November 18, 2017

Divisional News

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

Flynn Celebration November 24

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

Beth DeGerlia to Participate in Leadership Rhode Island

Beth DeGerlia was selected to participate in the 2018 Leadership Rhode Island (LRI) program. Each year, Leadership Rhode Island selects a diverse group of established and emerging leaders to participate in a 10-month community leadership program. The program allows doors to be opened for greater corporate, nonprofit, government, organizational, and community involvement and visibility, and helps identify where strategic alliances might be forged. The purpose of the program is to transform a highly motivated group of individuals into a network of leaders with knowledge and commitment to benefit the entire state. Many thanks to RHS and LRI alumnus Karl Wadensten ’78 for nominating Beth to be considered for the program.

Cybersecurity Expert Visit

Last week, alumna Sally Kenyon Grant ’87 visited campus to share the work she is doing nationally to bring cyber-security education to schools. She is collaborating with Rocky Hill School to share her expertise and network related to safe computing, digital citizenship, and coding as a means to enhance the student and parent digital experience. Thanks to her advocacy, Dr. Jim Tracy will be presenting a workshop at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education  K-12 Cybersecurity Education Conference in Nashville in December. Jim will share the innovative work the school is doing with Learnlaunch and the Innovator-in-Residence program on a national platform. Martha Cunningham and Meg Stowe will also present a poster session at the conference.

From left: Diane RIch, Beth DeGerlia, Sally Grant ’87, Liz Isdale, Meg Stowe, and Jim Tracy

Jim Tracy Presents at TRANSFORM

Jim Tracy was invited by Mass Technology Leadership Council to present at TRANSFORM, a one-day event that features conversations with forward-thinking leaders on macro-trends, global upheaval, and technology. The event was held yesterday at the Boston Reserve.

Yearbook Tributes

The Crest yearbook invites you to support the Yearbook Club and celebrate the Class of 2018 or Rocky Hill School by ordering a tribute/sponsorship page. Your tribute can include quotes, personal messages, and/or photos to celebrate a graduate. Sponsors are also welcome to send their good wishes to graduating seniors while promoting their business. The deadline for tributes in February 1, 2018. Click here to learn more or to order.

Holiday Brick Orders

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!

ACE Parent Gathering

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.

4th Grade Trunk Show at NKHS

As part of their fall Project Based Learning experience, “Caretakers of History,” the fourth grade historians prepared and presented a Trunk Show of historical artifacts on behalf of the Historical House Museum, Smith’s Castle, to High School students from Mr. Christopher Carty’s history class at North Kingstown High School. Learners researched artifacts, developed presentation notes and practiced delivering engaging presentations in the preceding weeks. They were certainly displaying to all in attendance the core competencies of being navigators, critical thinkers, citizens, and communicators!

Twelfth Night at Rocky Hill

On Tuesday, Rocky Hill School welcomed performers from the Brown/Trinity MFA program to Campbell Center as they presented William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. After the show, the actors held a Q&A for the audience.

Purple Light Performance

On Sunday Night, the Narragansett Sound performed three pieces at the Purple Light Ceremony on the steps of the Rhode Island State House. The ceremony was sponsored by the Pancreatic Care Action Network, in hopes of honoring loved ones fighting pancreatic cancer and those who have lost the fight. The PCAN was very thankful to have our singers participate and stated that they added a level of depth and grace to the ceremony that touched everyone in the crowd.

Mike Lawson captured video of their performance:

Middle School Mentor Program

New students in Rocky Hill’s Middle School were paired with student mentors for one month. At the completion of the program, mentors and mentees celebrated with a party as the culminating event, where they shared what they had learned about each other and themselves throughout the experience. The program was led by Lauren Savoia and Sarah Gower.

Check out this video, which was edited by Kara Lee ’22:

Sixth Grade Egypt Presentations

First Plunge for Polar Bear Club

Several members of the Polar Bear Club took their first plunge of the school year in the swimming hole along the waterfront. The air temp was 40 degrees with a stiff wind. The Polar Bear Club traditionally makes a monthly plunge during the colder months and has raised money for environmental organizations.

Rob Lee shared this photo gallery of the plunge:

2017-18 Polar Bear club

Peter Hanney captured the plunge with the school’s drone:

To Learn It, Do It

World History 1 students form a Greek phalanx as they battle invading Persians. Photo by Rob Lee.

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


We inadvertently left one Middle School Athletic Award out of last week’s eCurrents. Congratulations to Kaeley Zito ’22 for earning a Coaches Award for her efforts on the MS Soccer A team!


Girls’ Soccer
All-League: Ptolemy Tassone ’19
All-League Honorable Mention: Tamira Lopes ’21


Rocky Hill School is proud to announce the hire of Bert DeSalvo as the Girls’ Varsity Basketball Head Coach. DeSalvo brings extensive collegiate coaching experience at the Division I, II, and III levels to the Mariners’ program.

Bert DeSalvo

“I look forward to building Rocky Hill into a contender in the NEPSAC. I would like to thank athletic director, Art Entwistle, and the Rocky Hill administration for this tremendous opportunity. I look forward to working with the student-athletes and recruiting top notch talent to one of the premiere academic institutions in New England.”

– Bert DeSalvo

DeSalvo was recently the lead assistant at Division I Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, Ct.). At SHU, DeSalvo was responsible for post player development, defensive coordination, scheduling, recruiting amongst other duties.


Members of the Girl’s Varsity Field Hockey team at the RIIL Field Hockey Awards banquet on November 15.

Athletic Events

Upper School Fall Awards Ceremony
Monday, November 20
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Campbell Center
Students, coaches, faculty, and families of award winners only 

Upper School Basketball “Meet the Coaches” Night 
Tuesday, November 28
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center
Basketball players, families, and coaches only. 

Upper School Yoga
Begins Monday Nov 27
Flynn Lecture Hall

Lifetime Fitness Programs
Begins Monday Nov 27
Departs RHS to Renegade Fitness at 3:30/3:45 p.m.

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Saturday, December 2
10:30 a.m.
Zero Gravity Basketball Tournament @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

Boys’ JV Basketball
Wednesday, December 6
3:30 p.m.
St. Andrews School Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Saturday, December 2
12:00 p.m.
Mariner Classic Tournament @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ Basketball A
Tuesday, December 12
4:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Providence, RI (Gordon School)

MS Boys’ Basketball B
Tuesday, December 12
3:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Providence, RI (Gordon School)

MS Girls’ Basketball A
Tuesday, December 12
4:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ Basketball B
Tuesday, December 12
3:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

For the third time in as many years, Alyssa Grayson ’19 volunteered with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to help collect lymph node tissue from harvested deer on opening day of hunting season. She also helped to weigh, age, and take measurements from each deer. The purpose for the DEM study is to monitor for chronic wasting disease in the state’s deer population. This is her third year working on this project.

In September and October, Lisa Reimer performed in Self Help at the Newport Playhouse. Lisa has been nominated by Broadway World for a Best Supporting RI Actress for that play. If you’d like to cast your vote for Lisa or any other actor, actress, play, or production, visit the 2017 BWW Rhode island Awards website by clicking here.

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