May 24, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon: Wednesday, May 29 | Head’s House
Girls Varsity Lacrosse Semifinals: Wednesday, May 29 | 4:00 p.m. | RHS
Middle School Junior National Honor Society Induction: Wednesday, May 29 | 6:00 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
Boosters Pizza and Paint Party: Friday. May 31 | 6:00 p.m. | Providence Coal Fired Pizza in North Kingstown
Girls Lacrosse Finals: Saturday, June 1 | 2:00 p.m. | Cranston Stadium
Lost & Found: Tuesday, June 4 – Thursday, June 6 | Campbell Center
Preschool Field Day: Tuesday, June 4 | 10:00 a.m. | Alumni Tennis Courts
Spring Season & End-of-Year Athletic Awards: Wednesday, June 5 | 5:00 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Senior Dinner: Thursday, June 6 | 6:00 p.m. | Quidnessett Country Club
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast: Friday, June 7 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Head’s House
Lower and Middle School Field Day: Friday, June 7 | 12:45-3:30 p.m. | RHS Fields
Alumni Men’s Lacrosse Game: Saturday, June 8 | 3:30 p.m. | RHS Fields
Alumni Reunion: Saturday, June 8 | 5:00 p.m. | Hopelands Back Lawn
Lower School Moving Up Day: Wednesday, June 12 | 1:30 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Middle School Moving Up Day: Thursday, June 13 | 8:45 a.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Commencement: Friday, June 14 | 10:00 a.m. | Hopelands Front Lawn

Oh, What a Night!

The Orient Express Gala was a smashing success. With nearly 200 guests in attendance, the bidding and donations were robust and generous. Our favorite band, Mystique, had the crowd dancing the night away. Our senior class lifers, Chloe Ponte and Jason DeGerlia, presented a compelling message and fun video to get the crowd excited for the auction. We couldn’t have done it without an amazing committee and the generosity of our community. Thanks to all who made it a night to remember. Early projections have us meeting our goal of netting $110,000 for the school! 

Wind Turbine Study

The Upper School Environmental Science students finished their wind farm study as part of the WindWinRI program with a turbine model competition and a field trip to the Block Island Wind Farm. The wind turbine competition was an opportunity for students to get a physics lesson from Mr. Hoffman-Patalona (HP) about how wind generates electricity using a motor. They were allowed to use different materials to construct a prototype turbine that would actually generate electricity. The turbine that generated the most electricity was constructed by George Kass ’20. The class ventured to the BI wind farm to supplement their knowledge on the planning and developing process of wind turbines. The wind farm is about three miles off the coast of Block Island. The students got an up-close and personal introduction to the first offshore wind farm in the US. Towering over 350 feet above them, the turbines were truly awe-inspiring.  

Back row – Mike Wu ’20, Chase Schulte ’21, Helen Pan ’19, Bessie Yang ’21, Lucia Caito ’21; Front row – Alejandro Wu ’21, Jacob Snyder, Abby Tillinghast ’21, Lily Kutcher ’21

Chemistry in Action
Last week, 9 RHS students attended the annual RI High School Chemistry Contest at URI, with a team competing in Division 1 (first-year students) and some individuals competing in Division 2 (advanced students). The students also visited the labs of Professors Dwyer and DeBoef and got to hear about their research. What a great experience for all! 

Planet Box at RHS

Check out this video from the team at JustLearn, featuring one of our entrepreneurs Djimo Serodio, working with RHS this year. The promo highlights Rocky Hill Middle and Lower School students who received Planet Boxes for their classrooms to explore science concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics.

Lower School EnviroEd
The 4th and 5th Grade had an exciting first day of Enviro Ed canoeing down the Green River. They collaborated and thought critically about the existing fish ladder and bridge at the end of their journey. They presented their ideas to a panel of adults. The 5th graders camped out overnight near Perkins. Today they are off to Ninigret Park for more environmental fun and exploration.

7th Graders Learn About Recycling
The 7th Grade took a field trip to the Johnston Landfill and the Resource Recovery facility to learn the ins and outs of recycling.

A Final Visit to Atria Harbor Hill
The 8th Grade had their final visit of the year to Atria Harbor Hill in East Greenwich. The students shared their “This I Believe” essays with the residents and swapped stories about what they liked to do.

Discovering Physics Podcast
The Discovering Physics class recently released the first episode of their podcast, The Physics of (Almost) Everything. In this first episode, they discussed the recent photo taken of the black hole in the M87 galaxy. You can listen to their podcast on Spotify or by downloading the Anchor app. Here are the links to listen: SPOTIFY | ANCHOR

Kite Day Fun

The annual Lower School Kite Day saw joyful students running across the fields to get their kites high in the air. This fun-filled event is always a favorite!

Service Learning in the Middle School

On Thursday, May 16th, the 7th Grade went on a service learning field trip. Mrs. Randall and Mrs. Buecheler’s advisories visited the North Kingstown Food Pantry where they got a tour, learned about their programs, checked food expiration dates, and organized donations. Mrs. Armentano’s advisory visited Amenity Aid where they sorted bins of donated hotel amenities and made toiletry kits to be sent to Amos House, a homeless shelter in Providence.

Preschool Spring Flower Hunt
Preschool went on a Spring Flower Hunt to see how many different colored flowers they could find on campus.

Medieval Battle
Students in World History 1 engaged in the annual Medieval Battle. This represents just one of the fun ways students get to blow off some steam and learn about history at the same time.

Senior Internship Program 2019:
More from our Seniors in the Field
Our last eCurrents featured a few highlights from our seniors shortly after they began their fieldwork. This week we are proud to share more inspiring stories from the students and their advisers.

Esteban Wu: Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Building a Start-Up

I’ve been working on several different tasks since the start of my internship at XR in Learning in Boston. Most of my time has been dedicated to growing the prospective sponsor network through research, and connection-building on LinkedIn. I have also had the opportunity to participate in a variety of different meetings, such as pipeline and event planning, allowing me to gain an insider’s perspective on the functioning of a company. Additionally, I have been helping to design a blueprint for an add-on Hackathon to the XR Global Summit in October.

Faythe Schulte: Teaching Assistance and Lesson Planning
My past three weeks at the French American School of Rhode Island have been awesome! I have been interning with the art teacher, Eléonore Ecorcheville, and I have had the chance to work with students between the ages of 3 and 14, plan and prep lessons, design and paint sets, all while being in a French-speaking environment! I have learned that a HUGE amount of effort goes into being a teacher. In the last week of my internship, I am looking forward to a field trip to the RISD Nature Lab, finishing up the sets and props for the shows, and seeing all of the students one last time!
Mo Danmola and Jay-Juan Hayes:
Professional Sound Mixing and Recording

Mo and Jay-Juan are working with ZDahnond Dale at The Basement Studio: Mo is learning new software platforms and techniques for sound recording, and Jay-Juan is specializing in techniques for recording music in a professional studio setting.

Ben Rosenberg: Using Drone Footage to Teach Sailing Techniques
At US Sailing, I am concentrating on taking drone footage of sailing to teach proper techniques online. I have also begun designing lesson plans for an app that will teach advanced sailing techniques. I am very excited to continue my work as a summer internship and a part-time job!

Jaylene Lanzot: Public Art Installation and Organization
At her internship at The Avenue Concept, Jaylene has been working hands-on with Brian Dowling, 3D Program Manager, helping to install new public artworks around the city of Providence. Jaylene, Brian, and The Avenue Concept Founder, Yarrow Thorne, recently installed a new sculpture by Barrett Kern, at the newly renovated patio at Olga’s Cup and Saucer on Point Street. Jaylene has also helped to organize volunteers at the Avenue Concept and helped with some administrative work. She has gained great knowledge of the inner workings of a large public art organization and their cooperation with the city of Providence.

Siyue (Helen) Pan: Invasion Biology and Restoration Ecology
On the first day, I attended an award ceremony for the biology department at URI with my lab partner Jennifer and helped her set up her experiment in the greenhouse. On the second day, I extracted DNA from 10 samples of phragmites which Professor Meyerson collected from Argentina and Chile.

Savanna Olsen: Coastal Conservation and Restoration
During my internship with the Rhode Island Nature Conservancy, I have been doing fieldwork with the coastal restoration team. We are currently monitoring fish populations along the Providence and Seekonk Rivers and in Ninigret and Quonnie Ponds. In the rivers, we are doing beach seines, casting a long net with the boat and then pulling it to shore, in order to track where populations are recovering and which locations could benefit from further restoration efforts. In the ponds, we are monitoring several relatively new manmade oyster reefs, measuring both the oysters growing on them and the fish living around them as the restored ecosystem matures. I’m enjoying myself and getting hands-on field experience in environmental science.

Jacob Pogacar: Cancer Research
I have found my internship at the Bio-Psychics lab at URIto be an engaging, fulfilling learning experience. The lab is focused around a special peptide engineered to target and attach to cancer cells. Most of my day is spent taking care of cell cultures that are then used by the graduate students and professors in the lab in their experiments. This week I am starting to assist in the crafting of spheroids (balls of cells that simulate tumors) using the cells that I have been taking care of. In the weeks to come, I will be participating in a couple of experiments, which involve attempting to craft the peptide so that a human immune system will react to and attack the cancer cell the peptide binds to. Overall, this internship has given me extremely valuable lab experience which will help later down the road as I plan on doing scientific research in college as well.  

Steven Lora: Construction and Project Management
My time at Gilbane Building Company has been nothing but an amazing learning experience. I’ve learned how to analyze drawings and organize bid packages. I am also learning how to build relationships with clients.


All School Art Show

The annual All School Art Show was on view this week in the gym. Highlights included a Lower School ocean-inspired display of ceramic sculptures; detailed treehouse drawings and paintings by the 7th Grade; collage portraits of all 40 Art Foundations students; beautiful Upper School photographs; ceramic teapots and vases; and brightly painted canvases depicting tropical fruit by Drawing and Painting students. Thank you to everyone who attended the opening reception Tuesday after school and who came by to visit the show throughout the week. Thank you as well to Clark Farms for the gorgeous planters, Sam Weiler ’20 for organizing a performance at Tuesday’s opening, and the facilities staff for their assistance. A special shout out goes to all of the 2018-19 studio art faculty – Mrs. Dumas ’81, Mrs. Armentano, Mrs. Getsinger, Mr. Chatterley, Ms. Temple, and Mr. Roonan. Parents, please be on the lookout for artwork being sent home in the coming week or two.

Much Ado About Nothing
The Deckhands Theater Group put on a two-night performance of Much Ado About Nothing. They delighted the audience with their take on this classic Shakespearean tale.

Art Foundations Capstone Presentations
Each year Upper School Foundations of Art students complete the year by conceiving and producing a thematic, conceptual work of art. This year students created work exploring “Environmental Impact.” Student work focused on issues ranging from deforestation to ocean pollution. Artwork will be on view May 28th-31st in the Flynn Nautilus. Students will be presenting their projects during D periods. Parents are invited to view the artwork, speak to the artists, and hear some students speak about their work on Thursday, May 30 from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Spring Athletic Awards Ceremony
Join us on Wednesday, June 5th at 5:00 p.m. as we celebrate our Upper and Middle School student athletes at the Spring Athletic Awards Ceremony. This event will be longer than our previous seasons. We will be giving out our major annual awards such as the 12- and 9-season athletes and the Alumni Athletic Award, and recognizing athletic milestones from 2018-19.

Varsity Golf Champions

After posting an undefeated season, the Rocky Hill School Varsity Golf team tied with St. Andrews School in the 2019 SENE Golf Tournament. The two schools are this year’s tournament co-champions of the 2019 SENE League Championship. This is an historic year for RHS golf as it is the first time that we have ever won a championship in league or tournament, never mind both! At the tournament, RHS earned four of the ten SENE All-League honors spots:
Cole Larimer ’20 – 88 pts
Sonny Massotti ’22 – 88 pts
Sinead Burnett ’21 – 102 pts
Chase Schulte ’21 – 107 pts

Boys Varsity Lacrosse Champions
In a game full of excitement, penalties, and great hustle, Rocky Hill Boys Varsity Lacrosse won its 2nd straight SENE title last Friday, defeating Eagle Hill 11-7 behind a huge fourth-quarter comeback. With the win, Rocky Hill moved to 10-1 on the season, including finishing a perfect 8-0 against their SENE opponents. Additional congratulations to our SENE All League players:
Peter Chen ’19 – All League
Max Lehouiller ’20 – All League
Kobe Polley ’20 – All League
Davis Lee ’22 – All League and SENE Player of the Year
Nick McConnell ’20 – Honorable Mention

Varsity Tennis Champions
The RHS tennis team beat Macduffie 5-2, making them the SENE League champions! Eli Levy ’22 had an incredible comeback win and Lily Kerachsky ’22 and Elsa Block ’20 played their toughest tennis all season to win. Marshal Lind ’22 and Hadley Martinez ’23 won at 1 doubles and went undefeated together for the entire season.

Middle School Girls Lacrosse Are Undefeated
The Middle School Girls Lacrosse team had an incredible final game against longtime rival, Moses Brown’s A-team, last week. It was a fast, back and forth game throughout both halves. The girls collaborated and persevered through an aggressive game, with strong communication on defense. The game ended 7-6 with RHS securing an undefeated season!

Gym Locker Clean-Out
Student athletes need to remove all locker contents by Friday, May 31st. Locks will be removed that day. On Monday, June 3rd, all remaining contents will be put into the lost and found collection.

Lost & Found
The annual all-school lost and found collection will take place June 4th-6th just outside of Campbell Center. On Friday, June 7th, any items left in the collection  will be donated to charity.

Sophomore Election Results
Congratulations to the newly elected officers for the rising sophomores. Stay tuned for junior class results next time.
Student Life: Lizzie Hayes and Keanu Palavra
Policy: Drew Tamburini and Janessa Ya

Ben Pogacar ’20 Honored
On May 13th, Ben Pogacar ’20 received the General Treasurer’s Young Leader Award. The General Treasurer’s Young Leader Award recognizes students who have demonstrated an interest in entrepreneurship and developing the skills necessary to achieve their goals. These awards were presented to high school juniors in the state of Rhode Island who showed outstanding achievement in math, are active in their community, and embody entrepreneurial spirit.

Abbey Grandin ’23 Sailing Success
Congratulations to Abbey Grandin ’23 who competed in the Team Trials held at the California Yacht Club. This regatta places sailors in various international regattas for Team USA. Abbey’s top race earned 9th place and she qualified to sail on the US team at the 2019 Sport Vlaanderen Regatta in Belgium at the end of June. This will be her first international race. Good luck Abbey!

Kristin Urbach ’87 Honored
Congratulations to Kristin Urbach ’87 (pictured on the right) for being named a 2019 Achievement Honoree at the Providence Business News Business Women Awards. Kristin is the Executive Director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in connecting RHS with the WindWinRI project.


Dr. Abby Alexander ’07
Dr. Abigail L. Alexander ’07 earned two degrees, MD and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Miami. She starts her residency at Brown University in June, studying pathology.

Tara Dowling Mentoring for College Corps
Tara Dowling has been selected as a mentor for the College Corps New England. This is an intensive 3-day workshop designed for rising high school juniors (typically underrepresented students, and students at high schools with low access to professional college counselors) that will take place in Boston at Lasell College, July 17th-19th. With the guidance of professional mentors, participants will learn about all aspects of the college search and application process, life in the residence halls, financial aid, and standardized testing. The goal of the program is to have students leave the program with the knowledge and confidence necessary to successfully transition to college after high school.

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