US Weekly News: Monday, April 30, 2018

Spring bloomed on campus this past week!


Senior Internships Begin
Monday, April 30

Course Registration Kick-Off
Tuesday, May 1
Parents will receive email with more information on Tuesday, May 1st.

Spring Upper School Band Concert
Thursday, May 3, 6:30pm
Campbell Center

Parent Conferences continue…
through Friday May 4


AP Exams
begin Monday, May 7
until Friday, May 18

Spring Upper School Choral Concert
Thursday, May 10, 6:30pm
Campbell Center

Spring Upper School Play
Thursday, May 17, 6:30pm
Campbell Center


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 for a behind-the-scenes, hands-on learning experience to learn about the Block Island Wind Project.

Founders of 3D Design and fabrication venture 3DES working with 6-8th grades on a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Math) project with Lauren Savoia. Ongoing.

Student-Hosted Podcast Series (found on iTunes!)
Engaging Tomorrow’s Leaders: Conversations with Experts, Hosted by Kids!
Next Podcast Recording: Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea will be interviewed by sophomore Isabella Robinson.

Human Physiology + BioEthics Collaboration
Students in Pam Matson’s Human Physiology and BioEthics have connected their learning and activism to organ donation. They are busy working with the Director of Driver’s Education in the State of Rhode Island, who leads the CCRI programs, as well as alternative driver’s education company, Labonte’s to distribute their video to use in their programs!

English 9 and teacher Jess Russell will be working with Innovator-in-Residence, Ana Bess Moyer Bell ‘06 on Tuesday, May 1st.

Spanish 1 student, Bridget Vanderveer and teacher Tom Farrell, are working with Innovator-in-Residence, Ana Bess Moyer Bell ‘06 to write a short play about a student’s experience with AD/HD for the class to perform.

Rocky Hill School is going to ISSF!
IMSA (Illinois Math and Science Academy) has invited 3 Science students and to adults to attend the 14th Annual International Student Science Fair (ISSF). The five-day event will highlight three global challenges that transcend national boundaries: water, hunger, and energy.


Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain (KQED) — Research now suggests the optimal learning period extends well past the early years into adolescence. New evidence shows that the window for formative brain development continues through the teenage years; not only is it the period of fastest physical change in life – aside from infancy – but also newfound drives, motivations, and feelings of sexuality are amplified. There are profound shifts to metabolisms and sleeping cycles, as well as social roles – especially in the context of schools. During these years, motivation is propelled not by a tangible goal to work toward, but by a feeling of wanting and thirst.

What do Students Lose by Being Perfect? Valuable Failure (KQED) — When a “cultural terror” of messing up combines with schooling obsessed with narrow versions of academic and career “success,” students become risk-averse. Recent literature indicated that kids are coming to college “under-constructed,” at best unsure of who they are and where they fit, at worst anxious and depressed, focused on getting the grades or winning the game. Jessica Lahey, author of the new book The Gift of Failure, wants parents (and teachers) to back off, and to let kids fail. Trying something and failing, she writes, is how students learn and make discoveries about themselves and the world around them.

Cognitive Flexibility: Paving the Way For Learner Success (Eric Sheninger) — The World Economic Forum claims people need “cognitive flexibility” for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, when the world will have advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, biotechnology, and genomics. Cognitive flexibility is the ability to shift our thoughts and adapt our behavior to the changing environment. In other words, it’s one’s ability to disengage from a previous task and respond effectively to a new one. By cognitive flexibility, we mean the ability to spontaneously restructure one’s knowledge, in many ways, in adaptive response to radically changing situational demands.

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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