January 12, 2018

In Honor of Dr. King

Rocky Hill School will be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Dana McLean Greeley, the great-grandfather of Will ’23 and Rory ’27 Hanney, joins hands with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1966. Greeley is fourth from the left.

Important Dates

Upper School PTL Meeting
Wednesday, January 17
8:15 a.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Lower School PTL Meeting
Wednesday, January 24
8:15 a.m.
Campbell Conference Room

“Prescription for Parents” – a presentation by CVS
Friday, January 26
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Executive Committee PTL Meeting
Wednesday, January 31
8:15 a.m.
Campbell Conference Room

College Night for Juniors and Parents
Wednesday, February 7
6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

All School PTL Meeting
TuesdayFebruary 13
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

SCHOOL CLOSED
Monday, February 19 – Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, February 20 – Head of School’s Holiday
Wednesday, February 21 – Faculty Professional Development Day (no school for students)


Students Challenged by ALEX AND ANI Design Team

Visual art students have been challenged to create 3D charm prototypes to reflect Rocky Hill School’s student competencies (Navigator, critical thinker, citizen, communicator, innovative, self-aware, ethical, globally-minded) under the guidance of designers from ALEX AND ANI, an eco-conscious jewelry and accessories brand, headquartered and produced in Cranston, Rhode Island. The design challenge will expose the students to concept ideation, research, the design process, marketing, and rapid prototyping of the final products.

Click here to read more


Congrats, Hannah Chung!

Earlier this week, Hannah Chung, co-founder and creative director at Sproutel, and recent innovative visitor to our 3rd grade class, won a Best in Innovation Award at the #CES (Consumer Electronics Show) for Tech for a Better World. The honor is awarded to those innovations making social impact.

Click here to read the award announcement in Providence Business News

Rocky Hill School will bring Hannah and her team back to campus this February to participate in the development of their next health and wellness product to help children who experience stress. Our students will have the opportunity to be a part of this groundbreaking research and prototyping work to help children around the world. Sproutel, makers of Jerry the Bear, won the innovation award for their #MySpecialAflacDuck, a plush toy that helps children who are undergoing cancer treatment. To learn more about this work at Rocky Hill School, contact Meg Stowe or Traci Fairchild.


Carolyn Laing Retires

After 19 years in the business office at Rocky Hill School, Carolyn Laing ended her career just after the faculty professional development day on January 3, 2018. Carolyn was recognized by the faculty and staff during a gathering at Jim and Jan Tracy’s house on the campus. The School and the Alumni Association have ordered a brick in honor of Carolyn to be installed this spring in one of the brick walks.

Thank you for your service and dedication to Rocky Hill School, Carolyn!


New Controller

Rocky Hill School welcomes Kristine Waxman as the new controller in the business office. Kris joined us prior to the winter break and spent some time with Carolyn Laing to help her settle into her new role. She has a degree in accounting from Johnson & Wales University.

Welcome, Kristine! 


Hopelands History, Part 2

Bruce MacGunnigle filed this second part of the history of Hopelands in this week’s Pendulum. Click the image below to read the story. Click here to read part one.


There’s Still Time for Yearbook Tributes

The Crest yearbook invites you to support the Yearbook Club and celebrate the Class of 2018 or Rocky Hill School by ordering a tribute/sponsorship page. Your tribute can include quotes, personal messages, and/or photos to celebrate a graduate. Sponsors are also welcome to send their good wishes to graduating seniors while promoting their business. The deadline for tributes in February 1, 2018. Click here to learn more or to order.


Admission Open House

Sunday, January 21
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Tell your friends and neighbors! We’re opening our doors to showcase all of the reasons why you chose Rocky Hill School for your child(ren). Please help spread the word about this important event:

  • Share the event on Facebook
  • Tag us on Instagram with #rockyhillschool

    “Prescription for Parents,”
    A Presentation by CVS Pharmacists

Friday, January 26
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

We are pleased to welcome pharmacists from CVS’ Pharmacists Teach program to campus for informative sessions on prescription drug misuse and abuse.

Parents are invited to join us in the morning for a session called “Prescription for Parents,” which aims to get parents and caregivers to talk to their children about the issue of prescription drug misuse and abuse. It will provide helpful tips and tools to parents so that they can effectively communicate the risks of prescription drugs to their children.

In the afternoon, Upper School students will attend a session called “One Choice Changes Everything,” which will raise awareness about the dangers and consequences of prescription drug misuse and abuse. Students will learn the facts and hear the stories of other teens whose lives were forever changed by their choice.

For more information, contact Traci Fairchild, Director of Counseling and Wellness


Scholastic Art Competition

Meg Getsinger submitted eight student artworks to the Scholastic Art Competition and two student works of art were selected. Scarlett Shen ’18 was awarded a Silver Key for her painting titled, “Gold and Blossom.” Olivia Massotti ’20 received a Silver Key for her painting, “Mother’s Inner Strength.”

An awards ceremony will be held at Rhode Island College at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 14 at Roberts Hall with the Exhibition Opening to follow directly after. The Exhibition will run until Saturday January 27.

Congratulations to all of the students who submitted work to the competition this year!


Author Week Continues in K-2

The students in Grades 1 and 2 welcomed author Jeanette Bradley on Tuesday and they learned how to edit and revise their writing. The kindergarten students wrote three-page stories with a specific main character, problem, and resolution. Thank you to Ms. Bradley for providing such a creative way for our students to express themselves!


A Trip to The Hive

On Wednesday, the 8th grade class toured The Hive RI (a co-working space, business support, and art gallery) and the Mill at Lafayette (community-based businesses) in North Kingstown. The students learned how the facilities were innovative in its past, and through collaborative and interdisciplinary partnerships are still innovative today.

The students will use what they learned to guide them through the design process that will result in a large mural for their service-learning art project. This mural will be a visual explanation of what the mill was and is today and will be showcased during the All-school Art Show in May.


Alumna in the Spotlight

Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06 was recently featured on GoLocalProv’s LIVE show on Facebook where she discussed her Drama Therapy for Addiction, as well as her “Owning Our Story” free statewide event which will be held at the VMA on Monday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m. Click here for details.

You can see Ana Bess’ clip on GoLocalProv below:


Trivia Masters

Several Middle School students entered a trivia contest on the AskRI.org website and won a set of books for the Rocky Hill School library.

Congrats and thank you to Derek Block ’23, Dudley Samponaro ’24 (team captain), Andrew Hogan ’23, and Sofia Quindazzi ’23.


Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Alumni Basketball Game Recap

The Alumni Boys’ and Upper School Boys’ Basketball teams faced off in a very well matched and competitive game during Saturday’s annual Alumni Game. The alumni showed that they still had the skills and stamina to keep up with the younger players. The Upper School boys were up 35-34 at the half. Towards the end of the second half, they started to pull away and ended up winning 77-68. The stats sheet was full! In particular, there were a grand total of 36 “fun intended” fouls between the two teams.

Click the photo below to view a slideshow by Beth DeGerlia

Alumni Basketball Game 2018


Special Event at Brown University

The Girls’ and Boys’ Varsity Basketball teams will playing against PCD at Brown University on Wednesday, January 17.

Location
Pizzitola Sports Center: 235 Hope St. Providence, RI 02906

  • Girls’ Varsity Basketball vs PCD 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys’ Varsity Basketball​ vs PCD 6:00 p.m.
Fan Info
  • FREE ENTRY allowed by 3:30 p.m.
  • Concessions available for purchase
  • Please wear blue and/or white!

The entire school is encouraged to attend and support our teams! 


Athletes of the Week

Aviva Beringhause ’1920180108_101701 (1)
Girls’ Varsity Basketball

“Aviva had a great week. She was extremely active on both ends of the floor, grabbing offensive and defensive rebounds, getting her hands on loose balls all while playing a ton of minutes. Her stats might not jump off the page at you but she did the little things in our two games to give us a chance to be successful. We hope Aviva’s blue collar approach work will set the tone for the group!”

– Coaches DeSalvo and Heise


20180108_101645 (1)Jay-Juan Hayes ’19
Boys’ Varsity Basketball

“After a great Friday night performance and another two-win week, Jay-Juan Hayes earned himself AOTW by hoisting 30 points and leading all scorers. The breakout performance for Hayes seemed effortless as he connected at all three levels, shooting over 70% from the field. He also averaged eight rebounds, four assists and five steals in the opening week of NEPSAC/SENE action.”

– Coaches Mahmoud and Washburn


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Wednesday, January 17
6:00 p.m.
PCD School Basketball @ Pizzitola Sports Center: 235 Hope St. Providence, RI 02906

Boys’ JV Basketball
Friday, January 19
4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas More Basketball @ Oakdale, CT (Saint Thomas More School)

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Wednesday, January 17
5:00 p.m.
PCD School Basketball @ Pizzitola Sports Center: 235 Hope St. Providence, RI 02906

MS Boys’ A Basketball
Thursday, January 18
4:45 p.m.
Pennfield MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ B Basketball
Thursday, January 18
3:45 p.m.
Pennfield MS Basketball @ Portsmouth, RI (Pennfield School))

MS Girls’ A Basketball
Thursday, January 18
4:45 p.m.
Pennfield MS Basketball @ Portsmouth, RI (Pennfield School)

MS Girls’ B Basketball
Thursday, January 18
3:45 p.m.
Pennfield MS Basketball @ Portsmouth, RI (Pennfield School)


Ben Pogacar ’20 competed at the Boys’ Deep Freeze Gymnastics Meet in Sterling, MA last week. He took first place on all six events (rings, floor, parallel bars, high bar, vault, and pommel horse) and won first place for the all-around award for the Junior Developmental level.

Congrats, Ben!


Swimmers Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 and Jacob Pogacar ’19 have qualified for the Rhode Island Independent League (RIIL) state championships. Both Cort and Jacob qualified in the 50 Free and Cort also qualified in the 500.


Jaida Catallozzi ’24 competed in the Little Boston Invitational last Friday at the Hynes Convention Center. She placed on every event and took 1st place on vault and 2nd place on floor. Jaida also came in 2nd place in the All Around. Next week, she will compete at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL.

When Jaida isn’t working on her school work or gymnastics, she can be found helping with the planning and ticket distribution for an event to benefit a school in Marigot, Haiti that her great-grandfather helped start over 30 years ago.


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

January 5, 2018


Fourth Grade on RI Public Radio

In early November, Mr. Laurent’s fourth grade students visited the Rhode Island State Archives as part of their Smith’s Castle partnership project. A reporter from RI Public Radio tagged along and filed this story.

Click the image below to read/listen


Our Deepest Sympathies

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the recent passing of Brenda Fougere. Brenda was the beloved wife of Wayne Fougere, of our plant operations team.

Memorial services for Brenda are as follows:

The Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home
2435 Warwick Avenue
Warwick, RI 02889

Visiting hours:
Friday, January 5, 2018
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Funeral:
Saturday, January 6, 2018
8:45 a.m.
The Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral HomeMass of Christian Burial:
10:00 a.m.
at St. Francis of Assisi
596 Jefferson Blvd.
Warwick, RI 02886

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148, would be appreciated.

For expressions of sympathy:
Mr. Wayne Fougere
c/o Rocky Hill School
530 Ives Road
East Greenwich, RI 02818


There’s Still Time for Yearbook Tributes

The Crest yearbook invites you to support the Yearbook Club and celebrate the Class of 2018 or Rocky Hill School by ordering a tribute/sponsorship page. Your tribute can include quotes, personal messages, and/or photos to celebrate a graduate. Sponsors are also welcome to send their good wishes to graduating seniors while promoting their business. The deadline for tributes in February 1, 2018. Click here to learn more or to order.


Last Call for RHEA & RHEA+

Two new courses have been added to RHEA, including one for adults!

  • Pottery (RHEA+, for adults)
  • Cooking for the Community (grades 6-12)

Click here to view all of the courses availableCourses start Monday!


PTL Meeting Dates

Middle School
Wednesday, January 10
8:15 a.m.
MS Commons

Upper School
Wednesday, January 17
8:15 a.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Lower School
Wednesday, January 24
8:15 a.m.
Blue Room, Perkins

Executive Committee
Wednesday, January 31
8:15 a.m.
Campbell Conference Room

All School PTL Meeting
TuesdayFebruary 13
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

The PTL thanks Jill Millard for stepping in as the Lower School Division Rep, after Rocky Hill said goodbye to the Martinez family as they moved to Florida.


Rome Kirby Joins Team Brunel

Rome Kirby ’07 has joined Team Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race for Leg 4 from Melbourne to Hong Kong. The fleet left Melbourne on Tuesday, January 2.

Read more here

Rome Kirby ’07. Photo by Team Brunel.

This is What Community is All About


Alumni Basketball Games

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

Saturday, January 6, 2018
11:30 a.m. – Alumni vs. Boys’ Varsity

Please let us know if you’d like to participate in the game on Saturday by clicking here.


Admission Open House

Sunday, January 21
12:00-2:00 p.m.

Tell your friends and neighbors! We’re opening our doors to showcase all of the reasons why you chose Rocky Hill School for your child(ren). Please help spread the word about this important event:


Wishes for the World

Here are the “Wishes for the World” presented by each class at the Winter Solstice assembly on December 15:

  • The Preschool wish for the world is “Peace for all children”
  • The Kindergarten’s wish for the world is “PEACE”
  • The 1st Grade wish for the world is for “world peace and an end to war”
  • The 2nd Grade wish for the world is that “all wars would be over and people would stop fighting”
  • The 3rd Grades’s wish for the world is that “all of the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development are achieved by 2030 so that we will have a world that is green, full of kindness, and good for everyone”
  • The 4th Grade wish for the world is “for everyone to protect, cherish, learn, and remember their own history and not repeat its mistakes. If you don’t know where you’ve been, you can’t know where you are going”
  • The 5th Grade’s wish for the world is is to “have a place for everyone to consider a suitable home to help lessen homelessness”
  • The 6th Grade’s wish for the world is to “stop governmental and police profiling based on diversity”
  • The 7th Grade’s wish for the world is “for justice and the equitable treatment for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, belief, or sexuality”
  • The 8th Grade’s wish for world is for “all children to have a safe and loving home where they can thrive and feel loved”
  • The 9th Grade wishes “equity for all, peace for all, and love for all”
  • The 10th Grade wishes for “governments around the world to be more receptive to information about global warming and climate change, and that steps are taken to preserve the one and only Earth we have”
  • The 11th Grade class “wish for everyone to live without fear of their own well-being or that of others”
  • The Senior Class wishes for “each person to find it in their hearts this holiday season to spread love and compassion to all, and we would also like to wish that all seniors get into the college of their choice (at an affordable tuition)”

These wishes were placed in a fire, and with the rising smoke from the burning paper, the wishes were carried into the atmosphere, spreading throughout the world.


Author Week in K-2

The K-2 Crew had a special visit from illustrator Melanie Chan this week, who shared her beautiful book entitled Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean. After the story, Ms. Chan taught the kids how to create Chinese paper cut designs. They made moths from the story to take home.

During Author Week, the students will also meet Jannie Ho, who has written and illustrated a book called Bear and Chicken. The final author for Author Week will be Jeanette Bradley, mother of students Sorrel ’30 and Genevieve ’23. Ms. Bradley’s book, Love Mama, will hit bookstores on January 7. She will teach the writing process and show the students her own book publishing process.


1st and 4th Grade Reading Buddies!


Recent Campus Improvements

We are happy to announce that several campus improvements have been made over the winter break:

  • Network updates to improve access to the network and Wifi
  • New electrical lines were strung underground from Flynn to Hopelands
  • Exterior lighting was added to the rear of the Sharpe Gymnasium, illuminating the path from Flynn to the parking lot
  • Overhead wires were removed from campus that stretched from Perkins to the rear side of the preschool and the Carriage House, as well as outside Hopelands, Campbell, and the Brick House. These wires were abandoned years ago after new lines were relocated underground.

Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Saturday, January 6
11:30 a.m.
Alumni @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Boys’ JV Basketball
Wednesday, January 10
5:30 p.m.
RI School for Deaf Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Wednesday, January 10
4:00 p.m.
Lexington Christian Academy Basketball @ Lexington, MA (Lexington Christian Academy)

MS Boys’ A Basketball
Tuesday, January 9
4:45 p.m.
Pine Point MS Basketball @ Stonington, CT (Pine Point School)

MS Boys’ B Basketball
Tuesday, January 9
3:45 p.m.
Pine Point MS Basketball @ Stonington, CT (Pine Point School)

MS Girls’ A Basketball
Tuesday, January 9
4:45 p.m.
Pine Point MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ B Basketball
Tuesday, January 9
3:45 p.m.
Pine Point MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)


We’re proud of you, Jaida Catallozzi ’25!


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

December 16, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Image courtesy of the RHS Visual Arts Department

Administrative offices will be closed at noon on Friday, December 22 and will reopen Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Classes resume Wednesday, January 3, 2018.


Winter Solstice Celebration

On Friday, December 15, students, faculty, and staff gathered in Campbell Center to ring in the beginning of winter break during the annual Winter Solstice Celebration. We wish everyone a joyous holiday season and look forward to a healthy and prosperous new year!

Videos by Rob Lee:

View a slideshow of the day’s events:

Winter Solstice Celebration 2017


Giving Back

Immediately after the Winter Solstice celebration, the Community Service Club gathered all of the gifts that were donated by students in all grades, as well as by faculty, staff, and parents, and loaded them onto a minibus. Sue Eaton and Maureen Fahey then drove them to Communities for People in Fall River, MA, where they will be distributed to children in need. This annual community service event has been growing each year, and soon it might be time to use the big yellow bus to bring the gifts! Thank you to everyone who was so generous in donating gifts and/or money to sponsor these children.


Thank You, PTL, for the Cookies!

Here are just some of the comments from Rocky Hill School faculty and staff after picking up their tins of cookies on Thursday, courtesy of the RHS Parent Teacher League:

“The PTL elves have some awesome baking skills.”
“Wonderful job, thank you all so much!”
“Love Love Love cookies…this will help me stay motivated to keep running with the MS Girls’ Basketball team at practice!”
“Delicious! Thank you, PTL!!!”

Attention Parents:
Did you leave behind your tray or container from the Cookie Swap? Several items are still upstairs in Hopelands. Contact Missy Walker at ext. 296 if you’d like to stop by and pick up your item(s).


Have You Seen Any Gingerbread Men?

Earlier this week in Library, Mrs. Silva read the preschoolers the story of The Gingerbread Baby. The children then made some gingerbread men of their own with Chef Jay in the Flik kitchen. But wouldn’t you know it? They ran away! Please ask friends and family members if they have seen our gingerbread men. If they see them, please ask them to send us a postcard or letter (Rocky Hill School, Att: Preschool, 530 Ives Road, East Greenwich, RI 02818) or an email (lreimer@rockyhill.org) telling us where little treats have traveled. There is lots of speculation as to where they might be, and the preschoolers will map their travels over the next few weeks.


Hoping for a Device-Free Holiday?

For the holiday season, the RHS Technology Department shares these ideas for device-free time from Common Sense Media. Click here to read their suggestions for activities and ways to manage technology.


Tributes Make Great Gifts!

The Crest yearbook invites you to support the Yearbook Club and celebrate the Class of 2018 or Rocky Hill School by ordering a tribute/sponsorship page. Your tribute can include quotes, personal messages, and/or photos to celebrate a graduate. Sponsors are also welcome to send their good wishes to graduating seniors while promoting their business. The deadline for tributes in February 1, 2018. Click here to learn more or to order.


RHEA & RHEA+ Courses Added

Two new courses have been added to RHEA, including one for adults!

  • Pottery (RHEA+, for adults)
  • Cooking for the Community (grades 6-12)

Click here to view all of the courses availableThe deadline for registration is Friday, January 5, 2018.


New Mobile App Features

A new section that highlights student projects has been added to the RHS Mobile App. Currently, the 2nd and 4th grade classes have projects that they wish to share with the community and more will be added over the coming weeks and months.

Mrs. Cruff’s 2nd grade class mapped the campus and created a tour for people to follow. A sketch and an audio file for each location have been added to educate the public about the campus.

Mr. Laurent’s 4th grade class documented their Smith’s Castle partnership project, and it includes a timeline, video, and photos that document their work.

All projects can be shared by clicking the “share arrow” located at the top right corner of the screen.


Check out The Tide

The Upper School newspaper, The Tide, has published a few articles in preparation for winter break. Check it out by clicking the image below:


13th Annual Mariner Classic Boys’ Basketball Tournament

Sunday, December 17

Come out and support the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team as they take on high level competition!

11:00 a.m.
Rocky Hill School vs. Springfield Commonwealth Academy

12:30 p.m.
Hope HS vs. Springfield Commonwealth Academy

2:00 p.m.
Rocky Hill School vs. Redemption Christian Academy


Alumni Basketball Games

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

Saturday, January 6, 2018
10:30 a.m. – Alumnae vs Girls’ Varsity
11:30 a.m. – Alumni vs. Boys’ Varsity

Do you need a little practice?
We will hold a practice session for alumni players on
Wednesday, January 3 in the gym from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Please let us know if you’d like to participate in the practice and/or the big game on Saturday by clicking here.


Griffin Spinney ’20, Christoff Bandele ’20, Cole Larimer ’20, George Kass ’20, Kobe Polley ’20, Dylan Lehouiller ’21, Max Lehouiller ’20, and Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 show off their snowman making skills. Photo by Rob Lee.

5th Grade Visits Welcome House

The fifth grade math Holiday Treats Project culminated with a visit to the Welcome House, a 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 the Welcome House. During their visit, they learned about all the important services provided by the Welcome House to the homeless population in South County.


Alex and Ani Collaboration

Rocky Hill School’s Visual Arts department visited Alex and Ani on Wednesday for a tour and a peek into their creative work space. The art teachers met with Beecher Leonard-Fritzmeier, Alex and Ani’s Vice President of Design, plus their photographer and design team. The Visual Arts Department is excited about an upcoming collaboration between the Alex and Ani designers and Rocky Hill students.

Orabel Piccoli ’24 was so excited about this opportunity that she created a display board showing her design process for a charm that features Rocky Hill School’s core values. The Alex and Ani design team was thrilled to receive Orabel’s design board!

The Alex and Ani design team was presented with Orabel Piccoli’s design board for a Rocky Hill School-themed charm.

Constructing a “Crime Scene”

Mrs. Matson’s Forensic Science students constructed a simulated blood spatter booth so that they could simulate the patterns of blood spatter from various injury and instrument types. When they return in January, they will use trigonometry to estimate the location of a victim.


Kindergarten Studies Homes Around the World

The kindergarteners have been studying homes around the world. They made watercolor homes for the United States and designed homes for families in India and the UAE. Most recently, they studied the refugee population in Syria.

“We want to make them better homes, so they don’t have to live in tents.”  – Sorrel B.

The students made blueprints and built new homes with recycled materials. In their journals, they wrote a sentence about who would live in their home. This project, which provided an opportunity to teach empathy, geography, design, and innovation, transformed the kindergarteners into Global Citizens!


Mini Mariners Compete

On Sunday, December 11, the Lower School FIRST LEGO League Robotics Team, the Min Mariners, competed in a day-long qualifying tournament. Hosted by All Saints STEAM Academy, the team members spent the day presenting their project idea, a board game for young students that teaches them about the human water cycle and global water crisis, to a panel of judges. They also shared an executive summary of their robot design and programming to expert roboticists. “Wally,” the robot, had a long day at the robotics table. Although not qualifying for the state tournament, the group of young innovative problem solvers and public speakers learned about hydrodynamics, engineering, coding, and most importantly, themselves. Mr. Laurent was inspired by their perseverance and tenacity. Congratulations, Mini Mariners!


International Book Swap

The 4th and 5th grade students recently participated in a book and information swap with a partner school, the TWGHs Lo Yu Chik Primary School in Hong Kong. The 3rd grade participated in a book and information swap with the OŠ Gvozd school in Croatia, and 6th and 7th grade did the same with the Escola Básica e Secundária À Beira Douro school in Portugal.


Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Sunday, December 17
11:00 a.m.
Mariner Classic @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Boys’ JV Basketball
Friday, January 5
4:00 p.m.
PCD School Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Saturday, January 6
10:30 a.m.
Alumni @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ A Basketball
Thursday, January 4
4:45 p.m.
PCD MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ B Basketball
Thursday, January 4
3:45 p.m.
PCD MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ A Basketball
Thursday, January 4
4:45 p.m.
Lincoln School MS Basketball @ Providence, RI (Lincoln School)

MS Girls’ B Basketball
Thursday, January 4
4:45 p.m.
Lincoln School MS Basketball @ Providence, RI (Lincoln School)


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

December 9, 2017

Divisional News

Lower School  |  Middle School  |  Upper School

eCurrents and each divisional blog can be easily accessed on the new Rocky Hill School mobile app. Click the “Blogs” icon.

The 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, salaries, campus needs, and financial assistance. Our goal of $450,000 can only be reached when we all pitch in.

There are several ways to make a gift:

Donors may also opt to make installments on a pledge over time. The Rocky Hill Fund closes on June 30. This can be done automatically on a credit card or through electronic billing.

And… a big THANK YOU to this fall’s volunteer callers: Tara Dowling, Julie Hayes, Mary Lynne Kennedy ’81, Debi Jennings, Lauren Koblick ’02, Nici Lanowy, Richard Morsilli, Belinda Snyman, Wendy Wahl, and Missy Walker!

For more details, please direct your questions to Liz Isdale, Director of Alumni Relations and the Rocky Hill Fund.


Bus Schedules for Next Week

Due to next week’s exam period and Winter Solstice, the afternoon RHS buses to Providence and South County/Aquidneck Island will run on an earlier schedule.

PROVIDENCE
Monday (12/11) to Thursday (12/14) – departs RHS at 4:15 p.m.
Arrives at RWP at 4:45 p.m. and Stop & Shop at 5:00 p.m.
Friday (12/15)  – departs RHS at 12:00 noon.
Arrives at RWP at 12:30 p.m. and Stop & Shop at 12:45 p.m.

SOUTH COUNTY/AQUIDNECK ISLAND
Monday (12/11) to Thursday (12/14) – departs RHS at 4:15 p.m.
Arrives at DD (Rt. 138/Moorsefield Rd.) at 4:45 p.m., Park & Ride Lot (Rt. 138/1A) at 5:00 p.m., and Stop & Shop (Newport Mall) at 5:20 p.m.
Friday (12/15)  – departs RHS at 12:00 noon.
Arrives at DD (Rt. 138/Moorsefield Rd.) at 12:30 p.m., Park & Ride Lot (Rt. 138/1A) at 12:45 p.m., and Stop & Shop (Newport Mall) at 1:15 p.m.


RHEA Winter 2018 Courses

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) is an after-school program that is open to the public and provides academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for students in grades K through 12.

A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Thursday afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors. Choose from:

  • Felt and Wool Crafts
  • Baking and Crafts
  • Toy Hack Club
  • Pottery
  • Full STEAM Ahead
  • Theatre By The Bay
  • Art Tastings

Deadline for registration is Friday, January 5, 2018.

Click here to view courses and to register

RHS Leadership at Cybersecurity Education Conference

Head of School Dr. Jim Tracy, Director of Innovation Meg Stowe, and Director of Information Services Martha Cunningham spent two days at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education in Nashville, TN with educators, technologists, industry experts, and thought leaders exploring trends in cybersecurity and the multi-faceted, cross-curricular implications for the ethical use of data and the significant advancements in cutting-edge technology. The team presented the work being implemented at Rocky Hill School to build an ecosystem for innovation that will support our students as they prepare to impact a community, a cause, or the world. Dr. Tracy delivered a presentation entitled The Center for Innovation: Building Partnerships Between Industry and Education.

Meg Stowe tried her hand at programming Raspberry Pi at the conference with this important message:


Jim Tracy Addresses Newport Chamber

Jim Tracy was a guest at the Newport County Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Update Luncheon on Thursday. He discussed the future of jobs, how artificial intelligence and robotics will change future employment opportunities, and how Rocky Hill School is preparing its students to face these challenges.


HOBY Leadership Seminar

Congratulations to Willa Geoghegan ’20 and Zack Wilson ’20 who will be attending the HOBY Leadership Seminar in June 2018 and represent Rocky Hill School.

HOBY’s flagship program, the State Leadership Seminar, empowers high school sophomores to develop their leadership talents to become the leaders of their community. The seminar curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, and Leadership for Society.


Portrait Orders by Ruth Clegg

If you haven’t ordered your child’s portrait through Ruth Clegg, you still have a few days to order and receive them before the holidays. Visit www.ruthabclegg.com or email ruthabclegg@gmail.com to take advantage of this through December 12.


Mug Sale at Winter Solstice

This year’s mug features a Diamondback Terrapin turtle.
Mug Sale to benefit the Art Department
Campbell Center Foyer
Friday, December 15
Before Solstice Celebration at 10:45 a.m. or after Solstice for 30 minutes

In partnership with Dr. Laura Meyerson P’16, ’20 and her students in URI’s Environmental Science program, Rocky Hill School is helping to conserve one of Rhode Island’s most beautiful animals, the diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin). Terrapins are turtles that are adapted to life in brackish water, especially coves, bays, and salt marshes. Once hunted for their meat and still under pressure from habitat loss, diamondback terrapins are a state-listed species. While discovery of the Rocky Hill population is exciting, sea-level rise and climate change effect add increased pressure on the population. The URI/Rocky Hill team is working hard to protect these beautiful turtles and restore their habitat.

If you would like to reserve a limited edition mug, please email Meg Getsinger at mgetsinger@rockyhill.org. Don’t miss out on getting one of these awesome Mr. Chatterley originals!


Ugly Sweater Contest!


Winter Instrumental Concert

A week ago Thursday, the Rocky Hill School community was treated to a wonderful evening of instrumental music by students in grades 5 through 12. Under the direction of Jack McNamara, the musicians played to a full house in Campbell Center.

See Rob Lee‘s photo slideshow below:

2017 Fall Instrumental concert

Mike Lawson captured the MS Band via Facebook Live:

Winter Choral Concert

This past Thursday, it was the singers’ turn. Under the direction of Emily Serotta, the Rocky Hill School community were delighted with a show by choral performers in grades 3 through 12 in a packed Campbell Center.

See Rob Lee‘s photo slideshow below:

2017 Fall choral concert

Mike Lawson, once again, captured the event via Facebook Live:

Digital Photography Skills

In an effort to use the digital camera as a tool to help us see what our own eyes cannot, Scott Lapham’s Digital Photography students used off camera flash and a fast shutter speed to capture the exact fraction of a second that the air in a balloon popped underwater still retains the shape of the latex balloon itself. This is very possibly a 1/1000 shot. The students coordinated the flash, the camera, and the balloon popping within this incredibly short time frame.


EPA Laboratory Tour

On Tuesday, students in Katy Basu‘s Chemistry Honors class visited the EPA’s Office of Research and Development in Narragansett to present their project on fireworks and to tour the EPA laboratories. Over the past several weeks, the students completed research to answer the question “How harmful are fireworks to the environment and to our health?” Given that several communities have fireworks displays over Narragansett Bay for the 4th of July, there is potentially a local environmental impact.

The students presented information to three EPA scientists concerning the history of fireworks, their components, and the chemistry behind how they work, economic impacts and safety measures involved in their use, as well as the environmental and health effects of the components. They also found similar issues with fireworks in other countries, as well as some regulations those countries use to minimize the negative impact. The students researched alternatives to current fireworks, such as using components that are not as hazardous or replacing fireworks displays with laser shows.

A big thank you to RHS art teacher Lauren Savoia for sharing her knowledge about her family’s fireworks business. She was able to tell us how their company builds their own fireworks, as well as all about how large displays are assembled and ignited.

Jason Grear of the EPA with the Chemistry Honors students

An Hour of Code

All students in grades 3 through 9 participated in Hour of Code during library this week. Hour of Code is a worldwide event that takes place December 4-8. It began is a one-hour coding challenge to give students a fun first introduction to computer science and has become a global learning event, celebration, and awareness event. HourOfCode.com offers hundreds of one-hour activities in over 48 languages for all students, beginning in kindergarten. Activities require no experience and can be run on browsers, tablets, smart phones.

Seventh graders Savannah, Katie, and Franny show off their certificates and interestingly-placed Hour of Code stickers.

Smith’s Castle Partnership

On Wednesday, Charlie Laurent’s 4th grade students became historians as they presented their ideas of how to assist Smith’s Castle with improving its promotions in the community. After hosting a luncheon, the students presented their project to a panel of guests from Smith’s Castle, the Cocumscussoc Association, the Secretary of State’s Office, and Rocky Hill administrators. The Smith’s Castle leadership expressed their desire to continue to work with the students in strengthening the partnership between their museum and Rocky Hill School.


Latin Carol Celebration

After feasting on pizza and ice cream on Thayer Street in Providence earlier this week, Middle and Upper School Latin students attended the Brown University Latin Carol Celebration. They all had a great time celebrating the season and their love of ancient languages!


The GaGa Ball Pit in Action


Road Trip for Short Stories

Earlier this week, the 8th grade travelled to Roberts Auditorium at Rhode Island College for the Chamber Theatre Productions of short stories.


Un Montón de Tamales

After the 5th grade Spanish class read “Un Montón de Tamales” and learned about the Mexican Posada at Christmas time, they enjoyed eating tamales.

Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Athletic News

Athletics is now on social media!
Follow @rhsmariners on Instagram and Twitter.


Athletes of the Week

Jordan Lanowy ’2120171204_131508
Girls’ Varsity Basketball

“Jordan Lanowy earned all-tournament team recognition this past weekend for her performance at the 1st Annual Girls’ Varsity Basketball Mariner Classic. Jordan came out aggressive early in the first game, which helped stabilize our offense and gave her teammates a confidence boost. Jordan will be a mainstay on both ends of the floor for us and I’m excited to see how she progresses this season and beyond!”

– Coaches DeSalvo and Heise


20171204_101712Steven Lora ’19
Boys’ Varsity Basketball

“After his first two NEPSAC debut games this weekend at the Zero Gravity Prep Classic vs. Beaver Country Day and IMG HS, Steven averaged 21.5 points per game, putting up 20 and 23 respectively. He has led the way defending as one of his team’s best players and has already stepped up for eight charges this season. Congrats, Steven Lora, keep up the great work!”

– Coaches Mahmoud and Washburn


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Saturday, December 16
11:00 a.m.
Mariner Classic Tournament @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School

Boys’ JV Basketball
Friday, January 4
4:00 p.m.
PCD School Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Saturday, January 6
10:30 a.m.
Alumni @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ A Basketball
Tuesday, December 12
4:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Providence, RI (Gordon School)

MS Boys’ B Basketball
Tuesday, December 12
3:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Providence, RI (Gordon School)

MS Girls’ A Basketball
Tuesday, December 12
4:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ B Basketball
Tuesday, December 12
3:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)


In September and October, Lisa Reimer performed in Self Help at the Newport Playhouse. Lisa has been nominated by Broadway World for a Best Supporting RI Actress for that play. If you’d like to cast your vote for Lisa or any other actor, actress, play, or production, visit the 2017 BWW Rhode island Awards website by clicking here.

Lisa is only one percentage point away from the lead so please vote!


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

December 2, 2017

Divisional News

Lower School  |  Middle School  |  Upper School

eCurrents and each divisional blog can be easily accessed on the new Rocky Hill School mobile app. Click the “Blogs” icon.

Holiday Technology Giving

Thinking about getting a laptop or iPad for your child this holiday season? Martha Cunningham, Director of Information Systems, offers these tips and asks that you keep the Rocky Hill technology specifications in mind:

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Minimum iPad specifications (required for grades 6 and 7):
– iPad 32 GB Wifi only (iPad Minis are not acceptable)

Minimum laptop specifications: (option for grade 8 only; otherwise an iPad is required):
– Windows: Windows 10 or greater, 8 GB RAM or greater, 128 GB Hard Drive
– Mac: OSX 10.13 or higher, 8 GB RAM or greater, 128 GB Hard Drive

UPPER SCHOOL

– Windows: Windows 10 or greater, 8 GB RAM or greater, 128 GB Hard Drive
– Mac: OSX 10.11 or higher, 8 GB RAM or greater, 128 GB Hard Drive

If you are considering purchasing a Mac, the touch bar has not been found to be worth the additional cost. If you are looking for touch features, you may consider the Microsoft Surface. Don’t forget to purchase anti-virus software!


Mobile App Updates

iPhone and Android Updates
Our mobile app, which debuted this past summer, has been significantly improved to remove bugs, enhance graphics, and include new features. To get the most out of the RHS mobile app, be sure to have your device set to auto-update the app.

Android Update
The Android version of the app was recently updated to correct an issue that prevented the user from toggling between a list view and a scroll view, as well as other minor view issues. To correct these issues, install the latest version of the app and follow these steps:
1.) Tap on the “i” in the top right of the home screen after opening the RHS App
2.) Tap on “Accessibility”
3.) Tap on the drop down arrow and select “Accessibility Off”

If you have any app-related questions, please contact Peter Hanney at pr@rockyhill.org.


RHS to Represent at Cybersecurity Education Conference

Dr. Jim Tracy will present at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education annual conference in Nashville, TN on Tuesday, December 5 at 2:40 p.m. Dr. Tracy will discuss the future of work and workforce preparedness in a session entitled The Center For Innovation: Building Partnerships Between Industry and Education. Director of Innovation, Meg Stowe, and Director of Information Services, Martha Cunningham, will present a poster session describing how the school has built an ecosystem for innovation and industry partnerships. Attendees will include industry experts, thought leaders in education, government, and non-profit leaders. The conference is a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology within the U.S. Department of Commerce.


Yearbook Tributes

The Crest yearbook invites you to support the Yearbook Club and celebrate the Class of 2018 or Rocky Hill School by ordering a tribute/sponsorship page. Your tribute can include quotes, personal messages, and/or photos to celebrate a graduate. Sponsors are also welcome to send their good wishes to graduating seniors while promoting their business. The deadline for tributes in February 1, 2018. Click here to learn more or to order.


Holiday Brick Orders

Looking for a great gift this holiday season? Buy a commemorative brick from the RHS Alumni Association! Show your appreciation of both Rocky Hill School and that special someone by buying a brick to honor them. Your purchase will benefit the School for many years to come. Bricks ordered this fall and winter will be installed in the spring, but a personal note from the Alumni Association to your special honoree will arrive in time for the holidays.

Click the image below to learn more or to order!


ACE Parent Gathering

Comprehension Strategies For All Ages
Tuesday, December 5
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
ACE Building

ACE faculty will present strategies to help students in all three divisions better comprehend various texts, from stories and short non-fiction books in the Lower School to the more demanding expository text and sophisticated novels in the Middle and Upper Schools. We will review some of the common skills needed for comprehension at any level and will provide text-specific strategies. This gathering also promises to be a terrific chance for families to share what has worked well with their individual children.


Upcoming PTL Meetings

January 10
Middle School PTL Meeting
8:15 a.m.

​January 17
Upper School PTL Meeting
8:15 a.m.

January 24
Lower School PTL Meeting
8:15 a.m.

February 13
All-School PTL Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Childcare will be available


GrandFriends’ Day Fun

Fun was had by all at our annual GrandFriends’ Day in the Lower School on November 21st. Nearly 100 GrandFriends, who hailed from as far as Australia and India to as near as East Greenwich, joined students for classroom and virtuoso visits. The morning culminated with the students performing songs from the classic films The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan and The Sound of Music. The event concluded with a sing-along of “Over the River” as everyone headed out for Thanksgiving Break.

View a slideshow of the morning below:

GrandFriends' Day 2017


Positivity and Gratitude
in the Upper School!

Faythe Schulte ’19 and Isabella Robinson ’20, with the help of Madame Rich, have launched a new initiative to bring positivity in the Upper School and encourage students to practice gratitude. Faythe and Isabella have created positivity pins displaying messages such as “You made my day brighter” for students to pass around as an act of kindness.

A Wall of Awesome (inspired by the book The Book of Awesome by Neil Parisha) appeared in the Nautilus in Flynn. Students are encouraged to take a few minutes every day to think about something they’re grateful for and to share it by writing it down on the Wall of Awesome.

Faythe, Isabella, and Madame Rich are hoping to spread the initiative in the Middle and the Lower School very soon. They would also like to thank Sara Laurent ’21 for creating the Wall of Awesome sign, Bill Langlois for driving them to Home Depot, the facilities management team of Todd de WardenerDavid Carter, and Wayne Fougere for building and installing the frame, and Mr. Gwaltney for supporting the initiative.


Giving to GiftsToGive

While many people enjoyed time off during the Thanksgiving break, 14 Rocky Hill students and two faculty members spent Black Friday working at GiftsToGive in Fall River. Josh Shatz and Sue Eaton assisted the students with the delivery of items donated by the Rocky Hill School community. Once at the GiftsToGive facility, they helped in various ways to prepare the items for distribution to underprivileged children.

The students cleaned and assembled toys, prepared book packets, and compiled packages of clothes, books, school supplies, and toys for children from Puerto Rico. These children and their families, who were moved to New England after the hurricane, will now have the basic necessities to start a new life in our colder climate.

At the end of their day, the GiftToGive director mentioned that the RHS students were extremely polite and hard working, and that Rocky Hill is at the top of their list!


Girls’ Varsity Basketball Food Drive

The Girls’Varsity Basketball team and Coach Bert DeSalvo held a food drive prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. In just a few short days, the team collected 36 pounds of food, which they donated to the Johnnycake Center of Peace Dale, in partnership with the RI Food Bank.


Endangered Ecosystems Tour
of Mystic Aquarium

Ms. Runshe’s Environmental Science and Marine Biology classes visited Mystic Aquarium last week where they received a private “endangered ecosystems” lesson on human impacts that Ms. Runshe had created with aquarium educators.


8th Grade Visit to the Upper School

Over six days in November, every 8th grader spent a day visiting the Upper School. Shadowing a current 9th grader, the Class of 2022 experienced high school life by attending freshmen classes, going to meetings, and participating in other activities. The group concluded their days by meeting with Head of Upper School Mike Gwaltney to discuss their experiences and their enthusiasm for joining the Upper School next September.


The Riddle Room

Mrs. Matson’s two forensics classes paid a visit to the Riddle Room in East Greenwich last week to solve a murder mystery (one group) and to infiltrate the mafia (the other group). Critical thinking skills, a little chemistry, anatomy, and fingerprinting were some applications, and everyone had a blast! The group that solved the murder mystery did so with time to spare, and earned a place on the wall of fame at the Riddle Room with the 2nd fastest time ever!


Mandarin Immersion

Mandarin I students learned how to make dumplings and enjoyed tasting them, while Mandarin II students enjoyed the fried rice.

Guest speakers from the URI Flagship program visited the Mandarin I class to give inspiration and tips on learning Mandarin in an efficient way.

7th Grade Culture Luncheon

Last week, the 7th grade geography students enjoyed their annual culture luncheon as a culmination to their unit on cultures of the world. After researching recipes that are typical of the cultures they chose to study for their multimedia presentations, the students prepared dishes that were delicious and created visuals for display. Many of the students shared how the recipes were made and how the meals are eaten in the various cultures.


Roman Chariot Race

The 9th grade World History 1 students raced their Roman chariots just before Thanksgiving break and the two-time defending champions, juniors Perry Clark, Jason DeGerlia, Peter Chen, and Cam Osbrey, were upset by freshmen Dylan Lehouiller, BJ Jenkins, Dante Garcia, and Graham Eilberg. Congratulations to the rookies for their victory and to the veterans for running a close second!

Photo by Rob Lee

SMAC Talk

Combating Homelessness Stereotypes

On Friday, November 17, representatives from House of Hope addressed the Upper School students and faculty about the work that they do for people who are homeless in Rhode Island. The students engaged in meaningful dialogue about common misconceptions around homelessness, and they discussed ways to continue a conversation about how privilege often prevents people from authentically understanding the plights of the marginalized.

Middle School Identity Workshop

Also on November 17, Upper School representatives from SMAC facilitated a workshop on authentic identity with Middle School students and faculty during Middle School Mariner period. The workshop was entirely student-run, from ideation to actualization, and the hope is for similar workshops to take place on a regular basis.


Gaga Ball Pit a Hit!

Mr. Jedrey and the Class of 2022 completed the construction of the Gaga Ball Pit on the grass next to the Garden Classroom. The pit gives the Middle and Upper School students a place to burn off energy during mid day breaks. It became an immediate hit!

Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Athletic News

Athletics is now on social media!
Follow @rhsmariners on Instagram and Twitter.


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Saturday, December 2
9:00 a.m.
Zero Gravity Basketball Tournament @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

Boys’ JV Basketball
Wednesday, December 6
3:30 p.m.
St. Andrews School Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Saturday, December 2
12:00 p.m.
Mariner Classic Tournament @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ A Basketball
Tuesday, December 12
4:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Providence, RI (Gordon School)

MS Boys’ B Basketball
Tuesday, December 12
3:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Providence, RI (Gordon School)

MS Girls’ A Basketball
Tuesday, December 12
4:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ B Basketball
Tuesday, December 12
3:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)


Fifth graders Esme Reveron, Cece Tamburini, and Sophie Holland all performed well at a horse show at Heritage Equestrian Center last week weekend. An RHS Equestrian Team in the making!


Ben Rosenberg ’19 and his crew, Claire Housey from New Orleans, took 3rd place in the Nacra 15 North American Championship held in Miami last month.

Ben and Claire were the 2nd place coed team and will compete again in early January for a spot on the U.S. Junior Olympic Team. They will race to earn the right to compete at the Junior Olympics in Barcelona later in 2018.


Alyssa Grayson ’19, a volunteer for the USFWS, will host a wildlife holiday celebration at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center in Charlestown on Saturday, December 16 from 2-4 p.m. The winter holiday celebration will feature different animals celebrated during this time of the year. Come watch an inspiring nature film while decorating cookies and making holiday decorations. All supplies will be provided.


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

November 18, 2017

Divisional News

Lower School  |  Middle School  |  Upper School

eCurrents and each divisional blog can be easily accessed on the new Rocky Hill School mobile app. Click the “Blogs” icon.


Flynn Celebration November 24

The family of former Headmaster Alan F. Flynn, Jr. invites members of the community to celebrate his life and legacy. Flynn passed away in Asheville, NC, on August 30, 2017 with complications related to Parkinson’s disease. Details of the event are below.

Celebrating Alan Flynn’s Life and Legacy
Friday, November 24, 2017

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Alan F. Flynn, Jr. Academic Center
Rocky Hill School 
530 Ives Road
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Please click here to RSVP


Beth DeGerlia to Participate in Leadership Rhode Island

Beth DeGerlia was selected to participate in the 2018 Leadership Rhode Island (LRI) program. Each year, Leadership Rhode Island selects a diverse group of established and emerging leaders to participate in a 10-month community leadership program. The program allows doors to be opened for greater corporate, nonprofit, government, organizational, and community involvement and visibility, and helps identify where strategic alliances might be forged. The purpose of the program is to transform a highly motivated group of individuals into a network of leaders with knowledge and commitment to benefit the entire state. Many thanks to RHS and LRI alumnus Karl Wadensten ’78 for nominating Beth to be considered for the program.


Cybersecurity Expert Visit

Last week, alumna Sally Kenyon Grant ’87 visited campus to share the work she is doing nationally to bring cyber-security education to schools. She is collaborating with Rocky Hill School to share her expertise and network related to safe computing, digital citizenship, and coding as a means to enhance the student and parent digital experience. Thanks to her advocacy, Dr. Jim Tracy will be presenting a workshop at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education  K-12 Cybersecurity Education Conference in Nashville in December. Jim will share the innovative work the school is doing with Learnlaunch and the Innovator-in-Residence program on a national platform. Martha Cunningham and Meg Stowe will also present a poster session at the conference.

From left: Diane RIch, Beth DeGerlia, Sally Grant ’87, Liz Isdale, Meg Stowe, and Jim Tracy

Jim Tracy Presents at TRANSFORM

Jim Tracy was invited by Mass Technology Leadership Council to present at TRANSFORM, a one-day event that features conversations with forward-thinking leaders on macro-trends, global upheaval, and technology. The event was held yesterday at the Boston Reserve.


Yearbook Tributes

The Crest yearbook invites you to support the Yearbook Club and celebrate the Class of 2018 or Rocky Hill School by ordering a tribute/sponsorship page. Your tribute can include quotes, personal messages, and/or photos to celebrate a graduate. Sponsors are also welcome to send their good wishes to graduating seniors while promoting their business. The deadline for tributes in February 1, 2018. Click here to learn more or to order.


Holiday Brick Orders

Looking for a great gift this holiday season? Buy a commemorative brick from the RHS Alumni Association! Show your appreciation of both Rocky Hill School and that special someone by buying a brick to honor them. Your purchase will benefit the School for many years to come. Bricks ordered this fall and winter will be installed in the spring, but a personal note from the Alumni Association to your special honoree will arrive in time for the holidays.

Click the image below to learn more or to order!


ACE Parent Gathering

Comprehension Strategies For All Ages
Tuesday, December 5
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
ACE Building

ACE faculty will present strategies to help students in all three divisions better comprehend various texts, from stories and short non-fiction books in the Lower School to the more demanding expository text and sophisticated novels in the Middle and Upper Schools. We will review some of the common skills needed for comprehension at any level and will provide text-specific strategies. This gathering also promises to be a terrific chance for families to share what has worked well with their individual children.


4th Grade Trunk Show at NKHS

As part of their fall Project Based Learning experience, “Caretakers of History,” the fourth grade historians prepared and presented a Trunk Show of historical artifacts on behalf of the Historical House Museum, Smith’s Castle, to High School students from Mr. Christopher Carty’s history class at North Kingstown High School. Learners researched artifacts, developed presentation notes and practiced delivering engaging presentations in the preceding weeks. They were certainly displaying to all in attendance the core competencies of being navigators, critical thinkers, citizens, and communicators!


Twelfth Night at Rocky Hill

On Tuesday, Rocky Hill School welcomed performers from the Brown/Trinity MFA program to Campbell Center as they presented William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. After the show, the actors held a Q&A for the audience.

Purple Light Performance

On Sunday Night, the Narragansett Sound performed three pieces at the Purple Light Ceremony on the steps of the Rhode Island State House. The ceremony was sponsored by the Pancreatic Care Action Network, in hopes of honoring loved ones fighting pancreatic cancer and those who have lost the fight. The PCAN was very thankful to have our singers participate and stated that they added a level of depth and grace to the ceremony that touched everyone in the crowd.

Mike Lawson captured video of their performance:


Middle School Mentor Program

New students in Rocky Hill’s Middle School were paired with student mentors for one month. At the completion of the program, mentors and mentees celebrated with a party as the culminating event, where they shared what they had learned about each other and themselves throughout the experience. The program was led by Lauren Savoia and Sarah Gower.

Check out this video, which was edited by Kara Lee ’22:


Sixth Grade Egypt Presentations

First Plunge for Polar Bear Club

Several members of the Polar Bear Club took their first plunge of the school year in the swimming hole along the waterfront. The air temp was 40 degrees with a stiff wind. The Polar Bear Club traditionally makes a monthly plunge during the colder months and has raised money for environmental organizations.

Rob Lee shared this photo gallery of the plunge:

2017-18 Polar Bear club


Peter Hanney captured the plunge with the school’s drone:


To Learn It, Do It

World History 1 students form a Greek phalanx as they battle invading Persians. Photo by Rob Lee.

Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Athletic News

MIDDLE SCHOOL COACHES AWARD

We inadvertently left one Middle School Athletic Award out of last week’s eCurrents. Congratulations to Kaeley Zito ’22 for earning a Coaches Award for her efforts on the MS Soccer A team!


SENE ALL LEAGUE SELECTION

Girls’ Soccer
All-League: Ptolemy Tassone ’19
All-League Honorable Mention: Tamira Lopes ’21


NEW GIRLS’ VARSITY BASKETBALL COACH HIRED

Rocky Hill School is proud to announce the hire of Bert DeSalvo as the Girls’ Varsity Basketball Head Coach. DeSalvo brings extensive collegiate coaching experience at the Division I, II, and III levels to the Mariners’ program.

Bert DeSalvo

“I look forward to building Rocky Hill into a contender in the NEPSAC. I would like to thank athletic director, Art Entwistle, and the Rocky Hill administration for this tremendous opportunity. I look forward to working with the student-athletes and recruiting top notch talent to one of the premiere academic institutions in New England.”

– Bert DeSalvo

DeSalvo was recently the lead assistant at Division I Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, Ct.). At SHU, DeSalvo was responsible for post player development, defensive coordination, scheduling, recruiting amongst other duties.


RIIL AWARDS BANQUET

Members of the Girl’s Varsity Field Hockey team at the RIIL Field Hockey Awards banquet on November 15.

Athletic Events

Upper School Fall Awards Ceremony
Monday, November 20
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Campbell Center
Students, coaches, faculty, and families of award winners only 

Upper School Basketball “Meet the Coaches” Night 
Tuesday, November 28
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center
Basketball players, families, and coaches only. 

Upper School Yoga
Begins Monday Nov 27
Flynn Lecture Hall

Lifetime Fitness Programs
Begins Monday Nov 27
Departs RHS to Renegade Fitness at 3:30/3:45 p.m.

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Saturday, December 2
10:30 a.m.
Zero Gravity Basketball Tournament @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

Boys’ JV Basketball
Wednesday, December 6
3:30 p.m.
St. Andrews School Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Saturday, December 2
12:00 p.m.
Mariner Classic Tournament @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ Basketball A
Tuesday, December 12
4:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Providence, RI (Gordon School)

MS Boys’ Basketball B
Tuesday, December 12
3:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Providence, RI (Gordon School)

MS Girls’ Basketball A
Tuesday, December 12
4:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ Basketball B
Tuesday, December 12
3:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)


For the third time in as many years, Alyssa Grayson ’19 volunteered with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to help collect lymph node tissue from harvested deer on opening day of hunting season. She also helped to weigh, age, and take measurements from each deer. The purpose for the DEM study is to monitor for chronic wasting disease in the state’s deer population. This is her third year working on this project.



In September and October, Lisa Reimer performed in Self Help at the Newport Playhouse. Lisa has been nominated by Broadway World for a Best Supporting RI Actress for that play. If you’d like to cast your vote for Lisa or any other actor, actress, play, or production, visit the 2017 BWW Rhode island Awards website by clicking here.


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

November 10, 2017

Reminder

On Monday, November 13, school will be closed for students. Administrative offices will be open for a faculty professional development day.


Divisional News

Lower School  |  Middle School  |  Upper School

eCurrents and each divisional blog can be easily accessed on the new Rocky Hill School mobile app. Click the “Blogs” icon.


The Directory is Here!

The Rocky Hill School 2017-2018 Directory has arrived and was distributed to the students yesterday so check your child’s backpack! We strive for the Directory to be populated with the most current family information. If you find that any part of your family’s listing is incorrect, please email Missy Walker so that we can update our records.


Veterans Day Ceremony

In a moving tribute today, the Rocky Hill School community honored local veterans who served in the branches of the U.S. military. Students, faculty, staff, and parents gathered in the gym to thank the veterans, who were seated in the front row during the presentation.

The annual ceremony included a performance by the School’s band led by band director Jack McNamara and a choral performance led by choral director Emily Serotta. The names of more than a dozen local veterans, including several who work or teach at Rocky Hill School, were read aloud. Students in the Lower School presented each veteran with a paper poppy flower. At the conclusion of the ceremony, all of the students lined up to personally thank each veteran.

Click below to view a photo slideshow

Veterans Day 2017

Videos by Rob Lee of the musical performances from yesterday’s Veterans Day ceremony are posted below:


Did You Order Your Brick Yet?

Looking for a great gift this holiday season? Buy a commemorative brick from the RHS Alumni Association! Show your appreciation of both Rocky Hill School and that special someone by buying a brick to honor them. Your purchase will benefit the School for many years to come. Bricks ordered this fall and winter will be installed in the spring, but a personal note from the Alumni Association to your special honoree will arrive in time for the holidays.

Click the image below to learn more or to order!


Bring a Friend to School Day

Bring a Friend to School Day” is a special program for current students to invite prospective students who are part of their neighborhoods, after school programs, summer camps, sports teams, etc. to spend a day with them at Rocky Hill School.

Middle School students may invite one friend to join them at Rocky Hill School on Tuesday, November 14.

Each friend must currently be in the same grade as their Rocky Hill School host student. Guest parents/guardians should complete this form at least three days prior to the respective Bring a Friend Day.


Purple Light

This Sunday, November 12, the Upper School Chorus will sing three pieces on the steps of the Rhode Island State House in Providence at 5:00 p.m. as part of the Purple Light Ceremony for Pancreatic Cancer.

Click the image below for details on the event


Come see Trinity Rep at Rocky Hill! 

On behalf of the Performing Arts Department in collaboration with the Brown/Trinity MFA program, the Rocky Hill School community is welcome to a performance of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on Tuesday, November 14 at 3:30 p.m. The show will take place in the Campbell Center and will last 90 minutes. The actors will do a brief Q&A after the show.

Comprehension Strategies For All Ages
Tuesday, December 5
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
ACE Building

ACE faculty will present strategies to help students in all three divisions better comprehend various texts, from stories and short non-fiction books in the Lower School to the more demanding expository text and sophisticated novels in the Middle and Upper Schools. We will review some of the common skills needed for comprehension at any level and will provide text-specific strategies. This gathering also promises to be a terrific chance for families to share what has worked well with their individual children.


Researching French Immigration

As part of their class project, Madame Rich’s French 3 students spent their Thursday morning at the Women’s Refugee Care (WRC) in Providence where they were welcomed by the two founders of the organization, Aline Binyungu and Clément Shabani. Both Clément and Aline left the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006 and came to the United States as refugees. They gave a brief presentation about their home country and had the students interview them about their story and their work at WRC.

On Wednesday, the same students also interviewed Fatima Lazar, of Flik Dining at Rocky Hill School, about her experience immigrating from Morrocco several years ago. With these interviews, the students will create a short documentary on immigration and share the different experiences of francophone immigrants in Rhode Island.


Studying Owls

The kindergarten students have been studying owls, so they were excited to visit Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown to view some of their natural habitats. The students took a nature walk where they saw a white tail deer and her doe, a minx, and a hare. The students also made owl puppets with their tour guide. It was a fun day exploring the wilderness!


A Visit to the Archives

Charlie Laurent’s third grade student’s were joined by a few Upper School students to tour the state archives and State House as part of their Project-Based Learning of Rhode Island history.


 3rd Grade Gets a Shout Out


Middle School Chorus Performs

For the first time, the Middle School Chorus was invited to participate in the Rhode Island Choir Festival on Tuesday, November 7. The students spent the day in Providence working with musicians from Moses Brown, Gordon, Lincoln, Wheeler, and Providence Country Day School as they studied the music of Mozambique. The singers from all six schools performed together on Tuesday night at the Central Congregational Church in Providence. Moses Brown gave a great shout out to the RHS singers, announcing that the festival was the best it has ever been because of their participation. In addition to the group pieces, the RHS chorus performed a new arrangement of Sia Furler’s, “Bird Set Free.”

The students from all of the schools spent the day rehearsing and enjoyed a pizza lunch at Flatbread Company.


Getting Organized

With the chorus students singing at the festival, the remaining Middle School students and teachers organized the school camping tents. It was a great day to be outside together!


Real World Math Application

Theresa Conroy’s Algebra 1 math class visited DiLeonardo International for some tips on how to build their tiny houses in class. They learned about architecture, design, and space, all components that are needed for this project.


“M&Ms” in the Middle School

New students in the Middle School were paired with student mentors for the month of October, and last Friday the Mentor-Mentee group celebrated with their culminating event — a party! Students shared what they had learned about their mentor or mentee, how the experience went, and toasted our growing school community. Although the four-week official program has ended, we are confident these “M&Ms” will continue to support one another.


Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Athletes of the Week

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Taylor Cote ’21
Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey

“The coaches are thrilled with the progress that this player has made since preseason. Her technical game has improved tremendously, and she has also become an awesome physical and vocal presence back on defense. During our recent game against Chariho, she had her best performance of the season, relentlessly launching herself in textbook dives all over her cage to stop Chariho’s offense. The coaches are very proud of you! Congratulations on a great season, Taylor Cote!”

– Coach Fairchild, Dumas, and Rizzo


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Andrew Zito ’20
Boys’ Varsity Soccer

“This player has impressed us every day with his attitude and dedication. He is always pushing himself to get better, which in turn encourages those around him to get better. While his skill and value have been apparent since he first joined the team, he has progressed throughout the year in terms of his impact on the game. He has improved his command of the center of the pitch, while also developing his offensive skills to become not just a threat, but a weapon, as he proved with the upper 90 screamer he put in against PCD on Friday.  Congratulations, Andrew Zito!”

– Coach Schatz and Heise


Athletic News

SENE ALL LEAGUE SELECTION

2017 Cross Country
Zack Wilson ’20
Graydon Sumrall ’19
Hannah Wahl-Dunnigan ’18
Ella D’Arcy ’21
Scarlett Shen ’18
Ava Grenier Riley ’21

Field Hockey
1st team All Division: Katia Mendez ’18
3rd team All Division: Andrea White ’18
Honorable Mention All Division: Taylor Cote ’21


MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETIC AWARDS

The Middle School wrapped up a successful fall athletics program on Monday, celebrating undefeated seasons by both its Field Hockey and Coed Soccer A teams. The last undefeated season for the Middle School occurred in the fall of 2008. Special recognition went to the following athletes, all of whom worked exceptionally hard to support their team’s efforts and success.

Girls’ Field Hockey
MVP: Charlotte Boss ’22 and Lily Kerachsky ’22
MIP: Alexis Cote ’23
Coaches Award: Lizzie Hayes ’22

Coed Soccer A
MVP: Garrett Corsi ’22
MIP: Davis Lee ’22
Coaches Award: Bennett Fine ’22

Coed Soccer B
MVP: Will Hanney ’23 and Jae Park ’23
Coaches Award: Derek Block ’23


Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 recently took 4th place in the Freestyle Frenzy, an annual regional swim meet in New Bedford that draws a strong field from teams all over New England. The medalists are determined by cumulative time of four freestyle events: 50, 100, 200, and 500 yards. At 15, Cort was the youngest male to make the podium. Congrats, Cort!


Ben Rosenberg ’19 recently competed in Sail Newport’s annual Halloween Howl regatta, along with 175 sailors from RI, MA, CT, ME, CO, NY, and FL. On the last day of the regatta, Ben and crew Steven Hardee of East Greenwich won the 29er top prize. Congrats, Ben!

Ben Rosenberg at the RI High School Sailing State Championship last spring. Photo by Rob Lee.

Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

November 3, 2017

Divisional News

Lower School  |  Middle School  |  Upper School

eCurrents and each divisional blog can be easily accessed on the new Rocky Hill School mobile app. Click the “Blogs” icon.


Catherine Washburn to Retire

Catherine Washburn, Rocky Hill School’s Director of Admission and Financial Assistance for 22 years, has announced her retirement effective after the 2017-2018 academic year.

In her own words:

“After 42 years of being involved in independent school education the time has come for me to retire next June. Serving as the Director of Admission and Financial Aid has been a great honor and privilege. I am grateful that during my 22 years at Rocky Hill School, I was afforded numerous opportunities for both professional and personal growth. Although my role as an educator has evolved over the years, one thing has always remained constant: my commitment to students. I understand that recruiting and enrolling students is something admission offices do in the aggregate, but ultimately the process takes place one family at a time. My priority has always been to ensure that the match between student and school is an appropriate and positive one. Having interviewed and enrolled over a thousand Rocky Hill students and their families, I can honestly say each and every one of them has enriched my life. I will cherish countless memorable moments of my time at Rocky Hill from camping on Dutch Island with the 8th grade, coaching varsity girls’ lacrosse to three league championships, forming a meaningful relationship with Project GOAL, painting a jungle mural for the preschoolers to enjoy, to establishing a vibrant international program. I have always felt the heart of a school is its people and I will truly miss the many extraordinary people whom I had the pleasure to work with during my tenure at Rocky Hill School.” 


Math Team Performs

The members of the Rocky Hill Mathematics Team participated in the first Rhode Island Mathematics League meet on Wednesday, October 25. The team scored 87 points with everyone on the first team scoring at least 15 out of a possible 18 points, with Helen Pan earning a perfect score. Though they were beaten by East Greenwich High School by one point, the RHS team is currently fourth overall for the state of Rhode Island. Congratulations are in order to Ding Pang, Xuan (Ellen) Guo, Siyue (Helen) Pan, Lingnan (Nina) Zheng, Changhe (Mike) Wu, Benjamin Rosenberg, Ding (Stephen) Wen and Jiaze (Stephen) Lyu.


Interact Club Candy Drive

The RHS Interact Club is holding a Halloween Candy Drive to support U.S. troops overseas. If you can assist, please drop off any extra candy in Ziploc bags and place them in the boxes located in Flynn, Perkins, and Hale. The Interact Club thanks you for your generosity!


Did You Order Your Brick Yet?

Looking for a great gift this holiday season? Buy a commemorative brick from the RHS Alumni Association! Show your appreciation of both Rocky Hill School and that special someone by buying a brick to honor them. Your purchase will benefit the School for many years to come. Bricks ordered this fall and winter will be installed in the spring, but a personal note from the Alumni Association to your special honoree will arrive in time for the holidays.

Click the image below to learn more or to order!


Bring a Friend to School Day

Bring a Friend to School Day” is a special program for current students in kindergarten through grade 8 to invite prospective students who are part of their neighborhoods, after school programs, summer camps, sports teams, etc. to spend a day with them at Rocky Hill School.

Lower School students (in grades K-5) may invite one friend to join them at Rocky Hill School on Tuesday, November 7.
Middle School students may invite one friend to join them at Rocky Hill School on Tuesday, November 14.

Each friend must currently be in the same grade as their Rocky Hill School host student. Guest parents/guardians should complete this form at least three days prior to the respective Bring a Friend Day.


Come see Trinity Rep at Rocky Hill!  

On behalf of the Performing Arts Department in collaboration with the Brown/Trinity MFA program, the Rocky Hill School community is welcome to a performance of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on Tuesday, November 14 at 3:30 p.m. The show will take place in the Campbell Center and will last 90 minutes. The actors will do a brief Q &A after the show.

Comprehension Strategies For All Ages
Tuesday, December 5
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
ACE Building

ACE faculty will present strategies to help students in all three divisions better comprehend various texts, from stories and short non-fiction books in the Lower School to the more demanding expository text and sophisticated novels in the Middle and Upper Schools. We will review some of the common skills needed for comprehension at any level and will provide text-specific strategies. This gathering also promises to be a terrific chance for families to share what has worked well with their individual children.


A Visit from The Bubs


Earlier today, the Beelzebubs, an all-male a cappella group from Tufts University, visited Rocky Hill School to perform for Middle School students in the MS Commons, and the Lower and Upper School students outside of Flynn.

The Tufts Beelzabubs


 

Halloween!

Click below to view a photo slideshow of the Halloween festivities

Halloween 2017


Mrs. Cicchese‘s eighth grade English class invited Mrs. MacDonald‘s fifth grade class to collaborate on some spooky Halloween stories. Each group chose a setting, conflict, and some characters out of a Halloween bag and let their creative juices flow!


Mrs. Piccoli spent some time in the Kindergarten class to work with the students on making pumpkins out of beeswax. She also shared a couple of her favorite Halloween stories.


Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Athletic News

The Middle School Girls’ Field Hockey team celebrated yesterday’s 1-0 win over Cole Middle School, ending their undefeated season.

Photo: Geoff Boss

The Middle School A Soccer team also celebrated an undefeated win this week with their 7-0 win over PCD on October 31. This is the first time Rocky Hill has had an undefeated MS soccer program since the 2006 MS Boys A Soccer season. A banner will be raised in their honor next year!

Photo: Rob Lee

Congratulations are in order for the girls on the Varsity Cross Country team with their first place finish at last Friday’s St. Andrew’s School Invitational.


Upcoming Games

Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Monday, November 6
2:00 p.m.
SENE Semifinals @ St. Andrew’s School

Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Monday, November 6
2:00 p.m.
SENE Semifinals @ The Williams School


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

October 28, 2017

Divisional News

Lower School  |  Middle School  |  Upper School

eCurrents and each divisional blog can be easily accessed on the new Rocky Hill School mobile app. Click the “Blogs” icon.

With Appreciation from the Admission Office

The Admission Office is thrilled to announce that last weekend’s Open House brought 64 families with 75 students to our campus, the most attendees to a fall Open House since 1999! As always, the Nathan Hale Society tour guides did an exceptional job representing Rocky Hill School. We would like to thank the entire community for spreading the word about Rocky Hill and for continuing to support the efforts of the Admission Office.


Darshell Silva:
Making a Difference

Darshell Silva, Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist, was recently honored as an “EdTech Hero” by EdScoop. Their list of 25 state leaders making a difference includes professionals from across the United States.

Darshell Silva

From EdScoop:

“EdTech Heroes: 25 State Leaders Making a Difference” is a project that highlights individuals who have demonstrated innovative practices and leadership in harnessing technology to support education across their states.

In selecting the 25 heroes, we looked for people whose work reached primarily across the state level. We also sought individuals who spearheaded projects or championed major initiatives — those who were willing to take a bold idea and turn it into something tangible, with real, measurable results.

Read EdScoop’s profile of Darshell by clicking the article below:


The Rocky Hill Fund

Did you get a call to support the journey to Know Thyself? The Rocky Hill Fund directly supports academic and athletic programs, the arts, financial aid, and helps make up the difference between tuition income and the cost of a student’s education.

Thank you to this week’s volunteer callers Julie Hayes, Mary Lynne Kennedy ’81, Nici Lanowy, Richard Morsilli, Belinda Snyman, and Missy Walker!

All callers were entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate for Wild Harvest! And the winner is… Julie Hayes!

Are you interested in making a few calls?
Volunteers can call from home or at the school on our phonathon call nights. We provide training, food, fun, and prizes. Callers can select who they reach out to as well. We will be making calls from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on November 1, 2, 7, 8, 16, 29, and December 5. Please email Liz Isdale (eisdale@rockyhill.org) if you can lend a hand. Thank you for your support!

Rocky Hill FUNd Fact

Did you know that you can spread pledge payments out over a
period of time? For example, do you want to make a $500 gift, but can’t pay it all right now? Set up monthly installments of $100/month for 5 months.

The Rocky Hill Fund closes on June 30. Please make your gift today. 


New Policy for Dogs on Campus

We recognize that for many in our community, dogs provide companionship and emotional support; for others, they are a source of discomfort. In recognition of all views, Rocky Hill School has instituted the following policy:

On school days when students are on campus, dogs are allowed on campus on a leash, but may not be in any school buildings (with the exception of service dogs). On non-school days, dogs are allowed in school buildings, except the cafeteria, but must be on a leash.


Bring a Friend to School Day

Bring a Friend to School Day” is a special program for current students in kindergarten through grade 8 to invite prospective students who are part of their neighborhoods, after school programs, summer camps, sports teams, etc. to spend a day with them at Rocky Hill School.

Students may invite one friend to join them at Rocky Hill School on November 7. The friend must currently be in the same grade as the Rocky Hill School student.

Guest parents/guardians should complete this form by Friday, November 3, 2017.


3rd Graders Connect With Experts

On October 24, the students in Mrs. Gustavel‘s third grade invited Susan Fonseca, the School’s Innovator-in Residence, and two other entrepreneurs to Skype to discuss solutions to health-related problems. Joining the classroom via Skype was Dr. Amy Baxter, Founder of Buzzy, a drug-free bee-shaped pain relief product, and Hannah Chung, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sproutel and Jerry the Bear, an educational, interactive plush bear that delivers health education to children diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes.

Click here for more photos

Inspired by the work of Ms. Chung and Dr. Baxter, the students designed plans for their own interactive stuffed animals that deliver health education to children. Working in groups, they created an elephant for children with cancer, a penguin for children with anxiety, and a frog that pediatricians can use to help pediatric patients feel comfortable and relaxed. Their prototype creations were presented to Fonseca, Chung, and Baxter with hopes to collaborate in their support of children impacted by Type 1 Diabetes.


3D Design Expert Visits

The room was filled with the buzz of deep engagement and inspiration as students from the 3D Design and Robotics clubs, as well as several other Upper and Middle School students, explored the use of 3D design and 3D prototyping in a variety of engineering fields. Visiting expert Andy Elsen P’32, shared his experience as an engineer at Electric Boat in Quonset with the students. The discussions covered topics ranging from engineering in space, underwater environments, and the value in rapid prototyping through knowledge of a variety of 3D design tools.


Strategizing With Education Modified

LearnLaunch entrepreneur, Melissa Corto, collaborated with faculty to explore Education Modified, a research-based tool used to support individualized classroom strategies, assessment, and communication. The platform also provides teachers with access to a robust database of professional resources for educators supporting neurodiversity in a learning environment.

With the early-adoption, championing and guidance of the EdMod tool by Niki Stanley, and with the support of ACE Director, Holly Cotta, a team of 10 met with founder Melissa to use the tool and to provide immediate and effective feedback regarding user interface, quality of resources, design of several specific functions, and intuitive feel for the tool.

The mission of Education Modified is to leverage technology to provide educators with job-embedded, research-based professional development that increases collaboration and ultimately improves the outcomes for students with diverse needs.


Middle School Thespians

Seventh graders in Mrs. Gower‘s English class performed an exciting scene from their class novel, Stargirl. Highlight performances were from Andrew Hogan as Kevin, Katie Kerachsky as Stargirl, and Hannah Boss as Chico.


Cardboard Regatta

Eric Wyzga‘s fifth grade Cardboard Regatta garnered a lot of media attention last week. Photos of the event were featured in the October 21st edition of the Providence Journal (click to view story) and the October 24th edition of the Warwick Beacon (click to view story). WJAR-10 also covered the event (video below).

Click below to view a slideshow of the Cardboard Regatta

Cardboard Regatta 2017


Halloween Slideshow

The Lower School celebrated Halloween with their annual parade. Check out the slideshow below!

Lower School Halloween Parade 2017

Preschool Quote of the Day


Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Upcoming Games

Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Wednesday, November 1
3:45 p.m.
The MacDuffie School Soccer @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Tuesday, October 31
3:00 p.m.
St Andrew’s Soccer @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Varsity Cross Country
Friday, November 3
2:45 p.m.
SENE Championship @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

MS Girls’ Field Hockey
Monday, October 30
3:30 p.m.
Cole Middle School (B Game) @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Soccer A
Tuesday, October 31
4:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s School MS Soccer (Coed A) @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

MS Soccer B
Wednesday, November 1
3:30 p.m.
Providence Country Day School MS Soccer (Coed B) @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)


 

Aviva Beringhause ’19, who, outside of her time at Rocky Hill School, plays lacrosse goalie for the Mass Elite Team, had a terrific tournament last weekend at UNH. Her team went 6-0 and won the tournament, with Aviva having 65% saves, including a shut-out in her second game. Aviva was awarded the MVP game ball by her coaches and teammates.

Congrats, Aviva!


Scott Lapham opened his show, One Gun Gone, at the Trade Pop Up Gallery in Providence on Thursday.  One Gun Gone is a multidisciplinary anti gun violence art project in which students from underserved neighborhoods in urban Rhode Island participate in a professional art making and marketing exercise that will end with Rhode Island’s first ever gun buy-back, literally taking guns off neighborhood streets.

There will be another One Gun Gone event on November 18 at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence.


Matt Gnolfo took the Silver Medal at the 2017 New England Judo Championships on October 21 at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA, hosted by U.S. Olympic Coach, Jimmy Pedro. Matt competed in the Masters Lightweight Division, losing to this year’s U.S. Open Champion in the finals.


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

October 21, 2017

Divisional News

Lower School  |  Middle School  |  Upper School

eCurrents and each divisional blog can be easily accessed on the new Rocky Hill School mobile app. Click the “Blogs” icon.

Pep Rally and Homecoming

Pep Rally
On Friday before Homecoming, the school community gathered in the gym for the annual Pep Rally. Students were divided into blue and white teams, and volunteers from each division battled each other for points in donut-from-a-string eating, “Hungry, Hungry Humans,” toilet paper mummy wrapping, and other fun games.

Click below to view a slideshow of the Pep Rally

Pep Rally 2017

Click here to view Rob Lee’s photos of the Pep Rally.

Homecoming
Although the rain impacted the alumni soccer and field hockey games, the Middle School games still went on with two impressive wins. MS Field Hockey won 4-0 over North Kingstown and MS Soccer A defeated Block Island 4-3.

The activities and games were moved to the gym and Campbell Center, and Dr. Tracy addressed the community in Campbell where he unveiled plans for the Pony Barn renovation as the Center for Innovation. Afterwards, Kristen Urbach ’87 presented Alan Flynn ’85 with a commemorative brick to be installed on campus in honor of his father, former Headmaster Alan F. Flynn, Jr.

Click below to view a slideshow of Homecoming

Homecoming 2017

Mr. Laurent’s 4th grade students jumped at the chance to be first to be photographed in front of the new sign!

JDRF One Walk Recap

On Sunday, October 15, over 1,000 people came to walk in the JDRF One Walk, including a team of 38 students, parents, and faculty from Rocky Hill School. Combined, the RHS walkers raised more than $10,200 for the cause.

View a photo slideshow of the JDRF One Walk.

JDRF One Walk
Click here for more news about the JDRF One Walk at Rocky Hill School.

Thank You From the Hayes Family

We received this special message from the Hayes family:

Dear Rocky Hill Staff,

It took a day to try to find the right words to describe what I felt yesterday at the JDRF One Walk. When Lizzie (’22) was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 12-1/2 years ago, I prayed for her to be “fixed” or healed, and what I have learned over the years about healing is that it is an active state and not a destination. It is about the journey and progress and not perfection. It is about finding blessings and moments of grace along the way. To see so many classmates, and staff from Rocky Hill, volunteer, donate, and walk alongside her was humbling. To listen to Maddie and Abby address a crowd of almost 1,000 people so eloquently about the hope for a cure, and possibilities for making shots pain free, was inspiring. And, to watch Lizzie’s face throughout the day, feeling loved, supported, and proud, made me grateful beyond words. 

I know how much work taking on the One Walk the day after Homecoming and seven days before Open House was for everyone, and yet I never saw anything but smiles. 

From the bottom of our hearts, we are so very thankful and proud to be a Mariner Family! 

Very best,
Steve, Julie and Lizzie Hayes


Admission Open House

Sunday, October 22
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Tell your friends and neighbors! We’re opening our doors to showcase all of the reasons why you chose Rocky Hill School for your child(ren). Please help spread the word about this important event:


Celebrating Alan F. Flynn, Jr.

The family of former Headmaster Alan F. Flynn, Jr. invites members of the Rocky Hill School community to celebrate his life and legacy. Alan passed away in Asheville, NC, on August 30, 2017 with complications related to Parkinson’s disease. Details on the event are below.

Celebrating Alan Flynn’s Life and Legacy
Friday, November 24, 2017

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Alan F. Flynn, Jr. Academic Center
Rocky Hill School 
530 Ives Road
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Please click here to RSVP.


Innovation In Action

Cashtivity
Earlier this week, LearnLaunch partner and Cashtivity’s founder Marissa Di Pasquale worked with students in Theresa Conroy’s 8th grade algebra classes and Caity MacDonald’s 5th grade class. After feedback from his colleagues and meeting Marissa, 4th grade teacher Charlie Laurent shared the real-world math challenges with his students for the first time. Here is a montage of the deep engagement and self-directed nature of this exciting tool.

BlocksCAD
Fourth grader Eva Richards worked with BlocksCAD for the first time this week, and her enthusiasm for it was clearly on display!

Third Grade and Upper School Collaboration
On Monday, Wendy Gustavel’s third grade students collaborated with Upper School students in Ashley Ferranti’s Model United Nations class. Each third grader shared the United Nations Global Goal that they are researching and then partnered with an Upper School student to complete online research. The Upper School students helped the third graders understand some very challenging concepts and put what they learned in their own words. At the end of their time together, the Upper School students shared the UN projects they are working on in their class and discussed ways that the third graders could support them in their efforts.

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Cardboard Regatta

Eric Wyzga’s fifth grade science class was featured in today’s Providence Journal. The annual Cardboard Regatta, held yesterday, challenges students to design and construct a vessel strong enough to hold themselves and hydrodynamic enough to allow them to paddle around the swimming pond on campus for at least one minute. More photos and videos will be in next week’s eCurrents.


History at the Waterfront

Tim Greenwood’s sixth grade history students tested their shadufs along the waterfront as part of their study of irrigation in ancient Egypt.


Lofty Heights

The eighth grade class climbed Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire on Thursday.


Blue & White Soccer Tournament

During Spirit Week last week, the Lower School held the 10th Annual Blue and White Soccer Classic for fourth and fifth grade participants  Team IV was victorious with a final score of 2-0 over Team VI.

The games during the two-week tournament were competitive, close in score, and great examples of sportsmanship. Students in grades K-3 supported as fans or assisted with the games in the roles of linesmen, score keeper, and ball persons.

Congratulations to Team IV: Naseem, Morgan, Patrick, Esme, and Choerab.
Well done, Team VI as runner-up: Olivia, Alexa, Jillian, and Isabella.

A special thanks goes out to Cece and Justin (line officials), Katie O’Neil (score keeper), and August (photographer).

Photos below by Rob Lee


Visitors from Aidi School Beijing

Last week, we welcomed visitors from our partner school, Aidi School Beijing. Two Aidi teachers observed Upper School classes to learn more about Rocky Hill’s instructional approaches, met with Chinese students to learn about education in America, and visited several colleges with Tara Dowling, Director of College Counseling. The partnership continues in late January when expect a group of Aidi teachers will visit Rocky Hill to engage in teacher training, and in late May when Tara will return to Beijing to offer their faculty further training in college counseling. Plans for their students to visit Rocky Hill School next summer, and our students to visit China in March, are being developed. If you’re curious to learn more, reach out to Diane Rich or Tara Dowling.


Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.

Athletic News

6th Annual Land of Fires MS Soccer Tournament
Sunday, October 22
10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
 at Rocky Hill School
Rocky Hill MS A Soccer team vs:
– San Miguel
– Community Prep
– Learning Community
– Segue Institute
– Blackstone Valley Prep
Come support your team!
Important parking notice: The front lot will be reserved for Admission Open House visitors. Please park in the rear lot.


Pink Out Pre-Work

Prior to the Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey “Pink Out” game against South Kingstown HS, Art Entwistle, Trixie Dumas, and Peter Hanney prepped the field with a large pink ribbon at the field’s center.

Despite a hard-fought game, the Mariners were defeated 2-0 by SKHS (See “Recaps” above).

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Athletes of the Week

Abby Tillinghast ’21
Girls’ Varsity Soccer

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“Abby Tillinghast has proven to be an invaluable asset as an offensive and defensive player. She always plays aggressively and with confidence. Abby supports her team with her actions and her words. She contributes to a positive culture of the team. If Abby is unable to return to the field this season, we will definitely miss her as a player and more importantly, a person.”

– Coaches Lind and Copeland


Griffin Spinney ’20
Boys’ Varsity Soccer

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“Griffin Spinney has grown immensely over the last season and a half. He stepped up last season after an injury and this year has cemented his role as a starter. Griffin has vastly improved his communication and aggressiveness and has begun to command his box with authority.  His stoning of Winchendon on a penalty shot was the highlight of the game, but his coaches were the most impressed with how he attacked several crosses in the game against LCA, fearlessly leaping into contact to punch the ball away. Congratulations, Griffin Spinney!”

– Coaches Schatz and Heise


Upcoming Games

Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Monday, October 23
4:00 p.m.

Bancroft Soccer (NL) @ Worcester, MA (Bancroft School)

Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Wednesday, October 25
3:45 p.m.

St Andrews Soccer @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey
Monday, October 23
6:00 p.m.
Chariho HS Field Hockey @ Wood River Junction, RI (Chariho Regional High School)

Varsity Cross Country
Wednesday, October 25
4:00 p.m.
St. Andrews School Invite @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

MS Girls’ Field Hockey
Saturday, October 21
8:00 a.m.
Lincoln MS A Tournament @ Rehoboth, MA (Faxon Farm Athletic Complex)

MS Soccer A
Sunday, October 22
9:30 a.m.
Land of Fires MS A Soccer Tournament @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Soccer B
Tuesday, October 24
4:00 p.m.
Pine Point School MS Soccer (Coed B) @ Stonington, CT (Pine Point School)


Lisa Reimer will be performing as Matron Mama Morton in Chicago with Footlights Repertory Theatre in Swansea from November 2-5. Tickets are available by clicking the image below.

Amanda Siegel ’15, Brown University ’19, recently attended the Society for the Study of Human Development’s Biennial Conference where she presented a poster on parental attributions of success in parents of first grade students in the greater Rhode Island area.


Rome Kirby ’07 joins Team AkzoNobel

American under-30 sailor Rome Kirby has joined team AkzoNobel for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race which starts from Alicante, Spain on Sunday, October 22.

Kirby, 28, from Newport, Rhode Island, won the 34th America’s Cup in 2013 with Oracle Team USA and last sailed the Volvo Ocean Race in 2011-12 alongside team AkzoNobel skipper Brad Jackson (NZL) on Puma Ocean Racing, when they finished third.

He will serve as a helmsman and sail trimmer on the team AkzoNobel boat and is the team’s fifth under 30-selection, alongside boat captain Nicolai Sehested, 27 (DEN), Martine Grael, 26 (BRA), Brad Farrand, 28 (NZL) and twenty-three year-old Emily Nagel (GBR/BER) – the youngest female sailor in the race.

 

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Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.