Mark Your Calendars
LS Let’s Glow Family Spring Fling: Friday, April 26 | 6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
PTL Gala Meeting: Monday, April 29 | 8:30 a.m. | Hopelands
Spring Instrumental Concert: Tuesday, April 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
Spring Tailgate Potluck: Friday, May 3 | 5:15 – 7:00 p.m. | RHS Fields
Middle School Game Night: Friday, May 3 | 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. | Gym
Prom: Saturday, May 4 | 7:00-10:00 p.m. | Biltmore – Providence
Senior Internships Begin: Monday, May 6
Senior Game for Boys Lacrosse: Monday, May 6 | 4:00 p.m. versus Pilgrim
AP Exams Begin: Tuesday, May 7
ACE Educational Series: Wednesday, May 8 | 3:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
All School PTL Meeting: Thursday, May 9 | 8:30 a.m. | Middle School Commons
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
Summer camps and programs are open for registration at rockyhill.org/sea.
Spring Brick Orders Due May 1st
Looking for a great year end teacher gift? You can give a RHS brick in honor of a teacher, past or present, who made an impact on your educational experience. Seniors, don’t forget to get your name on a brick. The deadline for ordering bricks for the spring installation is Wednesday, May 1st.
Parent Education Series
Supporting Students with Learning Differences: Assessment, Treatment, Classroom Accommodations, and the College Testing and Planning Process
Wednesday, May 8 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | 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, weaknesses, and overall learning profile. Learn how recommended classroom accommodations play an important part of a student’s experience at Rocky Hill School during the college process and beyond.
Final PTL Meeting of the Year
Don’t miss the final PTL meeting of the year on Thursday, May 9th at 8:30 a.m. in the Middle School Commons. Hear from Diane Rich, Megan Williams, Emily Serotta, and Meg Stowe; vote on final budget allocations; review the new slate of officers; and help us recognize our out-going officers for a job well done.
PTL Volunteer Positions for 2019-20
Spring has finally sprung and as we enjoy the remaining months of the school year, we are looking ahead to next year, too. The Parent Teacher League is working to fill the volunteer PTL positions for 2019-2020. Anyone who would like to be a Classroom Representative to contact Julie Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are currently a Class Rep and would like to continue, please let Julie know. They would like to have as many families involved as are interested!
Orient Express Spring Gala – May 18th
The hotel at Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport is offering one-night room blocks until this Saturday, April 27th for guests of the event. After Saturday, a two-night minimum will be in effect. Call 236-2020 directly and reference the Rocky Hill Orient Express Gala when booking your reservation.
A Trip to the Zoo
Students in Honors Endangered Species Management went to the Roger Williams Park Zoo and attended a class on Species Survival Plans. Drawing on their class knowledge, they took part in the gorilla SSP activity and determined the best mate match for a captive gorilla by looking at animal behavior, genetics, studbook information, and logistics.
Journée Internationale de la Francophonie 2019
On Monday, April 15th, the Rocky Hill School community celebrated La Journée Internationale de la Francophonie (the International Day of the Francophone). The day celebrates all of the Francophone (French-speaking) countries around the world. Faythe Schulte ’19 organized various events throughout the day, some of which included: a crêpe sale organized by the French Club that raised $148 for the Women’s Refugee Center; Community Period events for the US and MS (cooking, soccer, handball, art, dance, etc.); Belgian waffles for the lower schoolers; a Francophone themed lunch; and more. Merci Beaucoup to everyone who made this day possible: Madame Rich, Chef Jay and FLIK, Mrs. Pontarelli, Mr. Jedrey, Mr. Gwaltney, all of the teachers that supervised these events, and everyone who participated.
A Fairytale Extravaganza
On April 23rd, the 1st Grade and Kindergarten students, accompanied by the 5th Grade students, presented A Fairytale Extravaganza to our parents and the Lower School community. The 1st Grade worked on reading fluency, understanding parts of a story, and sequencing events through this exciting readers’ theater project. They also worked on developing their skills as communicators and problem solvers. The Kindergarteners developed self-awareness and communication skills as they helped with props and songs. The 5th Grade improved their innovation skills by writing three original songs that fit perfectly into the show. They also provided programs to pass out to the audience. Ms. Lee shared, “We enjoyed the challenge of working together and sharing our learning with our families. Thank you so much to Mrs. Serotta, Ms. Seddon, Mrs. Dumas, and Mrs. MacDonald for making this project possible!”
5th and 6th Grade Math Building Project Showcase
Over the past two months, the 5th and 6th Grade students worked on a Math Building Project, with the driving question: How can we, as 5th and 6th Grade engineers, designers, architects, and mathematicians, design a family friendly space at 6975 Post Road? During this project based learning experience, the students studied measurement, scale, shapes, and proportions to create scaled models of stores and playground items for the shopping center. The culminating piece was a showcase of their shopping center, built to scale, setup in the Middle School Commons for parents, teachers, and students.
8th Grade Visits Mayor Fung
Students in Mr. Greenwood’s 8th Grade government class went to City Hall in Cranston to visit with Mayor Fung. They experienced the inner workings of local government and Mayor Fung even sent out a Tweet about the visit!
The Physics of Judo
The Discovering Physics class recently completed a project focused on the connection between judo and physics. They interviewed multiple judo players, including US Latin teacher Matt Gnolfo and other members of the Mayo Quanchi dojo. Members include Pascale Burnett ’20, Zhaofan Chen ’20, and Christoff Bandele ’20. CLICK HERE to see what they learned this semester.
Behind the Scenes at WPRI News
Students in 1st Grade visited the set at WPRI 12 Eyewitness News. They spent time with Traffic Reporter and RHS parent Melissa Sardelli and her colleagues for a behind-the-scenes look at the morning news.
Extra Special Eggs
The kindergarteners patiently waited and watched their eggs for 21 days. They learned about the life cycle of a chick, as well as other animals that begin life in an egg. They successfully hatched 10 chicks and love them so much! The class excitedly welcomed to the world Charlie, Douglas, Max, Bumble Bee, Mr. Taco, Ted, Anna, Coco, Lianna, and Sunshine.
8th Grade Connection With Atria Harbor Hill
The 8th Grade visited our friends at Atria Harbor Hill in East Greenwich to share and discuss poetry, reminisce about best friends, share old family photographs, and much more. The students and residents greatly enjoyed their time together.
Embedded Entrepreneurs Impacting Students K-12
Lower School students explore the Chinese language for the first time with the founder team of Hihilulu, a language teaching app, as part of our Embedded Entrepreneurs after school program. In addition, Yulan Qiao ’19 is completing her senior internship as a Hihilulu team member and facilitator of this program. The after school opportunity will run for seven weeks in the Lower School this spring. Feel free to stop by to see this work in action on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.
Students in the Portfolio Art class showcased their work last week in the Carriage House. The students shared ceramics, painting, drawing, and photography, and presented their work to the audience.
8th Grade Portrait Project
8th Grade is completing their Memory Project portraits. The Memory Project invites art classes and artists to create portraits for children facing challenges around the world. The students each drew a portrait of a child who resides at an orphanage in Pakistan. The portraits will be sent to the children after the All School Art Show in May. The art classes used this project as an opportunity to learn more about the country of Pakistan and Islam, the predominant religion in the area. The Memory Project provided RHS with this wonderful teaching resource so they could learn more about the children and where they live.
Spring Sports Off to a Great Start
Our spring teams are all having great seasons. We are excited that both Girls and Boys Varsity Lacrosse and the Golf teams are all undefeated so far this season! Check out these lacrosse highlight reels produced by Mr. Lee.
Boosters Spring Potluck Tailgate Party
Don’t miss the Boosters Spring Potluck Tailgate Party on campus (near the Galley) on Friday, May 3rd from 5:15 – 7:00 p.m. Enjoy lawn games and food with your friends. Hamburgers and hot dogs are provided, compliments of the Boosters. CLICK HERE to sign up to bring an item.
Athletes of the Week
This player has been a hero of Mariner #lacrosse in the first three weeks, stepping into a new game and a new position, and acquitting himself with honor. Last week, he showed an impressive degree of composure and a quick reaction time in his first two games in net. Congratulations, Kirk Webster ’22!
During a tough week, Charlotte Boss ’22 stepped up for the team in the Classical High School game dominating the draw controls, and posting seven goals, while assisting her teammates five times. Charlotte currently leads the state in overall points and assists. Way to represent RHS!
ProJo All-State Winter Independent Team
Congratulations to our basketball players who earned All-State honors this year! Steven Lora ’19, Ptolemy Tassone ’19, Jay-Juan Hayes ’19, Kaeley Zito ’22, Mo Danmola ’19, and Charlotte Boss ’22.
The Upper School Prefects were announced last week. A group of distinguished and accomplished juniors presented speeches and took questions from the student body related to how they would help lead the school as seniors. Students in grades 8-12 voted to select their representatives. Congratulations to Heyuan Ma (Head Prefect), Bella Robinson, and Nick McConnell!
Rome Kirby ’07 is Helmsman for SailGP
Rome Kirby ’07 is the helmsman for the U.S. team in SailGP races. This nation-vs-nation format has teams racing on 50-foot foiling catamarans at speeds up to 57 MPH. We’re rooting for you, Rome! READ MORE
Erica Santos ’11 Completes Boston Marathon
Rocky Hill alum Erica Santos ’11 successfully completed the Boston Marathon in a time of just over four hours. She ran to raise funds for the Tufts Friedman School and their mission to address some of the enormous burdens caused by unhealthy food and poor nutrition, both in the US and globally. Erica is a graduate of Tufts and serves as a member of the RHS Alumni Association.
Sabrina Dumas ’16 Interviewed
Check out this news clip of Sabrina Dumas ’16 who was interviewed as a spectator of the Boston Marathon. Her segment begins around the 2:00 mark.
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