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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. Melissa's son, Gregory House, is a rising second grader. Sarah's son, David, is a rising second grader, and daughter Charlotte is a rising kindergartener. Melanie's son Eli is a rising seventh grader, and son Jonah is a rising eleventh grader. Learn more about these leaders in a Q&A below.
The Home and School Association is Rowland Hall's parent-faculty organization, and all parents are members. Home and School offers numerous opportunities for parents to become involved, support their children's learning experiences, and stay connected with other Rowland Hall parents. As a parent, you're invited to volunteer at a level that is convenient for you. Read more here.
Lincoln Street Campus President
Melanie Borgenicht: email@example.com
How long have you lived in the Salt Lake area, and what brought you and your family here?
Melissa: I've lived in Salt Lake City since 2001. I moved from California to be closer to family, and met my husband, Paul, soon after. He was finishing his residency at the University of Utah while I completed graduate school. Other than a year in San Francisco for a fellowship, we've been here ever since.
Sarah: I am originally from Tennessee and my husband, Eric, is from Texas. We moved to the Olympus Cove area of Salt Lake 10 years ago. Eric is a pilot and we both love to ski so Salt Lake City was and still is a great fit for us.
Melanie: I came to Utah in fifth grade when my parents moved from Arizona. I went to college at the University of Utah and then the University of Georgia, and after spending several years traveling and working in Alaska, finally settled back in Salt Lake City in 1994.
What are your hobbies and interests?
Melissa: I love my job teaching at Salt Lake Community College. I also love the amazing outdoor activities available to us in SLC—skiing, climbing, hiking, and trail running.
Sarah: Besides skiing, I enjoy trail running and mountain biking. I also enjoy reading (when I can!). Lately, I've been listening to a lot of This American Life.
Melanie: I enjoy the nature and culture Salt Lake City offers—especially hiking, skiing, dogs, and art.
What's your family's favorite activity or destination?
Melissa: Paul and I love to SCUBA dive and our whole family enjoys skiing.
Sarah: We love exploring the desert of Southeast Utah. I got to take the kids into their first slot canyon during spring break this year. That was a lot of fun.
Melanie: One of our favorite destinations is Moab, where we enjoy spending time together outside.
Why did you choose Rowland Hall for your kids?
Melissa: We wanted a school with a warm and caring community, excellent academics, and engaging specialty classes. We are very pleased with our choice—Gregory loves his classes, his teacher, and his friends.
Sarah: We were impressed by the McCarthey campus and its facilities. We like that Rowland Hall keeps class sizes small. We appreciate the school's focus on professional development and its emphasis on a growth mindset.
Melanie: My kids, Jonah '19 and Eli '23, are fourth-generation Rowland Hallers—preceded by their dad (Joe), grandmother, and great-grandmother. I'm proud of and grateful to Rowland Hall for its ability to instill a deep love of learning in children while creating globally, academically, and ethically driven citizens.
What are your goals as the new Home and School presidents?
Melissa: Sarah and I want to continue to support the outstanding faculty and staff at Rowland Hall, and foster a strong sense of community for all families.
Sarah: Melissa and I hope to make Home and School feel as inclusive as possible. We have a goal of providing the best support we can for all the amazing parents at Rowland Hall, whether they are volunteering for Home and School, voicing a concern, or looking for a community to which they can belong.
Melanie: My goal as president is to help create an all-school community that brings all four divisions closer together and lays the foundation for Rowland Hall's next 150 years.
Anything else you'd like our community to know about you and your new role?
Melissa: We'd love to get to know you! Please consider volunteering for a Home and School event, or just stop us in the hall and say hi!
Sarah: I am so grateful for the opportunity to also support our wonderful faculty, staff, and administration. Home and School volunteers are behind the scenes at many of the events that enrich the school for its students and employees alike. It is so exciting to be a part of that!