US Weekly News: Monday, May 7, 2018


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

Spring Upper School Choral Concert
Thursday, May 10, 6:30pm
Sharpe Gymnasium

Course Registration ’18-’19 Worksheets DUE
Friday, May 11


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 on May 16 for a behind-the-scenes, hands-on learning experience to learn about the Block Island Wind Project.

Entrepreneurship Challenge makes $9,000 in scholarships available to Rhode Island High School students!
Deadline: May 25, 2018
This year, the Lt. Governor’s Office is hosting Rhode Island’s first Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC), a business pitch competition that introduces students to a realistic business environment, highlights entrepreneurial values and promotes business ownership right here in Rhode Island. Through this program, students submit written business plans and make live business pitches to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships to post-secondary institutions.
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Digital Skills Education Should Be Part Of Core Curriculum (Education Dive) — Learning how to behave in the digital world is as important to students’ educational and lifelong success as knowing how to carry themselves in the classroom. These skills can include knowing that not everything online can be trusted, and that digital material — whether it’s posted to the internet or not — is almost impossible to delete. Learning how to tell the difference between correct and fake information, knowing how to behave ethically, and being able to spot hacking and phishing attempts is important.

High Schoolers Should Take 4 Years of Leaner, More Relevant Math, Teachers’ Group Says (EdWeek) — The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has declared that high school math classes should be broadened to focus on goals beyond college and careers, including teaching skills math students will need to be literate participants in civic life. In a nutshell, the report says students should be able to identify, interpret, and critique math in social, scientific, and political systems; to understand math in polls, the media, and other communications; and to make good financial decisions and interpret research.

Study: Colleges That Ditch The SAT And ACT Can Enhance Diversity (KQED) — There are now well over 1,000 colleges and universities that don’t require SAT or ACT scores in deciding whom to admit, a number that is growing every year. Yet another study has found that scores on those tests are of little value in predicting students’ performance in college. Should those tests be required at all? Two years worth of data from a study at George Washington University show that students who got into GW with high test scores performed no better as freshman and sophomores than those who got in without submitting their test scores.

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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