School News

landon_visitThe second grade received a surprise visit from local author Lucinda Landon, creator of the popular “Meg Mackintosh” children’s mystery series. Ms. Landon read her newest book “The Mystery at Red Herring Beach,” which features a character based on a St. Michael’s second grader. After the reading, Ms. Landon gave the students a tutorial on how she illustrates her books, and showed them how to sketch Meg Mackintosh.

Click here to check out photos from the visit.

bag_lady_brunch_logo_high_res_print_0Join us on Friday, September 27 from 9:30am – 11:30am at the Hotel Viking for an elegant brunch, a silent auction of designer purses and creative “bags” of all kinds.

Donate a gently used or new bag of any kind. Designer bags and purses, or creative bags of any kind are welcome. You can even fill with something fun to create a theme. Please drop bags in the box in the front office.

Purchase tickets in advance for $45 each by visiting Even better, host a table and invite your friends. Table sponsorship is $350 and includes special recognition the day of the event and eight tickets.

Spread the word. This will be the first event of its kind in RI, but Bag Ladies Brunches are held all over the country. This event is hosted by St. Michael’s Country Day School and Hotel Viking. Proceeds will benefit our scholarship fund.

In-kind donations and tickets are tax-deductible.

dsc08356And just like that, summer vacation is over and we have started another school year! During the Opening Assembly, a St. Michael’s tradition, Mr. Slade welcomed students and faculty members and delivered his goals for the new academic year.

Let’s make it a great one, Hurricanes!

dsc08342The St. Michael’s Country Day School class of 2013 was honored this morning at the school’s 75th commencement ceremony. Head of School Whitney Slade welcomed the graduates and special guests in attendance. Steve and Mary Coaty, parents of Katie (’03), Jack (’09), Carly (’11), and Annie (’13), delivered the opening remarks.

Sara Feinberg, a public defender in Brooklyn, NY and former clerk in the Washington, D.C. Superior Court system, was the commencement speaker. In a witty and entertaining speech Feinberg, a member of the St. Michael’s class of 1994, advised the students to challenge the norm and find a better way to do things. Most importantly, she told the graduates to listen to the voice in their heads, for that is what makes them who they are.

Following a brief personal tribute to each graduate by Mr. Slade, Board President Bethany Di Napoli handed out the diplomas.

Four of the graduates were honored for their contributions to the school. The William F. Whitehouse Cup, awarded annually to the student who has maintained the highest academic scholarship for the year, went to Victoria Boatwright. The James Green Memorial Cup, for the Middle School boy who best exemplifies the spirit and ideals of the school, went to Ted Anderson. Kaylynn Polley was the recipient of the Stanley C. Hughes Memorial Medal, awarded to the Middle School girl who best exemplifies the spirit and ideals of the school. The Alan F. Flynn, Jr. Flag, which is awarded to the student who, in the opinion of the Head of School, has assumed a position of responsibility and trust within the school and carried out those responsibilities while maintaining a commitment to academic achievement, was presented to MaryAnn Rompf.

Six individuals were also recognized for their efforts made on behalf of St. Michael’s. Inaja Camilo of Middletown, Sheri-Lee Shaw of Newport, and Lori Lind of Wakefield received the Clarissa Palmer Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes those who give selflessly of time and talent to St. Michael’s, moving the school in a positive direction. Jill Gudoian of Saunderstown was presented the Andrew Christensen Award, presented to the individual who has given to the school selflessly and wholeheartedly. Bernadette Griffin and Leslie Keohane received Canepari Faculty Scholar Awards honoring their commitment to professional development.

The closing remarks were delivered by Diane and David Canepari, parents of Jake (’11) and Sophia, one of this morning’s graduates.

Click here to view the 2013 Graduation Photo Gallery

dsc08199St. Michael’s Country Day School recognized 33 of its youngest students this morning in the annual year-end ceremony for members of its preschool, prekindergarten, kindergarten classes in the Early Childhood program. The ceremony, which took place in the Hill Arts and Athletics Center, began with a processional and a welcome address from Head of School, Whitney Slade. There were many songs, memories, and smiles shared throughout the morning.

Click here to view the 2013 Early Childhood Graduation photo gallery








dsc08130-1Here is an excerpt from the SIFMA Foundation’s official release, along with the winning essay!

It takes years to build up the financial savvy to navigate the markets. But MaryAnn Rompf is decades ahead of the game. She just won distinction as the Rhode Island first place winner and the eighth place national winner in the SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite® essay competition with McGraw Hill Financial. Rompf, an 8th grader at St. Michael’s Country Day School, Newport, Rhode Island claims this recognition in the middle school division in the Spring 2013 competition.

InvestWrite invites students to develop the personal financial savvy needed to make real-world financial decisions with confidence and a deeper understanding of opportunities, consequences, and benefits. Students consider real-world economic events and trends, conduct research online, develop investment recommendations and, in the process, gain the skills to prepare for their own financial future. They work in groups during the Stock Market Game program but then write essays individually about their experience. Rompf is one of 20,000 students across the nation who take the InvestWrite challenge each year.

In her essay, Rompf was asked to write about a purchase or sale that her Stock Market Game team had agreed upon and what might have happened to their portfolio if they had taken the opposite action. Rompf’s team decided to short sell the stock of healthcare giant Johnson and Johnson. Due to the stock’s slow growth reputation, they believed it was at a high, but after a loss of $600 they realized they did not do their homework well enough. Rompf writes about her lessons learned, “The next time I choose to short sell a stock, I know that I will put a lot of my time into researching not only the single stock, but the entire sector as a whole. I have learned that to minimize risks I have to research thoroughly, find a stock that pays a dividend, diversify my entire portfolio, and perform in a good economic environment.”

The Spring 2013 winning InvestWrite essay composed by Rompf was chosen through rigorous judging by thousands of teachers and industry professionals who evaluate students’ understanding of asset allocation, the stock market, and factors that drive investments as well as their expression of investment ideas in essay form. Rompf will receive a $150 AMEX gift check, a trophy, and a certificate.

Rompf’s teachers, Kenneth Hileman and Megan Sullivan, say that in addition to her award-winning InvestWrite essay, Rompf also authored an essay on Gandhi that was awarded 2nd place in a Rhode Island middle school competition. Rompf is an accomplished junior tennis player ranked #2 in New England singles. Hileman, the school’s math teacher, says this is St. Michael’s second top 10 finish in the last three years.

Hileman, Sullivan, and Rompf were recognized at the SIFMA Foundation Stock Market Game Awards Ceremony at Salve Regina University on Thursday, May 30th.

Text of MaryAnn Rompf’s Winning Essay:

“It is extremely important to choose a good stock, mutual fund, or bond because depending on how it does determines the outcome of your portfolio. Most importantly it is best for your investments to be well diversified in several different ways. Your portfolio is completely based on your sales and purchases, and as sales and purchases are made the portfolio is altered. The essence of investing is purchasing investments that you believe will grow, and selling them when you think the time is right. In order to effectively make decisions on selling or purchasing specific stocks one must do some research. You must figure out the company’s competitors, market cap, recent activity, how the sector is doing  and if the stock pays dividends. Market conditions can change any investment regardless of the research and planning. The performance of a stock, good or bad, can impact any portfolio because the portfolio is affected by each of its investments.

The stock that our group disagreed on short selling was Johnson and Johnson. Johnson and Johnson, part of the healthcare sector, is currently selling at $81.53 (Friday, March 29, 4:00 PM). Its average volume is 9.7 billion. Its market cap is 227.9 billion. Johnson and Johnson owns several companies that are part of research development, producing, and selling products in the healthcare area. This was a difficult decision because short selling is always risky especially in an up market. Johnson and Johnson has a reputation for slow growth. When we purchased the stock we thought it was at a high, but clearly we were wrong. We would’ve made 8.007% (Friday, March 29) on our 100 shares of Johnson and Johnson, that is equivalent to $604.40. Obviously, we shouldn’t have short sold this stock. We didn’t do enough research. The next time I choose to short sell a stock, I know that I will put a lot of my time into researching not only the single stock, but the entire sector as a whole.

The stock that our group agreed to buy the most is Hewlett Packard. Hewlett Packard, part of the technology sector (cyclical), is currently selling at $23.84 (Friday PM). Its average volume is 28 million, and its market cap is 46.3 billion. Hewlett Packard provides products, technologies, solutions, software, and services globally for individuals and small to large businesses. We agreed to buy Hewlett Packard because it was at one of its lowest points in the market during the stock market game. When we purchased it, it was only at $19.39 per share. We bought 150 shares of it. We did some research on some stocks that are competitors of Hewlett Packard in order to make our decision. Apple, being one of its major competitors, has been having some trouble lately. Once we knew that we couldn’t buy Apple because of its high price, we chose to purchase HPQ. If Apple wasn’t doing too well then we knew that we shouldn’t buy it. This was a good decision on on our part. To make our decision even more valuable, Hewlett Packard has been doing the best among others in the technology sector in the past three months. It has gone up 64.51% in the past three months. It has gone up 16.34% in the past month. This was a great choice for our team because it has helped our portfolio tremendously.

If we hadn’t agreed to buy Hewlett Packard, we would not have had the stock in our portfolio. That would’ve been bad for our portfolio because it has gained us a large percentage of our money. We have made 22.937% ($667.20) on it as of March 29, 2012. There are many factors that may have caused the stock to behave as it did. The entire market is coming back, and it has been positive for the last six months. As of January 2013, unemployment in the United States is around 7.9% according to Trading Economics. It has gone down tremendously since July 2011 when it was at 9.1%. Corporate profits have increased a lot. Hewlett Packard performed with the stock market as a whole.

I’ve learned that in this economy with historically low interest rates, making investments in the stock market is one of the only ways to make money in today’s financial environment. I have learned that to minimize risks I have to research thoroughly, find a stock that pays a dividend, diversify my entire portfolio, and perform in a good economic environment. There is never any guarantee, but by using this strategy, I decrease my risks and I increase my chance for making a good return on my investment.”

dsc08051  Mr. Drayton’s eighth grade science classes were at it againng power of these simple machines to apply force and lift loads. The first experiment involved a pulley and some rope. The students each took a turn hoisting themselves up se today. Using pulleys and levers, they demonstrated the surprisiveral feet in the air, as shown in the pictures here.dsc08052_0


Next they piled on to a seesaw and learned how to evenly distribute their weight so that the plank balanced perfectly, without touching the ground.


The third experiment put their home improvement skills to the test, as they hammered nails of a variety of sizes into a board and then used levers of varying lengths to pull them out. They quickly discovered that a longer lever would give them more force, and would make removal of the larger nails much easier.