Dear Middle School Families,
Congratulations to the cast of Seussical! Last night my wife, Heather, and I had the opportunity to be whisked away into the world of Seuss. The singing, dancing and acting were superb, and our production crew completed the illusion with lights, sound, costuming, and makeup that transformed students into Horton, Cat in the Hat, Mazie, Gertrude, Sour Kangaroo, Roo, the Wickersham Monkeys, the Bird Girls, and a whole host of Whos.
Beyond the pure entertainment value of a production well done, the cast of Seussical captured the optimistic, encouraging, yet rascally tone of some of the best loved Dr. Seuss creations. From the opening lines of the show, our host for evening, Cat in the Hat of course, encouraged the audience in much the same way those of us in the Middle encourage students each day:
I can see that you've got quite a mind for your age!
Why, one Think and you dragged me right onto the stage!
Now, I'm here, there is no telling what may ensue
With a Cat such as me, and a Thinker like you!
Oh, the thinks you can think!
Oh, the thinks you can think
If you're willing to try...
Following the show it struck me that Seussical, filled with imagination, struggle, success, happiness, and sadness, is an apt metaphor for this moment in our students’ lives. Just as Horton’s journey had challenges and successes, so too our eighth graders have spent their Middle School years navigating a path that has ups, downs, and plenty of sideways, yet here they are one month and a summer away from Upper School life.
For many of our actors, Seussical showcased an evolution of their talent and skill set. Under the steady guidance of Mrs. M, these young actors have continued to grow and develop to the point where their continued success depends only their imagination and confidence. I could not be more proud!
For all of us here in the Middle, I will finish with some advice from a Cat we all know:
When your thinks have run dry,
In the blink of an eye
There's another think there!
If you open your mind,
Oh, the thinks you will find
Lining up to get loose!
Oh, the thinks you can think
Thank you for checking out all we do here “in the Middle.”
5/18-22 - MS Life Skills Week
5/19 - Spring Arts Night
5/21 - MS Talent Show 10:45 in the PAC
5/21 - 8th Grade Drama Presentations 3:00 in the PAC
5/25 - Memorial Day - No School
5/26 - Sixth (4:00 p.m.) and Seventh (5:30 p.m.) Grade Rock Projects - in J.Crivello Hall
5/27 - Eighth Grade Rock Projects - 4:00 p.m. in J.Crivello Hall
Tim Katzman and the Summer Program office wish to remind Parker families that the start of our Summer Program is only five weeks distant. Session I begins on June 22 and Session II begins on July 13. There are still places available in most courses, afternoon activities and in many sports camps. This coming summer's program features 23 new academic courses and sports camps,sprinkled across the three divisions. For course descriptions, pricing and registration information, families should go to www.francisparker.org/summer.
Assistance can also be provided by calling the Summer Program office on 858.569.7900, Extension 4109(Monique Velde) or Extension 4236 (Tim Katzman).
Life Skills Week…
We will have our last Middle School Life Skills Week of the year Monday through Thursday this week. For detailed information about programming for the week, please see the following descriptions prepared by our Assistant Head of Middle School, Christi Cole: find it here
The 8th grade Drama Class will present their work on Thursday, May 21 at 4:00 pm in the PAC
Rock Projects 2015 is right around the corner. We will be performing in Crivello Hall. Because of the large number of performances, we are doing two dates this year. Here's the schedule:
Tuesday, May 26
6th Grade Rock Projects, 4:00 to 5:30
7th Grade Rock Projects, 6:00 to 7:30
Wednesday, May 27
8th Grade Rock Projects 4:00 to 6:00
We're also doing something new this year. We've collaborated with the MS Percussion classes and their students will be doing all the drums and various percussion for our guitar students!!!
Students must be in dress code during the regular class day of the performances. They can change into jeans, shorts and rock & roll t-shirts after school.
Hope you can make it!
Mr. G, Mr. Ford and Ms. Barnes
History Day - Full Results…
Below please find the full results for Middle School History Day. Many, many thanks to our Coaches and Parent helpers.. Student success is directly related to your support.
Junior Individual Website State Champion (advancing to Nationals)
Marie Curie: The Founder of Radioactivity
Junior Individual Website Finalist
Gabriel Jinich and Nicolas Del Rio
Cesar Chavez: Labor Leader, Civil Rights Activist and National Hero
Junior Group Website Runner Up
Living in Truth: The Leadership and Legacy of Vaclav Havel
Junior Individual Documentary Honorable Mention
Cleo Chaplin, Eleanor Hansen, Anika Heidt, Amanda Wasserman
Dual Visions of a Revolution: Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and the Leadership of the Cuban Revolution
Junior Group Documentary Honorable Mention
Maya Chu, Vicky Comunale, and Emily Park
Whimsical Art, Revolutionary Children’s Literature, and Political Satire: The Leadership and Legacy of Theodor Seuss Geisel
Junior Group Exhibit
Herbert Nikirk Visual Art in HIstory Award
8th Grade Promotion Party…
Dear 8th Grade Families,
Your room parents are making preparations for an all 8th grade end of year party. Here are the basics:
Date: Wednesday June 10th
Location: San Diego Yacht Club - Pool area
There will be a suggested donation of $20 each
8th Grade Students only...more information will be coming as details are firmed up.
Fun things planned...
Upper School Course List Correction…
There is a corrected version of the Upper School Course List available on-line: find it here. On the original list AP Physics 1 did not have a value listed for credits. It was also not designated as a weighted grade. AP Physics 1 is a 6-credit course and its grade is a weighted grade (W). Please contact Carrie Dilmore, 9th Grade Dean, with any questions you have concerning courses in the Upper School.
Turning, Jumping, Leaping into "FINAL LEAP!" You are invited to attend the
final Middle School Dance Performance of the year, "FINAL LEAP!" on Thursday, May 28 at
4pm in Crivello Hall. The dance students have worked hard to choreograph original
dance compositions and are excited to perform for you! The performance is approximately 45 minutes in length and admission is Free! Thanks for supporting Parker's Dance Program.
Homework and Upcoming Short Weeks…
During the next few weeks we will have a professional development day and a holiday weekend that will result in a long weekend for our students. With limited school days remaining, teachers will have normal expectations for studying and coursework over these long weekends. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teachers.
It’s This Week! Mark your calendar for the 2015 Spring Arts Night....
Come and join us for a celebration of Parker Arts at Spring Arts Night 2015. Student work in a variety of mediums will be on display.
In addition to a variety of Visual Art, the Beginning and Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble will be performing in the 4pm to 5pm time slot. Dance, MS Strings and the Upper School Chamber Orchestra will also be performing.
New Book Ordering Procedure…
Parker will no longer be using MBS Direct as its book source. Instead, we will post a list of required books and other reading materials by class (“Required Materials”) on our website.This site will provide families with detailed information about each publication for the 2015-2016 school year, along with recommended sources for purchasing these publications (e.g., Amazon).
Our Business Office will apply a prorated billing credit in October to families who receive financial assistance for the Required Materials based on an estimated cost.
Peace Passers – Soccer Equipment Drive...
Sarah Mehrberg, Parker Class of 2017, and Malia Starita, a student at La Costa Canyon High School are working with the Peace Passers organization to collect and donate used soccer equipment to communities in need. They will be holding a collection drive Wednesday, May 20th, in the Middle/Upper School parking lot before school starts. Here is the list of equipment they are looking to collect:
-soccer balls -shin guards
-shorts -goalie jerseys
-socks -goalie gloves
-sport duffle bags -cleats or turf shoes
-cones -ball pumps
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