approximately 1 minute) and send your video to the Dean of Student Life, Eléna Rich at erich@rockyhill.org.

LearnLaunch Entrepreneurs Collaborating in LS

2018-19 LearnLaunch partner Hihilulu brought their adaptive Chinese language app to our early childhood team. Teachers explored cultural competencies and foreign language literacy, as well as the artful and systematic processes of writing Chinese characters. Our students will begin co-developing this fun, engaging app after the winter holiday.

PTL Cookie Swap 
Many thanks to the PTL for organizing another amazing Cookie Swap for the faculty and staff. Dozens of cookies were shared and all agreed that this is truly one of our favorite traditions!

LearnLaunch Venture Wins Award
Choosito, who worked closely with the RHS students and faculty last year, won the highly competitive IBM Watson AI XPRISE Runner-Up Milestone Award. READ MORE

Yearbooks at a Discount
The Crest is an amazing student-designed yearbook that represents students from all three divisions and is a must-have keepsake. Yearbooks are 10% off now through December 21 – the last sale price of the year! Take advantage of the discount while you still can. To place an order, go to www.coffeepond.com, click on “Order Yearbooks,” and enter the school password, TheCrest2019 (no spaces). Simply follow the prompts to complete your order.

Yearbooks Tributes
We invite you to support the Yearbook Club and celebrate the Class of 2019 by ordering a tribute/sponsorship page. Your tribute can include quotes, personal messages, and/or photos to celebrate your graduate. Sponsors are also welcome to send their good wishes to graduating seniors while promoting their business. All tributes and sponsorship pages should be completed and submitted by February 15, 2019. LEARN MORE

Learning in Action
At Rocky Hill School, our students are engaged in deep learning every day. Whether they collaborate with outside experts, engage in Project Based Learning, or act as good citizens, we celebrate the impact they have on their learning and the world around them.

Behind the Cells Exposition

By Willa Geoghegan ’20

If you were to walk into the Flynn Lecture Hall on Thursday, December 20th, 2018 you may have seen an unexpected sight: 18 cardboard cutouts of human silhouettes, one side white, one side yellow, one for each freshman group. After reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot over the summer, the freshman class began a two-month joint biology and English project, Behind the Cells, to educate the people of their community who are affected by cancer and help them understand it more completely. The 9th graders decorated the yellow side of the cutouts with quotes and stories from the families and friends of the cancer patients. The stories were personal and warm and conveyed that the interviewers listened and connected with the interviewees. The white side of the cutouts gave biological and bioethical information to demystify the different cancers.

The freshman class learned imperative communication skills through their interview process and even attended a sensitivity training seminar with Director of Counseling and Wellness Traci Fairchild to assist in communicating their interview questions to family members, friends, or patients as ethical citizens. Santino Izzi ‘22 said the training helped him learn how to comfort interviewees and was an essential resource to have before the interview. After working vigorously on this project from both a biological and a storytelling perspective, the final project came together to present back to over 100 of the family members, patients, teachers, peers, and even Channel 10 reporter Barbara Morse Silva.

The freshman anticipated the questions that the community would have on their project and were clear and concise in their communication of their information. They were well informed, prepared, self-aware, and professional while speaking to all members of the community. While Marshall Lind ‘22 and Zihan Yang ‘22 presented they were met by a family member of their project subject who was impressed and appreciative of the work they had done. She even gave them an update on how he’s doing now.

Center for Nonviolence and Peace StudiesAfter an extensive unit researching and discussing nonviolent protests for social change throughout history, Mrs. Cicchese’s eighth grade English students visited the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island where they presented their findings. Director Dr. Paul Bueno DeMesquita and members of the staff were extremely impressed with the level of knowledge and poise our students demonstrated in their presentations. Among the movements discussed were #MeToo, Million Man March, Fists in the Air, The Salt March, and Black Lives Matter. The Rocky Hill eighth grade would like to thank the Center for the warm welcome and inspiring discussions!

Lego Robotics State Qualifier at RHS
On SaturdayDecember 15, RHS hosted the state Lego Robotics Qualifier. Hundreds of eager students equipped with robots, ideas, and enthusiasm were on campus to compete for a spot in the state finals. While our Mini-Mariners didn’t qualify for states, their collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills were impressive!

Eighth Graders See Short Stories Come to Life

The eighth grade English students recently had the pleasure of traveling to Rhode Island College Roberts Auditorium to see a performance of short stories by the Chamber Theater Company. After reading several stories in class, it was great fun to see live performances of short stories including The Tell Tale Heart, The Raven, The Necklace, and The Monkey’s Paw.

Fifth Grade Visits the Welcome House
The fifth grade math Holiday Treats Project culminated with a visit to Welcome House, a homeless shelter in South Kingstown. Students learned how to multiply and divide fractions by doubling and halving a holiday recipe. They then baked their treats and donated boxes of treats to the people at Welcome House. During their visit, they learned about the services provided to the homeless population in South County. Our visit sparked an idea for another project after we return from break!

Enviro Science Visits Snake Den State Park
Mary Grande, RIDEM Environmental Education Coordinator, visited the US Environmental Science class to share her knowledge about wildlife and land management practices in RI. The visit was followed up by a field trip led by Mary to Snake Den State Park in Johnston. The trip integrated problem-solving techniques with ecology, wildlife, and ecosystem management.

SMAC Leading Diversity Conversations
On December 13th, SMAC (Students Making Activist Communities) continued their ongoing diversity work with the Middle School advisory groups. This week’s theme centered around the traditions of multiple religions during the holiday season.  Isabella Robinson, who has been developing an equity-based reading and activity curriculum for the Lower and Middle Schools, led the Upper School SMAC members in this activity. If you would like to know more about the Diversity program, this year’s theme, “Hear to Speak,” or if you want to get involved in the work, please contact Matt Gnolfo, Director of Diversity, at mgnolfo@rockyhill.org.

Forensics Experts
On Friday, December 7th, the Forensics Science class toured the new URI Chemistry & Forensics Science building, and then attended a presentation by world-famous forensic scientist/expert Dr. Henry C. Lee. Students enjoyed listening to his life story but were most engaged with photos and explanations of evidence he has handled. Cases reviewed included JonBenét Ramsey, OJ Simpson, Elizabeth Smart, and John F. Kennedy.

Second Grade Animal Rescue PBL
Mrs. Rich spent time in the second grade classroom helping students come up with ideas on how they can raise awareness for their animal rescue league PBL. They were very excited to have her help and cannot wait to have her back for another visit.

Lift-Off!
The Middle School students wrapped up their Rocket Building workshop with successful launches on Wednesday afternoon.

Life in Kindergarten

While recess is always a favorite, there are some amazing learning experiences going on in Ms. Marcus’ class.

Computer Programming
Kindergarten is learning how to program with Mrs. Cunningham once a week. They are practicing step-by-step directions with friends to understand the basics of coding. In addition, Mrs. Cunningham is teaching students in the Upper School how to create programs for their Kindergarten tech buddies to help them practice math.

Yoga
The students practices yoga every day after lunch. They are learning breathing techniques and new poses to help them feel calm.

Composting
The class worked with their sixth grade buddies on a compost project. The sixth graders explained the process and showed the Kindergarten students how to grow lettuce indoors, using rich soil from our compost bins. The students really got their hands dirty and had a blast. Thank you to Mrs. Chartrand for planning such a fun lesson!

Future Forum 3 @ Hope High School
On December 5th, a group of five juniors, Christoff Bandele, Pascale Burnett, Willa Geoghegan, Nick McConnell, and Isabella Robinson, attended Future Forum 3 at Hope High School. The forum, created by Mr. Stephen Cronin, provided an opportunity for students to interact with industry experts from diverse backgrounds about the impact of artificial intelligence on the job market. The professionals talked about how advanced technology is currently impacting their industry, and which skills will be essential for people in the near future. Students from Rocky Hill School, Hope High School, and La Salle Academy broke into small groups with entrepreneurs and collaborated to envision an interesting job that may be affected by AI in the future. Each group had to present their findings to the audience. The forum ended with a lunch that gave students an opportunity to network with professionals and peers.

Winter Choral Concert

This past Thursday, the community was treated to an outstanding Winter Choral Concert. Thank you to the students and faculty for your hard work and sharing your talent. We were pleased to have some of our talented instrumental musicians accompany on several songs and, new this year, an a cappella group. In all, 105 students graced the stage and filled the Sharpe Gymnasium with beautiful music.

Annual Mug Sale
The annual RHS mug sale to support the arts is back! Mugs are handmade by Mr. Chatterley and are just $25 each. Reserve your mug HERE or by emailing Rachel Armentano.

Athletes of the Week
Johnette Williams ’19, Girls Basketball
Johnette put in a great week of practice with tremendous effort and leadership along with big contributions to our league win over Williams.
Steven Lora ’19, Boys Basketball
For the second week in a row, hard work is paying off for Steven Lora. Steven put up almost 50 points including 27 against Brewster Academy Prep, a top-five team in the country with NBA prospects.

Don’t Miss the Alumni vs. Varsity Basketball Game
Please join us as a player or spectator for this FUN annual event. Alumni, don’t worry if you are a little bit rusty or a bit out of shape, that’s what subs are for!

Saturday, January 5th
10:30 am – Alumnae vs Girls Varsity
11:30 am – Alumni vs. Boys Varsity

Varsity Basketball Teams Host Mariner Classic
Both US Girls Varsity and Boys Varsity Basketball teams finished in 2nd place of their respective Mariner Classic Basketball Tournaments.

eSports in Second Place 

In our inaugural season of eSports, Rocky Hill School is currently in 2nd place in the State. Playoffs begin after the holidays.

Middle School Basketball
Middle School Basketball begins on Monday, January 7th, so please make sure you come with everything you need for practice.

Karrie Schwaab, Deputy Refuge Manager and Janis Nepshinsky, Visitor Services Manager, award Alyssa Grayson the Volunteer of the Year Award for the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuges

Rocky Hill School senior Alyssa Grayson has been a high-impact volunteer and advocate for wildlife and the environment since she was in Lower School. Congratulations to Alyssa whose awards and activities include:

  • Presidential Volunteer Award and Award of Excellence
  • Volunteer of the Year for 2018 from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) 
  • Community Artist of the month twice
  • 2000 volunteer hours with USFWS
  • Family-friendly nature programs: oceans, coyotes, corvids, bats, reptiles, and citizen science
  • Acoustic monitoring of the native frog species at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center vernal pool
  • Amphibian egg mass counts
  • Monitoring Piping Plover nesting sites
  • Organizing a Community Artist event featuring 4-H artists
  • Volunteering with RIDEMgoose and duck banding, the black bear project, counting bat, and monitoring deer for Chronic Wasting Disease
  • A new project helping the Narragansett Bay coyote study in coordination with Coyote Smarts, USFWS, RIDEM, and The Nature Conservancy

Thank you to the RHS/Girls Leadership Collaborative team of Morgan, Charlotte, Lizzie, Lily, Sydney, Kaeley, Katie, Abbey, Mrs. Stowe, and Mrs. Reedy who volunteered recently for the RI Foodbank. READ MORE in this Providence Journal article.


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December 7, 2018

Recently, the Hackathon team, From Streetlights to Treelights, presented their idea to Anthony Baro, founder of E2SOL and PowerDocks. Their concept was to recode the DNA of tree seeds with fluorescent protein to produce natural light in trees. They were able to refine and present their pitch, engage in Q&A about start-ups, and begin to establish their external network. The team received outstanding praise from Baro and when they finished their pitch, his first advice was to consider filing patents and hiring an intellectual property lawyer. Suffice it to say, we are already following up and he is excited to help them create internships in areas of their choosing at E2SOL and PowerDocks.

Mark Your Calendar
Winter Choral Concert:  Thursday, December 13 | 6:30 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Winter Break:  December 22 – January 6

Holiday Sale in the SWAG Store
Enjoy 20% off all merchandise in the RHS SWAG Store located in Hopelands. Brand your Mariner in RHS sweatshirts, sweatpants, T-shirts, socks, and more (adult and children’s sizes available). Special hours are noted below.
Wednesday, December 12th | 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, December 13th | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19th | 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Veracross Access from RHS App!
Parents love the convenience of the RHS Mobile App. Now you have access to an easy link to Veracross via the Portals page. Just enter your password and you’re in! If you do not have the app downloaded on your phone, you can access it from the iPhone App Store and in Google Play.

Annual Mug Sale
The annual RHS mug sale to support the arts is back! Mugs are handmade by Mr. Chatterley and are just $25 each. Reserve your mug HERE or by emailing Rachel Armentano.  They can be picked up at the Winter Solstice celebration on Friday, December 21st in the Campbell Center lobby (outside the cafeteria).

Great Gift for the Holidays – Adult Pottery
Looking for a fun and creative holiday gift for someone special in your life? This winter Mike Chatterley will be offering RHEA+ Adult Pottery classes on Wednesday evenings. This six-week course is a great way to learn a new skill and bring home your own pottery. For details and to register, CLICK HERE.

Winter RHEA Registration Open
A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Thursday mornings and afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors.

Winter 2019 Session
January 14 – March 7 (days and times vary)
Register by Thursday, January 10, 2019

Courses
Engineering Club (Grades 5-8)
Baking and Crafts (Grades K-5)
Toy Hack Club (Grades 3-5)
Learn to Play Violin (Grades K-5)
Full STEAM Ahead (Grades 2-5)
Pottery (Grades 1-5)
Sleepover Sewing (Grades 3-8)
Creative Business (Grades 6-8)
Paper Mache (Grades K-5)
Theatre by the Bay (Grades 3-5)
Winter Adventure Club (Grades 5-8)

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Something to Talk About
RHS is redesigning our website, and parent, student, and alumni testimonials are always impactful. If you would be willing to share your testimonial for inclusion on the site, please email your write-up to Kristie Stark.

Calling All 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders!
Does your child have a friend, cousin or neighbor who might be interested in attending Rocky Hill  School? If so, they are welcome to come to school with your child for “Bring a Friend to School Day” on Friday, January 18th. Permissions slips will be available after break.

Volunteers Needed for Lego Robotics State Qualifier
This year, RHS is hosting the Lego Robotics State Qualifier and we need volunteers on the big day. Middle and Upper School students, and parents, can assist with a variety of tasks from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on SaturdayDecember 15. You can volunteer for the morning, afternoon, or the entire day. If you are willing to help please contact Charlie Laurent or Caity MacDonald.

Yearbooks at a Discount
The Crest is an amazing student-designed yearbook that represents students from all three divisions and is a must-have keepsake. Yearbooks are 10% off now through December 21 – the last sale price of the year! Take advantage of the discount while you still can. To place an order, go to www.coffeepond.com, click on “Order Yearbooks,” and enter the school password, TheCrest2019 (no spaces). Simply follow the prompts to complete your order.

Yearbooks Tributes
We invite you to support the Yearbook Club and celebrate the Class of 2019 by ordering a tribute/sponsorship page. Your tribute can include quotes, personal messages, and/or photos to celebrate your graduate. Sponsors are also welcome to send their good wishes to graduating seniors while promoting their business. All tributes and sponsorship pages should be completed and submitted by February 15, 2019. LEARN MORE

Learning in Action
At Rocky Hill School, our students are engaged in deep learning every day. Whether they collaborate with outside experts, engage in Project Based Learning, or act as good citizens, we celebrate the impact they have on their own learning and the world around them.

The Rocky Hill Mini Mariners First Lego League Robotics team recently Skyped with NASA astronaut, Kjell Lindgren. Thanks to the support of Rocky Hill Alum, Brad Davey ’89, the team had the unique opportunity to chat with Kjell and ask him questions about his experiences in orbit. Kjell spent 120 days aboard the International Space Station in 2015 and his stories captivated all who attended the Skype. The Mini Mariners are studying the effects of long-term space travel on an astronaut’s physical and mental health.

The students are developing a program that would recommend to NASA that it incorporate mindfulness training into its astronaut preparation program. Much to the relief of the team, Kjell confirmed that there is currently no formal mindfulness program for astronauts in training. We’re sure you will join us in wishing the team good luck as they compete in the Rhode Island State Qualifier on December 15th at Rocky Hill School.  Members of the team include Skye Connell, Ethan Grandin, Sayuri Lakhkar, Alexa Laurent, Alex Lehouiller, Luke Lehouiller, Mara Newkirk, Katie O’Neil, Jonathan Riley, Leah Walker, and Eighth Grade Mentor, Abbey Grandin.

7th Grade Fashion Feedback
Last week the Seventh Grade concluded their figure drawing and fashion design unit by hosting a feedback forum in the Campbell Conference room. Students showed off their fashion-forward unisex clothing designs to area professionals. The special event was a huge success and filled with questions, compliments, and connections. Mrs. Armentano would like to thank local fashion designer Amy Deblasio, professional photographer and RHS photography teacher Dawn Temple, Professor Linda Welters from the URI Department of Fashion and Merchandising, RHS parent Jennifer Massotti of Barrington Books, designer Kylee Moraton of Cleanbrands, and RHS Director of Innovation Meg Stowe for joining the Seventh Grade for this wonderful event. For a closer look at the artwork, CLICK HERE.

Mystic Aquarium Visit

The US Marine Biology students visited Mystic Aquarium last week. They had the opportunity to take a comparative anatomy class with a Mystic educator. In addition to enjoying all of the exhibits and animals, they viewed real specimens of skulls and used dichotomous keys to determine the species of marine mammals.

Lower School PE Classes Climb to New Heights!

On Thursday, November 29th, the second and third grade classes took a P.E. field trip to Rock Spot Climbing in Peace Dale, RI. They had a blast using their critical thinking skills to navigate the best path to the top of each rock wall. During the team building exercise, they utilized their communication skills to solve a challenging problem.

9th Grade Chariot Race
The annual “Roman Chariot Race,” was hosted by Ninth Grade World History students and included all freshmen and the defending champions from the other three grades. The teams designed homemade chariots and teams raced in qualifying heats and then in a final championship round. The team of Lily Kerachsky (charioteer) and horses Kaeley Zito, Davis Lee, and Sonny Massotti came out on top! Not only is the event a fun way to learn about ancient times, but it also requires students to be builders, engineers, and collaborators!

JDRF Visits Middle School
Brandon Denson, from the JDRF organization, shared his personal story with Middle and Upper School students. As a football player at Michigan State, and then with the Carolina Panthers, and even a Ninja Warrior, Brandon’s story emphasized the “thrive not survive” motto and empowers not only Type 1 diabetics, but all students to reach their fullest potential.

Interact Club Lends a Hand
Thank you to everyone who donated clothing for the Interact Community Service Club collection for Clothes-to-Kids, a non-profit organization that provides a wardrobe to students whose families are experiencing financial hardship. The students helped sort the clothes they brought and learned about the amazing program.

Model Rocket Building Begins in the Middle School!
After school, students in the Middle School have been busy learning about the science behind model rockets, with experts from the Newport Civil Air Patrol.

6th graders August Moran and Elise Beland check their work with Richard Courtney of the Newport Civil Air Patrol during Model Rocket Building which started this week.
Students Present to East Greenwich Rotary
RHS students who went on the Interact Club service trip to Puerto Rico this August delivered a presentation to the East Greenwich Rotary this week. The Club helped sponsor the trip and members were impressed by their video and the impact the trip had on the students.
The Winter Instrumental Concert was one to remember. Congratulations to our talented musicians and thank you for an entertaining evening!

Winter Choral Concert
Don’t miss the upcoming Winter Choral Concert and your chance to tour the new recording studio on Thursday, December 13! The concert will be held in the Sharpe Gymnasium beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tours of the recording studio begin at 6:00 p.m.

New Recording Studio AnnouncedThanks to a generous contribution by Mr. John Ponte, the School was able to purchase the sound equipment needed to install a new recording studio in the music room in Campbell. The Lehouiller Family and an anonymous family also supported the creation of the room by donating furniture and carpeting. Be sure to come by and see it before the concert!

8th Grade Art on View Downtown
Eighth grade, painted paper collages are now on view at the Nook Coffee House in downtown East Greenwich. Student artwork will be showcased at different times, rotating every couple of weeks through the middle of January. Stop by for a look at the beautiful art display and a delicious coffee. Please note: parents will receive an email when their child’s work is on display.

Athletes of the Week
Kaeley Zito ’22, Girls Basketball
Steven Lora ’19, Boys Basketball
Ben Pogacar ’21, eSports

Be a Fan!
US Basketball has begun. Check the portal for schedule and score updates. MS Basketball will begin after winter break. If it is not listed in your portal schedule beginning in January, you have not signed up for the team and need to contact Ms. Williams.

Boys Varsity & JV Basketball
Friday, December 7 @Brewster Academy
Saturday, December 8 vs. Curry Hicks Cage @ UMASS
JV:  Friday, December 14 @ Putnam Science Academy
December 15-16 for Mariner Classic @ RHS

Girls Varsity Basketball
Wednesday, December 12 @ Springfield Commonwealth Academy
Friday, December 14 vs. Putnam

Going for Greatness Speaker Panel
Athletics hosted a speaker panel entitled “Going for Greatness” last week. Guests included Cindy Blodgett (All-American, WNBA 6th overall draft pick), Tip Fairchild (All-American, member of Houston Astros’ 2005 draft class), Katelyn Jarrell (Team USA Judo), and Sean Quirk (All-American and current Head Coach of the Boston Cannons MLL team). Panelists spoke about their journeys to the pinnacle of their sport and how they overcame obstacles along the way.

Aviva Beringhause ’19 individually raised $825 to be combined with the $200 Rocky Hill School’s Chinese Culture Club raised at Homecoming to help migrant children in China in need of eye treatment and eyeglasses. These three little girls were beneficiaries and are now able to thrive in their school!

Esteban Wu ’19 has been working on a project focused on bringing greater accessibility to the blind and visually impaired in public venues. As a freshman, he was introduced to a technology known as the BlindSquare Beacon Positioning System (BPS), which assists people with visual impairments. The app, similar to a GPS, is tailored for the blind and visually impaired, utilizing precise audio instructions. He was inspired and determined to bring this useful technology back to the RI community. Ultimately, Esteban secured financial support and backing from InSight (a Rhode Island agency that provides various services to the blind and visually impaired) and helped design and install the layout for the first BPS in Rhode Island at the INSIGHT rehabilitation center. This pilot program will serve as a training ground for the Orientation and Mobility Specialists and their students to learn and practice this technology for independent travel. It is Esteban’s dream to see this technology being adopted and deployed at T.F. Green Airport, for the benefit and increased accessibility of all individuals with visual impairments. Pictured above is Esteban delivering a presentation at the 2018 Northeast AER Conference entitled, Indoor Navigation using iBeacon: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Program.

Head of School Diane Rich was featured on AMAZING WOMEN on WPRO last Sunday. She discussed the innovative ways RHS is teaching children and the importance of students finding a school and program that helps them flourish as individuals. If you missed the broadcast you can catch it online, HERE.

During our Fall Classic auction, faculty and administrators donated special experiences to help support the cause. An art lesson from Ms. Rachel Armentano and a baking party with Head of School Diane Rich were among them. Students had so much fun on their special adventures over the last two weeks.

 

Congratulations to Gregory Blasbalg ’90 (pictured on the left) who is starting his second term on the North Kingstown School Committee and will continue to serve as Chairman.  Greg shared, “It’s a privilege and honor to be able to work with our great school department and my colleagues on the Committee.”


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