College Counseling Director Michelle Rasich has helped to fine-tune a new, effective format for recommendation letters. Now she's leading the charge to teach her peers about it, and it's gaining traction across the globe.
The Rowmarker and two-time Olympian on how Rowland Hall shaped her, and how she's turned a traumatizing and widely covered incident into a rallying cry for her community.
All six educators returned to Rowland Hall with renewed passion for their work, along with difficult questions regarding how to implement change. While there are plans to build and support affinity groups, and to increase the positive representation of people of color across our curriculum, there are significant roadblocks as well.

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Educational leaders have long been aware of the pressure students feel to achieve in high school, and in 2007, Stanford University held a gathering of experts to brainstorm ways to improve child and adolescent well-being. The result was Challenge Success, a program that partners with schools to encourage healthier behaviors and learning environments for students.
Over the past four years, Rowland Hall has been examining and refining the ways we teach science, largely in service of the Strategic Plan's second goal: provide the Intermountain West's most outstanding math and science program. While division-specific and developmentally appropriate, these curricular changes all have one thing in common: students are spending more time in class—and hopefully outside class too—engaging in the behaviors of science.
Our young writers who staffed the 2014-2015 edition of "Tesserae" literary magazine can say they've interviewed a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. On Monday, April 16, the Pulitzer board awarded Frank Bidart their poetry prize for "Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016." Mr. Bidart visited Rowland Hall in fall 2014, and students published their interview with the celebrated writer in "Tesserae" Volume 10.
Last December, after three years on the job, Connor was promoted to firefighter engineer: a specialist rank given to those who drive the fire trucks and oversee all the equipment on them. Station 117 is a Heavy Rescue station, so in addition to responding to fires, they answer specialized calls related to structural collapses, road rescues, or confined spaces. Along with the tactical skills he's gained, Connor believes the job has made him a better person. "I practice compassion every day," he said.
Twenty-one Colombian students visited the Middle School for a cultural exchange in January. Globally minded French and Spanish teacher Campbell Ainsworth—who's previously taught in Guatemala, Sri Lanka, South Korea, and Zambia—organized the program, the first of its kind in recent Middle School history.
Freshmen and sophomores contributed to the story of Rowland Hall's 150th anniversary in an especially personal way—by sharing their own 150-word origin stories, ranging from the literal to the metaphorical, the stirring to the stoic, and the lighthearted to the solemn.

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After switching majors from neuroscience to computer science, Jason turned a longtime hobby into a job and now works on the popular mobile game "Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes."
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