Dear Middle School Families,
During this time of year, we experience many of our beloved traditions. This past week it was our annual Renaissance Faire and the Parker Alumni gathering. As our seventh graders donned period constumes then stepped back in time to share Shakespearen raps, act out Don Quixote, learn about Renaissance weaponry, and enjoy a variety of other learning opportunities, many of our alumni stepped back in time and forward onto a completely remade campus. I had the opportunity to meet alumni from the 1980s, former faculty, and parents who not only remember how wonderful Parker was then, but are also amazed at how we have continued to pursue excellence. As our Head of School, Kevin Yaley, often reminds us, “there is no limit to better” and our alumni were a good mirror to reflect to us the progress we continue to make as a school, and the meaningful difference they are making built on a Parker foundation.
Along with traditions, during spring we continue to prepare for the next academic year. This past week our sixth grade team travelled to our Lower School to tour the Design Lab. Wow! We also prepared for the rising class of 2023 by meeting with the fifth grade teachers. We can not wait for this wonderful group of students to join us along with all of our new to Parker families as they continue their Parker journey.
This week course selection materials will be sent to your sixth and seventh grade child’s Parker email account. Please note that the Google Form can only be completed through your child’s Google Apps for Education credentials which they currently use for email, Google Docs, Slides, Sheet, and so on. We are excited to offer two new elective courses for 2016-2017, and I encourage you to review the course descriptions with your child: Think, Tinker, Make! and Technical Theater. All of our Music, Art, Innovation and Design course descriptions are available for review by grade level: find course selections for incoming seventh grade here; find eighth grade here
As the class of 2020 heads toward promotion, please be sure to submit the exact specifics of how you would like your 8th grade child’s name to appear on the promotion certificate and how it will be read at the ceremony. Please contact Mrs. Peterson if you still need to submit this information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, our sixth and seventh grade students will celebrate Day at the Bay on June 7. Please find information and a permission slip here: Day at the Bay Permission Slip
Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle.”
- 5/17: Spring Arts Night - Day 1 Tuesday - 6pm
- 5/18 - 5/21: Drama Club Performance
- 5/19: Middle School Talent Show (Advisory and G Block)
- 5/19: New Student Registration Informational Meeting
- 5/20: Dance Performance
- 5/23-5/27: Life Skills - New Dates
- 5/23: MS Chamber Orchestra Rehearsal
- 5/24: Arts Night - Day 2: 5pm
History Day Results: California State Competition 2016…
Parker History Day Coaches, Mary Ong-Dean, Cherie Redelings, and Rob Campbell, received news this past week from the California History Day coordinators that Parker has more students representing the state of California at Nationals this year than any other school. Congratulations to all of our competitiors! Here are details from the competition:
On May 5-7, thirty-nine Francis Parker students from the Middle and Upper School represented San Diego County at the National History Day in California competition. We are pleased to announce the team’s phenomenal success. In addition to other awards won this year, NHD-CA honored three Parker Seniors, Anoushka Bose, Adam Linssen, and Connor Smith, for advancing to the State competition for six or more years. Parker alumnus and former Longevity Award recipient Soren Hansen was a judge at the competition!
Many thanks to our faculty chaperones, Christi Cole, Kate Watson, and Jarrad Phillips, who attended the competition this weekend. Thanks also to parents and faculty who have supported the team this year.
JUNIOR DIVISION: Grades 6, 7, 8
Aadam Awad - The Arab Encounter with Imperialism: From Empire to Statehood (Jr. Historical Paper) California Winner – Advances to the National competition
Neusha Kharrati, Nicolas Del Rio & Gabriel Jinich - The Dawn of a New Era: Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle (Jr. Group Website) http://14537299.nhd.weebly.com/
California Winner – Advances to the National competition
Liam Brownlie - Perry's Voyage: Opening the Gates of the Rising Sun (Jr. Individual Documentary) Runner Up (second place)
Sabrina Soffer - The Final Solution (Jr. Individual Website) http://68160585.nhd.weebly.com/ State Participant
Cate Hasler, Samantha Irwin, Annie McGrath & Avalon Smith - Jane Goodall: Exploring the World of Primates (Jr. Group Documentary) State Participant
Adelyn Phillips, Katie Fitzgerald, Ian Lillie & Ashley Scott - Circumnavigating the Globe: Magellan's Voyage (Jr. Group Exhibit) State Participant
SENIOR DIVISION: Grades 9-12
Ben Clark, Elijah Gross-Sable & Adam Linssen - The Antarctic Treaty: Sacrifice for Otherworldly Exploration (Sr. Group Documentary) California Winner – Advances to the National competition
Mary Fellios & Sophia Swedback - Mandatory Palestine: Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange (Sr. Group Website) http://77878737.nhd.weebly.com/ California Winner – Advances to the National competition
Isaac Gray, Daniel Leibowitz, Benjamin Sachrison & M. Connor Smith - Nixon in China: A New Exchange (Sr. Group Website) http://28777446.nhd.weebly.com/ California Winner – Advances to the National competition
Adam Nussbaum - Doctors Without Borders: A History of Humanitarian Aid (Sr. Individual Documentary) California Winner – Advances to the National competition
Emily Park & Vicky Comunale - The Secret of Silk: Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange Along the Silk Road (Sr. Group Exhibit) Runner Up (second place)
Mary Tobin - Forging a New Path: John Muir's Journey toward Preservation (Sr. Individual Exhibit) Honorable Mention (third place)
Garret Hoff The Divergent Path: An Exploration of Early Autism Research (Sr. Individual Performance) Finalist (top 6)
Luke Tchang - Darwin's Exploration: Scientific and Religious Encounters (Sr. Individual Website) http://75925971.nhd.weebly.com Finalist (top 9)
Braxton Bell - Salk, Sabin, and the Eradication of Polio (Sr. Historical Paper) State Participant
Alex Tchang - Sigmund Freud: Grasping an Understanding of Humanity (Sr. Historical Paper) State Participant
Anoushka Bose - Alaska (Sr. Individual Website) http://19230488.nhd.weebly.com/
Elias Jinich & Avi Waldman - Tequitqui: Montezuma, Cortes & the Fusion of Two Worlds (Sr. Group Website) http://25400985.nhd.weebly.com/ State Participant
Cleo Chaplin, Eleanor Hansen & Amanda Wasserman - Untethered Politics: The diplomatic encounter, geopolitical exploration, and scientific exchange of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Projects (Sr. Group Documentary) State Participant
Summer Program Reminder...
With the start of Session I of Parker's Summer Program approaching on Monday, June 20, just a reminder that registration for all classes, afternoon activities and sports camps concludes on Friday, June 10.
Please note that save for a few Lower and Upper School courses, there are spaces open across the board, Lower, Middle and Upper School levels.
For more information, please visit www.francisparker.org/summer, or call the Summer Program office on 858.569.7900, ext 4236 (Tim Katzman) or ext 4109 (Monique Velde).
Discovery Week 2017!...
Discovery Week Intro for current seventh grade families
June 2 - 5:30pm in Crivello
Parents are invited to hear about next year's options for Discovery Week and to learn what the program is all about. Please contact Christi Cole if you cannot make it.
Requesting Independent PE in the Upper School…
If your son or daughter has an interest in Independent PE for the 2016-17 school year, she or he will have to officially apply for Independent PE by completing the APPLICATION FORM and returning it to Mr. Jim Tomey by the end of this month May 31st.
The application form may be submitted to Mr. Tomey directly by scanning and emailing the completed form to email@example.com or dropping it off at his desk located in the Coaches’ Office near the football field.
The application form can be accessed at Mr. Tomey's desk (Yellow 2 page form), in the PARENT PORTAL of the Parker Website, or find it here.
Middle School Talent Show…
The Middle School talent show is coming up this week. It will be held during Advisory and G Block (10:45- 12:30) on Thursday May 19th.
Summer Service Plunge Opportunity….
Mr. Dunn has a new opportunity for 8th Grade students attending Parker in the fall. He invites you to spend time with your classmates this summer while satisfying your Community Engagement requisite for 2016-17 school year. Check out the new Summer Service Learning Plunge!
Drama Club Production...
The Drama Club is proud to present Homeroom the Musical. Performances run May 18 through May 21. Tickets can be purchased through the order form: find it here
Debate Club Opportunity…
Capitol Debate is an organization that supports public forum debate for students across the nation. They would like to bring this opportunity to students in the Middle School. They are holding an information session on campus on May 22 at 9:00AM in Room 306 so that you can learn more about the organization and about what public forum debate entails. If you and your child are interested, please contact Christi Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at www.capitoldebate.com
For an informational flyer: find it here