September 29, 2019

Fun and games during the Pep Rally!

Mark Your Calendar

    • Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 30 | NO SCHOOL
    • FLU CLINIC: Tuesday, October 1 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Campbell Center
    • Grade 8 Parent Coffee(s): Thursday, October 3 | 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. | MS Commons | Topic: The 8th Grade Exposition
    • College Night for Seniors and Parents: Thursday, October 3 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
    • Yom Kippur:  Wednesday, October 9 | NO SCHOOL
    • US PTL Meeting:  Thursday, October 10 | 8:30 a.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
    • First Peoples’/Columbus Day: Monday, October 14 | NO SCHOOL
    • Professional Development Day: Tuesday, October 15 | NO SCHOOL
    • Grade 10 & 11 PSAT Test: Wednesday, October 16 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Gym
    • MS PTL Meeting: Thursday, October 17 | 8:30 a.m. | Middle School Commons
    • College Preview Night: Thursday, October 17 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Campbell Cafeteria | For juniors and parents of juniors and sophomores

Fall Classic a Big Success
Senior Willa Geoghegan produced this video to show at the event, 85 Things We Love About Rocky Hill Country Day.

This Monday, the community gathered together for the 21st and final Fall Classic. We are so thankful to all who supported the event as participants, donors, and volunteers. Early projections have the event netting over $50,000 for the School including a generous $17,750 raised to help fund the purchase of a new 34-seat school bus! The day began with the tennis tournament run by RHCD tennis coach Matt Marion. The winners were 1st place: Erika Aldazabal ‘81, 2nd place: Alice Porter, 3rd place: Ruth Clegg. In the afternoon we kicked off golf at Potowomut with many of our vendors, parents, and friends getting out on the greens on what was a perfect day. Prizes went to 1st place (best ball):  John Sheerar, Erik Manchester, Bill Volpe, and Ray Trebasacci; 2nd place (best ball): Ned Handy, Bob Kent, Mike Commendatore, and Peter Dorsey; 1st place (scramble) Rick Burnett, Rachel Burnett, and Jim Bryer; 2nd place (best ball: Mark D’Arcy, Paul Laprocina, and Buckley Cooney. Longest drive went to Mike Roy and Annie Lewis. Thank you to our FALL CLASSIC SPONSORS

Spirit Week at RHCD
Students in all divisions enjoyed spirit week activities leading up to Homecoming Weekend. Class competitions, dress-up days, and an all-school pep rally made for a fun and spirit-filled week. Go Mariners!

Homecoming Weekend
We launched Homecoming Weekend on Friday with an on-campus cross country meet, Middle School athletic games, and the 2nd Annual Blue & White Night. With over 350 people in attendance, the night included food trucks, a DJ, bonfires, and lawn games all organized by the Boosters Club, as well as smores which were sponsored by the Alumni Association. The amazing weather and school spirit continued on Saturday as we presented a new format for Homecoming Day. The varsity teams all played conference games throughout the day and had over 500 fans on campus to cheer them on. We also added a Family Fun Run, kayaking with Mr. Jedrey, and a corn hole tournament to the usual inflatables and activities for our younger Mariners. The Alumni Association held their fall meeting and many alums were on campus to cheer on the teams and connect with one another. In fact, the alumni duo of  Tory Dumas ’10 and Phil Hackett ’10 won the corn hole tournament! A happy hour at LineSider Brewing Co. capped off the day. Many thanks to all who made the day such a success.

Wellness Workshop
Director of Counseling & Wellness Traci Fairchild delivered the state-mandated “Teen Dating Violence Workshop” to all RHCD faculty and staff on Wednesday. This workshop, created by the Lindsay Ann Burke Foundation, supports the school-wide prevention of relationship violence. Parents can access helpful information at

RHCD Coffee House

Parents, faculty, and staff are welcome to relax and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee at one of two locations:  Hopelands Living Room or Campbell Center in the room off of the front lobby. We ask that you refrain from using the Campbell Center from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. as the room is often in use for lunch and meetings. 

Land Art with Catherine Moran
2019 Artist-in-Residence Catherine Moran began work with students in 3rd grade, 6th grade, Upper School Art Foundations class, as well as Drawing and Painting III classes to explore land art. The students will use the natural landscape as a canvas and explore site specificity, environmentalism, and decay. 

Last week Mrs. Dumas, Mrs. Armentano, and Mrs. Getsinger introduced the 3rd Grade, 6th Grade and US Drawing & Painting students to the idea of land art and the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy. The students collaborated in small groups to create their own land art and earthworks around campus.  

Students across the divisions will be creating land art at different times throughout the year observing the transformation of their ephemeral artworks as the seasons change. Thank you to Catherine Moran (parent of August Moran ’25) for her expertise and for joining us on our first land art adventure!

Exploring Salt Marshes at RHCD
Middle School science students have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather and our amazing campus to gain first-hand knowledge about salt marshes. Here, Mr. Karr discusses the classification of what is found in the salt marsh with his 8th grade students.

Mini Monet in Action
Our little artists in preschool spent the day at the library creating art based on the work of Claude Monet and the story Ten Apples Up on Top.

Say “Trees” Please

On Tuesday, September 24th students in Arts Foundations, English 9, and Biology classes enjoyed a kick-off PBL event. Students were fortunate to work with several experts including Tee Jay Boudreau, Deputy Chief of the Division of Forest Environment;  Nancy Stairs, Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor; and Robert “Lou” Allard, RIDEM Division of Forest Environment.

Students have been doing observational writing of trees on campus in English 9 and will be designing an urban street in art class, studying both ecology and many life-sustaining connections trees have to their own lives. For their final project, students must connect these three disciplines (Art, English, and Biology) in a meaningful way. Stay tuned!

Welcome Startups to RHCD
Last Tuesday, Head of School Diane Rich and Director of Innovation Meg Stowe took part in LearnLaunch‘s Advisor Pitch Night, providing valuable feedback to education-technology startups joining the Boston accelerator’s newest 2019 cohort. Three of the EdTech startups that pitched that night will be visiting RHCD campus on October 3rd to present their work and meet our faculty and students as part of Rocky Hill Country Day’s E2 Program (Embedded Entrepreneurs). Learn More about Mindprint, Spinndle, and Thimble.

Student Leadership
The Middle School students held elections for this year’s class representatives. Congratulations to the 2019-20
 MS Student Council.

    • 8th Grade: Juliana Hayes, Skye Connell, and Lilly Liebermensch
    • 7th Grade: Katie O’Neil and Jillian Pogacar
    • 6th Grade: Gretchen Dechant and Morgan Boss

The 9th grade student representatives were elected this week. Congratulations to these student leaders:

    • Student Life chamber: Abbey Grandin and Katie Kerachsky
    • Policy chamber: Izzy Guastella and Andrew Hogan

    Students Attend Global Climate Strike

    Upper School students joined over 6 million young people from around the world to raise awareness for environmental issues at the Global Climate Strike. The walkout, a coordinated effort by the world’s youth, took part in 150 countries with a goal to “kickstart renewed action on climate change.” LEARN MORE

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