February 1, 2019

Robotics Team Moves on to State Championship
From left to right: Kaitlyn Jandrucko ’22, Ding Wen ’19, Ben Rosenberg ’19, David Zhang ’19, Ben Liebermensch ’22

This past Saturday, the RHS robotics team had their qualifier for the RI state championship. They finished the qualifying rounds in second place and ended up in the finals of the elimination rounds. This means they are heading to the state championship on February 9th at NEIT in Warwick. The team also picked up a design award and was the third place nominee for the Inspire Award (an award of  high honor for these competitions). We’ll keep you updated on how States turn out. Wish them luck!


Mark Your Calendar
8th Grade Quebec Trip:  Thursday, January 31 – Sunday, February 3
US Chinese New Year Trip:  Monday, February 4 | Boston, MA
PTL Executive Committee: 
Tuesday, February 5 | 8:30 a.m. | Head’s House
7th Grade Trip to Nature’s Classroom:
  February 6 – 8
Middle School Dance: Friday, February 8 | 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
8th Grade Parent Social:  Friday, February 8 | 6:30 p.m. | Head’s House
Middle School Art Show:  February 11 – 15 | Hale Building
MS Empty Bowls Event:  Tuesday, February 12 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. | MS Commons
All School PTL Meeting:  Tuesday, February 12 | 6:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
US Parent Conference Day:  Friday, February 15 – NO SCHOOL FOR US
President’s Day Weekend:  February 16 – 19 – NO SCHOOL

Students Plan Chinese New Year Celebration

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, faculty/staff, campus needs, arts/athletics, and tuition assistance. Our goal of $400,000 can only be reached when we all pitch in.
There are several ways to make a gift:
Give a gift online
Mail a check made payable to Rocky Hill School
Make gifts of stock or securities
Give using the RHS Mobile App

There is still time to become a volunteer! Our upcoming Phonathon dates are February 13th and 27th. If you are interested, please contact Director of Alumni Relations and the Rocky Hill Fund Liz Isdale.

Save the Date…ACE Parent Coffee:
Reading Comprehension Strategies For All Ages
Please join us on March 4 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. for coffee and discussion about effective approaches to teaching reading comprehension to children of all ages. From early and pre-readers to Upper School seniors, there are approaches that can help our children enjoy reading as they become more confident readers.

Yearbook Tributes
Don’t forget that the deadline to order and submit Yearbook tributes is Friday, February 15th. Your tribute can include quotes, personal messages, and/or photos to celebrate your graduate. Sponsors are also welcome to send their good wishes to graduating seniors while promoting their business. Prices:  full page – $250, half page – $140, quarter page – $75. Design assistance is available.  LEARN MORE


Learning in Action

At Rocky Hill School, our students are engaged in deep learning every day. Whether they collaborate with outside experts, engage in Project Based Learning, or act as good citizens, we celebrate the impact they have on their learning and the world around them.

French 3 PBL: La Grande Guerre
This semester, the French 3 students spent time studying World War I from a European perspective and learned about how the Armistice is celebrated in France. To share what they learned with their peers and answer the question, “How can we teach people about the events that shaped World War I?”, they created a board game.

From left to right: Olivia Massotti ’20, Ms. Elena Rich, Pascale Burnett ’20, Nick McConnell ’20

On January 18th, they presented their prototype to a small group of students who got to play the game and provide feedback, and to Human Performance Tools Training and Consulting Founder James Newman (see his blog post on “How important is feedback when designing a learning game?” that talks specifically about the French 3 students’ game). Students will continue to perfect their board game and are looking forward to presenting the newer version to the students.

Civil Rights Poetry
To prepare for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the 6th graders read challenging texts from the Civil Rights era (newspaper and magazine articles, a letter from one activist to another, a lightly-adapted version of the Brown vs. Board of Education court ruling, the first part of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Washington speech, and more) and turned them into poems by extracting some words before reformatting the poems in verse. Here is a poem constructed by Jillian Pogacar ’25 from a letter written by Daisy Bates to Roy Wilkins on December 17, 1957.
Kindergarten and 4th Grade Pair Up to Code
Mr. L’s 4th graders paired with kindergarten tech buddies to practice programming, coding, and direction words, using Spheros. Everyone had a ball!

6th Grade Guest Speaker
From left to right: Sophie Holland, James Tillinghast, Jillian Pogacar, Katie O’Neil, Esme Reveron

The 6th grade welcomed Erin Tortura, co-founder of the WhatsGood app, website, and delivery service that connects local people with local products and fresh food year round. She taught students about the “push” and “pull” supply chain, demonstrating various ways that food gets from a farm to a consumer. This information ties in with their studies in English and Art.

US Students Travel to LearnLaunch Conference
During day one of the LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference, students explored trends in education, competencies, and experiences driving innovation. The conference, now in its 7th year, brings together a community to transform learning through innovation. Educators, entrepreneurs, education leaders, investors, education companies, and technology innovators from New England and beyond attend this annual event to discuss the burning questions of the day. A second team of students will travel to the conference on Friday. Many thanks to LearnLaunch for including our students and faculty at this important regional conference.

Lower School Visits Mother Goose at PPAC
Preschool-4th grade students and faculty enjoyed a wonderful morning at the Island Moving Company’s ballet performance of Mother Goose at the Providence Performing Arts Center. The kids reunited with Mother Goose herself, performed by “Miss Lisa”, our former Head Preschool Teacher who now lives in Arizona.

French Immersion
The French students had two wonderful experiences this past week. The Upper School French 2, 3 and 4/5 classes were able to visit the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, where they learned about the Quebecois/French Canadian presence. They also enjoyed a traditional Quebecois lunch at a restaurant near the museum.

From left to right: Lillian Liebermensch ’24, Mara Newkirk ’24, Orabel Piccoli ’24

The 6th and 7th grade French students attended an all-day French Immersion Day at Bancroft School in Massachusetts this past Saturday. They attended a French cooking workshop, a presentation about French street art, and an African drumming workshop with a professional drummer from Mali.

Math and Design
5th and 6th grade kicked off their Math Building Project Based Learning experience with a trip to an empty lot on Post Road and the Jamestown playground. The classes are using the empty lot as the location for their family-friendly space. They will create scaled models of shops and playground structures. Stay tuned for details of their final showcase this spring.

2nd Grade PBL for AnimalsThe 2nd grade students ended their PBL project with a return trip to the Providence Animal Rescue League. The children raised money with a bake sale at school and made toys for the animals. They also painted rocks and made posters and fliers to help raise awareness. All the 2nd graders love animals and had a wonderful time helping the Rescue League.

Students Work on Display at Hera Gallery

A selection of Upper School artwork is on view at the Hera Gallery’s 29th Biennial Young Adult Exhibition in Wakefield from February 2nd to February 23rd. See the gallery website for hours.

Artwork by: Olivia Massotti ’20, Molly Pierson ’22, Sara Laurent ’21

Work on view:
Ceramics work: Jasper Summer ’20, George Kass ’20, Kobe Polley ’20, Steven Lora ’19
Charcoal portraits: Sinead Burnett ’21, Ptolemy Tassone ’19
Collage self-portraits: Beatrice Bevilacqua ’22, Molly Pierson ’22, Bennett Fine ’22, Steven Miao ’22
Drawing: Olivia Massotti ’20
Paintings: Stefy Andreev ’21, Sara Laurent ’21, Val Sian ’21

Middle School Art Events
The Middle School Art Show will be in the MS Commons from Monday, February 11th through Thursday, February 14th.

Empty Bowls returns on Tuesday, February 12th from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Middle School students and families are encouraged to attend Empty Bowls, a meaningful evening of art, food, and social awareness to support the North Kingstown Food Pantry. Students’ PBLs, which explore different facets of poverty through art, community activities, and interdisciplinary research, will be on display. Admission fee for families is a bag of non-perishable items for the North Kingstown Food Pantry. The students have decided to focus the collection on afterschool snacks and items that can be used to make nutritious dinners, but any donations are welcome.

Parents who would like to contribute a refreshment to the event should  CLICK HERE.


Athlete of the Week – Cort Meyerson ’20, Swimming

Cortlandt Meyerson earned a 1st place finish in the 50-yard freestyle at the Read-Watmough meet at Roger Williams University, with a time of 22.02 seconds. This qualifies him for the YMCA National Swimming Championships in April in Greensboro, NC.  He also had ten top-five finishes at the Boston University Winter Carnival, including 1st place in the 1650 yard freestyle and 1st place in the 200-yard butterfly at the Northeastern Winter Championships.

Senior Basketball Games
Join us as we celebrate our senior student athletes.
Boys Basketball – Thursday, February 7 at 5:00 p.m.
Perry Clark, Peter Chen, Tedrick Wilcox, Steven Lora, Mo Danmola, and Jay-Juan Hayes
Girls Basketball – Wednesday, February 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Aviva Beringhause, Ptolemy Tassone, and Johnette Williams

RIIL Leadership Workshop
On January 28th, Tamira Lopes ’21, Davis Lee ’22, Kobe Polley ’20, and Jordan Lanowy ’21 attended the Winter RIIL Leadership Workshop at the URI Ryan Center.

This week, Ben Rosenberg ‘19, and his crew member Sidney Charbonnet, were the youngest competitors in a field of over 500 past Olympic medalists and 2020 Olympic hopefuls in the Hempel Miami World Sailing Cup. The two held their own, with several mid-fleet finishes against the older, more experienced sailors. This event is a prelude to several upcoming events, leading up to the US Youth Championship, and Youth Worlds later this summer.

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