School News

dsc08520New ideas took center stage in the Old Library, as the third grade hosted their Invention Convention. Inspired by the great inventor Ben Franklin, the students took their turn demonstrating for family and peers the function and use of their own creations.

To see more photos, please visit the gallery by clicking here.

dsc08490Using the knowledge gained from their studies in Physical Science, the students were asked to design a chair that would bear weight. The rules were simple…use only cardboard, no tape or glue allowed. The best design would hold the most weight and would earn the designer the double distinction of highest grade as well as bragging rights.

In the photo here, Mr. Drayton and his eighth grade scientists pose with their creations. The winning chair was able to hold over 300 pounds!

dsc08478As the fifth grade began reading the award winning children’s novel The Breadwinner, they had the opportunity to hear a firsthand account of life in the book’s setting, Afghanistan. Zarifa, a second year student at Salve Regina University, visited the students to discuss her experiences as a child in Kabul.

The Breadwinner tells the story of a girl who has to dress as a boy in order to go out in the city of Kabul to make money and provide for her family. Zarifa stated that the book was very true to her own childhood in the city.
The students enjoyed their special guest’s visit, asking many thoughtful questions. They are looking forward to seeing Zarifa once more upon their completion of the novel.

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