US Weekly News: Monday, December 11, 2017

PHOTOS FROM LAST WEEK

On Tuesday, students in Chemistry Honors traveled to the EPA’s Office of Research and Development in Narragansett to present their research on “How harmful are fireworks to the environment and to our health?” Students presented information to 3 scientists at the EPA concerning the history of fireworks, their components and the chemistry behind how they work, economic impacts and safety measures involved in their use, as well as the environmental and health effects of the components.

Elsa ’20 is pictured presenting the work she and her peers did, which also included alternatives to current fireworks, such as using other components that are less hazardous or replacing fireworks displays with laser shows.

Forensic Science students constructed a simulated blood spatter booth so they can simulate the patterns of blood spatter from various injury and instrument types, and use some basic trigonometry when they return in January to estimate the location of a victim.

Upper School students performed at the Choral Concert on Thursday night.

Olivia ’20 leads the Upper School in a discussion about stress, anxiety, and how to focus on positive self-talk and put negative thoughts in the “mental trash can.”

“Uplifting a Senior:” Faculty presented the each member of the Class of ’18 with a balloon filled with personal words of support.

Uplifting a Senior = balloons AND hugs!


Here’s what is coming up this week, beginning Monday, December 11, 2017:

EXAM WEEK

Regular classes do not meet this week so that students can take exams.
Exam periods are scheduled for 9:00-11:00am on Monday to Thursday, and from 8:30-10:30am on Friday. After each day’s exam, students should either depart campus, meet with teachers, or make plans to study on campus.

Exam days are scheduled by department, in this rotation:
Monday: History
Tuesday: Math
Wednesday: English
Thursday: World Languages
Friday: Science

Buses run on a modified afternoon schedule during Exam Week.
The Newport and Providence buses will depart campus:
Monday-Thursday at 4:15pm.
Friday at 12:00pm.

Winter Solstice Assembly is Friday 12/15.
This annual event brings together the entire RHS student body for singing, holiday stories, our “wishes for the world,” an ugly sweater contest and more.
School is dismissed at 12:00pm on Friday.


DE-STRESSING DURING ASSESSMENTS

Exam Week can be a time of high stress. One research-supported way to lessen test anxiety and stress is to practice Mindfulness, and the Mindfulness Room in Flynn will be available for students at all times during Exam Week.

Each morning during Exam Week, the Upper School will be hosting morning mindfulness sessions, on Monday – Thursday at 8:30am and at 8:00am on Friday.


LAST CHANCE FOR STUDENT PORTRAITS

Upper School student portrait orders and reorders are available until Monday, December 11 for a Christmas/holiday delivery.
Go to www.ruthabclegg.com
Go to “Client Gallery”
Choose “Rocky Hill School”
Student’s name – password is student’s first name
You can email our photographer Ruth at ruthabclegg@gmail.com and she will email you a direct link to your photos.


WINTER BREAK BEGINS FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Winter Break: Upper School will be closed beginning Monday, December 18 through Tuesday, January 2. Classes resume Wednesday, January 3.

The US Weekly News will be on hiatus for Winter Break, and will be next published on January 2, 2018.


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 NavigatorCritical ThinkerCitizen, and Communicator, who is InnovativeSelf-AwareEthical, and Globally-Minded.


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, December 4, 2017

CHORAL CONCERT IS THIS WEEK:

Thursday 12/7 6:30pm
Students in grades 3 – 12 will perform in in the Campbell Center.


EXAM WEEK IS NEXT WEEK

Exams Week begins Monday, December 11. Exam periods are scheduled for 9:00-11:00 on Monday to Thursday, and from 8:30-10:30am on Friday.

Exam days are scheduled by department, in this rotation:
Monday: History
Tuesday: Math
Wednesday: English
Thursday: World Languages
Friday: Science

After each day’s exam, students should either depart campus, meet with teachers, or make plans to study on campus.

We know Exam Week can be a time of high stress! We will be working to help de-stress students in a variety of ways. One research-supported way to lessen test anxiety and stress is to practice Mindfulness, and the Mindfulness Room in Flynn will be available for students at all times during Exam Week. We will also be hosting morning mindfulness sessions for students there before exams each day.


RHEA COURSES ANNOUNCED

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) is an after-school program that is open to the public and provides academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for students in grades K through 12. A variety of engaging courses are offered Monday through Thursday afternoons and are led by highly talented Rocky Hill School faculty members and instructors. Visit the school website to learn more about what courses are being offered — click here.


WINTER BREAK BEGINS SOON

Winter Break: School will be closed beginning Monday, December 18 through Tuesday, January 2. Classes resume Wednesday, January 3.


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 NavigatorCritical ThinkerCitizen, and Communicator, who is InnovativeSelf-AwareEthical, and Globally-Minded.


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, November 27, 2017

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

Tuesday 11/28
“Meet the Coaches” Night, 6:00-7:30pm in the Campbell Center

Thursday 11/30
Instrumental Concert, 6:30-8:30pm in the Campbell Center


ON THE HORIZON

ACE Parent Gathering: “Comprehension Strategies For All Ages” is Tuesday, December 5.

Choral Concert: Thursday, December 7.

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.


WHAT WE’RE READING

Articles that teachers in the Upper School have been reading recently:

5 Reflective Questions to Encourage a Growth Mindset. Thomas Edison failed over and again in trying to invent the incandescent light bulb. He documented 1,000 failed attempts before he was successful. When a reported asked him how it felt to fail 1,000 times, he replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” How can we encourage our young people to have such a growth mindset?


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 NavigatorCritical ThinkerCitizen, and Communicator, who is InnovativeSelf-AwareEthical, and Globally-Minded.


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, November 20, 2017

A SHORT WEEK!
BEST WISHES FOR A JOYOUS HOLIDAY

happy Thanksgiving day leaves banner


THIS WEEK:

Monday 11/20
US Fall Athletic Award Ceremony for coaches, faculty, students, players and families of award recipients — 2:30-3:30pm

Monday 11/20 – Tuesday 11/21
Parent Conferences with Advisers continue

Wednesday 11/22 – Friday 11/24
School Closed – Thanksgiving Holiday


ON THE HORIZON

Instrumental Concert for Grades 5-12: Thursday, November 30, 6:30-8:00pm in Campbell Center.

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.


WHAT WE’RE READING

Articles that teachers in the Upper School have been reading recently:

Spreading First Aid for Teens’ Mental Health by Training Adults. An organization called Mental Health First Aid referred to as “CPR for the mind,” teaches educators and parents how to recognize, understand and respond to signs of psychological challenges that adolescents face.


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 NavigatorCritical ThinkerCitizen, and Communicator, who is InnovativeSelf-AwareEthical, and Globally-Minded.


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: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

THIS WEEK:

Monday 11/13
No School — Professional Development Day for Teachers

Tuesday 11/14 – Friday 11/17
Parent Conferences with Advisers

Tuesday 11/14
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

Wednesday 11/15
College Visits: Lasell, RISD, St. Mary’s (MD)
Drama Musical Auditions begin

Friday 11/17
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.

http://www.rockyhill.org/deckhands-theater-company-rsvp/


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 NavigatorCritical ThinkerCitizen, and Communicator, who is InnovativeSelf-AwareEthical, and Globally-Minded.


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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