September 23, 2017

Divisional News

Lower School  |  Middle School  |  Upper School

eCurrents and each divisional blog can be easily accessed on the new Rocky Hill School mobile app. Click the “Blogs” icon.

RHEA Fall Courses

There’s still time to register for after school enrichment classes!

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) is an after-school program that is open to the public and provides academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for students in grades K through 5. A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Thursday afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors.

This fall’s courses include Bike Club, Soccer, Basketball, Arts and Crafts, Nature Club, and Adventures in Engineering.

Click here for more information and to register


Support Rocky Hill While You Shop!

Register your Stop & Shop Rewards Card for A+ Bonus Bucks today and Rocky Hill School will earn cash each time you shop at Stop & Shop. CLICK HERE to register online. When you shop, you will earn one point for each dollar spent. You will NOT have to re-register your Stop & Shop Card to support the same school(s) as last year. RHS ID#08769


Jose Left His Mark on Campus

Tropical Storm Jose left his mark at Rocky Hill School. A quick clean up by our plant operations team got the campus back to normal in time for students.


Fall Classic Golf & Tennis Tournament and Dinner Auction

Monday, September 25
Rocky Hill School Tennis Courts & 
Quidnessett Country Club

The Fall Classic is poised to be a banner day for Rocky Hill School. The community and many of our vendors have come out to show their support – thank you! We have a fun day of golf and tennis planned followed by a spectacular dinner and auction. Celebrity auctioneer Danielle North from WPRI Eyewitness News will help inspire the bidding of our 200+ guests. Take a sneak peek at all of the auction items HERE. One last item still to come…one-week in the Presido district of San Francisco! If you cannot attend but would like to bid on an item, please text or call Beth DeGerlia at 401-486-9706. Thank you to all of our generous donors and the amazing Fall Classic committee! All registered guests will receive an email detailing the schedule for the day.

No Sports Practices – Monday, September 25
There are no sports practices or games for Upper School scheduled on the day of the Fall Classic. Student buses will depart early from Rocky Hill School at 4:15 p.m. 


ACE Parents Night for MS & US

Tuesday, September 26
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Campbell Conference Room

ACE faculty will host a Parents Night for both Middle and Upper School parents. Please RSVP below.


Flu Clinic

Monday, October 2
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Campbell Center

Students, faculty, staff, and family members (including siblings, 3+) are invited to get a flu vaccination. There is no out-of-pocket expense for a vaccination. If you have insurance, please bring your card. No money will be collected.
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For other clinic dates and locations, visit www.health.ri.gov/flu


Entrepreneur Shares His Story

Rocky Hill School students, teachers, and administrators recently met Cliff Weitzman, founder of Speechify, for a presentation about his app that allows any form of text to be read aloud on a smart phone, computer, or tablet. This video provides a lens into one of the many ways students will engage with entrepreneurs like Cliff, to examine and develop the Core Competencies generated this summer as our vision for the future of Rocky Hill School.


LearnLaunch Visitors


Shout-out on Twitter

In last week’s eCurrents (Student Spotlight section), we wrote about six Rocky Hill students who attended the Business Innovation Factory (#BIF2017) Summit at Trinity Repertory Company. We found this on Twitter a few days later.

Notes like these make our day. So happy to host students from @RockyHillSchool at #BIF2017! Thank you @TheBIF for making this possible! pic.twitter.com/5EX7gywA4c


Preschool Still Life Lesson


Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Athletics News

New MS Goalie Gear!

We are ready for a season full of shut-outs! 

No Sports Practices – Monday, September 25

There are no sports practices or games for Upper School scheduled on the day of the Fall Classic. Student buses will depart early from Rocky Hill School at 4:15 p.m.


Mariner Booster Club

The PTL and Athletic Department work closely to further enhance the athletic/co-curricular program experience of Rocky Hill students and the greater community. The Booster Club focuses on enhancing the following core areas:

  • Communication
  • School Spirit/Pride
  • Community Engagement
  • Program Advocacy 
  • Fundraising

Concession purchases will be available at most home games through the ​Mariner Booster ​Club. If interested in volunteering to help run the concessions, please reach out to Kim Zito or Art Entwistle.


Athletes of the Week

Katia Mendez ’18
Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey

Katia Mendez

“The varsity field hockey team is now 2-2 thanks to some tremendous play and leadership by this player. Her stick work, little lift, midfield and defensive play are just some of the reasons she is a vital team member and one who truly sets the tempo of the game. This player works daily to improve her personal skills and try new moves- most recently executing a tricky reverse sweep. Congratulations and a big shout out to this senior captain, Katia Mendez!”

– Coaches Fairchild, Rizzo, and Dumas


Kobe Polley ’20
Boys’ Varsity Soccer

Kobe Polley

“This player quickly established his value last year as a freshman, becoming a starter and contributor right out of the block. This year he has stepped into a leadership role, helping to solidify an inexperienced defense. His fearless play and strong tackling helped boys soccer earn their first victory on Saturday, a performance he capped off with a scintillating full field dash, that he finished by cooly slotting past the keeper with defenders on his heels and only seconds remaining on the clock, for his first varsity goal. Congratulations, Kobe Polley!”

– Coaches Schatz and Heise


Ptolemy Tassone ’19
Girls’ Varsity Soccer

Ptolemy Tassone

“Some words that people use to describe this person by are positive, encouraging, helpful, and supportive. Among her peers, she is known for her positive energy, her team/school pride and strength. This season she has welcomed every player, regardless of experience and each new coach into the Rocky Hill family. She always makes sure that she has extra gear for her fellow teammates who may be in a bind. In this Wednesday’s 11-3 win vs CATS Academy, she worked through exhaustion and gave 100% while supporting her team, all without complaint. She was a huge contributor to the game and the morale of her teammates. She models positivity, punctuality and cooperation. Congratulations, Ptolemy Tassone.”

– Coaches Zito and Copeland


Zack Wilson ’20
Varsity Cross Country

Zack Wilson

“This Cross Country runner placed first overall for the Rocky Hill team at a recent meet hosted by Providence Country Day School, impressive for a team with a roster of 18 students, and had a top ten finish overall. He has been a fierce competitor so far this season, also running a 5:25 mile time. He continues to improve at a lightning clip, so this week’s Athlete of the Week goes to Zack Wilson!”

– Coaches Tinsley and Russell


Upcoming Games

Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Wednesday, September 27
3:30 p.m.
St Andrews School @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Saturday, September 23
12:00 p.m.
Williams School @ 120R Bloomingdale Rd. Quaker Hill, CT 06375

Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey
Tuesday, September 26
4:15 pm
Lincoln School @ Rehoboth, MA (Faxon Farm Athletic Complex)

Varsity Cross Country
Wednesday, September 27
3:45 p.m.
Marianapolis Prep School Invitational @ Thompson, CT (Marianapolis Preparatory School)

MS Girls’ Field Hockey
Tuesday, September 26
4:15 p.m.
Lincoln School (A/B Mix) @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Soccer A
Tuesday, September 26
3:45 p.m.
San Miguel School (Boys) @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Soccer B
Tuesday, September 26
3:45 p.m.
St. Philomena School (Coed B) @ Portsmouth, RI (St. Philomena School)


Maddie Dutilly ’18 created this video to raise awareness of diabetes and the upcoming JDRF Walk, which will be held on the Rocky Hill School campus on Sunday, October 15.


The Boss family (pictured: Monica ’91, Charlotte ’22, Sydney ’23, and Morgan ’26) recently met Jane Goodall, the renowned animal behavior expert, conservationist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and United Nations Messenger of Peace. Goodall spoke last week as part of URI’s premier lecture series, the Honors Colloquium: Origins: Life, the Universe and Everything.  Her talk was titled “Tomorrow & Beyond: 40 Years of the Jane Goodall Institute.”


Send us your news!

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

September 16, 2017

Divisional News

Lower School Week Ahead

Middle School Weekly Announcements

Upper School Weekly News

eCurrents and each divisional blog can be easily accessed on the new Rocky Hill School mobile app. Click the “Blogs” icon.

Convocation

Yesterday, the school community gathered under the Elm tree in front of Hopelands for the annual tradition of Convocation. Dr. James Tracy opened with a welcome to all students, faculty, and family, as well as special invited guests. A moment of silence was then observed in remembrance of former Headmaster Alan F. Flynn, Jr.

Meg Stowe, Director of Innovation, addressed the community about the ongoing work with LearnLaunch partners and introduced several edtech firm leaders who will embed on the Rocky Hill School campus this month.

Several leaders of companies embedding at Rocky Hill School under the LearnLaunch partnership gathered with RHS administrators after Convocation. Photo courtesy EDSO.

After the formal program, everyone gathered for an all school photograph by Ruth Clegg

…followed by Del’s Lemonade courtesy of the PTL!

View a Convocation photo gallery below by Rob Lee:

2017 RHS Convocation

Who wore it best?


RHEA Fall Courses

There’s still time to register for after school enrichment classes!

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) is an after-school program that is open to the public and provides academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for students in grades K through 5. A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Thursday afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors.

This fall’s courses include Bike Club, Soccer, Basketball, Arts and Crafts, Nature Club, and Adventures in Engineering.

Click here for more information and to register


Rear Parking Lot Reminder

Please note that the rear lot has numbered and reserved spaces for faculty. If you are visiting, please choose a space labeled “Short Term Parking” or park in one of the many visitor spaces in the front lot near Hopelands.


All School PTL Meeting

Friday, September 22 – NEW DATE
8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
Lecture Hall, Flynn Academic Center

Please join us at the first All School PTL meeting of the school year. On the agenda for discussion will be the Fall Classic, the new mobile app, Homecoming, divisional updates, the new Athletics Booster Club, and the Rocky Hill Fund (formerly the Annual Fund).

We look forward to seeing you there!


ACE at Parents Nights

ACE faculty will host a Parents Night for both Middle and Upper School parents on September 26 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Campbell Conference Room. Please RSVP below.

ACE faculty will be available during Parents Night in the Lower School on Monday, September 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Perkins and Preschool.


Fall Classic Golf & Tennis Tournament and Dinner Auction

Monday, September 25
Rocky Hill School Tennis Courts & 
Quidnessett Country Club

Don’t Miss the Fall Classic!

SCHEDULE

Tennis at Rocky Hill School:  8:30 – 12:30 p.m. (also includes dinner).

Golf at Quidnessett Country Club:  12:00 lunch; 1:00 – 5:15 p.m. golf; 5:15 – 8:00 p.m. dinner.

Dinner & Auction at Quidnessett:  5:15 – 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy a live and silent auction as well as the class basket raffle. Look for an online preview email this Sunday including Red Sox tickets for September 29 and a VIP Matunuck Oyster Bar experience for 25 people! The evening includes a beer, wine, and signature cocktail open bar during cocktail hour and a cash bar at dinner and during the luncheon. Parents can request to be seated with their grade, team, or specific friends. 

CAN YOU LEND A HAND?

To volunteer for the event or assist in the Development Office next week please CLICK HERE.

NEED A BABYSITTER?

Rocky Hill students are a great resource for babysitters. If you are looking for a sitter for Monday or any other time, please contact Missy Walker for a list.

NO SPORTS PRACTICES

There are no sports practices or games for Upper School scheduled on the day of the Fall Classic. Student buses will depart early from Rocky Hill School at 4:15 p.m. 

CLASS BASKETS

Don’t forget to turn in your class raffle basket items by Monday, September 18 to your division head or to Missy Walker in Hopelands (2ndfloor). If you have questions please email Missy Walker or Beth DeGerlia.

LAST MINUTE REGISTRATIONS

Call Missy Walker at 401-884-9070 ext. 296  if registering after September 22.


Dr. Tracy Featured in Carney Sandoe Blog

Michael Brosnan, an independent writer and editor, with a particular interest in education and social change, met up with Dr. James Tracy, to discuss innovation in schools and to ask him a few questions about where he sees schools going in the coming years and the role of school leaders in guiding the change process.

Read the conversation by clicking on the image below.


A Look Into World History 1

World History 1 students simulated foraging as modern day hunter-gatherers who were stranded on campus after a major hurricane. They fished, found edible plants, collected shellfish, and even located insects which they could eat. The students also figured out ways to distill potable water and attempted to start a fire without matches or a lighter. Each clan is now working on creating a video that should report on their successes and lessons learned. The hope is that they will be more appreciative of the convenient sustenance provided by their parents and modern civilization.

View a photo gallery of their experiences below by Rob Lee:

2017-18 World History 1


At Work in the Idea Lab

In the Global Engagement & Model UN course, students use the Idea Lab as a work space to examine real-world problems. The course relies on Project-Based Learning where students develop a plan for change.


Teamwork in the Fourth Grade

Aspiring to become a great fourth grade class requires teamwork, trust and resilience. Trying to stack cups using only strings and a rubber band certainly fits that bill. Through their successes and failures, the team’s persevered and grew closer as a wonderful group of problem solvers! The end of the video is worth the wait!


Future Promoter at Work

Earlier this week, Luca Vares ’30 took it upon himself to hold a formal concert in the Lower School amphitheater, complete with tickets that he created for the audience.


Kindness ROCKS at Rocky Hill School!

During last week’s Lower School Community Assembly, Lower School students wrote kind and inspirational messages on rocks that they collected and painted. They placed the rocks around our campus for members of our community to find and hide as a way to spread kindness. Stephanie Cruff, second grade teacher, suggested brought the The Kindness Rocks Project to Rocky Hill School.

“I was inspired to bring the Kindness Rocks project to Rocky Hill when my family and I started finding #SouthCountyRocks around our hometown. The idea of finding painted rocks around town and passing them on to other people, or hiding them for someone else to find, was very exciting and heartwarming. My children learned what random acts of kindness were and how they made you feel. I knew Rocky Hill would be the perfect place to start a project like this. The Lower School students will be working with one another to get the rocks ready for their campus debut. If you happen to find one, feel free to pass it on or hide it somewhere else!”
– Stephanie Cruff

Keep your eyes open for kindness rocks. Find one and hide one!

A kindness rock found hidden near Hopelands

Roman Scavenger Hunt

Mr. Gnolfo‘s intrepid Latin 1 students were tasked with finding elements of Roman architecture around campus. Based on the clues they found inside the “location boxes,” the students researched and presented about their architectural findings.

Latin 1 students

SMAC Talk

Isabella Robinson ’20 delivered the opening Equity and Inclusion Community Talk on what “Equitable Environments” means to her and her experience as a Rocky Hill School student.

Isabella Robinson ’20

If you would like to learn more about the Equity and Inclusion Program at Rocky Hill School, please contact Matt Gnolfo, Director of Diversity at mgnolfo@rockyhill.org.


Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Athletics News

Concession purchases will be available at most home games through the ​Mariner Booster ​Club. If interested in volunteering to help run the concessions, please reach out to Kim Zito or Art Entwistle.


Upcoming Games

Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Friday, September 22
3:15 p.m.
Times2 Academy Boys Soccer @ Merino Park: 32 Heath St, Providence, RI

Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Tuesday, September 19
3:45 p.m.
Times2 Academy (NL) @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey
Tuesday, September 19
4:00 p.m.
Tollgate HS Field Hockey @ Warwick, RI (Community College of RI (Warwick)

Varsity Cross Country
Saturday, September 23
9:00 a.m.
Ocean State Invite @ Warwick, RI (Goddard Memorial State Park)

MS Girls’ Field Hockey
Tuesday, September 19
3:45 p.m.
Gordon School MS Field Hockey (A/B Mix) @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Soccer A
Tuesday, September 19
3:45 p.m.
Barrington Christian Academy MS Soccer (Boys) @ Barrington, RI (Barrington Christian Academy)

MS Soccer B
Tuesday, September 19
3:30 p.m.
West Bay Christian Academy MS Soccer (Coed B Level) @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)


Rocky Hill School sent up-and-coming innovators to the Business Innovation Factory (#BIF2017) Summit at Trinity Repertory Company on Thursday. Reese Jennings ’18, Faythe Schulte ’19, Pascale Burnett ’20, Max Lehouiller ’20, and Esteban Wu ’19 joined 500 people to hear 15-minute stories of transformation, as dozens of people from many different industries and sectors told the stories of their creative processes, their struggles, and where they’re going in the future.

Lauren Savoia, Middle and Upper School Art teacher, recently received the Community Art Educator of the Year Award for 2017 by the Massachusetts Art Education Association. Each calendar year the MAEA recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of Art Education in Massachusetts. This is a tremendous honor, given to only one recipient each year.

Lauren Savoia

“Your passion and dedication to the arts and creative learning make a powerful impact on our community! Thank you for the great work you do in the field and to your contribution to teaching and learning in Massachusetts.”
– Massachusetts Art Education Association

Ms. Savoia will be honored at the AnnualMassachusetts Art Education Association Conference: Shaping Human Potential at UMass Amherst in November. She will also present a lecture at the conference titled “Global Connections; Community Engagement in 21st Century Art Education.”


College Admission Facebook Event

Tara Dowling, Director of College Counseling, participated in a Facebook Live event at the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Annual Conference in Boston last week.

The Facebook Live program featured three professionals known in the international admission and counseling community, who bring their unique professional and personal perspectives to the conversation. Ms. Dowling was asked to join due to her social media presence, long experience, and humor.

NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) has more than 15,000 members. The conference saw approximately half that number on site in Boston.


Send us your news!

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

September 8, 2017

Divisional News

Division-specific “nuts and bolts” updates, including important dates for long term planning, alerts on big assignments, projects, and trips, can be found in each division’s blog.

Click the links below to read more from each division:

Lower School Week Ahead

Middle School Weekly Announcements

Upper School Weekly News

Additionally, eCurrents and each divisional blog can be easily accessed on the new Rocky Hill School mobile app. Click the “Blogs” icon.

A Message from the Admission Office

The Admission Office welcomes all of the new students and their families to the Rocky Hill School community! We have had a fantastic year in Admissions and are happy to report that applications increased 45% over last year, which translated to the highest school enrollment since 2012. We are all looking forward to another great year. If you know of any families that might be interested in Rocky Hill School for the 2018-19 school year, please don’t hesitate to contact the Admission Office.


The Terry Coes Innovative Teaching Endowment for 2017

We are extremely proud to announce the recipients of the Terry Coes Innovative Teaching Endowment: Robert (Rob) Lee (Chair of the Social Science Department), and Ashley Ferranti (Chair of the Foreign Language Department). Each of the proposals were required to identify specific goals, skills, and benefits to the Rocky Hill School learning community.

Rob Lee
Ashley Ferranti

In honor of the late Terry Coes, a beloved teacher, innovator, and passionate photographer, Rob Lee presented a detailed proposal outlining the multiple merits and benefits of enhanced video and audio equipment for aspiring videographers and students across the community.

Ashley Ferranti submitted a proposal for the Duolingo English Test, a real-world language assessment tool, to allow Rocky Hill School’s ELL students to take a cutting-edge exam that is more accessible, more affordable, in line with the most current assessment trends, and accepted by leading schools of higher education.

Read more here


Parking Reminder

Parents who drop off their children at school and have a need to walk their child(ren) to their building are asked to park in a designated short-term or visitor space.

Pick Up – Front Lot

  • Parents who pick up their children in the front lot are requested to either park in a designated short-term or visitor space, or line up near the portico (by the Alumni Tennis Courts) no later than 3:15 p.m. Lower School students will be released to their parents from the portico at that time.
  • The Rocky Hill School campus is a clean-air campus and idling is discouraged. Parents who choose to wait in their car are requested to shut off their vehicles.

Student and Class Photos

Ruth Clegg will once again photograph individual students and classes this year. Lower School photos have already been taken and the remaining dates for photography sessions are as follows:

  • Middle School – Friday, September 15
  • Upper School – Thursday, September 14

More information is available here


Have you downloaded our app yet?

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

  • School News
  • Events Calendar
  • Athletics Schedules, Rosters, and Results
  • Faculty Directory
  • Notifications
  • School Map
  • Library
  • Health & Safety
  • Checklists
  • Alumni
  • PTL and Parent Resources
  • eCurrents and divisional blogs
  • Library
  • School Stores
  • Lunch Menu

Visit www.rockyhill.org/app/ for more information.


RHEA Fall Courses

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) is an after-school program that is open to the public and provides academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for students in grades K through 5. A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Thursday afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors.

This fall’s courses include Bike Club, Soccer, Basketball, Arts and Crafts, Nature Club, and Adventures in Engineering.

Click here for more information and to register


ACE at Parents Nights

ACE faculty will host a Parents Night for both Middle and Upper School parents on September 26 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Campbell Conference Room.

ACE faculty will be available during Parents Night in the Lower School on September 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Perkins and Preschool.


Fall Classic Golf & Tennis Tournament and Dinner Auction

Monday, September 25
Quidnessett Country Club

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

If you have questions, want to volunteer, or would like to donate an auction item, please email Missy Walker or Beth DeGerlia. We are looking for sports tickets, vacation rentals, gift certificates, catering packages, and nice bottles of wine for the auction. Proceeds will support athletics, scholarships and financial aid, and the School’s innovation programs including the LearnLaunch partnership and the Center for Innovation. Learn more or register online.

Young Innovator Shares His Story

Today, students had the opportunity to experience innovation and the connection to our pedagogical mission at Rocky Hill School. Faculty, along with a group of students from both our upper and lower school followed the life of Cliff Weitzman, founder of Speechify while studying at Brown University. Cliff generously spent time on our campus, sharing what kinds of experiences have shaped him as a student and as a problem solver. Students and faculty were enthralled with Cliff’s dynamic and passionate style as he described the qualities we have identified as many of our Core Competencies. Cliff demonstrated self-awareness, collaboration, innovation, and being a nimble, resourceful, and adaptable learner and creator.

Cliff Weitzman wakes up the audience before his discussion.
Cliff Weitzman addresses fourth grade students and a handful of Upper School students and faculty.
Cliff Weitzman of Speechify and Meg Stowe, Director of Innovation, with students.

Faculty “Rise and Shine”

Some of the artwork created by faculty members during last week’s “Rise and Shine” morning before professional development meetings. These works were created while the artists listened to Miles Davis’ “Some Kind of Blue.”

Orientation Camaraderie

During Orientation on Tuesday, Upper School students played Breakout but no one managed to unlock their box.


Middle School Enviroweek

Despite the rain, the Middle School made the most of the first day of school, enjoying reconnecting with old friends, making new ones, and building community, while successfully dodging lightning storms and torrential downpours.

Eighth graders take advantage of a break in the storm for a quick jump off the dock.
Seventh graders journaling during a quiet moment.
Seventh graders Abigail Grandin, Ben Lawson, Isabel Guastella, and Francesca McCaughey design a method for capturing a “toxic” spill.
Eighth graders Rachel Arabian, Charlotte Boss, Kara Lee, Lily Kerachsky, and Nicole Xing get ready to pass the hula hoop in their challenge.
Sixth graders Biagio DiCenso, Colin Zito, Dalton Donovan, Alex Lehouiller, and Andrew Corsi reflect on a group challenge.
Sixth graders Lillian Liebermensch and Nathan Lee came up with a new line of moisturizer during Enviroweek.

Kindergarten Snapshots

First day of Kindergarten!

Athletics Results & Recaps

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


Athletics News

Click the image below to view a Providence Journal slideshow of the season opener at Pilgrim High School.

Photo by Kris Craig for the Providence Journal

MS Field Hockey players show support prior to the Varsity team’s first home game.

Upcoming Games

Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Wednesday, September 13
4:00 p.m.
Williams Soccer @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Thursday, September 14
4:00 p.m.
CATS Academy Soccer (NL) @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey
Tuesday, September 12
4:00 p.m.
South Kingstown HS Field Hockey@ South Kingstown, RI (Curtis Corner Middle School)

Varsity Cross Country
Wednesday, September 13
4:00 p.m.
Providence Country Day School Invite @ East Providence, RI (Providence Country Day School)

MS Girls’ Field Hockey
Tuesday, September 19
3:45 p.m.
Gordon School MS Field Hockey (A/B Mix) @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

MS Soccer A
Tuesday, September 19
3:45 p.m.
Barrington Christian Academy MS Soccer (Boys) @ Barrington, RI (Barrington Christian Academy)

MS Soccer B
Tuesday, September 19
3:30 p.m.
West Bay Christian Academy MS Soccer (Coed B Level) @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)


This past summer, Gregory Tatevian ’22 paid two visits to the West Bay Children’s Center with concerts and talks about music and musical instruments.

Congratulations are in order for Rachel Armentano, her husband, Bob, and daughter Daphne on the new addition to their family! Tate Reed Armentano was born on Wednesday on the full moon, just like his sister.

 

JWU welcomes Heather Lind ’17 to their field hockey team as midfielder.

Click here to read more

Heather Lind ’17 during a game against Burrillville HS in September 2016.

Send us your news!

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


September 3, 2017

New for 2017-2018

This school year, eCurrents will highlight important all-school news and events of interest. Division-specific “nuts and bolts” updates, including important dates for long term planning, alerts on big assignments, projects, and trips, can be found in each division’s blog.

Click the links below to read more from each division:

Lower School Week Ahead

Middle School Weekly Announcements

Upper School Weekly News

Additionally, eCurrents and each divisional blog can be easily accessed on the new Rocky Hill School mobile app.

Opening Information

Orientation
Tuesday, September 5

Lower School:  All students, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Middle School:  Students new to MS, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Upper School:  Students new to US, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, September 5, lunch will be served to all students from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

ACE Orientation
Tuesday, September 5

LS: 9:30-10:00 a.m. in Perkins
MS: 8:30-10:00 a.m., Campbell Conference Room
US: 12:00-1:00 p.m., Campbell Conference Room

Classes Begin
Wednesday, September 6

All Busing Begins
Wednesday, September 6


Parking and Drop Off
Parents who drop off their children at school and have a need to walk their child(ren) to their building are asked to park in a designated short-term or visitor space.

Pick Up – Front Lot

  • Parents who pick up their children in the front lot are requested to either park in a designated short-term or visitor space, or line up near the portico (by the Alumni Tennis Courts) no later than 3:15 p.m. Lower School students will be released to their parents from the portico at that time.
  • The Rocky Hill School campus is a clean-air campus and idling is discouraged. Parents who choose to wait in their car are requested to shut off their vehicles.

All School PTL
Meet and Greet Social

Wednesday, September 6
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Campbell Conference Room

All parents are invited for light refreshments and lively conversation to kick-off the new school year. Meet new and returning families and hear updates about Rocky Hill School from Dr. Tracy.

Student and Class Photos

Ruth Clegg will once again photograph individual students and classes this year. Dates for photography sessions are as follows:

  • Lower School – Thursday, September 7 and Friday, September 8
  • Middle School – Friday, September 15
  • Upper School – Wednesday, September 6 and Thursday, September 14

More information is available here


New Faculty & Staff

We are pleased to welcome 12 new faculty and staff members to the Rocky Hill School community!

Photo by Ruth Clegg

Back row (left to right): Rebecca Rabidoux, School Nurse; Mike Gwaltney, Head of Upper School; Tim Burns, MS Health & PE; Wendy Gustavel, Third Grade Teacher; and Martha Cunningham, Director of Information Services.

Front row (left to right): Ashley Lee, K-2 Teacher; Meg Stowe, Director of Innovation; Brianna Runshe, US Science; Jennifer Copeland, US Spanish; Charlotte Buecheler, MS & US French; and Lauren Savoia, MS & US Art.

Missing from photo: Julie Cox, Instrumental Strings Instructor


Download Our New App

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

  • School News
  • Events Calendar
  • Athletics Schedules and Rosters
  • Faculty Directory
  • Notifications
  • School Map
  • Library
  • Health & Safety
  • Checklists
  • Alumni
  • PTL
  • eCurrents
  • Library
  • School Stores
  • Lunch Menu

Visit www.rockyhill.org/app/ for more information.


RHEA Fall Courses

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) is an after-school program that is open to the public and provides academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for students in grades K through 5. A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Thursday afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors.

This fall’s courses include Bike Club, Soccer, Basketball, Arts and Crafts, Nature Club, and Adventures in Engineering.

Click here for more information and to register


Middle School Enviroweek

As is the tradition, the Middle School will kick off the new school year with three days of experiential learning and community building, bringing together returning Middle School students and those students new to the division. Enviroweek activities include kayaking at the waterfront and at points nearby in Narragansett Bay, exploring the Hunt River watershed, a field trip to the state-of-the-art recycling facility at the Johnston Landfill, camping out on campus or at Burlingame State Park, taking a nine-mile hike, as well as creating their Social Contract, learning about each other through games and challenges, and having fun.


Fall Classic Golf & Tennis Tournament and Dinner Auction

Monday, September 25
Quidnessett Country Club

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

If you have questions, want to volunteer, or would like to donate an auction item, please email Missy Walker or Beth DeGerlia. We are looking for sports tickets, vacation rentals, gift certificates, catering packages, and nice bottles of wine for the auction. Proceeds will support athletics, scholarships and financial aid, and the School’s innovation programs including the LearnLaunch partnership and the Center for Innovation. Learn more or register online.

In Our Memories:
Alan F. Flynn, Jr.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the recent passing of beloved former Headmaster of Rocky Hill School Alan F. Flynn, Jr., husband of Emi Flynn and father of Alan ’85 and Sarah ’86. Alan served as Headmaster from 1975 to 1991.

Read more here


Faculty Professional Development

Faculty and staff gathered last week for several days of professional development and team building exercises to prepare for the 2017-2018 school year. They started their second day of meetings with “Rise and Shine” activities in the morning that included hiking the Land of Fires Nature Trail, yoga, painting to music, ceramics, gardening, and photography.

Click the image below to view a slideshow

Rise & Shine Faculty Activities

LearnLaunch Partnership

Rocky Hill School faculty and staff met with their new LearnLaunch partners last month for 2017-18 planning and team building. The feedback was enthusiastic and optimistic from both LearnLaunch and Rocky Hill School teachers’ perspectives.

“I am thrilled to be engaged with such dynamic, fearless, and inspiring people who choose to make a difference every day.” – Meg Stowe, Rocky Hill School’s  Director of Innovation

LearnLaunch founders with RHS Assistant Head of School for Internal Affairs, Diane Rich and ACE Literacy Educator, Niki Stanley.
RHS ACE educator Niki Stanley with Education Modified Founder, Melissa Corto.

Freshman Trip to Berkshires

The Class of 2021 spent three days at the Berkshire Outdoor Center and engaged in team building activities to start their time in the Upper School. They climbed the alpine tower, gave a try at the giant swing, learned how to use a compass, and much more. Prefects from the Class of 2018 led activities and helped to provide motivation.

Click the image below to view a slideshow

Berkshire Outdoor Center - Class of 2021

News from the Waterfront

The School was pleased to partner again with Dr. Laura Meyerson and students from University of Rhode Island to support the Diamondback Terrapin turtles nesting on our waterfront. The research fellowship was funded through URI and the RHS Interact Club purchased all of the materials needed to build the cages used to protect the nests from predators. Read more below.

URI student helps rare turtle rebound from declining population

Pony Barn Renovation

While the campus was mostly quiet last month, groundbreaking on the Pony Barn renovation began in earnest with the installation of a new septic system. Watch for more updates in eCurrents.


Upcoming Athletic Events

Upper School Practices – Tuesday, September 5

  • Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Cross Country 1-2:30pm
  • Girls’ Field Hockey has an away game at 4:00 p.m. at Pilgrim HS, departing at 2:30 p.m. and returning by 6:30 p.m.

Upper School Meet The Fall Coaches Night
Wednesday, September 6
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center

Students of fall competitive sports and their parents are encouraged to attend. Pizza and appetizers will be available.

Click here to RSVP


Upcoming Games

Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey
Tuesday, September 5
4:00 p.m.

Pilgrim HS Field Hockey @ Warwick, RI (Pilgrim High School)


Zack Wilson ’20 and Paul Ritter ’20 participated in a National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine at Babson College in July. They were recommended as standout biology students who show intellectual curiosity and interest in science by Science Department Chair Pat Matson.

Earlier this summer, Darshell Silva, Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist, presented at ISTE in San Antonio, TX about Rocky Hill School’s FabLab events and the Idea Lab. She was featured in a video interview about Diversity in Maker Education by Design Make Teach.

Darshell also presented two sessions at the Rhode Island TeacherFest in Narragansett on Hyperdocs and Librarian as Tech Coach.
The Class of 2017. Photo by Ruth AB Clegg.

Everyone at Rocky Hill School wishes the Class of 2017 the very best as they matriculate to the following colleges and universities:

Babson College
Bard College
Bentley University
Boston College
Brown University
Bryant University
Chapman University
Dartmouth College
Florida Southern College
Johnson & Wales University
Marlboro College
Mitchell College
New York University
Nichols College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Salve Regina University
Seton Hall University
St. John’s College (MD)
Syracuse University
Tulane University
UC Irvine
UC Santa Barbara
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Miami
University of Rhode Island
University of Vermont
Wheaton College
Wheelock College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Send us your news!

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


August 24, 2017

Opening Information

Orientation
Tuesday, September 5

Lower School:  All students, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Middle School:  Students new to MS, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Upper School:  Students new to US, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

ACE Orientation
Tuesday, September 5

LS: 9:30-10:00 a.m. in Perkins
MS: 8:30-10:00 a.m., Campbell Conference Room
US: 12:00-1:00 p.m., Campbell Conference Room

Classes Begin
Wednesday, September 6

All Busing Begins
Wednesday, September 6


Download the New Rocky Hill Mobile App!

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

  • School News
  • Events Calendar
  • Athletics Schedules and Rosters
  • Faculty Directory
  • Notifications
  • School Map
  • Library
  • Health & Safety
  • Checklists
  • Alumni
  • PTL
  • eCurrents
  • Library
  • School Stores
  • Lunch Menu

And more!


Stay Informed in an Emergency

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

Rocky Hill School uses Remind, a mass notification service, to rapidly communicate health, safety, or emergency information using text messaging or in-app notifications.

This RHS Alert system 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 sign up for RHS Alerts. Once you subscribe, you may be prompted to download the Remind app. There is no need to download the app as the alerts will be sent to you as a text message and/or an email.

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

Click here to learn about the ways the School communicates with the community in an emergency.


RHEA Fall Courses Announced

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) is an after-school program that is open to the public and provides academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for students in grades K through 5. A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Thursday afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors.

This fall’s courses include Bike Club, Soccer, Basketball, Arts and Crafts, Nature Club, and Adventures in Engineering.

Click here for more information and to register


Looking for Donated Items

Pam Matson, Science Department Chair, is seeking items for use in her two new Forensics Science classes this fall. Specifically, she is hoping to receive the following:

  • Large refrigerator boxes
  • Wigs (real, not Halloween costumes)
  • Large empty coffee cans
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Adult large-sized t-shirts (no holes, decent condition)
  • Working compass(es)
  • Full mouth dental impressions (from people getting braces or dentures)
  • Mannequins (from department stores going out of business?)
  • White baker’s paper on rolls
  • Brown butcher paper on rolls
  • Floor tiles (assorted material and patterns)
  • Assorted fabric in square feet (wool, cotton, polyester, neoprene, nylon, satin, etc.)
  • Carpet remnants (new, decent shape, small pieces)

Ms. Matson can be reached at pmatson@rockyhill.org

Will Hanney ’23 studies hair and fiber samples in Ms. Matson’s “CSI” camp last month.

Fall Classic
Golf & Tennis Tournament
and Dinner Auction

Monday, September 25
Quidnessett Country Club

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

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


Jim Tracy Discusses Impact of Artificial Intelligence

In early August, Jim Tracy was invited to discuss artificial intelligence’s effects on education and employment on WADK 1540 AM‘s “Open Forum” with Frank Prosnitz. During the hour-long conversation, Dr. Tracy discussed how the rapid advancement of robotics will alter the employment landscape and how today’s students can prepare for it. In the final segment, Jim and Frank discussed Rocky Hill School’s new partnership with LearnLaunch.

Click here to listen to the podcast


Jim Tracy also spoke at the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce about new initiatives at Rocky Hill School, insights from his research about the impact robotics and artificial intelligence will have on employment and education in America, and the LearnLaunch partnership.

Dr. Tracy with Steve Lombardi (EGCC), Beth DeGerlia, and Paul Muffaleto (EG Rotary).

Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) held a press conference on July 10, following a roundtable discussion with senior executives from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), representatives from other local employers, and the Mass Tech Leadership Council. Dr. Jim Tracy was honored to be a participant in this partnership. At the press conference, Moulton announced the introduction of the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act which would create public-private partnerships to serve as intermediaries between employers participating in registered apprenticeship programs, industry and training partners, and government entities.

Read more about it by clicking here.


Important Reminder

Athletic Participation Requirement Reminder
All individuals participating in a school-affiliated program must have all health information up to date and on file with Magnus Health prior to participation.


Upcoming Athletic Events

Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey Injury Fund Tournament

Saturday, August 26
8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Upper School “Meet The Coaches” Night
Wednesday, September 6
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Flynn Academic Center
Pizza and appetizers will be available


Eva Richards ’26 earned first place in the National Miss Southern New England Pageant this summer. She will soon be photographed for Pawtucket-based toy company Hasbro, Inc.


Reese Jennings ’18 and Austin Jandrucko ’18 completed a two-week robotics program at WPI. The program culminated with the building and competing of an FRC League robot. Reese and Austin earned an award for their creative design concept.


Jade Ma ’23 completed her five-week Trinity Rep Young Actors Summer Institute. She loved it. Here is one of the clips from the showcase performance.

Bravo, Jade!

Matt Gnolfo earned a bronze medal finish in judo at the New England Masters Invitational with his childhood friend taking the gold (photo on left). On the right is a picture from an east coast training trip in July at Cranford Judo with Sensei Nick Yonezuka. Nick, the youngest judoka ever in the Olympic Games, was 16 years old when he competed in 1980.


Lisa Reimer will be performing in Self-Help at the Newport Playhouse, September 7 through October 8. Visit the Newport Playhouse website for more information or to buy tickets.


Andrew Fink ’97, 14-season head coach of the Mount Ida College men’s lacrosse team, was recently featured in the the Valley Breeze. Andrew attributed his success and passion for lacrosse to his time at Rocky Hill School in the late 1990s.


Hunter Gallant ’17 was recently named a National AP Scholar. In February, Hunter was named a Candidate in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, and Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program in September 2016.

Congratulations, Hunter!


Anessa Petteruti ’17 blogs about food and shares recipes at foodfinessa.com. She also has been a regular contributor to the Providence Journal’s food section. Read her latest piece and view her food photos by clicking here.

Photo by Anessa Petteruti ’17

Send us your news!

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