On Thursday, the school formally installed Diane Rich as the new Head of School. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea delivered a heartfelt proclamation and students shared gifts aimed at helping Ms. Rich live into the 8 Student Competencies. Vice President of the Board Monica Iacono Boss ’91 served as the emcee. A special treat was presented by Ms. Rich…300 homemade sugar cookies in the shape of a heart, complete with blue sprinkles! Congratulations, Diane!
Mark Your Calendar!
All School PTL Meeting: Tuesday, September 18 | 8:30 a.m. | Flynn
Yom Kippur – No School: Wednesday, September 19
Upper School Picture Day: Thursday, September 20
Upper School Parent Night: Thursday, September 20 | 6:30-9:00 p.m.
20th Annual Fall Classic Golf and Tennis Tournament and Dinner Auction: Monday, September 24 | Quidnessett Country Club
Block Island Wind Farm Trip: Tuesday, September 25
Middle and Upper School ACE Parent Night: Tuesday, September 25 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. | Campbell Conference Room
Middle School Parent Night: Thursday, September 20 | 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Sign-up for RHEA by September 14
Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) is an after-school program that is open to the public and provides academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for students in grades K through 8. A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Friday afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors.
Beach Clean-up at Mackerel Cove – September 22
Derek Block (8th grade) is organizing a beach clean-up at Mackerel Cove in Jamestown on Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The clean-up is being organized in partnership with Save the Bay as part of the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC). The ICC is a global project led by the Ocean Conservancy in which people around the world participate in coastal clean-ups while collecting data to present to the UN in order to solve the problem of ocean trash. This clean-up will fulfill two hours of community service time for participating students. Please RSVP to Derek at email@example.com.
Hack for Social Good – Get Involved!
We are thrilled to announce an exciting student-led initiative this October focused on uniting teens from across Rhode Island to participate in a Hack for Social Good event called: Hack the Power: Reduce | Reuse | Renew. Teams of 4-6 students will collaborate with industry experts, energy sector partners, and educators to sketch—build—pitch bold and new ideas around energy consumption, equitable access, and sustainability of power on our planet. This first-ever, statewide, high school Hackathon was designed by a team of RHS students and educators and will be hosted at Rocky Hill School. LEARN MORE ABOUT GETTING INVOLVED
Want to surprise your special guest on Grandfriends Day? Ready to order your Senior Brick? Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Purchase an inscribed brick in one of three campus brickwalks. This is a timeless way to honor a member of the Rocky Hill School community, past or present. Bricks are $100 each or five for $400 and are installed twice yearly in the fall and spring.
- Fall Orders: October 1 (to be installed for Homecoming)
- Grandfriends Day: November 2 (to be installed for Grandfriends Day)
- Holiday Gifts: November 30th (to be installed in spring)
- Spring & Senior Bricks: May 1 (to be installed by Commencement)
(RHS student babysitter list available upon request)
Dinner Auction: bring friends and fellow parents for a festive cocktail hour and dinner emceed by WJAR’s Alison Bologna; win auction items and raffle baskets
Golfers: individuals, foursomes, and corporate sponsors available
Tennis: a casual round-robin on the courts at RHS
(golfers and tennis players enjoy lunch and the dinner)
Volunteer: help in the office or at the event: SIGN UP HERE
Class Raffle Baskets: donations due today to Missy Walker or division heads
Program Sponsor: place a personal or business message for $100!
Auction Donations: help us secure fun items, especially…
– Warm destination or ski vacation weeks
– NYC theater or concert tickets
– Patriots or Celtics tickets
– Golf foursomes
– Your favorite bottle of wine for the instant wine cellar
Look for the auction preview next week, including Justin Timberlake tickets!
Email Missy Walker with questions or to help support the event – thank you!
You’re Invited – All School PTL Meeting
Tuesday, September 18 | 8:30 a.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
Middle School EnviroWeek
As is tradition, the Middle School students and teachers launched another school year with three days of environmental experiences, building community through group challenges and extended outdoor activities. Highlights included kayaking on the Greene River, an 8+ mile hike around Watchaug Pond at Burlingame State Park in Charlestown, outdoor art activities, spending an afternoon with Save the Bay, sharing stories around the campfire, and camping out in tents. It was a great three days!
9th Grade Class Trip – Berkshires
Last week, the 9th grade spent three days at the Berkshire Outdoor Center with Mr. Hoffman-Patalona, Mr. Gnolfo, Mr. Farrell, Madame Rich, and
10th Grade Class Trip – Community Service
Sophomores spent the first days of school focused on giving back. The troop worked with Gifts to Give, a non-profit that collects gently-used and new items to give to children and families in need. Jobs included sorting clothes, cleaning shoes and toys, loading backpacks, and unloading donations. One student shared, “Working at Gifts to Give gave me a good understanding of how important it is to help, and of how much need is out there.”
11th Grade Class Trip – New England History Tour
The junior class spent several days exploring the rich history of New England for their class trip focused on US history. They enjoyed Boston, Salem, New Bedford, and more. Chaperone Aura Rizzo commented, “They were fully present at every stop on the tour, even on a scorching walk on the Freedom Trail in 95-degree heat. They were constantly asking delighted tour guides lots of questions. In fact, I lost track of the times that our hosts would compliment us on our students saying things like, ‘Wow, these kids are the easiest group I’ve ever led’ or ‘are you sure these are all teenagers?!’ I sometimes take well-behaved and engaged students for granted so it was a nice reminder for me to take a step back and think about how much I enjoy my job.”
12th Grade – College Readiness Workshop
Our inaugural College Readiness Workshop for Seniors (subtitled Creating Your Brand) was a big success. College Counselor Tara Dowling, along with seven terrific presenters, walked the students through presentations, exercises, conversations, and logistics of the college application process. Seniors conducted an assessment of their personal strengths and values and then moved into how to articulate and share those strengths and values with admission offices through their essay, interview, and resume. They also worked on logistics like setting up and leveraging college visits and interviews, and ended by filling out the Common Application basics. They worked on the school-provided college research and application software, MaiaLearning, wrote essays, and read letters written to their “future self” from their sophomore year.
Innovation News – Business Innovation Summit
A group of Upper School students spent Thursday exploring Innovation through the lens of countless inspirational leaders, change-makers, and artists at the 2018 Business Innovation Summit in Providence. Among these game-changers were dancers, musicians, scientists, blockchain experts, non-profit founders, entrepreneurs, writers, poets, communicators, and leaders of the largest prison in the US, all self-proclaimed Innovation Junkies. It is clear RHS is on a path to prepare our students to develop the competencies required to thrive in a rapidly changing landscape. Student Zack Wilson ’20 reflected that this was “the coolest experience ever. I wish everyone could be here to experience this.” Director of Innovation Meg Stowe shared that “the students have all been forever impacted and now see things differently.”
Athletic Director Megan Williams presented The Mariner Way to the audience at the “Meet the Coaches” night on Tuesday.
Get Your Gear
Our new RHS Online Apparel Store is now open. To purchase gear on campus, visit our new Swag Store location in Hopelands.
Support our Teams – Be a Fan!
Confirm all games on the Veracross calendar or RHS App for times and locations as schedules do change from time to time.
US Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey
Friday, September 14 | 4:00 p.m. | @ Pilgrim
Tuesday, September 18 | 4:00 p.m. | @ Cranston Stadium
Tuesday, September 25 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. Pilgrim
Wednesday, September 26 | 4:00 p.m. | @ Tiverton
US Boys’ Varsity and JV Soccer
Friday, September 14 | 4:30 p.m. | Class D Soccer Fest @ RHS
Saturday, September 15 | 11:00 a.m. | Class D Soccer Fest @ RHS
Tuesday, September 18 | 4:00 p.m. | JV Team vs. St. Andrews
Friday, September 21 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. Block Island
Saturday, September 22 | 2:00 p.m. | @ Williams School
Wednesday, September 26 | 4:00 p.m. | @ St. Andrews
US Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Monday, September 17 | 4:00 p.m. | @ CATS Academy
Saturday, September 22 | 2:00 p.m. | @ Williams School
Wednesday, September 26 | 4:00 p.m. | vs. St. Andrews
US Varsity Cross Country
Saturday, September 22 | 9:00 a.m. | @ Goddard Park
Wednesday, September 26 | 3:45 p.m. | @ Marianapolis Prep
Middle School Sports
Tuesday, September 18 | 4:00 p.m. | MS Soccer A Team vs. BCA
Thursday, September 20 | 4:00 p.m. | MS Field Hockey vs. Gordon
Thursday, September 20 | 4:00 p.m. | MS Soccer B Team @ Wheeler
Tuesday, September 25 | 4:00 p.m. | MS Soccer A Team vs. San Miguel
Tuesday, September 25 | 4:15 p.m. | MS Field Hockey @ Lincoln
Thursday, September 27 | 4:00 p.m. | MS Soccer B Team vs. Gordon
Athletic Boosters Club Update
“The Crew” has gotten off to a great start by opening up The Galley during games and practices. For those new to RHS, The Galley is an amazing snack shack located between the field hockey and soccer fields. Go out and show your support by buying a snack or volunteering in The Galley. Proceeds help support school spirit and athletic endeavors. Next on the horizon is a fall tailgate on Friday, September, 28. More details to come.
Best wishes to Bradley Adam, RHS Class of 2013 as he starts his next chapter after college as head coach of Washington College Sailing. Adam was a double major in Economics and Public Policy at St. Mary’s College and earned his B.A. from the school this past May. Way to go Bradley!
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