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Posted Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 11:00:00 PM
As Rowland Hall prepares to commemorate its 150th anniversary, we honor our longest-serving teacher, French Teacher and Department Chair, Doug Wortham. We celebrate his 40 years of service at the Upper School and the legendary contributions he has made to our school, students, and community.
Posted Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 12:40:00 PM
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.
Posted Friday, Jun 9, 2017 11:16:53 AM
"Define what you want, and then ask for what you want. If you don't find it where you are, create it." This advice was at the heart of Rowland Hall alumnus Dave Stockham's speech at the breakfast welcoming the class of 2017 into the Alumni Association. A member of the class of 1991, Mr. Stockham is currently the vice president of sales at Cotopaxi, an outdoor retail company focused on creating sustainable products while helping to alleviate poverty worldwide.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 11:37:00 PM
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.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 11:26:00 PM
The Varsity Baseball team turned more double plays this spring than they have in the previous five seasons combined. "That was huge," new Head Coach Mac Estrada said. "To see the progression of kids actually knowing what to do in certain situations, and having the quickness to be able to do it." And that's just one statistic that shows the team's momentum.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 11:24:00 PM
Another successful season of Winged Lion spring sports is in the books. A big thank you and congratulations to our teams and coaches, including Martin Ellis and Ryan Holt, Girls' Golf; McKenon Estrada, Zach Paige, Tyler Curtis, and Peter Shipman, Baseball; Kathy Howa, Kendra Tomsic, and Leslie Varoz, Softball; Mark Oftedal, Roland Tolbert, Rodney Kopish, Ashley Hagensick, and John Bercaw, Track and Field; Scott Langone and Bobby Kennedy, Boys' Soccer; and Tim Sleeper and Susan Daynes, Boys' Tennis on representing the green and white with class, heart, and much Winged Lion pride...well done!
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 10:39:00 PM
Caroline Gleich '03 is a queen of the majestic playground that is the Wasatch Range. She runs it, climbs it, bikes it, skis it—and fights to preserve it. She recently received accolades for being the first woman and fourth person to ski all 90 lines listed in The Chuting Gallery, a backcountry-skiing guide to the Wasatch.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 10:31:00 PM
Rowland Hall grads and brothers Ethan Fedor '13 and Chris Fedor '15 were back in Salt Lake recently, but not for a vacation. The two California Polytechnic State University engineering students attended the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), an annual gathering of bicycle-frame builders.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 10:26:28 PM
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.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 10:09:00 PM
As an eighth grader back in 1985, Tyler Fonarow calculated his way to second place in his California home county's Mathcounts Competition Series. Now, Middle School Principal Fonarow is ushering in the new era of the mathlete here at Rowland Hall.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 5:15:00 PM
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.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 5:14:34 PM
If you've been a second grader at Rowland Hall, or had a child or grandchild in second grade at Rowland Hall, chances are you remember the ancestor dolls project. It's been a staple of the springtime curriculum for at least 15 years, and while the core aspects of the project remain the same, the ancestor stories reflect historical changes and evolving global patterns.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 5:07:00 PM
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.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 4:54:00 PM
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.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 4:44:00 PM
Congratulations to the following teachers who received awards this June for outstanding service to their profession and to the school.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 2:52:18 PM
After 34 years of service to Rowland Hall in capacities ranging from second-grade teacher to technology innovator, Brent Larsen is retiring. But don't worry, the beloved teacher whom Head of School Alan Sparrow describes as "quiet, compassionate, and caring," isn't going away altogether. Mr. Larsen will continue to support students as a tutor in Rowland Hall's Middle School.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 2:26:00 PM
We bid fond farewells to faculty and staff who have inspired students and colleagues alike. We wish them to best of luck in their future endeavors. They will be missed!
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 2:22:15 PM
On Friday, May 5, Lower School students quietly gathered on the quad, armed with sock puppets they had made, and waited to greet Mr. Sparrow. It was a role reversal—he loves to welcome young students with puppets every morning—but one that had been secretly planned for weeks. They waited for Mr. Sparrow to walk out the doors of the lobby, and then they burst into a chorus of "Happy Birthday."
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 2:10:00 PM
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 1:17:33 PM
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.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 1:05:00 PM
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.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 12:48:00 PM
Rowmark Ski Academy is thrilled to announce junior Katie Hensien joins two Rowmark alumnae on the 2017-2018 US Alpine Ski Team. Katie Hensien is the youngest member of the national team to reach the C Team level designation. Rowmark alumnae Breezy Johnson '13 and Alice McKennis '07 are on the A Team, the highest level of the national team.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 10:05:00 AM
Rowland Hall welcomes the incoming Home and School Association presidents for the 2017-2018 school year. Melanie Borgenicht will lead the Lincoln Street Campus Home and School Association, while Sarah Moles and Melissa Hardy will serve as co-presidents for the McCarthey Campus. Learn more about these leaders in a Q&A.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 9:54:00 AM
In mid-May, Lower School students convened in the McCarthey Campus Field House to engage in hands-on, creative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities with members of Rowland Hall's Technology Department and special guest educators from the Wonderment Bus, a repurposed school bus with maker equipment. Our lower, middle, and upper school students also displayed both high- and low-tech maker projects they worked on throughout the year.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 9:42:00 AM
As the 2016-2017 academic year wraps up, Rowland Hall's FINE PRINT magazine asked Ingrid Gustavson to reflect on her first year as Upper School principal. Her candor, ease, and excitement about the community she's been embraced by is as infectious as her enthusiasm for the future.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 9:10:00 AM
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.
Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 8:38:00 AM
Each June, we take the time to honor our students' achievements, especially of those who are graduating and heading off to college. We have much to be proud of again this year, ranging from outstanding performances by our Orchestra and Jazz Band to award-winning medical device innovation and app development by our students. In addition to celebrating our accomplishments, the onset of summer provides us the opportunity to look ahead and set goals for the coming year.
Posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:19:00 AM
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.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 7:17:00 PM
For the first time in its eight-year history, the University of Utah Center for Medical Innovation's Bench-to-Bedside (B2B) annual competition included one high school—Rowland Hall. The program has spawned over 150 new health-care technologies and is designed to introduce medical, engineering, and business students to the world of medical-device innovation. The opportunity for Rowland Hall students to participate in B2B arose when the center reached out to local high schools. Rowland Hall jumped at the chance—and jumped high enough to win the Best Young Entrepreneur Award worth $500 at B2B April 3, and one of three grand prizes worth $5,000 each at the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge (HSUEC) April 15.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 6:57:00 PM
Rowland Hall alumnus Chris Diehl '15 told us about his experience at McGill University in Montreal, why he's so happy to attend college internationally, and how his time at Rowland Hall is helping him succeed in his studies in the Great White North.
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