November 8, 2019

Mark Your Calendar

  • Veteran’s Day – No School: Monday, November 11
  • Prospective Parents Coffee: Wednesday, November 13 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Campbell Center Conference Room
  • Girls Basketball Parent Meeting: Thursday, November 14 | 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. | Gym
  • All School PTL Meeting: Thursday, November 14 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
  • Upper School Parent Conferences (no school for Upper School students): Friday, November 15
  • Hack for Global Good: Friday, November 15 – Saturday, November 16 | 4:30 p.m.| Across Campus
  • Mandatory Boys Basketball Parent Meeting: Wednesday, November 20 | 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. | Gym
  • 5th Grade Preview of the Middle School: Thursday, November 21 | 3:45 – 6:00 p.m. | Middle School Commons
  • School Musical – 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee: Friday, November 22 & Saturday, November 23 | 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. | Campbell Cafeteria
  • Lower School Grandfriends Day: Tuesday, November 26 | 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. |
  • Thanksgiving Break: November, 27 – Friday, 29 (first day back December 2)

Hack for Global Good: Solution 2 Pollution

Hack for Global Good is an annual, student-driven hackathon at Rocky Hill Country Day School that empowers students from across the state to find solutions for a United Nations Global Challenge.

Over the weekend of November 15-16, participants will collaborate with industry experts on the theme, “Solution2Pollution” before pitching their ideas to a panel of judges, with the ultimate purpose of discovering new ways of overcoming existing hurdles.

Pollution is listed as one of the United Nations Global Challenges, and Rhode Island’s next generation is stepping up to discover innovative solutions to reduce the causes of pollution both locally and across the globe. “Solution2Pollution” is open to all high school students in grades 9 through 12.

Take a look at the Schools, Partners and Mentors joining us!

A hackathon is a social good gathering event for individuals committed to solving important problems in the world. The Hack for Global Good initiative is designed to expose high school students to 21st century skills within real world scenarios, developing learning modules that incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship while exposing students and teachers to new ideas, opportunities and mindsets.

Inspired? Lend your support by sponsoring a student ($25) or team ($150), we ensure all interested participants have the opportunity to collaborate and present their moonshot ideas!

All School PTL Meeting

Please join us! All parents and guardians are invited the All School PTL Meeting on Thursday, November 14th from 6 to 7 p.m. in Flynn Lecture Hall. Come hear from Mrs. Rich, Ms. Williams, and more. This is a great opportunity to catch up on what’s happening, ask questions, and meet other families. Light refreshments will be served. Childcare will be available in the Flynn Nautilus; please email Missy Walker to RSVP for childcare.

Lunch Menu Changes
We have heard your feedback about the lunch food service. As a result, the kitchen has made a few adjustments.

  1. We no longer put flour in sauces or soup and those soups, should they contain pasta, are made with gluten free pasta. We have plain pasta and gluten free pasta which are sauce free available daily for anyone that chooses to have it.
  2. There is also a full deli with gluten free bread.
  3. The full salad bar will continue to be stocked with dairy and gluten free options.
  4. For those choosing to maintain a vegetarian diet, the window on the right (as you face the hot service line) will have the daily pasta option with the protein available as a side addition. Any diner can choose to add the protein if desired.

You can download the NutriSlice app as well and rate the food options served. This feedback will inform future menu offerings.

Food Drive Success
For the second year, the Middle School collected items for the North Kingstown Food Pantry’s Thanksgiving baskets. Eager to make a significant contribution, the students smashed their goal of 450 cans of food with a whopping 700!

Middle School advisories competed to see which could bring in the most hearty foods. Every advisory that brought in 50 cans (or more) received math homework passes from Ms. Conroy. Congratulations to Mrs. Chartrand’s advisory who won the contest with over 150 cans of food. As a reward, they had the honor of delivering the huge donation to the North Kingstown Food Pantry (and then went out for ice cream).

Thank you to all of the families who donated and the MS Student Council for organizing. The food pantry was blown away by our generosity.

Financial Assistance Application
As we begin preparing for the 2020-2021 school year, we are asking all families that want to be considered for need-based financial assistance from Rocky Hill Country Day, to apply by December 31, 2019. Applications must be submitted online at sssbynais.force.com. Rocky Hill Country Day’s SSS code number is 6118.

Applications completed after the deadline will be considered for financial assistance only as funds remain available. If you have any difficulties completing the necessary questionnaires or uploading any documents, SSS provides a helpful hotline with service in both English and Spanish 800-344-8328.

Note: Financial Assistance begins in Kindergarten, and is not available for the Preschool class.

The 2019-2020 Rocky Hill Fund is Underway! 

Help us celebrate 85 Years of inspiring students to “Think Outside” with a gift to the Rocky Hill Fund. Our goal is to raise $320,000 by June 30th. All gifts to the Rocky Hill Fund support everything we do here, inside and outside the classroom. We ask all families to support our school as high parent participation is a point of pride and every gift counts! Questions? Want to learn more? Please contact Missy Walker, Associate Director of Development (extension: 296).

ACE Parent Gathering: Reading Comprehension Essentials What Works in All Grade Levels

Do your children have difficulty remembering events from stories or the essential main ideas and details from expository material? Do they consider background knowledge, the structure of the text, and use visualization strategies as they read? This parent gathering will review what science says about the factors that help boost reading comprehension and will focus on strategies to equip your child to hone and improve upon skills they currently use while reading. Join us on Wednesday, December 4th at 3:30-4:30 in Campbell Conference Room.

Halloween Spooktacular!
Students and faculty alike embraced the Halloween spirit on All Hallows Eve! A wide range of impressive and inventive costumes were on show; here are some of the highlights (and there were many!)

Sensory Walks
Fall is always a special time at RHCD. With a stunning campus dotted with mature deciduous trees, there are few places as perfect to gain inspiration.

Click image to watch video!

This year, Fourth Grade students went on sensory walks throughout the school grounds, developing descriptive paragraphs on their experiences and capturing images to represent their observations. They then created an iMovie, composed their own musical pieces to accompany the works, narrated, edited and published the productions. Watch all the videos here.

James La Porta Teleconference
On October 30th, students in Ms. Buecheler’s and Mrs. Snyman’s junior English classes were treated to a long-distance discussion with James LaPorta; a senior correspondent at Newsweek covering military affairs, a Military Adviser for “This Is Us” on NBC, and a United States Marines Corp veteran. As part of their “Experience of War” investigative project, the students discussed how to prepare for the interviews they will soon be conducting with veterans on their experiences in war. These interviews will become part of an exhibition put on by the entire junior class that will be shown to the public on Tuesday December 3rd at the Barnes and Noble in Warwick.

Sharing Voices: Power in their Stories
The Sophomore English project-based-learning project, Sharing Voices, (in collaboration with Spanish and Digital Photography) emerged from a universal theme, the duality of identity in America, resonating through the memoirs, stories, poems, and essays written by immigrant and refugee authors. The driving question: how can we gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the immigrant and refugee experience in contemporary America, and how can we help to tell their stories?

Dimitri D. and Kaeley Z. with Vivan Ya from Cambodia.

The students began by building their interview skills and background knowledge of the immigration process, while developing a deep appreciation of the experience and engaging in an ethical reflection on the importance of sharing others’ stories.

The final product, a collection of narratives, will reveal enlightening, poignant, and deeply personal insights into the immigrant experience.

Interviewees came from Russia, Israel, Iran, Cuba, Costa Rica, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Portugal, Cape Verde, Morocco, Nigeria, Liberia, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Madagascar, and Cambodia.

Speaking from the Mountaintop

RHCD parent, Angela Ankoma, is the executive vice president of United Way of Rhode Island. Ankoma gave the keynote talk at the annual meeting of the R.I. Public Health Association.

On October 17th, the R.I. Public Health Association held its 22nd annual meeting. During a packed program, the keynote address was given by RHCD parent and Executive Vice President and Director of Community Investment at United Way of Rhode Island, Angela Bannerman Ankoma.

Opening with a reference to a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quote, “I’ve been to the mountaintop and I have seen the promised land,” Ankoma, challenged the audience to consider: “50 years later, what is your mountaintop?” Sharing her own life experiences, Ankoma related that when she arrived at United Way of Rhode Island, many of her colleagues were unfamiliar with the meaning of health equity, spurring her to spearhead a change in investment and philanthropic priorities.

All together, Ankoma oversees more than $5 million of activity in grant-making, public policy and evaluation efforts. Her work has been recognized locally and nationally, receiving the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Equity Award in 2018 for her efforts developing the Sankofa Initiative in the West End of Providence.

Preschool is doing a service learning project, along with an art show (inspired by our study of personal hygiene using toothbrushes, dental floss, etc.), at The Nook in East Greenwich. We are now welcoming donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste, which can be brought to The Nook from November 17th through mid December. Alternatively, all donations can be dropped off at the Preschool building.

Varsity Girl’s Field Hockey: Season Report
The varsity field hockey team finished off a sensational year last week with a narrow loss in the semifinals. Congratulations to an exceptional team of athletes; here are some of the season’s highlights!

The Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey team celebrating a 3-0 win over Cranston East during their ‘pink out’ / senior game.

On October 11, the team played ‘their pink out’ game, raising money and awareness for breast cancer research. As this was also their last home game of the regular season, it served as the team’s senior game where they celebrated seniors Elsa B., Eve W., and P. Burnett. The game ended RHCD 3, Cranston East High School 0.

At the start of October, the team played an epic match against Classical High School, winning 4-3. Charlotte B. scored all four of the Mariner’s goals with assists from Elsa B. and Eve W., with Taylor C. pulling-off an incredible nine saves in goal.

September was a goal-hungry month, with a 6-0 win over Cranston East High School on the 18th, and five smashed past Woonsocket High School two weeks earlier. Finally, back in August the team registered a 2-1 series record in the Injury Fund tournament, recording shut-outs in both games against Tollgate and Cranston East. Well done team! #GoMariners

Varsity Boys Soccer Team Reaches SENE Championship Final 

Rocky Hill faced CATS Academy in the SENE semi-finals on Wednesday. The Mariners got off to quick start when junior, Daxton T., sent a diagonal cross that junior Marlon M. brought down before sending the ball crashing into the net. Sophomore, Andrew F., doubled the lead when he picked the pocket of the CATS center-back and lashed a left foot finish past their keeper. CATS worked their way back into the game when a good through ball forced keeper Drew T. to come out, resulting in him bringing down their striker in the box. CAT scored the ensuing penalty to halve the lead.

Monterroso struck again however, to restore the two goal lead, finishing after a strong run by senior captain Andrew Z. After halftime, CATS came out fast, scoring within minutes to draw back to within one, tying the score a short while later. RHCD responded though, and Zito put the Mariners back ahead, finishing a nice through ball from Monterroso.

CATS spent much of the remaining time pressuring the Rocky Hill goal, but the Mariner defense held firm and the final whistle meant Rocky Hill was headed to the SENE finals!

Man Of the Match: Marlon M.

Couldn’t make it? Watch the highlights reel!

RHCD Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team plays in the SENE Championship Final today!

Boosters Funny for Funds Comedy Night Success

$3,800 was raised to support Arts and Athletics at RHCD

Thank you to all who attended the Boosters Funny for Funds Comedy Night. The event was full of laughs and helped raise $3,800 for Athletics and the Arts at the School! The evening was a great success, with the audience roaring with laughter throughout. Big thanks to Elks Lodge, West Greenwich for hosting the evening, and to RHCD parent, Christoper Cote, who hosted the soiree.

SENE Female Runner of the Year
Congrats to Skye C. from Eighth Grade for being recognized as the 2019 SENE Female Runner of the Year! Competing in Cross Country at Varsity Level, Skye is also the winner of the 2019 Girl’s Race, proving that anyone can reach for the top, no matter the age or grade.  Well done Skye!

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October 25

Mark Your Calendar 

    • Mid-Semester Progress Reports: Monday, November 4
    • 2019 Fall Athletic Awards Ceremony: Monday Nov 25th 5:30-7pm in Campbell Center
    • Veterans Day Ceremony: Friday, November 8 | 11:00 a.m. | Sharpe Gym
    • Veterans Day: Monday, November 11  NO SCHOOL
    • Hack for Global Good: Fri-Sat, November 15-16 | 3:00 p.m. |
    • Coalition for Schools Educating Mindfully New England Chapter Meeting: Monday, November 25 | 5:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall

Open House Attracts Big Crowds On October 20th we had the pleasure of meeting the Rocky Hill Country Day School community of the future. Over 225 prospective parents and students visited the campus to engage in classroom activities and explore the waterfront. Some tried their hand at a spot of seining, others embarked on tours across the grounds, with each guest gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to Think Outside in everything we do (all the while enjoying apple donuts and hot cider!)

A student panel wrapped up the day’s events, with eight Upper School volunteers answering questions from our visitors in the Flynn Lecture Hall. An enormous thank you to our students, parents, and faculty for sharing their Rocky Hill Country Day stories with the visitors, and for helping to bring new faces to RHCD.

After Pakistan Success Memory Project Heads to Syria

As reported in an earlier edition of eCurrents, back in the spring the eighth grade drew portraits of children in Pakistan as part of a program called the Memory Project; an initiative that connects art classes in the United States with orphanages around the world. Each eighth grader received a photo of a child living in an orphanage in Pakistan with their name, age, and favorite color.  The portraits were then delivered to Pakistan, along with 3,000 similar pieces from students at other schools across the country.

Rocky Hill Country Day School is pleased to announce that we will continue our involvement with the project, and the Upper School Drawing and Painting 1 classes will be creating another batch of portraits to send to Pakistan this winter. This year’s eighth graders will also continue our connection with the Memory Project by creating portraits for children in Syria.

Studies conducted by the Memory Project reveal that many people in the USA and Pakistan regard each other negatively with significant levels of mistrust. The initiate seeks to change the narrative in future generations by stressing the commonalities between people, regardless of location, race or religion.

Looking to the Future at College Night 

 

Rocky Hill Country Day School exists to prepare the next generation for success. On October 17th we hosted a College Preview Night for parents of juniors and sophomores thinking about the next stage of their academic career.

There was a strong showing from the junior class and families, as well as a significant contingent of sophomores and families. Audience participation made for a productive evening, with a wealth of wisdom and guidance provided by the evening’s panelists: James R. Fowler, Jr., vice president for enrollment management at Salve Regina University; Paul Brower, assistant dean for enrollment, Nichols College, MA; Dr. Drew Heilpern, chief brand ambassador, Summit Educational Group; and Michelle Cordeiro, assistant director of financial aid at Roger Williams University.

Big round of applause to Mrs. Dowling for organizing such a marvelous occasion.

Cardboard Regatta

One of the most popular events in the School calendar is the fifth grade Cardboard Regatta! Arranged by Mr. Wyzga, this creative endeavor showcases our students’ artistic and design abilities, all the while educating them on the various properties of water. Here are some highlights from the day! Want more? Check-out additional images on Facebook!

Bringing Halloween to the Troops

In partnership with Operation Gratitude, the Interact Club will be collecting leftover trick or treat candy to be sent inside care packages to deployed troops. Collection bins will be stationed across the campus. Please note: we cannot collect Pixie Sticks or any other powder-based candy.

Faculty Personal Development Day

Personal expression is encouraged at Rocky Hill Country Day School, and the ethos is not restricted to the student body. On October 15, faculty and staff took part in a personal development day that provided strategies on how to optimize understanding, cohesion, value and communication within the workplace.

Pam Herath, Leadership and Culture Consultant holds a seminar during the faculty personal development day
Pam Herath, Leadership and Culture Consultant holds a seminar during the faculty personal development day

Several different workshops ran throughout the program, each structured to inspire deeper understandings of the self and of others. However, just as a school ethos cannot exist in a vacuum, neither can the benefits of professional mentoring, and while it was faculty members sitting in those classes, it is the students who will benefit the most from the personal development day.

Speaking at the beginning of the program, Head of School, Mrs. Rich, commented that, “While professional development is important, today let’s focus on us as individuals and as a culture.”

“From time-to-time, it’s good to fill-up those tanks.”

With thanks to Marie Mechtaly, CPCC Professional Life Coach, and Pam Herath, Leadership and Culture Consultant.

Hack For Global Good: Meet the Mentors Pt. 1

Hack For Global Good is a real world, problem-solving event created by RHCD students. In 24-hours, student teams representing private and public schools across Rhode Island must brainstorm a bold solution to the U.N. Global Challenge of Pollution.

In the first of a series, we are excited to announce just a few of the mentors who will be helping guide the event.

“Top 15 Women to Watch in Tech” heavyweight Hannah Chung is co-founder & head of design at Sproutel, a patient-centered R&D workshop, and is supported by her colleague, Ellie Mowry. From RDW Group comes local brand and marketing guru, Jim Pontarelli, while Anessa Petteruti of Brown University brings a wealth of hack knowledge to the table. Also from Brown is the institution’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Arnell Millhouse, and is joined by Jodie Woodruff, who is the Director of Entrepreneurship at the Met School. Chris Sanacore is an innovation specialist at the Providence Public School Department, while robotics engineer, Chris Savoia, joins from Universal Robots. From Ximedica comes Micah Reyes, with Fab Newport sending not only their founder, Steve Heath, but also their Master of Product Innovation, Keith Ranaldi. Stay tuned for more mentors, coming soon!

Registration is Open!
All high school students and all skill-levels are needed. We invite any Rhode Island student passionate about collaboration and problem-solving to join us November 15-16, 2019 at the RHCD campus. Registration is $25 Student / $150 Team with scholarships available. Sign-up online or via Whova app.

Fall Frolics! Pumpkin Carving and Leaf Peeping

There’s nowhere better to experience the beauty of fall than New England, and both the Preschool and Middle School can prove it! First up are these amazing carved pumpkins, as created by the Middle School. Which are your favorites?

Not to be outdone, Preschool took a trip into the glorious October sunshine to play in the leaves and find out more about autumnal changes!

How Project Based Learning Thinks Outside
Fifth grade met with Head of School, Mrs. Rich last week to kick-off their next Project Based Learning experience. After meeting with Mrs. Rich, the students came together to develop their driving question: “How can we, as 5th graders at Rocky Hill Country Day, come up with ways to Think Outside to improve our school?” Keep an eye on eCurrents for updates on the initiative as it develops.


Land of Fires Middle School Soccer Tournament 
The School hosted its 8th Annual Land of Fires MS Soccer Tournament on Sunday October 20. The tournament hosts similar sized and talented smaller private schools in an end of the year tournament to cap off the season. This year, the teams who participated were: RHCD, San Miguel, Community Prep, Blackstone Valley Prep, Learning Community, and PCD.

Each team was evenly matched, and many games went through over time and into shoot outs. Community Prep came into the tournament with an undefeated record, with RHCD and Community Prep having played in the final game of the regular season (four days before the tournament, 2-1 victory to Community Prep). Everyone expected that the tournament championship would be a rematch. However, that is not how things played out, with eventual champions Community Prep defeating Learning Community in a shoot out.

Final Seeding: Champions – Community Prep 2nd Place – Learning Community 3rd Place – Rocky Hill Country Day 4th Place – Blackstone Valley Prep.  

Sinead. B was nominated in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Student Athlete of the Month

Last month, 11th grade athlete, Sinead. B was nominated in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Student Athlete of the Month competition. A three-year varsity field hockey starter, Sinead’s skills on the left wing were recently reflected in her scoring two out of the five goals in the School’s 5-1 win over Woonsocket. Off the field, Sinead holds a 3.42 cumulative GPA that includes three honors courses.

However, not everything is grand slams and hat-tricks for Sinead. As a student-athlete who lives with Type 1 diabetes, Sinead embodies the RHCD belief that strength can be obtained from adversity. Utilizing her position as a JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) New England Chapter student-ambassador, Sinead brought her passion for service to the team by organizing and hosting a JDRF fundraising game on September 12th.

Through her work with JDRF, Sinead has become an invaluable mentor at the School, including supporting and guiding other student-athletes who manage their diabetes while playing high level athletics.

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October 12, 2019

Mark Your Calendar 

    • First Peoples’/Columbus Day: Monday, October 14   NO SCHOOL
    • Professional Development Day: Tuesday, October 15  NO SCHOOL
    • Grade 10 & 11 PSAT Test: Wednesday, October 16
    • US Picture Days: Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18
    • MS PTL Meeting: Thursday, October 17 | 8:30 a.m. | MS Commons
    • College Preview Night: Thursday, October 17 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Campbell Cafeteria | For juniors and parents of juniors and sophomores
    • RHCD Open House: Sunday, October 20 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    • Veterans Day Ceremony: Friday, November 8 | 11:00 a.m. | Sharpe Gym
    • LS PTL Meeting: Thursday, October 24 | 8:30 a.m. | LS Blue Room
    • Veterans Day: Monday, November 11  NO SCHOOL
Open House:  Spread the Word, Share Your Stories!

Rocky Hill Country Day School will be holding a school-wide Open House on Sunday October 20 at 1:00 p.m. We have a strong number of pre-registrations and we still need more. Please spread the word to friends, neighbors, and family who may be interested in joining and enrolling!  Students and families are the best vehicle for promoting our school. Thank you for sharing your stories about RHCD and how our students are challenged to ‘Think Outside’ everyday. Click on the audio clip below to listen to our radio ad playing on 92.3 WPRO FM.  It was recorded in our on-campus recording studio with RHCD students. Interested families can REGISTER ONLINE.

First People’s Day Assembly

On Friday, students participated in an assembly to discuss the important cultural significance of First People’s/Columbus Day to the Native American community. Members of the Narragansett tribe performed some traditional dances for the students and then lead a discussion and Q&A about how the designation of “Columbus Day” might affect the Native American community, rationale for changing the name of the day, and other topics that people tend to wrestle with within the debate over the day’s appellation. On hand to talk and perform were RHCD alums Sequahna Mars ’96, Ei Yahz Foster ’16, and Atsa Zah ’15.

RHCD in China
We’re excited to share a new opportunity for RHCD students to collaborate with students in China.

Partnering with the Beijing Society for Environmental Science, Mrs. Shen (Coordinator of International Programs) and Mr. Chatterley (US Field Trips Coordinator), invite Upper School students to join Spring Break China 2020 for a chance to do hands-on environmental research in conjunction with high school students and teachers in China. The class will conduct water quality testing and discuss the importance of water conservation. In March 2020, RHCD participating students will travel to Beijing for field research and to explore the country, learning about the history and culture of China. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to do important environmental research while building global-mindedness. Please email Mrs. Shen at mshen@rockyhill.org, to add your name to the list!

Yearbooks on Sale
Yearbooks are now on sale for 20% off! To place your order,

    • Go to coffeepond.com
    • Click on “Order Yearbooks”
    • Enter the school code – TheCrest2020 (no spaces)
    • Follow the prompts to finish

Sale ends on October 28 at 11:59 p.m., so act now!  We also have a few 2018-19 yearbooks left. For questions email Katy Basu at kbasu@rockyhill.org.

Hack For Global Good

Hack For Global Good is a real world, problem-solving event created by RHCD students. In 24-hours, student teams representing private and public schools across Rhode Island must brainstorm a bold solution to the U.N. Global Challenge of Pollution. Industry mentors and global advisors will be available to guide and support the teams. By the end of the Hack day, the student teams must ‘pitch’ a novel #Solution2Pollution to a panel of industry judges.

The three winning categories are: Moonshot Award (given to the team with the most audacious and groundbreaking idea), Global Impact Award (given to the team impacting the most amount of people), and Best Pitch Award (given to the team that best articulates the problem, identifies a clear solution, and delivers a powerful ‘pitch’ presentation).

Top Prizes include:

  • Kayak the Woonasquatucket River with a pollution expert
  • Pitch opportunity for Social Enterprise Greenhouse Incubator Program
  • Matunuck’s Organic Oyster Farm tour and aquaculture exploration on a glass bottom boat
  • Fab Newport Maker Space VIP pass to prototype the winning idea
  • 1×1 mentorship with B-Lab founders at Brown University’s Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship

Registration is Open!
All high school students and all skill-levels are needed. We invite any RHCD and and Rhode Island student passionate about collaboration and problem-solving to join us November 15-16, 2019 at the RHCD campus. Registration is $25 Student / $150 Team with scholarships available. Sign-up online or via Whova app, our event partner.

Get Involved!
Help us share the event with schools and students you believe may have an interest in joining us. Sponsor a student or team. Want to partner with us? For more information contact Director of Innovation Meg Stowe at mstowe@rockyhill.org.

2018 Hackathon Success Story
After winning the 2018 “Global Impact Award”, ReVolta, a four-member, dual-school team that created an app to track home energy use by leveraging gamification features and neighborhood ‘sharing’ of power, received unprecedented access to industry leaders, professional training, and a first-of-its-kind invitation to apply to the Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) Incubator Program. Never before has a high school team been invited to pitch to SEG. ReVolta both presented and successfully won a place within the incubator’s fall 2019 cohort of startups, joining university and industry startup founders for six-weeks of intense mentorship. Today, ReVolta has completed the SEG program, and is working with a team of expert advisers to develop their first prototype! RHCD students on the team are Willa G. ’20, Elsa B. ’20, and Neha B. ’20.

‘Choose Love’
Mrs. Pontarelli led Lower School students in a discussion about their role in service as part of the Choose Love social-emotional curriculum. First graders Ellie and Joey Edelmann shared what they have learned about a group of children living in an impoverished neighborhood in Guadalajara, Mexico in preparation for their mothers upcoming service trip through the Cultural Care Kids First Foundation. Lower School students will show ‘compassion in action’ as they make friendship bracelets for the children in Guadalajara. Melissa, Joey, and Ellie’s mom, will deliver the friendship bracelets, along with crafts and learning supplies to three community centers there that seek to offer refuge and love to local children.

6th Grade Classis Latine gratam!

What do an apple tree, Latin class, and 6th graders have in common? Middle School students in Mr. Gnolfo’s 6th Grade Latin class explored noun/adjective agreement by venturing outdoors to study trees. Malus Domestica, the apple tree on RHCD’s campus, offered students the opportunity to discover how a noun that looks masculine because of its ending is feminine given the adjective that modifies it.

4th Grade: World Smile Day
On October 4, we celebrated World Smile Day at RHCD. Fourth graders in Mr. Laurent’s class cheerfully accepted the charge of serving as World Smile Day Ambassadors. They spent the afternoon sharing smiles and kindness with people throughout our beautiful campus. Within an hour, the ambassadors had given out over 100 smiles and warmed the hearts of countless RHCD community members. The accompanying song on the slide show was composed by Charlie Ball, the son of the late Harvey Ball, the man who created the original Smiley Face back in 1963. Want to learn more about World Smile Day? Click HERE. And, remember to smile!:)

Harvard, History and RHCD
Students in Mrs. Wheatley’s 11th and 12th grade history class are participating in the Harvard Business School Case Method Project. Students are reading the HBS texts, engaging in class discussions and debates, and writing responses to deepen their understanding of American democracy and key decision-making moments in U.S. History. RHCD is the the only school in RI currently partnering with Harvard and 411 teachers across the country on this project.


Senior Games VCX 🏃‍♂️VFH 🏑
This week, we held Senior Recognition Games for cross country and field hockey who had their last home meet/game of the season. RHCD is grateful to friends and family for joining us to recognize and celebrate the achievements of these students.  

Nick M., Zack W., Paul R., and Nanjin W. 🏃‍♂️ together with Elsa B., Eve W., and Pascale B. 🏑 delivered for their final season home meet/game! 

The field hockey team also hosted their annual Pink-Out game to support breast cancer research.

Field Hockey All-Stars
Congratulations to these RHCD all stars who played in the RIIL All Star game and helped lead the team to a 2-1 victory. Taylor recorded a shutout in the first half and Eve scored a goal. Pictured left to right are Elsa ’20, Eve ’20, Charlotte ’22, and Taylor ’21.

Athletes of the Week
The Student-Athlete of the Week from Field Hockey is defensive player Jordan L. ’21! Known for her ‘ninja-like stick skills’ and a tremendous never-quit attitude, her selfless play is honorable. Congratulations Jordan!

Cross Country recognized two student-athletes, Nick M. ’20 and Troy J. ’21, for their outstanding performances at the MacDuffie meet. Both ran their personal best of the season, shaving roughly two minutes from their best 5K time so far this fall.

Health & Wellness Programs

On October 10, the 9th and 12th graders had a presentation from Don Hooton of the Taylor Hooton Foundation which is a non-profit organization leading a national campaign to educate youth and their adult influencers about the dangers of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs including anabolic steroids, hGH, and unregulated dietary supplements.

The Upper School students also heard about the dangers of vaping in a presentation by Dr. Christopher Ottiano, Medical Director of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, who stated, “The time is now to be educating the population that is being targeted. It’s cigarettes all over again, but this time with even more rapid and severe ramifications. We need to empower our teens to rise up against the marketing and lies.” The Middle School will repeat this presentation in the coming weeks. CLICK HERE for more resources on vaping. We urge our families and community to learn more about this issue in light of the recent reports of respiratory illness and death associated with vaping products.

Boosters Fun Fundraiser
Save the date for the Boosters’ Funny 4 Funds Comedy Night! REGISTER HERE

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September 29, 2019

Fun and games during the Pep Rally!

Mark Your Calendar

    • Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 30 | NO SCHOOL
    • FLU CLINIC: Tuesday, October 1 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Campbell Center
    • Grade 8 Parent Coffee(s): Thursday, October 3 | 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. | MS Commons | Topic: The 8th Grade Exposition
    • College Night for Seniors and Parents: Thursday, October 3 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
    • Yom Kippur:  Wednesday, October 9 | NO SCHOOL
    • US PTL Meeting:  Thursday, October 10 | 8:30 a.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
    • First Peoples’/Columbus Day: Monday, October 14 | NO SCHOOL
    • Professional Development Day: Tuesday, October 15 | NO SCHOOL
    • Grade 10 & 11 PSAT Test: Wednesday, October 16 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Gym
    • MS PTL Meeting: Thursday, October 17 | 8:30 a.m. | Middle School Commons
    • College Preview Night: Thursday, October 17 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Campbell Cafeteria | For juniors and parents of juniors and sophomores


Fall Classic a Big Success
Senior Willa Geoghegan produced this video to show at the event, 85 Things We Love About Rocky Hill Country Day.

This Monday, the community gathered together for the 21st and final Fall Classic. We are so thankful to all who supported the event as participants, donors, and volunteers. Early projections have the event netting over $50,000 for the School including a generous $17,750 raised to help fund the purchase of a new 34-seat school bus! The day began with the tennis tournament run by RHCD tennis coach Matt Marion. The winners were 1st place: Erika Aldazabal ‘81, 2nd place: Alice Porter, 3rd place: Ruth Clegg. In the afternoon we kicked off golf at Potowomut with many of our vendors, parents, and friends getting out on the greens on what was a perfect day. Prizes went to 1st place (best ball):  John Sheerar, Erik Manchester, Bill Volpe, and Ray Trebasacci; 2nd place (best ball): Ned Handy, Bob Kent, Mike Commendatore, and Peter Dorsey; 1st place (scramble) Rick Burnett, Rachel Burnett, and Jim Bryer; 2nd place (best ball: Mark D’Arcy, Paul Laprocina, and Buckley Cooney. Longest drive went to Mike Roy and Annie Lewis. Thank you to our FALL CLASSIC SPONSORS

Spirit Week at RHCD
Students in all divisions enjoyed spirit week activities leading up to Homecoming Weekend. Class competitions, dress-up days, and an all-school pep rally made for a fun and spirit-filled week. Go Mariners!

Homecoming Weekend
We launched Homecoming Weekend on Friday with an on-campus cross country meet, Middle School athletic games, and the 2nd Annual Blue & White Night. With over 350 people in attendance, the night included food trucks, a DJ, bonfires, and lawn games all organized by the Boosters Club, as well as smores which were sponsored by the Alumni Association. The amazing weather and school spirit continued on Saturday as we presented a new format for Homecoming Day. The varsity teams all played conference games throughout the day and had over 500 fans on campus to cheer them on. We also added a Family Fun Run, kayaking with Mr. Jedrey, and a corn hole tournament to the usual inflatables and activities for our younger Mariners. The Alumni Association held their fall meeting and many alums were on campus to cheer on the teams and connect with one another. In fact, the alumni duo of  Tory Dumas ’10 and Phil Hackett ’10 won the corn hole tournament! A happy hour at LineSider Brewing Co. capped off the day. Many thanks to all who made the day such a success.

Wellness Workshop
Director of Counseling & Wellness Traci Fairchild delivered the state-mandated “Teen Dating Violence Workshop” to all RHCD faculty and staff on Wednesday. This workshop, created by the Lindsay Ann Burke Foundation, supports the school-wide prevention of relationship violence. Parents can access helpful information at http://www.labmf.org/

RHCD Coffee House

Parents, faculty, and staff are welcome to relax and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee at one of two locations:  Hopelands Living Room or Campbell Center in the room off of the front lobby. We ask that you refrain from using the Campbell Center from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. as the room is often in use for lunch and meetings. 

Land Art with Catherine Moran
2019 Artist-in-Residence Catherine Moran began work with students in 3rd grade, 6th grade, Upper School Art Foundations class, as well as Drawing and Painting III classes to explore land art. The students will use the natural landscape as a canvas and explore site specificity, environmentalism, and decay. 

Last week Mrs. Dumas, Mrs. Armentano, and Mrs. Getsinger introduced the 3rd Grade, 6th Grade and US Drawing & Painting students to the idea of land art and the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy. The students collaborated in small groups to create their own land art and earthworks around campus.  

Students across the divisions will be creating land art at different times throughout the year observing the transformation of their ephemeral artworks as the seasons change. Thank you to Catherine Moran (parent of August Moran ’25) for her expertise and for joining us on our first land art adventure!

Exploring Salt Marshes at RHCD
Middle School science students have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather and our amazing campus to gain first-hand knowledge about salt marshes. Here, Mr. Karr discusses the classification of what is found in the salt marsh with his 8th grade students.

Mini Monet in Action
Our little artists in preschool spent the day at the library creating art based on the work of Claude Monet and the story Ten Apples Up on Top.

Say “Trees” Please

On Tuesday, September 24th students in Arts Foundations, English 9, and Biology classes enjoyed a kick-off PBL event. Students were fortunate to work with several experts including Tee Jay Boudreau, Deputy Chief of the Division of Forest Environment;  Nancy Stairs, Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor; and Robert “Lou” Allard, RIDEM Division of Forest Environment.

Students have been doing observational writing of trees on campus in English 9 and will be designing an urban street in art class, studying both ecology and many life-sustaining connections trees have to their own lives. For their final project, students must connect these three disciplines (Art, English, and Biology) in a meaningful way. Stay tuned!

Welcome Startups to RHCD
Last Tuesday, Head of School Diane Rich and Director of Innovation Meg Stowe took part in LearnLaunch‘s Advisor Pitch Night, providing valuable feedback to education-technology startups joining the Boston accelerator’s newest 2019 cohort. Three of the EdTech startups that pitched that night will be visiting RHCD campus on October 3rd to present their work and meet our faculty and students as part of Rocky Hill Country Day’s E2 Program (Embedded Entrepreneurs). Learn More about Mindprint, Spinndle, and Thimble.

Student Leadership
The Middle School students held elections for this year’s class representatives. Congratulations to the 2019-20
 MS Student Council.

    • 8th Grade: Juliana Hayes, Skye Connell, and Lilly Liebermensch
    • 7th Grade: Katie O’Neil and Jillian Pogacar
    • 6th Grade: Gretchen Dechant and Morgan Boss

The 9th grade student representatives were elected this week. Congratulations to these student leaders:

    • Student Life chamber: Abbey Grandin and Katie Kerachsky
    • Policy chamber: Izzy Guastella and Andrew Hogan


    Students Attend Global Climate Strike

    Upper School students joined over 6 million young people from around the world to raise awareness for environmental issues at the Global Climate Strike. The walkout, a coordinated effort by the world’s youth, took part in 150 countries with a goal to “kickstart renewed action on climate change.” LEARN MORE

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September 14, 2019

We celebrated our 85th Convocation outside on our glorious campus. Our students, faculty, staff, and trustees joined together to show their RHCD spirit for this amazing picture. The students heard a special message from Head of School Diane Rich and were treated to Del’s Lemonade courtesy of the Parent Teacher League.  Everyone looked amazing in their new Think Outside T-shirts!

Mark Your Calendar

    • Head of School Parent Social: Wednesday, September 18 | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Hopelands Lawn |  RSVP HERE
    • Middle School Picture Days: Thursday, September 19 | Friday, September 20
    • Parent Night in School: Thursday, September 19 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Fall Classic Golf and Tennis Tournament and Dinner Auction: Monday, September 23 | Potowomut Golf Club  |  REGISTER HERE
    • Upper School Picture Days: Wednesday, September 25 – Friday, September 27
    • Blue & White Night: Friday, September 27 | 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
    • Homecoming Celebration: Saturday, September 28 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • No School – Rosh Hashanah:  Monday, September 30
    • Flu Clinic:  Tuesday, October 1  |  3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  |  Campbell Conference Room



It’s not too late to register for the 21st and final Fall Classic. We encourage all parents, alumni, and friends of the School to help make the event a major success. Our goal is to raise $65,000 to support the purchase of a new yellow bus, tuition assistance, and our athletic and academic programs.

Let’s not forget that this is a fun, casual, and festive way to come together as a community. You need not be a golf or tennis player to participate. Many guests come just for the dinner and auction in the evening.

Visit the Fall Classic web page to preview some of the auction items (scroll to bottom). More items will be added this week! Some exciting items include trips to Tuscany, Puerto Rico, and China; tickets to see the Patriots, Red Sox, and The Lumineers; local entertainment; golf foursomes; and more!

If you would like to volunteer next week or on the big day CLICK HERE. If you  have any questions, please email Missy Walker.

 

Rocky Hill Country Day!
We were excited to launch our 85th year with news about restoring our name back to Rocky Hill Country Day School paired with a modern version of the crest to replace the compass as our primary school icon. These exciting changes come after three years of hard work to define and live into the educational model our students enjoy today, a program rooted in our motto, Know Thyself, and founded upon our mission to educate the whole child. We couldn’t be more proud of the school we are today as we continue to evolve to meet the needs of our students.

Rocky Hill Country Day School circa 1960s.

As we all get used to seeing the new logo and saying RHCD, we thought it would be helpful to share a few answers to some frequently asked questions. With regard to athletics, we are still the Mariners and the compass is still the logo used for sports teams. The official crest we all know remains an important symbol of the School and will continue to be used on diplomas, awards, the yearbook, etc. Our motto and mission have not changed and the programs and innovations we have put into place continue to grow.

Our new website, name/logo, and the Think Outside campaign reflect the school we are today, one that is forward thinking, student centered, and experiential, rooted in our natural setting. We thank our in-house team for their hard work, especially Kristie Stark who designed the website and produced all of the new imagery and materials, and Jim Pontarelli and John Lloyd for their guidance through the yearlong branding process.

Mark your calendars for a two-day event which starts with our Second Annual Blue & White Night on Friday, September 27 and carries into an entire day of celebration on Saturday, September 28th! The Boosters have planned an amazing weekend and a fresh new approach to the event. The full schedule of events can be found HERE, but see a few highlights for Saturday below!

FREE KIDS ACTIVITIES – inflatables, hay wagon rides, face painting, games, etc.
UPPER SCHOOL ATHLETICS – all teams play at home!
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIEScampus fun run, kayak tour, corn hole tournament, and more – use links above to sign up online!
ALUMNI ACTIVITIES – meet & greet with Diane Rich, Happy Hour at LineSider, and the fall Alumni Board meeting (Please note the alumni sports games will be held in the spring)

The Library Gets a Makeover
Come visit the Rocky Hill Country Day School Library! This summer, Mrs. Gustavel and a crew of amazing volunteers weeded our collection and reimagined our library space in the Carriage House. We now have comfortable seating and collaborative work spaces for students and families in all three divisions to enjoy! The library will be open from 8:30-4:45 each day! Middle and Upper School students are welcome to use the library space for research, studying, and collaborating after school. Lower School students and their families are invited to visit the library in the afternoons to read together and check out books.

Many thanks to our volunteers who donated more than 100 hours over the summer: Mia Z., Lauren Z., Patrick K., Bridget K., Delaney K., Ruby B., Amie B., Brendan W., Alex L.,  and Andy B.

Upper School Students Kick-off the Year
Students in the Upper School experienced unique and educational trips and programs for their first week of school. The class trips offer an opportunity for the class to bond through common experiences and help set the tone for the school year ahead.

5th Grade Buoyancy Study
5th Grade headed down to the waterfront for their buoyancy lab. They tested out flotation devices and others items to see if they would float or sink.

EnviroWeek Continues as Middle School Tradition
Middle School EnviroWeek 2019, a tradition that takes place the first week of each school year, is a great way for RHCD students to build relationships, set new goals, think expansively, and enjoy the outdoor classroom. 

9th Grade History – Hunters and Gathers
Massimo ’23 and Oliver ’23 each caught fish off the School dock this week demonstrating their competency as hunter-gatherers. Each year World History 1 students leverage the campus to see what it was like to have to secure food before supermarkets existed. 

Art Students Make Global Impact

Last spring, Ms. Armentano’s 8th grade class participated in an international project called The Memory Project. RHCD students drew portraits of children living in Pakistan, most of whom are in orphanages and do not have any photos of themselves. RHCD sent 24 completed portraits to Pakistanjoining a global effort that exceeded three thousand young artists. The resulting impact and gratitude expressed by the children can be seen on the video above, recently sent by the Project Coordinator. Great job Ms. Armentano and the 8th Grade class! 

Super Fan Cards
Calling all Mariners! This week the Athletic Department handed out Super Fan cards. All students should bring their cards to games they attend to be entered in a special drawing each season. Once your card is full, turn it in for your chance to win Super Fan prizes. Let’s get out there and show your school spirit!

Teams Off to a Great Start
Coming off of an unprecedented championship sweep this spring with all four varsity teams winning their league championships, our fall sports teams are off to a great start! Field Hockey boasts a 2-0-1 record, outscoring their opponents 10-2 for the season. The Boys Soccer is 2-0-0 with two decisive victories under their belts. And the Girls Soccer team is 1-0-0 after winning their season opener with a score of 7-1! The XC team is getting ready for their first meet on 9/18. Most importantly, the teams are working together in the Mariner Way, showing Resiliency, Effort, and Pride, which is a winning recipe on many levels. Read recaps on the RHCD mobile app and follow athletics on Instagram and Twitter @rhcdmariners.


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August 27, 2019

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, September 3
New Student Orientation
Lower School: All PS & K and new students to LS | 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Middle School: All 6th grade and new students to MS | 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Upper School: All 9th grade and new students to US | 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (parent portion ends at 9:30 a.m.)

Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE) Orientation
Note: The MS and US orientations are for students only; parents will meet on ACE Parent Night in School. All new students and students entering 6th and 9th grade should attend. All other current ACE students are strongly encouraged to attend.
Lower School: Amy Laurent will be available to discuss the ACE program with enrolled and interested families during the Lower School Orientation.
Middle School: 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Campbell Conference Room
Upper School: 12:00-1:30 p.m. | Campbell Conference Room

Wednesday, September 4
First Day of School! | Busing Begins
Grades PS – 8 & Grade 12: 9:00 a.m. start
Grade 9: Class trip to Berkshires | 8:00 a.m. arrival to campus
Grade 10: Class trip to Gifts to Give | 9:00 a.m. arrival to campus
Grade 11: Class trip to Massachusetts | 7:30 a.m. arrival to campus
PTL Welcome Back Meet & Greet: 8:45 – 10:00 a.m. | Campbell Courtyard (open house style – please stop by)

Other Important Dates
Head of School Parent Socials: RSVP HERE
Thursday, September 5 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Hopelands
Tuesday, September 10 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Head’s Residence
Wednesday, September 11 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Head’s Residence
Wednesday, September 18 | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Head’s Residence

ACE US & MS Parent Night: Thursday, September 12 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Campbell Conference Room
Lower School Picture Days: Thursday, September 12 | Friday, September 13
Middle School Picture Days: Thursday, September 19 | Friday, September 20
Parent Night in School: Thursday, September 19 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fall Classic Golf and Tennis Tournament and Dinner Auction: Monday, September 23 | Potowomut Golf Club
Upper School Picture Days: Wednesday, September 25 – Friday, September 27
Blue & White Night: Friday, September 27 | 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Homecoming Celebration: Saturday, September 28 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Welcome New Faculty and Staff

We are pleased to welcome our newest faculty members to the RHS community. Pictured left to right, back row: Sean Tucker (K-6 PE and Health), James Himmelmann (Music), Karl Sutterlin (US Math), Dan Shaker (Technology Support Specialist), Bridget Keane (MS English), Iveth Streisand (US Spanish), Anna Slaybaugh (US Math), Helen Dembinski (ACE Learning Specialist), Elaine Bernadino (LS Language) Around table: Christine Comeau (US Science), Natalie Joseph (3rd Grade), Katy McNamara (School Nurse), Brady Wheatley (US History and Social Science), Emily Seddon (Kindergarten), Hannah Hudson (French) Missing: Lisa Paolino (Accounts Payable)

Veracross Family Portal Update
We have updated the Family Portal! You will find updated information about PTL and division news. If you need information for a carpool, you’ll find in the Directory area a list of other Rocky Hill families that live within five miles of your home address. Please remember to update your household information if any changes have occurred.

Health Forms
If you haven’t submitted your health forms for the 2019-2020 school year, please do so as soon as possible. You can drop them off to the Nurses’ office or Hopelands in the Business Office. You can also fax them to (401) 885-4985 or email the forms to kmcnamara@rockyhill.org.

Student Accounts
This summer we have had some staff changes in our Business Office. If you need assistance with your account, please contact Martha Cunningham at mcunningham@rockyhill.org or (401) 884-9070 x 222.

Afternoon Snack Bar & New Food Service
We are happy to announce an afternoon snack bar will be open from 3:15 – 3:45 p.m. daily beginning September 9, 2019. This will be a cash snack bar with a variety of items. Some choices will be available daily while other menu options will change from day to day. Our hope is to offer nutritious snacks for our students who remain on campus after school.

Join Us for the Fall Classic
Monday, September 23, 2019 | Potowomut Golf Club
Join us as we hit the links, swing our rackets, and raise our bidder paddles to benefit our students, faculty, and programs at the 21st and final Fall Classic. You need not be a golf or tennis player to participate. Many guests come just for the dinner and auction in the evening. This is our big fall fundraiser, so please join in the fun and show your support!

If you would like to volunteer, have an auction item to donate, or have any questions, please email Missy Walker. Proceeds support a new yellow bus, athletics, scholarships/financial aid, and student programs.

Pick-up & Drop-Off – Front Lot Only
We ask all students to be picked up and dropped off in the front parking lot only. The rear parking lot is limited to bus traffic. Please refer to correspondence from your division heads in regard to division-specific policy and procedure related to late arrivals, early dismissals, and students staying late who are not in sports.

Faculty & Staff Parking Spots
Please take note of parking spots marked as reserved for faculty and staff members and avoid parking in them during the school day. There are open spots for families and visitors in front of Hopelands, near the tennis courts, and near the Sharpe Gymnasium. Thank you.

Hack for Global Good is Back For 2019
Join us in making the 2019 Hack for Global Good a must-experience event of the year for the state of Rhode Island.  This multi-day event brings teams of students together to develop a solution to one of the UN Global Grand Challenges. Teams collaborate and then pitch their ideas to a panel of experts, competing for prizes and real-world opportunities to put their idea into action. We anticipate an exponential increase in statewide participation from across all sectors in support of this year’s theme: Solution2Pollution. We need you, your expertise, your participation, and your support. Our community of schools has grown, and our network of mentors and game-changers working to tackle all forms of pollution: air, water, soil, noise, social media, light, and environmental pollution must grow as well! All areas of expertise are wanted: designers, communicators, artists, scientists, coders, activists, writers, etc. Join us for some real-world learning. Students will build their network, have fun with peers, and collaborate with experts in the field. Contact Meg Stowe to get involved.

Download the Mobile App!
Be sure to download Rocky Hill School’s mobile app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. This free app is full of useful information and features.

      • Portal Links
      • Events Calendar
      • Athletics Schedules and Rosters
      • Notifications
      • Campus Map and Tours
      • eCurrents
      • School Store
      • Lunch Menu
      • Weather
      • Social Media Links
      • Emergency Numbers

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Sign-up for After-School Programs at Rocky Hill

Rocky Hill offers before – and after-school programs that are open to the public and provide academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for students in grades Pre-K through 8. A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Thursday afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill faculty members and instructors.

2019 Fall Courses:
Soccer – Grades PK-5
Full STEAM Ahead – Grades 2-5
Enchanted Fairy Houses – Grades K-3
Patty Cakes – Grades 3-6
Stay tuned for more information and to register!

Emergency Alerts
Rocky Hill School uses Veracross to rapidly communicate health, safety, or emergency information using text messaging. This method is not used for regular communication, but rather only for emergency notifications or information related to abnormal events (i.e., extreme weather and school closings). All members of the Rocky Hill School community (especially parents, students, faculty, and staff) are encouraged to update their cell phone numbers in the family portal.

Most major TV, radio, and internet news sites in Rhode Island embed the RI Broadcasters Closing & Delay website on their websites. You can receive school closure text messages from the RI Broadcasters Association by clicking here to register your phone. Be sure to select “Rocky Hill School” from the list of schools.

Slave Medallion Project
On Sunday, August 25th, the Slave Medallion Project held a ceremony at Patriot’s Park in Portsmouth, a battle site of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of the Continental Line (1775-1783), for the installation of its first official marker. Charles Roberts, the Director of the program, invited our fourth grade teacher, Charlie Laurent, and members of his 2017-18 fourth grade class as honored guests, given their work as Junior Historians with the Medallion Project and Smith’s Castle. Luke Lehouiller, supported by his classmates in attendance, Naseem Ankoma, Alexa Laurent, and Eva Richards, read his essay on the importance of studying history to the audience. Our campus will be the future site of a medallion installation. NEWS ARTICLE

Students Spend Summer Developing Start-up
Three Rocky Hill students and one Wheeler student who participated in Rocky Hill’s 2018 Hack for Global Good spent the summer developing their idea, a mobile app to encourage energy conservation, into a startup. One of the prizes from the Hackathon gave the team an opportunity to pitch their app idea to the CEO, Incubator Director, and others at Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG), after which they received an invitation to participate in the SEG Incubator Program. This team of high schoolers is the first ever to be invited to participate in this esteemed program. With support from the Director of Innovation, Meg Stowe, the team will begin the formal program in early September.

Isabel’s Emoji in New York Times for Kids
3rd grader, Isabel Asen responded to a New York Times appeal for new emoji ideas. Here emoji, optimistic, was selected to appear, along with an artist’s illustration of Isabel’s idea, in the New York Times for Kids section on August 25th!

 

Delilah Completes Race 4 Chase
2nd grader, Delilah Vecoli, completed her first Triathlon this summer. You can see her joy in the photos! She completed a 6-week program called Race 4 Chase honoring the memory of 6-year-old triathlete Chase Kowalski who died during the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Dee was both challenged and encouraged during this amazing program, and her confidence has grown so much.

Hitting the Ground Running
Rocky Hill rang in the 2019-20 fall athletic season with a bang!  Upper School student-athletes and coaches were joined by Applied Performance Sciences, which is a company run by two former Navy Seals, Anthony and Jason.  The Seals put our student-athletes through rigorous physical training and substantial debriefs on topics ranging from decision-making, stress management, optimizing performance, communication, and listening skills. This day-long program kicked off a week of preseason in a camp-like setting that included sport-specific practices, sessions on mindful performance, goal setting, and team building.

Schedules and Recaps
Please use the family and student portals to view practice and game schedules as well as other athletics events. You can view results and recaps, as well as photos from each team, on your mobile app under Athletics. Recaps can also be found on the Athletics Blog.

Faculty and Alumni Giving Back
Art teacher Rachel Armentano volunteered for Amenity Aid by delivering toiletries to the Amos House in Providence. She was pleasantly surprised to hand off the donations to recent BU grad and RHS alum Ellie Farber ’15 who was interning for the development department this summer!

Serious Science
New Upper School science teacher, Christine Comeau, spent three days this summer at a Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) professional development workshop on Prudence Island which was put on by the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and sponsored by NOAA. Christine spent time reviewing estuarine science concepts and active ways to bring these ideas into the classroom.  Activities included salt marsh research, national water quality data sets, and climate change with a special focus on Narragansett Bay. Much of what Christine participated in is a natural fit to Rocky Hill’s waterfront campus. Christine also attended a professional development workshop sponsored by the University of Rhode Island, in collaboration with KIdWind Energy. This workshop focused on the topic of wind energy and renewable energy infrastructure, wind energy technology, and the environmental impacts of offshore wind farms. The workshop also covered curriculum related to electricity, wind turbine function, and engineering and design related to developing wind turbine models.  The culmination of the workshop was a trip out to Block Island to view the nation’s first offshore wind farm.

Jess Russell – Mastering English
This summer, Upper School English teacher Jess Russell graduated with a Masters in English from the Bread Loaf School of English, which is part of Middlebury College. For the past five summers, she took graduate classes ranging in topic from Old English to post-colonial South Asian Literature, Milton to poetry writing, Joyce’s Ulysses to Contemporary Latinx Literature. This is her second Master’s. Her first is in French Literature.

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June 20, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
Orientation Day:  Tuesday, September 3
First Day of Classes:
Wednesday, September 4
Fall Classic Golf and Tennis Tournament & Auction Dinner:  Monday, September 23 | Potowomut Golf Club
Homecoming Weekend: September 28-29

Congratulations Class of 2019!
Last Friday we celebrated the Class of 2019 at Commencement.

Cortney Nicolato, President and CEO of the United Way of Rhode Island, delivered the Commencement speech. Class President, Jason DeGerlia, shared an address and announced the class gift, a set of team benches for the sports teams. Manny Maldonado was selected to deliver the class speech. They each reflected on the many accomplishments of the class, including more than 4,700 hours of service performed by the students, several sports championships, and an array of performing and visual arts accomplishments. They wished their classmates success in college and beyond.

Esteban Wu earned Valedictorian distinction. Faythe Schulte received the Mauran Bowl, the School’s highest honor. Jason DeGerlia and Chloe Ponte were recognized as the Class Lifers, students who attended RHS since preschool. And, Mary Grant, a former trustee of the school, was presented with the Dick Barker ’54 Community Service Award in recognition of a decade of service to the School.

COMMENCEMENT ARTICLE – WARWICK BEACON

Senior Dinner
At Senior Dinner, seniors and their parents, teachers, and advisers enjoyed an opportunity to come together and recognize the class. In addition to awards, the night included recognition of senior internships, a slideshow, and the yearbook dedication to Andy Washburn. Kudos to all of the students!

AWARDS:
Peggy and Henry Sharpe English Award: Johnette Williams
Roberta Wintersteen Knight ‘61 History and Social Sciences Award: Esteban Wu
Dumas Family World Language Award: Faythe Schulte
Gregor/Coes Mathematics Award: Lingnan “Nina” Zheng
Dr. Richard R. MacMahon Science Award: Jacob Pogacar
Lillian Boynton Hale Art Award: Emily Atanasoff
Howland Music Award: Jacob Pogacar
Community Service Award: Manny Maldonado
Flynn Award for Sportsmanship: Siyuan “Peter” Chen and Johnette Williams
Alumni Athletics Award: Steven Lora

Yearbooks – Limited Availability
If you missed ordering a yearbook it’s not too late. There are a limited number of extra copies available for sale at $80. Please contact Katy Basu if you are interested in purchasing one. 

Library Volunteers Wanted
Wendy Gustavel, Interim Librarian, will be culling the RHS library collection and reorganizing the library space over summer break and would love volunteer helpers. Students, faculty, staff, and family members are all welcome to help out. If you are interested in volunteering in the library this summer, please fill out this volunteer form. Wendy will send an email on Sunday evening each week letting volunteers know when she will be in the library during the coming week. Volunteers are welcome to drop in anytime Wendy is in the library. If you have questions, email Wendy at wgustavel@rockyhill.org.

Save the Date: Fall Classic on September 23
Rocky Hill School’s 21st Annual Fall Classic: Tennis, Golf & Auction Dinner is on Monday, September 23rd at Potowomut Golf Club. To learn more or get involved, please contact Missy Walker at mwalker@rockyhill.org or x296.

5th Grade Moving Up Day
The 5th graders were honored in our first Lower School Moving Up Day along with all of the other Lower School students. The 5th grade continued the tradition of reading a tribute to one of their classmates, called a Here’s To. The ceremony was followed up by the Lower School End of the Year Celebration with an ice cream bar. Congratulations to all of the students and those who received special recognition:

Marshall Book Prize: Mrs. Seddon’s Kindergarten Class
Joan Osowa Lower School Citizenship Award: Sonali Searles and Jackson Davis

8th Grade Moving Up Day
We were excited to honor our 8th graders during the Middle School Moving Up Day last Thursday.  Mr. Gwaltney officially welcomed each student into the Upper School and the audience enjoyed remarks from Señora Maguire-Rambo. The Class of 2023 will certainly make an impact next year as 9th graders. Congratulations to these award winners:

6th Grade Faculty Award: Patrick Keane
7th Grade Faculty Award: Lauren Zheng
8th Grade Faculty Award: Derek Block
Flynn Award for Sportsmanship: William Hanney and Hannah Boss
Arts Award: Isabella Guastella
Faculty Citizenship Award: Katie Kerachsky and Ben Lawson

The Physics of (Almost) Everything – Episode 2
Zhao fan Chen, Christoff Bandele, and Pascale Burnett discuss current events surrounding physics and the impact these events have on our society. CLICK HERE

 

 

National Junior Honor Society Service
8th grader Reid Beland recently organized a drain labeling project for the NJHS 8th grade group, including Andrew Hogan, Jonathan Porter, and Brendan Weiner. They labeled about 65 drains in downtown East Greenwich with a “Don’t Dump” label from Save The Bay.  

3rd Grade Native Peoples of North America Museum

Tobey Rishworth presented on Native People’s ceremonial attire.

The 3rd grade put on an amazing Native Peoples of North America Museum and presentation as a culmination to their study about early American history. The museum included arts and crafts projects, presentations about Native People’s culture and history, and more.

Upper School Science Investigations
Andrew Tamburini ’22 and Ben Liebermensch ’22 presented their findings after a month-long, self-designed, and self-engineered investigation into the effects of elevated carbon dioxide levels on the growth of Brassica rapa. Andrew and Ben assembled their presentation into a scientific symposium poster format and presented during the culminating Projects and Assessments Week closing out the second semester. This “Greenhouse Project” required students to provide background for the variable they selected, explain the design they chose to investigate the variable, present and analyze resulting data, and then critique their own design. Students closed their presentations by examining the different types of learning that happened about not only biology, but also about time management, navigating through challenges that arose, communication, and innovation.

Endangered Species PBL
Elsa Block ’20 presented “Creative Conservation: Raising Awareness Through Informational Graphic Design” as her culminating project for Endangered Species class. Since there was an ongoing theme of global awareness of endangered species and how can we get the public to be engaged in and care about even the most un-charismatic species, Elsa and Ms. Runshe brainstormed about the psychology of public awareness and how we can change the stigma towards species that were not as well known and/or feared. After Lou Perrotti’s presentation about the reintroduction and failure (due to public outcry and fear-mongering) of Timber Rattlesnakes and the success of the American Burying Beetle, they decided that these two endangered species were perfect (and LOCAL) candidates for her project to focus on. She presented on the psychology behind what makes the public care for certain species and what can be changed for future species that are not as well known and/or not necessarily “cute”. She created posters with specific font styles, colors, and animations to survey her audience on whether or not that method of awareness was effective.

Cooking with Math PBL
Students in Algebra Foundations and Algebra II used math and creativity to design a unique math-based cookbook. Enjoy and learn! CLICK HERE

Grady Sumrall ’19 Receives RISD Senior Art Award
Rhode Island School of Design established its Annual Art Award in 1984. Each year, a select number of secondary schools with noteworthy programs in the visual arts are invited by RISD’s president to nominate an accomplished artist from the senior class to receive this distinction. The award is a book of special interest to aspiring artists and designers. This year, Grady Sumrall received the award.

Art Foundations Capstone: Environmental Impact
After completing classes of ceramics, drawing & painting, and mixed-media, Art Foundations students dove into the annual Capstone project for their final quarter with Mrs. Getsinger, Mr. Chatterley, and Mrs. Armentano. This spring, the 40 students worked hard on a personal capstone project exploring the theme of “Environmental Impact”. Student work focused on issues ranging from deforestation to fast fashion to ocean pollution. The quarter was kicked off by a viewing of the documentary Wasteland featuring Brazilian artist Vik Muniz and looking at a range of artists who create artwork exploring climate change. The independent projects used materials of the students’ choosing. Students learned the value of peer feedback and how challenging it can be to create meaningful artwork. In addition to completing a major work of art, students wrote an artist statement and gave a short presentation to the full cohort. To finish off this exciting quarter and project, the class took a field trip to the Avenue Concept. Students learned about public art efforts in Providence led by the organization and helped clean 18 trash bags of laundry detergent bottles that are being upcycled into a large public sculpture at the end of the summer. Artwork can be viewed in the slideshow here.

8th Grade Memory Project
This spring, the 8th grade participated in the Memory Project. The Memory Project invites art classes and artists to create portraits for children facing challenges around the world. Each student drew a portrait of a child who resides at an orphanage in Pakistan. For some students, this was their first time drawing a realistic portrait and for others, this was an opportunity to refine their technique. The beautiful graphite portraits are now on their way to the children in Pakistan. Student portraits can be seen alongside the artists who drew them in a slide show here and via Artsonia here. Be on the lookout for a video from the children when they receive these beautiful works of art!

Girls LAX All-Stars

Congratulations to Charlotte Boss ’22, Kaeley Zito ’22, and Aviva Beringhause ’19 for being selected to play in the RIIL All-Star game (pictured left). 

In addition, the team was honored at the RIIL awards banquet for their championship season (pictured above).

Providence Journal All Stars

Congratulations to Davis Lee ’22, Eli Levy ’22, Kaeley Zito ’22, and Charlotte Boss ’22 were recently honored at the Providence Journal All Stars ceremony.

Junior Class Officers
Congratulations to the new junior class Student Council representatives—student life chamber: Chase Schulte and Lucy Yu; policy chamber: Greg Tatevian

Noah Blazevic Poetry Recognized
The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement recently announced that RHS 3rd grade student Noah Blazevic’s poem titled This Is Love to Me won “Outstanding Student Poem – Elementary School Level” in their Social Emotional Learning Awareness Month Poetry Contest. In the email sent to Noah, Choose Love’s Director of Operations stated: “We were blown away with the more than 250 poetry submissions. Expressing your emotions, feelings, and thoughts through poetry is therapeutic and enlightening and we are so happy so many students (and educators) participated in this fun and rewarding exercise. You are part of the solution to create safer schools and a more peaceful world.” Congratulations, Noah!

I think of Love a little differently
It’s not all hugs and kisses
It’s not a Hershey Kiss
This is love to me
Love is not yelling back
Love is standing up for a friend
Love can even be standing up to anonymous people
Love is allowing people to be diverse
Love is saying thanks
Love is helping someone you love when they are not well
Love is to forgive a sibling
Love is letting an accident slip
Love is admitting you did something wrong and accepting the consequence
Love is helping people in need
Love is offering a thing or opportunity to someone who’s down
Love is even asking “How was your day?” because anything can happen
You see that is love to me

Profiles in Courage Essay Honors
We are pleased to announce that the Profile in Courage Essay Contest submissions for Cortlandt Meyerson ’20, Pascale Burnett ’20, and Neha Basu ’20 all made the second round of the essay selection, which was the top 10 percent (top 250 essays out of 2,515) in the country. Only 19 teachers who had students submit essays had more than one student make the top ten percent. All Rocky US History and AP US History students submitted essays to the 2019 contest. Entrants are required to write about a political act of courage by an elected official (in office in 1917 or later) who took a stand that put them at odds with their constituents, their party, or their supporters (donors).

Alumni Reunion
On Saturday, June 8th, alumni, faculty, and friends gathered for Alumni Reunion. More than 100 guests came together to celebrate the milestone reunion (classes ending in 4 and 9), where alumni from 1949 – 2018 were in attendance. We also recognized the winner of the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, Dan Bentley ’79 (see below). In addition, the school recognized Lauren Friedman Koblick ’02 for her service as Alumni President and welcomed the new officers:
Alumni Association President: Maria Charbonneau Danckert ‘12
Vice President: Kristin McLimans Mitchell ‘02
Secretary: Sarah Knowles ‘08
Treasurer: Sarah Taylor Dumas ‘10

Dan Bentley ’79 Honored
At Alumni Reunion, we were pleased to recognize Dan Bentley ’79 as the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award. Dan joined the Class of 1979 in the 9th grade. During his years at Rocky Hill, Dan fostered an appreciation for the arts, participating in drama, chorus, and band. He also served as a member of the student council. Dan majored in business at Brigham Young University and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Certification in Project Management, and his Master Black Belt in Six Sigma. After college, Dan helped create and grow multiple call center operations in Fortune 500 companies and served in various senior level management positions. He is currently a Senior Vice President for Bank of America. Beyond his impressive career, Dan gives back to his community by serving on the Family Violence Community Impact Grant committee for the United Way of Dallas and on the finance committee for Stonebridge Ranch, the largest HOA in Dallas, Texas. Dan has never forgotten his roots at Rocky Hill School and visits annually. He has also been a March Madness sponsor and loyal supporter of the School.

Save the Date for Summer Fun 
Thursday, July 18th | 5:00-8:00 p.m. | Bayberry Beer Hall, Providence
All Rocky Hill Alumni & Friends of the School are invited for a casual summer Happy Hour to catch up and connect over cold drinks and good food organized by the RHS Alumni Association. All food, beer, and wine may be purchased a la carte by guests. Please feel free to RSVP directly to Missy Walker or on Facebook so we reserve enough space. This is a family friendly location/event.

Whitney Barker Honored
Faculty and staff congratulated Whitney Barker who received the San Antonio Faculty Achievement Award at the end of year meeting. Whitney is a dedicated member of the Academic Center for Enrichment and has helped countless students find academic success. In addition, Rob Lee and Eric Wyzga, who both joined the RHS faculty in 2007, received the Kirkland Gibson Faculty Summer Stipend Award.

Have a wonderful summer!

eCurrents will be back in August. In the meantime, look for periodic updates from the School and send in any news for us to share when we return or on social media.

 

June 7, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
Alumni Men’s Lacrosse Game: Saturday, June 8 | 3:30 p.m. | RHS Fields
Alumni Reunion: Saturday, June 8 | 5:00 p.m. | Hopelands Back Lawn
Lower School Moving Up Day: Wednesday, June 12 | 1:30 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Middle School Moving Up Day: Thursday, June 13 | 8:45 a.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Commencement: Friday, June 14 | 10:00 a.m. | Hopelands Front Lawn

Commencement Speaker Announced
Cortney Nicolato, President and CEO of the United Way of Rhode Island, will serve as the 2019 Commencement Speaker. Nicolato joined the United Way in 2018 after serving as CEO of The Senior Source, the largest social services nonprofit serving older adults in North Texas. Nicolato was born and raised in Pawtucket, and is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. She has held executive leadership positions in the nonprofit and business sectors for more than 17 years including the American Heart Association’s National Center in Texas and Get Real Health. We are excited to hear her message about the role citizenship has taken in her life and how our graduates can use their talents to make the world a better place.

Flynn Gets a Face Lift

The harsh winters have taken a toll on the north side of the Flynn Academic Center over the years. We are pleased to share that the siding has been repaired thanks to a generous donation from former trustee and past parent Glenn Ahlborg and Ahlborg Construction Corporation.  We can’t thank Glenn and his team enough for their support of the School and their exceptional work!

Yearbooks Are Here
Yearbooks will be distributed starting today.  Upper School students should see Dr. Basu, while Middle and Lower school students will get their books from Mr. Jedrey, Mrs. Pontarelli, and/or classroom teachers. If you are not sure if you ordered a yearbook, go to https://www.coffeepond.com/order_yb1.aspx and enter your email address or contact Katy Basu at kbasu@rockyhill.org.   If you did not order a yearbook and would like one, we have a limited quantity of them available.  The cost is $80, and it can be charged to a student account.  Contact Katy Basu (kbasu@rockyhill.org) for more info.

Junior National Honor Society

Congratulations to this year’s inductees into the Junior National Honor Society. Front Row (8th graders): Francesca McCaughey, Andrew Hogan, Sydney Boss, Savannah Burnett, Katie Kerachsky, Abbey Grandin, Reid Beland, Jonathan Porter, and Brendan Weiner. Back Row (7th graders): Nate Lee, Will Hogan, Dalton Donoyan, Dudley Samponaro, Alex Lehouiller, Jaida Catallozzi, and Skye Connell.

Senior Internship Program 2019:
A Few More From the Field
Last week, the seniors wrapped up their fieldwork and returned to school to practice for their Senior Internship Presentations. See below for more about our students’ rich, productive experiences.

Perry Clark: Investment Management
My time at WhaleRock Point Partners has been an incredible learning experience. I began my fieldwork by creating a research presentation analyzing generational investing trends. By week two, I was contacting bond brokers for lists of available bonds that meet WhaleRock’s investment grade standards. I was also fortunate enough to take a 10-hour online course called Bloomberg Market Concepts, which trained me to use a computer system meant to aid in equity and fixed income analysis. Now, I am more anxious than ever to start my career in the finance industry.

Aviva Beringhause: Emergency Management
During my internship with the Director of Emergency Management for Pawtucket and Rhode Island, I have learned so much both inside and outside of the office. I have learned about what it’s like to go on a call and also what it’s like to work on a state project. I’ve attended several classes and events and really experienced the daily life of a police officer and an emergency management director.

Chloe Ponte: Environmental Education
Chloe has been interning at the Save the Bay Aquarium at 1st Beach in Newport. She expressed that it has been a great experience, strengthening her people and public speaking skills. She has enjoyed leading tours of the aquarium for families and schools, as well as running the touch tanks and taking care of the marine species.

Ptolemy (Tolly) Tassone: Equine Management and Training

Tolly has been learning the inner workings of running an equestrian center at Newport Equestrian Center.  She has been helping with all aspects of running a barn, from tacking up horses, learning to take clients on trail rides, and learning the operations of a privately owned barn. 

Johnette Williams: Support Programs for West African Immigrants and Refugees
During the last four weeks at Higher Ground, I’ve been working with the Sweeties (participants in the African Elders Enrichment Program), from artwork to teaching the alphabet. With the help of some volunteers, I’ve been able to teach the Sweeties new things while listening to their many stories of Liberia.

 

6th Grade Visits RISD
On Thursday, May 23rd the 6th grade visited the RISD museum to view their collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman art. Favorite objects included the Egyptian mummy, the Roman sarcophagus and of course, the giant Buddha.

Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month
With May being Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month, the Upper School recently hosted representatives from the Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education (ARISE) to discuss the challenges experienced by individuals immigrating from southeast Asia who have now made Rhode Island their home. This event was organized by Jannessa Ya ’22 as part of her work as a member of the student advisory board of the Making Caring Common Project.

Pictured left to right: Abby Hirsch, Jaylene Lanzot ’19, Chloe Ponte ’19, Keanu Palavra ’22, Max Lehouiller ’20.

Rookies Rising Musical Festival a Huge Success
On May 29, the inaugural Rookies Rising Festival took place at AS220 in Providence. The event, which was conceived and founded by RHS junior Max Lehouiller, was a huge success and had a great turnout from every corner of the state. Five musical acts representing students from across Rhode Island performed with a goal of bringing young people together through music. The featured acts playing all original music included RHS’s own Gameboyz, The Development, Smug Honey, Clockwise, and Buddha.  All proceeds were donated to AS220 Youth, a program that strives to dismantle the pipeline to prison by empowering at-risk, beyond-risk, and incarcerated youth through arts, culture, and collective action.

The planning committee included students and faculty from Rocky Hill School:  Neha Basu ’20, Pascale Burnett ’20, Mo Danmola ’19, Dylan Lehouiller ’21, Max Lehouiller ’20, Nick McConnell ’20, Eve Weiner ’20, and faculty advisers Emily Serotta and Matt Gnolfo.

Preschool Field Day

Many thanks to the parent and 5th Grade volunteers who helped with Preschool Field Day. The kids had a great time with their Lower School buddies!

SMAC Supports House of Hope
This year, for SMAC’s Crayola PRIDE Week Fundraiser, Rocky Hill students raised almost $200 for Shower to Empower, an affiliate of House of Hope, whose mission is to provide basic needs such as showers and haircuts at no cost to folks who are experiencing homelessness. This is the 5th year of Crayola PRIDE Week–a week aimed at raising awareness about issues of traditionally marginalized personal identities due to discrimination based on race, gender, body image, and other identifiers.

Volunteer Appreciation
A Volunteer Appreciation Open House/Continental Breakfast was hosted by Head of School Diane Rich on Friday morning to thank our parents for all they do for our students and school throughout the year! The support of our parents makes an extraordinary impact here and we are all so grateful. Special thanks were given to outgoing PTL President Julie Hayes and outgoing PTL Vice President Alaka Catallozzi for their dedication in those roles over the past two years.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation
On May 29th, all Faculty and Staff were treated to an extra special luncheon hosted by the PTL. Thank you to Event Chair Kristen Connell, the parent volunteers, and Chef Jay, who all made this annual tradition such a (delicious) treat!

Musicians Honored
Several RHS students recently participated in the Rhode Island Music Educator Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival. To participate, a student must choose a solo or small ensemble piece from a designated list to perform in front of a judge for a numeric grade. All of these students won medals for their excellent performances. Sincere congratulations! Pictured left to right, back row: Jeremiah Malone ’21 – tuba, Alejandro Wu ’21 – violin, Jack Sweeney ’21 – clarinet, Will Hogan ’24 – tuba. Front row: Dimitri Daskalopoulos ’22 – violin, Genevieve Bradley ’23 – clarinet, Nate Lee 24 – violin. Participants not pictured are Skye Connell ’24 – bassoon, and Esteban Wu ’19 – violin.

Girls Lacrosse Brings Home Fourth Championship
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team who secured Rocky Hill School’s fourth league championship this spring! Last Saturday’s game was an incredible end to an awesome season! The game began with stellar defense on both sides in ten scoreless minutes, but then Tolly Tassone ’19 put one past the Tollgate goalie, rallying her team. Rocky Hill put three more in quick succession, but moments later, Tollgate scored three. At half time, the score was a tense 4-3 with Rocky Hill in the lead.

After the half, Rocky Hill slipped behind 6-4, but after a brilliant stick check by Charlotte Boss ’22 and a called off 7th goal, the Mariners surged ahead. Tamira Lopes ’21 did a fantastic job marking Tollgate’s star attacker, Nicole Procaccini out of the game, Jordan Lanowy ’21 got the big hat trick, and Kaeley Zito ’22 unleashed the fury.

Tolly Tassone had 2 goals and 3 assists, Jordan Lanowy had 3 goals, Charlotte Boss had 1 goal and 1 assist, Chloe Ponte ’19 had 1 goal, and Kaeley Zito had 6 goals and 2 assists. The final score was 13-9! Congratulations to the D3 State Champions!

Student Athletes Honored
This week we honored our student athletes at the Athletic Awards ceremony. We were excited to celebrate an unprecedented spring season that included championship titles in four varsity sports: Tennis, Golf, and Boys and Girls Lacrosse. Congratulations to our teams on a great year!

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS LACROSSE

Head Coach: Trixie Dumas ’81
Assistant Coach: Chelsea Frost ’10
Resiliency Award: Savannah Burnett ’23
Effort Award: Francesca McCaughey ’23
Pride Award: Abbey Grandin ’23

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS LACROSSE
Head Coach: Jared Zimmer ’89
Assistant Coach: Douglas Cochran ’16
Resiliency Award: Dalton Donoyan ’24
Effort Award: Biagio DiCenso ’24
Pride Award: Alex Lehouiller ’24

COED VARSITY SAILING
Coach: John Hughes
Mariner Award: William Hanney ’23

COED VARSITY GOLF
Head Coach: Mark Buckley
Assistant Coach: Sam McClimans
Player of the Year Award: Cole Larimer ’20
Mariner Award: Sonny Massotti ’22
Mariner Award: Sinead Burnett ’21

COED VARSITY TENNIS
Head Coach: Matt Marion
Assistant Coach: Kim DeStefano
Male Player of the Year Award: Eli Levy ’22
Female Player of the Year Award: Elsa Block ’20
Mariner Award: Lily Kerachsky ’22
The Sheldon Sportsmanship Award: Marshall Lind ’22

GIRLS VARSITY LACROSSE
Head Coach: Aura Rizzo
Assistant Coach: Monica Boss ’91
Offensive Player of the Year Award: Charlotte Boss ’22
Defensive Player of the Year Award: Jaylene Lanzot ’19
Mariner Award: Kaeley Zito ’22
The Dan Maloney Sportsmanship Award: Chloe Ponte ’19

BOYS VARSITY LACROSSE
Head Coach: Kurt Heise
Assistant Coach: Will Guido
Offensive Player of the Year Award: Davis Lee ’22
Defensive Player of the Year Award: Max Lehouiller ’20
Mariner Award: Jason DeGerlia ’19
The Charlie Blanchard Relentless Spirit Award: Jake Watson ’19

SPRING ALL-LEAGUE & SPECIAL AWARDS
US Golf SENE All-League:
Cole Larimer ’20
Sonny Massotti ’22
Sinead Burnett ’21
Chase Schulte ’21
Cole Larimer was also named to the Providence Journal All-State Golf Team

US Tennis SENE All-League:
Eli Levy ’22
Elsa Block ’20, Lily Kerachsky ’22, Marshall Lind – Honorable Mention
Eli Levy was also named to the Providence Journal All-State Tennis Team.

US Boys Lacrosse SENE All-League:
Peter Chen ’19
Max Lehouiller ’20
Kobe Polley ’20
Davis Lee ’22
Nick McConnell ’20 – Honorable Mention
US Boys Lacrosse SENE Player of the Year: Davis Lee ’22
Max Lehouiller ’20 and Davis Lee ’22 were also named to the Providence Journal All-State Lacrosse Team

US Girls Lacrosse:
First Team All-Division:
Aviva Beringhause ‘19
Charlotte Boss ‘22
Kaeley Zito ‘22
Second Team All-Division: Ptolemy Tassone ‘19
Honorable Mention: Jaylene Lanzot ‘19
All-Academic: Chloe Ponte ‘19
All-Rookie: Tamira Lopes ‘21
Player of the Year Division III: Charlotte Boss ‘22

Nine-season Mariner:
Derek Block ’23
Hannah Boss ’23
Sydney Boss ’23
Alexis Cote ’23
William Hanney ’23
Katie Kerachsky ’23
Ben Lawson ’23
Franny McCaughey ’23

The Dorothy Young ’48 Award:
Esteban Wu ’19
Aviva Beringhause ’19
Siyuan “Peter” Chen ’19
Ptolemy Tassone ’19 (21 Season)

The Providence Journal’s Honor Roll Award:
Male: Jason DeGerlia ’19
Female: Chloe Ponte ’19

The Rocky Hill School Alumni Association Award: Steven Lora ’19

Meet the New 2019 – 2020  NHS Heads
Rising seniors Sam Weiler, Eve Weiner, Max Lehouiller, and Pascale Burnett have been appointed to lead the Nathan Hale Society next year. The Heads play a vital role in the Admission Office, act as the captains in planning, setting up and leading Admissions events, assisting the Admissions Office in giving tours throughout the school year, and rallying members to assist with Admissions events. They are good role models for the Nathan Hale members in being passionate ambassadors for Rocky Hill School. Congratulations, team!

Elise Beland on NPR
6th grader Elise Beland‘s mother was listening to NPR on Boston Public Radio, when she learned about a contest inviting listeners to send in an acrostic poem about their town. Elise took up the challenge and wrote a poem about East Greenwich and was one of the six entries selected and read on air by poet Richard Blanco who, among many other distinctions, was our 5th Inaugural Poet!  Click here to listen to the segment of the broadcast during which Elise’s poem was read.

Steven Lora ’19 Commits to Trinity
Congratulations to Steven Lora ’19 who made his official commitment to attend Trinity College and play for their basketball team. Steven was a 1000 point, high-impact player for the Mariners over the last two years and we are sure he will bring his many talents to Trinity next fall!  

Katy Basu Judges at National Championship
Over Mother’s Day weekend, Katy Basu was in Florida judging the balance beam at the Level 9 Eastern National Championships. Gymnasts qualify for this meet by placing in the top 7 in their age group at their Regional Championships, so they are really the best of the best in the Eastern half of the US. Since only 17 judges are assigned to this meet, it was a real honor to be selected to represent Region 6 and RI. Dr. B. sends a special thanks to Kurt Heise, Aura Rizzo, Pam Matson, Brie Runshe, and Andy HP for covering her classes while she was away.

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May 24, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
NO SCHOOL – MEMORIAL DAY: Monday, May 27
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon: Wednesday, May 29 | Head’s House
Girls Varsity Lacrosse Semifinals: Wednesday, May 29 | 4:00 p.m. | RHS
Middle School Junior National Honor Society Induction: Wednesday, May 29 | 6:00 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
Boosters Pizza and Paint Party: Friday. May 31 | 6:00 p.m. | Providence Coal Fired Pizza in North Kingstown
Girls Lacrosse Finals: Saturday, June 1 | 2:00 p.m. | Cranston Stadium
Lost & Found: Tuesday, June 4 – Thursday, June 6 | Campbell Center
Preschool Field Day: Tuesday, June 4 | 10:00 a.m. | Alumni Tennis Courts
Spring Season & End-of-Year Athletic Awards: Wednesday, June 5 | 5:00 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Senior Dinner: Thursday, June 6 | 6:00 p.m. | Quidnessett Country Club
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast: Friday, June 7 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Head’s House
Lower and Middle School Field Day: Friday, June 7 | 12:45-3:30 p.m. | RHS Fields
Alumni Men’s Lacrosse Game: Saturday, June 8 | 3:30 p.m. | RHS Fields
Alumni Reunion: Saturday, June 8 | 5:00 p.m. | Hopelands Back Lawn
Lower School Moving Up Day: Wednesday, June 12 | 1:30 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Middle School Moving Up Day: Thursday, June 13 | 8:45 a.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Commencement: Friday, June 14 | 10:00 a.m. | Hopelands Front Lawn

Oh, What a Night!

The Orient Express Gala was a smashing success. With nearly 200 guests in attendance, the bidding and donations were robust and generous. Our favorite band, Mystique, had the crowd dancing the night away. Our senior class lifers, Chloe Ponte and Jason DeGerlia, presented a compelling message and fun video to get the crowd excited for the auction. We couldn’t have done it without an amazing committee and the generosity of our community. Thanks to all who made it a night to remember. Early projections have us meeting our goal of netting $110,000 for the school! 

Wind Turbine Study

The Upper School Environmental Science students finished their wind farm study as part of the WindWinRI program with a turbine model competition and a field trip to the Block Island Wind Farm. The wind turbine competition was an opportunity for students to get a physics lesson from Mr. Hoffman-Patalona (HP) about how wind generates electricity using a motor. They were allowed to use different materials to construct a prototype turbine that would actually generate electricity. The turbine that generated the most electricity was constructed by George Kass ’20. The class ventured to the BI wind farm to supplement their knowledge on the planning and developing process of wind turbines. The wind farm is about three miles off the coast of Block Island. The students got an up-close and personal introduction to the first offshore wind farm in the US. Towering over 350 feet above them, the turbines were truly awe-inspiring.  

Back row – Mike Wu ’20, Chase Schulte ’21, Helen Pan ’19, Bessie Yang ’21, Lucia Caito ’21; Front row – Alejandro Wu ’21, Jacob Snyder, Abby Tillinghast ’21, Lily Kutcher ’21

Chemistry in Action
Last week, 9 RHS students attended the annual RI High School Chemistry Contest at URI, with a team competing in Division 1 (first-year students) and some individuals competing in Division 2 (advanced students). The students also visited the labs of Professors Dwyer and DeBoef and got to hear about their research. What a great experience for all! 

Planet Box at RHS

Check out this video from the team at JustLearn, featuring one of our entrepreneurs Djimo Serodio, working with RHS this year. The promo highlights Rocky Hill Middle and Lower School students who received Planet Boxes for their classrooms to explore science concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics.

Lower School EnviroEd
The 4th and 5th Grade had an exciting first day of Enviro Ed canoeing down the Green River. They collaborated and thought critically about the existing fish ladder and bridge at the end of their journey. They presented their ideas to a panel of adults. The 5th graders camped out overnight near Perkins. Today they are off to Ninigret Park for more environmental fun and exploration.

7th Graders Learn About Recycling
The 7th Grade took a field trip to the Johnston Landfill and the Resource Recovery facility to learn the ins and outs of recycling.

A Final Visit to Atria Harbor Hill
The 8th Grade had their final visit of the year to Atria Harbor Hill in East Greenwich. The students shared their “This I Believe” essays with the residents and swapped stories about what they liked to do.

Discovering Physics Podcast
The Discovering Physics class recently released the first episode of their podcast, The Physics of (Almost) Everything. In this first episode, they discussed the recent photo taken of the black hole in the M87 galaxy. You can listen to their podcast on Spotify or by downloading the Anchor app. Here are the links to listen: SPOTIFY | ANCHOR

Kite Day Fun

The annual Lower School Kite Day saw joyful students running across the fields to get their kites high in the air. This fun-filled event is always a favorite!

Service Learning in the Middle School

On Thursday, May 16th, the 7th Grade went on a service learning field trip. Mrs. Randall and Mrs. Buecheler’s advisories visited the North Kingstown Food Pantry where they got a tour, learned about their programs, checked food expiration dates, and organized donations. Mrs. Armentano’s advisory visited Amenity Aid where they sorted bins of donated hotel amenities and made toiletry kits to be sent to Amos House, a homeless shelter in Providence.

Preschool Spring Flower Hunt
Preschool went on a Spring Flower Hunt to see how many different colored flowers they could find on campus.

Medieval Battle
Students in World History 1 engaged in the annual Medieval Battle. This represents just one of the fun ways students get to blow off some steam and learn about history at the same time.

Senior Internship Program 2019:
More from our Seniors in the Field
Our last eCurrents featured a few highlights from our seniors shortly after they began their fieldwork. This week we are proud to share more inspiring stories from the students and their advisers.

Esteban Wu: Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Building a Start-Up

I’ve been working on several different tasks since the start of my internship at XR in Learning in Boston. Most of my time has been dedicated to growing the prospective sponsor network through research, and connection-building on LinkedIn. I have also had the opportunity to participate in a variety of different meetings, such as pipeline and event planning, allowing me to gain an insider’s perspective on the functioning of a company. Additionally, I have been helping to design a blueprint for an add-on Hackathon to the XR Global Summit in October.

Faythe Schulte: Teaching Assistance and Lesson Planning
My past three weeks at the French American School of Rhode Island have been awesome! I have been interning with the art teacher, Eléonore Ecorcheville, and I have had the chance to work with students between the ages of 3 and 14, plan and prep lessons, design and paint sets, all while being in a French-speaking environment! I have learned that a HUGE amount of effort goes into being a teacher. In the last week of my internship, I am looking forward to a field trip to the RISD Nature Lab, finishing up the sets and props for the shows, and seeing all of the students one last time!
 
Mo Danmola and Jay-Juan Hayes:
Professional Sound Mixing and Recording

Mo and Jay-Juan are working with ZDahnond Dale at The Basement Studio: Mo is learning new software platforms and techniques for sound recording, and Jay-Juan is specializing in techniques for recording music in a professional studio setting.

Ben Rosenberg: Using Drone Footage to Teach Sailing Techniques
At US Sailing, I am concentrating on taking drone footage of sailing to teach proper techniques online. I have also begun designing lesson plans for an app that will teach advanced sailing techniques. I am very excited to continue my work as a summer internship and a part-time job!

Jaylene Lanzot: Public Art Installation and Organization
At her internship at The Avenue Concept, Jaylene has been working hands-on with Brian Dowling, 3D Program Manager, helping to install new public artworks around the city of Providence. Jaylene, Brian, and The Avenue Concept Founder, Yarrow Thorne, recently installed a new sculpture by Barrett Kern, at the newly renovated patio at Olga’s Cup and Saucer on Point Street. Jaylene has also helped to organize volunteers at the Avenue Concept and helped with some administrative work. She has gained great knowledge of the inner workings of a large public art organization and their cooperation with the city of Providence.

Siyue (Helen) Pan: Invasion Biology and Restoration Ecology
On the first day, I attended an award ceremony for the biology department at URI with my lab partner Jennifer and helped her set up her experiment in the greenhouse. On the second day, I extracted DNA from 10 samples of phragmites which Professor Meyerson collected from Argentina and Chile.

Savanna Olsen: Coastal Conservation and Restoration
During my internship with the Rhode Island Nature Conservancy, I have been doing fieldwork with the coastal restoration team. We are currently monitoring fish populations along the Providence and Seekonk Rivers and in Ninigret and Quonnie Ponds. In the rivers, we are doing beach seines, casting a long net with the boat and then pulling it to shore, in order to track where populations are recovering and which locations could benefit from further restoration efforts. In the ponds, we are monitoring several relatively new manmade oyster reefs, measuring both the oysters growing on them and the fish living around them as the restored ecosystem matures. I’m enjoying myself and getting hands-on field experience in environmental science.

Jacob Pogacar: Cancer Research
I have found my internship at the Bio-Psychics lab at URIto be an engaging, fulfilling learning experience. The lab is focused around a special peptide engineered to target and attach to cancer cells. Most of my day is spent taking care of cell cultures that are then used by the graduate students and professors in the lab in their experiments. This week I am starting to assist in the crafting of spheroids (balls of cells that simulate tumors) using the cells that I have been taking care of. In the weeks to come, I will be participating in a couple of experiments, which involve attempting to craft the peptide so that a human immune system will react to and attack the cancer cell the peptide binds to. Overall, this internship has given me extremely valuable lab experience which will help later down the road as I plan on doing scientific research in college as well.  

Steven Lora: Construction and Project Management
My time at Gilbane Building Company has been nothing but an amazing learning experience. I’ve learned how to analyze drawings and organize bid packages. I am also learning how to build relationships with clients.

 

All School Art Show

The annual All School Art Show was on view this week in the gym. Highlights included a Lower School ocean-inspired display of ceramic sculptures; detailed treehouse drawings and paintings by the 7th Grade; collage portraits of all 40 Art Foundations students; beautiful Upper School photographs; ceramic teapots and vases; and brightly painted canvases depicting tropical fruit by Drawing and Painting students. Thank you to everyone who attended the opening reception Tuesday after school and who came by to visit the show throughout the week. Thank you as well to Clark Farms for the gorgeous planters, Sam Weiler ’20 for organizing a performance at Tuesday’s opening, and the facilities staff for their assistance. A special shout out goes to all of the 2018-19 studio art faculty – Mrs. Dumas ’81, Mrs. Armentano, Mrs. Getsinger, Mr. Chatterley, Ms. Temple, and Mr. Roonan. Parents, please be on the lookout for artwork being sent home in the coming week or two.

Much Ado About Nothing
The Deckhands Theater Group put on a two-night performance of Much Ado About Nothing. They delighted the audience with their take on this classic Shakespearean tale.

Art Foundations Capstone Presentations
Each year Upper School Foundations of Art students complete the year by conceiving and producing a thematic, conceptual work of art. This year students created work exploring “Environmental Impact.” Student work focused on issues ranging from deforestation to ocean pollution. Artwork will be on view May 28th-31st in the Flynn Nautilus. Students will be presenting their projects during D periods. Parents are invited to view the artwork, speak to the artists, and hear some students speak about their work on Thursday, May 30 from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Spring Athletic Awards Ceremony
Join us on Wednesday, June 5th at 5:00 p.m. as we celebrate our Upper and Middle School student athletes at the Spring Athletic Awards Ceremony. This event will be longer than our previous seasons. We will be giving out our major annual awards such as the 12- and 9-season athletes and the Alumni Athletic Award, and recognizing athletic milestones from 2018-19.

Varsity Golf Champions

After posting an undefeated season, the Rocky Hill School Varsity Golf team tied with St. Andrews School in the 2019 SENE Golf Tournament. The two schools are this year’s tournament co-champions of the 2019 SENE League Championship. This is an historic year for RHS golf as it is the first time that we have ever won a championship in league or tournament, never mind both! At the tournament, RHS earned four of the ten SENE All-League honors spots:
Cole Larimer ’20 – 88 pts
Sonny Massotti ’22 – 88 pts
Sinead Burnett ’21 – 102 pts
Chase Schulte ’21 – 107 pts

Boys Varsity Lacrosse Champions
In a game full of excitement, penalties, and great hustle, Rocky Hill Boys Varsity Lacrosse won its 2nd straight SENE title last Friday, defeating Eagle Hill 11-7 behind a huge fourth-quarter comeback. With the win, Rocky Hill moved to 10-1 on the season, including finishing a perfect 8-0 against their SENE opponents. Additional congratulations to our SENE All League players:
Peter Chen ’19 – All League
Max Lehouiller ’20 – All League
Kobe Polley ’20 – All League
Davis Lee ’22 – All League and SENE Player of the Year
Nick McConnell ’20 – Honorable Mention

Varsity Tennis Champions
The RHS tennis team beat Macduffie 5-2, making them the SENE League champions! Eli Levy ’22 had an incredible comeback win and Lily Kerachsky ’22 and Elsa Block ’20 played their toughest tennis all season to win. Marshal Lind ’22 and Hadley Martinez ’23 won at 1 doubles and went undefeated together for the entire season.

Middle School Girls Lacrosse Are Undefeated
The Middle School Girls Lacrosse team had an incredible final game against longtime rival, Moses Brown’s A-team, last week. It was a fast, back and forth game throughout both halves. The girls collaborated and persevered through an aggressive game, with strong communication on defense. The game ended 7-6 with RHS securing an undefeated season!

Gym Locker Clean-Out
Student athletes need to remove all locker contents by Friday, May 31st. Locks will be removed that day. On Monday, June 3rd, all remaining contents will be put into the lost and found collection.

Lost & Found
The annual all-school lost and found collection will take place June 4th-6th just outside of Campbell Center. On Friday, June 7th, any items left in the collection  will be donated to charity.

Sophomore Election Results
Congratulations to the newly elected officers for the rising sophomores. Stay tuned for junior class results next time.
Student Life: Lizzie Hayes and Keanu Palavra
Policy: Drew Tamburini and Janessa Ya

Ben Pogacar ’20 Honored
On May 13th, Ben Pogacar ’20 received the General Treasurer’s Young Leader Award. The General Treasurer’s Young Leader Award recognizes students who have demonstrated an interest in entrepreneurship and developing the skills necessary to achieve their goals. These awards were presented to high school juniors in the state of Rhode Island who showed outstanding achievement in math, are active in their community, and embody entrepreneurial spirit.

Abbey Grandin ’23 Sailing Success
Congratulations to Abbey Grandin ’23 who competed in the Team Trials held at the California Yacht Club. This regatta places sailors in various international regattas for Team USA. Abbey’s top race earned 9th place and she qualified to sail on the US team at the 2019 Sport Vlaanderen Regatta in Belgium at the end of June. This will be her first international race. Good luck Abbey!

Kristin Urbach ’87 Honored
Congratulations to Kristin Urbach ’87 (pictured on the right) for being named a 2019 Achievement Honoree at the Providence Business News Business Women Awards. Kristin is the Executive Director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in connecting RHS with the WindWinRI project.

 

Dr. Abby Alexander ’07
Dr. Abigail L. Alexander ’07 earned two degrees, MD and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Miami. She starts her residency at Brown University in June, studying pathology.

Tara Dowling Mentoring for College Corps
Tara Dowling has been selected as a mentor for the College Corps New England. This is an intensive 3-day workshop designed for rising high school juniors (typically underrepresented students, and students at high schools with low access to professional college counselors) that will take place in Boston at Lasell College, July 17th-19th. With the guidance of professional mentors, participants will learn about all aspects of the college search and application process, life in the residence halls, financial aid, and standardized testing. The goal of the program is to have students leave the program with the knowledge and confidence necessary to successfully transition to college after high school.


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May 10, 2019

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

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

Check out the AUCTION PREVIEW
Register online today: ORIENT EXPRESS GALA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Spring Concerts Impress and Move the Audience

Mr. McNamara recognized senior Jaylene Lanzot

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upper School Teams Going Strong

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Junior Marshall and Senior Class Officers Announced

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

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

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


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