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News for the Week of May 1, 2016

Dear Middle School Families,

Creating the best environment for student learning is job one here at Parker. Excellent instruction, superior facilities, shared experiences, and significant traditions are just a few of the discrete ingredients that make up the holistic Parker experience. As our students move through Parker’s three divisions, attend University, and perhaps Graduate School, we celebrate when they return to visit with us.

A typical graduate returning for a visit will have many spots on both campuses to visit as they share stories, laughs, and generally update us on their lives. The content of those stories, laughs, and updates typically begins with a memory of a Parker tradition, or an example of how an experience at Parker connects to the graduates current life. Certainly some students will discuss a particular course, or even a particular day in class, but most often it is the relationship with a teacher, a beloved tradition, or a capstone experience like Discovery Week, that begins the conversation. Having travelled to Peru with twenty two of our eighth graders this year, I am certain that our trek to 15, 730 feet and our visit to Machu Picchu will serve as our future conversation starters.

This week all of our eighth graders will present their Portfolios which include highlights of their learning in Middle School and their Global Education experience in particular. Eighth grade portfolios are housed in Haiku, so you can preview the presentation or share the content with the broader members of your family.

Seventh and sixth grades will be presenting portfolios later in the trimester so every Middle School family will be in for a special treat.

Finally, enjoy a photo from science class this week…

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates…

  • 5/4: Eighth Grade Portfolios at 3:30arts-night-poster-2016email.jpg
  • 5/4: 8-9th Grade Transition Meeting
  • 5/4: Discovery Week Celebration
  • 5/6: Guitar/Strings/Band/Chorus/Percussion Festival
  • 5/6-5/7: California State History Day
  • 5/7: Parker Gala
  • 5/9-5/13: Renaissance Museum
  • 5/10: Mid Tri Reports given to advisors for student distribution.
  • 5/11-17: Drama Tech Week
  • 5/13: Renaissance Faire
  • 5/13: All School Dance Party
  • 5/17: Spring Arts Night - Day 1 Tuesday - 6pm
    • Note that Day 2 is May 24

Gala Preparation...

With the our annual Gala on Saturday, May 7, preparations including the construction of a tent on Lancer Lawn may begin as early as Monday. Specific to the Middle School, please note that the Tchang Science Building, Gildred Math Building, and Lawrence Middle School Commons will be in use.

Discovery Week Celebration, May 4...

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for sharing your child with us during Discovery Week. The trip was amazing, and I hope your child has been sharing highlights with you. In addition to student feedback, we would like your feedback as well. Below you will find some important links regarding the Global Education - ePortfolio Presentations, and a link to a form for feedback about Discovery Week. We appreciate your help in making our program the best it can be.

Potluck Dinner Sign Up

During the Global Presentations we will have a potluck dinner. If you are willing to bring a dish for that dinner, please sign up on the form below.

 Discovery Week Potluck - 5/4

General Information Flyer about the Global Education - ePortfolio Presentations

Students will be presenting their e-Portfolios on May 4. In addition, there is the final 8-9 transition meeting following the presentations, and a final Discovery Week wrap up. Please see the flyer for times.

Global Presentations 5-4-16.pdf 

Student Assignments for the ePortfolio Presentations

We would like parents to be present for their child's presentation. They will also see three other students present. Please contact Jeremy Howard if you absolutely cannot make the time that your child is signed up for. Please return the signed acknowledgment given to your child in advisory. Thank you.

E-Portfolio Presentations - Schedule by Student 

 ePortfolio Presentations - Parent Guidelines

Discovery Week - Parent Feedback

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey found through the link below. Your feedback will help make the program better, and we appreciate it!

Discovery Week - Parent Feedback 2016 

Sincerely,

Miss Cole

Renaissance Faire…

Hear ye! Hear ye! The Renaissance Fair team is looking for seventh grade parents and friends to volunteer at the annual Renaissance Fair. On Friday, May 13, 2016, the Middle School campus will be transformed into a Renaissance Fair, complete with Renaissance activities for students. In order to make this event a success, we need your help.

Please indicate your willingness to help out by adding your name to the sign-up sheet. We are in particular need of parent help leading afternoon activities. For all of the events that are in need of a leader, we have supplies on campus. All you need to do is come in next week to inventory supplies and check instructions.

A full schedule of events for Renaissance Fair Day is available here.

Please contact Mary Ong-Dean (mong-dean@francisparker.org) with any questions. Thank you for your willingness to help create a memorable event for our students.

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 ccole@francisparker.org. More information can be found at www.capitoldebate.com

For an informational flyer: find it here

Posted by dlang in 05. May on Sunday May 1 at 09:13AM
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News for the Week of April 24, 2016...

Dear Middle School Families,

As we look toward May and the last full month of school, the calendar is filled with opportunities to celebrate, and for our students to demonstrate their learning. In just the first week, 8th Grade students will present their Discovery Week portfolios, and five of our performing arts ensembles will be adjudicated at festival performances. Please see the Discovery Week celebration information and sign up sheets below, we would appreciate your help.

In another “rite of spring” in the coming week, all Middle School students will take the CTP4 test produced by the Electronic Records Bureau. In the past few years, we have moved to the electronic version of the test as it is adaptive to each child and therefore gives us a more accurate reflection of learning. Please support us this week by making sure your child has a fully charged iPad with her or him each day. While no preparation is necessary for the CTP4, we do encourage a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast for students to do their best. Students begin the week with verbal reasoning, take math 1 and 2 on Tuesday, reading comprehension on Wednesday, and quantitative reasoning on Thursday. Students are allowed a calculator on the second math section and should bring one on Tuesday. Please note, phone, iPads, or other devices with a calculator built in are not allowed. For a full view of the week’s schedule you may:  find it here.

A new addition to the calendar this week is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Carnival. Organized by eleventh grade student Hershey Suri, the event asks Middle School students to participate in an after school competition between advisories this Friday, April 29. Hershey’s event is certainly timely as just this week Parker has experienced a loss to Leukemia. Your child will be receiving an email with a link to sign up, and it is included here for convenience as well: Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Carnival Signup

Finally, enjoy these photos of our students at the Linda Vista Multicultural Faire:

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates…

  • 4/25 - 4/29: ERBs

May 2016:

  • 5/4: DW Portfolio Presentations begin at 3:30
  • 5/4: DW 8-9th Grade Transition Meeting
  • 5/6: Guitar/Strings/Band/Chorus/Percussion Festival
  • 5/6-5/7: California State History Day
  • 5/9-5/13: Renaissance Museum
  • 5/11-17: Drama Tech Week
  • 5/13: Renaissance Faire
  • 5/13: All School Dance Party
  • 5/16-5/20: Life Skills

Discovery Week Celebration, May 4...

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for sharing your child with us during Discovery Week. The trip was amazing, and I hope your child has been sharing highlights with you. They are spending some time this week and next completing their own assessment of their participation, and incorporating their experiences into their e-Portfolios. We would like your feedback as well. Below you will find some important links regarding the Global Education - ePortfolio Presentations, and a link to a form for feedback about Discovery Week. We appreciate your help in making our program the best it can be.

Potluck Dinner Sign Up

During the Global Presentations we will have a potluck dinner. If you are willing to bring a dish for that dinner, please sign up on the form below.

 Discovery Week Potluck - 5/4

General Information Flyer about the Global Education - ePortfolio Presentations

Students will be presenting their e-Portfolios on May 4. In addition, there is the final 8-9 transition meeting following the presentations, and a final Discovery Week wrap up. Please see the flyer for times.

 Global Presentations 5-4-16.pdf

Student Assignments for the ePortfolio Presentations

We would like parents to be present for their child's presentation. They will also see three other students present. Please contact Jeremy Howard if you absolutely cannot make the time that your child is signed up for.

 E-Portfolio Presentations - Schedule by Student

 ePortfolio Presentations - Parent Guidelines

Discovery Week - Parent Feedback

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey found through the link below. Your feedback will help make the program better, and we appreciate it!

 Discovery Week - Parent Feedback 2016

Sincerely,

Miss Cole

Renaissance Faire…

Hear ye! Hear ye! The Renaissance Fair team is looking for seventh grade parents and friends to volunteer at the annual Renaissance Fair. On Friday, May 13, 2016, the Middle School campus will be transformed into a Renaissance Fair, complete with Renaissance activities for students. In order to make this event a success, we need your help.

Please indicate your willingness to help out by adding your name to the sign-up sheet. We are in particular need of parent help leading afternoon activities. For all of the events that are in need of a leader, we have supplies on campus. All you need to do is come in next week to inventory supplies and check instructions.

A full schedule of events for Renaissance Fair Day is available here.

Please contact Mary Ong-Dean (mong-dean@francisparker.org) with any questions. Thank you for your willingness to help create a memorable event for our students.

Gala News…

Black & White Ball Action Preview

Click here for a preview of all the amazing silent, premium and live action items up for bid at the Black & White Ball. Bidding opens up for silent and premium items on April 24 and concludes during the Black & White Ball on May 7. You can bid on and win items even if you are not attending the Ball. For those of you not attending the Black & White Ball, you will be able to register to bid remotely on April 24 when the silent and premium auctions go live. For those of you attending the Ball, watch for an email later this week with you bid number so you can also begin bidding on April 24.

ERBs and Your Child’s iPad - 7th and 8th Grade Families…

Our annual external measurement of progress the Comprehensive Testing Protocol 4 (CAT4) published by the Electronic Records Bureau (ERB) is coming up during the week of April 24.

If you have placed restrictions on your child’s iPad, we need you to turn them off during the testing week, as the software will need access to a secure website. If you prefer to leave the restrictions in place, we will provide your child with an alternate solution.

To help us with this process, please complete the following form: find it here

Blood Drive…

Whose life will you save today? Will it be your co-worker? Someone's sister, wife or child? You never know who you will save. Please donate at our blood drive.

Francis Parker School
Upper School Commons
6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA, 92111
Wednesday Apr 27, 2016
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Sponsor Code: FPS
Click here to make an appointment
All donors must show picture identification.
Appointments honored first. Walk-ins are welcome.
Thank you!

Used Uniform Collection…

During the next two weeks, our Parent’s Association will be conducting a Used Uniform Collection in both the Middle School and the Upper School. Look for tall bins (new tall marked trashcan bins) placed around campus (commons, ASB, breezeway, etc.)

Summer App Camp…

Looking for a summer coding opportunity? Here is some information regarding an App Camp for Girls in Orange County. http://appcamp4girls.com/camps/orange-county

Posted by dlang in 04. April on Sunday April 24 at 07:08AM
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News for the Week of April 17, 2016...

Dear Middle School Families,

Welcome back! I trust that Spring Break was a welcome respite and afforded your family the opportunity to share in some fun either on an adventure or right here in our beautiful San Diego. For eighth grade families, I trust that your travellers shared all that they learned as Parker students made the world their classroom.

With May just around the corner, one might think the school year is winding down, but as you will see from the items below there is much left to do!

Our annual Gala approaches, our performing arts groups head to festival, History Day competitors prepare for the state championships, and our seventh grade students continue preparations to observe the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

Please also mark your calendars for a celebration of Discovery Week student learning on May 4. Here is a link to the informational flyer.  flyer here

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

Smiles,

Digital Signature copy.jpg

Upcoming Dates…

  • 4/22: Passover begins at sunset and continues through 4/30 - Teachers will be mindful of religious and family obligations on 4/22 and 4/23
  • 4/25 - 4/29: ERBs
  • 5/4: Discovery Week Celebration and 8-9th Grade Transition Meeting
  • 5/6: Guitar/Strings/Band/Chorus Festival
  • 5/6-5/7: California State History Day
  • 5/9-5/13: Renaissance Museum
  • 5/11-17: Drama Tech Week
  • 5/13: Renaissance Faire

Gala News…

Black & White Ball Action Preview: Click here for a preview of all the amazing silent, premium and live action items up for bid at the Black & White Ball. Bidding opens up for silent and premium items on April 24 and concludes during the Black & White Ball on May 7. You can bid on and win items even if you are not attending the Ball. For those of you not attending the Black & White Ball, you will be able to register to bid remotely on April 24 when the silent and premium auctions go live. For those of you attending the Ball, watch for an email later this week with you bid number so you can also begin bidding on April 24.

ERBs and Your Child’s iPad - 7th and 8th Grade Families…

Our annual external measurement of progress the Comprehensive Testing Protocol 4 (CAT4) published by the Electronic Records Bureau (ERB) is coming up during the week of April 24.

If you have placed restrictions on your child’s iPad, we need you to turn them off during the testing week, as the software will need access to a secure website. If you prefer to leave the restrictions in place, we will provide your child with an alternate solution.

To help us with this process, please complete the following form: find it here

Ikidarod Photos and Video…

Ikidarod photos are available on SmugMug: find them here

A video is also available on YouTube: find it here

Community Engagement Update…

Our Director of Community Engagement, Kevin Dunn, recently shared the following:

In documenting what students are doing to engage their community and seeing how positive some programs are, below are some organizations that are noteworthy for our 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade families.

For Young Men: Teens Volunteer in Action - http://tvia.org/

For Young Women: National Charity League - https://sandiego.nationalcharityleague.org/ and MADCAPS -http://www.sdmadcaps.org/

Blood Drive…

Whose life will you save today? Will it be your co-worker? Someone's sister, wife or child? You never know who you will save. Please donate at our blood drive.

Francis Parker School Upper School Commons
6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA, 92111
Wednesday Apr 27, 2016
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Sponsor Code: FPS
Click here to make an appointment
All donors must show picture identification.
Appointments honored first. Walk-ins are welcome.
Thank you!

Used Uniform Collection…

During the next two weeks, our Parent’s Association will be conducting a Used Uniform Collection in both the Middle School and the Upper School. Look for tall bins (new tall marked trashcan bins) placed around campus (commons, ASB, breezeway, etc.)

Summer App Camp…

Looking for a summer coding opportunity? Here is some information regarding an App Camp for Girls in Orange County. http://appcamp4girls.com/camps/orange-county



Posted by dlang in 04. April on Sunday April 17 at 07:35AM
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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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