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Above & Beyond Gala

Friday, April 24   |   Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
Don’t miss the event of the year! The dinner, dance, and auction is next Friday at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.
  • Attire:  A cocktail dress and suit or sport coat is all you need.
  • Raffle Tickets: They will not be sold at the event so please get those turned in by Thursday, April 23rd.
  • Auction ItemsCLICK HERE to view the auction preview gallery. More packages will be added over the next week. Don’t miss your chance to bid on 5 Seconds of Summer tickets, Celtics Ball Boy/Girl ExperienceBruins Zamboni Ride, vacations, and much more!
  • Absentee Bids: If you can't be at the event, you can have a staff member bid on your behalf. Contact Beth DeGerlia for information.
  • Register to Attend: The final count is due to the caterer on Monday, April 20th. Click here to register online.
  • Seating: Tables will be put together for grades and divisions so no need to worry about where to sit. You can request tables, as well.
We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Health & Wellness Speaker Series

Richard Ryan, Co-Founder of Creative Drug Education
Tuesday April 21  |  8:15-9:15 a.m.  |  Carriage House Library
The Health and Wellness Committee and the Upper School PTL invite you to join us at a parent coffee with guest speaker Richard Ryan, co-founder of Creative Drug Education. Having written and implemented a curriculum on substance use and abuse issues in the State of Maine, Creative Drug Education quickly expanded into the private sector of education, focusing on providing alcohol (and other drug) use and abuse awareness and prevention programs to schools throughout the United States.

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.

"Stick It To Cancer" Fundraiser

Wednesday, April 29   |   Girls' Lacrosse Field

The Girls' Lacrosse team will be hosting a "stick it to cancer"  game dedicated to longtime Rocky Hill School math teacher, Terry Coes. There will be a "wall of hope" bake sale at the lacrosse game and a dress down day to raise money for cancer research.

Come on down and show your support!

Admission Open House

Thursday, April 30   |   2:00-4:30 p.m.

Tell your friends! We're putting on an Admissions Open House during a school day so that visitors can see many of the great things that go on around our campus on a typical spring day. Visit for more information. 

Order Your Brick by May 1st

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.
The deadline for Spring orders to be installed in time for commencement is May 1st.
Click here to order

Upper School

Certamen Team Places 1st and 3rd

On Saturday, April 11th, a group of Latin students traveled to Brookline High School for the First Annual Brookline Certamen. Two of the three teams placed in the top three. The team of Hunter Gallant '17, Clarice Jennings '18, and Nate DeMoranville '16 took third place in the Lower Division and the team of Griffin Rademacher '16, Shane Woolley '15, Brady Dill '15, and Ray Mancini '12 took home first place in the Advanced Division.

Ebola Fundraiser Concert

On Sunday, April 12th, a group of 26 students, faculty, staff, and parents traveled to The Wheeler School for the benefit concert organized by The Foundation for West Africa. In total, $888 was raised to support ongoing efforts to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone and other West African nations.

Shoe Art Contest

Ms. Getsinger's Drawing & Painting 2 class submitted designs to the Van's Custom Culture shoe design contest, a national high school customization competition using four pairs of blank Van's shoes to be customized around four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports, and Local Flavor. 
Students who collaborated to create these hand painted designs include Amaia Aldazabal '16, Filip Augustowski '17, Amanda Barker '16, Tiffany Bentley '16, Megan Caruso '17, Noel DellaGrotta '15, Ana Dwyer '16, Annie Coaty '17, Alivia Ferlise '17, Deirdre Irvine '17, Clarice Jennings '18, Alejandro Perez '17, Alex Phillips '16, and Kaylynn Polley '17.

Math Team Wins Division

The Rocky Hill School Math Team was declared the winner of the West Bay Division of the Rhode Island Mathematics League. Pictured is the team on the way to the state championships at Bishop Hendricken High School.

New College Counselor Meet and Greet

Friday, April 24   |   8:15-9:15 a.m.   |   Flynn Commons

Come meet and speak with Rocky Hill's new Director of College Counseling, Tara Dowling. Light refreshments will be served in the Flynn Commons (second floor, above the Nautilus).

Exploring College Options

Tuesday, May 5  |  7:00 p.m.  |  Providence Marriott Downtown

Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, and Stanford have teamed up to offer a joint information session and fair in Providence. 
Please click here for more information and to register. A flyer is also posted outside of the College Counseling Office.

Community Service Collection

April 20 – May 1

The sophomore class will be spending May 7th and 8th volunteering at 
GiftsToGive, a New Bedford-based nonprofit organization where student volunteers process donated items to be re-purposed and gifted to local children in need. In support of the sophomore class the School will have a children’s clothing, shoes, book, baby furniture, and toy drive (stuffed animals are permitted). GiftsToGive also has a Fairy Godmother Closet for young women who cannot afford prom gowns. 
Donations can be dropped off at any of the divisions. If you have any questions you can contact 
Maureen Fahey

Middle School

Shoreline All Cleaned Up!

The Middle School students began their spring focus on community service this past week with a shoreline clean up here on campus. 

Bridging Generations

On Thursday, April 23, Grade 8 students visit Atria Harborhill to assist with the residents' journals. Now in its third year of collaboration, this is part of a yearlong intergenerational project between the School and the assisted living community.

Lower School

Preschool Mindfulness Session

Head Preschool Teacher, Lisa Reimer (Miss Lisa) presented "Mindfulness With Young Children: A Teacher's Reflection" to area Early Childhood faculty and administrators at a luncheon hosted at Rocky Hill School. Our By the Bay Preschoolers participated in a six-session mindfulness project with ResilientKids.

Mystery Skype

On Tuesday, fourth and fifth grade learners teamed up to do a "Mystery Skype" with another classroom located somewhere in the United States. Using "yes" or "no" geography questions, the students narrowed down the location of each others' schools. After several rounds of questioning, our learners correctly guessed that their Skype partners were from Columbus, OH. 

The Eggs Come First

The eggs are here! After a wonderful presentation by Miss Janette from Casey Farm, 18 chicken eggs, an incubator, and hatching materials were delivered to the kindergarten classroom. The kindergartners are now warming 12 Rhode Island Reds and six Dominiques! The chicks should be hatching around May 5th, so stay tuned for more information as they start to crack out of their shells! 

Hot Air Balloons!

The 4th grade constructed paper hot air balloons over the past few weeks and were able to finally launch a few on a recent spring day with light wind. Using a camping stove and chimney, the balloons were filled with heated air. Students learned about convection currents and how heated air rises, cools, and comes back down. They also learned how added tape (to repair holes in the paper) affected lift.

Click here for more photos

5th Grade Biology

The 5th grade was invited to the Upper School biology class to assist in dissecting sheep hearts. This is just one of Rocky Hill School's cross divisional learning experiences.

Click here for more photos


ACE Parent Coffee

How to Prepare your MS or US Student for Final Exams
Thursday, May 7   |   8:00-9:00 a.m.   |   ACE Technology Room
This important coffee will review strategies to help students in grades 6-12 prepare for exams. We will also discuss ways that parents can help in this important process.


Athletes of the Week

Allison DeGerlia '16
Girls’ Varsity Softball

"With six RBIs in two games, Allison led the Girls' Softball team to an impressive 2-0 start.  In her most recent game against last year’s #3 seed, Mt. Pleasant, she hit a rope of a home run, and tallied three RBIs and three runs scored on the day. As our starting catcher, Allison has helped our new freshman pitcher adjust to a new team and a new level of competition. She also provides the necessary offensive presence in our lineup as our #3 hitter."  
-Coach Gnolfo

Raymond Mancini '15
Varsity  Golf

"Ray Mancini, playing as the #1 seed, beat his PCD opponent. He shot a 40 for 9 holes, overcoming first hole jitters and cold, windy conditions. His score clearly reflected the long indoor practice hours Ray endured this past winter."  
- Coach Buckley


Jared Lind '19
Varsity  Golf

"Playing as the # 5 seed, Jared beat his PCD opponent 4 & 2. This was a remarkable first outing for Jared, who truly enjoys the game. Although the course and weather conditions were not ideal, Jared stayed composed and won convincingly in his first Rocky Hill School golf match."  
- Coach Buckley


Upcoming Events

Girls' Varsity Lacrosse
Saturday, April 18   |   1:00 p.m.   |   @ PCD

Boys' Varsity Lacrosse
Thursday, April 16   |   4:00 p.m.   |   @ St. Andrew's School

Varsity Golf
Thursday, April 16   |   3:30 p.m.   |   vs St. Andrew's School
@ North Kingstown Golf Course

Varsity Tennis
Thursday, April 16   |   4:00 p.m.   @ St. Andrew's School

Girls' Varsity Softball
Monday, April 20   |   4:00 p.m.   |   vs Central Falls HS
@ Roger Williams Park, Providence


Reunion 2015

Registration is now open for Alumni Reunion 2015.
We'll be celebrating 80 years and recognizing alumni classes ending in 0 and 5. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with classmates and to honor Terry Coes' 41 years and Barbara Cardano's 16 years of teaching at Rocky Hill School.

Schedule of events
12:30 p.m.   |   RHS Alumni Association Annual Meeting
3:00 p.m.   |   Alumnae Lacrosse Game
4:00 p.m.   |   Alumni Lacrosse Game
5:00-8:00 p.m.   |   Alumni Reunion Steak Roast Celebration 

Faculty Notes

Upper School English teacher Sean Tinsley has been awarded a fellowship to attend the 2015 Klingenstein Summer Institute with Teachers College, Columbia University. The institute is held on the campus of the Lawrenceville School in Princeton, NJ. He was selected from a large pool of highly talented applicants to be included in the cohort. Mr. Tinsley is excited for this opportunity.

According to the website, "the Institute challenges these participants to embrace the complexities of the classroom and to explore the art of teaching and the delicate balance of subject mastery, judgment, intuition and creativity."

Notable News

Max Lehouiller '20 was accepted into the All-State Classical Guitar Ensemble at the Rhode Island Music Education Association.

Congratulations, Max!
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