8th Grade Expos Underway
The 8th grade students began their Exposition presentations this week, a culmination of more than three months of research, presentation design, and practice. The 8th Grade Exposition is one of the signature achievements of a student’s Middle School experience. Speaking without notes in front of nearly one hundred students, faculty and parents, students will present their expositions to the community each week until early March. As is the case each year, the first speakers were exceptional, setting the bar for those that will follow.
Mark Your Calendar
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 21 – NO SCHOOL
LS PTL Meeting: Thursday, January 24| 3:30 – 4:40 p.m. | Perkins Blue Room
Junior College Night: Thursday, January 24| 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Flynn
End of Semester: Friday, January 25
Admission Open House: Sunday, January 27 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Lower School Book Chat: Tuesday, January 29 | 8:30-9:30 p.m.
8th Grade Quebec Trip: Thursday, January 31 – Sunday, February 3
Admission Open House – Share the News!
Our best advertising always comes from word of mouth. If you know a great student who would benefit from a Rocky Hill School education, make sure to tell them to come to the Open House next weekend. Guests can pre-register at rockyhill.org/oh
Parents’ Night Out
Friday, March 29
This fun night out was offered as an auction item at the Fall Classic. If you’d like to join in on the fun it’s not too late. Up to forty RHS children (grades K-8) will enjoy a fun night on campus with friends and parents get the night out. Faculty members Mrs. Fairchild, Ms. Rizzo, Mr. Laurent, Mr. Mike, and Mr. Wyzga will be on hand to supervise a three-hour extravaganza complete with a bouncy house, movie night, photo booth, pizza, popcorn, and assorted gym games. Don’t miss out! Spots are limited to first come, first served. The price per child is $50 and the event runs from 6:00-9:00 p.m. All proceeds support RHS students and faculty. CLICK HERE to register.
This year we are changing to an online re-enrollment process. Each parent/guardian will receive an email on February 15, 2019 with a personalized link. This link will open our new re-enrollment portal with information that is specific to your family. More information will be available closer to our release date.
A New Year reminder…you can report absences, late arrivals, and early pick-up in the Family Portal in Veracross. There is a Report Attendance link at the top of the Family Portal where you can provide us with this information.
College Counseling Webinar
Next Thursday, January 24th, at 7:00 p.m., while the juniors participate in College Night, freshman and sophomore families have the opportunity to attend an AMAZING webinar presented by an expert consultant and hosted by a nationally respected author, Ethan Sawyer. The title of the workshop is “What Should I Be Doing Right Now?” The presenters will cover topics such as:
- How to pick the “right” classes (and what that even means)
- Major/career exploration
- College visits
- Which extracurricular activities you “should” do
- Planning an awesome summer
The webinar is free but you must register.
Show Your Love With a Brick!
Yes, you read that right. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Forget the chocolates and the flowers, they don’t last nearly long enough. Instead, make a lasting impression by giving a personalized RHS Brick inscribed to that special person in your life. Your brick will be placed in the beautiful Garden Classroom walkway this spring. If you order a brick by noon on Monday, February 11, we will send a message to your special someone to let them know a brick in their name is on its way. Contact Liz Isdale in the Alumni Office with any questions. CLICK HERE to order your brick.
Save the Date for the Spring Gala
All aboard! Please mark your calendar for The Orient Express Gala and Auction on Saturday, May 18th at the Atlantic Resort Newport. This signature fundraising event is sure to surprise and delight and is not to be missed! Details forthcoming.
Reclaim Your Cookie Platters
Thank you to all our families who brought in or contributed towards the delicious cookies and treats for the annual Faculty/Staff Holiday Cookie Swap! There are several trays and containers upstairs in Hopelands if you would like to reclaim yours.
Inclement Weather Notifications
Even though we haven’t had much inclement weather yet, please make sure we have your current mobile phone number and email address on file. You can check this information in the Family Portal under “Update My Household” at the top of the screen. All inclement weather notifications will be sent using the information on your household profile.
Save the Date…ACE Parent Coffee:
Reading Comprehension Strategies For All Ages
Please join us on March 4 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. for coffee and discussion about effective approaches to teaching reading comprehension to children of all ages. From early and pre-readers to Upper School seniors, there are approaches that can help our children enjoy reading as they become more confident readers.
Don’t forget that the deadline to order and submit Yearbook tributes is Friday, February 15. Your tribute can include quotes, personal messages, and/or photos to celebrate your graduate. Sponsors are also welcome to send their good wishes to graduating seniors while promoting their business. Prices: full page – $250, half page – $140, quarter page – $75. Design assistance is available. LEARN MORE
Learning in Action
At Rocky Hill School, our students are engaged in deep learning every day. Whether they collaborate with outside experts, engage in Project Based Learning, or act as good citizens, we celebrate the impact they have on their learning and the world around them.
Forensic Science Students Collaborate with the Founder of the New England Innocence Project
Pam Matson’s Upper School Forensic Science students collaborated with the Founder and Executive Director of the New England Innocence Project, Radha Natarajan, to explore the complex nature and inexact science of using forensic evidence in criminal prosecution cases throughout New England. In groups, students researched an exoneree and through that process learned about the cognitive bias of investigators and prosecutors, reliability of DNA analysis, fingerprinting, eyewitness accounts, and proper handling of evidence. This extensive and deeply meaningful project will continue, with students working to make a difference in Rhode Island, over the course of the semester.
Today, the Upper School heard from an array of panelists who shared insights into the service work they and their organizations do in the community. The theme of the day, service to others, is inspired by the central tenets of Dr. King’s mission during the Civil Rights Era.
Joan Valcourt, Communities for People
Laura Jaworski, House of Hope
Jennifer Esterle, Edesia
Samantha Irizarry, Year Up Rhode Island
Nicole Anderson, Ronald McDonald House
Heather Strout, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
Joe Wilson Jr, Trinity Rep
Michael Van Leesten, The Opportunity Center of Rhode Island
On Friday, January 11, the AP & Honors Biology classes and the Honors Human Physiology class visited Dr. Yana Reshetnyak (parent of Stephanie Andreev) at the Medical Physics research labs on the URI Campus. Rocky Hill School students were able to view HeLa cells, the immortal cell line from the harvesting of cancer cells from Henrietta Lacks. The students were able to listen to graduate students discuss and describe their research with the Phlip protein and mouse antibodies, and to witness high-tech instruments using light to measure various aspects of solutions.
Before winter break, the LS Robotics team hosted an astronaut from NASA via Skype to share ideas about their project and gain insight into the NASA space program. The class also invited students from Curtis Corner Middle School and Pier Middle School to join them. The North Kingstown Independent wrote an article about the experience. READ MORE
On Wednesday, January 15, Upper School members of SMAC continued their reading work with the Lower School. Organized by Isabella Robinson ’20, the activity was focused on ways to look at commercials that target their messages along a gender binary spectrum. The students were inspired to think of ways to make the messages of those same commercials more inclusive and representative of all genders. For more information on the Equity and Inclusion program at Rocky Hill School, please contact Matt Gnolfo, Director of Diversity, at email@example.com.
Current Events Visit News Channel 10
The US Currents Events class got an up-close and personal look at how NBC Channel 10 produces a newscast. RHS alumna Megan Mooney was excited to welcome the class to the station and show them how the station is run. She even sent a Tweet!
Stefania Andreev – painting
Cole Larimar – ceramics
Steven Lora – ceramics
Empty Bowls returns on Tuesday, February 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by a Middle School PTL meeting. Middle School students and families are encouraged to attend Empty Bowls, a meaningful evening of art, food, and social awareness to support the North Kingstown Food Pantry. Students’ project based learning efforts which explore different facets of poverty through art, community periods, and interdisciplinary research will be on display. Any parents interested in offering assistance to Mrs. Armentano (supplies or hands-on) please CLICK HERE.
If you purchased a mug but didn’t have a chance to send in your payment or if you would still like to purchase a handmade 2018-19 Rocky Hill School mug please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mugs are $25 and made by Mr. Chatterley (with his trademark thumb-placer on the handle).
Athletes of the Week
Abby Tillinghast ’21, Girls Basketball
Abby has impressed coaches and teammates with her intensity and effort in practices and games, taking on a new role and aggressive playing style.
Cort Meyerson ’20, Swimming
Swimmer Cort Meyerson has been dominating the RIIL Independent swim meets, coming in first and qualifying for states!
Hawaiian Night at Basketball Games
Come support the JV (@4:00 PM) and Varsity (@5:30 PM) basketball teams tonight. Wear your Hawaiian or beach attire, win swag, and cheer on the teams against St. Thomas More.
Both of our varsity basketball teams are currently undefeated in league play…GO MARINERS!
Willa Geoghegan ’20 and Elsa Block ’20 have been working on a program at EG Animal Protection League in which young kids who struggle with reading and reading aloud have the opportunity to read to shelter animals. This program is offered at multiple shelters around the country. They are hoping to start the program now that we are back from break, but in order to do so, they need children to participate! The program is completely free, and EGAPL is excited to start! Contact Willa or Elsa about the program at email@example.com.
Ryan ’13 and Jamie ’11 Gilbane checked in from Everest Base Camp, Kathmandu, Nepal! “The trek was long and high, and we saw four different people getting evac’d via rescue helicopter due to altitude sickness. Huge thanks to @angdorjeesherpa for bringing showing us his part of the world!
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