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September 6, 2016

Dear Parents,

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.

Lower School
Thursday, September 8; 7–8 pm for grades 3-5; 8–9 pm for grades 1-2

Middle School
Wednesday, September 14, 6:30–8 pm

Beginning School
Thursday, September 15, 7–8 pm

Upper School
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.


Alan Sparrow


Head of School Alan Sparrow is an avid reader. He particularly enjoys reading about education and raising children. These are some of his most recommended reads for parents.

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, by Claude Steele

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, by Jessica Lahey

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck

Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas, by Warren Berger

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