February 2, 2018

Important Dates

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

Chinese New Year Celebration
Friday, February 9
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

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)

The Meaning of True Friends

Fourth graders Alexa and Leah know what true friendship means.

Celebrating Black History Month

Every day during the month of February, Students Making Activist Communities (SMAC) will highlight African Americans whose work may not be broadly known throughout society. Information on these individuals will appear daily on the new SMAC TALK Board outside of the College Counseling office. This week’s recognized activists are Andrea Jenkins and Alice Walker.

Why Black History Month?

“Black History Month is a month for celebrating the achievements and contributions of African American people throughout American history. It is important to recognize Black History Month because even though Black people have played a major part in American history, many of their accomplishments have either been erased or have gone unnoticed. Our Black History Month 2018 theme, African Americans in Times of War, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and honors the roles that Black Americans have played in warfare, from the American Revolution to the present day.”

– Jace Cardona ’18

The Great Rocky Hill Read

The Great Rocky Hill Read is a new community-wide initiative by SMAC and the English Department with a goal to involve the community in making the English curriculum more diverse and inclusive. Please email jcardona@rockyhill.org with book suggestions and the age group that the book is most appropriate for. Suggested books should feature a character with a traditionally marginalized identity or experience. The list of books will be published by February 12.

New Podcast Launched

Rocky Hill School launched a new podcast series on iTunes, Innovation through Education. It will be populated with academic insights as well as the new series, Who’s Who 5 Qs: Conversations with experts, hosted by kids. Throughout the year, Rocky Hill School students will conduct interviews with leaders and innovators who are impacting a variety of fields. Through a series of five questions, guests share industry trends, their vision for the future, and advice for the next generation of leaders.

Listen to our first three interviews conducted with Susan Fonseca, Kelly Ramirez, and Kati Machtley by clicking here.

Scripps Spelling Bee Results

Derek Block ’23, Andrew Hogan ’23, and Kaeley Zito ’22

Congratulations to Andrew Hogan ’23 for winning the Rocky Hill School Scripps Spelling Bee on Wednesday! The other competitors in grades 3 – 8 were Abby Millard ’27, Jack Zito ’27, Sabrina Chen ’26, Jackson Davis ’26, Katie O’Neil ’25, Choerab Tsultrim ’25, Nate Lee ’24, Skye Connell ’24, Garrett Corsi ’22, and the two, tied second-place finishers: Derek Block ’23 and Kaeley Zito ’22. Andrew will now go on to compete in the Rhode Island Independent School Scripps Bee next Thursday. Well done, spellers!

Chinese New Year Celebration

Friday, February 9
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

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.”

8th Grade Social

RHEA’s “Cooking for the Community” class catered the 8th Grade Parent Social, hosted at Jim and Jan Tracy’s house on Wednesday evening. Students from the Middle and Upper School created a gourmet spread and arranged a glowing ambiance for the 8th grade parents. Special thanks to Biagio DiCenso ’24, Will Hanney ’23, Will Hogan ’24, Ben Lawson ’23, Jade Ma ’23, Jasper Summers ’21, Waela Van Nostrand ’24, and Brendan Weiner ’23 for their superb food preparation and to Lauren Savoia and Chef Jason for making it all possible.

No Hay Burritos en España

The seventh grade’s Spanish project, No Hay Burritos en España, asked the question: “How can we explain the differences and similarities between Spanish food and Mexican food?” The students researched the climate, resources, topography, invaders, and indigenous people of each country to explain why certain foods are used in each country’s cuisine. They put together a slideshow to show their results, then cooked meals from each country with Chefs Jay and Jason. Finally, they presented their findings in Spanish to Señor Farrell and eight Spanish students from the Upper School. Their audience blindly tasted the meals and made their guesses about which country of origin each dish came from. Grade seven Spanish students demonstrated their knowledge by teaching what they had learned and giving their audience a taste of some great cuisine!

Seal Watch With Save The Bay

Brianna Runshe’s Marine Biology and Environmental Science Class visited Save The Bay’s Exploration Center in Newport to learn about the behaviors, ecology, and anatomy of the seals of New England. They also learned about ocean acidification and how this will impact the coastline and marine wildlife of Rhode Island. After their visit to the Exploration Center, they boarded the Elizabeth Morris to view seals in Newport Harbor. 


The 8th grade students travelled to Quebec City last weekend to experience the culture, language, and the rich history. The students embarked on a walking tour of Old Quebec, the oldest fortified city in North America, enjoyed the sites and sounds of Winter Carnival, tobogganed at night behind the Chateau Frontenac, and went dog sledding at a Sugar Shack. They visited Montmorency Falls, toured the traditional Huron Wendat Village, heard from General Wolfe and the Marquis de Montcalm about the battle of Quebec in 1759, cross country skied and skated, and topped it all off snow tubing at the magnificent Village des Sports. Bon Carnival!

Go, Speed Racer, Go!

Last week, the kindergarteners learned how friction changes speed by racing cars down homemade ramps. Mr. Wyzga measured each car’s distance and encouraged the students to explore different surfaces. The look on Delilah’s face in the picture below says it all–cool!

First Grade Visit by a Veterinarian

The first grade students enjoyed a visit by veterinarian Dr. Caroline Bowater. After asking questions about different animals as pets that they had prepared in advance, the students had to decide upon a chinchilla, hamster, or a guinea pig as a class pet. Later, they wrote a persuasive letter to convince their friends to vote for their chosen animal, a Guinea pig!

Technology as a History Tool

World History 1 students used a green screen while making a video about early civilizations in North and South America.

Maddie Dutilly, Patriot

With rave reviews, Maddie Dutilly ’18 sang the National Anthem prior to the Boys’ Varsity Basketball game against the Williams School on Wednesday. Bravo!

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

Athletes of the Week

Taylor Cote ’21
Girls’ Varsity Basketball

“Taylor Cote had an impressive week as the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team competed in SENE league play this week. She played a physical brand of ball games versus The MacDuffie School and PCD. Taylor was huge for us this Friday against PCD. She made a some big free throws down the stretch to keep the game close, had a wonderful assist to her post partner to extend the lead for us midway through the second half, and ended up tallying four points and eight rebounds in that game. Taylor has been great in both a starting role and as the first post player off the bench. She is getting more and more comfortable with her role and you can see it starting to click. We are interested to see how she finishes out the next three weeks for us.”

– Coaches DeSalvo and Heise

Tedrick Wilcox ’19
Boys’ Varsity Basketball

“Tedrick Wilcox takes home his second consecutive AOW award! He averaged a double-double this week (25.67 points and 11.33 rebounds per game in three consecutive wins) and a single game high of 33 and 12 boards. Congrats, Tedrick!”

– Coaches Mahmoud and Washburn

Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Friday, February 2
5:00 p.m.
Springfield Commonwealth Academy @ Springfield Commonwealth Academy: 1 Ames Hill Drive, Springfield, MA 01105

Boys’ JV Basketball
Wednesday, February 7
3:30 p.m.
Putnam Science Academy Basketball @ Putnam, CT (Putnam Science Academy)

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Friday, February 2
4:30 p.m.
Bancroft School Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ A Basketball
Thursday, February 8
4:45 p.m.
BCA MS Basketball @ Barrington, RI (Barrington Christian Academy)

MS Boys’ B Basketball
Tuesday, February 6
4:30 p.m.
Wheeler MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ A Basketball
Thursday, February 8
4:45 p.m.
BCA MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ B Basketball
Tuesday, February 6
3:30 p.m.
Wheeler MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 competed in a 12-team pentathlon swim race at the Newport YMCA last Sunday. Fifteen-year-old Cortlandt (far right), placed 6th overall in the field of 15-to-19 year olds and earned a medal and a place on the podium.

Matt Gnolfo and Chef Jason Rivera of Flik Dining shared a judo training session at Mayo Quanchi Judo Dojo on Wednesday.

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.