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 http://www.labmf.org/

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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December 7, 2018

Recently, the Hackathon team, From Streetlights to Treelights, presented their idea to Anthony Baro, founder of E2SOL and PowerDocks. Their concept was to recode the DNA of tree seeds with fluorescent protein to produce natural light in trees. They were able to refine and present their pitch, engage in Q&A about start-ups, and begin to establish their external network. The team received outstanding praise from Baro and when they finished their pitch, his first advice was to consider filing patents and hiring an intellectual property lawyer. Suffice it to say, we are already following up and he is excited to help them create internships in areas of their choosing at E2SOL and PowerDocks.

Mark Your Calendar
Winter Choral Concert:  Thursday, December 13 | 6:30 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Winter Break:  December 22 – January 6

Holiday Sale in the SWAG Store
Enjoy 20% off all merchandise in the RHS SWAG Store located in Hopelands. Brand your Mariner in RHS sweatshirts, sweatpants, T-shirts, socks, and more (adult and children’s sizes available). Special hours are noted below.
Wednesday, December 12th | 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, December 13th | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19th | 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Veracross Access from RHS App!
Parents love the convenience of the RHS Mobile App. Now you have access to an easy link to Veracross via the Portals page. Just enter your password and you’re in! If you do not have the app downloaded on your phone, you can access it from the iPhone App Store and in Google Play.

Annual Mug Sale
The annual RHS mug sale to support the arts is back! Mugs are handmade by Mr. Chatterley and are just $25 each. Reserve your mug HERE or by emailing Rachel Armentano.  They can be picked up at the Winter Solstice celebration on Friday, December 21st in the Campbell Center lobby (outside the cafeteria).

Great Gift for the Holidays – Adult Pottery
Looking for a fun and creative holiday gift for someone special in your life? This winter Mike Chatterley will be offering RHEA+ Adult Pottery classes on Wednesday evenings. This six-week course is a great way to learn a new skill and bring home your own pottery. For details and to register, CLICK HERE.

Winter RHEA Registration Open
A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Thursday mornings and afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors.

Winter 2019 Session
January 14 – March 7 (days and times vary)
Register by Thursday, January 10, 2019

Courses
Engineering Club (Grades 5-8)
Baking and Crafts (Grades K-5)
Toy Hack Club (Grades 3-5)
Learn to Play Violin (Grades K-5)
Full STEAM Ahead (Grades 2-5)
Pottery (Grades 1-5)
Sleepover Sewing (Grades 3-8)
Creative Business (Grades 6-8)
Paper Mache (Grades K-5)
Theatre by the Bay (Grades 3-5)
Winter Adventure Club (Grades 5-8)

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Something to Talk About
RHS is redesigning our website, and parent, student, and alumni testimonials are always impactful. If you would be willing to share your testimonial for inclusion on the site, please email your write-up to Kristie Stark.

Calling All 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders!
Does your child have a friend, cousin or neighbor who might be interested in attending Rocky Hill  School? If so, they are welcome to come to school with your child for “Bring a Friend to School Day” on Friday, January 18th. Permissions slips will be available after break.

Volunteers Needed for Lego Robotics State Qualifier
This year, RHS is hosting the Lego Robotics State Qualifier and we need volunteers on the big day. Middle and Upper School students, and parents, can assist with a variety of tasks from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on SaturdayDecember 15. You can volunteer for the morning, afternoon, or the entire day. If you are willing to help please contact Charlie Laurent or Caity MacDonald.

Yearbooks at a Discount
The Crest is an amazing student-designed yearbook that represents students from all three divisions and is a must-have keepsake. Yearbooks are 10% off now through December 21 – the last sale price of the year! Take advantage of the discount while you still can. To place an order, go to www.coffeepond.com, click on “Order Yearbooks,” and enter the school password, TheCrest2019 (no spaces). Simply follow the prompts to complete your order.

Yearbooks Tributes
We invite you to support the Yearbook Club and celebrate the Class of 2019 by ordering a tribute/sponsorship page. Your tribute can include quotes, personal messages, and/or photos to celebrate your graduate. Sponsors are also welcome to send their good wishes to graduating seniors while promoting their business. All tributes and sponsorship pages should be completed and submitted by February 15, 2019. LEARN MORE

Learning in Action
At Rocky Hill School, our students are engaged in deep learning every day. Whether they collaborate with outside experts, engage in Project Based Learning, or act as good citizens, we celebrate the impact they have on their own learning and the world around them.

The Rocky Hill Mini Mariners First Lego League Robotics team recently Skyped with NASA astronaut, Kjell Lindgren. Thanks to the support of Rocky Hill Alum, Brad Davey ’89, the team had the unique opportunity to chat with Kjell and ask him questions about his experiences in orbit. Kjell spent 120 days aboard the International Space Station in 2015 and his stories captivated all who attended the Skype. The Mini Mariners are studying the effects of long-term space travel on an astronaut’s physical and mental health.

The students are developing a program that would recommend to NASA that it incorporate mindfulness training into its astronaut preparation program. Much to the relief of the team, Kjell confirmed that there is currently no formal mindfulness program for astronauts in training. We’re sure you will join us in wishing the team good luck as they compete in the Rhode Island State Qualifier on December 15th at Rocky Hill School.  Members of the team include Skye Connell, Ethan Grandin, Sayuri Lakhkar, Alexa Laurent, Alex Lehouiller, Luke Lehouiller, Mara Newkirk, Katie O’Neil, Jonathan Riley, Leah Walker, and Eighth Grade Mentor, Abbey Grandin.

7th Grade Fashion Feedback
Last week the Seventh Grade concluded their figure drawing and fashion design unit by hosting a feedback forum in the Campbell Conference room. Students showed off their fashion-forward unisex clothing designs to area professionals. The special event was a huge success and filled with questions, compliments, and connections. Mrs. Armentano would like to thank local fashion designer Amy Deblasio, professional photographer and RHS photography teacher Dawn Temple, Professor Linda Welters from the URI Department of Fashion and Merchandising, RHS parent Jennifer Massotti of Barrington Books, designer Kylee Moraton of Cleanbrands, and RHS Director of Innovation Meg Stowe for joining the Seventh Grade for this wonderful event. For a closer look at the artwork, CLICK HERE.

Mystic Aquarium Visit

The US Marine Biology students visited Mystic Aquarium last week. They had the opportunity to take a comparative anatomy class with a Mystic educator. In addition to enjoying all of the exhibits and animals, they viewed real specimens of skulls and used dichotomous keys to determine the species of marine mammals.

Lower School PE Classes Climb to New Heights!

On Thursday, November 29th, the second and third grade classes took a P.E. field trip to Rock Spot Climbing in Peace Dale, RI. They had a blast using their critical thinking skills to navigate the best path to the top of each rock wall. During the team building exercise, they utilized their communication skills to solve a challenging problem.

9th Grade Chariot Race
The annual “Roman Chariot Race,” was hosted by Ninth Grade World History students and included all freshmen and the defending champions from the other three grades. The teams designed homemade chariots and teams raced in qualifying heats and then in a final championship round. The team of Lily Kerachsky (charioteer) and horses Kaeley Zito, Davis Lee, and Sonny Massotti came out on top! Not only is the event a fun way to learn about ancient times, but it also requires students to be builders, engineers, and collaborators!

JDRF Visits Middle School
Brandon Denson, from the JDRF organization, shared his personal story with Middle and Upper School students. As a football player at Michigan State, and then with the Carolina Panthers, and even a Ninja Warrior, Brandon’s story emphasized the “thrive not survive” motto and empowers not only Type 1 diabetics, but all students to reach their fullest potential.

Interact Club Lends a Hand
Thank you to everyone who donated clothing for the Interact Community Service Club collection for Clothes-to-Kids, a non-profit organization that provides a wardrobe to students whose families are experiencing financial hardship. The students helped sort the clothes they brought and learned about the amazing program.

Model Rocket Building Begins in the Middle School!
After school, students in the Middle School have been busy learning about the science behind model rockets, with experts from the Newport Civil Air Patrol.

6th graders August Moran and Elise Beland check their work with Richard Courtney of the Newport Civil Air Patrol during Model Rocket Building which started this week.
Students Present to East Greenwich Rotary
RHS students who went on the Interact Club service trip to Puerto Rico this August delivered a presentation to the East Greenwich Rotary this week. The Club helped sponsor the trip and members were impressed by their video and the impact the trip had on the students.
The Winter Instrumental Concert was one to remember. Congratulations to our talented musicians and thank you for an entertaining evening!

Winter Choral Concert
Don’t miss the upcoming Winter Choral Concert and your chance to tour the new recording studio on Thursday, December 13! The concert will be held in the Sharpe Gymnasium beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tours of the recording studio begin at 6:00 p.m.

New Recording Studio AnnouncedThanks to a generous contribution by Mr. John Ponte, the School was able to purchase the sound equipment needed to install a new recording studio in the music room in Campbell. The Lehouiller Family and an anonymous family also supported the creation of the room by donating furniture and carpeting. Be sure to come by and see it before the concert!

8th Grade Art on View Downtown
Eighth grade, painted paper collages are now on view at the Nook Coffee House in downtown East Greenwich. Student artwork will be showcased at different times, rotating every couple of weeks through the middle of January. Stop by for a look at the beautiful art display and a delicious coffee. Please note: parents will receive an email when their child’s work is on display.

Athletes of the Week
Kaeley Zito ’22, Girls Basketball
Steven Lora ’19, Boys Basketball
Ben Pogacar ’21, eSports

Be a Fan!
US Basketball has begun. Check the portal for schedule and score updates. MS Basketball will begin after winter break. If it is not listed in your portal schedule beginning in January, you have not signed up for the team and need to contact Ms. Williams.

Boys Varsity & JV Basketball
Friday, December 7 @Brewster Academy
Saturday, December 8 vs. Curry Hicks Cage @ UMASS
JV:  Friday, December 14 @ Putnam Science Academy
December 15-16 for Mariner Classic @ RHS

Girls Varsity Basketball
Wednesday, December 12 @ Springfield Commonwealth Academy
Friday, December 14 vs. Putnam

Going for Greatness Speaker Panel
Athletics hosted a speaker panel entitled “Going for Greatness” last week. Guests included Cindy Blodgett (All-American, WNBA 6th overall draft pick), Tip Fairchild (All-American, member of Houston Astros’ 2005 draft class), Katelyn Jarrell (Team USA Judo), and Sean Quirk (All-American and current Head Coach of the Boston Cannons MLL team). Panelists spoke about their journeys to the pinnacle of their sport and how they overcame obstacles along the way.

Aviva Beringhause ’19 individually raised $825 to be combined with the $200 Rocky Hill School’s Chinese Culture Club raised at Homecoming to help migrant children in China in need of eye treatment and eyeglasses. These three little girls were beneficiaries and are now able to thrive in their school!

Esteban Wu ’19 has been working on a project focused on bringing greater accessibility to the blind and visually impaired in public venues. As a freshman, he was introduced to a technology known as the BlindSquare Beacon Positioning System (BPS), which assists people with visual impairments. The app, similar to a GPS, is tailored for the blind and visually impaired, utilizing precise audio instructions. He was inspired and determined to bring this useful technology back to the RI community. Ultimately, Esteban secured financial support and backing from InSight (a Rhode Island agency that provides various services to the blind and visually impaired) and helped design and install the layout for the first BPS in Rhode Island at the INSIGHT rehabilitation center. This pilot program will serve as a training ground for the Orientation and Mobility Specialists and their students to learn and practice this technology for independent travel. It is Esteban’s dream to see this technology being adopted and deployed at T.F. Green Airport, for the benefit and increased accessibility of all individuals with visual impairments. Pictured above is Esteban delivering a presentation at the 2018 Northeast AER Conference entitled, Indoor Navigation using iBeacon: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Program.

Head of School Diane Rich was featured on AMAZING WOMEN on WPRO last Sunday. She discussed the innovative ways RHS is teaching children and the importance of students finding a school and program that helps them flourish as individuals. If you missed the broadcast you can catch it online, HERE.

During our Fall Classic auction, faculty and administrators donated special experiences to help support the cause. An art lesson from Ms. Rachel Armentano and a baking party with Head of School Diane Rich were among them. Students had so much fun on their special adventures over the last two weeks.

 

Congratulations to Gregory Blasbalg ’90 (pictured on the left) who is starting his second term on the North Kingstown School Committee and will continue to serve as Chairman.  Greg shared, “It’s a privilege and honor to be able to work with our great school department and my colleagues on the Committee.”


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