May 18, 2018

Important Dates

Deckhands Theater Company presents:
Big Love
Tuesday, May 22
6:30 p.m.
Rocky Hill School Waterfront
Admission $5

Memorial Day
Monday, May 28
School closed

All School Lost & Found
Tuesday, May 29 – Thursday, May 31
Outside of Campbell Center

Reunion 2018
Saturday, June 2
Click here for details

Volunteer Appreciation Open House and Continental Breakfast
Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence

Annual Corporation Meeting
Monday, June 4 (NEW DATE)
5:00 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Moving Up Day for 5th and 8th Grade Students
Thursday, June 7
9:00 a.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Upper School Academic Awards
Thursday, June 7
6:30 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Friday, June 8
10:00 a.m.
Hopelands Lawn

Sail into Summer
Friday, June 22
6:00 p.m. – Cocktail hour
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Dinner & Dancing
The Dunes Club, Narragansett
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Take the 1,934-Minute Giving Challenge!

Founded in 1934, Rocky Hill School is above all things a family. The incredible faculty take the time and care to know every student and guide them to living our motto, “Know Thyself.” Join us in honoring them during Faculty Appreciation Month and the RHS 1,934-Minute Challenge for Faculty!

The official Challenge began this morning (Friday) at 8:46 a.m., May 18 and ends 1,934 minutes later at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. If in those 1,934 minutes 100 people make a donation to the School, two anonymous donors will contribute a combined total of $10,000 to support the School and our teachers.

Thank you for considering a gift to support Rocky Hill School and to honor our amazing faculty past and present.

Lacrosse Champions!

The Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team defeated St. Andrew’s School in the SENEISAA championship game. The Mariners scored 14 goals against the Saints’ 11 goals.

On Wednesday, May 16, the Mariners travelled to Barrington to take on St. Andrew’s for the SENE Championship. Having split the regular season series, the Mariners knew that it was going to be a struggle. The Saints came out firing, taking advantage of several penalties on the Mariners to secure a 8-5 halftime lead. The third quarter saw the Mariners rebound slightly, starting the fourth quarter down 10-7.

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The Providence Journal’s Kris Craig posted a gallery of photos from the championship game. Click on the image below to view them.

Senior Internships 2018:
Journeys of Discovery

The Senior Internship program provides seniors the opportunity to combine individual passions and talents as they conduct research, engage with experts, and work in the field (April 30 – May 25) while contributing to their personal growth and the betterment of their communities.

Through this process, students practice self-advocacy, navigate uncharted territory, apply design thinking, collaborate with peers and professionals, communicate through a variety of media, and build skills in a specialized field.

Internship Spotlight:
Alec O’del – A Social Entrepreneur in the Making

Alec is working directly with Kelly Ramirez, CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence. A passionate entrepreneur himself (Alec is the founder of O’Delicious!® chocolates), he is leveling up on aspects of social enterprise, having consumed three books on the subject as part of the research he is conducting. Alec is producing an analysis for SEG to examine the impact of new and growing businesses in Rhode Island to measure impact in the areas of jobs, revenue, and social good.

This year’s list of senior internships includes organizations at the forefront of innovation like Space for Humanity, the Serre Lab at Brown University, DiLeonardo International, and the School of Public Health at Brown University to name a few.

New App Feature

You can now track the energy produced by the photovoltaic arrays that were installed on the roof of the Flynn Academic Center by Stuart Flanagan ’05 and his colleagues at Newport Renewables right on the RHS Mobile App! By clicking the “Solar Energy” icon, you can see how much energy was produced on specific days. (Tip: If the icon does not show up, try closing out or refreshing the app and then restarting it.)

Interested in Hosting?

Rocky Hill School partners with EduBoston to develop our International Student Program. Established in 1998, EduBoston has been bringing international students to the United States for an American education at schools such as ours. EduBoston is seeking host families from our community to host one of their international students who will be attending Rocky Hill School in the fall.

As we look ahead at the next academic year, we are reaching out to you, your friends and family asking if you would consider hosting an international student who is very far from home. In addition to constant program and cultural support, EduBoston offers generous compensation packages to their carefully selected host families.

For more information, contact EduBoston’s Host Family Service Representative Rebecca Tyler at 617-208-8544 or email

Summer Camps:
Now Registering

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.

Deckhands presents:
Big Love

Tuesday, May 22
6:30 p.m.
Rocky Hill School Waterfront
Admission $5

Join us down at the waterfront for the Deckhands Theater Company’s production of Big Love. Produced in collaboration with Trinity Repertory Company, the show will run 90 minutes and there will be no intermission. Come see these amazing thespians in action!

Here are some photos of last night’s performance, courtesy of Mike Lawson:

ACE Parent Gathering

Math Strategies for All Learners

Thursday, May 24
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
ACE Building

Please join us as Whitney Barker discusses the importance of providing systematic and explicit instruction with visuals, repetition, and other tried and true methods that help students succeed in math. All families with students in grades K-12 are invited.

Reunion 2018

Join us on Saturday, June 2 as we celebrate graduating years ending in 3 and 8, the retirements of Catherine Washburn and Maureen Fahey, and the departure of Sean Tinsley.

Click here for more details or to register.

Volunteer Appreciation
Open House

Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence

Join us for an Open House and continental breakfast hosted by Dr. James Tracy and Ms. Jan Tracy.


Sail into Summer!

Join us for a casual and festive night to celebrate Rocky Hill School and the beginning of summer! Socialize on the deck, enjoy a delicious meal, and then dance the night away with one of the best views of Narragansett Beach.

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Spring Choral Concert

To view photos from the Band and Choral Concerts, click the image below. Choral photos are after the band photos. Photos courtesy of Rob Lee.

2018 Spring concerts

Promoting Organ Donation

Last Monday, Craig Tucker of New England Donors Services and Heather Herlin, an organ donation advocate, visited Pam Matson’s bioethics and freshman honors biology classes to discuss the ethics of organ donation, including whether or not the system is equitable. Craig and Heather were presented with a video, made by the human physiology class for Rhode Island drivers’ education programs, addressing teenagers about organ donation. Craig expressed interest in using the video as an educational tool for New England Donor Services.

Both Craig and Heather expressed how amazed they were that the students’ questions were at an advanced and intellectual level, and more complex and thoughtful than most they field from adult audiences.

“I really have hope for our future after listening to Rocky Hill students.”   – Heather Herlin

The students’ experience was enhanced through the generous sharing by Derrick Robinson (father of Bella ’20) and Sean Geoghegan (father of Willa ’20) in early April.

China Trip Video

John Bergstrom ’19, Jeffrey Massotti ’22, Alec O’del ’18, Savanna Olsen ’19, Paul Ritter ’20, Faythe Schulte ’19, Irca Sian ’21, and Esteban Wu ’19 visited China with several faculty members over the March break. Faythe created this video to share with the RHS community.

Jim Tracy Speaks at USC

Jim Tracy spoke at the Education Writers Association 71st National Seminar at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (May 16 – 18), the largest gathering of education journalists in the nation. This year’s theme—”Room for All? Diversity in Education & the Media”—examined the impact of today’s fast changing demographic and cultural dynamics, from the classroom to the newsroom and beyond.

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Spanish Bingo

The kindergarten students loved playing Spanish Bingo with their 6th grade buddies, and asked if they could do this every week.

RHEA Snapshots

The RHEA dollhouse crew was excited to bring home their decorated dollhouses on Tuesday.

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 Events

Varsity Tennis
Saturday, May 19
9:00 a.m.
SENE Championship @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

Varsity Sailing
Wednesday, May 23
Time TBD
RI State Championship @ TBD

MS Boys’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, May 22
3:45 p.m.
PCD MS Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, May 22
4:00 p.m.
PCD MS Lacrosse @ East Providence, RI (Providence Country Day School)

MS Tennis
Tuesday, May 22
3:45 p.m.
Nativity Prep MS Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Last Friday, Faythe Schulte ’19 received the 2018 Rhode Island Civic Leadership Award from Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea at the Rhode Island State House. The award recognizes students who have made remarkable contributions to their schools, their communities, and their hometown. Two recipients from each high school in the state were nominated by education officials in their respective schools based on their dedication to public service, academic achievement, and leadership ability. Additionally, Faythe was presented with a Rhode Island State Senate Citation in recognition of displaying excellent civic leadership at Rocky Hill School.

Isabella ’25 and Tobey ’28 Rishworth, along with a group of their friends from North Kingstown, have started an environmental advocacy group called “NK Kids Go Green.” They have asked the North Kingstown Conservation Commission how they can help with the single-use plastic bag ban that the commission will present to the Town Council in the coming months. The junior activists have been surveying businesses from towns that already have a bag ban, such as Newport, Middletown, and Barrington, and inquiring how the ban has affected customers. They also have been educating the public while gaining support for the ban.

Their first event will be May 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the North Kingstown Free Library where they will show “The Story of Stuff,” a documentary about the way people make, use, and dispose of “stuff.”

The group was also pleased to see that The Independent newspaper printed their letter to the editor regarding a ban on plastic bags.

Taylor Cote ’21, Faythe Schulte ’19, and Abby Tillinghast ’21 assisted Mrs. Armentano in hosting an art activity for visitors at the Davisville Public Library in North Kingstown last Saturday.

Austin Jandrucko’s work as a magician and his internship were featured in The Independent last week. Click the image below to read the story.

Darshell Silva received a scholarship to attend the URI Tanzania Library development course this summer. Participants will travel to Tanzania to partner with the Pare and Maasai people of Kilomeni to collaborate on developing ideas and exchanging perspectives on school library services. The cultural experience will extend beyond the school and include immersion in experiences of cultural life in the Kilomeni village; a tour of libraries in the city of Moshi, a gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro; and an African safari.

Click the image below for more information on the program.

Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06, founder of COAAST and Rocky Hill School’s Spring Innovator-in-Residence, is finishing up the spring run of the show, Four Legs to Stand On, with a performance at Cranston High School East on May 23.

COAAST will be included as part of next year’s Treating the Addiction Conference at Harvard Medical School. Thanks to a partnership with CODAC Behavioral Health, COAAST will present Four Legs to Stand On to students and professionals in the field of addictions and psychiatry. COAAST cast members are looking forward to performing at the U.S. Capitol, bringing Four Legs to Stand On to Congress in the fall of 2018.

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