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Fall Classic Wrap-Up

A big thank you to everyone who supported the Fall Classic this year! With beautiful weather, nearly 100 golfers and tennis players on board, and 200 guests at the dinner, we had a great day for the School. Our auction, led by Doug Poskitt and Belinda Snyman, was a huge success and our early projections have us netting over $60,000 for the School. A formal report will be shared next week and we will send along links for photos, as well.
In the meantime, enjoy our slideshow from the day as we thank our 
many sponsors and donors. Please take a moment to thank them by visiting their businesses or just letting them know you are a Rocky Hill friend who appreciates their support.

Click here to view the slideshow

Fab Lab to Return!

The first Fab Lab, an unstructured play in a constructive environment, was a FABulous success! Adults and children used their imaginations to explore, create, and most importantly play!  Children created ramps to test out motors from disassembled RC cars, learned about plasma cutting using batteries and foil, played with color coding robots, and more.

The next Fab Lab will be held on Saturday, October 24 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. We are going to take a spooky approach and create monsters using LEDs.

Please register so we have enough materials. It's free and open to the public! 
Click here to register 

If you have any materials to donate for the next Fab Lab, contact 
Joe LePain, Director of Technology

There's Room on the Bus!

This year we are thrilled to introduce Rocky Hill School's new South County bus route. The bus operates mornings only and stops in South Kingstown and Jamestown. There are still some seats available for this year. If you are interested please contact Maria Emmons 884-9070 ext. 102.

Pink Out Day - Play for the Cure

Tuesday, October 6

Please be sure to donate $1 per ribbon or $2 per bracelet to PINK OUT and dress down on Tuesday, October 6 in the Middle and Upper Schools. Lower School students can wear pink to support the cause! There will be a bake sale from 10-10:30 a.m. at the picnic table outside Campbell cafeteria. 

At the Girls' Field Hockey game, pink jerseys, pink field paint, a pink field hockey ball, and a pink bake sale will all contribute to the cause! 

RHEA Adds GLC Program

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy is proud to announce a new program in collaboration with Girls Leadership Collaborative, "Planting the Seed for Learning to Lead." This is a creative, experiential program designed specifically for girls in grades 3-5.

The program will expose participants to several critical themes of leadership: self-awareness, altruism (unselfish concern for the greater good) and communication. Participants will explore their leading strengths, discover effective verbal and nonverbal communication strategies, and collaborate through play.

"Planting the Seed for Learning to Lead" will run on Thursdays from October 22 to December 10. 

Click on the image for more information.

Mapparium Visit by Grades 3 and 7

On Friday, September 25, the 3rd and 7th grades travelled together to Boston to visit The Mapparium, a three story-high glass globe located in the Mary Baker Eddy Museum. The students learned how ideas can transcend geography and change the world. A picnic lunch followed on the beautiful grounds of the facility.

Brick Walk Campaign Deadline!

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 Friday, October 2. Order today!

Click here to learn more or to purchase

Flu Vaccination Clinic - Tomorrow!

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

Bring your family to our school-wide flu vaccination clinic to get immunized from the flu! Online registration is currently closed, but you can register on-site at the clinic.

Behind The Scenes: At the Harkness Table

Wednesday, October 7   |   8:30 a.m.   |   Campbell & Flynn

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.

Bring a Friend to School Day

Thursday, October 22   |   All Day   |   Grades K-8

Bring a Friend to School Day” is a special program for current students in kindergarten through grade 8 to invite prospective students who are part of their neighborhoods, after school programs, summer camps, sports teams, etc. to spend a day with them at Rocky Hill School.

Click here for more information

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.

Artwork Partnership

Get your artistic minds and hearts ready for a Homecoming artwork extravaganza. Having partnered with The Avenue Concept, Rocky Hill families will be painting a Community Art Wall to reflect this year's Diversity Theme, "The Looking-Glass Self.  Participants will be working with artists from The Avenue Concept in creating and discussing the impact of ephemeral street art and its impact on urban environments. 

Rocky Hill Has Heart!

Rocky Hill School will be recognized by the American Heart Association as a 2014-2015 Top 10 Jump Rope for Heart/ Hoops for Heart School in Rhode Island at the annual Fall RIAPHERD conference. The School will receive the second place award for the Lower School and Middle School students that raised a combined total of $7,428 to help fund vital research and educational programs for the American Heart Association.  Congratulations to the students for demonstrating amazing school spirit and generosity towards others!

Upper School

US Calendar               US Athletics

Equity & Inclusion Day Wrap-up

On Friday, September 25, the Upper School students and faculty spent their entire day working with Shane Lloyd and Joshua Segui from the Brown University Center for Students of Color in Rocky Hill's first Equity and Inclusion Day. Everyone present was treated to an informative and engaging series of discussions on identity, privilege, and oppression in an atmosphere that provided a safe venue for expression. For more information or to get involved with the Diversity Program at Rocky Hill School, contact Matt Gnolfo, Director of Diversity.

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College Counseling 

Information Session in Providence

Brown, Rice, U Chicago, Columbia, and Cornell will present a program open to the public on Wednesday evening October 7 at 7:30 PM at the Omni Providence Hotel, 1 West Exchange Street in Providence. Students must register online and bring proof of registration to the event!
Click here for more information

Attention Sophomores and Juniors

Continue to prepare for the PSAT that will take place on October 14. Your pre-registration session will be conducted by Ms. Dowling on October 7 (change in schedule).

Junior College Night

Thursday, October 8   |   6:30-8:00 p.m.   |   Flynn Lecture Hall
All juniors and their parents are asked to attend. Bring your questions!

College & University Visits to Rocky Hill School

Tuesday, October 6
  • Chapman University   |   2:30 p.m.
  • Sarah Lawrence College   |   2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 7
  • University of Denver   |   9:15 a.m.
  • Wheaton College MA   |   1:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 8
  • Rollins College   |   8:25 a.m.
Friday, October 9
  • Becker College   |   11:30 a.m.
  • Mass College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences   |   1:30 p.m.

Picture Day Rescheduled

Due to the weather, we have rescheduled tomorrow's Picture Day. The new date will be Friday, October 9.

Middle School

MS Calendar                 MS Athletics

MS Parent/Adviser Conferences

Conferences will be held the week of October 13. Advisers will be scheduling their meetings the week prior.

Parent Coffee - Grades 6 and 7

Thursday, October 15   |   8:15 a.m.   |   MS Commons

Join us for an informal gathering where you can meet parents of 6th and 7th grade students.

San Miguel School Visitors

We hosted 6th grade students from San Miguel School on Tuesday before playing them in a MS soccer game. Many thanks to the San Miguel students and staff for the partnership!

Studying Ways to Protect Our Waterways

After researching oil spills and the hazards of oil transportation, students in grade 7 tested their oil spill containment systems in science class. This great hands-on activity was part of EnviroWeek 2015

A Visit by Save The Bay 

The 6th grade learned about the salt marsh on Thursday with instructors from Save The Bay.

Art in Action

Mr. Timmins
demonstrated how to use a frame to create a "view finder" for sketching objects. 

Lower School

LS Calendar                  LS Website

International Bookmark Swap

The K-2 Crew will be participating in the International School Library Bookmark Swap! Our partner school is Tettenhall College, an independent school for ages 2-18 located in Tettenhall, Woverhampton, England. Students will make bookmarks around the theme "School Libraries Rock!" and will exchange them with bookmarks made by the students in England. This will hopefully lead to collaborative projects and Skype sessions between our two schools. 


The 4th grade class, accompanied by Mr. Wyzga and Mr. Laurent, embarked on "Ecopalooza 2015" last week. Rambling along the coastline in a Rocky Hill mini bus, the fearless group of explorers travelled to several different locations along the Jamestown waterfront. Working together, the amateur life scientists observed ecosystems, collected samples, and even dissected some fish. Returning wet, sandy and tired, everyone agreed that the trip was awesome! 

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Seeking Library Volunteers

The library is seeking volunteers to assist with shelving, processing books, building displays, programs etc.. We're also looking for guest readers or speakers! If you are interested, please email or call Darshelll Silva, Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist, at ext. 130 or feel free to just stop by the library! 

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!


Academic Center for Enrichment

ACE Parent Nights in School

Middle and Upper School
Tuesday, October 13   |   5:30-7:00 p.m.   |   ACE Building

We look forward to meeting with parents during the ACE Parent Night in School!


Athletics Calendar

Potential Record Breaker

Boys' Soccer co-captain Jared Barroso '16 tied the Rocky Hill School record for most goals in a career by a soccer player this past Friday in a home game against Scituate High School. His three goals (and third "hat trick" of the five-game season) in the 4-1 victory raised his career total to 52 goals. With up to 19 games remaining this season, it is a sure bet that Jared will break the record set by Servi Barrientos '10.  The next home game will be on Friday, October 9 at 4:15 p.m. against the Dublin School from New Hampshire.  Please come out and support the Boys' Soccer team and Jared as he tries to break the record!

Athletes of the Week

20150928_102253Clarice Jennings '18
Girls’ Varsity Soccer

“The Girls' Varsity Soccer team is pleased to nominate Clarice Jennings as athlete of the week. Her fearless performance in the goal has earned her this honor. Congratulations, Clarice!”

- Coach Yamada



20150928_102315Brody Rubenstein '17
Boys’ Varsity  Soccer

“In a four-day span last week, during which the Boys’ Varsity Soccer team played three away games, this forward scored six goals and added two assists. The highlight of the past week for him was a four-goal outburst against Hyde School. At the present time, he is tied for the team lead in terms of number of goals scored with seven. When we have our first home game of the season tomorrow against Marianapolis, few will be surprised if he does not continue his streak of scoring in every game thus far. Congratulations on this Athlete of the Week Award, Brody Rubenstein!”

- Coach Poskitt

Athletic Events

Boys' Varsity Soccer
Friday, October 2   |   4:15 p.m.   |   vs. Cambridge School of Weston (NL)
Location: Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA

Girls' Varsity Soccer
Friday, October 2   |   4:15 p.m.   |   vs. Marianapolis Prep
Location: Marianapolis Prep School, Thompson, CT 

Girls' Varsity Field Hockey
Friday, October 2   |   3:45 p.m.   |   vs. Cumberland HS

Location: Rocky Hill School
Co-ed Varsity Cross Country
Wednesday, October 7   |   4:15 p.m.   |   Wheeler Invite
Location: Wheeler Farm, Seekonk, MA

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
Alumni athletes 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

Alyssa Grayson '19 has been selected to represent the University of Rhode Island's 4-H Program at the Eastern States Exposition (The Big E) in West Springfield, MA. Delegates from all six New England Land Grant Colleges (URI, UMass, UConn, UNH, UMaine, and UVM) will be competing in the 4-H Programs at the Big E from October 2-4. Alyssa will take part in knowledge and skills events during the event plus demonstrate her science, business, and public presentation skills to the audience. Congratulations, Alyssa, for being chosen to participate in this unique opportunity to represent Rhode Island!


Middle School PTL Meeting

Thursday, October 8   |   8:15-9:15 a.m.   |    Campbell Conf. Room
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