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Homecoming is Saturday!

Bring your family and friends to Homecoming 2015! There will be a community art wall, carnival games, crafts, food, and a gathering on the Head of School's porch at the end of the day. This is one of the don't-miss events of the year!

Schedule of Events

9:00-10:00 a.m.
Alumni Association Meeting (Hopelands Meeting Room 2nd Floor)

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Homecoming 2015: Games, food, and fun!

10:15 a.m. 
Middle School Field Hockey & Soccer Games

12:00 p.m.
Peter Branch will dedicate Flynn Room 105 in honor of Terry Coes and introduce Dr. James Tracy, Head of School-Elect for 2016
12:30 p.m. 
Girls' Varsity vs. Alumnae Field Hockey Game

1:00 p.m. 
Girls' Varsity vs. Alumnae Soccer Game

1:30 p.m. 
Boys' Varsity vs. Alumni Soccer Game

3:00 p.m.
After the games, Alumni, family, and friends are invited to the Head of School's House for light refreshments on the porch.   

Artwork Partnership at Homecoming

Get your artistic minds and hearts ready for a Homecoming artwork extravaganza. Having partnered with The Avenue Concept, Rocky Hill families will be painting a Community Art Wall to reflect this year's Diversity Theme, "The Looking-Glass Self." Participants will work with artists from The Avenue Concept to create ephemeral street art and discuss its impact on urban environments. 

Support the Coes Endowment

Honor the legacy of Terry Coes at Homecoming
Peter Branch will make a special dedication of Flynn Classroom 105 in honor of Mr. Terry Coes. Alumni, parents, and friends can offer their support for the Coes Endowment in three ways:
  1. Matching Gift Challenge: Make a gift in any amount over $25 and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $4,000)
  2. Buy a RHS blanket for $15 and all funds go to the Coes Endowment Fund
  3. Place a bid in the Coes Endowment Silent Auction. Here is a sneak preview of some of the auction items:
Please contact the Alumni Office at if you have any questions about Homecoming 2015.

Bring a Friend to School Day

Thursday, October 22   |   All Day   |   Grades K-8

Bring a Friend to School Day” is a special program for current students in kindergarten through grade 8 to invite prospective students who are part of their neighborhoods, after school programs, summer camps, sports teams, etc. to spend a day with them at Rocky Hill School.

Click here for more information

Admission Open House

Sunday, October 25  |  1:00-3:00 p.m.

Tell your friends and neighbors! We're opening our doors to showcase all of the reasons why you chose Rocky Hill for your child(ren). If you'd like to help spread the word about this important event, the Admission Office has numerous ways that you can assist:
  • Post some flyers in your neighborhood! They are available in Hopelands
  • Share the event on Facebook and Eventbrite!
  • Tag us on Instagram with #rockyhillschool

RHEA+ Pottery for Adults

This adult pottery class will run for six Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, October 28 and ending December 9 (no class November 25). Fee includes all materials. We'll be working on the pottery wheels making vases, plates, cups, and bowls, which will be fired and ready in time for the holidays. The class must have at least four students to run, with a maximum of eight students total. 

Michael Chatterley will be the instructor in the Carriage House at Rocky Hill School.

  • Wednesdays, October 28 - December 9 (no class 11/25)
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Fee: $225 per person
To register, email RHEA Director Mike Lawson or call 401.884.9070, ext. 171 

Get Your Yearbook Discount!

Order your copy of The Crest Yearbook now! When you order by October 31, you will receive 10% off the regular price of $80. 

To order:
Contact Jessica Russell or Katy Basu for more information.

Flu Clinic Added

Friday, November 13  |  8:30-10:30 a.m.  |  Campbell Conf. Room

The October 2nd flu clinic was a success with 110 flu vaccinations administered! If you were unable to attend the clinic, please contact your physician to schedule a vaccination or come to our next clinic on November 13. The earlier you receive the vaccination, the better chance you have to protect yourself against the flu. 
During the flu clinic on November 13, The Wellness Company will also offer school-required vaccinations. Please contact Margo Ott, RN if you would like to arrange a vaccination.

Free Public Screening - A few tickets left!

Monday, October 26  |  6:30 p.m.  |  Flynn Lecture Hall

Rocky Hill School invites you to a free public screening of the film Most Likely to Succeed, followed by a panel discussion. Seating will be limited so please claim your free tickets by clicking here.

Our distinguished panelists include Michael K. Grady Ed.M, Ed.D, Heidi Kasevich PhD, and Meg Stowe M.Ed. 
Read their bios here

The film, an official selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, examines the history of education in America in today's rapidly changing world. Click here to view the trailer and to reserve your free tickets.

Harkness Review

Last week, we held a "Behind The Scenes" look at Harkness in the Upper School. We received this stellar review of the event from a parent of a junior:

"I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience (Behind the Scenes: Harkness in the Upper School: A Lesson at the Table) we had last week in the Upper School. Parent "students" joined their current student peers for an hour of the most lively, authentic and high level discussion of a poem, "The Layers" by Stanley Kunitz. We were “blown away” by the maturity and analytical skills our students showcased throughout the lesson. Personally, I have seen many of the Harkness discussions over the years and could not help but be very impressed with the quality and the authenticity of the whole process; it was clear that this was not rehearsed and that these students live this kind of productive, academic approach every day. Some parents commented that it was like being at graduate school! Of course, Belinda Snyman was flawless in her skilled guidance making sure students learned in the most positive and dynamic way."
                           - Gordana Petteruti P'17
Members of the student Harkness class included juniors Hunter Corbett, Hunter Gallant, Deirdre Irvine, Sera Johnson, Alejandro Perez, and Anessa Petteruti.

Upper School

US Calendar               US Athletics

Pink Out Fundraiser Results

What a fantastic combined effort by the MS and US field hockey teams as well as all who donated to the Pink Out breast cancer fundraiser last week. Both the MS and US teams held a bake sale with pink treats, and the varsity girls wore pink uniforms for their game to show their support. The field was lined with pink paint and many spectators from the RHS community were decked out in pink.

The Girls' Varsity Field Hockey match against Toll Gate HS in Rocky Hill's annual Play 4 The Cure Pink Out game resulted in a 4-1 win for the Mariners! The total donation from the Rocky Hill School community to the National Foundation for Breast Cancer Research is $659. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Middle School

MS Calendar                 MS Athletics

Spirit Week Photos

Students and faculty channeled their inner Super Hero on Wednesday. 

M&M Math

Mrs. Fahey joined the 8th Grade algebra class to do M&M math. They examined sampling distribution and measures of central tendencies.


Middle School Diversity Club

The Middle School is excited to announce the addition of our chapter of the diversity committee, "Students Making Activist Communities (SMAC)."

8th Grade Parent Coffee

Thursday, October 22  |  8:15 a.m.  |  MS Commons

Topic: 8th Grade Expositions

Pumpkin Carving

Friday, October 23  |  2:15 p.m.  |  Campbell Patio

The Middle School welcomes the 5th grade to join us for our annual pumpkin carving event. Students will need to bring a fully-cleaned pumpkin that day. We have some pumpkin saws available, but if you have a set at home, feel free to have your child bring one in a labeled Ziplock bag.

Lower School

LS Calendar               

Spirit Week Photos

The Lower School students enjoyed dressing as Tacky Tourists and Super Heroes during Spirit Week.

Blue & White Soccer Classic

The Lower School is currently enjoying the 8th Annual Blue & White Soccer Classic Tournament. The early rounds started last week with some very close games and exciting competition. The semifinals are during Wednesday and Thursday morning recesses (10:10 a.m.). The finals will be Friday at lunch recess (12:15 p.m.). Come and cheer on our teams!

Get Your Bricks for GrandFriends' Day!

Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Want to surprise your special guest on GrandFriends' Day (November 24)? Purchase an inscribed brick in the Garden Walkway. Bricks are $100 each or five for $400 and are installed in the fall and spring. 

The GrandFriends' Day order deadline is Friday, October 30. Order today!

Click here to learn more or to purchase

Community Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 21   |   8:30-10:00 a.m.

Topic: Engaging Students in Math

This interactive workshop will be presented by Holly Babij, M.Ed, founder of Lantern Enrichment Group.


Athletics Calendar

Athletic Events

Coed Varsity Cross Country
Thursday, October 15  |  4:00 p.m.  |  RHS Invitational
Location: Goddard Memorial State Park

Girls' Varsity Field Hockey
Friday, October 16  |  3:45 p.m.  |  vs. Warwick Vets HS
Location: Rocky Hill School

Coaches Wanted!

The Athletic Department is looking for two coaches for basketball this winter. We're looking for a Middle School Boys' B Team Basketball Coach and an Upper School Girls' Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach.

More information can be found here

Student Spotlight

Congratulations to Thomas Fitzgerald '22 for landing the role of Peter Cratchett in this season's production of A Christmas Carol, which will be performed by Trinity Repertory Company in Providence.    
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