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Mariners Stick it to Cancer!

The Girls' Varsity Lacrosse team defeated St. Andrew's School at home yesterday with a score of 11-10. The win was an important and uplifting one for the girls as they dedicated the game to faculty member Terry Coes and his battle against cancer. Terry was present at the game to cheer the girls on! The "Stick it to Cancer" event also held a bake sale to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Click here to view more photos of the game

Above & Beyond Gala a Success!

Thank you to all who attended and supported the Above & Beyond Gala last Friday. The event was spectacular with over 200 guests in attendance. The bidding was lively, the food was delicious, and the band got everyone dancing. While final proceeds are still being calculated, we are pleased to report that the Live and Silent Auctions raised $115,000 – a new record! Look for more updates next week. 

A special thank you goes out to event Co-Chairs Kristin McCaughey and Paula Santos!

Bring a Friend to School Day

Thursday, May 14   |   Grades 1-7

Students in grades 1-7 are invited to bring a friend to spend a day with them at Rocky Hill School. Lunch will be provided for the guests.

RSVP by Monday, May 11 to Sarah Taylor or call 884-9070 ext. 107.

Click here for more information


Last Chance to Order Your Brick!

Don't be left out! Tomorrow is the deadline for purchasing a brick for one of the three campus brickwalks! Purchasing an inscribed brick is a timeless way to honor a member of the Rocky Hill School community, past or present. It gives you the opportunity to leave a wonderful, lasting mark on campus.
 
The deadline for Spring orders to be installed in time for commencement is Friday, May 1st.

Click here to order

A Message From The Nurse

Please help stop the spread of illnesses and disease while protecting students with fragile medical conditions by adhering the School's illness policy:
  • Students need to stay home if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms: a temperature of 100 degrees F or above, diarrhea, or vomiting
  • Students can safely return to school when their temperature is below 100 degrees F for 24 hours without the use of a fever reducing medication, and if the student is free of vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24 hours
  • If a student needs to stay home for five (5) or more consecutive days, please provide a physician’s note stating that the student required the absence and the student is well enough to return to school
Thank you for keeping Rocky Hill School a healthy place!

National Latin Award Winners

In March, all Latin students took the National Latin Exam, and, as has been the case so many times in the past, a huge number of our students excelled and received awards. 
 
Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal): Nate DeMoranville '16, Savanna Olsen '19, Brady Dill '15, Hunter Gallant '17, Clarice Jennings '18, Griffin Rademacher '16 
 
Maxima Cum Laude (Silver Medal): Anessa Petteruti '17, Megan Caruso '17, Jamie Frost '17, Jacob Lane '15, Michael Santos '18, Sera Johnson '17
 
Magna Cum Laude (Certificate): Alex DiCenso '19, Brienne Harter '19, Jacob Pogacar '19, Shane Woolley '15, Alec O'del '18, Jenna O'del '16, Theodore Haddow '15
 
Cum Laude (Certificate): Aidan Friedfeld '18, Alex Phillips '16, Katia Mendez '18, Mary McKenney '16, Raymond Mancini III '15
 
Intro Ribbons: Anza DiGasper '20, Paul Ritter '20, Alexis Weiler '20, Lucia Caito '21, Zachary Wilson '20

Upper School

Senior Send-off

We wish the seniors well as they embark on their next journey! Before they start their senior internships next week, they'll enjoy tonight's senior dinner at Quidnessett Country Club followed by a trip to Six Flags tomorrow for some fun.

Good luck to all seniors!


Click here for photos of today's Senior Send-off

AP Exam Schedule

Please note room change for Latin. 
Click here for schedule and locations

HOBY Leadership Seminar

Annie Coaty '17 and Kaylynn Polley '17 have been selected to attend the 2015 Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar on May 8, 9 and 10. They will participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders from across the state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their community. Congratulations, Annie and Kaylynn!

National Spanish Exam Awards

The following students earned awards in the National Spanish Exam:
Brianna Cardona '18 - Gold medal
Edward Litvinov '16 - Bronze medal
Amaia Aldazabal '16 - Honorable mention, level 5 
Donna Russo '16 - Honorable mention, level 3 (not pictured)
Hunter Corbett '17 - Honorable mention, level 3 (not pictured)

Middle School


Middle School Spring Dance

Friday, May 8   |   7:00-9:30 p.m.   |   Campbell Center

Admission is $5.00 and friends are more than welcome to join us!

SISAL Art Show Winners

Earlier this month, 525 pieces of artwork were submitted by 17 New England independent schools to the juried middle and high school Small Independent School Art League (SISAL) art show. We are pleased to announce two winners from Rocky Hill School. Abby Hirsch ’19 placed first in the drawing category for her self-portrait and Jeremiah Malone ’21 was awarded an honorable mention for his spiny lobster in the ceramics category. Congratulations, Abby and Jeremy!

Peer Project

In health class this week, the 7th graders are busy recording their "Peerless P's" music videos. The project will highlight how to say no to peer pressure!
 
 

NJHS Walks for Autism

The National Junior Honor Society volunteered at the 13th Annual Imagine Walk for Autism Awareness in Rhode Island. The event was attended by 8,000 people and raised over $200,000. 

Together with Mr. Greenwood, our NJHS members included Abby Hirsch '19, Anza DiGaspar '20, Pascale Burnett '20, Jason DeGerlia '19, Faythe Schulte '19, Alexis Weiler '20, Ben Pogacar '20, Cortlandt Meyerson '20, Alyssa Grayson '19, Michael Walsh '19, Jillian Caruso '20, and Elsa Block '20 who worked hard preparing 3,000 lunch items for the many participants. It was a great event!

You're Invited: Parent Coffee

Wednesday, May 13   |   8:15 a.m.   |   Middle School Commons
Topic: Adolescent Development and the Transition to next September

For parents of students in grades 5-8.

Lower School

What Happens in Music Class? - Tomorrow!

Friday, May 1   |   8:30-9:15 a.m.   |   Miss Meg's Room, Campbell

Buzzing? Solfege? Epic Pattycake? Join us tomorrow to learn more about the Lower School Music Program!

Lower School Lecture Series

Do "Hours" Create Caring Kids or Do Caring Kids Create “Hours”?
Tuesday, May 5   |   8:30-10:00 a.m.   |   Carriage House Library


An interactive conversation about community service and service learning.

This presentation will explore what distinguishes service learning from community service, why it is a powerful vehicle for delivering critical content and 21st century competencies, and finally, inspire a generation to habitually ask the question, “How can what it is I know, and am able to do, benefit my community, a person or a cause?”

More information here

RSVP to Patty Pontarelli at ppontarelli@rockyhill.org by Friday, May 1st.

Volunteers Needed for Field Day

The LS is looking for parent volunteers for Field Day on Friday, May 29 (Rain date: Monday, June 8). No experience is necessary and the more the merrier! Please contact Sue Wood if you are available on these days. Thank you!
 
Field Day Volunteer Schedule
8:00 a.m. - Set up
12:30- 3:00 p.m. - Student group chaperones (each grade is split into a blue team and a white team, per grade)  
3:00 p.m. - Breakdown

First Grade Welcomes Russian Visitor

The first graders have been studying Russia. Elizaveta, a URI exchange student from Russia, visited with the children on Monday and shared with them stories of growing up in Russia. She also read them a classic Russian folktale. The children asked her questions and learned that people in Russia do not have doughnuts or Michael Jordon sneakers. She was a wonderful visitor!

Preschool Oceanographers

This week the preschool class is learning about ocean animals. Mrs. Dumas brought fish in for the students to paint and print, designing their own beautiful t-shirts!
    

ACE

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
 
During this important discussion, we will review strategies to help students in grades 6-12 prepare for exams. We will also talk about ways that parents can help in this important process.

Athletics

Athletes of the Week


Tyler Gates '16
Varsity Golf

“The golf team and coaches nominate Tyler Gates for Athlete of the Week honors. Tyler, playing as Rocky Hill School's seventh seed, recorded the team’s only win in its match against Wheeler, a formidable opponent. Tyler’s confidence was evident from the start as he ‘smoked’ a nine iron on his first hole. The shot straight at the pin sent his opponent a clear message. Ultimately Tyler prevailed, winning one up on the ninth hole. Congratulations, and well done!”

-Coach Buckley


Kathryn Nota '15
Girls' Varsity Lacrosse

“Senior captain, Kate Nota, has demonstrated outstanding leadership this season, setting a positive example for this year's squad. She is always eager to play her heart out whether at practice or in a game. Kate helped the team win their first three games of the season and leads the team with 29 goals. She plays with confidence and composure, and can be counted on wherever she is on the field.  Congratulations, Kate!”

-Coach Getsinger
 


Upcoming Events


Boys' Varsity Lacrosse
Monday, May 4   |   4:00 p.m.   |   vs. LaSalle Academy

 
Girls' Varsity Lacrosse
Wednesday, May 6   |   4:00 p.m.   |   vs. Williams School

 
Varsity Golf
Thursday, April 30   |   3:30 p.m.   |   @ St. Thomas More
at Quidnesset Country Club

 
Varsity Tennis*
New date:

Tuesday, May 5   |   4:00 p.m.   |   vs. Marianapolis Prep
Rescheduled from April 30
 
Girls' Varsity Softball
Tuesday, May 5   |   4:00 p.m.   |   @ Rogers HS

Alumni

Alumni Spotlight

Miguel Lara '11 was selected by his classmates at Clark University to address the Class of 2015 at commencement on May 17. He also accepted a position with the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts, where he will be working as a case administrator with lawyers, trustees, creditors, and judges performing quality control on new cases. Miguel also has been assigned his first semi-professional soccer match as the head referee in the Rhode Island Reds FC vs. Greater Lowell United match slated to take place on May 9th at Brown University. He has been officiating for 10 years and aspires to reach first tier professional soccer. In 2013, Miguel was awarded Young Referee of the Year for Region I (Virginia to Maine) by U.S. Youth Soccer. Congratulations, Miguel!

Reunion 2015

Saturday, June 13   |   12:30-8:00 p.m.

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

Darshell Silva, Library and Technology Integrator, has been appointed as a per course instructor at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies.

Student Spotlight

Alexis Weiler '20 was nominated to attend The Envision National Young Leaders Conference. Alexis spent four days at the end of March attending seminars dedicated to developing essential leadership, communication, decision making, conflict resolution, and critical thinking skills.

Jade Ma '23 performed in the Rhode Island Children's Chorus and sang the National Anthem for the Providence Bruins on April 19.

PTL

Reminder

The May 6 All School PTL meeting has been changed to Tuesday, May 12The location will be in the Campbell Conference Room.

Flik Dining Services

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From Garden to Plate 

The sixth grade spent some time this week harvesting produce from the Garden Classroom. In this week's haul, they delivered the first round of kale to Chef Rob for use in the cafeteria. 

  
As the warm weather arrives, great things are happening all over campus! Check out our Instagram feed for more photos of the Rocky Hill School community. 

Send us your news!

Email a description and photo, if possible, to pr@rockyhill.org by noon on Wednesday for publication on Thursday afternoon.

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