Friday Facts—All Divisions

Beginning, lower, middle, and upper school announcements and updates are published here regularly. Parents will receive an email, typically every Friday, letting them know this page has been updated.

All School

Friday Facts Hiatus

Friday Facts distribution will resume in late July or early August. Have a great summer!

Beginning School

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Lower School

2021-2022 Forms that Require a Physician's Signature

Please consult the Forms Requiring a Physician's Signature webpage to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. Please complete the forms that apply to your student(s), then return them to us. In most cases, we require a new health form each school year. Completed documentation is due by Aug 13, 2021.

Middle School

MS Summer Hours

Division offices will be open from 9 am to 3 pm starting on Monday, June 14 and ending on Friday, July 30. If you call outside of these hours, please leave a message.

MS Summer Workshops Aug 11-13

The MS offers a series of on-campus summer workshops in August for students currently enrolled in MS. These courses are generated by our MS teachers who have the available time and interest during the summer to offer extension activities in their areas of expertise. These programs are designed to offer some immersive experiences for our students, and they may also allow students to sharpen their skills in a fun and engaging learning environment while reconnecting with peers, right before school starts. Read more for details and to register.

MS/US Summer Dance Intensive Workshop August 16-19

The MS/US Summer Dance Intensive Workshop employs local professors and professional dancers to teach ballet, street dance, contemporary, compositional, and performance techniques. This workshop will mark the most intensive of our summer workshops to date, with a careful curriculum specifically designed for this group of individuals to fast track back into technical shape while leveraging the voice development students honed during their online learning time. Read more for registration details.

Dates: August 16-19 

  • Middle School Dancers: 1pm-3pm (rising 6th & 7th graders welcome! No prior dance experience required.)
  • Upper School Dancers:  3pm-7pm
MS Summer Reading 2021-22

All MS students have grade level summer reading and assignments which are expected to be completed prior to the first day of school, Wed, Aug 25. Extra books are available in the main office if needed. Please read the grade level welcome letter which includes the assignment.

2021-2022 Forms that Require a Physician's Signature

Please consult the Forms Requiring a Physician's Signature webpage to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. Please complete the forms that apply to your student(s), then return them to us. In most cases, we require a new health form each school year. Completed documentation is due by Aug 13, 2021.

Upper School

MS/US Summer Dance Intensive Workshop August 16-19

The MS/US Summer Dance Intensive Workshop employs local professors and professional dancers to teach ballet, street dance, contemporary, compositional, and performance techniques. This workshop will mark the most intensive of our summer workshops to date, with a careful curriculum specifically designed for this group of individuals to fast track back into technical shape while leveraging the voice development students honed during their online learning time. Read more for registration details.

Dates: August 16-19 

  • Middle School Dancers: 1pm-3pm (rising 6th & 7th graders welcome! No prior dance experience required.)
  • Upper School Dancers:  3pm-7pm
US Summer 2021 Office Hours

Upper School offices will be open from 9 am to 3 pm starting on Monday-Friday during July. You may report to the school for testing, reading materials and general inquiries during these hours. If outside of these times, please call 801-355-7494 and leave a message or email: usattendance@rowlandhall.org. Thank you! 

New 8-Day Rotating Schedule

 US 8-Day (A-H) Rotating Period Schedule for 2021-2022*

*Although we do not foresee any major changes to this rotation calendar draft, we will make the updates, if necessary, on this document. Please check back closer to the end of summer for the most updated version. 

Summer Reading for the Upper School

Please click the button below for the Upper School Summer Reading book titles and corresponding assignments. If you have any questions, please contact the teacher directly via email. Thank you! 

2021 US Summer Reading

Class of 2021 Graduation Live Stream

The link below will take you to our graduation webpage where you can watch the 2021 graduation live stream recording, senior chapel, the annual senior slideshow, senior baby photos and awards!

2021 Commencement Webpage

IMPORTANT: UPPER SCHOOL FALL SPORTS INFORMATION

Students and families interested in UPPER SCHOOL FALL SPORTS -- Cross-Country, Boys Golf, Girls Soccer, Girls Tennis, Volleyball, Swimming -- please sign up NOW by emailing: pamstone@rowlandhall.org.

If you are not registered for the “class” you will not receive important, time-sensitive information that will be emailed from the Athletic Department near the end of the school year. If you think you might be interested, please register for the sport. You may drop it later if necessary.

Fall Athletics Information Sheet 

Please contact Athletic Director, Kendra Tomsic at kendratomsic@rowlandhall.org or her Administrative Assistant, Pam Stone at pamstone@rowlandhall.org if you have any questions.

Forms that Require a Physician's Signature

Please consult the Forms Requiring a Physician's Signature webpage to prepare for the 2021-22 school year. Please complete the forms that apply to your student(s), then return them to us.  In some cases, we require a new health form each school year. Completed documentation is due by Aug 13, 2021. 

Please send Physical A Forms for US Athletics directly to Pam Stone at pamstone@rowlandhall.org electronically as an attachment. 

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Kathryn PickfordBeginning School Administrative AssistantEmail Kathryn

Laura HermanceLower School Administrative AssistantEmail Laura

Andrea BeckmanMiddle School Administrative AssistantEmail Andrea

Maria HutchingsUpper School Administrative ProfessionalEmail Maria

School News

2021 Sumner Award winner Sara Yoon.

Each year at division commencement ceremonies, Rowland Hall proudly honors faculty who have demonstrated exceptional teaching and mentoring.

Cary Jones Faculty Mentor Award 2021

The Cary Jones Faculty Mentor Award is presented to Rowland Hall faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching, serve as mentors to others, and contribute to the Rowland Hall community. This award was established through an anonymous gift to the school in honor of Mr. Jones' dedication to the faculty when he was the chair of the Board of Trustees.

2021 Cary Jones Faculty Mentor Award winners Mary Jo Marker and Chelsea Vasquez.

Though traditionally given to one faculty member each year, this year’s Cary Jones Faculty Mentor Award has been awarded to two: Mary Jo Marker, eighth-grade American studies teacher, and Chelsea Vasquez, eighth-grade English teacher. Dedicated to teamwork, Mary Jo and Chelsea are a dynamic duo in the Middle School, where they have redefined and re-energized their grade-level programs, creating English and American Studies curricula that are challenging and relevant, that set up students for success in Upper School, and that help students become creative, critical thinkers. Mary Jo and Chelsea have also greatly contributed to the school community as colleagues, whether by participating in the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee, leading a Critical Friends Group, mentoring or coaching faculty, covering classes, or helping to organize eighth-grade graduation events. And in a year where time was an incredibly precious resource, they have dedicated a great deal of it to meeting with Upper School teachers to support the transition to ninth grade, continuing to strengthen curriculum alignment between the Middle School and Upper School.

For their dedication to teamwork, particularly in ways that define the values at Rowland Hall—especially relationships matter, welcome everyone, and learn for life—Rowland Hall proudly honors Mary Jo Marker and Chelsea Vasquez with the 2021 Cary Jones Faculty Mentor Award.

Sumner Family Excellence in Teaching Awards

The Sumner Family Excellence in Teaching Award is given each year to an outstanding faculty member in each division who has demonstrated a love for teaching and excellence in their field. The award symbolizes the Sumner family's high regard for Rowland Hall's faculty. Congratulations to the following recipients.

Beginning School: Isabelle Buhler, 4PreK lead teacher

Isabelle Buhler, winner of the 2021 Sumner Family Faculty Award.

Isabelle Buhler exhibits total commitment to her teaching, colleagues, and school—a fact that is no less true today than it was 18 years ago. Her love of her work is infectious. She cherishes each of her students, thoughtfully adjusting her pedagogy, communication style, and curriculum to meet their needs, and delights in building classroom communities of mutual respect, unending curiosity, and collective responsibility. Though she is an accomplished, highly effective educator, Isabelle epitomizes a growth mindset, actively seeking opportunities to improve her work and committing to generously offering kind, clear, and actionable feedback to colleagues. She also serves the wider Rowland Hall community in myriad ways: on committees, as a mentor, as an ombudsperson, and more. During this especially challenging and wild school year, her meaningful contributions and support have kept teammates and families afloat

Lower School: Abby Bacon, Spanish teacher

Abby Bacon, winner of the 2021 Sumner Family Faculty Award.

Since 2008, Abby Bacon has created a classroom environment of respect and positive rapport, where she keeps students motivated, excited, and engaged, and where they know their feedback and opinions are valued. In addition to teaching Spanish to several Lower School grade levels over the years, Abby has served as yearbook coordinator, co-chaired the Lower School Caring Committee, and acted as one of the fifth-grade advisors for the 2020–2021 school year. She’s also an incredible colleague and collaborator who shares her organization skills, energy, and magnetic personality in caring and dynamic ways, including partnering with colleagues as co-coordinator for the school’s Northwest Association of Independent Schools accreditation self-study and harnessing her passion for inclusivity as co-chair of the faculty and staff JEDI Committee for the past two years.

Middle School: Sarah Yoon, orchestra director

Sara Yoon, winner of the 2021 Sumner Family Faculty Award.

Sarah Yoon is a highly respected and beloved teacher within the Middle School community.  Full of energy and positivity, she sets the bar high for herself and her students, while also building trust in the classroom, on the basketball and volleyball courts, and on the stage. She has single-handedly built an award-winning orchestra program at Rowland Hall, where she regularly brings in guest performers and, this year, helped to organize a very successful and popular Zoom presentation for the eighth grade. She also goes above and beyond in supporting her students, whether that means visiting one of her advisee’s homes if they fall behind with their school work, cooking with students over Zoom, or cheering for student-athletes on the slopes or the sidelines.

Upper School: Doug Wortham, French teacher

Doug Wortham, winner of the 2021 Sumner Family Faculty Award.

Doug Wortham epitomizes what is best about Rowland Hall teachers: a tireless dedication to coaching students to actively engage with their learning and to grow beyond what they thought possible. He has taught all levels of Upper School French, guiding students to mastery and fluency with high standards, hard work, and relationships built on trust and encouragement. Even more than 40 years into his Rowland Hall adventure, Doug possesses a work ethic and nonstop energy that are truly impressive. When the pandemic hit and scrambled teachers’ plans, he continued to learn and adapt, engaging in new ways. In addition to his educator role, Doug is a coach and mentor to colleagues, serving as a sounding board and a wise, impartial mentor, and he is held in the highest esteem by the entire community.

People

Valedictorian Zach Benton speaks at Rowland Hall's 2021 senior graduation.

At this year's fifth-, eighth-, and twelfth-grade graduation ceremonies, student speakers shared funny, reflective, and inspiring stories.

Seniors Maddy Frech and Zach Benton (pictured above), as well as Senior Celebration speaker Chiara Kim, expressed their gratitude for the positive ways the Rowland Hall community shaped their lives. Eighth graders Tessa Bartlett, Jojo Park, and Ainsley Moore reflected on the importance of friendship through their middle-school years, and several fifth-grade students thanked their teachers, family, and friends for creating a supportive and engaging learning environment in the Lower School—especially during a pandemic.

We have posted their speeches here for you to enjoy.

Student Voices

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Though the pandemic affected their plans for events, summer internships, study abroad opportunities, and athletic competitions, these students still found ways to learn, to connect, and to share joy.

The class of 2021 is a diverse and talented group of young adults. During their time at Rowland Hall, they have grown academically and personally by embracing challenges, pursuing their passions, and committing to productive, responsible, and thoughtful lives. They’ve also shown impressive resilience, particularly during their junior and senior years, which were greatly altered by COVID-19. Though the pandemic affected their plans for events, summer internships, study abroad opportunities, and athletic competitions, these students still found ways to learn, to connect, and to share joy.

Members of this class took opportunities to expand their learning. They explored careers through internships—both in person and virtually—at organizations like Better Days 2020, McNeill Von Maack, the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, the University of Utah, and Utah Spine Medicine. They attended programs at The School of the New York Times and the National Security Agency, studied abroad in England and Ireland, and immersed themselves in languages and cultures in China and the Dominican Republic. They expanded their studies at the college level, enrolling in courses like numbers theory, 1700s American civilization, and introduction to architecture, and they partnered with Rowland Hall teachers to craft independent study courses when COVID-19 canceled classes. The class of 2021 also includes several students recognized for their academic prowess. The group boasts several top-tier debaters, including six individual state champions, three national qualifiers, two Academic All-Americans, and the captains who led the team to its first overall 3A State title in school history. Multiple young women in this class received Aspirations in Computing awards from the National Center for Women & Information Technology. Another took home first prize in the Federal Bar Association’s 2020 civics essay contest.

This class has no shortage of artists bringing beauty to the world.

This class has no shortage of artists bringing beauty to the world. Its musicians include a winner of the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music, a principal violinist for the Utah All-State Orchestra and the Utah Youth Orchestra, and a pianist who earned several superior rankings from the National Federation of Music Clubs. One actor is a member of University of Utah Youth Theatre’s Conservatory, and one dancer attends Ballet West Academy. A promising writer honed her skills at a Brown University creative nonfiction writing program, while others wrote editorials on topics like homelessness reform, the importance of grieving lives lost to coronavirus, and the number of women in leadership, all of which were published in The Salt Lake Tribune.

Winged Lion seniors led our athletics program to top-five finishes in the Deseret News’ 2A All-Sports Awards each year of their Upper School careers. They captured 28 Region and nine State titles as teams, and four individual Region and State championships. Five seniors were named All-State, with one awarded 3A Swimmer of the Year; four earned All-Region honors; and one was selected to play in a postseason All-Star game. Fifteen Academic All-State and 25 Academic All-Region honorees led their teams to top-three GPA rankings among 2A schools over the past four years. All three seniors in Rowmark Ski Academy finished this season with career-best performances, including 10 Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) top-20 and two FIS top-10 finishes. In addition to school sports, this group pursued diverse athletics interests: they participated in rowing, figure skating, and club soccer. One is a national-championship-winning equestrian. Two are ski mountaineers, one of whom competed with the US National Team at the World Championships and Youth Olympic Games, and another who is a member of the Canadian National Ski Mountaineering Team.

This class has left their mark on Rowland Hall: they founded clubs like Mental Health Educators, created safe spaces for peers including the LatinX affinity group and the Queer-Straight Alliance, and helped drive necessary conversations via the student Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee.

This class has left their mark on Rowland Hall: they founded clubs like Mental Health Educators, created safe spaces for peers including the LatinX affinity group and the Queer-Straight Alliance, and helped drive necessary conversations via the student Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee. They’ve devoted countless hours to the larger community, supporting causes like Black Lives Matter and March for Our Lives, and volunteering for organizations including Circles Salt Lake, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Mission Math, the National Charity League, People's Health Clinic, Salt Lake Peer Court, the Sunnyvale Community Center, YouthCity Government, and YWCA Utah.

Many students held down jobs while in school, working as servers, referees, lifeguards, swim instructors, and babysitters; a couple entrepreneurs even started their own companies. And while balancing school, service, and work, these students spent time on passion projects, whether that meant joining the American Regions Mathematics League, examining area histories and geology with the National Outdoor Leadership School, earning a private pilot's license, or giving a TED Talk on microplastics for TEDxParkCity.

The future is bright for the 65 seniors in this graduating class. Our graduates earned admission to 131 different colleges and universities, and 74% of them received at least one merit scholarship to attend college. A few have chosen to take a gap year to work or pursue personal interests. Whatever their next steps, we know these experiences will serve as stepping stones on their journeys to living lives of purpose and impact.

Congratulations to the class of 2021. You have achieved many great things, and we are eager to watch you continue to change the world for the better.

Students