US Weekly News: Monday, June 4, 2018

THIS WEEK

The Last Week of School!

Exams / Assessments & Projects Week continues
Monday, June 4 – Wednesday, June 6

Annual Corporation Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, June 4, 5:00-6:30pm

Upper School Academic Awards Night
Thursday, June 7, 6:30-8:00pm

Commencement
Friday, June 8, 10:00am


WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

What Kind Of Parent Are You: Carpenter Or Gardener? (NPR) — Alison Gopnick, professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, says the less that mothers and fathers worry about outcomes, the better their children may fare in life. There are two kinds of parents in modern America, says Gopnik in her recent book, The Gardener and the Carpenter. The “carpenter” thinks that his or her child can be molded. The “gardener,” on the other hand, is less concerned about controlling who the child will become and instead provides a protected space to explore. The style is all about “creating a rich, nurturant but also variable, diverse, dynamic ecosystem.”


Register Now For Our Sail into Summer Celebration!
Click here to register!

Join us for the Sail into Summer celebration at The Dunes Club on June 22. This will be a casual and festive night to celebrate RHS and the start of summer… socialize on the deck, enjoy a delicious meal with an open bar, and celebrate with friends while enjoying one of the best views of Narragansett Beach. You are welcome to bring friends and family! We will not host an auction, but you will have the opportunity to sponsor items on the wish list board and to purchase $20 raffle tickets to win a private charter for up to 49 people aboard Rum Runner II of Newport. Contact Missy Walker at 884-9070, ext. 296 for more information.
Click here for more details and to register!


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.

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US Weekly News: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

THIS WEEK

Memorial Day Holiday — School Closed
Monday, May 28

Exams / Assessments & Projects Week begins
Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1

ON THE HORIZON

Exams / Assessments & Projects Week continues
Monday, June 4 – Wednesday, June 6

Academic Awards Night
Thursday, June 7

Commencement
Friday, June 8


Register Now For Our Sail into Summer Celebration!
Click here to register!

Join us for the Sail into Summer celebration at The Dunes Club on June 22. This will be a casual and festive night to celebrate RHS and the start of summer… socialize on the deck, enjoy a delicious meal with an open bar, and celebrate with friends while enjoying one of the best views of Narragansett Beach. You are welcome to bring friends and family! We will not host an auction, but you will have the opportunity to sponsor items on the wish list board and to purchase $20 raffle tickets to win a private charter for up to 49 people aboard Rum Runner II of Newport. Contact Missy Walker at 884-9070, ext. 296 for more information.
Click here for more details and to register!


WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Why Teens Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers and Parents Should, Too!) (NPR) — Human brains are still developing throughout our teenage and early adult years. Knowing more about the way they work can teach us about how schools can work, too. Until relatively recently, it was thought that the brain was only actively developing during childhood, but in the last two decades, researchers have confirmed that the brain continues to develop during adolescence — a period of time that can stretch from the middle school years into early adulthood. The implications for teaching teenagers are important to consider.


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 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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