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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.
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The Salt Lake Rotary Club Tuesday, May 9, awarded Rowland Hall senior Elizabeth Izampuye with a Service Above Self award and a $2,000 college scholarship for her hundreds of volunteer hours with the Salt Lake City Red Cross, the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, and more. Seniors Alicia Lu and Kate Button were award finalists and received $1,000 each.
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A little winter weather wouldn't deter Rowland Hall's Lower School students from having their voices heard. They buttoned up their coats and gathered in the lobby of the McCarthey Campus. Led by Lower School Principal Jij de Jesus, they marched out into the falling snow, holding colorful posters high and calling for change.
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The American Lung Association ranks the Salt Lake area the sixth-worst city in the country for short-term particle pollution. But at the third annual Utah Students for Clean Air Rally, students from Rowland Hall and other schools expressed optimism that individuals can make a positive difference in Utah's air quality.
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For the past 13 years in mid-October, the Upper School student body has set aside its regular afternoon schedule for students, faculty and parent volunteers to scatter across the city cumulatively performing hundreds of hours of community service. But this year Rowland Hall's annual community engagement project, Half Day/Whole Heart, will focus on four or five key partnerships that Rowland Hall has cultivated over the last decade.
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Beginning School students decorated personalized cards for Meals On Wheels volunteers to deliver to homebound senior citizens throughout the Valley. The Beginning School has two community-building goals for its classrooms: "I belong to a community," and "I contribute to a community." Through the Meals on Wheels project, students begin to identify the diverse communities to which they belong and to practice being a responsible, contributing community member.
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Middle School students in early May explored the food, dance, art, rhythms, and peoples of various international cultures. International Night, an annual event when students invite refugee families from the Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center to dinner at the school, was the height of the cultural experience.
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Come June—despite the siren song of a mid-summer vacation—an entourage of dedicated staff inevitably returns to SummerWorks, Rowland Hall's summer day camp. Camp is simply too much fun to miss, even for the adults, and the resulting friendships, too deep. "We love camp and we return, summer after summer," said Beth Ott, Rowland Hall director of SummerWorks and all Auxiliary Programs. "We've built a tradition amongst our 'staff-family' rooted in relationship-building, communication, and support." Registration for the best summer ever is now open!
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The Dec 23 Holiday Food Giveaway was the capstone of Rowland Hall's comprehensive season of service, Director of Ethical Education Ryan Hoglund said. The season started with October's Crossroads Canned Food Drive, which raised 4 tons of canned goods and over $2,200. The next month, 30 Spanish-speaking Rowland Hall community members volunteered at the Crossroads Thanksgiving Giveaway, which garnered 3,900 turkeys.
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Rain poured from the sky above the Lincoln Street Campus on September 16, 2015, the day Rowland Hall students heard that Mr. Hayes had died of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, the disease that ended his teaching career in February 2013. Having gotten the news from Emotional Support Counselor Diane Guido, friends in the halls, or the flood of Facebook messages on Peter Hayes's wall, our seniors expressed silent mourning in his memory. From biology teacher to renowned Rowland Hall figure, Peter Hayes left a legacy in our community and among his students dispersed throughout the world.
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ince 1998, Rowland Hall first graders have been saving the rainforest, one tree at a time. Each year the young students study trees in science and adopt trees on our McCarthey campus before they expand their study to include rainforests around the world. Students become so passionate about this vital habitat and its animals that each year they eagerly continue the Rowland Hall first grade tradition of collecting pennies for the rainforests.
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Our students are well-versed in the importance and the virtues of inclusiveness. As part of our character education program, "Steps to Respect," Chuck White, emotional support counselor on the McCarthy Campus, has had many inspiring conversations on the topic of how to build and nurture a community with beginning and lower school students. These conversations resonated loudly as the fourth graders read and discussed When the Circus Came to Town, in which a small fictional town is turned upside down by the arrival of new neighbors. Some of the townsfolk are welcoming to the circus people, but others are . . . well, in the words of one of the characters, are "perfectly stinking."
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Last summer, seven of our rising seniors participated in career internships at various locations in Salt Lake City. These students devoted themselves to tasks ranging from splicing DNA to writing op-eds about clean energy, working with contacts in the University of Utah Gastroenterology Division, TWIG Media Lab, Alliance for a Better Utah, Cytozyme Laboratories, the Utah Animal Care Center, and the University of Utah anthropology department. Sponsors at these organizations graciously mentored our students and fostered their responsibility, initiative, curiosity, and career skills.
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The Diversity and Inclusion Committee's Fall Dinner and Dialogue, "What Now? Talking about Gender and Families in Schools after Same-Sex Marriage," occurred on Tuesday, November 11th from 6:30-8:30pm in the McCarthey Dining Hall. About 70 students, parents, faculty and staff came together with guests to break bread together over dinner and dialogue from various perspectives about this historic moment and what it means for families, our school, and wider community.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014, will mark the 20th chilly winter's day that Crossroads Urban Center's Christmas Dinner Giveaway has been held at our Lincoln Street Campus. Crossroads and hundreds of Rowland Hall volunteers – students, faculty and staff, families, and alumni – have come together every December since 1995. Rowland Hall became the home of the Giveaway when Crossroads needed a replacement location for this important event that provides holiday dinners for over 1,200 families in need each year. Over half of the people served through the Christmas Giveaway are children.
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