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Rowland Hall's Upper School Rag and Bone Theatre presents "It's A Wonderful Life"—a modern take on a classic story. Performances are free and will be held at the Larimer Center for Performing Arts Thursday and Friday, March 3-4, starting at 7 pm.
On February 12, the Rowland Hall debate team won the elite College Prep Debate tournament College Prep Round Robin in Oakland, California. Only the top 16 teams in the country were invited to compete and on Friday night, Rowland Hall seniors Jaden Lessnick and Emily Gordon won the tournament and were recognized as the first and second speakers.
If your son or daughter is planning to participate on one of the Upper School fall sports teams in the upcoming 2016-17 school year, please carefully review the Upper School Fall Athletic Information sheet as all teams begin practicing and competing early to mid August.
The first qualification race of the season was a great success! The coaching staff is more than pleased with the athletes performance and sportsmanship conducted throughout this past weekend. We would like to congratulate Tommy Hoffman for winning the Sean Nurse Memorial Men's Overall! His name will be showcased on the Sean Nurse Memorial Plaque along with many World Cup skiers including Ted Ligety and Resi Stiegler. As well as some of our amazing coaches, Kiley Staples and Hailey Duke, both former US Ski Team members. Congrats!
Rowland Hall's Winter Admission Open House events are scheduled, and we are excited to welcome new families to our school. Prospective families will learn more about our philosophy and programs, take a tour, and meet administrators, teachers, students, and parents who can share their personal experiences. We look forward to meeting you and your family!
We see the effects of your referrals every day and thank you for sharing what you love most about Rowland Hall with your friends and family. Admission season is upon us, and we encourage you to let all your friends, neighbors, and colleagues with children know that Rowland Hall's Winter Admission Open House events are scheduled!
The Lincoln Street Campus Home and School Association invites all parents to a Parent Forum on Tuesday, January 26, at 8:30am in the Lincoln Campus Library. Nationally recognized psychologist Dr. Sam Goldstein will speak on how to raise self-disciplined children.
In lower school chapels, middle school advisories, and upper school chapel this month, as we celebrate the legacy and lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., students are talking about positive identity development, cross-cultural curiosity, being an upstander (opposite of bystander​ - someone who intervenes on behalf of others​) and ally for each other, and the benefits, for everyone, of being a member of a diverse and inclusive community using the slogan: Who am I? Who are You? Who are We? Why are We Better Together?
The Dec 23 Holiday Food Giveaway was the capstone of Rowland Hall's comprehensive season of service, Director of Ethical Education Ryan Hoglund said. The season started with October's Crossroads Canned Food Drive, which raised 4 tons of canned goods and over $2,200. The next month, 30 Spanish-speaking Rowland Hall community members volunteered at the Crossroads Thanksgiving Giveaway, which garnered 3,900 turkeys.
You are invited to enjoy the Lower School Third Grade Bird Art Exhibit on display at Discovery Gateway Children's Museum during the month of December! This month, students found birds as their inspirational subjects. In this art project, students were inspired by the bird art of John James Audubon. The students drew the bird images by using the 'upside down' drawing technique. This technique allows an artist to draw what the eye sees as shapes rather than as a recognizable image. It stops the logical mind from taking over and attempting to make you draw what the brain thinks a bird should look like. Students then used watercolor paints to capture the lifelike colors of the birds.
This week, first through fifth graders have joined millions of students across the globe participating in the annual Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week. Parents are invited to give coding a try on Friday, Dec 11. iPads will be available in the foyer for self-directed exploration of the apps that students have learned throughout the week.
For your planning purposes, we would like to share important dates for the 2016-2017 school year. Please note that the first day of school next year will be August 31, 2016.
With the start of this school year, Rowland Hall has adopted a different approach to the grading system, and with it, new lingo. Mr. Thomsen, Upper School principal, remarked, "A little more than a year ago, the school adopted a three-pronged strategic plan, which includes the overarching goal of incorporating current research on education, teaching, and learning into Rowland Hall's teaching model." With that in mind, Mr. Thomsen felt that adopting a growth mindset was a "tangible goal that, if effectively implemented, could have a significant impact" on the school.
In the spring of 2015, 58 percent of our students took one or more AP exams. Combined, they took a total of 438 AP tests. Of the tests taken, 93% earned college credit with a score of 3 or higher. Additionally, all 14 of the students who took one of the most challenging AP tests offered, BC Calculus, scored a 5 on the AP test which is the top score possible – a very rare feat.
It was an amazing fall season of Rowland Hall Upper School athletic competition as Winged Lion teams captured a record five Region championships, one team State title, eight individual state championships, and every team placed no less than eighth at their respective State 2A post-season tournament.
Ann Dick, who taught fourth and fifth grades at Rowland Hall for 26 years (1970-1996), passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2015. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease for quite some time, and she died peacefully at home with her children, Tim, Robin, and Steve, beside her. Family and friends celebrated Mrs. Dick's life at a memorial service at the Art Barn in Salt Lake City, on November 14.
On November 2, 2015, Head of School Alan Sparrow announced that Upper School Principal Lee Thomsen would leave Rowland Hall at the end of this school year to take the position of Head of School for Sacramento Day School. Since then, a search committee has been formed and had its first meeting. It is the committee's hope to bring semi-finalist candidates to campus before the start of winter break.
Members of the Alumni Executive Board recently had the opportunity to tour the beginning stages of the restoration of Rowland Hall's old avenues campus, now home to the Madeleine Choir School. A group of alumni and a few staff members were given a guided tour of the main building, which has had years peeled away, revealing the bare bones of the original architecture.
For the Rowmark Junior Program, Director Troy Price explains how the fall months have been dedicated to physical training and team bonding.
Middle School volleyball and soccer players worked hard and enjoyed a fun fall season this year.

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