October 11, 2018

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JOIN TEAM RHSVOLUNTEER SIGN-UP

Hack for Social Good – Spread the word!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


Send us your news!

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

September 28, 2018

On Monday, the School hosted the 20th annual Fall Classic. Dinner guests were presented with this video by Willa Geoghegan, Class of ’20, as they prepared to make donations to support innovation programs on campus.

Mark Your Calendar!
Boosters Fall Potluck Tailgate: Friday, September 28 | 5:15 p.m. | Fields outside Sharpe Gym
Flu Clinic: 
Monday, October 1 | 2:00-4:00 p.m. | Campbell Conference Room
Professional Development Day – No School:  
Friday, October 5
College Week for Seniors: 
Friday, October 5 – Wednesday, October 10
First Peoples/Columbus Day – No School:  Monday, October 8
US PTL Meeting:  Tuesday, October 9 | 8:30-9:45 a.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
PSAT Testing (grades 10 & 11):  Wednesday, October 10

**HOMECOMING WEEK**
Spirit Days:  Thursday, October 11 – Friday, October 12
Boosters Blue and White Night:  Friday, October 12 | 5:00 p.m. | RHS Fields
Homecoming Day:  Saturday, October 13 | 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | RHS Campus
Alumni vs. Varsity Soccer Games:  Saturday, October 13 | 1:00 p.m.
Upper School Movie Night:  Saturday, October 13 | 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Juvenile Diabetes One Walk:  Sunday, October 14 | 9:00 a.m. | RHS Campus

You’re Invited – Boosters Fall Potluck Tailgate

TODAY! | 5:15 p.m. | Fields outside Sharpe Gym
This event is replacing the individual team potlucks so that we may celebrate our fall activities as a school-wide Community! It will be held this Friday, September 28, 2018, on the small field right outside the Sharpe Gymnasium immediately following the US Varsity Boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Field Hockey games (approximately 5:15 p.m.), which will both be played at 4 p.m. We hope your family will join us!

RHS Hoodie Fest
As a way to celebrate school spirit and ensure that everyone has the chance to buy a hoodie if they want one, the US Student Council has organized a school-wide Hoodie Fest.  Now is the time to place your order! All you need to do is fill out this Order Form by Monday, October 1st and you will get your hoodie at a discounted price ($22!) Families who place an order by the deadline will have their school account charged for the $22 by the Business Office.

RHS Flu Clinic
Don’t miss the upcoming Flu Clinic on Monday, October 1st. Participants must register online or complete a consent form:  ENGLISH FORM | SPANISH FORM

RHS to Host JDRF One Walk
For the second year in a row, RHS will be the host site for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) One Walk. The Walk will occur the day after Homecoming and we hope to have a great turn out from our school community. Please sign up for the RHS team and/or volunteer to assist on the day. Students will receive community service hours for any volunteer hours.

JOIN TEAM RHSVOLUNTEER SIGN-UP

RHS Swag and School Store Update
Beginning next week, the School Store will be closed as we undergo a transition. As some of you have already seen, The Swag Store has opened in Hopelands. This is the place to find RHS gear, in addition to our online store! By early November, traditional school supplies can be purchased from Ms. Goulden’s office in Flynn, the Upper School. If you have any questions about this, please contact Diane Rich, Head of School.

Student Clubs Get Underway
In the Upper School, students design and run clubs. This year, more than 20 clubs have been organized to support the many passions and interests of our students. Here is a picture from the Critter Craft Club where high schoolers get the opportunity to run fun craft activities with the preschoolers at RHS.

Order Your Yearbook
The Crest is a wonderful keepsake for ALL grades, as it highlights each of our divisions, as well as All-School events.  Don’t be fooled and think it’s all about the Upper School because there are many pages devoted to our youngest and middle school age students. But WAIT – there’s more!!!  From now through October 16, you can buy a yearbook for 20% off!  That is the LOWEST price that will be offered all year, so take advantage of the discount today! If you have any questions, contact Katy Basu (kbasu@rockyhill.org).

To order a yearbook, go to www.coffeepond.com and enter the code: TheCrest2019 (no spaces).  Then follow the prompts to complete your order.

 

News in Education
For those of you interested to hear more about the national discussion around school start and end times, here is a pertinent article from The Atlantic:  The Curse of America’s Illogical School-Day Schedule.


Fall Classic Wrap-up and Thank You
The 20th Annual Fall Classic was a huge success! A fun day and night were had by all. Thanks to the many RHS friends and family who supported the event with donations, on the tennis court, out on the green, at dinner, and behind the scenes. The event raised more than $60,000 (final figures to be tallied), which supports innovation programs, athletics, tuition assistance, as well as our students and faculty.

MORE PHOTOS (password:  Beth)

Many thanks to our parents for sponsoring the raffle baskets which were beautifully assembled by Alaka Catallozzi.

A big thank you also goes out to our fabulous planning committee. Be sure to thank them personally and frequent our many sponsors in appreciation for their support…tell them Rocky Hill School sent you!

Thank you to our sponsors! FALL CLASSIC SPONSORS 2018

New eSports Offering in Upper School
Rhode Island will be one of three states to sanction interscholastic eSports this year and Rocky Hill School will be offering eSports to our Upper School students as a Winter Athletic/Co-Curricular Activity. We are excited to offer our students yet another avenue to work on their problem-solving, communication, and leadership skills outside of the classroom, as well as a way for our students to represent RHS in a state-championship level activity.  Interested students can contact Ms. Williams for more information.

Blue & White Night
Friday, October 12 | 5:00 p.m. | RHS Fields
All parents, students, alumni, staff, and fans of the school are encouraged to join us for our first annual Blue & White Night. The Boosters have organized a fun evening to bring the community together. Enjoy food trucks, music, athletic competitions, bonfires, lawn games, and fun as we kick-off Homecoming Weekend!

 

Students are currently learning the history and fundamentals of the Blues in a new Upper School elective taught by Mr. Gnolfo entitled “Music that Made Us.” This is a semester-long elective that will be offered in both semesters with no pre-requisites. Students will study the influence that world events and politics had on both music and pop culture: the first semester will cover the early 60’s-late 70’s, while the second semester will pick up from the early 80’s through the early 2000’s. Pictured is Johnette Williams ’19 learning how to play a basic Blues pattern on a Fender Stratocaster.

On Saturday, September 22, Matt Gnolfo competed in the annual Ocean State International Judo tournament, and after a hard day of fighting, he claimed 1st bronze in the Men’s Master’s -73kg division.


Send us your news!

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

September 14, 2018

On Thursday, the school formally installed Diane Rich as the new Head of School. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea delivered a heartfelt proclamation and students shared gifts aimed at helping Ms. Rich live into the 8 Student Competencies. Vice President of the Board Monica Iacono Boss ’91 served as the emcee. A special treat was presented by Ms. Rich…300 homemade sugar cookies in the shape of a heart, complete with blue sprinkles! Congratulations, Diane!

Mark Your Calendar!
All School PTL Meeting:  Tuesday, September 18 | 8:30 a.m. | Flynn
Yom Kippur – No School:  
Wednesday, September 19
Upper School Picture Day: 
Thursday, September 20
Upper School Parent Night:  Thursday, September 20 | 6:30-9:00 p.m.
20th Annual Fall Classic Golf and Tennis Tournament and Dinner Auction:  Monday, September 24 | Quidnessett Country Club
Block Island Wind Farm Trip:  Tuesday, September 25
Middle and Upper School ACE Parent Night:  Tuesday, September 25 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. | Campbell Conference Room
Middle School Parent Night:  Thursday, September 20 | 6:30-9:00 p.m.


Sign-up for RHEA by September 14
Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) is an after-school program that is open to the public and provides academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for students in grades K through 8. A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Friday afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors.


Beach Clean-up at Mackerel Cove – September 22
Derek Block (8th grade) is organizing a beach clean-up at Mackerel Cove in Jamestown on Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The clean-up is being organized in partnership with Save the Bay as part of the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC). The ICC is a global project led by the Ocean Conservancy in which people around the world participate in coastal clean-ups while collecting data to present to the UN in order to solve the problem of ocean trash. This clean-up will fulfill two hours of community service time for participating students. Please RSVP to Derek at dblock@rockyhill.org.


Hack for Social Good – Get Involved!

We are thrilled to announce an exciting student-led initiative this October focused on uniting teens from across Rhode Island to participate in a Hack for Social Good event called: Hack the Power: Reduce | Reuse | RenewTeams of 4-6 students will collaborate with industry experts, energy sector partners, and educators to sketch—build—pitch bold and new ideas around energy consumption, equitable access, and sustainability of power on our planet. This first-ever, statewide, high school Hackathon was designed by a team of RHS students and educators and will be hosted at Rocky Hill SchoolLEARN MORE ABOUT GETTING INVOLVED


Inscribed Bricks
Want to surprise your special guest on Grandfriends Day? Ready to order your Senior Brick? Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Purchase an inscribed brick in one of three campus brickwalks. This is a timeless way to honor a member of the Rocky Hill School community, past or present. Bricks are $100 each or five for $400 and are installed twice yearly in the fall and spring.

Order Deadlines:

  • Fall Orders:  October 1 (to be installed for Homecoming)
  • Grandfriends Day:  November 2 (to be installed for Grandfriends Day)
  • Holiday Gifts:  November 30th (to be installed in spring)
  • Spring & Senior Bricks:  May 1 (to be installed by Commencement)

 

 

 

Monday, September 24, 2018 | Quidnessett Country Club
Don’t miss this must-attend event of the fall to benefit students and programs!

 

JOIN US
(RHS student babysitter list available upon request)
Dinner Auction: 
bring friends and fellow parents for a festive cocktail hour and dinner emceed by WJAR’s Alison Bologna; win auction items and raffle baskets
Golfers:  individuals, foursomes, and corporate sponsors available
Tennis:  a casual round-robin on the courts at RHS
(golfers and tennis players enjoy lunch and the dinner)

HELP US
Volunteer:  help in the office or at the event: SIGN UP HERE
Class Raffle Baskets:  donations due today to Missy Walker or division heads
Program Sponsor:  place a personal or business message for $100!
Auction Donations:  help us secure fun items, especially…
– Warm destination or ski vacation weeks
– NYC theater or concert tickets
– Patriots or Celtics tickets
– Golf foursomes
– Your favorite bottle of wine for the instant wine cellar

Look for the auction preview next week, including Justin Timberlake tickets!

Email Missy Walker with questions or to help support the event – thank you!



You’re Invited – All School PTL Meeting
Tuesday, September 18 | 8:30 a.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall

Please join us for our first all-school PTL meeting of the year. Our discussion will include the Fall Classic, Veracross, Homecoming, athletics, the Rocky Hill Fund, and more. This is a great opportunity to learn about what is happening here at school and share any questions or suggestions. We look forward to seeing you there! Be sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming PTL Meetings.

Middle School EnviroWeek
As is tradition, the Middle School students and teachers launched another school year with three days of environmental experiences, building community through group challenges and extended outdoor activities. Highlights included kayaking on the Greene River, an 8+ mile hike around Watchaug Pond at Burlingame State Park in Charlestown, outdoor art activities, spending an afternoon with Save the Bay, sharing stories around the campfire, and camping out in tents. It was a great three days!


9th Grade Class Trip – Berkshires
Last week, the 9th grade spent three days at the Berkshire Outdoor Center with Mr. Hoffman-Patalona, Mr. GnolfoMr. Farrell, Madame Rich, and Ms. Hersh-Rodeen.  Students engaged in several team-building activities such as raft building, orienteering, fire making, a competitive dutch auction, and much more. They also challenged themselves when climbing the alpine tower, completing the high ropes course, and giving the giant swing a try. On the last night, they all enjoyed some s’mores around a campfire and shared their artistic talents with the rest of the group. “It was a fun trip and we are excited about this academic year with our new “Fresh People,” said Madame Rich.


10th Grade Class Trip – Community Service
Sophomores spent the first days of school focused on giving back. The troop worked with Gifts to Give, a non-profit that collects gently-used and new items to give to children and families in need. Jobs included sorting clothes, cleaning shoes and toys, loading backpacks, and unloading donations. One student shared, “Working at Gifts to Give gave me a good understanding of how important it is to help, and of how much need is out there.”


11th Grade Class Trip – New England History Tour

The junior class spent several days exploring the rich history of New England for their class trip focused on US history. They enjoyed Boston, Salem, New Bedford, and more. Chaperone Aura Rizzo commented, “They were fully present at every stop on the tour, even on a scorching walk on the Freedom Trail in 95-degree heat. They were constantly asking delighted tour guides lots of questions. In fact, I lost track of the times that our hosts would compliment us on our students saying things like, ‘Wow, these kids are the easiest group I’ve ever led’ or ‘are you sure these are all teenagers?!’ I sometimes take well-behaved and engaged students for granted so it was a nice reminder for me to take a step back and think about how much I enjoy my job.”


12th Grade – College Readiness Workshop
Our inaugural College Readiness Workshop for Seniors (subtitled Creating Your Brand) was a big success. College Counselor Tara Dowling, along with seven terrific presenters, walked the students through presentations, exercises, conversations, and logistics of the college application process. Seniors conducted an assessment of their personal strengths and values and then moved into how to articulate and share those strengths and values with admission offices through their essay, interview, and resume. They also worked on logistics like setting up and leveraging college visits and interviews, and ended by filling out the Common Application basics.  They worked on the school-provided college research and application software, MaiaLearning, wrote essays, and read letters written to their “future self”  from their sophomore year.


Innovation News – Business Innovation Summit
A group of Upper School students spent Thursday exploring Innovation through the lens of countless inspirational leaders, change-makers, and artists at the 2018 Business Innovation Summit in Providence. Among these game-changers were dancers, musicians, scientists, blockchain experts, non-profit founders, entrepreneurs, writers, poets, communicators, and leaders of the largest prison in the US, all self-proclaimed Innovation Junkies. It is clear RHS is on a path to prepare our students to develop the competencies required to thrive in a rapidly changing landscape. Student Zack Wilson ’20 reflected that this was “the coolest experience ever. I wish everyone could be here to experience this.Director of Innovation Meg Stowe shared that “the students have all been forever impacted and now see things differently.”


Athletic Director Megan Williams presented The Mariner Way to the audience at the “Meet the Coaches” night on Tuesday.


Get Your Gear
Our new RHS Online Apparel Store is now open. To purchase gear on campus, visit our new Swag Store location in Hopelands.


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

US Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey
Friday, September 14 | 4:00 p.m. | @ Pilgrim
Tuesday, September 18 | 4:00 p.m. | @ Cranston Stadium
Tuesday, September 25 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. Pilgrim
Wednesday, September 26 | 4:00 p.m. | @ Tiverton

US Boys’ Varsity and JV Soccer
Friday, September 14 | 4:30 p.m. | Class D Soccer Fest @ RHS
Saturday, September 15 | 11:00 a.m. | Class D Soccer Fest @ RHS
Tuesday, September 18 | 4:00 p.m. | JV Team vs. St. Andrews
Friday, September 21 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. Block Island
Saturday, September 22 | 2:00 p.m. | @ Williams School
Wednesday, September 26 | 4:00 p.m. | @ St. Andrews

US Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Monday, September 17 | 4:00 p.m. | @ CATS Academy
Saturday, September 22 | 2:00 p.m. | @ Williams School
Wednesday, September 26 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. St. Andrews

US Varsity Cross Country
Saturday, September 22 | 9:00 a.m. | @ Goddard Park
Wednesday, September 26 | 3:45 p.m. | @ Marianapolis Prep

Middle School Sports
Tuesday, September 18 | 4:00 p.m. | MS Soccer A Team vs. BCA
Thursday, September 20 | 4:00 p.m. | MS Field Hockey vs. Gordon
Thursday, September 20 | 4:00 p.m. | MS Soccer B Team @ Wheeler
Tuesday, September 25 | 4:00 p.m. | MS Soccer A Team vs. San Miguel
Tuesday, September 25 | 4:15 p.m. | MS Field Hockey @ Lincoln
Thursday, September 27 | 4:00 p.m. | MS Soccer B Team vs. Gordon


Athletic Boosters Club Update
“The Crew” has gotten off to a great start by opening up The Galley during games and practices. For those new to RHS, The Galley is an amazing snack shack located between the field hockey and soccer fields. Go out and show your support by buying a snack or volunteering in The Galley. Proceeds help support school spirit and athletic endeavors. Next on the horizon is a fall tailgate on Friday, September, 28. More details to come.

Best wishes to Bradley Adam, RHS Class of 2013 as he starts his next chapter after college as head coach of Washington College Sailing. Adam was a double major in Economics and Public Policy at St. Mary’s College and earned his B.A. from the school this past May. Way to go Bradley!

READ MORE


Send us your news!

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

September 1, 2018

Opening Information

Tuesday, September 4
New Student Orientation
Lower School:
  All PS & K students and students new to Grades 1-5 | 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Middle School:  Students new to MS | 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Upper School:  Students new to US | 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (parent portion ends at 10:00 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.
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 5

First Day of School! | Busing Begins
Wear blue & white to show your Mariner pride!
Grades PS – 8 & Grade 12:  9:00 a.m. start
Grade 9:  Class trip to Berkshires | 8:30 a.m. departure
Grade 10:  Class trip to Gifts to Give | 9:00 a.m. departure
Grade 11:  Class trip to Massachusetts | 8:00 a.m. departure

PTL Welcome Back Meet & Greet:  8:45 – 10:00 a.m. | Campbell Courtyard (open house style – please stop by)


Other Important Dates

Senior Parent Night:  Thursday, September 6 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
Lower School Picture Days:  Thursday, September 6 | Friday, September 7
Rosh Hashanah – No School:  
Monday, September 10
Meet the Coaches & AD Night:  Tuesday, September 11 | 5:30 p.m. 
Middle School Picture Days:  Wednesday, September 12 | Friday, September 14
Lower School Parent Night:  Thursday, September 13 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Flynn Nautilus
Upper School Picture Days:  Thursday, September 13 | Thursday, September 20 | Flynn Center
Fall Classic Golf and Tennis Tournament and Dinner Auction: Monday, September 24 | Quidnessett Country Club


Welcome New Faculty and Staff

We are pleased to welcome our newest faculty members to the RHS community. Pictured left to right:  (back row) Karah Chartrand, Middle School Science; Megan Williams, Director of Athletics; Jennifer Randall, Middle & Upper School Mathematics; Maria Abregu, Upper School Spanish; (front row) Mackenzie Pham, Middle & Upper School French; Joseph Karr, Middle School Science & PE/Health; Patty Mott, Head Preschool Teacher; Cherie Baccari, Extended Day Program; Missing:  Nadia Jourbachi, Early Bird Program Assistant; Kristie Stark, Director of Marketing and Design


Veracross Family Portal – Your Information Source

All parents have been invited to create accounts in our Family Portal. The Family Portal is the place to find schedules, the Rocky Hill community directory, and division news. Please be sure to update your information to ensure you receive important emails and text alerts (Veracross will replace the Remind text alert system). If you have not received an invitation, please email Martha Cunningham at mcunningham@rockyhill.org.

Through the Family Portal, you can subscribe to any of the school calendars as well as your child’s schedule calendar. On the main page, open the green Subscribe to Calendars button. You’ll see a list of athletic calendars and the school calendar. By selecting the My Calendars tab at the top of the screen, you can see calendars that are specifically set-up for your family. The calendar subscription will be in iCal format, but you can use Google calendars as well by checking the box above the calendar list.


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.

  • School News
  • Events Calendar
  • Athletics Schedules and Rosters
  • Faculty Directory
  • Notifications
  • School Map
  • Library
  • Health & Safety
  • Checklists
  • Alumni
  • PTL
  • eCurrents
  • Library
  • School Store
  • Lunch Menu

And more!

Be sure to also connect on our social media sites:  FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedInYouTube


New Lighting – Thank you Class of 2018

The students and parents of the Class of 2018 designated their senior class gift to install new lighting along the pathway to the student parking lot. This summer the lights were installed and will enhance campus safety. Thank you!


Sign-up for RHEA by September 14

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) is an after-school program that is open to the public and provides academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for students in grades K through 8. A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Friday afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors.


Monday, September 24, 2018 | Quidnessett Country Club
Join us as we hit the links, swing our rackets, and raise our bidder paddles to benefit our students, faculty, and programs. 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 athletics, scholarships/financial aid, and innovation programs.


Service Trip to Puerto Rico

A team of 21 Upper School students visited Puerto Rico this August as part of a service trip organized by the Interact Club. The club raised funds to support the trip and made connections with local non-profits for the group to support during the trip. Students brought in-kind and monetary donations for Puerto Rico Rises, an organization that delivers support to families in need and still recovering from Hurricane Maria.  The students helped assemble packages and deliver them to needy people in Aguadilla. They also worked at Finca Hekiti Agroforestry Cacao Farm where they helped clear a pineapple grove and plot cacao tree plantings. The troop also visited Tainasoy Apiario and their Earthship Puerto Rico project, a site where they are constructing sustainable, hurricane-proof housing made of recycled materials from the island. #EarthshipPR will become a school to teach others how to build their own Earthships.

Andrew Zito ’20 stated, This community service trip was special for me because I got to see a community working together to help each other out. It was very humbling to observe the daily lives of those affected by Hurricane Maria and yet for me, helping those people was the best part of the trip.”


The Terrapins Are Back!URI Professor Laura Meyerson and her team of grad students were on campus this summer tracking the Diamondback Terrapin turtles and protecting their nests from predators. We all look forward to the upcoming hatching season this month and thank Dr. Meyerson and her team for helping preserve this important species.


Students Visit Sproutel to Continue Prototyping

On August 21 and 28, ten RHS students visited Hannah Chung, our Entrepreneur-in-Residence, at the Sproutel HQ to help further develop the company’s next product focused on helping kids with anxiety. Students gained important insights into aspects of design thinking and participated in gameplay, a character design workshop, and an exercise focused on form and character. Ms. Chung said, “The insights and feedback that we gathered from RHS students have been incredibly helpful. We are very excited to come back to RHS with our next prototype and continue working with the students.


Hitting the Ground Running

Upper School Fall athletics are off to a strong start with Cross Country, Field Hockey, and Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer all participating in a two-week preseason. Upper School Sailing and Middle School Field Hockey and Soccer will begin on September 11.


Get Your Gear

Our new RHS Online Apparel Store will open next week where you can get your RHS branded sweatshirts and other gear. A special Back to School Sale is in place for select items until September 7. To purchase gear on campus, visit our new Swag Store location in Hopelands.


Athletics Schedules and Recaps

Please use the family and student portals to view practice and game schedules as well as other athletics events including the upcoming Meet the Coaches & AD Night on Tuesday, September 11 at 5:30 p.m. 

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.

 

Congratulations to Charlie Laurent for winning The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Award Grand Prize. Mr. Laurent is one of 10 teachers nationwide who have earned this honor.  The award recognizes educators who are using the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking among their students. Charlie and the other winners were selected by judges, including Innovation Nation co-host Albert Lawrence, who chose teachers who demonstrated the habits and mindset of an innovator…teachers who:  inspired their students to challenge the rules and take risks, demonstrated how to be collaborative and empathetic, fostered intellectual curiosity, and taught the value of learning from failure. Now that’s teaching to the Student Competencies!


This July, Director of Diversity Matt Gnolfo competed in the 30th Annual US Open for Judo. Twenty-three countries were represented. After losing his first match, Matt fought his way through the losers’ bracket and came away with a hard-fought bronze medal in the -73 kg Masters’ division.


Middle School art teacher Rachel Armentano was selected to participate in the Highlander Institute‘s first Camp PBL. She completed a three-day training in Project Based Learning alongside 20 other educators from around the state. Rachel will be documenting her lessons throughout the year so that her work becomes part of an educator resource database via the Highlander Institute. She will also present at one of the monthly public “PBL Meet Ups” which we hope to host here at RHS in January.


In August, third grade teacher Wendy Gustavel attended Breathe For Change, a 200-hour wellness and yoga teacher training program designed for specifically for educators. The program provides teachers with the knowledge and resources they need to be wellness champions in their schools. Wendy is excited to share what she has learned with the Rocky Hill School community!


Send us your news!

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

June 14, 2018

This is the final eCurrents for the 2017-2018 school year. The first issue for 2018-2019 will be in August prior to the beginning of the school year.


Important Dates

Sail into Summer
Friday, June 22
6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Hour
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Dinner, DJ & Dancing
The Dunes Club, Narragansett
Click here for details

Presenting the Class of 2018

Last Friday, under beautiful blue skies, each of the 30 members of the Class of 2018 stepped onto the Hope plate under the portico of Hopelands to receive a Rocky Hill School diploma from Dr. Jim Tracy and listen to adulations delivered by Mike Gwaltney.

Photo by Ruth Clegg

Read more and view a list of Commencement Award winners

Click the image below to view a gallery by Ruth Clegg, Peter Hanney, and Rob Lee.

2018 Commencement


Academic Awards

On June 7, Rocky Hill’s Upper School gathered in the Sharpe Gymnasium for the annual Academic Awards.

Click here to view a list of awardees

Click the image below to view a gallery by Peter Hanney and Rob Lee.

Academic Awards 2018


Moving Up Day

The classes of 2022 and 2025 were celebrated on the morning of June 7 as they moved into the Upper and Middle Schools, respectively.

Click here to view a list of awardees

Click the image below to view a gallery by Peter Hanney and Rob Lee.

Moving Up Day 2018


Alumni Reunion

The Rocky Hill Alumni Association held its annual Alumni Reunion on Saturday, June 2 on the lawn of Hopelands. This year was a celebration of classes ending in 3 and 8, as well as the retirements of Catherine Washburn and Maureen Fahey, and the departure of Sean Tinsley.

Click the image below to view a gallery by Ruth Clegg.

Reunion 2018


Last Chance for Yearbooks!

Last call for yearbooks! The Crest staff has a few extra copies available for sale in the bookstore. The cost is $80 per book. Thanks to everyone who purchased a yearbook!


Help the Terrapins!

Student volunteers needed for diamondback terrapin nest protection

Are you passionate about wildlife? Do you love terrapins? Come volunteer with Dr. Laura Meyerson and her URI crew this summer protecting the Rocky Hill School diamondback terrapin turtles! Terrapins are nesting from approximately June 15 to July 15. Volunteers will be on the beach in the mornings and afternoons seven days a week monitoring the nesting females and protecting nests when they can. The URI crew seeks responsible and committed volunteers to work in 2-4 hour shifts. Volunteers will work with a URI student and receive training. The number of days and hours is very flexible. The most important thing is that volunteers show up for the time that they commit. The turtles are counting on them! Community service hours are available for this volunteer work. If interested, please contact Professor Laura Meyerson at lameyerson@uri.edu by June 15, 2018.


Thank You, PTL Volunteers!

We are so grateful for all of the help and support that the PTL volunteers have provided for Rocky Hill School in 2017-2018.

We also wish to welcome the new PTL leadership for the 2018-2019 school year.

Click here to see the new leadership.


Update on Impact Measures

Meg Stowe, Director of Innovation, presented Impact Measures to the attendees of the final PTL meeting of the school year. For those who were not able to attend, we have included a screencast of the presentation below:


Interested in Hosting?

Rocky Hill School partners with EduBoston to develop our International Student Program. Established in 1998, EduBoston has been bringing international students to the United States for an American education at schools such as ours. EduBoston is seeking host families from our community to host one of their international students who will be attending Rocky Hill School in the fall.

As we look ahead at the next academic year, we are reaching out to you, your friends and family asking if you would consider hosting an international student who is very far from home. In addition to constant program and cultural support, EduBoston offers generous compensation packages to their carefully selected host families.

For more information, contact EduBoston’s Host Family Service Representative Rebecca Tyler at 617-208-8544 or email host@eduboston.com.


Summer Camps:
Filling Up!

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.


Sail into Summer!


World Scholar’s Cup

The day after their commencement, Yiwen (Avery) Chen, Ruochen (Scarlett) Shan, and Reese Jennings represented Rocky Hill School at the first ever Boston round of the World Scholar’s Cup, an academic competition. The RHS crew won multiple awards as a team, including first place in the team writing competition and third place in the debate challenge, as well as several individual awards. Reese won first place for his knowledge of social studies, specifically the black market, in the Scholar’s Challenge; second place in the individual writing competition; and a silver medal for his role in the debate challenge. Scarlett won silver medals for her accomplishments in history, debate and writing. Avery won silver medals for her work in the sciences and debate, as well. The team also qualified for the global round of the competition, to be held this summer in either Barcelona or Melbourne. In addition to their many medals, all three left with stuffed alpacas, the mascot of the World Scholar’s Cup.


Midsummer Night’s Dream Picnic

In keeping with a long Rocky Hill School tradition, Mrs. Cicchese’s 8th grade English classes celebrated the culmination of Midsummer Night’s Dream with a picnic on the Hopelands lawn. The students recited monologues and had some fun with an “insult slam.” The fun ended with a wedding cake for the happy bride and groom!


3rd Grade Studies National Parks

As the culmination of their study of National Parks, the third grade class created a video to showcase each of the parks that they studied this spring.


2nd Grade Explores Newport

The second grade class spent the month of May learning all about the great state of Rhode Island. As a culminating activity they enjoyed a bluebird day in Newport, exploring the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the Cliff Walk. They were able to see many of the mansions they studied and they also climbed up and down the Forty Steps.


Making “Solar Ovens” 

Kindergarten students made solar ovens in Mr. Wyzga’s class and prepared to cook their own s’mores.

Athletics News

Fall Upper School Competitive Sports Preseason

Start date: August 20 for Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer, Field Hockey, and Cross Country. All medical forms should be completed and on file by the start date, otherwise student-athletes will not be permitted to participate in games or practices. ​

Middle School Sports Preseason – information will be available soon


During the Senior Luncheon early last week, RHS alumni Nicole Jourabchi ’17 and Alejandro Perez ’17 addressed the Class of 2018 on the ins and outs of navigating their first year of college. Thank you, Nicole and Alejandro, for returning to campus to share your experiences with the new graduates!


Thanks for a great school year!

The faculty and staff of Rocky Hill School wish you all a safe and relaxing summer break. We look forward to seeing you in September!


Send us your news!

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

June 1, 2018

Important Dates

Reunion 2018
Saturday, June 2
Click here for details

Volunteer Appreciation Open House and Continental Breakfast
Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence
RSVP HERE

Annual Corporation Meeting
Monday, June 4
5:00 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Moving Up Day for 5th and 8th Grade Students
Thursday, June 7
9:00 a.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Upper School Academic Awards
Thursday, June 7
6:30 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Commencement
Friday, June 8
10:00 a.m.
Hopelands Lawn

Sail into Summer
Friday, June 22
6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Hour
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Dinner, DJ & Dancing
The Dunes Club, Narragansett
Click here for details

Diane Rich Appointed Head of School

Diane Rich

The Board of Trustees has selected Diane Rich as Head of School effective July 1, 2018. Ms. Rich, who will be the first female Head of School since Dorothy Marshall founded Rocky Hill School in 1934, succeeds Dr. James Tracy who will become President of the groundbreaking Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning founded by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

We are enthusiastic about the future of Rocky Hill School under Diane Rich’s leadership. The Board’s unanimous vote to hire Diane as our Head of School is testimony to our belief that, as the individual who has been largely responsible for overseeing the implementation of all of our forward-thinking academic programs and structures, she is uniquely qualified to continue to advance our school. Dr. Tracy has provided us with a solid foundation upon which we will further build. We are grateful for Jim’s vision and leadership and we wish him well as he takes on this nationally impactful endeavor.” – Donald McCaughey, President of the Rocky Hill School Board of Trustees.

Click here to read more


Hannah Wahl-Dunnigan Named Valedictorian

Hannah Wahl-Dunnigan ’18

Rocky Hill School is proud to announce Hannah Wahl-Dunnigan as the Valedictorian of the Class of 2018. At Commencement on June 8, Hannah will deliver her Valedictorian address at the school that she has called home since freshman year.

Hannah represented Rocky Hill’s Upper School in the “Best of the Class” program affiliated with ABC6 WLNE-TV in May. With the support of high school administrators and its sponsor, Roger Williams University, the program recognizes and encourages academic excellence and brings together the top academically-ranked students from over 95 Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts high schools.

As the Head of Nathan Hale Society and Polar Bear Club, Hannah maintained a busy schedule during the course of her studies at Rocky Hill. She was a member of eight additional clubs and societies, including the National Chinese Honor Society, as she is a passionate student of Mandarin and participated in Mandarin competitions at the University of Rhode Island. Hannah was instrumental in organizing the Chinese New Year celebration program at Rocky Hill School for the last two years. Her many distinctions are not limited to academic pursuits, as Hannah was one of two captains of her Cross Country team and earned Most Valuable Player recognition at the culmination of her season.


RHS Welcomes New Admission Associate

Kristen Mitchell ’02

Please join us in welcoming Kristin (McLimans) Mitchell ’02 as Rocky Hill School’s new Admission Associate. She will replace Sarah Taylor ’10 who will begin a new career at Brown University next week. Kristin was a stand-out student, athlete, and leader while attending RHS and received the Mauran Bowl, the School’s highest honor, as a senior. Kristin received her BS in Early Childhood Education from Salve Regina University in 2006 and spent six years teaching at the elementary level. She then transitioned to marketing and advertising where she was an administrative manager for four years. Most recently, Kristin was the director of Our Lady of Mercy’s after school program. Kristin has maintained her connection with Rocky Hill over the years, serving on the Alumni Board. We are thrilled to welcome her back in an official role where she will certainly serve as a shining example of the value of a Rocky Hill School education.


Senior Internships 2018:
In Their Own Words

Alex Dubs at R & D Technologies in North Kingstown

“As shown in the photo, I am working at a water jet to blast off dissolvable support for some smaller polyjet parts. I’ve really enjoyed all of the “hands-on work” that’s involved. We have to hand-clean every part that comes through to take the support off and do any sanding or other cleaning work. I really love getting to see all of the different parts and working with all of the different machines. I’ve been debating between Computer Science or Computer Engineering for some time, and this experience has made me lean more towards an engineering major in college.”

Charlotte Roch at John Wick Elementary School, Narragansett

“I have been having a wonderful time helping the little ones with their math, reading, and telling time. We did a lot of Mother’s Day crafts. We have also been visiting a nursing home to play games with the patients and planning for field day. The most enjoyable part is the energy in the room, but it has also been the most challenging part of my internship. Additionally I have been training faculty and the students to use Google Classroom.”

Amy Liu at WaterFire

“I have been working on a family membership program with the Development Associate at WaterFire Providence®. At first, I began with a student membership program. After thorough research and investigation, we determined that a student membership might not be as feasible as a family membership program. Inspired by the Tri-M Honor Society, I worked to create a WaterFire Family Membership Club.”

Click here for the list of this year’s senior internships.


Interested in Hosting?

Rocky Hill School partners with EduBoston to develop our International Student Program. Established in 1998, EduBoston has been bringing international students to the United States for an American education at schools such as ours. EduBoston is seeking host families from our community to host one of their international students who will be attending Rocky Hill School in the fall.

As we look ahead at the next academic year, we are reaching out to you, your friends and family asking if you would consider hosting an international student who is very far from home. In addition to constant program and cultural support, EduBoston offers generous compensation packages to their carefully selected host families.

For more information, contact EduBoston’s Host Family Service Representative Rebecca Tyler at 617-208-8544 or email host@eduboston.com.


Summer Camps:
Filling Up!

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.


Reunion 2018

Join us on Saturday, June 2 as we celebrate graduating years ending in 3 and 8, the retirements of Catherine Washburn and Maureen Fahey, and the departure of Sean Tinsley.

Click here for more details or to register.


Volunteer Appreciation
Open House

Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence

Join us for an Open House and continental breakfast hosted by Dr. James Tracy and Ms. Jan Tracy.

RSVP HERE


Sail into Summer!

Join us for the Sail into Summer celebration at The Dunes Club on June 22. This will be a casual and festive night to celebrate RHS and the start of summer… socialize on the deck, enjoy a delicious meal with an open bar, and celebrate with friends while enjoying one of the best views of Narragansett Beach. You are welcome to bring friends and family! We will not host an auction, but you will have the opportunity to sponsor items on the wish list board and to purchase $20 raffle tickets to win a private charter for up to 49 people aboard Rum Runner II of Newport. Contact Missy Walker at 884-9070, ext. 296 for more information.

Click here for details


RI Solo and Ensemble Festival

Several Rocky Hill School musicians participated in the Rhode Island Music Educators’ Solo and Ensemble Festival on May 19 at Rhode Island College, where they played for a judge who rated their performances. Congratulations to these very talented musicians!

Left to right, front row: Brendan Weiner ’23 (French horn), Nathan Lee ’24 (violin), Jade Ma ’23 (flute), and Jeremiah Malone ’22 (tuba). Left to right, back row: Davis Lee ’22 (trumpet), Jaylene Lanzot ’19 (clarinet), Jack Sweeney ’21 (clarinet), Will Hogan ’24 (tuba), and Genevieve Bradley ’23 (clarinet). Photo by Rob Lee

EnviroEd Wrap-Up

Last Thursday and Friday, the fourth and fifth grade students participated in their annual two-day Environmental Education. On Thursday, the classes hiked at Big River Management Area and were challenged to “survive” with their group in the wild. In their groups, the hikers worked together and used their knowledge in history and science to create a thriving community. The fifth graders then spent the night camped outside of Perkins. With good weather, a fire was built, accolades were read, and everyone enjoyed a good night’s rest. On Friday, both classes headed to Jamestown to explore Beavertail and Diver’s Cove.

Click below to view a gallery of photos by Charlie Laurent

EnviroEd 2018


First Grade Play

Last week, the first grade class put on their spring show to a full crowd in the amphitheater.


Planting the Three Sisters

Fourth graders braved the Tuesday morning heat to plant their Three Sisters garden in honor of the Narragansett tribe that lived in Potowomut centuries before the first European settlers arrived in the area. Burying fish as fertilizer followed by corn, bean, and squash seedlings, the gang hopes for a bountiful harvest in the fall. Either that, or some very happy and well-nourished wildlife!

Click here for more photos


Preschool Field Day

Preschool students enjoyed their field day last week, participating in several sports-related activities that they were introduced to throughout the year in their Physical Education class. A nice turnout of parents was there to cheer them on.  The fifth grade students were chaperones for their assigned preschool group, leading and encouraging the younger students as they rotated through each of the stations: soccer, hockey, parachute games, frisbee golf, volleyball, bowling, ring toss, chicken toss, horseshoes, and finishing with relay races.

The PTL supplied a Del’s Lemonade treat, which was followed by a box picnic lunch from Chef Jay and his Flik staff. Thank you to all who volunteered!


Exploring New England History

Earlier this week, the Junior class spent three days exploring various sites in New England with Mr. Chatterley, Mr. Hughes, Ms. SavoiaMr. Tinsley, and Madame Rich.

Day one began with a tour of the Whaling Museum and the city of New Bedford. Students then spent the evening in Salem, learning about its history and the ghosts haunting the town.

On the second day, the group headed to Boston and explored the Freedom Trail, visited the Old State House, the Meeting House, and Paul Revere’s house. The day ended with a cruise on a beautiful schooner to enjoy the city skyline.

For the last day, the class headed to Charlemont, MA and spent the day whitewater rafting on the Deerfield River.


Giving Back to GiftsToGive

The sophomore class visited GiftsToGive in Acushnet, MA over two days last week. Each year during this community service trip, the students help process many of the donations for children in need. The students washed items to be sold in the thrift shop, inspected clothing items, and sorted according to gender and size. They also wrote thank you notes for the organization to send to its donors, and helped move a large freezer to a different location.

The manager of GiftsToGive commented, ” I never thought I would miss a bunch of teenagers, but I’m going to miss this group!”


Athletics Results & Recaps

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

Middle School Athletic Awards

The Middle School celebrated the end of the spring sports season on Tuesday, where the coaches shared stories of triumph, of tenacity and grit, of teamwork, sportsmanship, and fun. We congratulate all of the Middle School teams for a wonderful spring season, most notably the Girls’ Lacrosse squad that came within one game of an undefeated season.

Girls’ Lacrosse

  • Most Improved – Savannah Burnett ’23 and Alexis Cote ‘ 23 (not pictured)
  • Most Valuable Player – Lizzie Hayes ’22 and Kaeley Zito ’22

Boys’ Lacrosse

  • Most Improved – Cole Brown ’24 and Biagio DiCenso ’24
  • Most Valuable Player – Davis Lee ’22
  • Coaches Award – Dudley Samponaro ’24

Tennis

  • Most Improved – Marshall Lind’ 22
  • Most Valuable Player – Derek Block ’23
  • Coaches Award – Thomas Fitzgerald  ’22

9-Season Athletes

  • Anand Basu
  • Charlotte Boss
  • Garrett Corsi
  • Bennett Fine
  • Lily Kerachsky
  • Davis Lee
  • Sonny Massotti
  • Andrew Tamburini
  • Kaeley Zito


Upper School Athletic Awards

Spring 2018 Athletic Awards

Varsity Tennis Awards

  • Most Valuable Player – Elsa Block ’20 (also SENE All-League)
  • Most Improved Player – Benjamin Pogacar ‘20
  • Sheldon Sportsmanship – John Bergstrom ‘19
  • SENE Honorable Mention – Austin Jandrucko ’18

Varsity Golf

  • Most Valuable Player – Cole Larimer ’20 (also SENE All-League)
  • Most Improved Player – Sinead Burnett ‘21
  • Coaches Award – Sonny Massotti ’22 (also SENE All-League)

Varsity Sailing

  • Most Valuable Player – Perry Clark ‘19
  • Most Improved Player – Alejandro Wu ‘21

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse

  • Most Valuable Player – Kobe Polley ’20 (also SENE All-League)
  • Most Improved Player – Nick Mangiameli ‘18
  • Charlie Blanchard Award – Griffin Spinney ’20 (also SENE All-League and Co-Player of the Year)
  • SENE Honorable Mention – Nicholas McConnell ‘20
  • SENE All-League – Max Lehouiller ‘20

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse

  • Most Valuable Player – Andrea White ‘18 (also SENE All-League)
  • Most Improved Player – Aviva Beringhouse ’19 (also SENE All-League)
  • Offensive Player of the Year – Charlotte Boss ’22 (also SENE All-League and Player of the Year)
  • Dan Maloney Sportsmanship – Ptolemy Tassone ’19 (also SENE Honorable Mention)

Special Awards

  • Providence Journal Honor Roll Nomination – Brianna Segerson ‘18
  • Dorothy Young ’48 Award (21-Season Athlete) – Katlyn Conforti and Andrea White

Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06 gave another shout-out to Rocky Hill School in COAAST‘s weekly e-newsletter. Click here to read it.
Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06 working with kindergartners to identify and express emotions through color, characters in Charlotte’s Web, and using their bodies.

Send us your news!

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

May 25, 2018

Important Dates

Memorial Day
Monday, May 28
School closed

All School Lost & Found
Tuesday, May 29 – Thursday, May 31
Outside of Campbell Center

Reunion 2018
Saturday, June 2
Click here for details

Volunteer Appreciation Open House and Continental Breakfast
Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence
RSVP HERE

Annual Corporation Meeting
Monday, June 4
5:00 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Moving Up Day for 5th and 8th Grade Students
Thursday, June 7
9:00 a.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Upper School Academic Awards
Thursday, June 7
6:30 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Commencement
Friday, June 8
10:00 a.m.
Hopelands Lawn

Sail into Summer
Friday, June 22
6:00 p.m. – Cocktail hour
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Dinner, DJ & Dancing
The Dunes Club, Narragansett
Click here for details

SENEISAA Players of the Year!

For the second time in as many years, Rocky Hill School is proud to recognize a boys’ and girls’ SENEISAA Lacrosse Player of the Year. Congratulations to Charlotte Boss ’22 and Griffin Spinney ’20!

About Charlotte Boss ’22

Charlotte, a rookie player for the varsity team, has been a force in the midfield and on offense. A true student of the game, Charlotte is among Rocky Hill’s most versatile players and has been counted on by her teammates for her strong stick skills, endurance in the midfield, and quiet sense of confidence. This season, she led her team with 61 goals and 27 assists, and 67 draw controls.

About Griffin Spinney ’20

Griffin was the focal point for the Mariners’ offense this year. His ability to create space for himself in front of the goal was pivotal to Rocky Hill’s success, and it also resulted in a whopping 67 goals and 5 assists for him this year. He also demonstrated his hustle by picking up 35 ground balIs on the year, and would play long-pole in man-down situations. In addition, Griffin served as one of the co-captains for the team, inspiring his teammates to greater heights.


Chemistry Champ!

On Tuesday, 13 Rocky Hill School students competed at the annual RI High School Chemistry Contest at the University of Rhode Island. We’re excited to announce that Helen Pan ’19 finished in 1st place in Division 1 of the contest. The Rocky Hill School chemistry team placed in the top 5. Congrats go out to Helen, her teammates, and to her coach and teacher, Dr. Katy Basu!


1,934-Minute Giving Challenge!

Many thanks to all who contributed toward the 1,934 Campaign for Faculty Giving. We were so pleased to recognize our amazing and dedicated faculty whose commitment to education and the School has spanned nearly 85 years. Together we raised $10,595 in gifts from 119 people and earned an additional $12,000 in matching gifts. Donors spanned many years of the School’s history and included alumni, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, and friends of the School. Thank you for this impressive show of support!

If you missed the 1,934 Campaign, we hope you will still consider a contribution to the Rocky Hill Fund if you have not made a gift yet this year. Here are our current participation numbers:

  • Trustees:  100%
  • Parents:  75% (goal 80%)
  • Faculty:  71% (goal 80%)
  • Alumni:  10% (goal 13%)


Senior Internships 2018:
Journeys of Discovery

Internship Spotlight:
Reese Jennings – A dual internship at the South Kingstown Land Trust and South County Museum

“At the South Kingstown Land Trust, I’ve started to help with a rock wall building project that began over a decade ago. Over at the Yawgoo trails, I’ve also helped out in trailblazing a new trail. I help drag logs and other branches off the trail once they’ve been cut by a chainsaw and use clippers to trim back vegetation.

“At the South County Museum, I’ve helped with the initial cleaning of the museum buildings in preparation for the grand opening, in addition to helping out on the days the museum is open.

“I’ve attended planning and annual meetings for both organizations, and speeches hosted by the SKLT concerning Chestnut Blight. At the SKLT Annual Meeting, I attended a presentation, “The Rhode Island Bird Atlas 2.0: A Year-Round Perspective.” All gatherings were interesting and I’m grateful to learn how these organizations function.”    – Reese Jennings ’18

Internship Spotlight:
Abby Costantino – Hands in Harmony, Narragansett

“For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the music therapy group, Hands in Harmony. I’ve been working on making infographics to provide a visual representation of how music therapy can help several different populations. I’ve also learned about marketing by going out to take pictures of instruments at places like East Matunuck Beach and Kinney Azalea Gardens, and later making social media posts of them. Some of my favorite parts of my internship so far have been sitting in on music therapy appointments, meeting the clients, and learning how music therapy can help so many people.”    – Abby Costantino ’18

This year’s list of senior internships includes organizations at the forefront of innovation like Space for Humanity, the Serre Lab at Brown University, DiLeonardo International, and the School of Public Health at Brown University to name a few.


Interested in Hosting?

Rocky Hill School partners with EduBoston to develop our International Student Program. Established in 1998, EduBoston has been bringing international students to the United States for an American education at schools such as ours. EduBoston is seeking host families from our community to host one of their international students who will be attending Rocky Hill School in the fall.

As we look ahead at the next academic year, we are reaching out to you, your friends and family asking if you would consider hosting an international student who is very far from home. In addition to constant program and cultural support, EduBoston offers generous compensation packages to their carefully selected host families.

For more information, contact EduBoston’s Host Family Service Representative Rebecca Tyler at 617-208-8544 or email host@eduboston.com.


Summer Camps:
Filling Up!

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.


Reunion 2018

Join us on Saturday, June 2 as we celebrate graduating years ending in 3 and 8, the retirements of Catherine Washburn and Maureen Fahey, and the departure of Sean Tinsley.

Click here for more details or to register.


Volunteer Appreciation
Open House

Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence

Join us for an Open House and continental breakfast hosted by Dr. James Tracy and Ms. Jan Tracy.

RSVP HERE


Sail into Summer!

Join us for the Sail into Summer celebration at The Dunes Club on June 22. This will be a casual and festive night to celebrate RHS and the start of summer… socialize on the deck, enjoy a delicious meal with an open bar, and celebrate with friends while enjoying one of the best views of Narragansett Beach. You are welcome to bring friends and family! We will not host an auction, but you will have the opportunity to sponsor items on the wish list board and to purchase $20 raffle tickets to win a private charter for up to 49 people aboard Rum Runner II of Newport. Contact Missy Walker at 884-9070, ext. 296 for more information.

Click here for details


Deckhands presents:
Big Love

Mother Nature may have forced the second showing of Big Love to be held indoors, but that didn’t stop this all-star cast from delivering a spectacular performance on Tuesday evening.

Bravo to the Deckhands for an incredible show!

Photos courtesy Ruth Clegg

Upper School Takes the Pledge

On Friday, May 18, Rhode Island Assistant Attorney General John Corrigan and Rhode Island State Police Sergeant Gregory Cunningham delivered a presentation to the Upper School called “It Can Wait,” which addressed the dangers of distracted driving. The speakers explained why it is so important to have both hands on the wheel at all times when driving. Students also watched the video “The Last Text” by AT&T and learned about people who have been affected by distracted driving, either because they lost a loved one, or have been in or caused an accident due to texting while driving. Students and adults were encouraged to “Take the Pledge” to be responsible drivers and passengers.

Rhode Island Assistant Attorney General John Corrigan and Head of Upper School Mike Gwaltney

Studying Slavery in Potowomut

On Wednesday, Mr. Laurent’s fourth grade learners presented the findings of their project-based learning experience, “Voices of History” to faculty, administrators, parents, and important Rhode Island community members. Audience members included representatives from the Office of Mayor of Warwick Joseph J. Solomon and the Rhode Island Council for the Arts, as well as historian Robert Geake. Focused on learning the history of enslaved people in Warwick, the students decided to pursue the question, “Were there enslaved people in Warwick/Potowomut, and if there were, how can we raise public awareness of them, honor those enslaved, and give them a voice?”

The audience was extremely impressed by their incredibly deep inquiry and research, as well as their vast knowledge of the topic. Equally impressive were the fourth grader’s recommendations of authentic ways to teach others this history while also honoring those impacted by Rhode Island’s participation in the triangular trade and its enslavement of Native and African people. Their suggestions included a scholarship, a day of recognition, an addition to the school website, and a medallion. The students will continue their work in partnership with the Rhode Island chapter of the Middle Passage Port Marker and Medallion Project, under the guidance of Judy Beckman and Charles Roberts, co-chairs of the organization. They will also be working with members of the Rocky Hill and Warwick communities to further their message.


Spanish Fashion Show

The 5th grade Spanish class held a Spanish fashion show (“El Espectáculo de la Moda”) last week. The students studied clothing and shopping, wrote a script about what they were wearing, and presented their show to the 4th grade.


Harvesting the Sun

Mr. Wyzga and the kindergarten class made a solar powered motor, from parts of an old hair dryer during their unit on solar energy.


8th Grade at the Volvo Ocean Race

Students from the 8th grade class travelled to Ft. Adams in Newport on Saturday to be a part of the final full day of the layover for the seven teams racing in the Volvo Ocean Race. Connecting their PBL on plastics in the environment, the students saw the commitment the teams are making to promote ocean sustainability through the responsible use of plastics.

Highlighting their experience, the students served as flag bearers, leading the parade that proceeded the “dock out” as the teams headed out to race.

Below is a video that several of the 8th grade students produced for their Plastics in the Environment PBL.


China Trip Blog

The students and faculty who traveled to China during the March break created a blog to highlight their trip. You can check it out by clicking the image below.


Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Ben Rosenberg ’19 recently competed in Toms River, NJ, racing against 28 college and Olympic class sailors from across the country. Ben was one of only two sailors aged 16 and under and finished the regatta in third place.


Will Hogan ’24 earned a medal for his work on the tuba from the Rhode Island Music Education Association. He was rated a Superior, the highest honor, for his song “Military March,” with a score of 32.


Abby Millard ’27 was a member of the Junior Press Corps at the KRARI (Kids Reading Across Rhode Island) One Book, One State Community Reading Program kick-off event held at the Rhode Island State House on Saturday, May 19. The One Book, One State program encourages students in grades 3 through 7 to read the same book and engage in statewide discussions about the book. This year’s book is The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez. As a member of the Junior Press Corps, Abby had the opportunity to ask Ms. Pérez a question and have a copy of the book signed.


Nate Talbutt ’18 received a shout out from Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06 in her newsletter from COAAST.

During the month of May, Nate has been an intern with COAAST, where he compiled the results from over 1,200 surveys from school performances of Four Legs to Stand On, and met with local business and state leaders.

Click the image to expand. 

 


Earlier this month, Sally Grant ’87 presented at Cyber Women on Capitol Hill, a conference for cybersecurity industry executives. Leaders from federal agencies, the National Governor’s Association, Google, the energy sector, banking, intelligence, Homeland Security, and numerous other organizations and corporations, participated to share and discuss cybersecurity technical expertise.


Send us your news!

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

May 18, 2018

Important Dates

Deckhands Theater Company presents:
Big Love
Tuesday, May 22
6:30 p.m.
Rocky Hill School Waterfront
Admission $5

Memorial Day
Monday, May 28
School closed

All School Lost & Found
Tuesday, May 29 – Thursday, May 31
Outside of Campbell Center

Reunion 2018
Saturday, June 2
Click here for details

Volunteer Appreciation Open House and Continental Breakfast
Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence
RSVP HERE

Annual Corporation Meeting
Monday, June 4 (NEW DATE)
5:00 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Moving Up Day for 5th and 8th Grade Students
Thursday, June 7
9:00 a.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Upper School Academic Awards
Thursday, June 7
6:30 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Commencement
Friday, June 8
10:00 a.m.
Hopelands Lawn

Sail into Summer
Friday, June 22
6:00 p.m. – Cocktail hour
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Dinner & Dancing
The Dunes Club, Narragansett
Click here for details

Take the 1,934-Minute Giving Challenge!

Founded in 1934, Rocky Hill School is above all things a family. The incredible faculty take the time and care to know every student and guide them to living our motto, “Know Thyself.” Join us in honoring them during Faculty Appreciation Month and the RHS 1,934-Minute Challenge for Faculty!

The official Challenge began this morning (Friday) at 8:46 a.m., May 18 and ends 1,934 minutes later at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. If in those 1,934 minutes 100 people make a donation to the School, two anonymous donors will contribute a combined total of $10,000 to support the School and our teachers.

Thank you for considering a gift to support Rocky Hill School and to honor our amazing faculty past and present.


Lacrosse Champions!

The Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team defeated St. Andrew’s School in the SENEISAA championship game. The Mariners scored 14 goals against the Saints’ 11 goals.

On Wednesday, May 16, the Mariners travelled to Barrington to take on St. Andrew’s for the SENE Championship. Having split the regular season series, the Mariners knew that it was going to be a struggle. The Saints came out firing, taking advantage of several penalties on the Mariners to secure a 8-5 halftime lead. The third quarter saw the Mariners rebound slightly, starting the fourth quarter down 10-7.

Click here to read more

The Providence Journal’s Kris Craig posted a gallery of photos from the championship game. Click on the image below to view them.


Senior Internships 2018:
Journeys of Discovery

The Senior Internship program provides seniors the opportunity to combine individual passions and talents as they conduct research, engage with experts, and work in the field (April 30 – May 25) while contributing to their personal growth and the betterment of their communities.

Through this process, students practice self-advocacy, navigate uncharted territory, apply design thinking, collaborate with peers and professionals, communicate through a variety of media, and build skills in a specialized field.

Internship Spotlight:
Alec O’del – A Social Entrepreneur in the Making

Alec is working directly with Kelly Ramirez, CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence. A passionate entrepreneur himself (Alec is the founder of O’Delicious!® chocolates), he is leveling up on aspects of social enterprise, having consumed three books on the subject as part of the research he is conducting. Alec is producing an analysis for SEG to examine the impact of new and growing businesses in Rhode Island to measure impact in the areas of jobs, revenue, and social good.

This year’s list of senior internships includes organizations at the forefront of innovation like Space for Humanity, the Serre Lab at Brown University, DiLeonardo International, and the School of Public Health at Brown University to name a few.


New App Feature

You can now track the energy produced by the photovoltaic arrays that were installed on the roof of the Flynn Academic Center by Stuart Flanagan ’05 and his colleagues at Newport Renewables right on the RHS Mobile App! By clicking the “Solar Energy” icon, you can see how much energy was produced on specific days. (Tip: If the icon does not show up, try closing out or refreshing the app and then restarting it.)


Interested in Hosting?

Rocky Hill School partners with EduBoston to develop our International Student Program. Established in 1998, EduBoston has been bringing international students to the United States for an American education at schools such as ours. EduBoston is seeking host families from our community to host one of their international students who will be attending Rocky Hill School in the fall.

As we look ahead at the next academic year, we are reaching out to you, your friends and family asking if you would consider hosting an international student who is very far from home. In addition to constant program and cultural support, EduBoston offers generous compensation packages to their carefully selected host families.

For more information, contact EduBoston’s Host Family Service Representative Rebecca Tyler at 617-208-8544 or email host@eduboston.com.


Summer Camps:
Now Registering

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.


Deckhands presents:
Big Love

Tuesday, May 22
6:30 p.m.
Rocky Hill School Waterfront
Admission $5

Join us down at the waterfront for the Deckhands Theater Company’s production of Big Love. Produced in collaboration with Trinity Repertory Company, the show will run 90 minutes and there will be no intermission. Come see these amazing thespians in action!

Here are some photos of last night’s performance, courtesy of Mike Lawson:


ACE Parent Gathering

Math Strategies for All Learners

Thursday, May 24
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
ACE Building

Please join us as Whitney Barker discusses the importance of providing systematic and explicit instruction with visuals, repetition, and other tried and true methods that help students succeed in math. All families with students in grades K-12 are invited.


Reunion 2018

Join us on Saturday, June 2 as we celebrate graduating years ending in 3 and 8, the retirements of Catherine Washburn and Maureen Fahey, and the departure of Sean Tinsley.

Click here for more details or to register.


Volunteer Appreciation
Open House

Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence

Join us for an Open House and continental breakfast hosted by Dr. James Tracy and Ms. Jan Tracy.

RSVP HERE


Sail into Summer!

Join us for a casual and festive night to celebrate Rocky Hill School and the beginning of summer! Socialize on the deck, enjoy a delicious meal, and then dance the night away with one of the best views of Narragansett Beach.

Click here for details


Spring Choral Concert

To view photos from the Band and Choral Concerts, click the image below. Choral photos are after the band photos. Photos courtesy of Rob Lee.

2018 Spring concerts


Promoting Organ Donation

Last Monday, Craig Tucker of New England Donors Services and Heather Herlin, an organ donation advocate, visited Pam Matson’s bioethics and freshman honors biology classes to discuss the ethics of organ donation, including whether or not the system is equitable. Craig and Heather were presented with a video, made by the human physiology class for Rhode Island drivers’ education programs, addressing teenagers about organ donation. Craig expressed interest in using the video as an educational tool for New England Donor Services.

Both Craig and Heather expressed how amazed they were that the students’ questions were at an advanced and intellectual level, and more complex and thoughtful than most they field from adult audiences.

“I really have hope for our future after listening to Rocky Hill students.”   – Heather Herlin

The students’ experience was enhanced through the generous sharing by Derrick Robinson (father of Bella ’20) and Sean Geoghegan (father of Willa ’20) in early April.


China Trip Video

John Bergstrom ’19, Jeffrey Massotti ’22, Alec O’del ’18, Savanna Olsen ’19, Paul Ritter ’20, Faythe Schulte ’19, Irca Sian ’21, and Esteban Wu ’19 visited China with several faculty members over the March break. Faythe created this video to share with the RHS community.


Jim Tracy Speaks at USC

Jim Tracy spoke at the Education Writers Association 71st National Seminar at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (May 16 – 18), the largest gathering of education journalists in the nation. This year’s theme—”Room for All? Diversity in Education & the Media”—examined the impact of today’s fast changing demographic and cultural dynamics, from the classroom to the newsroom and beyond.

Read more


Spanish Bingo

The kindergarten students loved playing Spanish Bingo with their 6th grade buddies, and asked if they could do this every week.


RHEA Snapshots

The RHEA dollhouse crew was excited to bring home their decorated dollhouses on Tuesday.


Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Athletic Events

Varsity Tennis
Saturday, May 19
9:00 a.m.
SENE Championship @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

Varsity Sailing
Wednesday, May 23
Time TBD
RI State Championship @ TBD

MS Boys’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, May 22
3:45 p.m.
PCD MS Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, May 22
4:00 p.m.
PCD MS Lacrosse @ East Providence, RI (Providence Country Day School)

MS Tennis
Tuesday, May 22
3:45 p.m.
Nativity Prep MS Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Last Friday, Faythe Schulte ’19 received the 2018 Rhode Island Civic Leadership Award from Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea at the Rhode Island State House. The award recognizes students who have made remarkable contributions to their schools, their communities, and their hometown. Two recipients from each high school in the state were nominated by education officials in their respective schools based on their dedication to public service, academic achievement, and leadership ability. Additionally, Faythe was presented with a Rhode Island State Senate Citation in recognition of displaying excellent civic leadership at Rocky Hill School.


Isabella ’25 and Tobey ’28 Rishworth, along with a group of their friends from North Kingstown, have started an environmental advocacy group called “NK Kids Go Green.” They have asked the North Kingstown Conservation Commission how they can help with the single-use plastic bag ban that the commission will present to the Town Council in the coming months. The junior activists have been surveying businesses from towns that already have a bag ban, such as Newport, Middletown, and Barrington, and inquiring how the ban has affected customers. They also have been educating the public while gaining support for the ban.

Their first event will be May 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the North Kingstown Free Library where they will show “The Story of Stuff,” a documentary about the way people make, use, and dispose of “stuff.”

The group was also pleased to see that The Independent newspaper printed their letter to the editor regarding a ban on plastic bags.


Taylor Cote ’21, Faythe Schulte ’19, and Abby Tillinghast ’21 assisted Mrs. Armentano in hosting an art activity for visitors at the Davisville Public Library in North Kingstown last Saturday.


Austin Jandrucko’s work as a magician and his internship were featured in The Independent last week. Click the image below to read the story.


Darshell Silva received a scholarship to attend the URI Tanzania Library development course this summer. Participants will travel to Tanzania to partner with the Pare and Maasai people of Kilomeni to collaborate on developing ideas and exchanging perspectives on school library services. The cultural experience will extend beyond the school and include immersion in experiences of cultural life in the Kilomeni village; a tour of libraries in the city of Moshi, a gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro; and an African safari.

Click the image below for more information on the program.


Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06, founder of COAAST and Rocky Hill School’s Spring Innovator-in-Residence, is finishing up the spring run of the show, Four Legs to Stand On, with a performance at Cranston High School East on May 23.

COAAST will be included as part of next year’s Treating the Addiction Conference at Harvard Medical School. Thanks to a partnership with CODAC Behavioral Health, COAAST will present Four Legs to Stand On to students and professionals in the field of addictions and psychiatry. COAAST cast members are looking forward to performing at the U.S. Capitol, bringing Four Legs to Stand On to Congress in the fall of 2018.


Send us your news!

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

May 11, 2018

Important Dates

All School Art Show
Tuesday, May 15 – Thursday, May 17
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18
8:00 a.m. – noon
Sharpe Gymnasium

Deckhands Theater Company presents:
Big Love
Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18
6:30 p.m.
Rocky Hill School Waterfront
Admission $5

Annual Corporation Meeting
Tuesday, May 22
5:00 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Memorial Day
Monday, May 28
School closed

All School Lost & Found
Tuesday, May 29 – Thursday, May 31
Outside of Campbell Center

Reunion 2018
Saturday, June 2
Click here for details

Volunteer Appreciation Open House and Continental Breakfast
Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence
RSVP HERE

Moving Up Day for 5th and 8th Grade Students
Thursday, June 7
9:00 a.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Upper School Academic Awards
Thursday, June 7
6:30 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Commencement
Friday, June 8
10:00 a.m.
Hopelands Lawn

Sail into Summer
Friday, June 22
6:00 p.m. – Cocktail hour
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Dinner & Dancing
The Dunes Club, Narragansett
Click here for details

Take the 1,934-Minute Giving Challenge!

Founded in 1934, Rocky Hill School is above all things a family. The incredible faculty take the time and care to know every student and guide them to living our motto, “Know Thyself.” Join us in honoring them during Faculty Appreciation Month and the RHS 1,934-Minute Challenge for Faculty!

The official Challenge begins at 8:46 a.m. on Friday, May 18 and ends 1,934 minutes later at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. If in those 1,934 minutes 100 people make a donation to the School, two anonymous donors will contribute a combined total of $10,000 to support the School and our teachers.

Thank you for considering a gift to support Rocky Hill School and to honor our amazing faculty past and present. You can make your gift now if the 1,934-Minute timeframe does not fit in your schedule.


Latin Scholars

The Latin Scholars engaged in another fortuitous pursuit of linguistic domination on this year’s National Latin Exam. The following students earned an award:

  • Andrew Hogan ’23 (Certificate)
  • Rachel Arabian ’22 (Cum Laude)
  • Anand Basu ’22 (Cum Laude)
  • Lucia Caito ’21 (Cum Laude)
  • Sam Weiler ’21 (Cum Laude)
  • Max Lima ’22 (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Abigail Costantino ’18 (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Jake Watson ’19 (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Rebecca Arabian ’20 (Maxima Cum Laude) SILVER MEDAL
  • Savanna Olsen ’19 (Summa Cum Laude) GOLD MEDAL

Summer Camps:
Now Registering

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.


Deckhands presents:
Big Love

Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18
6:30 p.m.
Rocky Hill School Waterfront
Admission $5

Join us down at the waterfront for the Deckhands Theater Company’s production of Big Love. Produced in collaboration with Trinity Repertory Company, the show will run 90 minutes and there will be no intermission. Come see these amazing thespians in action!


ACE Parent Gathering

Math Strategies for All Learners

Thursday, May 24
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
ACE Building

Please join us as Whitney Barker discusses the importance of providing systematic and explicit instruction with visuals, repetition, and other tried and true methods that help students succeed in math. All families with students in grades K-12 are invited.


Reunion 2018

Join us on Saturday, June 2 as we celebrate graduating years ending in 3 and 8, the retirements of Catherine Washburn and Maureen Fahey, and the departure of Sean Tinsley.

Click here for more details or to register.


Volunteer Appreciation
Open House

Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence

Join us for an Open House and continental breakfast hosted by Dr. James Tracy and Ms. Jan Tracy.

RSVP HERE


Sail into Summer!

Join us for a casual and festive night to celebrate Rocky Hill School and the beginning of summer! Socialize on the deck, enjoy a delicious meal, and then dance the night away with one of the best views of Narragansett Beach.

Click here for details


Spring Band Concert

Click the image below to view a slideshow by Rob Lee:

2018 Spring Band concert

Check back next week for more images from last night’s Spring Choral Concert!

Image may contain: 6 people, basketball court and indoor


Crayola Pride Week

Each year, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educational Network) hosts PRIDE Day to honor members of the Gay and Lesbian community who have suffered discrimination based on their sexual orientation. Rocky Hill School has used this day as a model for creating its own Crayola Pride Week. Each day of the past week, students wore specific colors to represent their support for these traditionally marginalized groups. This has become a great tradition for Rocky Hill School students and faculty, and one that may encourage sustained discourse about oppression and how non-oppressed groups can use their privileges to make the world more equitable. For more information, please contact Matt Gnolfo, Director of Diversity, at mgnolfo@rockyhill.org.


Painting, Poetry, and Performance

Second and third graders recently teamed up with Innovator-in-Residence Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06 for Poetry Month. As part of their “Painting, Poetry, and Performance” unit, each student created a piece of abstract art and a poem that captured the emotions expressed in the painting. Ana Bess helped the children come up with a voice and character that embodied the emotion conveyed in the poem. The children then performed their pieces for one another.


Middle School
Welcomes Paralympian

Hannah Boss ’23 welcomed family friend Dan Cnossen, a former Navy SEAL and two-time Paralympian (2014 and 2018) to the Middle School last Friday. Dan won six medals at the Pyeong Chang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, including the gold in the 7.5km biathlon. Dan shared his inspirational story with the Middle School students.

Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Athletes of the Week

Aviva Beringhause ’19
20180507_103045Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse

“This player has played some outstanding lacrosse this season​. In the past couple of games, she has been consistent with her clears and has had some tremendous saves, coming up huge in free position shots and against opposing players who foolishly attempted to roll her crease. She has also impressed her coaches with her unwaverable positive voice. During practices and games, she has encouraged her teammates and anchored our defense. Great job, Aviva!”

– Coaches Getsinger, Rizzo, and Boss


20180507_102819Jake Watson ’19
Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse

“This defenseman really stepped up his game this past week, helping the Mariner defense hold a potent offense to only six goals on Wednesday. He did his part in anchoring the defensive effort, demonstrating his unflappability and poise both on clears and other difficult situations. Congratulations to Jake Watson!”

– Coaches Heise and Mensinger


20180507_102839Elsa Block ’20
Varsity Tennis

“Our sophomore captain, playing # 1 singles all season, played her best match of the year at The MacDuffie School, winning 8-4. Coming into the final weeks of the season, we expect more impressive play to come. Congratulations, Elsa Block!”

– Coaches Barlow and Bush


20180507_133146Team of the Week
Varsity Golf

“The golf coaches would like to recognize the entire Golf Team for its 5–0 win over MacDuffie School last Wednesday. All athletes performed well against their competition and represented Rocky Hill well!”

– Coaches Buckley and Tinsley


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse SENIOR GAME
Friday, May 11
4:00 p.m.
vs Williams @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)
Honoring graduating senior Nick Mangiameli

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse
Friday, May 11
4:00 p.m.
Williams School Lacrosse @ Waterford, CT (The Williams School Athletics Complex and Playing Fields)

Varsity Tennis
Friday, May 11
4:00 p.m.
St. Andrews Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Varsity Golf
Thursday, May 17
12:30 p.m.
SENE Championship @ Carnegie Abbey Club: 125 Cory’s Ln, Portsmouth, RI

Varsity Sailing
Wednesday, May 16
3:30 p.m.
Prout School Sailing @ Newport, RI (Sail Newport)

MS Boys’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, May 15
4:00 p.m.
Moses Brown School MS Lacrosse@ Providence, RI (Moses Brown School)

MS Girls’ Lacrosse
Thursday, May 17
4:00 P.M.
Moses Brown School MS Lacrosse@ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Tennis
Monday, May 14
3:15 p.m.
Cole MS Tennis @ East Greenwich , RI (East Greenwich High School)

The work of Hannah Wahl-Dunnigan ’18, titled “Blue Bee Embroidery,” was submitted to the Congressional Art Competition and was displayed at the Warwick Mall from May 4 – 6.  Each student who participated in the competition received a congressional citation and a photo with Congressman James Langevin.

“Blue Bee Embroidery” by Hannah Walh-Dunnigan ’18

Several Rocky Hill School students performed in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s final 2018 concert on Saturday, May 5 at The Vets Auditorium in Providence. They included Maxwell Lehouiller ’20, Gregory Tatevian ’21, Alejandro Wu ’21, and Esteban Wu ’19.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras have provided quality orchestral rehearsal and performance experiences for talented young musicians from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut for nearly 60 years.

Rudy Tanzi ’76

Rudy Tanzi ’76 was one of nine Rhode Islanders who were recently inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, is a Cranston native who is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and one of the world’s leading authorities on Alzheimer’s disease, genetics and brain health. Tanzi was inducted by Dr. Arun K. Singh.

Read about Tanzi and the other inductees by clicking here


Send us your news!

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

May 4, 2018

Important Dates

All School PTL Meeting
Wednesday, May 9
8:15 – 9:45 a.m.
Campbell Conference Room

Fall Classic Planning Meeting
Thursday, May 10
8:15 a.m.
Idea Lab, Hale

Spring Choral Concert
Thursday, May 10
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

All School Art Show
Tuesday, May 15 – Thursday, May 17
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18
8:00 a.m. – noon
Sharpe Gymnasium

Thank You, Sarah!

Sarah TaylorAdmission Associate Sarah Taylor ’10 will be taking on a new challenge at Brown University beginning this June. As her Alma Mater, we have been so pleased to watch her grow and flourish in her first position upon graduating from Connecticut College in 2014. Over the last few years, Sarah has demonstrated a commitment to the success of the School and an innate ability to tackle every challenge with the poise and attention to detail she demonstrated as a student here. We wish her every success in her new role in the advancement office and are pleased she will continue her role as Treasurer for the RHS Alumni Board.


Tech and Work 2018 Story

On Thursday, March 29, Rocky Hill School, Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), and MassRobotics joined to spark important conversations about how artificial intelligence and robotics are influencing the work of the future. Click the image below to read about the event in Ed Tech Times.


You can view the entire event on WGBH’s Forum Network by clicking here.


Cooking for the Community

On Monday, April 30, more than 25 of our students served the local East Greenwich community at St. Luke’s Church. Chef Jay and Lauren Savoia hosted a “Cooking for the Community” event in partnership with Christ Community Kitchen, which offers community members meals on a “free will” basis. Students cooked and served an Italian feast for over 125 people!

Thank you for organizing this incredibly important community work! I heard nothing but positive feedback from the kids that I spoke to. In the very brief time I was there I heard a range of comments and reflections: many said it was “so much fun,” “we should do this more often,” “it would be so great if more meals were offered so people didn’t have to worry about getting their dinner,” “what about if breakfast was offered since that’s the most important meal of the day,” “maybe we can grow food and give it to the church,” and “I liked being a greeter and serving the food.”

– Monica Iacono Boss ’91, P’22, ’23, ’26


Historians and Thespians

The resident fourth grade historians will become thespians this weekend when they perform their original play, Voices of History: Stories From the Castle at Smith’s Castle as part of its opening weekend events, “Tour of Rhode Island History.”

Working with guest playwright, Gena Oppenheim back in March, the children used primary and secondary sources to craft a script that shares some little-known history of the Castle and its residents. The performance is slated to take place on Sunday, May 6 from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. The weekend’s events are open to the public, and all RHS friends and families are invited to attend. Information about the weekend’s events can be found at the Smith’s Castle website, www.smithscastle.org/upcoming/

The children hope you will consider attending and becoming a “caretaker of history.”


Summer Camps:
Now Registering

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.



ACE Parent Gathering

Math Strategies for All Learners

Thursday, May 24
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
ACE Building

Please join us as Whitney Barker discusses the importance of providing systematic and explicit instruction with visuals, repetition, and other tried and true methods that help students succeed in math. All families with students in grades K-12 are invited.


Dig it. Fab it. Make it.

Physics teacher and robotics coach Andy Hoffman-Patalona and Director of Innovation Meg Stowe attended Dig it. Fab it. Make it., “New England’s premiere Fab Lab & Makerspace showcase.” The event was held at WPI, where leaders, educators, and industry experts worked with cutting edge tools to develop the products of the future. Hoffman-Patalona and Stowe witnessed the integration of skills using these technologies in the classroom. Skylar Tibbits, who runs the self assembly lab at MIT, known as 4D printing, delivered the keynote address (click here to view his TED Talk).


Field Trip to Casey Farm

The preschool and kindergarten students embarked on a very important trip this week to Casey Farm to return the chicks they helped raise from incubation. The students are learning about animal habitats and reading Charlotte’s Web. When the chicks were big and strong enough, it was time to take them to a new home with plenty of space, just like the character Wilbur and his transition to the Zuckerman Farm. And just like Fern, our little students promised to visit their animal friends in their new home as often as possible.


Doll House Making in Action

Some snapshots of Rachel Armentano’s RHEA class.


Global Health Conference

Lucia Caito ’21 and Greg Tatevian ’21 participated in the Global Health Conference at Harvard University on Saturday, April 28. The conference featured high school students who presented a project, invention, or message of global significance.

The presentation that Lucia and Greg found most engaging was delivered by a student who has worked to develop and implement a technique for the early detection and treatments of cervical cancers. They had recently read about this type of cancer in great detail as part of their PBL experience that was based on the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” It was cervical cancer that took Henrietta’s life in the book.

Lucia commented that the conference was “informative and inspiring,” and that meeting people her age with similar interests is a reason that she hopes to return to future conferences. She believes it to be a great fit for other Rocky Hill students to participate.

Greg constructed and shared a vision plan that would develop a multi-disciplinary project approach for groups or individuals to become presenters at a future Global Health Conference.


Studying Plastics in the Ocean

Vince Sharps, head of Toray Plastics New Product Development Group, visited the 8th grade science classes this week to discuss the production and varieties of common plastics, and the problem of plastics in the environment. The 8th grade is investigating ocean plastics as their PBL experience in science this month, which includes their participation in the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport.  The teams participating in the race have been collecting samples of seawater from across the globe to study the extent of plastic pollution.

Vince Sharps of Toray Plastics and the 8th grade science class

Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Athletic News

On Friday, April 27, Griffin Spinney ’20 and Nicholas McConnell ’20 represented Rocky Hill School at the 2018 RIIL Leadership Workshop at URI. The workshop, open to students who are interested in making a positive impact in their school and community, was conducted by Deb Hult, founder of Core Trainings and a renowned presenter of leadership and mentoring programs for student-athletes across the country.

Griffin Spinney ’20 and Nick McConnell ’20 

Athletes of the Week

Charlotte Boss ’22 20180430_104251
Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse

“This rookie player has been a force in our midfield and on offense and is a true student of the game. She is among our most versatile players, and has been counted on by her teammates for her strong stick skills, her endurance in the midfield, and her quiet sense of confidence. She currently leads our team with 20 goals and 15 assists and is ranked 3rd in points in the state, tied for 3rd in goals, and 2nd in assists. Congratulations, Charlotte Boss on being the Girls’ Lacrosse team Athlete of the Week!”

– Coaches Getsinger, Rizzo, and Boss


20180430_104236Ptolemy Tassone ’19
Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse

“This member of the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team has been an exemplary role model for her teammates since pre-season, giving 110% on and off the field every day. Always full of positive energy and focus, she has been instrumental in our success in midfield transitions coming out of our defensive zone. She is a leading player in ground balls and interceptions and she plays with confidence and poise wherever she is on the field. Congratulations, Ptolemy Tassone, on being the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team Athlete of the Week!”

– Coaches Getsinger, Rizzo, and Boss


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse
Saturday, May 5
12:00 p.m.
Eagle Hill School Lacrosse @ Pioneer Field 100 Session Rd, Hardwick, MA 01037

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse SENIOR GAME
Friday, May 11
4:00 p.m.
vs Williams @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)
Honoring graduating senior Nick Mangiameli

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse SENIOR GAME
Friday, May 4
4:00 p.m.
vs PCD @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)
Honoring graduating seniors: Katlyn Conforti, Brianna Segerson, Katia Mendez, Charlotte Roch, Tina Richards, and Andrea White

Varsity Tennis
Friday, May 4
4:00 pm
MacDuffie School Tennis @ The MacDuffie School, 66 School St, Granby, MA

Varsity Golf
Tuesday, May 8
3:30 p.m.
PCD Golf @ North Kingstown, RI (Quidnessett Country Club)

Varsity Sailing
Friday, May 4
3:00 p.m.
Friday Night Lights @ Newport, RI (Sail Newport)

MS Boys’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, May 8
3:45 p.m.
Gordon School Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ Lacrosse
Sunday, May 6
8:00 a.m.
PCD 7v7 Lacrosse Tournament@ East Providence, RI (Providence Country Day School)

MS Tennis
Monday, May 7
3:45 p.m.
Mt. St. Charles MS Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Colin Davis ’22 raced his first mountain bike race of the year last weekend at Burlingame State Park in the New England High School Cycling Association. His team, The Big River Big Ringers, placed first in the race. Click here to see more images of the race in the Providence Journal.


Alyssa Grayson ’19 and Genevieve Bradley ’23 each won Best in Show at the Rhode Island 4H Photo & Fine Arts Show last weekend. The art was displayed at the Warwick Mall.

Artwork by Alyssa Grayson (left) and Genevieve Bradley (right and center)

Alyssa Grayson ’19 will also have her nature-inspired artwork displayed at the Kettle Pond Visitor’s Center in Charlestown through the month of May, with an art show opening on May 6 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. After the opening reception, Alyssa will lead a hike down to the vernal pool to see what kind of creatures can be found.

Congratulations to Allison DeGerlia ’16 who was selected for the iProv Summer Fellowship at Brown University. Students commit to a 240-hour internship at a non-profit and engage in workshops that focus on topics such as critical reflection, cultural humility, civic engagement, and effective leadership and action. Allison was also selected to be a Bonner Leader Intern at Ursinus College next year. This leadership role will have Allison working with the administration to facilitate the Bonner program which aims to transform the lives of students, their campuses, their local communities, and the world through service and leadership.


Send us your news!

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