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Admission Open House

Sunday, January 25   |   1:00-3:00 p.m.

An afternoon on Rocky Hill School’s 84-acre waterfront campus is all it takes to understand what makes our community so unique. Visitors to our Open House will be able to tour the beautiful grounds with current RHS students, meet with Head of School Peter Branch and our Lower, Middle, and Upper School Heads, interact with our knowledgeable and personable faculty and staff, and learn how our diverse student body is challenged academically and afforded opportunities not found at any other schools.  

Click here to visit our Open House web page.
Click here for a listing of events during the Open House.

Are you ready for summer?

The Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) courses and camps have been announced!

SEA offers three types of camps for children ages 3-13: Traditional Day, Specialty, and Academic. Several discounts are offered, including multi-week, pay-in-full, and sibling discounts.

Join us at our Admission Open House in the library from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. for a preview of available camps and to take advantage of early-bird discounts.

Click here for information and to register for one or more of our camps. 

80% in 80 Challenge

Thank you to our parents, faculty, and staff. The 80% Challenge was a wonderful success and brought the community together in their support of the School. Having strong participation numbers from our closest constituents makes a statement to foundations, corporations, and other donors, and strengthens our ability to secure additional funding.

As we enter into grant writing season, we do so armed with some of the best participation numbers in years that are well above the national average as well. Way to go Rocky Hill!

Parents in Grades N-11:  91% (AISNE:  73%)
Faculty/Staff:  94% (AISNE:  67%)

Buy a Brick for Someone Special to You

Purchasing an inscribed brick in one of three campus brickwalks is a timeless way to honor a member of the Rocky Hill School community, past or present. By purchasing a brick, you get the opportunity to leave a wonderful, lasting mark on campus.

Click here for more information

The Crest Yearbook

There's still time to order your copy of The Crest or to purchase a sponsorship page. The sponsorship page deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015, so don't delay!

Click here for more information

All School Talent Show - Tomorrow!

Friday, January 23   |   7:00 p.m.   |   Campbell Center

Why go to a theater or a movie when you can see great talent right here at Rocky Hill? Join us as we showcase this variety show of epic proportions!

Tickets are just $5.00 each, but the entertainment will be priceless!

Behind The Scenes

The Essential Curriculum
Wednesday, February 4   |   8:15–10:00 a.m.   |   Campbell Conf. Room

Parents are encouraged to attend the upcoming Behind the Scenes event which will give parents an in-depth look at programs geared toward supporting student wellness, creating a healthy learning community, promoting empathy and character development, and preparing students for life after high school. The Essential Curriculum, also referred to as the "whole child" program, includes The Responsive Classroom (LS), Developmental Designs (MS), Freshmen Studies, Community Service, Diversity, and the Senior Internship Program. Presenters will include faculty and administrators from all three divisions.

We Value Your Input!

You may have received an email asking you to complete a survey regarding the future of Rocky Hill School. If you haven't done so already, please take a few minutes to give us feedback as we move forward with our Strategic Plan. If you have completed the survey, we thank you!

Click here to access the survey
Members of the Deckhands Theater Company volunteered as the front-of-house staff for the Frozen Singalong performances this past weekend at the Greenwich Odeum. Pictured here with Princesses Anna and Elsa are Jess Ring '15, Sera Johnson '17, Ellie Farber '15, Sara Gasrow '17, Katia Mendez '18, and Nate Talbutt '18.

Upper School

Senior Seminar Recap

On January 20th, during the second session of the Senior Seminar, Tom Olson shared stories about the various businesses he has started and the lessons learned from those experiences. He explained the process of inception, validation, and execution in building a concept into a profitable venture. In addition to offering advice, Mr. Olson demonstrated the use of Validation Board for planning and executing a business start up. Finally, he asked the students to consider the difference between assets and liabilities and how one could become the other.

Oxbridge Summer Programs

Thursday, January 29  |  1:00-2:30 p.m.  |  Campbell Conference Room

A representative from the Oxbridge Summer Programs will be on campus to meet with interested students. Join us in the Campbell Conference Room during lunch to talk about these exciting study abroad opportunities.

Middle School

8th Grade Trip to Quebec

The 8th Grade students depart for Quebec on Friday, January 30. Bon Carnival!

The National Geographic Bee

The National Geographic Bee for grades 5-8 was held on January 21. Each of the eight finalists did well answering questions that mostly centered on the United States. Winner Savanna Olsen '19 will take a written qualifying test for the Independent State School Bee which will be held on March 27, 2015.

Congratulations to Savanna for a wonderful display of her knowledge of geography!

MLK Day Celebration

The Middle School celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this past Friday by investigating three key events that took place during the the Civil Rights Movement. The 6th grade researched and created digital stories based on Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The 7th grade explored and discussed the tragic history of Emmett Till, while the 8th grade learned about the Birmingham Children's March.

Pictured: Christoff Bandele '20 and Elsa Block '20 describe the story of Emmett Till to the Middle School students.

Middle School Art Show - Save The Date!

The first ever Middle School Art Show will be held Wednesday through Friday, February 4-6 in Hale. Come and see some of the amazing work your children are doing in art!

Lower School

Sum-thing Special!

Rocky Hill School third and fourth graders competed in a Southern Rhode Island SumDog Challenge last week with impressive results. SumDog is a comprehensive and game-based math program that helps learners practice important math skills through engaging and fun games. Schools are invited to participate in local and national challenges that allow students throughout the country to compete against one another.

Mr. Laurent's fourth grade received a certificate of merit and an award of 30 free subscriptions to the program for their first place finish. Also recognized for individual performances were Will Hanney '23, Francesca McCaughey '23, and Alex Sulyma '24, all of whom placed within the top 10 of over 200 students from schools in North Kingstown, Warwick, and East Greenwich.

Way to go, Sum Doggers!

LEGO Robotics Team Gave Their Best

The "Candy Crushers" robotics team competed on Saturday's First LEGO League Robotics State Championships at Roger Williams University. 

The team - Benjamin Lawson '23, Savannah Burnett '23, Benjamin Liebermensch '22, Jade Ma '23, Brendan Weiner '23, Derek Block '23, Conner Olsen '23 and Yaduvir Mangray - was charged with designing, building, and programming an autonomous robot using LEGO.  

After the first round of competition, the Candy Crushers found themselves in 21st place out of 40 teams statewide. The team is extremely proud of their efforts, especially as first-time competitors!


Point of View

The 5th grade explored P.O.V. (Point of View / Perspective Taking) using the social studies topic of westward expansion in the US in the 1800s. The students' "lenses" drastically expanded as evidenced by the giant glasses they used after beginning the unit using relatively smaller lenses.
Acknowledging our own P.O.V. and blind spots, while examining the P.O.V. of someone else, is a skill that requires explicit instruction and experiential methodologies to expand the lens through which students examine history and to apply it to current events.

Future Engineer?

Congratulations to 2nd Grader Logan Castaldo who has qualified as a semifinalist in the Future Engineers, 3-D Printing in Space Challenge. Future Engineers is an educational platform that hosts and develops design challenges for young innovators. Out of 170 submissions, Logan made it into the top 10! We wish Logan well in the next round!

Congrats to 5th Grade Geo Bee Finalists!

Congratulations to the 5th Grade finalists who qualified to represent our Lower School in the Grade 5-8 Geography Bee! George Cochran was well-prepared to step-in as the alternate. Garrett Corsi and Colin Davis made it through multiple rounds, with Colin advancing to the final round against an 8th grader! 

MLK Storytelling Session

Storytellers Len Cabral and Derek Burrows
Monday, January 26   |   10:30 a.m.   |   Flynn Lecture Hall

Len Cabral and Derek Burrows of the Black Storytellers Group of Rhode Island will be performing for Lower School students on Monday as part of the RHS Diversity program.

Rocky Hill School Spelling Bee 

Wednesday, January 28   |   2:30 p.m.   |   Campbell Center

Scripps Spelling Bees were held in grades 3-8 and two champions from each grade will now compete in our Rocky Hill School Spelling Bee. The competitors in the Bee are Abby Mears '24, Lilly Liebermensch '24, all of grades 4 and 5, Luke Bowater '21, Chase Schulte '21, Jasmine Aldazabal '20, Cortlandt Meyerson '20, Savanna Olsen '19, and Jake Watson '19.


ACE Parent Coffee 


Read and Write For Google

Friday, February 6   |   8:00 a.m. - 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

Thursday, January 22
US Girls Varsity Basketball   |  4:00 p.m.   |   @ Middletown HS 
MS Girls A Basketball   |   3:45 p.m.   |   @ Pennfield
MS Boys A Basketball   |   4:45 p.m.   |   @ Pennfield
MS Boys B Basketball   |   5:00 p.m.   |   vs. Times2Academy
Friday January 23
US Boys Varsity Basketball   |   4:00 p.m.   |   vs. Newman
US Girls Varsity Basketball   |   5:30 p.m.   |   vs. Narragansett HS
US Boys Varsity Ice Hockey   |   8:30 p.m.   |   vs. Portsmouth HS @ West Warwick Civic Center
Saturday, January 24
US Boys Varsity Ice Hockey   |   6:00 p.m.   |   vs. East Greenwich HS
@ West Warwick Civic Center


Health and Wellness Speaker Series

Richard Ryan, Co-Founder of Creative Drug Education
Tuesday, January 27   |   8:00-9:30 a.m.   |   Library

The Health and Wellness Committee and the Upper School PTL invite ALL Rocky Hill School parents to join them at a parent coffee with guest speaker Richard Ryan, co-founder of Creative Drug Education. Mr. Ryan will host an open discussion on the topic of parenting and substance use in today’s challenging world as well as overcoming the fear of setting limits with our children.

This event takes the place of the regularly scheduled Upper School PTL meeting on January 27.
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