October 28, 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.

With Appreciation from the Admission Office

The Admission Office is thrilled to announce that last weekend’s Open House brought 64 families with 75 students to our campus, the most attendees to a fall Open House since 1999! As always, the Nathan Hale Society tour guides did an exceptional job representing Rocky Hill School. We would like to thank the entire community for spreading the word about Rocky Hill and for continuing to support the efforts of the Admission Office.

Darshell Silva:
Making a Difference

Darshell Silva, Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist, was recently honored as an “EdTech Hero” by EdScoop. Their list of 25 state leaders making a difference includes professionals from across the United States.

Darshell Silva

From EdScoop:

“EdTech Heroes: 25 State Leaders Making a Difference” is a project that highlights individuals who have demonstrated innovative practices and leadership in harnessing technology to support education across their states.

In selecting the 25 heroes, we looked for people whose work reached primarily across the state level. We also sought individuals who spearheaded projects or championed major initiatives — those who were willing to take a bold idea and turn it into something tangible, with real, measurable results.

Read EdScoop’s profile of Darshell by clicking the article below:

The Rocky Hill Fund

Did you get a call to support the journey to Know Thyself? The Rocky Hill Fund directly supports academic and athletic programs, the arts, financial aid, and helps make up the difference between tuition income and the cost of a student’s education.

Thank you to this week’s volunteer callers Julie Hayes, Mary Lynne Kennedy ’81, Nici Lanowy, Richard Morsilli, Belinda Snyman, and Missy Walker!

All callers were entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate for Wild Harvest! And the winner is… Julie Hayes!

Are you interested in making a few calls?
Volunteers can call from home or at the school on our phonathon call nights. We provide training, food, fun, and prizes. Callers can select who they reach out to as well. We will be making calls from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on November 1, 2, 7, 8, 16, 29, and December 5. Please email Liz Isdale (eisdale@rockyhill.org) if you can lend a hand. Thank you for your support!

Rocky Hill FUNd Fact

Did you know that you can spread pledge payments out over a
period of time? For example, do you want to make a $500 gift, but can’t pay it all right now? Set up monthly installments of $100/month for 5 months.

The Rocky Hill Fund closes on June 30. Please make your gift today. 

New Policy for Dogs on Campus

We recognize that for many in our community, dogs provide companionship and emotional support; for others, they are a source of discomfort. In recognition of all views, Rocky Hill School has instituted the following policy:

On school days when students are on campus, dogs are allowed on campus on a leash, but may not be in any school buildings (with the exception of service dogs). On non-school days, dogs are allowed in school buildings, except the cafeteria, but must be on a leash.

Bring a Friend to School Day

Bring a Friend to School Day” is a special program for current students in kindergarten through grade 8 to invite prospective students who are part of their neighborhoods, after school programs, summer camps, sports teams, etc. to spend a day with them at Rocky Hill School.

Students may invite one friend to join them at Rocky Hill School on November 7. The friend must currently be in the same grade as the Rocky Hill School student.

Guest parents/guardians should complete this form by Friday, November 3, 2017.

3rd Graders Connect With Experts

On October 24, the students in Mrs. Gustavel‘s third grade invited Susan Fonseca, the School’s Innovator-in Residence, and two other entrepreneurs to Skype to discuss solutions to health-related problems. Joining the classroom via Skype was Dr. Amy Baxter, Founder of Buzzy, a drug-free bee-shaped pain relief product, and Hannah Chung, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sproutel and Jerry the Bear, an educational, interactive plush bear that delivers health education to children diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes.

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Inspired by the work of Ms. Chung and Dr. Baxter, the students designed plans for their own interactive stuffed animals that deliver health education to children. Working in groups, they created an elephant for children with cancer, a penguin for children with anxiety, and a frog that pediatricians can use to help pediatric patients feel comfortable and relaxed. Their prototype creations were presented to Fonseca, Chung, and Baxter with hopes to collaborate in their support of children impacted by Type 1 Diabetes.

3D Design Expert Visits

The room was filled with the buzz of deep engagement and inspiration as students from the 3D Design and Robotics clubs, as well as several other Upper and Middle School students, explored the use of 3D design and 3D prototyping in a variety of engineering fields. Visiting expert Andy Elsen P’32, shared his experience as an engineer at Electric Boat in Quonset with the students. The discussions covered topics ranging from engineering in space, underwater environments, and the value in rapid prototyping through knowledge of a variety of 3D design tools.

Strategizing With Education Modified

LearnLaunch entrepreneur, Melissa Corto, collaborated with faculty to explore Education Modified, a research-based tool used to support individualized classroom strategies, assessment, and communication. The platform also provides teachers with access to a robust database of professional resources for educators supporting neurodiversity in a learning environment.

With the early-adoption, championing and guidance of the EdMod tool by Niki Stanley, and with the support of ACE Director, Holly Cotta, a team of 10 met with founder Melissa to use the tool and to provide immediate and effective feedback regarding user interface, quality of resources, design of several specific functions, and intuitive feel for the tool.

The mission of Education Modified is to leverage technology to provide educators with job-embedded, research-based professional development that increases collaboration and ultimately improves the outcomes for students with diverse needs.

Middle School Thespians

Seventh graders in Mrs. Gower‘s English class performed an exciting scene from their class novel, Stargirl. Highlight performances were from Andrew Hogan as Kevin, Katie Kerachsky as Stargirl, and Hannah Boss as Chico.

Cardboard Regatta

Eric Wyzga‘s fifth grade Cardboard Regatta garnered a lot of media attention last week. Photos of the event were featured in the October 21st edition of the Providence Journal (click to view story) and the October 24th edition of the Warwick Beacon (click to view story). WJAR-10 also covered the event (video below).

Click below to view a slideshow of the Cardboard Regatta

Cardboard Regatta 2017

Halloween Slideshow

The Lower School celebrated Halloween with their annual parade. Check out the slideshow below!

Lower School Halloween Parade 2017

Preschool Quote of the Day

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.

Upcoming Games

Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Wednesday, November 1
3:45 p.m.
The MacDuffie School Soccer @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Tuesday, October 31
3:00 p.m.
St Andrew’s Soccer @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Varsity Cross Country
Friday, November 3
2:45 p.m.
SENE Championship @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

MS Girls’ Field Hockey
Monday, October 30
3:30 p.m.
Cole Middle School (B Game) @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Soccer A
Tuesday, October 31
4:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s School MS Soccer (Coed A) @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

MS Soccer B
Wednesday, November 1
3:30 p.m.
Providence Country Day School MS Soccer (Coed B) @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)


Aviva Beringhause ’19, who, outside of her time at Rocky Hill School, plays lacrosse goalie for the Mass Elite Team, had a terrific tournament last weekend at UNH. Her team went 6-0 and won the tournament, with Aviva having 65% saves, including a shut-out in her second game. Aviva was awarded the MVP game ball by her coaches and teammates.

Congrats, Aviva!

Scott Lapham opened his show, One Gun Gone, at the Trade Pop Up Gallery in Providence on Thursday.  One Gun Gone is a multidisciplinary anti gun violence art project in which students from underserved neighborhoods in urban Rhode Island participate in a professional art making and marketing exercise that will end with Rhode Island’s first ever gun buy-back, literally taking guns off neighborhood streets.

There will be another One Gun Gone event on November 18 at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence.

Matt Gnolfo took the Silver Medal at the 2017 New England Judo Championships on October 21 at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA, hosted by U.S. Olympic Coach, Jimmy Pedro. Matt competed in the Masters Lightweight Division, losing to this year’s U.S. Open Champion in the finals.

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.