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Posted Monday, Feb 27, 2017 11:18:00 PM
This past spring, the Northwest Association of Independent Schools awarded the 2016-2017 Fellowship for Collaborative Innovation to Rowland Hall Lower School Principal Jij de Jesus and his cohort of four other young leaders.
Posted Monday, Feb 27, 2017 11:12:00 PM
Freshmen Hailey Hauck and Laura Summerfield have attended SummerWorks since kindergarten and return as interns this year. Now it's up to them to make sure campers have the best summer ever.
Posted Monday, Feb 27, 2017 11:05:00 PM
A connection that began four years ago between Rowland Hall and the University of Utah's Genetics Science Learning Center (GSLC) got a lot more interesting last summer when Upper School biology Teacher Rob Wilson responded to a call for a grant-funded science teacher pilot program. Out of over 400 applications from schools throughout the U.S. and Canada, Rowland Hall was one of 20 chosen to participate.
Posted Monday, Feb 27, 2017 11:02:00 PM
Since January, Beginning School families have joined forces to literally map out their diversity. The school's curriculum has two community-building goals: "I belong to a community" and "I contribute to my community." Helping these students know who they are and how they fit in is essential to their development.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 1:58:00 PM
The Lower School is again observing Week of Code December 5-11, and this time, coding activities are more intertwined in curriculum so the spirit of the event will live on throughout the school year.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 3:26:00 PM
This is a love story. A young bride entered the Cathedral Church of St. Mark on her wedding day. It was Monday, December 7, 1942; one year after the United States entered World War II. The young woman awaited the arrival of her fiancé who secretly went AWOL from his post in Casper, Wyoming, where he was in training to be a cadet in the Army Air Corps.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 11:33:00 AM
It was another outstanding fall season for Rowland Hall Upper School athletics as Winged Lion teams captured four Region 14 team titles, six individual Region championships, two State 2A runner-up trophies, with all teams qualifying for post-season competition.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 11:00:00 AM
In October, Director of Ethical Education Ryan Hoglund and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Wendell Thomas launched an educational feature titled Hearts and Minds to promote communication, community, learning, and healthy relationships and habits. Rowland Hall encourages parents and students to join educators in a conversation that explores ways to best support students and fulfill the school's mission. Parents, watch for continued Hearts and Minds features in upcoming Friday FACTS.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 10:38:00 AM
A math specialist is responsible for enhancing the student learning experience in math and partnering with the classroom teacher to ensure each student is learning math at his or her level. Rowland Hall's Lower School is fortunate to have Math Specialist Jodi Spiro, now in her third year. We sat down with Ms. Spiro to find out more about her job, and what it's like to inspire students to engage in flexible thinking and use math in their everyday life.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 10:37:00 AM
The crossroads of debate is a place where students come from all walks of life and leave in every direction, stopping to gain a set of skills to allow them to discover and master the next step. Ranking as one of the top in the nation, the Rowland Hall debate program has expanded its reach across curriculum and divisions.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 10:37:00 AM
In October, a former Upper School teacher returned to her old stomping grounds with a best-selling book in tow and a plethora of parenting wisdom to share. Author and educator Jessica Lahey, a Rowland Hall tenth-grade English teacher from 2000 to 2002, delivered three unfailingly energetic lectures in the Larimer Center for Performing Arts: one to Middle School students, one to Upper School students, and a public lecture in the evening attended by nearly 200 Rowland Hall parents and other interested community members.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 10:37:00 AM
Rowland Hall has again proven its commitment to environmentalism, this time with the installation of electric car chargers in the parking lot near the Steiner Campus soccer field. Two resourceful Rowland Hall employees, Upper School Head Cross Country Coach Mark Oftedal and Sustainability Coordinator Andrew Hagedorn, worked with local nonprofit Leaders for Clean Air to secure complete funding of equipment and installation.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 10:37:00 AM
The summer of 2016 marked the third successful year of placing rising seniors in career internships through Rowland Hall's internship program. The program places students in real workplaces, involves them in projects and research, and reinforces our mission to help students lead ethical and productive lives. In an essay, senior Alicia Lu reflects on interning in Dr. Michael Kay's Infectious Disease Drug Discovery and Development Lab.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 10:36:00 AM
Rowland Hall juniors identify and research a global, local, or internal issue they feel strongly about, then volunteer for an organization associated with their topic. Dubbed Project 11, this experience entails more than clocking service hours. Rowland Hall supports juniors with the resources to design and implement a solution to the problem they've chosen to explore.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 10:36:00 AM
Flowers propped against war memorials. Flags fluttering overhead. Metro trains whooshing out of tunnels toward platforms. During their annual trip to Washington, D.C., eighth graders captured a range of capital sites on camera—from the iconic to the ordinary—all with their own spin. When they returned to Salt Lake City, they worked with artist in residence Kirsten Hepburn to chose one image to edit, print, and display in an October 25 exhibit at the 15th Street Gallery.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 10:36:00 AM
Now fully formed, the Larimer Center Gallery consists of nearly two dozen well-lit pieces hanging perfectly matted in silver frames. Fine Print asked student-artists with work displayed in the inaugural gallery to share their stories of inspiration and explain their creative processes. Read their answers alongside their art.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM
On April 22, Earth Day, 17 middle and upper schoolers found out they'd turned trash into treasure. The students learned that a sustainability project they spearheaded won the Shane McConkey EcoChallenge's grand prize of $6,000 to benefit sustainability endeavors at Rowland Hall.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM
Fourth graders venture out on more field studies than students in any other grade—these young explorers leave the classroom 14 times each school year for in-state experiential learning. Middle and upper schoolers may travel farther, but no other grade goes on as many excursions.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM
Rowland Hall nurtures students to be collaborative, creative, and innovative, and encourages them to make a positive impact on their communities and the world. After graduating, several young alumni have found the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah to be the perfect place to continue those pursuits. University students Tianxing Jin '15, Cynthia Grissom '16, Colby Russo-Hatch '15, and Henry Gilbert '16 currently benefit from the unique programming and opportunities Lassonde has to offer.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM
As Rowland Hall's talented faculty and staff continues to grow, Fine Print announces the ongoing informational column, "Who's New." Each edition we introduce three new members of our community to families, friends and readers. Why keep all this to ourselves when these fascinating folks are part of your Rowland Hall family too!
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM
Academically driven Rowland Hall students gravitate toward debate in part due to the opportunity to learn from accomplished-yet-easygoing Debate Coach Mike Shackelford. He has a natural, playful rapport with his debaters. Jaden Lessnick '16, one of the most successful debaters in school history, went home after one tournament especially excited about his success. But Jaden's excitement was not over a trophy or an award; he had been granted the privilege of calling his coach by his distinctively chummy nickname. Beginning debaters refer to their coach in formal parlance, Mr. Shackelford. After a certain measure of success, students earn the right to call their award-winning coach "Mikee." "I still remember how excited and proud Jaden was when he was finally allowed to call you 'Mikee,'" Jaden's mother later wrote in a year-end thank you note to Mr. Shackelford.
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM
This year, Rowmark Ski Academy kicks off its 35th year as a division of Rowland Hall. We are proud to have grown into an internationally acclaimed ski program that is an integral part of a highly respected academic institution. For our student-athletes, being a Rowmarker means commitment and dedication to a combination of academics and complete year-round ski racing program that is unmatched by any other program in the country.
Posted Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 10:43:00 PM
Rowland Hall alumna Claire Wang '15 says she can't recall a time in her life when she wasn't passionate about our Earth and the environment. Researching air quality, clean energy, and other environmental issues for Middle School debate heightened her interest in climate advocacy. Ms. Wang went on to be a nationally ranked debater in high school, and her involvement in clean energy and politics at the local level continued to grow.
Posted Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 10:21:00 PM
Rowland Hall's annual ninth-grade student trip strengthens class unity while instilling a sense of place and an appreciation for the rich wilderness resources in Utah. Each Fall, the Uinta Mountains become the classroom as freshmen travel to YMCA's Camp Roger in the Soapstone Basin and develop skills such as hiking, map and compass reading (orienteering), fly fishing, and watercolor painting, and study the biology, geology, and hydrology of this unique high mountain range. During the four-day trip, students sleep in cabins, rotate through three-hour learning modules, learn from Utah Division of Wildlife staff, and get to know one another in an inspiring, natural learning environment.
Posted Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 11:03:00 AM
For the past 13 years in mid-October, the Upper School student body has set aside its regular afternoon schedule for students, faculty and parent volunteers to scatter across the city cumulatively performing hundreds of hours of community service. But this year Rowland Hall's annual community engagement project, Half Day/Whole Heart, will focus on four or five key partnerships that Rowland Hall has cultivated over the last decade.
Posted Tuesday, Sep 6, 2016 3:40:00 PM
Jan Chappuis, a nationally recognized education expert, led three separate professional development workshops on formative assessment, a research-based education strategy that in the past few years has solidified its place in the Rowland Hall vernacular. Fifth-grade teacher and Strategic Plan Implementation Committee Co-Chair Sarah Button has a simple definition for the term: "It means checking in with my students—where are they on this particular concept—and then that decides what I do next," she said, as opposed to advancing in a lesson plan before all students have grasped a concept.
Posted Friday, Jul 1, 2016 8:20:00 AM
Rowland Hall is happy to announce Ingrid Gustavson as the new Upper School principal beginning July 1, 2016. Ingrid comes to Rowland Hall from the Darrow School in Lebanon, New York, where she served as Director of Studies and oversaw all aspects of the academic program.
Posted Friday, Jun 10, 2016 12:36:00 AM
Beginning School students decorated personalized cards for Meals On Wheels volunteers to deliver to homebound senior citizens throughout the Valley. The Beginning School has two community-building goals for its classrooms: "I belong to a community," and "I contribute to a community." Through the Meals on Wheels project, students begin to identify the diverse communities to which they belong and to practice being a responsible, contributing community member.
Posted Thursday, Jun 9, 2016 2:29:00 PM
Congratulations to the four teachers who received Sumner Family Faculty Awards for teaching and excellence in their field, and to the teacher who won the Cary Jones Faculty Mentor Award for excellence in the classroom and service to the entire Rowland Hall community.
Posted Thursday, Jun 9, 2016 11:33:00 AM
The end of the school year provides a great opportunity to reflect on the state of our school and evaluate how we've grown as a community. Our recent graduates represent a clear measure of the school's success: their accomplishments illustrate the high-quality education they received as well as their dedication to personal excellence.
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