February 17, 2018

Important Dates

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

Deckhands Theater Company Presents:
Into The Woods

Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24
7:00 p.m.
Campbell Center
Tickets $5 each

RHedTalks Presents: Anxiety in Students
Part II: A Conversation with Jessica Kaplan, LICSW
Tuesday, February 27
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall
RSVP here

ACE Parent Gathering
Friday, March 2
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
ACE Building
See below for details

RHedTalks Presents: Anxiety in Students
Part II: Screening of Race to Nowhere
Tuesday, March 6
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall
RSVP here

North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce Presents:
RI Business Strong Summit
Thursday, March 8 and Saturday, March 10
Flynn Academic Center
See below for details

SCHOOL CLOSED – MARCH BREAK
Monday, March 12-26


2018-2019 School Calendar

The 2018-2019 School Calendar, where you’ll find major events and dates of breaks and vacations, is available by clicking here.

SMAC: Black History Month

As we continue to celebrate and honor Black History Month, the student representatives of SMAC would like to share links to members of the Black community who have made significant and enduring contributions to our world.

This week’s celebrated individuals and groups are as follows:


Sharing Their Knowledge

As part of recognizing Black History Month, fourth graders honored the many black Americans who, through strength and resolve, have helped shape our country. Learners decided that they should become teachers by sharing their knowledge with the rest of the school community. After researching and writing mini-biographies of selected black Americans, fourth graders posted their information throughout the campus. No building was overlooked, and the biographies of these important people can be found posted on walls and doors from Flynn to Hopelands.


Re-Thinking Discipline at RHS Seminar

On Tuesday, February 6, Upper School teachers, administrators, and students (Elsa Block ’20Jacob Pogacar ’19Savanna Olsen ’19Faythe Schulte ’19Ava Seitz ’19Olivia DePasquale ’18Ding Pang ’18, Willa Geoghegan ’20, and Michael Santos ’18) participated in the Re-Thinking Discipline at RHS seminar. The seminar was led by Madame Rich and the participants spent the day engaged in conversations and activities around “Restorative Justice” and how to implement it in the Upper School.

Restorative Justice is a “theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by [offensive] behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders. This can lead to the transformation of people, relationships, and communities.” [from the Center for Justice and Reconciliation]


Deckhands Theater Company Presents:
Into The Woods

February 23 and 24
7:00 p.m.
Campbell Center
Tickets $5 each

Artwork by Scarlett (Ruochen) Shen ’18

RHed Talks Presents:
Anxiety in Students

Part I: A Presentation and Conversation with Jessica Kaplan, LICSW

Tuesday, February 27
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall
Child care will be provided!

Does your child appear stressed, overwhelmed or anxious? Are you unsure how best to support them? Join licensed social worker, Jessica Kaplan, in an evening dedicated to getting your questions answered. Ms. Kaplan will teach participants about anxiety and how it affects our children’s minds, bodies and behaviors. Participants will also learn to identify common triggers, and ways to help both in and outside of the home.

Part II: Viewing and Discussion of the film, Race to Nowhere

Tuesday, March 6
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall
Child care will be provided!

Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture is a film that challenges current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. Called one of the “10 Education Documentaries You Don’t Want to Miss,” Race to Nowhere features the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing, and the relentless pressure to achieve. Through the testimony of educators, parents, and education experts, it reveals an education system in which students are often disengaged; stress-related illness, depression, and burnout are rampant; and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Shown nationwide and internationally in more than 7,000 schools, universities, cinemas, hospitals, corporations, and community centers, Race to Nowhere has become the centerpiece of a nationwide, grassroots movement for the transformation of education.


ACE Parent Gathering:
What We Can Learn from Isaac Lidsky?

Friday, March 2
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Campbell Conference Room
Open to ALL Rocky Hill School Parents

Do you remember “Weasel,” a character from the television show Saved By The Bell? Isaac Lidsky, the actor who portrayed him, became a magma cum laude Harvard graduate, served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and became a successful entrepreneur who just happens to be blind. What can he teach us about resiliency and the effective use of accommodations? Plenty!

As parents of students with learning differences, do we make assumptions about our children’s learning profiles and let fear limit us and them, or do we harness our own internal strength and teach our children to move beyond the fear of limitations and abilities? Please join us for this engaging TED Talk and follow-up discussion on overcoming obstacles by pushing past so-called “limitations.”

RI Business Strong Summit

Thursday, March 8 and Saturday, March 10
Flynn Academic Center at Rocky Hill School

Click below for details


Celebrating Chinese New Year

View a photo slideshow below of the Upper School’s Chinese New Year celebration last Friday.

2018 Chinese New Year celebration


Prototyping Workshops

For two days this past week, Sproutel co-founder Hannah Chung and her teammate, Emily Busam, worked with students in focus groups and rapid prototyping workshops, and offered an inside peek at their latest project, the “My Special Aflac Duck,” a new social robot designed to support children coping with cancer. The Aflac Duck was awarded the “Best of #CES 2018 Award” in Tech for a Better World at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month.


A Gift for House of Hope

Sue Eaton, Community Service Coordinator, wishes to express her gratitude for the donations of toiletries to House of Hope this past week. The donations far surpassed anything she imagined, all due to the generosity and thoughtfulness of the Rocky Hill School community. The donated toiletries that were collected enabled the Community Service Club to make up 70 bags for House of Hope constituents! These bags consisted of items such as soap, deodorant, shampoo, tooth paste and toothbrushes, along with an inspiring note and Valentine’s candy.

On Monday afternoon, Sue received an additional 60 boxes (over 15,000 items) of hotel-size items donated by the Donoyan family.

All of the bags and boxes were delivered to the House of Hope on Wednesday, just in time for Valentine’s Day!


Senior Seminar 2018

Building Commerce and Community in Rhode Island

This year our Senior Seminar and Internship program focuses on building commerce and community in our state. By tapping into their personal passions and distinctive talents, the seniors have been inspired to identify real-world opportunities to work with entrepreneurs and innovators and to offer ideas, concepts, and solutions to issues. The driving question: How can I make a meaningful and innovative contribution to my community?

On Thursday, per tradition, the seniors donned their formal business attire and participated in the culminating event of phase 1 of the program. Synthesizing what they have researched and learned, the students pitched their proposals for programs and services to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors: Meg Stowe, Director of Innovation, Rocky Hill School, Tuni Schartner, RI’s Economic Gardener, and alum, Giles Van Gruisen ’12, a freelance software consultant, web developer, and product strategist.

The panelists were particularly impressed with the senior students’ ability to use systems of thinking to identify a problem for multiple stakeholders, their research of existing business models, and the number of students drawn to the arts to address social concerns. Additionally, several students sought ideas and solutions in response to local and global environmental concerns.

A special thank you to the judges, members of our faculty and staff who served as mentors, as well as Chef Jay, Marcia Liss, and the PTL for providing the desserts.

Congratulations, Class of 2018!


Jump Rope for Heart

Last Friday, the Lower School enjoyed a heart workout with a variety of jumping events as students in grades kindergarten through 5 and teachers participated in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraising event for the American Heart Association. All students started with the individual jump off competition to see who could sustain jumping the longest in each class. Next, a game of “freeze (dance) jump,” a “fancy jumping” competition, and a finish with long ropes including the popular Double Dutch.

Donna Tringali, the American Heart Association representative, was in attendance and accepted Rocky Hill School’s donation of $5,609. Donna awarded the School with a banner acknowledging the students’ generosity and praised them for making a healthy heart difference in their lives and others.

Top Donation Award
1st place – Fifth grade ($1,860)
2nd place – First grade ($1,730)

Total raised by the RHS Lower School community: $5,609

Free Verse: Free Voice

In English classes, sixth graders have finished the culmination of their study of poetry in an event they have called Free Verse: Free Voice Week. The goal was to celebrate the power of free verse poetry and the power of words to spark change. Students shared their poetry with classes in all three divisions as well as with other community members on campus. Students also created a website to house our full collection and to explain our project goals. Please check it out at freeversefreevoice.weebly.com


The Outsiders

This week, students in seventh grade celebrated their swagger as greasers and socs from the novel, The Outsiders. We can imagine them toasting sunsets and Robert Frost in Nature’s Classroom this week. Stay gold, seventh graders, stay gold.


Tea for Teachers

The second grade class just completed a project with Mr. Chatterley, Ms. Silva, and several Upper School students where they learned about pottery and its different uses. They each chose a group (the Virtuosos and Mrs. Cruff) to make cups for, because “teachers drink a lot of tea and stuff.”

Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Wednesday, February 21
4:00 p.m.
SENE Quarterfinals @ TBD

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Wednesday, February 21
5:30 p.m.
SENE Quarterfinals (@ MacDuffie) @ The MacDuffie School: 66 School St, Granby, MA 01033

MS Boys’ A Basketball
Thursday, February 22
4:45 p.m.
Times2 MS Basketball @ Times2 Academy, 50 Fillmore St, Providence, RI 02908

MS Boys’ B Basketball
Thursday, February 22
3:45 p.m.
Times2 MS Basketball @ Times2 Academy, 50 Fillmore St, Providence, RI 02908

MS Girls’ A Basketball
Thursday, February 22
4:45 p.m.
Times2 MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ B Basketball
Thursday, February 22
3:45 p.m.
Times2 MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)


Isabella Rishworth’s 5th-6th grade girls’ North Kingstown Recreation Basketball team won the championship last Saturday. Their team name is “Big Shots.”


Check out this stop motion video by Anessa Petteruti ’17!


Congratulations to Amanda Siegel ’15 who has been elected to membership in the Brown University chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. In part, her letter of notification read, “Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honors organization in the nation. It seeks to encourage intellectual distinction among undergraduates by recognizing outstanding academic accomplishment in the course of a broad liberal education. Election is a highly competitive process, particularly for juniors.”

Congratulations, Amanda!


Send us your news!

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

February 9, 2018

Important Dates

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

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

RHedTalks Presents: Anxiety in Students
Part II: A Conversation with Jessica Kaplan, LICSW
Tuesday, February 27
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall
RSVP here

RHedTalks Presents: Anxiety in Students
Part II: Screening of Race to Nowhere
Tuesday, March 6
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall
RSVP here


2018-2019 School Calendar

The 2018-2019 School Calendar, where you’ll find major events and dates of breaks and vacations, is available by clicking here.

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Andrew Hogan ’23 for winning the Rhode Island Independent School Spelling Bee at Wheeler School on Thursday! Andrew and the second-place finisher continued back and forth for 18 rounds until Andrew’s winning word, “déjà vu.” He will now continue to the Rhode Island State Spelling Bee on March 17. Way to go, Andrew!


Rocky Hill Fund

Thank you to the many donors who have already given to the Rocky Hill Fund, our most important fundraising effort each year that supports academic programs, salaries, campus needs, and financial assistance. Our goal of $450,000 can only be reached when we all pitch in. Current parent participation is at 57%. Congratulations to the 2nd grade for reaching 100% and the 5th grade for achieving 81%!

There are several ways to make a gift:

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

And… a big THANK YOU to this year’s volunteer callers: Pamela C. Jourabchi P’17, Martha Cunningham P’21, Tara Dowling, Julie Hayes P’22, Mary Lynne Kennedy ’81, P’20, Debi Jennings P’16, ’18, Lauren Koblick ’02, Nici Lanowy P’16, ’17, ’21, Richard Morsilli P’18, Belinda Snyman, Jim Tracy, Wendy Wahl P’18, and Missy Walker P’26, ’29.

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


Show Your Love With a Brick

heart arrowYes, you read that right.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Forget the chocolates and the flowers, they don’t last nearly long enough. Instead, make a lasting impression by giving a personalized RHS Brick inscribed to that special person in your life. Your brick will be placed in the beautiful Garden Classroom walkway this spring.

When you order a brick by noon on Monday, February 12, we will send a message to your special someone to let them know a brick is on its way in their name.

Contact Liz Isdale in the Alumni Office with any questions.

Click here to order your brick


SMAC: Black History Month

Every day during the month of February, SMAC will highlight prominent African Americans whose work might not be broadly known throughout society. Information on these individuals will appear daily on the new “SMAC TALK” Board outside of the College Counseling Office.

This week’s recognized activists are as follows:


All-School PTL Meeting

Tuesday, February 13
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

All parents are encouraged to attend our evening All-School PTL Meeting on February 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Flynn Lecture Hall. Hear from Director of Innovation Meg Stowe and other administrators about how Rocky Hill School is “on the move!” There will also be an opportunity for Q&A and lively discussions around all divisions.

Agenda

WELCOME:  Julie Hayes
PTL UPDATES

  • Accomplishments to Date
  • Upcoming Events
  • Booster Club

LOOKING AHEAD:  2018-2019 Volunteers
CENTER FOR INNOVATION:  Meg Stowe
DEVELOPMENT UPDATE:  Beth DeGerlia
NEW SCHOOL-WIDE SOFTWARE UPDATE:  Martha Cunningham
Q&A

Childcare will be provided; study space will be available for older students. Pizza will be available for all students. Please RSVP below so that we can plan accordingly.


RHed Talks Presents:
Anxiety in Students

Part I: A Presentation and Conversation with Jessica Kaplan, LICSW

Tuesday, February 27
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Does your child appear stressed, overwhelmed or anxious? Are you unsure how best to support them? Join licensed social worker, Jessica Kaplan, in an evening dedicated to getting your questions answered. Ms. Kaplan will teach participants about anxiety and how it affects our children’s minds, bodies and behaviors. Participants will also learn to identify common triggers, and ways to help both in and outside of the home.

Part II: Viewing and Discussion of the film, Race to Nowhere

Tuesday, March 6
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture is a film that challenges current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. Called one of the “10 Education Documentaries You Don’t Want to Miss,” Race to Nowhere features the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing, and the relentless pressure to achieve. Through the testimony of educators, parents, and education experts, it reveals an education system in which students are often disengaged; stress-related illness, depression, and burnout are rampant; and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Shown nationwide and internationally in more than 7,000 schools, universities, cinemas, hospitals, corporations, and community centers, Race to Nowhere has become the centerpiece of a nationwide, grassroots movement for the transformation of education.


ACE Parent Gathering:
What We Can Learn from Isaac Lidsky?

Friday, March 2
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Campbell Conference Room
Open to ALL Rocky Hill School Parents

Do you remember “Weasel,” a character from the television show Saved By The Bell? Isaac Lidsky, the actor who portrayed him, became a magma cum laude Harvard graduate, served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and became a successful entrepreneur who just happens to be blind. What can he teach us about resiliency and the effective use of accommodations? Plenty!

As parents of students with learning differences, do we make assumptions about our children’s learning profiles and let fear limit us and them, or do we harness our own internal strength and teach our children to move beyond the fear of limitations and abilities? Please join us for this engaging TED Talk and follow-up discussion on overcoming obstacles by pushing past so-called “limitations.”



21st Century Tech Presentation

On February 2nd, 3DES co-founders Nandu Vellal and Rich Thall joined robotics engineer Chris Savoia for an engaging presentation on 21st century technology. 3DES is one of LearnLaunch’s ventures. Students from third grade and Middle School were inspired by the collaborative robot demonstration, live 3D printing, and the assortment of objects printed by the 3DES printers. In April, art students will present their technology projects at the All-School meeting and culminating event where they will receive feedback from the professionals!


ALEX AND ANI Designers Review Student Art

On February 2, the ALEX AND ANI Design Team joined the Upper School students to review their ALEX AND ANI charm designs that represent the eight Student Competencies. The designers’ feedback was valuable for the students and reinforced the importance of the design process. The ALEX AND ANI designers will return to Rocky Hill School on February 28 for our All-School Meeting to announce the winning designs.


RHS Impact Project

The Fifth Graders were asked by Dr. Tracy to find something they could improve in the Rocky Hill School community back in October. Over the past few months, the students have brainstormed, researched, written persuasive letters, and created proposals on improvements to the campus. On Thursday, four proposals were presented to Dr. Tracy and other members of the administrative team. The proposals included a Rocky Hill Equestrian Club, a Diamondback Terrapin Turtle Preserve, additional field trips for the Lower School, and a Waterfront Recess for Lower School. Each group presented and was given next steps from the administrative team.

Preschool Penguin Project

Check out the Preschool’s Penguin Project!


MS Basketball Tournament

The Middle School’s 3v3 Basketball Tournament has come to an exciting end. The finals featured “The Nameless” (7th graders Derek Block, Hadley Martinez, Ben Lawson, and Jae Park) and “BallGang” (8th graders Garrett Corsi, Drew Tamburini, Ben Liebermensch, and Anand Basu) in a very high-energy contest. In front of a packed crowd full of their peers, the teams played their hearts out. In the end, lead in scoring by Garrett Corsi, BallGang was crowned Champions of the Middle School. Overall, students who played in the tournament showed heart, determination, and an overwhelming amount of sportsmanship. Well played, everyone. We look forward to the competition next year!


First Grade Selected Their Pet(s)

After carefully deliberating on what type of animal would make the perfect pet for the first grade classroom, the students decided that a Guinea pig would be the best fit for them. However, one Guinea pig wouldn’t cut it, so they picked up two of the furry pets.

Meet Oliver and Melvin!

First graders Lauren and Finn made sure that Oliver and Melvin didn’t miss out on story time.

Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Athletic News

New Athletic Director Hired

We are excited to announce that we have closed our national search for a Director of Athletics. Out of respect for confidentiality, we aren’t yet able to provide all of the specifics about the candidate; however, we wanted to share the news and the selection committee’s unanimous enthusiasm for this candidate. Our new Director holds a Master of Science in Sport and Recreation Science with a concentration in Coaching Education and is currently serving as an Assistant Athletic Director, coach, and faculty member at the college level. Look for a more detailed announcement at the end of the month.


Congratulations, Coach DeSalvo!

Girl’s Varsity Basketball Coach Bert DeSalvo was recently inducted into the Penn State Beaver Hall of Honor.


Athletes of the Week

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Girls’ Varsity Basketball

“In Wednesday’s game against Eagle Hill, this player scored a season-high 23 points en route to a thrilling 32-30 Mariners’ victory over the host, Pioneers. She made shots from all over the floor and also contributed a number of key rebounds and blocks in the win. No shot was bigger than her go-ahead basket with under two minutes remaining. Congratulations to Andrea White!”

– Coaches DeSalvo and Heise


20180205_102419Kobe Polley ’20
Boys’ Varsity Basketball

“The Athlete of the Week is Kobe Polley. Kobe really started coming into his own and is showing that he is much more than just a role player for the Mariners. His effort and energy has always been unmatched but he’s showing added confidence in his scoring, especially during tough situations. In two of our toughest games this year, both coming back-to-back nights this week, Kobe had his best performances. Adding 10 points vs. Commonwealth and 12 vs. Cumberland. Keep it up, Kobe!”

– Coaches Mahmoud and Washburn


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Monday, February 12 – SENIOR GAME
4:00 p.m.
St. Georges School Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Boys’ JV Basketball
Friday, February 9
4:00 p.m.
Blackstone Valley Prep Basketball@ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Wednesday, February 14
4:30 p.m.
Winchendon School Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ A Basketball
Tuesday, February 13
4:30 p.m.
San Miguel MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ B Basketball
Tuesday, February 13
3:30 p.m.
St. Andrew’s School MS Basketball@ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ A Basketball
Tuesday, February 13
3:45 p.m.
PCD MS Basketball @ East Providence, RI (Providence Country Day School)

MS Girls’ B Basketball
Tuesday, February 13
4:45 p.m.
PCD MS Basketball @ East Providence, RI (Providence Country Day School)


Abbey Grandin ’23 sailed last weekend in the USODA Valentine’s Day Regatta at St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Key Biscayne, FL. She sailed her best ever USODA event, placing 29th in her last race of over 160 competitors. Overall, Abbey is still attempting to qualify for Team Trials this year with one more regatta to go.


Send us your news!

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

February 2, 2018

Important Dates

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

Chinese New Year Celebration
Friday, February 9
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

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

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


The Meaning of True Friends

Fourth graders Alexa and Leah know what true friendship means.

Celebrating Black History Month

Every day during the month of February, Students Making Activist Communities (SMAC) will highlight African Americans whose work may not be broadly known throughout society. Information on these individuals will appear daily on the new SMAC TALK Board outside of the College Counseling office. This week’s recognized activists are Andrea Jenkins and Alice Walker.


Why Black History Month?

“Black History Month is a month for celebrating the achievements and contributions of African American people throughout American history. It is important to recognize Black History Month because even though Black people have played a major part in American history, many of their accomplishments have either been erased or have gone unnoticed. Our Black History Month 2018 theme, African Americans in Times of War, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and honors the roles that Black Americans have played in warfare, from the American Revolution to the present day.”

– Jace Cardona ’18


The Great Rocky Hill Read

The Great Rocky Hill Read is a new community-wide initiative by SMAC and the English Department with a goal to involve the community in making the English curriculum more diverse and inclusive. Please email jcardona@rockyhill.org with book suggestions and the age group that the book is most appropriate for. Suggested books should feature a character with a traditionally marginalized identity or experience. The list of books will be published by February 12.


New Podcast Launched

Rocky Hill School launched a new podcast series on iTunes, Innovation through Education. It will be populated with academic insights as well as the new series, Who’s Who 5 Qs: Conversations with experts, hosted by kids. Throughout the year, Rocky Hill School students will conduct interviews with leaders and innovators who are impacting a variety of fields. Through a series of five questions, guests share industry trends, their vision for the future, and advice for the next generation of leaders.

Listen to our first three interviews conducted with Susan Fonseca, Kelly Ramirez, and Kati Machtley by clicking here.


Scripps Spelling Bee Results

Derek Block ’23, Andrew Hogan ’23, and Kaeley Zito ’22

Congratulations to Andrew Hogan ’23 for winning the Rocky Hill School Scripps Spelling Bee on Wednesday! The other competitors in grades 3 – 8 were Abby Millard ’27, Jack Zito ’27, Sabrina Chen ’26, Jackson Davis ’26, Katie O’Neil ’25, Choerab Tsultrim ’25, Nate Lee ’24, Skye Connell ’24, Garrett Corsi ’22, and the two, tied second-place finishers: Derek Block ’23 and Kaeley Zito ’22. Andrew will now go on to compete in the Rhode Island Independent School Scripps Bee next Thursday. Well done, spellers!


Chinese New Year Celebration

Friday, February 9
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium


All-School PTL Meeting

Tuesday, February 13
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

All parents are encouraged to attend our evening All-School PTL Meeting on February 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Flynn Lecture Hall. Hear from Dr. Tracy and other administrators about how Rocky Hill School is “on the move!” There will also be an opportunity for Q&A and lively discussions around all divisions.

Childcare will be provided; study space will be available for older students.


ACE Parent Gathering:
What We Can Learn from Isaac Lidsky?

Friday, March 2
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Campbell Conference Room
Open to ALL Rocky Hill School Parents

Do you remember “Weasel,” a character from the television show Saved By The Bell? Isaac Lidsky, the actor who portrayed him, became a magma cum laude Harvard graduate, served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and became a successful entrepreneur who just happens to be blind. What can he teach us about resiliency and the effective use of accommodations? Plenty!

As parents of students with learning differences, do we make assumptions about our children’s learning profiles and let fear limit us and them, or do we harness our own internal strength and teach our children to move beyond the fear of limitations and abilities? Please join us for this engaging TED Talk and follow-up discussion on overcoming obstacles by pushing past so-called “limitations.”



8th Grade Social

RHEA’s “Cooking for the Community” class catered the 8th Grade Parent Social, hosted at Jim and Jan Tracy’s house on Wednesday evening. Students from the Middle and Upper School created a gourmet spread and arranged a glowing ambiance for the 8th grade parents. Special thanks to Biagio DiCenso ’24, Will Hanney ’23, Will Hogan ’24, Ben Lawson ’23, Jade Ma ’23, Jasper Summers ’21, Waela Van Nostrand ’24, and Brendan Weiner ’23 for their superb food preparation and to Lauren Savoia and Chef Jason for making it all possible.


No Hay Burritos en España

The seventh grade’s Spanish project, No Hay Burritos en España, asked the question: “How can we explain the differences and similarities between Spanish food and Mexican food?” The students researched the climate, resources, topography, invaders, and indigenous people of each country to explain why certain foods are used in each country’s cuisine. They put together a slideshow to show their results, then cooked meals from each country with Chefs Jay and Jason. Finally, they presented their findings in Spanish to Señor Farrell and eight Spanish students from the Upper School. Their audience blindly tasted the meals and made their guesses about which country of origin each dish came from. Grade seven Spanish students demonstrated their knowledge by teaching what they had learned and giving their audience a taste of some great cuisine!


Seal Watch With Save The Bay

Brianna Runshe’s Marine Biology and Environmental Science Class visited Save The Bay’s Exploration Center in Newport to learn about the behaviors, ecology, and anatomy of the seals of New England. They also learned about ocean acidification and how this will impact the coastline and marine wildlife of Rhode Island. After their visit to the Exploration Center, they boarded the Elizabeth Morris to view seals in Newport Harbor. 


Quebec!

The 8th grade students travelled to Quebec City last weekend to experience the culture, language, and the rich history. The students embarked on a walking tour of Old Quebec, the oldest fortified city in North America, enjoyed the sites and sounds of Winter Carnival, tobogganed at night behind the Chateau Frontenac, and went dog sledding at a Sugar Shack. They visited Montmorency Falls, toured the traditional Huron Wendat Village, heard from General Wolfe and the Marquis de Montcalm about the battle of Quebec in 1759, cross country skied and skated, and topped it all off snow tubing at the magnificent Village des Sports. Bon Carnival!


Go, Speed Racer, Go!

Last week, the kindergarteners learned how friction changes speed by racing cars down homemade ramps. Mr. Wyzga measured each car’s distance and encouraged the students to explore different surfaces. The look on Delilah’s face in the picture below says it all–cool!


First Grade Visit by a Veterinarian

The first grade students enjoyed a visit by veterinarian Dr. Caroline Bowater. After asking questions about different animals as pets that they had prepared in advance, the students had to decide upon a chinchilla, hamster, or a guinea pig as a class pet. Later, they wrote a persuasive letter to convince their friends to vote for their chosen animal, a Guinea pig!


Technology as a History Tool

World History 1 students used a green screen while making a video about early civilizations in North and South America.


Maddie Dutilly, Patriot

With rave reviews, Maddie Dutilly ’18 sang the National Anthem prior to the Boys’ Varsity Basketball game against the Williams School on Wednesday. Bravo!


Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Athletic News


Athletes of the Week

Taylor Cote ’21
Girls’ Varsity Basketball

“Taylor Cote had an impressive week as the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team competed in SENE league play this week. She played a physical brand of ball games versus The MacDuffie School and PCD. Taylor was huge for us this Friday against PCD. She made a some big free throws down the stretch to keep the game close, had a wonderful assist to her post partner to extend the lead for us midway through the second half, and ended up tallying four points and eight rebounds in that game. Taylor has been great in both a starting role and as the first post player off the bench. She is getting more and more comfortable with her role and you can see it starting to click. We are interested to see how she finishes out the next three weeks for us.”

– Coaches DeSalvo and Heise


Tedrick Wilcox ’19
Boys’ Varsity Basketball

“Tedrick Wilcox takes home his second consecutive AOW award! He averaged a double-double this week (25.67 points and 11.33 rebounds per game in three consecutive wins) and a single game high of 33 and 12 boards. Congrats, Tedrick!”

– Coaches Mahmoud and Washburn


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Friday, February 2
5:00 p.m.
Springfield Commonwealth Academy @ Springfield Commonwealth Academy: 1 Ames Hill Drive, Springfield, MA 01105

Boys’ JV Basketball
Wednesday, February 7
3:30 p.m.
Putnam Science Academy Basketball @ Putnam, CT (Putnam Science Academy)

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Friday, February 2
4:30 p.m.
Bancroft School Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ A Basketball
Thursday, February 8
4:45 p.m.
BCA MS Basketball @ Barrington, RI (Barrington Christian Academy)

MS Boys’ B Basketball
Tuesday, February 6
4:30 p.m.
Wheeler MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ A Basketball
Thursday, February 8
4:45 p.m.
BCA MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ B Basketball
Tuesday, February 6
3:30 p.m.
Wheeler MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)


Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 competed in a 12-team pentathlon swim race at the Newport YMCA last Sunday. Fifteen-year-old Cortlandt (far right), placed 6th overall in the field of 15-to-19 year olds and earned a medal and a place on the podium.


Matt Gnolfo and Chef Jason Rivera of Flik Dining shared a judo training session at Mayo Quanchi Judo Dojo on Wednesday.


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January 26, 2018

Important Dates

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

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

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

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


Rocky Hill School is on the move!

Rocky Hill School has moved up in the rankings of schools on Niche.com, and has been named one of only 10 schools to earn an overall Niche grade of A+.

Dr. Tracy sends his thanks to all of the amazing individual contributors and members of the Rocky Hill School team who help move the School forward. Their hard work is reflected in Rocky Hill School’s growing reputation!


Where in the World is Ms. Dowling?

Tara Dowling, Director of College Counseling, is in New Orleans this week as the guest of Loyola University. Upon her arrival, she was greeted with this welcome package. Visits to higher education institutions help Ms. Dowling to recommend and connect Rocky Hill School students to the best-fit colleges. She will also travel to Tulane later this month, to Wofford College in March, and colleges in upstate New York in April.


Spelling Bee Competitors

Scripps Spelling Bees were held in grades 3-8, and two champions from each grade will now compete in our Rocky Hill School Spelling Bee. Our school bee will be next Wednesday, January 31 at 2:30 in the Flynn Lecture Hall.

The competitors in the bee will be Abby Millard ’27, Jack Zito ’27, Sabrina Chen ’26, Jackson Davis ’26, Katie O’Neill ’25, Choerab Tsultrim ’25, Nate Lee ’24, Skye Connell ’24, Derek Block ’23, Andrew Hogan ’23, Garrett Corsi ’22, and Kaeley Zito ’22. The champion will then move on to represent Rocky Hill School in the Rhode Island Independent School Scripps Spelling Bee. Good luck, spellers!


Last Call for Yearbook Tributes!

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


All-School PTL Meeting

Tuesday, February 13
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

All parents are encouraged to attend our evening All-School PTL Meeting on February 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Flynn Lecture Hall. Hear from Dr. Tracy and other administrators about how Rocky Hill School is “on the move!” There will also be an opportunity for Q&A and lively discussions around all divisions. Childcare will be provided; study space will be available for older students.


ACE Parent Gathering:
What We Can Learn from Isaac Lidsky?

Friday, March 2
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Campbell Conference Room
Open to ALL Rocky Hill School Parents

Do you remember “Weasel,” a character from the television show Saved By The Bell? Isaac Lidsky, the actor who portrayed him, became a magma cum laude Harvard graduate, served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and became a successful entrepreneur who just happens to be blind. What can he teach us about resiliency and the effective use of accommodations? Plenty!

As parents of students with learning differences, do we make assumptions about our children’s learning profiles and let fear limit us and them, or do we harness our own internal strength and teach our children to move beyond the fear of limitations and abilities? Please join us for this engaging TED Talk and follow-up discussion on overcoming obstacles by pushing past so-called “limitations.”


Forensics Experts on Site

Last Friday, Mrs. Matson’s Forensics Science class welcomed two professionals from the field of criminal investigation:

Douglas Price, currently a partner in the law firm Morrison Mahoney LLP, was previously a Newton Police Auxiliary officer and a civilian in Boston Police Department’s Cold Case Squad in the Homicide Unit. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.

Tim Murray (Captain, retired) of the Boston Police Department, created the Cold Case Squad in 1991 while serving in the Homicide Unit. Using his background in biology and chemistry, he solved in excess of 80 cold cases. Many of these went to trial, where prosecutors were provided with the fruits of Captain Murray’s meticulous investigations, including at least one conviction in every murder case. Captain Murray was featured in many media outlets, including Chronicle, CNN, the Justice Files on A&E, and PrimeTime Live. He worked in infamous cases, including the McLaughlin case, finding the murder fugitive Kathy Ann Power, and the Boston Strangler.

Attorney Doug Price and BPD Capt. Tim Murray (Ret.) with Mrs. Matson’s Forensics Science students

Mr. Price and Capt. Murray’s visit allowed the forensics students to interact with professionals with experience in solving crimes and working with evidence, while practicing the analytical science skills with several types of evidences described by the experts.


Entrepreneurial Visit

On Monday, the Upper School was privileged to host the founder of EDSO (EducatedSocially), Terry Marshall. EDSO was founded on the principle that learning is something that can be shared and experienced by all, no matter the social status, race, or academic ability. In a globally-connected environment, EDSO leverages existing technologies for the purpose of promoting peer-to-peer learning, allowing their users to enjoy a reciprocal learning experience on their platform.

The theme of this year’s Senior Seminar and Internship program is Contributing to Commerce and Community. By tapping into their distinctive passions and talents, the seniors have been inspired to identify real-world opportunities, to work with entrepreneurs and innovators, and to offer ideas, concepts, and solutions. The students will pitch their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors on February 15.

Terry shared his vision for a new digital peer learning platform, and like our previous speaker, Tuni Schartner, provided personal and professional insights on the importance of research, understanding one’s market, and a unique value proposition.


Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Athletic News

Forget “winter is coming”… winter is officially here! The weather is too cold and messy to play basketball outside, so what to do? Grab a few friends, create a team, and compete to be crowned the 2017-18 Rocky Hill Middle School 3v3 Basketball Champion! All grades (6-8), skill levels, and players have been playing for their chance to win. As of today, the tournament is halfway to completion, and almost all of the teams are still in contention. Stay tuned next week for more results!

Athletes of the Week

20180122_102100Ptolemy Tassone ’19
Girls’ Varsity Basketball

“Ptolemy Tassone earned AOW honors for her gritty performance in the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team’s lone game vs. PCD this week. As she has done all season, she initiated offense for the Lady Mariners and was aggressive throughout the contest on Wednesday night. Ptolemy is really coming into her own. You can see her confidence growing as she is becoming more aggressive by attacking the defense and getting shots for herself or her teammates. Ptolemy is a true leader and sets the tone for the entire group. She works on her before before and after practice and that’s all you can ask for as a coach. Hopefully others will continue to follow her lead.”

– Coaches DeSalvo and Heise


20180122_101951Tedrick Wilcox ’19
Boys’ Varsity Basketball

“Tedrick Wilcox earned Athlete of the Week status for his outstanding double-double of 37 points and 10 rebounds at Brown University in a special match-up vs. PCD. Congratulations, Tedrick, and keep up the good work!”

– Coaches Mahmoud and Washburn


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Friday, January 26
4:30 p.m.
St. Andrews School Basketball @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

Boys’ JV Basketball
Friday, January 26
3:00 p.m.
St. Andrews School Basketball @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Friday, January 26
4:00 p.m.
PCD School Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ A Basketball
Thursday, February 1
4:45 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ B Basketball
Thursday, February 1
3:45 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ A Basketball
Thursday, February 1
5:00 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Basketball @ Providence, RI (Moses Brown School)

MS Girls’ B Basketball
Thursday, February 1
4:00 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Basketball @ Providence, RI (Moses Brown School)


Last Saturday, Zahara Ankoma ’27 performed at the Community Music Works (CMW) Student Performance Recital at Calvary Baptist Church in Providence. Zahara participates in the Daily Orchestra Program at CMW. She attends the program every day after school and engages in daily orchestral rehearsals as well as weekly lessons and practice time with mentors. Zahara’s commitment to this program was evident in her outstanding performance!


Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 and Jacob Pogacar ’19 competed in last Saturday’s Rhode Island Independent League Swim Meet. Cort placed first in the 50-yard freestyle and set a new personal record of 23.17. He placed second in the 100-yard freestyle. Jacob placed 5th in the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.

Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 and Jacob Pogacar ’19 with their swim coach, Mark Kiely

Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 participated in an art show at the Rhode Island Natural History Survey. He created his watercolor of a wolf in art class at Rocky Hill School.


Congratulations to Art Entwistle on his award as a Registered Athletic Administrator!


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January 20, 2018

Important Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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


Remembering Dr. King

On Wednesday, January 10, Lower School students from Mr. Laurent’s fourth grade and Mrs. MacDonald’s fifth grade classes visited the Upper School and read aloud portions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech.

On Friday, January 12, Upper School members of SMAC joined with the Middle School to participate in an afternoon of discussion and activities dedicated to examining Dr. King’s work around race and civil rights. Each class engaged in activities around various civil rights issues, with a conclusion in the afternoon of a mini workshop on “allyship” organized by Ms. Hersh-Rodeen and facilitated be Upper School members of SMAC.

Alex Lehouiller ’24 created this video in honor of MLK, Jr. Day:


Susan Fonseca Joins Our Community

Susan Fonseca presents to Upper School, discussing her ventures, childhood in Honduras and her role as Innovator-In-Residence, October 2017.

Our students and faculty enjoyed collaborating with Susan Fonseca in October when she was our Innovator-in-Residence. Likewise, she was so incredibly impressed with our faculty and students, that she wanted to continue the relationship and help us further our mission. As we look for ways to resource corporate and foundation funding, as well as high-impact partners, Susan’s network and expertise will have a profound influence on what we are able to do. With that in mind, we are delighted to announce that Susan has now joined Rocky Hill School in a part-time role as our permanent Innovator-in-Residence.

Susan will be mostly based at her home in Atlanta and will periodically visit our campus. She and Meg Stowe, Director of Innovation, connect weekly and are currently collaborating on several projects. Susan will bring extraordinary experience, skills, and vision to our innovation initiative, as well as an unprecedented global network.


Where in the World is Ms. Dowling?

Tara Dowling, Director of College Counseling, is in Vermont this week as the guest of three great colleges: Champlain College, St. Michael’s College, and the University of Vermont. These counselor programs are an important part of relationship building with colleges, and help Ms. Dowling to recommend and connect Rocky Hill School students to the best-fit colleges. She will also travel to Loyola New Orleans and Tulane later this month, to Wofford College in March, and colleges in upstate New York in April— all as a guest of the sponsoring colleges!


Innovator in the News

Back in early December, members of Finnest, a mobile app created to teach kids about the value of money, visited Rocky Hill School and met with students and faculty. They were so impressed with the innovative teaching methods that Rocky Hill School employed, that they wrote this on their Facebook page:

“We were amazed by [the students’] ability to succinctly express their opinions and share their feedback with us. We believe that Rocky Hill’s approach to innovation within a school is unheard of, and by enabling the collaboration between the school and Finnest we hope that students will equally benefit as we do in further shaping our product.”

We’re so impressed with Finnest, too, and we congratulate them on this recent press:


News from the PTL

Box Tops Pay Off!

The PTL is pleased to share that Rocky Hill School has received $336.70 from the most recent Box Tops collection, and that much of the money will be earmarked for faculty professional development.

Please note, Box Tops are collected all year long, so keep them coming!

Stray Holiday Containers

Did you leave a cookie tray or container here for the December Holiday Cookie Swap? There are several items upstairs in Hopelands still waiting to be claimed. Please contact Missy Walker (x296 or mwalker@rockyhill.org) if you need any assistance.


Please share with your friends!
Admission Open House

Sunday, January 21
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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

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

    “Prescription for Parents,”
    A Presentation by CVS Pharmacists

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

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

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

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

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


Fourth Grade Project Makes a Splash

Last Friday, Mr. Laurent’s fourth grade class was pleased to share a public reflection of their collaboration with Smith’s Castle and The Cocumscussoc Association, which focused on bringing more attention to the important historical North Kingstown site. The students presented to parents, faculty, and administrators a reflection of their process of researching, collaborating, and creating authentic deliverables to Smith’s Castle and the Cocumscussoc Association, including a website, interactive exhibits, and a news article.

Click on the article below to read about their work in the Independent.

Seniors Meet With RI’s “Economic Gardener”

On Thursday, the Upper School welcomed Tuni Schartner, Rhode Island’s “Economic Gardener,” entrepreneur, and co-founder of The Hive RI. Ms. Schartner is passionately focused on helping small, local businesses grow and shared her journey with students in the Senior Seminar and Internship Program.

This year, the theme of the Senior Seminar and Internship program is Contributing to Commerce and Community. By tapping into their distinctive passions and talents, the seniors have been inspired to identify real-world opportunities, to work with entrepreneurs and innovators, and to offer ideas, concepts, and solutions. The students will pitch their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors on February 15th.


Coding in Kindergarten

Earlier this week, the kindergarten students worked with Martha Cunningham, Director of Information Systems, to write their own computer programs. The students then tested them and reflected on their results. It was wonderful to see them transfer their knowledge of shapes and direction words into a code for their classmates!


Drawing, Painting, Stocking, Helping

Students from Mrs. Getsinger’s Drawing & Painting 1 class visited the North Kingstown Food Pantry to deliver illustrated recipes for the food pantry’s “Recipe of the Month,” which will be given out to clients. Each student researched recipes using ingredients that can generally be found at a food pantry. The students created colored pencil drawings of the ingredients and then designed a layout of the recipe in Photoshop. The art class was able to able to learn about inner workings of the North Kingstown Food Pantry and were also on hand to help stock the shelves during their visit.


Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Athletic News

On Wednesday, the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team was treated to a mid-week contest at the Pizzitola Sports Center at Brown University. The Mariners struggled to find the bottom of the net throughout most of the first half, scoring their first points of the game on an Aviva Beringhouse field goal with under two minutes left in the half. With under a minute to go, senior Andrea White added another field goal to cut the PCD lead to 25-4 heading into the break.

Rocky Hill played an inspired second half, which included Lucy Yu’s first varsity point which came from the charity stripe. However, PCD matched their first half total and prevailed 50-14.

Final Score: PCD 50 – RHS 14 (Girls)


O​n Wednesday evening, the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team also played PCD at Brown University in the Pizzitola Center. The Mariners got off to a hot start led by Tedrick Wilcox’s 20 points at half time, with a lead of 48-26. Another strong push to open the lead made room for other players to step up and find notable minutes. Max Lehouiller, BJ Jenkins and Frank Yang all made significant contributions on both ends. Peter Chen, Kyle Finn, Perry Clarke and Andrew Zito also got in on the action in front of a packed crowd on the Brown Bears home court.

Photo by Rob Lee

Final score: RHS 84 – PCD 47 (Boys)

​Thank you to all who attended and supported the teams in this fun event!​


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Monday, January 22
5:30 p.m.
PCD School Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School

Boys’ JV Basketball
Monday, January 22
4:00 p.m.
PCD School Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Wednesday, January 24
4:30 p.m.
MacDuffie School Basketball @ The MacDuffie School: 66 School St, Granby, MA 01033

MS Boys’ A Basketball
Tuesday, January 23
4:45 p.m.
St. Michaels Country Day School Basketball @ Newport , RI (Saint Michael’s Country Day School)

MS Boys’ B Basketball
Tuesday, January 23
3:45 p.m.
St. Michaels Country Day School Basketball @ Newport , RI (Saint Michael’s Country Day School)

MS Girls’ A Basketball
Thursday, February 1
5:00 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Basketball @ Providence, RI (Moses Brown School)

MS Girls’ B Basketball
Thursday, February 1
4:00 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Basketball @ Providence, RI (Moses Brown School)


Nick Mangiameli ’18 was named a semi-finalist in the ARISIA Art Contest for his watercolor. Arisia is a convention for fans of science fiction and fantasy in all forms of media.


Send us your news!

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

January 12, 2018

In Honor of Dr. King

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

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

Important Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Students Challenged by ALEX AND ANI Design Team

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

Click here to read more


Congrats, Hannah Chung!

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

Click here to read the award announcement in Providence Business News

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


Carolyn Laing Retires

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

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


New Controller

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

Welcome, Kristine! 


Hopelands History, Part 2

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


There’s Still Time for Yearbook Tributes

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


Admission Open House

Sunday, January 21
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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

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

    “Prescription for Parents,”
    A Presentation by CVS Pharmacists

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

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

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

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

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


Scholastic Art Competition

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

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

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


Author Week Continues in K-2

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

Ms. Bradley’s new book, Love, Mama, is available here.


A Trip to The Hive

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

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


Alumna in the Spotlight

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

You can see Ana Bess’ clip on GoLocalProv below:


Trivia Masters

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

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


Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Alumni Basketball Game Recap

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

Click the photo below to view a slideshow by Beth DeGerlia

Alumni Basketball Game 2018


Special Event at Brown University

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

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

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

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


Athletes of the Week

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

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

– Coaches DeSalvo and Heise


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

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

– Coaches Mahmoud and Washburn


Athletic Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Congrats, Ben!


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


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

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


Send us your news!

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

January 5, 2018


Fourth Grade on RI Public Radio

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

Click the image below to read/listen


Our Deepest Sympathies

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

Memorial services for Brenda are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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


There’s Still Time for Yearbook Tributes

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


Last Call for RHEA & RHEA+

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

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

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


PTL Meeting Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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


Rome Kirby Joins Team Brunel

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

Read more here

Rome Kirby ’07. Photo by Team Brunel.

This is What Community is All About


Alumni Basketball Games

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

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

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


Admission Open House

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

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


Wishes for the World

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

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

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


Author Week in K-2

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

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


1st and 4th Grade Reading Buddies!


Recent Campus Improvements

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

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

Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Athletic Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Send us your news!

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

December 16, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Image courtesy of the RHS Visual Arts Department

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

Classes resume Wednesday, January 3, 2018.


Winter Solstice Celebration

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

Videos by Rob Lee:

View a slideshow of the day’s events:

Winter Solstice Celebration 2017


Giving Back

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


Thank You, PTL, for the Cookies!

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

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

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


Have You Seen Any Gingerbread Men?

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


Hoping for a Device-Free Holiday?

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


Tributes Make Great Gifts!

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


RHEA & RHEA+ Courses Added

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

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

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


New Mobile App Features

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

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

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

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


Check out The Tide

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


13th Annual Mariner Classic Boys’ Basketball Tournament

Sunday, December 17

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

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

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

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


Alumni Basketball Games

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

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

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

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


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

5th Grade Visits Welcome House

The fifth grade math Holiday Treats Project culminated with a visit to the Welcome House, a shelter in South Kingstown. Students learned how to multiply and divide fractions by doubling and halving a holiday recipe. They then baked their treats and donated boxes of treats to the people at the Welcome House. During their visit, they learned about all the important services provided by the Welcome House to the homeless population in South County.


Alex and Ani Collaboration

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

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

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

Constructing a “Crime Scene”

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


Kindergarten Studies Homes Around the World

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

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

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


Mini Mariners Compete

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


International Book Swap

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


Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Athletic Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Send us your news!

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

December 9, 2017

Divisional News

Lower School  |  Middle School  |  Upper School

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

The Rocky Hill Fund

Thank you to the many donors who have already given to the Rocky Hill Fund, our most important fundraising effort each year that supports academic programs, salaries, campus needs, and financial assistance. Our goal of $450,000 can only be reached when we all pitch in.

There are several ways to make a gift:

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

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

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


Bus Schedules for Next Week

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

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

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


RHEA Winter 2018 Courses

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

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

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

Deadline for registration is Friday, January 5, 2018.

Click here to view courses and to register

RHS Leadership at Cybersecurity Education Conference

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

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


Jim Tracy Addresses Newport Chamber

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


HOBY Leadership Seminar

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

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


Portrait Orders by Ruth Clegg

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


Mug Sale at Winter Solstice

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

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

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


Ugly Sweater Contest!


Winter Instrumental Concert

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

See Rob Lee‘s photo slideshow below:

2017 Fall Instrumental concert

Mike Lawson captured the MS Band via Facebook Live:

Winter Choral Concert

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

See Rob Lee‘s photo slideshow below:

2017 Fall choral concert

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

Digital Photography Skills

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


EPA Laboratory Tour

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

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

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

Jason Grear of the EPA with the Chemistry Honors students

An Hour of Code

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

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

Smith’s Castle Partnership

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


Latin Carol Celebration

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


The GaGa Ball Pit in Action


Road Trip for Short Stories

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


Un Montón de Tamales

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

Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Athletic News

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


Athletes of the Week

Jordan Lanowy ’2120171204_131508
Girls’ Varsity Basketball

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

– Coaches DeSalvo and Heise


20171204_101712Steven Lora ’19
Boys’ Varsity Basketball

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

– Coaches Mahmoud and Washburn


Athletic Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Send us your news!

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

December 2, 2017

Divisional News

Lower School  |  Middle School  |  Upper School

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

Holiday Technology Giving

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

MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

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

UPPER SCHOOL

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

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


Mobile App Updates

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

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

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


RHS to Represent at Cybersecurity Education Conference

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


Yearbook Tributes

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


Holiday Brick Orders

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

Click the image below to learn more or to order!


ACE Parent Gathering

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

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


Upcoming PTL Meetings

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

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

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

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


GrandFriends’ Day Fun

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

View a slideshow of the morning below:

GrandFriends' Day 2017


Positivity and Gratitude
in the Upper School!

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

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

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


Giving to GiftsToGive

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

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

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


Girls’ Varsity Basketball Food Drive

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


Endangered Ecosystems Tour
of Mystic Aquarium

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


8th Grade Visit to the Upper School

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


The Riddle Room

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


Mandarin Immersion

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

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

7th Grade Culture Luncheon

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


Roman Chariot Race

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

Photo by Rob Lee

SMAC Talk

Combating Homelessness Stereotypes

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

Middle School Identity Workshop

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


Gaga Ball Pit a Hit!

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

Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Athletic News

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


Athletic Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


Send us your news!

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