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