February 21, 2020

Mark Your Calendar 

    • Middle School Game Night: Friday, February 21 | Campbell Center | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Trivia Night: Friday, February 21 | Gym | 7 p.m.
    • Middle School Basketball Day: Saturday, February 22 | Gym | 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • Middle School Basketball Tournament: Saturday, February 22 | Gym | 12  – 8 p.m.
    • Upper School Play: February 28-29 | Campbell Center | 7 – 9 p.m.
    • 9th Grade Parent Breakfast: March 4 | Campbell Center | 8 – 9 a.m.
    • Middle School Admitted Students Day: March 4 | MS Commons | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    • Middle School LEEP: March 5-6 | Hale and Gibson
    • Upper School Admitted Students Day: March 6 | Campbell Center | 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • March Break: March 9-22 | No school
    • Winter Athletic Awards Ceremony: March 30 | Campbell Center | 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Personal Development Day

Faculty and staff participate in Diversity Directions activities during Personal Development Day.

Rocky Hill Country Day School exists to nurture the leaders of tomorrow. However, to maintain the levels of care and support our students have come to expect, from time-to-time faculty and staff need to reflect and develop from within. On February 18, teachers and administrators alike participated in two workshops, Diversity Directions and Culture Work, designed to enhance and further expand their talent and potential. Together, we discovered even more ways we can provide exemplary education for the next generation.

Thank You PTL (We LOVE You!)
On February 13, faculty and staff were surprised to see bags of sweet treats in their mailboxes! Huge thank you to the Parent Teacher League for another lovely gift. Your support means so much!

RHCD in the News (Again!)

And the press coverage keeps coming. Since the last edition of eCurrents, RHCD has been featured not once but twice in the East Greenwich Pendulum! Check out the latest here:

Who is Aunt Jemima? 
On February 2, The Upper School Diversity Club conducted an activity with the Middle School to discuss the damage caused by racial stereotypes and caricatures of African-American people. From these images students created empowering and positive art to counter tired historical clichés.

This lesson is a part of how the Diversity Club is celebrating Black History Month by challenging us to consider “Who is Aunt Jemima?” The essential questions behind the project, “are racial stereotypes of black people still found in our society today? If so, what can we do to combat them?” were devised to help students understand the history behind racial stereotypes and to discover if those stereotypes still exist today, and how they can be challenged and eradicated by the current generation.

The class first viewed the image of Betye Saar’s The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, before being asked four pertinent questions:

  • Describe the women in this image. What is wrong about how she is portrayed?
  • What is the artist trying to say by putting objects/images (like the black power symbol) together?
  • What is her message?
  • Saar called this her first protest piece. What is she protesting?

After the discussion, each student made their own version of Saar’s art. First, students selected prints of racially insensitive figures, like Aunt Jemima, and then altered the images to empower instead of oppress.

Parlez-Vous Francais? These Students Sure Can!
In June 2019, Upper School French students led by Mrs. Eléna Rich took their DELF – Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française (Diploma in French Language Studies) writing, reading, and listening exams. In late January those talented young linguists received their DELF diplomas.

Four of the DELF-accredited students. Back row L-R: Zack W., ’20, Nicholas M. ’20, Kobe P.’ 20. Front row: Christoff B.’ 20

What is DELF? DELF is an international diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education to prove the French-language skills of non-native French speakers. The diploma is valid for life and is accepted in universities around the world as proof of proficiency. DELF has four levels: A1 and A2 (basic user), and B1 and B2 (independent user). 

The following students completed their DELF accreditation:

    • Faythe S. – B2
    • Christoff B. – B1
    • Nicholas M. – B1
    • Cortlandt M. – B1
    • Kobe P. – B1
    • Zack W. – B1
    • Troy J. – A1

Click here for more information about DELF

Sumo Wrestling Robots
That got your attention, didn’t it? Earlier in the month, a mixed group of Upper School students under the guidance of Mr. Andrew Hoffman-Patalona built and programmed vehicular robots that respond to on-board sensors. Inspired by TV shows such as Battle Bots and Robot Wars, these “sumo wrestling” robots compete for dominance within a ring and are fully self-controlled; meaning they do not require human influence to operate, relying exclusively on their sensors.

“The students are required to find and build appropriate code to make the robots respond to their sensors,” explained Hoffman-Patalona. “Not only does this make for a fun way to learn, but it also assists with their computer science skills.”

Wuhan Needs Your Help
Walking around Flynn, you might notice posters announcing the RHCDS Wuhan Donation Committee. Established by a group of Upper School students from China, the group will be raising funds to purchase n95 masks and shoe protectors for the city of Wuhan, currently crippled by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The team will be hosting bake sales and accepting donations that will be sent to contacts in China who can get the masks directly to the hospital in Wuhan. Any donations can be given to Lisa Goulden in the Upper School or Beth DeGerlia in Hopelands. Thank you!

Testing Newton
Sir Issac Newton might have worked in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but his ideas on physics continue to resonate (and remain relevant) in the present day. In Hale, Karah Chartrand’s Middle School science classes have been investigating Newton’s second law of motion by placing Hess trucks on ramps to test their impact at different levels of elevation. A cool way to experiment with science, Sir Issac would have been proud!

Empty Bowls Resonates with the Community
As part of the Middle School Art Show, students presented their Empty Bowls exhibit on the evening of February 11. Designed to highlight the plight of hunger across the world, the exhibition is part of the global Empty Bowls movement.

Some of the peanut butter, jam, and snacks gathered during Empty Bowls that was donated to Help the Homeless RI, and Breads and Threads.

The evening had two major components: an exhibition featuring a series of bowls created by each grade symbolizing world hunger and a soup dinner. Attendees enjoyed a bowl of hot soup, after which they were invited to consider the perspective that while they had just eaten, the empty bowls of the exhibition remained.

“It’s great that the School instills such strong social awareness,” commented one parent, “as small gestures like this can foster real change in the future.”

“The message behind the project is something most young people don’t get exposed to,” explained another, “and I look forward to supporting Empty Bowls at Rocky Hill Country Day every year.”

A huge thank you to everyone who attended and brought food donations to benefit two local grassroots organizations that feed the hungry: Help the Homeless RI, and Breads and Threads.

Lower School Spreads the Love

The Lower School is famous for filling the campus with positive energy, and this Valentine’s Day was no different! On the morning of February 11, our favorite little tykes went around the school handing out Valentine’s Day hearts to faculty and staff. A beautiful gesture, all the recipients were very moved by their kindness, creativity, and generosity.

Max L. and Kobe P. take it all in during Senior Recognition Night.

Basketball Senior Recognition Night
On February 12 and 14, the Athletics Department held Senior Recognition Nights for basketball players who are graduating at the end of the season. Emotional events, Senior Recognition Night is held on the senior players’ final scheduled home game. It is also symbolic as the evening marks the last time that the players suit-up in a home

Andrew Z. and Nick M. with their families at Senior Recognition Night.

regular season game for their alma mater. Players and the parents alike are recognized for their dedication to their chosen sports, their teammates, and the program as a whole by introducing the player and family to the gathered crowd and giving each a symbolic rose to mark the occasion. Please join us in thanking Andrew Z., Kobe P., Max L. and Nick M. for all the memories and successes We wish you all the very best! 

ACE Ice Cream Social
Nothing beats ice-cream in winter! Come and enjoy some tasty frozen treats on Tuesday, March 3 in the ACE Building from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. The event is open to ACE students from all three divisions.

Summer Camp
Join us for Summer by the Bay! June 22 – August 7. We are pleased to announce that registration for Rocky Hill Country Day Summer Camps is now open. From traditional camps to specialty and Nike sports camps, experience a summer like no other.

Programs range from traditional day camps to computer coding, culinary classes to sports activities. Our traditional full or half-day programs – Critter Camp, Jr. Mariners, and Mariners, are our most popular camps, while our sports camps are run by adults who know their sport and are top-level players and experienced coaches. Imagine camps in drama, jewelry making, waterfront painting, coding, and even woodworking!

Camps are available for ages 3-17. Visit rockyhill.org or contact Karah Chartrand at kchartrand@rockyhill.org for more information.

Let’s hear it for Varsity Boys Basketball star, Parker M.! Since joining the team, Parker has established himself as a key “go-to-guy”, improving his abilities game by game and asking important personal development questions that result in better performances every time he pulls on the RHCD uniform. “Parker never complains,” explains Athletics Trainer Art Entwistle, “he puts his head down and works to the best of his ability.”

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