US Weekly News: Monday, April 30, 2018

Spring bloomed on campus this past week!



THIS 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

ON THE HORIZON

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


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.

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.


WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

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.


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, April 23, 2018

Students enjoyed Prom at Warwick Country Club on Saturday, April 21st.
Click the images above for larger photos.


THIS WEEK

Coffeehouse
Tuesday, April 24, 5:30pm, in the Nautilus

Senior Dinner
Thursday, April 26
Quidnessett Country Club

Senior DayTrip
Friday, April 27

ON THE HORIZON

Senior Internships Begin
Monday, April 30

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


PARENT-ADVISER CONFERENCES

Soon (if not already!), you should hear from your student’s adviser about setting up a conference for the next couple weeks.

With Quarter 3 having just ended, and 2018-2019 Course Registration coming up in early May, topics to discuss include academic progress and plans for next year. Advisers can go over your student’s “Four Year Plan” with you, and discuss potential courses for 2018-2019.


OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS — NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR INNOVATION

Each week, we’ll share news from Meg Stowe, our Director of Innovation, featuring upcoming opportunities for students and families.

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. Culminating event Friday, April 27th.

Student-Hosted Podcast Series (found on iTunes!) Engaging Tomorrow’s Leaders: Conversations with Experts, Hosted by Kids!
Susan Fonseca, interviewed by Lucia Caito ‘21
Kati Machtley, interviewed by Ptolemy Tassone ‘19
Kelly Ramirez, interviewed by Faythe Schulte ‘19
Richie Prager, interviewed by Esteban Wu ‘19
Karl Wadensten, interviewed by Jason DeGerlia ‘19


TEACH-IN + WALK-OUT FOR SCHOOL & COMMUNITY SAFETY

United States Congressman, Rep. Jim Langevin speaks to the Upper School.

On Friday, April 20, United States Congressman Jim Langevin and representatives from two interest groups discussed with students how to be active citizens as part of our “teach-in.” All speakers focused their remarks on what they believe are the rights and responsibilities of ethical citizens. Ethics and Citizenship are two of Rocky Hill’s eight Student Competencies.

 

Representatives from Mom’s Demand Action and R.I. Coalition Against Gun Violence speak.

Upper School students pose for photos during the optional “walk-out.”

Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the Columbine, Colorado shootings that began the current era of “lock-down culture” in American schools.

 

The teach-in was followed by an optional walk-out on campus. Because of a special schedule for the day, no academic class time was lost. Working with students on issues like this is important to our mission.

 

This quote sums up the whole event, from Congressman Langevin while speaking to the Upper School students, faculty, and staff: “It is your right and your duty, no matter your age, to speak up and take action if you see something wrong. Our democracy depends on it.


WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Are Today’s Teenagers Smarter and Better Than We Think? (NY Times) — Today’s teenagers have been raised on cellphones and social media. While there has been much hand-wringing about this cohort, the stereotype of a disengaged, entitled and social-media-addicted generation doesn’t match the poised, media-savvy and inclusive young people leading the post-Parkland protests. According to Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former dean of freshmen at Stanford University and author of “How to Raise an Adult,” there are ways to see the deficiencies that social media has offered young people, but there are obviously tremendous upsides and positives as well. The Parkland teens are showing the world the potential of this generation: “Those of us who live with teenagers and are around them can see something that is different about this generation.” Worth pondering. Be sure to read the comments as well.

MLK’s Legacy in the Classroom: Truncated and Tidied Up (EdWeek) — By the time he was murdered on April 4, 1968, Dr. King was impatient for change and broadly focused on poverty and social justice, rather than simply on segregation. Yet he is still too often reduced in school curricula to just one speech, if not four words: “I have a dream.” According to some historians, the depiction of an idealized, milquetoast King was one of the results of the push to secure the federal holiday to bear King’s name, signed into law in 1983. Another factor has been the invidious trend of treating the push for civil rights as a fixed, finite movement rather than something that continues to spur people to action.


Rocky Hill School’s eight Student Competencies are attributes of bold learners, who are prepared to navigate a complex and changing world.


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, April 16, 2018

It’s starting to feel like Spring on campus, and the 9th Grade Garden is blooming.


THIS WEEK

Prefect Panel
Candidates for 2018-2019 Speak to 8th-12th Graders
Tuesday, April 17

Meet The New Director of Athletics, Megan Williams
Tuesday, April 17, 5:30-6:00pm
Flynn Lecture Hall

Portfolio Art Show
Tuesday, April 17, 6:00-7:30pm

Prefect Elections
Thursday, April 19

“Four Legs to Stand On” Performance
Thursday, April 19, 6:30-8:00pm
See more information below

Teach-In + Walk-Out for School & Community Safety
Friday, April 20
See more information below

ON THE HORIZON

Prom
Saturday, April 21
Warwick Country Club

Parent-Advisor Conferences
Monday, April 23 – Friday, May 4

Coffeehouse
Tuesday, April 23

Senior Dinner
Quidnessett Country Club
Thursday, April 26

Senior DayTrip
Friday, April 27

Senior Internships Begin
Monday, April 30


PLAY BY ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE ANA BESS MOYER BELL

Ana Bess Moyer Bell

On Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 in the Campbell Center, all RHS community members and friends are invited to a performance of the play “Four Legs to Stand On,” written and produced by RHS Artist-in-Residence Ana Bess Moyer Bell.

Four Legs To Stand On is a modern American story about family dynamics, friendship, and addiction. The play presents the life of a family with two adolescents that is struggling with one parent’s health condition and one child’s addiction. The play tells a modern universal story about family dynamics, loss, recovery, and community.

US Students watch “Four Legs to Stand On”

Ana Bess brought her play to the Upper School a few weeks ago. Students participated in a “talk-back” afterwards with members of the cast and Ana Bess, followed by small group discussions in Advisory.

Ana Bess is a Drama Therapist, with a background in Theatre of the Oppressed and Restorative Justice facilitation. She was inspired to write the play by the opioid epidemic in the U.S., and from stories of people she knew struggling with addiction.

The play is designed to be both educational and therapeutic. Through humor and realism, the play invites the audience to take a seat at the table with a very familiar-seeming American family. Audiences respond empathetically to the play, and through the ensuing talk-back, cast members and the audience engage in honest conversation about how families can support each other through life’s challenges.

We highly recommend you plan to join us for this important performance on Thursday. We believe you will find the play as entertaining and important as the students did, and that you will be better informed about the challenges many members of our communities face as they struggle with illness, addiction, stigma, and loss.

The cast of Four Legs to Stand On led a “talk-back” with US students.


TEACH-IN + WALK-OUT FOR SCHOOL & COMMUNITY SAFETY

On Friday, April 20, the Upper School faculty, staff, and students will partner for a “Teach-in” and “Walk-out” to observe the #NationalSchoolWalkout.

This Friday marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine, Colorado shootings that began the current era of “lock-down culture” in American schools. Following the recent Parkland, Florida school shooting, national education leaders and student groups have called for a national day of action.

Congressman Jim Langevin and representatives of the interest groups Moms Demand Action and Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence will speak to Upper School students, faculty, and staff about the challenges of ensuring schools are safe places while protecting the rights of responsible gun-owners. The teach-in will be followed by an optional walk-out on campus that we will share with the world via social media.

Working with students on issues like this is important to our mission. As they develop a deep understanding of civic engagement, we ensure that graduates have the important Citizenship competency. The teach-in and walk-out allows students to engage in critical reflection, deliberation, and individual and coordinated communication. This is exactly what we as educators and parents should want for our children and young adults.

More information about the teach-in panel of speakers, and the logistics of the day will be shared via email early this week. Stay tuned!


WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Young People Aren’t Just Protesting. They’re Applying Class Lessons On Being Responsible Citizens. (Wash Post) — Some school officials were not happy when kids walked out of class this month to participate in a national protest against gun violence, yet they should have applauded the students for putting into practice class lessons on civic engagement and problem-solving.

The Third Education Revolution (Atlantic) — Long article, but worth taking the time to read. Schools are moving toward a model of continuous, lifelong learning in order to meet the needs of today’s economy, and this article features innovations being done here in Rhode Island as an example for institutions in all states. Economists, educators, and workforce-development officials, argue that prioritizing “lifelong learning skills” (e.g. the RHS Student Competencies) are needed to face rising levels of automation, and to gain skills for new work throughout a person’s lifetime.


Rocky Hill School’s eight Student Competencies are attributes of bold learners, who are prepared to navigate a complex and changing world.


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, April 9, 2018

If you missed it in eCurrents (or just want to see it again!), here’s school photographer Rob Lee’s take on the Wintry Spring of 2018 at RHS.


THIS WEEK

Providence Private School College Fair
Wednesday, April 11, 4:30pm – 11th Graders Only
Transportation available
**No Homework Night for 11th Graders — No Assessments or new Assignments Due on Thursday, April 12**

ON THE HORIZON

Portfolio Art Show
Tuesday, April 17, 6:00pm

Public performance of “Four Legs to Stand On,” play by Spring Artist-In-Residence Ana Bess Moyer Bell 
All RHS Community Members and Public invited
Thursday, April 19, 6:30pm

Senior Dinner
Quidnessett Country Club
Thursday, April 26

Senior DayTrip
Friday, April 27

Senior Internships Begin
Monday, April 30


WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

What’s the Right Amount of Homework? (Edutopia) — New article on the decades of research that show that homework has some benefits, but there are risks to assigning too much. Researchers suggest the “10 minutes times the grade level” rule, for high school students, and that homework should be meaningful, relevant, and authentic, and not get in the way of family life and needed sleep.

For Teenagers, Praising ‘Effort’ May Not Promote a Growth Mindset (EdWeek) — New review of research in the journal Child Development suggests just praising the effort of students to boost their “growth mindset” can have the opposite effect. Better ways to encourage Growth Mindset include providing opportunities for students to reflect on their own learning, and encouraging groups of students to discuss what they each struggled with and explore their individual strengths.


Rocky Hill School’s eight Student Competencies are attributes of bold learners, who are prepared to navigate a complex and changing world.


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, April 2, 2018

Rocky Hill School’s eight Student Competencies are attributes of bold learners, who are prepared to navigate a complex and changing world.


THIS WEEK

“Four Legs to Stand On” performance for Upper School students
Wednesday, April 4
Spring Artist-in-Residence Anna Bess Moyer Bell

Upper School PTL Meeting
Wednesday, April 4, 6:00pm

Quarter 3 Ends
Friday, April 6

ON THE HORIZON

Providence Private School College Fair
11th Graders Only
Wednesday, April 11, 4:30pm

Portfolio Art Show
Tuesday, April 17, 6:00pm

Public performance of “Four Legs to Stand On,” play by Spring Artist-In-Residence Ana Bess Moyer Bell 
All RHS Community Members and Public invited
Thursday, April 19, 6:30pm

Senior Dinner
Quidnessett Country Club
Thursday, April 26

Senior DayTrip
Friday, April 27

Senior Internships Begin
Monday, April 30


New RHEA Courses offered for spring session:

Cooking for the Community 

Come join us for a hands-on experience  Cooking for the Community. You will learn proper kitchen safety and different kitchen equipment functions.  This class will demonstrate the operation of multiple moving parts within the foodservice industry. Everyone will get to prepare food in creative ways while having the opportunity to plan, prep, cook, and serve members of the Rocky Hill and East Greenwich community. If you love to cook and want to learn more about food service, this is the class for you!

Grades 6-12

Schedule
Mondays: April 9, 16, 23, 30 May 7, 14
Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Flexible Pick-up if needed)
Fee: $215
Instructors: Ms. Lauren Savoia, MS/US Art Teacher and Jason Trahan, FLIK Independent Dining Executive Chef


WHAT WE’RE READING

New Book For Parents on developing their kids’ sense of autonomy: The Self-Driven Child: The Science And Sense Of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson. The book offers a combination of cutting-edge brain science, the latest discoveries in behavioral therapy, and case studies drawn from the thousands of kids and teens the authors have helped over the years. As parents, we can only drive our kids so far. At some point, they will have to take the wheel and map out their own path. But there is a lot you can do before then to help them tackle the road ahead with resilience and imagination…
Teach Kids When They’re Ready (Edutopia) — article emphasizing some key points from the book above. The authors explain how what was once advanced work for a given grade level is now considered the norm, and children who struggle to keep up or just aren’t ready yet are considered deficient. The central, critical message here is a counterintuitive one: earlier isn’t necessarily better; and likewise, more isn’t better if it’s too much.


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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