November 22, 2019

Mark Your Calendar

  • 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee: Friday, November 22 and Saturday November 23 | 7:00 p.m. | Campbell Center
  • Fall Athletics Ceremony: Monday, November 25 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Campbell Center
  • Lower School Turkey Trot: Monday, November 25
  • Lower School Grandfriends Day: Tuesday, November 26  | 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, November 27 – Friday, November 29 (first day back December 2)
  • ACE Parent Gathering  –  Reading Comprehension Essentials: What Works in All Grade Levels: Wednesday, December 4 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Campbell Conference Room
  • RHCD Instrumental Concert: Thursday, December 5 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. | Campbell Center
  • MARINER Madness: Friday, December 6 | 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
  • First LEGO League Qualifying Tournament at RHCD: Sunday, December 8 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Gym
  • RHCD Choral Concert Featuring 3rd-12th Grade: Thursday, December 12 |6:30 – 8:00 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
  • New School Bus Ribbon Cutting: Thursday, December 12  | 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Middle School Dance #1: Friday, December 13  | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Hack for Global Good 2019 Successfully Tackles    United Nations Challenge with #Solution2Pollution
On November 15-16, Rocky Hill Country Day School hosted the 2nd Annual social good hackathon for RI high school students. Named Hack for Global Good: Solution2Pollution, over 170 registered attendees, including 35 industry mentors/expert judges, and 70+ students from across the state came together to develop bold solutions to local and global pollution. Participating schools included Hope High School, The Met Schools, The Wheeler School, Exeter-West Greenwich, Chariho, East Greenwich, North Kingstown high schools, and Rocky Hill.

Governor Gina Raimondo and Lt. Governor Dan McKee provided official citations for each of the participants, with Governor Raimondo noting:

“Rhode Islanders have always been innovators. It’s great to see our next generation joining forces across the state as they design solutions for real-world problems. Congratulations and best of luck to all of the students.” 

Check-out some of the highlights from this year’s summit:

Hack for Global Good was founded in 2018 by two Rocky Hill Country Day students, Ben P. and Cortlandt M. along with their faculty advisers and classmates. Learn more about their story in the Student Spotlight section, below.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone that made 2019’s event possible!  

Hackathon: Darlings of the Press
Hack for Global Good didn’t just attract the attention of thought leaders, mentors, and partners; the local and regional press also published a flurry of articles on the event. Each provides different information and distinct editorial approaches.

Boys Varsity Soccer Team Crowned NEPSAC Champions

The Championship-winning Varsity Soccer Team!

On Sunday, November 17, Rocky Hill Country Day Mariners defeated Brimmer and May School 2-1 in the NEPSAC Class D Championship at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT. This invitation-only tournament brought together top independent schools from throughout New England to compete for the coveted crown for New England independent school soccer. Class D schools are those regional independent schools with a male high school population of 1 – 114 students. Rocky Hill last won this prestigious title in 2011, and it’s been seven years since a day school claimed the top prize. Read the match report here.

Rocky Hill Fund Appeal
The 2019-2020 Rocky Hill Fund is underway. Help us celebrate 85 years by supporting the Rocky Hill Fund. Giving Tuesday is on December 3rd and you can join this global movement of giving back by supporting our School on that day. We thank you for your continued and ongoing support.

New Library Website
Exciting developments in the library! Designed with the modern user in mind, the newly revamped site is equipped with powerful search capabilities, allowing browsers to check-out recent additions as well as a wealth of research tools.  Want to get creative? Design elements are also plugged-in, with cool features including the ability to turn a project into a newspaper-style report. Check-out the new site here.

All-School PTL Meeting: “Thank You” for Joining
Thank you to those who attended our All-School PTL Meeting on November 14 in-person, and via Google Hangout. It was a great opportunity to hear a recap on the incredible start of the School year, as well as what is coming up ahead. For the meeting notes and presentations, parents can visit the PTL Page in Veracross. If you have any further questions, please reach out to Kristen Connell, PTL President at

Actors portraying Travers’ crew in The Bootlegger movie. Mr. Finlay is far right.

Did You Know…
The Communications team has a Hollywood connection? Mr. Finlay, Communications and Media Editor, recently wrapped a feature film in Newport covering the life and times of prohibition rumrunner, Charlie Travers. The film, called The Bootlegger, took five months to make, and will be released in the summer of 2020. We encourage anyone interested in filmmaking to contact Mr. Finlay and create visual masterpieces here on campus. Contact

When Chemistry, History, and English combine!
On November 13, students in Dr. Basu’s Upper School Chemistry Honors Class interviewed Lieutenant Colonel Chris Whelan, a United States Army expert in chemical warfare. Among his many assignments in the Army, Lt. Colonel Whelan worked for the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation to provide expertise in the area of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)–specifically in the areas of sanctions, export controls, and WMD policy.  Yesterday, the students presented information from this interview, as well as their own chemical warfare research, to US History students in Mrs. Wheatley’s class, adding another dimension to the “Experience in War” Project currently being completed by 11th Grade English and Upper School History students.

Lower School Visits ‘The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss’
On Wednesday, students in Mrs. Seddon’s Kindergarten class took a field trip to the “The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss.” RHCD Kindergarten has just wrapped up a fun rhyming unit and what better way to continue this practice than to merge literacy with art. The field trip began with Cats, Hats, and Balancing Acts which reinforces language development and fine motor skills through guided activities and interactive story time. Students also experienced the museum’s Start with Art program which is an age-appropriate introduction to an art museum.

Putnam Spelling Bee Comes to Rocky Hill Country Day
Get out your funny bone! Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn’s much loved musical comedy will be hitting the stage for a two-night run November 22-23.  The show is chock full of laughs, and promises to be a memorable occasion for all!


‘Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig’ performs at RHCD
On November 13th, Lower School students were treated to a performance of Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig by author David Ira Rottenberg and the Story Time dancers. Our caring students presented the author and dancers with handmade cards and flower bouquets to express their gratitude for the wonderful show.

Local Artist Casey Roonan
Last week, local artist, RISD illustration teacher and former long-term art sub at RHCD, Casey Roonan, taught a session on Character Design for 8th Grade and some Upper School art students. Student worked on designing a character from multiple angles, which is quite the challenge for any artist.

Preschool Toothbrush and Toothpaste Drive
Something to make you smile! The Preschool toothbrush and toothpaste drive was an unmitigated success, with 100s of items collected for donation. As a result, we were able to create amazing artwork and donate the rest of the collected items to Amenity Aid. Thank you to everyone who supported the initiative! Want to see the art? Visit The Nook in East Greenwich where it is currently on display.

Preschool Toothbrush / Toothpaste Drive

Something to make you smile! The Preschool toothbrush and toothpaste drive was an unmitigated success. As a result, we were able to create amazing artwork and donate the rest of the collected items to Amenity Aid. Thank you to everyone who supported the initiative! Want to see the art? Visit The Nook Coffee House in East Greenwich where it is currently on display. #KnowThyself #ThinkOutside #ToothyTuesday

Posted by Rocky Hill Country Day School on Monday, November 18, 2019

NEPSAC Championship Man of the Match
Kobe P.
As he has been all season, Kobe was the difference maker in the back.  With Rocky Hill dominating possession and pushing their fullbacks forward, Kobe and his center-back partner Bennett F. were tasked with defending a lot of space, often isolated in one-on-one situations.  Kobe put in a commanding performance, dominating the back and using his pace and excellent positioning to erase threats before they could happen. His growth as a soccer player over the last few years has been amazing, and Rocky Hill couldn’t have won it without him.

Welcome to the Family!
We are thrilled to announce a faculty birth. On November 5, Mrs. Caity MacDonald, 5th Grade Teacher, husband, Brian and big sister, Ella, welcomed Jack into their family. A Mariner of the future, young Jack is happy, healthy and looking forward to the holidays.


Meet the Student Founders Behind ‘Hack For Global Good’ Rhode Island’s first student-led social good Hack-A-Thon!

RHCD is a student-first, student-led community, and Hack for Global Good is built upon the same ethos. Seniors Cortlandt M. and Ben P. co-founded the summit two years ago, and we caught-up with Ben to get the low-down from the men behind the vision.

Q. What inspired you to bring the hackathon to life?
A. We learn to “be innovative” all the time on campus, and any chance to make an impact is an exciting opportunity for all of us on the student body. The hackathon is part of that overall approach to education and learning.

Q. Why the environment?
A. Cort’ and I have been friends since we were very young. His parents are ecologists, so we grew-up with environmentalism and conservation as part of our daily lives. Our old school was very environmentally focused, with environmental project-based learning at the heart of the lessons, and Rocky Hill shares that commitment.

Q. What was the reaction when you first brought the idea to faculty?
A. A big, positive reaction, as well as curiosity and support from faculty, and the student body. It’s part of the Rocky Hill way of thinking, and we were encouraged from the very start.

Q. Who thought ‘let’s do a hackthon’?
A. That was Cort’. He wanted to do it, and I said, “of course!” And so, we did. We approached Mrs. Stowe and were like, “we have this crazy idea…” Not only did Mrs. Stowe say we could do it, but she also said we would make it work.

Q. Any memories that stick out?
A. On the very first day of the first hackathon last year, as we were standing on stage welcoming people to the event, we looked out and we were confronted by a sea of people. We could see everyone, and while the crowds have got bigger since, seeing that for the first time made it become real.

Q. You’re moving on, how does it feel to leave the project in the hands of the next generation?

Lucia C.

A. It feels great. A lot of the work was put in by seniors, but I know already that Lucia. C, the next student hackathon leader, has found people to join the committee with two hours of being announced. I have no doubt that it will keep going-and growing. And I’ll sure come back each year to support it.

Q. Any final thoughts or advice for future generations?
A. I’ve got thoughts that can be applied to all endeavors; anything you think is possible at RHCD, is actually possible. You can absolutely do it here. The school will support you, and by having the hackathon come to life, you can see that it is the case.

Mariner Penguin Plunge
The Interact Club is organizing an on-campus Mariner Penguin Plunge on December 12th at 3:10 p.m. The goal is to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics RI Penguin Plunge on January 1st.

The plunge is open to US and MS students and all faculty and staff. You can pay $5 or more to plunge or watch. We hope you will consider jumping in to help. Sign-up here.

ACE Parent Gathering: Reading Comprehension Essentials What Works in All Grade Levels
Please join us on Wednesday, December 4th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Campbell Conference Room. This parent gathering will review what science says about the factors that help boost reading comprehension and will focus on strategies to equip your child to hone and improve upon skills they currently use while reading.

Lower School prepares for “Grandfriends Day”
Grandfriends Day is a celebration of grandparents and friends where each year Lower School students invite a special family member or friend on campus to experience what a day in the life of a RHCD student is like. Be on the lookout next Tuesday, November 26 as our special guests visit our School!

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