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Sing-Along to the Sound of Music

Saturday, February 21   |   6 p.m.   |   Campbell Center

$5.00 (or $2.00 if you dress as your favorite character)

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.
 
Come join the fun as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Sound of Music, singalong style. Concessions will be sold. Students in Grades PK-2 must be accompanied by a grownup. This event will be chaperoned.
 
For more information, please email Miss Meg

Order Your Copy of The Crest

Don't forget to order your copy of The Crest, the RHS Yearbook!  Click here for instructions and information. 

E-waste Recycling Day

Saturday, February 28   |   8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   |   Gym Parking Lot

Do you have any old computers lying around? An old television set? Toaster? Cell phone?
If you have anything that you don't need -- and it has a cord -- bring it to campus a week from this Saturday! We'll have an electronics collection drive to take away all of your old items!

Please, no large appliances (mini-fridges are acceptable) 

Important Notice From The Nurse

Please help stop the spread of illness!

If you are experiencing a fever (100.0 degrees F or greater), vomiting, or diarrhea, please stay home. You may return to school when you are without fever, vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours. 

Think Spring!

Check us out at the Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence this weekend! As a member of the RI Environmental Education Association, we contributed a three-foot wide "GATEway to Education" to be displayed with other RIEEA member organizations at the show.

The RHS art department took on the challenge of "Thinking Outside the Classroom" and submitted this wonderful sailboat-themed gate.

Go Mariners!

Upper School

Congrats to Our Honor Roll Students!

Upper School students were awarded High Honors and Honors yesterday for their strong academic work during the first semester. Click here for a complete list of the honorees.  

Senior Seminar - Final Session Tonight

Tonight the senior class will present their business proposals in the final session of the Senior Seminar. The five teams will each pitch their ideas to a panel of three business people, who will question each group and evaluate each plan for its investment potential.

The first panelist is Bob Cooper, a patent holder who has started and worked in a number of businesses that include sailmaking, mobile communication, and consumer goods. The second, Rebecca Steuer, works in marketing and communications, currently for Destination Weddings Travel Group in the Boston Area and previously for Accordant Media and Integral Ad Science in New York City. The final member of the panel is John Hirschler, founder and owner of Sightsailing of Newport, a sailing tour business based at Bowen's Wharf that hosts about 15,000 guests in a season (May to October). 

Diversity Speaker Recap

Yesterday's guest speaker, Kobi Dennis, was joined by Major James Manning of the Rhode Island State Police in the packed Flynn Academic Center Lecture Hall.

Mr. Dennis spoke about the work he does with his non-profit organization in Providence that pairs "at risk" teens with local police officers in an effort to bridge the divide between citizens and law enforcement.

Middle School

Middle School Dance - Tomorrow! 

Friday, February 20   |   6:30-9:00 p.m.   |   Campbell Center

The theme for the dance is Black & White. Wear it, if you can!
Admission $5.00, soda $1.00.
Free food!

8th Grade Visits Harbor Hill

The 8th Grade students visited Harbor Hill last Thursday and created Valentine's Day cards with the residents. The residents were very appreciative of the visits by the RHS students. This is a long-term relationship forged by the middle schoolers, and they have visited with the residents numerous times over the course of the school year.

8th Grade Expositions

Friday, February 20   |   12:45 p.m.   |   Flynn Lecture Hall

New Art at Crazy Burger

6th grade lighthouse paintings are now on view at Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar in Narragansett. Go have a great meal and enjoy the art work!

Our sincerest gratitude goes out to everyone at Crazy Burger for supporting the Visual Arts Department at Rocky Hill School!

Lower School

 Lower School Math Night

Wednesday, February 25   |   6:00-7:30 p.m.   |   Perkins

Join us for Lower School Math Night! Students and their families will have fun engaging in a variety of interactive math games, as well as have the opportunity for grown-ups and children to mingle with each other.

Jump Rope for Heart Recap

The Lower School enjoyed a heart workout with a variety of jumping events as the K-5th grade students and teachers participated in the “Jump Rope for Heart” fund raising event for the American Heart Association. All students started with the individual jump-off competition to see who could sustain jumping the longest in each class. That was followed by a game of freeze (dance) jump as students tried to avoid getting caught jumping when the music stopped. Next was the fancy jumping competition, where students challenged themselves with advanced moves and partner jumping skills. The day finished with Long ropes including the popular Double Dutch.
     
Patty Pontarelli presented Donna Tringali, the American Heart Association representative, the very generous donation from Rocky Hill School students, families and friends. Donna awarded the School with a banner acknowledging the students' generosity and praised them for making a healthy heart difference in their lives and others. Donations are still coming in, but as of this morning they totaled over $5,000!

While every individual student contribution helped us raise this extraordinary donation to such a worthy cause, and given the closeness in amounts raised at the time of the event and the astounding amounts, this year the extra Physical Education class with the activity of their choice was awarded to the top three fund raisers.
They are:
  • 1st place - Kindergarten with $1,787      
  • 2nd place -  Fifth Grade with $1,139  
  • 3rd place - Third Grade with $905

Click here to see more pictures of the event


5th Grade vs. Teachers Volleyball Recap

The gymnasium roared last Thursday as the lower school students PK–3rd grade cheered for their favorite players and teams in the Seventh Annual 5th Grade vs. Teacher’s Volleyball Challenge. The 4th graders were in the official capacity of assistant referees, score keepers, announcers, linesman, ball people, and cheerleaders.

The 5th grade students gave their best effort but were not able to keep the teachers from sweeping the volleyball match. The second game was the closest in score of the three games played, with the 5th grade in the lead for part of it. The trophy (a large ball) was signed by this year’s participating teachers and donated to the recess equipment for the much loved four square game.
 

Click here for more photos of the match!

Athletics

Athletes of the Week

Rebecca Porras '15
Girls’ Varsity Basketball

 

“The Girls Varsity basketball team is proud to nominate Rebecca Porras. Rebecca has poured her heart and soul into the team. Her aggressive defense and “never say die” attitude has given the team great leadership and direction.”

-Coach Washburn
 

John Ponte '17
Boys’ Varsity  Basketball

“In a 54-46 win over the Williams School, this guard scored 12 points and had six assists in the game (he plays both the 1 and the 2 guard depending on the situation). He helped the Mariners to a second-half 20-point lead on perhaps the best stretch of basketball we have played all year. His leadership and tough play on both ends of the floor have earned Sophomore Co-Captain John Ponte this week’s player of the week.”

-Coach Kallas


Senior Day Basketball Recap

Boys Senior Game Recap - February 13, 2015
vs Marianapolis   |   Score 44-64   |   Loss
 
After a competitive first half (Marianapolis was up 28-20 at the half) the Mariner’s came out a bit flat in the second half.  Although they fought hard and cut into the lead, Marianapolis prevailed at the end by a 64-44 margin. Brody Rubenstein '17 scored 17 points and played aggressively on both ends. John Ponte '17 was solid adding 10 points and rebounded from the guard position all game long. Will Janikies '17 was tough on the boards and Malcolm Meyerson '16 (7 points), Ben Lanoway '16 (5 points), and Alejandro Rojas '17 (3 points) all contributed significant minutes. It was a tough game and we look to bounce back as we play at Marianapolis on 2/19.
 
Girls Senior Game Recap - February 13, 2015
vs. Central HS   |   Score 44 – 40   |   Win
 
A total team effort resulted in an upset victory over the fourth place team in the league. After losing to Central HS by 31 points in January, the team put together its most complete game on Senior Night 2015. Important second half baskets from Donna Russo '16, multiple free throws by Captain Brenna Miller '15, a dominating rebounding effort from Mary McKenney '16, outstanding defense from Rebecca Porras '15 and added contributions from all kept Central’s second half comeback attempt from ruining the evening. It was a good way to start the long winter weekend.

Upcoming Athletic Events

 
Boys' Varsity Ice Hockey
Friday, February 20   |   6:30 p.m.   |   vs. East Greenwich HS
@ Thayer Warburton Arenas, Warwick, RI
 
Boys' Varsity Basketball
Thursday, February 19   |   4:00 p.m.   |   at Marianapolis Prep School

Boys' JV Basketball
Saturday, February 21   |   12:00 p.m.
JV Basketball Tournament @ East Greenwich, RI (Rocky Hill School)

Faculty Notes

Matt Gnolfo, Director of Diversity, attended a diversity conference at the Fenn School in Concord, MA on Tuesday, February 17th. While there, he met the directors of the movie "I'm not Racist...Am I?"  He also got to catch up with former RHS colleagues, Steve Farley and Wendy Cotta.

Notable News

Anessa Petteruti '17 performs Chopin’s Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20 in Williams Hall as part of her piano studies at New England Conservatory in Boston. What a great performance!

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