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Posted Thursday, Mar 1, 2018 9:59:00 AM
All six educators returned to Rowland Hall with renewed passion for their work, along with difficult questions regarding how to implement change. While there are plans to build and support affinity groups, and to increase the positive representation of people of color across our curriculum, there are significant roadblocks as well.
Posted Thursday, Mar 1, 2018 9:51:00 AM
I carry the spirit of this projecto educativo with me to remind me that dreams do come true, but they take work. We need to pause at times to identify what is truly important to us as educators, because when you do this work, you just might find there is some letting go to do so more dreaming can be done.
Posted Thursday, Mar 1, 2018 9:49:00 AM
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.
Posted Thursday, Mar 1, 2018 9:49:00 AM
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.
Posted Thursday, Mar 1, 2018 9:49:00 AM
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.
Posted Thursday, Mar 1, 2018 9:49:00 AM
Last December, after three years on the job, Connor was promoted to firefighter engineer: a specialist rank given to those who drive the fire trucks and oversee all the equipment on them. Station 117 is a Heavy Rescue station, so in addition to responding to fires, they answer specialized calls related to structural collapses, road rescues, or confined spaces. Along with the tactical skills he's gained, Connor believes the job has made him a better person. "I practice compassion every day," he said.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 12:00:00 PM
A group of 14 middle and upper schoolers attended the February 9-10 Student Leadership Diversity Retreat, organized by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools. We've been sending students to the retreat since 2006, and it aims to build leadership and communication skills with an emphasis on creating more diverse and inclusive school environments.
Posted Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 4:22:00 PM
In the 35 years since its founding, 16 Rowmark alumni have been named to the U.S. Ski Team, and most of those have competed in the Olympics. Self-coaching techniques and efficient training schedules ultimately help our ski racers succeed at the highest level.
Posted Friday, Feb 9, 2018 12:59:00 PM
Breezy's talent and dedication yielded impressive results as a teenager—she medaled in three U18 National Championships—and now she's competing at the highest level: this month, Breezy will represent the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, along with fellow Rowmark alum Alice McKennis '08.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 8:22:00 AM
(R)evolution was both a celebratory retrospective of dance in America and a rumination on how history learned through words and images doesn't tell the whole story. Senior Sophia Cutrubus described the show as tracing the evolution of mainstream dance while demonstrating how the art provided "an outlet to express ideas and emotions that were taboo and threatened power structures in each time period."
Posted Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 12:33:12 PM
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.
Posted Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 10:56:00 AM
Pilots have the greatest office in the world. It's one of the simple-yet-effective pitches from Middle School teacher Bill Tatomer to pique interest in aviation. At Rowland Hall, interests are piqued. Middle schoolers pack Mr. Tatomer's aviation electives. Upper schoolers recently started a lively Aviation Club. One recent alumnus—Davis Kahler '17—is studying at Westminster College to become a pilot, and some current students want to follow suit.
Posted Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 9:58:00 AM
Spontaneously breaking out into a 1955 school song on the old Avenues Campus. Hearing Rowmark Ski Academy co-founder Olle Larsson's distinctive guffaw. Dancing the night away on the McCarthey Campus. A record-breaking 1,200 community members attended Rowland Hall's Sesquicentennial Kickoff Weekend September 8-9 to celebrate—and make—school history through a series of unforgettable, hilarious, and heartwarming moments spread over six events.
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 9:13:29 PM
Rowland Hall has observed a handful of different anniversaries during the past 50 years, which has left some in the community confused about the math behind our sesquicentennial celebration. They might remember celebrating 125 years not too long ago, and wonder: how and when did 1867 become the date we cite as the school's founding?
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 8:46:00 PM
Ask older alumnae of Rowland Hall what their favorite tradition is, and many will name Candle and Carol. Modeled after the English Lessons and Carols services of the late 19th century, the Rowland Hall evening program began in 1917 as a celebration of the holiday season. Traditionally held in St. Margaret's Chapel, and later at St. Mark's Cathedral, the service includes music, scripture readings, and dances performed by students.
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 8:33:00 PM
Rowland Hall has always emphasized literacy development for our Beginning School students. Teachers foster a love of reading by using positive reinforcement to build confidence and encourage effort. Thanks to the generosity of annual fund donors last year, our kindergarten literacy program recently got a boost: the Lucy Calkins Classroom Library, a collection of diverse reading material with selections specifically chosen for that grade.
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 8:25:54 PM
In 2011, Rowland Hall's Board of Trustees approved a diversity mission that affirmed the school's commitment to building cultural awareness, cultivating an inclusive environment, and appreciating how our differences create a stronger community. The school's Inclusion and Equity Committee—first created in 2008, and strengthened with the board mandate in 2011—has been hard at work implementing an action plan to bring the values of this diversity mission to the forefront. According to Upper School English teacher Kate Taylor, who co-chairs the committee with Lower School principal Jij de Jesus, a significant long-term goal is "to provide more consistent and across-the-board training opportunities in inclusion and equity topics for our faculty and staff."
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 8:18:00 PM
Late this past spring, two members of the Rowland Hall community added publication credits to their resumes. Annie Barton, Middle School academic dean, and Wendell Thomas, director of curriculum and instruction, published a feature article about Rowland Hall's Mission-Based Grading program in Independent School magazine. The issue focused on the changing landscape of education, and Rowland Hall's four-year-old project tackling grading reform in the Middle School was perfect subject matter.
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 8:00:00 PM
Media executive and philanthropist Dr. John C. Malone and his family started the foundation in 1997 to enable motivated students to attain scholarships to top independent schools, according to the foundation website. These students must also demonstrate financial need—without the Malone Scholarship, they'd lack the resources to attend an independent school. At Rowland Hall, the $2 million endowment each year provides a total of $100,000 in scholarships for six students in grades seven through twelve. Once a student earns a Malone Scholarship, it follows them through their Rowland Hall career. Since 2011, the program has helped 12 Winged Lions attend our institution.
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 5:00:00 PM
Alumnus Nick Fontaine '17 learned skills as a senior in Alisa Poppen's AP Biology class that, a few months later, helped him research the rare and deadly ebola virus as an intern with the Kay Lab in the University of Utah's Department of Biochemistry. "It has been an amazing experience," the Rowmark Ski Academy postgraduate athlete said just halfway through his Kay Lab experience. "I've already learned so much about different research procedures and how professional labs operate."
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 4:53:00 PM
One October morning, students in Dr. Fiona Halloran's Advanced Topics US History class engaged in a lively debate about whether Thomas Jefferson or John Adams was the best candidate for president in the election of 1800. Scribbling notes and whispering—preparing their rebuttal while the other side spoke—students displayed passion, conviction, and fierce competitiveness about a contest decided over two centuries ago. After one young woman asked how John Adams could govern the country when he couldn't control his own party, the stunned silence in the room quickly dissolved into laughter. The students' enthusiasm was contagious, and as they dispersed after the bell rang, their energy remained high.
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 4:33:00 PM
The Upper School Advanced Chamber Ensemble (ACE) in March brought a judge at a regional competition to tears with their interpretation of the Mendelssohn Trio. But it's not just ACE's melodies that move people. Through community-outreach projects such as annual half-day visits to Primary Children's Hospital, lighthearted, often-smiling Music Teacher Sarah Yoon fosters compassion in her students that seems to transfer to ACE's evocative performances.
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 4:15:00 PM
Bonnie Phillips '60 and husband Denis founded the Phillips Gallery in 1965, and now it holds the title of the oldest-running commercial art gallery in the Intermountain West. Mature shade trees form a canopy over their tidy historic storefront that for 50 years has held its own against newer, bigger commercial buildings on the block. Much like its owners, it's comfortably elegant and teeming with fascinating stories.
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 3:40:00 PM
Over the past several years, enrollment in physical education (PE) classes steadily declined in the Upper School. Rather than getting discouraged by the lack of participation—and the subsequent lack of course offerings—PE teacher Mark Oftedal embraced a growth mindset. He saw the failures of the existing PE model in the Upper School as an opportunity to try something new: a Personal Fitness program that launched in September and is already creating buzz inside the Lincoln Street Campus hallways.
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 3:21:00 PM
Train daily for a month. Focus on even the smallest details to shave milliseconds off your time. Travel across the country to a race. Crash right out of the gate. Your weekend's over. It's a seemingly discouraging chain of events for ski racers. But it primed Hank Shipman '13 for perseverance after a near-fatal Rowmark Ski Academy car accident April 9, 2011.
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 2:49:00 PM
If you were lucky enough to attend one of Rowland Hall's performances of The Music Man November 10-11, chances are you left with an earworm. Meredith Wilson's musical about unlikely love developing between a traveling salesman—who has made a career out of swindling townspeople—and a savvy, late-blooming librarian is full of songs that will stick with you. "Ya Got Trouble," "Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little," and "Shipoopi" are some of the most memorable show tunes, and the music is one of theater teacher and director Gary Lindemann's favorite things about the show.
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 2:00:00 PM
The statistics from Rowland Hall's championship girls soccer season are impressive. They ended the season with an 18-0 record. They scored 168 goals, a new state record, and surrendered just six—three of which were in the championship game. Nearly every member of the team, including the goalkeeper, scored at least once during the season. And even the junior varsity team only lost one game this fall.
Posted Monday, Nov 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Since the implementation of Rowland Hall's 2014 Strategic Plan, teachers have increasingly engaged in professional development to help us achieve Goal 2—provide an outstanding math and science program. Last summer, when Mrs. Jenkins shared an interest in pursuing a math endorsement, Lower School Principal Jij de Jesus sent her to a workshop at Stanford University. "I just died—I was so excited," she said. "I sat right up front. It was so much fun."
Posted Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 11:18:00 AM
For Eric Oehlerich, Aspen Sulte, and Terri Kindness, service is a way of life. It's not hard to understand how their intense schedules, along with acute knowledge of the risks they face keep them focused on living each moment to its fullest.
Posted Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 11:00:00 PM
As Rowland Hall prepares to commemorate its 150th anniversary, we honor our longest-serving teacher, French Teacher and Department Chair, Doug Wortham. We celebrate his 40 years of service at the Upper School and the legendary contributions he has made to our school, students, and community.
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