October 21, 2017

Divisional News

Lower School  |  Middle School  |  Upper School

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

Pep Rally and Homecoming

Pep Rally
On Friday before Homecoming, the school community gathered in the gym for the annual Pep Rally. Students were divided into blue and white teams, and volunteers from each division battled each other for points in donut-from-a-string eating, “Hungry, Hungry Humans,” toilet paper mummy wrapping, and other fun games.

Click below to view a slideshow of the Pep Rally

Pep Rally 2017

Click here to view Rob Lee’s photos of the Pep Rally.

Although the rain impacted the alumni soccer and field hockey games, the Middle School games still went on with two impressive wins. MS Field Hockey won 4-0 over North Kingstown and MS Soccer A defeated Block Island 4-3.

The activities and games were moved to the gym and Campbell Center, and Dr. Tracy addressed the community in Campbell where he unveiled plans for the Pony Barn renovation as the Center for Innovation. Afterwards, Kristen Urbach ’87 presented Alan Flynn ’85 with a commemorative brick to be installed on campus in honor of his father, former Headmaster Alan F. Flynn, Jr.

Click below to view a slideshow of Homecoming

Homecoming 2017

Mr. Laurent’s 4th grade students jumped at the chance to be first to be photographed in front of the new sign!

JDRF One Walk Recap

On Sunday, October 15, over 1,000 people came to walk in the JDRF One Walk, including a team of 38 students, parents, and faculty from Rocky Hill School. Combined, the RHS walkers raised more than $10,200 for the cause.

View a photo slideshow of the JDRF One Walk.

JDRF One Walk
Click here for more news about the JDRF One Walk at Rocky Hill School.

Thank You From the Hayes Family

We received this special message from the Hayes family:

Dear Rocky Hill Staff,

It took a day to try to find the right words to describe what I felt yesterday at the JDRF One Walk. When Lizzie (’22) was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 12-1/2 years ago, I prayed for her to be “fixed” or healed, and what I have learned over the years about healing is that it is an active state and not a destination. It is about the journey and progress and not perfection. It is about finding blessings and moments of grace along the way. To see so many classmates, and staff from Rocky Hill, volunteer, donate, and walk alongside her was humbling. To listen to Maddie and Abby address a crowd of almost 1,000 people so eloquently about the hope for a cure, and possibilities for making shots pain free, was inspiring. And, to watch Lizzie’s face throughout the day, feeling loved, supported, and proud, made me grateful beyond words. 

I know how much work taking on the One Walk the day after Homecoming and seven days before Open House was for everyone, and yet I never saw anything but smiles. 

From the bottom of our hearts, we are so very thankful and proud to be a Mariner Family! 

Very best,
Steve, Julie and Lizzie Hayes

Admission Open House

Sunday, October 22
1:00-3:00 p.m.

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

Celebrating Alan F. Flynn, Jr.

The family of former Headmaster Alan F. Flynn, Jr. invites members of the Rocky Hill School community to celebrate his life and legacy. Alan passed away in Asheville, NC, on August 30, 2017 with complications related to Parkinson’s disease. Details on the event are below.

Celebrating Alan Flynn’s Life and Legacy
Friday, November 24, 2017

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Alan F. Flynn, Jr. Academic Center
Rocky Hill School 
530 Ives Road
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Please click here to RSVP.

Innovation In Action

Earlier this week, LearnLaunch partner and Cashtivity’s founder Marissa Di Pasquale worked with students in Theresa Conroy’s 8th grade algebra classes and Caity MacDonald’s 5th grade class. After feedback from his colleagues and meeting Marissa, 4th grade teacher Charlie Laurent shared the real-world math challenges with his students for the first time. Here is a montage of the deep engagement and self-directed nature of this exciting tool.

Fourth grader Eva Richards worked with BlocksCAD for the first time this week, and her enthusiasm for it was clearly on display!

Third Grade and Upper School Collaboration
On Monday, Wendy Gustavel’s third grade students collaborated with Upper School students in Ashley Ferranti’s Model United Nations class. Each third grader shared the United Nations Global Goal that they are researching and then partnered with an Upper School student to complete online research. The Upper School students helped the third graders understand some very challenging concepts and put what they learned in their own words. At the end of their time together, the Upper School students shared the UN projects they are working on in their class and discussed ways that the third graders could support them in their efforts.

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Cardboard Regatta

Eric Wyzga’s fifth grade science class was featured in today’s Providence Journal. The annual Cardboard Regatta, held yesterday, challenges students to design and construct a vessel strong enough to hold themselves and hydrodynamic enough to allow them to paddle around the swimming pond on campus for at least one minute. More photos and videos will be in next week’s eCurrents.

History at the Waterfront

Tim Greenwood’s sixth grade history students tested their shadufs along the waterfront as part of their study of irrigation in ancient Egypt.

Lofty Heights

The eighth grade class climbed Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire on Thursday.

Blue & White Soccer Tournament

During Spirit Week last week, the Lower School held the 10th Annual Blue and White Soccer Classic for fourth and fifth grade participants  Team IV was victorious with a final score of 2-0 over Team VI.

The games during the two-week tournament were competitive, close in score, and great examples of sportsmanship. Students in grades K-3 supported as fans or assisted with the games in the roles of linesmen, score keeper, and ball persons.

Congratulations to Team IV: Naseem, Morgan, Patrick, Esme, and Choerab.
Well done, Team VI as runner-up: Olivia, Alexa, Jillian, and Isabella.

A special thanks goes out to Cece and Justin (line officials), Katie O’Neil (score keeper), and August (photographer).

Photos below by Rob Lee

Visitors from Aidi School Beijing

Last week, we welcomed visitors from our partner school, Aidi School Beijing. Two Aidi teachers observed Upper School classes to learn more about Rocky Hill’s instructional approaches, met with Chinese students to learn about education in America, and visited several colleges with Tara Dowling, Director of College Counseling. The partnership continues in late January when expect a group of Aidi teachers will visit Rocky Hill to engage in teacher training, and in late May when Tara will return to Beijing to offer their faculty further training in college counseling. Plans for their students to visit Rocky Hill School next summer, and our students to visit China in March, are being developed. If you’re curious to learn more, reach out to Diane Rich or Tara Dowling.

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

6th Annual Land of Fires MS Soccer Tournament
Sunday, October 22
10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
 at Rocky Hill School
Rocky Hill MS A Soccer team vs:
– San Miguel
– Community Prep
– Learning Community
– Segue Institute
– Blackstone Valley Prep
Come support your team!
Important parking notice: The front lot will be reserved for Admission Open House visitors. Please park in the rear lot.

Pink Out Pre-Work

Prior to the Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey “Pink Out” game against South Kingstown HS, Art Entwistle, Trixie Dumas, and Peter Hanney prepped the field with a large pink ribbon at the field’s center.

Despite a hard-fought game, the Mariners were defeated 2-0 by SKHS (See “Recaps” above).

Click here to view photos

Athletes of the Week

Abby Tillinghast ’21
Girls’ Varsity Soccer


“Abby Tillinghast has proven to be an invaluable asset as an offensive and defensive player. She always plays aggressively and with confidence. Abby supports her team with her actions and her words. She contributes to a positive culture of the team. If Abby is unable to return to the field this season, we will definitely miss her as a player and more importantly, a person.”

– Coaches Lind and Copeland

Griffin Spinney ’20
Boys’ Varsity Soccer


“Griffin Spinney has grown immensely over the last season and a half. He stepped up last season after an injury and this year has cemented his role as a starter. Griffin has vastly improved his communication and aggressiveness and has begun to command his box with authority.  His stoning of Winchendon on a penalty shot was the highlight of the game, but his coaches were the most impressed with how he attacked several crosses in the game against LCA, fearlessly leaping into contact to punch the ball away. Congratulations, Griffin Spinney!”

– Coaches Schatz and Heise

Upcoming Games

Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Monday, October 23
4:00 p.m.

Bancroft Soccer (NL) @ Worcester, MA (Bancroft School)

Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Wednesday, October 25
3:45 p.m.

St Andrews Soccer @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey
Monday, October 23
6:00 p.m.
Chariho HS Field Hockey @ Wood River Junction, RI (Chariho Regional High School)

Varsity Cross Country
Wednesday, October 25
4:00 p.m.
St. Andrews School Invite @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

MS Girls’ Field Hockey
Saturday, October 21
8:00 a.m.
Lincoln MS A Tournament @ Rehoboth, MA (Faxon Farm Athletic Complex)

MS Soccer A
Sunday, October 22
9:30 a.m.
Land of Fires MS A Soccer Tournament @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Soccer B
Tuesday, October 24
4:00 p.m.
Pine Point School MS Soccer (Coed B) @ Stonington, CT (Pine Point School)

Lisa Reimer will be performing as Matron Mama Morton in Chicago with Footlights Repertory Theatre in Swansea from November 2-5. Tickets are available by clicking the image below.

Amanda Siegel ’15, Brown University ’19, recently attended the Society for the Study of Human Development’s Biennial Conference where she presented a poster on parental attributions of success in parents of first grade students in the greater Rhode Island area.

Rome Kirby ’07 joins Team AkzoNobel

American under-30 sailor Rome Kirby has joined team AkzoNobel for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race which starts from Alicante, Spain on Sunday, October 22.

Kirby, 28, from Newport, Rhode Island, won the 34th America’s Cup in 2013 with Oracle Team USA and last sailed the Volvo Ocean Race in 2011-12 alongside team AkzoNobel skipper Brad Jackson (NZL) on Puma Ocean Racing, when they finished third.

He will serve as a helmsman and sail trimmer on the team AkzoNobel boat and is the team’s fifth under 30-selection, alongside boat captain Nicolai Sehested, 27 (DEN), Martine Grael, 26 (BRA), Brad Farrand, 28 (NZL) and twenty-three year-old Emily Nagel (GBR/BER) – the youngest female sailor in the race.


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Send us your news!

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