November 3, 2017

Divisional News

Lower School  |  Middle School  |  Upper School

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Catherine Washburn to Retire

Catherine Washburn, Rocky Hill School’s Director of Admission and Financial Assistance for 22 years, has announced her retirement effective after the 2017-2018 academic year.

In her own words:

“After 42 years of being involved in independent school education the time has come for me to retire next June. Serving as the Director of Admission and Financial Aid has been a great honor and privilege. I am grateful that during my 22 years at Rocky Hill School, I was afforded numerous opportunities for both professional and personal growth. Although my role as an educator has evolved over the years, one thing has always remained constant: my commitment to students. I understand that recruiting and enrolling students is something admission offices do in the aggregate, but ultimately the process takes place one family at a time. My priority has always been to ensure that the match between student and school is an appropriate and positive one. Having interviewed and enrolled over a thousand Rocky Hill students and their families, I can honestly say each and every one of them has enriched my life. I will cherish countless memorable moments of my time at Rocky Hill from camping on Dutch Island with the 8th grade, coaching varsity girls’ lacrosse to three league championships, forming a meaningful relationship with Project GOAL, painting a jungle mural for the preschoolers to enjoy, to establishing a vibrant international program. I have always felt the heart of a school is its people and I will truly miss the many extraordinary people whom I had the pleasure to work with during my tenure at Rocky Hill School.” 

Math Team Performs

The members of the Rocky Hill Mathematics Team participated in the first Rhode Island Mathematics League meet on Wednesday, October 25. The team scored 87 points with everyone on the first team scoring at least 15 out of a possible 18 points, with Helen Pan earning a perfect score. Though they were beaten by East Greenwich High School by one point, the RHS team is currently fourth overall for the state of Rhode Island. Congratulations are in order to Ding Pang, Xuan (Ellen) Guo, Siyue (Helen) Pan, Lingnan (Nina) Zheng, Changhe (Mike) Wu, Benjamin Rosenberg, Ding (Stephen) Wen and Jiaze (Stephen) Lyu.

Interact Club Candy Drive

The RHS Interact Club is holding a Halloween Candy Drive to support U.S. troops overseas. If you can assist, please drop off any extra candy in Ziploc bags and place them in the boxes located in Flynn, Perkins, and Hale. The Interact Club thanks you for your generosity!

Did You Order Your Brick Yet?

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

Click the image below to learn more or to order!

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.

Lower School students (in grades K-5) may invite one friend to join them at Rocky Hill School on Tuesday, November 7.
Middle School students may invite one friend to join them at Rocky Hill School on Tuesday, November 14.

Each friend must currently be in the same grade as their Rocky Hill School host student. Guest parents/guardians should complete this form at least three days prior to the respective Bring a Friend Day.

Come see Trinity Rep at Rocky Hill!  

On behalf of the Performing Arts Department in collaboration with the Brown/Trinity MFA program, the Rocky Hill School community is welcome to a performance of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on Tuesday, November 14 at 3:30 p.m. The show will take place in the Campbell Center and will last 90 minutes. The actors will do a brief Q &A after the show.

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

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

A Visit from The Bubs

Earlier today, the Beelzebubs, an all-male a cappella group from Tufts University, visited Rocky Hill School to perform for Middle School students in the MS Commons, and the Lower and Upper School students outside of Flynn.

The Tufts Beelzabubs



Click below to view a photo slideshow of the Halloween festivities

Halloween 2017

Mrs. Cicchese‘s eighth grade English class invited Mrs. MacDonald‘s fifth grade class to collaborate on some spooky Halloween stories. Each group chose a setting, conflict, and some characters out of a Halloween bag and let their creative juices flow!

Mrs. Piccoli spent some time in the Kindergarten class to work with the students on making pumpkins out of beeswax. She also shared a couple of her favorite Halloween stories.

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

The Middle School Girls’ Field Hockey team celebrated yesterday’s 1-0 win over Cole Middle School, ending their undefeated season.

Photo: Geoff Boss

The Middle School A Soccer team also celebrated an undefeated win this week with their 7-0 win over PCD on October 31. This is the first time Rocky Hill has had an undefeated MS soccer program since the 2006 MS Boys A Soccer season. A banner will be raised in their honor next year!

Photo: Rob Lee

Congratulations are in order for the girls on the Varsity Cross Country team with their first place finish at last Friday’s St. Andrew’s School Invitational.

Upcoming Games

Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Monday, November 6
2:00 p.m.
SENE Semifinals @ St. Andrew’s School

Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Monday, November 6
2:00 p.m.
SENE Semifinals @ The Williams School

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