December 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

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

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

LearnLaunch Entrepreneurs Collaborating in LS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Behind the Cells Exposition

By Willa Geoghegan ’20

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

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

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

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

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

Eighth Graders See Short Stories Come to Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life in Kindergarten

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

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

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

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

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

Winter Choral Concert

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

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

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

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

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

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

eSports in Second Place 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

December 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mystic Aquarium Visit

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

Lower School PE Classes Climb to New Heights!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


Send us your news!

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

November 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All-State Auditions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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November 8, 2018

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

Mark Your Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking for Professional Input

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

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

Calling All Callers!

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

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

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

  

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

Did you know…Veracross Tips

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

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

How to view the calendar as a PDF document.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Middle School Basketball will begin after winter break.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


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October 25, 2018

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

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

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

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

Mark Your Calendar

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


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

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

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

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

Support the Rocky Hill Fund

Please consider a gift to the Rocky Hill Fund which directly supports academic and athletic programs, the arts, financial aid, and helps make up the difference between tuition income and the cost of a student’s education.

  

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

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


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

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

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

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

Students Share Their Puerto Rico Service Trip

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

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

Alumni Co-ed Soccer Team
Alumni and Varsity Field Hockey

 

Sports Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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


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October 11, 2018

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hack for Social Good – Spread the word!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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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.

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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.


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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!

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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!


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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!


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