January 26, 2018

Important Dates

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

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


Rocky Hill School is on the move!

Rocky Hill School has moved up in the rankings of schools on Niche.com, and has been named one of only 10 schools to earn an overall Niche grade of A+.

Dr. Tracy sends his thanks to all of the amazing individual contributors and members of the Rocky Hill School team who help move the School forward. Their hard work is reflected in Rocky Hill School’s growing reputation!


Where in the World is Ms. Dowling?

Tara Dowling, Director of College Counseling, is in New Orleans this week as the guest of Loyola University. Upon her arrival, she was greeted with this welcome package. Visits to higher education institutions help Ms. Dowling to recommend and connect Rocky Hill School students to the best-fit colleges. She will also travel to Tulane later this month, to Wofford College in March, and colleges in upstate New York in April.


Spelling Bee Competitors

Scripps Spelling Bees were held in grades 3-8, and two champions from each grade will now compete in our Rocky Hill School Spelling Bee. Our school bee will be next Wednesday, January 31 at 2:30 in the Flynn Lecture Hall.

The competitors in the bee will be Abby Millard ’27, Jack Zito ’27, Sabrina Chen ’26, Jackson Davis ’26, Katie O’Neill ’25, Choerab Tsultrim ’25, Nate Lee ’24, Skye Connell ’24, Derek Block ’23, Andrew Hogan ’23, Garrett Corsi ’22, and Kaeley Zito ’22. The champion will then move on to represent Rocky Hill School in the Rhode Island Independent School Scripps Spelling Bee. Good luck, spellers!


Last Call 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.


All-School PTL Meeting

Tuesday, February 13
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

All parents are encouraged to attend our evening All-School PTL Meeting on February 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Flynn Lecture Hall. Hear from Dr. Tracy and other administrators about how Rocky Hill School is “on the move!” There will also be an opportunity for Q&A and lively discussions around all divisions. Childcare will be provided; study space will be available for older students.


ACE Parent Gathering:
What We Can Learn from Isaac Lidsky?

Friday, March 2
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Campbell Conference Room
Open to ALL Rocky Hill School Parents

Do you remember “Weasel,” a character from the television show Saved By The Bell? Isaac Lidsky, the actor who portrayed him, became a magma cum laude Harvard graduate, served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and became a successful entrepreneur who just happens to be blind. What can he teach us about resiliency and the effective use of accommodations? Plenty!

As parents of students with learning differences, do we make assumptions about our children’s learning profiles and let fear limit us and them, or do we harness our own internal strength and teach our children to move beyond the fear of limitations and abilities? Please join us for this engaging TED Talk and follow-up discussion on overcoming obstacles by pushing past so-called “limitations.”


Forensics Experts on Site

Last Friday, Mrs. Matson’s Forensics Science class welcomed two professionals from the field of criminal investigation:

Douglas Price, currently a partner in the law firm Morrison Mahoney LLP, was previously a Newton Police Auxiliary officer and a civilian in Boston Police Department’s Cold Case Squad in the Homicide Unit. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.

Tim Murray (Captain, retired) of the Boston Police Department, created the Cold Case Squad in 1991 while serving in the Homicide Unit. Using his background in biology and chemistry, he solved in excess of 80 cold cases. Many of these went to trial, where prosecutors were provided with the fruits of Captain Murray’s meticulous investigations, including at least one conviction in every murder case. Captain Murray was featured in many media outlets, including Chronicle, CNN, the Justice Files on A&E, and PrimeTime Live. He worked in infamous cases, including the McLaughlin case, finding the murder fugitive Kathy Ann Power, and the Boston Strangler.

Attorney Doug Price and BPD Capt. Tim Murray (Ret.) with Mrs. Matson’s Forensics Science students

Mr. Price and Capt. Murray’s visit allowed the forensics students to interact with professionals with experience in solving crimes and working with evidence, while practicing the analytical science skills with several types of evidences described by the experts.


Entrepreneurial Visit

On Monday, the Upper School was privileged to host the founder of EDSO (EducatedSocially), Terry Marshall. EDSO was founded on the principle that learning is something that can be shared and experienced by all, no matter the social status, race, or academic ability. In a globally-connected environment, EDSO leverages existing technologies for the purpose of promoting peer-to-peer learning, allowing their users to enjoy a reciprocal learning experience on their platform.

The theme of this year’s Senior Seminar and Internship program is Contributing to Commerce and Community. By tapping into their distinctive passions and talents, the seniors have been inspired to identify real-world opportunities, to work with entrepreneurs and innovators, and to offer ideas, concepts, and solutions. The students will pitch their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors on February 15.

Terry shared his vision for a new digital peer learning platform, and like our previous speaker, Tuni Schartner, provided personal and professional insights on the importance of research, understanding one’s market, and a unique value proposition.


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

Forget “winter is coming”… winter is officially here! The weather is too cold and messy to play basketball outside, so what to do? Grab a few friends, create a team, and compete to be crowned the 2017-18 Rocky Hill Middle School 3v3 Basketball Champion! All grades (6-8), skill levels, and players have been playing for their chance to win. As of today, the tournament is halfway to completion, and almost all of the teams are still in contention. Stay tuned next week for more results!

Athletes of the Week

20180122_102100Ptolemy Tassone ’19
Girls’ Varsity Basketball

“Ptolemy Tassone earned AOW honors for her gritty performance in the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team’s lone game vs. PCD this week. As she has done all season, she initiated offense for the Lady Mariners and was aggressive throughout the contest on Wednesday night. Ptolemy is really coming into her own. You can see her confidence growing as she is becoming more aggressive by attacking the defense and getting shots for herself or her teammates. Ptolemy is a true leader and sets the tone for the entire group. She works on her before before and after practice and that’s all you can ask for as a coach. Hopefully others will continue to follow her lead.”

– Coaches DeSalvo and Heise


20180122_101951Tedrick Wilcox ’19
Boys’ Varsity Basketball

“Tedrick Wilcox earned Athlete of the Week status for his outstanding double-double of 37 points and 10 rebounds at Brown University in a special match-up vs. PCD. Congratulations, Tedrick, and keep up the good work!”

– Coaches Mahmoud and Washburn


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Friday, January 26
4:30 p.m.
St. Andrews School Basketball @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

Boys’ JV Basketball
Friday, January 26
3:00 p.m.
St. Andrews School Basketball @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Friday, January 26
4:00 p.m.
PCD School Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ A Basketball
Thursday, February 1
4:45 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ B Basketball
Thursday, February 1
3:45 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ A Basketball
Thursday, February 1
5:00 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Basketball @ Providence, RI (Moses Brown School)

MS Girls’ B Basketball
Thursday, February 1
4:00 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Basketball @ Providence, RI (Moses Brown School)


Last Saturday, Zahara Ankoma ’27 performed at the Community Music Works (CMW) Student Performance Recital at Calvary Baptist Church in Providence. Zahara participates in the Daily Orchestra Program at CMW. She attends the program every day after school and engages in daily orchestral rehearsals as well as weekly lessons and practice time with mentors. Zahara’s commitment to this program was evident in her outstanding performance!


Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 and Jacob Pogacar ’19 competed in last Saturday’s Rhode Island Independent League Swim Meet. Cort placed first in the 50-yard freestyle and set a new personal record of 23.17. He placed second in the 100-yard freestyle. Jacob placed 5th in the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.

Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 and Jacob Pogacar ’19 with their swim coach, Mark Kiely

Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 participated in an art show at the Rhode Island Natural History Survey. He created his watercolor of a wolf in art class at Rocky Hill School.


Congratulations to Art Entwistle on his award as a Registered Athletic Administrator!


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