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Snow, snow, snow!

We've had a fair amount of snow over the past 10 days and winter is only half over. Closing the School due to snow is not taken lightly. The Head of School consults with several faculty and administrators and takes into consideration not just the conditions of the parking lots and walkways around the campus, but also what conditions are on the ground near where our student population lives. Bussing schedules are also a factor in determining whether to stay open, close, or start the day with a delay.

Make sure you are receiving weather-related messages from Rocky Hill School by signing up for our Alert System, checking our website, and subscribing to the RI Broadcasters Association Closing & Delays.

All information regarding weather-related closings can be found by
clicking here

Yearbook Reminder

Don't forget to order your copy of The Crest. For more information visit the Yearbook's webpage

Upper School

Robotics Team at State Finals

Last Saturday, the Robotics Independent Study class competed in the State Championship of the First Tech Challenge at New England Tech. Finishing 10th out of 32 teams, the Mariners and their robot "Bernadette" advanced to the finals where their alliance was ultimately defeated. Congratulations to Sarah Gasrow '17, Tyler Gates '16, Zach Jennings '16, and Chase Mulvaney '17 for their hard work preparing for the tournament!

Congrats to Our Writers!

Congratulations go out to the following students for their recognition in the NorthEast Writing Region-At-Large: 
Honorable Mention
  • Deirdre Irvine '17 for her poem, "Migration"
  • Elizabeth Farber '15 for her poem, "The Empress"
Silver Key
  • Jenna O'del '16 for her short story, "The Ruined Drawing of Shay"

Senior Seminar Update

This week, Stuart Flanagan '05 spoke with seniors about starting out in construction and renewable energy following his graduation from the UVM. His first venture, SPG Renewables, led to a successful house-construction project in St. John, VI. Following that, Stuart and his partner returned to Rhode Island and founded Newport Renewables (NPTRE). Stuart related the lessons learned from particular projects and the need to be frugal during the early stages of building NPTRE. He also spoke of the necessity to learn how to target customers to make the acquisition of projects more streamlined. Stuart spent the second part of the evening meeting with the individual teams and advising them on the business plans.

The kitchen staff provided another great meal, served by parent volunteers Anne Proulx, Linda Rosenberg, Bennett Hirsch, and Jill Pipher

Junior Class College Kick-Off - New Date!

Wednesday, February 18   |   7:00-8:30 p.m.   |   Flynn Lecture Hall

Calling all juniors and their families!
Rocky Hill School's annual Junior College Kick-off is mandatory for all juniors. Several outstanding college/university representatives will be on campus to share their wisdom and offer advice about the college planning journey. The program also includes several stellar Rocky Hill School seniors who will discuss their college choice experiences. Juniors will also receive their official college counseling handbooks.

"A Night Under the Stars" Semi-Formal

Saturday, February 7   |   7:00-10:00 p.m.   |   Quidnessett Country Club

All students attending the semi-formal should have submitted a permission slip for themselves and their guest. Contact Faculty Advisor Meg Myette with any questions.

Middle School


Full of memories and maple syrup, the 8th grade class returned from a wonderful trip to Quebec City on Monday night. The weather was hovering just below zero for the entire trip, but that didn't put a chill on their spirits as they enjoyed the history and culture of Quebec City. Highlights included the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Carnival, a history lesson from General Wolfe and the Marquis de Montcalm, snow tubing at the largest tubing park in the world, skating, dog sledding, making maple butter, and watching an incredible interception on the 1 yard line.

Tracking Tracks 

Mr. Wheeler's 6th grade class took advantage of the fresh snow. The students were on the hunt for animal tracks as part of their winter ecology unit.


American History Essay Contest Winner

Max Lehouiller '20 was named winner of the General Nathanael Greene Pettaquamscutt Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) essay contest. The seventh grade wrote an essay on "A Child's Journey Through Ellis Island" when they returned from their Ellis Island field trip in the fall and submitted their entries to the DAR. 

There were over 90 essays submitted in Max's category, so it is truly a wonderful accomplishment. Max will be invited to attend an award ceremony in March where he will be honored by the Daughters of the American Revolution at a future meeting.

Lower School

Spelling Bee Winner!

Congratulations to the spelling champion, Zoey Adams '22, for winning the grades 3-8 School Spelling Bee. The School alternate is runner-up, Jake Watson '19.

Zoey will go on to represent Rocky Hill School in the Rhode Island Independent School Spelling Bee on Tuesday, February 10th.

Good luck, Zoey!

Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser

Friday February 13   |   9:30-11:00 a.m.   |   Sharpe Gymnasium

Lower School students will finish their fundraising campaign for the American Heart Association with the annual Jump Rope for Heart event. Students will get to enjoy a variety of activities showing skills they learned in Physical Education classes.

  •  9:30-10:00 a.m.  Grades K-2 jumping events
  • 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Demonstration to Grade 6, presentation of donations to AHA and acknowledgements
  • 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.  Grades 3-5 jumping events

Fifth Grade vs. Teachers Volleyball Match 

Friday, February 13   |   1:30-2:30 p.m.   |   Sharpe Gymnasium

The fifth grade class recently challenged the Lower School faculty to a volleyball match during their assembly and the teachers enthusiastically accepted. This will be the seventh year of this showdown! The students have been practcing during recess twice a week to prepare for the big day. We wish them luck!


ACE Parent Coffee - Tomorrow!


Read and Write For Google

Friday, February 6   |   8:00 - 9:00 a.m.   |   ACE
Come learn about this tremendous app that helps students with learning differences to flourish!
  • Hear text read aloud with dual color highlighting
  • Have words explained with text and picture dictionaries and translated into other languages
  • Get suggestions for the current or next word as you type with Word Prediction
  • Turn speech to text in Google Docs
  • Highlight and collect text; build vocabulary lists
  • Simplify and summarize text on web pages
  • Annotations, including a typewriter tool


Upcoming Athletic Events

Girls' Varsity Basketball
Thursday, February 5   |   5:30 p.m.   |   vs. Toll Gate HS

Boys' Varsity Ice Hockey
Saturday, February 7   |   8:30 p.m.   |   vs. N. Smithfield HS
@ June Rockwell Levy Rink

MS Boys' Basketball
Saturday, February 7   |   12:15-1:15 p.m.   |   vs. Block Island

Girls' Varsity Basketball 
Saturday, February 7   |    12:30-1:30 p.m.   |   @ Block Island
MS Girls A Basketball 
Saturday, February 7   |   1:30-2:30 p.m.   |   vs Block Island

Boys' Varsity Basketball
Monday, February 9   |   4:00 p.m.   |   @ Providence Country Day School

Faculty Notes

Sean Tinsley, Upper School English Teacher, attended a viewing of the film "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia", hosted by Decoding Dyslexia RI in Providence last week. 

From Mr. Tinsley:
"As Rocky Hill School further explores the Essential Curriculum, it is of utmost importance that we remain sensitive to the various manifestations of diversity. James Redford's documentary is a must-watch for educators of students with language-based learning differences, a prevalent "diverse" learning profile. Among the many takeaways, the film sheds insight into the oft-misunderstood phonological processing disorder. (For instance, dyslexia has no cure; it is lifelong.) I am pleased with the amount of dedication Rocky Hill showcases toward its students of all learning styles."


Behind The Scenes Rescheduled

"Behind The Scenes: The Essential Curriculum" has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 4.
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