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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.
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.
On February 12, the Rowland Hall debate team won the elite College Prep Debate tournament College Prep Round Robin in Oakland, California. Only the top 16 teams in the country were invited to compete and on Friday night, Rowland Hall seniors Jaden Lessnick and Emily Gordon won the tournament and were recognized as the first and second speakers.
With the start of this school year, Rowland Hall has adopted a different approach to the grading system, and with it, new lingo. Mr. Thomsen, Upper School principal, remarked, "A little more than a year ago, the school adopted a three-pronged strategic plan, which includes the overarching goal of incorporating current research on education, teaching, and learning into Rowland Hall's teaching model." With that in mind, Mr. Thomsen felt that adopting a growth mindset was a "tangible goal that, if effectively implemented, could have a significant impact" on the school.
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