October 12, 2019

Mark Your Calendar 

    • 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
    • US Picture Days: Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18
    • MS PTL Meeting: Thursday, October 17 | 8:30 a.m. | MS Commons
    • College Preview Night: Thursday, October 17 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Campbell Cafeteria | For juniors and parents of juniors and sophomores
    • RHCD Open House: Sunday, October 20 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    • Veterans Day Ceremony: Friday, November 8 | 11:00 a.m. | Sharpe Gym
    • LS PTL Meeting: Thursday, October 24 | 8:30 a.m. | LS Blue Room
    • Veterans Day: Monday, November 11  NO SCHOOL
Open House:  Spread the Word, Share Your Stories!

Rocky Hill Country Day School will be holding a school-wide Open House on Sunday October 20 at 1:00 p.m. We have a strong number of pre-registrations and we still need more. Please spread the word to friends, neighbors, and family who may be interested in joining and enrolling!  Students and families are the best vehicle for promoting our school. Thank you for sharing your stories about RHCD and how our students are challenged to ‘Think Outside’ everyday. Click on the audio clip below to listen to our radio ad playing on 92.3 WPRO FM.  It was recorded in our on-campus recording studio with RHCD students. Interested families can REGISTER ONLINE.

First People’s Day Assembly

On Friday, students participated in an assembly to discuss the important cultural significance of First People’s/Columbus Day to the Native American community. Members of the Narragansett tribe performed some traditional dances for the students and then lead a discussion and Q&A about how the designation of “Columbus Day” might affect the Native American community, rationale for changing the name of the day, and other topics that people tend to wrestle with within the debate over the day’s appellation. On hand to talk and perform were RHCD alums Sequahna Mars ’96, Ei Yahz Foster ’16, and Atsa Zah ’15.

RHCD in China
We’re excited to share a new opportunity for RHCD students to collaborate with students in China.

Partnering with the Beijing Society for Environmental Science, Mrs. Shen (Coordinator of International Programs) and Mr. Chatterley (US Field Trips Coordinator), invite Upper School students to join Spring Break China 2020 for a chance to do hands-on environmental research in conjunction with high school students and teachers in China. The class will conduct water quality testing and discuss the importance of water conservation. In March 2020, RHCD participating students will travel to Beijing for field research and to explore the country, learning about the history and culture of China. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to do important environmental research while building global-mindedness. Please email Mrs. Shen at mshen@rockyhill.org, to add your name to the list!

Yearbooks on Sale
Yearbooks are now on sale for 20% off! To place your order,

    • Go to coffeepond.com
    • Click on “Order Yearbooks”
    • Enter the school code – TheCrest2020 (no spaces)
    • Follow the prompts to finish

Sale ends on October 28 at 11:59 p.m., so act now!  We also have a few 2018-19 yearbooks left. For questions email Katy Basu at kbasu@rockyhill.org.

Hack For Global Good

Hack For Global Good is a real world, problem-solving event created by RHCD students. In 24-hours, student teams representing private and public schools across Rhode Island must brainstorm a bold solution to the U.N. Global Challenge of Pollution. Industry mentors and global advisors will be available to guide and support the teams. By the end of the Hack day, the student teams must ‘pitch’ a novel #Solution2Pollution to a panel of industry judges.

The three winning categories are: Moonshot Award (given to the team with the most audacious and groundbreaking idea), Global Impact Award (given to the team impacting the most amount of people), and Best Pitch Award (given to the team that best articulates the problem, identifies a clear solution, and delivers a powerful ‘pitch’ presentation).

Top Prizes include:

  • Kayak the Woonasquatucket River with a pollution expert
  • Pitch opportunity for Social Enterprise Greenhouse Incubator Program
  • Matunuck’s Organic Oyster Farm tour and aquaculture exploration on a glass bottom boat
  • Fab Newport Maker Space VIP pass to prototype the winning idea
  • 1×1 mentorship with B-Lab founders at Brown University’s Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship

Registration is Open!
All high school students and all skill-levels are needed. We invite any RHCD and and Rhode Island student passionate about collaboration and problem-solving to join us November 15-16, 2019 at the RHCD campus. Registration is $25 Student / $150 Team with scholarships available. Sign-up online or via Whova app, our event partner.

Get Involved!
Help us share the event with schools and students you believe may have an interest in joining us. Sponsor a student or team. Want to partner with us? For more information contact Director of Innovation Meg Stowe at mstowe@rockyhill.org.

2018 Hackathon Success Story
After winning the 2018 “Global Impact Award”, ReVolta, a four-member, dual-school team that created an app to track home energy use by leveraging gamification features and neighborhood ‘sharing’ of power, received unprecedented access to industry leaders, professional training, and a first-of-its-kind invitation to apply to the Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) Incubator Program. Never before has a high school team been invited to pitch to SEG. ReVolta both presented and successfully won a place within the incubator’s fall 2019 cohort of startups, joining university and industry startup founders for six-weeks of intense mentorship. Today, ReVolta has completed the SEG program, and is working with a team of expert advisers to develop their first prototype! RHCD students on the team are Willa G. ’20, Elsa B. ’20, and Neha B. ’20.

‘Choose Love’
Mrs. Pontarelli led Lower School students in a discussion about their role in service as part of the Choose Love social-emotional curriculum. First graders Ellie and Joey Edelmann shared what they have learned about a group of children living in an impoverished neighborhood in Guadalajara, Mexico in preparation for their mothers upcoming service trip through the Cultural Care Kids First Foundation. Lower School students will show ‘compassion in action’ as they make friendship bracelets for the children in Guadalajara. Melissa, Joey, and Ellie’s mom, will deliver the friendship bracelets, along with crafts and learning supplies to three community centers there that seek to offer refuge and love to local children.

6th Grade Classis Latine gratam!

What do an apple tree, Latin class, and 6th graders have in common? Middle School students in Mr. Gnolfo’s 6th Grade Latin class explored noun/adjective agreement by venturing outdoors to study trees. Malus Domestica, the apple tree on RHCD’s campus, offered students the opportunity to discover how a noun that looks masculine because of its ending is feminine given the adjective that modifies it.

4th Grade: World Smile Day
On October 4, we celebrated World Smile Day at RHCD. Fourth graders in Mr. Laurent’s class cheerfully accepted the charge of serving as World Smile Day Ambassadors. They spent the afternoon sharing smiles and kindness with people throughout our beautiful campus. Within an hour, the ambassadors had given out over 100 smiles and warmed the hearts of countless RHCD community members. The accompanying song on the slide show was composed by Charlie Ball, the son of the late Harvey Ball, the man who created the original Smiley Face back in 1963. Want to learn more about World Smile Day? Click HERE. And, remember to smile!:)

Harvard, History and RHCD
Students in Mrs. Wheatley’s 11th and 12th grade history class are participating in the Harvard Business School Case Method Project. Students are reading the HBS texts, engaging in class discussions and debates, and writing responses to deepen their understanding of American democracy and key decision-making moments in U.S. History. RHCD is the the only school in RI currently partnering with Harvard and 411 teachers across the country on this project.


Senior Games VCX 🏃‍♂️VFH 🏑
This week, we held Senior Recognition Games for cross country and field hockey who had their last home meet/game of the season. RHCD is grateful to friends and family for joining us to recognize and celebrate the achievements of these students.  

Nick M., Zack W., Paul R., and Nanjin W. 🏃‍♂️ together with Elsa B., Eve W., and Pascale B. 🏑 delivered for their final season home meet/game! 

The field hockey team also hosted their annual Pink-Out game to support breast cancer research.

Field Hockey All-Stars
Congratulations to these RHCD all stars who played in the RIIL All Star game and helped lead the team to a 2-1 victory. Taylor recorded a shutout in the first half and Eve scored a goal. Pictured left to right are Elsa ’20, Eve ’20, Charlotte ’22, and Taylor ’21.

Athletes of the Week
The Student-Athlete of the Week from Field Hockey is defensive player Jordan L. ’21! Known for her ‘ninja-like stick skills’ and a tremendous never-quit attitude, her selfless play is honorable. Congratulations Jordan!

Cross Country recognized two student-athletes, Nick M. ’20 and Troy J. ’21, for their outstanding performances at the MacDuffie meet. Both ran their personal best of the season, shaving roughly two minutes from their best 5K time so far this fall.

Health & Wellness Programs

On October 10, the 9th and 12th graders had a presentation from Don Hooton of the Taylor Hooton Foundation which is a non-profit organization leading a national campaign to educate youth and their adult influencers about the dangers of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs including anabolic steroids, hGH, and unregulated dietary supplements.

The Upper School students also heard about the dangers of vaping in a presentation by Dr. Christopher Ottiano, Medical Director of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, who stated, “The time is now to be educating the population that is being targeted. It’s cigarettes all over again, but this time with even more rapid and severe ramifications. We need to empower our teens to rise up against the marketing and lies.” The Middle School will repeat this presentation in the coming weeks. CLICK HERE for more resources on vaping. We urge our families and community to learn more about this issue in light of the recent reports of respiratory illness and death associated with vaping products.

Boosters Fun Fundraiser
Save the date for the Boosters’ Funny 4 Funds Comedy Night! REGISTER HERE

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