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SPRING 2018

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The 2018-2019 crop of Home and School leaders will hit the ground running: they plan to add a new position to the McCarthey Campus room representative model, and continue school efforts to educate parents on popular topics such as digital safety and healthy relationships. They also enjoy family trips to California, "felt the magic" of our Beginning School, and want to have brunch with you.
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We bid farewell to some dear colleagues, including four who are retiring after a collective 80 years of service to Rowland Hall.
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Rowland Hall mourns the passing of trustee emeritus Ian Cumming. Mr. Cumming served on Rowland Hall's board in the 1970s while his two sons, David and John, were students. Over the years, Ian generously shared his time, advice, and financial resources with the school, and his passing is a loss for our entire community.
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It's not particularly easy for Laura Hermance to describe her job at Rowland Hall. While her official title is Lower School administrative assistant, that doesn't give much indication of how varied and unpredictable a day's work might be. One minute she might be helping Lower School Principal Jij de Jesus prepare for a faculty meeting, and the next she might be digging through a pile of used uniform pants to find a replacement pair for a student who got a little too muddy during recess. The ever-changing nature of her position is one of the aspects she loves most, though.
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Last fall, Rowland Hall welcomed two new members of our science faculty: Upper School chemistry teacher Marcus Milling and Middle School science teacher Melissa Sharp. Their passion for science—and teaching young minds to think critically, support claims with evidence, and make connections that alter their worldviews—is undisputed.
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Flashback to the day in 1973 I declared my major at Westminster College and my grandmother quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson: "The secret in education lies in respecting the student." Today, over 40 years later, I still believe this quote is true. I have tried to not only respect but to build a relationship with each and every one of my students and their families throughout my career.
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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.
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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!
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Rowland Hall says goodbye to 14 beloved faculty and staff members—including Upper School Principal Lee Thomsen—and goodbye for now to two teachers taking year-long sabbaticals.
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Rowland Hall welcomes Jennifer Price-Wallin as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees for 2016.
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Find out about Rowland Hall's incoming Home & School Association presidents for the 2016-2017 school year.
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On August 19, 2015, Head of School Alan Sparrow sent this heartfelt message to Rowland Hall's faculty and staff: "It is with great appreciation for all she has done for Rowland Hall, that I announce Susan Koles' retirement at the end of December. Susan has been our director of marketing and communication since 1993. She is a gifted writer, editor, and strategic thinker who has helped our marketing efforts move forward continually over these past 22 years. You can wish her good luck in person at a farewell party in the parlor at the McCarthey Campus, at 3:30 p.m., on Tuesday, December 15.
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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.
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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.
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Ryan Hoglund and Mike Shackleford recognized at Utah Debate Coaches Award banquet. Political science teacher and debate coach Mike Shackelford received the Policy Debate Coach of the Year award in recognition of having the top policy debate program in the state of Utah. Director of Ethical Education Ryan Hoglund was inducted into the Utah Debate Coaches Hall of Fame.
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In her 26th year at Rowland Hall, Marilyn Osborne has announced that she will retire at the end of the school year. This is her 33rd year as an educator. Marilyn has taught kindergarten, first, and fourth grades on the Avenues Campus and second and fourth grades on the McCarthey Campus. She served on numerous school committees and was elected by her colleagues to be a Lower School ombudsperson, a position she currently holds.
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Following Deborah Mohrman's announcement that she would retire this June, the school conducted a thorough and thoughtful search process and, in January, offered Jij de Jesus the position of Lower School principal. Jij (pronounced Jay) currently holds a number of leadership positions at the Town School for Boys in San Francisco. He has a B.A. from Northwestern University in environmental science and an M.Ed. in private school leadership from the University of Hawaii. Jij impressed us all with his depth of knowledge, his ability to connect with others, his intelligence, his humility, and his vision.
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