US Weekly News: Monday, May 21, 2018

The Upper School spring play “Big Love” continues with the final show this Tuesday night. Join the cast of the Deckhands Theatre Co. on the lawn at the RHS waterfront.


THIS WEEK

Spring Upper School Play: “Big Love”
Tuesday, May 22, 6:30pm
RHS Waterfront

10th & 11th Grade Trips
Wednesday, May 23 – Friday, May 25

ON THE HORIZON

Memorial Day Holiday — School Closed
Monday, May 28

Academic Awards Night
Thursday, June 7

Commencement
Friday, June 8


“IT CAN WAIT” — SAFETY AND CITIZENSHIP

On Friday, Rhode Island Assistant Attorney General John Corrigan and Rhode Island State Police Sergeant Gregory Cunningham gave a presentation to the Upper School called “It Can Wait,” explaining the dangers of distracted driving.

On June 1st, Rhode Island’s new “hands-free” law takes effect, and this presentation made clear to students just how dangerous distracted driving can be. Student use their smartphones all day long, and some may have sent a text, checked Facebook, sent a SnapChat, or taken a selfie while driving or know someone who has while they were passengers. The guest speakers explained why this is a very dangerous practice, and why it is so important to have both hands on the wheel at all times when driving.

A video from AT&T kicked off the event. Using examples of people who have had loved ones involved in accidents while using their phones, the video and the speakers made clear that when you are using your smartphone while you’re driving, your eyes are off the road. The ability to see other vehicles, pedestrians and other distractions is compromised.

Students and adults were encouraged to “take the pledge” to be better drivers and passengers, and to leave their phones in their pockets, bags, or, better yet, to put their phones in the trunk of their car while driving.


OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS — NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR INNOVATION

Each week, we share news from Meg Stowe, our Director of Innovation, featuring upcoming opportunities for students and families.

Programs to Check Out:
Student-Hosted Podcast Series (found on iTunes!)
Engaging Tomorrow’s Leaders: Conversations with Experts, Hosted by Kids!
Details provided by Director of Innovation, Meg Stowe


WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

The Problem With Hurrying Childhood Learning (EdWeek) — Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget often responded to the question “How can we accelerate a child’s progress through the stages?” by expressing bafflement. He would explain that there is absolutely no advantage to speeding up a child’s progression. It’s not a race. In high schools, the “Race to Calculus” is an example of speeding up toward a particular outcome without taking the time to ask what is sacrificed in that rush. Too many kids are hurried and harried toward the level they’re “supposed” to be on by the end of a given grading period, with too little attention given to the path they’re walking to get there. This article discusses ways that teachers, parents, and administrators can take a deep breath and see past the timetables set by adults to the particular journeys of the children themselves.


Rocky Hill School’s eight Student Competencies are attributes of bold learners, who are prepared to navigate a complex and changing world.


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.

Click here to learn more.

 

 

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US Weekly News: Monday, May 14, 2018


Upper Schoolers treated us to some wonderful music over the last two Thursday nights, at the Spring Instrumental and Choral Concerts. Congratulations to instructor-directors Emily Serotta and Jack McNamara, and to all the musicians and singers.


THIS WEEK

AP Exams
continue until Friday, May 18

Spring Upper School Play: “Big Love”
Thursday, May 17, 6:30pm
RHS Waterfront

ON THE HORIZON

Rocky Hill School Annual Corporation Meeting
Tuesday, May 22, 5:00pm
Flynn Lecture Hall

10th & 11th Grade Trips
Wednesday, May 23 – Friday, May 25

Memorial Day Holiday — School Closed
Monday, May 28


OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS — NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR INNOVATION

Each week, we share news from Meg Stowe, our Director of Innovation, featuring upcoming opportunities for students and families.

Block Island Wind Project
Several student groups will be heading out to Block Island Sound on May 16 for a behind-the-scenes, hands-on learning experience to learn about the Block Island Wind Project. Deep Water Wind experts will facilitate a hands-on experience to explore renewables, wind energy, and the policy and regulations which enabled the project to happen. Students in 4th, 5th, 7th and Upper School Environmental Biology students will attend.

Director of New England Donor Services & Rhode Island Hospital to collaborate over lunch with Pam Matson’s Upper School BioEthics and Human Physiology classes.
Students will explore ethical issues with Heather Herlin and present a video created by students to advocate for organ donation awareness. This video will run in drivers education programs around the state!

Founder, Clemens Grave of Finnest to visit Independent Study Class, Wednesday, May 16

Student Hackathon Committee members to attend the 24 hour MetroHack at the Harvard SOCH May 19th and 20th.
Co-Founder Cortlandt Meyerson and several other Upper School students will hack critical challenges at the 24-hour Hackathon. The event is designed for teens, by teens, and by MetroHacks, a college-aged, student-led non-profit organization.

Programs to Check Out:
Student-Hosted Podcast Series (found on iTunes!)
Engaging Tomorrow’s Leaders: Conversations with Experts, Hosted by Kids!
Details provided by Director of Innovation, Meg Stowe


WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Preparing Learners for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Eric Sheninger) — The revolution, or evolution depending on your respective lens, of our world, will transform everything as we know it. We must adapt, but more importantly, prepare our learners for a bold new world that is totally unpredictable. “21st Century Skills” are important, but we need to nurture competent learners who can think divergently, exhibit empathy, ask more questions than seek answers, and empower them to own their learning. It begins with taking a critical lens to our work followed by active reflection to determine if we are on the right path. However, it is important to understand that paths can and should readily change and that there might be multiple paths taken to get our kids to where they need to be.


Rocky Hill School’s eight Student Competencies are attributes of bold learners, who are prepared to navigate a complex and changing world.


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.

Click here to learn more.

 

 

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US Weekly News: Monday, May 7, 2018

THIS WEEK

AP Exams
begin Monday, May 7
until Friday, May 18

Spring Upper School Choral Concert
Thursday, May 10, 6:30pm
Sharpe Gymnasium

Course Registration ’18-’19 Worksheets DUE
Friday, May 11

ON THE HORIZON

Spring Upper School Play
Thursday, May 17, 6:30pm
Campbell Center


OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS — NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR INNOVATION

Each week, we share news from Meg Stowe, our Director of Innovation, featuring upcoming opportunities for students and families.

Block Island Wind Project
Several student groups will be heading out to Block Island Sound on May 16 for a behind-the-scenes, hands-on learning experience to learn about the Block Island Wind Project.

Entrepreneurship Challenge makes $9,000 in scholarships available to Rhode Island High School students!
Deadline: May 25, 2018
This year, the Lt. Governor’s Office is hosting Rhode Island’s first Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC), a business pitch competition that introduces students to a realistic business environment, highlights entrepreneurial values and promotes business ownership right here in Rhode Island. Through this program, students submit written business plans and make live business pitches to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships to post-secondary institutions.
Learn more at www.rilgec.com.


WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Digital Skills Education Should Be Part Of Core Curriculum (Education Dive) — Learning how to behave in the digital world is as important to students’ educational and lifelong success as knowing how to carry themselves in the classroom. These skills can include knowing that not everything online can be trusted, and that digital material — whether it’s posted to the internet or not — is almost impossible to delete. Learning how to tell the difference between correct and fake information, knowing how to behave ethically, and being able to spot hacking and phishing attempts is important.

High Schoolers Should Take 4 Years of Leaner, More Relevant Math, Teachers’ Group Says (EdWeek) — The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has declared that high school math classes should be broadened to focus on goals beyond college and careers, including teaching skills math students will need to be literate participants in civic life. In a nutshell, the report says students should be able to identify, interpret, and critique math in social, scientific, and political systems; to understand math in polls, the media, and other communications; and to make good financial decisions and interpret research.

Study: Colleges That Ditch The SAT And ACT Can Enhance Diversity (KQED) — There are now well over 1,000 colleges and universities that don’t require SAT or ACT scores in deciding whom to admit, a number that is growing every year. Yet another study has found that scores on those tests are of little value in predicting students’ performance in college. Should those tests be required at all? Two years worth of data from a study at George Washington University show that students who got into GW with high test scores performed no better as freshman and sophomores than those who got in without submitting their test scores.


Rocky Hill School’s eight Student Competencies are attributes of bold learners, who are prepared to navigate a complex and changing world.


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.

Click here to learn more.

 

 

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US Weekly News: Monday, April 30, 2018

Spring bloomed on campus this past week!



THIS WEEK

Senior Internships Begin
Monday, April 30

Course Registration Kick-Off
Tuesday, May 1
Parents will receive email with more information on Tuesday, May 1st.

Spring Upper School Band Concert
Thursday, May 3, 6:30pm
Campbell Center

Parent Conferences continue…
through Friday May 4

ON THE HORIZON

AP Exams
begin Monday, May 7
until Friday, May 18

Spring Upper School Choral Concert
Thursday, May 10, 6:30pm
Campbell Center

Spring Upper School Play
Thursday, May 17, 6:30pm
Campbell Center


OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS — NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR INNOVATION

Each week, we share news from Meg Stowe, our Director of Innovation, featuring upcoming opportunities for students and families.

Block Island Wind Project
Several student groups will be heading out to Block Island Sound for a behind-the-scenes, hands-on learning experience to learn about the Block Island Wind Project.

Founders of 3D Design and fabrication venture 3DES working with 6-8th grades on a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Math) project with Lauren Savoia. Ongoing.

Student-Hosted Podcast Series (found on iTunes!)
Engaging Tomorrow’s Leaders: Conversations with Experts, Hosted by Kids!
Next Podcast Recording: Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea will be interviewed by sophomore Isabella Robinson.

Human Physiology + BioEthics Collaboration
Students in Pam Matson’s Human Physiology and BioEthics have connected their learning and activism to organ donation. They are busy working with the Director of Driver’s Education in the State of Rhode Island, who leads the CCRI programs, as well as alternative driver’s education company, Labonte’s to distribute their video to use in their programs!

English 9 and teacher Jess Russell will be working with Innovator-in-Residence, Ana Bess Moyer Bell ‘06 on Tuesday, May 1st.

Spanish 1 student, Bridget Vanderveer and teacher Tom Farrell, are working with Innovator-in-Residence, Ana Bess Moyer Bell ‘06 to write a short play about a student’s experience with AD/HD for the class to perform.

Rocky Hill School is going to ISSF!
IMSA (Illinois Math and Science Academy) has invited 3 Science students and to adults to attend the 14th Annual International Student Science Fair (ISSF). The five-day event will highlight three global challenges that transcend national boundaries: water, hunger, and energy.


WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain (KQED) — Research now suggests the optimal learning period extends well past the early years into adolescence. New evidence shows that the window for formative brain development continues through the teenage years; not only is it the period of fastest physical change in life – aside from infancy – but also newfound drives, motivations, and feelings of sexuality are amplified. There are profound shifts to metabolisms and sleeping cycles, as well as social roles – especially in the context of schools. During these years, motivation is propelled not by a tangible goal to work toward, but by a feeling of wanting and thirst.

What do Students Lose by Being Perfect? Valuable Failure (KQED) — When a “cultural terror” of messing up combines with schooling obsessed with narrow versions of academic and career “success,” students become risk-averse. Recent literature indicated that kids are coming to college “under-constructed,” at best unsure of who they are and where they fit, at worst anxious and depressed, focused on getting the grades or winning the game. Jessica Lahey, author of the new book The Gift of Failure, wants parents (and teachers) to back off, and to let kids fail. Trying something and failing, she writes, is how students learn and make discoveries about themselves and the world around them.

Cognitive Flexibility: Paving the Way For Learner Success (Eric Sheninger) — The World Economic Forum claims people need “cognitive flexibility” for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, when the world will have advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, biotechnology, and genomics. Cognitive flexibility is the ability to shift our thoughts and adapt our behavior to the changing environment. In other words, it’s one’s ability to disengage from a previous task and respond effectively to a new one. By cognitive flexibility, we mean the ability to spontaneously restructure one’s knowledge, in many ways, in adaptive response to radically changing situational demands.


Rocky Hill School’s eight Student Competencies are attributes of bold learners, who are prepared to navigate a complex and changing world.


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.

Click here to learn more.

 

 

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US Weekly News: Monday, April 23, 2018

Students enjoyed Prom at Warwick Country Club on Saturday, April 21st.
Click the images above for larger photos.


THIS WEEK

Coffeehouse
Tuesday, April 24, 5:30pm, in the Nautilus

Senior Dinner
Thursday, April 26
Quidnessett Country Club

Senior DayTrip
Friday, April 27

ON THE HORIZON

Senior Internships Begin
Monday, April 30

Course Registration Kick-Off
Tuesday, May 1
Parents will receive email with more information on Tuesday, May 1st.


PARENT-ADVISER CONFERENCES

Soon (if not already!), you should hear from your student’s adviser about setting up a conference for the next couple weeks.

With Quarter 3 having just ended, and 2018-2019 Course Registration coming up in early May, topics to discuss include academic progress and plans for next year. Advisers can go over your student’s “Four Year Plan” with you, and discuss potential courses for 2018-2019.


OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS — NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR INNOVATION

Each week, we’ll share news from Meg Stowe, our Director of Innovation, featuring upcoming opportunities for students and families.

Founders of 3D Design and fabrication venture 3DES working with 6-8th grades on a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Math) project with Lauren Savoia. Ongoing. Culminating event Friday, April 27th.

Student-Hosted Podcast Series (found on iTunes!) Engaging Tomorrow’s Leaders: Conversations with Experts, Hosted by Kids!
Susan Fonseca, interviewed by Lucia Caito ‘21
Kati Machtley, interviewed by Ptolemy Tassone ‘19
Kelly Ramirez, interviewed by Faythe Schulte ‘19
Richie Prager, interviewed by Esteban Wu ‘19
Karl Wadensten, interviewed by Jason DeGerlia ‘19


TEACH-IN + WALK-OUT FOR SCHOOL & COMMUNITY SAFETY

United States Congressman, Rep. Jim Langevin speaks to the Upper School.

On Friday, April 20, United States Congressman Jim Langevin and representatives from two interest groups discussed with students how to be active citizens as part of our “teach-in.” All speakers focused their remarks on what they believe are the rights and responsibilities of ethical citizens. Ethics and Citizenship are two of Rocky Hill’s eight Student Competencies.

 

Representatives from Mom’s Demand Action and R.I. Coalition Against Gun Violence speak.

Upper School students pose for photos during the optional “walk-out.”

Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the Columbine, Colorado shootings that began the current era of “lock-down culture” in American schools.

 

The teach-in was followed by an optional walk-out on campus. Because of a special schedule for the day, no academic class time was lost. Working with students on issues like this is important to our mission.

 

This quote sums up the whole event, from Congressman Langevin while speaking to the Upper School students, faculty, and staff: “It is your right and your duty, no matter your age, to speak up and take action if you see something wrong. Our democracy depends on it.


WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Are Today’s Teenagers Smarter and Better Than We Think? (NY Times) — Today’s teenagers have been raised on cellphones and social media. While there has been much hand-wringing about this cohort, the stereotype of a disengaged, entitled and social-media-addicted generation doesn’t match the poised, media-savvy and inclusive young people leading the post-Parkland protests. According to Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former dean of freshmen at Stanford University and author of “How to Raise an Adult,” there are ways to see the deficiencies that social media has offered young people, but there are obviously tremendous upsides and positives as well. The Parkland teens are showing the world the potential of this generation: “Those of us who live with teenagers and are around them can see something that is different about this generation.” Worth pondering. Be sure to read the comments as well.

MLK’s Legacy in the Classroom: Truncated and Tidied Up (EdWeek) — By the time he was murdered on April 4, 1968, Dr. King was impatient for change and broadly focused on poverty and social justice, rather than simply on segregation. Yet he is still too often reduced in school curricula to just one speech, if not four words: “I have a dream.” According to some historians, the depiction of an idealized, milquetoast King was one of the results of the push to secure the federal holiday to bear King’s name, signed into law in 1983. Another factor has been the invidious trend of treating the push for civil rights as a fixed, finite movement rather than something that continues to spur people to action.


Rocky Hill School’s eight Student Competencies are attributes of bold learners, who are prepared to navigate a complex and changing world.


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.

Click here to learn more.

 

 

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