April 12, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
Portfolio Art Show Reception: Tuesday, April 16
Upper School Coffeehouse: Thursday, April 18 | 6:00 p.m. | Flynn Nautilus
School Closed: Friday, April 19 – Monday, April 22
LS Let’s Glow Family Spring Fling: Friday, April 26 | 6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center: LET’S GLOW REGISTRATION
Spring Instrumental Concert: Tuesday, April 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
Prom: Saturday, May 4 | 7:00-10:00 p.m. | Biltmore – Providence
Choral Concert: Thursday, May 9 | 6:30 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Orient Express Gala: Saturday, May 18 | 6:00 p.m. | Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport

Did You Know?
Did you know that your business can sponsor the athletic program and receive on-campus recognition for that support? LEARN MORE here and please share this information at your place of business or with companies you think might be interested in the program.

RHEA Spring K-5 Art Workshops
The following courses will be offered by MS Art Teacher Mrs. Armentano to Lower School students throughout the spring:
      • Rainbows and Robots for Grades K-5 on 4/17
      • Springs Things for Grades K-5 on 5/1
      • Doll & Fairy House Fun for Grades K-5 on 5/10
      • Art Fun for Little Ones for Nursery-3 on 5/16
Each course runs from 3:30-5:15 p.m. in the MS Art Room in the Carriage House. This drop-in model allows students to sign up for one class or several. CLICK HERE for more information and pricing. If you would like to register your child, please email cmacdonald@rockyhill.org.

SEA – New Nike Sports & High School Offerings
Summer camps and programs are open for registration! Register today: rockyhill.org/sea

High School programs in Art or Business, including SAT prep and college tours.

We offer week-long camps for children ages 3-14 to learn and explore through sailing, kayaking, robotics, art, 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.

Hihilulu’s founder offers RHS senior internship and after school RHEA offering to test their product
RHS senior Yulan Qiao ’19 will complete her senior internship this spring with LearnLaunch startup Hihilulu. Alongside Meg Stowe, Yulan will facilitate RHEA’s after school program where students in K-3 will explore the Hihilulu app, the Chinese language, and culture, as well as Yulan’s Chinese snacks and personal stories. Please email ppontarelli@rockyhill.org to sign up.

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! Register online today: ORIENT EXPRESS GALA


Spring Brick Orders Due by May 1st

April showers bring May flowers, but what did the Mayflower bring? No, not Pilgrims. It brought RHS bricks to give to that someone special who puts a “Spring” into your step. The perfect year-end gift for that special teacher. ORDER ONLINE

Parent Info Session

Supporting Students with Learning Differences: Assessment, Treatment, Classroom Accommodations, and the College Testing and Planning Process
Wednesday, May 8 | 3:30-4:30 | Flynn Lecture Hall | Open to all RHS Families

Please join Neuropsychologist Dr. Mary Lynne Kennedy ’80; ACE Director Holly Cotta; and Director of College Counseling Tara Dowling to learn how an educational evaluation provides a road map for determining a student’s strengths and weakness and overall learning profile. As a result, educational evaluations offer recommendations that will help learning specialists and classroom teachers use this profile to leverage children’s strengths while remediating areas of weakness. Learn how classroom accommodations recommended in evaluations play an important part of a student’s experience at Rocky Hill School during the college process and beyond.

Hackathon 2019 Save the Date: November 15 & 16
To support, volunteer, or get involved, please email Director of Innovation Meg Stowe at mstowe@rockyhill.orgREAD MORE

Beowulf: Heorot Revisited
“If poetry and the arts do anything, they can fortify your inner life, your inwardness.” – Seamus Heaney, poet, and translator of Beowulf.

Following the reading of Heaney’s translation, students in Ms. Snyman’s English elective, Telling and Retelling, each took on the role of the scop (storyteller) to interpret, reimagine, and retell the classic epic poem. The product was a collective reenactment of the telling of Beowulf, in Anglo-Saxon England. Each tale, within the tale, was skillfully accompanied by selected images and punctuated with music and sound clips. The video captures snapshots from each of the tales as told to the warriors and their king.

Change Makers – Matt Sarnoff ’04 Presents to US
This Thursday, we were excited to welcome back to campus Matt Sarnoff, who graduated from RHS in 2004. He shared his journey as a Rocky Hill student and alum—from designing the school’s first “homework hotline” as a student back in 2002, to studying computer science at Carnegie Mellon, to taking on Silicon Valley. Matt took those experiences with him to Glowforge, a company that helps bring laser cutter technology to homes and schools, with one of the most successful kick starter campaigns in history. Matt tied his success, and the success of Glowforge, back to the Student Competencies, noting how interpersonal skills and mindset far outweigh any facts or knowledge people bring to their roles. He was excited to see that his alma mater is fostering these skills in students. Matt expressed his appreciation for discussion based learning and the opportunity to create and tinker while he was a student here.

Maker Class Adapts PowerChair For Brookie!
For several months, the amazing students in the Maker course, under the leadership of Andy Hoffman-Patalona, have been busy designing, engineering, and prototyping a power-wheels chair for Brookie, an 8-year old girl with cerebral palsy. Brookie is a vibrant and energetic girl. She has a mobility chair that won’t fit through doors in her home, but which moves around perfectly well outdoors. Our students have been personalizing and tweaking this power-vehicle to accommodate the size of her house and her personality, right down to the hot pink joy-stick, which was designed and 3D printed right here at school. Stay tuned for an update on a visit from Brookie to RHS to try out her new power chair.

Culture Caravan Visits 3rd Grade
On Monday, April 1st, the Culture Caravan from the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology visited the 3rd grade to present “Native Peoples of the Southwest: The Hopi.” The students had the opportunity to explore artifacts and traditions, learn a dance, and make pinch pots. The experience offered the 3rd graders a lot to think about as they prepare to answer the driving question: “How can we as museum curators expand our community’s understanding of the Native Peoples of North America in the past and present?”

Accepted Student Days
Last week Rocky Hill hosted two Admitted Students events:

On April 2nd, current RHS 8th graders joined newly accepted students to the Class of 2023. What a fun welcome! Breakfast, scavenger hunt, polaroid photos, making pottery, and enjoying a student panel filled the entire morning. Everyone left with a new Class of 2023 T-shirt.

On April 3rd, current RHS 5th graders welcomed incoming middle school students for an afternoon of ice cream and games. Everyone left with a new friend and great anticipation for starting RHS Middle School in the fall.

JustLearn’s founder brings Planet Box to RHS

Students in all three divisions recently set up a Planet Box. We were honored to have JustLearn founder Djimo Serodio share these ecosystems with us. They are living models of our planet that make learning science fun. PlanetBox uses the science of aquaponics ecosystems with the integration of fish, bacteria, and plants to expose students to the largest cycles on our planet.

1st and 3rd Grade Buddies Build Bridges
The 1st and 3rd grades partnered up during the last week of March to explore architecture and engineering. On Monday, the students read Rosie Revere, Engineer and discussed the qualities of good problem solvers and the emotions that accompany the innovation process. On Tuesday, they traveled to The Vets theater to see Rosie Revere, Engineer live on stage. In the performance, Rosie and her friends had to build a bridge when they got stranded on a field trip. When the 1st and 3rd graders returned to school, their teachers challenged them to work in teams to design and build their own bridges out of marshmallows and toothpicks. The project wrapped up on Thursday when the students tested the bridges to see how much weight they could hold. The students did an amazing job communicating and thinking critically as they engaged in this fun collaborative project.

State Archives PBL
As part of their continuing project based learning experiences, 4th and 5th graders will be participating in an advocacy campaign to build a new State Archives. Through their ongoing relationship with Mrs. Lane Sparkman, Associate Director of Education and Public Programs at the RI Department of State, students will be provided with facts and figures they can use to make their arguments for a new State Archives. They will write postcards to their legislators in support of a new facility. This experience helps reinforce the importance of maintaining important state archives while also providing an opportunity to serve as engaged citizens.

Kids’ Night In/Parents’ Night Out
Fun was had by all at Kids’ Night In/Parents’ Night Out on March 29th. Thank you to all who participated. And, a huge thank you to our faculty chaperones (Mr. L., Mrs. Fairchild, Miss Rizzo, Mr. Mike, Mr. Wyzga, and Mrs. Walker) and the Catallozzi Family, and Switch Photo Booth for donating to the event. CLICK HERE the photo booth photos–super cute!

Portfolio Art Show – April 16
Don’t miss these impressive presentations by the US Portfolio Art class. Stop by to view their work or stay for the full program.

Athletes of the Week

Kaeley Zito ’22 – Girls Lacrosse: Kaeley posted an amazing week in both practices and games while taking on a leadership role and showing extraordinary effort.


Grace Starociak ’21 – Tennis: Grace exhibited pride and attention to detail in her training last week, as well as displaying resiliency in the face of injury.



RHS Took Over LineSider Brewing Company
Thanks to everyone who came out to LineSider last week. The crowd was filled with parents, alumni, faculty, students, and even families enrolled for next year. Many thanks to Megan Williams for organizing. 

RHS Students Compete in Model UN
Mia Zheng ’21, Nicholas McConnell ’20, and Ding Wen ’19 competed in the Model United Nations at Wheaton College this past weekend. They represented the interests of Argentina, Rwanda, and Liberia in a crisis committee and general assembly setting. Mia, Nick, and Ding represented RHS extremely well, and Ding Wen brought home one of the honorary awards. They were led by Profesora Abregu and Bryant University students.

Alyssa Grayson ’19 – Best in Show

Alyssa Grayson ’19 was recently honored at the RI 4-H Photo and Fine Arts Fair. She received a blue ribbon and Best of Show for her acrylic painting “Bengal” and a blue ribbon and Best of Show for her photo, “Tala Von Alexa”

Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 Swims at Nationals
Cort Meyerson ’20 qualified for and competed in the 2019 YMCA National Swimming Championships, swimming in six races, including time trials, during the week-long competition in Greensboro, NC from April 1st-5th. Fighting a lingering respiratory illness, Cort couldn’t surpass his stellar results at the New England Championships at M.I.T. two weeks previously, where he placed 3rd in the 100-yard freestyle and 4th in the 50-yard freestyle, with an excellent time of 21.73 seconds. At the Nationals, Cort competed against the top 15-18 year-old swimmers in the United States in each event. His three female South County teammates were a vital and supportive part of the Rhode Island delegation, which included about a dozen swimmers. Cort looks forward to next year’s National Championships and the upcoming Long Course season, which begins in May.

Bridget Kist ’17 Headed to Tanzania for Internship
Bridget Kist ’17 was named the 2019 winner of the $5,000 scholarship that will fund her nursing internship in Tanzania this coming May. Bridget wrote to Ms. Snyman to say, “I am so grateful for your help in writing a recommendation letter and for your efforts in grooming me into the person I am today. I will be working this summer at SEA Camp, and hope to see you so I can thank you in person. Best wishes for a successful end to the school year!”

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