US Weekly News: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

THIS WEEK

This is the last week of the first semester, and second semester courses begin Monday, January 22nd.

Upper School PTL is Wednesday. See below for more information.

Special Basketball Event on Wednesday: the Upper School varsity basketball teams will play at Brown University’s Pizzitola Sports Center: 235 Hope St. Providence, RI 02906.
Game Times:
4pm GVBB RHS vs PCD
6pm BVBB RHS vs PCD
Fan Info: FREE Entry, allowed by 3:30pm
Wear Blue or White

We will host our second admissions Open House of the school-year on Sunday, from 12 noon to 2pm. We invite you to encourage interested friends to come see what Rocky Hill’s Upper School is all about.


UPPER SCHOOL PTL THIS WEEK

On Wednesday morning at 8:15 in the Flynn Lecture Hall, the PTL will host a Q&A / Listening Session with Head of Upper School Mike Gwaltney, Assistant Head of School Diane Rich, and the rest of the administrative team. We encourage you to join us to discuss the 2018-2019 daily schedule and other topics of interest.


ON THE HORIZON

Upper School Winter Dance on Saturday, January 27, 7-10pm.

Health & Wellness Parent Event “Prescription for Parents” on Friday, January 26, 8:30am: a presentation from the CVS Pharmacists Teach program. aimed at getting parents and caregivers talking to their kids by arming them with knowledge about commonly abused drugs, and how to identify the signs of drug misuse and abuse. It will provide helpful tips and tools parents need to effectively communicate the risks of prescription drugs to their kids, and prepares them to answer any difficult questions their kids may have.

College Night: Panel for Juniors & Parents, on Wednesday, February 7, at 6:15pm.

5-Day Weekend in February:
Monday, February 19 – Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, February 20 – Head of School’s Holiday
Wednesday, February 21 – Faculty Professional Development Day (no school for students)


WHAT WE’RE READING

Educating ‘the Whole Child’ Isn’t Just Jargon. Here’s How It’s Done. (Washington Post) — “It’s no secret that many people involved in education—teachers and administrators, parents, policymakers or employers—are looking for ways that schools can better help children develop as people and productive citizens in the American democratic experiment.”


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, January 8, 2018

COMING UP THIS WEEK

Classes resume Monday, following an unexpected 4-day weekend due to the storm last week. These are the final two weeks of the first semester.

On Friday, January 12, Designers from Alex and Ani will be on campus to meet with students and brainstorm project ideas. During Community Period in the Upper School, the designers will discuss the design process that takes an idea from the concept stage through completion. Designers will announce a Design Challenge for all RHS students.


HEALTH & WELLNESS

The Freedom from Chemical Dependency organization reminds us that Parents Matter Most. For teens deciding whether to engage in substance use, no other adult is as influential as a parent. Parents can support their teens as they navigate their own healthy decisions. CLICK HERE to learn more from FCD.

The Teen Vaping Trend – What Parents Need to Know. A national study found that nearly one in three 12th graders reported using a vaping device in the past year. It’s imperative that parents are informed of the potential dangers that can result from vaping. Vaping is often marketed to kids, downplaying the dangers of the dramatically more concentrated and dangerous chemicals contained in vaping products. CLICK HERE to learn what parents can do to educated their teens.


WHAT WE’RE READING

Articles that Upper School Faculty are reading:

In Our Connected World, What If Empathy Is Learning? (KQED) — This modern, connected, diverse, and culturally conflicted world requires entirely new thinking about learning itself. Knowledge is becoming a social construct mediated by groups. What will replace the old models of knowledge and learning? There are three important clues—three sets of data from emerging science—that point us in the direction of a radically new notion of learning in the remainder of the 21st century and beyond.

Empathy Is Tough to Teach, But Is One Of the Most Important Life Lessons (KQED) — Teens have opportunities to learn empathy from their parents, teachers, and peers. Reading good literature can be a powerful way to develop empathy, as is studying history or being present with a friend on the playground who is having a hard time. Empathy is not found in many official school standards, but it could be one of the most important qualities to develop in young citizens who will go on to be successful actors in a complicated world. (Follow the links in this great short article to other excellent resources.)


LAST CALL FOR RHEA & RHEA+

Two new courses have been added to RHEA, including one for adults.

Click here to view all of the courses availableCourses start Monday!


ON THE HORIZON

Martin Luther King Day: School is closed on Monday, January 15.

Upper School PTL — Q&A + Listening Session: Wednesday, January 17, 8:15am.

End of Semester 1: Friday January 19.
Semester 2 begins on Monday, January 22.


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: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A SHORT WEEK!

Welcome Back from Winter Break. Classes resume Wednesday, on the usual Wednesday schedule.


ON THE HORIZON

Martin Luther King Day: School is closed on Monday, January 15.

Upper School PTL — Q&A + Listening Session: Wednesday, January 17, 8:15am.

End of Semester 1: Friday January 19.
Semester 2 begins on Monday, January 22.


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 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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