September 29, 2019

Fun and games during the Pep Rally!

Mark Your Calendar

    • Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 30 | NO SCHOOL
    • FLU CLINIC: Tuesday, October 1 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Campbell Center
    • Grade 8 Parent Coffee(s): Thursday, October 3 | 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. | MS Commons | Topic: The 8th Grade Exposition
    • College Night for Seniors and Parents: Thursday, October 3 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
    • Yom Kippur:  Wednesday, October 9 | NO SCHOOL
    • US PTL Meeting:  Thursday, October 10 | 8:30 a.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
    • First Peoples’/Columbus Day: Monday, October 14 | NO SCHOOL
    • Professional Development Day: Tuesday, October 15 | NO SCHOOL
    • Grade 10 & 11 PSAT Test: Wednesday, October 16 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Gym
    • MS PTL Meeting: Thursday, October 17 | 8:30 a.m. | Middle School Commons
    • College Preview Night: Thursday, October 17 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Campbell Cafeteria | For juniors and parents of juniors and sophomores

Fall Classic a Big Success
Senior Willa Geoghegan produced this video to show at the event, 85 Things We Love About Rocky Hill Country Day.

This Monday, the community gathered together for the 21st and final Fall Classic. We are so thankful to all who supported the event as participants, donors, and volunteers. Early projections have the event netting over $50,000 for the School including a generous $17,750 raised to help fund the purchase of a new 34-seat school bus! The day began with the tennis tournament run by RHCD tennis coach Matt Marion. The winners were 1st place: Erika Aldazabal ‘81, 2nd place: Alice Porter, 3rd place: Ruth Clegg. In the afternoon we kicked off golf at Potowomut with many of our vendors, parents, and friends getting out on the greens on what was a perfect day. Prizes went to 1st place (best ball):  John Sheerar, Erik Manchester, Bill Volpe, and Ray Trebasacci; 2nd place (best ball): Ned Handy, Bob Kent, Mike Commendatore, and Peter Dorsey; 1st place (scramble) Rick Burnett, Rachel Burnett, and Jim Bryer; 2nd place (best ball: Mark D’Arcy, Paul Laprocina, and Buckley Cooney. Longest drive went to Mike Roy and Annie Lewis. Thank you to our FALL CLASSIC SPONSORS

Spirit Week at RHCD
Students in all divisions enjoyed spirit week activities leading up to Homecoming Weekend. Class competitions, dress-up days, and an all-school pep rally made for a fun and spirit-filled week. Go Mariners!

Homecoming Weekend
We launched Homecoming Weekend on Friday with an on-campus cross country meet, Middle School athletic games, and the 2nd Annual Blue & White Night. With over 350 people in attendance, the night included food trucks, a DJ, bonfires, and lawn games all organized by the Boosters Club, as well as smores which were sponsored by the Alumni Association. The amazing weather and school spirit continued on Saturday as we presented a new format for Homecoming Day. The varsity teams all played conference games throughout the day and had over 500 fans on campus to cheer them on. We also added a Family Fun Run, kayaking with Mr. Jedrey, and a corn hole tournament to the usual inflatables and activities for our younger Mariners. The Alumni Association held their fall meeting and many alums were on campus to cheer on the teams and connect with one another. In fact, the alumni duo of  Tory Dumas ’10 and Phil Hackett ’10 won the corn hole tournament! A happy hour at LineSider Brewing Co. capped off the day. Many thanks to all who made the day such a success.

Wellness Workshop
Director of Counseling & Wellness Traci Fairchild delivered the state-mandated “Teen Dating Violence Workshop” to all RHCD faculty and staff on Wednesday. This workshop, created by the Lindsay Ann Burke Foundation, supports the school-wide prevention of relationship violence. Parents can access helpful information at

RHCD Coffee House

Parents, faculty, and staff are welcome to relax and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee at one of two locations:  Hopelands Living Room or Campbell Center in the room off of the front lobby. We ask that you refrain from using the Campbell Center from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. as the room is often in use for lunch and meetings. 

Land Art with Catherine Moran
2019 Artist-in-Residence Catherine Moran began work with students in 3rd grade, 6th grade, Upper School Art Foundations class, as well as Drawing and Painting III classes to explore land art. The students will use the natural landscape as a canvas and explore site specificity, environmentalism, and decay. 

Last week Mrs. Dumas, Mrs. Armentano, and Mrs. Getsinger introduced the 3rd Grade, 6th Grade and US Drawing & Painting students to the idea of land art and the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy. The students collaborated in small groups to create their own land art and earthworks around campus.  

Students across the divisions will be creating land art at different times throughout the year observing the transformation of their ephemeral artworks as the seasons change. Thank you to Catherine Moran (parent of August Moran ’25) for her expertise and for joining us on our first land art adventure!

Exploring Salt Marshes at RHCD
Middle School science students have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather and our amazing campus to gain first-hand knowledge about salt marshes. Here, Mr. Karr discusses the classification of what is found in the salt marsh with his 8th grade students.

Mini Monet in Action
Our little artists in preschool spent the day at the library creating art based on the work of Claude Monet and the story Ten Apples Up on Top.

Say “Trees” Please

On Tuesday, September 24th students in Arts Foundations, English 9, and Biology classes enjoyed a kick-off PBL event. Students were fortunate to work with several experts including Tee Jay Boudreau, Deputy Chief of the Division of Forest Environment;  Nancy Stairs, Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor; and Robert “Lou” Allard, RIDEM Division of Forest Environment.

Students have been doing observational writing of trees on campus in English 9 and will be designing an urban street in art class, studying both ecology and many life-sustaining connections trees have to their own lives. For their final project, students must connect these three disciplines (Art, English, and Biology) in a meaningful way. Stay tuned!

Welcome Startups to RHCD
Last Tuesday, Head of School Diane Rich and Director of Innovation Meg Stowe took part in LearnLaunch‘s Advisor Pitch Night, providing valuable feedback to education-technology startups joining the Boston accelerator’s newest 2019 cohort. Three of the EdTech startups that pitched that night will be visiting RHCD campus on October 3rd to present their work and meet our faculty and students as part of Rocky Hill Country Day’s E2 Program (Embedded Entrepreneurs). Learn More about Mindprint, Spinndle, and Thimble.

Student Leadership
The Middle School students held elections for this year’s class representatives. Congratulations to the 2019-20
 MS Student Council.

    • 8th Grade: Juliana Hayes, Skye Connell, and Lilly Liebermensch
    • 7th Grade: Katie O’Neil and Jillian Pogacar
    • 6th Grade: Gretchen Dechant and Morgan Boss

The 9th grade student representatives were elected this week. Congratulations to these student leaders:

    • Student Life chamber: Abbey Grandin and Katie Kerachsky
    • Policy chamber: Izzy Guastella and Andrew Hogan

    Students Attend Global Climate Strike

    Upper School students joined over 6 million young people from around the world to raise awareness for environmental issues at the Global Climate Strike. The walkout, a coordinated effort by the world’s youth, took part in 150 countries with a goal to “kickstart renewed action on climate change.” LEARN MORE

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September 14, 2019

We celebrated our 85th Convocation outside on our glorious campus. Our students, faculty, staff, and trustees joined together to show their RHCD spirit for this amazing picture. The students heard a special message from Head of School Diane Rich and were treated to Del’s Lemonade courtesy of the Parent Teacher League.  Everyone looked amazing in their new Think Outside T-shirts!

Mark Your Calendar

    • Head of School Parent Social: Wednesday, September 18 | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Hopelands Lawn |  RSVP HERE
    • Middle School Picture Days: Thursday, September 19 | Friday, September 20
    • Parent Night in School: Thursday, September 19 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Fall Classic Golf and Tennis Tournament and Dinner Auction: Monday, September 23 | Potowomut Golf Club  |  REGISTER HERE
    • Upper School Picture Days: Wednesday, September 25 – Friday, September 27
    • Blue & White Night: Friday, September 27 | 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
    • Homecoming Celebration: Saturday, September 28 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • No School – Rosh Hashanah:  Monday, September 30
    • Flu Clinic:  Tuesday, October 1  |  3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  |  Campbell Conference Room

It’s not too late to register for the 21st and final Fall Classic. We encourage all parents, alumni, and friends of the School to help make the event a major success. Our goal is to raise $65,000 to support the purchase of a new yellow bus, tuition assistance, and our athletic and academic programs.

Let’s not forget that this is a fun, casual, and festive way to come together as a community. You need not be a golf or tennis player to participate. Many guests come just for the dinner and auction in the evening.

Visit the Fall Classic web page to preview some of the auction items (scroll to bottom). More items will be added this week! Some exciting items include trips to Tuscany, Puerto Rico, and China; tickets to see the Patriots, Red Sox, and The Lumineers; local entertainment; golf foursomes; and more!

If you would like to volunteer next week or on the big day CLICK HERE. If you  have any questions, please email Missy Walker.


Rocky Hill Country Day!
We were excited to launch our 85th year with news about restoring our name back to Rocky Hill Country Day School paired with a modern version of the crest to replace the compass as our primary school icon. These exciting changes come after three years of hard work to define and live into the educational model our students enjoy today, a program rooted in our motto, Know Thyself, and founded upon our mission to educate the whole child. We couldn’t be more proud of the school we are today as we continue to evolve to meet the needs of our students.

Rocky Hill Country Day School circa 1960s.

As we all get used to seeing the new logo and saying RHCD, we thought it would be helpful to share a few answers to some frequently asked questions. With regard to athletics, we are still the Mariners and the compass is still the logo used for sports teams. The official crest we all know remains an important symbol of the School and will continue to be used on diplomas, awards, the yearbook, etc. Our motto and mission have not changed and the programs and innovations we have put into place continue to grow.

Our new website, name/logo, and the Think Outside campaign reflect the school we are today, one that is forward thinking, student centered, and experiential, rooted in our natural setting. We thank our in-house team for their hard work, especially Kristie Stark who designed the website and produced all of the new imagery and materials, and Jim Pontarelli and John Lloyd for their guidance through the yearlong branding process.

Mark your calendars for a two-day event which starts with our Second Annual Blue & White Night on Friday, September 27 and carries into an entire day of celebration on Saturday, September 28th! The Boosters have planned an amazing weekend and a fresh new approach to the event. The full schedule of events can be found HERE, but see a few highlights for Saturday below!

FREE KIDS ACTIVITIES – inflatables, hay wagon rides, face painting, games, etc.
UPPER SCHOOL ATHLETICS – all teams play at home!
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIEScampus fun run, kayak tour, corn hole tournament, and more – use links above to sign up online!
ALUMNI ACTIVITIES – meet & greet with Diane Rich, Happy Hour at LineSider, and the fall Alumni Board meeting (Please note the alumni sports games will be held in the spring)

The Library Gets a Makeover
Come visit the Rocky Hill Country Day School Library! This summer, Mrs. Gustavel and a crew of amazing volunteers weeded our collection and reimagined our library space in the Carriage House. We now have comfortable seating and collaborative work spaces for students and families in all three divisions to enjoy! The library will be open from 8:30-4:45 each day! Middle and Upper School students are welcome to use the library space for research, studying, and collaborating after school. Lower School students and their families are invited to visit the library in the afternoons to read together and check out books.

Many thanks to our volunteers who donated more than 100 hours over the summer: Mia Z., Lauren Z., Patrick K., Bridget K., Delaney K., Ruby B., Amie B., Brendan W., Alex L.,  and Andy B.

Upper School Students Kick-off the Year
Students in the Upper School experienced unique and educational trips and programs for their first week of school. The class trips offer an opportunity for the class to bond through common experiences and help set the tone for the school year ahead.

5th Grade Buoyancy Study
5th Grade headed down to the waterfront for their buoyancy lab. They tested out flotation devices and others items to see if they would float or sink.

EnviroWeek Continues as Middle School Tradition
Middle School EnviroWeek 2019, a tradition that takes place the first week of each school year, is a great way for RHCD students to build relationships, set new goals, think expansively, and enjoy the outdoor classroom. 

9th Grade History – Hunters and Gathers
Massimo ’23 and Oliver ’23 each caught fish off the School dock this week demonstrating their competency as hunter-gatherers. Each year World History 1 students leverage the campus to see what it was like to have to secure food before supermarkets existed. 

Art Students Make Global Impact

Last spring, Ms. Armentano’s 8th grade class participated in an international project called The Memory Project. RHCD students drew portraits of children living in Pakistan, most of whom are in orphanages and do not have any photos of themselves. RHCD sent 24 completed portraits to Pakistanjoining a global effort that exceeded three thousand young artists. The resulting impact and gratitude expressed by the children can be seen on the video above, recently sent by the Project Coordinator. Great job Ms. Armentano and the 8th Grade class! 

Super Fan Cards
Calling all Mariners! This week the Athletic Department handed out Super Fan cards. All students should bring their cards to games they attend to be entered in a special drawing each season. Once your card is full, turn it in for your chance to win Super Fan prizes. Let’s get out there and show your school spirit!

Teams Off to a Great Start
Coming off of an unprecedented championship sweep this spring with all four varsity teams winning their league championships, our fall sports teams are off to a great start! Field Hockey boasts a 2-0-1 record, outscoring their opponents 10-2 for the season. The Boys Soccer is 2-0-0 with two decisive victories under their belts. And the Girls Soccer team is 1-0-0 after winning their season opener with a score of 7-1! The XC team is getting ready for their first meet on 9/18. Most importantly, the teams are working together in the Mariner Way, showing Resiliency, Effort, and Pride, which is a winning recipe on many levels. Read recaps on the RHCD mobile app and follow athletics on Instagram and Twitter @rhcdmariners.

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August 27, 2019

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, September 3
New Student Orientation
Lower School: All PS & K and new students to LS | 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Middle School: All 6th grade and new students to MS | 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Upper School: All 9th grade and new students to US | 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (parent portion ends at 9:30 a.m.)

Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE) Orientation
Note: The MS and US orientations are for students only; parents will meet on ACE Parent Night in School. All new students and students entering 6th and 9th grade should attend. All other current ACE students are strongly encouraged to attend.
Lower School: Amy Laurent will be available to discuss the ACE program with enrolled and interested families during the Lower School Orientation.
Middle School: 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Campbell Conference Room
Upper School: 12:00-1:30 p.m. | Campbell Conference Room

Wednesday, September 4
First Day of School! | Busing Begins
Grades PS – 8 & Grade 12: 9:00 a.m. start
Grade 9: Class trip to Berkshires | 8:00 a.m. arrival to campus
Grade 10: Class trip to Gifts to Give | 9:00 a.m. arrival to campus
Grade 11: Class trip to Massachusetts | 7:30 a.m. arrival to campus
PTL Welcome Back Meet & Greet: 8:45 – 10:00 a.m. | Campbell Courtyard (open house style – please stop by)

Other Important Dates
Head of School Parent Socials: RSVP HERE
Thursday, September 5 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Hopelands
Tuesday, September 10 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Head’s Residence
Wednesday, September 11 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Head’s Residence
Wednesday, September 18 | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Head’s Residence

ACE US & MS Parent Night: Thursday, September 12 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Campbell Conference Room
Lower School Picture Days: Thursday, September 12 | Friday, September 13
Middle School Picture Days: Thursday, September 19 | Friday, September 20
Parent Night in School: Thursday, September 19 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fall Classic Golf and Tennis Tournament and Dinner Auction: Monday, September 23 | Potowomut Golf Club
Upper School Picture Days: Wednesday, September 25 – Friday, September 27
Blue & White Night: Friday, September 27 | 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Homecoming Celebration: Saturday, September 28 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Welcome New Faculty and Staff

We are pleased to welcome our newest faculty members to the RHS community. Pictured left to right, back row: Sean Tucker (K-6 PE and Health), James Himmelmann (Music), Karl Sutterlin (US Math), Dan Shaker (Technology Support Specialist), Bridget Keane (MS English), Iveth Streisand (US Spanish), Anna Slaybaugh (US Math), Helen Dembinski (ACE Learning Specialist), Elaine Bernadino (LS Language) Around table: Christine Comeau (US Science), Natalie Joseph (3rd Grade), Katy McNamara (School Nurse), Brady Wheatley (US History and Social Science), Emily Seddon (Kindergarten), Hannah Hudson (French) Missing: Lisa Paolino (Accounts Payable)

Veracross Family Portal Update
We have updated the Family Portal! You will find updated information about PTL and division news. If you need information for a carpool, you’ll find in the Directory area a list of other Rocky Hill families that live within five miles of your home address. Please remember to update your household information if any changes have occurred.

Health Forms
If you haven’t submitted your health forms for the 2019-2020 school year, please do so as soon as possible. You can drop them off to the Nurses’ office or Hopelands in the Business Office. You can also fax them to (401) 885-4985 or email the forms to

Student Accounts
This summer we have had some staff changes in our Business Office. If you need assistance with your account, please contact Martha Cunningham at or (401) 884-9070 x 222.

Afternoon Snack Bar & New Food Service
We are happy to announce an afternoon snack bar will be open from 3:15 – 3:45 p.m. daily beginning September 9, 2019. This will be a cash snack bar with a variety of items. Some choices will be available daily while other menu options will change from day to day. Our hope is to offer nutritious snacks for our students who remain on campus after school.

Join Us for the Fall Classic
Monday, September 23, 2019 | Potowomut Golf Club
Join us as we hit the links, swing our rackets, and raise our bidder paddles to benefit our students, faculty, and programs at the 21st and final Fall Classic. You need not be a golf or tennis player to participate. Many guests come just for the dinner and auction in the evening. This is our big fall fundraiser, so please join in the fun and show your support!

If you would like to volunteer, have an auction item to donate, or have any questions, please email Missy Walker. Proceeds support a new yellow bus, athletics, scholarships/financial aid, and student programs.

Pick-up & Drop-Off – Front Lot Only
We ask all students to be picked up and dropped off in the front parking lot only. The rear parking lot is limited to bus traffic. Please refer to correspondence from your division heads in regard to division-specific policy and procedure related to late arrivals, early dismissals, and students staying late who are not in sports.

Faculty & Staff Parking Spots
Please take note of parking spots marked as reserved for faculty and staff members and avoid parking in them during the school day. There are open spots for families and visitors in front of Hopelands, near the tennis courts, and near the Sharpe Gymnasium. Thank you.

Hack for Global Good is Back For 2019
Join us in making the 2019 Hack for Global Good a must-experience event of the year for the state of Rhode Island.  This multi-day event brings teams of students together to develop a solution to one of the UN Global Grand Challenges. Teams collaborate and then pitch their ideas to a panel of experts, competing for prizes and real-world opportunities to put their idea into action. We anticipate an exponential increase in statewide participation from across all sectors in support of this year’s theme: Solution2Pollution. We need you, your expertise, your participation, and your support. Our community of schools has grown, and our network of mentors and game-changers working to tackle all forms of pollution: air, water, soil, noise, social media, light, and environmental pollution must grow as well! All areas of expertise are wanted: designers, communicators, artists, scientists, coders, activists, writers, etc. Join us for some real-world learning. Students will build their network, have fun with peers, and collaborate with experts in the field. Contact Meg Stowe to get involved.

Download the Mobile App!
Be sure to download Rocky Hill School’s mobile app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. This free app is full of useful information and features.

      • Portal Links
      • Events Calendar
      • Athletics Schedules and Rosters
      • Notifications
      • Campus Map and Tours
      • eCurrents
      • School Store
      • Lunch Menu
      • Weather
      • Social Media Links
      • Emergency Numbers

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Sign-up for After-School Programs at Rocky Hill

Rocky Hill offers before – and after-school programs that are open to the public and provide academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for students in grades Pre-K through 8. A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Thursday afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill faculty members and instructors.

2019 Fall Courses:
Soccer – Grades PK-5
Full STEAM Ahead – Grades 2-5
Enchanted Fairy Houses – Grades K-3
Patty Cakes – Grades 3-6
Stay tuned for more information and to register!

Emergency Alerts
Rocky Hill School uses Veracross to rapidly communicate health, safety, or emergency information using text messaging. This method is not used for regular communication, but rather only for emergency notifications or information related to abnormal events (i.e., extreme weather and school closings). All members of the Rocky Hill School community (especially parents, students, faculty, and staff) are encouraged to update their cell phone numbers in the family portal.

Most major TV, radio, and internet news sites in Rhode Island embed the RI Broadcasters Closing & Delay website on their websites. You can receive school closure text messages from the RI Broadcasters Association by clicking here to register your phone. Be sure to select “Rocky Hill School” from the list of schools.

Slave Medallion Project
On Sunday, August 25th, the Slave Medallion Project held a ceremony at Patriot’s Park in Portsmouth, a battle site of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of the Continental Line (1775-1783), for the installation of its first official marker. Charles Roberts, the Director of the program, invited our fourth grade teacher, Charlie Laurent, and members of his 2017-18 fourth grade class as honored guests, given their work as Junior Historians with the Medallion Project and Smith’s Castle. Luke Lehouiller, supported by his classmates in attendance, Naseem Ankoma, Alexa Laurent, and Eva Richards, read his essay on the importance of studying history to the audience. Our campus will be the future site of a medallion installation. NEWS ARTICLE

Students Spend Summer Developing Start-up
Three Rocky Hill students and one Wheeler student who participated in Rocky Hill’s 2018 Hack for Global Good spent the summer developing their idea, a mobile app to encourage energy conservation, into a startup. One of the prizes from the Hackathon gave the team an opportunity to pitch their app idea to the CEO, Incubator Director, and others at Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG), after which they received an invitation to participate in the SEG Incubator Program. This team of high schoolers is the first ever to be invited to participate in this esteemed program. With support from the Director of Innovation, Meg Stowe, the team will begin the formal program in early September.

Isabel’s Emoji in New York Times for Kids
3rd grader, Isabel Asen responded to a New York Times appeal for new emoji ideas. Here emoji, optimistic, was selected to appear, along with an artist’s illustration of Isabel’s idea, in the New York Times for Kids section on August 25th!


Delilah Completes Race 4 Chase
2nd grader, Delilah Vecoli, completed her first Triathlon this summer. You can see her joy in the photos! She completed a 6-week program called Race 4 Chase honoring the memory of 6-year-old triathlete Chase Kowalski who died during the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Dee was both challenged and encouraged during this amazing program, and her confidence has grown so much.

Hitting the Ground Running
Rocky Hill rang in the 2019-20 fall athletic season with a bang!  Upper School student-athletes and coaches were joined by Applied Performance Sciences, which is a company run by two former Navy Seals, Anthony and Jason.  The Seals put our student-athletes through rigorous physical training and substantial debriefs on topics ranging from decision-making, stress management, optimizing performance, communication, and listening skills. This day-long program kicked off a week of preseason in a camp-like setting that included sport-specific practices, sessions on mindful performance, goal setting, and team building.

Schedules and Recaps
Please use the family and student portals to view practice and game schedules as well as other athletics events. You can view results and recaps, as well as photos from each team, on your mobile app under Athletics. Recaps can also be found on the Athletics Blog.

Faculty and Alumni Giving Back
Art teacher Rachel Armentano volunteered for Amenity Aid by delivering toiletries to the Amos House in Providence. She was pleasantly surprised to hand off the donations to recent BU grad and RHS alum Ellie Farber ’15 who was interning for the development department this summer!

Serious Science
New Upper School science teacher, Christine Comeau, spent three days this summer at a Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) professional development workshop on Prudence Island which was put on by the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and sponsored by NOAA. Christine spent time reviewing estuarine science concepts and active ways to bring these ideas into the classroom.  Activities included salt marsh research, national water quality data sets, and climate change with a special focus on Narragansett Bay. Much of what Christine participated in is a natural fit to Rocky Hill’s waterfront campus. Christine also attended a professional development workshop sponsored by the University of Rhode Island, in collaboration with KIdWind Energy. This workshop focused on the topic of wind energy and renewable energy infrastructure, wind energy technology, and the environmental impacts of offshore wind farms. The workshop also covered curriculum related to electricity, wind turbine function, and engineering and design related to developing wind turbine models.  The culmination of the workshop was a trip out to Block Island to view the nation’s first offshore wind farm.

Jess Russell – Mastering English
This summer, Upper School English teacher Jess Russell graduated with a Masters in English from the Bread Loaf School of English, which is part of Middlebury College. For the past five summers, she took graduate classes ranging in topic from Old English to post-colonial South Asian Literature, Milton to poetry writing, Joyce’s Ulysses to Contemporary Latinx Literature. This is her second Master’s. Her first is in French Literature.

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June 20, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
Orientation Day:  Tuesday, September 3
First Day of Classes:
Wednesday, September 4
Fall Classic Golf and Tennis Tournament & Auction Dinner:  Monday, September 23 | Potowomut Golf Club
Homecoming Weekend: September 28-29

Congratulations Class of 2019!
Last Friday we celebrated the Class of 2019 at Commencement.

Cortney Nicolato, President and CEO of the United Way of Rhode Island, delivered the Commencement speech. Class President, Jason DeGerlia, shared an address and announced the class gift, a set of team benches for the sports teams. Manny Maldonado was selected to deliver the class speech. They each reflected on the many accomplishments of the class, including more than 4,700 hours of service performed by the students, several sports championships, and an array of performing and visual arts accomplishments. They wished their classmates success in college and beyond.

Esteban Wu earned Valedictorian distinction. Faythe Schulte received the Mauran Bowl, the School’s highest honor. Jason DeGerlia and Chloe Ponte were recognized as the Class Lifers, students who attended RHS since preschool. And, Mary Grant, a former trustee of the school, was presented with the Dick Barker ’54 Community Service Award in recognition of a decade of service to the School.


Senior Dinner
At Senior Dinner, seniors and their parents, teachers, and advisers enjoyed an opportunity to come together and recognize the class. In addition to awards, the night included recognition of senior internships, a slideshow, and the yearbook dedication to Andy Washburn. Kudos to all of the students!

Peggy and Henry Sharpe English Award: Johnette Williams
Roberta Wintersteen Knight ‘61 History and Social Sciences Award: Esteban Wu
Dumas Family World Language Award: Faythe Schulte
Gregor/Coes Mathematics Award: Lingnan “Nina” Zheng
Dr. Richard R. MacMahon Science Award: Jacob Pogacar
Lillian Boynton Hale Art Award: Emily Atanasoff
Howland Music Award: Jacob Pogacar
Community Service Award: Manny Maldonado
Flynn Award for Sportsmanship: Siyuan “Peter” Chen and Johnette Williams
Alumni Athletics Award: Steven Lora

Yearbooks – Limited Availability
If you missed ordering a yearbook it’s not too late. There are a limited number of extra copies available for sale at $80. Please contact Katy Basu if you are interested in purchasing one. 

Library Volunteers Wanted
Wendy Gustavel, Interim Librarian, will be culling the RHS library collection and reorganizing the library space over summer break and would love volunteer helpers. Students, faculty, staff, and family members are all welcome to help out. If you are interested in volunteering in the library this summer, please fill out this volunteer form. Wendy will send an email on Sunday evening each week letting volunteers know when she will be in the library during the coming week. Volunteers are welcome to drop in anytime Wendy is in the library. If you have questions, email Wendy at

Save the Date: Fall Classic on September 23
Rocky Hill School’s 21st Annual Fall Classic: Tennis, Golf & Auction Dinner is on Monday, September 23rd at Potowomut Golf Club. To learn more or get involved, please contact Missy Walker at or x296.

5th Grade Moving Up Day
The 5th graders were honored in our first Lower School Moving Up Day along with all of the other Lower School students. The 5th grade continued the tradition of reading a tribute to one of their classmates, called a Here’s To. The ceremony was followed up by the Lower School End of the Year Celebration with an ice cream bar. Congratulations to all of the students and those who received special recognition:

Marshall Book Prize: Mrs. Seddon’s Kindergarten Class
Joan Osowa Lower School Citizenship Award: Sonali Searles and Jackson Davis

8th Grade Moving Up Day
We were excited to honor our 8th graders during the Middle School Moving Up Day last Thursday.  Mr. Gwaltney officially welcomed each student into the Upper School and the audience enjoyed remarks from Señora Maguire-Rambo. The Class of 2023 will certainly make an impact next year as 9th graders. Congratulations to these award winners:

6th Grade Faculty Award: Patrick Keane
7th Grade Faculty Award: Lauren Zheng
8th Grade Faculty Award: Derek Block
Flynn Award for Sportsmanship: William Hanney and Hannah Boss
Arts Award: Isabella Guastella
Faculty Citizenship Award: Katie Kerachsky and Ben Lawson

The Physics of (Almost) Everything – Episode 2
Zhao fan Chen, Christoff Bandele, and Pascale Burnett discuss current events surrounding physics and the impact these events have on our society. CLICK HERE



National Junior Honor Society Service
8th grader Reid Beland recently organized a drain labeling project for the NJHS 8th grade group, including Andrew Hogan, Jonathan Porter, and Brendan Weiner. They labeled about 65 drains in downtown East Greenwich with a “Don’t Dump” label from Save The Bay.  

3rd Grade Native Peoples of North America Museum

Tobey Rishworth presented on Native People’s ceremonial attire.

The 3rd grade put on an amazing Native Peoples of North America Museum and presentation as a culmination to their study about early American history. The museum included arts and crafts projects, presentations about Native People’s culture and history, and more.

Upper School Science Investigations
Andrew Tamburini ’22 and Ben Liebermensch ’22 presented their findings after a month-long, self-designed, and self-engineered investigation into the effects of elevated carbon dioxide levels on the growth of Brassica rapa. Andrew and Ben assembled their presentation into a scientific symposium poster format and presented during the culminating Projects and Assessments Week closing out the second semester. This “Greenhouse Project” required students to provide background for the variable they selected, explain the design they chose to investigate the variable, present and analyze resulting data, and then critique their own design. Students closed their presentations by examining the different types of learning that happened about not only biology, but also about time management, navigating through challenges that arose, communication, and innovation.

Endangered Species PBL
Elsa Block ’20 presented “Creative Conservation: Raising Awareness Through Informational Graphic Design” as her culminating project for Endangered Species class. Since there was an ongoing theme of global awareness of endangered species and how can we get the public to be engaged in and care about even the most un-charismatic species, Elsa and Ms. Runshe brainstormed about the psychology of public awareness and how we can change the stigma towards species that were not as well known and/or feared. After Lou Perrotti’s presentation about the reintroduction and failure (due to public outcry and fear-mongering) of Timber Rattlesnakes and the success of the American Burying Beetle, they decided that these two endangered species were perfect (and LOCAL) candidates for her project to focus on. She presented on the psychology behind what makes the public care for certain species and what can be changed for future species that are not as well known and/or not necessarily “cute”. She created posters with specific font styles, colors, and animations to survey her audience on whether or not that method of awareness was effective.

Cooking with Math PBL
Students in Algebra Foundations and Algebra II used math and creativity to design a unique math-based cookbook. Enjoy and learn! CLICK HERE

Grady Sumrall ’19 Receives RISD Senior Art Award
Rhode Island School of Design established its Annual Art Award in 1984. Each year, a select number of secondary schools with noteworthy programs in the visual arts are invited by RISD’s president to nominate an accomplished artist from the senior class to receive this distinction. The award is a book of special interest to aspiring artists and designers. This year, Grady Sumrall received the award.

Art Foundations Capstone: Environmental Impact
After completing classes of ceramics, drawing & painting, and mixed-media, Art Foundations students dove into the annual Capstone project for their final quarter with Mrs. Getsinger, Mr. Chatterley, and Mrs. Armentano. This spring, the 40 students worked hard on a personal capstone project exploring the theme of “Environmental Impact”. Student work focused on issues ranging from deforestation to fast fashion to ocean pollution. The quarter was kicked off by a viewing of the documentary Wasteland featuring Brazilian artist Vik Muniz and looking at a range of artists who create artwork exploring climate change. The independent projects used materials of the students’ choosing. Students learned the value of peer feedback and how challenging it can be to create meaningful artwork. In addition to completing a major work of art, students wrote an artist statement and gave a short presentation to the full cohort. To finish off this exciting quarter and project, the class took a field trip to the Avenue Concept. Students learned about public art efforts in Providence led by the organization and helped clean 18 trash bags of laundry detergent bottles that are being upcycled into a large public sculpture at the end of the summer. Artwork can be viewed in the slideshow here.

8th Grade Memory Project
This spring, the 8th grade participated in the Memory Project. The Memory Project invites art classes and artists to create portraits for children facing challenges around the world. Each student drew a portrait of a child who resides at an orphanage in Pakistan. For some students, this was their first time drawing a realistic portrait and for others, this was an opportunity to refine their technique. The beautiful graphite portraits are now on their way to the children in Pakistan. Student portraits can be seen alongside the artists who drew them in a slide show here and via Artsonia here. Be on the lookout for a video from the children when they receive these beautiful works of art!

Girls LAX All-Stars

Congratulations to Charlotte Boss ’22, Kaeley Zito ’22, and Aviva Beringhause ’19 for being selected to play in the RIIL All-Star game (pictured left). 

In addition, the team was honored at the RIIL awards banquet for their championship season (pictured above).

Providence Journal All Stars

Congratulations to Davis Lee ’22, Eli Levy ’22, Kaeley Zito ’22, and Charlotte Boss ’22 were recently honored at the Providence Journal All Stars ceremony.

Junior Class Officers
Congratulations to the new junior class Student Council representatives—student life chamber: Chase Schulte and Lucy Yu; policy chamber: Greg Tatevian

Noah Blazevic Poetry Recognized
The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement recently announced that RHS 3rd grade student Noah Blazevic’s poem titled This Is Love to Me won “Outstanding Student Poem – Elementary School Level” in their Social Emotional Learning Awareness Month Poetry Contest. In the email sent to Noah, Choose Love’s Director of Operations stated: “We were blown away with the more than 250 poetry submissions. Expressing your emotions, feelings, and thoughts through poetry is therapeutic and enlightening and we are so happy so many students (and educators) participated in this fun and rewarding exercise. You are part of the solution to create safer schools and a more peaceful world.” Congratulations, Noah!

I think of Love a little differently
It’s not all hugs and kisses
It’s not a Hershey Kiss
This is love to me
Love is not yelling back
Love is standing up for a friend
Love can even be standing up to anonymous people
Love is allowing people to be diverse
Love is saying thanks
Love is helping someone you love when they are not well
Love is to forgive a sibling
Love is letting an accident slip
Love is admitting you did something wrong and accepting the consequence
Love is helping people in need
Love is offering a thing or opportunity to someone who’s down
Love is even asking “How was your day?” because anything can happen
You see that is love to me

Profiles in Courage Essay Honors
We are pleased to announce that the Profile in Courage Essay Contest submissions for Cortlandt Meyerson ’20, Pascale Burnett ’20, and Neha Basu ’20 all made the second round of the essay selection, which was the top 10 percent (top 250 essays out of 2,515) in the country. Only 19 teachers who had students submit essays had more than one student make the top ten percent. All Rocky US History and AP US History students submitted essays to the 2019 contest. Entrants are required to write about a political act of courage by an elected official (in office in 1917 or later) who took a stand that put them at odds with their constituents, their party, or their supporters (donors).

Alumni Reunion
On Saturday, June 8th, alumni, faculty, and friends gathered for Alumni Reunion. More than 100 guests came together to celebrate the milestone reunion (classes ending in 4 and 9), where alumni from 1949 – 2018 were in attendance. We also recognized the winner of the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, Dan Bentley ’79 (see below). In addition, the school recognized Lauren Friedman Koblick ’02 for her service as Alumni President and welcomed the new officers:
Alumni Association President: Maria Charbonneau Danckert ‘12
Vice President: Kristin McLimans Mitchell ‘02
Secretary: Sarah Knowles ‘08
Treasurer: Sarah Taylor Dumas ‘10

Dan Bentley ’79 Honored
At Alumni Reunion, we were pleased to recognize Dan Bentley ’79 as the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award. Dan joined the Class of 1979 in the 9th grade. During his years at Rocky Hill, Dan fostered an appreciation for the arts, participating in drama, chorus, and band. He also served as a member of the student council. Dan majored in business at Brigham Young University and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Certification in Project Management, and his Master Black Belt in Six Sigma. After college, Dan helped create and grow multiple call center operations in Fortune 500 companies and served in various senior level management positions. He is currently a Senior Vice President for Bank of America. Beyond his impressive career, Dan gives back to his community by serving on the Family Violence Community Impact Grant committee for the United Way of Dallas and on the finance committee for Stonebridge Ranch, the largest HOA in Dallas, Texas. Dan has never forgotten his roots at Rocky Hill School and visits annually. He has also been a March Madness sponsor and loyal supporter of the School.

Save the Date for Summer Fun 
Thursday, July 18th | 5:00-8:00 p.m. | Bayberry Beer Hall, Providence
All Rocky Hill Alumni & Friends of the School are invited for a casual summer Happy Hour to catch up and connect over cold drinks and good food organized by the RHS Alumni Association. All food, beer, and wine may be purchased a la carte by guests. Please feel free to RSVP directly to Missy Walker or on Facebook so we reserve enough space. This is a family friendly location/event.

Whitney Barker Honored
Faculty and staff congratulated Whitney Barker who received the San Antonio Faculty Achievement Award at the end of year meeting. Whitney is a dedicated member of the Academic Center for Enrichment and has helped countless students find academic success. In addition, Rob Lee and Eric Wyzga, who both joined the RHS faculty in 2007, received the Kirkland Gibson Faculty Summer Stipend Award.

Have a wonderful summer!

eCurrents will be back in August. In the meantime, look for periodic updates from the School and send in any news for us to share when we return or on social media.


June 7, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
Alumni Men’s Lacrosse Game: Saturday, June 8 | 3:30 p.m. | RHS Fields
Alumni Reunion: Saturday, June 8 | 5:00 p.m. | Hopelands Back Lawn
Lower School Moving Up Day: Wednesday, June 12 | 1:30 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Middle School Moving Up Day: Thursday, June 13 | 8:45 a.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Commencement: Friday, June 14 | 10:00 a.m. | Hopelands Front Lawn

Commencement Speaker Announced
Cortney Nicolato, President and CEO of the United Way of Rhode Island, will serve as the 2019 Commencement Speaker. Nicolato joined the United Way in 2018 after serving as CEO of The Senior Source, the largest social services nonprofit serving older adults in North Texas. Nicolato was born and raised in Pawtucket, and is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. She has held executive leadership positions in the nonprofit and business sectors for more than 17 years including the American Heart Association’s National Center in Texas and Get Real Health. We are excited to hear her message about the role citizenship has taken in her life and how our graduates can use their talents to make the world a better place.

Flynn Gets a Face Lift

The harsh winters have taken a toll on the north side of the Flynn Academic Center over the years. We are pleased to share that the siding has been repaired thanks to a generous donation from former trustee and past parent Glenn Ahlborg and Ahlborg Construction Corporation.  We can’t thank Glenn and his team enough for their support of the School and their exceptional work!

Yearbooks Are Here
Yearbooks will be distributed starting today.  Upper School students should see Dr. Basu, while Middle and Lower school students will get their books from Mr. Jedrey, Mrs. Pontarelli, and/or classroom teachers. If you are not sure if you ordered a yearbook, go to and enter your email address or contact Katy Basu at   If you did not order a yearbook and would like one, we have a limited quantity of them available.  The cost is $80, and it can be charged to a student account.  Contact Katy Basu ( for more info.

Junior National Honor Society

Congratulations to this year’s inductees into the Junior National Honor Society. Front Row (8th graders): Francesca McCaughey, Andrew Hogan, Sydney Boss, Savannah Burnett, Katie Kerachsky, Abbey Grandin, Reid Beland, Jonathan Porter, and Brendan Weiner. Back Row (7th graders): Nate Lee, Will Hogan, Dalton Donoyan, Dudley Samponaro, Alex Lehouiller, Jaida Catallozzi, and Skye Connell.

Senior Internship Program 2019:
A Few More From the Field
Last week, the seniors wrapped up their fieldwork and returned to school to practice for their Senior Internship Presentations. See below for more about our students’ rich, productive experiences.

Perry Clark: Investment Management
My time at WhaleRock Point Partners has been an incredible learning experience. I began my fieldwork by creating a research presentation analyzing generational investing trends. By week two, I was contacting bond brokers for lists of available bonds that meet WhaleRock’s investment grade standards. I was also fortunate enough to take a 10-hour online course called Bloomberg Market Concepts, which trained me to use a computer system meant to aid in equity and fixed income analysis. Now, I am more anxious than ever to start my career in the finance industry.

Aviva Beringhause: Emergency Management
During my internship with the Director of Emergency Management for Pawtucket and Rhode Island, I have learned so much both inside and outside of the office. I have learned about what it’s like to go on a call and also what it’s like to work on a state project. I’ve attended several classes and events and really experienced the daily life of a police officer and an emergency management director.

Chloe Ponte: Environmental Education
Chloe has been interning at the Save the Bay Aquarium at 1st Beach in Newport. She expressed that it has been a great experience, strengthening her people and public speaking skills. She has enjoyed leading tours of the aquarium for families and schools, as well as running the touch tanks and taking care of the marine species.

Ptolemy (Tolly) Tassone: Equine Management and Training

Tolly has been learning the inner workings of running an equestrian center at Newport Equestrian Center.  She has been helping with all aspects of running a barn, from tacking up horses, learning to take clients on trail rides, and learning the operations of a privately owned barn. 

Johnette Williams: Support Programs for West African Immigrants and Refugees
During the last four weeks at Higher Ground, I’ve been working with the Sweeties (participants in the African Elders Enrichment Program), from artwork to teaching the alphabet. With the help of some volunteers, I’ve been able to teach the Sweeties new things while listening to their many stories of Liberia.


6th Grade Visits RISD
On Thursday, May 23rd the 6th grade visited the RISD museum to view their collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman art. Favorite objects included the Egyptian mummy, the Roman sarcophagus and of course, the giant Buddha.

Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month
With May being Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month, the Upper School recently hosted representatives from the Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education (ARISE) to discuss the challenges experienced by individuals immigrating from southeast Asia who have now made Rhode Island their home. This event was organized by Jannessa Ya ’22 as part of her work as a member of the student advisory board of the Making Caring Common Project.

Pictured left to right: Abby Hirsch, Jaylene Lanzot ’19, Chloe Ponte ’19, Keanu Palavra ’22, Max Lehouiller ’20.

Rookies Rising Musical Festival a Huge Success
On May 29, the inaugural Rookies Rising Festival took place at AS220 in Providence. The event, which was conceived and founded by RHS junior Max Lehouiller, was a huge success and had a great turnout from every corner of the state. Five musical acts representing students from across Rhode Island performed with a goal of bringing young people together through music. The featured acts playing all original music included RHS’s own Gameboyz, The Development, Smug Honey, Clockwise, and Buddha.  All proceeds were donated to AS220 Youth, a program that strives to dismantle the pipeline to prison by empowering at-risk, beyond-risk, and incarcerated youth through arts, culture, and collective action.

The planning committee included students and faculty from Rocky Hill School:  Neha Basu ’20, Pascale Burnett ’20, Mo Danmola ’19, Dylan Lehouiller ’21, Max Lehouiller ’20, Nick McConnell ’20, Eve Weiner ’20, and faculty advisers Emily Serotta and Matt Gnolfo.

Preschool Field Day

Many thanks to the parent and 5th Grade volunteers who helped with Preschool Field Day. The kids had a great time with their Lower School buddies!

SMAC Supports House of Hope
This year, for SMAC’s Crayola PRIDE Week Fundraiser, Rocky Hill students raised almost $200 for Shower to Empower, an affiliate of House of Hope, whose mission is to provide basic needs such as showers and haircuts at no cost to folks who are experiencing homelessness. This is the 5th year of Crayola PRIDE Week–a week aimed at raising awareness about issues of traditionally marginalized personal identities due to discrimination based on race, gender, body image, and other identifiers.

Volunteer Appreciation
A Volunteer Appreciation Open House/Continental Breakfast was hosted by Head of School Diane Rich on Friday morning to thank our parents for all they do for our students and school throughout the year! The support of our parents makes an extraordinary impact here and we are all so grateful. Special thanks were given to outgoing PTL President Julie Hayes and outgoing PTL Vice President Alaka Catallozzi for their dedication in those roles over the past two years.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation
On May 29th, all Faculty and Staff were treated to an extra special luncheon hosted by the PTL. Thank you to Event Chair Kristen Connell, the parent volunteers, and Chef Jay, who all made this annual tradition such a (delicious) treat!

Musicians Honored
Several RHS students recently participated in the Rhode Island Music Educator Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival. To participate, a student must choose a solo or small ensemble piece from a designated list to perform in front of a judge for a numeric grade. All of these students won medals for their excellent performances. Sincere congratulations! Pictured left to right, back row: Jeremiah Malone ’21 – tuba, Alejandro Wu ’21 – violin, Jack Sweeney ’21 – clarinet, Will Hogan ’24 – tuba. Front row: Dimitri Daskalopoulos ’22 – violin, Genevieve Bradley ’23 – clarinet, Nate Lee 24 – violin. Participants not pictured are Skye Connell ’24 – bassoon, and Esteban Wu ’19 – violin.

Girls Lacrosse Brings Home Fourth Championship
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team who secured Rocky Hill School’s fourth league championship this spring! Last Saturday’s game was an incredible end to an awesome season! The game began with stellar defense on both sides in ten scoreless minutes, but then Tolly Tassone ’19 put one past the Tollgate goalie, rallying her team. Rocky Hill put three more in quick succession, but moments later, Tollgate scored three. At half time, the score was a tense 4-3 with Rocky Hill in the lead.

After the half, Rocky Hill slipped behind 6-4, but after a brilliant stick check by Charlotte Boss ’22 and a called off 7th goal, the Mariners surged ahead. Tamira Lopes ’21 did a fantastic job marking Tollgate’s star attacker, Nicole Procaccini out of the game, Jordan Lanowy ’21 got the big hat trick, and Kaeley Zito ’22 unleashed the fury.

Tolly Tassone had 2 goals and 3 assists, Jordan Lanowy had 3 goals, Charlotte Boss had 1 goal and 1 assist, Chloe Ponte ’19 had 1 goal, and Kaeley Zito had 6 goals and 2 assists. The final score was 13-9! Congratulations to the D3 State Champions!

Student Athletes Honored
This week we honored our student athletes at the Athletic Awards ceremony. We were excited to celebrate an unprecedented spring season that included championship titles in four varsity sports: Tennis, Golf, and Boys and Girls Lacrosse. Congratulations to our teams on a great year!


Head Coach: Trixie Dumas ’81
Assistant Coach: Chelsea Frost ’10
Resiliency Award: Savannah Burnett ’23
Effort Award: Francesca McCaughey ’23
Pride Award: Abbey Grandin ’23

Head Coach: Jared Zimmer ’89
Assistant Coach: Douglas Cochran ’16
Resiliency Award: Dalton Donoyan ’24
Effort Award: Biagio DiCenso ’24
Pride Award: Alex Lehouiller ’24

Coach: John Hughes
Mariner Award: William Hanney ’23

Head Coach: Mark Buckley
Assistant Coach: Sam McClimans
Player of the Year Award: Cole Larimer ’20
Mariner Award: Sonny Massotti ’22
Mariner Award: Sinead Burnett ’21

Head Coach: Matt Marion
Assistant Coach: Kim DeStefano
Male Player of the Year Award: Eli Levy ’22
Female Player of the Year Award: Elsa Block ’20
Mariner Award: Lily Kerachsky ’22
The Sheldon Sportsmanship Award: Marshall Lind ’22

Head Coach: Aura Rizzo
Assistant Coach: Monica Boss ’91
Offensive Player of the Year Award: Charlotte Boss ’22
Defensive Player of the Year Award: Jaylene Lanzot ’19
Mariner Award: Kaeley Zito ’22
The Dan Maloney Sportsmanship Award: Chloe Ponte ’19

Head Coach: Kurt Heise
Assistant Coach: Will Guido
Offensive Player of the Year Award: Davis Lee ’22
Defensive Player of the Year Award: Max Lehouiller ’20
Mariner Award: Jason DeGerlia ’19
The Charlie Blanchard Relentless Spirit Award: Jake Watson ’19

US Golf SENE All-League:
Cole Larimer ’20
Sonny Massotti ’22
Sinead Burnett ’21
Chase Schulte ’21
Cole Larimer was also named to the Providence Journal All-State Golf Team

US Tennis SENE All-League:
Eli Levy ’22
Elsa Block ’20, Lily Kerachsky ’22, Marshall Lind – Honorable Mention
Eli Levy was also named to the Providence Journal All-State Tennis Team.

US Boys Lacrosse SENE All-League:
Peter Chen ’19
Max Lehouiller ’20
Kobe Polley ’20
Davis Lee ’22
Nick McConnell ’20 – Honorable Mention
US Boys Lacrosse SENE Player of the Year: Davis Lee ’22
Max Lehouiller ’20 and Davis Lee ’22 were also named to the Providence Journal All-State Lacrosse Team

US Girls Lacrosse:
First Team All-Division:
Aviva Beringhause ‘19
Charlotte Boss ‘22
Kaeley Zito ‘22
Second Team All-Division: Ptolemy Tassone ‘19
Honorable Mention: Jaylene Lanzot ‘19
All-Academic: Chloe Ponte ‘19
All-Rookie: Tamira Lopes ‘21
Player of the Year Division III: Charlotte Boss ‘22

Nine-season Mariner:
Derek Block ’23
Hannah Boss ’23
Sydney Boss ’23
Alexis Cote ’23
William Hanney ’23
Katie Kerachsky ’23
Ben Lawson ’23
Franny McCaughey ’23

The Dorothy Young ’48 Award:
Esteban Wu ’19
Aviva Beringhause ’19
Siyuan “Peter” Chen ’19
Ptolemy Tassone ’19 (21 Season)

The Providence Journal’s Honor Roll Award:
Male: Jason DeGerlia ’19
Female: Chloe Ponte ’19

The Rocky Hill School Alumni Association Award: Steven Lora ’19

Meet the New 2019 – 2020  NHS Heads
Rising seniors Sam Weiler, Eve Weiner, Max Lehouiller, and Pascale Burnett have been appointed to lead the Nathan Hale Society next year. The Heads play a vital role in the Admission Office, act as the captains in planning, setting up and leading Admissions events, assisting the Admissions Office in giving tours throughout the school year, and rallying members to assist with Admissions events. They are good role models for the Nathan Hale members in being passionate ambassadors for Rocky Hill School. Congratulations, team!

Elise Beland on NPR
6th grader Elise Beland‘s mother was listening to NPR on Boston Public Radio, when she learned about a contest inviting listeners to send in an acrostic poem about their town. Elise took up the challenge and wrote a poem about East Greenwich and was one of the six entries selected and read on air by poet Richard Blanco who, among many other distinctions, was our 5th Inaugural Poet!  Click here to listen to the segment of the broadcast during which Elise’s poem was read.

Steven Lora ’19 Commits to Trinity
Congratulations to Steven Lora ’19 who made his official commitment to attend Trinity College and play for their basketball team. Steven was a 1000 point, high-impact player for the Mariners over the last two years and we are sure he will bring his many talents to Trinity next fall!  

Katy Basu Judges at National Championship
Over Mother’s Day weekend, Katy Basu was in Florida judging the balance beam at the Level 9 Eastern National Championships. Gymnasts qualify for this meet by placing in the top 7 in their age group at their Regional Championships, so they are really the best of the best in the Eastern half of the US. Since only 17 judges are assigned to this meet, it was a real honor to be selected to represent Region 6 and RI. Dr. B. sends a special thanks to Kurt Heise, Aura Rizzo, Pam Matson, Brie Runshe, and Andy HP for covering her classes while she was away.

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May 24, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon: Wednesday, May 29 | Head’s House
Girls Varsity Lacrosse Semifinals: Wednesday, May 29 | 4:00 p.m. | RHS
Middle School Junior National Honor Society Induction: Wednesday, May 29 | 6:00 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
Boosters Pizza and Paint Party: Friday. May 31 | 6:00 p.m. | Providence Coal Fired Pizza in North Kingstown
Girls Lacrosse Finals: Saturday, June 1 | 2:00 p.m. | Cranston Stadium
Lost & Found: Tuesday, June 4 – Thursday, June 6 | Campbell Center
Preschool Field Day: Tuesday, June 4 | 10:00 a.m. | Alumni Tennis Courts
Spring Season & End-of-Year Athletic Awards: Wednesday, June 5 | 5:00 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Senior Dinner: Thursday, June 6 | 6:00 p.m. | Quidnessett Country Club
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast: Friday, June 7 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Head’s House
Lower and Middle School Field Day: Friday, June 7 | 12:45-3:30 p.m. | RHS Fields
Alumni Men’s Lacrosse Game: Saturday, June 8 | 3:30 p.m. | RHS Fields
Alumni Reunion: Saturday, June 8 | 5:00 p.m. | Hopelands Back Lawn
Lower School Moving Up Day: Wednesday, June 12 | 1:30 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Middle School Moving Up Day: Thursday, June 13 | 8:45 a.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Commencement: Friday, June 14 | 10:00 a.m. | Hopelands Front Lawn

Oh, What a Night!

The Orient Express Gala was a smashing success. With nearly 200 guests in attendance, the bidding and donations were robust and generous. Our favorite band, Mystique, had the crowd dancing the night away. Our senior class lifers, Chloe Ponte and Jason DeGerlia, presented a compelling message and fun video to get the crowd excited for the auction. We couldn’t have done it without an amazing committee and the generosity of our community. Thanks to all who made it a night to remember. Early projections have us meeting our goal of netting $110,000 for the school! 

Wind Turbine Study

The Upper School Environmental Science students finished their wind farm study as part of the WindWinRI program with a turbine model competition and a field trip to the Block Island Wind Farm. The wind turbine competition was an opportunity for students to get a physics lesson from Mr. Hoffman-Patalona (HP) about how wind generates electricity using a motor. They were allowed to use different materials to construct a prototype turbine that would actually generate electricity. The turbine that generated the most electricity was constructed by George Kass ’20. The class ventured to the BI wind farm to supplement their knowledge on the planning and developing process of wind turbines. The wind farm is about three miles off the coast of Block Island. The students got an up-close and personal introduction to the first offshore wind farm in the US. Towering over 350 feet above them, the turbines were truly awe-inspiring.  

Back row – Mike Wu ’20, Chase Schulte ’21, Helen Pan ’19, Bessie Yang ’21, Lucia Caito ’21; Front row – Alejandro Wu ’21, Jacob Snyder, Abby Tillinghast ’21, Lily Kutcher ’21

Chemistry in Action
Last week, 9 RHS students attended the annual RI High School Chemistry Contest at URI, with a team competing in Division 1 (first-year students) and some individuals competing in Division 2 (advanced students). The students also visited the labs of Professors Dwyer and DeBoef and got to hear about their research. What a great experience for all! 

Planet Box at RHS

Check out this video from the team at JustLearn, featuring one of our entrepreneurs Djimo Serodio, working with RHS this year. The promo highlights Rocky Hill Middle and Lower School students who received Planet Boxes for their classrooms to explore science concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics.

Lower School EnviroEd
The 4th and 5th Grade had an exciting first day of Enviro Ed canoeing down the Green River. They collaborated and thought critically about the existing fish ladder and bridge at the end of their journey. They presented their ideas to a panel of adults. The 5th graders camped out overnight near Perkins. Today they are off to Ninigret Park for more environmental fun and exploration.

7th Graders Learn About Recycling
The 7th Grade took a field trip to the Johnston Landfill and the Resource Recovery facility to learn the ins and outs of recycling.

A Final Visit to Atria Harbor Hill
The 8th Grade had their final visit of the year to Atria Harbor Hill in East Greenwich. The students shared their “This I Believe” essays with the residents and swapped stories about what they liked to do.

Discovering Physics Podcast
The Discovering Physics class recently released the first episode of their podcast, The Physics of (Almost) Everything. In this first episode, they discussed the recent photo taken of the black hole in the M87 galaxy. You can listen to their podcast on Spotify or by downloading the Anchor app. Here are the links to listen: SPOTIFY | ANCHOR

Kite Day Fun

The annual Lower School Kite Day saw joyful students running across the fields to get their kites high in the air. This fun-filled event is always a favorite!

Service Learning in the Middle School

On Thursday, May 16th, the 7th Grade went on a service learning field trip. Mrs. Randall and Mrs. Buecheler’s advisories visited the North Kingstown Food Pantry where they got a tour, learned about their programs, checked food expiration dates, and organized donations. Mrs. Armentano’s advisory visited Amenity Aid where they sorted bins of donated hotel amenities and made toiletry kits to be sent to Amos House, a homeless shelter in Providence.

Preschool Spring Flower Hunt
Preschool went on a Spring Flower Hunt to see how many different colored flowers they could find on campus.

Medieval Battle
Students in World History 1 engaged in the annual Medieval Battle. This represents just one of the fun ways students get to blow off some steam and learn about history at the same time.

Senior Internship Program 2019:
More from our Seniors in the Field
Our last eCurrents featured a few highlights from our seniors shortly after they began their fieldwork. This week we are proud to share more inspiring stories from the students and their advisers.

Esteban Wu: Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Building a Start-Up

I’ve been working on several different tasks since the start of my internship at XR in Learning in Boston. Most of my time has been dedicated to growing the prospective sponsor network through research, and connection-building on LinkedIn. I have also had the opportunity to participate in a variety of different meetings, such as pipeline and event planning, allowing me to gain an insider’s perspective on the functioning of a company. Additionally, I have been helping to design a blueprint for an add-on Hackathon to the XR Global Summit in October.

Faythe Schulte: Teaching Assistance and Lesson Planning
My past three weeks at the French American School of Rhode Island have been awesome! I have been interning with the art teacher, Eléonore Ecorcheville, and I have had the chance to work with students between the ages of 3 and 14, plan and prep lessons, design and paint sets, all while being in a French-speaking environment! I have learned that a HUGE amount of effort goes into being a teacher. In the last week of my internship, I am looking forward to a field trip to the RISD Nature Lab, finishing up the sets and props for the shows, and seeing all of the students one last time!
Mo Danmola and Jay-Juan Hayes:
Professional Sound Mixing and Recording

Mo and Jay-Juan are working with ZDahnond Dale at The Basement Studio: Mo is learning new software platforms and techniques for sound recording, and Jay-Juan is specializing in techniques for recording music in a professional studio setting.

Ben Rosenberg: Using Drone Footage to Teach Sailing Techniques
At US Sailing, I am concentrating on taking drone footage of sailing to teach proper techniques online. I have also begun designing lesson plans for an app that will teach advanced sailing techniques. I am very excited to continue my work as a summer internship and a part-time job!

Jaylene Lanzot: Public Art Installation and Organization
At her internship at The Avenue Concept, Jaylene has been working hands-on with Brian Dowling, 3D Program Manager, helping to install new public artworks around the city of Providence. Jaylene, Brian, and The Avenue Concept Founder, Yarrow Thorne, recently installed a new sculpture by Barrett Kern, at the newly renovated patio at Olga’s Cup and Saucer on Point Street. Jaylene has also helped to organize volunteers at the Avenue Concept and helped with some administrative work. She has gained great knowledge of the inner workings of a large public art organization and their cooperation with the city of Providence.

Siyue (Helen) Pan: Invasion Biology and Restoration Ecology
On the first day, I attended an award ceremony for the biology department at URI with my lab partner Jennifer and helped her set up her experiment in the greenhouse. On the second day, I extracted DNA from 10 samples of phragmites which Professor Meyerson collected from Argentina and Chile.

Savanna Olsen: Coastal Conservation and Restoration
During my internship with the Rhode Island Nature Conservancy, I have been doing fieldwork with the coastal restoration team. We are currently monitoring fish populations along the Providence and Seekonk Rivers and in Ninigret and Quonnie Ponds. In the rivers, we are doing beach seines, casting a long net with the boat and then pulling it to shore, in order to track where populations are recovering and which locations could benefit from further restoration efforts. In the ponds, we are monitoring several relatively new manmade oyster reefs, measuring both the oysters growing on them and the fish living around them as the restored ecosystem matures. I’m enjoying myself and getting hands-on field experience in environmental science.

Jacob Pogacar: Cancer Research
I have found my internship at the Bio-Psychics lab at URIto be an engaging, fulfilling learning experience. The lab is focused around a special peptide engineered to target and attach to cancer cells. Most of my day is spent taking care of cell cultures that are then used by the graduate students and professors in the lab in their experiments. This week I am starting to assist in the crafting of spheroids (balls of cells that simulate tumors) using the cells that I have been taking care of. In the weeks to come, I will be participating in a couple of experiments, which involve attempting to craft the peptide so that a human immune system will react to and attack the cancer cell the peptide binds to. Overall, this internship has given me extremely valuable lab experience which will help later down the road as I plan on doing scientific research in college as well.  

Steven Lora: Construction and Project Management
My time at Gilbane Building Company has been nothing but an amazing learning experience. I’ve learned how to analyze drawings and organize bid packages. I am also learning how to build relationships with clients.


All School Art Show

The annual All School Art Show was on view this week in the gym. Highlights included a Lower School ocean-inspired display of ceramic sculptures; detailed treehouse drawings and paintings by the 7th Grade; collage portraits of all 40 Art Foundations students; beautiful Upper School photographs; ceramic teapots and vases; and brightly painted canvases depicting tropical fruit by Drawing and Painting students. Thank you to everyone who attended the opening reception Tuesday after school and who came by to visit the show throughout the week. Thank you as well to Clark Farms for the gorgeous planters, Sam Weiler ’20 for organizing a performance at Tuesday’s opening, and the facilities staff for their assistance. A special shout out goes to all of the 2018-19 studio art faculty – Mrs. Dumas ’81, Mrs. Armentano, Mrs. Getsinger, Mr. Chatterley, Ms. Temple, and Mr. Roonan. Parents, please be on the lookout for artwork being sent home in the coming week or two.

Much Ado About Nothing
The Deckhands Theater Group put on a two-night performance of Much Ado About Nothing. They delighted the audience with their take on this classic Shakespearean tale.

Art Foundations Capstone Presentations
Each year Upper School Foundations of Art students complete the year by conceiving and producing a thematic, conceptual work of art. This year students created work exploring “Environmental Impact.” Student work focused on issues ranging from deforestation to ocean pollution. Artwork will be on view May 28th-31st in the Flynn Nautilus. Students will be presenting their projects during D periods. Parents are invited to view the artwork, speak to the artists, and hear some students speak about their work on Thursday, May 30 from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Spring Athletic Awards Ceremony
Join us on Wednesday, June 5th at 5:00 p.m. as we celebrate our Upper and Middle School student athletes at the Spring Athletic Awards Ceremony. This event will be longer than our previous seasons. We will be giving out our major annual awards such as the 12- and 9-season athletes and the Alumni Athletic Award, and recognizing athletic milestones from 2018-19.

Varsity Golf Champions

After posting an undefeated season, the Rocky Hill School Varsity Golf team tied with St. Andrews School in the 2019 SENE Golf Tournament. The two schools are this year’s tournament co-champions of the 2019 SENE League Championship. This is an historic year for RHS golf as it is the first time that we have ever won a championship in league or tournament, never mind both! At the tournament, RHS earned four of the ten SENE All-League honors spots:
Cole Larimer ’20 – 88 pts
Sonny Massotti ’22 – 88 pts
Sinead Burnett ’21 – 102 pts
Chase Schulte ’21 – 107 pts

Boys Varsity Lacrosse Champions
In a game full of excitement, penalties, and great hustle, Rocky Hill Boys Varsity Lacrosse won its 2nd straight SENE title last Friday, defeating Eagle Hill 11-7 behind a huge fourth-quarter comeback. With the win, Rocky Hill moved to 10-1 on the season, including finishing a perfect 8-0 against their SENE opponents. Additional congratulations to our SENE All League players:
Peter Chen ’19 – All League
Max Lehouiller ’20 – All League
Kobe Polley ’20 – All League
Davis Lee ’22 – All League and SENE Player of the Year
Nick McConnell ’20 – Honorable Mention

Varsity Tennis Champions
The RHS tennis team beat Macduffie 5-2, making them the SENE League champions! Eli Levy ’22 had an incredible comeback win and Lily Kerachsky ’22 and Elsa Block ’20 played their toughest tennis all season to win. Marshal Lind ’22 and Hadley Martinez ’23 won at 1 doubles and went undefeated together for the entire season.

Middle School Girls Lacrosse Are Undefeated
The Middle School Girls Lacrosse team had an incredible final game against longtime rival, Moses Brown’s A-team, last week. It was a fast, back and forth game throughout both halves. The girls collaborated and persevered through an aggressive game, with strong communication on defense. The game ended 7-6 with RHS securing an undefeated season!

Gym Locker Clean-Out
Student athletes need to remove all locker contents by Friday, May 31st. Locks will be removed that day. On Monday, June 3rd, all remaining contents will be put into the lost and found collection.

Lost & Found
The annual all-school lost and found collection will take place June 4th-6th just outside of Campbell Center. On Friday, June 7th, any items left in the collection  will be donated to charity.

Sophomore Election Results
Congratulations to the newly elected officers for the rising sophomores. Stay tuned for junior class results next time.
Student Life: Lizzie Hayes and Keanu Palavra
Policy: Drew Tamburini and Janessa Ya

Ben Pogacar ’20 Honored
On May 13th, Ben Pogacar ’20 received the General Treasurer’s Young Leader Award. The General Treasurer’s Young Leader Award recognizes students who have demonstrated an interest in entrepreneurship and developing the skills necessary to achieve their goals. These awards were presented to high school juniors in the state of Rhode Island who showed outstanding achievement in math, are active in their community, and embody entrepreneurial spirit.

Abbey Grandin ’23 Sailing Success
Congratulations to Abbey Grandin ’23 who competed in the Team Trials held at the California Yacht Club. This regatta places sailors in various international regattas for Team USA. Abbey’s top race earned 9th place and she qualified to sail on the US team at the 2019 Sport Vlaanderen Regatta in Belgium at the end of June. This will be her first international race. Good luck Abbey!

Kristin Urbach ’87 Honored
Congratulations to Kristin Urbach ’87 (pictured on the right) for being named a 2019 Achievement Honoree at the Providence Business News Business Women Awards. Kristin is the Executive Director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in connecting RHS with the WindWinRI project.


Dr. Abby Alexander ’07
Dr. Abigail L. Alexander ’07 earned two degrees, MD and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Miami. She starts her residency at Brown University in June, studying pathology.

Tara Dowling Mentoring for College Corps
Tara Dowling has been selected as a mentor for the College Corps New England. This is an intensive 3-day workshop designed for rising high school juniors (typically underrepresented students, and students at high schools with low access to professional college counselors) that will take place in Boston at Lasell College, July 17th-19th. With the guidance of professional mentors, participants will learn about all aspects of the college search and application process, life in the residence halls, financial aid, and standardized testing. The goal of the program is to have students leave the program with the knowledge and confidence necessary to successfully transition to college after high school.

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May 10, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
Boys Varsity Lacrosse SENE Semifinals: Wednesday, May 15 | 5:30 PM | RHS
Much Ado About Nothing – Spring Play: 
Wednesday, May 15 | 6:00 PM | Goddard Park Carousel – East Greenwich
Co-ed Varsity Golf Championship:  Thursday, May 16 | 12:30 PM | The Aquidneck Club
Boys Varsity Lacrosse SENE Finals:
Friday, May 17 | 4:00 PM | RHS
Much Ado About Nothing – Spring Play:  Friday, May 17 | 7:00 PM | Hope Artiste Village – Pawtucket
Orient Express Gala:
Saturday, May 18 | 6:00-11:00 PM | Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport
Preschool Garden Night: Monday, May 20 | 5:30 PM | Preschool
All-School Art Show Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 21| 3:30-5:00 PM | Sharpe Gymnasium
Annual Corporation Board Meeting:  Tuesday, May 21| 4:00-6:30 PM | Flynn Lecture Hall
All-School Art Show
:  Tuesday, May 21 – Friday, May 24 | Sharpe Gymnasium
Girls Varsity Lacrosse Quarterfinal:  Friday, May 24 | Details to come
Monday, May 27

Orient Express Spring Gala – May 18
The School’s largest event of the school year is just over a week away. The event is packed with fun including a cocktail hour, live music by Mystique, delicious food, and an outstanding live and silent auction. All proceeds from the event support the amazing journey of our students. So, get on board and join the fun…it’s not too late. Cant’ make it in person but want to make a difference? Send in your absentee bids by Friday, May 17th to and we can bid on your behalf. New items are being added to the preview so check in regularly!

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Annual Corporation Meeting
Tuesday, May 21| 4:00-6:30 PM | Flynn Lecture Hall
Join the Board of Trustees, faculty, and administrators for the Annual Corporation Meeting. This open board meeting is an opportunity for parents and alumni to hear reports from the Board and administrators about the school year and plans for 2019-20.

Rookies Rising Festival
Wednesday, May 29 | 7:15 PM | AS220 – Providence
RHS junior, Max Lehouiller, is the mastermind behind an upcoming music festival, Rookies Rising, being held at AS220 on May 29th. Rookies Rising came to life when Max brought to light the idea of a festival celebrating all aspects of music. He gathered a group of peers and worked to bring his concept of elevating young, up-and-coming artists to life as well as bringing together communities through a shared love of music. The team consists of RHS students Nick McConnell ’20, Pascale Burnett ’20, Mo Danmola ’19, Grady Sumrall ’19, Neha Basu ’20 and advisers Emily Serotta and Matt Gnolfo. The festival serves to foster the growth and creative spirit of both the performers and the attendees while creating overall positive energy to support young artists. The event will showcase five musical acts from across Rhode Island including RHS rap group GameBoyz. Check out their website at and follow them on Instagram @rookiesrising.

Maker Class Grants Wish for Girl with Cerebral Palsy
Last week, Rocky Hill School’s Maker class presented Brookie Reynolds, a 9-year old girl from Cumberland with cerebral palsy, with a customized mobile chair designed especially for her. The class spent the last few months tinkering, designing, prototyping, and engineering a power-wheels chair for her that is easy for her to use in her home and in outdoor spaces with limited accessibility. The students incorporated personalized touches such as a hot pink joy-stick, which was designed and printed on the School’s 3D printer. Thanks to an extensive amount of modifications, and lots of ingenuity, the students were ready to present the new chair to Brookie. “This was a life-changing gift these students gave my daughter,” said Brookie’s mother Allison. It was a great day for the students and an even better one for a special little girl. The project made the news as well. See the Channel 10 story above and the Channel 12 story HERE.

Block Island Wind Farm and North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce School Collaboration
The Environmental Science students went to the Coastal Resources Center at URI’s Bay Campus to learn about the planning process for the BI Windfarm. The students, in collaboration with students from North Kingstown High School and Block Island High School, researched stances and mitigating plans for different stakeholders involved in the planning process of the BI Windfarm. Each group then presented to the rest of the students about their findings. In class, the students have been learning in class about renewable energies and have started a project where they have to plan, site, identify stakeholders, create a working model turbine, and submit a proposal for a new wind farm/turbine location in Rhode Island.

Junior National Honor Society
On Sunday, April 28th, the members of the National Junior Honor Society volunteered at Imagine Walk for Autism which was held at Goddard Park. The members put together several thousand lunches and also helped at the bounce house and the cotton candy machine. The members all agreed that it was a satisfying and fun day.

Senior Internships
Last week we celebrated our seniors by sharing the vast selection of excellent colleges to which they have been accepted. On Friday, we bid our seniors farewell as they prepared to embark on their month-long internships, the culmination of their Upper School careers.

This year our seniors are interning with a range of professionals at the forefront of innovation and advancement in their respective fields: Dr. Irene Piryatinski, neuropsychologist, and faculty at Harvard Medical School; Dr. Yana Reshetnyak, Professor of Physics at the University of Rhode Island; Dr. Laura Meyerson, Professor, Invasion Biology and Restoration Ecology at the University of Rhode Island; and Kelly Ramirez, Co-Founder and CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse, to name a few. In this week’s eCurrents and the next, we will share feedback from the students. CLICK HERE for a full list.

In their own words:
Xuan “Ellen” Guo: Neuropsychological Testing and Evaluation
During my first week of the internship with neuropsychologist, Dr. Irene Piryatinski, I learned different kinds of cognitive testing including WAIS-IV, NAB, and Rey–used to investigate age-related differences in the predictability of intelligence with executive functions–along with the scoring of each test. I was very fortunate to be able to sit in and observe two intakes of patients on Wednesday and will observe a couple of other intakes and testings on Friday. I look forward to practicing and observing more testing sessions. During my second or third week, I will be conducting tests on patients as well.

Cameron Osbrey: Veterinary Medicine
During my internship at South Bay Veterinary clinic, I have been assisting Dr. Caroline Bowater in her daily activities, appointments, and surgery. Working closely with many different animals is exciting. I am looking forward to working through the rest of this month and learning as much as possible about the veterinary field.

Emily Atanasoff and Hanbing “Cici” Jia: Art Exhibitions: Curation and Management
On May 7th and 8th, Cici and I helped pack up the art at Art League Rhode Island’s “Twisting Fibers” exhibition. It was challenging to pack the art in boxes because we did not want to damage any of the fragile pieces in the takedown process. Even though it was difficult handling the delicate pieces, I enjoyed experiencing all the different textiles up close. The “Bubble Dress and Mask” Shown in the image is one of the pieces from the exhibition. Thankfully this piece could be molded to fit inside the box. Working with Art League Rhode Island has been such a fulfilling experience so far!

Grady Sumrall: Video Production and Marketing
So far at my internship with Emily Bucci of DRUM, I have participated in various conference calls and the steps taken prior to the approval of a large scale advertisement. While we work on a larger project, we are also working on smaller tasks like filming b-roll and editing short video projects. Emily has given me an insight into how helpful it is to have many connections and how going above and beyond what you’re asked can only benefit you and your company.

Sam Weiler Recognized by Trinity Rep
Congratulations to Sam Weiler ’20 whose play, A Cryptic Brunch, was one of only four plays chosen for Trinity Repertory Company’s Write Here, Write Now! Student Play Festival. The festival is scheduled for May 21st at 7:00 p.m. and open to family and friends to come and celebrate! LEARN MORE

Spring Concerts Impress and Move the Audience

Mr. McNamara recognized senior Jaylene Lanzot

Kudos! Bravo! Brava! The Performing Arts Department had a busy few weeks as they presented the Spring Instrumental and Choral Concerts to an eager audience. Their hard work and dedication paid off as the students prepared and delivered an impressive array of music. From classic music by the strings ensemble to a powerful rendition of the Star Wars theme song, the band sounded amazing.

The Choral Concert brought together all three divisions that shared current hits, an original rap song, and a moving, all-school performance of We Are the World. Thank you to our students and their faculty Emily Serotta, Jack McNamara, Matt Gnolfo, and Julie Cox.

Spring Play Much Ado About Nothing
Our spring production, William Shakespeare’s, Much Ado About Nothing, will be held off campus on Wednesday, May 15th and Friday, May 17th. Both shows are free of charge and run approximately 80 minutes long with no intermission. In lieu of admission, they will be collecting canned goods for RI Food Bank.

Wednesday, May 15 | 6:00 PM
Goddard Park Carousel | 1095 Ives Road, East Greenwich, RI

Friday, May 17 | 7:00 PM
Hope Artiste Village | 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI Suite 711A

Olivia Massotti ’20 Honored
Student work was submitted to the Senator Jack Reed Art Competition including a photo by Rebecca Arabian ’20, a mixed media artwork by Olivia Massotti ’20, and a pastel drawing by Sara Laurent ‘21. Olivia Massotti received Honorable Mention for her piece. The work will hang in the Warwick Mall from May 13-19th and there will be a closing reception on May 19th at 6:00 p.m.

Recognizing Our Seniors‘Tis the season for our spring senior recognition games. This week we honored our Boys Lacrosse seniors Peter Chen, Jason DeGerlia, and Jake Watson. Girls Lacrosse and Tennis will be honored on Wednesday, May 15th.

Boosters Potluck TailgateKim Zito, Jim Hill, Chris Cote, and Elissa Contillo
The rainy weather was no match for our Mariner pride as spring sports teams gathered for food and fun this week for the spring tailgate. Many thanks to the Boosters for organizing, parents for supporting, and our student-athletes and coaches for their efforts on the fields each day!

Upper School Teams Going Strong

This spring our varsity teams are not only showing great sportsmanship and leadership on the field, but they are also contenders for championship play in Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Tennis, and Golf. Our Boys Lacrosse team clinched first place in their division with an undefeated league record. The golf team is undefeated as well and the Tennis team is currently in first place in their division. The Girls Lacrosse team has just one league loss and is ready for a rematch in championship play. Please come out and support our students and teams, and don’t forget to wear your blue and white!

Three-season Mariners Honored
On May 3rd, the Athletic Department honored our three-season Mariners with an ice cream social and special T-shirts to recognize their commitment to participating in every season this year. #NO_OFF_SZN. Thirty-one Middle School and twenty-three Upper School students were celebrated.


Athletes of the Week
Max Lehouiller ’20 – Boys Lacrosse
This Boys Lacrosse player continues to impress his comrades with his motor and effort on game days. He has forced dozens of ground balls this season and has become a more physical presence as well.

Lily Kerachsky ’22 – Tennis
This Varsity Tennis player battled in practice to put herself into number two singles. She had a great redemption match against STM and also continues to work very hard in practices.


Alex Lawton ’22 – Boys Lacrosse
This young student-athlete achieved legendary status during the week of April 15th, proclaiming himself a “defensive god.” His industriousness and scrappiness were essential to a good week of practice and a solid result against Brimmer and May.
Aviva Beringhause ’19 – Girls Lacrosse
Her coaches wanted to publicly proclaim her growth in technical skill last week, coupling two great games with attention to detail in practice.


E-sports Finishes Successful First Year
The spring E-Sports team’s playoff run came to an end against the leagues #1 seeded Hendricken Hawks team. They had a great first year and are looking forward to being even more competitive next year!

Students Shine at Essay Competition
The 9th Annual Rhode Island Gandhi Essay Award Ceremony sponsored by The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies was held at the University of Rhode Island on May 3rd. Honored as finalists this year were Genevieve Bradley ’23 and Isabel Guastella ’23. The essays were written by eighth-grade students throughout Rhode Island to celebrate the life teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and to think critically about, personally connect with, and be challenged by his legacy of nonviolence. Isabel’s essay was awarded third place and Genevieve’s an honorable mention out of 135 submissions. We are so proud of both finalists as they wrote outstanding essays!

Junior Marshall and Senior Class Officers Announced

At our heartfelt Senior Send-off, the School community took time to recognize our outgoing senior class and wish them well on their senior internships.  In addition to a fun video and a rousing rendition of Somebody to Love by the Upper School chorus, the Junior Marshall and the Class of 2019 Alumni Officers were announced. Congratulations to Heyuan Ma ’20 who was selected by the seniors to be Junior Marshall, and to the following class officers: Secretary – Johnette Williams, Treasurer – Nina Zheng, Vice President – Faythe Schulte, and President – Jason DeGerlia.

Ben Rosenberg ’19 Competes in National Robotics Competition
Ben Rosenberg  ’19 went to the FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) World Championship in Detroit with his team from NUWC in Newport. His role was lead strategist and CAD designer. The team ended up ranked 4th in their division after qualifying rounds and made it all the way to the semi-finals. In the picture, Ben is with members of his alliance (three other teams from Ontario, Virginia, and Connecticut).

Students Accepted to ACLU Advocacy Program
Rocky Hill School students Eve Weiner ’20, Janessa Ya ’22 and Willa Goeghegan ’20 have been accepted to participate in the ACLU’s Summer Advocacy Program in Washington, D.C. The program brings together high school students from across the country to participate in a week-long, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates!

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April 26, 2019

Mark Your Calendars
LS Let’s Glow Family Spring Fling: Friday, April 26 | 6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
PTL Gala Meeting: Monday, April 29 | 8:30 a.m. | Hopelands
Spring Instrumental Concert: Tuesday, April 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
Spring Tailgate Potluck: Friday, May 3 | 5:15 – 7:00 p.m. | RHS Fields
Middle School Game Night: Friday, May 3 | 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. | Gym
 Saturday, May 4 | 7:00-10:00 p.m. | Biltmore – Providence

Senior Internships Begin:
Monday, May 6
Senior Game for Boys Lacrosse:  Monday, May 6 | 4:00 p.m. versus Pilgrim
AP Exams Begin: Tuesday, May 7
ACE Educational Series: Wednesday, May 8 | 3:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
All School PTL Meeting: Thursday, May 9 | 8:30 a.m. | Middle School Commons
Choral Concert:
 Thursday, May 9 | 6:30 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Orient Express Gala: Saturday, May 18 | 6:00 p.m. | Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport

Summer camps and programs are open for registration at

Spring Brick Orders Due May 1st
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. Seniors, don’t forget to get your name on a brick. The deadline for ordering bricks for the spring installation is Wednesday, May 1st.


Parent Education Series
Supporting Students with Learning Differences: Assessment, Treatment, Classroom Accommodations, and the College Testing and Planning Process
Wednesday, May 8 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall | Open to all RHS Families

Please join Neuropsychologist Dr. Mary Lynne Kennedy ’80; ACE Director Holly Cotta; and Director of College Counseling Tara Dowling to learn how an educational evaluation provides a road map for determining a student’s strengths, weaknesses, and overall learning profile. Learn how recommended classroom accommodations play an important part of a student’s experience at Rocky Hill School during the college process and beyond.

Final PTL Meeting of the Year
Don’t miss the final PTL meeting of the year on Thursday, May 9th at 8:30 a.m. in the Middle School Commons. Hear from Diane Rich, Megan Williams, Emily Serotta, and Meg Stowe; vote on final budget allocations; review the new slate of officers; and help us recognize our out-going officers for a job well done.

PTL Volunteer Positions for 2019-20
Spring has finally sprung and as we enjoy the remaining months of the school year, we are looking ahead to next year, too. The Parent Teacher League is working to fill the volunteer PTL positions for 2019-2020. Anyone who would like to be a Classroom Representative to contact Julie Hayes at If you are currently a Class Rep and would like to continue, please let Julie know. They would like to have as many families involved as are interested!

Orient Express Spring Gala – May 18th
The hotel at Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport is offering one-night room blocks until this Saturday, April 27th for guests of the event. After Saturday, a two-night minimum will be in effect. Call 236-2020 directly and reference the Rocky Hill Orient Express Gala when booking your reservation.

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Spring Into Reading
5th Grade took advantage of the beautiful spring day and worked in their book groups outside on campus.

A Trip to the Zoo
Students in Honors Endangered Species Management went to the Roger Williams Park Zoo and attended a class on Species Survival Plans. Drawing on their class knowledge, they took part in the gorilla SSP activity and determined the best mate match for a captive gorilla by looking at animal behavior, genetics, studbook information, and logistics.

Journée Internationale de la Francophonie 2019
On Monday, April 15th, the Rocky Hill School community celebrated La Journée Internationale de la Francophonie (the International Day of the Francophone). The day celebrates all of the Francophone (French-speaking) countries around the world. Faythe Schulte ’19 organized various events throughout the day, some of which included: a crêpe sale organized by the French Club that raised $148 for the Women’s Refugee Center; Community Period events for the US and MS (cooking, soccer, handball, art, dance, etc.); Belgian waffles for the lower schoolers; a Francophone themed lunch; and more. Merci Beaucoup to everyone who made this day possible: Madame Rich, Chef Jay and FLIK, Mrs. Pontarelli, Mr. Jedrey, Mr. Gwaltney, all of the teachers that supervised these events, and everyone who participated.

A Fairytale Extravaganza
On April 23rd, the 1st Grade and Kindergarten students, accompanied by the 5th Grade students, presented A Fairytale Extravaganza to our parents and the Lower School community. The 1st Grade worked on reading fluency, understanding parts of a story, and sequencing events through this exciting readers’ theater project. They also worked on developing their skills as communicators and problem solvers. The Kindergarteners developed self-awareness and communication skills as they helped with props and songs. The 5th Grade improved their innovation skills by writing three original songs that fit perfectly into the show. They also provided programs to pass out to the audience. Ms. Lee shared, “We enjoyed the challenge of working together and sharing our learning with our families. Thank you so much to Mrs. Serotta, Ms. Seddon, Mrs. Dumas, and Mrs. MacDonald for making this project possible!”

5th and 6th Grade Math Building Project Showcase
Over the past two months, the 5th and 6th Grade students worked on a Math Building Project, with the driving question: How can we, as 5th and 6th Grade engineers, designers, architects, and mathematicians, design a family friendly space at 6975 Post Road? During this project based learning experience, the students studied measurement, scale, shapes, and proportions to create scaled models of stores and playground items for the shopping center. The culminating piece was a showcase of their shopping center, built to scale, setup in the Middle School Commons for parents, teachers, and students.

8th Grade Visits Mayor Fung
Students in Mr. Greenwood’s 8th Grade government class went to City Hall in Cranston to visit with Mayor Fung. They experienced the inner workings of local government and Mayor Fung even sent out a Tweet about the visit!

The Physics of Judo
The Discovering Physics class recently completed a project focused on the connection between judo and physics. They interviewed multiple judo players, including US Latin teacher Matt Gnolfo and other members of the Mayo Quanchi dojo. Members include Pascale Burnett ’20, Zhaofan Chen ’20, and Christoff Bandele ’20CLICK HERE to see what they learned this semester.

Behind the Scenes at WPRI News
Students in 1st Grade visited the set at WPRI 12 Eyewitness News. They spent time with Traffic Reporter and RHS parent Melissa Sardelli and her colleagues for a behind-the-scenes look at the morning news. 

Extra Special Eggs
The kindergarteners patiently waited and watched their eggs for 21 days. They learned about the life cycle of a chick, as well as other animals that begin life in an egg. They successfully hatched 10 chicks and love them so much! The class excitedly welcomed to the world Charlie, Douglas, Max, Bumble Bee, Mr. Taco, Ted, Anna, Coco, Lianna, and Sunshine.

8th Grade Connection With Atria Harbor Hill
The 8th Grade visited our friends at Atria Harbor Hill in East Greenwich to share and discuss poetry, reminisce about best friends, share old family photographs, and much more. The students and residents greatly enjoyed their time together.

Embedded Entrepreneurs Impacting Students K-12
Lower School students explore the Chinese language for the first time with the founder team of Hihilulu, a language teaching app, as part of our Embedded Entrepreneurs after school program. In addition, Yulan Qiao ’19 is completing her senior internship as a Hihilulu team member and facilitator of this program. The after school opportunity will run for seven weeks in the Lower School this spring. Feel free to stop by to see this work in action on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.

Portfolio Art Show

Students in the Portfolio Art class showcased their work last week in the Carriage House. The students shared ceramics, painting, drawing, and photography, and presented their work to the audience. 

8th Grade Portrait Project
8th Grade is completing their Memory Project portraits. The Memory Project invites art classes and artists to create portraits for children facing challenges around the world. The students each drew a portrait of a child who resides at an orphanage in Pakistan. The portraits will be sent to the children after the All School Art Show in May. The art classes used this project as an opportunity to learn more about the country of Pakistan and Islam, the predominant religion in the area. The Memory Project provided RHS with this wonderful teaching resource so they could learn more about the children and where they live.

Spring Sports Off to a Great Start
Our spring teams are all having great seasons. We are excited that both Girls and Boys Varsity Lacrosse and the Golf teams are all undefeated so far this season! Check out these lacrosse highlight reels produced by Mr. Lee.

Boosters Spring Potluck Tailgate Party
Don’t miss the Boosters Spring Potluck Tailgate Party on campus (near the Galley) on Friday, May 3rd from 5:15 – 7:00 p.m.  Enjoy lawn games and food with your friends. Hamburgers and hot dogs are provided, compliments of the Boosters. CLICK HERE to sign up to bring an item.

Athletes of the Week
This player has been a hero of Mariner #lacrosse in the first three weeks, stepping into a new game and a new position, and acquitting himself with honor. Last week, he showed an impressive degree of composure and a quick reaction time in his first two games in net. Congratulations, Kirk Webster ’22!

During a tough week, Charlotte Boss ’22 stepped up for the team in the Classical High School game dominating the draw controls, and posting seven goals, while assisting her teammates five times. Charlotte currently leads the state in overall points and assists. Way to represent RHS!

ProJo All-State Winter Independent Team
Congratulations to our basketball players who earned All-State honors this year! Steven Lora ’19, Ptolemy Tassone ’19, Jay-Juan Hayes ’19, Kaeley Zito ’22, Mo Danmola ’19, and Charlotte Boss ’22

Congratulations Prefects
The Upper School Prefects were announced last week. A group of distinguished and accomplished juniors presented speeches and took questions from the student body related to how they would help lead the school as seniors. Students in grades 8-12 voted to select their representatives. Congratulations to Heyuan Ma (Head Prefect), Bella Robinson, and Nick McConnell! 

Faythe Schulte ’19 Signs with Allegheny College
Congratulations to Faythe Schulte ’19 who signed to play field hockey for Allegheny College this fall. #theMarinerWay

Rome Kirby ’07 is Helmsman for SailGP
Rome Kirby ’07 is the helmsman for the U.S. team in SailGP races. This nation-vs-nation format has teams racing on 50-foot foiling catamarans at speeds up to 57 MPH. We’re rooting for you, Rome!  READ MORE

Erica Santos ’11 Completes Boston Marathon
Rocky Hill alum Erica Santos ’11 successfully completed the Boston Marathon in a time of just over four hours. She ran to raise funds for the Tufts Friedman School and their mission to address some of the enormous burdens caused by unhealthy food and poor nutrition, both in the US and globally. Erica is a graduate of Tufts and serves as a member of the RHS Alumni Association.

Sabrina Dumas ’16 Interviewed

Check out this news clip of Sabrina Dumas ’16 who was interviewed as a spectator of the Boston Marathon. Her segment begins around the 2:00 mark.

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April 12, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
Portfolio Art Show Reception: Tuesday, April 16
Upper School Coffeehouse: Thursday, April 18 | 6:00 p.m. | Flynn Nautilus
School Closed: Friday, April 19 – Monday, April 22
LS Let’s Glow Family Spring Fling: Friday, April 26 | 6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center: LET’S GLOW REGISTRATION
Spring Instrumental Concert: Tuesday, April 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
Prom: Saturday, May 4 | 7:00-10:00 p.m. | Biltmore – Providence
Choral Concert: Thursday, May 9 | 6:30 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Orient Express Gala: Saturday, May 18 | 6:00 p.m. | Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport

Did You Know?
Did you know that your business can sponsor the athletic program and receive on-campus recognition for that support? LEARN MORE here and please share this information at your place of business or with companies you think might be interested in the program.

RHEA Spring K-5 Art Workshops
The following courses will be offered by MS Art Teacher Mrs. Armentano to Lower School students throughout the spring:
      • Rainbows and Robots for Grades K-5 on 4/17
      • Springs Things for Grades K-5 on 5/1
      • Doll & Fairy House Fun for Grades K-5 on 5/10
      • Art Fun for Little Ones for Nursery-3 on 5/16
Each course runs from 3:30-5:15 p.m. in the MS Art Room in the Carriage House. This drop-in model allows students to sign up for one class or several. CLICK HERE for more information and pricing. If you would like to register your child, please email

SEA – New Nike Sports & High School Offerings
Summer camps and programs are open for registration! Register today:

High School programs in Art or Business, including SAT prep and college tours.

We offer week-long camps for children ages 3-14 to learn and explore through sailing, kayaking, robotics, art, theater, woodworking, cooking, sports, and much more. Extended day options available. Also, Nike US Sports Camps, Lead the Way FH, Stingrays Soccer, and Top Edge Tennis.

Hihilulu’s founder offers RHS senior internship and after school RHEA offering to test their product
RHS senior Yulan Qiao ’19 will complete her senior internship this spring with LearnLaunch startup Hihilulu. Alongside Meg Stowe, Yulan will facilitate RHEA’s after school program where students in K-3 will explore the Hihilulu app, the Chinese language, and culture, as well as Yulan’s Chinese snacks and personal stories. Please email to sign up.

Orient Express Spring Gala – May 18th

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! Register online today: ORIENT EXPRESS GALA


Spring Brick Orders Due by May 1st

April showers bring May flowers, but what did the Mayflower bring? No, not Pilgrims. It brought RHS bricks to give to that someone special who puts a “Spring” into your step. The perfect year-end gift for that special teacher. ORDER ONLINE

Parent Info Session

Supporting Students with Learning Differences: Assessment, Treatment, Classroom Accommodations, and the College Testing and Planning Process
Wednesday, May 8 | 3:30-4:30 | Flynn Lecture Hall | Open to all RHS Families

Please join Neuropsychologist Dr. Mary Lynne Kennedy ’80; ACE Director Holly Cotta; and Director of College Counseling Tara Dowling to learn how an educational evaluation provides a road map for determining a student’s strengths and weakness and overall learning profile. As a result, educational evaluations offer recommendations that will help learning specialists and classroom teachers use this profile to leverage children’s strengths while remediating areas of weakness. Learn how classroom accommodations recommended in evaluations play an important part of a student’s experience at Rocky Hill School during the college process and beyond.

Hackathon 2019 Save the Date: November 15 & 16
To support, volunteer, or get involved, please email Director of Innovation Meg Stowe at mstowe@rockyhill.orgREAD MORE

Beowulf: Heorot Revisited
“If poetry and the arts do anything, they can fortify your inner life, your inwardness.” – Seamus Heaney, poet, and translator of Beowulf.

Following the reading of Heaney’s translation, students in Ms. Snyman’s English elective, Telling and Retelling, each took on the role of the scop (storyteller) to interpret, reimagine, and retell the classic epic poem. The product was a collective reenactment of the telling of Beowulf, in Anglo-Saxon England. Each tale, within the tale, was skillfully accompanied by selected images and punctuated with music and sound clips. The video captures snapshots from each of the tales as told to the warriors and their king.

Change Makers – Matt Sarnoff ’04 Presents to US
This Thursday, we were excited to welcome back to campus Matt Sarnoff, who graduated from RHS in 2004. He shared his journey as a Rocky Hill student and alum—from designing the school’s first “homework hotline” as a student back in 2002, to studying computer science at Carnegie Mellon, to taking on Silicon Valley. Matt took those experiences with him to Glowforge, a company that helps bring laser cutter technology to homes and schools, with one of the most successful kick starter campaigns in history. Matt tied his success, and the success of Glowforge, back to the Student Competencies, noting how interpersonal skills and mindset far outweigh any facts or knowledge people bring to their roles. He was excited to see that his alma mater is fostering these skills in students. Matt expressed his appreciation for discussion based learning and the opportunity to create and tinker while he was a student here.

Maker Class Adapts PowerChair For Brookie!
For several months, the amazing students in the Maker course, under the leadership of Andy Hoffman-Patalona, have been busy designing, engineering, and prototyping a power-wheels chair for Brookie, an 8-year old girl with cerebral palsy. Brookie is a vibrant and energetic girl. She has a mobility chair that won’t fit through doors in her home, but which moves around perfectly well outdoors. Our students have been personalizing and tweaking this power-vehicle to accommodate the size of her house and her personality, right down to the hot pink joy-stick, which was designed and 3D printed right here at school. Stay tuned for an update on a visit from Brookie to RHS to try out her new power chair.

Culture Caravan Visits 3rd Grade
On Monday, April 1st, the Culture Caravan from the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology visited the 3rd grade to present “Native Peoples of the Southwest: The Hopi.” The students had the opportunity to explore artifacts and traditions, learn a dance, and make pinch pots. The experience offered the 3rd graders a lot to think about as they prepare to answer the driving question: “How can we as museum curators expand our community’s understanding of the Native Peoples of North America in the past and present?”

Accepted Student Days
Last week Rocky Hill hosted two Admitted Students events:

On April 2nd, current RHS 8th graders joined newly accepted students to the Class of 2023. What a fun welcome! Breakfast, scavenger hunt, polaroid photos, making pottery, and enjoying a student panel filled the entire morning. Everyone left with a new Class of 2023 T-shirt.

On April 3rd, current RHS 5th graders welcomed incoming middle school students for an afternoon of ice cream and games. Everyone left with a new friend and great anticipation for starting RHS Middle School in the fall.

JustLearn’s founder brings Planet Box to RHS

Students in all three divisions recently set up a Planet Box. We were honored to have JustLearn founder Djimo Serodio share these ecosystems with us. They are living models of our planet that make learning science fun. PlanetBox uses the science of aquaponics ecosystems with the integration of fish, bacteria, and plants to expose students to the largest cycles on our planet.

1st and 3rd Grade Buddies Build Bridges
The 1st and 3rd grades partnered up during the last week of March to explore architecture and engineering. On Monday, the students read Rosie Revere, Engineer and discussed the qualities of good problem solvers and the emotions that accompany the innovation process. On Tuesday, they traveled to The Vets theater to see Rosie Revere, Engineer live on stage. In the performance, Rosie and her friends had to build a bridge when they got stranded on a field trip. When the 1st and 3rd graders returned to school, their teachers challenged them to work in teams to design and build their own bridges out of marshmallows and toothpicks. The project wrapped up on Thursday when the students tested the bridges to see how much weight they could hold. The students did an amazing job communicating and thinking critically as they engaged in this fun collaborative project.

State Archives PBL
As part of their continuing project based learning experiences, 4th and 5th graders will be participating in an advocacy campaign to build a new State Archives. Through their ongoing relationship with Mrs. Lane Sparkman, Associate Director of Education and Public Programs at the RI Department of State, students will be provided with facts and figures they can use to make their arguments for a new State Archives. They will write postcards to their legislators in support of a new facility. This experience helps reinforce the importance of maintaining important state archives while also providing an opportunity to serve as engaged citizens.

Kids’ Night In/Parents’ Night Out
Fun was had by all at Kids’ Night In/Parents’ Night Out on March 29th. Thank you to all who participated. And, a huge thank you to our faculty chaperones (Mr. L., Mrs. Fairchild, Miss Rizzo, Mr. Mike, Mr. Wyzga, and Mrs. Walker) and the Catallozzi Family, and Switch Photo Booth for donating to the event. CLICK HERE the photo booth photos–super cute!

Portfolio Art Show – April 16
Don’t miss these impressive presentations by the US Portfolio Art class. Stop by to view their work or stay for the full program.

Athletes of the Week

Kaeley Zito ’22 – Girls Lacrosse: Kaeley posted an amazing week in both practices and games while taking on a leadership role and showing extraordinary effort.


Grace Starociak ’21 – Tennis: Grace exhibited pride and attention to detail in her training last week, as well as displaying resiliency in the face of injury.



RHS Took Over LineSider Brewing Company
Thanks to everyone who came out to LineSider last week. The crowd was filled with parents, alumni, faculty, students, and even families enrolled for next year. Many thanks to Megan Williams for organizing. 

RHS Students Compete in Model UN
Mia Zheng ’21, Nicholas McConnell ’20, and Ding Wen ’19 competed in the Model United Nations at Wheaton College this past weekend. They represented the interests of Argentina, Rwanda, and Liberia in a crisis committee and general assembly setting. Mia, Nick, and Ding represented RHS extremely well, and Ding Wen brought home one of the honorary awards. They were led by Profesora Abregu and Bryant University students.

Alyssa Grayson ’19 – Best in Show

Alyssa Grayson ’19 was recently honored at the RI 4-H Photo and Fine Arts Fair. She received a blue ribbon and Best of Show for her acrylic painting “Bengal” and a blue ribbon and Best of Show for her photo, “Tala Von Alexa”

Cortlandt Meyerson ’20 Swims at Nationals
Cort Meyerson ’20 qualified for and competed in the 2019 YMCA National Swimming Championships, swimming in six races, including time trials, during the week-long competition in Greensboro, NC from April 1st-5th. Fighting a lingering respiratory illness, Cort couldn’t surpass his stellar results at the New England Championships at M.I.T. two weeks previously, where he placed 3rd in the 100-yard freestyle and 4th in the 50-yard freestyle, with an excellent time of 21.73 seconds. At the Nationals, Cort competed against the top 15-18 year-old swimmers in the United States in each event. His three female South County teammates were a vital and supportive part of the Rhode Island delegation, which included about a dozen swimmers. Cort looks forward to next year’s National Championships and the upcoming Long Course season, which begins in May.

Bridget Kist ’17 Headed to Tanzania for Internship
Bridget Kist ’17 was named the 2019 winner of the $5,000 scholarship that will fund her nursing internship in Tanzania this coming May. Bridget wrote to Ms. Snyman to say, “I am so grateful for your help in writing a recommendation letter and for your efforts in grooming me into the person I am today. I will be working this summer at SEA Camp, and hope to see you so I can thank you in person. Best wishes for a successful end to the school year!”

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March 29, 2019

Mark Your Calendar
Upper School PTL Meeting: Tuesday, April 2 | 8:30-9:45 a.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
Lower School PTL Meeting: 
Thursday, April 4 | 8:30-9:45 a.m. | LS Blue Room
RHS Night at LineSider: Thursday, April 4 | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | LineSider Brewing Co. | 1485 S. County Trail, East Greenwich, RI 02818

Preschool Pot Luck: 
Thursday, April 4 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. | LS Blue Room
Gala Committee Meeting:  Friday, April 5 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Hopelands
Middle School PTL Meeting:  Tuesday, April 9 | 8:30-9:45 a.m. | MS Commons
Portfolio Art Show Reception:  Tuesday, April 16

Looking ahead…

School Closed: Friday, April 19 – Monday, April 22
Spring Instrumental Concert: Tuesday, April 30
Prom: Saturday, May 4
Choral Concert: Thursday, May 9
Orient Express Gala: Saturday, May 18

Yearbook FINAL Deadline – Monday, April 1
Don’t miss your chance to receive a yearbook. The yearbook highlights all divisions and is a wonderful keepsake. To place your order:

      1. Visit and select “Order Yearbook” under the yearbook menu at the top of the page.
      2. Enter the Rocky Hill School password: TheCrest2019.
      3. Follow the prompts to complete your order.

Please note you will not be able to place an order after April 1st at 11:59 p.m. The cost is $80. If you are not sure if you ordered a book, simply enter your email address after selecting “Order Yearbook” to check. You can also email Ms. Basu at

RHS to Host Mindfulness Conference – June 21
Rocky Hill School is hosting this year’s Mindfulness Conference along with Center For Resilience and Middlesex School With 27 presenters, 25 topics, and 3 keynote speakers, this conference is not to be missed. The conference is perfect for parents, as well as educators interested in bringing mindfulness practice into their lives and work. Register today to reserve your spot for this amazing event REGISTRATION, #mindfulness #selfaware

SEA – New Nike Sports & High School Offerings
Summer camps and programs are open for registration! There’s something for everyone – boating, sports, arts, building, computers, you name it, we have it. Register today:

High School programs in Art or Business, including SAT prep and college tours.

We offer week-long camps for children ages 3-14 to learn and explore through sailing, kayaking, robotics, arts, theater, woodworking, cooking, sports and much more. Extended day options available. Also, Nike US Sports Camps, Lead the Way FH, Stingrays Soccer, and Top Edge Tennis.

RHEA & RHEA+ Spring Registration Open
Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) is a before and after-school program that provides academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for K-8 students in the community. RHEA+ is an opportunity for adults to take courses. For more information contact Caitlin MacDonald.

Spring RHEA & RHEA+ 2019 Session Basics:
April 8 – May 29 (each course is six weeks unless noted)
3:30 – 4:45 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
Register by Thursday, April 4, 2019

RHEA Courses: 
Outdoor Pursuits (Grades K-3) | Outdoor Adventures (Grades 4-8)
Fun and Games (Grades PreK-5) | Learn to Play Violin II (Grades PK-3)
Punch and Paint (Grades PreK-5) | Hihilulu (Grades K-3)
Patty Cakes (Grades 3-6) | RHS Percussion Club (Grades 3-8)
Click here for course descriptions and register!

RHEA+ Course: 
Raku Pottery, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Donate Your Travel Hygiene Products
Did you stay in a hotel over spring break? Middle School is collecting hotel amenities as well as any size personal hygiene products for Amenity Aid. Products such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes are all welcome. Products should be unused. Collection bins are located in Hale and the Carriage House.

Amenity Aid provides toiletries for shelters across Rhode Island. Liz Duggan, the founder, came to speak to the Middle School in January about the organization and why she started it.

Orient Express Spring Gala – May 18th
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! Look for your invitation to come in the mail soon or register online today! ORIENT EXPRESS GALA

Lower School Family Spring Fling  

Don’t miss the Lower School Let’s Glow Family Spring Fling on April 26th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. This fun-filled night is for all Lower School students and their families. RSVP online today!

AAA – Shifting Gears
Seniors and juniors participated in an interactive presentation called Shifting Gears: the Blunt Truth about Marijuana and Driving presented by AAA. Students learned about the impact of driving under the influence of marijuana. The program included an opportunity to attempt the simple task of catching a ball unimpaired, and then while wearing goggles that impair the participant’s ability to accurately perceive color. This lack of perception means the participant does not have all the necessary information to successfully complete specially designed activities. This models recreational marijuana’s true effects by diminishing the user’s capacity to make quick, accurate decisions, which causes them to miss important external cues that could lead to a crash, if driving under the influence.

Sproutel Partnership Continues
Students and parents engaged with Sproutel this week. The team was on campus to conduct testing and provide feedback to explore their next product, designed to help those experiencing stress or anxiety. Nick Mead worked with a parent and faculty group while Hannah Chung came to lunch to vote on some preliminary names for the plush companion toy. #realworldlearning

Pop Music, Politics and Protest
During the first semester, students in “Pop Music, Politics, and Protest,” a history elective offered this year, completed a PBL that reflected the musical genres of the 1960s. The goal of the project was to create EPs (3-4 song albums), complete with album art and write-ups that channeled the culture of protest embedded in the music and artists the class studied. Some of the songs were originals, while others were covers with sonic approaches that differed from those of the original recordings. VISIT THEIR WEB PAGE TO LEARN MORE

College Tour
Eight adventurous juniors joined Director of College Counseling Ms. Dowling on a three-day college exploration tour over break. Traveling in a mini-bus driven by chauffeur extraordinaire, Mrs Karah Chartrand, they looked at colleges of a wide variety of types, sizes, and locations that included Trinity College, University of Connecticut, Yale University, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, and Fairfield University, where the group had lunch with RHS alumna Maddie Dutilly ’18. Students learned how college visits work, what types of questions to ask tour guides, what demonstrated interest is, and how to differentiate among various college environments, missions, and selectivity rates.

Ms. Dowling noted, “I was tremendously proud to be with Rocky Hill students, who asked the best questions and served as excellent ambassadors of our school. We had some fun, too, partaking in the famous home-made ice cream at UConn’s Dairy Bar and then finishing up the tour with a group dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.”

Leadership RI Team Visits RHS
This Wednesday, ten members of the current Leadership Rhode Island class visited RHS as part of their education day. The team heard from Diane Rich, Mike Gwaltney, and Meg Stowe about the ways in which the School is re-envisioning education, to provide deeper and more impactful learning, with a focus on the Student Competencies. 

LEEP Week, Version 1.0
(LEEP: Learn, Explore, Envision and Present)
The Middle School launched its first ever LEEP Week during the week leading up to Spring Break. During this week, the students were placed into mixed grade groups, with each group being given a longitude and latitude and the following driving question; “How can Rocky Hill students develop sustainable solutions for global issues?” Each group was then charged with designing a solution that addressed a particular issue or challenge facing the location they were given. During the week, we heard from innovators and entrepreneurs about some of the processes that they went through in designing their products. The week ended with the student groups each presenting a one-minute pitch of their ideas to parents and faculty. The students collaborated well and did a great deal in such a short amount of time. LINK TO PITCHES

Middle School Wall of Awesome
The Middle School got its own “Wall of Awesome” over break, thanks to US senior Faythe Schulte ’19 and the maintenance team. The Wall of Awesome was launched last year in the Upper School as a means to share good news, words of encouragement, and accolades among students and faculty.

Endangered Species Management

Lou Perrotti, the Director of Conservation at Roger Williams Park Zoo,  presented to the Endangered Species Management class. Mr. Perrotti spoke about his work around the reintroduction of the Timber Rattlesnake, the overall management and conservation of endangered species, and his experiences, travel, and field work as a conservationist.

Arts Showcased at National Art Education Convention
Over break, Middle School Art Teacher Rachael Armentano presented a talk highlighting the Empty Bowls art project and the service learning event hosted by the Middle School. Rachael delivered her talk, titled “Filling Empty Bowls with Empathy,” on the big stage of the Hynes Convention Center, as part of a session called “Curriculum with Criticality: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” at the National Art Education Association Annual Convention. She focused her talk on how she evolved the traditional Empty Bowls format into an opportunity to teach students about poverty, empathy, social justice, and taking action toward positive community change through art.

Also at the conference, Rachel and Sam Weiler ’20 presented with Dr. Patty Bode in a session called “Transgender Identities and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies”. They addressed 50 educators from around the country. Dr. Bode spoke about affirming transgender identities when she, as a middle school principal, brought a traveling photo exhibit featuring an array of portraits of transgender individuals to her school, and shared research and resources with the audience. Rachel interviewed Sam for the second half of the presentation, facilitating as he highlighted his personal story and ways schools and educators can support transgender youth. Sam spoke about the many ways Rocky Hill School has encouraged him and the positive impact the arts have provided.

Rachel Armentano Presents at Highlander Institute
Over spring break, Rachel Armentano presented on the Middle School Empty Bowls art project, installation, and PBL efforts at the Highlander Institute in Providence as a presenter for the PBL RI monthly meet up.

Winter Athletics Awards
Congratulations to our student athletes who were recognized at the Winter Athletics Awards ceremony and to all of our teams for a great season.

Middle School
Boys Basketball
A Team Resiliency Award: Hadley Martinez ’23
A Team Effort Award: Brennan Hill ’24
A Team Pride Award: Derek Block ’23

B Team Resiliency Award: Maxwell Brooks ’24
B Team Effort Award: Josh Bowater ’24
B Team Pride Award: Cole Brown ’24

Middle School Girls Basketball
Resiliency Award: Lexi Cote ’23
Effort Award: Skye Connell ’24
Pride Award: Katie Kerachsky ’23

Upper School Sports
Co-op/ Individual Varsity Sports
RIIL Swimming: Cortlandt Meyerson ’20
RIIL Ice Hockey: Benjamin Liebermensch ’22

RIIL Varsity E-Sports
Offensive Player of the Year: Benjamin Pogacar ’20
Defensive Player of the Year: Jiapeng “Rahn” Chen ’19
Mariner Award: George Gabro ’21

SENE Girls Varsity Basketball
Offensive Player of the Year: Kaeley Zito ’22
Defensive Player of the Year: Charlotte Boss ’22
Mariner Award: Taylor Cote ’21

SENE “All League” Award: Kaeley Zito ’22, Charlotte Boss ’22, Ptolemy Tassone ’19
SENE “All League” Honorable Mention: Paige Johnson ’22

SENE/NEPSAC Boys Varsity Basketball
NEPSAC Tournament Class D Runner-up
Offensive Player of the Year: Steven Lora ’19
Defensive Player of the Year: Jay-Juan Hayes ’19
Mariner Award: Mohammed Danmola ’19
SENE “All League” Award: Jay-Juan Hayes ’19, Steven Lora ’19, Mohammed Danmola ’19
NEPSAC “All League” Award: Jay-Juan Hayes ’19, Steven Lora ’19

SENE/NEPSAC Boys JV Basketball
Mariner Award: Nicholas McConnell ’20
Mariner Award: Jeremiah Malone ”21
Mariner Award: Dante Garcia ’21

Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to our first spring Athletes of the Week in Girls Lacrosse.
Sara Laurent ’21 displayed great effort and attitude during preseason and impressed coaches not only with her improvement but also her confidence with the ball.


Eve Weiner ’20 posted a tremendous preseason and showed great hustle in drills and smart play in scrimmage sessions.



RHS Takes Over LineSider Brewing Company
Calling all families and friends of Rocky Hill School! Join us for an exclusive RHS night at the new LineSider Brewing Co., located at 1485 S County Trail in East Greenwich. Rocky Hill School will be “taking over” on Thursday, April 4th, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. There will be no cover charge and food will be available on site from Paco’s Tacos. Craft beer, great food, great company, music, and games — what could be better on a Thursday night!

Ben Rosenberg ’19 Sailing Success
This past weekend, Ben Rosenberg ‘19 and his crew Sidney Charbonnet, took 3rd place in the Nacra 15 Midwinters West held at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. With racing canceled on Sunday, due to light wind, Team Rosenberg/Charbonnet were only one point away from 2nd place and four points away from 1st.

Stefy Andreev ’21 Artwork Recognized
Congratulations to Stefy Andreev ’21 whose painting “Paul McCartney”, was selected for the Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition. Her work was on display from February 2nd – March 17th  in the Museum’s historic Griswold House. This year’s jurors were Dr. Helen Burnham, the Pamela and Peter Voss Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and Dr. Leora Maltz-Leca, Chair of the Department of Theory & History of Art & Design at RISD and Curator of Contemporary Projects at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum. This is a significant achievement since the competition was for professional artists of all ages.

Sabrina Dumas ’16 Playing LAX at Wellesley
Sabrina Dumas ’16 (number 13) is a starting defender on the Women’s Lacrosse team at Wellesley. She is enjoying college-level lacrosse and the team recently traveled to Memphis, TN for Spring Break where they played Rhodes College.


Allison DeGerlia ’16 Published in Professional Annual
Allison DeGerlia ’16 submitted a manuscript, “Interruptions in Gender in TV Political Commentary,” to The Pennsylvania Communication Annual, a refereed journal of the Pennsylvania Communication Association. She recently learned that her submission was accepted for publication. The acceptance rate was less than 34 percent. Allison is also studying in India for the semester and loving it.

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