September 6, 2016
As I begin my 25th year as head of school, I find myself as excited for the start of school as the students are. One of the strengths of Rowland Hall is the robust learning culture that has been created and fostered by faculty, students, parents, and administration over the years. We are very fortunate to come to a place every day where the enthusiasm for learning and the sense of community is so strong. This school continues to allow me to grow and flourish as an educator and a person, just as it does for our faculty and students.
I am thrilled about all the work the faculty and staff did this summer to learn more about effective teaching techniques, how the brain works, how to motivate students, how to lead, and how to effectively evaluate students to maximize their learning. We were thrilled to host Jan Chappuis, the nation’s expert in formative assessment, for a hands-on workshop in August. For two days, our faculty worked on high impact practices and strategies to improve student motivation, increase ownership of learning, and improve achievement. Teachers are looking forward to implementing the strategies in the classroom right away. It is very gratifying to watch our programs and practices improve as we incorporate what we are learning. Read more about Ms. Chappuis’ visit here. One of the reasons this school is exceptional is that people here always want to learn and improve.
Our faculty is looking forward to welcoming you to the classroom this month for back to school nights. This is an evening for parents to meet faculty and to get a sense of students’ school days.
Thursday, September 8; 7–8 pm for grades 3-5; 8–9 pm for grades 1-2
Wednesday, September 14, 6:30–8 pm
Thursday, September 15, 7–8 pm
Thursday, September 29, 6:30–9:15 pm
I hope students feel that same sense of challenge, stimulation, support, and warm sense of community that I feel every day at Rowland Hall. From my perspective, these are things that make this school such a special place.