January 12, 2018

In Honor of Dr. King

Rocky Hill School will be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Dana McLean Greeley, the great-grandfather of Will ’23 and Rory ’27 Hanney, joins hands with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1966. Greeley is fourth from the left.

Important Dates

Upper School PTL Meeting
Wednesday, January 17
8:15 a.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Lower School PTL Meeting
Wednesday, January 24
8:15 a.m.
Campbell Conference Room

“Prescription for Parents” – a presentation by CVS
Friday, January 26
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Executive Committee PTL Meeting
Wednesday, January 31
8:15 a.m.
Campbell Conference Room

College Night for Juniors and Parents
Wednesday, February 7
6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

All School PTL Meeting
TuesdayFebruary 13
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Monday, February 19 – Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, February 20 – Head of School’s Holiday
Wednesday, February 21 – Faculty Professional Development Day (no school for students)

Students Challenged by ALEX AND ANI Design Team

Visual art students have been challenged to create 3D charm prototypes to reflect Rocky Hill School’s student competencies (Navigator, critical thinker, citizen, communicator, innovative, self-aware, ethical, globally-minded) under the guidance of designers from ALEX AND ANI, an eco-conscious jewelry and accessories brand, headquartered and produced in Cranston, Rhode Island. The design challenge will expose the students to concept ideation, research, the design process, marketing, and rapid prototyping of the final products.

Click here to read more

Congrats, Hannah Chung!

Earlier this week, Hannah Chung, co-founder and creative director at Sproutel, and recent innovative visitor to our 3rd grade class, won a Best in Innovation Award at the #CES (Consumer Electronics Show) for Tech for a Better World. The honor is awarded to those innovations making social impact.

Click here to read the award announcement in Providence Business News

Rocky Hill School will bring Hannah and her team back to campus this February to participate in the development of their next health and wellness product to help children who experience stress. Our students will have the opportunity to be a part of this groundbreaking research and prototyping work to help children around the world. Sproutel, makers of Jerry the Bear, won the innovation award for their #MySpecialAflacDuck, a plush toy that helps children who are undergoing cancer treatment. To learn more about this work at Rocky Hill School, contact Meg Stowe or Traci Fairchild.

Carolyn Laing Retires

After 19 years in the business office at Rocky Hill School, Carolyn Laing ended her career just after the faculty professional development day on January 3, 2018. Carolyn was recognized by the faculty and staff during a gathering at Jim and Jan Tracy’s house on the campus. The School and the Alumni Association have ordered a brick in honor of Carolyn to be installed this spring in one of the brick walks.

Thank you for your service and dedication to Rocky Hill School, Carolyn!

New Controller

Rocky Hill School welcomes Kristine Waxman as the new controller in the business office. Kris joined us prior to the winter break and spent some time with Carolyn Laing to help her settle into her new role. She has a degree in accounting from Johnson & Wales University.

Welcome, Kristine! 

Hopelands History, Part 2

Bruce MacGunnigle filed this second part of the history of Hopelands in this week’s Pendulum. Click the image below to read the story. Click here to read part one.

There’s Still Time for 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.

Admission Open House

Sunday, January 21
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Tell your friends and neighbors! We’re opening our doors to showcase all of the reasons why you chose Rocky Hill School for your child(ren). Please help spread the word about this important event:

  • Share the event on Facebook
  • Tag us on Instagram with #rockyhillschool

    “Prescription for Parents,”
    A Presentation by CVS Pharmacists

Friday, January 26
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

We are pleased to welcome pharmacists from CVS’ Pharmacists Teach program to campus for informative sessions on prescription drug misuse and abuse.

Parents are invited to join us in the morning for a session called “Prescription for Parents,” which aims to get parents and caregivers to talk to their children about the issue of prescription drug misuse and abuse. It will provide helpful tips and tools to parents so that they can effectively communicate the risks of prescription drugs to their children.

In the afternoon, Upper School students will attend a session called “One Choice Changes Everything,” which will raise awareness about the dangers and consequences of prescription drug misuse and abuse. Students will learn the facts and hear the stories of other teens whose lives were forever changed by their choice.

For more information, contact Traci Fairchild, Director of Counseling and Wellness

Scholastic Art Competition

Meg Getsinger submitted eight student artworks to the Scholastic Art Competition and two student works of art were selected. Scarlett Shen ’18 was awarded a Silver Key for her painting titled, “Gold and Blossom.” Olivia Massotti ’20 received a Silver Key for her painting, “Mother’s Inner Strength.”

An awards ceremony will be held at Rhode Island College at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 14 at Roberts Hall with the Exhibition Opening to follow directly after. The Exhibition will run until Saturday January 27.

Congratulations to all of the students who submitted work to the competition this year!

Author Week Continues in K-2

The students in Grades 1 and 2 welcomed author Jeanette Bradley on Tuesday and they learned how to edit and revise their writing. The kindergarten students wrote three-page stories with a specific main character, problem, and resolution. Thank you to Ms. Bradley for providing such a creative way for our students to express themselves!

Ms. Bradley’s new book, Love, Mama, is available here.

A Trip to The Hive

On Wednesday, the 8th grade class toured The Hive RI (a co-working space, business support, and art gallery) and the Mill at Lafayette (community-based businesses) in North Kingstown. The students learned how the facilities were innovative in its past, and through collaborative and interdisciplinary partnerships are still innovative today.

The students will use what they learned to guide them through the design process that will result in a large mural for their service-learning art project. This mural will be a visual explanation of what the mill was and is today and will be showcased during the All-school Art Show in May.

Alumna in the Spotlight

Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06 was recently featured on GoLocalProv’s LIVE show on Facebook where she discussed her Drama Therapy for Addiction, as well as her “Owning Our Story” free statewide event which will be held at the VMA on Monday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m. Click here for details.

You can see Ana Bess’ clip on GoLocalProv below:

Trivia Masters

Several Middle School students entered a trivia contest on the AskRI.org website and won a set of books for the Rocky Hill School library.

Congrats and thank you to Derek Block ’23, Dudley Samponaro ’24 (team captain), Andrew Hogan ’23, and Sofia Quindazzi ’23.

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.

Alumni Basketball Game Recap

The Alumni Boys’ and Upper School Boys’ Basketball teams faced off in a very well matched and competitive game during Saturday’s annual Alumni Game. The alumni showed that they still had the skills and stamina to keep up with the younger players. The Upper School boys were up 35-34 at the half. Towards the end of the second half, they started to pull away and ended up winning 77-68. The stats sheet was full! In particular, there were a grand total of 36 “fun intended” fouls between the two teams.

Click the photo below to view a slideshow by Beth DeGerlia

Alumni Basketball Game 2018

Special Event at Brown University

The Girls’ and Boys’ Varsity Basketball teams will playing against PCD at Brown University on Wednesday, January 17.

Pizzitola Sports Center: 235 Hope St. Providence, RI 02906

  • Girls’ Varsity Basketball vs PCD 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys’ Varsity Basketball​ vs PCD 6:00 p.m.
Fan Info
  • FREE ENTRY allowed by 3:30 p.m.
  • Concessions available for purchase
  • Please wear blue and/or white!

The entire school is encouraged to attend and support our teams! 

Athletes of the Week

Aviva Beringhause ’1920180108_101701 (1)
Girls’ Varsity Basketball

“Aviva had a great week. She was extremely active on both ends of the floor, grabbing offensive and defensive rebounds, getting her hands on loose balls all while playing a ton of minutes. Her stats might not jump off the page at you but she did the little things in our two games to give us a chance to be successful. We hope Aviva’s blue collar approach work will set the tone for the group!”

– Coaches DeSalvo and Heise

20180108_101645 (1)Jay-Juan Hayes ’19
Boys’ Varsity Basketball

“After a great Friday night performance and another two-win week, Jay-Juan Hayes earned himself AOTW by hoisting 30 points and leading all scorers. The breakout performance for Hayes seemed effortless as he connected at all three levels, shooting over 70% from the field. He also averaged eight rebounds, four assists and five steals in the opening week of NEPSAC/SENE action.”

– Coaches Mahmoud and Washburn

Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Wednesday, January 17
6:00 p.m.
PCD School Basketball @ Pizzitola Sports Center: 235 Hope St. Providence, RI 02906

Boys’ JV Basketball
Friday, January 19
4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas More Basketball @ Oakdale, CT (Saint Thomas More School)

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Wednesday, January 17
5:00 p.m.
PCD School Basketball @ Pizzitola Sports Center: 235 Hope St. Providence, RI 02906

MS Boys’ A Basketball
Thursday, January 18
4:45 p.m.
Pennfield MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ B Basketball
Thursday, January 18
3:45 p.m.
Pennfield MS Basketball @ Portsmouth, RI (Pennfield School))

MS Girls’ A Basketball
Thursday, January 18
4:45 p.m.
Pennfield MS Basketball @ Portsmouth, RI (Pennfield School)

MS Girls’ B Basketball
Thursday, January 18
3:45 p.m.
Pennfield MS Basketball @ Portsmouth, RI (Pennfield School)

Ben Pogacar ’20 competed at the Boys’ Deep Freeze Gymnastics Meet in Sterling, MA last week. He took first place on all six events (rings, floor, parallel bars, high bar, vault, and pommel horse) and won first place for the all-around award for the Junior Developmental level.

Congrats, Ben!

Swimmers Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 and Jacob Pogacar ’19 have qualified for the Rhode Island Independent League (RIIL) state championships. Both Cort and Jacob qualified in the 50 Free and Cort also qualified in the 500.

Jaida Catallozzi ’24 competed in the Little Boston Invitational last Friday at the Hynes Convention Center. She placed on every event and took 1st place on vault and 2nd place on floor. Jaida also came in 2nd place in the All Around. Next week, she will compete at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL.

When Jaida isn’t working on her school work or gymnastics, she can be found helping with the planning and ticket distribution for an event to benefit a school in Marigot, Haiti that her great-grandfather helped start over 30 years ago.

Send us your news!

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