Author: Stephen Bennhoff

St. Michael’s Country Day School provides transportation to school each morning from the Park and Ride on the corner of route 138 and exit 1A in Saunderstown.

For more information on fees, pick-up locations and times, please contact Ted Ferry at or at 401-849-5970 ext.304.

It was quite a night for SMCDS at University of Rhode Island on Wednesday, May 4. Eighth grade students stood tall as they  garnered three of the six top honors in the Sixth Annual Ghandi Essay awards ceremony hosted by the URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies.

SMCDS eighth grade student Zoe won first place in the Ghandi Essay contest. Her essay describing how she came to embrace multiculturalism through her friendship with a new fellow student from Kuwait  was chosen as the best of 360 entries sent in by students from schools all over Rhode Island. Zoe read her essay to the assembled crowd of over 200 people at the Kirk Center on the campus of URI.

But the awards didn’t stop there. Fellow eighth graders Liliana and Matt were also recognized with Compassion and Self Service Awards. All in all, SMCDS proudly claimed two of the five students recognized for this honor, and three of the six overall winners that evening.  

Join us on Wednesday, April 20 from 7-8pm at our 2nd Annual Independent Secondary School Fair. Interested students currently in grades 6 and 7 and their parents or guardians are invited to meet with representatives from over two dozen independent boarding, day, and parochial high schools in Rhode Island and throughout the Northeast.  You’ll find information on academic programs, student activities, athletics, and more.  Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

The fair will take place in our Hill House Arts and Athletics Center. Please call 401-849-5970, ext 302 for more information.

Dear Friends,

We invite you to attend our annual spring show. This year the students of the St. Michael’s Theatre Ensemble will perform “The Wizard of Oz”. The production is directed by Christina Johnston and designed by Ellyn Eaves-Hileman. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Performances are scheduled for Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00pm, Friday, March 4th at 7:00pm, and Saturday, March 5th at 2:00pm. Free and open to the public.

The performances will be held in the Hill House Arts and Athletics Center on the campus of St. Michael’s Country Day School, 180 Rhode Island Ave, Newport.

We hope to see you there!



Mark your calendars! Head Coach Tim O’Shea and the Bryant University Div. 1 ​m​en’s ​b​asketball team will return to St. Michael’s on Monday, January 1​1, 201​6 to lead a skills clinic and exhibition from 3:30 – 5:00pm. The clinic for boys and girls in grades 5 through 8 will be held in our Hill House Arts and Athletics Center and is free and open to the public. This ​3rd annual community event will feature instruction by the Bryant basketba​l​l players on passing, shooting, dribbling, and stealing the ball. Help fight hunger in ​Newport County! Voluntary canned​/dry​ food donations for the MLK​ Community Center Food Pantry will be collected at the door.

Dear Friends,

We invite you to attend our annual middle school holiday theater performance this weekend. This year the students will be performing “A Christmas Carol” on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The performance is Friday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m.

The performance will be held in Hill House Arts and Athletics Center, located on the campus of St. Michael’s Country Day School which is at 180 Rhode Island Ave, Newport, Rhode Island.

We hope to see you there!



Easton’s (First) Beach provided the perfect venue and raw materials once again on Thursday, October 15 for the 10th annual Studio Art Beach Installation by middle school students at St. Michael’s Country Day School. The students in grades 5-8, Studio Art teachers Leslie Keohane and Robert Kalaidjian, and computer graphics teacher Steven Turilli, collaborated on the design and worked as a team to create the masterpiece using natural materials found on the beach or in the nearby surf. This year’s design involved the combination of pyramidal shapes in various sizes decorated with stones, sticks, shells, sea glass, seaweed, and grass​.​
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