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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 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 4:22:00 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 4:15:00 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 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.
Posted Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 12:40:00 PM
Katharine Coles, Utah's Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2012, Guggenheim Fellow, and a University of Utah 2017 Distinguished Professor, returned to Rowland Hall for the first time since graduating in 1977 to share her fifth published collection of poems, "The Earth Is Not Flat," written under the auspices of the U.S. National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program.
Posted Friday, Jun 9, 2017 11:16:53 AM
"Define what you want, and then ask for what you want. If you don't find it where you are, create it." This advice was at the heart of Rowland Hall alumnus Dave Stockham's speech at the breakfast welcoming the class of 2017 into the Alumni Association. A member of the class of 1991, Mr. Stockham is currently the vice president of sales at Cotopaxi, an outdoor retail company focused on creating sustainable products while helping to alleviate poverty worldwide.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 11:37:00 PM
This year, Rowland Hall graduates its largest senior class ever: 90 students. Of these seniors, 30 of them are lifers—students who have attended our school for 12 or more years. They will matriculate to 52 different colleges and universities this fall, and 77% of them were offered merit-based aid to continue their education. Seven were finalists for National Merit Scholarships, and many were awarded scholarships from local and national organizations, including the Salt Lake Rotary Club, Youthlinc, and the American Red Cross.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 11:26:00 PM
The Varsity Baseball team turned more double plays this spring than they have in the previous five seasons combined. "That was huge," new Head Coach Mac Estrada said. "To see the progression of kids actually knowing what to do in certain situations, and having the quickness to be able to do it." And that's just one statistic that shows the team's momentum.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 11:24:00 PM
Another successful season of Winged Lion spring sports is in the books. A big thank you and congratulations to our teams and coaches, including Martin Ellis and Ryan Holt, Girls' Golf; McKenon Estrada, Zach Paige, Tyler Curtis, and Peter Shipman, Baseball; Kathy Howa, Kendra Tomsic, and Leslie Varoz, Softball; Mark Oftedal, Roland Tolbert, Rodney Kopish, Ashley Hagensick, and John Bercaw, Track and Field; Scott Langone and Bobby Kennedy, Boys' Soccer; and Tim Sleeper and Susan Daynes, Boys' Tennis on representing the green and white with class, heart, and much Winged Lion pride...well done!
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 10:39:00 PM
Caroline Gleich '03 is a queen of the majestic playground that is the Wasatch Range. She runs it, climbs it, bikes it, skis it—and fights to preserve it. She recently received accolades for being the first woman and fourth person to ski all 90 lines listed in The Chuting Gallery, a backcountry-skiing guide to the Wasatch.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 10:31:00 PM
Rowland Hall grads and brothers Ethan Fedor '13 and Chris Fedor '15 were back in Salt Lake recently, but not for a vacation. The two California Polytechnic State University engineering students attended the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), an annual gathering of bicycle-frame builders.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 10:26:28 PM
Some people think of science as memorizing facts and esoteric terminology, but a peek inside a Beginning School 4PreK classroom this spring found children using their five senses to observe, explore, and discover the world around them.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 10:09:00 PM
As an eighth grader back in 1985, Tyler Fonarow calculated his way to second place in his California home county's Mathcounts Competition Series. Now, Middle School Principal Fonarow is ushering in the new era of the mathlete here at Rowland Hall.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 5:15:00 PM
Just when you thought those lazy, hazy, crazy days at SummerWorks couldn't get any better, Rowland Hall's summer camp rolls out its kid-friendly theater arts program, where campers can learn everything from improvisation to backstage skills.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 5:14:34 PM
If you've been a second grader at Rowland Hall, or had a child or grandchild in second grade at Rowland Hall, chances are you remember the ancestor dolls project. It's been a staple of the springtime curriculum for at least 15 years, and while the core aspects of the project remain the same, the ancestor stories reflect historical changes and evolving global patterns.
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