October 25

Mark Your Calendar 

    • Mid-Semester Progress Reports: Monday, November 4
    • 2019 Fall Athletic Awards Ceremony: Monday Nov 25th 5:30-7pm in Campbell Center
    • Veterans Day Ceremony: Friday, November 8 | 11:00 a.m. | Sharpe Gym
    • Veterans Day: Monday, November 11  NO SCHOOL
    • Hack for Global Good: Fri-Sat, November 15-16 | 3:00 p.m. |
    • Coalition for Schools Educating Mindfully New England Chapter Meeting: Monday, November 25 | 5:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall

Open House Attracts Big Crowds On October 20th we had the pleasure of meeting the Rocky Hill Country Day School community of the future. Over 225 prospective parents and students visited the campus to engage in classroom activities and explore the waterfront. Some tried their hand at a spot of seining, others embarked on tours across the grounds, with each guest gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to Think Outside in everything we do (all the while enjoying apple donuts and hot cider!)

A student panel wrapped up the day’s events, with eight Upper School volunteers answering questions from our visitors in the Flynn Lecture Hall. An enormous thank you to our students, parents, and faculty for sharing their Rocky Hill Country Day stories with the visitors, and for helping to bring new faces to RHCD.

After Pakistan Success Memory Project Heads to Syria

As reported in an earlier edition of eCurrents, back in the spring the eighth grade drew portraits of children in Pakistan as part of a program called the Memory Project; an initiative that connects art classes in the United States with orphanages around the world. Each eighth grader received a photo of a child living in an orphanage in Pakistan with their name, age, and favorite color.  The portraits were then delivered to Pakistan, along with 3,000 similar pieces from students at other schools across the country.

Rocky Hill Country Day School is pleased to announce that we will continue our involvement with the project, and the Upper School Drawing and Painting 1 classes will be creating another batch of portraits to send to Pakistan this winter. This year’s eighth graders will also continue our connection with the Memory Project by creating portraits for children in Syria.

Studies conducted by the Memory Project reveal that many people in the USA and Pakistan regard each other negatively with significant levels of mistrust. The initiate seeks to change the narrative in future generations by stressing the commonalities between people, regardless of location, race or religion.

Looking to the Future at College Night 


Rocky Hill Country Day School exists to prepare the next generation for success. On October 17th we hosted a College Preview Night for parents of juniors and sophomores thinking about the next stage of their academic career.

There was a strong showing from the junior class and families, as well as a significant contingent of sophomores and families. Audience participation made for a productive evening, with a wealth of wisdom and guidance provided by the evening’s panelists: James R. Fowler, Jr., vice president for enrollment management at Salve Regina University; Paul Brower, assistant dean for enrollment, Nichols College, MA; Dr. Drew Heilpern, chief brand ambassador, Summit Educational Group; and Michelle Cordeiro, assistant director of financial aid at Roger Williams University.

Big round of applause to Mrs. Dowling for organizing such a marvelous occasion.

Cardboard Regatta

One of the most popular events in the School calendar is the fifth grade Cardboard Regatta! Arranged by Mr. Wyzga, this creative endeavor showcases our students’ artistic and design abilities, all the while educating them on the various properties of water. Here are some highlights from the day! Want more? Check-out additional images on Facebook!

Bringing Halloween to the Troops

In partnership with Operation Gratitude, the Interact Club will be collecting leftover trick or treat candy to be sent inside care packages to deployed troops. Collection bins will be stationed across the campus. Please note: we cannot collect Pixie Sticks or any other powder-based candy.

Faculty Personal Development Day

Personal expression is encouraged at Rocky Hill Country Day School, and the ethos is not restricted to the student body. On October 15, faculty and staff took part in a personal development day that provided strategies on how to optimize understanding, cohesion, value and communication within the workplace.

Pam Herath, Leadership and Culture Consultant holds a seminar during the faculty personal development day
Pam Herath, Leadership and Culture Consultant holds a seminar during the faculty personal development day

Several different workshops ran throughout the program, each structured to inspire deeper understandings of the self and of others. However, just as a school ethos cannot exist in a vacuum, neither can the benefits of professional mentoring, and while it was faculty members sitting in those classes, it is the students who will benefit the most from the personal development day.

Speaking at the beginning of the program, Head of School, Mrs. Rich, commented that, “While professional development is important, today let’s focus on us as individuals and as a culture.”

“From time-to-time, it’s good to fill-up those tanks.”

With thanks to Marie Mechtaly, CPCC Professional Life Coach, and Pam Herath, Leadership and Culture Consultant.

Hack For Global Good: Meet the Mentors Pt. 1

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.

In the first of a series, we are excited to announce just a few of the mentors who will be helping guide the event.

“Top 15 Women to Watch in Tech” heavyweight Hannah Chung is co-founder & head of design at Sproutel, a patient-centered R&D workshop, and is supported by her colleague, Ellie Mowry. From RDW Group comes local brand and marketing guru, Jim Pontarelli, while Anessa Petteruti of Brown University brings a wealth of hack knowledge to the table. Also from Brown is the institution’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Arnell Millhouse, and is joined by Jodie Woodruff, who is the Director of Entrepreneurship at the Met School. Chris Sanacore is an innovation specialist at the Providence Public School Department, while robotics engineer, Chris Savoia, joins from Universal Robots. From Ximedica comes Micah Reyes, with Fab Newport sending not only their founder, Steve Heath, but also their Master of Product Innovation, Keith Ranaldi. Stay tuned for more mentors, coming soon!

Registration is Open!
All high school students and all skill-levels are needed. We invite any 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.

Fall Frolics! Pumpkin Carving and Leaf Peeping

There’s nowhere better to experience the beauty of fall than New England, and both the Preschool and Middle School can prove it! First up are these amazing carved pumpkins, as created by the Middle School. Which are your favorites?

Not to be outdone, Preschool took a trip into the glorious October sunshine to play in the leaves and find out more about autumnal changes!

How Project Based Learning Thinks Outside
Fifth grade met with Head of School, Mrs. Rich last week to kick-off their next Project Based Learning experience. After meeting with Mrs. Rich, the students came together to develop their driving question: “How can we, as 5th graders at Rocky Hill Country Day, come up with ways to Think Outside to improve our school?” Keep an eye on eCurrents for updates on the initiative as it develops.

Land of Fires Middle School Soccer Tournament 
The School hosted its 8th Annual Land of Fires MS Soccer Tournament on Sunday October 20. The tournament hosts similar sized and talented smaller private schools in an end of the year tournament to cap off the season. This year, the teams who participated were: RHCD, San Miguel, Community Prep, Blackstone Valley Prep, Learning Community, and PCD.

Each team was evenly matched, and many games went through over time and into shoot outs. Community Prep came into the tournament with an undefeated record, with RHCD and Community Prep having played in the final game of the regular season (four days before the tournament, 2-1 victory to Community Prep). Everyone expected that the tournament championship would be a rematch. However, that is not how things played out, with eventual champions Community Prep defeating Learning Community in a shoot out.

Final Seeding: Champions – Community Prep 2nd Place – Learning Community 3rd Place – Rocky Hill Country Day 4th Place – Blackstone Valley Prep.  

Sinead. B was nominated in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Student Athlete of the Month

Last month, 11th grade athlete, Sinead. B was nominated in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Student Athlete of the Month competition. A three-year varsity field hockey starter, Sinead’s skills on the left wing were recently reflected in her scoring two out of the five goals in the School’s 5-1 win over Woonsocket. Off the field, Sinead holds a 3.42 cumulative GPA that includes three honors courses.

However, not everything is grand slams and hat-tricks for Sinead. As a student-athlete who lives with Type 1 diabetes, Sinead embodies the RHCD belief that strength can be obtained from adversity. Utilizing her position as a JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) New England Chapter student-ambassador, Sinead brought her passion for service to the team by organizing and hosting a JDRF fundraising game on September 12th.

Through her work with JDRF, Sinead has become an invaluable mentor at the School, including supporting and guiding other student-athletes who manage their diabetes while playing high level athletics.

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