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National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

We're proud to announce that Amaia AldazabalMalcolm Meyerson, and Griffin Rademacher have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The three seniors will have an opportunity to continue on in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. 

Congratulations and good luck, Amaia, Malcolm, and Griffin!


Convocation 2015

Under a bright blue sky on September 18, 2015, Head of School Peter Branch addressed the students, faculty, and staff at his last Convocation at Rocky Hill School.

Read his speech here

RHS Fab Lab - New!

Saturday, September 26   |   9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   |   Campbell Center

Come check out the new RHS Fabrication Lab next weekend! Fab Lab will be unstructured play in a constructive environment. Inspired by MIT's popular "Saturday Thing," the Fab Lab will touch on the five elements of S.T.E.A.M. 

  • Cardboard Corner
  • Ozobots Robotics
  • littleBits Circuitry
  • Take-apart Station
  • Stick Bridges
  • LED Exploration
All materials will be provided. Just bring your imagination!

Fab Lab is free and open to the public. Recommended for kids in grades K through 8. Bring a friend! For more information, contact Joseph LePain, Director of Technology.

17th Annual Fall Classic 

Monday, September 28 | Quidnessett Country Club

You can still register for tennis, golf, or dinner!

Register Online for dinner or tennis by Saturday, September 26 or call Liz at 401-884-9070 ext. 132 for golf.

Auction Preview

Click here to preview many of the auction items. You can submit absentee bids to Beth DeGerlia if you cannot attend.
Some highlights include:
  • Lunch and golf with Patriot legend Steve Grogan at Quidnessett C.C.
  • Pats vs. Giants NYC weekend
  • Initiation fee for a Quidnessett Country Club membership
  • Reserved parking spot on campus for one year
  • Vacations
  • Golf foursomes
  • Feature vacation item: A Six-Day African Photo Safari in HluHluwe, South Africa 
If you have questions or have an item to donate, please call Beth at 401-884-9070, ext.129.

Tennis Practice at RHS - Tomorrow!

Feeling a little rusty? Meet other players at the Alumni tennis courts for some practice swings and tips from a pro. Get tips from Peter Barlow, Head Coach of the RHS Upper and Middle School Tennis Teams tomorrow
  • Play time is 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 25
  • Email Tennis Chair Vicky Barokha if you are interested


Volunteers are needed for the event. Please give a few hours of time and have some fun. To volunteer please sign up on SIGN UP GENIUS.

Diversity Theme Announced

Matt Gnolfo, Director of Diversity, gave the opening Community Talk to introduce the 2015-2016 Equity and Inclusion Theme, "The Looking-Glass Self." If you were not able to make it to school to hear his address to the students, feel free to watch the talk in its entirety here (two parts):

Students' March for Racial Justice

 On Sunday, September 20, a group of Rocky Hill School students and teachers marched in a rally to oppose white supremacist flyers that were distributed in East Greenwich earlier in the summer.

The march, organized by the White Noise Collective, harnessed the energy and activism of more than 300 people who met at Westminster Unitarian Church and walked a 2-mile route through the streets of East Greenwich while facing both support and opposition from local residents. 

Here is the ABC6 News story about the event 

Brick Walk Campaign

Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Want to surprise your special guest on GrandFriends' Day? Purchase an inscribed brick in one of three campus brick walks. This is a timeless way to honor a member of the Rocky Hill School community, past or present. Bricks are $100 each or five for $400 and are installed twice yearly in the fall and spring. 

The deadline for Fall orders is October 2. Order today!

Click here to learn more or to purchase

Free Public Screening

Rocky Hill School invites you to a free public screening of the film Most Likely to Succeed, followed by a panel discussion on Monday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. Seating will be limited so please claim your free tickets by clicking 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

Flu Vaccination Clinic

Friday, October 2   |   2:00-5:00 p.m.   |   Campbell Conf. Room

In collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Health, Rocky Hill School is hosting a school-wide flu vaccination clinic. Bring your family to get immunized from the flu! Online pre-registration is preferred so that we can have enough vaccine on hand to immunize the entire RHS community.

Visit for more information or to pre-register.

Tree Ring to Plant 131 Trees

TreeRing, Rocky Hill School's yearbook vendor, has notified us that they intend to plant 131 trees with their partner, Trees for the Future. For each copy of The Crest that is sold, one tree is planted in the name of Rocky Hill School. Thank you to all of our supporters of The Crest!

Yearbook Discount

Order your copy of The Crest Yearbook now! When you order by Wednesday, September 30 you will receive 15% off the regular price of $80.  
To order
Contact Jessica Russell or Katy Basu for more information.

Behind The Scenes: At the Harkness Table

Save The Date!
Wednesday, October 7  |  8:30 a.m.

About Behind the Scenes
Learn about curriculum, the teaching model, and Rocky Hill School. This program provides parents with a
behind-the-scenes look at important academic goals for preschool through grade 12 and how the faculty guide students to success.

Upper School

US Calendar               US Athletics

Parent Night in School - Tonight!

Thursday, September 24   |   6:30-8:30 p.m.   |   Flynn Academic Center

Parents will have the opportunity to meet each of their child's teachers as they go through a shortened academic day of 10-minute classes. Head of School Peter Branch and Upper School Head Doug Poskitt will share some thoughts to begin Parents' Night and review the evening's schedule. While students are welcome to attend, this evening is geared primarily towards parents.

Equity and Inclusion Day

Friday, September 25   |   9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.   |   Flynn Lecture Hall
Joshua Segui, Assistant Director for Co-Curricular Programs, and Shane Lloyd, Assistant Director for First Year and Sophomore Programs, from Brown University's Center for Students of Color will be working with our Upper School students and faculty on issues of equity and inclusion to help introduce the Diversity Theme for 2015-2016, "The Looking-Glass Self." The entire RHS faculty and staff had the privilege of working with Joshua and Shane last year, and we are excited to have them back to work with our students on issues of identity.

Upcoming College Visits to RHS

Friday, September 25
110:00 a.m.   |   Clarkson University
12:15 p.m.   |   Lasell College
1:30 p.m.   |   Merrimack College

Middle School

MS Calendar                 MS Athletics

EnviroWeek 2015 Wrap-up!

The weather was absolutely perfect last week for the Middle School's EnviroWeek activities.

Grade 7 students took to the water as they kayaked on Ninigret Pond in Charlestown. During the trip, the students learned about oyster farming and paddled over the oyster cages.

Students in grades 6 and 7 enjoyed a beautiful night under the stars, camping out on the front lawn of Hopelands. Students in grade 6 took to the climbing wall and learned how to "boulder."

Lower School

LS Calendar            

Save the Date!

Lower School 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. 
More detail to come!

Box Tops for Education

The Power is in Your Hands! We are collecting Box Tops for Education! Please take a look in your child's Take Home folder for an easy way to collect the box tops.

The fall submission deadline is November 1.


Academic Center for Enrichment

ACE Parent Nights in School

We look forward to meeting with parents during the ACE Parent Night in School!
Middle and Upper School ACE Night in School
Tuesday, October 13   |   5:30-7:00 p.m.   |   Ace Building


Athletics Calendar

Athletes of the Week

2015-09-18 21.22.52Faythe Schulte
Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey

“The Girls' Varsity Field Hockey team is pleased to nominate freshman field hockey player, Faythe Schulte as student-athlete of the week. Faythe found her passion for field hockey in the Middle School and put in the time and dedication to grow her game over the summer. In doing so, she has earned a spot in the starting line up on defense and has dominated against other players in the league that have much more experience than she. Continue to push yourself and inspire others, Faythe. Congratulations!”

- Coach Fairchild

2015-09-18 21.22.11Alejandro Rojas
Boys’ Varsity  Soccer

“In our first match of the season last Friday against Davies (a RIIL Division 3 finalist last year), this junior was a solid presence in the midfield. He assisted on two of our four goals. As the level of competition increases this fall, this player will be an instrumental part of how well we play as a team. The coaches recognize him not only for the quality of his play on the field, but also for how he has served as a positive role model for younger soccer players. Congratulations, Alejandro Rojas!”

- Coach Poskitt

Upcoming Games and Matches

Girls' Varsity Soccer
Thursday, September 24   |   4:30 p.m.   |   Bancroft School (NL)
Location: Rocky Hill School
Boys' Varsity Soccer
Friday, September 25   |   4:00 p.m.   |   vs. Scituate HS
Location: Rocky Hill School
Girls' Varsity Field Hockey
Saturday, September 26   11:00 a.m.   |   vs. Tiverton HS
Location: Rocky Hill School

Coed Varsity Cross Country

Saturday, September 26   |   1:00 p.m.   |   Ocean State Invite
Location: Goddard Park, Warwick, RI

Alumni Announcements


Saturday, October 17

Come back to campus to play or cheer on the Alumni & Varsity Teams! Bring your family and friends to Homecoming 2015! There will be carnival games, crafts, campus hayrides, food, and much more! 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 2014: Games, food, and fun!

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

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.   
Please contact the Alumni Office at if you are interested in playing either soccer or field hockey or have any other questions about Homecoming 2015.

Student Spotlight

Allison DeGerlia ’16 has been reappointed to serve as a member of the RI Interscholastic League Student Advisory Board. She is the only independent school student serving on the board of 12. The Board meets monthly and plans leadership opportunities for Rhode Island student athletes and serves as a liaison to high school sports programs around the state.

In addition, this summer Allison played on the Smithfield Storm softball team. The team won the RIASA 16u State Championship and the CMT 18u Summer College Showcase.

Parent Teacher League

Upper School PTL Meeting

Tuesday, September 29   |   8:15 a.m.   |   Campbell Conf. Room

Middle School PTL Meeting

Wednesday, September 30   |   8:15 a.m.   |   Campbell Conf. Room
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