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SPRING 2017

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Meg Hoglund, a second-grade student at Rowland Hall, made her acting debut last month in Pioneer Theatre Company's production of "Fences," winner of a 1987 Pulitzer Prize and now a movie starring and directed by Denzel Washington. We spent some time with Meg and her mother, alumna Libby Mitchell '92, to find out more about our young thespian's experience.
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In the spring of 2014, Rowland Hall announced its ambitious, student-centered five-year Strategic Plan with three goals: (1) enhance the student learning experience; (2) provide the best math and science programs in the Intermountain West; and (3) develop the business and enrollment model for the future. Now, the school has reached the plan's halfway point and continues to share and assess its impact.
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"And your old granny can sit on a pin!" This unlikely line from "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs," a humorous retelling of the classic fable, spurred a treasured tradition shared by Rowland Hall Head of School Alan Sparrow, his late mother Rhoda Sparrow, the class of 2013, and most third, fourth, and fifth graders since 2003.
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In October, Director of Ethical Education Ryan Hoglund and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Wendell Thomas launched an educational feature titled Hearts and Minds to promote communication, community, learning, and healthy relationships and habits. Rowland Hall encourages parents and students to join educators in a conversation that explores ways to best support students and fulfill the school's mission. Parents, watch for continued Hearts and Minds features in upcoming Friday FACTS.
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Inspired by his West African soccer coach, eighth grader Patrick McNally and his French classmates held a crepe sale that garnered $1,000 to refurbish dozens of Rowland Hall's old, unused laptops and ship them to an underfunded school in Liberia.
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Now in the second year of Rowland Hall's five-year strategic plan, observable results abound in professional development, idea generation, growth mindset, and learning cultures. The 2014 strategic plan, "Our Extraordinary Future," set out the following three ambitious goals for teaching, learning, and funding to best serve Rowland Hall students: Goal 1: Enhance the student learning experience Goal 2: Provide the Intermountain West's most outstanding math and science program Goal 3: Develop the enrollment and business model for our future
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Rowland Hall fifth grader Arden Louchheim is wise beyond her years, and you'd never guess the humble pre-teen is ranked internationally in her sport. We sat down with Arden to talk about her last 15 months as the number one golfer in her age group in Utah. As we spoke, she was both energetic and poised; the exact combination needed for competing under pressure. She recounted her favorite moments in golf, her successes and challenges, and what golf has taught her.
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Rowland Hall freshmen Mishka and Kiyan Banuri and four other Utah youths were recognized as the youngest presenters at the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions this past summer. Their interfaith youth group, representing an array of faiths, performed an hour-long multimedia and dance project they'd been working on with SLAA dance teacher Karin Fenn.
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At the Utah Philanthropy Day celebration in November, Jennifer Price-Wallin was honored with a Heart and Hands Award, celebrating her significant volunteer and philanthropic contributions to Rowland Hall. For well over 10 years, Jennifer has selflessly dedicated countless hours to Rowland Hall. Her significant experience in both business and fundraising has been the perfect recipe for success.
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Sustainability is a part of our culture at Rowland Hall. The values it teaches our students generate a lifetime of responsible stewardship of our planet. Leading the charge of sustainability and already saving the school money through energy audits and adaptations is Jensen Morgan, a member of the operations team who is approaching sustainability as the point at which environment, justice, and economics meet. Jensen is currently looking for additional savings through a Blue Sky Grant that will supply more solar panels for the McCarthey Campus. He also works closely with the director of ethical education and with teachers as our point person for sustainability.
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At the Inclusion and Equity Committee Dinner on November 4, 2015, members of the Rowland Hall community, including several representatives of this year's senior class, discuss gender issues, including whether or not to change the color of the school's graduation gowns.
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Every January in the Upper School, we dedicate a chapel to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His legacy inspires us to enlarge our consciences, identify those people who are marginalized in our society, and act in order to create a more just and equitable society. This January, students came up with the idea and the content for a chapel that explored the issue of gender identity from this perspective, focusing on those people who identify as transgender.
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SummerWorks is an unplugged camp — no cell phones, electronics, television, or movies. Instead, Director Beth Ott and her experienced counselors emphasize slowing down, listening, reading, and learning to recognize and respond appropriately to social cues.
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Jeremy Innis, who joined Rowland Hall in 2013 to teach orchestra, vocal music, and music theory, was enlisted this year to help the school continue its tradition of holding chapel in the Middle School and Upper School. This was appreciated because the school's chaplaincy was vacated late in the 2013-2014 school year. Mr. Innis holds a Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance and composition from Lewis and Clark College. He developed a passion for religious studies after traveling to India, and completed a Master of Theological Studies at Harvard University, where he studied comparative religion and sang with the Harvard chapel choir.
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Last spring, 20,000 Wasatch Front employees were asked to complete a survey that measured organizational health and employee engagement. Rowland Hall's teachers and staff where among those who participated and when the survey results were tallied our school was named one of 50 top workplaces along the Wasatch Front. The complete list of Top Workplaces will be published in the Salt Lake Tribune on November 16.
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It isn't often that, in the waning days of a school year, a check arrives unsolicited for nearly $300,000. Last June, we experienced just such an occurrence as a result of a bequest by a former student from the 1940s. Elizabeth Wright Colton, who passed away in 2009, attended Rowland Hall for several years before graduating in 1944 from The Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and continuing her education at Dartmouth University. The photograph you see here was taken at the beginning of her junior year at Rowland Hall School for Girls.
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Ten years ago, Eleanor Wasson '26, reflected on her time at Rowland Hall. She was a fascinating, well educated woman. Ms. Wasson, her individuality, her passion, her depth, and commitment to helping her fellow human beings, we believe, live on and continue to represent the spirit of our school.
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