March 29, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
Upper School PTL Meeting: Tuesday, April 2 | 8:30-9:45 a.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
Lower School PTL Meeting: 
Thursday, April 4 | 8:30-9:45 a.m. | LS Blue Room
RHS Night at LineSider: Thursday, April 4 | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | LineSider Brewing Co. | 1485 S. County Trail, East Greenwich, RI 02818

Preschool Pot Luck: 
Thursday, April 4 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. | LS Blue Room
Gala Committee Meeting:  Friday, April 5 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Hopelands
Middle School PTL Meeting:  Tuesday, April 9 | 8:30-9:45 a.m. | MS Commons
Portfolio Art Show Reception:  Tuesday, April 16

Looking ahead…

School Closed: Friday, April 19 – Monday, April 22
Spring Instrumental Concert: Tuesday, April 30
Prom: Saturday, May 4
Choral Concert: Thursday, May 9
Orient Express Gala: Saturday, May 18

Yearbook FINAL Deadline – Monday, April 1
Don’t miss your chance to receive a yearbook. The yearbook highlights all divisions and is a wonderful keepsake. To place your order:

      1. Visit www.coffeepond.com and select “Order Yearbook” under the yearbook menu at the top of the page.
      2. Enter the Rocky Hill School password: TheCrest2019.
      3. Follow the prompts to complete your order.

Please note you will not be able to place an order after April 1st at 11:59 p.m. The cost is $80. If you are not sure if you ordered a book, simply enter your email address after selecting “Order Yearbook” to check. You can also email Ms. Basu at kbasu@rockyhill.org.

RHS to Host Mindfulness Conference – June 21
Rocky Hill School is hosting this year’s Mindfulness Conference along with Center For Resilience and Middlesex School With 27 presenters, 25 topics, and 3 keynote speakers, this conference is not to be missed. The conference is perfect for parents, as well as educators interested in bringing mindfulness practice into their lives and work. Register today to reserve your spot for this amazing event REGISTRATION, #mindfulness #selfaware

SEA – New Nike Sports & High School Offerings
Summer camps and programs are open for registration! There’s something for everyone – boating, sports, arts, building, computers, you name it, we have it. Register today: rockyhill.org/sea

NEW THIS YEAR – HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Ages 14-18
High School programs in Art or Business, including SAT prep and college tours.

SUMMER CAMPS: Ages 3-14
We offer week-long camps for children ages 3-14 to learn and explore through sailing, kayaking, robotics, arts, theater, woodworking, cooking, sports and much more. Extended day options available. Also, Nike US Sports Camps, Lead the Way FH, Stingrays Soccer, and Top Edge Tennis.

RHEA & RHEA+ Spring Registration Open
Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) is a before and after-school program that provides academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for K-8 students in the community. RHEA+ is an opportunity for adults to take courses. For more information contact Caitlin MacDonald.

Spring RHEA & RHEA+ 2019 Session Basics:
April 8 – May 29 (each course is six weeks unless noted)
3:30 – 4:45 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
Register by Thursday, April 4, 2019
RHEA REGISTRATION | RHEA+ REGISTRATION

RHEA Courses: 
Outdoor Pursuits (Grades K-3) | Outdoor Adventures (Grades 4-8)
Fun and Games (Grades PreK-5) | Learn to Play Violin II (Grades PK-3)
Punch and Paint (Grades PreK-5) | Hihilulu (Grades K-3)
Patty Cakes (Grades 3-6) | RHS Percussion Club (Grades 3-8)
Click here for course descriptions and register!

RHEA+ Course: 
Raku Pottery, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Donate Your Travel Hygiene Products
Did you stay in a hotel over spring break? Middle School is collecting hotel amenities as well as any size personal hygiene products for Amenity Aid. Products such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes are all welcome. Products should be unused. Collection bins are located in Hale and the Carriage House.

Amenity Aid provides toiletries for shelters across Rhode Island. Liz Duggan, the founder, came to speak to the Middle School in January about the organization and why she started it.

Orient Express Spring Gala – May 18th
All aboard! Please mark your calendar for The Orient Express Gala and Auction on Saturday, May 18th at the Atlantic Resort Newport. This signature fundraising event is sure to surprise and delight and is not to be missed! Look for your invitation to come in the mail soon or register online today! ORIENT EXPRESS GALA

Lower School Family Spring Fling  

Don’t miss the Lower School Let’s Glow Family Spring Fling on April 26th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. This fun-filled night is for all Lower School students and their families. RSVP online today!

AAA – Shifting Gears
Seniors and juniors participated in an interactive presentation called Shifting Gears: the Blunt Truth about Marijuana and Driving presented by AAA. Students learned about the impact of driving under the influence of marijuana. The program included an opportunity to attempt the simple task of catching a ball unimpaired, and then while wearing goggles that impair the participant’s ability to accurately perceive color. This lack of perception means the participant does not have all the necessary information to successfully complete specially designed activities. This models recreational marijuana’s true effects by diminishing the user’s capacity to make quick, accurate decisions, which causes them to miss important external cues that could lead to a crash, if driving under the influence.

Sproutel Partnership Continues
Students and parents engaged with Sproutel this week. The team was on campus to conduct testing and provide feedback to explore their next product, designed to help those experiencing stress or anxiety. Nick Mead worked with a parent and faculty group while Hannah Chung came to lunch to vote on some preliminary names for the plush companion toy. #realworldlearning

Pop Music, Politics and Protest
During the first semester, students in “Pop Music, Politics, and Protest,” a history elective offered this year, completed a PBL that reflected the musical genres of the 1960s. The goal of the project was to create EPs (3-4 song albums), complete with album art and write-ups that channeled the culture of protest embedded in the music and artists the class studied. Some of the songs were originals, while others were covers with sonic approaches that differed from those of the original recordings. VISIT THEIR WEB PAGE TO LEARN MORE

College Tour
Eight adventurous juniors joined Director of College Counseling Ms. Dowling on a three-day college exploration tour over break. Traveling in a mini-bus driven by chauffeur extraordinaire, Mrs Karah Chartrand, they looked at colleges of a wide variety of types, sizes, and locations that included Trinity College, University of Connecticut, Yale University, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, and Fairfield University, where the group had lunch with RHS alumna Maddie Dutilly ’18. Students learned how college visits work, what types of questions to ask tour guides, what demonstrated interest is, and how to differentiate among various college environments, missions, and selectivity rates.

Ms. Dowling noted, “I was tremendously proud to be with Rocky Hill students, who asked the best questions and served as excellent ambassadors of our school. We had some fun, too, partaking in the famous home-made ice cream at UConn’s Dairy Bar and then finishing up the tour with a group dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.”

Leadership RI Team Visits RHS
This Wednesday, ten members of the current Leadership Rhode Island class visited RHS as part of their education day. The team heard from Diane Rich, Mike Gwaltney, and Meg Stowe about the ways in which the School is re-envisioning education, to provide deeper and more impactful learning, with a focus on the Student Competencies. 

LEEP Week, Version 1.0
(LEEP: Learn, Explore, Envision and Present)
The Middle School launched its first ever LEEP Week during the week leading up to Spring Break. During this week, the students were placed into mixed grade groups, with each group being given a longitude and latitude and the following driving question; “How can Rocky Hill students develop sustainable solutions for global issues?” Each group was then charged with designing a solution that addressed a particular issue or challenge facing the location they were given. During the week, we heard from innovators and entrepreneurs about some of the processes that they went through in designing their products. The week ended with the student groups each presenting a one-minute pitch of their ideas to parents and faculty. The students collaborated well and did a great deal in such a short amount of time. LINK TO PITCHES

Middle School Wall of Awesome
The Middle School got its own “Wall of Awesome” over break, thanks to US senior Faythe Schulte ’19 and the maintenance team. The Wall of Awesome was launched last year in the Upper School as a means to share good news, words of encouragement, and accolades among students and faculty.

Endangered Species Management

Lou Perrotti, the Director of Conservation at Roger Williams Park Zoo,  presented to the Endangered Species Management class. Mr. Perrotti spoke about his work around the reintroduction of the Timber Rattlesnake, the overall management and conservation of endangered species, and his experiences, travel, and field work as a conservationist.

Arts Showcased at National Art Education Convention
Over break, Middle School Art Teacher Rachael Armentano presented a talk highlighting the Empty Bowls art project and the service learning event hosted by the Middle School. Rachael delivered her talk, titled “Filling Empty Bowls with Empathy,” on the big stage of the Hynes Convention Center, as part of a session called “Curriculum with Criticality: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” at the National Art Education Association Annual Convention. She focused her talk on how she evolved the traditional Empty Bowls format into an opportunity to teach students about poverty, empathy, social justice, and taking action toward positive community change through art.

Also at the conference, Rachel and Sam Weiler ’20 presented with Dr. Patty Bode in a session called “Transgender Identities and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies”. They addressed 50 educators from around the country. Dr. Bode spoke about affirming transgender identities when she, as a middle school principal, brought a traveling photo exhibit featuring an array of portraits of transgender individuals to her school, and shared research and resources with the audience. Rachel interviewed Sam for the second half of the presentation, facilitating as he highlighted his personal story and ways schools and educators can support transgender youth. Sam spoke about the many ways Rocky Hill School has encouraged him and the positive impact the arts have provided.

Rachel Armentano Presents at Highlander Institute
Over spring break, Rachel Armentano presented on the Middle School Empty Bowls art project, installation, and PBL efforts at the Highlander Institute in Providence as a presenter for the PBL RI monthly meet up.

Winter Athletics Awards
Congratulations to our student athletes who were recognized at the Winter Athletics Awards ceremony and to all of our teams for a great season.

Middle School
Boys Basketball
A Team Resiliency Award: Hadley Martinez ’23
A Team Effort Award: Brennan Hill ’24
A Team Pride Award: Derek Block ’23

B Team Resiliency Award: Maxwell Brooks ’24
B Team Effort Award: Josh Bowater ’24
B Team Pride Award: Cole Brown ’24

Middle School Girls Basketball
Resiliency Award: Lexi Cote ’23
Effort Award: Skye Connell ’24
Pride Award: Katie Kerachsky ’23

Upper School Sports
Co-op/ Individual Varsity Sports
RIIL Swimming: Cortlandt Meyerson ’20
RIIL Ice Hockey: Benjamin Liebermensch ’22

RIIL Varsity E-Sports
Offensive Player of the Year: Benjamin Pogacar ’20
Defensive Player of the Year: Jiapeng “Rahn” Chen ’19
Mariner Award: George Gabro ’21

SENE Girls Varsity Basketball
Offensive Player of the Year: Kaeley Zito ’22
Defensive Player of the Year: Charlotte Boss ’22
Mariner Award: Taylor Cote ’21

SENE “All League” Award: Kaeley Zito ’22, Charlotte Boss ’22, Ptolemy Tassone ’19
SENE “All League” Honorable Mention: Paige Johnson ’22

SENE/NEPSAC Boys Varsity Basketball
NEPSAC Tournament Class D Runner-up
Offensive Player of the Year: Steven Lora ’19
Defensive Player of the Year: Jay-Juan Hayes ’19
Mariner Award: Mohammed Danmola ’19
SENE “All League” Award: Jay-Juan Hayes ’19, Steven Lora ’19, Mohammed Danmola ’19
NEPSAC “All League” Award: Jay-Juan Hayes ’19, Steven Lora ’19

SENE/NEPSAC Boys JV Basketball
Mariner Award: Nicholas McConnell ’20
Mariner Award: Jeremiah Malone ”21
Mariner Award: Dante Garcia ’21

Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to our first spring Athletes of the Week in Girls Lacrosse.
Sara Laurent ’21 displayed great effort and attitude during preseason and impressed coaches not only with her improvement but also her confidence with the ball.

 

Eve Weiner ’20 posted a tremendous preseason and showed great hustle in drills and smart play in scrimmage sessions.

 

 

RHS Takes Over LineSider Brewing Company
Calling all families and friends of Rocky Hill School! Join us for an exclusive RHS night at the new LineSider Brewing Co., located at 1485 S County Trail in East Greenwich. Rocky Hill School will be “taking over” on Thursday, April 4th, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. There will be no cover charge and food will be available on site from Paco’s Tacos. Craft beer, great food, great company, music, and games — what could be better on a Thursday night!

Ben Rosenberg ’19 Sailing Success
This past weekend, Ben Rosenberg ‘19 and his crew Sidney Charbonnet, took 3rd place in the Nacra 15 Midwinters West held at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. With racing canceled on Sunday, due to light wind, Team Rosenberg/Charbonnet were only one point away from 2nd place and four points away from 1st.

Stefy Andreev ’21 Artwork Recognized
Congratulations to Stefy Andreev ’21 whose painting “Paul McCartney”, was selected for the Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition. Her work was on display from February 2nd – March 17th  in the Museum’s historic Griswold House. This year’s jurors were Dr. Helen Burnham, the Pamela and Peter Voss Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and Dr. Leora Maltz-Leca, Chair of the Department of Theory & History of Art & Design at RISD and Curator of Contemporary Projects at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum. This is a significant achievement since the competition was for professional artists of all ages.

Sabrina Dumas ’16 Playing LAX at Wellesley
Sabrina Dumas ’16 (number 13) is a starting defender on the Women’s Lacrosse team at Wellesley. She is enjoying college-level lacrosse and the team recently traveled to Memphis, TN for Spring Break where they played Rhodes College.

 

Allison DeGerlia ’16 Published in Professional Annual
Allison DeGerlia ’16 submitted a manuscript, “Interruptions in Gender in TV Political Commentary,” to The Pennsylvania Communication Annual, a refereed journal of the Pennsylvania Communication Association. She recently learned that her submission was accepted for publication. The acceptance rate was less than 34 percent. Allison is also studying in India for the semester and loving it.


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