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The Installation of Dr. James Tracy
Members of the Rocky Hill School community are cordially invited to attend the Installation of Dr. James Tracy as Rocky Hill School’s tenth Head of School. We are pleased to announce that Mayor Scott Avedisian will deliver the official Citation from the City of Warwick.
Friday, September 16, 2016 – TOMORROW!
Hopelands Front Lawn
Reminder to parents: Friday, September 16 will be a dress up day for students.
“Best Schools” Blog
Student Photo Update
Ruth Clegg is finishing up shooting the photos of all of the students this week. Parents should expect to receive an email invitation with a link and password by Wednesday, September 21. We thank you for your patience.
DELF Diplomas Earned
The Visual Arts Department has launched a new initiative to share artistic inspiration and exposure with the School community. During the week, artists, artwork, and sketchbook pages that fall under the week’s theme will be posted each Thursday on @rhs_sketchbook. Art Foundations students will be using these themes for their weekly sketchbook assignments, but all members of the School community are welcome to take part. We know there are many artists on and connected to campus. Hopefully the themes, prompts, and exposure to artists and artwork around the world will inspire them to create their own sketchbook!
Diamondback Terrapin Program in the News
The hard work and dedication of URI Prof. Laura Meyerson P’16, ’20 and Upper School science teacher Rochelle Devault to the diamondback terrapin monitoring program on the shores of Rocky Hill School were featured in EcoRI News last week. The project has sparked a partnership between Rocky Hill students in Ms. Devault’s environmental science classes and University of Rhode Island students in Prof. Meyerson’s classes.
Flu Clinic Coming Up!
Friday, October 7
Students, faculty, staff, and families are invited to get a flu vaccination.
There is no out-of-pocket expense for a vaccination. If you have insurance, please bring your card. No money will be collected.
Click below to complete your consent form and to register online:
Coes Endowment Fund a Success
We are pleased to announce that thanks to an incredible response for our community, The Terry Coes Innovative Teaching Endowment goal of $25,000 has been met and surpassed. In total, alumni, parents and friends contributed $31,739 in Terry’s honor. A special thank you to Gordana Novakovic Petteruti and Mary Ann Hackett for chairing the Coes Fund. This is a fitting memorial to Terry and will further his commitment to teaching excellence in perpetuity. The Terry Coes Innovative Teaching Endowment will be awarded annually, beginning in spring 2017, to fund an initiative proposed by Rocky Hill School faculty members. Proposals will focus on capital or programmatic needs that will enhance the classroom/academic experience for students.
Longtime Faculty Member Remembered
Rocky Hill School lost Mary Bennett, a 25-year veteran of the faculty on September 7. Mary came to Rocky Hill School in 1966. Most of her 25 years at Rocky Hill were spent teaching the 4th grade as well music during her last 6 years of service. She was also the Head of the Lower School for several years. Her daughter, Melissa Narcico spent 13 years at Rocky Hill and her son, Roy, did a post graduate year. She was the first recipient of the Faculty Endowment Fund stipend. We send her family our deepest sympathy and are grateful to have had Mary as a member of our faculty.
Monday, September 26
Quidnessett Country Club
The Fall Classic is planned for Monday, September 26 and we hope all parents, alumni, faculty/staff and friends will participate. Please contact Maria Emmons, Mike Lawson or Beth DeGerlia with questions or to discuss participation.
Here are some quick links if you’d like to lend a hand or join us:
- Be a volunteer in the office or on the course: Volunteer Sign Up
- Attend for dinner, golf or tennis: Online Forms & Details
We still need 16 golfers, 4 tennis players, and 50 dinner guests to meet our goal. Please try to register by Tuesday, September 20 at the latest so we can get a count to the club.
- Support the Class Basket Raffle to benefit professional development: Check emails from your PTL reps and donate an item for the themed baskets
- Donate an auction item: Auction Donation Form. Ideas for items:
o bottles of wine
o event tickets
o overnights in Boston/NYC/Newport
o vacation rentals
o golf foursomes
5K River Run and Walk
You can now register for Rocky Hill School’s 5K River Run and Walk. There will be a 5K run and walk, and a children’s fun run, so you can enjoy this event as a family or as an individual.
There are still opportunities to be a 5K Sponsor. This is a great way to get your name or your company’s name and logo out to the Rocky Hill School community.
Need some help or motivation to run? Try this Couch to 5K program, developed for novice runners by Josh Clark. This program is a great way to get you prepped and ready to run. Why not run as a family or invite friends to join you.
October 15 is also Homecoming weekend at Rocky Hill School! The festivities will begin immediately following the 5K River Run and Walk. There will be a food court, bouncy houses, Middle School and Alumni vs. Varsity soccer and field hockey games, and much more! Save the date for this special event.
Don’t Miss the Brick Deadline!
Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Want to surprise your special guest on GrandFriends’ Day? Purchase an inscribed brick in one of three campus brickwalks as a timeless way to honor a past or present member of the Rocky Hill School community. Bricks are $100 each or five for $400 and are installed twice yearly in the fall and spring.
The deadline for Fall orders is October 7, 2016. Order today!
Get Your Yearbook Discount
Student Activities Fair
Earlier this week, Upper School students heard from student leaders associated with various club activities. In total, there will be more than 20 clubs this school year, ranging from the Math Team and Yearbook to The Hill (arts and literary magazine) and the Health & Wellness Club. Robotics, SMAC (Students Making Activist Communities), and Interact (community service club associated with Rotary International) also were popular choices among students.
Senior and Parent College Night
Thursday, September 15
Flynn Lecture Hall
Our evening will begin with a presentation by a financial aid expert at 6:00 p.m. At 6:35 p.m., Ms. Dowling will address parents and students regarding details of the college process: new transcript request process, recommendations, types of applications and deadlines, protocols for visiting colleges, and an introduction to Maia Learning. Families are welcome to arrive for either 6:00 or 6:35 p.m.
Installation on Friday
Upper School students should plan for a Dress Up Day tomorrow as we celebrate the Installation of Dr. James Tracy as Rocky Hill School’s Tenth Head of School on the Hopelands Lawn from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Student Council Elections
Upper School students interested in applying for a Student Council position will present a prepared speech to their classmates next Tuesday afternoon during Club period. Elections will follow immediately after the speeches. The results will be shared with the Upper School community no later than the end of next week.
Scenes from AP Biology Class
Middle School students should plan for a Dress Up Day tomorrow as we celebrate the Installation of Dr. James Tracy as Rocky Hill School’s Tenth Head of School on the Hopelands Lawn from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
- The 8th grade took on the challenge of Mt. Monadnock on Thursday and were rewarded with a spectacular view at the summit.
- Ms. Rizzo cooks up breakfast for the 8th grade students at Mt. Monadnock.
- Oliver Raposo ’23, holds up a fish he picked up as the 6th grade class kayaked to Goddard Park during Enviroweek.
- The 7th grade boys struck a pose on the dock during Middle School Enviroweek.
- 6th grade girls studying water quality at the shoreline with Save The Bay.
- Kaeley Zito, ’22 strikes a pose during Enviroweek 2016
Lower School students should plan for a Dress Up Day tomorrow as we celebrate the Installation of Dr. James Tracy as Rocky Hill School’s Tenth Head of School on the Hopelands Lawn from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Lower School Parent Night in School
Starting in Flynn Academic Center
We welcome all Lower School parents to join us to learn more about a day in Lower School with classroom and virtuoso teachers.
K-2 Crew Bookmark Swap
The K-2 Crew will be participating in a bookmark swap with our partner school, the Lam Tin Methodist Primary School in Hong Kong.
Scenes from the Lower School
ACE Parent Nights
For Middle and Upper School Parents
Tuesday, October 4
Upcoming Athletic Events
Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Friday, September 16
@ St. Andrew’s School, Barrington, RI
Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Friday, September 16
vs. Williams School
Coed Varsity Cross Country
Saturday, September 24
Ocean State Cross Country Invite @ Goddard Memorial State Park
Girls’ MS Field Hockey
Thursday, September 22
@ Gordon School (A/B Mix), East Providence
Coed MS A Soccer
Tuesday, September 20
vs. Barrington Christian Academy (Boys)
Coed MS B Soccer
Tuesday, September 20
@ West Bay Christian Academy, North Kingstown
Darshell Silva, Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist, will present about blended learning with the Highlander Institute on Saturday. More info
Ms. Silva will be awarded a grant to adapt the ADE DIY Guide, Design Thinking for Gift Giving. The purpose of the DIY Grants is to help enhance the replicability of the DIY Guides, as well as their adaptability to a range of school types, locations, and grade levels. She will be implementing this project with the 6th and 7th grades.
Sean Tinsley, Chair of the Upper School English Department and Upper School English teacher, will run in the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon with Team for Kids, a team of adult runners who raise funds for critical services provided by New York Road Runners Youth Programs. These programs combat childhood obesity and empower youth development through running and character-building programs across the country.
Please be sure to let your class parent know if you have not received their emails this week about upcoming events and making a contribution toward the Class Basket Raffle for the Fall Classic (PTL Leadership List).
Upper School PTL Meeting
Tuesday, September 20
Flynn Lecture Hall
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