No School — Professional Development Day for Teachers
Tuesday 11/14 – Friday 11/17
Parent Conferences with Advisers
US Basketball Practices begin
Trinity Rep is on campus to perform Twelfth Night (see below)
US Lifetime Fitness & Yoga will begin on Monday 11/27
College Visits: Lasell, RISD, St. Mary’s (MD)
Drama Musical Auditions begin
House of Hope special community talk sharing their experience of working with people experiencing homelessness.
ON THE HORIZON
Thanksgiving Holiday: School will be closed beginning Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday November 26. Classes resume Monday, November 27.
ACE Parent Gathering: “Comprehension Strategies For All Ages” is Tuesday, December 5.
Exams Week begins Monday, December 11.
Winter Break: School will be closed beginning Monday, December 18 through Tuesday, January 2. Classes resume Wednesday, January 3.
FROM MIKE GWALTNEY, HEAD OF UPPER SCHOOL
On Thursday, I went with a group of teachers and administrators to hear a talk by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College (video available here.) Dr. Tatum is a native New Englander who has made it her life’s work to help people connect despite their differences. Her book on “conversations about race” has been recommended by the New York Times for private-independent school leaders working to create more inclusive school communities.
The talk affirmed the direction we are taking with our Student Competencies, namely to educate our students so they can navigate a diverse society. Focusing on cultural competence and global-mindedness is more important than ever before. These important abilities must not simply be add-ons, but have to be integrated through all the work we do at school.
Dr. Tatum’s talk also raised some questions for my colleagues and I to ponder. How do we develop kids’ skills to create their own diverse personal networks? How can we show students that they each have a “sphere of influence” and the power to improve their communities? How can students be empowered as citizens, by practicing active citizenship at school?
The “ABC” Model is a helpful way to think about responding to these questions. Moving forward, we can Affirm every student’s identity, Build community, and Cultivate leadership. Every student should recognize themselves somehow in our curriculum and know their value in our community. The feeling of belongingness and affirmation that follows will help students engage with others and build their essential competencies. In an inclusive, positive, and supportive school culture, every student can become a leader by developing the ability to interact effectively with others regardless of individual differences.
TRINITY REP VISITS TO PERFORM TWELFTH NIGHT
On Tuesday afternoon, November 14th, in the Campbell Auditorium, actors from the Brown / Trinity Rep MFA program will be coming to campus to perform Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for the RHS Community.
The performance will begin at 3:30pm and will last about 90 minutes with a Q&A after the show. There is no cost and all members of Rocky Hill Community are welcome. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP below so that we can get a sense of how many chairs to set up.
WHAT WE’RE READING
Articles that teachers in the Upper School have been reading recently:
4 Tools to Help Kids Develop Empathy and Cultural Humility. Cultural humility is the recognition that we have biases and limitations to our knowledge regarding another’s culture. Whether they are seeking to relate to someone of a different race, age, or gender, kids who can better keep themselves in perspective and practice cultural humility are more likely to value the contributions of others to their lives — a necessity when fostering truly collaborative, forward-thinking societies.
A Classroom Full of Risk Takers. No one learns without making mistakes. Quite the opposite—we learn when we make mistakes. State teachers of the year explain how they make students feel safe enough to take risks—and then push them to do so.
Without Changes in Education, the Future of Work Will Leave More People Behind. The unfolding economic shift requires a combination of soft skills — the ability to solve problems, communicate effectively and work with others — along with technical capacities. Careers now depend on social capital and networking skills. Schools must pay attention or kids will be left behind.
PHOTOS FROM LAST WEEK
Narragansett Sounds performs “In Flanders Field” at the annual Veterans assembly on Friday, November 10.
Veterans at the annual assembly on Friday, November 10.
Some of next year’s 9th graders (and their hosts) on their visit to the US last week.
Next year’s 9th graders join US students in a goofy photo on their visit to the US last week.
RHS STUDENT COMPETENCIES
Rocky Hill School is committed to developing bold learners, prepared to navigate a complex and changing world. The eight Student Competencies serve as fundamental learning goals we believe will prepare our students for success. A Rocky Hill Student is a Navigator, Critical Thinker, Citizen, and Communicator, who is Innovative, Self-Aware, Ethical, and Globally-Minded.
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