June 14, 2018

This is the final eCurrents for the 2017-2018 school year. The first issue for 2018-2019 will be in August prior to the beginning of the school year.


Important Dates

Sail into Summer
Friday, June 22
6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Hour
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Dinner, DJ & Dancing
The Dunes Club, Narragansett
Click here for details

Presenting the Class of 2018

Last Friday, under beautiful blue skies, each of the 30 members of the Class of 2018 stepped onto the Hope plate under the portico of Hopelands to receive a Rocky Hill School diploma from Dr. Jim Tracy and listen to adulations delivered by Mike Gwaltney.

Photo by Ruth Clegg

Read more and view a list of Commencement Award winners

Click the image below to view a gallery by Ruth Clegg, Peter Hanney, and Rob Lee.

2018 Commencement


Academic Awards

On June 7, Rocky Hill’s Upper School gathered in the Sharpe Gymnasium for the annual Academic Awards.

Click here to view a list of awardees

Click the image below to view a gallery by Peter Hanney and Rob Lee.

Academic Awards 2018


Moving Up Day

The classes of 2022 and 2025 were celebrated on the morning of June 7 as they moved into the Upper and Middle Schools, respectively.

Click here to view a list of awardees

Click the image below to view a gallery by Peter Hanney and Rob Lee.

Moving Up Day 2018


Alumni Reunion

The Rocky Hill Alumni Association held its annual Alumni Reunion on Saturday, June 2 on the lawn of Hopelands. This year was a celebration of classes ending in 3 and 8, as well as the retirements of Catherine Washburn and Maureen Fahey, and the departure of Sean Tinsley.

Click the image below to view a gallery by Ruth Clegg.

Reunion 2018


Last Chance for Yearbooks!

Last call for yearbooks! The Crest staff has a few extra copies available for sale in the bookstore. The cost is $80 per book. Thanks to everyone who purchased a yearbook!


Help the Terrapins!

Student volunteers needed for diamondback terrapin nest protection

Are you passionate about wildlife? Do you love terrapins? Come volunteer with Dr. Laura Meyerson and her URI crew this summer protecting the Rocky Hill School diamondback terrapin turtles! Terrapins are nesting from approximately June 15 to July 15. Volunteers will be on the beach in the mornings and afternoons seven days a week monitoring the nesting females and protecting nests when they can. The URI crew seeks responsible and committed volunteers to work in 2-4 hour shifts. Volunteers will work with a URI student and receive training. The number of days and hours is very flexible. The most important thing is that volunteers show up for the time that they commit. The turtles are counting on them! Community service hours are available for this volunteer work. If interested, please contact Professor Laura Meyerson at lameyerson@uri.edu by June 15, 2018.


Thank You, PTL Volunteers!

We are so grateful for all of the help and support that the PTL volunteers have provided for Rocky Hill School in 2017-2018.

We also wish to welcome the new PTL leadership for the 2018-2019 school year.

Click here to see the new leadership.


Update on Impact Measures

Meg Stowe, Director of Innovation, presented Impact Measures to the attendees of the final PTL meeting of the school year. For those who were not able to attend, we have included a screencast of the presentation below:


Interested in Hosting?

Rocky Hill School partners with EduBoston to develop our International Student Program. Established in 1998, EduBoston has been bringing international students to the United States for an American education at schools such as ours. EduBoston is seeking host families from our community to host one of their international students who will be attending Rocky Hill School in the fall.

As we look ahead at the next academic year, we are reaching out to you, your friends and family asking if you would consider hosting an international student who is very far from home. In addition to constant program and cultural support, EduBoston offers generous compensation packages to their carefully selected host families.

For more information, contact EduBoston’s Host Family Service Representative Rebecca Tyler at 617-208-8544 or email host@eduboston.com.


Summer Camps:
Filling Up!

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.


Sail into Summer!


World Scholar Cup

The day after their commencement, Yiwen (Avery) Chen, Ruochen (Scarlett) Shan, and Reese Jennings represented Rocky Hill School at the first ever Boston round of the World Scholar’s Cup, an academic competition. The RHS crew won multiple awards as a team, including first place in the team writing competition and third place in the debate challenge, as well as several individual awards. Reese won first place for his knowledge of social studies, specifically the black market, in the Scholar’s Challenge; second place in the individual writing competition; and a silver medal for his role in the debate challenge. Scarlett won silver medals for her accomplishments in history, debate and writing. Avery won silver medals for her work in the sciences and debate, as well. The team also qualified for the global round of the competition, to be held this summer in either Barcelona or Melbourne. In addition to their many medals, all three left with stuffed alpacas, the mascot of the World Scholar’s Cup.


Midsummer Night’s Dream Picnic

In keeping with a long Rocky Hill School tradition, Mrs. Cicchese’s 8th grade English classes celebrated the culmination of Midsummer Night’s Dream with a picnic on the Hopelands lawn. The students recited monologues and had some fun with an “insult slam.” The fun ended with a wedding cake for the happy bride and groom!


3rd Grade Studies National Parks

As the culmination of their study of National Parks, the third grade class created a video to showcase each of the parks that they studied this spring.


2nd Grade Explores Newport

The second grade class spent the month of May learning all about the great state of Rhode Island. As a culminating activity they enjoyed a bluebird day in Newport, exploring the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the Cliff Walk. They were able to see many of the mansions they studied and they also climbed up and down the Forty Steps.


Making “Solar Ovens” 

Kindergarten students made solar ovens in Mr. Wyzga’s class and prepared to cook their own s’mores.

Athletics News

Fall Upper School Competitive Sports Preseason

Start date: August 20 for Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer, Field Hockey, and Cross Country. All medical forms should be completed and on file by the start date, otherwise student-athletes will not be permitted to participate in games or practices. ​

Middle School Sports Preseason – information will be available soon


During the Senior Luncheon early last week, RHS alumni Nicole Jourabchi ’17 and Alejandro Perez ’17 addressed the Class of 2018 on the ins and outs of navigating their first year of college. Thank you, Nicole and Alejandro, for returning to campus to share your experiences with the new graduates!


Thanks for a great school year!

The faculty and staff of Rocky Hill School wish you all a safe and relaxing summer break. We look forward to seeing you in September!


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

June 1, 2018

Important Dates

Reunion 2018
Saturday, June 2
Click here for details

Volunteer Appreciation Open House and Continental Breakfast
Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence
RSVP HERE

Annual Corporation Meeting
Monday, June 4
5:00 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Moving Up Day for 5th and 8th Grade Students
Thursday, June 7
9:00 a.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Upper School Academic Awards
Thursday, June 7
6:30 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Commencement
Friday, June 8
10:00 a.m.
Hopelands Lawn

Sail into Summer
Friday, June 22
6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Hour
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Dinner, DJ & Dancing
The Dunes Club, Narragansett
Click here for details

Diane Rich Appointed Head of School

Diane Rich

The Board of Trustees has selected Diane Rich as Head of School effective July 1, 2018. Ms. Rich, who will be the first female Head of School since Dorothy Marshall founded Rocky Hill School in 1934, succeeds Dr. James Tracy who will become President of the groundbreaking Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning founded by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

We are enthusiastic about the future of Rocky Hill School under Diane Rich’s leadership. The Board’s unanimous vote to hire Diane as our Head of School is testimony to our belief that, as the individual who has been largely responsible for overseeing the implementation of all of our forward-thinking academic programs and structures, she is uniquely qualified to continue to advance our school. Dr. Tracy has provided us with a solid foundation upon which we will further build. We are grateful for Jim’s vision and leadership and we wish him well as he takes on this nationally impactful endeavor.” – Donald McCaughey, President of the Rocky Hill School Board of Trustees.

Click here to read more


Hannah Wahl-Dunnigan Named Valedictorian

Hannah Wahl-Dunnigan ’18

Rocky Hill School is proud to announce Hannah Wahl-Dunnigan as the Valedictorian of the Class of 2018. At Commencement on June 8, Hannah will deliver her Valedictorian address at the school that she has called home since freshman year.

Hannah represented Rocky Hill’s Upper School in the “Best of the Class” program affiliated with ABC6 WLNE-TV in May. With the support of high school administrators and its sponsor, Roger Williams University, the program recognizes and encourages academic excellence and brings together the top academically-ranked students from over 95 Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts high schools.

As the Head of Nathan Hale Society and Polar Bear Club, Hannah maintained a busy schedule during the course of her studies at Rocky Hill. She was a member of eight additional clubs and societies, including the National Chinese Honor Society, as she is a passionate student of Mandarin and participated in Mandarin competitions at the University of Rhode Island. Hannah was instrumental in organizing the Chinese New Year celebration program at Rocky Hill School for the last two years. Her many distinctions are not limited to academic pursuits, as Hannah was one of two captains of her Cross Country team and earned Most Valuable Player recognition at the culmination of her season.


RHS Welcomes New Admission Associate

Kristen Mitchell ’02

Please join us in welcoming Kristin (McLimans) Mitchell ’02 as Rocky Hill School’s new Admission Associate. She will replace Sarah Taylor ’10 who will begin a new career at Brown University next week. Kristin was a stand-out student, athlete, and leader while attending RHS and received the Mauran Bowl, the School’s highest honor, as a senior. Kristin received her BS in Early Childhood Education from Salve Regina University in 2006 and spent six years teaching at the elementary level. She then transitioned to marketing and advertising where she was an administrative manager for four years. Most recently, Kristin was the director of Our Lady of Mercy’s after school program. Kristin has maintained her connection with Rocky Hill over the years, serving on the Alumni Board. We are thrilled to welcome her back in an official role where she will certainly serve as a shining example of the value of a Rocky Hill School education.


Senior Internships 2018:
In Their Own Words

Alex Dubs at R & D Technologies in North Kingstown

“As shown in the photo, I am working at a water jet to blast off dissolvable support for some smaller polyjet parts. I’ve really enjoyed all of the “hands-on work” that’s involved. We have to hand-clean every part that comes through to take the support off and do any sanding or other cleaning work. I really love getting to see all of the different parts and working with all of the different machines. I’ve been debating between Computer Science or Computer Engineering for some time, and this experience has made me lean more towards an engineering major in college.”

Charlotte Roch at John Wick Elementary School, Narragansett

“I have been having a wonderful time helping the little ones with their math, reading, and telling time. We did a lot of Mother’s Day crafts. We have also been visiting a nursing home to play games with the patients and planning for field day. The most enjoyable part is the energy in the room, but it has also been the most challenging part of my internship. Additionally I have been training faculty and the students to use Google Classroom.”

Amy Liu at WaterFire

“I have been working on a family membership program with the Development Associate at WaterFire Providence®. At first, I began with a student membership program. After thorough research and investigation, we determined that a student membership might not be as feasible as a family membership program. Inspired by the Tri-M Honor Society, I worked to create a WaterFire Family Membership Club.”

Click here for the list of this year’s senior internships.


Interested in Hosting?

Rocky Hill School partners with EduBoston to develop our International Student Program. Established in 1998, EduBoston has been bringing international students to the United States for an American education at schools such as ours. EduBoston is seeking host families from our community to host one of their international students who will be attending Rocky Hill School in the fall.

As we look ahead at the next academic year, we are reaching out to you, your friends and family asking if you would consider hosting an international student who is very far from home. In addition to constant program and cultural support, EduBoston offers generous compensation packages to their carefully selected host families.

For more information, contact EduBoston’s Host Family Service Representative Rebecca Tyler at 617-208-8544 or email host@eduboston.com.


Summer Camps:
Filling Up!

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.


Reunion 2018

Join us on Saturday, June 2 as we celebrate graduating years ending in 3 and 8, the retirements of Catherine Washburn and Maureen Fahey, and the departure of Sean Tinsley.

Click here for more details or to register.


Volunteer Appreciation
Open House

Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence

Join us for an Open House and continental breakfast hosted by Dr. James Tracy and Ms. Jan Tracy.

RSVP HERE


Sail into Summer!

Join us for the Sail into Summer celebration at The Dunes Club on June 22. This will be a casual and festive night to celebrate RHS and the start of summer… socialize on the deck, enjoy a delicious meal with an open bar, and celebrate with friends while enjoying one of the best views of Narragansett Beach. You are welcome to bring friends and family! We will not host an auction, but you will have the opportunity to sponsor items on the wish list board and to purchase $20 raffle tickets to win a private charter for up to 49 people aboard Rum Runner II of Newport. Contact Missy Walker at 884-9070, ext. 296 for more information.

Click here for details


RI Solo and Ensemble Festival

Several Rocky Hill School musicians participated in the Rhode Island Music Educators’ Solo and Ensemble Festival on May 19 at Rhode Island College, where they played for a judge who rated their performances. Congratulations to these very talented musicians!

Left to right, front row: Brendan Weiner ’23 (French horn), Nathan Lee ’24 (violin), Jade Ma ’23 (flute), and Jeremiah Malone ’22 (tuba). Left to right, back row: Davis Lee ’22 (trumpet), Jaylene Lanzot ’19 (clarinet), Jack Sweeney ’21 (clarinet), Will Hogan ’24 (tuba), and Genevieve Bradley ’23 (clarinet). Photo by Rob Lee

EnviroEd Wrap-Up

Last Thursday and Friday, the fourth and fifth grade students participated in their annual two-day Environmental Education. On Thursday, the classes hiked at Big River Management Area and were challenged to “survive” with their group in the wild. In their groups, the hikers worked together and used their knowledge in history and science to create a thriving community. The fifth graders then spent the night camped outside of Perkins. With good weather, a fire was built, accolades were read, and everyone enjoyed a good night’s rest. On Friday, both classes headed to Jamestown to explore Beavertail and Diver’s Cove.

Click below to view a gallery of photos by Charlie Laurent

EnviroEd 2018


First Grade Play

Last week, the first grade class put on their spring show to a full crowd in the amphitheater.


Planting the Three Sisters

Fourth graders braved the Tuesday morning heat to plant their Three Sisters garden in honor of the Narragansett tribe that lived in Potowomut centuries before the first European settlers arrived in the area. Burying fish as fertilizer followed by corn, bean, and squash seedlings, the gang hopes for a bountiful harvest in the fall. Either that, or some very happy and well-nourished wildlife!

Click here for more photos


Preschool Field Day

Preschool students enjoyed their field day last week, participating in several sports-related activities that they were introduced to throughout the year in their Physical Education class. A nice turnout of parents was there to cheer them on.  The fifth grade students were chaperones for their assigned preschool group, leading and encouraging the younger students as they rotated through each of the stations: soccer, hockey, parachute games, frisbee golf, volleyball, bowling, ring toss, chicken toss, horseshoes, and finishing with relay races.

The PTL supplied a Del’s Lemonade treat, which was followed by a box picnic lunch from Chef Jay and his Flik staff. Thank you to all who volunteered!


Exploring New England History

Earlier this week, the Junior class spent three days exploring various sites in New England with Mr. Chatterley, Mr. Hughes, Ms. SavoiaMr. Tinsley, and Madame Rich.

Day one began with a tour of the Whaling Museum and the city of New Bedford. Students then spent the evening in Salem, learning about its history and the ghosts haunting the town.

On the second day, the group headed to Boston and explored the Freedom Trail, visited the Old State House, the Meeting House, and Paul Revere’s house. The day ended with a cruise on a beautiful schooner to enjoy the city skyline.

For the last day, the class headed to Charlemont, MA and spent the day whitewater rafting on the Deerfield River.


Giving Back to GiftsToGive

The sophomore class visited GiftsToGive in Acushnet, MA over two days last week. Each year during this community service trip, the students help process many of the donations for children in need. The students washed items to be sold in the thrift shop, inspected clothing items, and sorted according to gender and size. They also wrote thank you notes for the organization to send to its donors, and helped move a large freezer to a different location.

The manager of GiftsToGive commented, ” I never thought I would miss a bunch of teenagers, but I’m going to miss this group!”


Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.

Middle School Athletic Awards

The Middle School celebrated the end of the spring sports season on Tuesday, where the coaches shared stories of triumph, of tenacity and grit, of teamwork, sportsmanship, and fun. We congratulate all of the Middle School teams for a wonderful spring season, most notably the Girls’ Lacrosse squad that came within one game of an undefeated season.

Girls’ Lacrosse

  • Most Improved – Savannah Burnett ’23 and Alexis Cote ‘ 23 (not pictured)
  • Most Valuable Player – Lizzie Hayes ’22 and Kaeley Zito ’22

Boys’ Lacrosse

  • Most Improved – Cole Brown ’24 and Biagio DiCenso ’24
  • Most Valuable Player – Davis Lee ’22
  • Coaches Award – Dudley Samponaro ’24

Tennis

  • Most Improved – Marshall Lind’ 22
  • Most Valuable Player – Derek Block ’23
  • Coaches Award – Thomas Fitzgerald  ’22

9-Season Athletes

  • Anand Basu
  • Charlotte Boss
  • Garrett Corsi
  • Bennett Fine
  • Lily Kerachsky
  • Davis Lee
  • Sonny Massotti
  • Andrew Tamburini
  • Kaeley Zito


Upper School Athletic Awards

Spring 2018 Athletic Awards

Varsity Tennis Awards

  • Most Valuable Player – Elsa Block ’20 (also SENE All-League)
  • Most Improved Player – Benjamin Pogacar ‘20
  • Sheldon Sportsmanship – John Bergstrom ‘19
  • SENE Honorable Mention – Austin Jandrucko ’18

Varsity Golf

  • Most Valuable Player – Cole Larimer ’20 (also SENE All-League)
  • Most Improved Player – Sinead Burnett ‘21
  • Coaches Award – Sonny Massotti ’22 (also SENE All-League)

Varsity Sailing

  • Most Valuable Player – Perry Clark ‘19
  • Most Improved Player – Alejandro Wu ‘21

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse

  • Most Valuable Player – Kobe Polley ’20 (also SENE All-League)
  • Most Improved Player – Nick Mangiameli ‘18
  • Charlie Blanchard Award – Griffin Spinney ’20 (also SENE All-League and Co-Player of the Year)
  • SENE Honorable Mention – Nicholas McConnell ‘20
  • SENE All-League – Max Lehouiller ‘20

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse

  • Most Valuable Player – Andrea White ‘18 (also SENE All-League)
  • Most Improved Player – Aviva Beringhouse ’19 (also SENE All-League)
  • Offensive Player of the Year – Charlotte Boss ’22 (also SENE All-League and Player of the Year)
  • Dan Maloney Sportsmanship – Ptolemy Tassone ’19 (also SENE Honorable Mention)

Special Awards

  • Providence Journal Honor Roll Nomination – Brianna Segerson ‘18
  • Dorothy Young ’48 Award (21-Season Athlete) – Katlyn Conforti and Andrea White

Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06 gave another shout-out to Rocky Hill School in COAAST‘s weekly e-newsletter. Click here to read it.
Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06 working with kindergartners to identify and express emotions through color, characters in Charlotte’s Web, and using their bodies.

Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

May 25, 2018

Important Dates

Memorial Day
Monday, May 28
School closed

All School Lost & Found
Tuesday, May 29 – Thursday, May 31
Outside of Campbell Center

Reunion 2018
Saturday, June 2
Click here for details

Volunteer Appreciation Open House and Continental Breakfast
Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence
RSVP HERE

Annual Corporation Meeting
Monday, June 4
5:00 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Moving Up Day for 5th and 8th Grade Students
Thursday, June 7
9:00 a.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Upper School Academic Awards
Thursday, June 7
6:30 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Commencement
Friday, June 8
10:00 a.m.
Hopelands Lawn

Sail into Summer
Friday, June 22
6:00 p.m. – Cocktail hour
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Dinner, DJ & Dancing
The Dunes Club, Narragansett
Click here for details

SENEISAA Players of the Year!

For the second time in as many years, Rocky Hill School is proud to recognize a boys’ and girls’ SENEISAA Lacrosse Player of the Year. Congratulations to Charlotte Boss ’22 and Griffin Spinney ’20!

About Charlotte Boss ’22

Charlotte, a rookie player for the varsity team, has been a force in the midfield and on offense. A true student of the game, Charlotte is among Rocky Hill’s most versatile players and has been counted on by her teammates for her strong stick skills, endurance in the midfield, and quiet sense of confidence. This season, she led her team with 61 goals and 27 assists, and 67 draw controls.

About Griffin Spinney ’20

Griffin was the focal point for the Mariners’ offense this year. His ability to create space for himself in front of the goal was pivotal to Rocky Hill’s success, and it also resulted in a whopping 67 goals and 5 assists for him this year. He also demonstrated his hustle by picking up 35 ground balIs on the year, and would play long-pole in man-down situations. In addition, Griffin served as one of the co-captains for the team, inspiring his teammates to greater heights.


Chemistry Champ!

On Tuesday, 13 Rocky Hill School students competed at the annual RI High School Chemistry Contest at the University of Rhode Island. We’re excited to announce that Helen Pan ’19 finished in 1st place in Division 1 of the contest. The Rocky Hill School chemistry team placed in the top 5. Congrats go out to Helen, her teammates, and to her coach and teacher, Dr. Katy Basu!


1,934-Minute Giving Challenge!

Many thanks to all who contributed toward the 1,934 Campaign for Faculty Giving. We were so pleased to recognize our amazing and dedicated faculty whose commitment to education and the School has spanned nearly 85 years. Together we raised $10,595 in gifts from 119 people and earned an additional $12,000 in matching gifts. Donors spanned many years of the School’s history and included alumni, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, and friends of the School. Thank you for this impressive show of support!

If you missed the 1,934 Campaign, we hope you will still consider a contribution to the Rocky Hill Fund if you have not made a gift yet this year. Here are our current participation numbers:

  • Trustees:  100%
  • Parents:  75% (goal 80%)
  • Faculty:  71% (goal 80%)
  • Alumni:  10% (goal 13%)


Senior Internships 2018:
Journeys of Discovery

Internship Spotlight:
Reese Jennings – A dual internship at the South Kingstown Land Trust and South County Museum

“At the South Kingstown Land Trust, I’ve started to help with a rock wall building project that began over a decade ago. Over at the Yawgoo trails, I’ve also helped out in trailblazing a new trail. I help drag logs and other branches off the trail once they’ve been cut by a chainsaw and use clippers to trim back vegetation.

“At the South County Museum, I’ve helped with the initial cleaning of the museum buildings in preparation for the grand opening, in addition to helping out on the days the museum is open.

“I’ve attended planning and annual meetings for both organizations, and speeches hosted by the SKLT concerning Chestnut Blight. At the SKLT Annual Meeting, I attended a presentation, “The Rhode Island Bird Atlas 2.0: A Year-Round Perspective.” All gatherings were interesting and I’m grateful to learn how these organizations function.”    – Reese Jennings ’18

Internship Spotlight:
Abby Costantino – Hands in Harmony, Narragansett

“For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the music therapy group, Hands in Harmony. I’ve been working on making infographics to provide a visual representation of how music therapy can help several different populations. I’ve also learned about marketing by going out to take pictures of instruments at places like East Matunuck Beach and Kinney Azalea Gardens, and later making social media posts of them. Some of my favorite parts of my internship so far have been sitting in on music therapy appointments, meeting the clients, and learning how music therapy can help so many people.”    – Abby Costantino ’18

This year’s list of senior internships includes organizations at the forefront of innovation like Space for Humanity, the Serre Lab at Brown University, DiLeonardo International, and the School of Public Health at Brown University to name a few.


Interested in Hosting?

Rocky Hill School partners with EduBoston to develop our International Student Program. Established in 1998, EduBoston has been bringing international students to the United States for an American education at schools such as ours. EduBoston is seeking host families from our community to host one of their international students who will be attending Rocky Hill School in the fall.

As we look ahead at the next academic year, we are reaching out to you, your friends and family asking if you would consider hosting an international student who is very far from home. In addition to constant program and cultural support, EduBoston offers generous compensation packages to their carefully selected host families.

For more information, contact EduBoston’s Host Family Service Representative Rebecca Tyler at 617-208-8544 or email host@eduboston.com.


Summer Camps:
Filling Up!

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.


Reunion 2018

Join us on Saturday, June 2 as we celebrate graduating years ending in 3 and 8, the retirements of Catherine Washburn and Maureen Fahey, and the departure of Sean Tinsley.

Click here for more details or to register.


Volunteer Appreciation
Open House

Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence

Join us for an Open House and continental breakfast hosted by Dr. James Tracy and Ms. Jan Tracy.

RSVP HERE


Sail into Summer!

Join us for the Sail into Summer celebration at The Dunes Club on June 22. This will be a casual and festive night to celebrate RHS and the start of summer… socialize on the deck, enjoy a delicious meal with an open bar, and celebrate with friends while enjoying one of the best views of Narragansett Beach. You are welcome to bring friends and family! We will not host an auction, but you will have the opportunity to sponsor items on the wish list board and to purchase $20 raffle tickets to win a private charter for up to 49 people aboard Rum Runner II of Newport. Contact Missy Walker at 884-9070, ext. 296 for more information.

Click here for details


Deckhands presents:
Big Love

Mother Nature may have forced the second showing of Big Love to be held indoors, but that didn’t stop this all-star cast from delivering a spectacular performance on Tuesday evening.

Bravo to the Deckhands for an incredible show!

Photos courtesy Ruth Clegg

Upper School Takes the Pledge

On Friday, May 18, Rhode Island Assistant Attorney General John Corrigan and Rhode Island State Police Sergeant Gregory Cunningham delivered a presentation to the Upper School called “It Can Wait,” which addressed the dangers of distracted driving. The speakers explained why it is so important to have both hands on the wheel at all times when driving. Students also watched the video “The Last Text” by AT&T and learned about people who have been affected by distracted driving, either because they lost a loved one, or have been in or caused an accident due to texting while driving. Students and adults were encouraged to “Take the Pledge” to be responsible drivers and passengers.

Rhode Island Assistant Attorney General John Corrigan and Head of Upper School Mike Gwaltney

Studying Slavery in Potowomut

On Wednesday, Mr. Laurent’s fourth grade learners presented the findings of their project-based learning experience, “Voices of History” to faculty, administrators, parents, and important Rhode Island community members. Audience members included representatives from the Office of Mayor of Warwick Joseph J. Solomon and the Rhode Island Council for the Arts, as well as historian Robert Geake. Focused on learning the history of enslaved people in Warwick, the students decided to pursue the question, “Were there enslaved people in Warwick/Potowomut, and if there were, how can we raise public awareness of them, honor those enslaved, and give them a voice?”

The audience was extremely impressed by their incredibly deep inquiry and research, as well as their vast knowledge of the topic. Equally impressive were the fourth grader’s recommendations of authentic ways to teach others this history while also honoring those impacted by Rhode Island’s participation in the triangular trade and its enslavement of Native and African people. Their suggestions included a scholarship, a day of recognition, an addition to the school website, and a medallion. The students will continue their work in partnership with the Rhode Island chapter of the Middle Passage Port Marker and Medallion Project, under the guidance of Judy Beckman and Charles Roberts, co-chairs of the organization. They will also be working with members of the Rocky Hill and Warwick communities to further their message.


Spanish Fashion Show

The 5th grade Spanish class held a Spanish fashion show (“El Espectáculo de la Moda”) last week. The students studied clothing and shopping, wrote a script about what they were wearing, and presented their show to the 4th grade.


Harvesting the Sun

Mr. Wyzga and the kindergarten class made a solar powered motor, from parts of an old hair dryer during their unit on solar energy.


8th Grade at the Volvo Ocean Race

Students from the 8th grade class travelled to Ft. Adams in Newport on Saturday to be a part of the final full day of the layover for the seven teams racing in the Volvo Ocean Race. Connecting their PBL on plastics in the environment, the students saw the commitment the teams are making to promote ocean sustainability through the responsible use of plastics.

Highlighting their experience, the students served as flag bearers, leading the parade that proceeded the “dock out” as the teams headed out to race.

Below is a video that several of the 8th grade students produced for their Plastics in the Environment PBL.


China Trip Blog

The students and faculty who traveled to China during the March break created a blog to highlight their trip. You can check it out by clicking the image below.


Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Ben Rosenberg ’19 recently competed in Toms River, NJ, racing against 28 college and Olympic class sailors from across the country. Ben was one of only two sailors aged 16 and under and finished the regatta in third place.


Will Hogan ’24 earned a medal for his work on the tuba from the Rhode Island Music Education Association. He was rated a Superior, the highest honor, for his song “Military March,” with a score of 32.


Abby Millard ’27 was a member of the Junior Press Corps at the KRARI (Kids Reading Across Rhode Island) One Book, One State Community Reading Program kick-off event held at the Rhode Island State House on Saturday, May 19. The One Book, One State program encourages students in grades 3 through 7 to read the same book and engage in statewide discussions about the book. This year’s book is The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez. As a member of the Junior Press Corps, Abby had the opportunity to ask Ms. Pérez a question and have a copy of the book signed.


Nate Talbutt ’18 received a shout out from Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06 in her newsletter from COAAST.

During the month of May, Nate has been an intern with COAAST, where he compiled the results from over 1,200 surveys from school performances of Four Legs to Stand On, and met with local business and state leaders.

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Earlier this month, Sally Grant ’87 presented at Cyber Women on Capitol Hill, a conference for cybersecurity industry executives. Leaders from federal agencies, the National Governor’s Association, Google, the energy sector, banking, intelligence, Homeland Security, and numerous other organizations and corporations, participated to share and discuss cybersecurity technical expertise.


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

May 18, 2018

Important Dates

Deckhands Theater Company presents:
Big Love
Tuesday, May 22
6:30 p.m.
Rocky Hill School Waterfront
Admission $5

Memorial Day
Monday, May 28
School closed

All School Lost & Found
Tuesday, May 29 – Thursday, May 31
Outside of Campbell Center

Reunion 2018
Saturday, June 2
Click here for details

Volunteer Appreciation Open House and Continental Breakfast
Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence
RSVP HERE

Annual Corporation Meeting
Monday, June 4 (NEW DATE)
5:00 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Moving Up Day for 5th and 8th Grade Students
Thursday, June 7
9:00 a.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Upper School Academic Awards
Thursday, June 7
6:30 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Commencement
Friday, June 8
10:00 a.m.
Hopelands Lawn

Sail into Summer
Friday, June 22
6:00 p.m. – Cocktail hour
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Dinner & Dancing
The Dunes Club, Narragansett
Click here for details

Take the 1,934-Minute Giving Challenge!

Founded in 1934, Rocky Hill School is above all things a family. The incredible faculty take the time and care to know every student and guide them to living our motto, “Know Thyself.” Join us in honoring them during Faculty Appreciation Month and the RHS 1,934-Minute Challenge for Faculty!

The official Challenge began this morning (Friday) at 8:46 a.m., May 18 and ends 1,934 minutes later at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. If in those 1,934 minutes 100 people make a donation to the School, two anonymous donors will contribute a combined total of $10,000 to support the School and our teachers.

Thank you for considering a gift to support Rocky Hill School and to honor our amazing faculty past and present.


Lacrosse Champions!

The Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team defeated St. Andrew’s School in the SENEISAA championship game. The Mariners scored 14 goals against the Saints’ 11 goals.

On Wednesday, May 16, the Mariners travelled to Barrington to take on St. Andrew’s for the SENE Championship. Having split the regular season series, the Mariners knew that it was going to be a struggle. The Saints came out firing, taking advantage of several penalties on the Mariners to secure a 8-5 halftime lead. The third quarter saw the Mariners rebound slightly, starting the fourth quarter down 10-7.

Click here to read more

The Providence Journal’s Kris Craig posted a gallery of photos from the championship game. Click on the image below to view them.


Senior Internships 2018:
Journeys of Discovery

The Senior Internship program provides seniors the opportunity to combine individual passions and talents as they conduct research, engage with experts, and work in the field (April 30 – May 25) while contributing to their personal growth and the betterment of their communities.

Through this process, students practice self-advocacy, navigate uncharted territory, apply design thinking, collaborate with peers and professionals, communicate through a variety of media, and build skills in a specialized field.

Internship Spotlight:
Alec O’del – A Social Entrepreneur in the Making

Alec is working directly with Kelly Ramirez, CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence. A passionate entrepreneur himself (Alec is the founder of O’Delicious!® chocolates), he is leveling up on aspects of social enterprise, having consumed three books on the subject as part of the research he is conducting. Alec is producing an analysis for SEG to examine the impact of new and growing businesses in Rhode Island to measure impact in the areas of jobs, revenue, and social good.

This year’s list of senior internships includes organizations at the forefront of innovation like Space for Humanity, the Serre Lab at Brown University, DiLeonardo International, and the School of Public Health at Brown University to name a few.


New App Feature

You can now track the energy produced by the photovoltaic arrays that were installed on the roof of the Flynn Academic Center by Stuart Flanagan ’05 and his colleagues at Newport Renewables right on the RHS Mobile App! By clicking the “Solar Energy” icon, you can see how much energy was produced on specific days. (Tip: If the icon does not show up, try closing out or refreshing the app and then restarting it.)


Interested in Hosting?

Rocky Hill School partners with EduBoston to develop our International Student Program. Established in 1998, EduBoston has been bringing international students to the United States for an American education at schools such as ours. EduBoston is seeking host families from our community to host one of their international students who will be attending Rocky Hill School in the fall.

As we look ahead at the next academic year, we are reaching out to you, your friends and family asking if you would consider hosting an international student who is very far from home. In addition to constant program and cultural support, EduBoston offers generous compensation packages to their carefully selected host families.

For more information, contact EduBoston’s Host Family Service Representative Rebecca Tyler at 617-208-8544 or email host@eduboston.com.


Summer Camps:
Now Registering

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.


Deckhands presents:
Big Love

Tuesday, May 22
6:30 p.m.
Rocky Hill School Waterfront
Admission $5

Join us down at the waterfront for the Deckhands Theater Company’s production of Big Love. Produced in collaboration with Trinity Repertory Company, the show will run 90 minutes and there will be no intermission. Come see these amazing thespians in action!

Here are some photos of last night’s performance, courtesy of Mike Lawson:


ACE Parent Gathering

Math Strategies for All Learners

Thursday, May 24
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
ACE Building

Please join us as Whitney Barker discusses the importance of providing systematic and explicit instruction with visuals, repetition, and other tried and true methods that help students succeed in math. All families with students in grades K-12 are invited.


Reunion 2018

Join us on Saturday, June 2 as we celebrate graduating years ending in 3 and 8, the retirements of Catherine Washburn and Maureen Fahey, and the departure of Sean Tinsley.

Click here for more details or to register.


Volunteer Appreciation
Open House

Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence

Join us for an Open House and continental breakfast hosted by Dr. James Tracy and Ms. Jan Tracy.

RSVP HERE


Sail into Summer!

Join us for a casual and festive night to celebrate Rocky Hill School and the beginning of summer! Socialize on the deck, enjoy a delicious meal, and then dance the night away with one of the best views of Narragansett Beach.

Click here for details


Spring Choral Concert

To view photos from the Band and Choral Concerts, click the image below. Choral photos are after the band photos. Photos courtesy of Rob Lee.

2018 Spring concerts


Promoting Organ Donation

Last Monday, Craig Tucker of New England Donors Services and Heather Herlin, an organ donation advocate, visited Pam Matson’s bioethics and freshman honors biology classes to discuss the ethics of organ donation, including whether or not the system is equitable. Craig and Heather were presented with a video, made by the human physiology class for Rhode Island drivers’ education programs, addressing teenagers about organ donation. Craig expressed interest in using the video as an educational tool for New England Donor Services.

Both Craig and Heather expressed how amazed they were that the students’ questions were at an advanced and intellectual level, and more complex and thoughtful than most they field from adult audiences.

“I really have hope for our future after listening to Rocky Hill students.”   – Heather Herlin

The students’ experience was enhanced through the generous sharing by Derrick Robinson (father of Bella ’20) and Sean Geoghegan (father of Willa ’20) in early April.


China Trip Video

John Bergstrom ’19, Jeffrey Massotti ’22, Alec O’del ’18, Savanna Olsen ’19, Paul Ritter ’20, Faythe Schulte ’19, Irca Sian ’21, and Esteban Wu ’19 visited China with several faculty members over the March break. Faythe created this video to share with the RHS community.


Jim Tracy Speaks at USC

Jim Tracy spoke at the Education Writers Association 71st National Seminar at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (May 16 – 18), the largest gathering of education journalists in the nation. This year’s theme—”Room for All? Diversity in Education & the Media”—examined the impact of today’s fast changing demographic and cultural dynamics, from the classroom to the newsroom and beyond.

Read more


Spanish Bingo

The kindergarten students loved playing Spanish Bingo with their 6th grade buddies, and asked if they could do this every week.


RHEA Snapshots

The RHEA dollhouse crew was excited to bring home their decorated dollhouses on Tuesday.


Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Athletic Events

Varsity Tennis
Saturday, May 19
9:00 a.m.
SENE Championship @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

Varsity Sailing
Wednesday, May 23
Time TBD
RI State Championship @ TBD

MS Boys’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, May 22
3:45 p.m.
PCD MS Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, May 22
4:00 p.m.
PCD MS Lacrosse @ East Providence, RI (Providence Country Day School)

MS Tennis
Tuesday, May 22
3:45 p.m.
Nativity Prep MS Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Last Friday, Faythe Schulte ’19 received the 2018 Rhode Island Civic Leadership Award from Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea at the Rhode Island State House. The award recognizes students who have made remarkable contributions to their schools, their communities, and their hometown. Two recipients from each high school in the state were nominated by education officials in their respective schools based on their dedication to public service, academic achievement, and leadership ability. Additionally, Faythe was presented with a Rhode Island State Senate Citation in recognition of displaying excellent civic leadership at Rocky Hill School.


Isabella ’25 and Tobey ’28 Rishworth, along with a group of their friends from North Kingstown, have started an environmental advocacy group called “NK Kids Go Green.” They have asked the North Kingstown Conservation Commission how they can help with the single-use plastic bag ban that the commission will present to the Town Council in the coming months. The junior activists have been surveying businesses from towns that already have a bag ban, such as Newport, Middletown, and Barrington, and inquiring how the ban has affected customers. They also have been educating the public while gaining support for the ban.

Their first event will be May 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the North Kingstown Free Library where they will show “The Story of Stuff,” a documentary about the way people make, use, and dispose of “stuff.”

The group was also pleased to see that The Independent newspaper printed their letter to the editor regarding a ban on plastic bags.


Taylor Cote ’21, Faythe Schulte ’19, and Abby Tillinghast ’21 assisted Mrs. Armentano in hosting an art activity for visitors at the Davisville Public Library in North Kingstown last Saturday.


Austin Jandrucko’s work as a magician and his internship were featured in The Independent last week. Click the image below to read the story.


Darshell Silva received a scholarship to attend the URI Tanzania Library development course this summer. Participants will travel to Tanzania to partner with the Pare and Maasai people of Kilomeni to collaborate on developing ideas and exchanging perspectives on school library services. The cultural experience will extend beyond the school and include immersion in experiences of cultural life in the Kilomeni village; a tour of libraries in the city of Moshi, a gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro; and an African safari.

Click the image below for more information on the program.


Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06, founder of COAAST and Rocky Hill School’s Spring Innovator-in-Residence, is finishing up the spring run of the show, Four Legs to Stand On, with a performance at Cranston High School East on May 23.

COAAST will be included as part of next year’s Treating the Addiction Conference at Harvard Medical School. Thanks to a partnership with CODAC Behavioral Health, COAAST will present Four Legs to Stand On to students and professionals in the field of addictions and psychiatry. COAAST cast members are looking forward to performing at the U.S. Capitol, bringing Four Legs to Stand On to Congress in the fall of 2018.


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

May 11, 2018

Important Dates

All School Art Show
Tuesday, May 15 – Thursday, May 17
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18
8:00 a.m. – noon
Sharpe Gymnasium

Deckhands Theater Company presents:
Big Love
Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18
6:30 p.m.
Rocky Hill School Waterfront
Admission $5

Annual Corporation Meeting
Tuesday, May 22
5:00 p.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall

Memorial Day
Monday, May 28
School closed

All School Lost & Found
Tuesday, May 29 – Thursday, May 31
Outside of Campbell Center

Reunion 2018
Saturday, June 2
Click here for details

Volunteer Appreciation Open House and Continental Breakfast
Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence
RSVP HERE

Moving Up Day for 5th and 8th Grade Students
Thursday, June 7
9:00 a.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Upper School Academic Awards
Thursday, June 7
6:30 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

Commencement
Friday, June 8
10:00 a.m.
Hopelands Lawn

Sail into Summer
Friday, June 22
6:00 p.m. – Cocktail hour
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Dinner & Dancing
The Dunes Club, Narragansett
Click here for details

Take the 1,934-Minute Giving Challenge!

Founded in 1934, Rocky Hill School is above all things a family. The incredible faculty take the time and care to know every student and guide them to living our motto, “Know Thyself.” Join us in honoring them during Faculty Appreciation Month and the RHS 1,934-Minute Challenge for Faculty!

The official Challenge begins at 8:46 a.m. on Friday, May 18 and ends 1,934 minutes later at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. If in those 1,934 minutes 100 people make a donation to the School, two anonymous donors will contribute a combined total of $10,000 to support the School and our teachers.

Thank you for considering a gift to support Rocky Hill School and to honor our amazing faculty past and present. You can make your gift now if the 1,934-Minute timeframe does not fit in your schedule.


Latin Scholars

The Latin Scholars engaged in another fortuitous pursuit of linguistic domination on this year’s National Latin Exam. The following students earned an award:

  • Andrew Hogan ’23 (Certificate)
  • Rachel Arabian ’22 (Cum Laude)
  • Anand Basu ’22 (Cum Laude)
  • Lucia Caito ’21 (Cum Laude)
  • Sam Weiler ’21 (Cum Laude)
  • Max Lima ’22 (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Abigail Costantino ’18 (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Jake Watson ’19 (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Rebecca Arabian ’20 (Maxima Cum Laude) SILVER MEDAL
  • Savanna Olsen ’19 (Summa Cum Laude) GOLD MEDAL

Summer Camps:
Now Registering

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.


Deckhands presents:
Big Love

Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18
6:30 p.m.
Rocky Hill School Waterfront
Admission $5

Join us down at the waterfront for the Deckhands Theater Company’s production of Big Love. Produced in collaboration with Trinity Repertory Company, the show will run 90 minutes and there will be no intermission. Come see these amazing thespians in action!


ACE Parent Gathering

Math Strategies for All Learners

Thursday, May 24
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
ACE Building

Please join us as Whitney Barker discusses the importance of providing systematic and explicit instruction with visuals, repetition, and other tried and true methods that help students succeed in math. All families with students in grades K-12 are invited.


Reunion 2018

Join us on Saturday, June 2 as we celebrate graduating years ending in 3 and 8, the retirements of Catherine Washburn and Maureen Fahey, and the departure of Sean Tinsley.

Click here for more details or to register.


Volunteer Appreciation
Open House

Monday, June 4
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Head of School’s Residence

Join us for an Open House and continental breakfast hosted by Dr. James Tracy and Ms. Jan Tracy.

RSVP HERE


Sail into Summer!

Join us for a casual and festive night to celebrate Rocky Hill School and the beginning of summer! Socialize on the deck, enjoy a delicious meal, and then dance the night away with one of the best views of Narragansett Beach.

Click here for details


Spring Band Concert

Click the image below to view a slideshow by Rob Lee:

2018 Spring Band concert

Check back next week for more images from last night’s Spring Choral Concert!

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Crayola Pride Week

Each year, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educational Network) hosts PRIDE Day to honor members of the Gay and Lesbian community who have suffered discrimination based on their sexual orientation. Rocky Hill School has used this day as a model for creating its own Crayola Pride Week. Each day of the past week, students wore specific colors to represent their support for these traditionally marginalized groups. This has become a great tradition for Rocky Hill School students and faculty, and one that may encourage sustained discourse about oppression and how non-oppressed groups can use their privileges to make the world more equitable. For more information, please contact Matt Gnolfo, Director of Diversity, at mgnolfo@rockyhill.org.


Painting, Poetry, and Performance

Second and third graders recently teamed up with Innovator-in-Residence Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06 for Poetry Month. As part of their “Painting, Poetry, and Performance” unit, each student created a piece of abstract art and a poem that captured the emotions expressed in the painting. Ana Bess helped the children come up with a voice and character that embodied the emotion conveyed in the poem. The children then performed their pieces for one another.


Middle School
Welcomes Paralympian

Hannah Boss ’23 welcomed family friend Dan Cnossen, a former Navy SEAL and two-time Paralympian (2014 and 2018) to the Middle School last Friday. Dan won six medals at the Pyeong Chang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, including the gold in the 7.5km biathlon. Dan shared his inspirational story with the Middle School students.

Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Athletes of the Week

Aviva Beringhause ’19
20180507_103045Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse

“This player has played some outstanding lacrosse this season​. In the past couple of games, she has been consistent with her clears and has had some tremendous saves, coming up huge in free position shots and against opposing players who foolishly attempted to roll her crease. She has also impressed her coaches with her unwaverable positive voice. During practices and games, she has encouraged her teammates and anchored our defense. Great job, Aviva!”

– Coaches Getsinger, Rizzo, and Boss


20180507_102819Jake Watson ’19
Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse

“This defenseman really stepped up his game this past week, helping the Mariner defense hold a potent offense to only six goals on Wednesday. He did his part in anchoring the defensive effort, demonstrating his unflappability and poise both on clears and other difficult situations. Congratulations to Jake Watson!”

– Coaches Heise and Mensinger


20180507_102839Elsa Block ’20
Varsity Tennis

“Our sophomore captain, playing # 1 singles all season, played her best match of the year at The MacDuffie School, winning 8-4. Coming into the final weeks of the season, we expect more impressive play to come. Congratulations, Elsa Block!”

– Coaches Barlow and Bush


20180507_133146Team of the Week
Varsity Golf

“The golf coaches would like to recognize the entire Golf Team for its 5–0 win over MacDuffie School last Wednesday. All athletes performed well against their competition and represented Rocky Hill well!”

– Coaches Buckley and Tinsley


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse SENIOR GAME
Friday, May 11
4:00 p.m.
vs Williams @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)
Honoring graduating senior Nick Mangiameli

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse
Friday, May 11
4:00 p.m.
Williams School Lacrosse @ Waterford, CT (The Williams School Athletics Complex and Playing Fields)

Varsity Tennis
Friday, May 11
4:00 p.m.
St. Andrews Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Varsity Golf
Thursday, May 17
12:30 p.m.
SENE Championship @ Carnegie Abbey Club: 125 Cory’s Ln, Portsmouth, RI

Varsity Sailing
Wednesday, May 16
3:30 p.m.
Prout School Sailing @ Newport, RI (Sail Newport)

MS Boys’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, May 15
4:00 p.m.
Moses Brown School MS Lacrosse@ Providence, RI (Moses Brown School)

MS Girls’ Lacrosse
Thursday, May 17
4:00 P.M.
Moses Brown School MS Lacrosse@ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Tennis
Monday, May 14
3:15 p.m.
Cole MS Tennis @ East Greenwich , RI (East Greenwich High School)

The work of Hannah Wahl-Dunnigan ’18, titled “Blue Bee Embroidery,” was submitted to the Congressional Art Competition and was displayed at the Warwick Mall from May 4 – 6.  Each student who participated in the competition received a congressional citation and a photo with Congressman James Langevin.

“Blue Bee Embroidery” by Hannah Walh-Dunnigan ’18

Several Rocky Hill School students performed in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s final 2018 concert on Saturday, May 5 at The Vets Auditorium in Providence. They included Maxwell Lehouiller ’20, Gregory Tatevian ’21, Alejandro Wu ’21, and Esteban Wu ’19.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras have provided quality orchestral rehearsal and performance experiences for talented young musicians from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut for nearly 60 years.

Rudy Tanzi ’76

Rudy Tanzi ’76 was one of nine Rhode Islanders who were recently inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, is a Cranston native who is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and one of the world’s leading authorities on Alzheimer’s disease, genetics and brain health. Tanzi was inducted by Dr. Arun K. Singh.

Read about Tanzi and the other inductees by clicking here


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

May 4, 2018

Important Dates

All School PTL Meeting
Wednesday, May 9
8:15 – 9:45 a.m.
Campbell Conference Room

Fall Classic Planning Meeting
Thursday, May 10
8:15 a.m.
Idea Lab, Hale

Spring Choral Concert
Thursday, May 10
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

All School Art Show
Tuesday, May 15 – Thursday, May 17
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18
8:00 a.m. – noon
Sharpe Gymnasium

Thank You, Sarah!

Sarah TaylorAdmission Associate Sarah Taylor ’10 will be taking on a new challenge at Brown University beginning this June. As her Alma Mater, we have been so pleased to watch her grow and flourish in her first position upon graduating from Connecticut College in 2014. Over the last few years, Sarah has demonstrated a commitment to the success of the School and an innate ability to tackle every challenge with the poise and attention to detail she demonstrated as a student here. We wish her every success in her new role in the advancement office and are pleased she will continue her role as Treasurer for the RHS Alumni Board.


Tech and Work 2018 Story

On Thursday, March 29, Rocky Hill School, Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), and MassRobotics joined to spark important conversations about how artificial intelligence and robotics are influencing the work of the future. Click the image below to read about the event in Ed Tech Times.


You can view the entire event on WGBH’s Forum Network by clicking here.


Cooking for the Community

On Monday, April 30, more than 25 of our students served the local East Greenwich community at St. Luke’s Church. Chef Jay and Lauren Savoia hosted a “Cooking for the Community” event in partnership with Christ Community Kitchen, which offers community members meals on a “free will” basis. Students cooked and served an Italian feast for over 125 people!

Thank you for organizing this incredibly important community work! I heard nothing but positive feedback from the kids that I spoke to. In the very brief time I was there I heard a range of comments and reflections: many said it was “so much fun,” “we should do this more often,” “it would be so great if more meals were offered so people didn’t have to worry about getting their dinner,” “what about if breakfast was offered since that’s the most important meal of the day,” “maybe we can grow food and give it to the church,” and “I liked being a greeter and serving the food.”

– Monica Iacono Boss ’91, P’22, ’23, ’26


Historians and Thespians

The resident fourth grade historians will become thespians this weekend when they perform their original play, Voices of History: Stories From the Castle at Smith’s Castle as part of its opening weekend events, “Tour of Rhode Island History.”

Working with guest playwright, Gena Oppenheim back in March, the children used primary and secondary sources to craft a script that shares some little-known history of the Castle and its residents. The performance is slated to take place on Sunday, May 6 from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. The weekend’s events are open to the public, and all RHS friends and families are invited to attend. Information about the weekend’s events can be found at the Smith’s Castle website, www.smithscastle.org/upcoming/

The children hope you will consider attending and becoming a “caretaker of history.”


Summer Camps:
Now Registering

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.



ACE Parent Gathering

Math Strategies for All Learners

Thursday, May 24
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
ACE Building

Please join us as Whitney Barker discusses the importance of providing systematic and explicit instruction with visuals, repetition, and other tried and true methods that help students succeed in math. All families with students in grades K-12 are invited.


Dig it. Fab it. Make it.

Physics teacher and robotics coach Andy Hoffman-Patalona and Director of Innovation Meg Stowe attended Dig it. Fab it. Make it., “New England’s premiere Fab Lab & Makerspace showcase.” The event was held at WPI, where leaders, educators, and industry experts worked with cutting edge tools to develop the products of the future. Hoffman-Patalona and Stowe witnessed the integration of skills using these technologies in the classroom. Skylar Tibbits, who runs the self assembly lab at MIT, known as 4D printing, delivered the keynote address (click here to view his TED Talk).


Field Trip to Casey Farm

The preschool and kindergarten students embarked on a very important trip this week to Casey Farm to return the chicks they helped raise from incubation. The students are learning about animal habitats and reading Charlotte’s Web. When the chicks were big and strong enough, it was time to take them to a new home with plenty of space, just like the character Wilbur and his transition to the Zuckerman Farm. And just like Fern, our little students promised to visit their animal friends in their new home as often as possible.


Doll House Making in Action

Some snapshots of Rachel Armentano’s RHEA class.


Global Health Conference

Lucia Caito ’21 and Greg Tatevian ’21 participated in the Global Health Conference at Harvard University on Saturday, April 28. The conference featured high school students who presented a project, invention, or message of global significance.

The presentation that Lucia and Greg found most engaging was delivered by a student who has worked to develop and implement a technique for the early detection and treatments of cervical cancers. They had recently read about this type of cancer in great detail as part of their PBL experience that was based on the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” It was cervical cancer that took Henrietta’s life in the book.

Lucia commented that the conference was “informative and inspiring,” and that meeting people her age with similar interests is a reason that she hopes to return to future conferences. She believes it to be a great fit for other Rocky Hill students to participate.

Greg constructed and shared a vision plan that would develop a multi-disciplinary project approach for groups or individuals to become presenters at a future Global Health Conference.


Studying Plastics in the Ocean

Vince Sharps, head of Toray Plastics New Product Development Group, visited the 8th grade science classes this week to discuss the production and varieties of common plastics, and the problem of plastics in the environment. The 8th grade is investigating ocean plastics as their PBL experience in science this month, which includes their participation in the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport.  The teams participating in the race have been collecting samples of seawater from across the globe to study the extent of plastic pollution.

Vince Sharps of Toray Plastics and the 8th grade science class

Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Athletic News

On Friday, April 27, Griffin Spinney ’20 and Nicholas McConnell ’20 represented Rocky Hill School at the 2018 RIIL Leadership Workshop at URI. The workshop, open to students who are interested in making a positive impact in their school and community, was conducted by Deb Hult, founder of Core Trainings and a renowned presenter of leadership and mentoring programs for student-athletes across the country.

Griffin Spinney ’20 and Nick McConnell ’20 

Athletes of the Week

Charlotte Boss ’22 20180430_104251
Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse

“This rookie player has been a force in our midfield and on offense and is a true student of the game. She is among our most versatile players, and has been counted on by her teammates for her strong stick skills, her endurance in the midfield, and her quiet sense of confidence. She currently leads our team with 20 goals and 15 assists and is ranked 3rd in points in the state, tied for 3rd in goals, and 2nd in assists. Congratulations, Charlotte Boss on being the Girls’ Lacrosse team Athlete of the Week!”

– Coaches Getsinger, Rizzo, and Boss


20180430_104236Ptolemy Tassone ’19
Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse

“This member of the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team has been an exemplary role model for her teammates since pre-season, giving 110% on and off the field every day. Always full of positive energy and focus, she has been instrumental in our success in midfield transitions coming out of our defensive zone. She is a leading player in ground balls and interceptions and she plays with confidence and poise wherever she is on the field. Congratulations, Ptolemy Tassone, on being the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team Athlete of the Week!”

– Coaches Getsinger, Rizzo, and Boss


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse
Saturday, May 5
12:00 p.m.
Eagle Hill School Lacrosse @ Pioneer Field 100 Session Rd, Hardwick, MA 01037

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse SENIOR GAME
Friday, May 11
4:00 p.m.
vs Williams @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)
Honoring graduating senior Nick Mangiameli

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse SENIOR GAME
Friday, May 4
4:00 p.m.
vs PCD @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)
Honoring graduating seniors: Katlyn Conforti, Brianna Segerson, Katia Mendez, Charlotte Roch, Tina Richards, and Andrea White

Varsity Tennis
Friday, May 4
4:00 pm
MacDuffie School Tennis @ The MacDuffie School, 66 School St, Granby, MA

Varsity Golf
Tuesday, May 8
3:30 p.m.
PCD Golf @ North Kingstown, RI (Quidnessett Country Club)

Varsity Sailing
Friday, May 4
3:00 p.m.
Friday Night Lights @ Newport, RI (Sail Newport)

MS Boys’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, May 8
3:45 p.m.
Gordon School Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ Lacrosse
Sunday, May 6
8:00 a.m.
PCD 7v7 Lacrosse Tournament@ East Providence, RI (Providence Country Day School)

MS Tennis
Monday, May 7
3:45 p.m.
Mt. St. Charles MS Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Colin Davis ’22 raced his first mountain bike race of the year last weekend at Burlingame State Park in the New England High School Cycling Association. His team, The Big River Big Ringers, placed first in the race. Click here to see more images of the race in the Providence Journal.


Alyssa Grayson ’19 and Genevieve Bradley ’23 each won Best in Show at the Rhode Island 4H Photo & Fine Arts Show last weekend. The art was displayed at the Warwick Mall.

Artwork by Alyssa Grayson (left) and Genevieve Bradley (right and center)

Alyssa Grayson ’19 will also have her nature-inspired artwork displayed at the Kettle Pond Visitor’s Center in Charlestown through the month of May, with an art show opening on May 6 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. After the opening reception, Alyssa will lead a hike down to the vernal pool to see what kind of creatures can be found.

Congratulations to Allison DeGerlia ’16 who was selected for the iProv Summer Fellowship at Brown University. Students commit to a 240-hour internship at a non-profit and engage in workshops that focus on topics such as critical reflection, cultural humility, civic engagement, and effective leadership and action. Allison was also selected to be a Bonner Leader Intern at Ursinus College next year. This leadership role will have Allison working with the administration to facilitate the Bonner program which aims to transform the lives of students, their campuses, their local communities, and the world through service and leadership.


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

April 27, 2018

Important Dates

Spring Instrumental Concert
Thursday, May 3
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Campbell Center

All School PTL Meeting
Wednesday, May 9
8:15 – 9:45 a.m.
Campbell Conference Room

Fall Classic Planning Meeting
Thursday, May 10
8:15 a.m.
Idea Lab, Hale

Spring Choral Concert
Thursday, May 10
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

All School Art Show
Tuesday, May 15 – Thursday, May 17
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18
8:00 a.m. – noon
Sharpe Gymnasium

Goodbye, Seniors!

Thursday, April 26 was the last day of classes for the Class of 2018. The entire school gathered in the gym for the “Senior Send-off” and to celebrate and say goodbye to the seniors. We all wish them well as they start their internships.

During the assembly, the current prefects, Olivia DePasquale ’18Ding Pang ’18, and Michael Santos ’18 introduced the rising prefects Ellen Guo ’19Johnette Williams ’19, and Esteban Wu ’19 to the community and announced the new Junior Marshall for this year’s Commencement, Faythe Schulte ’19. 

The assembly ended with a video montage of messages to and from the seniors, followed by “The Senior Song,” a piece written and performed by Abby Costantino ’18, and performed by Abby, Olivia DePasquale ’18, Alex Dubs ’18, Maddie Dutilly ’18, Hannah Lawson ’18, and Nate Talbutt ’18.

Congratulations, Class of 2018! 


Ronald K. Machtley Named Commencement Speaker

President of Bryant University will address the Class of 2018 

Machtley-Bryant

Ronald K. Machtley

The Honorable Ronald K. Machtley, President of Bryant University, will address the Class of 2018 at Rocky Hill School’s commencement exercises, Friday, June 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Machtley became Bryant University’s president in 1996. Under his leadership, Bryant has experienced unprecedented growth throughout the organization. Machtley’s pivotal contributions in areas including academic excellence, enrollment, campus expansion, and technology have established an exceptional foundation for continued success.

“It is a great honor to deliver the 2018 commencement address to the graduating class of Rocky Hill School,” said President Machtley. “Rocky Hill School is a great institution that very intentionally prepares its students for high levels of academic achievement in all their future endeavors.”

Click here to read more


Students Contribute to
Driver’s Ed Program

Students in Pam Matson’s Human Physiology class became activists for organ donation by creating a video to raise awareness and bring the conversation of organ donation to young drivers and their families. The class invited the president of the Rhode Island Driver’s Education Teachers Association to their class to pitch their video and engage in dialogue with key stakeholders.


RHS: An International Destination for Education Discourse

To date, leaders from St. Mark’s School (MA), Phillips Andover, advanced practitioners from the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference, The Highlander Institute, Leadership Rhode Island, and Holy Trinity School in Ontario have visited our campus. They’ve come to engage in deep dialogue around the future of education, work, competency-based assessment, and real-world learning. Sharing our model with others is a pleasure for our team, and our model for sustainable collaboration with schools around the country and the world benefits not only students at Rocky Hill School, but students around the globe.

Head of Holy Trinity School, Helen Pereira-Raso, shared this sentiment:

“I was overwhelmed by your generosity of time, sharing of resources and enthusiastic support. Rob, Stephanie and I are grateful for the conversations, inspiration and wonderful ideas and synergies we shared during our time together.”

Holy Trinity School leaders with RHS administrators

New Podcast:
5Qs With Richie Prager ’77

As part of our Innovation Through Education podcast series, the latest podcast features Esteban Wu ’18 speaking with Richie Prager ’77 about high finance.

Click here to check out all of our podcasts


Summer Camps:
Now Registering

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.


Deadline Approaching
for Spring Brick Orders

The deadline for ordering bricks for spring installation is Monday, April 30.

Seniors, don’t forget to get your name on a brick!

Looking for a great year end teacher gift? You can give a RHS brick in honor of a teacher, past or present, who made an impact on your educational experience.

Click here to order a brick or for more information


Cooking for the Community

St. Luke’s Church in East Greenwich has offered our Middle and Upper School students an opportunity to serve the local Rhode Island community. Chef Jay and Lauren Savoia will host a “Cooking for the Community” event on Monday, April 30 in partnership with Christ Community Kitchen, which offers community members meals on a “free will” basis. All are welcome!


ACE Parent Gathering

Math Strategies for All Learners

Thursday, May 24
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
ACE Building

Please join us as Whitney Barker discusses the importance of providing systematic and explicit instruction with visuals, repetition, and other tried and true methods that help students succeed in math. All families with students in grades K-12 are invited.


Innovative Field Trip!

On Thursday, students in grades 3, 4, and 5 visited Boston Productions, Inc. in Norwood, MA. This amazing experience allowed them to see innovation in action! BPI’s programmers and developers observed the students using apps that are currently in development and then collected student feedback which they will use as they start to work on the next round of development. The students walked away from the experience understanding about the design process and appreciating the value of constructive feedback.

Students helped develop two interactive pieces at BPI:

  1. Extreme Weather Alert” allows users to observe and analyze weather satellite data that is visualized on a map. That data is used to build a weather forecast. The user can record a brief weather alert video to warn the public of an impending storm.
  2. Cyber Security Hero” teaches users about cyber security and multi-factor authentication to protect computer systems from hackers and viruses. The user sets up defenses to block viruses and hackers, using pass codes, a security card swipe, and fingerprint scanners.

The fourth graders took some time to write about what their experience at Boston Productions, Inc.:

“It was fun because they had this process where they would have one group work on technology, then another group work on building. They all worked on compromising.” – Jackson

“I think it was important because it showed me how to work together in the real-world and also that you need to take notes because it can improve the project. They showed me that it is important to have a plan.”  – Luke

“We learned that taking notes and working together and knowing people’s strengths help you with your project. If you make mistakes you can always go back and fix it. The real-life experts actually work together, didn’t argue but actually brainstormed together. This can help us with our project.”  – Sabrina

“We got to see and hear how they design their projects and they let us test their projects. Yesterday’s field trip can help me with real world thinking, learning and design. It also helps me compromise with others and not to give up even if your idea does not work.” – Kian


Poetry in the Park

On Thursday afternoon, the Lower School held its annual Poetry in the Park event. Each Lower School class (K-5) read a poem in Spanish and individual students shared an original or favorite poem. To wrap up the event, each teacher read a poem written for his or her students.


Building Playgrounds for Haiti

On Wednesday, sixth grade students shared plans and scale models for playgrounds (and one clinic) that they had designed for a school in Haiti. Funded by the Providence-Haiti Outreach organization, the school, which is located in Marigot, provides free education as well as a daily meal and clean water access to underserved Haitian children. The evening started with a potluck of Haitian dishes, followed by a presentation by “Father Bob” (Peron), from the Haiti outreach organization, who shared the history of his school and the students it serves.


The RHS Coffee House

On Tuesday night, members of our Tri-M (National Music Honor Society) chapter held its Spring Coffeehouse to raise money for Hungry for Music, an organization that works to support music education and cultural enrichment, by designing programs and collecting instruments for underprivileged children around the world. Fifteen Upper School students performed along with a lively performance by Mr. Farrell on the banjo. Thank you to all who performed and supported this very special night!


Second Grade Economists

For the month of April, Mrs. Cruff”s second grade class has been studying economics. Last week they visited the non-profit organization Edesia, where they make ready-to-use foods (“RUFs”) for malnourished children around the world. The studnets were able to see the production of Plumpy Nut, which is one of the “miracle packages” Edesia makes. The focus of the trip was the factory, and more specifically the assembly line. The students were able to see the entire process: from manufacturing the Plumpy Nut, packaging it, to seeing it prepared for shipment.


Baby Chicks!

The preschool and kindergarten classes each took in hen eggs from Casey Farm to incubate. Earlier this week, they hatched! Next week the classes will travel back to the farm to return the chicks.


A Visit to the Tomaquag Museum

On Monday, Mrs. Gustavel’s third grade class visited the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter. Lorén Spears, Executive Director of the museum, led the class in a welcome dance and song, and then gave the students a tour and engaged them in a conversation about indigenous invisibility. She challenged the students to return to school and research the many contributions that indigenous people have made in art, music, science, technology, sports, and government. In the coming month, the third graders will be researching the history of indigenous people on the Rocky Hill campus and thinking about how they can make this history more visible.


Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Special Athletic Event

Brown University Lacrosse Games 
April 28 – Double Header
Cost: $5 per person
12:00 p.m. RHS Girls’ Lax vs. Dartmouth
4:00 p.m. RHS Boys’ Lax vs. Dartmouth

Tickets: brownbears.com
Promo Code: MARINERS


Athletes of the Week

Peter Chen ’19
20180423_105325Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse

“This player has been a consistent fountain of energy throughout the first weeks of the season, logging heavy minutes in both games last week. He scored a critical goal against St. Thomas More, and his uncanny ability to navigate his way through numerous defenders on clears continues to impress his coaches. Congratulations to Peter Chen!”

– Coaches Heise and Mensinger


20180423_105342Cole Larimer ’20
Varsity Golf

“RHS golf coaches respectfully nominate Cole Larimer as Athlete of  the Week. Cole, playing as RHS’s #1 seed versus Marianapolis Prep last Friday and again on Wednesday, April 18, handily won both matches. Week 1, Cole defeated Tim Edwards 3 & 2, and week 2 he defeated Elena Spangle 3 & 1. Noteworthy in both matches was Cole’s stellar iron play, and the numerous precisely placed shots. Cole, that is a terrific start to the season. Congratulations!”

– Coaches Buckely and Tinsley


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse

Monday, April 30
4:00 p.m.
CHCH Lacrosse @ Waltham , MA (Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall)

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse
Wednesday, May 2
4:00 p.m.
St. Andrews Lacrosse @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse SENIOR GAME
Friday, May 4
4:00 p.m.
vs PCD @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)
Honoring graduating seniors: Katlyn Conforti, Brianna Segerson, Katia Mendez, Charlotte Roch, Tina Richards, and Andrea White

Varsity Tennis
Wednesday, May 2
4:00 p.m.
Marianapolis Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Varsity Golf
Wednesday, May 2
3:30 p.m.
MacDuffie School Golf @ North Kingstown, RI (Quidnessett Country Club)

Varsity Sailing
Friday, April 27
3:30 p.m.
Friday Night Lights @ Newport, RI (Sail Newport)

Middle School Boys’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, May 1
4:00 p.m.
St. Michaels MS Lacrosse @ Newport , RI (Saint Michael’s Country Day School)

Middle School Girls’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, May 1
3:45 p.m.
St. Michaels MS Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Middle School Tennis
Tuesday, May 1
4:00 p.m.
Lincoln School MS Tenns @ Rehoboth, MA (Faxon Farm Athletic Complex)


Alyssa Grayson ’19 has three pieces of art on display at the Wickford Art Association for the Fur, Feathers, Fins Art Show, which runs through the end of April. Pictured below is Alyssa’s painting, “Eye of the Tiger.”


Ella Gallant ’23 won the Northeast AAA Art Contest for her age group and is a finalist candidate for the grand prize. To vote, click here. You can find Ella’s work by scrolling down the page. Voting ends on April 30.

Good luck, Ella!


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

April 20, 2018

Important Dates

Rocky Hill Coffee House
Tuesday, April 24
5:30 – 7: 30 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Spring Instrumental Concert
Thursday, May 3
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Campbell Center

Fall Classic Planning Meeting
Thursday, May 10
8:15 a.m.
Idea Lab, Hale

Spring Choral Concert
Thursday, May 10
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Tina Richards: “Tuesday’s Child”

Last week, Tina Richards ’18 spent some time with Patrice Wood WJAR to record a follow up to a “Tuesday’s Child” story that aired on WJAR NBC10 more than a decade ago. Now a senior, Tina reflected on her life experiences as an adoptee.

View the “Tuesday’s Child” story below:

Pictured are Scott Santos (WJAR), Cheryl Richards (Tina’s mother), Eva ’26 (Tina’s sister), Tina Richards ’18, Patrice Wood (WJAR), and Beth Capron (Adoption Rhode Island).

Introducing, “The Galley”

On Wednesday, Rocky Hill School’s booster club, “The Crew,” held a ribbon cutting for its new concession stand, “The Galley.” A huge thanks goes out to the Cote family, Zen Real Estate GroupBob G’s Auto Repair, Gannon Sign, the PTL, the Lower School art students, and all of the volunteers who helped make it a reality. And a second shout out to the PTL for the free Del’s Lemonade!


Teach-in/Walk-out at RHS

Upper School faculty, staff, and students partnered for a “Teach-in” and “Walk-out” to observe the #NationalSchoolWalkout Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools. This date was chosen because it is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine, CO shootings that began the current era of “lock-down culture” in American schools. Following the recent Parkland, FL school shooting, national education leaders and student groups have selected this day as a teachable moment.

Click here to read more


New Podcast:
5Qs With Karl Wadensten ’78

 

As part of our Innovation Through Education podcast series, the latest podcast features Jason DeGerlia ’19 speaking with Karl Wadensten ’78 about business and innovation.

Click here to check out all of our podcasts


Summer Camps:
Now Registering

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.


In Search of a Host Family

Are you interested in hosting a boy from China who will be entering grade 9 at Rocky Hill School next year? If so, please contact Apex International Education Partners, LLC at 203-992-2437 or visit www.aiepusa.com. As a host family, you will offer an international student the opportunity to discover America through your eyes throughout the school year. Your family will not only gain a new family member, but will also learn about a different culture, its values and traditions, language, food, and more. A generous monthly stipend in the amount of $1,300 per student is offered.


Coffee House

Tuesday, April 24
6:00 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Tri-Music Honor Society is hosting its spring Coffee House on April 24. With the success they had gathering almost 100 cans of donated food during the winter Coffee House, they are excited to announce that this spring’s event will benefit Community Music Works, a Providence organization that gives instruments to children who would otherwise not be able to afford them. Admission to the Coffee House is free, and pies will be sold to raise funds for the charity.


Cooking for the Community

St. Luke’s Church in East Greenwich has offered our Middle and Upper School students an opportunity to serve the local Rhode Island community. Chef Jay and Lauren Savoia will host a “Cooking for the Community” event on Monday, April 30 in partnership with Christ Community Kitchen, which offers community members meals on a “free will” basis. All are welcome!


ACE Parent Gathering

Math Strategies for All Learners

Thursday, May 24
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
ACE Building

Please join us as Whitney Barker discusses the importance of providing systematic and explicit instruction with visuals, repetition, and other tried and true methods that help students succeed in math. All families with students in grades K-12 are invited.


Real-World Experiences

On Friday April 13, students in Scott Lapham’s Digital Photo II class participated in a day long professional photo shoot at the Rhode Island State House. The students set up an on-location photo set with Mr. Lapham and photographed more than 70 participants in the Leadership RI Class of 2018. Through this process, students were able to use the skills they had been practicing on campus in a real-world setting.


Raising Money Through Math

Ms. Conroy’s 6th grade class completed the St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon over the March break. The students raised money by asking for donations or earning donations by completing a certain number of math problems. This year, the money was raised in memory of Brenda Fougere, the late wife of Wayne Fougere, from Plant Operations. Together the class raised $1421 for St. Jude’s.


SMAC Talk

Middle School Workshops

On Friday, April 13, members of Students Making Activist Choices (SMAC) spent the afternoon running workshops with the Middle School on gender and sexuality. Among the topics that were discussed were gender representation in the media and movies, the manifestation of gender bias in advertising, and gender discriminatory policies/language. SMAC’s workshops with the Middle School students and faculty this school year have been entirely student-led, and they hope to build on these endeavors as they look toward more cross-divisional initiatives going forward. For more information on the equity and inclusion program at Rocky Hill School, please contact Matt Gnolfo, Director of Diversity.

Students of Color Conference

On Sunday, April 14, Jace Cardona ’18 and Isabella Robinson ’20 participated in AISNE’s Students of Color Conference at Moses Brown School. The day included workshops on racial identity, participation in race-based affinity groups, and keynote addresses by John Jennings and Sarah Kay.


Visiting a Research Lab

On Thursday, April 12, Dr. Yana Reshetnyak and Dr. Oleg Andreev invited 22 English and Biology students to their cancer research lab. The two doctors use HeLa cells that the students read about in the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Drs. Reshetnyak and Andreev have developed cutting edge imaging techniques that allow surgeons to more accurately segregate cancerous and non-cancerous cells.

While at the research facility, the students visited the cell culture room where the proliferation of HeLa cell cultures was occurring. Under watchful eyes, they witnessed the tumor visualization room and the technology room where multiple light sensing and detecting devices were explained to the students. Several URI graduate students were excellent communicators about the aspects of this imaging project that they were intimately involved with. It was truly a tremendous opportunity for Rocky Hill School students and faculty alike.


Great Portfolio Show!

The Visual Arts Department thanks everyone who attended the Portfolio Art Show. There were amazing works of art displayed that the students put a lot of creative effort into. Each of the artists explained their concentration and described their breadth of work. Check out these photos of the event!


Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse

Friday, April 20
4:00 p.m.
Marianapolis Lacrosse @ Thompson, CT (Marianapolis Preparatory School)

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse
Monday, April 23
4:00 p.m.
Cranston East HS Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Varsity Tennis
Friday, April 20
4:00 p.m.
St. Andrews Tennis @ Barrington, RI (Saint Andrews School)

Varsity Golf
Monday, April 23
3:30 p.m.
St. Andrews Golf @ North Kingstown, RI (Quidnessett Country Club)

Varsity Sailing
Saturday, April 21
Time TBD
O’Day Qualifier @ TBD

MS Boys’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, April 24
3:45 p.m.
St. Michael’s MS Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, April 24
4:00 p.m.
Pine Point Lacrosse @ Stonington, CT (Pine Point School)

MS Tennis
Thursday, April 26
3:45 p.m.
Wheeler MS Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)


Jade Ma ’23 recently performed “Tarantella” by Moszkowski at Laurelmead Retirement Community in Providence.


Jade also performed a duet with Madeleine Lee, “Cortege” from Petite Suite by C. Debussy at the Four Hand Recital, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Music School.


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

April 13, 2018

Important Dates

Meet the New Athletic Director, Megan Williams
Tuesday, April 17
5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center
Then stay for the Portfolio Art Show!

Portfolio Art Show
Tuesday, April 17
6:00 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Performance of Four Legs to Stand On
by Spring Artist-In-Residence Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06
Thursday, April 19
6:30 p.m.
Campbell Center
Click here to RSVP

Fall Classic Planning Meeting
Thursday, May 10
8:15 a.m.
Idea Lab, Hale

Gov. Gina Raimondo endorses COAAST

Click here to RSVP to the FREE public performance of Four Legs to Stand On, Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Campbell Center.

A drug take-back will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at locations across the state. Click here for more information.


Tina Richards – “Tuesday’s Child”

Earlier this week, Tina Richards ’18 spent some time with Patrice Wood of WJAR/NBC10 to record a follow up to a “Tuesday’s Child” story that aired on WJAR years ago. During her interview with Ms. Wood, Tina reflected on her life experiences as an adoptee. The “Tuesday Child” segment with Tina will air on Tuesday, April 17 at 12:00 and 6:00 p.m. Don’t miss it! 

Pictured are Scott Santos (WJAR), Cheryl Richards (Tina’s mother), Eva ’26 (Tina’s sister), Tina Richards ’18, Patrice Wood (WJAR), and Beth Capron (Adoption Rhode Island). 

Math Team Heads to Championship

The Rocky Hill Mathematics Team has been invited to the New England Mathematics Championship in Canton, MA on April 27. The team placed 4th in Rhode Island and competed at the Rhode Island State Championship on April 11.

Rocky Hill School’s 2017-2018 Math Team: back row – Jiamu Song ’19 and Helen Pan ’19; front row – Ellen Guo ’19,Nina Zheng ’19, Mike Wu ’20, and Ding Pang ’18.

New Podcast:
5Qs With Kati Machtley

As part of our Innovation Through Education podcast series, the latest podcast features Tolly Tassone ’19 speaking with Kati Machtley, Co-Founder and Director of the Women’s Summit at Bryant University.

Click here to listen


Order Your Yearbook

The yearbook staff is hard at work finalizing this year’s book, which incorporates events from ALL divisions. Be sure to order your special keepsake today!

The deadline to order a yearbook is MONDAY, April 16 at 11:00 p.m.
To place your order:

  • Visit www.coffeepond.com and select “Order Yearbook” under the Yearbook menu at the top of the page
  • Enter Rocky Hill School’s code = TheCrest2018
  • Follow the prompts to complete your order

If you are not sure whether or not you have already ordered a yearbook, email Katy Basu at kbasu@rockyhill.org.


Summer Camps:
Now Registering

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.


Four Legs to Stand On

A performance by COASST, written by Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06
*This performance is recommended for audiences ages 14 and above.

Last week, Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06 (our spring Innovator-in-Residence) and her crew from Coaast: Creating Outreach About Addiction Support Together performed their production of Four Legs to Stand On for our Upper School students. Here is feedback from Cortlandt Meyerson ’20:

It was fantastic! It was deeply emotionally relatable and it approached addiction from a different viewpoint. The actors were skilled and also cared about the play, which gave it even more emotion. It definitely struck a chord with the community and I personally was left with a lot to think about.”

Click below to view a slideshow by Rob Lee:

COAAST - Four Legs to Stand On

Please join us for the 35-minute play, followed by a short Q&A talkback, which confronts the audience with questions rather than answers like, “Is addiction a disease or a moral weakness?” With reflections on how we as a community can shift the social underpinnings that stigmatize those who suffer, the hope is the community will come to the aid of those suffering from addiction with understanding, compassion, and support. The play challenges the audience and the community to change the status quo – and to reach out to those addicted as well as their friends and family.


Portfolio Art Show

Tuesday, April 17
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Over the course of the school year, AP Studio Art and Portfolio Ceramics students have developed their portfolios through development of skills and technique, as well as their conceptual thinking. Come listen to our students present their work, and describe their concentration and creative process. Refreshments will be available and students will speak about their work for three to five minutes each.


ACE Parent Gathering

Math Strategies for All Learners

Thursday, May 24
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
ACE Building

Please join us as Whitney Barker discusses the importance of providing systematic and explicit instruction with visuals, repetition, and other tried and true methods that help students succeed in math. All families with students in grades K-12 are invited.


Design & Construction Expert Visits 5th Grade

Caleb Wiley, Project Manager of Shawmut Design and Construction, visited the fifth grade class last Friday afternoon. He discussed the work he does and how it relates to the fifth grader’s Math Store Project. He spoke about the importance of planning and creating items to scale. The students were able to work with real floor plans. This Project Based Learning experience has provided students the opportunity to create a scaled model of a store and shopping center set in an empty lot in North Kingstown. Keep on the look out for our final shopping center design!


All-State Ensemble

Several Rocky Hill School students auditioned for, and were accepted to perform with the R.I. Music Educators All-State Ensembles. The All-State Concert was held on March 25 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence. From left to right are Jeremiah Malone ’21, Tuba, Junior Division Band; Gregory Tatevian ’21, Violin, Junior Division Orchestra; Alejandro Wu ’21, Viola, Junior Division Orchestra; Esteban Wu ’19, Violin, Senior Division Orchestra; Max Lehouiller ’20, Guitar, Senior Division Guitar Ensemble and Bass, Senior Division Orchestra; and Brendan Weiner ’23, French Horn, Junior Division Band. The students competed with other outstanding players from all over the state for a chance to participate in the All-State Concert. Congratulations to our outstanding musicians!


Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse

Friday, April 13
4:00 p.m.
Williams School Lacrosse @ Waterford, CT (The Williams School Athletics Complex and Playing Fields)

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse
Friday, April 13
4:00 p.m.
Williams School Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Varsity Tennis
Wednesday, April 18
4:00 p.m.
Macduffie School Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Varsity Golf
Friday, April 13
3:45 p.m.
Marianapolis Golf @ Connecticut National Golf Club, Putnam, CT 06260

Varsity Sailing
Friday, April 13
3:30 p.m.
Friday Night Lights @ Newport, RI (Sail Newport)

MS Boys’ Lacrosse
Tuesday, April 17
3:45 p.m.
St. Philomena MS Lacrosse @ St. Philomena School, Portsmouth, RI

MS Girls’ Lacrosse
Thursday, April 19
3:45 p.m.
Lincoln School MS Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Tennis
Tuesday, April 17
4:00 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

George Kass ’20 was awarded Second Place, Under 18 for his photo, “Enjoying the View, Squirrel on Branch” in the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s 2017 Photo Contest.

Click the photo below to see all of the winning entries


Ben Rosenberg ’19 recently competed in the Nacra 15 Midwinters West Regatta at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, CA. On the first day, Ben and his crew, Sidney Charbonnet of New Orleans, won their first three races and finished 5th in the final race of the day. They finished the regatta in 6th place overall, racing against 18 other competitors.


Noah Blazevic ’28 is very excited to have his first published book of poetry be part of our RHS library. All of the poems in the book were written by Noah over the past year and the pictures were drawn by his sister, Mila ’31. Click the image of the book to visit the book on the Amazon page. Congratulations and well done, Noah!

 


Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.

April 6, 2018

Important Dates

Middle School PTL Meeting
Wednesday, April 11
6:00 p.m.
MS Commons

Meet the New Athletic Director, Megan Williams
Tuesday, April 17
5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center
Then go to the Portfolio Art Show!

Portfolio Art Show
Tuesday, April 17
6:00 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Performance of Four Legs to Stand On
by Spring Artist-In-Residence Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06
Thursday, April 19
6:30 p.m.
Campbell Center
Click here to RSVP

Fall Classic Planning Meeting
Thursday, May 10
8:15 a.m.
Idea Lab, Hale

Spring Snow by Rob Lee

Spring snow


Director of Admission
for 2018-19 Hired

Rocky Hill School is pleased to announce the appointment of Jan Cooney as the 2018-19 Director of Admission and Financial Assistance, who will join the team upon Catherine Washburn’s retirement this June.

“I am excited to be joining Rocky Hill at a time when there are so many innovative initiatives happening on campus. I look forward to telling your intriguing story and bringing new families and students to the Rocky Hill School community.”    – Jan Cooney

Read more about Ms. Cooney by clicking here


Charlie Laurent in Edutopia

Charlie Laurent has recently been published in Edutopia, where he described the Smith’s Castle PBL project that his students recently experienced. This type of learning experience is provided to Rocky Hill School students at all levels by our dedicated teachers, who uniquely prepare their students to be successful navigators throughout their lives.

Click the article image to read more


#BPLC18 Comes to Rocky Hill

On Thursday, a group of 24 educators visited Rocky Hill School to observe classes and hear from our expert teachers as part of the Highlander Institute’s Blended and Personal Learning Conference. This diverse group of teachers, technology specialists, and administrators from every region of the country all share our school’s goal of helping students develop their own personal understanding of the material they encounter in their studies. The visitors toured the three divisions, observed classes, asked students and teachers questions, and listened to Charlie Laurent, Pam Matson, and Jess Russell explain how they are using Project-Based Learning to personalize learning. The visit ended with a discussion with Mike Gwaltney about how to use online and blended learning strategies to support personalized learning. It was a real honor for Rocky Hill to host these visitors from #BPLC18. The word is out — Rocky Hill School is on the move!


Join the Fall Classic Committee

Believe it or not, plans are already underway for our 20th Annual Fall Classic and Dinner Auction, which will be held Monday, September 24, 2018, at Quidnessett Country Club.

All parents are invited to join the committee and there are many ways to get involved. This signature event is a wonderful community-builder (for golfers and non-golfers alike!) and raises a significant amount of money to support our students and School.

The first meeting will be Thursday, May 10th at 8:15 am in the Idea Lab. Please let Missy Walker, Development Associate, know if you are interested joining the committee: mwalker@rockyhill.org.


RHEA – Last Chance!

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 12.

A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Wednesday afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors.

Available courses:

  • Outdoor Games & Sports
  • Cooking for the Community
  • Dollhouse Decorating
  • Mad Scientists!
  • Art Tastings II

Deadline for registration is Friday, April 6.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Order Your Yearbook

The yearbook staff is hard at work finalizing this year’s book, which incorporates events from ALL divisions. Be sure to order your special keepsake today!

The deadline to order a yearbook – April 17 – is fast approaching. To place your order:

  • Visit www.coffeepond.com and select “Order Yearbook” under the Yearbook menu at the top of the page
  • Enter Rocky Hill School’s code = TheCrest2018
  • Follow the prompts to complete your order

If you are not sure whether or not you have already ordered a yearbook, email Katy Basu at kbasu@rockyhill.org.


Summer Camps:
Now Registering

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings. Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules. SEA is open to the public.

Contact Mike Lawson, SEA Director, at mlawson@rockyhill.org or 401-884-9070, ext. 171 for more information.



Four Legs to Stand On

A performance by COASST, written by Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06
*This performance is recommended for audiences ages 14 and above.

Earlier this week, Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06 (our spring Innovator-in-Residence) and her crew from Coaast: Creating Outreach About Addiction Support Together performed their production of Four Legs to Stand On for our Upper School students. Here is feedback from Ava Seitz ’19:

“I am so excited the Upper School was given the opportunity to see that amazing piece of theater! I really think that the show made an impact on a lot of kids. I felt it in the room while the show was going on with the people around me. What was really cool was that throughout the day I heard kids from all different grades and social groups having conversations. “ 

Click below to view a slideshow by Rob Lee:

COAAST - Four Legs to Stand On

Please join us for the 35-minute play, followed by a short Q&A talkback, which confronts the audience with questions rather than answers like, “Is addiction a disease or a moral weakness?” With reflections on how we as a community can shift the social underpinnings that stigmatize those who suffer, the hope is the community will come to the aid of those suffering from addiction with understanding, compassion, and support. The play challenges the audience and the community to change the status quo – and to reach out to those addicted as well as their friends and family.


Portfolio Art Show

Tuesday, April 17
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Over the course of the school year, AP Studio Art and Portfolio Ceramics students have developed their portfolios through development of skills and technique, as well as their conceptual thinking. Come listen to our students present their work, and describe their concentration and creative process. Refreshments will be available and students will speak about their work for three to five minutes each.


Conversations About the
Future of Work 

On Thursday, March 29, Rocky Hill School, Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), and MassRobotics joined together to spark important conversations about how artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are influencing the work of the future, which in turn will dramatically impact the future workforce (students currently in grades K-12). Rocky Hill School initiated this collaboration to bring high-level business, tech, and education thought leaders together to discuss industry trends, technological innovations, and the intersection of artificial and collective human intelligence in organizations today, all with an eye on the future.

The event, “Boston at the Crossroads of Tech and Work” was held at the Old State House in Boston, a symbol of America’s innovation and independence. Several Rocky Hill School administrators, faculty, and eight Upper School students joined the audience of tech leaders, entrepreneurs, media specialists, and educators.

Read more about it by clicking here


Thank You for Supporting the Arts

Thank you to all who came out to support our musicians and artists at The Hive Closing Reception last Thursday evening. It was a wonderful celebration of our students’ artistic accomplishments and a great community gathering.  ​


Researching the BI Wind Farm

Brianna Runshe’s Environmental Science class and Liz McClintick’s 7th grade science class visited the Coastal Resource Center at URI’s Bay Campus on Monday, where they learned about the Block Island Wind Farm/Deepwater Wind project from Dr. Joy McGuirl-Hadley. The students were introduced to the RI Ocean Special Area Management Plan and its role in gaining approvals and identifying locations for implementing the state’s first offshore wind energy farm off Block Island. Jennifer McCann, Director of the CRC, discussed the process that was used to explore, research, debate, and then implement the Block Island Wind Farm.

The students worked in groups to identify interests of RI Offshore Wind Energy stakeholders, such as fishermen, scientists, birders, and tourists. They also researched the impact on the economy as well as Native Americans who have burial grounds under the water. Another field trip will occur in May, when the students will visit the Block Island Wind Farm by boat.


A Visit by Both Donor and Recipient

Sean Geoghegan (father of Willa ’20) and Derrick Robinson, P.A. (father of Bella ’20) shared time with students in Human Physiology, AP Biology, and Bioethics classes to openly tell the story of how Sean came to the decision to be a kidney donor to Derrick. The students freely asked questions to discover what physiological, immunological, clinical, personal, financial, and ethical issues affect people going through the kidney transplantation processes. The genuine first-hand knowledge, openness, and friendliness of both Sean and Derrick allowed students to not only hear a first-hand account of a kidney transplant from both a donor and a recipient’s perspective, but to also realize that often learned science has personal and real effects upon people.


Alzheimer’s Expert Visits Upper School

Dr. Peter Snyder (father of Jacob ’21) took time out of his busy schedule to meet with several Upper School science classes on Tuesday, where he discussed his groundbreaking research into how he and his research team have identified biomarkers in the eye’s retina that show a probable correlation to pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease. With this, Dr. Snyder and his team are developing a potential eye exam that would be readily accessible, and explained why this is an urgent need. Dr. Snyder also presented on the ethics of the scientific disclosure.

The students were very fortunate to have such a distinguished medical professional meet with them. Dr. Snyder is Vice President for Research & Economic Development and Professor of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at URI; Adjunct Professor of Neurology & Ophthalmology at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University; and Editor-in-Chief, Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, an Open Access Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.


Designing Playgrounds for Haiti

On Monday, the sixth grade Math and French classes met with Father Bob from Providence Haiti Outreach to learn about St. Dominique School in Marigot, Haiti. In addition to providing free education and daily meals to 300 Haitian children, the school is a place for the community to access water, provide a safe haven for neighbors in times of danger (such as earthquakes), and much more.

Rocky Hill School students will be contributing to St. Dominique School’s mission by designing and building to scale a playground (or other structure) to benefit the students and their community. They started the project by learning about Haiti’s climate and culture and, more importantly, about the needs of its children and families. In the coming weeks, students will continue learning about culture as they develop their project. Their models will be shared with St. Dominique’s teachers and stakeholders to help inspire a kid-approved vision for their school’s future.


A Visit to the Pequot Museum

Mrs. Gustavel’s third grade class visited the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Mashantucket, CT on Thursday. During their visit, they experienced the Gifts of the Land and Water tour where they learned how Native Americans used natural resources to make tools, cure illnesses, build shelters, and fashion clothing. The students also participated in an archaeological exploration of artifacts and ecofacts from three different time periods. It was a day full of learning and fun!


Environmental Partnership 

Dr. Brett Still, one of New England’s leading environmental and natural resource experts from URI, teamed up with the second grade science class on Thursday. Dr. Still helped the class kick off their unit about the Earth’s surface and he gave the students a real-world challenge that relates to the Garden Classroom. The class and Mr. Wyzga will work with Dr. Still for the next couple of months.


Helping Across Oceans

During World Cultures Week, the Middle School partnered with Newport-based PhilAm group who collaborated with the Baptist Missions of America to provide medical supplies and clothing to the Philippines. The National Junior Honor Society members spent their March break holding bake sales to raise money for the Baptist Mission. In addition to their donation of gratitude to the PhilAm for their assistance and week-long presence during World Cultures Week, the Middle School raised $513 for the Philippine Mission.


Working the Numbers

The kindergarteners worked on their “counting collections” for their math project in the Lower School. Mrs. Dumas helped them organize their materials, and they counted supplies in pairs. They started counting by ones, but then noticed that counting by fives would be much faster. Everything they touched on fit nicely into the math curriculum: counting to 100 using friendly numbers, skip counting, organizing data, recognizing and comparing attributes, and organizing data.


Movin’ On Up

The kindergarten class welcomed their Preschool friends this week, who will be joining them on Thursday mornings to prepare for their transition to kindergarten. Welcome, friends!


Vets for a Day

Mrs. Lee’s first grade class visited South Bay Veterinary Clinic in Narragansett, where Dr. Bowater, DVM taught them the ins and outs of caring for pets and how a vet clinic operates.

Athletics Results & Recaps

Click the button below to view results and recaps from recent games, matches, and meets. You can also view results and recaps on our mobile app under “Athletics,” as well as photos from each team.


Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse

Friday, April 6 – CANCELLED
4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas More Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse
Friday, April 6 – CANCELLED
4:00 p.m.
MacDuffie School Lacrosse @ The MacDuffie School: 66 School St, Granby, MA 01033

Varsity Tennis
Friday, April 6 – CANCELLED
4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas More Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Varsity Golf
Monday, April 9
3:30 p.m.
St. Andrews Golf @ North Kingstown, RI (Quidnessett Country Club)

Varsity Sailing
Friday, April 6 – CANCELLED
3:30 p.m.
Friday Night Lights @ Newport, RI (Sail Newport)

MS Boys’ Lacrosse
Thursday, April 12
3:45 p.m.
Pennfield MS Lacrosse @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Girls’ Lacrosse
Thursday, April 12
4:00 p.m.
Pennfield MS Lacrosse @ Portsmouth, RI (Pennfield School)

MS Tennis
Tuesday, April 10
4:00 p.m.
Moses Brown MS Tennis @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Last Saturday, members of the Rocky Hill School community of both the present and the past volunteered their time to sing in St. Augustin Church’s Choir where Mr. Matt Gnolfo is the organist and choir director. Pictured are Willa Geoghegan ’21 and Ava Seitz ’19, along with former RHS student, Rafael Boccuni-Godfrey.


Lizzie Hayes ’22 competed at the Pink Invitational in Philadelphia, PA. Over 3,800 girls from around the country competed to raise money and awareness for breast cancer auxiliary treatments. Lizzie’s team raised $1,400 and her floor routine score of 9.15 earned an extra donation to be made in her name. She also finished in the Top 10 on the Beam and the Floor Exercise at the 2018 Rhode Island State Championships.

Lizzie Hayes ’22

Ruby Boesch ’28 recently performed Irish Step Dancing with her classmates from the Kelly School of Irish Dance at the Harlem Globetrotters show at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.


Last Monday, an award ceremony was held for Alyssa Grayson ’19 at the RI Farm Bureau. Heidi Wright of the USFWS presented Alyssa with an Award of Excellence from Prudential Spirit of Community for her 1,700+ volunteer hours, which included various animal science outreach with 4H, volunteering as a field technician and citizen scientist on many different animal projects with the Rhode Island DEM, and animal and environmental programs and presentations at the USFWS. Alyssa also received the President’s Volunteer Service Award with a letter from President Donald J. Trump.

Jen Brooks from RIDEM, Heidi Wright from RI 4H, Alyssa Grayson ’19, and Janis Nepshinsky from USFWS.

Amanda Siegel ’15, a junior at Brown University, was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the United States. It seeks to encourage intellectual distinction among undergraduates by recognizing outstanding academic accomplishment in the course of a broad liberal education. Approximately 2% of Brown’s junior class is inducted every year. Amanda was honored to have her RHS first grade teacher, Mrs. Patty Pontarelli, join her family at the Society’s recent induction ceremony. Amanda’s independent study under Mrs. Pontarelli’s mentorship fostered her love of Education Studies, her undergraduate concentration.

Patty Pontarelli and Amanda Seigel ’15

Send us your news!

Do you have news you’d like to share with the Rocky Hill School community? Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org.