September 15, 2016

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Photo of the Week

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Kaeley Zito, ’22 during Enviroweek 2016. Photo by Rachel Armentano

Send your entry for Photo of the Week to pr@rockyhill.org by Wednesday at noon. Click here to see all Photo of the Week entries.


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The Installation of Dr. James Tracy

Jim Tracy IMembers 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!
1:30 p.m.
Hopelands Front Lawn

Click here for more information

Reminder to parents: Friday, September 16 will be  a dress up day for students.


“Best Schools” Blog

best schools headerHave you read Dr. Tracy’s education blog yet? Each week he will post thought pieces about the most important current issues and emergent trends in education.

Click here to read “Best Schools”


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

Congratulations to all of the students who passed the DELF exam last April. The official DELF diplomas crossed the Atlantic and made it to Rocky Hill School. Félicitations à tous!
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Left to right: Ptolemy Tassone ’19 (level A1), Faythe Schulte ’19 (level A1), Charlotte Roch ’18 (level A1), Filip Augustowski ’17 (level B1), Giles Lanowy ’17 (level B1), Deirdre Irvine ’17 (level A2), Sera Johnson ’17 (level A2), and Ann Coaty ’17 (level A2). Not pictured but also earning a DELF diploma are Alejandro Perez ’17 (level A2), Nate Talbutt ’18 (level A2), Malcolm Meyerson ’16 (level B1) and Giorgio Pecoraro ’16 (level B1).

Introducing @rhs_sketchbook

RHS_SketchbookThe 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

diamondbackThe 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.

Read the story here


Flu Clinic Coming Up!

Friday, October 7
2:00-4:30 p.m.
Campbell Center

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:

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Coes Endowment Fund a Success

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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

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Mary Bennett

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.


web_headerFall Classic Golf & Tennis Tournament
and Dinner Auction – Just 11 days away!

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:

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

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9:00 a.m.

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.

Click Here to Register

Sponsorship Opportunities
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.

Click Here for Sponsorship Information

Motivate!
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.

Homecoming 2016
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!

Buy a Brick ButtonLooking 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!

Click here to learn more or to purchase 


Get Your Yearbook Discount

Crest YearbooksThe Crest yearbooks are discounted 15% if ordered by September 30. This is the largest discount that will be available all year. Reserve your copy today!

Click here for more information

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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
6:00-8:00 p.m.
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

AP biology students assigned gender and distinguishing mutant fruit flies as part of genetics work.

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Installation Reminder

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.


Enviroweek Photos

  • 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

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Installation Reminder

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

Tuesday, September 20
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
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.

Click here for more information


Scenes from the Lower School

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Mr. Laurent once again taught his class the Simon and Garfunkel classic, “59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” this week. This marks the 17th year in row that he has taught this tune to his students!

O.R.E.O. Projects

Fifth grade joined the 17th annual O.R.E.O (Our Really Exciting Online) Project with schools around the country using Oreo cookies to learn different math skills. Students were asked to stack as many Oreos as possible without support or reinforcing their towers. They learned how to find a class average and submit it to Projects by Jen. Dudley Samponaro stacked the most with 28 cookies! The class average was 20 Oreos.

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ACE Parent Nights

For Middle and Upper School Parents
Tuesday, October 4
5:30-7:00 p.m.
ACE Building

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Upcoming Athletic Events

Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Friday, September 16
4:00 p.m.
@ St. Andrew’s School, Barrington, RI

Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Friday, September 16
4:00 p.m.
vs. Williams School

Coed Varsity Cross Country
Saturday, September 24
9:00 a.m.
Ocean State Cross Country Invite @ Goddard Memorial State Park

Girls’ MS Field Hockey
Thursday, September 22
3:45 p.m.
@ Gordon School (A/B Mix), East Providence

Coed MS A Soccer
Tuesday, September 20
3:45 p.m.
vs. Barrington Christian Academy (Boys)

Coed MS B Soccer
Tuesday, September 20
3:45 p.m.
@ West Bay Christian Academy, North Kingstown

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Sadie Reimer ’17 performed last weekend with The Island Moving Company in Newport. She danced in Second Star to the Right: A Tale of Hook and Pan, on the docks at Fort Adams and the decks and rigging of the Oliver Hazard Perry tall ship.
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silva_darshellDarshell Silva, Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist, will present about blended learning with the Highlander Institute on Saturday. More info 

Ms. Silva has also been appointed to the advisory council for the Source for Learning. 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.


tinsley-seanSean 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.

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PTL News

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
8:00-9:00 a.m.
Flynn Lecture Hall


Send us your news!

Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org by noon on Wednesday for publication on Thursday afternoons.

September 8, 2016

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Dr. Tracy’s Education Blog

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A Conversation With Hakan Satiroglu

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Hakan Satiroglu

Hakan Satiroglu is a serial education technology entrepreneur and one of the most peripatetic and capacious thinkers I know. Born in Turkey, Hakan graduated from Boston University before launching a series of start-ups in the EdTech sector. His successful ventures have included Xplana Learning, TeachersConnect, and Mindbridge Partners, and he is a founding principal of LearnLaunch, an EdTech incubator and accelerator in Boston. (Full disclosure: I am a Senior Advisor at LearnLaunch.)

I caught up with Hakan by phone one afternoon while the buzz of the start-ups incubating in LearnLaunch’s shared space was clearly audible in the background.

Click here to read my conversation with Hakan Satiroglu.


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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 10th Head of School. We are pleased to announce that Mayor of Warwick Scott Avedisian will deliver the Proclamation.

Friday, September 16, 2016
1:30 p.m.
Hopelands Front Lawn

Reminder to parents: Friday, September 16 will be  a dress up day for students.


Updated Attendance Policy

We have updated our attendance procedures for the 2016-17 year. This update applies to students in our Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools, but not the Preschool.

If you need to call in an absence for your child, please call the main school number, 884-9070, ext. 200. This is the new Attendance Line. Lisa Goulden, the Divisional Coordinator, will monitor the messages that come through that extension.  You should also email your child’s adviser or Lower School teacher so that he or she knows what to expect. To leave confidential medical information about your child, contact the nurse, Margo Ott, at mott@rockyhill.org or x 112.

Middle and Upper School Families
If your child is going to be late (after 8:25 a.m.), or needs to be picked up early, he or she should go to Lisa Goulden in the Upper School office to check in or out. If your child becomes ill during the day, you will be contacted by the nurse and you would pick him/her up from the nurse’s office.

Lower School Families (except Preschool)
If your child is going to be late, or needs to be picked up early, please email Lisa Goulden at lgoulden@rockyhill.org AND Patty Pontarelli at ppontarelli@rockyhill.org. Your child will check in with his/her classroom teacher in Perkins upon arrival (NOT Nurse Margo). Please be sure to escort your child to Perkins. For early dismissal, your child will be picked up from his/her classroom. However, if your child becomes ill at school, parents will be contacted by the nurse to pick them up directly from the nurse’s office.

Preschool Families
If your child is going to be late, or needs to be picked up early, please email Lisa Reimer at lreimer@rockyhill.org. For early dismissal, your child will be picked up from Preschool. If your child becomes ill at school, parents will be contacted by the nurse to pick them up directly from the nurse’s office.


Busing Update

There are still seats available on both the Providence bus as well as the Aquidneck Island/South County bus.

Providence Bus (Morning and After Sports (Departs RHS at 5:45 p.m.)*
1. Stop & Shop Parking Lot Branch Avenue (Departs stop at 7:10 a.m.  PM drop-off at 6:30 p.m.)
2. Roger Williams Park Zoo Casino Entrance (Departs stop at 7:35 a.m.  PM drop-off at 6:15 p.m.)
* There is a fee for this service. 

Aquidneck Island/South County (Morning Only)*
1. Newport Mall, Stop & Shop Parking Lot, JT Connell Highway (Departs stop at 6:55 a.m.)
2. Park & Ride Lot, Rt 138/Rt 1A, adjacent to Plum Point Bistro (Departs stop at 7:10 a.m.)
3. Dunkin’ Donuts/Bayview Pharmacy Parking Lot, Rt 138/Moorsefield Rd. (Departs Stop at 7:25 a.m.)
* There is a fee for this service. 
Busing is available free of charge for families living in East Greenwich, Warwick, West Warwick, Coventry, Scituate, Foster, or Glocester.
Please contact Lisa Goulden at lgoulden@rockyhill.org or call 401-884-9070 ext. 136 if you have questions about busing.

web_headerFall Classic Golf & Tennis Tournament
and Dinner Auction

Monday, September 26
Quidnessett Country Club

Join us as we hit the links, swing our rackets, and raise our bidder paddles to benefit the students of Rocky Hill School. You need not be a golf or tennis player to participate! Many participants come just for the dinner and auction in the evening. This is our big fall fundraiser, so please show your support!

If you have questions, want to volunteer, or would like to donate an auction item, please email Maria Emmons or Beth DeGerlia. We are looking for sports tickets, vacation rentals, gift certificates, catering packages, and nice bottles of wine for the auction. Proceeds will support athletics, scholarships and financial aid, and classroom technology. Learn more or register online


5K River Run and Walk

5k logo 2016Saturday, October 15 (Homecoming)
9:00 a.m.

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.

Click Here to Register

Sponsorship Opportunities
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.

Click Here for Sponsorship Information

Motivate!
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.

Homecoming 2016
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.

Need a brick? Yes, you do!

Buy a Brick ButtonLooking 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!

Click here to learn more or to purchase 


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New Student Orientation

Earlier this week on Tuesday, new students in the Upper School had the opportunity to meet with their advisers, participate in orientation activities like “The Marshmallow Challenge” and “Crossing the Line,” plus attend the final preseason practices. The rain did not dampen anyone’s spirits, however.  Pictured below is a debriefing session led by Ms. Haskell, Student Life Coordinator in the Upper School, Madame Rich, and Jessica Russell, along with the four senior prefects: Hunter Gallant, DD Irvine, Alejandro Perez, and Kaylynn Polley.

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New student orientation of the Upper School

Berkshire Trip Addendum

In last week’s eCurrents, faculty member Krista Haskell was inadvertently left off the list of those who were thanked for making the trip possible. Although Krista did not accompany the freshman class on the three-day trip to the Berkshires this year, her hard work in planning the trip made it so very memorable to all who attended. Thank you, Krista!


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Enviroweek Begins

The Middle School welcomed the new school year with a great day of Enviroweek activities.
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  • 8th grade boys and girls worked together to attempt the “popsicle push up.”
  • 8th graders played the PA game “Coconut.” Why? Because it’s fun!
  • 7th grade students designed a method for cleaning up an oil spill.
  • 6th grade students kayaked from the RHS campus around the point to Goddard Park, then hiked back to campus.

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New Extended Day Area

We have relocated Extended Day to our Preschool building. This change will allow our Extended Day Teacher, Amanda Hovey (Miss Amanda), access to all of the resources (including an appropriately-sized bathroom and playground) for the younger students, while also offering materials, homework, and play space, as well as a separate, monitored outdoor area for our older students.

Convenient parking is available by the portico in the front parking lot and provides easy access to our Preschool building.  You will be able to reach Amanda directly during Extended Day hours (3:15-5:30 p.m.) at 884-9070 Ext. 121.


Scenes from the Lower School

K-1 students working on how many letters are in their name and making patterns.


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The 5th grade students played a round of “I have, who has” to review their multiplication facts.

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ACE Parent Nights

For Middle and Upper School Parents
Tuesday, October 4
5:30-7:00 p.m.

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The following sports/activities begin on Monday, September 12:

  • Lifetime Fitness
  • Recreational Sailing
  • Deckhands Theater production
  • Middle School sports

Upcoming Athletic Events

Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey
Thursday, September 8
3:45 p.m.
@ Cranston East (Cranston Stadium)

Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Wednesday, September 14
4:00 p.m.
vs. Hyde School (CT)

Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Saturday, September 10
4:00 p.m.
vs. Brimmer and May Soccer

Coed Varsity Cross Country
Friday, September 9
4:30 p.m.
Lincoln School Cross Country Invite @ Rehoboth, MA (Faxon Farm Athletic Complex)

Girls’ MS Field Hockey
Thursday, September 22
3:45 p.m.
@ Gordon School (A/B Mix), East Providence

Coed MS A Soccer
Tuesday, September 20
3:45 p.m.
vs. Barrington Christian Academy (Boys)

Coed MS B Soccer
Thursday, September 22
3:45 p.m.
@ West Bay Christian Academy, North Kingstown


Meet the Coaches

US Cross Country
Thursday, September 8
4:30 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

US Field Hockey
Friday, September 9
5:00 p.m.
Field Hockey Field

US Boys’ Soccer
Monday, September 12
5:15 p.m.
Soccer Field/Sharpe Gymnasium

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The Kettlety Three

Finn '29 and Elliott '30 Kettlety welcomed their new brother this summer. Meet Sonny!
Finn ’29 and Elliott ’30 Kettlety welcomed their new brother this summer. Meet Sonny!

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Gnolfo JudoDirector of Diversity and Upper School Latin teacher Matt Gnolfo used the funding from the Kirkland Gibson Faculty Summer Stipend Award to fund his trip to the 2016 Judo US Open in Fort Lauderdale in July. The tournament hosted competitors from 14 countries. Mr. Gnolfo fought in the Masters -73 kg division and took home a gold medal for his club, Mayo Quanchi, after defeating an opponent from Brazil in the finals.


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Edwin J. Santos

Edwin J. Santos, President of the Board of Trustees of Rocky Hill School, was recently named in GoLocalProv’s Power List – Education and Health, a list of “the power brokers that make the decisions about their organizations and, de facto, the future of Rhode Island.”  Click here to read it

From GoLocalProv:
“The former banker is Chairman of the Board of CharterCare, after having been a top executive at Citizens Bank. He has been a board leader for Crossroads, Washington Trust, Rocky Hill School — you name it and Santos has helped to lead it.

His best work to date just might be at CharterCare, where he has helped the once fledgling hospital (Roger Williams Medical Center) into a growing hospital system.”


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All School PTL Meeting

Please join us for the first All School PTL Meeting of the year.

Wednesday, September 14
8:00 a.m.
Campbell Conference Room

Click here for the September 14 agenda

Click here for Wednesday’s PTL Mingle notes

Click here for the PTL Meeting Schedule for 2016-17


Send us your news!

Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org by noon on Wednesday for publication on Thursday afternoons.

September 1, 2016

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 A message from
the Head of School

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Dr. Jim Tracy

It is always so exciting to arrive at the start of the school year. As a child, I invariably felt the pulse quicken and longed to see my school friends as the days noticeably began to shorten through August. And the Rhode Island weather is being particularly accommodating this year, with beautiful late summer days, harboring just an intimation of autumnal crispness, sweeping across Rocky Hill’s bucolic waterfront acreage.

It never fails that a ubiquitous topic of conversation when students return is how much they have grown in the short course of one summer. That is the joy of seeing children through multiple years, to see the continuity of self through the unfolding of new strengths, attainments, aspirations, actualizations.

And so it is with our school, too. In more ways than just having a new Head, Rocky Hill School feels poised to explore new dimensions of its commitment to individuated instruction for all its students to prepare them for optimal success in a global world. There is a palpable excitement among the community of adults who work and are engaged here that Rocky Hill is on the cusp of attaining new heights of innovation, excellence, and renown while retaining clear continuity with its traditional ethos.

I’m delighted that you will be part of this period of growth in our students and in our school, and I invite you to be as fully engaged in our collective school exploration and discovery as you wish to be. We’re off to discover. All hands on deck!

Dr. Jim Tracy


Read Dr. Tracy’s Education Blog

best schools headerWelcome to “Best Schools.” In this blog, I’ll be posting weekly thought pieces about the most important current issues and emergent trends in education. I’ll reference the most illuminating books and articles in the field, review key developments in educational technology and ideas, highlight the most promising and innovative pedagogical practices at schools across the country,  and interview or have guest contributions from prominent thought leaders around the world.

My intention is to provide a platform for the most trenchant insights about educating today, in the broadest possible interdisciplinary context, as we strive to forge the Best Schools for a rapidly changing world.

My goal is to provide a one-stop shop for readers to be able to keep abreast of the most important developments, ideas, and thinkers in education at a high level of discourse.

My hope, too, is that I might infuse some valuable insight with my own comments, as well.

I very much welcome your thoughts, feedback,  and suggestions.

James Tracy, Ph.D., Ed.M., MBA

Click here to read Dr. Tracy’s “Best Schools” blog


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Important Dates
& Information

Orientation   |   Tuesday, September 6
Lower School – All students
Middle School – Students new to MS
Upper School – Students new to US
International – All international students – 4:00 p.m. Cookout
*Find more information is below in the Division sections.
ACE Orientation  |  Tuesday, September 6
MS: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
US: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Classes Begin Wednesday, September 7
All busing begins Wednesday, September 7 

Click here for the 2016-17 Student/Parent Handbook


PTL Parent Mingle

Wednesday, September 7
Campbell Conference Room
8:00-9:00 a.m.

Come meet new and returning parents, RHS administrators, and our new head of school, Dr. Jim Tracy! Coffee and pastries will be served.


Welcome, New Faculty!

Rocky Hill School welcomes seven new faculty members for the 2016-17 school year.

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Click here to read more


Parking and Drop-Off

Students can be dropped off at the main entrance or the back lot. If parents wish to walk their children onto campus, they should park in one of the short-term or visitor parking spaces.

Click the map below for a larger image of the main entrance and short-term parking areas.


Stay Informed
in an Emergency!

The School encourages you to subscribe to its text and email alert system so that you can be notified quickly in any urgent situations such as school closings, delays, and other emergencies.

Click here to learn more

If you have signed up last year, there is no need to sign up again. Contact Peter Hanney for more information.


New Attendance Policy

If your child will be absent, arrive late, or be picked up early, please email Lisa Goulden, Divisional Coordinator, at lgoulden@rockyhill.org. Middle and Upper School families should also email the student’s adviser, and Lower School families should email Patty Pontarelli at ppontarelli@rockyhill.org.


Photo Days

Once again, Ruth Clegg will be taking class and individual photos. Please refer to this email that Ruth sent the RHS community for dates and times of the photo shoots, plus details on previewing and ordering prints.


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and Dinner Auction

Monday, September 26
Quidnessett Country Club

Join us as we hit the links, swing our rackets, and raise our bidder paddles to benefit the students of Rocky Hill School. You need not be a golf or tennis player to participate! Many participants come just for the dinner and auction in the evening. This is our big fall fundraiser, so please show your support!

If you have questions, want to volunteer, or would like to donate an auction item, please email Maria Emmons or Beth DeGerlia. We are looking for sports tickets, vacation rentals, gift certificates, catering packages, and nice bottles of wine for the auction. Proceeds will support athletics, scholarships and financial aid, and classroom technology. Learn more or register online


5K River Run and Walk

5k logo 2016Saturday, October 15 (Homecoming)
9:00 a.m.

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.

Click Here to Register

Sponsorship Opportunities
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.

Click Here for Sponsorship Information

Motivate!
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.

Homecoming 2016
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.

Need a brick? Yes, you do!

Buy a Brick ButtonLooking 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!

Click here to learn more or to purchase 


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Welcome to Upper School!

New Student Orientation
Tuesday, September 6
8:30 a.m.
Flynn Academic Center

8:30-9:00 a.m. – Nautilus (Welcome and Introductions)

9:00-9:30 a.m. – Advisory with new US families

9:30-11:30 a.m. – New US students with student leaders

9:30-10:30 a.m. – Optional Parent Q&A with Mr. Poskitt in the Flynn Lecture Hall

10:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m. – ACE Orientation for new US students, including ninth graders who were in ACE during Middle School (not parents)

10:30 a.m. – Parents leave campus

11:30 a.m. – Lunch for students and faculty

1:00-3:00 p.m. – Practices for all new students plus pre-season returning athletes (Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer), including those in non-competitive offerings (Drama, Lifetime Fitness, Recreational Sailing)

3:00 p.m. – Pick-up for all students


Ninth Grade Berkshire Trip

This year’s ninth grade class met for the first time earlier this week prior to their departure for the Berkshire Outdoor Center. For the last three days and two nights, the Class of 2020, five chaperones, and four prefects have gotten to know each other really well through team challenges and “challenge by choice” activities. Among the favorites have been the Giant Swing, Alpine Tower, and Raft Building. Last evening, the final night at camp, included a traditional campfire and delicious s’mores. A special thanks to faculty members Tara Dowling, Tom Farrell, Matt Gnolfo, Krista HaskellEléna Rich, and Andy Washburn, plus senior prefects Hunter Gallant, DD Irvine, Alejandro Perez, and Kaylynn Polley for their help in making this year’s trip so memorable. Here are some pictures of the group and the venue (Lake Rudd in Becket, MA) from this past week.

Click images below for full size

Click here for more photos


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Welcome to the Middle School!

MS welcomeNew Student Orientation
Tuesday, September 6
10:00 a.m.
Campbell Courtyard

The Middle School faculty can’t wait to see you next week!

EnviroWeek 2016

It is with great anticipation that the Middle School faculty awaits the return of the students on Wednesday, September 7, not only the first day of school, but also the beginning of our EnviroWeek activities. The students in all three grades will need to bring their water gear (bathing suit, towel, and water shoes or old sneakers) as the 7th and 8th graders will be kayaking, and the 6th grade will be visiting Jamestown and snorkeling.

The 8th grade overnight trip to Mt. Monadnock will be on Thursday, September 8, with the 6th and 7th grades sleeping out on campus on Friday, September 9.

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Welcome to the Lower School!

All Lower School Student Orientation
Tuesday, September 6
8:30 a.m
.-9:30 a.m.

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ACE Orientation

Tuesday, September 6
MS: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
US: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.


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Upcoming Athletic Events

Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey
Friday, September 2
3:45 p.m.
vs. Pilgrim HS

Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Wednesday, September 14
4:00 p.m.
vs. Hyde School (CT)

Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Saturday, September 10
4:00 p.m.
vs. Brimmer and May Soccer

Coed Varsity Cross Country
Friday, September 9
4:30 p.m.
Lincoln School Cross Country Invite @ Rehoboth, MA (Faxon Farm Athletic Complex)

Girls’ MS Field Hockey
Thursday, September 22
3:45 p.m.
@ Gordon School (A/B Mix), East Providence

Coed MS A Soccer
Tuesday, September 20
3:45 p.m.
vs. Barrington Christian Academy (Boys)

Coed MS B Soccer
Thursday, September 22
3:45 p.m.
@ West Bay Christian Academy, North Kingstown


Meet the Coaches

US Girls’ Soccer
Wednesday, September 7
5:15 p.m.
Soccer Field/Sharpe Gymnasium

US Cross Country
Thursday, September 8
4:30 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium

US Field Hockey
Friday, September 9
5:00 p.m.
Field Hockey Field

US Boys’ Soccer
Monday, September 12
5:15 p.m.
Soccer Field/Sharpe Gymnasium

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Emily Serotta
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Mark your calendars! Opening night is November 18. Come join us as the Deckhands Theater Company season opens its fourth season in partnership with Trinity Rep with a variety show. More details will be available soon!

For your planning purposes, the Upper School Deckhands Winter Production (March 3-4, 2017) will be a musical and the Upper School spring production (May 19-20, 2017) will be a play. The fall show (November 18-19, 2016) will be a variety show.

Please contact Emily Serotta, Rocky Hill’s new Director of Vocal Music, if you are interested in changing your co-curricular selections as a result of this announcement. These productions are open to students in grades 9-12.

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This past summer, Anessa Petteruti ’17 participated in a piano performance tour in Germany with the New England Conservatory. Before departing, she gave a farewell concert in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory. In Germany, Anessa performed on Romantic composer Franz Liszt’s piano in the Liszthaus in Weimar, the Schumannhaus in Leipzig, and the Mendelssohnhaus in Berlin.


odeliciousAs many in the Rocky Hill community know, Alec O’del ’18 runs his own chocolate business. This summer, Alec became the proud owner of the trademark for his chocolate business brand, O’delicious! Congratulations, Alec!

JadePhoto0002Jade Ma ’23 accepted the nomination to participate in the 2016 Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) in Washington, D.C. this past August. The program provided a historical view of leadership and encouraged young scholars to develop their own leadership skills and strategies for success in the 21st century.

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MollyLowileyOG2A5661K-2 teacher Claire Wiley, and her husband Caleb, welcomed their son Jack Calvin Wiley on July 5, 2016. Jack will be cheering on the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team from the sidelines this fall!

Welcome to the world, Jack!


Nope NYT opinion pieceTara Dowling, Director of College Counseling, was recently quoted in a New York Times opinion piece titled “To Get to Harvard, Go to Haiti?” Ms. Dowling offered her knowledge of working with students who take quick “mission trips” as a way to boost their chances of getting into elite colleges and universities.

Read it here


Basu KIn July, Upper School chemistry teacher Dr. Katy Basu attended “AP Chemistry for Experienced Teachers” at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont. She learned many new ideas for her classes. The week-long course covered ideas for labs and ways for students to make connections between those labs and course material. Also discussed was the most recent AP exam, with a focus on common student misconceptions and ways to avoid them.

In early August, Dr. Basu was honored with the RI State Service Award from USA Gymnastics at their annual Region 6 Congress banquet. She recently completed six years as RI State Judging Director and simultaneously served on the RI-USAG State Administrative Committee as a judges’ representative. Dr. Basu was also a meet assignor for the past 10 years. Although she will no longer continue in any of these administrative capacities, Dr. Basu will continue to judge as she has for the past 17 years, and looks forward to the upcoming season.

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To ensure the safety of students with food allergies, Rocky Hill School’s campus is peanut and tree nut free. As our handbook states:

Rocky Hill School’s campus is nut free. In an effort to keep the rest of the campus safe for students with allergies, students, parents, faculty and staff should refrain from sending/bringing snacks containing peanuts or tree nuts to campus, including into individual classrooms and for purposes of fundraising and special events.”

A list of all tree nuts is available on the FDA website.


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Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org by noon on Wednesday for publication on Thursday afternoons.

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Important Dates
& Information

Orientation   |   Tuesday, September 6
Lower School – All students
Middle School – Students new to MS
Upper School – Students new to US
International – All international students – 4:00 p.m. Cookout
*Find more information is below in the Division sections.
ACE Orientation  |  Tuesday, September 6
MS: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
US: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Classes Begin Wednesday, September 7
All busing begins Wednesday, September 7 

Click here for the 2016-17 Student/Parent Handbook


Stay Informed
in an Emergency!

The School encourages you to subscribe to its text and email alert system so that you can be notified quickly in any urgent situations such as school closings, delays, and other emergencies.

Click here to learn more

If you have signed up last year, there is no need to sign up again. Contact Peter Hanney for more information.


Interact Club
Book Sale & Swap

Friday, August 26 – Tomorrow!
8:30-11:00 a.m.
Library (Carriage House)

RHS interact_club logo T (1)Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase text books for next year and other great books all for a good cause and at a great price!

At the end of the school year, families donated an extensive collection of text books and novels as part of the Interact Club Book Drive. Several novels and textbooks that are being used this school year are available for purchase.

Parents can purchase large textbooks for $25, medium textbooks for $10, and novels for $5 or $2. In addition, you can swap a comparable book if it is being used in another class.

There are also many other novels and books that will be available for purchase. All proceeds will help support RHS community service programs.

Please bring in gently-used baby to middle school age books to be donated to Books Are Wings.

Questions? Email Beth DeGerlia at bdegerlia@rockyhill.org


web_headerFall Classic Golf & Tennis Tournament
and Dinner Auction

Monday, September 26
Quidnessett Country Club

Join us as we hit the links, swing our rackets, and raise our bidder paddles to benefit the students of Rocky Hill School. You need not be a golf or tennis player to participate! Many participants come just for the dinner and auction in the evening. This is our big fall fundraiser, so please show your support!

If you have questions, want to volunteer, or would like to donate an auction item, please email Maria Emmons or Beth DeGerlia. We are looking for sports tickets, vacation rentals, gift certificates, catering packages, and nice bottles of wine for the auction. Proceeds will support athletics, scholarships and financial aid, and classroom technology. Learn more or register online


5K River Run and Walk

5k logo 2016Saturday, October 15 (Homecoming)
9:00 a.m.

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.

Click Here to Register

Sponsorship Opportunities
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.

Click Here for Sponsorship Information

Motivate!
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.

Homecoming 2016
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.

You Can Support Rocky Hill School

Stop & ShopWelcome back to the start of a new school year and to a new year of A+ School Rewards!

Beginning October ­­7, 2016, Rocky Hill School – (ID#: 08769) has the opportunity to participate in and earn CASH from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Stop & Shop.

PLEASE NOTE: You DO NOT need to re-register your card if your school selection(s) remains the same as last year.

To participate:

  • Visit www.stopandshop.com/aplus and scroll down to the center of the page to select REGISTER YOUR CARD from the red box on the right marked FOR CUSTOMERS; or,
  • Call the A+ School Rewards Hotline at 1-877-275-2758 for assistance; or,
  • Email the A+ Hotline.  Please include the last name associated with your Stop & Shop card, your 13-digit Stop & Shop card number, and our school name and school ID number to: askaplus@cranecommunications.com

To earn points:

  • Use your registered Stop & Shop card each time you shop at Stop & Shop, and you will earn CASH for Rocky Hill School. You can track the number of points you are earning for RHS by checking your grocery receipt.
  • At the end of each month, your points are calculated and converted to CASH rewards for RHS. These CASH rewards are updated monthly on the Giant A+ website beginning in November.

Please encourage your family members and friends to support Rocky Hill School.  This could result in more CASH REWARDS! Thank you for supporting Rocky Hill!


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Welcome to Upper School!

New Student Orientation
Tuesday, September 6
8:30 a.m.
Flynn Academic Center

8:30-9:00 a.m. – Nautilus (Welcome and Introductions)

9:00-9:30 a.m. – Advisory with new US families

9:30-11:30 a.m. – New US students with student leaders

9:30-10:30 a.m. – Optional Parent Q&A with Mr. Poskitt in the Flynn Lecture Hall

10:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m. – ACE Orientation for new US students, including ninth graders who were in ACE during Middle School (not parents)

10:30 a.m. – Parents leave campus

11:30 a.m. – Lunch for students and faculty

1:00-3:00 p.m. – Practices for all new students plus pre-season returning athletes (Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer), including those in non-competitive offerings (Drama, Lifetime Fitness, Recreational Sailing)

3:00 p.m. – Pick-up for all students


From the Director of College Counseling

Important Dates and Reminders

  • September 1: Deadline to register for October 1 SAT or Subject Tests
  • September 16: Deadline to register for October 22 ACT
  • All Sophomores and Juniors are already pre-registered for the school-based administration of the PSAT on October 16, 8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
  • Students with IEPs or diagnosed learning disabilities who have not already spoken to Ms. Dowling about applying for testing accommodations have until August 30 to apply for PSAT accommodations
  • Save the date! College Night for Seniors and Parents is September 15. 
    • NOTE: Financial Aid presentation starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by a presentation by Ms. Dowling at 6:35 p.m.
  • Important dates and schedules of all visitors to campus can be found on the College Planning Calendar, a Google calendar public to those with RHS email addresses, as well as junior and senior parents. We already have 52 colleges planning a visit to Rocky Hill in September and October.
  • Our new college counseling software for college planning and research is Maia Learning. We no longer use Naviance software. You will find Maia Learning to be a more dynamic and responsive tool for career and college exploration. Links to Maia Learning can be found on the College Counseling section of the RHS webpage, as well as on the Logins section of the landing page. Maia Learning will be introduced first to Seniors and parents, then to Juniors and their parents, and later in the year to sophomores and freshmen and their parents.
  • Seniors should be logging into Maia Learning, adding their colleges to the “Top Picks” list, updating their Common Application, and working on essays!

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Welcome to the Middle School!

New Student Orientation
Tuesday, September 6
10:00 a.m
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Campbell Courtyard

EnviroWeek 2016

It is with great anticipation that the Middle School faculty awaits the return of the students on Wednesday, September 7, not only the first day of school, but also the beginning of our EnviroWeek activities. The students in all three grades will need to bring their water gear (bathing suit, towel, and water shoes or old sneakers) as the 7th and 8th graders will be kayaking, and the 6th grade will be visiting Jamestown and snorkeling.
The 8th grade overnight trip to Mt. Monadnock will be on Thursday, September 8, with the 6th and 7th grades sleeping out on campus on Friday, September 9.

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Welcome to the Lower School!

All Lower School Student Orientation
Tuesday, September 6
8:30 a.m
.-9:30 a.m.

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ACE Orientation

Tuesday, September 6
MS: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
US: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.


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Upcoming Athletic Events

Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey Injury Fund Tournament
August 27
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
@ Classical HS
Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey
September 2
3:45 p.m.
vs. Pilgrim HS
Upcoming Preseason Start Date
US Boys’ & Girls’ Soccer and Cross Country
August 29
3:00 p.m.

Meet the Coaches

US Girls’ Soccer
Wednesday, September 7
5:15 p.m.
Soccer Field/Sharpe Gymnasium
US Cross Country
Thursday, September 8
4:30 p.m.
Sharpe Gymnasium
US Field Hockey
Friday, September 9
5:00 p.m.
Field Hockey Field
US Boys’ Soccer
Monday, September 12
5:15 p.m.
Soccer Field/Sharpe Gymnasium


Send us your news!

Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org by noon on Wednesday for publication on Thursday afternoons.