February 9, 2018

Important Dates

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)

RHedTalks Presents: Anxiety in Students
Part II: A Conversation with Jessica Kaplan, LICSW
Tuesday, February 27
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall
RSVP here

RHedTalks Presents: Anxiety in Students
Part II: Screening of Race to Nowhere
Tuesday, March 6
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall
RSVP here

2018-2019 School Calendar

The 2018-2019 School Calendar, where you’ll find major events and dates of breaks and vacations, is available by clicking here.

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Andrew Hogan ’23 for winning the Rhode Island Independent School Spelling Bee at Wheeler School on Thursday! Andrew and the second-place finisher continued back and forth for 18 rounds until Andrew’s winning word, “déjà vu.” He will now continue to the Rhode Island State Spelling Bee on March 17. Way to go, Andrew!

Rocky Hill Fund

Thank you to the many donors who have already given to the Rocky Hill Fund, our most important fundraising effort each year that supports academic programs, salaries, campus needs, and financial assistance. Our goal of $450,000 can only be reached when we all pitch in. Current parent participation is at 57%. Congratulations to the 2nd grade for reaching 100% and the 5th grade for achieving 81%!

There are several ways to make a gift:

Donors may also opt to make installments on a pledge over time. The Rocky Hill Fund closes on June 30. This can be done automatically on a credit card or through electronic billing.

And… a big THANK YOU to this year’s volunteer callers: Pamela C. Jourabchi P’17, Martha Cunningham P’21, Tara Dowling, Julie Hayes P’22, Mary Lynne Kennedy ’81, P’20, Debi Jennings P’16, ’18, Lauren Koblick ’02, Nici Lanowy P’16, ’17, ’21, Richard Morsilli P’18, Belinda Snyman, Jim Tracy, Wendy Wahl P’18, and Missy Walker P’26, ’29.

For more details, please direct your questions to Liz Isdale, Director of Alumni Relations and the Rocky Hill Fund.

Show Your Love With a Brick

heart arrowYes, you read that right.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Forget the chocolates and the flowers, they don’t last nearly long enough. Instead, make a lasting impression by giving a personalized RHS Brick inscribed to that special person in your life. Your brick will be placed in the beautiful Garden Classroom walkway this spring.

When you order a brick by noon on Monday, February 12, we will send a message to your special someone to let them know a brick is on its way in their name.

Contact Liz Isdale in the Alumni Office with any questions.

Click here to order your brick

SMAC: Black History Month

Every day during the month of February, SMAC will highlight prominent African Americans whose work might 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 as follows:

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 Director of Innovation Meg Stowe 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.


WELCOME:  Julie Hayes

  • Accomplishments to Date
  • Upcoming Events
  • Booster Club

LOOKING AHEAD:  2018-2019 Volunteers

Childcare will be provided; study space will be available for older students. Pizza will be available for all students. Please RSVP below so that we can plan accordingly.

RHed Talks Presents:
Anxiety in Students

Part I: A Presentation and Conversation with Jessica Kaplan, LICSW

Tuesday, February 27
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Does your child appear stressed, overwhelmed or anxious? Are you unsure how best to support them? Join licensed social worker, Jessica Kaplan, in an evening dedicated to getting your questions answered. Ms. Kaplan will teach participants about anxiety and how it affects our children’s minds, bodies and behaviors. Participants will also learn to identify common triggers, and ways to help both in and outside of the home.

Part II: Viewing and Discussion of the film, Race to Nowhere

Tuesday, March 6
6:30 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture is a film that challenges current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. Called one of the “10 Education Documentaries You Don’t Want to Miss,” Race to Nowhere features the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing, and the relentless pressure to achieve. Through the testimony of educators, parents, and education experts, it reveals an education system in which students are often disengaged; stress-related illness, depression, and burnout are rampant; and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Shown nationwide and internationally in more than 7,000 schools, universities, cinemas, hospitals, corporations, and community centers, Race to Nowhere has become the centerpiece of a nationwide, grassroots movement for the transformation of education.

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.”

21st Century Tech Presentation

On February 2nd, 3DES co-founders Nandu Vellal and Rich Thall joined robotics engineer Chris Savoia for an engaging presentation on 21st century technology. 3DES is one of LearnLaunch’s ventures. Students from third grade and Middle School were inspired by the collaborative robot demonstration, live 3D printing, and the assortment of objects printed by the 3DES printers. In April, art students will present their technology projects at the All-School meeting and culminating event where they will receive feedback from the professionals!

ALEX AND ANI Designers Review Student Art

On February 2, the ALEX AND ANI Design Team joined the Upper School students to review their ALEX AND ANI charm designs that represent the eight Student Competencies. The designers’ feedback was valuable for the students and reinforced the importance of the design process. The ALEX AND ANI designers will return to Rocky Hill School on February 28 for our All-School Meeting to announce the winning designs.

RHS Impact Project

The Fifth Graders were asked by Dr. Tracy to find something they could improve in the Rocky Hill School community back in October. Over the past few months, the students have brainstormed, researched, written persuasive letters, and created proposals on improvements to the campus. On Thursday, four proposals were presented to Dr. Tracy and other members of the administrative team. The proposals included a Rocky Hill Equestrian Club, a Diamondback Terrapin Turtle Preserve, additional field trips for the Lower School, and a Waterfront Recess for Lower School. Each group presented and was given next steps from the administrative team.

Preschool Penguin Project

Check out the Preschool’s Penguin Project!

MS Basketball Tournament

The Middle School’s 3v3 Basketball Tournament has come to an exciting end. The finals featured “The Nameless” (7th graders Derek Block, Hadley Martinez, Ben Lawson, and Jae Park) and “BallGang” (8th graders Garrett Corsi, Drew Tamburini, Ben Liebermensch, and Anand Basu) in a very high-energy contest. In front of a packed crowd full of their peers, the teams played their hearts out. In the end, lead in scoring by Garrett Corsi, BallGang was crowned Champions of the Middle School. Overall, students who played in the tournament showed heart, determination, and an overwhelming amount of sportsmanship. Well played, everyone. We look forward to the competition next year!

First Grade Selected Their Pet(s)

After carefully deliberating on what type of animal would make the perfect pet for the first grade classroom, the students decided that a Guinea pig would be the best fit for them. However, one Guinea pig wouldn’t cut it, so they picked up two of the furry pets.

Meet Oliver and Melvin!

First graders Lauren and Finn made sure that Oliver and Melvin didn’t miss out on story time.

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

New Athletic Director Hired

We are excited to announce that we have closed our national search for a Director of Athletics. Out of respect for confidentiality, we aren’t yet able to provide all of the specifics about the candidate; however, we wanted to share the news and the selection committee’s unanimous enthusiasm for this candidate. Our new Director holds a Master of Science in Sport and Recreation Science with a concentration in Coaching Education and is currently serving as an Assistant Athletic Director, coach, and faculty member at the college level. Look for a more detailed announcement at the end of the month.

Congratulations, Coach DeSalvo!

Girl’s Varsity Basketball Coach Bert DeSalvo was recently inducted into the Penn State Beaver Hall of Honor.

Athletes of the Week

Andrea White ’1820180207_142401
Girls’ Varsity Basketball

“In Wednesday’s game against Eagle Hill, this player scored a season-high 23 points en route to a thrilling 32-30 Mariners’ victory over the host, Pioneers. She made shots from all over the floor and also contributed a number of key rebounds and blocks in the win. No shot was bigger than her go-ahead basket with under two minutes remaining. Congratulations to Andrea White!”

– Coaches DeSalvo and Heise

20180205_102419Kobe Polley ’20
Boys’ Varsity Basketball

“The Athlete of the Week is Kobe Polley. Kobe really started coming into his own and is showing that he is much more than just a role player for the Mariners. His effort and energy has always been unmatched but he’s showing added confidence in his scoring, especially during tough situations. In two of our toughest games this year, both coming back-to-back nights this week, Kobe had his best performances. Adding 10 points vs. Commonwealth and 12 vs. Cumberland. Keep it up, Kobe!”

– Coaches Mahmoud and Washburn

Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Monday, February 12 – SENIOR GAME
4:00 p.m.
St. Georges School Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Boys’ JV Basketball
Friday, February 9
4:00 p.m.
Blackstone Valley Prep Basketball@ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Wednesday, February 14
4:30 p.m.
Winchendon School Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ A Basketball
Tuesday, February 13
4:30 p.m.
San Miguel MS Basketball @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Boys’ B Basketball
Tuesday, February 13
3:30 p.m.
St. Andrew’s School MS Basketball@ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ A Basketball
Tuesday, February 13
3:45 p.m.
PCD MS Basketball @ East Providence, RI (Providence Country Day School)

MS Girls’ B Basketball
Tuesday, February 13
4:45 p.m.
PCD MS Basketball @ East Providence, RI (Providence Country Day School)

Abbey Grandin ’23 sailed last weekend in the USODA Valentine’s Day Regatta at St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Key Biscayne, FL. She sailed her best ever USODA event, placing 29th in her last race of over 160 competitors. Overall, Abbey is still attempting to qualify for Team Trials this year with one more regatta to go.

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.