December 2, 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.

Holiday Technology Giving

Thinking about getting a laptop or iPad for your child this holiday season? Martha Cunningham, Director of Information Systems, offers these tips and asks that you keep the Rocky Hill technology specifications in mind:


Minimum iPad specifications (required for grades 6 and 7):
– iPad 32 GB Wifi only (iPad Minis are not acceptable)

Minimum laptop specifications: (option for grade 8 only; otherwise an iPad is required):
– Windows: Windows 10 or greater, 8 GB RAM or greater, 128 GB Hard Drive
– Mac: OSX 10.13 or higher, 8 GB RAM or greater, 128 GB Hard Drive


– Windows: Windows 10 or greater, 8 GB RAM or greater, 128 GB Hard Drive
– Mac: OSX 10.11 or higher, 8 GB RAM or greater, 128 GB Hard Drive

If you are considering purchasing a Mac, the touch bar has not been found to be worth the additional cost. If you are looking for touch features, you may consider the Microsoft Surface. Don’t forget to purchase anti-virus software!

Mobile App Updates

iPhone and Android Updates
Our mobile app, which debuted this past summer, has been significantly improved to remove bugs, enhance graphics, and include new features. To get the most out of the RHS mobile app, be sure to have your device set to auto-update the app.

Android Update
The Android version of the app was recently updated to correct an issue that prevented the user from toggling between a list view and a scroll view, as well as other minor view issues. To correct these issues, install the latest version of the app and follow these steps:
1.) Tap on the “i” in the top right of the home screen after opening the RHS App
2.) Tap on “Accessibility”
3.) Tap on the drop down arrow and select “Accessibility Off”

If you have any app-related questions, please contact Peter Hanney at

RHS to Represent at Cybersecurity Education Conference

Dr. Jim Tracy will present at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education annual conference in Nashville, TN on Tuesday, December 5 at 2:40 p.m. Dr. Tracy will discuss the future of work and workforce preparedness in a session entitled The Center For Innovation: Building Partnerships Between Industry and Education. Director of Innovation, Meg Stowe, and Director of Information Services, Martha Cunningham, will present a poster session describing how the school has built an ecosystem for innovation and industry partnerships. Attendees will include industry experts, thought leaders in education, government, and non-profit leaders. The conference is a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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.

Upcoming PTL Meetings

January 10
Middle School PTL Meeting
8:15 a.m.

​January 17
Upper School PTL Meeting
8:15 a.m.

January 24
Lower School PTL Meeting
8:15 a.m.

February 13
All-School PTL Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Childcare will be available

GrandFriends’ Day Fun

Fun was had by all at our annual GrandFriends’ Day in the Lower School on November 21st. Nearly 100 GrandFriends, who hailed from as far as Australia and India to as near as East Greenwich, joined students for classroom and virtuoso visits. The morning culminated with the students performing songs from the classic films The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan and The Sound of Music. The event concluded with a sing-along of “Over the River” as everyone headed out for Thanksgiving Break.

View a slideshow of the morning below:

GrandFriends' Day 2017

Positivity and Gratitude
in the Upper School!

Faythe Schulte ’19 and Isabella Robinson ’20, with the help of Madame Rich, have launched a new initiative to bring positivity in the Upper School and encourage students to practice gratitude. Faythe and Isabella have created positivity pins displaying messages such as “You made my day brighter” for students to pass around as an act of kindness.

A Wall of Awesome (inspired by the book The Book of Awesome by Neil Parisha) appeared in the Nautilus in Flynn. Students are encouraged to take a few minutes every day to think about something they’re grateful for and to share it by writing it down on the Wall of Awesome.

Faythe, Isabella, and Madame Rich are hoping to spread the initiative in the Middle and the Lower School very soon. They would also like to thank Sara Laurent ’21 for creating the Wall of Awesome sign, Bill Langlois for driving them to Home Depot, the facilities management team of Todd de WardenerDavid Carter, and Wayne Fougere for building and installing the frame, and Mr. Gwaltney for supporting the initiative.

Giving to GiftsToGive

While many people enjoyed time off during the Thanksgiving break, 14 Rocky Hill students and two faculty members spent Black Friday working at GiftsToGive in Fall River. Josh Shatz and Sue Eaton assisted the students with the delivery of items donated by the Rocky Hill School community. Once at the GiftsToGive facility, they helped in various ways to prepare the items for distribution to underprivileged children.

The students cleaned and assembled toys, prepared book packets, and compiled packages of clothes, books, school supplies, and toys for children from Puerto Rico. These children and their families, who were moved to New England after the hurricane, will now have the basic necessities to start a new life in our colder climate.

At the end of their day, the GiftToGive director mentioned that the RHS students were extremely polite and hard working, and that Rocky Hill is at the top of their list!

Girls’ Varsity Basketball Food Drive

The Girls’Varsity Basketball team and Coach Bert DeSalvo held a food drive prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. In just a few short days, the team collected 36 pounds of food, which they donated to the Johnnycake Center of Peace Dale, in partnership with the RI Food Bank.

Endangered Ecosystems Tour
of Mystic Aquarium

Ms. Runshe’s Environmental Science and Marine Biology classes visited Mystic Aquarium last week where they received a private “endangered ecosystems” lesson on human impacts that Ms. Runshe had created with aquarium educators.

8th Grade Visit to the Upper School

Over six days in November, every 8th grader spent a day visiting the Upper School. Shadowing a current 9th grader, the Class of 2022 experienced high school life by attending freshmen classes, going to meetings, and participating in other activities. The group concluded their days by meeting with Head of Upper School Mike Gwaltney to discuss their experiences and their enthusiasm for joining the Upper School next September.

The Riddle Room

Mrs. Matson’s two forensics classes paid a visit to the Riddle Room in East Greenwich last week to solve a murder mystery (one group) and to infiltrate the mafia (the other group). Critical thinking skills, a little chemistry, anatomy, and fingerprinting were some applications, and everyone had a blast! The group that solved the murder mystery did so with time to spare, and earned a place on the wall of fame at the Riddle Room with the 2nd fastest time ever!

Mandarin Immersion

Mandarin I students learned how to make dumplings and enjoyed tasting them, while Mandarin II students enjoyed the fried rice.

Guest speakers from the URI Flagship program visited the Mandarin I class to give inspiration and tips on learning Mandarin in an efficient way.

7th Grade Culture Luncheon

Last week, the 7th grade geography students enjoyed their annual culture luncheon as a culmination to their unit on cultures of the world. After researching recipes that are typical of the cultures they chose to study for their multimedia presentations, the students prepared dishes that were delicious and created visuals for display. Many of the students shared how the recipes were made and how the meals are eaten in the various cultures.

Roman Chariot Race

The 9th grade World History 1 students raced their Roman chariots just before Thanksgiving break and the two-time defending champions, juniors Perry Clark, Jason DeGerlia, Peter Chen, and Cam Osbrey, were upset by freshmen Dylan Lehouiller, BJ Jenkins, Dante Garcia, and Graham Eilberg. Congratulations to the rookies for their victory and to the veterans for running a close second!

Photo by Rob Lee


Combating Homelessness Stereotypes

On Friday, November 17, representatives from House of Hope addressed the Upper School students and faculty about the work that they do for people who are homeless in Rhode Island. The students engaged in meaningful dialogue about common misconceptions around homelessness, and they discussed ways to continue a conversation about how privilege often prevents people from authentically understanding the plights of the marginalized.

Middle School Identity Workshop

Also on November 17, Upper School representatives from SMAC facilitated a workshop on authentic identity with Middle School students and faculty during Middle School Mariner period. The workshop was entirely student-run, from ideation to actualization, and the hope is for similar workshops to take place on a regular basis.

Gaga Ball Pit a Hit!

Mr. Jedrey and the Class of 2022 completed the construction of the Gaga Ball Pit on the grass next to the Garden Classroom. The pit gives the Middle and Upper School students a place to burn off energy during mid day breaks. It became an immediate hit!

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

Athletics is now on social media!
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Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Saturday, December 2
9:00 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’ A Basketball
Tuesday, December 12
4:45 p.m.
Gordon MS Basketball @ East Providence, RI (Gordon School)

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

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

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

Fifth graders Esme Reveron, Cece Tamburini, and Sophie Holland all performed well at a horse show at Heritage Equestrian Center last week weekend. An RHS Equestrian Team in the making!

Ben Rosenberg ’19 and his crew, Claire Housey from New Orleans, took 3rd place in the Nacra 15 North American Championship held in Miami last month.

Ben and Claire were the 2nd place coed team and will compete again in early January for a spot on the U.S. Junior Olympic Team. They will race to earn the right to compete at the Junior Olympics in Barcelona later in 2018.

Alyssa Grayson ’19, a volunteer for the USFWS, will host a wildlife holiday celebration at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center in Charlestown on Saturday, December 16 from 2-4 p.m. The winter holiday celebration will feature different animals celebrated during this time of the year. Come watch an inspiring nature film while decorating cookies and making holiday decorations. All supplies will be provided.

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