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This year, Rowmark Ski Academy kicks off its 35th year as a division of Rowland Hall. We are very 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.
Alpine ski racers from all over the country and the globe come to Salt Lake City to join Rowland Hall's Rowmark Ski Academy. We are proud of our team which includes many of the best junior ski racers and student-athletes nation-wide and Australia. Good luck to this exceptional group of young people as the winter season approaches.
It was another outstanding fall season of 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.
It was a fun fall season for Middle School Athletics. Thank you to all of our players for their hard work and thank you to our families for your support throughout the season. Additionally, I'd like to thank our Middle School Boosters for providing every athlete with a sport-specific T-shirt to show our school spirit. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of coaches who put in countless hours to develop our student athletes. Please read on for a recap of each team's season
Rowland Hall is delighted to host renowned author and educator Jessica Lahey, who started her teaching career here and is now a columnist for The New York Times and a contributing writer for The Atlantic. Ms. Lahey will speak at the Larimer Center 7 pm Monday, October 17, about her New York Times best-selling book, "The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed." We encourage Rowland Hall parents to attend.
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.
Congrats to our seven National Merit Semifinalists! Back row, from left: Josh Nkoy, Lane Baker, and Matthew Orford. Front row, from left: Tobi Yoon, Alicia Lu, David Bernstein, and Cindy Shen. These students, now seniors, earned this distinction for scoring in the top percentile of Utah juniors who took the PSAT. They'll continue in the competition for the National Merit Scholarship.
SummerWorks is one of Salt Lake City's best summer experiences for kids, and it has gained an outstanding reputation as a "leadership laboratory," where young campers transition through guided levels of training to become skilled counselors. Rowland Hall grad Liza Badenhausen '15 and others keep coming back each year.
Steiner Community Garden, which is located on the Steiner Property just west of the McCarthey Campus, is a Wasatch Community Network Garden. Steiner Community Garden is seeking new gardeners for the 2016 season! The cost for plot rental and water for the entire season is only $35. If you would like a plot, please contact Jensen Morgan at
We hope to see you at the annual All-School Carnival Friday, May 20, from 3:15 to 6 pm at the McCarthey Campus. This is a school-wide celebration made possible by the senior class of 2016 and student council, so bring the whole family for food, games, and a great time. Enjoy bouncy houses, face painting, carnival games with prizes, sweet treats, a dunk tank, and more!
Rowmark Ski Academy wrapped up a landmark year with six national ski championship titles plus three titles from an alumna. While the team saw successes and personal bests throughout the year in all disciplines and all age groups, the national championship titles are the icing on the cake. In 2016, Rowmark skiers have captured more championship titles than any other high school ski team in the country. "In my tenure as headmaster, I have never seen or heard of any ski academy with a comparable accomplishment," said Alan Sparrow, head of school.
Go green all week long during Rowland Hall's epic Earth Week celebration Friday, April 15, through Friday, April 22. Highlights include a guest lecture 9:15 am April 19 by Tariq Banuri, internationally renowned economics professor and member of 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change. Plus, at 6:30 pm April 20, enjoy a free, public screening of Racing Extinction. This 2015 film by the Oscar-winning director of The Cove illustrates the issues of endangered species and mass extinction.
Rowland Hall's interdisciplinary performance "Gallery" brought the departments of music, art, dance, and creative writing together in a collaborative showcase that challenged viewers to let their senses be their guide.
Pack the bleachers and support the Rowland Hall Baseball team as they play a doubleheader on Mon, Apr 18 at Smith's Ballpark. The first game begins at 3:30pm. Admission is free and free pizza will be served to all Winged Lion fans! Once again, our Upper School baseball team gets the exciting opportunity to play two games in Smith's Ballpark, home of the Salt Lake Bees. Cost of the vouchers is $6 each. Please contact Director of Athletics Kendra Tomsic at if you are interested in purchasing vouchers.
Congratulations to the Rowmark dynamic duo, sister and brother, Madi and Tommy Hoffman! On March 30, Madi won the U16 U.S. National slalom title and Tommy won the U14 U.S. National slalom title. Capturing this title by skiing against the top U14 and U16 skiers in the country is an incredible accomplishment!
Rowland Hall's award winning Jazz Band performs a Spring Concert on Thursday, April 7 at 7 pm in the Larimer Center for the Performing Arts. The concert features lower, middle, and upper school bands. Everyone is invited!
Four Rowmark/Rowland Hall alums qualified for the 2016 NCAA Alpine Championships in Steamboat, Colorado. Qualifying is based on individual season-long performance and is a huge accomplishment, especially because the current NCAA circuit is dominated by world-class European racers. Bryan Cookson '13 enjoyed a career best while competing for the University of New Hampshire. He placed 12th in the slalom and helped his team take 10th place! Carter Dowd '12, a senior at Babson College, is a six-time All-American!

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