FALL 2017

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Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 5:07:00 PM
Environmental science and ornithology upper schoolers on an early April weekend drove south to frigid, beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park to study sage-grouse—an indigenous bird species.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 4:54:00 PM
After several years of developing and championing computer science (CS) curriculum at Rowland Hall and serving as a regional leader in CS education, alumnus, faculty member, and self-proclaimed lifelong learner Ben Smith '89 in March won the Utah Coalition for Education Technology's (UCET) Outstanding Teacher of the Year award.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 4:44:00 PM
Congratulations to the following teachers who received awards this June for outstanding service to their profession and to the school.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 2:52:18 PM
After 34 years of service to Rowland Hall in capacities ranging from second-grade teacher to technology innovator, Brent Larsen is retiring. But don't worry, the beloved teacher whom Head of School Alan Sparrow describes as "quiet, compassionate, and caring," isn't going away altogether. Mr. Larsen will continue to support students as a tutor in Rowland Hall's Middle School.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 2:26:00 PM
We bid fond farewells to faculty and staff who have inspired students and colleagues alike. We wish them to best of luck in their future endeavors. They will be missed!
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 2:22:15 PM
On Friday, May 5, Lower School students quietly gathered on the quad, armed with sock puppets they had made, and waited to greet Mr. Sparrow. It was a role reversal—he loves to welcome young students with puppets every morning—but one that had been secretly planned for weeks. They waited for Mr. Sparrow to walk out the doors of the lobby, and then they burst into a chorus of "Happy Birthday."
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 2:10:00 PM
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 1:17:33 PM
Over the past week, Rowland Hall celebrated twelfth-, eighth-, and fifth-grade graduations. At each ceremony, students spoke to their classmates, families, and friends about their experiences at Rowland Hall, and shared advice for the future.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 1:05:00 PM
At Rowland Hall, students who attend for 12 or more years are referred to as lifers. The class of 2017 has 30 of these students, and we asked them to share special school memories and reflect on how Rowland Hall has shaped each of them. Favorite memories of our graduating lifers include: tea time with Carol Blackwell; the Interim trip to Navajo Nation; hours spent in the dance studio collaborating with peers and Dance Teacher Sofia Gorder; and receiving a standing ovation at morning meeting after playing "Take on Me" with fellow Jazz Band members in their class.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 12:48:00 PM
Rowmark Ski Academy is thrilled to announce junior Katie Hensien joins two Rowmark alumnae on the 2017-2018 US Alpine Ski Team. Katie Hensien is the youngest member of the national team to reach the C Team level designation. Rowmark alumnae Breezy Johnson '13 and Alice McKennis '07 are on the A Team, the highest level of the national team.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 10:05:00 AM
Rowland Hall welcomes the incoming Home and School Association presidents for the 2017-2018 school year. Melanie Borgenicht will lead the Lincoln Street Campus Home and School Association, while Sarah Moles and Melissa Hardy will serve as co-presidents for the McCarthey Campus. Learn more about these leaders in a Q&A.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 9:54:00 AM
In mid-May, Lower School students convened in the McCarthey Campus Field House to engage in hands-on, creative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities with members of Rowland Hall's Technology Department and special guest educators from the Wonderment Bus, a repurposed school bus with maker equipment. Our lower, middle, and upper school students also displayed both high- and low-tech maker projects they worked on throughout the year.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 9:42:00 AM
As the 2016-2017 academic year wraps up, Rowland Hall's FINE PRINT magazine asked Ingrid Gustavson to reflect on her first year as Upper School principal. Her candor, ease, and excitement about the community she's been embraced by is as infectious as her enthusiasm for the future.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 9:10:00 AM
Meet the Borgenichts, one of Rowland Hall's celebrated four-generation families, proudly representing our legacy of academic and personal excellence in Utah. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Rowland Hall will honor its 150th anniversary with a year-long celebration. Leading the charge is Sesquicentennial Committee Chair Nancy Borgenicht '60. Serving as co-chairs are Nancy's son Joe and his wife, Melanie, whose sons Eli (seventh grade) and Jonah (a junior) proudly represent the fourth generation Borgenichts. They invite you to connect, reflect, and kick up your heels with fellow Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School alumni.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 8:38:00 AM
Each June, we take the time to honor our students' achievements, especially of those who are graduating and heading off to college. We have much to be proud of again this year, ranging from outstanding performances by our Orchestra and Jazz Band to award-winning medical device innovation and app development by our students. In addition to celebrating our accomplishments, the onset of summer provides us the opportunity to look ahead and set goals for the coming year.
Posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:19:00 AM
The Salt Lake Rotary Club Tuesday, May 9, awarded Rowland Hall senior Elizabeth Izampuye with a Service Above Self award and a $2,000 college scholarship for her hundreds of volunteer hours with the Salt Lake City Red Cross, the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, and more. Seniors Alicia Lu and Kate Button were award finalists and received $1,000 each.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 7:17:00 PM
For the first time in its eight-year history, the University of Utah Center for Medical Innovation's Bench-to-Bedside (B2B) annual competition included one high school—Rowland Hall. The program has spawned over 150 new health-care technologies and is designed to introduce medical, engineering, and business students to the world of medical-device innovation. The opportunity for Rowland Hall students to participate in B2B arose when the center reached out to local high schools. Rowland Hall jumped at the chance—and jumped high enough to win the Best Young Entrepreneur Award worth $500 at B2B April 3, and one of three grand prizes worth $5,000 each at the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge (HSUEC) April 15.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 6:57:00 PM
Rowland Hall alumnus Chris Diehl '15 told us about his experience at McGill University in Montreal, why he's so happy to attend college internationally, and how his time at Rowland Hall is helping him succeed in his studies in the Great White North.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 12:25:00 AM
Beep...beep...beep...beep...even over winter break, alarm clocks flash at 5 am to wake Rowmark skiers for another day of training. The team bus leaves at 5:45 am on early morning training days, shuttling Rowmarkers to Park City so they can be on the ski lift by 7 am.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 12:22:00 AM
Swim Coach and Rowland Hall alumna Sara Watchorn '99 is well known among her student-athletes for her caring, personal approach to each swimmer, and her ability to analyze and fine tune technique. Swimmers say her focus on the balance of athletic ability and healthy lifestyle helps each of them achieve excellence in all that they do.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 12:20:00 AM
Meg Hoglund, a second-grade student at Rowland Hall, made her acting debut last month in Pioneer Theatre Company's production of "Fences," winner of a 1987 Pulitzer Prize and now a movie starring and directed by Denzel Washington. We spent some time with Meg and her mother, alumna Libby Mitchell '92, to find out more about our young thespian's experience.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 12:17:00 AM
One day on her way to work as a clinic administrator, Marianne Jenkins was listening to an NPR story about the need for quality school teachers. "By the time I reached the clinic, I had decided to change careers," she said.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 12:11:00 AM
Rowland Hall is pleased to announce that Jeremy Innis has accepted the position of interfaith chaplain. Mr. Innis has served as interim chaplain for the past two years and will continue as a spiritual leader in our community of many faiths while honoring the school's Episcopal heritage.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 12:07:00 AM
In the spring of 2014, Rowland Hall announced its ambitious, student-centered five-year Strategic Plan with three goals: (1) enhance the student learning experience; (2) provide the best math and science programs in the Intermountain West; and (3) develop the business and enrollment model for the future. Now, the school has reached the plan's halfway point and continues to share and assess its impact.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 12:03:00 AM
"And your old granny can sit on a pin!" This unlikely line from "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs," a humorous retelling of the classic fable, spurred a treasured tradition shared by Rowland Hall Head of School Alan Sparrow, his late mother Rhoda Sparrow, the class of 2013, and most third, fourth, and fifth graders since 2003.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 12:00:00 AM
A little winter weather wouldn't deter Rowland Hall's Lower School students from having their voices heard. They buttoned up their coats and gathered in the lobby of the McCarthey Campus. Led by Lower School Principal Jij de Jesus, they marched out into the falling snow, holding colorful posters high and calling for change.
Posted Monday, Feb 27, 2017 11:52:00 PM
When Upper School history teachers Dr. Fiona Halloran and Dr. Nate Kogan '00 learned the American Historical Association's (AHA) January 2017 annual meeting would be held in nearby Denver, they recognized a unique opportunity beyond traditional professional development.
Posted Monday, Feb 27, 2017 11:45:00 PM
The American Lung Association ranks the Salt Lake area the sixth-worst city in the country for short-term particle pollution. But at the third annual Utah Students for Clean Air Rally, students from Rowland Hall and other schools expressed optimism that individuals can make a positive difference in Utah's air quality.
Posted Monday, Feb 27, 2017 11:31:00 PM
This year Rowland Hall's dance concert, titled "Wired," brought together dance, film, and live music to explore the burgeoning world of brain science. The artistic efforts of over 100 middle and upper schoolers brought "Wired" to the stage.
Posted Monday, Feb 27, 2017 11:27:00 PM
As a child, senior Marguerite Tate loved watching the science-focused TV series "Nova" and assembling puzzles, Legos, and K'nex. She's since graduated to coding webpages, working with Arduino robots, and assembling a 3D printer. Now, her ever-evolving technological curiosity and proficiency has been recognized on a national level.
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