June 7, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
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

Commencement Speaker Announced
Cortney Nicolato, President and CEO of the United Way of Rhode Island, will serve as the 2019 Commencement Speaker. Nicolato joined the United Way in 2018 after serving as CEO of The Senior Source, the largest social services nonprofit serving older adults in North Texas. Nicolato was born and raised in Pawtucket, and is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. She has held executive leadership positions in the nonprofit and business sectors for more than 17 years including the American Heart Association’s National Center in Texas and Get Real Health. We are excited to hear her message about the role citizenship has taken in her life and how our graduates can use their talents to make the world a better place.

Flynn Gets a Face Lift

The harsh winters have taken a toll on the north side of the Flynn Academic Center over the years. We are pleased to share that the siding has been repaired thanks to a generous donation from former trustee and past parent Glenn Ahlborg and Ahlborg Construction Corporation.  We can’t thank Glenn and his team enough for their support of the School and their exceptional work!

Yearbooks Are Here
Yearbooks will be distributed starting today.  Upper School students should see Dr. Basu, while Middle and Lower school students will get their books from Mr. Jedrey, Mrs. Pontarelli, and/or classroom teachers. If you are not sure if you ordered a yearbook, go to https://www.coffeepond.com/order_yb1.aspx and enter your email address or contact Katy Basu at kbasu@rockyhill.org.   If you did not order a yearbook and would like one, we have a limited quantity of them available.  The cost is $80, and it can be charged to a student account.  Contact Katy Basu (kbasu@rockyhill.org) for more info.

Junior National Honor Society

Congratulations to this year’s inductees into the Junior National Honor Society. Front Row (8th graders): Francesca McCaughey, Andrew Hogan, Sydney Boss, Savannah Burnett, Katie Kerachsky, Abbey Grandin, Reid Beland, Jonathan Porter, and Brendan Weiner. Back Row (7th graders): Nate Lee, Will Hogan, Dalton Donoyan, Dudley Samponaro, Alex Lehouiller, Jaida Catallozzi, and Skye Connell.

Senior Internship Program 2019:
A Few More From the Field
Last week, the seniors wrapped up their fieldwork and returned to school to practice for their Senior Internship Presentations. See below for more about our students’ rich, productive experiences.

Perry Clark: Investment Management
My time at WhaleRock Point Partners has been an incredible learning experience. I began my fieldwork by creating a research presentation analyzing generational investing trends. By week two, I was contacting bond brokers for lists of available bonds that meet WhaleRock’s investment grade standards. I was also fortunate enough to take a 10-hour online course called Bloomberg Market Concepts, which trained me to use a computer system meant to aid in equity and fixed income analysis. Now, I am more anxious than ever to start my career in the finance industry.

Aviva Beringhause: Emergency Management
During my internship with the Director of Emergency Management for Pawtucket and Rhode Island, I have learned so much both inside and outside of the office. I have learned about what it’s like to go on a call and also what it’s like to work on a state project. I’ve attended several classes and events and really experienced the daily life of a police officer and an emergency management director.

Chloe Ponte: Environmental Education
Chloe has been interning at the Save the Bay Aquarium at 1st Beach in Newport. She expressed that it has been a great experience, strengthening her people and public speaking skills. She has enjoyed leading tours of the aquarium for families and schools, as well as running the touch tanks and taking care of the marine species.

Ptolemy (Tolly) Tassone: Equine Management and Training

Tolly has been learning the inner workings of running an equestrian center at Newport Equestrian Center.  She has been helping with all aspects of running a barn, from tacking up horses, learning to take clients on trail rides, and learning the operations of a privately owned barn. 

Johnette Williams: Support Programs for West African Immigrants and Refugees
During the last four weeks at Higher Ground, I’ve been working with the Sweeties (participants in the African Elders Enrichment Program), from artwork to teaching the alphabet. With the help of some volunteers, I’ve been able to teach the Sweeties new things while listening to their many stories of Liberia.


6th Grade Visits RISD
On Thursday, May 23rd the 6th grade visited the RISD museum to view their collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman art. Favorite objects included the Egyptian mummy, the Roman sarcophagus and of course, the giant Buddha.

Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month
With May being Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month, the Upper School recently hosted representatives from the Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education (ARISE) to discuss the challenges experienced by individuals immigrating from southeast Asia who have now made Rhode Island their home. This event was organized by Jannessa Ya ’22 as part of her work as a member of the student advisory board of the Making Caring Common Project.

Pictured left to right: Abby Hirsch, Jaylene Lanzot ’19, Chloe Ponte ’19, Keanu Palavra ’22, Max Lehouiller ’20.

Rookies Rising Musical Festival a Huge Success
On May 29, the inaugural Rookies Rising Festival took place at AS220 in Providence. The event, which was conceived and founded by RHS junior Max Lehouiller, was a huge success and had a great turnout from every corner of the state. Five musical acts representing students from across Rhode Island performed with a goal of bringing young people together through music. The featured acts playing all original music included RHS’s own Gameboyz, The Development, Smug Honey, Clockwise, and Buddha.  All proceeds were donated to AS220 Youth, a program that strives to dismantle the pipeline to prison by empowering at-risk, beyond-risk, and incarcerated youth through arts, culture, and collective action.

The planning committee included students and faculty from Rocky Hill School:  Neha Basu ’20, Pascale Burnett ’20, Mo Danmola ’19, Dylan Lehouiller ’21, Max Lehouiller ’20, Nick McConnell ’20, Eve Weiner ’20, and faculty advisers Emily Serotta and Matt Gnolfo.

Preschool Field Day

Many thanks to the parent and 5th Grade volunteers who helped with Preschool Field Day. The kids had a great time with their Lower School buddies!

SMAC Supports House of Hope
This year, for SMAC’s Crayola PRIDE Week Fundraiser, Rocky Hill students raised almost $200 for Shower to Empower, an affiliate of House of Hope, whose mission is to provide basic needs such as showers and haircuts at no cost to folks who are experiencing homelessness. This is the 5th year of Crayola PRIDE Week–a week aimed at raising awareness about issues of traditionally marginalized personal identities due to discrimination based on race, gender, body image, and other identifiers.

Volunteer Appreciation
A Volunteer Appreciation Open House/Continental Breakfast was hosted by Head of School Diane Rich on Friday morning to thank our parents for all they do for our students and school throughout the year! The support of our parents makes an extraordinary impact here and we are all so grateful. Special thanks were given to outgoing PTL President Julie Hayes and outgoing PTL Vice President Alaka Catallozzi for their dedication in those roles over the past two years.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation
On May 29th, all Faculty and Staff were treated to an extra special luncheon hosted by the PTL. Thank you to Event Chair Kristen Connell, the parent volunteers, and Chef Jay, who all made this annual tradition such a (delicious) treat!

Musicians Honored
Several RHS students recently participated in the Rhode Island Music Educator Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival. To participate, a student must choose a solo or small ensemble piece from a designated list to perform in front of a judge for a numeric grade. All of these students won medals for their excellent performances. Sincere congratulations! Pictured left to right, back row: Jeremiah Malone ’21 – tuba, Alejandro Wu ’21 – violin, Jack Sweeney ’21 – clarinet, Will Hogan ’24 – tuba. Front row: Dimitri Daskalopoulos ’22 – violin, Genevieve Bradley ’23 – clarinet, Nate Lee 24 – violin. Participants not pictured are Skye Connell ’24 – bassoon, and Esteban Wu ’19 – violin.

Girls Lacrosse Brings Home Fourth Championship
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team who secured Rocky Hill School’s fourth league championship this spring! Last Saturday’s game was an incredible end to an awesome season! The game began with stellar defense on both sides in ten scoreless minutes, but then Tolly Tassone ’19 put one past the Tollgate goalie, rallying her team. Rocky Hill put three more in quick succession, but moments later, Tollgate scored three. At half time, the score was a tense 4-3 with Rocky Hill in the lead.

After the half, Rocky Hill slipped behind 6-4, but after a brilliant stick check by Charlotte Boss ’22 and a called off 7th goal, the Mariners surged ahead. Tamira Lopes ’21 did a fantastic job marking Tollgate’s star attacker, Nicole Procaccini out of the game, Jordan Lanowy ’21 got the big hat trick, and Kaeley Zito ’22 unleashed the fury.

Tolly Tassone had 2 goals and 3 assists, Jordan Lanowy had 3 goals, Charlotte Boss had 1 goal and 1 assist, Chloe Ponte ’19 had 1 goal, and Kaeley Zito had 6 goals and 2 assists. The final score was 13-9! Congratulations to the D3 State Champions!

Student Athletes Honored
This week we honored our student athletes at the Athletic Awards ceremony. We were excited to celebrate an unprecedented spring season that included championship titles in four varsity sports: Tennis, Golf, and Boys and Girls Lacrosse. Congratulations to our teams on a great year!


Head Coach: Trixie Dumas ’81
Assistant Coach: Chelsea Frost ’10
Resiliency Award: Savannah Burnett ’23
Effort Award: Francesca McCaughey ’23
Pride Award: Abbey Grandin ’23

Head Coach: Jared Zimmer ’89
Assistant Coach: Douglas Cochran ’16
Resiliency Award: Dalton Donoyan ’24
Effort Award: Biagio DiCenso ’24
Pride Award: Alex Lehouiller ’24

Coach: John Hughes
Mariner Award: William Hanney ’23

Head Coach: Mark Buckley
Assistant Coach: Sam McClimans
Player of the Year Award: Cole Larimer ’20
Mariner Award: Sonny Massotti ’22
Mariner Award: Sinead Burnett ’21

Head Coach: Matt Marion
Assistant Coach: Kim DeStefano
Male Player of the Year Award: Eli Levy ’22
Female Player of the Year Award: Elsa Block ’20
Mariner Award: Lily Kerachsky ’22
The Sheldon Sportsmanship Award: Marshall Lind ’22

Head Coach: Aura Rizzo
Assistant Coach: Monica Boss ’91
Offensive Player of the Year Award: Charlotte Boss ’22
Defensive Player of the Year Award: Jaylene Lanzot ’19
Mariner Award: Kaeley Zito ’22
The Dan Maloney Sportsmanship Award: Chloe Ponte ’19

Head Coach: Kurt Heise
Assistant Coach: Will Guido
Offensive Player of the Year Award: Davis Lee ’22
Defensive Player of the Year Award: Max Lehouiller ’20
Mariner Award: Jason DeGerlia ’19
The Charlie Blanchard Relentless Spirit Award: Jake Watson ’19

US Golf SENE All-League:
Cole Larimer ’20
Sonny Massotti ’22
Sinead Burnett ’21
Chase Schulte ’21
Cole Larimer was also named to the Providence Journal All-State Golf Team

US Tennis SENE All-League:
Eli Levy ’22
Elsa Block ’20, Lily Kerachsky ’22, Marshall Lind – Honorable Mention
Eli Levy was also named to the Providence Journal All-State Tennis Team.

US Boys Lacrosse SENE All-League:
Peter Chen ’19
Max Lehouiller ’20
Kobe Polley ’20
Davis Lee ’22
Nick McConnell ’20 – Honorable Mention
US Boys Lacrosse SENE Player of the Year: Davis Lee ’22
Max Lehouiller ’20 and Davis Lee ’22 were also named to the Providence Journal All-State Lacrosse Team

US Girls Lacrosse:
First Team All-Division:
Aviva Beringhause ‘19
Charlotte Boss ‘22
Kaeley Zito ‘22
Second Team All-Division: Ptolemy Tassone ‘19
Honorable Mention: Jaylene Lanzot ‘19
All-Academic: Chloe Ponte ‘19
All-Rookie: Tamira Lopes ‘21
Player of the Year Division III: Charlotte Boss ‘22

Nine-season Mariner:
Derek Block ’23
Hannah Boss ’23
Sydney Boss ’23
Alexis Cote ’23
William Hanney ’23
Katie Kerachsky ’23
Ben Lawson ’23
Franny McCaughey ’23

The Dorothy Young ’48 Award:
Esteban Wu ’19
Aviva Beringhause ’19
Siyuan “Peter” Chen ’19
Ptolemy Tassone ’19 (21 Season)

The Providence Journal’s Honor Roll Award:
Male: Jason DeGerlia ’19
Female: Chloe Ponte ’19

The Rocky Hill School Alumni Association Award: Steven Lora ’19

Meet the New 2019 – 2020  NHS Heads
Rising seniors Sam Weiler, Eve Weiner, Max Lehouiller, and Pascale Burnett have been appointed to lead the Nathan Hale Society next year. The Heads play a vital role in the Admission Office, act as the captains in planning, setting up and leading Admissions events, assisting the Admissions Office in giving tours throughout the school year, and rallying members to assist with Admissions events. They are good role models for the Nathan Hale members in being passionate ambassadors for Rocky Hill School. Congratulations, team!

Elise Beland on NPR
6th grader Elise Beland‘s mother was listening to NPR on Boston Public Radio, when she learned about a contest inviting listeners to send in an acrostic poem about their town. Elise took up the challenge and wrote a poem about East Greenwich and was one of the six entries selected and read on air by poet Richard Blanco who, among many other distinctions, was our 5th Inaugural Poet!  Click here to listen to the segment of the broadcast during which Elise’s poem was read.

Steven Lora ’19 Commits to Trinity
Congratulations to Steven Lora ’19 who made his official commitment to attend Trinity College and play for their basketball team. Steven was a 1000 point, high-impact player for the Mariners over the last two years and we are sure he will bring his many talents to Trinity next fall!  

Katy Basu Judges at National Championship
Over Mother’s Day weekend, Katy Basu was in Florida judging the balance beam at the Level 9 Eastern National Championships. Gymnasts qualify for this meet by placing in the top 7 in their age group at their Regional Championships, so they are really the best of the best in the Eastern half of the US. Since only 17 judges are assigned to this meet, it was a real honor to be selected to represent Region 6 and RI. Dr. B. sends a special thanks to Kurt Heise, Aura Rizzo, Pam Matson, Brie Runshe, and Andy HP for covering her classes while she was away.

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