Over the past week, Rowland Hall celebrated twelfth-, eighth-, and fifth-grade graduations. At each ceremony, students spoke to their classmates, families, and friends about their experiences at Rowland Hall, and shared advice for the future.
At Rowland Hall, students who attend for 12 or more years are referred to as lifers. The class of 2017 has 30 of these students, and we asked them to share special school memories and reflect on how Rowland Hall has shaped each of them. Favorite memories of our graduating lifers include: tea time with Carol Blackwell; the Interim trip to Navajo Nation; hours spent in the dance studio collaborating with peers and Dance Teacher Sofia Gorder; and receiving a standing ovation at morning meeting after playing "Take on Me" with fellow Jazz Band members in their class.
Meet the Borgenichts, one of Rowland Hall's celebrated four-generation families, proudly representing our legacy of academic and personal excellence in Utah. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Rowland Hall will honor its 150th anniversary with a year-long celebration. Leading the charge is Sesquicentennial Committee Chair Nancy Borgenicht '60. Serving as co-chairs are Nancy's son Joe and his wife, Melanie, whose sons Eli (seventh grade) and Jonah (a junior) proudly represent the fourth generation Borgenichts. They invite you to connect, reflect, and kick up your heels with fellow Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School alumni.
Environmental science and ornithology upper schoolers on an early April weekend drove south to frigid, beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park to study sage-grouse—an indigenous bird species.
Ben Smith '89, Pioneer of Computer Science Education at Rowland Hall, Wins Statewide Technology Teacher of the Year Award
After several years of developing and championing computer science (CS) curriculum at Rowland Hall and serving as a regional leader in CS education, alumnus, faculty member, and self-proclaimed lifelong learner Ben Smith '89 in March won the Utah Coalition for Education Technology's (UCET) Outstanding Teacher of the Year award.
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.
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.
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.
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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.