March 1, 2019

RHS Nominated as a Top Private School in RI

Rocky Hill School has been nominated for the Providence Journal Readers’ Choice Awards, Top Private School in RI. The winner is decided by you, the voters, so please visit the poll and cast your vote daily for RHS from now until March 20th. Share on your social media networks and ask friends and family to vote for RHS as well. CLICK TO VOTE


Mark Your Calendar
STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES RELATIVE TO THE BASKETBALL GAME AND MUSICAL. A WEATHER ADVISORY WILL BE SENT IF ANY DATES OR TIMES CHANGE.

Curtains – US Musical:  Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2| 7:00 p.m. | Campbell Center
Boys Varsity Basketball NEPSAC Semi-Finals:  Saturday, March 2 |  6:00 p.m. | RHS Sharpe Gymnasium
Middle School L.E.E.P. Week: March 4 – 8, Student Presentations Friday, March 8 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
ACE Parent Coffee:  Monday, March 4 | 8:30 a.m. | Campbell Conference Room
Gala Committee Meeting:
Tuesday, March 5 | 8:30 a.m. | Hopelands
All-School Pajama Day:  Thursday, March 7 (read more below)
Spring Break College Tour for Juniors:  March 11 – 13
Spring Break:  March 11 – 24
Kids’ On-Campus Party: March 29 | 6:00-9:00 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium

Admission Office Update

We had a very busy admission season and are excited to report that applications are up by 46% over this time last year. We would like to thank our faculty, staff, parents, and Nathan Hale tour guides for their amazing support and advocacy for RHS. Here’s a sneak peek at one of the acceptance videos going out to our future Mariners. Many thanks to seniors Grady Sumrall and Jason DeGerlia for filming and producing the videos.

ACE Parent Coffee:
Reading Comprehension Strategies For All Ages

Please join us on March 4th 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.

Pajama Day for Paradise, CA – March 7th
Photo: Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle
The Interact Club is hosting a special Pajama Day to raise funds to support students from Paradise, CA who have been impacted by the wildfires. Eight Paradise Unified school sites and nearly 9,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed in the town. The Club has partnered with the Paradise, CA Rotary Club who are helping them find meaningful ways to connect with and support students from the town. Students in Lower, Middle, and Upper School as well as faculty, and staff can wear pajamas on Thursday, March 7th with a donation of $2 for the cause.

College Counseling News
Landmark College in Vermont is hosting a Post-Secondary Fair on March 28th for students who learn differently. DETAILS

Parents’ Night Out – Kids’ Party at RHS
Up to forty RHS children (grades K-8) will enjoy a lively night on campus with friends while parents get the night out. Faculty members Mrs. Fairchild, Ms. Rizzo, Mr. Laurent, Mr. Mike (Lawson), and Mr. Wyzga will be on hand to supervise a three-hour extravaganza complete with a bouncy house, a movie, photo booth, pizza, popcorn, and assorted games in the Sharpe Gymnasium. Don’t miss out! Spots are limited to first come, first served. The price per child is $50 and the event runs from 6:00-9:00 p.m. All proceeds support RHS students and faculty. CLICK HERE to register and see who’s coming.


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.

Hear to Speak – Learning Diversity Through Music

Greg Tatevian ’20 accompanying the band.

In honor of Black History Month, the entire school was treated to a performance by an incredible group of musicians, led by Greg Sherrod on vocals, with Paul Williams on Guitar, Willie Moss, Jr. on Bass, Osi Brathwaite on Drums, and our own Matt Gnolfo accompanying on the Keyboard. Sherrod discussed the roots of blues music and how black musicians have influenced many other musical genres. The performance supports this year’s diversity theme, “Hear to Speak,” focusing on music as an art of authentic listening. WATCH VIDEOS

Lessons in Leadership
On February 19th, Pam Herath and Sara DuPont from Strive came to talk about leadership and culture development with some students and the coaching staff. Strive is an organization that offers a research-based, customizable curriculum that begins with self-knowledge, moves into culture building, and ultimately instills the habit of rigorous leadership practice.

2nd Grade Gets Serious About Chemistry
Recently, the 2nd grade has been studying properties of substances in science.  This week, they visited the Upper School Chemistry room to separate a mixture of sand, salt, popcorn kernels, and iron filings using different properties, such as size, magnetism, and solubility.

Middle School Prepares to L.E.E.P. Into Action
Next week, the Middle School will be immersed in L.E.E.P. Week, led by Middle School teacher Jennifer Randall. Students placed themselves in small, multi-grade groups and will be given a set of coordinates to a location somewhere in the world. Their job throughout the week will be to uncover the needs of a selected community and, with the assistance of faculty and experts, will develop an idea that could help the community. The students will pitch their solutions on Friday. We are excited to see what solutions the students will develop. Middle School parents are invited to come for the pitch event on Friday at 1:00 p.m.

1st and 2nd Graders Visit Eric Carle Museum
1st and 2nd graders traveled to Amherst, MA to visit the Eric Carle Museum. The mission of the museum is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. From a celebration of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the Illustrated Owls: A Who’s Hoo from the Museum’s Vault exhibit, the students enjoyed this experience linked to their interdisciplinary PBL about being an author and illustrator.

6th Graders Go Greek
Sixth graders study Ancient History, including Greek mythology. The unit culminates with a summit where students dress and present themselves as Greek gods and goddesses. Who wouldn’t want to be Athena, goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill?

“Double, double toil and trouble!”
Photo courtesy of Mark Turek

On Tuesday this week, Ms. Snyman and the English 10 Honors students wrapped up their study of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth—or should we embrace the curse and say that “Scottish play”—by attending a non-traditional performance of the bard’s famous tragedy at Trinity Rep. The students’ familiarity with the text and language, as well as their deep understanding of the themes and the resonant motifs led to lively feedback and thought-provoking critique over burgers and wraps at the Trinity Brewhouse.

3rd Graders Kick-off Indigenous Peoples Study
On Wednesday, February 27th, the Culture Caravan from Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology came to the 3rd grade classroom to present “Native People of the Arctic.” This presentation kicked off the 3rd grade unit on the history and culture of the Indigenous Peoples of North America. The students had the opportunity to interact with artifacts from the Yup’ik and Inupiaq people in Alaska, play games, and create snow goggles. The presentation inspired the students to think about the connection between the land and how people live.

Don’t Miss Curtains 

The Deckhands Theater Company invites you to see the musical comedy Curtains this Friday, March 1st and Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Campbell Center. This parody of the 1950s “whodunnit” mysteries tells the story of a detective who investigates a series of murders that take place behind the scenes of a fictional cowboy musical, Robbin’ Hood.


Athletes of the Week
Kudos to Paige Johnson ’22 (Varsity Girls Basketball) who received Athlete of the Week for her second time this season and third time this year. Paige showed amazing strength and effort in the final match-up of the season against an aggressive offense. She balanced working hard in practices all season, along with her commitment to the Deckhands Theater Company.

Congratulations to Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 who put a cap on his successful swim season grabbing third place overall in the state in the 50 Free. Cort practiced late in the evening and traveled all season, showing pride in his craft and great resiliency.

Boys Basketball NEPSAC Semifinal Game
Wear your blue and white and come out to cheer on the Varsity Boys Basketball team in their quest for the New England Class D Championship. They are the #2 seed and hosting Chase Collegiate School for the home game. The game is scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd in the Sharpe Gymnasium at 6:00 p.m. (note new time).

Spring Sports Practice Reminder 
Mark your calendars—Varsity Girls Lacrosse practice will begin on March 20th and all other spring sports will begin March 25th.

Nike and Competitive Sports Camps This Summer

Ms. Williams is excited to announce that Nike Sports Camps are coming to Rocky Hill School this summer. This is part of our effort to bring great training to RHS. She has worked with Nike Camps for the past five years and heralds them as some of the best summer experiences on the market for young athletes (Nike Flyer). Aside from our Nike Field Hockey, Soccer, and Boys Lacrosse opportunities, we will also be bringing in stellar programming in Girls Lacrosse, Boys Basketball, and Girls Basketball, as well as opportunities like Tennis, leadership, and speed & agility training. Registration for summer camps start March 4. For more information visit our Summer Enrichment Academy page.

Bella Robinson ’20 represented RHS with pride at TEDxURI this past weekend. Bella was the first and only high school student to present at a TEDx event in the state. Bella shared, “I was so fortunate to get the opportunity to speak at TEDxURI this year! I felt so much support from the entire Rocky Hill Community, and couldn’t have done it without the support of Ms. Snyman, my friends, and family.” Watch the live stream HERE. (Note:  Bella’s presentation is at the 200:10 point in the broadcast)

Congratulations to Alex Greim ’21 and Kristina Greim ’23. Both are in their fifth year studying Taekwondo and recently earned their Decided Black Belts.

Félicitations to Upper and Middle School French teacher Mackenzie Pham and her husband Tri who welcomed baby Emerson on February 13th. Welcome to the Rocky Hill family!

Look who had an accidental twins day – Mrs. Fairchild and Ms. Runshe!

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