April 20, 2018

Important Dates

Rocky Hill Coffee House
Tuesday, April 24
5:30 – 7: 30 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Spring Instrumental Concert
Thursday, May 3
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Campbell Center

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

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

Tina Richards: “Tuesday’s Child”

Last week, Tina Richards ’18 spent some time with Patrice Wood WJAR to record a follow up to a “Tuesday’s Child” story that aired on WJAR NBC10 more than a decade ago. Now a senior, Tina reflected on her life experiences as an adoptee.

View the “Tuesday’s Child” story below:

Pictured are Scott Santos (WJAR), Cheryl Richards (Tina’s mother), Eva ’26 (Tina’s sister), Tina Richards ’18, Patrice Wood (WJAR), and Beth Capron (Adoption Rhode Island).

Introducing, “The Galley”

On Wednesday, Rocky Hill School’s booster club, “The Crew,” held a ribbon cutting for its new concession stand, “The Galley.” A huge thanks goes out to the Cote family, Zen Real Estate GroupBob G’s Auto Repair, Gannon Sign, the PTL, the Lower School art students, and all of the volunteers who helped make it a reality. And a second shout out to the PTL for the free Del’s Lemonade!


Teach-in/Walk-out at RHS

Upper School faculty, staff, and students partnered for a “Teach-in” and “Walk-out” to observe the #NationalSchoolWalkout Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools. This date was chosen because it is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine, CO shootings that began the current era of “lock-down culture” in American schools. Following the recent Parkland, FL school shooting, national education leaders and student groups have selected this day as a teachable moment.

Click here to read more


New Podcast:
5Qs With Karl Wadensten ’78

 

As part of our Innovation Through Education podcast series, the latest podcast features Jason DeGerlia ’19 speaking with Karl Wadensten ’78 about business and innovation.

Click here to check out all of our podcasts


Summer Camps:
Now Registering

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

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


In Search of a Host Family

Are you interested in hosting a boy from China who will be entering grade 9 at Rocky Hill School next year? If so, please contact Apex International Education Partners, LLC at 203-992-2437 or visit www.aiepusa.com. As a host family, you will offer an international student the opportunity to discover America through your eyes throughout the school year. Your family will not only gain a new family member, but will also learn about a different culture, its values and traditions, language, food, and more. A generous monthly stipend in the amount of $1,300 per student is offered.


Coffee House

Tuesday, April 24
6:00 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Tri-Music Honor Society is hosting its spring Coffee House on April 24. With the success they had gathering almost 100 cans of donated food during the winter Coffee House, they are excited to announce that this spring’s event will benefit Community Music Works, a Providence organization that gives instruments to children who would otherwise not be able to afford them. Admission to the Coffee House is free, and pies will be sold to raise funds for the charity.


Cooking for the Community

St. Luke’s Church in East Greenwich has offered our Middle and Upper School students an opportunity to serve the local Rhode Island community. Chef Jay and Lauren Savoia will host a “Cooking for the Community” event on Monday, April 30 in partnership with Christ Community Kitchen, which offers community members meals on a “free will” basis. All are welcome!


ACE Parent Gathering

Math Strategies for All Learners

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

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


Real-World Experiences

On Friday April 13, students in Scott Lapham’s Digital Photo II class participated in a day long professional photo shoot at the Rhode Island State House. The students set up an on-location photo set with Mr. Lapham and photographed more than 70 participants in the Leadership RI Class of 2018. Through this process, students were able to use the skills they had been practicing on campus in a real-world setting.


Raising Money Through Math

Ms. Conroy’s 6th grade class completed the St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon over the March break. The students raised money by asking for donations or earning donations by completing a certain number of math problems. This year, the money was raised in memory of Brenda Fougere, the late wife of Wayne Fougere, from Plant Operations. Together the class raised $1421 for St. Jude’s.


SMAC Talk

Middle School Workshops

On Friday, April 13, members of Students Making Activist Choices (SMAC) spent the afternoon running workshops with the Middle School on gender and sexuality. Among the topics that were discussed were gender representation in the media and movies, the manifestation of gender bias in advertising, and gender discriminatory policies/language. SMAC’s workshops with the Middle School students and faculty this school year have been entirely student-led, and they hope to build on these endeavors as they look toward more cross-divisional initiatives going forward. For more information on the equity and inclusion program at Rocky Hill School, please contact Matt Gnolfo, Director of Diversity.

Students of Color Conference

On Sunday, April 14, Jace Cardona ’18 and Isabella Robinson ’20 participated in AISNE’s Students of Color Conference at Moses Brown School. The day included workshops on racial identity, participation in race-based affinity groups, and keynote addresses by John Jennings and Sarah Kay.


Visiting a Research Lab

On Thursday, April 12, Dr. Yana Reshetnyak and Dr. Oleg Andreev invited 22 English and Biology students to their cancer research lab. The two doctors use HeLa cells that the students read about in the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Drs. Reshetnyak and Andreev have developed cutting edge imaging techniques that allow surgeons to more accurately segregate cancerous and non-cancerous cells.

While at the research facility, the students visited the cell culture room where the proliferation of HeLa cell cultures was occurring. Under watchful eyes, they witnessed the tumor visualization room and the technology room where multiple light sensing and detecting devices were explained to the students. Several URI graduate students were excellent communicators about the aspects of this imaging project that they were intimately involved with. It was truly a tremendous opportunity for Rocky Hill School students and faculty alike.


Great Portfolio Show!

The Visual Arts Department thanks everyone who attended the Portfolio Art Show. There were amazing works of art displayed that the students put a lot of creative effort into. Each of the artists explained their concentration and described their breadth of work. Check out these photos of the event!


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 Lacrosse

Friday, April 20
4:00 p.m.
Marianapolis Lacrosse @ Thompson, CT (Marianapolis Preparatory School)

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse
Monday, April 23
4:00 p.m.
Cranston East HS Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Varsity Tennis
Friday, April 20
4:00 p.m.
St. Andrews Tennis @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

Varsity Golf
Monday, April 23
3:30 p.m.
St. Andrews Golf @ North Kingstown, RI (Quidnessett Country Club)

Varsity Sailing
Saturday, April 21
Time TBD
O’Day Qualifier @ TBD

MS Boys’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, April 24
3:45 p.m.
St. Michael’s MS Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, April 24
4:00 p.m.
Pine Point Lacrosse @ Stonington, CT (Pine Point School)

MS Tennis
Thursday, April 26
3:45 p.m.
Wheeler MS Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)


Jade Ma ’23 recently performed “Tarantella” by Moszkowski at Laurelmead Retirement Community in Providence.


Jade also performed a duet with Madeleine Lee, “Cortege” from Petite Suite by C. Debussy at the Four Hand Recital, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Music 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.

April 13, 2018

Important Dates

Meet the New Athletic Director, Megan Williams
Tuesday, April 17
5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center
Then stay for the Portfolio Art Show!

Portfolio Art Show
Tuesday, April 17
6:00 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Performance of Four Legs to Stand On
by Spring Artist-In-Residence Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06
Thursday, April 19
6:30 p.m.
Campbell Center
Click here to RSVP

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

Gov. Gina Raimondo endorses COAAST

Click here to RSVP to the FREE public performance of Four Legs to Stand On, Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Campbell Center.

A drug take-back will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at locations across the state. Click here for more information.


Tina Richards – “Tuesday’s Child”

Earlier this week, Tina Richards ’18 spent some time with Patrice Wood of WJAR/NBC10 to record a follow up to a “Tuesday’s Child” story that aired on WJAR years ago. During her interview with Ms. Wood, Tina reflected on her life experiences as an adoptee. The “Tuesday Child” segment with Tina will air on Tuesday, April 17 at 12:00 and 6:00 p.m. Don’t miss it! 

Pictured are Scott Santos (WJAR), Cheryl Richards (Tina’s mother), Eva ’26 (Tina’s sister), Tina Richards ’18, Patrice Wood (WJAR), and Beth Capron (Adoption Rhode Island). 

Math Team Heads to Championship

The Rocky Hill Mathematics Team has been invited to the New England Mathematics Championship in Canton, MA on April 27. The team placed 4th in Rhode Island and competed at the Rhode Island State Championship on April 11.

Rocky Hill School’s 2017-2018 Math Team: back row – Jiamu Song ’19 and Helen Pan ’19; front row – Ellen Guo ’19,Nina Zheng ’19, Mike Wu ’20, and Ding Pang ’18.

New Podcast:
5Qs With Kati Machtley

As part of our Innovation Through Education podcast series, the latest podcast features Tolly Tassone ’19 speaking with Kati Machtley, Co-Founder and Director of the Women’s Summit at Bryant University.

Click here to listen


Order Your Yearbook

The yearbook staff is hard at work finalizing this year’s book, which incorporates events from ALL divisions. Be sure to order your special keepsake today!

The deadline to order a yearbook is MONDAY, April 16 at 11:00 p.m.
To place your order:

  • Visit www.coffeepond.com and select “Order Yearbook” under the Yearbook menu at the top of the page
  • Enter Rocky Hill School’s code = TheCrest2018
  • Follow the prompts to complete your order

If you are not sure whether or not you have already ordered a yearbook, email Katy Basu at kbasu@rockyhill.org.


Summer Camps:
Now Registering

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

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


Four Legs to Stand On

A performance by COASST, written by Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06
*This performance is recommended for audiences ages 14 and above.

Last week, Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06 (our spring Innovator-in-Residence) and her crew from Coaast: Creating Outreach About Addiction Support Together performed their production of Four Legs to Stand On for our Upper School students. Here is feedback from Cortlandt Meyerson ’20:

It was fantastic! It was deeply emotionally relatable and it approached addiction from a different viewpoint. The actors were skilled and also cared about the play, which gave it even more emotion. It definitely struck a chord with the community and I personally was left with a lot to think about.”

Click below to view a slideshow by Rob Lee:

COAAST - Four Legs to Stand On

Please join us for the 35-minute play, followed by a short Q&A talkback, which confronts the audience with questions rather than answers like, “Is addiction a disease or a moral weakness?” With reflections on how we as a community can shift the social underpinnings that stigmatize those who suffer, the hope is the community will come to the aid of those suffering from addiction with understanding, compassion, and support. The play challenges the audience and the community to change the status quo – and to reach out to those addicted as well as their friends and family.


Portfolio Art Show

Tuesday, April 17
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Over the course of the school year, AP Studio Art and Portfolio Ceramics students have developed their portfolios through development of skills and technique, as well as their conceptual thinking. Come listen to our students present their work, and describe their concentration and creative process. Refreshments will be available and students will speak about their work for three to five minutes each.


ACE Parent Gathering

Math Strategies for All Learners

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

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


Design & Construction Expert Visits 5th Grade

Caleb Wiley, Project Manager of Shawmut Design and Construction, visited the fifth grade class last Friday afternoon. He discussed the work he does and how it relates to the fifth grader’s Math Store Project. He spoke about the importance of planning and creating items to scale. The students were able to work with real floor plans. This Project Based Learning experience has provided students the opportunity to create a scaled model of a store and shopping center set in an empty lot in North Kingstown. Keep on the look out for our final shopping center design!


All-State Ensemble

Several Rocky Hill School students auditioned for, and were accepted to perform with the R.I. Music Educators All-State Ensembles. The All-State Concert was held on March 25 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence. From left to right are Jeremiah Malone ’21, Tuba, Junior Division Band; Gregory Tatevian ’21, Violin, Junior Division Orchestra; Alejandro Wu ’21, Viola, Junior Division Orchestra; Esteban Wu ’19, Violin, Senior Division Orchestra; Max Lehouiller ’20, Guitar, Senior Division Guitar Ensemble and Bass, Senior Division Orchestra; and Brendan Weiner ’23, French Horn, Junior Division Band. The students competed with other outstanding players from all over the state for a chance to participate in the All-State Concert. Congratulations to our outstanding musicians!


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 Lacrosse

Friday, April 13
4:00 p.m.
Williams School Lacrosse @ Waterford, CT (The Williams School Athletics Complex and Playing Fields)

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse
Friday, April 13
4:00 p.m.
Williams School Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Varsity Tennis
Wednesday, April 18
4:00 p.m.
Macduffie School Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Varsity Golf
Friday, April 13
3:45 p.m.
Marianapolis Golf @ Connecticut National Golf Club, Putnam, CT 06260

Varsity Sailing
Friday, April 13
3:30 p.m.
Friday Night Lights @ Newport, RI (Sail Newport)

MS Boys’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, April 17
3:45 p.m.
St. Philomena MS Lacrosse @ St. Philomena School, Portsmouth, RI

MS Girls’ Lacrosse
Thursday, April 19
3:45 p.m.
Lincoln School MS Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Tennis
Tuesday, April 17
4:00 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

George Kass ’20 was awarded Second Place, Under 18 for his photo, “Enjoying the View, Squirrel on Branch” in the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s 2017 Photo Contest.

Click the photo below to see all of the winning entries


Ben Rosenberg ’19 recently competed in the Nacra 15 Midwinters West Regatta at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, CA. On the first day, Ben and his crew, Sidney Charbonnet of New Orleans, won their first three races and finished 5th in the final race of the day. They finished the regatta in 6th place overall, racing against 18 other competitors.


Noah Blazevic ’28 is very excited to have his first published book of poetry be part of our RHS library. All of the poems in the book were written by Noah over the past year and the pictures were drawn by his sister, Mila ’31. Click the image of the book to visit the book on the Amazon page. Congratulations and well done, Noah!

 


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.

April 6, 2018

Important Dates

Middle School PTL Meeting
Wednesday, April 11
6:00 p.m.
MS Commons

Meet the New Athletic Director, Megan Williams
Tuesday, April 17
5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center
Then go to the Portfolio Art Show!

Portfolio Art Show
Tuesday, April 17
6:00 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Performance of Four Legs to Stand On
by Spring Artist-In-Residence Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06
Thursday, April 19
6:30 p.m.
Campbell Center
Click here to RSVP

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

Spring Snow by Rob Lee

Spring snow


Director of Admission
for 2018-19 Hired

Rocky Hill School is pleased to announce the appointment of Jan Cooney as the 2018-19 Director of Admission and Financial Assistance, who will join the team upon Catherine Washburn’s retirement this June.

“I am excited to be joining Rocky Hill at a time when there are so many innovative initiatives happening on campus. I look forward to telling your intriguing story and bringing new families and students to the Rocky Hill School community.”    – Jan Cooney

Read more about Ms. Cooney by clicking here


Charlie Laurent in Edutopia

Charlie Laurent has recently been published in Edutopia, where he described the Smith’s Castle PBL project that his students recently experienced. This type of learning experience is provided to Rocky Hill School students at all levels by our dedicated teachers, who uniquely prepare their students to be successful navigators throughout their lives.

Click the article image to read more


#BPLC18 Comes to Rocky Hill

On Thursday, a group of 24 educators visited Rocky Hill School to observe classes and hear from our expert teachers as part of the Highlander Institute’s Blended and Personal Learning Conference. This diverse group of teachers, technology specialists, and administrators from every region of the country all share our school’s goal of helping students develop their own personal understanding of the material they encounter in their studies. The visitors toured the three divisions, observed classes, asked students and teachers questions, and listened to Charlie Laurent, Pam Matson, and Jess Russell explain how they are using Project-Based Learning to personalize learning. The visit ended with a discussion with Mike Gwaltney about how to use online and blended learning strategies to support personalized learning. It was a real honor for Rocky Hill to host these visitors from #BPLC18. The word is out — Rocky Hill School is on the move!


Join the Fall Classic Committee

Believe it or not, plans are already underway for our 20th Annual Fall Classic and Dinner Auction, which will be held Monday, September 24, 2018, at Quidnessett Country Club.

All parents are invited to join the committee and there are many ways to get involved. This signature event is a wonderful community-builder (for golfers and non-golfers alike!) and raises a significant amount of money to support our students and School.

The first meeting will be Thursday, May 10th at 8:15 am in the Idea Lab. Please let Missy Walker, Development Associate, know if you are interested joining the committee: mwalker@rockyhill.org.


RHEA – Last Chance!

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 Wednesday afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors.

Available courses:

  • Outdoor Games & Sports
  • Cooking for the Community
  • Dollhouse Decorating
  • Mad Scientists!
  • Art Tastings II

Deadline for registration is Friday, April 6.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Order Your Yearbook

The yearbook staff is hard at work finalizing this year’s book, which incorporates events from ALL divisions. Be sure to order your special keepsake today!

The deadline to order a yearbook – April 17 – is fast approaching. To place your order:

  • Visit www.coffeepond.com and select “Order Yearbook” under the Yearbook menu at the top of the page
  • Enter Rocky Hill School’s code = TheCrest2018
  • Follow the prompts to complete your order

If you are not sure whether or not you have already ordered a yearbook, email Katy Basu at kbasu@rockyhill.org.


Summer Camps:
Now Registering

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

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



Four Legs to Stand On

A performance by COASST, written by Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06
*This performance is recommended for audiences ages 14 and above.

Earlier this week, Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06 (our spring Innovator-in-Residence) and her crew from Coaast: Creating Outreach About Addiction Support Together performed their production of Four Legs to Stand On for our Upper School students. Here is feedback from Ava Seitz ’19:

“I am so excited the Upper School was given the opportunity to see that amazing piece of theater! I really think that the show made an impact on a lot of kids. I felt it in the room while the show was going on with the people around me. What was really cool was that throughout the day I heard kids from all different grades and social groups having conversations. “ 

Click below to view a slideshow by Rob Lee:

COAAST - Four Legs to Stand On

Please join us for the 35-minute play, followed by a short Q&A talkback, which confronts the audience with questions rather than answers like, “Is addiction a disease or a moral weakness?” With reflections on how we as a community can shift the social underpinnings that stigmatize those who suffer, the hope is the community will come to the aid of those suffering from addiction with understanding, compassion, and support. The play challenges the audience and the community to change the status quo – and to reach out to those addicted as well as their friends and family.


Portfolio Art Show

Tuesday, April 17
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Over the course of the school year, AP Studio Art and Portfolio Ceramics students have developed their portfolios through development of skills and technique, as well as their conceptual thinking. Come listen to our students present their work, and describe their concentration and creative process. Refreshments will be available and students will speak about their work for three to five minutes each.


Conversations About the
Future of Work 

On Thursday, March 29, Rocky Hill School, Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), and MassRobotics joined together to spark important conversations about how artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are influencing the work of the future, which in turn will dramatically impact the future workforce (students currently in grades K-12). Rocky Hill School initiated this collaboration to bring high-level business, tech, and education thought leaders together to discuss industry trends, technological innovations, and the intersection of artificial and collective human intelligence in organizations today, all with an eye on the future.

The event, “Boston at the Crossroads of Tech and Work” was held at the Old State House in Boston, a symbol of America’s innovation and independence. Several Rocky Hill School administrators, faculty, and eight Upper School students joined the audience of tech leaders, entrepreneurs, media specialists, and educators.

Read more about it by clicking here


Thank You for Supporting the Arts

Thank you to all who came out to support our musicians and artists at The Hive Closing Reception last Thursday evening. It was a wonderful celebration of our students’ artistic accomplishments and a great community gathering.  ​


Researching the BI Wind Farm

Brianna Runshe’s Environmental Science class and Liz McClintick’s 7th grade science class visited the Coastal Resource Center at URI’s Bay Campus on Monday, where they learned about the Block Island Wind Farm/Deepwater Wind project from Dr. Joy McGuirl-Hadley. The students were introduced to the RI Ocean Special Area Management Plan and its role in gaining approvals and identifying locations for implementing the state’s first offshore wind energy farm off Block Island. Jennifer McCann, Director of the CRC, discussed the process that was used to explore, research, debate, and then implement the Block Island Wind Farm.

The students worked in groups to identify interests of RI Offshore Wind Energy stakeholders, such as fishermen, scientists, birders, and tourists. They also researched the impact on the economy as well as Native Americans who have burial grounds under the water. Another field trip will occur in May, when the students will visit the Block Island Wind Farm by boat.


A Visit by Both Donor and Recipient

Sean Geoghegan (father of Willa ’20) and Derrick Robinson, P.A. (father of Bella ’20) shared time with students in Human Physiology, AP Biology, and Bioethics classes to openly tell the story of how Sean came to the decision to be a kidney donor to Derrick. The students freely asked questions to discover what physiological, immunological, clinical, personal, financial, and ethical issues affect people going through the kidney transplantation processes. The genuine first-hand knowledge, openness, and friendliness of both Sean and Derrick allowed students to not only hear a first-hand account of a kidney transplant from both a donor and a recipient’s perspective, but to also realize that often learned science has personal and real effects upon people.


Alzheimer’s Expert Visits Upper School

Dr. Peter Snyder (father of Jacob ’21) took time out of his busy schedule to meet with several Upper School science classes on Tuesday, where he discussed his groundbreaking research into how he and his research team have identified biomarkers in the eye’s retina that show a probable correlation to pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease. With this, Dr. Snyder and his team are developing a potential eye exam that would be readily accessible, and explained why this is an urgent need. Dr. Snyder also presented on the ethics of the scientific disclosure.

The students were very fortunate to have such a distinguished medical professional meet with them. Dr. Snyder is Vice President for Research & Economic Development and Professor of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at URI; Adjunct Professor of Neurology & Ophthalmology at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University; and Editor-in-Chief, Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, an Open Access Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.


Designing Playgrounds for Haiti

On Monday, the sixth grade Math and French classes met with Father Bob from Providence Haiti Outreach to learn about St. Dominique School in Marigot, Haiti. In addition to providing free education and daily meals to 300 Haitian children, the school is a place for the community to access water, provide a safe haven for neighbors in times of danger (such as earthquakes), and much more.

Rocky Hill School students will be contributing to St. Dominique School’s mission by designing and building to scale a playground (or other structure) to benefit the students and their community. They started the project by learning about Haiti’s climate and culture and, more importantly, about the needs of its children and families. In the coming weeks, students will continue learning about culture as they develop their project. Their models will be shared with St. Dominique’s teachers and stakeholders to help inspire a kid-approved vision for their school’s future.


A Visit to the Pequot Museum

Mrs. Gustavel’s third grade class visited the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Mashantucket, CT on Thursday. During their visit, they experienced the Gifts of the Land and Water tour where they learned how Native Americans used natural resources to make tools, cure illnesses, build shelters, and fashion clothing. The students also participated in an archaeological exploration of artifacts and ecofacts from three different time periods. It was a day full of learning and fun!


Environmental Partnership 

Dr. Brett Still, one of New England’s leading environmental and natural resource experts from URI, teamed up with the second grade science class on Thursday. Dr. Still helped the class kick off their unit about the Earth’s surface and he gave the students a real-world challenge that relates to the Garden Classroom. The class and Mr. Wyzga will work with Dr. Still for the next couple of months.


Helping Across Oceans

During World Cultures Week, the Middle School partnered with Newport-based PhilAm group who collaborated with the Baptist Missions of America to provide medical supplies and clothing to the Philippines. The National Junior Honor Society members spent their March break holding bake sales to raise money for the Baptist Mission. In addition to their donation of gratitude to the PhilAm for their assistance and week-long presence during World Cultures Week, the Middle School raised $513 for the Philippine Mission.


Working the Numbers

The kindergarteners worked on their “counting collections” for their math project in the Lower School. Mrs. Dumas helped them organize their materials, and they counted supplies in pairs. They started counting by ones, but then noticed that counting by fives would be much faster. Everything they touched on fit nicely into the math curriculum: counting to 100 using friendly numbers, skip counting, organizing data, recognizing and comparing attributes, and organizing data.


Movin’ On Up

The kindergarten class welcomed their Preschool friends this week, who will be joining them on Thursday mornings to prepare for their transition to kindergarten. Welcome, friends!


Vets for a Day

Mrs. Lee’s first grade class visited South Bay Veterinary Clinic in Narragansett, where Dr. Bowater, DVM taught them the ins and outs of caring for pets and how a vet clinic operates.

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 Lacrosse

Friday, April 6 – CANCELLED
4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas More Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse
Friday, April 6 – CANCELLED
4:00 p.m.
MacDuffie School Lacrosse @ The MacDuffie School: 66 School St, Granby, MA 01033

Varsity Tennis
Friday, April 6 – CANCELLED
4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas More Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Varsity Golf
Monday, April 9
3:30 p.m.
St. Andrews Golf @ North Kingstown, RI (Quidnessett Country Club)

Varsity Sailing
Friday, April 6 – CANCELLED
3:30 p.m.
Friday Night Lights @ Newport, RI (Sail Newport)

MS Boys’ Lacrosse
Thursday, April 12
3:45 p.m.
Pennfield MS Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ Lacrosse
Thursday, April 12
4:00 p.m.
Pennfield MS Lacrosse @ Portsmouth, RI (Pennfield School)

MS Tennis
Tuesday, April 10
4:00 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Last Saturday, members of the Rocky Hill School community of both the present and the past volunteered their time to sing in St. Augustin Church’s Choir where Mr. Matt Gnolfo is the organist and choir director. Pictured are Willa Geoghegan ’21 and Ava Seitz ’19, along with former RHS student, Rafael Boccuni-Godfrey.


Lizzie Hayes ’22 competed at the Pink Invitational in Philadelphia, PA. Over 3,800 girls from around the country competed to raise money and awareness for breast cancer auxiliary treatments. Lizzie’s team raised $1,400 and her floor routine score of 9.15 earned an extra donation to be made in her name. She also finished in the Top 10 on the Beam and the Floor Exercise at the 2018 Rhode Island State Championships.

Lizzie Hayes ’22

Ruby Boesch ’28 recently performed Irish Step Dancing with her classmates from the Kelly School of Irish Dance at the Harlem Globetrotters show at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.


Last Monday, an award ceremony was held for Alyssa Grayson ’19 at the RI Farm Bureau. Heidi Wright of the USFWS presented Alyssa with an Award of Excellence from Prudential Spirit of Community for her 1,700+ volunteer hours, which included various animal science outreach with 4H, volunteering as a field technician and citizen scientist on many different animal projects with the Rhode Island DEM, and animal and environmental programs and presentations at the USFWS. Alyssa also received the President’s Volunteer Service Award with a letter from President Donald J. Trump.

Jen Brooks from RIDEM, Heidi Wright from RI 4H, Alyssa Grayson ’19, and Janis Nepshinsky from USFWS.

Amanda Siegel ’15, a junior at Brown University, was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the United States. It seeks to encourage intellectual distinction among undergraduates by recognizing outstanding academic accomplishment in the course of a broad liberal education. Approximately 2% of Brown’s junior class is inducted every year. Amanda was honored to have her RHS first grade teacher, Mrs. Patty Pontarelli, join her family at the Society’s recent induction ceremony. Amanda’s independent study under Mrs. Pontarelli’s mentorship fostered her love of Education Studies, her undergraduate concentration.

Patty Pontarelli and Amanda Seigel ’15

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.

March 29, 2018

Important Dates

Lower & Upper School PTL Meeting
Wednesday, April 4
6:00 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Middle School PTL Meeting
Wednesday, April 11
6:00 p.m.
MS Commons

Portfolio Art Show
Tuesday, April 17
6:00 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Performance of Four Legs to Stand On
by Spring Artist-In-Residence Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06
Thursday, April 19
6:30 p.m.
Campbell Center
Click here to RSVP

Permanent Entrepreneur-in-Residence Named

The founder of Sproutel, Hannah Chung, and her team have been selected as Rocky Hill School’s permanent Entrepreneur-in-Residence, which will allow our students to have unprecedented access to a social venture that develops products to improve the lives of children and families who experience health-related concerns. The Sproutel team was named winner of the 2018 Tech For A Better World, at the Consumer Electronics Show.

“Our team and I are very excited to be a part of the Rocky Hill School community as we innovate and develop products that empower people in their healthcare journey!” 

– Hannah Chung

Hannah Chung (far left) worked with students in all divisions during her visit to Rocky Hill School in the fall.

Coding, 3D Modeling & Design Experiences Offered

This spring, BlocksCAD, one of our LearnLaunch partners, will work with several students in grades 4 – 8. These students will receive 30 minutes of BlocksCAD coaching per week for 8-10 weeks. The experiences will be created around the students’ interests and skill level and each will receive two 3D-printed models of the projects they create. This unique, individualized opportunity allows our students to get their feet wet with coding and 3D modeling, or to advance their existing skill sets and deepen understanding. 


RHEA Spring 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 Wednesday afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors.

Courses include:

  • Outdoor Games & Sports
  • Cooking for the Community
  • Outdoor Pursuits
  • Dollhouse Decorating
  • Mad Scientists!
  • Art Tastings II

Deadline for registration is Friday, April 6.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Order Your Yearbook

The yearbook staff is hard at work finalizing this year’s book, which incorporates events from ALL divisions. Be sure to order your special keepsake today!

The deadline to order a yearbook – April 17 – is fast approaching. To place your order:

  • Visit www.coffeepond.com and select “Order Yearbook” under the Yearbook menu at the top of the page
  • Enter Rocky Hill School’s code = TheCrest2018
  • Follow the prompts to complete your order

If you are not sure whether or not you have already ordered a yearbook, email Katy Basu at kbasu@rockyhill.org.


Summer Camps:
Now Registering

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

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


Pony Barn Renovation Update

Over the March break, crews completed abatement and demolition work in the Pony Barn thanks to funding from families and recent fundraising events. This follows the work done last summer to upgrade the septic system. This summer we plan to work on the exterior as we prepare to turn the Pony Barn into a vibrant and creative new work space for students, faculty, and our many business, non-profit, and individual partners.

BEFORE – first floor

Four Legs to Stand On

A performance by COASST, written by Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06

*This performance is recommended for audiences ages 14 and above.

Please join us for the 35-minute play, followed by a short Q&A talkback, which confronts the audience with questions rather than answers like, “Is addiction a disease or a moral weakness?” With reflections on how we as a community can shift the social underpinnings that stigmatize those who suffer, the hope is the community will come to the aid of those suffering from addiction with understanding, compassion, and support. The play challenges the audience and the community to change the status quo – and to reach out to those addicted as well as their friends and family.


Portfolio Art Show

Tuesday, April 17
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Over the course of the school year, AP Studio Art and Portfolio Ceramics students have developed their portfolio through development of skills and technique as well as their conceptual thinking. Come listen to our students present their work, describing their concentration and creative process. Refreshments will be available and students will speak about their work for three to five minutes each.


Trekking the Far East

Over the March break, Ming Shen and Michael Chatterley accompanied eight Upper School students on a two-week excursion through China. They visited Beijing, Shaanxi, and Shanghai. The students travelled to China to better understand international Chinese education, and witness traditional architecture, parks, cuisine, and art. This trip will open future opportunities for other Rocky Hill School language students to visit other countries.


Leadership RI Visits Rocky Hill

On Wednesday, members of Leadership Rhode Island, a diverse group of established and emerging leaders who participate in a thought-provoking, 10-month community leadership program, visited Rocky Hill School as part of their Education Day. The program sent teams to schools throughout Rhode Island to learn about curriculum, faculty training, school culture, and challenges within education today. We were pleased to share news about the Center for Innovation, recent faculty professional development, and our focus on the eight Student Competencies and real-world learning.

Mike Gwaltney and Mike Jedrey explain the eight RHS Student Competencies to members of the Leadership RI Class of 2018 in the Idea Lab.

Students Network, Communicate, and Engage with Top Leaders

Rocky Hill School students were invited to attend the 2018 Bryant University Women’s Summit by founding director, Kati Machtley, to explore how women impact industries, network to support the future of work for women around the world, and leverage our local leadership for a better tomorrow. Ava Seitz ’19 and Neha Basu ’20 were inspired after hearing keynote speaker and founder of Rent the Runway, Jennifer Hyman, and Media Mogul Producer, Nely Galan. They also attended workshops such as “Neuro-based Strategies and Secrets to Reach Your Most Confident Self.”

This was so AMAZING! The atmosphere was incredibly supportive and empowering in itself, and the keynote speakers were so inspiring.

– Neha Basu ’20

“Today was so amazing! Neha and I met so many inspiring women and I can’t wait to meet with you to share my notes and share ideas. This conference got my brain going and I can not wait to make women empowerment an even bigger part of our community. Thank you!” ~ Ava ‘19

Neha Basu ’20, Media Mogul Producer Nely Galan, and Ava Seitz ’19

Connecting With Biologist in the Field

Before the March break, Ms. Runshe’s Environmental Science students Skyped with Grace Hanson, a marine biologist graduate student at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) who is working on restoring coral nurseries in Florida. Joining the class were several faculty members and Marine Biology students.

Grace explained how she scuba dives with her coworkers to monitor the reefs from West Palm Beach down to Miami. They measure and identify the corals and octocorals on the reef and track the Giant Barrel Sponges on the reefs. Their lab (http://cnso.nova.edu/research/labs/gilliam.html) has been monitoring the reefs for close to a decade, so they have long-term data sets that document the reefs’ health. Grace will write her thesis about NSU’s offshore coral nursery, examining how it has fared through storms, disease, and warm events that have occurred over the last decade.


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

This NCAA Eligibility Guide answers important questions for four groups of people involved in the NCAA initial-eligibility process:

  1. High school students who hope to compete in college sports at an NCAA Division I or II school
  2. Parents, guardians, and family members of high school students
  3. High school counselors and athletics administrators
  4. High school and non-scholastic coaches

Click the image below to read the guide 


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse

Friday, April 6
4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas More Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse
Friday, April 6
4:00 p.m.
MacDuffie School Lacrosse @ The MacDuffie School: 66 School St, Granby, MA 01033

Varsity Tennis
Friday, April 6
4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas More Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Varsity Golf
Monday, April 9
3:30 p.m.
St. Andrews Golf @ North Kingstown, RI (Quidnessett Country Club)

Varsity Sailing
Tuesday, April 3
Time TBD

EG Sailing @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ Lacrosse
Thursday, April 12
3:45 p.m.
Pennfield MS Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ Lacrosse
Thursday, April 12
4:00 p.m.
Pennfield MS Lacrosse @ Portsmouth, RI (Pennfield School)

MS Tennis
Tuesday, April 10
4:00 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)


Congratulations to Genevieve Bradley ’23 who won 2nd Place in the Level II 2018 Rhode Island State Fire Safety Poster Contest. Genevieve will receive $200 and a trophy at an awards luncheon for all student winners, their teachers and families, fire officials, and guests on Wednesday, May 30 at the Providence Marriott Hotel.


Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 swam in the 2018 New England YMCA Swimming Championships at M.I.T. in Boston on March 18, 2018, which features the best swimmers from the six New England states. He swam in five events in the Boys 15-18 years old Division in the preliminaries and qualified for the finals in all of his events.

In the finals, Cort placed 6th in the 500 yard freestyle, 5th in the 400 yard freestyle relay, 6th in the 200 yard freestyle relay, 13th in 100 yard freestyle, and 15th in the 50 yard freestyle.  He scored points for his team in every event and had several personal best times during the meet.


Darshell Silva recently presented to the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity’s Principal Residency Network on Building Capacity for Teachers in Technology Integration. Learn more about the network by clicking here.

Mrs. Silva also visited the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) offices to work with others on refreshing the Computer Science Educators Standards. Learn more about the standards by clicking here.

On March 21, the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAMI) celebrated the best and brightest of the Maryland cybersecurity community. Sally Kenyon Grant ’87, Vice President of Point3 Security, was presented with the Signature Award Best of Baltimore City sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee. Congratulations, Sally!


Meredith (Fink) Lindberg ’99 is organizing the RI Brain Tumor Walk Event for Fierce For Life at Goddard Park on April 15, 2018 on behalf of her four-year-old daughter, Makayla. If you are able to sponsor or walk in this event, or would like more information about it, please visit the event’s webpage.


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.

March 10, 2018

Important Dates

Middle and Upper School Juried Art Show
Through March 29
The Hive – North Kingstown, RI

SCHOOL CLOSED – MARCH BREAK
Monday, March 12 to Monday, March 26
Classes resume Tuesday, March 27

SCHOOL CLOSED – GOOD FRIDAY
Friday, March 30

Lower & Upper School PTL Meeting
Wednesday, April 4
6:00 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Middle School PTL Meeting
Wednesday, April 11
6:00 p.m.
MS Commons

Portfolio Art Show
Tuesday, April 17
6:00 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Performance of Four Legs to Stand On
by Spring Artist-In-Residence Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06
Thursday, April 19
6:30 p.m.
Campbell Center

World Cultures Week:
The Philippines

The Lower and Middle Schools launched their World Cultures Week on Monday, beginning the immersion into the Filipino culture. Broken into four multi-age groups, the students stepped away from their normal schedule, welcoming a wide range of wonderful visitors to campus to share their culture and expertise with us, and choosing their own paths of investigation throughout the week.

Click the image below to view a slideshow:

World Cultures Week 2018


Enjoy this video of several Middle School students explaining the island of Mindanao to the tune of “You’re Welcome,” from the movie Moana.


Promoting the #CommonGood

Rocky Hill School is among the nation’s first schools to join a new national campaign to mobilize middle and high schools to prepare young people to be constructive community members and citizens who create a better world. Led by Harvard’s Making Caring Common project, the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign aims to motivate schools to take action to help mend our country’s fractures and strengthen democracy.

“We are very excited to be part of this important project. Rocky Hill School has always been a supportive community to students and their families, and this project will help show students how they can help make their communities more supportive for everyone.” – Mike Gwaltney, Head of Upper School

Read more


SMAC Talk

Spring break is the perfect time to so some great reading, with long flights and car rides, or just some relaxing time at home. In light of this, SMAC would like to introduce The Great Rocky Hill Read initiative to the entire school community. SMAC, in tandem with the English and History Departments, is initiating The Great Rocky Hill Read in an effort to introduce texts written by and about people from traditionally marginalized and underrepresented groups. The goal is to propose texts to the English and History Departments for their consideration to implement some of these titles in their classes in order to reflect the demographics of the School and the world in a more representative and inclusive way.

Below is the list of books that SMAC would like to offer as “suggested titles.” If you have other ideas for books, please submit them to Jace Cardona ’18 and Matt Gnolfo, Director of Diversity. Updates will be posted on deadlines as the year progresses, and SMAC aims for the inclusion of some of these texts to be in place beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Proposed titles:

Upper School

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • Nora and Kettle by Lauren Taylor
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Middle School

  • Luna by Julie Anne Peters
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Classic by Terry West
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Lower School

  • Fish for Jimmy by Katie Yamasaki
  • Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
  • Grace for President by Kelley DiPucchio
  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  • Way Up and Over Everything by Alice McGill and Jude Daly
  • A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
  • Red, A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

News from the Center for Innovation

Spring Innovator-in-Residence kicks off her residency with a personal story, a creative activity, and a plan to engage all classrooms!

On Friday during a stormy afternoon, Upper School students met Ana Bess Moyer Bell ‘06. Through sharing her personal story, Ana Bess quickly connected with students as they visibly and metaphorically leaned into the conversation around advocacy and addiction. More than that, Ana Bess created space for students to explore stigma and impact around mental health and other related phenomena often erased from our spoken experience as humans.

Students created tableaus (still, visual snapshots using their bodies in response to a theme or question) and performed them as advisory teams. To deepen the learning, our Innovators-in-Residence program, by design, is structured to generate countless opportunities for teachers, students groups, and classrooms to connect with Ms. Moyer Bell to explore critical themes across the content areas. We will be working with Ms. Moyer Bell as our Spring 2018 Innovator-in-Residence throughout the remainder of the year, so there will be much more to come!


Together we are stronger: Moving the Needle Through a Powerful Network Around Innovation

On Wednesday, February 28, three colleagues convened at Rocky Hill School to discuss the future of education. Director of Innovation, Meg Stowe welcomed Colleen Worrell, Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA, and Eric Roland, Precourt Director of Partnerships for the Tang Institute at Phillips Andover, in Andover, MA to engage in discussions around innovative models in education. Within this dynamic and powerful professional learning community emerged authentic dialogue around what it means to “do school.” They met with Mike Gwaltney, Head of Upper School to explore the power of student-centered projects with real-world impact, and the need to transform assessment to reflect student experience in their learning.  

“Your team’s shared vision, depth of expertise, and commitment to transforming ‘school’ is a special combination.”  – Colleen Worrell

As a group, they are examining structures, systems, curricula, and human/group norms inherent in schools, and how new models might better prepare students for life in digital and gig economies, where human capacity to adapt, think critically, and with empathy is critical. 

“We are open to new learning, we are better together, and we are not afraid to ask bold questions. We will be convening in the near future to develop some exciting co-created work to share with our community.”  – Meg Stowe, Director of Innovation at RHS


Summer Camps:
Now Registering

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

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


Student Art Show at The Hive

Closing Reception
Thursday, March 29
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
The Hive
650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown


Scaling the Stage

In Mrs. Eaton’s Math Modeling class, seniors Maddie Fine and Katlyn Conforti created this video to show their work on “scaling the stage.” The class was charged with making a scaled replica of a stagecoach to be used in the RHS winter production of Into the Woods.


These Kids Can Climb!

From left: Art Entwistle, Patrick Keane ’25, Isabella Rishworth ’25, Naseem Ankoma ’26, Luke Lehouiller ’26, Teeden Boss ’27, and Sue Wood

Bouldering certificates were awarded to the Lower School students who successfully completed the rock wall bouldering challenge.


Tasting the Culture

Tom Farrell’s AP Spanish class enjoyed a field trip to a Venezuelan restaurant in Pawtucket on Wednesday.

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

Megan Williams Named Director of Athletics for 2018-2019

Rocky Hill School is pleased to announce Megan Williams as the Director of Athletics for the 2018-2019 school year. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Williams has been a member of the Goucher College community since 2012, serving as Assistant Athletic Director, Head Field Hockey coach, and faculty member, teaching courses in Sports Psychology and Diversity Issues in Athletics.

“I’m thrilled to have Megan join us,” said Diane Rich, Assistant Head of School for Internal Affairs. “Her depth and variety of experience, along with her creative and innovative spirit, will help propel Rocky Hill School’s strategic athletic initiatives forward.”

Williams is the founder and director of Gold Standard Performance Field Hockey Camp, and served as a Regional Director for USA Field Hockey. In addition to holding a Master of Science in Sport and Recreation Science with a concentration in Coaching Education from Ohio University, she has several years of experience in marketing, curriculum development, and staff management, all of which will provide strong support for the future of Rocky Hill School’s athletics programs.

Williams will begin her position as Director of Athletics on July 1, 2018.


Boys’ Varsity Basketball Results

The Boys’ Varsity Basketball team is the NEPSAC Class D Runner-Up having lost the championship game this past Sunday at Clark University to New York Military Academy by a score of 47-52. The Mariners were 18-4 overall before the post season and went 10-0 in SENEISSA league action. The boys went 3-0 in the SENEISSA tournament and are current SENE league and tournament champions. After the post season, they have a cumulative record of 23-5.


All-Star Player!

Andrea White ’18 represented Rocky Hill School at the NEPSAC All-Star Game on Sunday, March 4 at Noble and Greenough School. Her team won 90-42 and she had two 3 point shots and a lay up (8 points), blocked 3 shots and had 3 rebounds while representing RHS on the court.

Andrea White ’18 (on left) at the NEPSAC All-Star Game

MS Athletic Awards

MS Girls’ A Basketball

  • “Leadership A Team” – Lily Kerachsky ’22
  • Co-MVP – Kaeley Zito ’22
  • Co-MVP – Charlotte Boss ’22

MS Girls’ B Basketball

  • “Leadership B Team” – Katie Kerachsky ’23
  • MIP – Skye Connell ’24
  • MIP – Kristina Griem ’24

MS Boys’ A Basketball

  • Coaches Award – Anand Basu ’22
  • MVP – Davis Lee ’22
  • MIP – Andrew Tamburini ’22

MS Boys’ B Basketball

  • Coaches Award – Nate Lee ’24
  • MVP – Alex Lehouiller ’24
  • MIP – Ben Lawson ’23
MS Athletic Award winners. (Missing: Alex Lehouiller ’24)

US Athletic Awards

​Girls’ Varsity Basketball

  • MVP – Andrea White ’18
  • MIP – Taylor Cote ’21
  • ​Coaches Award – Ptolemy Tassone ’19
  • ​NEPSAC All-Star – Andrea White ’18​

​Boys’ Varsity Basketball

  • MVP – Tedrick Wilcox ’19
  • MIP – Jay-Jiuan Hayes ’19
  • Coaches Award​ – Steven Lora ’19

Boys’ JV Basketball

  • MVP – Dylan Lehouiller ’21
  • MIP – Richard “Perry” Clark ’19
  • Coaches Award – Andrew Zito ’21

Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse

Friday, April 6
4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas More Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse
Friday, April 6
4:00 p.m.
MacDuffie School Lacrosse @ The MacDuffie School: 66 School St, Granby, MA 01033

Varsity Tennis
Friday, April 6
4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas More Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Varsity Golf
Monday, April 9
3:30 p.m.
St. Andrews Golf @ North Kingstown, RI (Quidnessett Country Club)

Varsity Sailing
Thursday, March 29
Time TBD
Thursday Night Lights @ TBD

MS Boys’ Lacrosse
Thursday, April 12
3:45 p.m.
Pennfield MS Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ Lacrosse
Thursday, April 12
4:00 p.m.
Pennfield MS Lacrosse @ Portsmouth, RI (Pennfield School)

MS Tennis
Thursday, April 12
4:00 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Jaida Catallozzi ’24 has won the last three gymnastics meets that she competed in. On February 11, she competed in the Team Challenge Meet in Danbury, CT, where she received her highest floor (9.6) and vault (9.65) scores of the season and came in first in the All Around. On February 24, Jaida competed in the Aim High Classic in East Greenwich where she received her highest beam and bar score of the season (9.525 and 9.3) and came in first in the All Around. This past weekend, she competed in the Ocean State Classic at Twin River, the last meet of the regular season, and once again came in first in the All Around. Jaida will compete in the State Championships on March 17.


Cort Meyerson ’20 swam at the South East New England Championships on Sunday, March 4 at Boston University. Here are his results:

  • 1st Place: 200 yard Freestyle Relay
  • 2nd Place: 500 yard Freestyle
  • 2nd Place: 400 yard Freestyle Relay
  • 3rd Place: 50 yard Freestyle

Cort also scored all of Rocky Hill’s 13 points at the Rhode Island High School Swimming Championships on February 24 at Brown University:

  • 11th Place: 50 yard Freestyle (6 points)
  • 10th Place: 500 yard Freestyle (7 points)

Cort’s 13 points moved Rocky Hill School up past 11 teams to place RHS 21st overall out of 32 Rhode Island high schools at the RI Championships. Next up for Cort is the New England Swimming Championships on March 18 at M.I.T. in Boston.


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.

March 5, 2018

Important Dates

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

Middle and Upper School Juried Art Show
Through March 29
The Hive – North Kingstown, RI

SCHOOL CLOSED – MARCH BREAK
Monday, March 12 to Monday, March 26
Classes resume Tuesday, March 27


Campus Safety Measures

In November of 2017, visitor check-in procedures were emailed to all current parents and vendors. Please take a moment to review them:

In addition to vendors visiting campus, the School requires anyone who is not a student, faculty, or staff member to sign in at one of the locations designated below. This measure is an important protocol that will allow us to account for all people on campus in case of an emergency. Guests are asked to check in, receive a visitor’s pass, and check out whenever on campus for any period that involves more than dropping of an item/child or picking someone up from campus. 

Check-in Locations and Proctors

  • Hopelands:  Pat McNally or Sarah Taylor
  • Flynn (US):  Lisa Goulden or Mike Gwaltney
  • Perkins (LS):  Patty Pontarelli or Charlie Laurent
  • Hale/Gibson (MS):  Mike Jedrey or Theresa Conroy
  • Nurse’s Office:  Rebecca Rabidoux

Thank you for your cooperation as we look to provide the safest environment for all who visit our campus.

World Cultures Week:
The Philippines

World Cultures Week kicks off with deep immersion into the history and culture of the Philippines. We’ll have lots of stories and photos in the next edition of eCurrents.


Summer Camps:
Now Registering

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

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


Recent Press

Meg Stowe, Director of Innovation at Rocky Hill School, spoke with Providence Business News recently. Here, Meg talks about the role of technology in the 21st-century classroom and how innovation will prepare students for the future workforce. Click here to read it


Letter: We All Need to Be Caretakers of History

Several of Mr. Laurent’s Fourth Grade students (Morgan Boss, Luke Lehouiller, and Leah Walker) were excited to see that their letter to the editor was published in the Independent. This letter was part of their months-long project on Smith’s Castle.

You can read the letter here and view the website that the students made by clicking here.


RHed Talks Presents:
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.


RI Business Strong Summit

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

Click below for details


Once Upon a Shoe

Thursday, March 8
4:30 p.m.
Middle School Commons

The RHEA production of Once Upon a Shoe will take place on on Thursday, March 8th at 4:30 p.m. in Middle School Commons. Don’t miss this side splitting show! Admission is free!

Lower School students were treated to a sneak preview of the show last week.

“Wow! That was an Oscar-worthy performance!”

– Eva Richards ’26


Visiting Author

On Friday, February 23, local author C.J. Baker visited the first and third grade classes. Ms. Baker read her book, My Big Natural Hair, to the students and spoke about what inspired her to write the book. She hopes her book will help young black girls love their hair and feel good about who they are and how they look. Ms. Baker told the students that everyone should love what makes them unique and should be proud of who they are.

The first and third grade students pose with local author C.J. Baker.

Charm Design Contest Winners

ALEX AND ANI designers returned to Rocky hill School to reveal the winners of the Charm Design Contest at our All-School meeting on Wednesday. The winners of each Student Competency design were:

  • Valentina Sian ’21 (Globally Minded)
  • Jasper Summers ’21 (Citizen)
  • Emma Stokes ’20 (Communicator)
  • Jolyne Chen ’21 (Navigator)
  • Grace Starosciak ’21 (Self-Aware)
  • Frank Yang ’21 (Innovator)
  • Sara Laurent ’21 (Ethical)
  • Bessie Yang ’21 (Critical Thinker)

The Best in Show Design went to Stefi Andreev ’21 for her design representing Citizen. ALEX AND ANI designers created a printed charm on a bangle for the Best in Show Design Winner. Luke Lehouiller ’26 and BJ Kerachsky ’25 were also recognized for their designs.


Journée Internationale de la Francophonie

To kick off the month of La Francophonie, the Upper School celebrated La Journée Internationale de la Francophonie on Thursday, March 1.

Students decked the school halls to celebrate the cultures of varied Francophone countries such as Algeria, Laos, Quebec, and Madagascar. They started the day with a French Words Pronunciation Contest, enjoyed delicious specialties from several francophone countries at lunch, participated in various activities in the afternoon (a soccer tournament, karaoke, a cooking class, a Francophone art workshop, watching short films about contemporary French multiculturalism, and a Scrabble game using French words commonly used in the United States). The day ended with the screening of the movie Intouchables. This array of cultural experiences was further sweetened with a crêpes sale that raised over $210 for the Women Refugee Care Center, a Providence-based organization working with refugees from French-speaking West-African countries.

Madame Charlotte and Madame Rich would like to thank the French IV students for organizing this day from beginning to end (Faythe Schulte ’19, Scarlett Shen ’18, Ptolemy Tassone ’19, and Charlotte Roch ’18); the French III students (Christoff Bandele ’20, Nick McConnell ’20, Cortlandt Meyerson ’20, Kobe Polley ’20, Zack Wilson ’20, and Avery Chen ’18) for supporting them by running some of the afternoon activities; the French Club for organizing the crêpes sale; Chef Jay and the Flik crew for letting students use the kitchen, making a great Francophone lunch, and leading the cooking class; Ms. Getsinger for leading the Francophone Art activity; advisers for helping decorate the Upper School; Mrs. Cunningham and Kevan Patel for their technical support; Art Entwistle for supporting the soccer activity; and finally, Mr. Gwaltney for supporting students and allowing them to organize this day and run so many activities.

Merci beaucoup et à l’année prochaine!


Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Last week, Mrs. Gustavel and her third grade students joined the kindergarten students in a celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Mrs Gustavel read The Lorax and passed out a special snack of “Truffala seeds” to all the students.


Community Connections

Athletics Calendar

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

Congratulations to the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team! They are the NEPSAC Class D Runners-up after being seeded #2 in Class D. The team is also reigning SENEISSA champion (undefeated in league play 10-0), and accumulated an overall record of 18-4 before SENE playoffs, where they went 3-0.

Two players scored over 500 points this season, averaging 20+ points per game (Steven Lora ’19 and Tedrick Wilcox ’19). Three players have also averaged over 15 points per game. Tedrick Wilcox ’19 averaged nearly a double-double 23.13 points and 9.75 rebounds. He had 12 double-doubles, 11 20+ point games, and five 30+ point games.

Jay-Juan Hayes ’19 averaged 7.5 assists, 4.8 steals and five rebounds along with 15.84 points per game (120 steals and 188 assists this season). Jay-Juan also had four double-doubles and one triple-double. ​

Steven Lora ’19 had 12 20+ point games and one over 30 points.

View a slideshow by Rob Lee of the team’s season below:

2017-18 US boys basketball


The work of Anessa Petteruti ’17 was featured in the February 27 issue of the Providence Journal. You can follow Anessa’s food blog by visiting www.foodfinessa.com/.


Sadie Reimer ’17 was awarded a place on the President’s Scholars list for her academic achievement, a 4.0, at Florida Southern College.


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 23, 2018

Important Dates

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 part of Rocky Hill’s Black History Month Celebration, SMAC and the Art Department co-sponsored Valerie Tutson’s storytelling performance on Friday, February 16. Valerie performed both personal and historical stories for the Middle and Upper Schools with themes ranging from slavery, to emancipation, to how color blindness contributes to erased identities.

Photos by Rob Lee

Art Show:
In My Family

The Rocky Hill School​ Art Show, In My Family, was hung on Wednesday night and will run until the closing reception on Thursday, March 29 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Mark your calendars as refreshments will be provided and Rocky Hill School’s Narragansett Sound will perform at the reception. All are encouraged to come by The Hive RI in North Kingstown during regular business hours for self-guided tours of this show from Thursday, February 22 until Thursday, March 29.


Summer Camps:
Now Registering

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

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


Making the Rounds

Jim Tracy and Beth DeGerlia are in Florida this week visiting alumni, parents of alumni, and friends of the School. Pictured below are Sally Blanchard P’79, ’84; Patti Stevick P’09, ’14, ’16; Donna Goldstein (former faculty), P’09; Richard Goldstein P’09; Roger Perry P’07; Beth DeGerlia P’16, ’19; Shelley Perry P’07; Jan Tracy; and Jim Tracy. Joining them but not pictured: Louis and Joya Silva P’16.


Give a Brick!

Well, tis the season for the luck of the Irish. So why not buy a “lucky” Rocky Hill School brick for the Leprechaun in your life? Don’t look over that four leaf clover!

Click here to order a brick or for more informationbrickwalk


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:

  • Give a gift online
  • Mail a check made payable to Rocky Hill School
  • Make gifts of stock or securities
  • Give using the RHS Mobile App

Donors may also opt to make installments on a pledge over time. The Rocky Hill Fund closes on June 30, 2018. This can be done automatically on a credit card or through electronic billing.

There is still time to become a volunteer! 

Our upcoming Phonathon dates are February 28 and March 1. If you are interested, please contact Liz Isdale, Director of Alumni Relations and the Rocky Hill Fund.


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 magna 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 the Spring Festival

Many of Rocky Hill School’s students from China, as well as students studying Mandarin, participated in a two-day trip on February 16-17 to New York City. They explored the Big Apple and enjoyed authentic Chinese food during the Chinese Spring Festival.


PBN Features Sproutel Visit
to Rocky Hill School

Click the image below to read the Providence Business News piece on Sproutel’s visit to our campus last week.


Athletics Calendar

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
Friday, February 23
4:00 p.m.
SENE Semifinals (vs. St. Andrews) @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ A Basketball
Tuesday, February 27
3:00 p.m.
Rocky Hill/Pennfield Tournament @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ A Basketball
Monday, February 26
3:00 p.m.
Rocky Hill/Pennfield Tournament @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill 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.

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

Andrea White ’1820180207_142401
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!

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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.


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.