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News for the Week of May 29, 2016...

Dear Middle School Families,

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! On this special weekend, often viewed as the harbinger of summer, we pause to solemnly remember the women and men of the United States Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives during active service to our country. As an individual citizen, I celebrate and honor those who sacrificed to make our country and our world a better place. A special thank you to our Parker families who are remembering one of their own family members this weekend.

For the past few weeks, the results of contests and performances have continued to illustrate just how amazing our students are. This week we celebrate all of the performers in Arts Night Part 2. In addition, we congratulate Kennan Pala on placing third in the University of San Diego Character Matters Essay contest with his essay “From Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr. - How World Leaders Show Us That Character Matters.”

Please see the notes below for some important upcoming items and an update to the Parker Dress Code.

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates…

  • 5/30: Memorial Day (no school)
  • 5/31: 6th & 7th Grade Rock Projects
  • 5/31: 7th Grade Portfolio Presentations
  • 5/31: History Day Hot List Party
  • 6/1: 7th Grade Portfolio Presentations
  • 6/1: 8th Grade Rock Projects
  • 6/2: Discovery Week and Coming to America Project Intro for 7th graders during Advisory
  • 6/2: Discovery Week 2017 Parent Information Session 5:30 Crivello Hall
  • 6/2-6/3: 6th Portfolio Presentations
  • 6/3: Lancer Orchestra Concert
  • 6/4: US Commencement

End of Year Reminders...

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 dpeterson@francisparker.org.

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

Last Week of School Items…

Please note that the last week of school will depart from our normal schedule.

On Monday, June 6 school will begin and end at the normal times, and we will have a special schedule to accommodate all three achievement assemblies for our students.

Sixth Grade Achievement Assembly - 2:10 p.m.

Seventh Grade Achievement Assembly - 9:30 a.m.

Eighth Grade Achievement Assembly - 10:20 a.m.

On Tuesday, June 7 our eighth grade students will celebrate their Middle School experience with a full day at Disneyland. Students should report to school at the usual time and will return around 9:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, June 8 Middle School will observe late start Wednesday as usual. Students will receive their yearbooks on this day and school will end at 12noon. This is the last day of school for sixth and seventh grade.

On Thursday, June 9 eighth grade students should report for promotion at 8:45a.m. Promotion will begin at 10:00 a.m.

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.

Parents Association Gently Used Uniform Sale...

The Parents Association Gently Used Uniform Sale will be held Wednesday, June 1 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the Linda Vista campus in the multipurpose room by the sports court. This is your chance to get gently used Parker uniform items at low prices.

Dress Code Update…

Among Parker traditions is a commitment to standards of dress that are appropriate for the school day in an independent school. That is why in 1992 the school, in consultation with the Board of Trustees and our families, implemented a dress code.

The purpose of prescribed dress is to free the faculty and students to address the serious business of teaching and learning. The School reserves the right to interpret the appropriateness of student dress and grooming as needed, even in cases where it may not be specifically delineated through the regulations found in our handbook. We’ve made every effort to establish a dress code that supports good taste and modesty, while considering style and comfort for our students. We feel that we’ve been successful in this endeavor in all but one area.

When we selected Lands End as our official uniform supplier, we decided to transition from skirts to skorts in order to better meet the goals listed above. Despite many efforts to correct ongoing issues associated with skorts and their length and fit, we were unable to make this effort work. Therefore, we are eliminating skorts from our Land Ends uniform list effective immediately, and you will no longer be able to purchase them on the Lands End site. All students will have a selection of shorts and pants to choose from via the Lands End site. We’ll continue to work with Lands End and ASB to offer a range of pants and shorts that best meet the needs of everyone.

For the upcoming school year, we will continue to allow currently owned “at the knee” skorts that should be worn no more than 4” above the knee. Students that have skorts that are the “above the knee” style or have altered skorts to fall outside the prescribed guidelines, need to replace those with pants or shorts for the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. This will allow students to avoid beginning the school year with consequences and scrambling to purchase proper school clothing in September.  

Thank you for your support and cooperation in this change. We are confident it will allow us to improve the educational and social atmosphere on campus in a manner that better meets our original intent in creating a school dress code policy.

Summer Program Update...  

The Summer Program office reminds Parker families that the final day for registration for upcoming Summer Program classes and afternoon activities without incurring a late processing fee is Wednesday, June 1.  The final day for registering for sports camps without incurring the additional processing fee is Wednesday, June 8.

In addition:

1.  There is excellent availability for most courses/classes offered in all three divisions at this time.

2.  A course or an individual class section may be cancelled due to under-enrollment. Decisions on courses or class sections on the bubble will be made the weekend of June 10. Families will be notified immediately thereafter so the appropriate steps may be taken.

Please direct any questions to Tim Katzman (tkatzman@francisparker.org) or Monique Velde (mvelde@francisparker.org) in Parker's Summer Program office.

Upper School Dean with a Note to Rising 8th Graders...

Save the Date:  October 6, 2016

All freshmen and their families are invited to join Mrs. Dilmore on Thursday, October 6 in Crivello Hall to learn about the 4-Year Plan. Those in attendance will be given information about course selection in the Upper School, leadership opportunities, SAT/ACT testing, summer programs, and the timeline for the college process. The presentation will inform families of the many opportunities students have at Francis Parker School. The College Counseling office will also be presenting as a part of the program. The evening will run from 6:00-7:30.

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 jtomey@francisparker.org 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.

Posted by dlang in 05. May on Sunday May 29 at 12:46PM
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News for the Week of May 22, 2016

Dear Middle School Families,

What a week! Arts Night - Part 1, Middle School Talent Show, Lancer Orchestra Concerto, Homeroom The Musical...the list could go on. Parker students are talented in the classroom, art studio, and on the stage.








Our students are honored by our broader San Diego community as well as here on campus. Many of our students will have art work on display at the Del Mar Fair once again this year. An example of student work that moved from the Rose Art Gallery to the Del Mar Fair this past week can be seen below: what appears to be piece of cheese is actually an impressive stone carving. In addition to students displaying art at the fair,we congratulate all of the Parker students who were recently honored for their success with a Scholastic Art and Writing Award. Middle School award winners include Henry Gray for his Science Fiction/Fantasy Story The Figurine and Bella Sahota for her short story Snow in November.

Student success here at Parker is directly connected to the work of our outstanding faculty. Please join me in congratulating some of our brightest and best, who recently completed the Parker/University of San Diego Independent School Teaching Certificate. In addition to their regular teaching load the incredible educators pictured below dedicated every Tuesday afternoon and evening to making their excellent practice even better. The action research projects that resulted from the work completed by these teachers benefits not only their students, but the entire Parker Professional Community. Congratulations to Cohort #1!

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

Smiles,

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Upcoming Dates... 

  • 5/23-5/27: Life Skills Week
  • 5/23: MS Chamber Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 5/25: 8th Grade Drama Performances
  • 5/26: MS Athletics Preview
  • 5/27: Science Challenge
  • 5/27: Drama Awards Banquet
  • 5/30: Memorial Day (no school)
  • 5/31: 6th & 7th Grade Rock Projects
  • 5/31: 7th Grade Portfolio Presentations
  • 5/31: History Day Hot List Party

End of Year Reminders...

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 dpeterson@francisparker.org.

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

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.

Upper School Dean with a Note to Rising 8th Graders...

Save the Date:  October 6, 2016

All freshmen and their families are invited to join Mrs. Dilmore on Thursday, October 6 in Crivello Hall to learn about the 4-Year Plan. Those in attendance will be given information about course selection in the Upper School, leadership opportunities, SAT/ACT testing, summer programs, and the timeline for the college process. The presentation will inform families of the many opportunities students have at Francis Parker School. The College Counseling office will also be presenting as a part of the program. The evening will run from 6:00-7:30.

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 jtomey@francisparker.org or dropping it off at his desk located in the Coaches’ Office near the football field.

The application form can be accessed at my desk (Yellow 2 page form), in the PARENT PORTAL of the Parker Website, or find it here.

Athletics Preview…

On Thursday, May 26, we will be hosting a Middle School Athletic Information Night, at 6pm, in the Fieldhouse for current middle school (6th-8th grade) parents and students.  Our athletic director, Phil Hunt, will be talking about the philosophy and vision for our high school athletic program.  David Glassey, our Middle School Athletic Director will be addressing our middle school sports philosophy and how our middle teams prepare our students for our high school programs.  Bob Scanlon, our official uniform supplier, will provide information on Parker Spirit wear / PE clothes.  He will also have some items available for purchase.

In addition, our Varsity coaches will also be there to introduce themselves and be available for individual questions about their particular programs.

You won't want to miss this exciting evening to find out about our Parker Athletic program and meet the coaches.

Go Lancers!

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).

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!

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 Saturday May 21 at 08:29PM
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News for the Week of May 15, 2016...

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 dpeterson@francisparker.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.”

Smiles,


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Upcoming Dates…

  • 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/
State Participant

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 jtomey@francisparker.org 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 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 15 at 12:33PM
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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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