Open Hearts & Open Minds

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Lower School Ethical Education

Fostering healthy social-emotional development and teaching students to be responsible, compassionate citizens.

Rowland Hall’s Lower School spends January celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., culminating in a Changemaker Chapel at the end of the month.

Life’s lessons occur in the classroom and on the playground, where emphasis is placed on character, respectful problem-solving, and community. Learning to be an active member of a caring, service-oriented school community is an integral part of each student’s Lower School experience.

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Projects by Grade Level

Poster asking for pennies for the rainforest, made by a lower schooler.

FIRST GRADEA penny drive to purchase rainforest acreage for protection extends from a curricular focus on rainforest ecology. Students also participate in the Navajo Santa project that supports children and families living on the Navajo Reservation, and collect towels and blankets for the Humane Society.

Second grader pulling wagon full of donations to children's hospital.

SECOND GRADE—Students create Halloween goody bags for children at local hospitals, and organize the 100 Days of School Canned Food Drive in which they challenge all grade levels to match their grade's donations. Classes also work with the International Rescue Committee to prepare welcome bags for children who are refugees, and hold a book drive for the Sunnyvale Community Center.

Third-grade plant sale

THIRD GRADE—Third graders apply science knowledge about biomes, plants, and birds to service projects with the Tracy Aviary Bird Sanctuary. Their popular annual plant sale benefits the aviary.

FOURTH GRADE—In conjunction with their field studies of the local environment, students raise money for the Navajo Water Project. They also bond with our next-door neighbors—students at the Carmen B. Pingree Autsim Center of Learning—by supporting them in the Autism Awareness Walk and reading with them.

Lower schoolers having fun with Beginning School buddies.

FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE—The oldest students on the McCarthey Campus team up with beginning schoolers for our Buddies program: together, they read, make art, play outside, and share in the sheer joy of learning. Kindergartners feel more comfortable transitioning to first grade and the biggest building on campus after they have a personal tour from an older, wiser friend. Fourth and fifth graders enjoy developing their leadership skills, serving as role models, and forging memories with their younger peers.

Fifth graders unloading bread at the Utah Food Bank.

FIFTH GRADE—Students make several trips to the Utah Food Bank throughout the year where they assist with the unloading, sorting, and stocking of food at the center.

Ethical Education

Rowland Hall strives to graduate good citizens, not just students well-prepared for college. Concepts such as character, service, ethics, and community matter here. From the earliest grades through senior year, we stress the need to lead by example and have a positive influence on the lives of others.

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