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Head of School Search Announced 

Yesterday, Edwin J. Santos, President of the Board of Trustees, and Peter M. Branch, the ninth Head of School, jointly announced the start of the search for a new Head of School for the 2016-17 school year. After three years with Rocky Hill School, Peter Branch will retire in June 2016.

A Head of School Search Committee, formed earlier this year, has been busy planning the search process. Led by Ande Frost, Board Vice President, the committee has contracted with industry experts Carney, Sandoe & Associates to guide the process.

Click here to read letters to the School community by Edwin J. Santos and Peter M. Branch

New College Counselor for 2015-16

Meet-and-Greet Tara Dowling
Friday, April 24   |   8:15-9:15 a.m.   |   Flynn Commons

Rocky Hill School recently announced a new Director of College Counseling for the 2015-16 school year. Come and meet her in person on April 24 in the Flynn Commons (second floor).

Above & Beyond Gala

Friday, April 24  |   Rhodes on the Pawtuxet 

Don’t miss the event of the year, Above & Beyond, the PTL Spring Gala! Registrations are due by Tuesday, April 14 and all raffle tickets must be received by Thursday, April 23. If you need raffle tickets, please inquire in Hopelands or email
Beth DeGerlia. Click here for more information

Health & Wellness Speaker Series 

Richard Ryan, Co-Founder of Creative Drug Education
Tuesday April 21  |  8:15-9:15 a.m.  |  Carriage House Library

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. 

Celebrating a Week of Colors

As part of GLSEN's (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) Pride Week and Day of Silence, the Middle and Upper Schools are hosting their own Week of Colors to call attention to and raise awareness for various societal issues that encompass our lives. By wearing certain colors on respective days, students will be showing their concern. This is a "dress down" week, with Friday being a "dress down fundraiser" ($5, half to GLSEN and the other half to the Diversity Club).
  • DARK BLUE: Physical/Mental Disabilities (Ableism)
  • YELLOW: Gender Bias
  • GREEN: Religious Discrimination
  • LIGHT BLUE: Non-Traditional Family Structures
  • PURPLE: Racial Bias
  • ORANGE: Socioeconomic Bias (Classism)
  • RED: Body Image
  • BLACK: Micro-Aggressions and Colorblindness
  • RAINBOW COLORS: Sexual Orientation Discrimination (heterosexism)
For more information regarding the Diversity Program contact Matt Gnolfo, Director of Diversity.

A Visit to Hasbro

Just hours before Spring Break began, students in the Maker independent study class visited Hasbro in Pawtucket where they connected with Rocky Hill School alum Ceileidh Siegel '01, Hasbro's Director of Imbedded Innovation. The students were able to see the rapid prototyping areas of the facility. They also met with Ceileidh's team to hear about the creative process in the toy industry and what it takes to bring an idea from the original inspiration to a product on a shelf.

Portfolio Art Show 

Students, parents, faculty, and staff enjoyed an evening in Flynn taking in the AP Studio Art on Tuesday evening. View some photos of the Portfolio Art Show by clicking here.

Register for Summer Camps

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings.  Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules.  

Click here for more information and to register

Transportation Update for 2015-16

Beginning on April 1, 2015, the statewide transportation system is now open to receive student transportation requests for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year for students residing in Coventry, West Warwick, Foster, Gloucester and Scituate. To ensure a bus stop for the first day of the school next year, both current and new riders must register online by July 31, 2015. Please call TransPar at 401-222-5024 with any questions. You can also email them at 

Order Your Copy of The Crest

Don't forget to order your copy of The Crest, the RHS Yearbook! The deadline to order is fast approaching. April 15th will be here before you know it!

Click here for ordering instructions and 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

Exploring College Options

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

Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, and Stanford have teamed up together 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. Their primary mission is to give young people–the privileged and those in need–an opportunity to practice Big Citizenship and Tangible Philanthropy through their gifts of time and treasure.
In support of the sophomore class the School will be having 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. 
Please be as generous as possible. Donations can be dropped off at any of the divisions. If you have any questions you can contact 
Maureen Fahey. Thank you!  

Middle School

Shoreline Cleanup Scheduled - Tomorrow!

Tomorrow the 6th and 8th grades will head down to the waterfront to begin their "I  RHS" community service. They will be clearing the Land of Fires Nature Trail and cleaning the beachfront. 
Important reminders for students:
  • It is a dress-down day on Friday, April 10
  • Wear jeans and tall socks, rain boots or work-boots
  • If you have work gloves or gardening gloves, please bring them

Middle School Game Night - Tomorrow!

Friday, April 10   |   6:00-8:00 p.m.  |   Campbell Center

Free admission and drinks for $1. Come for a night of traditional board and card games, ping pong, and laughter!
Open to 5th graders, too!

Middle School Adviser/Parent Conferences

Conferences begin Monday, April 13 and run all week. Advisers will be scheduling these meetings. 

Working With Sludge

The Sludge assignment is underway in 8th grade science, in which the students must separate and identify the components that make up their mystery mixture.  

"To Eat or Not to Eat"

In art, 6th graders just completed ceramic tiles featuring realistic sculptures of the marine animals they are researching as part of their "To Eat or Not to Eat" project in science class.

Click here to view the entire gallery 

Lower School

Welcoming Spring

First graders upcycled toy baskets to make spring decorations for our Lower School foyer. A few fourth grade students also painted scenes of flowers and birds on the windows to get everyone to "think spring!"

Planting the Seed

Here are some photos of the kindergarteners exploring different seeds before planting them in our classroom garden. They had to guess which seeds belonged to each vegetable or flower and had to make predictions about how long it would take for them to grow. We are hoping to transplant them in the warmer weather! 

Family Fun Spring Fling

Thursday, April 16  |  6:00-8:30 p.m.  |  Campbell Center

Join us for our Lower School Family Fun Spring Fling! The flat fee of $25.00 (per family) allows you to bring multiple family members. Let's kick up our heels and welcome spring at this fun and festive Lower School community event!  

Contact Patty Pontarelli to RSVP

Spring RHEA Courses Announced

The spring courses for RHEA are now open for registration. Courses begin on April 20 and run for six weeks. Registration and payment is due by Friday, April 10.

Click here for course descriptions and to register


ACE Parent Coffee

How to Prepare your Middle or Upper School 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.


Seniors vs. Faculty Basketball

Seniors played faculty members in a basketball game last Friday and CRUSHED THEM with a score of 41-31.

Click here to see more great photos by Rob Lee


Upcoming Events

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse
Monday, April 13   |    4:00 p.m.   |   vs. Johnston HS

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse
Thursday, April 16   |   4:00 p.m.   |   at St. Andrew’s, Barrington

Varsity Golf
Tuesday, April 14   |   3:00 p.m.   |   @ St. Thomas More

Varsity Tennis
Monday, April 13   |   3:00 p.m.   |   @ Marianapolis Prep

Girls’ Varsity Softball
Thursday, April 9   |   4:00 p.m.   |   vs Mt. Pleasant HS
@ Classical Regional HS

Faculty Notes

Darshell Silva, Librarian and Technology Integrator, gave a presentation on Technology Integration last week at the Johnson & Wales' Center for Leadership and Educational Equity Principal Residency Network in Providence. Click here for more information about the Principal Residency Network.
Darshell has also been invited to attend a summer workshop called “The Hudson River in the 19th Century and the Modernization of America.” The workshop is a product of the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture. Click here for more information

Notable News

Jasmine Aldazabal '20 has been awarded a $500 ARTs Scholarship by the Providence Performing Arts Center. She will use her award, made possible by The Textron Charitable Trust, to attend a Summer Dance Intensive Program at the State Ballet of Rhode Island.

Jasmine was one of 30 winners selected from a pool of 74 applicants and will receive her award at a ceremony at PPAC on May 4.

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