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Orientation   |   Tuesday, September 8

Lower School - All students
Middle School - New students
Upper School - New students
International - All international students

*More information is below in the Division sections.

ACE Orientation  |  Tuesday, September 8
MS: 8:30-10:00 a.m.  |  US: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Classes Begin Wednesday, September 9

All busing begins Wednesday, September 9
Dear Members of the Rocky Hill School Community,
A beautiful and warm summer is coming to an end. The happy sounds of a successful Summer Enrichment Academy still echo over our campus. Pre-season sports practices are well underway. I assume that new backpacks with the latest superheroes and Frozen figures await the first day back-to-school photos.
The rituals of educational institutions are important markers in the lives of children. As adults, birthdays and New Year celebrations are the few remaining markers of our advancing years and, hopefully, greater wisdom. But our children pride themselves with each advance up the educational ladder. What a mark of distinction to move from Preschool to Lower School, and then to Middle and Upper School. And grade by grade, we as parents and teachers need to recognize that developmental advance with the privileges of increased responsibility and freedom. 

It is not easy to let go of control, even incrementally. But for our children's sake, for their sense of self-confidence, and for their self-worth, we have to respect their need and capacity for greater independence.  Children do differ in their pace toward adulthood and we must respond thoughtfully to those differences. But there are lessons which need to be learned, earlier rather than later, about the responsibilities of freedom.  Small mistakes made early can teach a student how to avoid such mistakes later when they hurt more and do greater damage.
So let us welcome the new school year and the new person your child and our student has become. New adventures and new ideas will continue that growth. Keep those first day pictures as memories of a moment in their lives but take pride as they grow into remarkable young adults. At Rocky Hill School, we are eager to welcome them back and to work with you in a partnership on their behalf.  
All my best for a great school year,
Peter Branch
Head of School

All School

All-School Calendar  |  Athletics Calendar  |  Arts Calendar  |  Lunch Menu

Remembering Terry Coes

Saturday, September 12   |   11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  |   Hopelands Lawn

A memorial service for Terry Coes, who passed away in June after teaching at Rocky Hill School for 41 years, will be held on the front lawn of Hopelands. All Rocky Hill School community members are welcome to join us in celebrating Terry's life and commitment to the School. 

In partnership with the Coes family, the School established an endowed teaching chair to support teaching excellence and outstanding academic practice in honor of Terry. This chair, at Terry’s urging, will support faculty initiatives that will enhance the student experience.

Click here to learn more about the Teaching Chair

Stay Informed in an Emergency!

The School encourages you to subscribe to its text and email alert system so that you can be notified quickly in an urgent situation.

Click here to learn more

Behind The Scenes - Parent Welcome

Wednesday, September 9   |   8:00-9:00 a.m.   |   Campbell Conf. Room

Come meet new and returning parents and RHS administrators!

Behind the Scenes is a lecture series for parents to learn more about Rocky Hill School's curriculum, teaching model, and the School in general across all divisions. This program provides a behind-the-scenes look at important academic goals for preschool through grade 12 and how the faculty guides students to success.

Transportation Update

All busing begins on Wednesday, September 9.

There are still seats available on both the Providence bus as well as the NEW South County/Jamestown bus. 
Providence Bus Stops
1. Stop & Shop Parking Lot Branch Avenue
2. Roger Williams Park Zoo Casino Entrance  
*This bus is available in the morning and at 5:45 p.m. (after sports) only.
South County/Jamestown Bus Stops (Morning Only) - NEW!
1. The lot across from the Tower on Tower Hill Road/Bridgetown Road
2. The EZ Pass Parking Lot (Newport Bridge), Jamestown
If you live in East Greenwich, Warwick, West Warwick, Coventry, Scituate, Foster, or Glocester, busing is available free of charge through either RI Statewide Transportation or your city or town. Please contact Maria Emmons at 401-884-9070 ext 102 if you have questions about busing.  

Upper School

Welcome to Upper School!

New Student Orientation   |   Tuesday, September 8   |   8:30 a.m.

8:30-9:00 a.m. – Nautilus (Welcome and Introductions)

9:00-9:30 a.m. – Advisory with new US families

9:30-11:30 a.m. – New US students with student leaders

9:30-10:30 a.m. – Optional Parent Q&A with Mr. Poskitt in the Lecture Hall

10:30 a.m. – Parents leave campus (or stay for ACE Orientation)

11:30 a.m. – Lunch for students and faculty

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – ACE Orientation for new US families

1:00-3:00 p.m. – Practices for all new students plus pre-season returning athletes, including those in non-competitive offerings

3:00 p.m. – Pick-up all students 

From the Director of College Counseling

I look forward to meeting with all of you! If you have not already done so, please schedule an appointment with me at your earliest convenience.

Tara Dowling
401-884-9070 ext. 120

Important Dates
  • September 3: Deadline to register for October 3 SAT or Subject Tests
  • September 18: Deadline to register for October 24 ACT
  • Save the date! College Night for Seniors is September 17
  • Important dates and schedule of all visitors to campus can be found on College Planning Calendar for Seniors, a Google calendar public to those with RHS email address, and senior parents. Master list of visits is also on Naviance Family Connection.

Middle School


Tuesday, September 8   |   10:00-11:30 a.m.   |   Campbell Courtyard

All new Middle School students are required to attend orientation.

Lower School


Tuesday, September 8   |   10:00-11:00 a.m.   |   Perkins Hall

All Lower School students are required to attend orientation.


Upcoming Events

Girls' Varsity Field Hockey Injury Fund Tournament
August 29   |   8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  @ Rocky Hill School

Girls' Varsity Field Hockey
September 3   |   5:30 p.m.   |   vs. Pilgrim HS

Athletics News

Newly Allocated Girls' Varsity Soccer Field
For the first time ever, RHS girls' varsity soccer will have its own field. In the past, the girls soccer team has had to share their field with the MS team. We are very excited to be able to offer this benefit to the program.

Upcoming Registration Dates
US Boys' and Girls' Soccer  |  August 31  |  3:00 p.m.
Cross Country
  |  August 31  |  3:00 p.m.

Meet the Coaches
US Field Hockey  |  August 28  |  11:00 a.m.  |  Field Hockey Field
US Boys' & Girls' Soccer  |  September 1  |  6:00 p.m.  |  Sharpe Gymnasium
US Cross Country 
 |  September 2  |  5:00 p.m.  |  Sharpe Gymnasium

PPE Free Through Affinity Sports Medicine
Dr. Jeffery Manning is offering FREE pre-participation physical exams (PPE) to RHS students. Please call 401-681-2858 to set up an appointment. 

Affinity Sports Medicine
5750 Post Road
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Student Spotlight

Hannah Wahl-Dunnigan '18 attended the GirlsGetMath@ICERM (Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics) program at Brown University. GirlsGetMath@ICERM is a program where 25 young women are invited to explore, and then to excel in, the mathematical sciences. Accomplished professional women, enthusiastic about serving as career models as well as scientific mentors, lead the program. 

Faculty News

MS art teacher Rachel Armentano and her husband Bob welcomed a baby girl last week! Daphne Bay Armentano was born on August 21. The entire Armentano family is doing well. Congrats!


Back in June, athletics director and trainer Art Entwistle IV and his wife Rebecca welcomed their daughter, Sydney Maureen Entwistle.

Maureen Fahey, Mathematics Department Chair, was again invited to become an AP Reader for AP Statistics in Kansas City, MO. She was one of only two teachers from Rhode Island invited for AP Statistics.   
Head preschool teacher Lisa Reimer will be performing at Footlights Theater in a show called "The Bikinis" that runs one weekend only, opening on August 27. Tickets are available for the RHS community for this family-friendly performance.
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