March 1, 2019

RHS Nominated as a Top Private School in RI

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


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

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

Admission Office Update

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

ACE Parent Coffee:
Reading Comprehension Strategies For All Ages

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

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

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

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


Learning in Action

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

Hear to Speak – Learning Diversity Through Music

Greg Tatevian ’20 accompanying the band.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t Miss Curtains 

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


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

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

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

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

Nike and Competitive Sports Camps This Summer

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 15, 2019

Chinese New Year Celebration

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Learning in Action

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

Nature’s Classroom

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

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

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

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

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

Robotics Team Competes at States

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

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

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

Student Work at Hera Gallery Honored

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

Stefy Andreev ’21 with her award-winning painting

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Send us your news!

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

February 1, 2019

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

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


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

Students Plan Chinese New Year Celebration

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

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

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

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


Learning in Action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students Work on Display at Hera Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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


Athlete of the Week – Cort Meyerson ’20, Swimming

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

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

Aviva Beringhause, Ptolemy Tassone, and Johnette Williams

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

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

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January 18, 2019

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The webinar is free but you must register.


Show Your Love With a Brick!

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

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

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

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

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

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


Learning in Action

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

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

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

 

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

LS Robotics Team in the News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mugs by Chatterley

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

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

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

LearnLaunch Entrepreneurs Collaborating in LS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Behind the Cells Exposition

By Willa Geoghegan ’20

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

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

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

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

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

Eighth Graders See Short Stories Come to Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life in Kindergarten

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

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

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

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

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

Winter Choral Concert

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

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

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

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

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

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

eSports in Second Place 

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

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

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

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

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

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


Send us your news!

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

December 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mystic Aquarium Visit

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

Lower School PE Classes Climb to New Heights!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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November 23, 2019

We are thrilled to announce that Sam Weiler ’20 and Jannessa Ya ‘22 have been selected to serve on the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s 2018-2019 Youth Advisory Board (YAB). The board represents a diverse group of young people who will work with Making Caring Common this academic year to make schools and communities more just, caring, and respectful places. As part of YAB, students will collaborate with one another to help address some of the most pressing ethical and moral issues facing young people today. The 25 members of the 2018-2019 board were selected from a pool of more than 220 applicants in grades 9-12 in the United States. The board represents 19 states across the country, as well as a diversity of backgrounds and identities. Sam and Jannessa are the only students selected from Rhode Island.

Mark Your Calendar
5th Grade Preview Night: Tuesday, November 27 | 5:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
ACE Parent Breakfast:  Tuesday, December 4 | 7:45 a.m. | ACE Building
Winter Instrumental Concert:  Thursday, December 6 | 6:30 p.m. |Campbell Center
Winter Choral Concert:  Thursday, December 13 | 6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
Winter Break:  December 22 – January 6

Clothes to Kids Gently-used Clothing Collection
November 26 – December 3
Cleaning out your wardrobe? The Interact Community Service Club is collecting gently-used or new clothing to donate to Clothes to Kids, a non-profit that provides a seven-day wardrobe for students whose families are experiencing financial hardship. Clothes sized 4T-20 and shoes are accepted. They especially need winter coats. Drop off boxes will be posted in each division through December 3rd. READ MORE

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

Wheaton College Model UN Opportunity
The Wheaton College Model United Nations team is inviting high school students to attend the Wheaton College Model United Nations Conference to give them a taste of the Model UN experience at the college level. Students who want to register for this event will need to email Prof. Abregu and Elena Rich by January 18, 2019.

RHS to Host Lego Robotics State Qualifier
This year, for the first time ever, the Lego Robotics State Qualifier is being hosted by Rocky Hill School. These events depend on a lot of volunteers. Middle and Upper School students can assist with a variety of tasks from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on December 15. Students can volunteer for the morning, afternoon, or the entire day. Interested students should contact Charlie Laurent or Caity MacDonald before November 26.

Academic Center for Enrichment Parent Breakfast
Please join us for a continental breakfast on Tuesday, December 4 from 7:45-8:30 a.m. to share resources and support with one another. We look forward to seeing you.

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

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

Ms. Rizzo’s 7th grade Latin class presented their “Romanized” version of the board game Clue to the 7th grade French class. They converted all of the characters, pieces, and locations to include Olympian gods/goddesses, their weapons, and a Roman villa. After an intense game, it turned out the Civis Corpus was mustered by Apollo with a trident in the vomitorium.

Recently, the 6th grade students visited City Farm and the Somerset Community Garden on Providence’s Southside. Guided by City Farm Stewart Rich Pederson, students learned about urban agriculture, local plants, and how community gardens can help both recent immigrants from rural backgrounds and urban youth develop better relationships in their local community. The students’ investigation of these topics is just beginning – stay tuned to see how they will be inspired to translate their learning into action!

Kirk Webster ’22 and US math teacher Caroline Hersh-Rodeen gave a presentation to Mrs. Gustavel’s 3rd grade class about their volunteer work with Rhode Island Parrot Rescue as part of their learning about different kinds of community service.

Under the guidance of the Middle School student council, the lower and middle school students collected 721 boxes of pasta to donate to the North Kingstown Food Pantry; 400 boxes were distributed as part of the pantry’s Thanksgiving baskets. Math classes tied in their study of poster design, area, and proportional reasoning to the food drive. They calculated the percentage of the gym floor they could cover with pasta boxes before they packed up a mini-bus full of pasta to bring to the Pantry! CLICK HERE to watch a video produced by CeCe Tamburini ’25.

Grandfriends Day Fun
The rain didn’t dampen our spirits at our 37th Annual GrandFriends Day on November 20th. RHS welcomed a record-high 112 grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends to join our Lower School students in their classrooms, visiting Virtuosos, and for a performance and slideshow to culminate the morning. It was certainly a festive send-off for Thanksgiving Break.

Stellar Performance
The RHS Upper School Chorus dazzled audiences this past Sunday when they sang in two separate performances of “A Christmas Carol” at Trinity Repertory.

All-State Auditions

Pictured from left to right in the back row are: Ben Pogacar ’20 – Chorus, Jacob Pogacar ’19 – Chorus, Max Lehouiller ’20 – Orchestra, Davis Lee ’22 – Band, Greg Tatevian ’21 – Orchestra, and Jerimiah Malone ’21 – Band. Front row left to right are: Will Hogan ’24 – Band, Skye Connell ‘24 – Band, Kaeley Zito ’22 – Band, Nate Lee ’24 – Orchestra, Alex Lehouiller ’24 – Orchestra, and Dimitri Daskalopoulos ’22 – Orchestra.

Several RHS music students recently auditioned for the RI Music Educators sponsored All-State Band, Orchestra, and Chorus. These students will be advised soon as to their possible acceptance to the All-State ensembles. Accepted students will perform in March at a concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The auditions are very competitive and the chance to perform with some of the finest musicians in the state is quite an accomplishment. The entire RHS community wishes them luck and congratulations.

Sports Awards and Recognition
RHS finished up a winning season in fall sports during the Fall Sports Awards on Tuesday. Congratulations to all of our Mariners and thank you to the coaches, parents, and Boosters for supporting our student-athletes.

Middle School Soccer A
Resiliency Award: Colin Zito ‘24
Effort Award: Nate Lee ‘24
Pride Award: Dudley Samponaro ‘24

Middle School Soccer B
Resiliency Award: Kian Garcia ‘26
Effort Award: Sonali Searles ‘26
Pride Award: William Hogan ‘24

Middle School Field Hockey
Resiliency Award: Jillian Pogacar ‘25
Effort Award: Francesca McCaughey ‘23
Pride Award: Sydney Boss ‘23

Girls Varsity Soccer
Offensive Player of the Year: Tamira Lopes ‘21
Defensive Player of the Year: Ptolemy Tassone ‘19
Mariner Award: Paige Johnson ‘22

Girls Varsity Field Hockey
Offensive Player of the Year: Charlotte Boss ‘22
Defensive Player of the Year: Elsa Block ‘20
Mariner Award: Jaylene Lanzot ‘19
The Helen Waterman Sportsmanship Award: Faythe Schulte ‘19

Varsity Cross Country
Male Runner of the Year: Graydon Sumrall ‘19
Female Runner of the Year: Mia Zheng ‘22
Mariner Award: Paul Ritter ‘20

Boys Varsity Soccer
Offensive Player of the Year: Marlon Monterroso ‘21
Defensive Player of the Year: Kobe Polley ‘20
Mariner Award: Andrew Zito ‘20
The Harold Sorlien Award in Boys’ Soccer: Peter Chen ‘19

Congratulations to students selected for the All League honors in the RIIL and SENE leagues.

Girls Varsity Field Hockey: 8-4-1 (RIIL D3 Semifinalist)
RIIL 1st Team All Division: Elsa Block ‘20 and Charlotte Boss ‘22
RIIL 2nd Team All Division: Faythe Schulte ‘19
RIIL Honorable Mention All Division: Jaylene Lanzot ‘19
RIIL All Tournament Team: Sara Laurent ‘21 and Eve Weiner ‘20
RIIL All Academic Team: Faythe Schulte ‘19
RIIL D3 All Stars: Elsa Block ‘20, Eve Weiner ‘20, Faythe Schulte ‘19

Varsity Cross Country:
SENEISAA All League: Graydon Sumrall ‘19

Boys Varsity Soccer: 9-6-2 (SENE Finalist; NEPSAC Class D Semifinalist)
SENEISAA All League: Kobe Polley ‘20, Andrew Zito ‘20, Marlon Monterosso ‘21
SENEISAA Honorable Mention: Peter Chen ‘19
NEPSSA All Stars: Peter Chen ‘19, Andrew Zito ‘20, Kobe Polley ‘20
Shout out to the Varsity Boys Soccer team who were one of eight New England teams selected to compete in the prestigious Class D New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Tournament. While they did not come away with the title, it was an honor to qualify!

Girls Varsity Soccer: 6-3-1 (SENE Semifinalist)
SENEISAA All League: Tamira Lopes ‘21, Ptolemy Tassone ‘19
SENEISAA Honorable Mention: Kaeley Zito ‘22

Ben Rosenberg ‘19, and his crew, Sidney Charbonnet from New Orleans, were invited along with 15 other teams from across the country to participate in the Red Bull Foiling Generation, in Miami. The winner of this event represented the USA in the Foiling Generation World Championship, held the following weekend. Ben and Sidney made it to the third round, before being eliminated. Way to go!

Dean of Students Elena Rich participated in a two-day training by the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) at the East Bay Educational Collaborative of Rhode Island. The training was an introduction to restorative practices and the use of circles in a school setting. Elena is now a certified and registered IIRP practitioner and is looking forward to sharing what she learned with the community and to continuing to develop the restorative justice program that started to be implemented last year.

Last week, Pam Matson (Chair of the Science Dept) attended the National Science Teachers Association conference which was funded through the Kirkland Gibson Faculty Summer stipend and RHS professional development funds. At the conference Pam took part in many hands-on workshops which included:  Sleep Lab- Are you a Genetic Owl or Lark?: fluorescent mini-electrophoresis, Cell Differentiation and Gene Expression, Applying Forensic Sand Analysis in Crime Investigations, Conserving Panda Populations Through Understanding Their Reproductive Endocrinology, Respiration/Photosynthesis Inquiry Using Algal Beads, Teaching Environmental Sustainability Using a Free Place-Based Watershed Model, Connecting Natural Selection and Speciation. Pam sends her appreciation to her colleagues who covered her classes, Lisa Goulden for helping arrange the details, and Mike Gwaltney for both the insight of the value it brings back to the RHS sciences and his encouragement to go. The supportive community at RHS is essential to allowing these valuable faculty opportunities to occur.

 

Congratulation to Andy Fink ’97 who was named the first Head Coach for the Men’s Lacrosse team at St. Joseph’s University. READ MORE


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November 8, 2018

Thank you to the Middle School students for planning our annual Veterans Day ceremony that included this powerful rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” performed by the RHS band and chorus.

Mark Your Calendar

8th Grade Preview Night: Thursday, November 8 | 6:00-8:00 p.m. | Flynn Academic Center
Upper School Parent Conference Day – No classes for US:
 Friday, November 9
Practice ACT: Saturday, November 10 | 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | RHS
Veterans Day Observed – No School: 
Monday, November 12
All School PTL Meeting: Thursday, November 15 | 8:30 a.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
5th Grade Preview Night: Thursday, November 15 | 5:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
US Chorus to Perform at A Christmas Carol: Sunday, November 18 | Trinity Rep

All School Parent Teacher League Meeting
Thursday, November 15 | Flynn Lecture Hall
Coffee and conversation begins at 8:30 a.m. Hear from Head of School Diane Rich and Athletic Director Megan Williams, stay up-to-date on School events and happenings, and meet other RHS parents at this informal meeting. Hope to see you there!

Bring a Friend to School Day – Grades 5-8
Students in grades 5-8 are invited to bring a friend who has an interest in becoming a Rocky Hill student to join them in class for the day. Details to be provided in early December.

Upper School Chorus to Perform at A Christmas Carol
We are excited to share that the Upper School Chorus will be featured in two performances of A Christmas Carol at Trinity Repertory on November 18th at 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are on sale now and going fast at www.trinityrep.org.  Let’s fill the audience with Rocky Hill fans!

SPARK Gala set for May 18!
The SPARK Gala is a biannual dinner, dance, and auction hosted by the Parent Teacher League. Our co-chairs Jill Millard, Erica Gregg, and Missy Boss have been busy laying the groundwork. This year, the event will be held at the Atlantic Beach Resort in Newport. If you are interested in serving on the committee this year, please email Missy Walker to join the kick-off meeting.

New LearnLaunch Cohort to Visit Campus
Rocky Hill School is excited to have a one-of-a-kind partnership with edtech entrepreneurs through LearnLaunch, a premier edtech accelerator based in Boston. We are pleased to begin year two of this impactful program as part of the Center of Innovation. On November 15, Director of Innovation Meg Stowe will welcome the class of 2018-19 to our campus and introduce the team of founders, designers, educators, and influencers to our faculty and students. Our students engage in real-world product development, learn how to collect meaningful data, and are involved in research design that provides founders with real-time, face-to-face feedback.  READ ABOUT THE ENTREPRENEURS #OnlyAtRockyHill

Looking for Professional Input

Mrs. Armentano and the seventh graders are looking for members of the community who work in the field of fashion, apparel, accessory, or product design. They would like to invite professional designers to see and hear about their innovative unisex clothing designs they have been working on this fall. If interested, please email rarmentano@rockyhill.org.

Academic Center for Enrichment Parent Breakfast
Please join us for a continental breakfast on Tuesday, December 4 from 7:45-8:30 a.m. to share resources and support with one another. We look forward to seeing you.

Calling All Callers!

The first 2018-19 Rocky Hill Fund “Destination Phonathon” was a success. We are pleased to report that in 2 hours, 8 callers made roughly 145 calls and reached approximately 44 people. Together we raised $9,631 in gifts and pledges for the Rocky Hill Fund.

Thank you to our volunteer callers Laura Meyerson, Ben Lanowy ’16Mary Lynne Kennedy ’81, Kaylynn Polley ’17, Jason DeGerlia ’19, and Nici Lanowy and to the Meyerson’s for hosting us all at their beautiful home.

Please email Liz Isdale (eisdale@rockyhill.org) if you can lend a hand or would like to host a desination phonathon. Thank you for your support!

  

Student Portraits
Student portraits ordered by the October deadline will be delivered by November 15. Orders received by December 1 will be delivered by December 12. Photographer Ruth Clegg will email directly all families who have not submitted orders yet with your individual links to view pictures. If you have questions, contact Ruth at ruthabclegg@gmail.com or 401-263-4065.

Did you know…Veracross Tips

How to subscribe to your child’s schedule and link to your personal calendar:

  1. Select the green Subscribe to Calendars button in the lower right area of the Family Portal. (You may have to scroll down to see this.)
  2. Click on the tab labeled My Household.
  3. From there you’ll see options to subscribe to the various calendars that pertain to your family. The subscriptions are automatically formatted for the iCal format.
  4. You can also choose the Google Calendar format by checking the box near the top of the screen.

How to view the calendar as a PDF document.

  1. In the My Children section, open the Daily Schedule link.
  2. Select Student Overview.
  3. Open the link labeled Current Class Schedule.
  4. Open Student Schedule which will show you the schedule PDF document.

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

The 5th Grade Cardboard Regatta brings out the Navigator in our kids. As part of their study of buoyancy, the students are challenged to build a boat from cardboard and one roll of duct tape. They then test their boats at the waterfront by paddling them in our tidal pool. This long-standing tradition is a fan favorite.

On Tuesday, November 6th, our Middle School Chorus participated in the Independent School Choral Festival in Providence, alongside Wheeler, Moses Brown, PCD, Lincoln, and Gordon. Our singers collaborated and rehearsed all day, for their big evening performance at the Central Congregational Church.  Following rave reviews last year, Rocky Hill was asked to perform first with their solo piece. This was a great honor and our kids performed magnificently. The concert concluded with two combined pieces, performed by 180 singers in total, under the direction of Professor Wendy Moy of Connecticut College.

Director of Innovation at Hasbro and RHS Alum Ceileidh Siegel ’01, came to help the 1st graders launch their PBL with Mr. Wyzga and Mrs. Lee. The students had a wonderful time learning about how Ms. Siegel came up with the Let’s Rock Elmo. They were able to see her first prototypes and learn about the process of inventing new products. The class is excited to begin their own process of inventing an original product. We all look forward to seeing what these great minds create.

The Forensics Science class created their own “body farm” amidst the phragmites of the waterfront, with the same intent as the large-scale ones set up at Forensics University Institutes. Using oven roaster chickens from the local grocery store, students have been documenting the decomposition of the chickens using selected conditions. Buried and exposed chickens, submerged and wrapped in plastic, are being used for a comparative analysis. Students are matching actual decomposition and its variables to the textual learning they have completed in class.

Diversity Club Visits Middle School
On Monday, November 5th, Upper School members of SMAC (Students Making Activities Communities) visited the Middle School during community period to lead activities that address forms of equity and privilege. Middle schoolers chose soccer, cards, or a skit-based activity, all of which were facilitated by Upper School students. This partnership between Upper School SMAC and the Middle School has provided great conversations. We are always looking for more ideas about issues and ways to address them. For more information, or to contribute to our mission, please contact Matt Gnolfo, Director of Diversity, at mgnolfo@rockyhill.org.

New Ping Pong Table in Upper School
Many thanks to the International PTL for supporting the purchase of a new ping pong table for the Upper School. Students enjoy downtime and a break from the rigor of academics at the beginning and start of the school day.

Sports Highlights
Congratulations to all our Fall teams on a fantastic season! Join us as we celebrate our student-athletes at the Middle School & Upper School Fall Athletic Awards Ceremony which will take place on November 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the Campbell Center. All athletes and families are invited to join us for a brief ceremony and some treats provided by the Boosters Club. We hope to make this a new tradition of coming together to support our athletic community.

  • Girls Varsity Field Hockey (8-4-1) finished as RIIL State Semifinalists
  • Varsity Cross Country placed 5th at the SENE Championship Meet to finish up a great season
  • Girls Varsity Soccer (6-3-1) finished as SENE Semifinalists
  • Boys Varsity Soccer (9-6-2) competed in the SENE Championship, finishing as runner-up
  • MS A Soccer (6-1) had a near-perfect season and won the Land of Fires Tournament in a thrilling victory
  • MS B Soccer (0-4-1) had a building year but learned a lot and worked hard together as a team
  • MS Field Hockey (4-2) had a great season and placed 3rd in the Lincoln Invitational Tournament

Winter Sports Update
E-sports is off to a great start. They are currently undefeated, beating Wheeler and Middlebridge last week!

Upper School Basketball will begin practicing on November 13th. Schedules are posted in parent and student portals.

Upper School non-competitive sports: Lifetime Fitness and Yoga will begin after Thanksgiving break.

Middle School Basketball will begin after winter break.

Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to our recent Athletes of the Week – check out athletics posts @rhsmariners on Instagram.
Lucy Yu ’21 (soccer) and Chase Schulte ’21 (soccer)

A Rocky Hill School First at TEDxURI 2019
Congratulations, Bella! We are extremely proud to announce that Isabella (Bella) Robinson ’20 will be the first high school student to be included in the panel of speakers for TEDxURI Change It Up in February 2019. In the second round, Bella competed against 50 college students and professionals to secure a much-coveted spot. We will share ticketing information as soon as it becomes available.

Our sincere congratulations go to Kaeley Zito ’22 who was accepted to the RI Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, which draws elite instrumental students from all over RI. It is quite an honor and accomplishment to participate in such a prestigious musical ensemble.

 

Lily O’Neil, a ninth-grader at Rocky Hill School, appeared on GoLocal LIVE ahead of her opening at Rhode Island Comic-Con on Friday — which she said she was able to purchase exhibit space through commission on her increasingly popular comic-book style art online. O’Neil, who said her love of art was bolstered “in the fifth grade” when she won an art competition, spoke to her style, influences, and plans for the future — which she said should include a comic book series soon. (excerpt from GoLocal LIVE)  WATCH THE VIDEO

Mike Zarella ’86 was elected to the East Greenwich Town Council in the recent midterm election – Congratulations, Mike!

Middle School Art Teacher Rachel Armentano presented at the Rhode Island Art Education Association conference this past weekend. The presentation was entitled “Connecting Curriculum to Contemporary Careers in Design + Engineering”. She was thrilled to share design lessons that her RHS students are currently working on. She also included new teaching strategies for highlighting the elements of design, as well as daily skills used in the career fields of fashion, architecture, engineering, and graphic design in K-12 art lessons.

Assistant Head of School Beth DeGerlia recently graduated from Leadership Rhode Island (LRI), a 10-month leadership and civic engagement program. The program recognizes leaders and invests in their personal and professional growth and connections with one another to foster individual, collective and statewide transformation. Congratulations, Beth!


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October 25, 2018

RHS prepares for the first-ever statewide Hack for Social Good.
Friday, October 26 & 27

A “hackathon” is a collaborative event for all doers committed to solving important problems in the world. The event is limited in time and scope, with the ultimate purpose to discover new and effective ways to overcome an existing hurdle. LEARN MORE OR REGISTER HERE

On Friday, we will welcome Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, Lt. Governor Dan McKee, and RI Chief Cybersecurity Officer Mike Steinmetz, among others, to kick-off the event. Students in grades 9-12 can attend as individuals to be teamed up with other students or as a set team. It’s not too late to sign-up!

Check out the Pay-it-Forward segment on NBC Channel 10 News that aired last night:  PAY-IT-FORWARD VIDEO

Mark Your Calendar

Lower School Healthy Haunted House & Parade:  Friday, October 26 Mindfulness and Athletics an inspiring evening with Amy Saltzman: Monday, October 29 | 7:00-8:30 p.m. | Moses Brown School
(RHS is an event sponsor, attendance is encouraged!)
Middle School Dance: Friday, November 2 | 7:00-9:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
Daylight Savings Time
:  Sunday, November 4 (fall back)
Middle School PTL Meeting: 
Tuesday, November 6 | 8:30 a.m. | MS Commons
Middle School Choral Festival: Tuesday, November 6 | 7:00-9:00 p.m. | Central Congregational Church in Providence
Veteran’s Day Ceremony:  Thursday, November 8  |  11:00-11:30 a.m.  |  Gym
Upper School Parent Conference Day – No classes for US:  Friday, November 9
Middle School Preview Night in Upper School: 
Thursday, October 25 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Veteran’s Day Observed – No School:  Monday, November 12


Open House – Recap & Thank You
Thank you to all of our Rocky Hill families who supported last weekend’s Open House by posting lawn signs in your yards and places of business. It was a great sight to see so many of our signs in the local communities!

We ask that you help us recycle them by bringing them back to campus. A receptacle will be left at the ‘benches’ drop off spot near Hopelands for the next week and they can be returned to the Admissions department any time after that. Please collect any signs that you posted and if you see others in high traffic areas that have not been picked up, feel free to give them a ride back too! We can reuse the metal stakes if they are in good condition and will recycle the cardboard.

We are thrilled to report that Open House was a success both in the number of families we saw and the applications completed. Many thanks to the Nathan Hale Society members and students who gave of their time to welcome visitors and to show the myriad of amazing programs and opportunities available at Rocky Hill School!

LearnLaunch Partner a Big Success!
Rocky Hill School students in several lower and middle school classes worked last year to help Choosito develop its search capacity and collect data to deliver personalized learning materials that are curated and vetted for accuracy, reading level, and student interest. Choosito is a smart search engine tool powered by artificial intelligence that automates how you index, analyze, search and deliver personalized digital content. As an IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Round 2 winner, funded by the National Science Foundation, and alumni of the LearnLaunch Accelerator, the company is poised to transform education.

Support the Rocky Hill Fund

Please consider a gift to the Rocky Hill Fund which 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.

  

Are you interested in making a few calls?
Volunteers can call from home or at the school for our Rocky Hill Fund phonathon. We provide training, food, fun, and prizes. Callers can select who they reach out to. We will be making calls from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on October 30, November 14, 27, and December 12. Please email Liz Isdale (eisdale@rockyhill.org) if you can lend a hand. Thank you for your support!

Brickwalk
Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Want to surprise your special guest on Grandfriends’ Day? Purchase an inscribed brick in one of three campus brick walks. This is a timeless way to honor a member of the Rocky Hill School community, past or present. Bricks are $100 each or five for $400 and are installed twice yearly in the fall and spring. Order ONLINE or with Liz Isdale.  Fall order deadline is Wednesday, October 31.


Learning in Action
At Rocky Hill School our students are engaged in deep learning every day. Whether they are collaborating with outside experts, exploring the biodiversity of our campus, or engaging in good citizenship, we celebrate the impact they can have on their own learning and the world around them. Learning in Action is a place to showcase the many magical moments our students experience and share.

Mrs. Chartrand’s 6th Grade Science students have teamed up with Ms. Marcus’ Kindergartners and Mrs. Lee’s 1st Graders to create “Garden Buddies”. Students planted flower bulbs together in the RHS “Artist’s Garden” section of the Garden Classroom. As the youngest students in the Middle School, the kids enjoyed being role models and mentors for our youngest Lower School partners. We are all so excited about our new friendships!

A group of Middle School students visited the Rhode Island Food Bank on Friday to learn about their operation. We will be visiting the Food Bank two more times, making sure every one of our middle school students understands the important role this organization plays in supplying the many food pantries and community kitchens in our state. Currently, the Middle School is doing a pasta drive for the Thanksgiving Baskets that will be put together by the North Kingstown Food Pantry. If you would like to help us reach our goal of 400 boxes of pasta, we would be grateful.

The 8th grade students resumed our relationship with Atria Harbor Hill in East Greenwich, a connection that we have had for the last eight or so years.  This was our “getting to know you” visit, and we look forward to our conversations all year with our friends at Harbor Hill. Reid Beland ’23 wrote “The eighth grade went to Atria Harbor Hill in East Greenwich to talk to seniors about their childhood and the government, where they came from, and what school they went to. We learned about what they did on Halloween, some more tricks than others.”

Students Share Their Puerto Rico Service Trip

This August, twenty-one RHS students traveled to Puerto Rico to spend a week conducting community service in support of Hurricane Maria victims (READ MORE). Today they shared their video with the community.

Scenes from Homecoming & Spirit Week
It was another busy and high-spirited weekend on campus for Homecoming Week. The week launched with fun spirit days and culminated with a Pep Rally organized by the Upper School students. Thursday night saw students performing at a Coffee House open mic where they raised $135 for Puerto Rico Rises. On Friday night, the Boosters and Alumni Association hosted our first annual Blue & White Night complete with food trucks, bonfires, and s’mores. Saturday brought us our traditional Homecoming celebrations: Middle School sports teams were victorious, carnival games were enjoyed by all, and the Alumni came out on top in both the field hockey and soccer games. Later that night was the US Movie Night. And to top off the amazing weekend, we hosted the JDRF One Walk to support juvenile diabetes research. Students and families volunteered, walked, and showcased our beautiful campus to hundreds of walkers. Whew! That was quite a busy week – thank you to all who helped make it such a success! MORE HOMECOMING PICTURES | MORE JDRF PICTURES

Alumni Co-ed Soccer Team
Alumni and Varsity Field Hockey

 

Sports Highlights

On Sunday, October 21, the MS A Soccer team won the 7th Annual Land of Fires Tournament for the first time in school history. The championship game between The Learning Community and Rocky Hill School went through regulation, a five-minute sudden victory overtime, and seven rounds of penalty shots. In the end the stalwart effort of goalie Andrew Corsi won the game for the Mariners.

The Girls Varsity Field Hockey 10th annual Play4TheCure game raised $335 for the National Foundation for Cancer Research! Way to go Lady Mariners, and thanks to all who supported this great cause!

Congrats to the seniors on the Girls Varsity Soccer team who were honored at their Senior Game! Pictured left to right:  Savanna Olsen, Ptolemy Tassone, Aviva Beringhause, and Johnette Williams.

Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to our recent Athletes of the Week – check out athletics posts @rhsmariners on Instagram.
Faythe Schulte ’19 (field hockey) and Grady Sumrall ’19 (XC)
Tamira Lopes ’21 (soccer) and Kobe Polley ’20 (soccer)

Support our Teams – Be a Fan!
Confirm all games on the Veracross calendar or RHS App for times and locations as schedules do change from time to time. 

Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey
Thursday, October 25 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. Woonsocket High School @Field 2
Saturday, October 27 | TBD | RIIL Quarterfinal
Monday, October 29 | TBD | RIIL Quarterfinal
Thursday, November 1 | TBD | RIIL Quarterfinal
Sunday, November 4 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. RIIL Championship @Bryant University

US Boys Varsity  JV Soccer
Friday, October 26 | 4:00 p.m. | Varsity @ MacDuffie School
Monday, October 29 | 4:00 p.m. | Varsity vs. Bancroft School
Wednesday, October 31 | 4:00 p.m. | Varsity vs. Marianapolis Preparatory School
Thursday, November 1 | 4:00 p.m. | JV vs. Providence Country Day School
Monday, November 5 | 4:00 p.m. | Varsity SENE Semifinal
Wednesday, November 7 | 4:00 p.m. | Varsity SENE Championship

US Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Tuesday, October 30 | 4:00 p.m. | @. Barrington Christian Academy (Swansea YMCA)
Monday, November 5 | 4:00 p.m. | SENE Semifinal
Wednesday, November 7 | 4:00 p.m. | SENE Championship

US Varsity Cross County
Friday, November 2 | 2:45 p.m. | SENE Championship @MacDuffie School
Saturday, November 10 | TBD | NEPSAC Championship @Marianapolis 

Middle School Sports
Thursday, October 25 | 4:00 p.m. | Soccer B vs. St. Philomena
Thursday, October 25 | 4:00 p.m. | Field Hockey @ Pine Point School
Tuesday, October 30 | 3:45 p.m. | Soccer A vs. St. Andrews School
Tuesday, October 30 | 4:00 p.m. | Field Hockey vs. Cole Middle School

Pictured left to right: Ms. Belinda Snyman, Esteban Wu ’19, Isabella Robinson ’20, and Willa Geoghegan ’20
TEDxURI (and independently organized TED event) brings people together around a theme: a common thread between speakers and a catalyst that helps shape conversations among participants and TEDx attendees. The theme for February 2019 is “Change It Up” and candidates are charged with delivering “ideas worth spreading” for personal or global change. This year, three Rocky Hill students, Esteban Wu ’19, Isabella Robinson ’20, and Willa Geoghegan ’20 took up the challenge and participated in the first round of auditions. We are delighted to share that Isabella Robinson made the first cut (there were over 100 presenters) and has been invited to a callback where she will compete against 50 other adults and college-student hopefuls. Well done and good luck, Bella!

 

George Kass ’20 recently submitted his ceramic work, “Blue Mood”, to the South County Art Association’s All Media Open Juried II show. His work was selected to be included in the exhibit! Artists across New England were invited to submit original works in any media.  Of the 214 entries, juror and artist Ken Steinkamp selected 92 pieces to be included in the exhibit. The exhibit runs from October 18th to November 10th  at South County Art Association’s Helme House, 2587 Kingstown Road, Kingston, RI.

Congratulations to 7th grader Biagio DiCenso whose baseball team won the championship for East Greenwich.  Biagio plays left field and first base.

 

One week after the league’s historic global launch, SailGP announced the members of the United States SailGP Team, and revealed details of its two premier U.S. events, set to take place in San Francisco (May) and New York (June) of next year. RHS Alumnus Rome Kirby Class of 2007 has been selected as a member of the US SailGP team! Way to go Rome! READ MORE


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October 11, 2018

Don’t miss all of the weekend festivities.
Friday, October 12
Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey vs. Cranston East:  
4:00 p.m.
Boosters Blue and White Night: 
 5:00 p.m. | RHS Fields

Homecoming Day:  Saturday, October 13
Alumni Meeting:  10:00-11:30 a.m. | Carriage House Library
Carnival Games & Food Court:  10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  Please volunteer for grill duty or to donate snacks  CLICK TO HELP
MS A Soccer and Field Hockey: 11:00 a.m. 
Alumni vs. Varsity Soccer and Field Hockey Games
:  beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Upper School Movie Night:  5:00-8:00 p.m. | Flynn Nautilus

Sunday, October 14
Juvenile Diabetes One Walk: 
Sunday, October 14 | 9:30 a.m. | RHS Campus
REGISTER TODAY:  
JOIN TEAM RHSVOLUNTEER SIGN-UP

Mark Your Calendar
MS PTL meeting: the meeting is being rescheduled, new date TBA
College Planning Center Financial Aid Night: 
Thursday, October 18| 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Toll Gate High School
Admission Open House:  
Sunday, October 21 | 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Lower School PTL Meeting: 
Tuesday, October 23 | 8:30 a.m. | Blue Room in Perkins Hall
Middle School Preview Night in Upper School:  Thursday, October 25 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Hack for Social Good:  Friday, October 26-Saturday, October 27 | RHS Campus


Open House – Spread the word!
Sunday, October 21 | 1:00 p.m. | RHS Campus
The Admission Office has been busy getting the word out about our upcoming Open House. Perhaps you’ve seen lawn signs, heard our radio spot, or read an ad. As we reach out to the community, our very best marketing comes from our students, parents, and alumni. Please share the date with friends, post it on you’re social media, and let others know that RHS is an amazing school choice. Send questions to Jan Cooney at jcooney@rockyhill.org or 884-9070 ext. 104.

Meet March For Our Lives Founders
Wednesday, October 17| 6:00 p.m. | Cranston High School East

Barrington Books, a friend of Rocky Hill School, is hosting the founding members of March For Our Lives in a moderated conversation for the release of their book Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement at Cranston High School East, 899 Park Avenue, Cranston.

Barrington Books is offering free tickets to RHS students, though the supply is limited – STUDENT RSVP. Only students qualify for free admission. Adults can purchase tickets for $20.00, which includes a copy of the book and admission to greet and meet following the event, by contacting Barrington Books in Garden City at 401-432-7222, in person at 176 Hillside Road in Cranston, or by emailing events@barringtonbooks.com.

Scenes from Campus
The campus has been busy with many activities. Here’s a peek into the last two weeks!
RHS Hosting JDRF One Walk – this Sunday

Sunday, October 14 | 9:30 a.m.
For the second year in a row, RHS will be the host site for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) One Walk. Please sign up for the RHS team and/or volunteer to assist on the day. Students will receive community service hours for any volunteer hours.

Please take note that there is no on-campus parking. JDRF is running a shuttle from the Showcase Cinemas at 1200 Quaker Lane in Warwick. MORE DETAILS (scroll to the bottom of the page)

JOIN TEAM RHSVOLUNTEER SIGN-UP

Hack for Social Good – Spread the word!

Rocky Hill School will host the first-ever statewide Social Good Hackathon for high school students to tackle the United Nations Global Grand Challenge: Energy.

Teams of 4-6 will collaborate with industry experts, energy sector partners, and educators to sketch, build, and pitch bold and new ideas around energy consumption, equitable access, and sustainability of power on our planet.

 

VIP SPEAKERS & GUESTS:
–  US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
–  Rhode Island Cybersecurity Officer Mike Steinmetz
–  Lt. Governor Dan McKee
–  US Congressman Jim Langevin (RI)
MENTORS:
URI energy fellows, start-up founders, Sproutel founder Hannah Chung, Finnest founder Clemens Grave, Universal Robotics engineers, NORESCO executive Alex Millard, and more!

PRIZES:
–  All-access tour of Newport Biodiesel
–  Internship with Power Docks/E2Sol
–  Clean Tech Open prize experience
–  1:1 with Senator Whitehouse to pitch the teams’ idea
–  Official U.S. Senate Certificate of Accomplishment
–  1:1 with Ramez Naam: Global Sustainability and Solar Expert and VC
–  1:1 with RHS Director of College Counseling Tara Dowling
–  $500 pay-it-forward prize: winning team gifts prize to their chosen NGO, non-profit, or start-up making a difference in sustainability

Music, food, engaging speakers, industry demos, and real-world problem solving are all part of the dynamic 24-hour student-led experience to #HackThePower! Students from all schools in RI are welcome so please share with friends and family.

Order Your Yearbook
The Crest is a wonderful keepsake for ALL grades, as it highlights each of our divisions, as well as All-School events.  From now through October 16, you can buy a yearbook for 20% off!  That is the LOWEST price that will be offered all year, so take advantage of the discount today! If you have any questions, contact Katy Basu (kbasu@rockyhill.org). Sample yearbooks will be on display during Homecoming. To order a yearbook, go to www.coffeepond.com and enter the code: TheCrest2019 (no spaces).


Middle School Student Council
The Middle School students elected their leaders for Student Council.  Congratulations to our new officers:  Elliot Osbrey ’24, Katie O’Neil ’25, Katie Kerachsky ’23, Ben Lawson ’23, Alex Lehouiller ’24, and Isabella Rishworth ’25.

Lessons in Diversity
This year, Upper School SMAC members will be engaging third graders in Diversity and Inclusivity lessons twice a month. On October 1, Willa and Ada visited the third grade and made play dough with the students. After the playdough was made, they led a discussion about similarities and differences. The students noted that all of the playdough had the same ingredients and that the only difference was the color of each student’s playdough. They then discussed how all people are made up of the same “ingredients” (a brain, a heart, feelings, emotions, etc.) and reflected on the fact that, just like the playdough, people can be different colors. The big takeaway from the lesson was that we each have our own unique colors/attributes that make us special, but that we also all share important things in common. The third grade class is looking forward to many more lessons and activities with SMAC members this year!

On September 22, several eighth graders volunteered at the Save the Bay International Coastal Clean-up  Thank you to Andrew Hogan, Derek Block, Jonathan Porter, Sydney Boss, Reid Beland, and Hadley Martinez.

Blue & White Night
Friday, October 12 | 5:00 p.m. | RHS Fields
All parents, students, alumni, staff, and fans of the school are encouraged to join us for our first annual Blue & White Night. The Boosters have organized a fun evening to bring the community together. Enjoy food trucks, music, athletic competitions, bonfires, lawn games, and fun as we kick-off Homecoming Weekend! Don’t forget the s’mores sponsored by the Alumni Association.

Student-Athlete Enrichment Series
The Athletics and Health and Wellness Departments are excited to offer students, parents, and alumni the opportunity to participate in an engaging series of presentations. More details to come, but please save the date and stay tuned.

  • Mindfulness and Athletics an inspiring evening with Amy Saltzman
    Monday, October 29 | 7:00 -8:30 p.m. | Moses Brown School
    Learn strategies from Dr. Saltzman’s book A Still and Quiet Place for Athletes. The event is free but registration is required at CenterForReslience.org
    READ MORE
  • Debunking the Myths of College Recruiting
    Mid-November – date TBA | RHS Campus
    A panel of college coaches from across different sports & divisions join us to answer your questions about the college athletics recruiting process
  • Go for the Gold!
    Late November – date TBA | RHS Campus
    Past and current Olympians and professional coaches talk about the motivation and techniques they used to get to the pinnacle of their sport
  • Student-Athlete Leadership Workshop – Leading with Character
    January – date TBA| RHS Campus

Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to our recent Athletes of the Week – check out their posts @rhsmariners on Instagram.
October 1:
Natalie Wilson ’22 (field hockey) and Garrett Corsi ’22 (soccer)
October 8:
Jordan Lanowy ’21 (field hockey) and Andrew Zito ’20 (soccer)

Support our Teams – Be a Fan!
Confirm all games on the Veracross calendar or RHS App for times and locations as schedules do change from time to time. 

US Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey
Friday, October 12 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. Cranston East
Saturday, October 13 | 1:30 p.m. | vs. RHS Alumni
Monday, October 15 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. Cranston East
Thursday, October 18 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. Tiverton
Friday, October 19 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. Pilgrim HS
Tuesday, October 23 | 4:00 p.m. | @ Toll Gate
Thursday, October 25 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. Woonsocket

US Boys’ Varsity and JV Soccer
Saturday, October 13 | 1:15 p.m. | vs. RHS Alumni
Wednesday, October 17 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. Putnam Science Academy
Friday, October 19 | 4:15 p.m. | @ Dublin School
Monday, October 22 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. PCD
Wednesday, October 24 | 4:00 p.m. | @ Dexter Southfield School
Friday, October 26 | 4:00 p.m. | @ MacDuffie School

US Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Saturday, October 13 | 1:00 p.m. | vs. RHS Alumni
Wednesday, October 17 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. Williams
Saturday, October 20 | 1:00 p.m. | @ Eagle Hill School
Tuesday, October 23 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. CATS Academy

US Varsity Cross Country
Wednesday, October 24 | 4:00 p.m. | @ St. Andrews

Middle School Sports
Saturday, October 13 | 11:00 a.m. | MS Soccer A Team vs. Block Island
Saturday, October 13 | 11:00 a.m. | MS Field Hockey vs. North Kingstown
Tuesday, October 16 | 4:30 p.m. | MS B Soccer @ West Bay Christian Academy
Wednesday, October 17 | 6:30 p.m. | MS Field Hockey @ North Kingstown
Thursday, October 18 | 4:00 p.m. | MS Soccer A Team vs. Community Prep
Saturday, October 20 | 1:00 p.m. | MS Field Hockey @ Lincoln School

Congratulations to Esteban Wu ’19 who has been named a National Merit Scholarship Corporation Semifinalist, and to Jake Watson ’19 who received a Letter of Commendation. Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Of those $50,000, about 34,000 receive Letters of Commendation and the remaining 16,000 students are named Semifinalists and go on to compete for scholarships.

Beginning in April of 2018, Olivia Massotti ’20 started to earn her qualifying scores needed to go to the 2018 USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championships. Olivia and her horse, Viktor, traveled all over the country to compete and train for this event. After a lot of hard work, they ended up making it into the top 12 Pony Riders in the United States and qualified to compete at the national championships. After a long week of competition, Olivia and Viktor were able to participate in the Parade of Champions ranking 5th in the country!

Ben Rosenberg ‘19 and crews had a busy summer competing in several sailing classes in events across the country. Here are some of Ben’s impressive accomplishments:
   –  3rd place at US Youth Championship for Nacra 15’in Wrightsville Beach NC
–  3rd place at 2018 Oakcliff Triple Crown Series – Stage 1 in the Nacra 17’ class
–  2nd in the nation at 2018 Nacra 15’ North American Championship
–  Ida Lewis Distance Race (covering 125 miles in one of OakCliff’s Farr 40 keelboats)
–  29er European Championship in Helsinki, Finland

In addition, Ben was named to represent OakCliff at the Red Bull Foiling Generation event in Miami later this year with crew member Sidney Charbonnet. Ben, we wish you fair winds for another successful season of sailing at RHS and around the world!

From left to right Heyuan Ma ’20, Cortlandt Meyerson ’20, and Faythe Schulte ’19 

In June 2018, five Upper School students took the Diplôme d’Etudes de la Langue Française, an internationally recognized diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education to prove the French-language skills of non-French candidates. Please, join us in congratulating the students:
A2: Yiwen “Avery” Chen ’18, Heyuan Ma ’20, and Cortlandt Meyerson ’20
B1: Ruochen “Scarlett” Shen ’18 and Faythe Schulte ’19

Jack Sweeney ’21 was accepted to the RI Youth Philharmonic. Jack has been studying clarinet since 5th grade and is a talented and hardworking musician. It is quite an accomplishment to be accepted to this elite group, that draws only the finest musicians from all over the state. The Rocky Hill community offers its sincere congratulations!


Douglas Cochran ’16 
and the crew from Rochester Institute of Technology Sailing placed 3rd at the 2018 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta this past Columbus Day weekend, hosted by the Storm Trysail Foundation and the Larchmont Yacht Club. Douglas was the skipper of J109 – USA 146 / Hamburg. READ MORE

On Tuesday, October 9 at Johnson and Whales, two alumni Heather Lind ’17 and Katlyn Conforti ’18 faced off in a college field hockey match-up as JWU defeated Dean. Many fans, and their RHS coaches, attended to support both players!


Congratulations to Upper School Art Teacher and Arts Department Chair Meg Getsinger and her husband Joe who welcomed baby George Harold Codega at 12:45 a.m. on October 7. George was 7 lbs, 9oz, 21 inches long. Mom and dad are both doing well!


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