November 10, 2017

Reminder

On Monday, November 13, school will be closed for students. Administrative offices will be open for a faculty professional development day.


Divisional News

Lower School  |  Middle School  |  Upper School

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


The Directory is Here!

The Rocky Hill School 2017-2018 Directory has arrived and was distributed to the students yesterday so check your child’s backpack! We strive for the Directory to be populated with the most current family information. If you find that any part of your family’s listing is incorrect, please email Missy Walker so that we can update our records.


Veterans Day Ceremony

In a moving tribute today, the Rocky Hill School community honored local veterans who served in the branches of the U.S. military. Students, faculty, staff, and parents gathered in the gym to thank the veterans, who were seated in the front row during the presentation.

The annual ceremony included a performance by the School’s band led by band director Jack McNamara and a choral performance led by choral director Emily Serotta. The names of more than a dozen local veterans, including several who work or teach at Rocky Hill School, were read aloud. Students in the Lower School presented each veteran with a paper poppy flower. At the conclusion of the ceremony, all of the students lined up to personally thank each veteran.

Click below to view a photo slideshow

Veterans Day 2017

Videos by Rob Lee of the musical performances from yesterday’s Veterans Day ceremony are posted below:


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 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.

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.


Purple Light

This Sunday, November 12, the Upper School Chorus will sing three pieces on the steps of the Rhode Island State House in Providence at 5:00 p.m. as part of the Purple Light Ceremony for Pancreatic Cancer.

Click the image below for details on the event


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.


Researching French Immigration

As part of their class project, Madame Rich’s French 3 students spent their Thursday morning at the Women’s Refugee Care (WRC) in Providence where they were welcomed by the two founders of the organization, Aline Binyungu and Clément Shabani. Both Clément and Aline left the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006 and came to the United States as refugees. They gave a brief presentation about their home country and had the students interview them about their story and their work at WRC.

On Wednesday, the same students also interviewed Fatima Lazar, of Flik Dining at Rocky Hill School, about her experience immigrating from Morrocco several years ago. With these interviews, the students will create a short documentary on immigration and share the different experiences of francophone immigrants in Rhode Island.


Studying Owls

The kindergarten students have been studying owls, so they were excited to visit Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown to view some of their natural habitats. The students took a nature walk where they saw a white tail deer and her doe, a minx, and a hare. The students also made owl puppets with their tour guide. It was a fun day exploring the wilderness!


A Visit to the Archives

Charlie Laurent’s third grade student’s were joined by a few Upper School students to tour the state archives and State House as part of their Project-Based Learning of Rhode Island history.


 3rd Grade Gets a Shout Out


Middle School Chorus Performs

For the first time, the Middle School Chorus was invited to participate in the Rhode Island Choir Festival on Tuesday, November 7. The students spent the day in Providence working with musicians from Moses Brown, Gordon, Lincoln, Wheeler, and Providence Country Day School as they studied the music of Mozambique. The singers from all six schools performed together on Tuesday night at the Central Congregational Church in Providence. Moses Brown gave a great shout out to the RHS singers, announcing that the festival was the best it has ever been because of their participation. In addition to the group pieces, the RHS chorus performed a new arrangement of Sia Furler’s, “Bird Set Free.”

The students from all of the schools spent the day rehearsing and enjoyed a pizza lunch at Flatbread Company.


Getting Organized

With the chorus students singing at the festival, the remaining Middle School students and teachers organized the school camping tents. It was a great day to be outside together!


Real World Math Application

Theresa Conroy’s Algebra 1 math class visited DiLeonardo International for some tips on how to build their tiny houses in class. They learned about architecture, design, and space, all components that are needed for this project.


“M&Ms” in the Middle School

New students in the Middle School were paired with student mentors for the month of October, and last Friday the Mentor-Mentee group celebrated with their culminating event — a party! Students shared what they had learned about their mentor or mentee, how the experience went, and toasted our growing school community. Although the four-week official program has ended, we are confident these “M&Ms” will continue to support one another.


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.


Athletes of the Week

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Taylor Cote ’21
Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey

“The coaches are thrilled with the progress that this player has made since preseason. Her technical game has improved tremendously, and she has also become an awesome physical and vocal presence back on defense. During our recent game against Chariho, she had her best performance of the season, relentlessly launching herself in textbook dives all over her cage to stop Chariho’s offense. The coaches are very proud of you! Congratulations on a great season, Taylor Cote!”

– Coach Fairchild, Dumas, and Rizzo


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Andrew Zito ’20
Boys’ Varsity Soccer

“This player has impressed us every day with his attitude and dedication. He is always pushing himself to get better, which in turn encourages those around him to get better. While his skill and value have been apparent since he first joined the team, he has progressed throughout the year in terms of his impact on the game. He has improved his command of the center of the pitch, while also developing his offensive skills to become not just a threat, but a weapon, as he proved with the upper 90 screamer he put in against PCD on Friday.  Congratulations, Andrew Zito!”

– Coach Schatz and Heise


Athletic News

SENE ALL LEAGUE SELECTION

2017 Cross Country
Zack Wilson ’20
Graydon Sumrall ’19
Hannah Wahl-Dunnigan ’18
Ella D’Arcy ’21
Scarlett Shen ’18
Ava Grenier Riley ’21

Field Hockey
1st team All Division: Katia Mendez ’18
3rd team All Division: Andrea White ’18
Honorable Mention All Division: Taylor Cote ’21


MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETIC AWARDS

The Middle School wrapped up a successful fall athletics program on Monday, celebrating undefeated seasons by both its Field Hockey and Coed Soccer A teams. The last undefeated season for the Middle School occurred in the fall of 2008. Special recognition went to the following athletes, all of whom worked exceptionally hard to support their team’s efforts and success.

Girls’ Field Hockey
MVP: Charlotte Boss ’22 and Lily Kerachsky ’22
MIP: Alexis Cote ’23
Coaches Award: Lizzie Hayes ’22

Coed Soccer A
MVP: Garrett Corsi ’22
MIP: Davis Lee ’22
Coaches Award: Bennett Fine ’22

Coed Soccer B
MVP: Will Hanney ’23 and Jae Park ’23
Coaches Award: Derek Block ’23


Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 recently took 4th place in the Freestyle Frenzy, an annual regional swim meet in New Bedford that draws a strong field from teams all over New England. The medalists are determined by cumulative time of four freestyle events: 50, 100, 200, and 500 yards. At 15, Cort was the youngest male to make the podium. Congrats, Cort!


Ben Rosenberg ’19 recently competed in Sail Newport’s annual Halloween Howl regatta, along with 175 sailors from RI, MA, CT, ME, CO, NY, and FL. On the last day of the regatta, Ben and crew Steven Hardee of East Greenwich won the 29er top prize. Congrats, Ben!

Ben Rosenberg at the RI High School Sailing State Championship last spring. Photo by Rob Lee.

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.