May 10, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
Boys Varsity Lacrosse SENE Semifinals: Wednesday, May 15 | 5:30 PM | RHS
Much Ado About Nothing – Spring Play: 
Wednesday, May 15 | 6:00 PM | Goddard Park Carousel – East Greenwich
Co-ed Varsity Golf Championship:  Thursday, May 16 | 12:30 PM | The Aquidneck Club
Boys Varsity Lacrosse SENE Finals:
Friday, May 17 | 4:00 PM | RHS
Much Ado About Nothing – Spring Play:  Friday, May 17 | 7:00 PM | Hope Artiste Village – Pawtucket
Orient Express Gala:
Saturday, May 18 | 6:00-11:00 PM | Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport
Preschool Garden Night: Monday, May 20 | 5:30 PM | Preschool
All-School Art Show Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 21| 3:30-5:00 PM | Sharpe Gymnasium
Annual Corporation Board Meeting:  Tuesday, May 21| 4:00-6:30 PM | Flynn Lecture Hall
All-School Art Show
:  Tuesday, May 21 – Friday, May 24 | Sharpe Gymnasium
Girls Varsity Lacrosse Quarterfinal:  Friday, May 24 | Details to come
Monday, May 27

Orient Express Spring Gala – May 18
The School’s largest event of the school year is just over a week away. The event is packed with fun including a cocktail hour, live music by Mystique, delicious food, and an outstanding live and silent auction. All proceeds from the event support the amazing journey of our students. So, get on board and join the fun…it’s not too late. Cant’ make it in person but want to make a difference? Send in your absentee bids by Friday, May 17th to and we can bid on your behalf. New items are being added to the preview so check in regularly!

Register online today: ORIENT EXPRESS GALA

Annual Corporation Meeting
Tuesday, May 21| 4:00-6:30 PM | Flynn Lecture Hall
Join the Board of Trustees, faculty, and administrators for the Annual Corporation Meeting. This open board meeting is an opportunity for parents and alumni to hear reports from the Board and administrators about the school year and plans for 2019-20.

Rookies Rising Festival
Wednesday, May 29 | 7:15 PM | AS220 – Providence
RHS junior, Max Lehouiller, is the mastermind behind an upcoming music festival, Rookies Rising, being held at AS220 on May 29th. Rookies Rising came to life when Max brought to light the idea of a festival celebrating all aspects of music. He gathered a group of peers and worked to bring his concept of elevating young, up-and-coming artists to life as well as bringing together communities through a shared love of music. The team consists of RHS students Nick McConnell ’20, Pascale Burnett ’20, Mo Danmola ’19, Grady Sumrall ’19, Neha Basu ’20 and advisers Emily Serotta and Matt Gnolfo. The festival serves to foster the growth and creative spirit of both the performers and the attendees while creating overall positive energy to support young artists. The event will showcase five musical acts from across Rhode Island including RHS rap group GameBoyz. Check out their website at and follow them on Instagram @rookiesrising.

Maker Class Grants Wish for Girl with Cerebral Palsy
Last week, Rocky Hill School’s Maker class presented Brookie Reynolds, a 9-year old girl from Cumberland with cerebral palsy, with a customized mobile chair designed especially for her. The class spent the last few months tinkering, designing, prototyping, and engineering a power-wheels chair for her that is easy for her to use in her home and in outdoor spaces with limited accessibility. The students incorporated personalized touches such as a hot pink joy-stick, which was designed and printed on the School’s 3D printer. Thanks to an extensive amount of modifications, and lots of ingenuity, the students were ready to present the new chair to Brookie. “This was a life-changing gift these students gave my daughter,” said Brookie’s mother Allison. It was a great day for the students and an even better one for a special little girl. The project made the news as well. See the Channel 10 story above and the Channel 12 story HERE.

Block Island Wind Farm and North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce School Collaboration
The Environmental Science students went to the Coastal Resources Center at URI’s Bay Campus to learn about the planning process for the BI Windfarm. The students, in collaboration with students from North Kingstown High School and Block Island High School, researched stances and mitigating plans for different stakeholders involved in the planning process of the BI Windfarm. Each group then presented to the rest of the students about their findings. In class, the students have been learning in class about renewable energies and have started a project where they have to plan, site, identify stakeholders, create a working model turbine, and submit a proposal for a new wind farm/turbine location in Rhode Island.

Junior National Honor Society
On Sunday, April 28th, the members of the National Junior Honor Society volunteered at Imagine Walk for Autism which was held at Goddard Park. The members put together several thousand lunches and also helped at the bounce house and the cotton candy machine. The members all agreed that it was a satisfying and fun day.

Senior Internships
Last week we celebrated our seniors by sharing the vast selection of excellent colleges to which they have been accepted. On Friday, we bid our seniors farewell as they prepared to embark on their month-long internships, the culmination of their Upper School careers.

This year our seniors are interning with a range of professionals at the forefront of innovation and advancement in their respective fields: Dr. Irene Piryatinski, neuropsychologist, and faculty at Harvard Medical School; Dr. Yana Reshetnyak, Professor of Physics at the University of Rhode Island; Dr. Laura Meyerson, Professor, Invasion Biology and Restoration Ecology at the University of Rhode Island; and Kelly Ramirez, Co-Founder and CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse, to name a few. In this week’s eCurrents and the next, we will share feedback from the students. CLICK HERE for a full list.

In their own words:
Xuan “Ellen” Guo: Neuropsychological Testing and Evaluation
During my first week of the internship with neuropsychologist, Dr. Irene Piryatinski, I learned different kinds of cognitive testing including WAIS-IV, NAB, and Rey–used to investigate age-related differences in the predictability of intelligence with executive functions–along with the scoring of each test. I was very fortunate to be able to sit in and observe two intakes of patients on Wednesday and will observe a couple of other intakes and testings on Friday. I look forward to practicing and observing more testing sessions. During my second or third week, I will be conducting tests on patients as well.

Cameron Osbrey: Veterinary Medicine
During my internship at South Bay Veterinary clinic, I have been assisting Dr. Caroline Bowater in her daily activities, appointments, and surgery. Working closely with many different animals is exciting. I am looking forward to working through the rest of this month and learning as much as possible about the veterinary field.

Emily Atanasoff and Hanbing “Cici” Jia: Art Exhibitions: Curation and Management
On May 7th and 8th, Cici and I helped pack up the art at Art League Rhode Island’s “Twisting Fibers” exhibition. It was challenging to pack the art in boxes because we did not want to damage any of the fragile pieces in the takedown process. Even though it was difficult handling the delicate pieces, I enjoyed experiencing all the different textiles up close. The “Bubble Dress and Mask” Shown in the image is one of the pieces from the exhibition. Thankfully this piece could be molded to fit inside the box. Working with Art League Rhode Island has been such a fulfilling experience so far!

Grady Sumrall: Video Production and Marketing
So far at my internship with Emily Bucci of DRUM, I have participated in various conference calls and the steps taken prior to the approval of a large scale advertisement. While we work on a larger project, we are also working on smaller tasks like filming b-roll and editing short video projects. Emily has given me an insight into how helpful it is to have many connections and how going above and beyond what you’re asked can only benefit you and your company.

Sam Weiler Recognized by Trinity Rep
Congratulations to Sam Weiler ’20 whose play, A Cryptic Brunch, was one of only four plays chosen for Trinity Repertory Company’s Write Here, Write Now! Student Play Festival. The festival is scheduled for May 21st at 7:00 p.m. and open to family and friends to come and celebrate! LEARN MORE

Spring Concerts Impress and Move the Audience

Mr. McNamara recognized senior Jaylene Lanzot

Kudos! Bravo! Brava! The Performing Arts Department had a busy few weeks as they presented the Spring Instrumental and Choral Concerts to an eager audience. Their hard work and dedication paid off as the students prepared and delivered an impressive array of music. From classic music by the strings ensemble to a powerful rendition of the Star Wars theme song, the band sounded amazing.

The Choral Concert brought together all three divisions that shared current hits, an original rap song, and a moving, all-school performance of We Are the World. Thank you to our students and their faculty Emily Serotta, Jack McNamara, Matt Gnolfo, and Julie Cox.

Spring Play Much Ado About Nothing
Our spring production, William Shakespeare’s, Much Ado About Nothing, will be held off campus on Wednesday, May 15th and Friday, May 17th. Both shows are free of charge and run approximately 80 minutes long with no intermission. In lieu of admission, they will be collecting canned goods for RI Food Bank.

Wednesday, May 15 | 6:00 PM
Goddard Park Carousel | 1095 Ives Road, East Greenwich, RI

Friday, May 17 | 7:00 PM
Hope Artiste Village | 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI Suite 711A

Olivia Massotti ’20 Honored
Student work was submitted to the Senator Jack Reed Art Competition including a photo by Rebecca Arabian ’20, a mixed media artwork by Olivia Massotti ’20, and a pastel drawing by Sara Laurent ‘21. Olivia Massotti received Honorable Mention for her piece. The work will hang in the Warwick Mall from May 13-19th and there will be a closing reception on May 19th at 6:00 p.m.

Recognizing Our Seniors‘Tis the season for our spring senior recognition games. This week we honored our Boys Lacrosse seniors Peter Chen, Jason DeGerlia, and Jake Watson. Girls Lacrosse and Tennis will be honored on Wednesday, May 15th.

Boosters Potluck TailgateKim Zito, Jim Hill, Chris Cote, and Elissa Contillo
The rainy weather was no match for our Mariner pride as spring sports teams gathered for food and fun this week for the spring tailgate. Many thanks to the Boosters for organizing, parents for supporting, and our student-athletes and coaches for their efforts on the fields each day!

Upper School Teams Going Strong

This spring our varsity teams are not only showing great sportsmanship and leadership on the field, but they are also contenders for championship play in Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Tennis, and Golf. Our Boys Lacrosse team clinched first place in their division with an undefeated league record. The golf team is undefeated as well and the Tennis team is currently in first place in their division. The Girls Lacrosse team has just one league loss and is ready for a rematch in championship play. Please come out and support our students and teams, and don’t forget to wear your blue and white!

Three-season Mariners Honored
On May 3rd, the Athletic Department honored our three-season Mariners with an ice cream social and special T-shirts to recognize their commitment to participating in every season this year. #NO_OFF_SZN. Thirty-one Middle School and twenty-three Upper School students were celebrated.


Athletes of the Week
Max Lehouiller ’20 – Boys Lacrosse
This Boys Lacrosse player continues to impress his comrades with his motor and effort on game days. He has forced dozens of ground balls this season and has become a more physical presence as well.

Lily Kerachsky ’22 – Tennis
This Varsity Tennis player battled in practice to put herself into number two singles. She had a great redemption match against STM and also continues to work very hard in practices.


Alex Lawton ’22 – Boys Lacrosse
This young student-athlete achieved legendary status during the week of April 15th, proclaiming himself a “defensive god.” His industriousness and scrappiness were essential to a good week of practice and a solid result against Brimmer and May.
Aviva Beringhause ’19 – Girls Lacrosse
Her coaches wanted to publicly proclaim her growth in technical skill last week, coupling two great games with attention to detail in practice.


E-sports Finishes Successful First Year
The spring E-Sports team’s playoff run came to an end against the leagues #1 seeded Hendricken Hawks team. They had a great first year and are looking forward to being even more competitive next year!

Students Shine at Essay Competition
The 9th Annual Rhode Island Gandhi Essay Award Ceremony sponsored by The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies was held at the University of Rhode Island on May 3rd. Honored as finalists this year were Genevieve Bradley ’23 and Isabel Guastella ’23. The essays were written by eighth-grade students throughout Rhode Island to celebrate the life teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and to think critically about, personally connect with, and be challenged by his legacy of nonviolence. Isabel’s essay was awarded third place and Genevieve’s an honorable mention out of 135 submissions. We are so proud of both finalists as they wrote outstanding essays!

Junior Marshall and Senior Class Officers Announced

At our heartfelt Senior Send-off, the School community took time to recognize our outgoing senior class and wish them well on their senior internships.  In addition to a fun video and a rousing rendition of Somebody to Love by the Upper School chorus, the Junior Marshall and the Class of 2019 Alumni Officers were announced. Congratulations to Heyuan Ma ’20 who was selected by the seniors to be Junior Marshall, and to the following class officers: Secretary – Johnette Williams, Treasurer – Nina Zheng, Vice President – Faythe Schulte, and President – Jason DeGerlia.

Ben Rosenberg ’19 Competes in National Robotics Competition
Ben Rosenberg  ’19 went to the FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) World Championship in Detroit with his team from NUWC in Newport. His role was lead strategist and CAD designer. The team ended up ranked 4th in their division after qualifying rounds and made it all the way to the semi-finals. In the picture, Ben is with members of his alliance (three other teams from Ontario, Virginia, and Connecticut).

Students Accepted to ACLU Advocacy Program
Rocky Hill School students Eve Weiner ’20, Janessa Ya ’22 and Willa Goeghegan ’20 have been accepted to participate in the ACLU’s Summer Advocacy Program in Washington, D.C. The program brings together high school students from across the country to participate in a week-long, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates!

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