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News for the Week of February 7, 2016...

Dear Middle School Families,

As we enter into the second half of the school year, there is much to look forward to beginning even next week. While our Upper School enjoys an Interim Week filled with Global Trips and specialty classes created and offered by Upper School faculty, Middle School students have the opportunity for a week of Life Skills, Character Education, and a celebration of World Language and Culture Week prepared by Parker faculty, staff, and outside facilitators. Building off of our field trip to the Museum of Tolerance and our Holocaust speaker Mr. Howard and Ms. Ong-Dean will lead eighth grade students through a study that examines the roots of violence and genocide. Mr. Glover and Mr. Walcott will lead students through an exercise that challenges them to reconsider their initial perceptions and reactions to a variety of situations. Finally, our eighth graders will engage in a self-defense class offered by Ka’imi Kuoha, a 6th degree black belt in the martial art of Chinese Kara-ho Kempo Karate.

Our sixth and seventh graders will explore the World Language and Culture Week Theme of Water through a guest speaker, a study of Aquifers led by Mr. Guess, and an examination of Parker’s Water Usage and Environmental Impact led by our Director of Risk and Asset Management, Mike Cain. Volunteers from our parent community will introduce students to languages and cultures that we do not currently teach through our Foreign Language Department. Offerings for the week will also include character education workshops held by Dr. Besinger and myself.

Keeping with our Global Education theme, Discovery Week is just over two months away. Students and faculty continue to prepare for our trips to Peru, Costa Rica, China, St. Malo, and New York

 


 




Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle.”

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

  • 2/8-2/12: Life Skills & Language and Culture Week
  • 2/12: Middle School Olympics
  • 2/15-2/19: Mid-Winter Break
  • 2/24: Grandparents and Special Friends Day
  • 2/27-28: San Diego County History Day Competition

8th Grade Yearbook Ads: Deadline Approaching…

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to honor your eighth grader’s accomplishments with a personalized ad to be featured in this year’s yearbook. Each ad costs fifty dollars and is one quarter of a page, which includes one picture and a short, personalized message addressed to your child (no more than 70 words).

Reserving an ad in the yearbook is completely optional. If you would like to participate, please follow this link: Link to Jostens Ad Service

The deadline for purchasing your ad is February 16, 2016. Please contact Michelle Evenson should you have any questions (mevenson@francisparker.org).

8th Grade Yearbook Baby Photos Needed...

Please send a digital image in .JPG format 300 dpi and no larger than 8 (H) x 11(W) to our yearbook teacher Michelle Evenson mevenson@francisparker.org as soon as possible but no later than February 26.

World Language and Culture Week, February 8-12…

Aqua, Agua, Shui, Eau...Go with the Flow. The increased scarcity of water has made one of our planet’s natural resources a commodity in today’s world.  During World Language and Culture Week, students will explore the importance of water to all living things, and reflect upon conservation efforts.

Some items to note:

  • On Monday students should wear blue for water. As always, please observe modesty and good taste on days when Pakerwear is not required.
  • On Tuesday our Foreign Language Department will host an International Bake Sale
  • Wednesday is International Hat/ Headcover Day. No baseball caps please.
  • Friday is our annual Middle School Olympics Day

Rose Gallery…

We have a new exhibit up this week in the gallery.  The show encompasses two painters and one sculptor from the Julian art scene.  Read more detailed info about the show on our blog.

The display will be up until mid-March, with a reception on Thursday March 3 from 5-7PM.

Discovery Week Movie Series…

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

We are constantly looking for ways to prepare our students for the upcoming Discovery Week experience. Currently we have two Global Awareness Days, two meetings with parents and students, and we work with students during advisory leading up to the trips. Students participate in a self-defense class in February, and discuss cultural responsiveness during life skills classes.

This year, we are adding a movie series to encourage students to think about life in the country they will be traveling to, and about global awareness in general. The movies will be every Friday beginning February 26, ending on Friday March 25. They are completely optional, and students from any trip are encouraged to attend any movie they want, they are not constrained to the movie about their country of travel. Families are welcome as well. We have attempted to find movies that are appropriate for eighth grade students, but not all of the movies are rated, so parents may want to examine the synopsis online. Common Sense Media is a great site for reviewing all media.

The movies will begin at 3:15 each Friday, and depending on the run time, end at approximately 5:30.

Movie Line Up:

Date

Country

Title/Rating

IMDB Description

2/26

Costa Rica


A Small Section of the World

NR

A Small Section of the World is an inspirational story about a group of women from a remote farming region of Costa Rica whose ideas sparked a revolution in the coffee growing world.

3/4

China


Shower

PG-13

Shenzhen businessman, Da Ming, goes home to Beijing when he thinks his father has died. Da is caught between worlds: the decaying district of his childhood and the booming south. When Da realizes his father's health is failing and the district is slated for razing, he must take stock of family and future.

3/11

France


Les Choristes

PG-13

The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music.

3/18

Peru


Postales

NR


"Postales" (Postcards) is a multicultural story of innocence and understanding despite the barriers of language, poverty, cultural confusion and a rapidly globalizing world.

3/25

USA, New York


West Side Story

Unrated

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. (Hmmm, sound familiar?)

If you have any questions about the series, please contact Christi Cole at ccole@francisparker.org

LAX is coming…

Hailed as the fastest sport on two feet, Lacrosse is coming to Middle School Boys and Girls in 7th and 8th grades. If your child is interested in joining a club Lacrosse team please contact the coaches as follows: For the girls program: Coach Allen may be reached via email to: aallen@francisparker.org. For the boys program: Coach Kidd may be reached via email to mkidd@francisparker.org.


Grandparents and Special Friends Day...

Middle School and Upper School Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
7:15 am - 11:30 am (Upper School)
7:15 am - 12:30 pm (Middle School)
Grandparents and Special Friends must rsvp to: Amanda Kalal at akalal@francisparker.org

Summer 2016 Family Adventure...

Bicycle Adventures (Seattle, WA) and the 2016 Parker Summer Program to offer “Mountains to Sea” Family Bike Trip!

An early heads-up:  With support from Parker Upper School faculty members Victoria Helms and Ari Gass, Parker’s 2016 Summer Program is excited to offer a 4-day family bike trip, August 1-4, 2016.  All trip logistics and arrangements will be made by one of the pre-eminent bicycle tour groups on the West Coast, Bicycle Adventures, based in Seattle.

While more details will follow in the months ahead, this family bike trip (open exclusively to Parker families) kicks off in Seattle (Day #1), heads along the John Wayne Trail to Lake Keechulus (Day #2), proceeds through a two mile tunnel, explores Rattlesnake Lake (no rattlesnakes permitted!) and ends at Snoqualmie Falls (Day #3), and finishes up with a ride along Seattle’s waterways into Seattle’s downtown, one of the true bike-friendly cities in America (Day #4).

The trip is intended for rising 8th-12th grade Parker students and their families.  Non-Parker siblings 12 and older are welcome to join the fun.  We would need a total of 8 total riders to make the trip a go.

Trip to include:  Bicycles, lodging, all meals (except one dinner), experienced guide support, and shuttle to and from the Seattle airport upon arrival and departure.  Round trip air flights will be arranged through the Summer Program office or families may make their own flight plans.

Please contact Ms. Helms, Mr. Gass or Tim Katzman in the Summer Program office (858.569.7900, Ext. 4236) for more details.  You can also contact Jessica Lah with Bicycle Adventures in Seattle at Jessica.lah@bicyleadventures.com with any questions.


Posted by dlang in 02. February on Friday February 5 at 03:58PM
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News for the Week of January 31, 2016...

Dear Middle School Families,

The month of February is celebrated across the United States as African American History Month. Founded by Carter G. Woodson in 1915 as a week long celebration, the celebration was extended to a month in 1976. Acknowledged as the founding intellectual for the study of African American life and history, Woodson was born on December 19, 1875 in Buckingham County, Virginia. Self-educated through his late teens, Woodson went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Literature, a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago, and a Doctoral Degree in History from Harvard. He later joined the faculty of Howard University and eventually served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Should you wish to know more about African American History Month or Carter Woodson, Daryl Michael Scott, Professor of History at Howard University offers this essay: find it here

This week Parker will mark the beginning of African American History Month on the Linda Vista campus with a 6-12 grade assembly featuring the Core Ensemble’s production Of Ebony Embers - Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance. For more information about the program, please visit the Core Ensemble web site at: http://www.coreensemble.com/

Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle.”

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

  • 2/2: Mid Trimester Reports go home through advisory
  • 2/3: MS Admissions Visitor Day
  • 2/3: Lancer Orchestra Concert
  • 2/4: MS Spelling Bee Finals
  • 2/5: 7th and 8th Grade Semi-Formal Dance: Winter Masquerade
  • 2/6: Science Olympiad Competition for Division B (grades 6-9) @ Carlsbad High School
  • 2/8-2/12: Life Skills & Language and Culture Week
  • 2/12: Middle School Olympics
  • 2/15-2/19: Mid-Winter Break
  • 2/24: Grandparents and Special Friends Day
  • 2/27-28: San Diego County History Day Competition


World Language and Culture Week...

As our Foreign Language Colleagues finalize their planning for World Language and Culture Week, they would appreciate the opportunity to borrow a croquet set should your family have one. We need four sets. If you can help, please email Mrs. Giek at ggiek@francisparker.org

7th/ 8th Grade Semi-Formal…

On Feb 5 from 6:30-8:30 in the Upper School Commons our 7th and 8th Grade will hold their annual semi-formal dance: Winter Masquerade. Please complete the permission slip: find it here.

Lancer Orchestra Concert This Week...

This Wednesday, February 3, The Lancer Orchestra will be giving a concert in Crivello Hall at 6:00 p..m. Reception will follow.

LAX is coming…

Hailed as the fastest sport on two feet, Lacrosse is coming to Middle School Boys and Girls in 7th and 8th grades. If your child is interested in joining a club Lacrosse team please contact the coaches as follows: For the girls program: Coach Allen may be reached via email to: aallen@francisparker.org. For the boys program: Coach Kidd may be reached via email to mkidd@francisparker.org.
















NetClassroom Grades turned off...

Teachers are updating gradebooks and arts instructors are crafting comments to be included in the Midtrimester Report. During this time, access to NetClassroom is turned off.

Physical copies of the Midtrimester report will be sent home with students on February 2 through the advisory teacher.

Should you have trouble accessing NetClassroom or Haiku after February 2, or need to recover your username and password, please email support@francisparker.org with the name of student and grade. Our Tech Team will then assist you.

8th Grade Yearbook Baby Photos Needed...

Please send a digital image in .JPG format 300 dpi and no larger than 8 (H) x 11(W) to our yearbook teacher Michelle Evenson mevenson@francisparker.org as soon as possible but no later than February 26.

8th Grade Yearbook Ads: Deadline Approaching…

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to honor your eighth grader’s accomplishments with a personalized ad to be featured in this year’s yearbook. Each ad costs fifty dollars and is one quarter of a page, which includes one picture and a short, personalized message addressed to your child (no more than 70 words).

Reserving an ad in the yearbook is completely optional. If you would like to participate, please follow this link: Link to Jostens Ad Service

The deadline for purchasing your ad is February 16, 2016. Please contact Michelle Evenson should you have any questions (mevenson@francisparker.org).

Grandparents and Special Friends Day...

Middle School and Upper School Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

7:15 am - 11:30 am (Upper School)

7:15 am - 12:30 pm (Middle School)

Grandparents and Special Friends must rsvp to: Amanda Kalal at akalal@francisparker.org

Summer 2016 Family Adventure...

Bicycle Adventures (Seattle, WA) and the 2016 Parker Summer Program to offer “Mountains to Sea” Family Bike Trip!

An early heads-up:  With support from Parker Upper School faculty members Victoria Helms and Ari Gass, Parker’s 2016 Summer Program is excited to offer a 4-day family bike trip, August 1-4, 2016.  All trip logistics and arrangements will be made by one of the pre-eminent bicycle tour groups on the West Coast, Bicycle Adventures, based in Seattle.

While more details will follow in the months ahead, this family bike trip (open exclusively to Parker families) kicks off in Seattle (Day #1), heads along the John Wayne Trail to Lake Keechulus (Day #2), proceeds through a two mile tunnel, explores Rattlesnake Lake (no rattlesnakes permitted!) and ends at Snoqualmie Falls (Day #3), and finishes up with a ride along Seattle’s waterways into Seattle’s downtown, one of the true bike-friendly cities in America (Day #4).

The trip is intended for rising 8th-12th grade Parker students and their families.  Non-Parker siblings 12 and older are welcome to join the fun.  We would need a total of 8 total riders to make the trip a go.

Trip to include:  Bicycles, lodging, all meals (except one dinner), experienced guide support, and shuttle to and from the Seattle airport upon arrival and departure.  Round trip air flights will be arranged through the Summer Program office or families may make their own flight plans.

Please contact Ms. Helms, Mr. Gass or Tim Katzman in the Summer Program office (858.569.7900, Ext. 4236) for more details.  You can also contact Jessica Lah with Bicycle Adventures in Seattle at Jessica.lah@bicyleadventures.com with any questions.


Posted by dlang in 01. January on Saturday January 30 at 11:03PM
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News for the Week of January 24, 2016...

Dear Middle School Families,

This past Wednesday the Middle School hosted a second group of students and their parents who are considering Parker as their next educational home. While I take great pride in our work here at Parker and share that the Middle School certainly sits at the end of the rainbow, I was encouraged by the number of families I spoke with who began their comments, “We are friends with…” and then continued to relate their connection to one of our current Parker families. Thank you so much for your good words on behalf of the work we do here at Parker. Certainly visiting the campus, meeting faculty, staff, administrators and current students are all key experiences for any family as as they select an educational home for their children, but your good words and encouragement are something unique that provide our prospective families with first hand reflections on the Parker Family. Thank you.

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Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle” as we walk the Parker path with our students.

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates...

  • 1/26: 5th Grade Sneak Peek
  • 1/26: Lancer Orchestra Concert - Postponed
  • 1/27: 6th Grade Field Trip to the Playwrights Project
  • 1/29: 8th Grade Monologues - during classtime
  • 1/29: 7th Grade Monologues - during classtime
  • 1/29: 6th grade Dance

February 2016:

  • 2/2: Mid Trimester Reports go home through advisory
  • 2/3: MS Admissions Visitor Day
  • 2/4: MS Spelling Bee Finals
  • 2/5: 7th and 8th Grade Dance
  • 2/6: Science Olympiad Competition for Division B (grades 6-9) @ Carlsbad High School
  • 2/8-2/12: Life Skills & Language and Culture Week
  • 2/12: Middle School Olympics
  • 2/15-2/19: Mid-Winter Break
  • 2/24: Grandparents and Special Friends Day
  • 2/27-28: San Diego County History Day Competition

NetClassroom Grades turned off this week...

Teachers are updating gradebooks and arts instructors are crafting comments to be included in the Midtrimester Report. During this time, access to NetClassroom is turned off.

Physical copies of the Midtrimester report will be sent home with students on February 2 through the advisory teacher.

Should you have trouble accessing NetClassroom or Haiku after February 2, or need to recover your username and password, please email support@francisparker.org with the name of student and grade. Our Tech Team will then assist you.

6th Grade Dance...

This Friday, January 29 from 6:30-8:30 in the Middle School Commons our 6th Grade will have a dance. The theme is "Dancing in the Rain." Please complete the permission slip: find it here

7th/ 8th Grade Semi-Formal…

On Feb 5 from 6:30-8:30 in the Upper School Commons our 7th and 8th Grade will hold their annual semi-formal dance. Permission slips will be coming soon!

Pickup Reminder…

Parents please help us speed up afternoon pick up by using the vehicle placard provided at the start of the school year.  This tool helps differentiate US and MS parents and decreases wait times for MS parents especially.  

To be a good neighbor, we would like to avoid cars backing up on Linda Vista Road.

6th Grade Field Trip, January 27...

Thank you so much to all who volunteered to chaperone the sixth grade field trip on Wednesday, January 27th. A member of the sixth grade team will reach out to you directly to make the rest of the arrangements for the Young Playwrights Project at the Old Globe Theater

World Culture Week Volunteer Opportunity…

In February, the week before mid-winter break, the Middle School celebrates World Culture Week. The purpose of the week is to build cultural knowledge of the world and to celebrate our own community's diversity.

We would love for our parent body to share any cultural experience they have with our students. It may be a language (other than Spanish, French or Mandarin), a skill, a dance, a story, a recipe or a tradition that you have. Your expertise will certainly enrich our students' experience! If you are interested, please fill out the questionnaire below to indicate what you would be willing to teach and when you are available.

World Culture Week Volunteer Sign Up Form

8th Grade Yearbook Baby Photos Needed...

Please send a digital image in .JPG format 300 dpi and no larger than 8 (H) x 11(W) to our yearbook teacher Michelle Evenson mevenson@francisparker.org as soon as possible but no later than February 26.

8th Grade Yearbook Ads: Deadline Approaching…

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to honor your eighth grader’s accomplishments with a personalized ad to be featured in this year’s yearbook. Each ad costs fifty dollars and is one quarter of a page, which includes one picture and a short, personalized message addressed to your child (no more than 70 words).

Reserving an ad in the yearbook is completely optional. If you would like to participate, please follow this link: Link to Jostens Ad Service

The deadline for purchasing your ad is February 16, 2016. Please contact Michelle Evenson should you have any questions (mevenson@francisparker.org).

Grandparents and Special Friends Day...

Middle School and Upper School Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
7:15 am - 11:30 am (Upper School)
7:15 am - 12:30 pm (Middle School)
Grandparents and Special Friends must rsvp to: Amanda Kalal at akalal@francisparker.org

Summer 2016 Family Adventure...

Bicycle Adventures (Seattle, WA) and the 2016 Parker Summer Program to offer “Mountains to Sea” Family Bike Trip!

An early heads-up:  With support from Parker Upper School faculty members Victoria Helms and Ari Gass, Parker’s 2016 Summer Program is excited to offer a 4-day family bike trip, August 1-4, 2016.  All trip logistics and arrangements will be made by one of the pre-eminent bicycle tour groups on the West Coast, Bicycle Adventures, based in Seattle.

While more details will follow in the months ahead, this family bike trip (open exclusively to Parker families) kicks off in Seattle (Day #1), heads along the John Wayne Trail to Lake Keechulus (Day #2), proceeds through a two mile tunnel, explores Rattlesnake Lake (no rattlesnakes permitted!) and ends at Snoqualmie Falls (Day #3), and finishes up with a ride along Seattle’s waterways into Seattle’s downtown, one of the true bike-friendly cities in America (Day #4).

The trip is intended for rising 8th-12th grade Parker students and their families.  Non-Parker siblings 12 and older are welcome to join the fun.  We would need a total of 8 total riders to make the trip a go.

Trip to include:  Bicycles, lodging, all meals (except one dinner), experienced guide support, and shuttle to and from the Seattle airport upon arrival and departure.  Round trip air flights will be arranged through the Summer Program office or families may make their own flight plans.

Please contact Ms. Helms, Mr. Gass or Tim Katzman in the Summer Program office (858.569.7900, Ext. 4236) for more details.  You can also contact Jessica Lah with Bicycle Adventures in Seattle at Jessica.lah@bicyleadventures.com with any questions.


Posted by dlang in 01. January on Saturday January 23 at 01:34PM
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Dan Lang was appointed Head of Middle School on July 1, 2012. Prior to this appointment, Dan served as Middle School Dean of students. Dan joined the Francis Parker Middle School in 2006 as a 7th and 8th grade English teacher. Read more...


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